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Articles from the April 22, 2021 edition

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DW gets double win against Columbia Burbank, April 17

The DW softball team won both games of a double-header against Columbia Burbank on Saturday, April 17 in Dayton. The Wolfpack won the first game 5-3 in seven innings and won 13-3 in the second game...


At the Liberty:

DAYTON—Tom & Jerry is showing from April 23-27. This February 2021 movie release is a live-action/computer-animated comedy of these two well-known cartoon characters. One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into N...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 22, 2021

CWWFD2 forms committee for future leadership hiring at April meeting1

WAITSBURG—Volunteers stepped up to begin the process for selecting a new fire chief at the Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 meeting on Wednesday, April 14. Commissioner Deb Fortner gave...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

Port discusses trail meeting, Columbia Pulp, broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reminded those in attendance at the Port Commissioners meeting last week about the Touchet Valley Bike Trail informational meeting,...


Sing United, a United Way singing competition fundraiser

WALLA WALLA—United Way is excited to announce the first-ever virtual singing competition to come to the Blue Mountain region. Sing United: Clash of the Blue Mountain Beats will celebrate and recognize great musical talent in Walla Walla, Columbia,...


Triggered playing at Gesa Power House Theatre

WALLA WALLA—Gesa Power House Theatre presents a work-in-progress screening of the upcoming documentary film Triggered: The Charles Krafft Story on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 PM with an encore screening on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 PM. Each...


Program to support those in quarantine and isolation is saving liveS

OLYMPIA—A program created by the state Department of Health (DOH) and partners to support people who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 has reached almost 13,500 people and played a role in saving lives. Working with local health...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

Dayton City Council report for April

DAYTON—Vicki Zoller from the Friends of the Dayton Community Center was a special guest at the Dayton City Council meeting last week. Zoller said fundraising efforts for the feasibility study for th...


Investigations into field vandalism ongoing

WAITSBURG—Law enforcement investigations into the damage that occurred to multiple properties in Waitsburg earlier this month are still underway. As of April 19, the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office had not identified a suspect. Eyewitnesses...


Letter to the editor

The taxpaying citizens of Columbia County have approved and are paying for bonds supporting Education and schools, Hospital and Health Care and Fire Department and Ambulance Services, all which support our quality of life. We are now being asked to... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

One new case of COVID-19 in Columbia County

DAYTON—Only one COVID-19 vaccine clinic was scheduled this week. That clinic took place at the county fairgrounds on Tuesday, when 91-second doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered....

 By Beka Compton    News    April 22, 2021

Waitsburg School Board discusses curriculums, summer recovery plan at April meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board had a full agenda for the April 15 meeting, including approval of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum and discussing athletic combine matters. During the...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 22, 2021

Waitsburg School District approves CSHE curriculum

WAITSBURG—A committee consisting of parents and teachers has spent the past few months exploring comprehensive health education after Washington voters passed Senate Bill 5395 in 2020. The bill,...

 By John Avery    Specials    April 22, 2021

Sounds and Visions

On a recent late-night drive home, I was taken by a particular piece of imagery: dozens and dozens of red wind turbine lights pulsating through the darkness. Every few seconds, a unique rhythm of...


Wenaha Gallery to feature Lisa Kostelak

DAYTON—The Wenaha Gallery’s newest Art Event features the hand-woven baskets of Lisa Kostelak, an artisan from Colville, WA, who has been making baskets for more than 35 years. Her first intro to...


Basic Needs Drive at Waitsburg High School

The Waitsburg High School Class of 2024 and LEO’s Club will be hosting a Basic Needs Drive. May 3-7, students will be encouraged to bring items that they have collected from families, friends, and neighbors in our community. Items will be... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 22, 2021

Mariners take the lead in American League West

Being outscored by your opponents for the season, starting pitching’s lack of quality starts, and too much reliance on the bullpen were the reasons I was prepared to list why the Mariners' quick start can’t last. Then the series with the Houston...


DW HS 1st softball game at Riverview on April 10th

The Wolfpack won the first game 20-3 in four innings of play and DW won the second game 22-11 in five innings....

 By Beka Compton    Sports    April 22, 2021

Athletes recognized at Monday night banquet

WAITSBURG-The DW Wolfpack Fall Athletics banquet honored the volleyball and football athletes on Monday, April 19. The JV volleyball team was recognized first, with coach Karen Huwe announcing that... Full story


Organization is in the eyes of the beholder

Like beauty, organization is in the eye of the beholder (or doer). Daniel and I recently had a heated discussion about who is more organized. I think the issue is that we have different expectations a...


Art from the Nest

Over Spring Break, the Cardinal's Nest sponsored by the Waitsburg Resource Center, hosted an art program for Waitsburg students. The Resource Center provided lunches and art supplies for an acrylic... Full story



Ten Years Ago April 21, 2011 Nearly 600 riders paid a visit to Waitsburg and its surrounding countryside, including this secluded spot on Bolles Road north of town, this past weekend during the 15th annual Tour of Walla Walla. This 3-day, 4-stage... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 22, 2021

Herbed Garlic Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki

As the days are warming up and getting longer, grilling season is officially here. Concurrently, our edible garden is coming alive and ushering in the season of fresh herbs in everything we cook. We...


National Volunteer Week opportunities at WGC

WAITSBURG-Sunday Morning, Ron, Derrek, and Norman met at the Gun Club, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the day's adventure. By mid-afternoon, Ron and Derek returned with a much-appreciated... Full story


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