Articles from the April 13, 2023 edition

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 By Karen Huwe    News    April 13, 2023

Waitsburg student served as senate page

OLYMPIA-Fifteen-year-old Waitsburg High School sophomore Cedar Stegall was a little nervous but mostly excited before traveling to Olympia as a Senate page the week of March 26. Stegall said she knew...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 13, 2023

Library's school outreach brought whales and cards

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg District students were the first to receive new electronic library patron cards donated by anonymous donors. The donation of $1,000 allowed the library to purchase 1,500 cards,...

 By Justin Jaech    News    April 13, 2023

Special dayton school board meeting update

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held a work session meeting at 6 p.m., on April 5, 2023, in the high school library. School board members Grant Griffen, Zac Fabin, Superintendent Rich Stewart, and Business Manager Jana Eaton attended in person....


Tire collection April 22

WALLA WALLA—A Free Tire Collection Event will be offered to Walla Walla County residents in Waitsburg, Prescott, and surrounding areas on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held across from the City Hall in... Full story


Substance use disorder Is a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue

Substance abuse disorders pose a heavy societal burden, endangering individuals and families and sapping resources from healthcare and multi-disciplinary systems. It tears through communities impacting everyone. Historically most strategies for... Full story


At the Liberty: "Champions"

DAYTON—“Champions” is centered around a stubborn and hotheaded minor league basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) who is sentenced to community service and forced to coach a Special Olympics team, based on the 2018 Goya Award winning Spanish film... Full story


Community meeting for Waitsburg Pool project

WAITSBURG—The Friends of the Pool and Waitsburg Parks and Rec are holding a community meeting on a, April 19, in the Waitsburg Elementary Library at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will receive updates and brainstorm ideas for fundraisers, grants, and plans... Full story


Martha Lanman honored for work in rural health

SPOKANE-In March, Martha Lanman was recognized at the 2023 Northwest Rural Health Conference held in Spokane, Wash. She received a Community Star Award from the National Organization of State Offices...


Learn about the library, make your own opinion

Dear Editor, Regarding efforts to defund the library, I question if the real reason is that “they” think the library has more reserves than needed, therefore, no more tax money should go to fund it? If that is the reason, then, in my opinion,... Full story


Sherrie Johnson Land

Sherrie Johnson Land passed away at her home in Walla Walla on March 10, 2023 at age 73. Sherrie Lee Johnson was born in Spokane, Washington on May 16, 1949 to Betty and Bobbie Lee Johnson, their...


Bill and Linda Stonecipher named 2023 WCD parade marshals

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Celebration Days committee is pleased to announce Bill and Linda Stonecipher as the 2023 Parade Marshals. The committee said it was a privilege to honor the late Bill...


Columbia county jail closed, town hall meetings scheduled

COLUMBIA COUNTY-The Columbia County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Columbia County Sheriff's Department issued a joint press release to announce the closure of the county jail facility....

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 13, 2023

Film screening: "A not so still life" at Foundry Vineyards

WALLA WALLA-A documentary about the remarkable artist Ginny Ruffner will be presented at The Foundry Vineyards in Walla Walla on Friday, April 15. "A Not So Still Life: the Ginny Ruffner Story" will...

 By Popo Ott    Specials    April 13, 2023

The Owl

I call this series "Just Vignettes" because that's what they are, just short snapshots of things that have happened to me or have been told to me. I can vouch the stories you read here are mostly true...

 By Karen Huwe    News    April 13, 2023

Celeberation Days Queen Hannah

WAITSBURG-Hannah Peralez, an eighth grader in Waitsburg, is the 2023 Queen of Waitsburg Celebration Days. Peralez will ride Stubs, her 15-year-old chestnut quarter horse, to parades and fairs this...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    April 13, 2023

New crop of baseball players

WAITSBURG­-T-Ball and Little League has started around the area.   There is nothing cuter than watching four and five-years old baseball players!  Come out on Mondays and Wednesdays and catch a...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    April 13, 2023

Wolfpack JV Boys get a win

WAITSBURG-The high school junior varsity boys' baseball team beat Columbia Burbank 18-7 on Monday, April 10. The Wolfpack had 15 hits and no fielding errors in the game, which ended in the 6th inning...



Ten Years Ago April 11, 2013 Columbia County Public Safety Communications is recognizing Barbara Phinney as the 2012 dispatcher of the year. Barbara has shown extraordinary devotion to the ideals and... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 13, 2023

Creamy Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

With the changing of the season, we have been busy with spring cleaning projects around the house and out in the yard. In anticipation of warmer days, we have rows of vegetable and tomato starts sprou...

 By Karen Huwe    News    April 13, 2023

Volunteers, kids, and a bunny carry on the Easter Egg Hunt tradition

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg annual Easter egg hunt has been a tradition for the Rick and Terry Ferguson family for over 40 years. The Fergusons, with the Penny Hazelbaker family and fellow Waitsburg...


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