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 By Beka Compton    News    April 15, 2021 

Three counties roll back to Phase 2

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee Monday announced that three Washington State counties would roll back to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan after failing to meet the necessary metrics....

 By Beka Compton    News    April 15, 2021 

Baseball fields vandalized over the weekend

WAITSBURG-Late in the night on Friday, April 9, multiple properties were vandalized in Waitsburg, including the baseball fields, the football field, and the horse track. With the first home baseball...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 15, 2021 

A colorful break at the Cardinal's Nest

WAITSBURG-Give a kid a paintbrush, or in this case, a cup full of acrylic paint, and they can change the world! In cooperation with the Waitsburg Resource Center, the Cardinal's Nest put on a Spring B...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 15, 2021 

April Kiwanis Club meeting was electric!

DAYTON-On Thursday, April 8, the Dayton Kiwanis Club heard from Dick Muri, City Captain for National Drive Electric Week Steilacoom. Muri has been a member of the Kiwanis Club in Steilacoom since...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 15, 2021 

The Caterpillar Chronicles: A lesson in bugs

Spring is here, and yard work is in full swing! While I have a healthy respect for bees, worms, and other helpful bugs, I avoid the insect world as much as possible. As the laws of parenthood would...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 8, 2021

Fox guarding her pups

If you look closely while driving along Highway 12, just outside of Walla Walla, you may catch a glimpse of the red fox family that has made their den in the middle of a wheat field. Rumor has it...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility changes for WW, Columbia Counties

WAITSBURG—The warm spring sunshine is out, but it isn’t safe to put the face masks away just yet. Vaccination eligibility is expanding, however, bringing us closer to a mask-free future. In Walla...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 8, 2021

An album worth sharing: Grandma & the Boys: Old Time Gospel

If you want to travel to simpler times, all you have to do is pop Grandma & the Boys’ Old Time Gospel into the CD player. A true testament to the bluegrass genre, this locally produced album... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    April 8, 2021

A little less plastic: Bag ban a part of the "new normal"

The lion of early spring has roared, and shops are embracing the relaxed pandemic-related restrictions as they shake off the winter blues. As shoppers, we have gotten used to wearing face masks and...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 8, 2021

Book Briefs: Beka's Picks

Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman, is a poignant story about an inept, wannabe bank robber who disappears into thin air, a father and son cop team, and a handful of...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Waitsburg distribution event provided 75,000 pounds of fresh food

WAITSBURG-Seventy-five thousand pounds of food from participating sponsors was dropped off at the Waitsburg Elementary School parking lot over the weekend. The semi-trucks that hauled it disappeared... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Business licenses for Waitsburg now online through DOR

WAITSBURG—House Bill 2005 was introduced in 2017 to improve the business climate in Washington State by simplifying the administration of municipal business licenses. The bill went into effect in...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Spring, and solicitation, is in the air

WAITSBURG—Spring has sprung, and daffodils aren’t the only things popping up around town. Last week, a couple of Waitsburg residents posted on social media, warning of solicitors going around...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Dayton Kiwanis dives into esports with Keith Nealey

DAYTON-The Dayton Kiwanis Club met Thursday, March 25, at noon, for a regular meeting. Attendees heard from Dayton High School Alumni Keith Nealey, Director of Engineering at KIRO TV and esports...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

City Council votes to approve new mower

WAITSBURG—Equipment purchase and financing, and ongoing flood control efforts were discussed at the Waitsburg City Council meeting on March 17. Meeting in person for the first time in over a year,...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Flood control, repair ongoing process for City of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—Between a major flood event and a global pandemic, repairs, and improvements for the levees surrounding Waitsburg have been slow going. At the March City Council meeting, City...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Waitsburg School Board discusses sports, property sale at March meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, March 18, for a regularly-scheduled meeting. Board members Christy House and Ross Hamann were unable to attend the March meeting. The school board...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

WSD continuing plans to replace high school roof

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School District is in the final stages of planning for the high school’s roof repair, a project that the board voted to approve in April 2020. Currently, the district is...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Reaching for the Star(link)

High-speed satellite internet may be the future for Columbia County residents, and a former Dayton resident is an early adopter and advocate. DAYTON-Self-proclaimed techie Phillip McKeen, of Walla...


Out and About: C&M Nursery

Planty friends, this one's for you. My birthday was on Friday, and it presented my mom and me with the perfect excuse to pop over to the Tri-Cities and do some plant shopping. We joined the...


Moose Days

Did you know that a moose can run as fast as 35 miles per hour? This young moose wasn’t worried about speed, however, as he soaked up the last few moments of daylight before bedding down on a...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 18, 2021

Dayton-Waitsburg students select athletic combine mascot

WAITSBURG-The students at both Dayton and Waitsburg School districts have selected a new mascot for the Dayton-Waitsburg Athletic Combine, Waitsburg School District announced Monday. The process for...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 18, 2021

CWWFD2 meeting update for March board meeting

WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 met for a regular meeting on March 10, 7 p.m. Commissioners Jake Long, Deb Fortner, Bruce Abbey, Randy Charles, and Randy Farley were present....


Master Sculptor of Stationmaster

The bronze Stationmaster, which watches over the Historic Dayton Depot, was sculpted by Montana-based master sculptor Keith McMasters. The Stationmaster and Companion was dedicated and installed in...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 18, 2021

Waitsburg Farmers Market scheduled later this spring

WAITSBURG—Fresh produce, hand-crafted soaps, and local art are just a few of the items that Noelle Olson, Doug Biolo, and Janet Lawrence hope to see at the upcoming Waitsburg Farmers Market. Olson,...


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