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Articles from the August 27, 2020 edition

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Home, 2020

"Home", 2020. That's Waitsburg this morning from Cell Tower Hill. My house is behind the big tree circled in blue and labelled "HOME." "Downtown" is right there in the center of the photo, and Ten Ton...

 By Michele Smith    News    August 27, 2020

"Food hugs" are feeding bodies and nurturing souls

DAYTON-What began as a way to sell some extra lasagna has become an ongoing labor of love for Weinhard Café owner Mandi Wendt, and a blessing to the recipients of her generosity. Every Friday, for...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Washington State Penitentiary addresses coronavirus outbreak

WALLA WALLA—The Washington State Penitentiary is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the housing units. In response to the outbreak, officials have developed a plan to keep inmates and staff...


BLM Increases Fire Restrictions Order in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has increased fire restrictions on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in eastern Washington. The fire restrictions order has been modified to prohibi... Full story


Waitsburg School District offers free home delivered meals

WAITSBURG­—Waitsburg School District is excited to announce that it will be serving meals free of charge for all enrolled students! Starting September 8th, WSD Nutritional Services will begin making home deliveries of meals. Drivers will be... Full story


FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington

WASHINGTON—FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Washington to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to those... Full story


Dayton County Auditor offers tips to ensure ballot effectiveness

WASHINGTON—FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Washington to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to those... Full story


The Aug. 4 primary election was certified on Aug. 21

Multi-county for Superior Court judge: Number of votes, percentage of votes: Commissioner Columbia County Commissioner #2 Mike Talbott 151 votes, 26.26% Marty Hall 422 votes, 73.39% Judicial Precinct Results Brooke J. Burns 361 votes, 21.34% G....

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Prescott School District prepares for online start

PRESCOTT—Prescott School District is finishing plans for the upcoming online school year. The district will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to students in the first week of September....


Public Invited to Port of Columbia Broadband Information Meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia will hold a Zoom meeting on Monday, August 31, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. to share information about their proposed broadband project in the City of Dayton and some adjacent outlying areas. Attendees will hear a presentation...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Waitsburg School Board report

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, Aug. 20, via Zoom call. Representative Skyler Rude attended the meeting. Principal Stephanie Wooderchak shared documents on class schedules in...


Washington Federal Foundation Gives $1,000 to The Club

DAYTON-Washington Federal Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Washington Federal Bank, gifted $1,000 to The Club in Dayton. This money will be included in The Club's operations fund to be used...


Senior Menus

Dayton Senior Round Table Lunch Menu Dayton Senior Center 403 E. Patit St. 12 p.m. Drive Up Only Thursday, August 27 Spaghetti Mixed vegetables Salad Garlic Bread Peaches / Milk Tuesday, September 1 To be announced Waitsburg Senior Center 504 Main... Full story


Why I will vote Frances Chvatal

Why I will vote Frances Chvatal As a woman, I will vote for Frances Chvatal because she knows what it feels like to have to fight for equal opportunity, for respect, and for the right to be who and what she is. As a person of color, I will vote...


Support for Jenny Mayberry

My daughter, Jenny Mayberry, is running for Walla Walla County commissioner. Jenny is very honest, intelligent, purposeful and has the drive needed to get things done. I know for a fact that she is passionate about working hard for ALL the people...


Letter of support for Mike Mitchell

Letter to the Editor I am writing in support of Mike Mitchell for Superior Court Judge, Position 1. It is imperative for our community to elect a judge with depth and breadth of quality legal experience. Mike has been on both sides of almost every...


Carter and Attenberry Wedding

After eight years together, Chris Carter and Clint Atteberry have made it official! The couple was married on August 8, 2020, in a ceremony attended by a small group of family and friends in Dayton,... Full story


Slade Gorton, patrician GOP senator from Washington, dies at 92

Slade Gorton who served as a U.S. Senator from Washington state from 1981 to 1987, and again from 1989 to 2001, has died on Aug.19 in Seattle. He was 92. He had a 40-year career representing...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Dayton School Board report

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board met Wednesday, August 19, for a regularly scheduled meeting. As the district prepares to welcome students back to in-person classes, they are adjusting their...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Sheriff, community members discuss recent suspicious activity

WAITSBURG—Walla Walla County Sheriff Mark Crider, Undersheriff Joe Klundt, and fifteen Waitsburg community members met in a virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 25, to discuss recent suspected...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 27, 2020

Columbia County Public Transportation goes "XL"

David Ocampo, General Manager at Columbia County Public Transportation (CCPT), is proud of what the agency has done over the years, but even prouder of the way it has found its niche during COVID-19....


Whistling through the 'Wallouse'

There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of the wheat harvest. Each is a function of who you are-maybe a member of a farming family, perhaps a local person who respects what goes into the hard...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 27, 2020

An interview with Troy Larsen

Head football coach Troy Larsen was kind enough to talk to me this past Sunday evening about the upcoming high school sports year. What follows is part of our conversation. E.U. – Do you have any...


Gardener's Grove: What not to do

Gardening is inherently humbling. Perhaps this is because a gardener is an architect and a janitor, literally in the dirt with earwigs and ants crawling alongside as one attempts to render a...


Washington Museums reopening safely

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee today announced and updated guidance as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. “We have worked with stakeholders for weeks and sometimes months to arrive at these guidelines. We continue to balance the...


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