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Spring Valley Vineyards

March 18 on Clodius Road, Spring Valley Vineyards. The grapevines are trimmed and ready to start growing. It was sort of a surreal Daliesque day that morning...the only things missing is watching the...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

City Council votes to approve new mower

WAITSBURG—Equipment purchase and financing, and ongoing flood control efforts were discussed at the Waitsburg City Council meeting on March 17. Meeting in person for the first time in over a year,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

County Commissioner Ryan Rundell speaks to the city's reluctance to approve ILA

DAYTON—At their meeting on March 10, the Dayton City Council expressed reluctance to sign the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the County for Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Municipal Court services....

 

2021-22 fee increase will ensure Sno-Parks continue to operate

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program announced the price of Sno-Park permits would increase when they go on sale on Nov. 1. This will be the first increase since 2009. The price increases reflect rising costs of Sno-Park...

 

Food giveaway coming to Waitsburg March 27

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Christian Church, in partnership with Restoration Community Impact and New Beginning Christian Community Church, will be hosting a drive-up food giveaway on Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., or while supplies last. Two s... Full story

 

The Club closed during Spring break, likely open for summer program

Jim Pearson, Director of Program Operations at the Club has announced the decision to forego hosting a spring break program this year. “Despite the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, there are still a number of barriers to providing a...

 

Waitsburg Celebration Days 2021 cancelled

WAITSBURG—For the second year in a row, the third weekend in May will be a quiet one, as the 2021 Waitsburg Celebration Days has been cancelled. The decision to cancel was made by executive board vote on March 15, just before a regularly scheduled...

 

At the Liberty

DAYTON-Showing at the Liberty Theater on March 26, 27, 28, and 30 is the 2020 drama Nomadland. Showtimes are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee at 3 pm, and Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Flood control, repair ongoing process for City of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—Between a major flood event and a global pandemic, repairs, and improvements for the levees surrounding Waitsburg have been slow going. At the March City Council meeting, City...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

New deputies hired in the Sheriff's Office

DAYTON-The Columbia County Sheriff Office has hired David Walling and Riley Conahan as new deputies for the county. David Walling was raised in the Ellensburg area, graduating from Kittitas High...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Waitsburg School Board discusses sports, property sale at March meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, March 18, for a regularly-scheduled meeting. Board members Christy House and Ross Hamann were unable to attend the March meeting. The school board...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

WSD continuing plans to replace high school roof

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School District is in the final stages of planning for the high school’s roof repair, a project that the board voted to approve in April 2020. Currently, the district is...

 

Virginia (Ginny) Just

Ginny passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Ginny was born in Kenmore, New York on April 4, 1937. She attended Cleveland Hill High School in Buffalo, NY, Cortland... Full story

 

Ronald Ernest North

Ronald Ernest North passed away on March 9, 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ron was born in Vallejo, California on July 16, 1942 to Lyle and Thelma (Kinvig) North and grew up in Lakeview, Oregon. He... Full story

 

Velma A. Sickles

Velma Adeline Sickles, 93, passed away peacefully following an extended illness. Velma was born on July 15, 1927, in White Bluffs, WA to Denzil C. and Neoma R. Gluck Mock. The family moved to... Full story

 

Walla Walla Hospice book club coming April 19

WALLA WALLA—In an attempt to normalize discussions regarding end-of-life, Walla Walla Community Hospice has started a book club. The structure of the club is relatively informal. Group members are encouraged to read a selection of the assigned book...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

Dayton School District board meeting report

DAYTON—At the Dayton School District (DSD) board meeting last week, Superintendent Guy Strot provided a COVID-19 update, impact to the athletic program, how federal COVID relief funds will be...

 

Spud congratulates Dayton Elementary School students

DAYTON--"Congratulations to the students of Dayton Elementary for reading more than 3,000 pages during Dr. Seuss week," said Elementary Principal Guy Strot. Strot said "Spud" the bulldog, pictured... Full story

 

CCSO

March 15 Lost dog taken to pound. Stockton Road Animal call. Highway 12 Citizen contact at Ameristar. Main Street March 16 Wanted person located at Dayton City Park. 1st Street Citizen Contact at Blue Home. Main Street Domestic problem. Lower Hogeye...

 

WWCSO

March 15 A woman’s home was entered, paperwork stolen. Prescott March 16 A theft was reported. Burbank A domestic disturbance occurred, and a man was injured. Walla Walla County March 20 Adult male was arrested on three misdemeanor warrants. Walla...

 

Chats with Mike: Max Evan Schmidt

If you had asked me about shed hunting a few weeks ago, I would have assumed we were talking about rotting pieces of pioneer carpentry that folks love to photograph or scrap out for projects. I was...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 25, 2021

Reaching for the Star(link)

High-speed satellite internet may be the future for Columbia County residents, and a former Dayton resident is an early adopter and advocate. DAYTON-Self-proclaimed techie Phillip McKeen, of Walla...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 25, 2021

Three of four local teams advance in NCAA tournament

It is often difficult to determine how strong a conference is going into the national tournament. This year was especially difficult, with most teams limited to games inside their own conference. Based on the results so far, the PAC-12 conference...

 

DW Wolfpack Volleyball earns one last victory before playoffs

DAYTON-The newly-named Dayton Waitsburg Wolfpack Volleyball won against River View High School on March 18. Set scores were 15-25, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 15-9 Teagan Larsen finished the game with four...

 

Wolfpack Football falls to RVHS after a hard-fought battle

WAITSBURG-Dayton Waitsburg Wolfpack Football had a rough night against a fast River View High School team on Friday, March 19, with a final score of 41-6. River View High started the game with a dive...

 

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