Articles from the December 31, 2020 edition

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Autumn leaves to snow

Autumn red leaves hang on as winter snows take over. An aging barn stands strong, ready to take on another year of agriculture in Waitsburg....

 

Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

WALLA WALLA—The Jonathan M. Wainwright Medical Center in Walla Walla received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines just before Christmas, on December 22, and is currently in the process of vaccinating all Walla Walla VA essential health care staff....

 

CCHS receives 300 doses of Moderna vaccine

DAYTON—The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Columbia County. The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) has received 300 doses. At this time, CCHS has started giving immunizations to...

 

Paper lanterns take flight

In a “normal” year, a candlelit Christmas Eve service would have been held indoors. This year, Pastor Matthew Wyatt and Pastor Stan Hughes shared their Christmas message from a makeshift pulpit...

 

WDFW accepting applications for ALEA grants

WASHINGTON—The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting grant applications for volunteer projects that benefit the state’s fish and wildlife resources and the public’s enjoyment of them. WDFW estimates having approximately...

 

Message from Director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Season’s Greetings! I hope this winter is keeping you and yours healthy and happy, and that you are still getting out to enjoy Washington’s outdoors. 2020 has been a year like no other. Here at WDFW, we’re trying to focus on our mission to...

 

Winter nap, hidden deer

Three white-tailed deer enjoyed a winter nap in a field along the Coppei River. A great blue heron, who has been frequenting the field, didn’t seem to mind sharing his grounds....

 

COVID-19 transmission flattening, not enough to reverse skyrocketing trends from November

OLYMPIA—Washington State remains in a highly precarious situation, even as COVID-19 transmission begins to flatten. A report released on December 24, 2020, showed that there has been a substantial decrease in transmission, however, it is not...

 

Bluewood Ski Resort

The season for the Bluewood Ski Resort opened strong, and is still holding, according to Kim Clark, General Manager. It was partly cloudy and 30 degrees on Sunday afternoon with 5 inches of new snow...

 

COVID-19 update

Daily case numbers in Walla Walla County 12/29, Tuesday – 44 12/28, Monday –73 12/24-26, Thursday-Saturday – 92 12/27, Sunday – 20 Hospitalized as of 12/29 – 16 Cumulative Confirmed Cases by Community of Residence: Dixie: 15 Prescott: 63...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Obedience is not a virtue. Exacted from slaves, dogs, and very young children, obedience is an essential component to a well-run society, but not necessarily a free one. For the tyrant, the despot, the emperor, a well-run citizenry...

 

Embracing Waitsburg

Dear Sirs, With all our challenges these past nine months, my “self” returns to Waitsburg, my favorite place of choice. My name is Dorothy Mock Shepherd. Onset of 1947, my family traveled to Waitsburg to live with my grandparents, Alex and...

 

WWCSO

December 16 Brake lines on two vehicles cut and the hood of one vehicle damaged. Walla Walla CO. December 23 A residential burglary and theft were reported in the county. Burbank On-going verbal domestic. Nothing physical today. Waitsburg An...

 

Christmas correction

In the December 17 Christmas issue, we erroneously switched a couple of kids. Imagine mom's surprise! Below is the correct information and photo with the exception of Rylan Struckmeier who did not...

 

County adopts $24 million budget for 2021

DAYTON—The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) met on Dec. 21 to adopt various budgets, sign the ILA with the City of Dayton for Law and Justice, Dispatch, and Court services, and hire an...

 

Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office adds new Deputy Prosecuting Attorney position

DAYTON­-The Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has announced that Cindy L. Horowitz will be joining the office as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on January 1, 2021. Horowitz has served as an...

 

Flooding, wildfires just another element of 2020

WAITSBURG-Keeping with the 'chaos' theme of the year, 2020 offered some extreme weather events. On Tuesday, February 4, the National Weather Service reported 3.8" of snowfall in the area. On February...

 

Phil Niekro "Knucksie"

If it seems like I’ve been writing a lot of articles about Baseball Hall of Famers that we’ve lost this year, it’s because I have. Phil Niekro makes number seven; he passed this week at age 81....

 

Inside the matchup: Seahawks vs. 49ers

With last week’s win over the Rams, the Seahawks have won the NFC West and are guaranteed the #3 seed for the NFL playoffs. They can move up to the #2 seed with either a Saints or Packers loss this week or to the #1 seed if both teams lose their...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 31, 2020

Waitsburg shines, despite 2020

WAITSBURG - "Two weeks to flatten the curve." In March, Washington State enacted a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" mandate as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the globe. Now, as 2021 knocks loudly, we are still...

 

A very merry Waitsburg Christmas to you

It’s hard to believe; this is the third Christmas I have celebrated in Waitsburg. The first was exactly seven days after I moved here. Christmas week, I was a guest at a birthday party and invited...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    December 31, 2020

The Waitsburg Times year in review

2020 isn't necessarily a year we want to look back at too closely just yet. There was no shortage of bleak headlines, it's true, but this year also proved how well the Touchet Valley bands together in...

 

2020: a year of waiting

DAYTON-2020 has been a year like no other in Dayton's collective memory. In February, the county experienced severe flooding on the North and South Touchet rivers and Patit Creek. The flood, which cau...

 

Resolutions done right

As January 1st looms ahead on our calendars, some are finalizing plans for New Year’s Resolutions. I saw a TikTok video where they went back to last year’s resolutions and just adjusted them for...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago December 30, 2010 Walla Walla County passed its annual audit with no complications, according to a report released from the State Auditor’s office Monday. New library manager Su Alexander has plenty of new ideas in store for the Welle...

 

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