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Articles from the February 13, 2020 edition

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Waitsburg homes and farms underwater

WAITSBURG-February 7 is starting to earn quite the reputation in the Walla Walla Valley, as two major floods have ripped through the area in less than 25 years. The 2020 flood, which people are just n...

 

Flooding conditions in Columbia County

DAYTON-The Board of Columbia County Commissioners called a special meeting last Thursday and passed an emergency resolution allowing money to be freed up to purchase materials to help mitigate a...

 

Keeping Love Alive

Welcome to a whole new tradition. The Times has featured couples who've been married for a long time and Valentine's greetings to loved ones across the Touchet Valley....

 

Don't miss the Annual Sam Erwin Memorial Breakfast!

Proceeds will benefit the Prescott High School Scholarship Fund. The Prescott Lions Breakfast will be held on Saturday February 15, and Sunday, February 16, from 8 - 11 a.m.  The breakfast...

 

Special award to be given to five year old life saver

DAYTON—On Friday, February 28th at 4 p.m. at the Columbia County Courthouse, a Life Saving Award will be presented to five year old Carl Burnstad in the Court Room. Mr. Burnstad dialed 911 when his mother became unresponsive. Due to limitations...

 

Daughters of Pioneers offer scholarship

WALLA WALLA—Are you a descendant of a pioneer who established residence in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana during or prior to the year 1885? If you are also graduating from high school this...

 

Pastor Matt Wyatt responds to questions about his efforts over the weekend

To the Editor, It was a busy weekend but very fulfilling. I saw a community come together in a way that was inspiring and made me so grateful to be a part of this town. As for the questions, we have had one family stay the night at the church. We...

 

Happy Birthday!

February 13: Denise Shaffer, Lori Ann Witt, Tamra Fry, James Olson, Jonathon Baker, Justin and Travis Turner and Patty Mayberry. February 14: Susan Talbott, Edith Wold, Gina Lytle, Susan Zuger and David Smith. February 15: Ephraimia Reese, Andrew...

 

State of emergency declared for City of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—At a special meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Waitsburg City Council declared a state of emergency. This action is needed by funding agencies to release emergency assis...

 

Walla Walla County opens Disaster Call Center

WALLA WALLA—Have you been affected by recent flooding? Walla Walla County and the State of Washington are compiling damage estimates for the purpose of requesting possible help from FEMA and SBA. If there is enough damage throughout the county, it...

 

Cafe opening soon in Dayton

DAYTON—Alicia Walker wants to continue her family’s philosophy of providing organic, locally sourced, nourishing food to the community. Her goal is to open, ‘Locally Nourished’, a new...

 

Homes or businesses damaged by the flood may be eligible for property tax reduction

WALLA WALLA—If your home or business was damaged during the flood, you may be eligible for a reduction of value for the 2020 tax year. Any real property or business personal property that has been placed upon the assessment roll as of January 1,...

 

Dayton Memorial Library main floor remodel pushed to April

DAYTON—Columbia County Rural Library District Director Dusty Waltner said because of some purchasing and delivery delays it was decided to push the planned library remodel to Spring break in April. The CCRLD board and library administrators had...

 

Dayton Superintendent selected

DAYTON-Following last night's final interviews with community and school staff, the Dayton School Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer Guy Strot the position of superintendent, pending...

 

Public meeting about the flood at the Fairgrounds Pavilion on Thursday

DAYTON—Keep track of every dollar and every hour you spend on flood mitigation. That was the take-away message from government officials at the offices of the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, when they discussed next steps after the recent...

 

Dayton City residents are reminded to get City permits prior to rebuilding 

DAYTON—As area property owners begin the daunting task of clean up and repair following the recent flood event, residents are reminded to obtain local permits prior to repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures. These permits are required to...

 

Changes proposed for the City of Waitsburg elections process

WAITSBURG—City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe announced plans to hold a vote at the upcoming City Council meeting on February 19, 2020 to move the annual City election process to the Walla Walla County Election Board. According to the City of...

 

Environmental dangers to be aware of following a flood

According to the OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: “Although most floods do not cause serious outbreaks of infectious disease or chemical poisonings, they can cause sickness in workers and others who come in contact with...

 

Focus on the Dayton Lions Club

DAYTON-Lions Club International (LCI) is the largest and most active community service organization in the world, according to Glen Mendell Vice-president of the Dayton Lions Club. Mendell said the Li...

 

Columbia County-Walla Walla Fire district #2 commissioners meet

The Columbia County-Walla Walla County Joint Fire District #2 held their monthly meeting last Wednesday. The job description for the fire chief position is still being finalized and Commissioner Deb Fortner presented a proposal that the district...

 

Legal Notices

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA NO: 20-4-00027-36 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 In re the Estate of: WALTER G. MONTGOMERY, Deceased. The personal representative named below has been...

 

Spring –you tease!

Last week, I was so excited. There, on the south side of my house shooting upwards to the fog shrouded sun, were sprigs of daffodils. Yay! Spring has sprung and I am ready for some sun. I started to...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 13, 2020

Nancy's Dream is growing

WAITSBURG-Doug Biolo didn't have plans to stay in Waitsburg after his mother, Nancy Aronson, passed. It took a little bit of convincing from his sister, Janet Lawrence and a split-second decision to...

 

Beacon Rock State Park campsites now available by reservation

OLYMPIA-Washington State Parks announces that people can now reserve individual campsites at two Beacon Rock State Park campgrounds. Until recently, these campsites were only available on a...

 

The Club seeks reading buddy volunteers

DAYTON—Children who are proficient and passionate readers by third grade are five times more likely to be college or career ready. The Innovia Foundation in Spokane, WA began a program in 2013 in...

 

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