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 By Michele Smith    News    August 13, 2020

August 25, first day of school for Dayton and Starbuck students

DAYTON—With less than two weeks before the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, Jan and Sterling Leonard are concerned about sending their two children, Leann, and Christian, back into the...

 
 By Beke Compton    News    August 13, 2020

Waitsburg School District will open online education only

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School board called an emergency meeting on Friday, August 7, to discuss the Fall 2020 reopening plan. The board voted to adopt an online reopening plan for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The recommendation for...

 

Shawn Brown is the new Port commissioner for District No. 1

DAYTON—Shawn Brown has been elected by the Port of Columbia commissioners to fill the open seat on the commission, which was vacated in June when Dan Aschenbrenner moved out of District No. 1....

 

New Director of Finance at Columbia Pulp

DAYTON—Columbia Pulp is pleased to announce that Brian St. Clair has been named the Director of Finance for Columbia Pulp. St. Clair will now lead the accounting team at North America’s first tree-free pulp mill. St. Clair spent the past two...

 

Voter turnout high in Columbia County

DAYTON—53.54-percent of all registered voters in Columbia County turned out for the August 4 primary election. 1,451 ballots have been counted, with 173 left to count. Preliminary results show Marty Hall leading the incumbent Mike Talbott in the...

 

Dayton Kiwanis Club Meeting to host Guy Strot

DAYTON—The Dayton Kiwanis Club will meet online Thursday, August 13 at noon. The club will host Dayton School District Superintendent Guy Strot to discuss the status of this year’s school opening. The public is invited and can sign into the...

 

Community Council to hold Virtual Community Roundtable in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—The public is invited to a Virtual Community Roundtable in Waitsburg. The event hosted by Community Council will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 at 6 p.m. Community Council fosters a trusted gathering place where people engage...

 

Walla Walla Construction Update

WALLA WALLA—Isaacs Avenue: The final paving of Isaacs between Roosevelt Street and Wilbur Avenue is underway. Traffic is limited to one lane eastbound during this work. Sidestreet connections (Wellington, Ash, Cascade, and Cedar) will be paved...

 

Boating Program reminds the public to be safe on the water

OLYMPIA-As summer heats up, the Washington State Parks Boating Program urges boaters and paddlers to adhere to safe practices on the water, including wearing a life jacket at all times. In the last...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 13, 2020

Remodeling and facility updates are moving along at Waitsburg Town Hall

WAITSBURG—The long list of renovations for the Waitsburg Town Hall is quickly getting shorter. Board members have been busy painting, installing new fans, and completely remodeling the commercial...

 

Trial attorney makes case for Brandon Johnson for Superior Court Judge

I am writing this letter in support of Brandon Johnson for Walla Walla County Superior Court judge. I have known Brandon and his wife Sarah for over 20 years. I am a civil trial attorney from Kennewick and have tried numerous cases in Walla Walla Cou...

 

WWCSO

July 28 Vehicle damaged after verbal argument. Burbank July 31 Victim called to report his daughter’s motorcycle taken sometime during the night. Prescott August 2 Child accidentally locked in a running vehicle without AC. Walla Walla County...

 

AREA COVID-19 TESTING SITES

Testing sites for COVID-19 are available in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, be aware of symptoms, and know where to test if necessary. Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center- W Poplar St, Walla Walla 24 Hour ER...

 

Janice Lloyd Eastman

Janice Lloyd Eastman of Spokane Valley passed away Aug. 6, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane following a brief illness.  She was born Nov. 15, 1944, in Walla Walla, WA to John and Dorothy Baxter Lloyd.  She spent her early years in... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 13, 2020

STEM program cut at Waitsburg Elementary, raising questions about levy item

WAITSBURG-Many parents within the Waitsburg School District questioned a levy line item, STEM/Fine Arts, following the resignation of the STEM teacher Pam Beasley. At the beginning of the 2019-20...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 13, 2020

Waitsburg Traffic Jam

A typical 'traffic jam" in downtown Waitsburg, during Harvest. Alway a show and always fun to see as larger and larger equipment navigates the tricky turns through town....

 

LEGAL NOTICES

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA NO: 20-4-00141-36 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS In re the Estate of: DANNY D. VARNELL, Deceased. RCW 11.40.030 The personal representative named below has been...

 

What is herd immunity?

Herd immunity sometimes referred to as HIT for Herd Immunity Threshold, is the point at which a virus has more difficulty spreading because a significant amount of people have become immune. It is...

 

Regina Weldert: a woman of many talents or a Jacqueline of all trades

DAYTON-Regina Weldert, of Dayton, has been many things in her life, including a goat farmer, sheepherder, and factory worker. She went back to school later in life and became a fish biologist. I've...

 

Tech Talk: Shortcuts

Not all shortcuts are created equal. One should probably be wary of, for instance, construction shortcuts. I’m no expert, but my guess is creating long-lasting, safe buildings is not the ideal time...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 13, 2020

When will college football start?

According to ESPN reporting, college football season will either be pushed back to start on September 26th or postponed until spring. What is certainly clear right now is that there is not a detailed...

 

Progress takes a rest

It’s almost scary to write about our kitchen remodel because it is moving along at breakneck speed and with fewer snags than anticipated. I don’t want to jinx the amazing progress we’ve made and...

 

Botany in the Blues

This was the fifth of the Botany in the Blues series of workshops since the first outing in 2018. Mr. Doyle also led a botanical excursion to Zumwalt Prairie in 2019 for the Blue Mountain Land Trust....

 

Dayton Lions Club continues community involvement

DAYTON-Dayton Lions Club members Glen Mendel, Jim Neace, Terry Hoon, Dave Elkins and John Bailey took a break from scraping and painting some of the bleachers and dugouts at the high school athletic...

 

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