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Articles from the May 14, 2020 edition

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Iris in full bloom

The secret garden is teeming with life!...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 14, 2020

Governor Inslee gives Columbia County the green light for Phase 2

DAYTON—Columbia County is one of five counties in Washington that has been approved to move from Phase I to Phase II of Governor Jay Inslee’s Phased Approach for Reopening Washington Plan....

 

Waitsburg-respond to the census!

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg residents’ participation rate in the 2020 census is in the lower half for all of Washington state. So far only 40 percent of town residents have completed the survey. If you haven’t filled out a census form yet, go online...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    May 14, 2020

One Waitsburg family has sewn 1,200 cloth masks and counting

WAITSBURG-Twelve hundred is a big number, especially when it is the 'projects completed and donated' tally. That is the number of cloth face masks that Skip and Lois Winchester, of Waitsburg, have sew...

 

Remaining test results from tyson plant to be released this week

The results of 38 pending COVID-19 test results from workers and inspectors at the Wallula, WA Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. plant will be released later this week, according to an email from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health on...

 

Guidelines for observing Memorial Day weekend at Mountain View Cemetery

WALLA WALLA—In observance of Memorial Day, the grounds at Mountain View Cemetery will be open to the public from dawn until dusk on May 22-25. Due to COVID-19, below are a few considerations for those planning to visit on Memorial Day weekend; ...

 

All Wheels Weekend 2020 canceled

DAYTON—The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted on May 6 to cancel All Wheels Weekend, the 26th annual car show scheduled for Father’s Day Weekend, June 19-21. The decision to...

 

Dayton Memorial Library Community Memories Project

DAYTON—The Dayton Memorial Library is undertaking the initial collection, maintenance, and eventual archive of accounts of coronavirus in Columbia County. The purpose of this Community Memories Project is to encourage agencies, organizations, and...

 

Inslee announces contact tracing initiative

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan on Tuesday, May 12 that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Contact...

 

Three additional Washington counties approved for early move to next phase of reopening

CAMP MURRAY, Wash.-On Monday, May 12, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved applications from Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Stevens counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's...

 

Washington wins federal grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

OLYMPIA—Unemployed workers throughout Washington will get jobs to help the state address and recover from the COVID-19 disaster, receive training for in-demand careers and get targeted help with their job search. The $12 million disaster recovery...

 

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 a.m. to noon. The registration drive thru will be...

 

Childhood vaccination rates declining

CAMP MURRAY, Wash.—Immunization rates among children appear to be dropping during the COVID-19 pandemic. This leaves children and communities at risk. Providers in Washington’s Childhood Vaccine Program reported a 30 percent decrease in...

 

Back to the wild

Exploring the outdoors feeds our souls and helps keep us healthy, when done responsibly. Yet, as we begin to once again enjoy these benefits, we must keep the wellbeing of all of us in mind. For several weeks, Washington residents have put...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

April 15 Malicious Mischief investigation in Waitsburg at 137 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA. April 21 Residential burglary that occurred sometime over the last week at an address in the 17000 block of E. HWY 12, Waitsburg, WA. May 5 Someone illegally...

 

Birthdays

May 14: Daniel Thomas Reese, Marge Tabor, Maggie Pietila, Lynna Larsen, Lee Fisk, Marilyn Robert, Barbara Wood, Suzie Payne, Debbie Fisher, Brian McKenzie and Alison Huwe. May 15: Pete Rohde, Charlie McCown, Tiffney Hawks, Bryce Scott and Ron...

 

Whitney M. Baker

"Sometimes it takes more faith when there is no miracle." -Author unknown SPOKANE-Former Waitsburg resident Whitney Marie Baker, 35, of Spokane Valley, died May 7, 2020, at Providence Sacred Heart...

 

Filing period ends May 15 for Columbia County offices up for re-election this fall

DAYTON—The filing period for all Columbia County offices up for re-election this fall ends on May 15 at 4 p.m. Open offices include Columbia County Commissioner District No. 1, and Columbia County Commissioner District No. 2, along with Precinct...

 

Legal Notices

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...

 

Vicki's pandemic bucket list

I know that we cannot remain a "sheltered at home" state forever; so I need to start facing reality. I am not usually a procrastinator, but since sheltering, I have seen a definite change in my...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 14, 2020

Emma's done with finals-now the real work begins!

Finals are over. I'm done. I'd say I'm "finally" done, but that just feels like a bad pun even though I didn't intend it as one and-ugh. Forget it. Finals are over. If you can't tell from that car...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    May 14, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Three) We all travel for many different reasons, but one defining feature for any type of travel, whether for business, pleasure or pure adventure, is that it breaks you out of your day-to-day routines. If you work at home, and...

 

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days is still scheduled for Labor Day weekend

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County commissioners met with fairgrounds General Manager Bill Ogg last Friday to discuss the viability of the 2020 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days amid the pandemic....

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    May 14, 2020

The Liberty Theater is temporarily closed, but its creative heart is still beating

When the Times last wrote about the Liberty Theater in Dayton, we described the efforts and planning that went into the staging of their celebratory 20th anniversary variety show. Set to open on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 14, 2020

Could it be a grief reaction?

DAYTON—Most of us are acquainted with the five stages of grief, which are; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, and most of us have experienced grief, firsthand, through the loss...

 

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