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Inslee announces stay-at-home order

OLYMPIA, Wash.,-On Monday, March 23, Governor Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020

Former Waitsburg Mayor Walt Gobel passes away

WAITSBURG-Former Waitsburg Mayor Walt Gobel passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2020. A very active member of the Waitsburg community, Gobel was a well-loved leader in our small town. A retired...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 26, 2020

Hockersmith leaves Mayoral race to focus fully on the Flood and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Ballots are in the mail for Waitsburg’s next City Council and Mayoral election. Although current councilmember Kate Hockersmith is listed as a candidate for Mayor, at the March 18 City Council meeting Hockersmith announced that she was taking...

 

Pre-screening at the Walla Walla VA

WALLA WALLA—Effective Thursday, March 19, the Walla Walla Veterans Administration campus announced that all Veterans and visitors will be screened at the tent in front of Bldg. 143 (the outpatient clinic) before entering clinical buildings. The...

 

Washington state parks and wildlife areas to close following governor's order

OLYMPIA-On Tuesday, March 24, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all...

 

Waitsburg City Hall closed to public until further notice

WAITSBURG—City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe announced that as of Tuesday, March 23 Waitsburg City Hall will be closed to the public until Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy declaration is lifted. Waitsburg residents are encouraged to...

 

Walla Walla County's modified operations due to COVID-19

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla County Commissioners in conjunction with the Director of Community Health are approving modified operations/access to certain county departments to protect the employees and taxpayers from the spread of COVID-19. County...

 

Happy birthday!

March 26: Whitney Baker, Rod Estes, Emma Brookshire, Dottie Frohreich, Chet Bond, Jim Kessler, Dawn Nichols and Kris Lytle. March 27: Bill Laughery, Rachel Halley, Emory Flathers, Tammy Brown, Samuel Donnelly, Maddison Miller and John Mason. March...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020

Waitsburg City Council issues disaster declaration

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, March 18 at the Waitsburg Lions Building. All members of the council were present, and all attendees practiced social distancing measures for a...

 

Waitsburg Schools continuing meal drop-offs

WAITSBURG—On March 17, Waitsburg School District’s Food Services began delivering breakfast and lunch to children under 18 years of age, in Waitsburg. Hoping to help ease stress for families following the state’s mandated school closures, Food...

 

Blue Mountain Station is Open

DAYTON—The Blue Mountain Station is open for business! They have local & organic produce, and a wide selection of staples like organic rice, bean, grains, sugar and flour. BMS carries Pure Eire Dairy and has Umatilla Cheese stocked. Last, but not...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020

Waitsburg School Board Meeting

WAITSBURG—On Thursday, March 19, the Waitsburg School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Superintendent Mark Pickel, Board Chair Ross Hamann, and board members Lisa Morrow and Sarah...

 

Dayton School District breakfast & lunch delivery times

DAYTON—The Dayton School District began their meal delivery service to anyone 18 and under. Assistant to the Supervisor and Food Services director Jana Eaton noted on their first day of meal delivery they prepared 150 breakfasts and lunches....

 

Waitsburg Schools breakfast & lunch delivery times

WAITSBURG—Pick up times and locations for Waitsburg students are as follows: 202 Harmon St. ​​​ 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 705 Maple St. ​​​ 9:20 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Whiskey Canyon Parking Lot ​​ 9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. High School Parking Lot...

 

City mayoral candidate has concerns

Waitsburg is a community we all can be proud of. Neighbors standing shoulder to shoulder shoveling mud from each others homes. Salvaging what could be salvaged. We are Truly “One Of a Kind.” But there were events happened during our recent...

 

State Senate candidate reflects on forebears' sacrifices in challenging times

To the Editor: My Facebook page reminded me this week of a photo I took in 2011 of the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a timely reminder of the hard challenges our country has faced before. That memorial is officially called the U.S. Marine Corps War...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020

Port of Columbia County and Dayton Chamber of Commerce offer assistance to small businesses

DAYTON—Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s March 15th proclamation calling for the mandatory closure of bars, restaurants, recreational facilities and large social gatherings, is scheduled to...

 

Martha Anne (Bosley) Kenney

Martha Anne Kenney, 85, passed away March 12, 2020, at Parkview Memory Care - Wheatland Village in Walla Walla. Martha was born to George (Bill) Bosley and Jessie (Hanger) Bosley in Dayton,... Full story

 

Walter (Walt) Bryan Gobel

Walt Bryan Gobel, passed away in his sleep on March 19, 2020 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Walt was the 4th born child of 5, to Paul Roy Gobel and Agnes (Brumley)... Full story

 

Robert Durwood Wagar

Robert (Bob) Durwood Wagar, 81, a resident of Shelton, WA., passed away at his home on March 17, 2020. Bob was born in Grand Forks, ND., on April 30, 1938, to Melvin and Signe Wagar. The Wagar... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020

Columbia County businesses and services impacted by coronavirus policies

DAYTON—Government, businesses, and services are being impacted by COVID-19. Here’s a run- down of impacts: On March 18 the Dayton City Council closed the Dayton City Public Works Facility and the...

 
 By Dave Schreindl    News    March 26, 2020

Dayton school board approves graduation date and shares student meal schedule

In a meeting held virtually, the Dayton School Board met to discuss a few items including the impact of the health crisis on the schools. When discussing the budget, board members noted that district costs have gone down with travel out of district...

 

Legal Notices

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA No. 20-4-00052-36 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS In re the Estate of WILLIAM P. ANNETTE Deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed as... Full story

 

Social distance, yes! -but I won't be a hermit

I am not complaining about our "new normal;" I believe the doctors and the scientists, I will adhere to social distancing guidelines, I have been washing my hands until they are raw, I will not...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    March 26, 2020

Studies interrupted: local law student settles into her hometown

You're stuck with me for a bit longer, I'm afraid – as of last Wednesday, in-person classes at Notre Dame Law School are cancelled for the rest of the school year. I should probably finish...

 

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