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  • Common Roots Outreach event Dec. 7 at Town Hall

    The Times|Dec 1, 2022

    WAITSBURG—Common Roots Housing Trust will have its second low-income community outreach event on Wednesday, December 7th, at 5:45 pm at Waitsburg Town Hall. Information will be provided on Common Roots, a community-based organization that will create permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for families earning between $28.000 and $65,000 per year. It will be a family-friendly event with free food, childcare, and live English-Spanish translation. Find out about Common Roots’ plans to develop homes and how it could help your fam... Full story

  • Sarabeth McGowen named Outstanding Student for October

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Oct 27, 2022

    WALLA WALLA-Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walla Walla and Spectrum Reach has named Sarabeth McGowen Outstanding Student of the Month for October. McGowen is a senior at Waitsburg High School and is exploring a career in early childhood education or as a paralegal. She is the daughter of Tracy and Kimberly McGowen, and her older brother Samuel is a WHS alumnus. McGowen is currently the treasurer for the National Honor Society and her senior class. She participates in Pep Band (percussion) and works... Full story

  • Waitsburg Town Hall to host Candidate Forum October 10

    The Times|Oct 6, 2022

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Commercial Club and Waitsburg Town Hall are sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Monday, October 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main Street. This in-person event will start with a meet and greet with the candidates at 5:30 p.m., with the official forum beginning at 6 p.m. Each candidate will be given three to five minutes to introduce themselves, followed by questions from the audience. The question-and-answer period will be moderated by Jim Davison. The candidates will be given a limited time frame to answer q... Full story

  • Celebration Days hostesses selected

    Beka Compton, The Times|May 5, 2022

    WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days, always the third weekend in May, is peaking over the horizon. After two years of event cancellations, a new Board of Directors has planned a jam-packed weekend to make up for their absence. Representing the Waitsburg Celebration Days as hostess are two local ladies, Ashlyn Brooks, of Waitsburg, and Hope Adkins, of Dayton. The hostesses are tasked with being the face of Waitsburg Celebration Days, and traveling to local parades and other events to promote... Full story

  • William and Delora Harpe Scholarship accepting applications

    The Times|Feb 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—The William & Delora Harpe Scholarship is currently accepting applications. Current high school seniors or previous graduates of Waitsburg High School, Touchet High School, Columbia-Burbank High School, and Prescott High School are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in teaching. The application is available online at www.bluemountainfoundation.org. The deadline for applications is March 7 at 11:59 p.m. The scholarship can be used at any accredited college, community college, or trade school in t... Full story

  • Providence St. Mary named among top in nation for stroke care

    The Times|Nov 4, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Providence St. Mary Medical Center has been named among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke and a recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence Award according to new analysis by Healthgrades. It was one of only five hospitals in Washington State to receive the designation for 2022. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior p...

  • Partial Waitsburg Election Results as of November 2, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    The Times|Nov 4, 2021

    City of Waitsburg Council Member #1 127 - Kevin House 17 - Write-in Council Member #2 138 - Jim Romine 4 - Write-in Council Member #3 138 - Randy Charles 2 - Write-in City Council Member #4 84 - Karen Stanton-Gregutt 87 - Court Ruppenthal City Council Member #5 48 - Rebecca S Wilson 122 - Jilliam Henze City of Waitsburg Mayor 100 - Kate Hockersmith 77 - Marty Dunn Waitsburg School District No 401-100 School Director District 1 170 - Sarah Boudrieau 8 - Write-in School Director District 3 129 - Stephanie Cole 96 - Ann Miller 4 - Write-in School... Full story

  • Face masks encouraged at Frontier Days

    The Times|Sep 2, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Fair food, fair fun, and fair entertainment are just around the corner. The Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days is still happening, kicking off with livestock and still life exhibits and the annual demolition derby on September 1. This year’s fair theme is “Stars and Stripes and Country Nights.” The Walla Walla County Commissioners Office, the Walla Walla Department of Community Health, and Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days are committed to the health and safety of the community. In areas not regulated by state indoor mask mandate...

