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Articles from the May 7, 2020 edition

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 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Columbia County Health Department is asking for a variance from the state to move into COVID-19 Phase II

DAYTON-On Friday May 1 Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-phase plan for reopening businesses in Washington state. That announcement included an opportunity for ten smaller, rural counties to apply...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    May 7, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Walla Walla County expected to rise sharply

WALLA WALLA—The COVID-19 outbreak in our area has risen sharply over the past week, with 92 confirmed cases in Walla Walla County as of May 5 at 11 a.m. This is an increase of 35 cases from April 27. Walla Walla County experienced the first loss...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    May 7, 2020

Emergency rooms seeing fewer patients statewide

Visits to the emergency rooms have declined in Walla Walla county and across Washington since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Overall, the number of people coming to the Emergency Department are down significantly. On an average, pre-pandemic day,...

 

Walla Walla Police seek person of interest in arson investigation

On April 7 at around 5:20 a.m., Walla Walla Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 900 block of W. Alder Street. After further investigation, this fire was determined to be an arson. Police...

 

Big Hearts for Small Business program launched in Dayton

DAYTON—The City of Dayton, Dayton Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Columbia launched a promotional campaign called “Big Hearts for Small Business” on Monday, May 4. The campaign was developed to help Columbia County small businesses who have...

 

Sherwood Trust seeks nonprofit applications for 2020 general support grants

WALLA WALLA—The Sherwood Trust’s 2020 general operating grants are now open for applications to qualified Walla Walla Valley nonprofits. Up to 20 local nonprofits are eligible for awards up to $20,000, for a total local investment of $400,000....

 

Dayton Days postponed

The Dayton Days parade and rodeo scheduled for May 23 has been postponed until 2021, according to Dayton Days Committee Vice-president Loyal Baker....

 

Public lands to open for some fishing hunting and outdoor recreation

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee, Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz on April 30,...

 

Columbia REA partners with Providence St. Mary Foundation to strengthen community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WALLA WALLA—Columbia REA will donate $10,000 to the Providence St. Mary Foundation for the ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak. The donation will help fund the continuation of the Community Health Worker program, which is part of the...

 

Walla Walla Community Hospice to host webinar

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community Hospice has transitioned what was to have been a live presentation at the Gesa Power House into an online event. The Live Well—Die Well Webinar will be presented on Thursday, May 7th from 6 - 8 p.m. Guest...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Day use at W. T. Wooten Wildlife Area begins on May 5

DAYTON—Kari Dingman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife assistant manager for the Wooten Wildlife Area said all State Lands will be reopened to the public for Day Use, only, on May 5....

 

Waitsburg School's kindergarten and pre-school registration packets available May 18th

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Elementary will hold Kindergarten and Preschool registration for the Fall of 2020 on Monday, May 18th. There will be a drive thru station to pick-up registration packets from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The registration drive thru will b...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Rapid testing platform for COVID-19 fully funded through community support

WALLA WALLA-In less than a week, private citizens, cities, agencies and fire departments in the Walla Walla area stepped up to donate over $174,000 through the Providence St. Mary Foundation to make...

 

A Letter from the Columbia County Library Director

Dear Editor: While the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, we will continue to respond as quickly as possible using data and current recommendations from public health and government leaders in our on-going commitment to keeping our staff and p...

 

16th District State Senate Candidate Calls for More Testing and Safety Equipment

To the Editor: I send my condolences to all the individuals who have tested positive at the Tyson Fresh Meat Plant and my wishes for their healthy recovery. Thank you to Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and Benton-Franklin Health...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriffs Office

February 24 An abandoned vehicle was towed from Cemetery Road, Dixie, WA. April 20 A woman was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle at an address on Blacksnake Ridge Road, Walla Walla County, WA. April 28  Deputies investigated a...

 

Birthdays

May 7: Jake Kibler, Richard Ford, Herb Mettler, Brayden Wood, JoAn Fiala, Rose Rinell, Fred Knudsen, Patty Baker, Lydia Rose Roberts, Della Mae and Daisy Rae Rowson. May 8: Kay Wright, Bonnie Tower, Dean Done, Cathy Williams, Tony Witt, Monika Page...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Inslee issues additional clarification of limits on elective surgeries and procedures

OLYMPIA-On April 30, Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional guidance for the existing order on limiting non-urgent medical procedures. The Governor's 'Stay Safe, Stay Home' proclamation  ensured...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

CCHS officials working to repair financial damage caused by COVID-19 challenges

DAYTON—Columbia County Health System officials are working to shore up the system’s finances, which have been negatively impacted due to preparations required for a possible COVID-19 surge. There...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Reader photo

Readers Bill and Wendy in Vancouver, B.C. caught their dog Dante taking the convertible out for a spin. The mask is either COVID-19 preventative, or an attempt to hide his identity...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Small business development center offers strategies for small business owners

DAYTON-Judy Jones an advisor from the Walla Walla Small Business Development Center met with Port of Columbia Director, Jennie Dickinson and local business owners in a Town Hall meeting on April 21....

 

Legals

The Walla Walla County Conservation District (WWCCD) is issuing an Invitation to Bid on the McCaw Restoration Phase C Construction Project. The project is located on the Touchet River approximately 2 miles west of Waitsburg. Major elements of this... Full story

 

None other, my mother-a Mother's Day tribute

This was actually the title of an "essay" assigned to my sister for Mother's Day when she was in 4th grade. My mother treasured this master literary work, it was the only childhood memento that she...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    May 7, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Two) Having hunkered down in our peaceful Nye Beach cabin after an exhausting first day on the road, we awoke to a bright winter sunrise and the sound of waves crashing on the shore...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 7, 2020

Unsolicited legal advice from Emma

Don't do crimes! At the time of this writing, I've finished one three-hour nightmare of a final and have three more such finals in my future. By the time you read this, I'll be done with three and...

 

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