Articles from the December 10, 2020 edition

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Frost on Walnut Trees

Frost on Walnut Trees, 2021. Bill Rodgers was out at one of his favorite spots last Sunday and took this stunning photo through freshly frosted trees looking north up Whiskey Creek...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    December 10, 2020

Kathryn Witherington: Walla Walla's 12th Man

WALLA WALLA—It’s just after 10 a.m. Monday morning, and Kathryn Witherington, Executive Director of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation (DWWF), is already brimming with ideas. When we met back in...

 

City of Dayton adopts 2021 Budget

Budget includes water/sewer utility rate increases DAYTON—The Dayton City Council adopted the 2021 City Budget at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec.1, and Mayor Zac Weatherford presented the following:...

 

Waitsburg Students selected for Walla Walla Exchange Club scholarship program

Waitsburg High School Seniors Teagen Larsen and Koby Harris were nominated by Waitsburg High School staff for the Walla Walla Exchange Club Scholarship program. On Monday, December 7, the high...

 

Annexation application period begins Jan. 1

WALLA WALLA—With an annexation application period approaching, the city of Walla Walla’s Development Services Department would like to remind residents of recent updates to the annexation process. The annexation application periods are Jan. 1-31...

 

Four murals join downtown holiday decorations

WALLA WALLA—Four new 8-foot by 8-foot murals have been placed in front of the Land Title Plaza, 33 E. Main, Coffee Perk, 4 S. First Ave, the Macy’s building on 58 E. Main St, and at TMACS, 80 N. Colville St. The idea was a community-led...

 

Public hearing scheduled for Columbia County Flood Control budget adoptions

COLUMBIA COUNTY­—A public hearing has been scheduled by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to hear comments on the adoption of the 2021 budgets for the Columbia County flood control district. A copy of the proposed budgets will be placed...

 

Two new COVID-19 related deaths in Columbia County

DAYTON— On Tuesday of this week, Columbia County Public Health Administrator, Martha Lanman, confirmed two more deaths in men over the age of fifty. This brings the total to four, including a death reported earlier in November and one in July....

 

Walla Walla Unified Command announced five new COVID-19 related deaths

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County health officials were notified that two local men, one in his 50s and one in his 70s, as well as three local women in their 70s that had tested positive for COVID-19, have passed away. “We offer our heartfelt...

 

Jordan, Stubblefield to serve as WWFFD Directors

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days is pleased to announce that the Board of County Commissioners has appointed William (Bill) Jordan and Todd Stubblefield to the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board of Directors. William Jordan...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 10, 2020

Dayton School Board update

DAYTON—The Dayton School District Board of Directors met Wednesday, December 2, for a regularly scheduled board workshop session. During the session, Superintendent Guy Strot gave a brief update on...

 

Palouse RTPO seeks community input on Active Transportation Plan

DAYTON—Jennie Dickinson, the Executive Director for the Port of Columbia, is on the board for the Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO). She is asking the community to...

 

Letter to the Editor

It seems common sense and decency have been upstaged by rule changes at the USPS. In our small town of 1,200 we do not have mail delivery to our homes as an option. The two choices are a mailbox at the end of the street, if living far enough away...

 

Postmaster offers help mail and packages to get to PO Box holders

Let me begin by saying I know this policy of returning items has caused a huge inconvenience for many Waitsburg Postal Customers, and I am sorry. Also, we at the Post Office appreciate the support many of you have extended. The Waitsburg community...

 

Hospital District board report for November

DAYTON—For the past few months, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire has been talking to the Hospital District Board of Commissioners about five small works roster1 projects that c...

 

Bluewood ski area opens Friday, December 11

DAYTON­—The 2020-21 season at Bluewood opens the weekend of Dec. 11-13 as the winter sports area welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain. As of Monday, Dec.7, there are 24 inches of snow at the base and 24 inches at the summit. On...

 

WWCSO

November 30 Reporting party came to the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday in the 400 block of Preston Avenue. Waitsburg Deputy dispatched to the 3000 block of Issacs Avenue regarding theft of...

 

Chats with Mike

Jon Rampey: Wand Maker 2020 has taught us how to make lemonade out of lemons. Jon Rampey, a newcomer to Dayton, makes art using this philosophy of resourcefulness. "Creating something is better than...

 

The Cookie Chronicles | Chapter 24-Zen & the art of dog-ness

It has become exceptionally clear over the years that as much as we give of ourselves to Cookie in terms of time, love, and care, she will always out-give us. It's the nature of her dog-ness, the...

 

Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Jets

After an upset loss to the New York Giants last week, the Seahawks have dropped down to the fifth seed in the playoffs. If the Seahawks end the season as the fifth overall seed, they would have to...

 

Extrication drill

Columbia Walla Walla Fire District 2 held a vehicle extrication class Saturday in Waitsburg involving ten volunteer staff. Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a...

 

Best Christmas tree(s) ever

Growing up, my family loved to find ways to make our Christmas trees unique. Not always successfully or safely. In the sixties, my mother turned one tree into Pop Art bordering on Psychedelic Art....

 

Holiday memories

I am an eastern Oregon gal and my most precious holiday memories are the times spent at my grandparents’ homes in the farming community of Keating, east of Baker City. In the 1960s, we didn’t...

 

Tree of Memories

Like many Christmas trees, ours is a time-measuring tree. We have so many ornaments now, there are too many for one tree to hold! We have a couple of small table trees that help out, but when you...

 

Ringing in Christmas with a bang

My most memorable holiday happens to be a Christmas when I was just old enough to sleep on the top bunk. Being the youngest, I wasn’t alive during the fabled Christmas when my older brothers...

 

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