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 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Additional cases put Phase 3 in jeopardy for Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s application for entry into Phase 3 appears to be in jeopardy (see story, page 5) due to Monday’s announcement from health officials that twelve additional COVID-19 cases were reported since Friday, June...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff reacts to proposed budget cuts by calling for businesses to reopen

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Sheriff Mark Crider released a letter on April 23 stating that “the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is primarily funded from sales tax, so is imperative that we get Walla Walla County businesses back up and...

 

Masks are appreciated and more postmaster Mike Reed

Publisher Lane Gwinn wanted to know how things were going for some of our community's front-line workers, the folks at Waitsburg's Post Office. Mike Reed, Waitsburg's postmaster, was kind enough to...

 

"Springtime in The Hollow"

Photographer Bill Rodgers shared "Springtime in The Hollow", 2020 with The Times. He notes: "Late April is always beautiful in the Touchet River Valley, with Cottonwood trees leafing out in brilliant...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 16, 2020

Walla Walla Valley COVID-19 Response Fund announces first grants

WALLA WALLA—An anonymous Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from twenty-three Blue Mountain region organizations have recently awarded grants of $99,000 to Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC); $14,460 to Providence St. Mary...

 

Inslee extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' through May 4

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' emergency order on Thursday, April 2. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4... Full story

 

Providence Medical Group opens drive-through COVID-19 Fast Track Clinic at Urgent Care

WALLA WALLA-Providence Medical Group is now offering drive-through screening and testing at Urgent Care for people with symptoms of COVID-19. The Fast Track Clinic is located at the white tent on the...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 2, 2020

Law student adjusts to online learning, parakeet and kitty join in

Some wannabe philosopher on the internet – the quarantine seems to be bringing them out of the woodwork in droves – recently commented that all this isolation is forcing people to face their true...

 

Health officials confirm first two Walla Walla County cases of COVID-19

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County health officials confirmed on Saturday, March 21 that a local resident had tested positive for COVID-19. The Walla Walla County man in his 40s. On, Tuesday, March 23, a second local resident tested positive for...

 

Senior meals curbside delivery

Richard Clark from Walla Walla Senior Center is out in front of Waitsburg Presbyterian Church delivering a meal to Phil Monfort. Clark will be distributing senior meals on Tuesdays during this time...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 5, 2020

Focus on Volunteerism

Return Waitsburg resident Jillian Henze didn't think twice when she volunteered to manage communication efforts following the February 7 flooding. WAITSBURG-The immediate volunteer response to the...

 

Egg & I

Thank you for letting me whine about my cold. Monday I woke up feeling much better, my energy is back, along with my appetite! So after my workout at the Y, I treated myself to breakfast at Bacon & Eggs in Walla Walla. I am convinced that spring is...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriffs Office

January 29 A building was entered and items stolen by an unknown suspect at an address on Orchard Street. Walla Walla, WA. February 1 Victim reported that an employee stole money from their business in the 20000 block of W. Hwy 12. Touchet, WA....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 27, 2020

Focus on Volunteerism

Home and School Association President, wrestling club coordinator, mom. These are just a few of the titles Kristy Taylor holds, and recently, she added yet another title to the list: Emergency...

 

Walla Walla County opens Disaster Call Center

WALLA WALLA—Have you been affected by recent flooding? Walla Walla County and the State of Washington are compiling damage estimates for the purpose of requesting possible help from FEMA and SBA. If there is enough damage throughout the county, it...

 

Columbia County-Walla Walla Fire district #2 commissioners meet

The Columbia County-Walla Walla County Joint Fire District #2 held their monthly meeting last Wednesday. The job description for the fire chief position is still being finalized and Commissioner Deb Fortner presented a proposal that the district... Full story

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

January 28 A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and on two misdemeanor arrest warrants on State Highway 125 and Stateline Road in Walla Walla County. January 29 A report of assault in the 4th degree, domestic violence, was taken...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    February 6, 2020

Sivana Spa

WALLA WALLA-Is self care high on your New Year's resolution list? No matter what level of self care you claim, Gillian Herbrandson, licensed esthetician and proprietor at Sivana Day Spa and Boutique,...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriffs Office

January 12 Traffic complaint/investigation on N. Tausick Way/Reservoir Road, Walla Walla. January 16 Juvenile was in possession of marijuana at school 800 Abbott Road, Walla Walla. January 17 A suspicious person, Mr. Avalos, was parked in his... Full story

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

October 10, 2019 Dispatched to an address on Brickner Rd. for possible suicidal ideations. Walla Walla County. November 11, 2019 A woman was transported from an address on Sapolil Road to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Walla Walla... Full story

 

Walla Walla Foundry CEO Mark Anderson passes at age 65

WALLA WALLA-The Waitsburg Times staff is reflecting on the passing of Walla Walla resident Mark Anderson this past week. He had just celebrated his 65th birthday and was a visitor to the Art X Agent...

 

Schulke family finds purpose and focus with pumpkin sales

In 2002, the Schulke family lost their beloved son and brother Cooper who died at age 7-1/2 from a brain tumor. The Walla Walla area family have addressed the heartache of that loss by growing and...

 

Blue Mountain Land Trust to screen "The 1919 Walla Walla Tractor Show"

Free showings of the documentary "The 1919 Walla Walla Tractor Show" will be held in the area as part of Blue Mountain Land Trust's centennial anniversary celebration of this amazing but...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

Burgeoning Hemp Industry Gains a Foothold in Walla Walla County

Sharp-eyed travelers on Middle Waitsburg road might have noticed a distinctive looking crop on a field there this summer. The large, leafy plant seen growing is hemp, and a nearby sign identifies the...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

Sweet Adelines Chorus Raises Money at Karaoke Fundraiser

Waitsburg's Plaza Theater hosted a broad range of community vocalists at the Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines of Walla Walla's first-ever karaoke event on Saturday, September 21. The fundraiser...

 

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