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 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 17, 2023

WW opens cooling station through Excessive Heat Warining

WALLA WALLA – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of central, north-central, northeast Oregon, and central, south-central, and southeast Washington through 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2023. D...


Local Students Stand Out at Walla Walla County Fair

WALLA WALLA-At the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days this past weekend, the region's students competed to show the four-legged friends they raised over the summer. In each livestock class (steer, she...


Wheat fire claims 1,100 acres

WALLA WALLA COUNTY—A fire broke out in a standing wheat field just north of Walla Walla on Friday, July 29. The fire was contained around 8 p.m. that night. The flames consumed more than 1,000 acres in a matter of hours, drawing responses from nearly...


Walla Walla postpones July 4 fireworks display due to risk of fire

WALLA WALLA — At a June 29, 2021, special meeting, the Walla Walla City Council did not express objection to the proposal of city officials to postpone the city’s July 4 fireworks display because of the current extreme heat and dry conditions. As... Full story


Walla Walla Community College Open House on June 24

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is looking forward to meeting prospective students, parents, and other community members at an Open House to be held on the Walla Walla campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. “We are...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 18, 2021

CWWCFD2 monthly board meeting update

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 met on February 10, via Zoom, for a regular board meeting. After the meeting was called to order by chairman Jake Long at 7 p.m, District cler...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 4, 2021

Local RN shares COVID-19 vaccine experience

WAITSBURG-Registered Nurse Heidi Ely, of Waitsburg, has recently completed both rounds of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. She said that it had given her a renewed sense of hope, and she hopes that her... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    January 7, 2021

Serial testing, PPE just the tip of DOC safety measures

WALLA WALLA—As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) employees and incarcerated population, the Department of Corrections (DOC) has updated policies and pro... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    November 26, 2020

Local COVID-19 cases still on the rise

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County continues to experience rising COVID-19 cases. As of Tuesday, November 24, there were 571 active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Sixty-seven new cases were a...

 By Beka Compton    News    October 15, 2020

Care and Share Food Drive won't stop for a pandemic

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla Association of Realtors and the Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) are kicking off the season with a hunger for helping. The Care and Share Food Drive looks a little diffe...

 By Brianna Wray    News    October 8, 2020

Arts education grants available

WALLA WALLA-The 2020 ArtWalla grant season is open for applications until November 16. Arts Education Grants include the Arts Build Community (ABC) Grant for organizations creating arts programming...


Department of Corrections monitoring pandemic status, outbreak management

WALLA WALLA—Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has been diligently changing policies to safeguard employees and incarcerated individuals against the COVID-19 virus. In Walla Walla, T...

 By Beka Compton    News    September 3, 2020

Walla Walla YMCA childcare option for Waitsburg students

The school year is right around the corner, and September 8th is the first day for Waitsburg students. As schools kick off a virtual learning experience, many parents are worried about childcare and...


Blue Mountain Land Trust Earns National Recognition

WALLA WALLA­—One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1999, the Blue Mountain Land Trust has been doing just that for the people of Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Or...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 27, 2020

Washington State Penitentiary addresses coronavirus outbreak

WALLA WALLA—The Washington State Penitentiary is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the housing units. In response to the outbreak, officials have developed a plan to keep inmates and staff s...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 13, 2020

Walla Walla County 4-H to hold virtual showcase

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County 4-H is not going to let a pandemic steal success from the youth in the area. A virtual showcase will be held in response to the cancellation of the Walla Walla Fair a...


August 4, 2020 Primary Election updates from Walla Walla County Auditor's office

WALLA WALLA—Due to the current circumstances, Walla Walla County Elections will be moving ballot processing and tabulation to a Ballot Processing Center in the County Courthouse at 315 W. Main St., Room 203, Walla Walla. Canvassing Board meetings w... Full story


COVID-19 rapid-testing available locally

WALLA WALLA—The Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla is happy to announce that the Cepheid platform for rapid testing has arrived at the hospital. The Cepheid can produce a COVID-19 t...


Walla Walla County's application for modified Phase 3 on hold

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s application to move into a modified Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington plan has been put on hold. Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman placed Walla Walla County’s application for a modified Phase 3 on...

 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla County applies for a modified Phase 3

WALLA WALLA— Walla Walla County Commissioners decided at a special meeting on Thursday, June 18 to apply for a modified Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Phase 3 of the state’s plan allows outdoor recreational gatherings to be limit...


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