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 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 13, 2023

CWWFD#2 ask community for "Lid Lift" on fire levy

WAITSBURG-Tuesday afternoon, Waitsburg residents saw a familiar sight at harvest-three wildland engines and a tender heading towards a fire, with sirens blaring. The trucks left in quick succession fr... Full story


YWCA offers read along events for Domestic Violence Action Month

WALLA WALLA-The YWCA Walla Walla invites the community to read two books this month for Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM) and then meet for discussions and soup suppers at the YWCA Reception... Full story


WWCC announces Warrior Pledge scholarship

 WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) announced the launch of Warrior Pledge, a new scholarship program that will provide free tuition and other support to eligible students, enabling them to enroll at WWCC regardless of their financia... Full story


Washington's indoor mask mandate ending 9 days earlier. on March 12

WALLA WALLA/COLUMBIA COUNTIES—Grocery stores, childcare facilities, gyms, bars, and restaurants are just a few of the indoor industries in Washington preparing for a sooner-than-anticipated mask mandate lift. Governor Jay Inslee Monday announced...


COVID-19 cases rising sharply

WALLA WALLA, COLUMBIA COUNTIES—According to COVID-19 data collected by the New York Times, at least one in six Walla Walla County residents has been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The New York Times COVID tracking uses... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    September 2, 2021

Columbia and WW County commissioners, health officials worry emergency response exodus

COLUMBIA, WALLA WALLA COUNTY—A letter shared online by Walla Walla County Commissioner Jenny Mayberry on Monday, August 30, expressed that local health officials are concerned about a potential...


Cyclist shares story of accident, support of proposed trail

Mike Ellsworth is a strong supporter of the Touchet Valley Trail, and with good reason. The long-time Dayton resident had just gotten back into cycling when he hit the road for an early morning ride on June 25, 2015, headed towards Waitsburg with a g...


Sherwood Trust presents Everyday Equity and Empathy Community Workshop

Sherwood Trust is presenting free community workshops on equity and empathy. The second in the four-part series is June 16 and will highlight rural leadership. “We welcome community members to share in a live community learning experience that we h... Full story


Candidates have filed for 2021 Elections

WALLA WALLA COUNTY—The Walla Walla County Elections Filing Week closed May 21. Candidates filing for positions within the City of Waitsburg filed through the County for the first time, after council members voted to move away from a city-ran...

 By Terry Lawhead    News    May 20, 2021

Winter and Spring Wheat crops threatened by drought

If you are feeling a bit uneasy about our intense sunshine and high temperatures, you are not alone. Plant communities are struggling as well. And while we can water lawns, gardens and orchards with...


Candidate Filing Week

2021 Candidate filing begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17th and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21st. Candidates may electronically submit declarations of candidacy through the county website...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility changes for WW, Columbia Counties

WAITSBURG—The warm spring sunshine is out, but it isn’t safe to put the face masks away just yet. Vaccination eligibility is expanding, however, bringing us closer to a mask-free future. In Walla...

 By Brad Trumbo    News    March 11, 2021

Honoring the Hinchliff Conservation Legacy

In 1992, ten years after Pheasants Forever came to fruition in Saint Paul, MN, Walla Walla’s Blue Mountain chapter (BMPF) held its first fundraising banquet. Among those responsible for its success were John and Bertha Hinchliff of Dayton, WA. Upon... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    January 21, 2021

Community land trust one potential solution to housing crisis

WALLA WALLA—The housing crisis in the Walla Walla region has reached a tipping point. Thankfully, this problem is not unique to the region. With a decrease in affordable housing across the nation,...


Where is the District 2 fire chief?

This past week, it has been noticed that the newly hired fire chief for Columbia-Walla Walla (CCWW) County Fire District 2 has been missing. Waitsburg residents have noticed an increase in activity...

 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 Brad Trumbo    News    October 29, 2020

WDFW takes an important step in post-fire habitat recovery

In September, wildfires that tortured the Pacific Northwest did a number on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (Swanson Lakes), located about 10 miles...

 By Brianna Wray    News    October 22, 2020

Functionally festive Halloween decor

Halloween hopefuls have been dreading this since March when memes began to surface on the internet message boards regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea was determined: put the mask on now to save...


Northwest fires create hazardous air conditions

A massive smoke cloud covered Washington with heavy smoke over the weekend A supermassive cloud of smoke blanketed parts of the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, leaving many areas in the...


Area Census response slowed to a crawl, advocates concerned

There are less than four weeks to respond to the 2020 Census, and the counts for the area are less than satisfactory for many area residents. With just over three weeks left, Eastern Washington was ab...



Testing sites for COVID-19 are available in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, be aware of symptoms, and know where to test if necessary. Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center- W Poplar St, Walla Walla 24 Hour ER...

 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 30, 2020

Prescott School District plans for in-person instruction

Justin Bradford is excited to get underway as the new Superintendent of Prescott School District. Most recently, he was the Director of College Place School District's Special Education Department, an...


Regional positions on the primary ballot, due by August 4

Washington 16th Legislative District – Senator Perry Dozier (Republican Party) Elected Experience: Walla Walla County Commissioner 2009-2016 Chairman 3 years, Budget Committee 5 years; Washington;...


Mayo Clinic and Centers for Disease Control talk myths and masks

According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, wearing face masks, combined with other preventive measures such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, can help slow the spread of coronavirus... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020

Area fireworks ordinances

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. Each county and city in the area has its own fireworks ordinances. Are you aware of your local regulations? The City of Walla Walla allows fireworks to...


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