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Articles from the April 9, 2020 edition

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 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 9, 2020

Columbia Pulp closes abruptly

Columbia County's second largest employer and third-highest taxpayer began an orderly shutdown of its wheat-straw pulp mill on Sunday, March 29, and completed the suspension of operations on Tuesday,... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    April 9, 2020

Waitsburg Celebration Days cancels events amid pandemic

"This year's Celebration Days weekend of 'family friendly' fun events are cancelled due to Washington State health concerns about COVID-19," said Lisa Naylor, President of the Waitsburg Celebration... Full story

 

Waitsburg election results return Marty Dunn as Mayor, and add three new councilmembers

WAITSBURG—Preliminary election results for Waitsburg’s mayor and city councilmembers were tallied Monday. With a total of 318 votes cast, voters will return Kevin House and Jim Romine to the council and adds Karen Gregutt, Karl Newell and David... Full story

 

'Ten Ton' of Funds raisedThis weekend Ten Ton Coffee gave out 85 free bag lunches and raised over $500 for the Waitsburg Resource Center food bank! They give much love and thanks to their thoughtful community for helping people in need during this time of crisis.

This weekend Ten Ton Coffee gave out 85 free bag lunches and raised over $500 for the Waitsburg Resource Center food bank! They give much love and thanks to their thoughtful community for helping... Full story

 

Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District #2 is advertising for their first paid Fire Chief position

The Board of Commissioners (BOC) for Waitsburg’s volunteer fire department, Columbia Walla Walla County Fire District #2, is advertising for the first paid Fire Chief position in the department’s history. The BOC is seeking a part time fire... Full story

 

Walla Walla County Treasurer to offer property tax payment plans

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Board of County Commissioners will release information about a possible extension of the due date for payment of property taxes. The current due is April 30, 2020. In a press release, the commissioners note language in... Full story

 

Inslee extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' through May 4

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' emergency order on Thursday, April 2. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4... Full story

 

Driver license expiration dates extended 90 days

OLYMPIA—Governor Inslee has taken action to allow the Department of Licensing (DOL) to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses. If your driver’s license is set to expire in the next 90 days (April 3 through July 3), the DOL wil... Full story

 

City of Walla Walla adjusts Sudbury Landfill availability

WALLA WALLA— In order to provide better service to customers, the City of Walla Walla is adjusting the availability of the Sudbury Landfill to the public. The goal is to maintain a balance between these factors: The state of Washington’s... Full story

 

Columbia County residents encouraged to pay property taxes early

DAYTON—To respond to the economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia County encourages property owners to pay property taxes as early in April as possible, to help fund vital services needed now, and in the months to come.... Full story

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 9, 2020

Waitsburg School District adapts to at-home learning

When Governor Jay Inslee delivered his 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' declaration on March 13 announcing the closure of all public and private K-12 schools in Washington state, school leaders across the state were suddenly confronted with the problem of... Full story

 

Update: School buildings closed, but learning continues

On Monday, April 6, Governor Jay Inslee extended Mid-March’s school closure directive to close all public and private K–12 schools throughout the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. Waitsburg School Superintendent Mark Pickel checked in... Full story

 

Dayton School District breakfast & lunch delivery times

Meals will be delivered by school bus to the following locations: (Times are approximate)   Bus #1  11:00 a.m. – Valley View Court  11:30 a.m. – Country Village  12:00 p.m. – Cameron Court  Bus #2  11:00 a.m. – 1st Street/Richmond... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Cheers

A huge thank you for the fella who saw me trying to balance a large box, purse, and mail to go into the post office. He stepped right up and, with permission, took the box in and placed it on the counter. It made my day.... Full story

 

Bluegrass jams canceled....For April!

In an email to her Mythical/Moveable Blue Mountain Bluegrass Jam group, facilitator Kate Hockersmith announced the cancellation of the free, weekly, all-ages jam session. However, she has been updating the group’s Facebook page with daily postings... Full story

 

Writer applauds legislation that provides care for early-onset Alzheimer's disease

Dear Editor: I’m so grateful that in all its understandable focus on the COVID-19 virus, Congress did not lose sight of the need to improve care and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Approximately 5% of the more than five... Full story

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 9, 2020

Former Walla Walla General Hospital is ready to take COVID-19 patients if needed

WALLA WALLA—The Blue Valley region is fortunate to have an option for an additional temporary inpatient hospital should there be a surge in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providence... Full story

 

Bandit or compassionate person - face masks deemed helpful

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where... Full story

 

Face mask makers wanted

Columbia County Public Transportation is accepting homemade cloth face masks at their office at 507 W. Cameron St. in Dayton. Columbia County Emergency Management Director Ashley Strickland said the... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 9, 2020

Blue Mountain Artists Guild monthly show goes virtual

DAYTON-The Blue Mountain Artists Guild has been adorning Dayton's public spaces with their artistic endeavors every month, since the Guild was started by local artist Vivian Eslick McCauley, in 2008.... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 9, 2020

Dayton Depot Museum manager busy behind the scenes

DAYTON—Dayton Historic Depot Manager Tamara Fritze is busy with important behind the scenes museum work, pending museum reopening on May 4. She said work continues on inventory of the museum’s... Full story

 

Emma offers rebranding ideas for today's retailers

My household is extremely lucky in that it hasn’t felt much of an economic impact from this whole mess. My mom is teleworking overtime, my brother’s job at a ski shop wasn’t going to be netting... Full story

 

Chemist or cook?

We finally finished unpacking all of Daniel's books (all 30 boxes of them), and his totes full of kitchen equipment, including a vast amount and variety of spices and a treasure trove of chemicals.... Full story

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    April 9, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

I've concluded that there are really just two types of dogs - those who like playing with balls, and those who do not. From the first day we spent together, me tossing and Cookie chasing a ball... Full story

 

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