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Harmful algae blooms poses threat to pets in Tri Cities

At least three dogs have fallen victim to toxic algae bloom on the Columbia River, just north of the Tri-Cities. The first report was received by the Benton Franklin Health District on Monday,...

Port of Columbia September meeting

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commissioners met for a regular meeting on September 8 via Zoom. The Commissioners appointed Shawn Brown as chairman, filling the position left by the late Earle Marvin....

Corrections officer arrested for assault, gang terrorism

WALLA WALLA—The Gang Intelligence Team, a division of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, working with multiple regional partners, arrested two men in the early hours of the morning last Thursday. The sheriff’s office has spent the past...

SBA Disaster Loan Program enhanced due to challenges from Delta Variant

WASHINGTON, DC—On September 9, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced significant enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan...

Umatilla National Forest reopens most lands in Lick Creek Fire footprint

PENDLETON, Ore.—With the Lick Creek Fire 100% contained and in patrol status, Umatilla National Forest officials will reopen most National Forest lands within the Lick Creek Fire footprint today. Additionally, access will be reopened into...

Fireworks amendment fails in 1-2 vote

DAYTON—Fireworks have been an issue for city and county officials as fire conditions continued to worsen in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. Columbia County Commissioners held a public hearing on...

DW Wolfpack practices resume

WAITSBURG/DAYTON-Sports seasons are resuming for Wolfpack athletes, as students return to the classroom for in-person instruction following a COVID-19 outbreak. Middle and high school cheer, and...

Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Titans

This week Seattle hosts the Tennessee Titans in their first home game of the season. The early schedule for the Seahawks looks like a typical division one school’s three-game tune-up against junior colleges. Last week, the Seahawks won 28-16...

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Mask mandate defiance discouraging

Letter to the Editor I have noticed that a number of local shops have discontinued wearing masks and have removed the signs mandating the wearing of masks in public buildings, shops stores, etc. This flagrant defiance of the current law is very...

In support of Korinda Wallace

To the Editor, I am writing this letter in support of Korinda Wallace for Dayton School Board District. It has been my pleasure to work with Ms. Wallace since this last spring as we organized the Columbia County Conservatives. Ms. Wallace moved...

Book sale to support Weller Library Sept. 18

WAITSBURG—The Friends of the Weller Public Library will be set up at the Waitsburg Farmers Market this upcoming weekend, with books and ice cream. Friends of the Weller Public Library will have books for sale, as well as ice cream and music....

At the Liberty:

Respect is an Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. It follows Aretha’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom. RESPECT is a remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey...

Millrace Grading project starts Monday

WAITSBURG—A section of Millrace Road, starting at the north end of Main Street, will be closed to traffic for the foreseeable future. Colbert Construction broke ground on Monday, September 13, beginning work on the Millrace Grade Project. The...

Fall Festival canceled for 2021

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Historical Society Board of Directors has had to make the unpleasant decision to cancel the 2021 Pioneer Fall Festival on Sept 19. The board felt cancellation was the best...

Historical cemetery tours at Mt. View Cemetery

WALLA WALLA—The Historical Cemetery Tours are back at Mt. View Cemetery. The Fall Tour will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. Some new and exciting changes will be taking place which will be announced closer to the tour date. The tour...

Time flies, even if I can't

Early this week I had to make another trip to the Tri-Cities, this time to have my car serviced. Another great ride with my top down, music blaring, enjoying the perfect weather and empty highway. Of...

Roasted Squash Risotto

At the age of twelve, I attempted my first risotto. I stirred and stirred, carefully following the instructions in a copy of Bon Appétit magazine. Slightly panicked that it wasn't looking right, I...

Mule Deer Buck

This mule deer buck has been enjoying the grass hay fields just outside of Waitsburg. When the grass doesn't satisfy cravings, he enjoys eating cayenne...

At the Columbia Fair

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago September 15, 2011 Waitsburg resident Jane Butler, age 90, has deep family roots in the Touchet Valley through her husband Bob. Butler has lived in town about 50 years,...

Save the green tomato!

Fall is finally here! I've been waiting for it all summer. Unfortunately, my tomato plants didn't get the message that their expiration date was quickly approaching. The first frost date for 2021 is...

Book vs Movie:

Evelyn Couch is caught in a monotonous life. The dowdy woman is stuck in an unhappy marriage, struggling with failing self-esteem, but that changes when she visits a nursing home in the 1980s. Her...

WWCSO

September 3 Male was arrested for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Residential Burglary. Monroe Street, Walla Walla County September 5 A woman alleges that she was assaulted by her husband. Old Highway 12, Walla Walla County September 7 Hit and run....

CCSO

September 6 Violation of court order. 3rd Street Trespass. Rose Gulch 9-1-1 call. Palouse Falls Road September 7 Accident, injury unknown. Hartsock Grade Suspicious activity at Northwest Business Services. Clay Street Attempt to locate. Pine Street...

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