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COVID-19 update from Unified Command, Walla Walla County Emergency Management and Walla Walla County Department of Community Health

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) is reporting 187 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (10/13/2020 to 10/26/20). This has put the county at the highest number of active cases since the onset of the pandemic...

 

Waitsburg Christian Church to resume in-person service on November 1

WAITSBURG—It has been more than 200 days since Pastor Matthew Wyatt gave a sermon to a church full of friendly faces. The church will be opening its doors for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on November 1. “We have...

 

Public invited to Columbia County Rural Library Board meeting

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting for the purpose of approving COVID-19 Reopening Policies. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. This will be a virtual meeting and...

 

Blue Mountain realty contributes $2,500 to the club

DAYTON­-For the third consecutive year, Blue Mountain Realty has contributed $2,500 to The Club for operating expenses. The presentation was made to The Club Board members Anne Strode and Samantha...

 

Road into Tucannon reopens

PENDLETON, Ore.—Forest officials on the Pomeroy Ranger District reopened motorized access on Forest Service Roads (FSR) 47, 4712, and a portion of FSR 4713 on Saturday, Oct. 24. Due to significant flood damage from February 2020, long-term...

 

Last call for Port of Columbia small business relief funds

DAYTON—October 30th is the deadline for applications to the Port of Columbia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. This is the third and likely the last round of grant funding available to businesses this year. Over $94,000 is still available to...

 

No-cost flu vaccines available at select Albertsons, Safeway stores in Washington

OLYMPIA—The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health...

 

Updates from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Most recreation opportunities offered by WDFW have reopened, and license sales have rebounded and even exceeded the previous year sales to date. (WDFW offices, hatcheries, and some campgrounds remain closed, though staff is to assist the public by...

 

Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution progress

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. We are working with the federal government and local partners within Washington to plan for the...

 

Waitsburg, Dayton and Prescott leaf pickup service for 2020

Basin Disposal will be picking up bagged leaves for customers in Waitsburg, Dayton and Prescott. The leaf pick-up is not part of the regular garbage route but will be done with a different truck on a separate route. The following are tentative...

 

Inslee extends eviction moratorium, public utilities proclamation

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31. Moratorium on Evictions...

 

Walk the Vote event this upcoming weekend

WALLA WALLA—The public is invited to take to the sidewalks on Sunday, October 25, at 1:30 p.m. to Walk the Vote. With or without their ballots in hand, community voters will celebrate the act of voting in a peaceful neighborhood walk, a free event...

 

COVID-19 transmission increasing in western Washington, rates flat but higher in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA­—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission.  Report findings include: Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern...

 

Liberty Theater manager resigns

DAYTON—Mike Ferrians has resigned as the manager of the Liberty Theater. Management of the theater will be by committee, for the time being, according to Dave Molesh, Touchet Valley Arts Council...

 

Virtual BooGrass Auction begins October 23

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's Rural Youth Enrichment Services (RYES) will host the Virtual BooGrass Auction starting October 23. Log on and bid on items including a Will Writing package donated by Karl Law...

 

Dayton's Wenaha Gallery chooses treats over tricks

This year, Wenaha Gallery is giving bags of treats to Trick or Treaters, costumed or not, on Friday, October 30, from noon to 5 p.m. “Given that it’s the day before Halloween, it’s understandable if kids aren’t in costume. Unless they’re...

 

Celebration Days seeking new president, vice president

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Celebration Days will meet Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m via Zoom conference call. Waitsburg Celebration Days is a multi-day event first held in 2013 to preserve the third...

 

Medical appointment gas cards available through Columbia County Public Health

COLUMBIA COUNTY—Medical Appointment Gas Cards are available to any Columbia County resident in need of fuel for transportation to medical appointments outside of Columbia County. Fuel cards are available for those with a valid driver’s license,...

 

Local Firefighters seek help to support Breast Cancer Awareness

Fire District #2’s Association is offering pink T shirts the month of October 2020 to help increase breast cancer awareness. T-shirts will be available at Ten Ton Coffee, 216 Main Street Waitsburg....

 

WSU is among 12 Organizations to Receive National Funding to Support Anaerobic Digestion in Communities

SEATTLE—Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Washington State University was selected to receive $129,727 in grant funding to help develop multi-partner anaerobic digester projects in the Northwest. WSU is among 12...

 

Walla Walla County announces new COVID-19 death

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County health officials announced that a local man in his 60s, who had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away. This news brings the countywide death toll to six. As of Tuesday, there were 941 confirmed COVID-19 cases in...

 

Walla Walla County Elections operations temporarily move location

Karen Martin, Walla Walla County Auditor, announced on October 5, 2020 that Walla Walla County Elections will be moving all operations to the Pavilion building at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St., Walla Walla. Voter services,...

 

Grant applications now available for Walla Walla small business owners

WALLA WALLA—With the second round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) dollars allocated to the city of Walla Walla from the state of Washington, the city will distribute $250,000 in assistance grants to Walla Walla small...

 

Umatilla National Forest to begin work on Forest Service Road 32

PENDLETON, Ore.—Contractors will begin repair work on Forest Service Road (FSR) 32 along the Umatilla River this week to regain administrative access to Buck Creek Cabin. Work is anticipated to begin as early as Oct. 6 and will include debris...

 

New hybrid class schedule changes meal deliveries

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg School District has adjusted the meal home delivery schedule to accommodate the recent change to a hybrid learning model. Starting October 5th, meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday, coinciding with the 2020-21 school...

 

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