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Articles from the June 25, 2020 edition

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 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Negotiations stalled between the county and the city over Interlocal Agreement for noncontract services

DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners on Monday announced the discontinuation of non-contracted services to the City of Dayton in the areas of Emergency Management and Dispatch and Law...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Additional cases put Phase 3 in jeopardy for Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s application for entry into Phase 3 appears to be in jeopardy (see story, page 5) due to Monday’s announcement from health officials that twelve additional COVID-19 cases were reported since Friday, June...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Columbia County reports seven cases of COVID-19

DAYTON—The Columbia County Public Health Department has reported nine positive cases of COVID-19, stemming from the same household. None of the nine people are over 60 years of age, but one of them...

 

Face masks become mandatory in Washington starting Friday

OLYMPIA—In a media update on Tuesday, June 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that facial coverings will be mandatory statewide, in all public places and will take effect this Friday, June 26. Inslee added that a willful violation of this order is a...

 

Providence St. Mary Foundation grants $20,000 in scholarships

WALLA WALLA—In a move to support local healthcare workers during an uncertain, stressful and unpredictable time, Providence St. Mary Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to locally-employed Providence St. Mary caregivers.  Thirteen...

 

Lions Club BBQ canceled

WAITSBURG—On Wednesday, June 17th the Waitsburg Lions Club Salmon BBQ committee met and determined the fate of the annual event for 2020. Originally scheduled for September 19th, the committee decided to cancel due to the uncertainties concerning...

 

In-person services to begin again at Waitsburg Presbyterian

WAITSBURG—Pastor Stan Hughes of Waitsburg’s Presbyterian Church announced that the church will welcome congregants back for worship in their sanctuary on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Pastor Hughes met with the Session of Elders last week where the...

 

General operating grants on offer from BMCF

WALLA WALLA—Nonprofit organizations addressing food and hunger, housing and homelessness, health and mental health, and child and youth programs will be the focus for the Blue Mountain Community Foundation’s (BMCF) general operating...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Prescott Pool getting ready to re-open

PRESCOTT-Prescott Pool Manager Kyra Hartley is a highly experienced lifeguard and swimming instructor and she recently stepped into the role of Pool Manager at the Prescott Pool. A double major in... Full story

 

Voters will be given a second chance to help fund the Flood Control Zone District

DAYTON—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has agreed to ask voters for help with funding the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), again, this year. Proposition 1, asking voters to approve a permanent general excess levy of $0.10 per $1,000 o...

 
 By Pam Conover    News    June 25, 2020

Waitsburg gains another nonagenarian-happy birthday Pat Largent!

Pat Largent joins the ranks of the nonagenarian, a fancy word for 90, this month. Where the chronological age of 65 is in our culture is considered a senior citizen and 70 plus is considered by some... Full story

 

We still need to decide about masks

Sixteen weeks into this pandemic and I’ll admit, I’ve grown a little weary of the mask debate. Excuse me, cloth face-covering discussion. It seems endless, and redundant, and far too enmeshed in emotions and political parties. It’s exhausting!...

 

Only Jesus Christ can clear our minds of hate and anger

Dear Editor: Down through the ages whether in chains or cuffs character has been more important than color. Guilt from defying authority brings on bad consequences and defines character. In spite of being either free or prisoner the issue is not...

 

Support local businesses

Dear Editor: Now is the time to make a big effort to rebuild our community by shopping small.  Waitsburg has 600 households. If every household, every month spent $20 less out of town or on line and spent that $20 with our local hometown merchants,...

 

Face masks are useful in slowing the spread of COVID-19

Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the letter sent to the editor a few weeks ago regarding face masks. I believe the writer is mistaken as to the efficacy of the masks. Community spread has increased, mostly as a result of relaxed “stay at...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla County applies for a modified Phase 3

WALLA WALLA— Walla Walla County Commissioners decided at a special meeting on Thursday, June 18 to apply for a modified Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Phase 3 of the state’s plan allows outdoor recreational gatherings to be...

 

Denise Edwards

This week we lost a true friend who loved Waitsburg. Denise Edwards was described as a wonderful lady and a scooter riding, defender of all animals and children. We will miss seeing Denise at the... Full story

 

Waitsburg Christian Church to remain closed

When I spoke to the congregation as we went into Phase 2 in Walla Walla County, I said that we have been praying heavily over the direction of the church, when to reopen the building, and that it may feel that we are slower moving than other churches... Full story

 

WWCSO

May 26 Officers were dispatched to hit and run collision which had previously occurred at the Touchet Chevron gas station. June 15  Adult male reported his dog was shot at an address in the 400 block of Valley Drive. The person who shot the dog...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla nurse travels to Harlem Hospital to help

Skills and experience gained along with bonds of friendship WALLA WALLA-A Walla Walla native and WA-HI graduate, Jenna Watts was just finishing up a nine-week traveling nurse stint at Harlem Hospital...

 
 By Beka Compton    Specials    June 25, 2020

A glimpse at a new normal

LEWISTON, Ida.-In our family, saying 'Idaho is a world of its own' is a long-running joke. My sister moved to Lewiston almost four years ago and last weekend she got married at Hell's Gate State...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 25, 2020

Livestock exhibitors hope for a sale solution

WALLA WALLA-The cancellation of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days was met with both a sigh of relief and a breath of frustration. Youth exhibitors, especially market animal exhibitors, are...

 

My Pop's Tops

Oops! Happy belated Father’s Day. I apologize, I missed the date. (Senioritus?). The title of this column was probably a fourth-grade assignment, one that I was happy to complete because my Dad was...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 25, 2020

Chapter Ten-The Nose Knows

In my daily work as a wine reviewer, I pay particularly close attention to the scents of a wine and the finish of the wine. The better the heads and tails, front and back if you will, the better the...

 

Our hero persists... and conquers?

Any adventurer will, at one point or another in their career, find themselves turning to philosophy. On some precarious mountain peak or vast barren plane or beat-up dorm mattress, the great...

 

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