Articles from the January 6, 2022 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    January 6, 2022

S'no problem in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-It's been a chilly past couple of weeks, with temperatures dipping into the negatives and the National Weather Service reporting as much as 18 inches of snowfall at the end of December. As...


Commercial Club reboot

WAITSBURG—After almost two years of inactivity, the Waitsburg Commercial Club (WBCC) is taking steps to return to business, acting as the city’s Chamber of Commerce and encouraging economic development. The club held two meetings in December. In...


At the Liberty: Spiderman No Way Home

DAYTON—For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the...


TAKE3 performing at Gesa Power House Theatre

WALLA WALLA—Gesa Power House Theatre presents TAKE3 in concert on Friday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. With a flair for the wild and unexpected, genre-defying trio TAKE3 brings the refinement of rigorous classical music background and infuses it with r...


Walla Walla County COVID-19 vaccination clinic update

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) and local healthcare partners will transition the Providence Southgate vaccine clinic to a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule beginning January 6, 2022. Clinics will run from 9... Full story


Thanks to commissioners who passed Broadband funds

Letter to the Editor - I am writing to say THANK YOU to the two Columbia County Commissioners, Marty Hall, and Ryan Rundell, who stood up for their community now and for the future, by voting yes to provide money for the broadband project in our... Full story


Columbia County Farmers donate to Dayton Foodbank

Columbia Grain International, Central Ferry terminal, presented the Dayton Foodbank with a donation this week. "This was done on behalf of the Columbia County farmers that deliver grain to my... Full story


COVID-19 cases rise in last two weeks

OLYMPIA—Washington state is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, and experts predict increased transmission in the coming weeks. While it is still too early to tell how much of the increase is due to Omicron, epidemiologists with the Washington...


Byron Gene Kaczmarski

Byron Gene Kaczmarski, 75, of Dayton, WA passed away December 19, 2021 at Brookdale Assisted Living in College Place, WA.  Byron was born December 31, 1945 in Woodworth, North Dakota to James &...


The Quest for Columbia River Chukar

I knelt on the edge of the precipice with my knee dug into a sandy spot beneath a massive aromatic sagebrush while Finn ravenously lapped water from a small, green collapsible bowl. Behind and below u...


The Year in a Week comes with a Lesson in Humility

This past week of rough weather has been an important lesson and slapped down my hubris. I recently discovered, or instead, learned the hard way, that over confidence was a huge mistake. It seems...


Books to look forward to in 2022

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Dive into the complex family dynamics of siblings Olga and Prieto Acevedo, who are taking New York City by storm. Prieto is quickly climbing to stardom in the...


Black-Eyed Pea Empanadas

My mother's family has roots in Texas, which often influences our holiday gatherings. In Texas, as with much of the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck and...



Ten Years Ago January 5, 2012 Joanna Lanning is getting ready to take the plunge. Last year, Lanning, and two Waitsburgers, Patty Hazelwood and Vicki Hamann, took a dip in the Columbia River to raise... Full story


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