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 By Beka Compton    News    September 23, 2021 

New pastor, family, settling into life in Waitsburg

Cameron and Angelica Hedges are new to Waitsburg and are wholeheartedly embracing small-town life. "I love it out here, so far," said Angelica Hedges about Waitsburg. "It's much slower paced than...

 

Waitsburg City Council welcomed new business owners

WAITSBURG—Plenty of new Waitsburg business owners attended the regular Waitsburg City Council meeting last Wednesday. Recently sold buildings along Main Street, include the former Anchor Bar and the Whoopem Up Hollow Cafe. Tom and Judy Bennett...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    September 23, 2021 

Waitsburg School Board discuss start of school year

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met for a regular meeting on September 16. Secondary Principal Stephanie Wooderchak shared that students and staff are doing well, and the school year is off to...

 

Port of Columbia September meeting

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commissioners met for a regular meeting on September 8 via Zoom. The Commissioners appointed Shawn Brown as chairman, filling the position left by the late Earle Marvin....

 

Heibert selected to fill Dayton city council vacancy

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council met for a hybrid meeting on September 8, 2021. Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm shared that 57 traffic tickets were written over the past month, 38 were within city...

 

Behavioral Health Resources for Back to School

OLYMPIA —As students and educators head back into the classroom and restart the in-person learning routine, the Department of Health (DOH) provides behavioral health tips and resources for navigating the emotional responses that children, teens,... Full story

 

Inslee statement on 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

“My fellow Washingtonians, today marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in this country on September 11, 2001. As we remember this tragedy and honor our nation’s resilience, this time is also an...

 

Corrections officer arrested for assault, gang terrorism

WALLA WALLA—The Gang Intelligence Team, a division of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, working with multiple regional partners, arrested two men in the early hours of the morning last Thursday. The sheriff’s office has spent the past...

 

Harmful algae blooms poses threat to pets in Tri Cities

At least three dogs have fallen victim to toxic algae bloom on the Columbia River, just north of the Tri-Cities. The first report was received by the Benton Franklin Health District on Monday,...

 

SBA Disaster Loan Program enhanced due to challenges from Delta Variant

WASHINGTON, DC—On September 9, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced significant enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan...

 

Umatilla National Forest reopens most lands in Lick Creek Fire footprint

PENDLETON, Ore.—With the Lick Creek Fire 100% contained and in patrol status, Umatilla National Forest officials will reopen most National Forest lands within the Lick Creek Fire footprint today. Additionally, access will be reopened into portions...

 

Fireworks amendment fails in 1-2 vote

DAYTON—Fireworks have been an issue for city and county officials as fire conditions continued to worsen in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. Columbia County Commissioners held a public hearing on...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    September 9, 2021

Masks required for Columbia County Fair

DAYTON— County Commissioners approved a mandate that requires masks at the Columbia County Fair this weekend at a meeting on Tuesday, September 7. The mandate, signed by Dr. Lewis Neace, Columbia...

 

New Dayton dental clinic open to those with state-funded insurance

DAYTON-In November 2015, Norm Passmore's dental practice closed in Dayton, and treatment options for Medicaid patients became slim. Realizing the importance of preventative dental care to whole-body...

 

Dayton loses two beloved community leaders

DAYTON-The community of Dayton recently lost two leaders from their community. Port of Columbia Commissioner Earle Marvin, and Kim Clark, General Manager of Ski Bluewood Resort, passed away... Full story

 

Green Ridge Fire over 41,000 acres

DAYTON—The Green Ridge Fire, burning just thirty miles east of Walla Walla in the Blue Mountains, tipped over 41,000 acres of burned land during the weekend. Firefighting efforts have secured 40%... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    September 9, 2021

Horsin' around before the Columbia County Fair

In just a few days, cows, curly fries, and farm critters will take over the Columbia County Fairgrounds for a "Blue Ribbon A-Fair." For the young horsewomen from Rocking D Riders 4-H club, the fair be...

 

One year recognition ceremony for Malden recovery efforts

MALDEN-Residents, family, friends and supporters of the town of Malden in Whitman County held a day of Remembrance and Celebration on Monday honoring a year of recovery efforts to rebuild their... 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...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    September 2, 2021

Dayton middle, high schools switch to remote learning amidst COVID-19 surge

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board called an emergency meeting on Monday, August 30, to discuss switching to remote learning for middle and high school students. Columbia County Public Health officials...

 

Covid-19 vaccination rate up for employees of the Columbia County Health System

DAYTON—On Aug. 12, The Times reported on the vaccination rate for the Columbia County Health System employees, which stood at about 52 percent. Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire...

 

Have Fun with Blue Mountain Land Trust

Get out and explore with the Blue Mountain Land Trust this fall, with one of the many upcoming, outdoor-oriented classes. Explore: Stand-Up Paddleboard, September 11 Spend the afternoon paddling up...

 

Timely access to care compromised by deluge of COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated

WALLA WALLA—The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases primarily among unvaccinated individuals hinders timely access to a broad spectrum of healthcare in Walla Walla. This is coming in the form of long wait times, delays of some non-emergency...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    September 2, 2021

Health officials warn against using Ivermectin to treat, prevent COVID-19

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) warns against using Ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug commonly used for humans and animals, to treat or prevent COVID-19. Ivermectin, first...

 

Red Cross offers back to school tips

WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus pandemic eases its hold in some areas of the country, most schools will be calling students back to the classroom soon after months of virtual learning. The American Red Cross wants to make sure your student is safe... Full story

 

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