Articles from the December 24, 2020 edition

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Red Barns at Kristen's

Classic red barns stand out against winter blue skies and white dashes of snow. Soon, they will be complemented with lush greens of an eastern Washington spring.... Full story


DGH Chief of Staff discusses COVID-19 vaccine distribution

DAYTON—Dr. Kyle Terry, Medical Chief of Staff at Dayton General Hospital, touched briefly on vaccine distribution and safety protocols for patients and staff when he spoke to the hospital board of com... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Waitsburg City Council finalizes 2021 budget

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on December 16 for a regular meeting. The board discussed an inter-fund loan and reviewed budget amendments. The Council also held the final public hearing f... Full story


Dayton Chamber accepting nominations for outstanding businesses, organizations, and citizens

DAYTON—The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual award banquet’s cancellation because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, the Chamber is accepting nominations for the Dayton Chamber of... Full story


Spreading some holiday cheer with the help of Kiwanis Club of Dayton!

DAYTON-This year has been challenging for us all, especially many of the kids served by The Club. To help spread some joy, The Club's Board of Directors and staff hatched a plan to provide holiday... Full story


Touchet Valley Arts Council Receives $5,000 ArtsWA Grant

DAYTON—Washington State Arts Council (ArtsWa) recently awarded a $5,000 support grant to the Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) owner, and operator of Dayton’s historic Liberty Theater. ArtsWA, in collaboration with the Washington State Dep... Full story


Festival of Trees winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Festival of Trees winners! First prize: Blush Salon People’s Choice: The Burger Hut Waitsburg FFA would like to thank all of their participants for decorating trees and s... Full story


The Blues V, available for pre-order

WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Land Trust is thrilled to announce The Blues V, the next volume of The Blues collection of photo books. The Blues V edition features dramatic landscapes of the John D... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Prescott School Board monthly update

PRESCOTT—The Prescott School Board met on December 17 for a regular meeting. A brief update from the Associated Student Body (ASB) Co-Advisor Bob Young, thanking the administration for their c... Full story


Micro-Business Assistance Program hits milestone of $200,000 in grants awarded to 50 entrepreneurs

WALLA WALLA— On Nov. 19, a cohort of 15 participants graduated from Mercy Corps Northwest’s Micro-Business Assistance (MBA) Program, which offers support for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business. The MBA program has now served 50... Full story


State Board awards colleges nearly $5 million in CARES Act funding

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges awarded nearly $5 million in federal CARES Act dollars to community and technical colleges across the state as they work to restore workforce-related programs affected by the C... Full story


Concerns over Commissioner's actions

Letter to the editor My name is Sharon Eaton, and I do not like to cause problems or arguments. However, there was an incident at the Dayton Senior Center on Dec. 15 that has caused me concern. Because of COVID-19, we are not going into the Senior... Full story


Nice Things!

I had the nicest surprise last week. UPS had a Christmas mix-up and delivered a package for me to the wrong address, here in Waitsburg. The lovely person who received it took it to the Post Office so I could be found. I was delighted when I got a... Full story



December 14 A woman attempted to mail an illegal controlled substance to her incarcerated boyfriend. Walla Walla Deputies recovered a trailer discovered stolen out of Oregon. Walla Walla County December 15 Residence burglarized while resident is... Full story


A thank you from Waitsburg Resource Center

Dear Editor, We at the Waitsburg Resource Center (the Food Bank) are so grateful for the donations made during this challenging 2020 year of the pandemic. As a non-profit we also thank all who volunte... Full story


Verla Ernestine Rouse

Verla Ernestine Rouse, age 102, passed away peacefully at home in Dayton, Washington on December 10, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1918 on Angel Ridge out of Peck, Idaho, the youngest of five chil... Full story


VA announces initial plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Dec. 10, 2020, a preliminary plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccinations it will implement once the Food and Drug Administration issues an emergency use authorization for a v... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 24, 2020

Waitsburg School Board monthly update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met on December 17, 2020, for a regularly scheduled meeting. Chairman Ross Hamann announced that he would not be running for another term after 18 years of s... Full story


santa sleighs it

DAYTON – Santa, superspreader of joy, was spotted driving down Main Street in Dayton over the weekend. It's rumored that he has a long list of deliveries come Christmas Eve, he is going to need e... Full story


Stakeholders participation at Port's annual economic development strategy meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia held the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The forum gives community stakeholders a chance to dis... Full story


Seahawks playoff scenarios

With last week’s win over the Washington Football Team, the Seahawks have secured a place in the NFL Playoffs. Instead of going over this week’s matchup with the Rams, I thought I’d go through the various playoff scenarios for Seattle instead. The o... Full story


Washington State imposes new emergency coastal steelhead fishery regs

Recent declines in salmon and steelhead survival across the Pacific Basin have been documented since approximately 2013 and affecting all stocks in dammed and undammed systems. An ocean "dead zone,"... Full story


Man Keeping Time: Greg Petersen

Before visiting Greg Petersen at his Dayton home, I'd not heard the term "Antiquarian Horologist." But that's what's on his calling card. Horology - from the Greek "hora," meaning time - is the study... Full story


Dayton City Council meeting for December

DAYTON—At the Dayton City Council meeting on Dec. 16, 2020, Planning and Community Development Director Meagan Hayes discussed progress by the Affordable Housing Commission. The Commission is r... Full story


Goodbye 2020 and good riddance!!

I assume I’m not the only one ready to bid good riddance to 2020, am I? Ever the optimist, I am cautiously hopeful that 2021 will be a good or at least better year. And since it was an unusual y... Full story


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