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 By Beka Compton    Specials    January 21, 2021 

Waitsburg Levee walk

WAITSBURG-A small herd of whitetail deer swam across the Touchet River on a sunny January afternoon, before running along the levee at the north end of town. What was once a grassy, hard-to-enjoy...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021 

CWWCFD2 terminates Chief contract at Commissioners' meeting

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 (CWWCFD2) Board of Commissioners met on January 13, 2021, via Zoom call. More than 20 community members, commissioners, and volunteers...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021 

Community land trust one potential solution to housing crisis

WALLA WALLA—The housing crisis in the Walla Walla region has reached a tipping point. Thankfully, this problem is not unique to the region. With a decrease in affordable housing across the nation,...


There once was a roof

So far, 2021 has done a fine job of proving itself. From national headlines to local weather, it has been textbook crazy. On January 13, an atmospheric river flooded over the Pacific Northwest,...


Derailed, rerailed on Bolles Road

A train derailed just outside of Waitsburg last Friday, along Bolles Road. It was a non-injury event, and crews were on site with cranes to lift the car back onto the track....


Pursuit ends in arrest near Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—A Walla Walla man was arrested last week near Waitsburg after leading law enforcement on a chase from Columbia County. On January 7, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m, Walla Walla County...


"Understanding your grief" series at Walla Walla Hospice

A safe, comfortable space is being prepared for those who are grieving a loved one at Walla Walla Hospice. Following the writings and journals of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, “Understanding Your Grief” is...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 14, 2021

Harris signs RC car deals for the second year

As he enters into his third year of racing, Koby Harris will represent three racing companies WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's favorite remote-control car racer has signed yet another racing contract as he...


Where There's Food, Eat It

WALLA WALLA-Once a month, my husband and I try to make a point to go into Walla Walla without our kiddo. Our 'evening out' typically consists of a strategically-planned grocery trip followed up by a...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 7, 2021

WIAA sets critria for spring wrestling, basketball seasons

WAITSBURG-Many students are eagerly anticipating the start of the new sports seasons after traditional fall and winter sport schedules were cleared to keep athletes safe. At this time, Washington Inte... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    January 7, 2021

Serial testing, PPE just the tip of DOC safety measures

WALLA WALLA—As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) employees and incarcerated population, the Department of Corrections (DOC) has updated policies and p... Full story


Pets of the valley

Duke had a short stay at the Blue Mountain Humane Society before joining his new family on the farm. Equal parts handsome and goofy, Duke's family raves about him, saying he is the "awesome farm dog"... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 31, 2020

Waitsburg shines, despite 2020

WAITSBURG - "Two weeks to flatten the curve." In March, Washington State enacted a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" mandate as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the globe. Now, as 2021 knocks loudly, we are still...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Waitsburg City Council finalizes 2021 budget

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on December 16 for a regular meeting. The board discussed an inter-fund loan and reviewed budget amendments. The Council also held the final public hearing... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Prescott School Board monthly update

PRESCOTT—The Prescott School Board met on December 17 for a regular meeting. A brief update from the Associated Student Body (ASB) Co-Advisor Bob Young, thanking the administration for their... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Waitsburg School Board monthly update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met on December 17, 2020, for a regularly scheduled meeting. Chairman Ross Hamann announced that he would not be running for another term after 18 years of... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Leave the beaver, or at least relocate

WAITSBURG—A little sadness hung over the Touchet River this weekend. Reports of a beaver making its residence near Preston Park were short-lived, and on Saturday, the young mammal was found dead...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Hunters, avoid the waterways

WAITSBURG—Most big game hunting seasons have come to a close. As hunters finish processing their deer and elk, reports of animal carcasses disposed of by hunters in the Touchet River have begun comi...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 10, 2020

Dayton School Board update

DAYTON—The Dayton School District Board of Directors met Wednesday, December 2, for a regularly scheduled board workshop session. During the session, Superintendent Guy Strot gave a brief update on...


Lacking labels, but not laughter

Christmas has changed a lot since I was a kid. Our gatherings have gotten smaller, our menus have changed drastically, and our gifting has gotten more strategic. One thing, however, has remained const...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 10, 2020

If you drink, don't drive.

WALLA WALLA—“Emily Anne McClenny had not set the world on fire with accomplishments at the young age of 7 1/2 years old, but she had worked her way into the hearts of many with her infectious...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 3, 2020

Just a 'see ya later!'

The famous Tuxedo Bar and Grill announced they will be temporarily closing, taking a breather until the COVID-19 pandemic-related dining restrictions are lifted. Owner Pam Stueckle took to social...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 3, 2020

Waitsburg School District secondary students stay home for virtual learning

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School District announced over the weekend that secondary students would continue learning from home through December 18, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the area. Shor...



A great thing about small towns is knowing the shop owners. They are our neighbors, our family, and friends. 2020 has been hard for everyone, and many small shops and businesses feel the effects of...

 By Beka Compton    News    November 26, 2020

Waitsburg City Council November report

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, November 18, via conference call. The council heard from City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe as he led a public hearing regarding property taxes....


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