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Articles from the July 9, 2020 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    July 9, 2020

Lamberts stepping away from corn crop

WAITSBURG-Summer BBQ menus are going to be a little less sweet in Waitsburg this summer. After 30 years of growing a secret variety of sweet corn, Ed and Cathy Lambert are retiring to focus on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Dayton realtors say local housing market is strong

DAYTON—Garry Snyder, owner of Christy’s Realty in Dayton said local home sales remain strong, in spite of the state mandated restrictions on in-person meetings, put in place to help prevent the sp...

 

COVID-19 rapid-testing available locally

WALLA WALLA—The Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla is happy to announce that the Cepheid platform for rapid testing has arrived at the hospital. The Cepheid can produce a COVID-19...

 

Two candidate forums to be held next week

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) are hosting two candidate forums next week.    The County Commissioners and Superior Court Judges will be at...

 

Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties approved to move to modified Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan

OLYMPIA—On July 3, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties to move to a modified Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Effective July 3, the following activities are permitted in...

 

Pendleton Round-up cancelled

PENDLETON, Ore.—For only the third time in its history, The Pendleton Round-Up has been cancelled. Organizers could not ensure the safety of the community due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Happy...

 

Department of Commerce announces additional Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Small Business Administration expanded the eligibility criteria for the EIDL program earlier in June. Small businesses may check eligibility and apply for an EIDL on the U.S. Small Business Administration website,...

 

Port of Columbia announces additional grants for emergency small business support

DAYTON—The State of Washington has announced additional grants for emergency small business support funded through the federal CARES Act. Details will be posted in the Port of Columbia newsletter, as they become available. The grants will be...

 

Reader photo

Jasper Morrow snapped this photo from the safety of his car at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds on Sunday as a young moose took a lap around the race track. The moose was later seen wandering around the...

 

Schedule set for three City of Walla Walla town hall meetings to address topics relating to local policing

WALLA WALLA—City of Walla Walla officials have finalized plans for a three-part virtual town hall series to address topics relating to local policing including a local officer’s tattoo, police practices, policies, and funding. The meetings will...

 

Revenue loss at the state level will impact county finances

DAYTON—County officials are dealing with projected shortfalls, state required cuts, and are trying to maintain adequate funds to cover expenses. In her second quarter financial report to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, County...

 

Waitsburg visitor

Anna Newell is 14 years old and is visiting from Ponca City, Oklahoma. She is the granddaughter of Karl and Marianne Newell and learned to weld last year while visiting Waitsburg. Anna has been...

 

Happy Birthdays!

July 9: Michael Henze. July 10: Bob Butler, Billie Leroue, Patricia Dunn, Roberta Osborne, Bob Swenson, Michael Kiefel, Rami Feryn, Al Thompson. July 11: Susa Roberts. July 12: Judy Townsend, Dick Surry, Lynette Newbill, Bill Duckworth, Deandra...

 

Letters

Editor, The Waitsburg Times Publisher has this to say after attending the Peace Rally in Walla Walla: “The topic of our country’s systemic racism and its effects on people of color is difficult to hear.”   She continues, “It was a big...

 

Experience Counts!

Dear Editor: We are fortunate indeed to have a remarkably experienced and qualified candidate running for the State Senate this year. Danielle Garbe-Reser, was born, raised, and educated in Eastern Washington. On September 10, 2001, she began what...

 

Columbia Hospital Chief advocates for assisted-living cottages

To the editor: Too many times in life an event leads to an abrupt change in a reactive manner versus proactive, planned approaches to change. Sometimes this is hard to avoid but in the case of choosing to age in place, most people will tell you that...

 

Recovery group forms to assist flood victims

In the wake of February’s flooding event, the Blue Mountain Long-Term Recovery Group (BMLTRG), a multi-state, multi-county organization, has been formed to reflect the structure of similar long-term disaster recovery groups across the nation. The...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 9, 2020

Dayton School Board update

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board met July 1 for a regular monthly work session via Zoom. The board reviewed the middle and high school principal contract, and the 2020-2021 budget. This work session...

 

Secretary of State responds to today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on faithless electors

OLYMPIA—On Monday, June 6 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Washington state’s “faithless elector” laws. The Office of the Secretary of State won the lower-court rulings in both the state Superior and Supreme courts, and these...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 9, 2020

Waitsburg school holds informative hearing on COVID-19 concerns

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg School District held a virtual public hearing on June 30 to discuss the upcoming school year. No more than four families attended the informative hearing to discuss concerns...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

June 19 The reporting party in 1300 block of Barleen Drive was scammed out of 1,000 dollars, Walla Walla. June 22 A hit and run occurred in the county at an address on Interchange Road over the weekend. Walla Walla County. June 24 Reporting Party...

 

Walla Walla School District considers AM/PM split schedule

WALLA WALLA—Recent survey results, representing feedback from nearly 2,000 Walla Walla Public Schools parents, provided district staff critical guidance as they begin finalizing Fall 2020 reopening plans. Results from this recent survey, in...

 

Legal Notices

In the Superior Court of the State of Washington for the County of Walla Walla Christian Flores, Case No. 19-3-00257-36 Sergio Flores Sandoval, Respondent. The State of Washington to Sergio Flores Sandoval You are hereby summoned to appear within 60... Full story

 

Psychologist sees signs of fear and anger during lockdown

As stay at home orders persist, and nearly every aspect of daily life is impacted in some way, it is no surprise that mental health problems are increasing across the country due to the effects of...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    July 9, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Take me out to the ballgame In Chronicles #2 and #3 I introduced you to Mr. B, Cookie's lifelong companion, ward and wing man. And I may have mentioned that Mr. B generally hits the sack earlier than...

 

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