Articles from the January 2, 2020 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    January 2, 2020

Local racer signs deal with racing company

One of the best feelings is when you figure out what is meant by "do what you love and love what you do," and Koby Harris is figuring it out early! The Waitsburg High school student recently turned... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    January 2, 2020

Columbia County Commissioners adopt $13.6 million budget for 2020

DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners have adopted their budgets for next year, and there are some things the budget will allow and some things the budget won’t allow. One thing the county... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    January 2, 2020

Waitsburg City Council Update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met December 18, 2019 at the Waitsburg Lion’s Building. Council members Terry Jacoy, KC Kuykendall, Jim Romine, and Kevin House, as well as Mayor Marty Dunn,... Full story



Ten Years Ago January 7, 2010 Sheriff’s deputies chased a 21-year-old man through a Waitsburg neighborhood, then surrounded his residence with guns drawn for nearly three hours Saturday before obtaining a search warrant that allowed them to enter t... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    January 2, 2020

Waitsburg's bookstore is more than just pages

Good books, local products, and writing clubs... oh my! Ju's Traveling Pages, located at the end of our Main Street, is owned and operated by a family who has centered their business around... Full story


CCHS owes CMS less than the $1.5 million originally thought

DAYTON—The Columbia County Hospital (CCHS) Board of Commissioners heard a bit of good financial news at their December meeting. The Finance Committee received an adjustment letter from their... Full story


Columbia County Search & Rescue to hold meeting

Columbia County Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time in service to their community, helping those in need who are lost, stranded or injured and need help. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will... Full story


Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association announce teaching scholarship

The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association is proud to announce scholarship opportunities for students graduating from a Walla Walla or Columbia County school who intend to become a teacher. Two $2,000 scholarships will be granted to... Full story


CCHS moves ahead to provide dental services for Medicaid patients

DAYTON—Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire said CCHS will be able to provide dental services to Medicaid patients by the end of the year 2020. McGuire said dentists in private practice find it challenging to provide care to Medicaid... Full story


Waitsburg Star shines bright

Waitsburg residents have been delighted by the nighttime vista of a lighted star/cross located on the water tower just outside of town. An anonymous citizen, with help from friends, reconstructed the... Full story



December 10 The Walla Walla Police Department assisted the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office by collecting evidence on one of their cases at Frog Hollow Road/Valley Chapel Road in Walla Walla. December 22 Theft of a motor vehicle was reported at... Full story



January 2: Joy Hill. January 3: Mary Olona, Guy Antonius. January 4: Meagan Zajac, Loegan Harshman, Andrea Payne, Ben Kiefel, Carol Clarke. January 5: Fred Rankin, Barb Colby, Willard Cameron, Terry John, Aaron Jones and Ted Seaton. January 6:... Full story

 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... Full story

 By The Times    News    January 2, 2020

Cedar Rain Spirits crafts specialty liqueurs at Blue Mountain Station

Robert “RC” McNicol has been working on the dream of opening his own liqueur business for four years now. He served as Active Duty in the U.S. Air Force and worked construction alongside his... Full story


Building Two at Blue Mountain Station complete, full

DAYTON—Three years after a private developer first started construction on a second building at Blue Mountain Station, the building is finally complete and full of tenants. The Port of Columbia, which owns Blue Mountain Station, purchased the build... Full story



January is a tough month. Barely emerging from the shortest day of the year, we immediately embark on those dreaded New Year's resolutions while looking across the arduous 348 days that lie between... Full story


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,... Full story


Dayton-Waitsburg girls basketball lose to Stanfield

MILTON-FREEWATER-Dayton-Waitsburg's girls basketball team came so close to flipping on a switch and getting their first win of the season at the Mac-Hi Christmas tournament. Instead they dropped a... Full story


Dayton-Waitsburg boys basketball lose close game to Stanfield at Christmas tournament

MILTON-FREEWATER-Oh so close. Junior Mason Finney's shot from the top of the arc bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded for a heart-breaking loss, 53-52, Saturday afternoon to Stanfield at the... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    January 2, 2020

Inside the matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Okay admit it, you’re still not quite sure what happened against San Francisco last week. The first half had you wondering how bad the final score would look. Then Marshawn Lynch dove into the end zone and you started to believe in the team again.... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    January 2, 2020

D-W Boys lose opener to Irrigon in holiday tournament, 59-52

MILTON-FREEWATER-Friday December 27th the Dayton-Waitsburg boys basketball team traveled to McLoughlin High School in Oregon for the first day of a holiday tournament. The boys would face Irrigon in t... Full story


D-W Girls drop opener in holiday tournament, 57-47

MILTON-FREEWATER—The Dayton-Waitsburg girls varsity basketball team played in a holiday tournament Friday the 27th at McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater against Irrigon. D-W started off the game shooting 2-19 from the field in the first qua... Full story


Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce

Remember I said I would do the Christmas Scones recipe this week, but call it New Year’s Scones? Well, I guess I’ll have to rename them again. This recipe came to my email and it sounded good. I... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    January 2, 2020

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting held in Dayton

DAYTON—The Conference Room at Fire District 3 was crowded with community stakeholders for the Port’s annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meeting, which took place on Dec.... Full story


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