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Articles from the December 3, 2020 edition

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City of Waitsburg tree is up for the holidays.

'Tis the season! Volunteers from Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 3 set up the Main Street Christmas tree, officially welcoming the Christmas season in Waitsburg....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 3, 2020

Just a 'see ya later!'

The famous Tuxedo Bar and Grill announced they will be temporarily closing, taking a breather until the COVID-19 pandemic-related dining restrictions are lifted. Owner Pam Stueckle took to social...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 3, 2020

Columbia County Extension agent to retire

DAYTON—WSU Extension Agent Paul Carter is retiring, effective Jan. 4, after over fifteen years of service to Columbia County. Carter came to Dayton in April 2005, as a 52-year-old college graduate,...

 

New Little Free Library at Steve's Grocery

DAYTON—Steve’s Grocery on Fourth Street in Dayton has always been a unique gathering place, a neighborhood market where you can grab a gallon of milk, a Hermiston watermelon, a Christmas tree, or...

 

Irish dance trio Affinití returns to Walla Walla for virtual concert

WALLA WALLA—Irish classical crossover trio Affinití will be returning to Walla Walla for the seventh year in a row­­—only this year, the holiday concert, A Celtic Christmas, will be virtual....

 

Distance learning for now, board to reassess on Friday

DAYTON—The Dayton School District board of directors will meet on Friday to determine whether students can safely return to in-person learning on Dec. 7. The board met with Superintendent Guy Strot...

 

Walla Walla Parade of Lights driving tour this weekend

WALLA WALLA—Holiday cheer is still in Walla Walla! Title Sponsor Nelson Construction and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation invites you to join them for a holiday driving tour on Saturday, December 5, from 6 p.m- 8 p.m. Downtown Walla Walla...

 

Walla Walla's Gift Local Gift Guide

WALLA WALLA—The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation wants gifting locally to be easy this holiday season. In order to facilitate the process, they have created the Gift Local Gift Line for residents to simply call or text or email for local...

 

W. T. Wooten Wildlife Area Floodplain Management Plan

POMEROY—The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is implementing a $20 million Floodplain Management Plan for the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area that complements ongoing habitat restoration efforts to recover spring Chinook salmon and...

 

Christmas at the Historic Dayton Depot museum

An ornament depicting a train going off the rails due to COVID-19 is for sale at the Historic Dayton Depot Museum Christmas Marketplace. The marketplace is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 11...

 

Secretary of State office certifies 2020 General Election

OLYMPIA—More Washingtonians voted in the 2020 General Election than in any election in the state’s history. According to vote totals certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, 4,116,894, or 84.14%, of Washington’s 4,892,871 registered...

 

COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 3, 2020

Waitsburg School District secondary students stay home for virtual learning

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School District announced over the weekend that secondary students would continue learning from home through December 18, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the area. Shor...

 

Charitable Giving Guide is as easy as two clicks of a mouse

WALLA WALLA—Last week, The Times and other local newspapers included the Charitable Giving Guide, presented by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. The Charitable Giving Guide offers a one-stop-shop for donors to select their favorite...

 

$50 million available for business relief grants

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee recently announced a $135 million assistance package to target the hard-hit small businesses and families. The relief package breakdown includes $50 million in emergency relief grants, allocated for businesses most...

 

Arnella Nadine Magill Warren

Arnella Nadine Magill Warren, "Nadine," passed away, at the age of 94, on November 16, 2020, at Booker Rest Home in Dayton, WA. Nadine was a Dayton native, born in November 1926. Her parents, Benjamin... Full story

 

Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Giants

Seattle’s win last week, coupled with San Francisco’s win over the Rams, put the Seahawks into first place in the NFC West. It also moved them up three positions into the second seed for the playo...

 

Pa'tridge in a Fir Tree

With the holidays upon us, the sights and sounds of Christmas surround the Waitsburg community. From glittering street decorations to themed music taking over our favorite radio stations, the magic...

 

Teach like a pirate: Erin Murphy

I've known Waitsburgian Erin Murphy and her husband Nathanial for many years. It occurred to me recently: these people are always in school, always taking classes, always working toward another...

 

The cost of insomnia

I don’t usually believe in karma, probably because I just don’t want to experience the wrath of someone imposing a karma curse on me. Lately, though, I am beginning to feel my sister may be...

 

GIFT GUIDE

A great thing about small towns is knowing the shop owners. They are our neighbors, our family, and friends. 2020 has been hard for everyone, and many small shops and businesses feel the effects of...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    December 3, 2020

Virtual learning with Washington State parks

Washington State Parks (WSP) are ratcheting up their virtual amenities for those who, due to adverse weather or COVID-19, cannot visit the parks in person. WSP recently launched new learning opportuni...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago December 2, 2010 Valley Girls Barrel Racing members, from left: Rosie Gallaher, Kelli Currin, Josilyn Fullerton, Sidney Andrews, Kyla Connell, Shayla Currin, Emily Adams, and Ellie...

 

Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

A recipe from England This recipe is shared by Susan Jensen. In our delightful conversation, it turned to recipes. I asked her if she had any to share. She shared several, which will be fun to try....

 

Tech Talk: Digital gift-giving

Remember when holiday greeting cards were simple? Down the stationery aisle, one could find a box that had the card, matching envelopes, and, with a book of stamps in hand, you're all set. Yeah,...

 

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