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 By Tracy Thompson    News    August 6, 2020

Walla Walla tries out downtown plaza on Main Street

WALLA WALLA-Kathryn Witherington stepped into her new job as Executive Director of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in early February of this year. Previously the Economic Development Director of...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    August 6, 2020

Walla Walla Town Hall generates emotions, ideas

WALLA WALLA —The Walla Walla City Council’s second Town Hall held to address police policies and other issues in the region took place over Zoom on Thursday, July 23. Fifty-four individuals spoke, having previously signed up in advance for the op...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 30, 2020

Prescott School District plans for in-person instruction

Justin Bradford is excited to get underway as the new Superintendent of Prescott School District. Most recently, he was the Director of College Place School District's Special Education Department, an...

 

Botany in the Blues; online presentation and field trip planned

WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Land Trust is introducing their new Botany in the Blues series, co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society. The conservation organization will facilitate a...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 30, 2020

Take the Challenge to learn more about racial equity and social justice issues

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla YWCA is putting forth a challenge to anyone who wants to accept it; spend twenty-one days deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism. Those who accept the Challenge can sign up on the YWCA’s...

 

Hayshaker Farm: High quality, nutrient-dense, colorfully diverse produce

My vegetable epiphany happened after I purchased a bag of Hayshaker Farms Wild & Fancy salad mix from The Market by Andy's in Walla Walla. I have been trying to eat a mostly vegetable-based diet...

 

Small's Family Farm

Seth Small of Small's Family Farm took some time during a busy harvest season to talk about his family's approach to farming, and his marketing efforts to bring his single variety flour to...

 

Walla Walla couple finds gardening oasis

When Mark Brucks and Susan Monahan were getting ready to retire after living and working in Austin, TX for twenty years, they carefully developed a list of criteria for their new home town. The list...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 16, 2020

Walla Walla's first Town Hall addresses public's concerns about policing

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla City Council held the first of three Town Halls in response to a large community outcry over-policing policies and the issue of a police officer’s tattoo which...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 9, 2020

Business owner sets her own standards

WALLA WALLA—Individual business owners in Walla Walla are all managing Governor Inslee's mask wearing proclamation in their own unique ways. Cugini's Italian Import Foods on Wallula in Walla Walla...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 2, 2020

City of Walla Walla to host three Virtual Town Hall meetings on law enforcememt

WALLA WALLA—At the Walla Walla City Council meeting held on June 24, plans were outlined for three, possibly four, virtual Town Hall meetings. The meetings will be held in July and August to address public concerns over a variety of law...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 2, 2020

Summer ritual continues despite the virus

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore.-Lampson's U-Pick Blueberries adjusted capably for the coronavirus by instituting an appointment system to manage the number of people picking in the fields at one time. Eight...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Additional cases put Phase 3 in jeopardy for Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s application for entry into Phase 3 appears to be in jeopardy (see story, page 5) due to Monday’s announcement from health officials that twelve additional COVID-19 cases were reported since Friday, June...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Prescott Pool getting ready to re-open

PRESCOTT-Prescott Pool Manager Kyra Hartley is a highly experienced lifeguard and swimming instructor and she recently stepped into the role of Pool Manager at the Prescott Pool. A double major in...

 

We still need to decide about masks

Sixteen weeks into this pandemic and I’ll admit, I’ve grown a little weary of the mask debate. Excuse me, cloth face-covering discussion. It seems endless, and redundant, and far too enmeshed in emotions and political parties. It’s exhausting!...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla County applies for a modified Phase 3

WALLA WALLA— Walla Walla County Commissioners decided at a special meeting on Thursday, June 18 to apply for a modified Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Phase 3 of the state’s plan allows outdoor recreational gatherings to be...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla nurse travels to Harlem Hospital to help

Skills and experience gained along with bonds of friendship WALLA WALLA-A Walla Walla native and WA-HI graduate, Jenna Watts was just finishing up a nine-week traveling nurse stint at Harlem Hospital...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Washington State school officials release guidance for upcoming school year

OLYMPIA—Washington State education officials released a guide to reopening schools for Fall 2020 on Thursday, June 11. The document lays a framework for schools to begin planning what their return to school in the fall looks like. The guidance was...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Walla Walla collaborates to promote safer outdoor dining and shopping

WALLA WALLA-Plans are underway to boost business income in Walla Walla's downtown corridor through active collaboration between the City, local agencies and business owners. The proposals all encourag...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter rally draws a peaceful, thoughtful crowd

WALLA WALLA-A grassroots group of people of color from the Walla Walla Valley community organized a second Peace Rally on Sunday, June 7 near Walla Walla's Land Title Plaza. With impassioned speakers...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 11, 2020

Pioneer Park Aviary killings prompt outrage and fundraising

WALLA WALLA-The news of repeated break-ins and killings of birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary in Walla Walla has prompted an outpouring of support and funding from community members. Walla Walla Police...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 4, 2020

Peaceful protest in Walla Walla on Sunday calls for justice for George Floyd

WALLA WALLA-The announcement for the protest was seen on a Facebook post, listing the 1 p.m. time, the Land Title Plaza as the place, with the words 'Peaceful Protest' as the title. The post also feat...

 

Waitsburg Grocery vandalized in early hours

WAITSBURG-Early morning on Monday, June 1, glass from one of the front doors as well as glass from a side door were broken in a possible attempt to gain entry at the Waitsburg Grocery on Main Street....

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    May 21, 2020

A Walla Walla woman's experience with the coronavirus

East Coast born and raised, Liz Fraser of Walla Walla is known for her candor. Two weeks ago, she openly let her Facebook friends know that she had tested positive for the Coronavirus. In the post,...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    May 21, 2020

Pet grooming guidelines released

Is your dog looking rough these days? For many breeds, a regular grooming schedule is a must. My dog Rocco is a miniature schnauzer, which is a double-coated breed that has a wiry topcoat and a soft...

 

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