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Articles from the July 30, 2020 edition

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 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 30, 2020

Prescott School District plans for in-person instruction

Justin Bradford is excited to get underway as the new Superintendent of Prescott School District. Most recently, he was the Director of College Place School District's Special Education Department, an...

 

Stay current on Washington's "Safe Start" plan

Governor and Health Secretary announce changes OLYMPIA—To combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the state, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes Friday to guidance and regulations under the...

 

COVID-19 Information

Find detailed, accurate COVID-19 activity levels in our counties and our state here: Walla Walla County Health Department lists new, confirmed, recovered, and active cases in isolation daily at 5 p.m. at this link: https://www.co....

 

Walla Walla County adds 'Subscribe by Cellphone' feature to emergency notifications

WALLA WALLA—Would you like to receive County emergency notifications directly to your cell phone? Walla Walla County Emergency Management has added a new feature to its Citizen Alert emergency notification system from Everbridge to make it even eas...

 

Botany in the Blues; online presentation and field trip planned

WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Land Trust is introducing their new Botany in the Blues series, co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society. The conservation organization will facilitate a...

 

Waitsburg passes utility tax to fund flood control

WAITSBURG—The City of Waitsburg passed a $5.00 per user per month increase in utilities for the remainder of the year, then an additional $5.00 per month per user starting in January of 2021 to be used to help fund flood control improvements and...

 

Weller Public Library offers summer projects

WAITSBURG—The Weller Public Library will be offering activities for area youth in lieu of the summer reading program. Supplies will be available for pickup in the library foyer. This week, the...

 

Dayton Memorial Library Director resigns

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District board has announced the resignation of Library Director Dusty Waltner, who has accepted another job, effective July 31. Board Chair Karin Spann said because of uncertainties concerning COVID-19,...

 

Regional positions on the primary ballot, due by August 4

Washington 16th Legislative District – Senator Perry Dozier (Republican Party) Elected Experience: Walla Walla County Commissioner 2009-2016 Chairman 3 years, Budget Committee 5 years; Washington;...

 

Mitchell has the experience

I have known Mike Mitchell for 26 years. He’s been my legal opponent or the mediator or temporary judge in several court cases, and I’ve watched his law practice grow and thrive. Whether or not his clients had money, Mike was always an...

 

Charles Amerein endorses Bill Jenkins

To the Editor, I am writing this letter of endorsement for Representative Bill Jenkin’s run for State Senator in the 16th District. As a Representative in the WA legislature, Bill has been one of the most successful legislatures at getting...

 

Vinti for Dozier

I am writing in support of Perry Dozier to be our next State Senator for the 16th Legislative District.   This is my first ever letter to the editor.  I served as the Clerk of the Board to the Board of Walla Walla County Commissioners for over 25...

 

Michael Hubbard supports Scott Marinella for Circuit Court Judge

To the editor and to the voters of the Hells Canyon Circuit Court, In regards to the election now underway: first, vote and for you in Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties, which comprise the Hells Canyon Circuit Court, make your vote for...

 

Dusty Britches Farmer loves Brianna's gardening article

Dear Editor: I just wanted to say I absolutely loved Bri’s gardening article. So absolutely true. Gardening is a labor of love full of relaxation, peace and reward if attended and educated upon. I have learned so much the last two years and have...

 

Writer feels Dozier is the best candidate

Dear Editor: It has been my pleasure of knowing Perry Dozier, his wife, and their families for 55 plus years. While Perry was in high school, he excelled in academics, athletics, and Associated Student Body offices. After graduating from Prescott Hig...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 30, 2020

Dayton FFA recognizes member's successes

DAYTON-Several members of the Dayton's National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) excelled at both local and state-level Career Development Events (CDE's) in the 2019-20 school year. There...

 

COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Coronavirus Response Joint Information Center reported on a new Center for Disease Control (CDC) report that emphasizes that COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness,...

 

Help clean up Preston Park this Saturday at 9 a.m.

WAITSBURG—Matt and Krystal Wyatt Helping Hands of Waitsburg just announced a plan to clean up Preston Park this Saturday, August 1st, at 9 a.m. Lend a helping hand to clean up all sandbags that were left to help with the flood and remove the...

 

WWCSO

July 21 Dispatched to an address in the 100 block of Douglas Way for a domestic disturbance. Wallula, WA. July 24 A court order violation was reported at an address in the 700 block of Seventh Street, Waitsburg, WA. An illegal dumping incident was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 30, 2020

Bette Lou Crothers retires from State Farm

Continues supporting the community DAYTON—This week, Bette Lou Crothers is wrapping up a forty three-year career as an insurance agent in Dayton. Not to worry, our Town Mother is not leaving us. ... Full story

 

LEGAL NOTICES

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA NO: 20-4-00130-36 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 In re the Estate of: DENISE M. LOWELL, Deceased. The Administrator named below has been appointed as... Full story

 
 By Brianna Wray    Specials    July 30, 2020

365 Days of Grief

Natsiree Puttavon isn't "put upon" by any means. Most who've met her during one of her gallery talks, might not ever imagine her mood as anything less than merry and light. As a docent who explains th...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 30, 2020

Major League Baseball is back

Thoughts on the first weekend Major League Baseball is back, but it looks and sounds different this year. Watching broadcasts with no fans in the stands or with cardboard cutouts is odd. Without the...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 30, 2020

Take the Challenge to learn more about racial equity and social justice issues

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla YWCA is putting forth a challenge to anyone who wants to accept it; spend twenty-one days deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism. Those who accept the Challenge can sign up on the YWCA’s...

 

Remodeling the kitchen-just add doubt and fear

On my first trip to Waitsburg to officially meet with contractors to discuss my home renovation, (or tear down), I arrived early and fortuitously wandered in to Ten Ton Coffee. After some introduction...

 

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