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 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020 

Waitsburg City Council Update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, June 24 via conference call. All council members were present. The council discussed the six-year transportation plan, local coronavirus relief...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

What makes this school superintendent tick

DAYTON—Doug Johnson is a man who loves kids and he will be involved with them, in some way, even after he retires at the end of June. Johnson has been in the field of education for over 41 years,...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020 

Salmon in Schools program says goodbye to educator

DAYTON—Andrew Bassler, of Dayton, chose to combine his career and his love of fishing when he took the Education Coordinator position with the Salmon in Schools program. After four years of...

 
 News    July 2, 2020 

Be a part of history, share your COVID story

WALLA WALLA­—Whitman College and Northwest Archives is creating a digital archive of the Walla Walla community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As our community begins to reopen, it is important to reflect on our experiences of the...

 
 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...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 2, 2020 

City of Walla Walla to host three Virtual Town Hall meetings on law enforcememt

WALLA WALLA—At the Walla Walla City Council meeting held on June 24, plans were outlined for three, possibly four, virtual Town Hall meetings. The meetings will be held in July and August to address public concerns over a variety of law...

 
 News    July 2, 2020 

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...

 
 News    July 2, 2020 

State agency warns of fraudulent mask exemption cards and flyers

Along with the new mandate in Washington state to wear a cloth face covering, fraudulent flyers and wallet cards have been circulating citing exemptions for individuals from the American with Disabili...

 
 News    July 2, 2020 

Touchet Valley Trail Committee releases concept plan

DAYTON—The Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee has released a detailed concept plan for the trail which is in the planning stages between Dayton and Waitsburg. The committee conducted a weekend...

 
 News    July 2, 2020 

Corps employees develop device for safer fish passage at Little Goose Dam

WALLA WALLA-Two U.S. Army Corps employees at Little Goose Lock and Dam created a device that removed debris blockages within the dam. Mechanical Engineering Technician Jay Haugen and Maintenance Worke...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

Fundraising efforts paying off for the Dayton Country Club's irrigation system project

DAYTON—This is year two of the Dayton Country Club’s five-year strategic plan to achieve financial independence and sustainability for the Touchet Valley Golf Course, said Sean Thurston who has...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    July 2, 2020 

Summer ritual continues despite the virus

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore.-Lampson's U-Pick Blueberries adjusted capably for the coronavirus by instituting an appointment system to manage the number of people picking in the fields at one time. Eight...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Negotiations stalled between the county and the city over Interlocal Agreement for noncontract services

DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners on Monday announced the discontinuation of non-contracted services to the City of Dayton in the areas of Emergency Management and Dispatch and Law...

 
 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...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Columbia County reports seven cases of COVID-19

DAYTON—The Columbia County Public Health Department has reported nine positive cases of COVID-19, stemming from the same household. None of the nine people are over 60 years of age, but one of them...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Prescott Pool getting ready to re-open

PRESCOTT-Prescott Pool Manager Kyra Hartley is a highly experienced lifeguard and swimming instructor and she recently stepped into the role of Pool Manager at the Prescott Pool. A double major in...

 

Voters will be given a second chance to help fund the Flood Control Zone District

DAYTON—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has agreed to ask voters for help with funding the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), again, this year. Proposition 1, asking voters to approve a permanent general excess levy of $0.10 per $1,000 o...

 
 By Pam Conover    News    June 25, 2020

Waitsburg gains another nonagenarian-happy birthday Pat Largent!

Pat Largent joins the ranks of the nonagenarian, a fancy word for 90, this month. Where the chronological age of 65 is in our culture is considered a senior citizen and 70 plus is considered by some...

 
 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...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    June 25, 2020

Walla Walla nurse travels to Harlem Hospital to help

Skills and experience gained along with bonds of friendship WALLA WALLA-A Walla Walla native and WA-HI graduate, Jenna Watts was just finishing up a nine-week traveling nurse stint at Harlem Hospital...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 25, 2020

Livestock exhibitors hope for a sale solution

WALLA WALLA-The cancellation of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days was met with both a sigh of relief and a breath of frustration. Youth exhibitors, especially market animal exhibitors, are...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

All Wheels Weekend hosts a Friday night Cruise

DAYTON—Kim and Tracy Clark are shown with their 1960 Ford truck at the Dayton Sports Complex on South Cottonwood Street just before last Friday’s All Wheels Cruise. Dayton Chamber Manager Molly...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Dayton school board report for June

DAYTON—It could be the middle of August before a solid plan for reopening Dayton schools can be presented to the community. At last week’s school board meeting Superintendent, Doug Johnson said...

 

"The Eyebrow"

"I love this 'eyebrow', especially when the sky is filled with dramatic clouds. I noticed it a year ago, after having driven past it at least once a week for the past four years and have photographed...

 

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