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 By Beka Compton    News    August 25, 2022

School Board recognized Linda Henze on reitirement

Board discuss special education contract WAITSBURG–The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, August 18, for a regularly scheduled meeting. After serving the district for 25 years, board members and a...


Maren Morris at Wine Country Amphitheatre August 23

WALLA WALLLA-The Wine Country Amphitheater has brought familiar and new headliners, including Bonnie Raitt and Aaron Lewis, to the Walla Walla Valley. As part of her Humble Quest tour, Maren Morris wi...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 11, 2022

Wildfire season takes toll on small Washington towns

WASHINGTON—The small town of Lind, located approximately 75 miles from Spokane, was temporarily evacuated on August 4 as a fast-moving wildfire swept through the town of roughly 500 residents. The A...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 4, 2022

The Jungle Book takes the stage on August 5, 6

DAYTON-Shere Kan, Mowgli, and Baloo will take center stage at the Liberty Theater this weekend, in Dayton. Missoula Children's Theatre is back with their summer production of "The Jungle Book." The...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 28, 2022

Waitsburg School Board update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met on July 21 for a quick business meeting followed by a budget hearing. All board members were present. Board members went over the revised DW Wolfpack A...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 28, 2022

Two grants make colorful difference at Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum has been spruced up for the summer thanks to two generous grants received by the Waitsburg Historical Society (WHS) this year. The funds allowed repairs to the Juliet balconies,...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 28, 2022

Transportation plan approved at July council meeting

WAITSBURG-The Six-Year Transportation Plan was approved and adopted at the July 20 Waitsburg City Council meeting. All council members were present during the meeting. The council heard comments from...


Burn ban announced for CWWFD2

WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 announced that a burn ban will go into effect on Monday, July 25. The ban is in effect in the entire district, including the City of Waitsburg. This i... Full story

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 21, 2022

Drink up and chow down at Laht Neppur

WAITSBURG–This week, I sat down with Glen Bates as he shut down the outdoor grill for the night at Laht Neppur. We were interrupted by numerous variations of "Thanks, Glen!" and 'see ya' later.' "...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 21, 2022

Regional SWAT trains at WHS

WAITSBURG-On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, a fleet of county law enforcement vehicles, including a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), took over the parking lot at Waitsburg High Sc...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 21, 2022

Alumni return to Dayton after a two-year break

DAYTON-The Dayton High School Alumni Association gathered in Dayton over the weekend, celebrating their first official reunion since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the gatherings. Betty Ann and...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 14, 2022

New pool is top priority on P&R survey

Anonymous donor gives $10k. WAITSBURG –A movement is growing in Waitsburg to see a municipal pool return to town. Waitsburg Parks and Recreation received responses from 110 community members to its s...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 30, 2022

Waitsburg comes out for Jace Strong Fundraiser

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg is a town that is full of heart, and when it comes to our kids, the community is ready to give at a moment's notice. The Jace Strong Fundraiser dinner, supporting a local... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    June 23, 2022

Waitsburg gains splash pad, loses surplus sale

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg City Council gathered for a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 15. All council members were present. Joy Smith commented on a report she shared with the council before the m...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 16, 2022

Waitsburg School Salmon Release

WAITSBURG-On June 10, Waitsburg first graders released more than 130 spring chinook salmon into the Coppei River. This was the fifth year Mrs. Hinchliffe's class partnered with the Tri Cities... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    June 16, 2022

Standing room only at June council meeting

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council met on June 14, 2022, for a regular meeting. All council members were present in the meeting room. Many residents filled all available seats, and as many as 25 logged i...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    June 16, 2022

Combat at the Park

WAITSBURG-The Barony of Wastekeep set up camp at Preston Park over the weekend. Blackwork embroidery classes, duels, and archery shoots were just a couple of the events enjoyed by those who reside... Full story

 By Beka Compton    Specials    June 16, 2022

Business Spotlight: A-Ron's Rustic Designs

WAITSBURG-Crafting has been a passion of hers for years, but it wasn't until this year that Erin Elsey combined her love for creating with a drive to be a business owner. Elsey, who lives in...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 9, 2022

Dayton, Waitsburg school boards meet over DW Combine

WAITSBURG/DAYTON—The Waitsburg and Dayton School boards met on June 1, 2022, for a joint meeting to discuss details surrounding the future of the DW Athletics Combine. The loosely followed agenda i...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 9, 2022

Wastewater plan addressed at Town Hall event

DAYTON—Residents, business owners, and concerned neighbors gathered at Dayton High School last Wednesday, seeking clarification on the status of the city’s wastewater project. Concerns were rai...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 2, 2022

Threats at Waitsburg Schools determined not credible

The district to facilitate community safety sessions this summer WAITSBURG—Parents of Waitsburg School District students had a scare after a post on Facebook alerting users of a ‘school shooting thr...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 26, 2022

Students, Board, parents discuss Wolfpack future

. WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board held a regular monthly meeting on May 16 at the Waitsburg Elementary School. All board members, Sarah Boudrieau, Christy House, Stephanie Cole, and Lisa Morrow,...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 19, 2022

Waitsburg Celebration Days brings ATVs, classic cars, and live music

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with the ATV Sunset Cruise WAITSBURG-The third weekend of May is here, and after two years of cancellations, Waitsburg Celebration Days is back and bigger than...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 12, 2022

Tonne, Katsell selected as WCD Parade Marshalls

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days officials announced that Karen Peters Tonne and Dan Katsel will lead the 2022 festivities as the Parade Marshalls. Karen Peters Tonne is a lifelong area resident,...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 12, 2022

Bard and Bee Meadery celebrates honey, bees, and education

Great stories often start with a man and his dog. In Dayton, it is the story of an entertainer and his winged pollinators making a run at an ancient art. "I'm a farm kid," said Mike Collins, owner...


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