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 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... 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... 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... 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... Full story

 

Washington State Department of Health welcomes new secretary of health

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to welcome Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, as our new secretary of health. Secretary Shah comes to Washington from Harris County Public Health (HCPH) in Texas, where he served as the... Full story

 

Washington State Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

DAYTON-The Washington State Department of Health expects to receive and distribute 62,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 17 sites across 13 counties, beginning this week. According to DOH, th...

 

Tis the season for giving

DAYTON—A former long-time Master Gardener for the Boldman House Museum has won the museum committee’s raffle quilt. Instead of keeping the quilt for herself, and without hesitation, Susie Rogers...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Leave the beaver, or at least relocate

WAITSBURG—A little sadness hung over the Touchet River this weekend. Reports of a beaver making its residence near Preston Park were short-lived, and on Saturday, the young mammal was found dead...

 

Six-year transportation plan approved by Board of County Commissioners

Emergency repairs only, in 2021 DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners approved and adopted several resolutions presented by the Public Works Director Chuck Eaton at their December 11 meeting. Res...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 17, 2020

Hunters, avoid the waterways

WAITSBURG—Most big game hunting seasons have come to a close. As hunters finish processing their deer and elk, reports of animal carcasses disposed of by hunters in the Touchet River have begun comi...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    December 10, 2020

Kathryn Witherington: Walla Walla's 12th Man

WALLA WALLA—It’s just after 10 a.m. Monday morning, and Kathryn Witherington, Executive Director of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation (DWWF), is already brimming with ideas. When we met back in...

 

City of Dayton adopts 2021 Budget

Budget includes water/sewer utility rate increases DAYTON—The Dayton City Council adopted the 2021 City Budget at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec.1, and Mayor Zac Weatherford presented the following:...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 10, 2020

Dayton School Board update

DAYTON—The Dayton School District Board of Directors met Wednesday, December 2, for a regularly scheduled board workshop session. During the session, Superintendent Guy Strot gave a brief update on...

 

Palouse RTPO seeks community input on Active Transportation Plan

DAYTON—Jennie Dickinson, the Executive Director for the Port of Columbia, is on the board for the Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO). She is asking the community to...

 

Hospital District board report for November

DAYTON—For the past few months, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire has been talking to the Hospital District Board of Commissioners about five small works roster1 projects that c...

 

Bluewood ski area opens Friday, December 11

DAYTON­—The 2020-21 season at Bluewood opens the weekend of Dec. 11-13 as the winter sports area welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain. As of Monday, Dec.7, there are 24 inches of snow at the base and 24 inches at the summit. On...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 10, 2020

If you drink, don't drive.

WALLA WALLA—“Emily Anne McClenny had not set the world on fire with accomplishments at the young age of 7 1/2 years old, but she had worked her way into the hearts of many with her infectious...

 
 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,...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

Shop local this season!

From vibrant poinsettias to reclaimed furniture, Waitsburg businesses have everything you need to be the favorite Santa in your family. This holiday season, shop your local businesses, whether... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 26, 2020

Waitsburg City Council November report

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, November 18, via conference call. The council heard from City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe as he led a public hearing regarding property taxes....

 

Columbia County Public Health reports rise in COVID-19 cases

DAYTON—On Sunday, November 22, the Columbia County Public Health Department reported sixteen new positive cases of COVID-19; two cases are associated with Dayton schools. Dayton schools were closed...

 

Dayton School board report for November

DAYTON—Mason Finney, a senior at Dayton High School and the ASB public relations manager, spoke at the Dayton School District board meeting last week. Finney said the middle school and high school...

 

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