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Pollinators at work

Pollinators are busy taking care of the remaining along Lower Hogeye Road wildflowers as the heat winds down and gives way to cool, fall weather....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 26, 2021

Heated public comment against mask mandate at Waitsburg School Board meeting

WAITSBURG—Emotions were high as parents and caregivers voiced opinions about the recent mask mandate at the Waitsburg School Board meeting on August 23. Secondary principal Stephanie Wooderchak repo... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 26, 2021

Sports, masks, and vaccination discussed at Dayton School Board meeting

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board met on August 18 for a regular school board meeting. Dayton School District had its first day of the 2021-22 school year on August 24. Before the business meeting,...

 

At the Liberty:12 Mighty Orphans 

This movie tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team at a Fort Worth orphanage during the Great Depression. The team went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing in the Texas state championships. The architect o...

 

Port announces small business start-up grant opportunity

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia has opened a new grant opportunity for start-up businesses in Columbia County. Through funding provided by Innovia, a private foundation that serves eastern Washington and northern Idaho, the Port of Columbia is...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 26, 2021

Vaccine Victory: FDA grants full approval to Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

On Monday, August 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full a...

 

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Parade September 4

WALLA WALLA—Head over to Historic Downtown Walla Walla and join 2020 & 2021 Parade Marshalls Doug and Margie Krueger at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Parade on Saturday, September 4 at 10 a.m. The parade is proudly presented by Baker Boyer...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 26, 2021

Green Ridge Fire up to 35% contained

UMATILLA NATIONAL FOREST-Good news in the Blues, the Green Ridge Fire has seen minimal growth over the past few days, aided by weekend rainfall and cooler weather. On Tuesday, August 24, the Green...

 

Speak with Conviction and Civility

Letter to the Editor I was present at last Thursday’s school board meeting. As anticipated, there were some there who voiced strong opposition the governor’s mask mandate. The view was expressed that the Waitsburg School Board should vote to... Full story

 

As COVID-19 surges in Walla Walla, Providence asks people not to come to ER unless it is an emergency

WALLA WALLA—With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Providence St. Mary Medical Center asks people not to come to the emergency department unless they are experiencing medical emergencies such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, high... Full story

 

Walla Walla County vaccination clinics in August, September

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) and healthcare partners will open vaccine clinics on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning August 25. All clinics will be held at the Providence Southgate campus with varying... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 26, 2021

Feasibility study shows how to turn the childcare desert to into an oasis

DAYTON—A 2020“Washington Child Care Industry Assessment” sponsored by the Washington Department of Commerce characterizes Walla Walla and Columbia counties as childcare “deserts.” This...

 

Spider mites: A fine web of trouble

I made a rookie plant collector mistake the other day, and failed to properly quarantine alocasia plants I found at The Home Depot. They were just too pretty to hide away! As a result, a handful of...

 

Peaches on the Snake River

Warm Springs Ranch is a family-owned u-pick 100-year-old fruit orchard in Whitman County right on the Snake River and now with delicious ripe peaches and the nicest people in the most beautiful...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 26, 2021

Mariners still in contention

With thirty-six games left to play, the Seattle Mariners find themselves still competing for a playoff spot. Though the Mariners are unlikely to catch the Houston Astros for the division title, they are only three games behind the second wild-card...

 
 By John Avery    Specials    August 26, 2021

Audio Farm:Scary Science

I tend to lean into things when I shouldn't. When I feel sad, I overdo the mopey ballads and let the blues wash over me. When I'm home alone and already feeling tense, I find it the perfect time for...

 

Let the Music Play On...

Shakespeare wrote in his play The Twelfth Night, "If music be the food of love, play on!" Obviously, Shakespeare didn't have to listen to Daniel's playlist. I grew up in a houseful of music and...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago August 15, 2011 It was never Wyatt Withers' sole inspiration for going in the Navy, but once he had decided to join it certainly helped having a grandfather who had served in the same...

 

Gnocchi with Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, with its funny name and alien appearance, is the type of overlooked vegetable that can seem intimidating to most home cooks. Originating from northern Europe, kohlrabi is in the brassica fam...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 26, 2021

Help Wanted: An overview of American work shortages

Help wanted signs are showing up in storefront windows across the nation, with 9.3 million job openings being reported in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists...

 

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