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Articles from the December 17, 2020 edition

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Missing Waitsburg Man

WAITSBURG – As reported on Helping Hands of Waitsburg Facebook page, George Downing, a local 84-year-old has been missing since 3:50 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Downing has dementia and his friends and family are asking for help in locating him.... Full story


Finding your dream ride: Robert & Janet Phinney

Twelve miles up and out of the Touchet Valley, I sat down with friends Robert and Janet Phinney to discover we have more in common than I might have thought. I'm a musician; the Phinney's are...


Washington State Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

DAYTON-The Washington State Department of Health expects to receive and distribute 62,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 17 sites across 13 counties, beginning this week. According to DOH, th...


Tis the season for giving

DAYTON—A former long-time Master Gardener for the Boldman House Museum has won the museum committee’s raffle quilt. Instead of keeping the quilt for herself, and without hesitation, Susie Rogers...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Leave the beaver, or at least relocate

WAITSBURG—A little sadness hung over the Touchet River this weekend. Reports of a beaver making its residence near Preston Park were short-lived, and on Saturday, the young mammal was found dead...


Six-year transportation plan approved by Board of County Commissioners

Emergency repairs only, in 2021 DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners approved and adopted several resolutions presented by the Public Works Director Chuck Eaton at their December 11 meeting. Res...

 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Hunters, avoid the waterways

WAITSBURG—Most big game hunting seasons have come to a close. As hunters finish processing their deer and elk, reports of animal carcasses disposed of by hunters in the Touchet River have begun comi...


Wenaha Gallery to feature College Place artist

DAYTON—The Wenaha Gallery will feature College Place-based abstract oil painter Frankie Laufer. Laufer moved to California in the late 1970s and returned last year, settling in College Place. He...


Public input sought for Regional Housing Action Plan

WASHINGTON—The Cities of Dayton, Waitsburg, Walla Walla and College Place are jointly developing a regional housing action plan funded through a Dept. of Commerce grant. As part of the outreach for the Regional Housing Action Plan the public is...


Reader photo

Some Ten Ton Coffee regulars have begun morning poetry readings. Like great poetry it is not scheduled or belabored, but spontaneous and free....


The Club Receives Donation from HomeStreet Bank

DAYTON-The Dayton branch of HomeStreet Bank has donated $3,000 to The Club for operating expenses. Branch Manager Judi Pilcher presented a check to The Club's Board of Directors President, Dan...


Columbia County Conservation District seeks public input on restoration plan

DAYTON—The Columbia County Conservation District held a virtual public meeting on December 16 and will continue to accept public comment regarding the Tucannon Habitat Restoration and Conceptual Restoration Plan. Restoration opportunities...


Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Eliminates Business Memberships

WALLA WALLA—The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation (DWWF) is eliminating its business memberships beginning in 2021. These memberships, which historically have cost downtown businesses $195 and whose proceeds contribute approximately 1/16th of the...


Waitsburg Gun Club Meat Shoot top scores

WAITSBURG—The Frank Bramlett Range was busy this weekend, as the Waitsburg Gun Club hosted a Meat Shoot. All participants went home with either three pounds of bacon or an applewood-smoked ham. Twenty-one trap shooters and twenty-nine rifle...


Los Angeles

We are back in Los Angeles for more doctor visits, tests, and procedures, and we are the healthy ones! Los Angeles is supposedly in COVID-19 lockdown. However, we have been in bumper to bumper...


Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Washington

This week Seattle travels to Landover, Maryland, to play the Washington Football team. Washington is 6-7 for the year and is now in first place for the NFC East after winning their last four games....


Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

This is one of many overnight breakfast recipes. I have used this one several times. My thought is to share it this week in case you wanted to use it maybe for Christmas morning and needed to get a...


Kindergarten-Jamie Trump-Dear Santa letters

Dear Santa! Hello, my name is Aalaura and I am 5 years old. I live in Waitsburg. How is Mrs. Clause? Does she like the cold? I have been very, very good! One thing that I am really excited for is... Full story


First Grade - Stephanie Hinchliffe - Christmas Poems

Snowflakes Cold Pretty Falling, Drifting, Landing Snowflakes make a winterland Snowfall By: Kaitlynn Miller Winter Cold Snowy Playing, Sledding, Snowball fights I love wintertime fun Holidays By: Syre... Full story


Second Grade - Wenda Parr - Diamanté poems

Winter White, cold Caroling, snowboarding, laughing Santa, snow, sled, hot cocoa Snowy, icy Christmas By Jaylynn Gleason Winter Icy, chilly Ice skating, sledding, snowing December, cocoa, cabin, mount... Full story


Third Grade -Tabitha Jaden -Riddles

I am green and I am mean. I am never happy, and I do not like Christmas. Who am I? By: Nolan Smith I have flavor. You can break me. You can decorate me. What am I? By: Kaitlyn Paul I am bright. I go o... Full story


Fourth Grade - Deanna Coulston - "What Christmas means to me"

What Christmas Means to Me By Braden Johnston To me, Christmas means family, love and happiness. One reason it's about family is that we are together even if we can't see each other; we are still fami... Full story


Fifth Grade - Angela Sallee -My Perfect Christmas

My Perfect Christmas There are many things for which I am grateful. My hopes for a perfect Christmas include, I hope, lots of snow. I also hope for there to be no arguing between my siblings or my... Full story


Preschool – Marci Jo Lanning – "This Christmas I want to give ____________ a ___________"

This Christmas I want to give ______ a _______. Elizabeth Hays: Mom a reindeer. Cannon Abel: My Grandma my pinecone. Jesse Jadin: My mommy love. Cash Grende: Gannon a toy car hauler. Maddison Miller:... Full story


The Christmas Gift

Tom and I met in 1973 at a summer poolside "Hoagie Happening" party in Redmond. At the time, I was a crafter at Pike Place Market in Seattle, making sand candles. Tom's praises boosted my confidence...


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