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 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Dayton City Council report for June

DAYTON—Both city parks and the Dayton City Hall are now open to the public since the county has moved to Phase 3 of the governor’s plan to reopen Washington State. Mayor Zac Weatherford said...

 

Concern in Benton, Franklin, Spokane and Yakima counties as COVID-19 infections rise sharply

OLYMPIA—Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on Saturday, June 13, which shows COVID-19 transmission continued to increase in eastern Washington as of the end of May, with a possible uptick in...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Washington State school officials release guidance for upcoming school year

OLYMPIA—Washington State education officials released a guide to reopening schools for Fall 2020 on Thursday, June 11. The document lays a framework for schools to begin planning what their return to school in the fall looks like. The guidance was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

BMS Co-op food market has filled the gap for many during coronavirus challenge

DAYTON-People shopping at the Blue Mountain Station Co-op market have been able to find some of the items they couldn't find at retail grocery stores, because of hoarding by panic-stricken shoppers re...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

DZA Associates provides 2019 financial audit to the Hospital District board

DAYTON—Tom Dingus, owner of Dingus/Zarecor & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, presented the 2019 Basic Financial Statements, and Independent Auditor’s Reports to the Hospital District...

 

Starbuck and Dixie Elementary School students experience Salmon in the Classroom Program

STARBUCK/DIXIE-A unique partnership between two rural school districts was cut short this school year when Governor Inlsee issued his Stay Safe, Stay home proclamation, and schools closed in-person...

 

The sounds of Waitsburg

Within a week of my move to Waitsburg, construction started on my house. My ears were bombarded with drills, hammers, compressors, nail guns, saws and lots of cursing. About two weeks ago, constructio...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    June 18, 2020

The lost treasure is retrieved, yet the journey is still in peril

Had the Curse of the Lost Security Deposit not loomed in the temporal distance, our intrepid adventurer might well have ceased her quest for the Lost Treasure of Apartment 1B rather than brave the...

 

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Five) Following the harrowing rescue of Mr. B from the (potential) clutches of the pterodactyl, we proceeded on down the coast uneventfully. Which believe me, was a blessing. On a...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 18, 2020

Walla Walla collaborates to promote safer outdoor dining and shopping

WALLA WALLA-Plans are underway to boost business income in Walla Walla's downtown corridor through active collaboration between the City, local agencies and business owners. The proposals all encourag...

 

76 percent increase in Washington State's Asset Limited Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) households

OLYMPIA—When COVID-19 hit, just over 670,000 Washington households were already one emergency away from financial ruin—a 10-year record high— setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis, according to the state’s...

 
 By Daniel Rossi    News    June 18, 2020

Hunt it (or catch) it, grow it, cook it and serve – Waitsburg Style

I truly believe the best ideas are hatched at cocktail parties. Or maybe it's just with cocktails, but we had an idea. Brad hunts and fishes, his wife Alexandra (Ali) is an expert and prolific...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 18, 2020

Coffee with Cryptids

Back in April, Waitsburg saw a sudden uptick in the local bigfoot population. Lisa Russell, the owner of Cryptid Comforts, was at the heart of the population boom and is ready to bring more legends...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee/ Port of Columbia commissioners approve trail concept plan for use by engineers

DAYTON—At the Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting last week, the Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee presented a draft trail concept plan, along with a recommendation to allow its use by...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 18, 2020

Waitsburg businesses reopening, Part 2

Mr. C's Smoking Co Mr. C's is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m- 6 p.m, and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. They will continue to offer smoked cheeses and other goods, as well as butchering services. Mr. C's is...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter rally draws a peaceful, thoughtful crowd

WALLA WALLA-A grassroots group of people of color from the Walla Walla Valley community organized a second Peace Rally on Sunday, June 7 near Walla Walla's Land Title Plaza. With impassioned speakers...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 11, 2020

Columbia County approved for Phase 3

DAYTON—Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman and Governor Jay Inslee have approved Columbia County to move forward to Phase 3. Individual Phase 3 business sectors can reopen only after...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 11, 2020

154th Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days cancels

WALLA WALLA—At a meeting on Monday, June 8, Walla Walla County Commissioners voted to cancel the 154th Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days due to safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Walla Walla Sweets cancel 2020 season

WALLA WALLA-The amateur baseball team, the Walla Walla Sweets, announced the cancellation of the 2020 season last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects felt across the Northwest. Season...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 11, 2020

Pioneer Park Aviary killings prompt outrage and fundraising

WALLA WALLA-The news of repeated break-ins and killings of birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary in Walla Walla has prompted an outpouring of support and funding from community members. Walla Walla Police...

 

Washington State Library to help distribute CARES funds to libraries, museums

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Library (WSL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has been tasked with distributing $688,000 to public and tribal libraries, and museums for COVID-19 response efforts. The funds are part of the $50...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 11, 2020

Two new restaurants and a new fuel mart in Dayton

DAYTON-New businesses opening in Dayton, despite the coronavirus slow-down, is a testament to a community that will step up and help each other. It also says a lot about the pluck and determination of...

 

Columbia County Health System (CCHS) board report for May

DAYTON—CEO Shane McGuire told the Hospital District Board of Commissioners he is now cautiously optimistic about Columbia County Health System finances. “2020 won’t put us out of business and we are ready for fall,” he told them, at their...

 

Important message from Dayton School District

We had hoped to receive some guidance from the state, Governor and State Superintendent of Schools, regarding returning to school next fall yesterday. What we received instead was a note explaining they are still working on guidance and are waiting...

 

Phase 2-progress with challenges

Yay! Governor Inslee has approved Phase 2 status for Walla Walla County. Such fortuitous timing, in the midst of so many other "phasing" events, like high school and college graduations, now those...

 

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