Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

CWWFD2 welcomes new fire rig, discusses upcoming elections

WAITSBURG-The Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 met Wednesday, May 12, for a regularly scheduled meeting. Fire commissioners discussed the upcoming elections in each county and a new vehicle that...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 20, 2021

Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting update

DAYTON-Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Earle Marvin, opened the May 12 meeting with public comment. Betty Longren spoke, urging the commissioners to respect all community members and get behind...


At the Liberty: The Father

DAYTON—Anthony (played by two-time Academy Award winner, Anthony Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, Olivia Coleman) as he ages with...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

Yes! Touchet Valley Trail supporters hit the streets

DAYTON-More than a dozen Touchet Valley residents hit the streets of Dayton with "YES Touchet Valley Trail" signs on Wednesday, May 12, to show their support for the project and the Port of Columbia....


Letters to the Editor: Picture of Love

Every community should like the picture of Bill Rodger’s iris garden. Everyone growing up together and looking their best indicates being created for a great purpose by a Great God. With every glance, my eyes catch the beauty which illuminates my... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

BOCC amends equine fees, discuss Extension agent position

DAYTON—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 17, via Zoom. The commissioners were joined by WSU Extension Whitman County Director Janet Schmidt to discuss a long-standing...



May 10 Burglary. Payne Hollow Injury accident reported. HWY 126 Animal call. Texas Rapids Park May 11 Suspicious activity reported at Hubbard Building. Main Street 9-1-1 Call. Touchet Road Threats reported at PFI Mart. Main Street May 12 Citizen...


In Loving Memory Melvern Ellis Laidlaw, Jr., M. D.

On May 6, 2021, Dr. Laidlaw passed away peacefully at the age of 96 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center. He was a well-known physician and a longtime resident in Walla Walla. Dr. Laidlaw or "Mel", as...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 20, 2021

May in the Garden

Well, it's officially go-time! Those of you in Waitsburg proper should probably be a week or two ahead of me in terms of planting. Living a bit north of town and in a slightly colder spot, we managed...

 By Terry Lawhead    News    May 20, 2021

Winter and Spring Wheat crops threatened by drought

If you are feeling a bit uneasy about our intense sunshine and high temperatures, you are not alone. Plant communities are struggling as well. And while we can water lawns, gardens and orchards with...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 20, 2021

Mariners drop into third place

Seattle began the week by dropping both games in the Dodgers series and losing the first game of the Cleveland series. This put their losing streak at five games and made it their longest of the season. The first game in Los Angeles was particularly...


Bluewood announces $4.5 million development, expansion plan

DAYTON—New and enhanced lifts, a snowmaking system at the base, and a more robust power generation system are among improvements happening at Bluewood in a $4.5 million development and expansion plan slated for the next three years. “This is the...


Waitsburg 4th graders get a tasty treat

Tuesday's mood was sponsored by strawberry and vanilla Italian sodas, after Deanna Coulston treated the Waitsburg Elementary 4th grade class to a sweet treat at Ten Ton Coffee on T... Full story


Mark your calendars!

Waitsburg Town Hall will be open on Friday, May 21, to debut the brand new kitchen after more than a year of renovations. The open house starts at 4:30 p.m, and will end at 6:30 p.m. Light... Full story


Breaking Point, Boiling Point, What's the Point?

My sister and I are good friends when she's not trying to run my life. Being petite and the middle child, she's decided it's the reason (excuse) for her bossiness. Luckily, we agree on politics and...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 20, 2021

The secret colors of Waitsburg

A low maintenance, yet highly rewarding secret iris garden, created and maintained by local photographer Bill Rodgers, is in its third year of bloom in Waitsburg, and it is impressive. The sprawling...


Elementary Students to Release Classroom-Raised Salmon

Students from four local schools will release juvenile coho salmon into various streams in the coming weeks. The schools received salmon eggs last October as part of Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon in... Full story



Ten Years Ago May 19, 2011 City Clerk Randy Hinchliffe has the approvals in place and now it’s up to the City Council to decide at their regular monthly meeting Wednesday night whether to allow Fire District No. 2 to use the old apple warehouse or... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 20, 2021

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Too often, uninspired versions of this dish are slapped on restaurant menus, overdressed with bland mass-produced dressing. Originally created in 1924, by an Italian immigrant at his namesake restaura...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 20, 2021

Waitsburg Classic Auto Show enjoys great turn out

Car enthusiasts were more than excited to gather for the first show since the COVID-19 shutdowns. WAITSBURG-More than 160 car entries showed up for the 14th Annual Waitsburg Classic Auto Show on May...


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