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 By Tracy Thompson    News    January 23, 2020 

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....

 

Representative Rude visits Waitsburg schools

WAITSBURG-Representative Skyler Rude (R) visited all three Waitsburg schools on Monday, December 9th. In his commitment to meet the needs of his constituents, he is on a mission to visit every school...

 

Coffee with the Superintendent

WAITSBURG-Immediately after Cocoa with Santa in the multipurpose room, Superintendent Mark Pickel met with parents and grandparents of Waitsburg Elementary students for coffee and donuts in the music...

 

Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas

WAITSBURG-The annual Waitsburg Hometown Christmas events start Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with breakfast and vendor shopping at the Waitsburg Town Hall located at 121 Main Street. The 1919 Tractor...

 

Citizens complain of persistent burning odors in town

For months, citizens have been remarking on the sour smoky odor noticeable in town. The smoky smell is particularly apparent in the early morning hours when the inversion layer is in effect. A...

 

Mary Poppins delights with a cast of community

Well, the bar has certainly been set high for any future productions at the Liberty Theater. My attendance at Mary Poppins this past Friday night, was my first at Dayton's Main Street theater, and...

 

Walla Walla Foundry CEO Mark Anderson passes at age 65

WALLA WALLA-The Waitsburg Times staff is reflecting on the passing of Walla Walla resident Mark Anderson this past week. He had just celebrated his 65th birthday and was a visitor to the Art X Agent...

 

Before & After: Garden Street house

WAITSBURG-Paul and Karen Gregutt bought their Waitsburg home in 2005. Busy with professions in Seattle, Paul is a noted wine writer and music afficionado, and Karen is a filmmaker, they had been...

 

Waitsburg Parks & Recreation levy passes; Chapman, Chabre voted in to Waitburg & Prescott School Director positions

WAITSBURG—Pam Chapman narrowly defeated incumbent Randy Hinchliffe for the Waitsburg School Director position #5. Chapman received 51.91% of the vote total, while Hinchliffe drew 46.81%; there were three write-in votes. Chapman stated, “I was...

 

Make time for giving

With the cold weather comes an array of options to help those less fortunate. You can start assembling your 12 Days Box, by adding a shelf-stable non-perishable item to your box once a day for 12 days to donate to the Waitsburg Resource Center’s...

 

New Fire Commissioner sworn in

Walla Walla—Columbia County Fire district #2 held a meeting of the commissioners on Wednesday, November 5th at the Fire Hall in Waitsburg. Commissioners in attendance were Deb Fulton, Jake Long,...

 

Album review: The Highwomen

If you watched the Country Music Awards last night, you may have caught the opening performance by the 'super-group' The Highwomen. With a play on the name of the Highwaymen, the outlaw country...

 

Prescott Preschoolers Practice with Pumpkins

PRESCOTT—Brittany Zuger, ECEAP Lead Teacher at the Prescott School District shared some photos of her students having fun with the pumpkins that were donated to the class from the District office...

 

Plan ahead to help your neighbors over the holidays

WAITSBURG—Help your friends and neighbors celebrate the holiday season this year by getting in on a fun new tradition proposed by the Waitsburg Resource Center. For the first twelve days of December place one of the items listed on page seven into...

 

Coffee with the Superintendent proves informative

Waitsburg School District Superintendent Mark Pickel welcomed a small group of parents to a coffee hour this past Friday at the Waitsburg Elementary music room. With chocolate donuts, and fresh hot...

 

Trail design workshop generates new ideas

For Dayton Resident Joanne Poolman, participating in the Touchet Valley Trail design charrette this past weekend is part of "being a good human." As a resident of this area for 50-some years, she...

 

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