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 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 Michele Smith    News    January 21, 2021 

New phased approach for COVID-19 vaccinations announced this week

DAYTON—When it comes to COVID-19, the Times tries its best to deliver up to date, factual information, but it is hard to keep up when the data changes so quickly. Take the information released to th...

 
 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,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 21, 2021 

Dayton City Council report for January

DAYTON—Mayor Zac Weatherford talked about mitigating damages to the Dayton portion of the levee caused by the 2020 February flood in his report to the Dayton City Council last week. There are three...

 

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 Michele Smith    News    January 14, 2021

One woman's story about her journey with COVID-19

DAYTON-Elizabeth Jagelski is known for being a vivacious, musically gifted person with a kind heart. She has contributed her directorial expertise to six of the Touchet Valley Art Council (TVAC)...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 14, 2021

Inside the Sheriff's Office during the COVID-19 pandemic

DAYTON-Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm's overarching goal is to get back to the fundamental basics of law enforcement; through proper staffing, handling calls appropriately, providing deputies with...

 

Dozier, Klicker officially sworn into office

Republican Mark Klicker was officially sworn into office as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives to serve the 16th Legislative District on Friday, January 8, 2021. "I am very...

 

SBA and Treasury announce PPP Re-opening; issue new guidance

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP... Full story

 
 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...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    January 7, 2021

WIAA sets critria for spring wrestling, basketball seasons

WAITSBURG-Many students are eagerly anticipating the start of the new sports seasons after traditional fall and winter sport schedules were cleared to keep athletes safe. At this time, Washington Inte... 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 p... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 7, 2021

CCHS CEO Shane McGuire provides capital project update

DAYTON—On Dec. 16, Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire provided the hospital board of commissioners with an update on projects designed to improve the hospital’s ability to treat... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 7, 2021

Administration of COVID-19 vaccine in early stages

DAYTON-On Dec. 29, Dayton General Hospital Pharmacy Manager Cheryl Pell administered the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to DGH employee Mike Paris, kicking off vaccinations for essential health... Full story

 

Gov. Inslee announces "Healthy Washington- Roadmap to Recovery" plan

OLYMPIA—Governor Inslee announced Tuesday the “Healthy Washington- Roadmap to Recovery,” a new COVID-19 two-phased recovery plan. Starting January 11, 2021, Washington will follow a regional recovery approach with each region beginning in... Full story

 

Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

WALLA WALLA—The Jonathan M. Wainwright Medical Center in Walla Walla received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines just before Christmas, on December 22, and is currently in the process of vaccinating all Walla Walla VA essential health care staff....

 

CCHS receives 300 doses of Moderna vaccine

DAYTON—The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Columbia County. The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) has received 300 doses. At this time, CCHS has started giving immunizations to...

 

COVID-19 transmission flattening, not enough to reverse skyrocketing trends from November

OLYMPIA—Washington State remains in a highly precarious situation, even as COVID-19 transmission begins to flatten. A report released on December 24, 2020, showed that there has been a substantial decrease in transmission, however, it is not...

 

County adopts $24 million budget for 2021

DAYTON—The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) met on Dec. 21 to adopt various budgets, sign the ILA with the City of Dayton for Law and Justice, Dispatch, and Court services, and hire an...

 

Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office adds new Deputy Prosecuting Attorney position

DAYTON­-The Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has announced that Cindy L. Horowitz will be joining the office as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on January 1, 2021. Horowitz has served as an...

 

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 Brianna Wray    News    December 31, 2020

The Waitsburg Times year in review

2020 isn't necessarily a year we want to look back at too closely just yet. There was no shortage of bleak headlines, it's true, but this year also proved how well the Touchet Valley bands together in...

 

2020: a year of waiting

DAYTON-2020 has been a year like no other in Dayton's collective memory. In February, the county experienced severe flooding on the North and South Touchet rivers and Patit Creek. The flood, which cau...

 

Teeny is retiring

After more than four years with The Times, Teeny McMunn is retiring. Since joining the team, Teeny has handled a long checklist of essential newspaper needs. She has handled advertising, legals, bookk...

 

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