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 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 26, 2020 

Hockersmith leaves Mayoral race to focus fully on the Flood and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Ballots are in the mail for Waitsburg’s next City Council and Mayoral election. Although current councilmember Kate Hockersmith is listed as a candidate for Mayor, at the March 18 City Council meeting Hockersmith announced that she was taking...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 26, 2020 

Mayor Marty Dunn runs for re-election

Mayor Marty Dunn is once again up for re-election as mayor. Dunn, who has served on council since the early 2000s and served as mayor from 2004-2007 and 2016-present is running against Debra Callahan....

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 12, 2020

Columbia-Walla Walla Fire district #2 commissioners meet

The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District #2 held their monthly meeting last Wednesday. Topics on the agenda included the hiring of a designer for a new, more user friendly website for the...

 

Out & About: The Avett Brothers in the Dominican Republic

Have you ever had a song grab you by the ears? I remember the moment I first heard the North Carolina group The Avett Brothers, (TAB) on a dark Thursday night in November listening to DJ Greg Vandy's...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 12, 2020

Memories-the Liberty Theater's 2020 Variety Show onstage March 21-23

Dayton's Liberty Theater and the Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) presents Memories the 2020 Variety Show on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m....

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 5, 2020

Sewing room

I had lost my sew-jo. That's the urge to get in there, pick a quilt pattern, sort through your fabric stash, start ironing and cutting, get ready to piece it all together, all the steps to start a...

 

Disaster relief supplies arrive from Nashville

The Walla Walla Church of Christ reached out to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc. for assistance and the nonprofit organization sent a semi-truck full of flood relief supplies from...

 

Waitsburg City Council holds community meeting to address flood response

A special meeting was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on February 19, to address community responses to the recent flood of February 7. About 35 people attended, along with City...

 

Team Rubicon is here

Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led disaster response organization, is on the ground in Waitsburg. Team Rubicon focuses on serving vulnerable and at-risk populations affected by disaster. Formed in 2010...

 

Waitsburg Flood Relief Committee in action

In action since early Friday morning on February 7, Pastor Matt Wyatt of the Waitsburg Christian Church has been leading the 'spontaneous volunteers' of Waitsburg to assist residents with the many...

 

Gaudy Gals on Main set to open

WAITSBURG-Lori Davis and Kimi Bruzas are two sisters with two different styles. Lori likes chalk painted furniture, gardening, art and all things 70s. Kimi likes art, antiques, and all things crystal...

 

Waitsburg homes and farms underwater

WAITSBURG-February 7 is starting to earn quite the reputation in the Walla Walla Valley, as two major floods have ripped through the area in less than 25 years. The 2020 flood, which people are just n...

 

State of emergency declared for City of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—At a special meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Waitsburg City Council declared a state of emergency. This action is needed by funding agencies to release emergency assis...

 

Columbia County-Walla Walla Fire district #2 commissioners meet

The Columbia County-Walla Walla County Joint Fire District #2 held their monthly meeting last Wednesday. The job description for the fire chief position is still being finalized and Commissioner Deb Fortner presented a proposal that the district...

 

Brittany Zuger is new Deputy Clerk at the City of Waitsburg

A welcoming presence is on board at Waitsburg City Hall, with the addition of Brittany Zuger to the staff as the new Deputy Clerk. A Waitsburg native, and Waitsburg High School graduate, Zuger was...

 

Zero-waste leads to contentment for former Mayor

Markeeta Little Wolf's journey to a zero-waste lifestyle actually started with a million steps. The former Waitsburg Mayor and City Council member happened to read on Pinterest (her only social media...

 

Walla Walla Macy's store to close

On January 8 the retailer announced it was closing 28 stores, with most locations on the east coast and a few in the Northwest, including the Walla Walla store. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Macy's representatives said that they would begin...

 

Trash in the past

Burn it, bury it or dump it. Or let the pigs eat it. Those used to be the options for refuse disposal at the turn of the last century. It wasn’t until 1896 that New York City required residents to separate household waste, food waste in one tin,...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    January 9, 2020

Waitsburg joins other cities facing limited recycling options

City sponsored recycling ended for Waitsburg in March of 2018. The service had been offered by Basin Disposal, Inc. the city's garbage service contractor, but due to a large price increase, the City...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    January 2, 2020

Bard and Bee Meadery celebrates bee terroir

New business at Blue Mountain Station to open in February Mike Collins began as a home brewer, where his love of fermentation took hold. After studying for awhile at Walla Walla Community College, he...

 

Little Women delights

Writer/Director Greta Gerwig’s (Lady Bird) new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women was a marvelous Christmas gift for this viewer on that day. With a runtime of 135 minutes,...

 

Waitsburg Year in Review

WAITSBURG-News making events for 2019 began very close to home, the Waitsburg Times', home, that is. The 141-year-old newspaper welcomed its first female owner when Lane Gwinn purchased the paper on...

 

It's finally here!

Believe the hype, folks, the Cosmic Crisp, the new apple developed at Washington State University, is now available at the Waitsburg Grocery, and definitely meets the taste and texture expectations....

 

A familiar friend and new voice

WAITSBURG-There is action happening at 208 Main street in The Plaza Theater building with Marilyn Johnson re-opening her gift shop Etc., while her daughter Serena Travis is remodeling the space to...

 

Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas

"When everybody steps forward like they do in this community it makes such a big impact," said Joy Smith, President of the Waitsburg Commercial Club, and coordinator of this past weekend's events....

 

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