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Articles from the April 2, 2020 edition

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Spring in the valley

This much green is a hopeful sign. Spring is here!...

 

Providence Medical Group opens drive-through COVID-19 Fast Track Clinic at Urgent Care

WALLA WALLA-Providence Medical Group is now offering drive-through screening and testing at Urgent Care for people with symptoms of COVID-19. The Fast Track Clinic is located at the white tent on the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 2, 2020

Potential for COVID-19 outbreak has hospital district officials concerned

DAYTON—At the Columbia County Health System board meeting last week, CEO Shane McGuire shared his concerns about financial stability, emergency preparedness, and possible impact on patients and...

 

Dayton's American Legion Annual Spring Bingo Canceled

Along with many annual fundraisers that help our local non-profit organizations, The American Legion Post #42’s Spring Bingo scheduled for April 25 has been canceled. No future date has been set....

 

Cheers!

On March 23rd I fell out of my Wheelchair at the corner of 6th & Main. A woman stopped, then Jim Lynch stopped, and together they got me in the wheelchair. Before I could turn to thank the woman, she had gotten back in her car and left. So I would...

 

Columbia County Public Transit needs volunteers for local grocery and meal program delivery

DAYTON—Dayton Mercantile can now process phone orders for groceries and CCPT will deliver the orders to residences. CCPT will also deliver meals to the Starbuck Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with grocery orders to residences....

 

Correction

In Walt Gobel’s obituary last week, his birthdate was erroneously listed as May 12, 1944. Walt was born on February 20, 1944....

 

Blue Mountain Community Foundation creates COVID-19 response fund

WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund and is organizing an advisory committee so that charitable resources can be directed to nonprofit organizations assisting people affected by the COVID-19 virus...

 

Department of licensing temporary office closure

OLYMPIA—The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being cancelled at this time and no appointments will be made going...

 

Community members issue boredom-combating challenges

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg residents are refusing to let the quarantine boredom get the best of them. Over the weekend, a few community members issued community-wide challenges, finding creative ways to...

 

Dayton distillery pivots from brandy to sanitizer

DAYTON—On Monday, March 30, XO Alambic, the Dayton distillery announced the immediate start of production of ethanol-based, anti-viral hand sanitizer, CovidEx AV. Friday, March 27 was the distillery...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    April 2, 2020

Grant funding provides car charging station

WAITSBURG-Electric and hybrid cars continue to grow in popularity. The City of Waitsburg recently embraced this growth, and in early February, City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe oversaw the...

 

Defining essential

Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide order to close all nonessential businesses by March 25, unless the employees can work from home, leaves many Washingtonians asking what qualifies as an “essential” business and whether or not they need to go to...

 

Help the Helpers

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Walla Walla Valley. This means for most of us doing things very differently in the weeks ahead. Those fortunate to have work they can do from home are doing it. Those of us with reliable broadband and a s...

 

State House candidate offers encouragement, revamps campaign strategy

To the Editor: When I announced my candidacy in January for position 1, Washington State House of Representative – Legislative District #16, I imagined discussions on neighbors’ doorsteps and forums with engaged citizens. I imagined listening,...

 

Letter to Walla Walla County Residents

To the residents of Walla Walla County: Due to the restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you, your friends, or your family members might be out of work, missing personal contact, favorite activities, or living and working...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    April 2, 2020

Waitsburg city elections see return candidates

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Elections are scheduled to be held on April 6, 2020. The City Council has three seats open, after council members K.C Kuykendall, Kate Hockersmith, and Terry Jacoy...

 

Downtown Waitsburg hosting springtime visitors

Since the statewide directive to shelter-at-home, the streets of Waitsburg have become eerily quiet. The Times has received information that the streets may not be as empty as they seem. Several...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 2, 2020

From hotelier to Events and Membership Coordinator for the Dayton Historic Depot

DAYTON-Shellie McLeod brings her experience as an innkeeper to her new job as Events and Membership Coordinator for the Dayton Historic Depot Museum and the Boldman House Museum. She said she worked...

 

Happy Birthday!

April 2: Dan Butler, Bill Butler, Kay Hawks, Sandra Nogle, Dawn Hinchliffe, Cassandra Leid, Jacob Smith and Bonnie Jones. April 3: Donna Knotts, Deanna Huffman Tipton, Terry McCoy and Mary Beth Reese. April 4: Tanner Patton, Carly Mary Jean Pearson,...

 

Amy Rosenberg is the new Boldman House Museum manager

DAYTON-What does it mean to be the new Boldman House Museum manager in a museum that is closed through May 1 because of the concerns around the novel coronavirus? Amy Rosenberg is now conducting...

 

Frugality required

While continuing to shelter at home, we have tried to be productive; working, unpacking and organizing the homestead. We have been working in the yard, dragging flagstone, bricks and cinderblocks from scattered locations to one area. Now when I look...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 2, 2020

Law student adjusts to online learning, parakeet and kitty join in

Some wannabe philosopher on the internet – the quarantine seems to be bringing them out of the woodwork in droves – recently commented that all this isolation is forcing people to face their true...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    April 2, 2020

Cookie Chronicles

The first book I ever read cover to cover was Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, and now, many decades later, it remains the best book I ever read. I mention this because the special relationship between...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 2, 2020

Food and other resources in a time of need

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Waitsburg Resource Center (Food Bank), is working to ensure that their volunteers and neighbors (clients) are all safe. As a result, they are currently open on Thursday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Items are pre-bagged no...

 

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