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Articles from the June 18, 2020 edition

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"The Eyebrow"

"I love this 'eyebrow', especially when the sky is filled with dramatic clouds. I noticed it a year ago, after having driven past it at least once a week for the past four years and have photographed...

 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Dayton City Council report for June

DAYTON—Both city parks and the Dayton City Hall are now open to the public since the county has moved to Phase 3 of the governor’s plan to reopen Washington State. Mayor Zac Weatherford said... Full story


Concern in Benton, Franklin, Spokane and Yakima counties as COVID-19 infections rise sharply

OLYMPIA—Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on Saturday, June 13, which shows COVID-19 transmission continued to increase in eastern Washington as of the end of May, with a possible uptick in...

 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Washington State school officials release guidance for upcoming school year

OLYMPIA—Washington State education officials released a guide to reopening schools for Fall 2020 on Thursday, June 11. The document lays a framework for schools to begin planning what their return to school in the fall looks like. The guidance was... Full story


K-12 students eligible for Pandemic EBT

Students in grades K-12 are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards to help with buying groceries while school is closed for the summer. Families can apply by calling (877) 501-2233 or online at


Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board discusses cancellation

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board of directors met Thursday, June 11 via conference call. The board discussed the decision to cancel the 2020 fair, and how they can help livestock exhibitors that raised market animals...


Free document shredding June 27

DAYTON—HomeStreet Bank is sponsoring a shred day on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Just sit in your car while Dayton Kiwanis volunteers take the material to be shredded out of the trunk for disposal....


Columbia Pulp brings back twenty employees

STARBUCK—Columbia Pulp, LLC Vice President Mike Schock informed The Times that the straw-fiber pulp mill in Starbuck has brought back twenty employees since the company let go 93 workers in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are... Full story


Mill Creek construction

WALLA WALLA—Construction projects at Mill Creek will cause a number of closures to Bennington Lake and the Mill Creek area over the summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) will be replacing the division works fish...


Hospice to host two different online grief support groups

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) just successfully completed its first 10-week online adult grief support group. This pilot group used the Zoom platform to connect individuals experiencing the grief of having lost a loved one. The...

 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

BMS Co-op food market has filled the gap for many during coronavirus challenge

DAYTON-People shopping at the Blue Mountain Station Co-op market have been able to find some of the items they couldn't find at retail grocery stores, because of hoarding by panic-stricken shoppers re...


Liberty Theater announces re-opening plans

DAYTON—Columbia County is celebrating its recent approval for Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan in Washington State. The Liberty Theater is hard at work preparing to re-open their doors and welcome back their community of fans. The...



To the Dayton City personnel who continue to keep the public bathrooms by the bridge sparkling clean....

 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

DZA Associates provides 2019 financial audit to the Hospital District board

DAYTON—Tom Dingus, owner of Dingus/Zarecor & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, presented the 2019 Basic Financial Statements, and Independent Auditor’s Reports to the Hospital District...


Happy Birthday!

June 18: Bernice Patrick, Linda Bode, Gertrude Brock and Ryan Leid. June 19: Barbara Johnson, Rollin Carpenter. June 20: Beau Marshall, Frank Loveall, Louis Donnelly, Katreena Mabe, Seth Pierson, Cameron Danforth, Amber Hilton. June 21: David Dunn,...


Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office May 23 Adult male reported discovering his shop located in the 26000 block of Ice Harbor Drive had been entered and multiple tools taken, as well as his safe. He stated the burglary occurred within the last two...


More Cheers!

Kellie Moore, RN, and Emily Lewis, RN graduated from Walla Walla Community College's Nursing Program this spring. Since the graduation and pinning ceremonies were cancelled, a celebration for the...


Pamela Leigh Puhak

Pamela Leigh Puhak, 65, a retired airline customer service representative, world traveler, and devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, died today at her Durham, NC home due to complications from... Full story


Steffen Earl Jacobson

Steffen Earl Jacobson was born June 11, 1948 in Walla Walla Washington to Robert & Betty Jacobson, leading the way to 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Growing up on a farm outside of Prescott, Washington... Full story


Starbuck and Dixie Elementary School students experience Salmon in the Classroom Program

STARBUCK/DIXIE-A unique partnership between two rural school districts was cut short this school year when Governor Inlsee issued his Stay Safe, Stay home proclamation, and schools closed in-person...


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The sounds of Waitsburg

Within a week of my move to Waitsburg, construction started on my house. My ears were bombarded with drills, hammers, compressors, nail guns, saws and lots of cursing. About two weeks ago, constructio...

 By Emma Philbrook    News    June 18, 2020

The lost treasure is retrieved, yet the journey is still in peril

Had the Curse of the Lost Security Deposit not loomed in the temporal distance, our intrepid adventurer might well have ceased her quest for the Lost Treasure of Apartment 1B rather than brave the...


The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Five) Following the harrowing rescue of Mr. B from the (potential) clutches of the pterodactyl, we proceeded on down the coast uneventfully. Which believe me, was a blessing. On a...

 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Walla Walla collaborates to promote safer outdoor dining and shopping

WALLA WALLA-Plans are underway to boost business income in Walla Walla's downtown corridor through active collaboration between the City, local agencies and business owners. The proposals all encourag...


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