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Articles from the December 26, 2019 edition

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Waitsburg Year in Review

WAITSBURG-News making events for 2019 began very close to home, the Waitsburg Times', home, that is. The 141-year-old newspaper welcomed its first female owner when Lane Gwinn purchased the paper on... Full story

 

Waitsburg man charged with alleged murder in 2017 death of Alaska woman

On December 20, 2019, at approximately 1 p.m., the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Alaska State Police, with a nationwide extraditable homicide warrant for Isaac David Friday. The Alaska authorities advised that they had... Full story

 

Reader photo

Photographer RaeJean Crewse took this photo at the top of Bennington Lake in Walla Walla, looking northeast. A beautiful day filled with light clouds and sunshine to the southwest, and the depth of... Full story

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago December 31, 2009 Couple loses home to fire: Longtime Waitsburg residents John and Kate Reeve did not have insurance. Fire crews from several districts battled for nine hours Tuesday in an attempt to save John and Kate Reeve’s home on... Full story

 

Death Notice

Tracey Brooks Ryan, 67, passed away November 26, 2019 surrounded by family in Seattle, WA. She lived Waitsburg from 1960-1971.She is survived by her stepmother Judy Harper, son James N. Ryan, Jr. (Lisa), sister Judy Deines, brother Rick Harper... Full story

 

Walla Walla friends provide glass recycling update

Dear Editor: Walla Walla’s struggle to retain its curbside recycling program has rightfully overshadowed our efforts to resuscitate glass recycling in our community. In many ways, this new struggle is repeating the one that resulted in the... Full story

 

Waitsburg Resource Center appreciates food donations and community support

Dear Times Editor, We at the Waitsburg Resource Center thank you (the Times) and the community for your support, especially this December. Community members donated 311 pounds of items for the 12 Days of Christmas. The Leos Club (Waitsburg High... Full story

 

Assistance Program for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) is pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Community Health Advisory Board and Walla Walla County Commissioners, Walla Walla County has created a special fund to provide... Full story

 

Mill Creek Bridges Closed

WALLA WALLA—Work to repair the bridges in the area around the Mill Creek dam project will require intermittent bridge closures Dec. 18 through the beginning of January, according to U.S. Army Corps... Full story

 

Waitsburg Gun Club reopens with added features

WAITSBURG—Gun Club president Cindy Daves announced the reopening of the club after a number of upgrades. The gong system was updated thanks to Pacific Steel, and a Dayton High School student who... Full story

 

Blue Market Station offers produce delivery

DAYTON—Blue Market Station is offering a produce delivery service with fresh organic fruits and vegetables from Spokane Produce and organically grown, but uncertified produce from Hayshaker Farm.... Full story

 

USDA Offers farm loans for underserved and beginning farmers

SPOKANE—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning...

 

State Board awards nearly $2 million for colleges to help financially struggling students

OLYMPIA, WA—The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded nearly $2 million for colleges to help financially struggling students stay in school and complete their degrees. The awards were made possible by two grant... Full story

 

BIRTHDAYS

December 26: Sandra Farley, Sydney Claire Brookshire, Jennifer Nielsen, Margie Douglas. December 27: Everett Wright, Laura Keyser, Veronica Hartwell, Adam Branson, Marcus Mead. December 28: Brendan Donovan, Peggy Baker Mudd, Marie Leonard, Nancy... Full story

 

WWCSO

December 8 Illegal dumping was reported on Powerline Rd. and Stateline Road, a junk vehicle was found, Walla Walla, WA. December 11 Malicious mischief at 205 E. Third Street, Prescott, WA. December 17 A warrant service arrest was made on W. Alder... Full story

 

Dayton December School Board Report

DAYTON-At their regular Board meeting last week, Superintendent Doug Johnson discussed the progress of facilities improvements, gave a short Capital Project update, discussed the Athletic Combine and... Full story

 

Dayton School board approves combine indefinitely

The Dayton School Board gave a big thumbs up Wednesday night at their monthly meeting to approving the indefinite union of the Dayton-Waitsburg grades 7-12 combined athletic endeavors in all sports. By a vote of 5-1, the board agreed to approve the... Full story

 

Governor Inslee releases Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement Report

OLYMPIA—On Friday, December 20, Governor Jay Inslee’s office released the Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement Report. At stake is the potential breaching and/or removal of the four dams... Full story

 

City of Dayton seeks interested stakeholders to join the Affordable Housing Commission

The Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) was established via Ordinance 1952 on August 14th, 2019, codified in the Dayton Municipal Code (DMC) as Chapter 1-14. The City of Dayton established the AHC to enable the City Council to make well-founded... Full story

 

Port of Walla Walla in process of negotiating sale of two lots at Waitsburg Business Park

The Port of Walla Walla staff has been working with the representatives of Valley Septic and Portable Restroom Service and Himark Custom Fab, LLC regarding purchasing real property at the Waitsburg Bu... Full story

 

Top 19 of '19

(3194) Identifying, treating and removing poison oak, ivy and sumac (July) (2331) Freedoms Outpost is coming to Waitsburg (June) (2217) National Night Out is Aug 6 (July) (1995) Wheat fire threatens Smith homestead (August) (1702) The Touchet Valley...

 

Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers Secure Historic Win for Spokane Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Monday, Dec. 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Committee on... Full story

 

Board of County Commissioners Report

DAYTON—At last week’s city council meeting the Friends of the Community Center President Vicki Zoller spoke about the importance of getting a community center/pool or pool feasibility study done.... Full story

 

Talk about art

It's not until you spend time in the city that you realize how much space there is in the country. As a lifelong small town girl, I consider "city" to mean Spokane, Portland, or anything on the west... Full story

 

Coping with Holiday Travels

I just returned from a quick trip to Southern California, which started with a visit to my sister in Laguna Hills. Conveniently, I scheduled my flight to arrive at dinner time because Laguna Hills... Full story

 

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