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 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020

Waitsburg City Council Update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, June 24 via conference call. All council members were present. The council discussed the six-year transportation plan, local coronavirus relief...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020

What makes this school superintendent tick

DAYTON—Doug Johnson is a man who loves kids and he will be involved with them, in some way, even after he retires at the end of June. Johnson has been in the field of education for over 41 years,...

 

Washington will pause on county progressions to Phase 4

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced on Saturday, June 27 that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 of the Safe Start recovery plan. Eight counties were eligible to...

 

Washington State food security update

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance program distributed 1.3 million pounds of food and served more than 192,000 clients during the week of June 25. In addition, during the first two weeks of June, WSDA and...

 

Dayton library's summer program introduces 'Fitbit for Reading'

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District is moving ahead with summer programing despite the pandemic. Young readers are encouraged to sign up for their new Summer Reading Program, which began on June 15. The program gets a technological...

 

Swim the Snake cancelled

The Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently announced that the annual Swim the Snake event has been sidelined due to COVID-19. Organizers said that due to the increase in COVID-19 cases; and the need to mask up in...

 

Lap swimming opens at Veteran's Memorial Pool

WALLA WALLA—The City of Walla Walla’s Veterans Memorial Pool opened for lap swimming on Monday, June 29. Patrons must reserve a lap swim lane to enter the facility. Lap lanes are available for 45-minute reservations. The city encourages people...

 

Retired Gen. James Mattis urges Washingtonians to stay united, wear face coverings to fight COVID-19

CAMP MURRAY, Wash.—As communities across the state experience spikes in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, former U.S. Defense Secretary, and Richland, WA native, Gen. (R) James Mattis is urging Washingtonians to follow physical distancing reco...

 

Curious about this summer's wildfire season?

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posts a detailed map of current Fire Danger warnings on their site located at https://burnportal.dnr.wa.gov/. In eastern Washington, this new fire danger rating system was...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020

Salmon in Schools program says goodbye to educator

DAYTON—Andrew Bassler, of Dayton, chose to combine his career and his love of fishing when he took the Education Coordinator position with the Salmon in Schools program. After four years of...

 

Be a part of history, share your COVID story

WALLA WALLA­—Whitman College and Northwest Archives is creating a digital archive of the Walla Walla community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As our community begins to reopen, it is important to reflect on our experiences of the...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020

Area fireworks ordinances

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. Each county and city in the area has its own fireworks ordinances. Are you aware of your local regulations? The City of Walla Walla allows fireworks to...

 

Garbe Reser's experience and accomplishments are unmatched

Dear Editor: Primary election day is approaching.  Early voting begins on July 17th.  Danielle Garbe Reser is the Democratic Party candidate for the 16th legislative district senate seat. Her experience, accomplishments, and commitment to working...

 

Black Lives Matter organizers ask for changes

Dear Editor: On behalf of Black Lives Matter Walla Walla, we, the organizers, demand that the Walla Walla Police Department be held to the highest standards as they work to protect our community. We support Black Lives Matter. We take a firm stance...

 

WWCSO

June 25  Theft of riding lawnmower from 282 Ray Blvd. in Burbank, WA. Reporting party in the 57 block of Farmland Road reported being scammed out of money. Report of three juveniles spray painting graffiti at Bennington Lake. June 26  Deputies...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 2, 2020

City of Walla Walla to host three Virtual Town Hall meetings on law enforcememt

WALLA WALLA—At the Walla Walla City Council meeting held on June 24, plans were outlined for three, possibly four, virtual Town Hall meetings. The meetings will be held in July and August to address public concerns over a variety of law...

 

Walla Walla County's application for modified Phase 3 on hold

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s application to move into a modified Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington plan has been put on hold. Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman placed Walla Walla County’s application for a modified Phase...

 

State agency warns of fraudulent mask exemption cards and flyers

Along with the new mandate in Washington state to wear a cloth face covering, fraudulent flyers and wallet cards have been circulating citing exemptions for individuals from the American with Disabili...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    July 2, 2020

Wilderness Hues

Climbing the mountainside, the temperature began to drop with the elevation gain. A welcomed change from the 90-plus degree heat in the Walla Walla Valley. In the truck bed lay my frame pack, stuffed...

 

Touchet Valley Trail Committee releases concept plan

DAYTON—The Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee has released a detailed concept plan for the trail which is in the planning stages between Dayton and Waitsburg. The committee conducted a weekend...

 

Corps employees develop device for safer fish passage at Little Goose Dam

WALLA WALLA-Two U.S. Army Corps employees at Little Goose Lock and Dam created a device that removed debris blockages within the dam. Mechanical Engineering Technician Jay Haugen and Maintenance Worke...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020

Fundraising efforts paying off for the Dayton Country Club's irrigation system project

DAYTON—This is year two of the Dayton Country Club’s five-year strategic plan to achieve financial independence and sustainability for the Touchet Valley Golf Course, said Sean Thurston who has...

 

The new kitchen cometh

We have started the kitchen remodel. The discordant sound of drills, hammers, compressors, and cursing is ongoing. The cabinets have been ordered, we need to fix our ski slope floor, the appliances...

 

Mask ideas for the unwilling

So, you might ask, what have I been doing these past four weeks besides trying and failing to turn a two-day trip to South Bend into an unauthorized Indiana Jones sequel? Nothing earth-shattering,...

 

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