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 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021 

Waitsburg School Board finally face to face at February meeting

WAITSBURG—A hybrid meeting was the first glimpse into a return to normal at the Waitsburg School Board’s monthly meeting last Thursday. The board was able to meet in person while guests tuned in...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021 

Superintendent faces Silly String March 1 & 4

WAITSBURG—With the pandemic’s hardships in mind, Waitsburg Elementary set a goal of $2,500 for the annual Jump for Heart fundraiser. Superintendent Mark Pickel was pleased to share that the...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021 

Municipal code updates, flood preparations and snow fallout covered at Council meeting

WAITSBURG—At the Waitsburg City Council meeting on February 17, agenda items included municipal code changes to electronic signs, city elections, and zoning. Mayor Marty Dunn addressed recent posts...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 18, 2021

Winter conditions create flooding concerns

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg officials met Tuesday in an emergency meeting to discuss flood preparedness measures, as winter weather conditions indicate that a high-water event could be likely. City Councilmem... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    February 11, 2021

Levee repair and improvement planned in 2021

WAITSBURG—A little more than a year after the City of Waitsburg experienced a major flood event, repair efforts are still underway. Additional flood improvement projects are still being planned. In...


See something, say something

WAITSBURG—This past week, suspicious activity involving a resident was shared on Waitsburg’s Helping Hands Facebook page and reported to local law enforcement. Other incidents were reported to The Times concerning the same individual during that... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    February 4, 2021

Millrace Grade Improvement Project addresses safety, paves way for future projects

WAITSBURG-The Millrace Grade Improvement Project is one of the projects at the top of the City of Waitsburg's 2021 to-do list. The city initially slated the grade improvement project to break ground...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 4, 2021

Waitsburg School Board monthly report

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg School Board met on January 21 for a regular meeting. The board is still meeting via Zoom. Secondary principal Stephanie Wooderchak shared that the school is planning on...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 4, 2021

Second $5 utility tax increase effective January 1, 2021

WAITSBURG—In July of 2020, the Waitsburg City Council voted to implement a $10 utility tax to help fund flood recovery efforts with the increase to be implemented in two phases. The first increase...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    February 4, 2021

Chat with Maude Baim: Part 2

This past week we have received more information about the subject of last week’s column: Maude (Baim) Brown. Her little autograph book, discovered in Dayton in 2019, holds a series of handwritten...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 4, 2021

Mae B's Custom Designs open for business

WAITSBURG-Jen Galicia, an owner of Mae B's Custom Designs, is ready to add a little bit of sparkle and a whole lot of creativity to Waitsburg's Main Street. Nestled in at 101 Main Street, Mae B's Cust...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 28, 2021

Waitsburg City Council met January 21

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met January 20, 2020, for its regular meeting via conference call. All council members were in attendance. Before public comment, Mayor Marty Dunn offered some...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021

CWWCFD2 terminates Chief contract at Commissioners' meeting

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 (CWWCFD2) Board of Commissioners met on January 13, 2021, via Zoom call. More than 20 community members, commissioners, and volunteers...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 14, 2021

Harris signs RC car deals for the second year

As he enters into his third year of racing, Koby Harris will represent three racing companies WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's favorite remote-control car racer has signed yet another racing contract as he...


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...

 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...

 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... 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

 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...

 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 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....

 By Beka Compton    News    November 26, 2020

Waitsburg School Board November update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Wednesday, November 18, for a regular board meeting. The board met via Zoom conference call. During the meeting, secondary principal Stephanie Wooderchak...

 By Beka Compton    News    November 19, 2020

Waitsburg officials, businesses respond to COVID-19 restrictions

WAITSBURG—The City of Waitsburg asks that residents stay close to home this Thanksgiving season and follow Governor Jay Inslee’s recently announced travel and shopping restrictions. To date,...


Message from Waitsburg City Hall

With rising positive cases in the City of Waitsburg, the City would like to remind all citizens to stay home unless the travel is essential, wear your mask and maintain social distancing whenever possible....

 By Beka Compton    News    November 19, 2020

USACE awards 1.5 million dollar contract for levee repair

WAITSBURG-The U.S Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Northbank Civil and Marine, Inc. for levee repairs along the Touchet River in Waitsburg....


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