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Dayton's Green Giant gets a refresh

The Green Giant outside of Dayton, Washington gets a needed refresh with paint and weed maintenance....

 

Washington counties see record early voting

OLYMPIA — With seven days to go until the Nov. 3 General Election, the Office of the Secretary of State is reminding voters to return their ballots as soon as possible. Voters are encouraged to...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 29, 2020

Port to revisit Broadband grant application

DAYTON—Only the top seven applicants out of a field of thirty have been chosen to receive funding from the Washington State Public Works Board for their broadband projects. The Port of Columbia was...

 

COVID-19 update from Unified Command, Walla Walla County Emergency Management and Walla Walla County Department of Community Health

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) is reporting 187 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (10/13/2020 to 10/26/20). This has put the county at the highest number of active cases since the onset of the pandemic...

 

Waitsburg Christian Church to resume in-person service on November 1

WAITSBURG—It has been more than 200 days since Pastor Matthew Wyatt gave a sermon to a church full of friendly faces. The church will be opening its doors for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on November 1. “We have...

 

Public invited to Columbia County Rural Library Board meeting

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting for the purpose of approving COVID-19 Reopening Policies. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. This will be a virtual meeting and...

 

Blue Mountain realty contributes $2,500 to the club

DAYTON­-For the third consecutive year, Blue Mountain Realty has contributed $2,500 to The Club for operating expenses. The presentation was made to The Club Board members Anne Strode and Samantha...

 

What is happening at the Liberty Theater?

As many people know, Mike Ferrians recently resigned as manager of the theater. The Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) thanks him for all he has done for the theater and hopes he will participate in future live productions. The TVAC and staff have be...

 

Road into Tucannon reopens

PENDLETON, Ore.—Forest officials on the Pomeroy Ranger District reopened motorized access on Forest Service Roads (FSR) 47, 4712, and a portion of FSR 4713 on Saturday, Oct. 24. Due to significant flood damage from February 2020, long-term...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 29, 2020

Waitsburg City Council update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, October 21, for a regularly scheduled meeting. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the council is meeting via phone conference. Call-in...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 29, 2020

Prescott School Board update

PRESCOTT—The Prescott School Board met Thursday, October 22, via Zoom call for their regularly scheduled meeting. Prescott School Board members are Chairman Preston Brock, Vice-Chair Kevin Chabre,...

 

Letter to the Editor

I’ve known Mark Klicker for many years and his trustworthiness and integrity is unmatched. I’ve had business dealings with Mark and his word can be trusted. Our district needs Mark to represent our farms and businesses to help solve the tax,...

 

Last call for Port of Columbia small business relief funds

DAYTON—October 30th is the deadline for applications to the Port of Columbia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. This is the third and likely the last round of grant funding available to businesses this year. Over $94,000 is still available to...

 

No-cost flu vaccines available at select Albertsons, Safeway stores in Washington

OLYMPIA—The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 29, 2020

Dayton School Board report for October

DAYTON—Dayton School District Superintendent Guy Strot talked about the effect the COVID-19 challenge was having on staff and students when he addressed the school board at last week’s meeting....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 29, 2020

Apples from the past

WAITSBURG—Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Gala are all names we recognize. How about Fall Jeneting, McAfee, and Nero? Thanks to the work of Dave Benscoter and the Lost Apple Project, you may become familiar...

 

LEGAL NOTICES

Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that a public hearing has been established for Wednesday November 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Columbia Walla Walla Fire District #2 Station, 234 Main Street, Waitsburg WA 99361 to hear comments on the...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 29, 2020

Celebration Days asking for leadership volunteers

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Celebration Days (WCD) board of directors met Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m via Zoom call. The board met to elect a new president, vice president, and an advertising director....

 

Updates from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Most recreation opportunities offered by WDFW have reopened, and license sales have rebounded and even exceeded the previous year sales to date. (WDFW offices, hatcheries, and some campgrounds remain closed, though staff is to assist the public by...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 29, 2020

Gardeners Grove

Well, that escalated quickly. Our weather has gone from a pleasant and mild fall to a midwinter's frozen tundra practically overnight. It took the better part of a day to get above freezing. And so...

 

NFL Week #8 – Seahawks vs. 49ers

Seattle hosts the San Francisco 49ers this week. This is the first game against San Francisco this year, and they won’t play again until the last week in the regular season. If Seattle doesn’t...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    News    October 29, 2020

WDFW takes an important step in post-fire habitat recovery

In September, wildfires that tortured the Pacific Northwest did a number on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (Swanson Lakes), located about 10 miles...

 

Good News?

This week was somewhat sad reading about the spread of COVID-19. It will make the holidays a very different experience this year, and not in a good way. But then I remembered a plaque a former boss ha...

 

The Last Stop Sign: Zonia Dedloff, Mayor of Starbuck

My recent visit with Starbuck's new Mayor, Zonia Dedloff, was a revelation for me. First thing I learned: she has lived there for 50 years. She and her late husband, Jerry, parked a trailer here in...

 

The Cookie Chronicles - Chapter 21-Where's your ball!

As every dog owner knows, we can learn as much or more from our fur brothers and sisters as they learn from us. It’s often noted how some of us actually come to physically resemble our dogs. But...

 

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