Articles from the January 21, 2021 edition

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Waitsburg Levee walk

WAITSBURG-A small herd of whitetail deer swam across the Touchet River on a sunny January afternoon, before running along the levee at the north end of town. What was once a grassy, hard-to-enjoy...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021

CWWCFD2 terminates Chief contract at Commissioners' meeting

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 (CWWCFD2) Board of Commissioners met on January 13, 2021, via Zoom call. More than 20 community members, commissioners, and volunteers...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 21, 2021

New phased approach for COVID-19 vaccinations announced this week

DAYTON—When it comes to COVID-19, the Times tries its best to deliver up to date, factual information, but it is hard to keep up when the data changes so quickly. Take the information released to th...

 

CCHS CEO speaks to vaccination phases and current guidelines

DAYTON- In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire said Governor Jay Inslee had expanded the B1 group to include all people aged 65 or older and... Full story

 

State goal to vaccinate 45,000 Washingtonians daily geared to increase vaccination

OLYMPIA—As part of a new plan to increase the number of Washington residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, Governor Inslee Monday announced changes to state infrastructure for increased vaccinations. To assist with the administration of... Full story

 

WWCC's American Dream Academy starts Feb. 1

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community College is recruiting area students and parents for its American Dream Academy. This program prepares families with little or no higher education experience to successfully manage their students’ transition from...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021

Community land trust one potential solution to housing crisis

WALLA WALLA—The housing crisis in the Walla Walla region has reached a tipping point. Thankfully, this problem is not unique to the region. With a decrease in affordable housing across the nation,...

 

Waitsburg's "One of a Kind" pride attacked

Change is the only thing permanent in the world since the beginning of time. Though not popular or easy, it can be progressively profitable. Absolute honesty and unselfishness are usually the missing factors omitted from decisions made in secrecy.... Full story

 

Waitsburg levee: before and after

Before (left) and after (right) photos of levee repair along a section of the Touchet River. This area, which runs parallel to Willard Street, sustained significant damage in February, 2020. Enough...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 21, 2021

Dayton City Council report for January

DAYTON—Mayor Zac Weatherford talked about mitigating damages to the Dayton portion of the levee caused by the 2020 February flood in his report to the Dayton City Council last week. There are three...

 

Robert Edwin Newbury

Robert Edwin Newbury passed away on the evening of January 4, 2021, after a long and excruciating battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis. For a man enduring unimaginable pain and suffering each day, he... Full story

 

Roy Allen Shea

Roy Allen Shea, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Booker Annex Rest Home in Dayton, WA. He was 90 years old. Roy was born April, 7, 1930 in Dayton to Clarence Shea and Olga McCauley Shea. He was the oldest of four boys born to the couple.... Full story

 

Winter hiking beats the blues

Now in the heart of winter in the Blue Mountains, the days are short and wet in the wheat country and snowy in the higher timber. Aside from the usual chores neglected over autumn and the holiday...

 

Chats with Mike: Roslyn "Roz" Edwards

I've known Roz Edwards for almost thirty years. I've also known how fun storytelling can be for kids and what she began to do when the world shut down with COVID-19 is a story I needed to hear. Edward...

 

NFL Conference Championship Preview

Tampa Bay travels to Green Bay this week to determine who will represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl. During Aaron Rodgers' storied career, it's easy to forget that he has played in and won the...

 

There once was a roof

So far, 2021 has done a fine job of proving itself. From national headlines to local weather, it has been textbook crazy. On January 13, an atmospheric river flooded over the Pacific Northwest,...

 

Derailed, rerailed on Bolles Road

A train derailed just outside of Waitsburg last Friday, along Bolles Road. It was a non-injury event, and crews were on site with cranes to lift the car back onto the track....

 

My Waitsburg perch

My “office” is a built-in desk located in an alcove upstairs in what is now our master bedroom. Next to our library, gym, and my staging area for Zoom business meetings, it’s a cozy little...

 

New to Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Prime

Ouch, Netflix opted to start 2021 a little harshly by removing The Office, all nine seasons of which have gone on to stream exclusively via Peacock, NBC’s new streaming platform. In its stead,...

 

Food Truck brings comfort food to Prescott

PRESCOTT– Pasagna to Go, a Walla Walla based food truck, was in Prescott on January 16. According to posts on the Prescott Happenings Facebook page, organizers are already planning on a second food...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago January 20, 2011 Reid Helford, the popular and award-winning manager of the Liberty Theater, has announced his resignation and will leave his position by the end of April. When a building grows to be as old as the First Christian...

 

My Recipes I Brianna Wray

All sorts of stories aim to explain how this dessert got its name, but we have not come to any consensus (according to Wikipedia, anyway). I’ve heard the pastries were invented by a shoemaker’s...

 

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON PARTNERS WITH THE STATE OF INNOVATION CHALLENGE, INVITING WA YOUTH TO DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO THE STATE'S CRITICAL ISSUES

AUBURN—Junior Achievement of Washington is partnering with the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, and Career Connect Washington to launch the State of...

 

Cheers

A shout out to the friendly and fast response I received from City of Waitsburg’s public works specialists, Devin Griffen and Kyle Gradwohl. This morning, as the two city workers were attending to a repair on a Main Street sidewalk, I told them... Full story

 

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