Articles from the April 28, 2022 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    April 28, 2022

Play surface, ARPA projects were April City Council topics

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on Wednesday, April 20, for a regularly scheduled meeting. April was the first month that the council offered a Zoom option. The option will be available...

 By Justin Jaech    News    April 28, 2022

Dayton School board update

Hidden in Plain Sight program scheduled for May. DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held their regular meeting at 6 PM, April 20, 2022, in the High School Auditorium and on Zoom. All members of the board were present in the auditorium, Aneesha Dieu,...


AT THE LIBERTY|Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling. Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize contro... Full story


Concern over Waste Water Project vote

At their April 12 meeting, the Dayton City Council voted 4-3 to forgo 2 years of work, and about $200,000 to say “no” to purchasing land on which to build a new wastewater treatment plant. After years of research and planning an innovative, econo... Full story


An apology is owed

Port Director Jennie Dickinson just received recognition from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce as Employee of the Year. Many appreciative community members nominated Ms. Dickinson for this award and were pleased that she was selected to receive it.... Full story


Counting on Ecology Patience

At the April 12 meeting of the Dayton City Council, the Council members voted against purchasing the property that would have allowed the City to move forward with bringing the wastewater treatment into compliance with Washington State Department of... Full story



Several years ago, the City of Dayton was cited by the WA. State Department of Ecology for dumping untreated wastewater into the Touchet River. The city puts 300,000 gallons of effluent into our Touchet River each day. Dayton was not fined because... Full story


Dorothy Amelia Gagnon Hall

February 26, 1932 – April 10, 2022 Dorothy Amelia Gagnon Hall, 90, passed away peacefully April 10th at her home in Walla Walla. Dorothy was born on February 26, 1932 at the home of her grandparents... Full story


Walla Walla Attorney Jared Hawkins Joins Judicial Race

WALLA WALLA—Jared Hawkins, local attorney and business owner, announces his candidacy for the Walla Walla County Part Time District Court Judge position. Hawkins owns the local law firm Hawkins Law. Throughout his 17 years of legal experience, he...


Henderson and Fouts Engagement

Savonnah Henderson and Andrew Fouts announce their engagement. Savonnah, the framer at Wenaha Gallery in Dayton, is the daughter of Steve and Carolyn Henderson of Dayton. Andrew, who is a mechanical... Full story


Secretary of State addresses concerns regarding third-party canvassers in Washington counties

OLYMPIA — The Office of the Secretary of State received multiple reports of third-party canvassers presenting themselves as elections officials and going door-to-door across Washington asking residents about their voter information and other...


Waitsburg School Board meets for regular meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met on April 21, 2022, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The middle school robotic class presented an overview of some of the projects they have been working on. The robotics class taught by Colby Starring has...


Three new deputies sworn in Columbia County

DAYTON-Sheriff Joe Helm administered the Oath of Office to three new deputies to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday April 26, 2022. Two of the deputies are lateral hires from other... Full story


2022 Mushroom harvesting permits now available at Wallowa-whitman forest

BAKER CITY, Ore—It’s that time of year again and out in forest are many species of friendly fungi on the forest floor, ready for harvesting. If you know where to look, and what to look for, mushrooms are available to pick for personal...


Ninth Annual SWIM the SNAKE Paddling and Open Water Swim Event Planned for August 13, 2022.

LYONS FERRY—The ninth annual Swim the Snake event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 13, 2022, beginning at 11 a.m. Swim the Snake consists of a non-competitive, open-water swim and a two-stage,... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    April 28, 2022

The return of the caboose?

DAYTON – A caboose on an active railroad track is not something most of us have seen in a very long time. Likely, most people under forty have never seen one. Few people have probably seen a...


Road Trip With Bill

Last weekend, a quick 700-mile trip into Oregon's Union and Baker Counties began rolling decades ago when Waitsburg photographer Bill Rodgers studied botany and geology and then worked professionally...


Dayton's night of awards and recognition

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce held its annual Community Choice Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Each year, the public submits nominations for exceptional citizen, employee, business, and...


PG's Wine of The Week

This is among Oregon's finest value brands, especially for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Samuel Robert makes two versions of dry, Pinot-based rosé, and both are excellent. The Conscious is priced a...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    April 28, 2022

DW Wolfpack Sports

HS Baseball On Tuesday, April 19, the high school baseball team lost 8-2 and 5-4 to WWVA.  No other details were received.  Thursday, April 21, the Wolfpack lost their first game to River View 14-4....


Back to Los Angeles – maskless

The day has come, and this is the test; am I ready to travel maskless? I had an early morning flight scheduled for my next sojourn to Los Angeles this last Monday. It’s a dreadful time to wake up...


Basket Illusion woodturning at Wenaha Gallery

The new Art Event at Wenaha Gallery features the woodturning art of Louis Toweill, an artist from Yakima. Toweill makes hardwood bowls in sycamore, maple, walnut, and other fine hardwoods. He began...



Ten Years Ago April 26, 2012 [Photo Caption] Pam Conover fits Waitsburg Elementary student Jake Bradshaw with a helmet for the fifth-grade class’s lesson on bike safety recently in Waitsburg.... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 28, 2022

Sicilian Orange Cake

It was around this time of year, many moons ago, that I made my first visit to Waitsburg. After the long dusty drive, the bucolic view of vivid green rolling hills surrounding this picturesque little...


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