Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition

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Winter scene

This wintery scene photographed by Waitsburg resident Bill Rodgers in 2021, is at the junction of Lower Waitsburg Road and Ferris Road. It is a reminder of the Touchet Valley's beauty, even when...

 By Justin Jaech    News    January 18, 2024

Spring sworn in as port commissioner

DAYTON — The Port of Columbia Commissioners held its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on January 10, 2024, at the port office. Commissioners present were Seth Bryan, Johnny Watts, Mike Spring, and the Executive Director, Jennie Dickinson. The meeting...

 By Justin Jaech    News    January 18, 2024

Dayton City Council hears library tax concern

DAYTON — Newly elected Mayor Roger Trump called the Dayton City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., January 9, 2024. Mayor Roger Trump and council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Joann Patras, Laura Aukerman, and...


Dayton resident asks voters to reject two special school levies

To the Editor: Usually, you have zero say about taxes. But this February, you have the opportunity to say No to a tax, when the Dayton School District puts forth two special levies seeking to extract from taxpayers, beginning in 2025, $1.41-$1.48... Full story


CCHS Staff's Dedication and Training Saves the Day During Sub-Zero Emergency

 DAYTON — CCHS staff proved their dedication and training on Saturday, January 13th, when sub-zero temperatures caused a single heating unit to fail, resulting in frozen pipes over a section of the hospital. Despite the challenging circumstances,... Full story


Scholarships available to future educators.

WALLA WALLA & COLUMBIA COUNTIES – The Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) and the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association (WWCRA) are offering scholarships to future educators planning to do student teaching, internships,...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    January 18, 2024

MS Boys Basketball Awards

WAITSBURG — Middle School boys basketball Coach Gabe Kiefel presented end-of-season awards on Friday, January 12. Kiefel recognized sixteen players and manager Bryer Paul at the assembly. Liam Kiefel, Carter Barron, Cody Coulston, Alex Watson,...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    January 18, 2024

Cardinal wrestlers show potential

WAITSBURG - Waitsburg High School wrestlers competed well in the Battle of the Blues at College Place High School on Saturday, January 13. Cardinal Koyen Fortune took home a second-place medal, and...


Trading places

In twenty days and counting, I will be officially retired. To celebrate this milestone, Daniel and I have traded places. He has unretired and is now a rural mail carrier. As usual, timing is...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    January 18, 2024

Arts Kits, Bird Boxes, and online books at the Weller library in 2024

WAITSBURG – The Weller Library Board of Trustees met for its monthly meeting on January 9. Present were Chair Marie Gagnon, Rebecca Wilson, Sherri Erikson, Beka Compton, Library Supervisor Sarah...


Fre Alcohol - Removed Wine

So-called Dry January is upon us, as it has been since it was introduced about a decade ago. The concept is to eliminate or dramatically reduce your alcohol consumption for the month. And the wine...



Ten Years Ago January 16, 2014 "There's no place like home." Those words hold true for Waitsburg natives, R. Wes Leid, Katie (Mantz) Leid and Jeff Broom – who have experienced life all across the U.... Full story


Weeknight Lentil Soup

With this long stretch of below-freezing temperatures my soup pot has been getting a lot of use this past week. While I love slowly tending to a gently simmering pot of soup, sometimes I need a...


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