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Time to reemerge, reconnect and revitalize our city

I remember how vibrant and alive Waitsburg was when I was a kid. I remember my sister and I riding our horses into town to get ice cream from the Delta Connection and having dinner at the White...

 

Purchase agreement finalized on new Waitsburg City Hall

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met on July 1 for a council workshop. The meeting was open to the public and attended by ten members of the community. There was no public comment period during...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 8, 2021

Future staffing at City Hall discussed in a special meeting

DAYTON-A special City Council meeting took place on Wednesday, June 30, to discuss future staffing at Dayton City Hall. The meeting was scheduled in the aftermath of the termination of the City...

 

At the Liberty: In the Heights

DAYTON—This is a joyous modern musical that celebrates Latino immigrant culture, heritage, and community. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M....

 

Walla Walla sleep expert named clinical professor at University of Washington

WALLA WALLA-Dr. Richard Simon Jr., the Medical Director of the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, has been promoted to the position...

 

Delta, Gamma COVID-19 variants detected in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA—Throughout June, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has been using genome sequencing to identify COVID-19 variants around the state. Over the past week, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) was notified...

 

A reminder to protect pets in cars and on walks

Dear Editor, Several items have been seen regarding animals getting burned feet from hot pavement yet folks are still observed walking their pets, sometimes in mid-day on the hot concrete and asphalt--or even leaving them in the hot metal bed of a...

 

USE 747 SUPERTANKER

To the editor, Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be worst wildfire season ever and the world’s best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the US Forest Service and states not to use it....

 

First ever Poetry Slam at CCRLD

DAYTON-On Tuesday, July 13, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Columbia County Rural Library (CCRL) will host its first-ever "Poetry Slam". "What is a poetry slam?" you ask. Well, poetry began as a part of an oral...

 

State awards grants for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and working lands

OLYMPIA—The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) announced the award of 342 grants across the state to provide recreational amenities, conserve wildlife habitat, and protect working forests and farms. “These grants are fundamental to...

 

Inslee issues final utility moratorium extension

OLYMPIA—Govenor Jay Inslee issued an extension of the utility moratorium proclamation last week, which will now expire on September 30, 2021. This will be the final extension of the proclamation and the extension will align with the end date of...

 

9th Avenue intersection closed for roundabout construction

WALLA WALLA—The closure of the intersection of 9th Avenue, SR125, The Dalles Military Road and Plaza Way, in Walla Walla, began July 6. City of Walla Walla officials estimate that the closure to all traffic will last seven weeks for the... Full story

 

Waitsburg Gun Club Range News

WAITSBURG—Don’t be alarmed by the sudden Kochia weed growth at various areas in the range, spurred on by the recent heat. Gun club officials have scheduled someone to spray and will be mowing the patches to prevent spreading. “Bear with us ...

 

Walla Walla Fire Depart. calls on July 4, 2021 involving fireworks

WALLA WALLA—Over the Independence Day holiday weekend, firefighters with the city of Walla Walla Fire Department responded to various calls that involved fireworks or were suspected to involve fireworks. As follows is a summary of those calls:... Full story

 

CCSO

June 28 Animal call. Harlem Road Threats reported, Blue Mountain Motel. Main Street Missing person. 3rd Street June 29 Suspicious activity. 4th Street Accident, non-injury. Tucannon Road Assist. 6th Street June 30 Welfare check. Clay Street Attempt...

 

WWCSO

June 24 A theft occurred at Waitsburg High School. Coppei Ave., Waitsburg June 29 Assault 4 DV. W Hwy 12, Touchet July 3 A male in Walla Walla County assaulted his daughter-in-law. Ivarson Road, Burbank July 4 DUI. Marina Drive, B...

 
 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

A family break in paradise

If you've been craving the sand and surf, this article may or may not be for you. On June 22, I woke my three-year-old traveling companion, Gracie, at 3:00 a.m. We said goodbye to my husband for the...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 8, 2021

Jack "Lucky" Lohrke

Jack Lohrke started his minor league baseball career in 1942 at age eighteen when he signed with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. After seven games he was sent to Twin Falls, Idaho,...

 

If it's Wednesday, it must be Weinhard

I am an old movie fan, and lately, the classic flick, The Three Faces of Eve starring Joanne Woodward, has been on my mind. Probably because, in a small way, I feel like my life is emulating that stor...

 
 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

Kaho'olawe: An island reborn

While swimming in Hawaii, I overheard a woman talking to her grandson about the protests on Kaho'olawe, the island that seemed just a stone’s throw away from where I was standing. “I was there,...

 
 By John Avery    Specials    July 8, 2021

Audio Farm: Big, Big, Big Thief

Few bands making music today have as impeccable a discography as the Brooklyn-based quartet, Big Thief. Starting with their 2016 debut, Masterpiece, they have pumped out a total of four studio...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago July 7, 2011 When they bought their Keystone Montana 5th wheel in September, Lynn and Paul Mantz-Powers knew it would be months before they'd retire. But they were so excited about the...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 8, 2021

Elotes (Mexican grilled street corn)

As a child in Los Angeles, I often spent weekends with my father who lived a block from Echo Park Lake, many years before it became the gentrified hipster neighborhood of today. We would walk around t...

 
 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

Waitsburg: A town with a history of reinvention

In the late 2000's, when these photos were taken, no one expected the building that once housed the Farmer's Cafe to become an espresso coffee shop, with a counter made out of the original cafe's... Full story

 

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