  • Funds available for 2022 tourism-related events

    The Times|Sep 2, 2021

    WALLA WALLA COUNTY—The Walla Walla County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) has announced the availability of grant funds, associated with an application process, for the purpose of supporting tourism promotion-related events or projects held in 2022 that will result in increases in the number of people traveling to the area for business or pleasure and utilizing lodging facilities for overnight stays. Proceeds of the county lodging tax collections fund this opportunity. Approximately $50,000 will be available for grants for 2022 events. A...

  • Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Sept. 1-5

    The Times|Sep 2, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Fair days are right around the corner! September 1st through September 5th, the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days will be packed full of exciting events and family fun. The fair’s hours are: 11a.m.-11p.m. – Wednesday and Thursday 11a.m.-12a.m. – Friday through Sunday September 1st – 5th - Watch the amazing canine competition featuring Dock Dogs, scheduled daily. September 1- The fair kicks off with Pepsi’s Free-Until-3pm admission. On opening night, the beloved rock band Chicago will be on stage at 8:00 p.m. September 2- Check ou...

  • Walla Walla County vaccine clinics August 4, 11, 18

    The Times|Jul 29, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) and healthcare partners will open vaccine clinics on the first three Wednesdays in August (August 4, 11, 18). All three clinics will be held at the Providence Southgate campus. The clinics on August 4 and 11 will run from 3-5 p.m., and the clinic on August 18 will offer extended hours and run from 3-7 p.m. Clinics held after August 18 will be announced later as DCH evaluates the vaccine interest level in the county. All clinics will offer interested residents both the P...

  • Walla Walla County properties to see substantial increase in assessed value

    The Times|Jun 3, 2021

    WALLA WALLA COUNTY—Walla Walla County homeowners should expect a change of value notice soon, according to the county’s assessor, Debra Antes. “Most properties will see a substantial increase in the assessed value due to the increasing market,” Antes said in a statement. “Washington State requires our office to assess property at 100% of market value, meaning what you could expect to sell your property for if you were to sell it. Sales of properties similar to your home are used to set your assessed value.” Antes would like to remind home... Full story

  • COVID-19 update

    The Times|Dec 31, 2020

    Daily case numbers in Walla Walla County 12/29, Tuesday – 44 12/28, Monday –73 12/24-26, Thursday-Saturday – 92 12/27, Sunday – 20 Hospitalized as of 12/29 – 16 Cumulative Confirmed Cases by Community of Residence: Dixie: 15 Prescott: 63 Waitsburg: 54 Walla Walla: 2679 Current Cases Columbia County Active cases: 8 Pending Tests: 2 Recovered Cases 76 Deaths 4 Total Tests 1812...

  • Irish dance trio Affinití returns to Walla Walla for virtual concert

    The Times|Dec 3, 2020

    WALLA WALLA—Irish classical crossover trio Affinití will be returning to Walla Walla for the seventh year in a row­­—only this year, the holiday concert, A Celtic Christmas, will be virtual. The concert will be filmed at the stunning Powerscourt Estate in Ireland’s Ancient East. The trio will go live on December 17, at 12 p.m. The performance will be available to view for 72 hours, so it can be watched when you are ready. Gesa Powerhouse Theater announced that tickets to the virtual concert...

  • Walla Walla County COVID-19 spike continues

    Waitsburg Times|Nov 12, 2020

    WALLA WALLA— Walla Walla County Department of Community Health is carefully monitoring rising COVID-19 case numbers. Over the past couple of weeks, the county has seen a large spike in positive coronavirus cases, with the total amount of cases surpassing 1,500 on November 8. As of Tuesday, there are 336 active cases, 13 of which are hospitalized. From October 24- November 6, four Waitsburg residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases to nine. During the same time frame, Prescott has had two new cases, b...

  • applicants sought to fill vacancies on Waitsburg-Coppei Flood Control District Board of Directors

    The Times|Nov 5, 2020

    There are currently three open positions on the Waitsburg-Coppei Flood Control District Board of Directors. The district has been inactive for some years. There is an interest in reactivating the district to assist with certain flood control activities in the City of Waitsburg. By state law (RCW 85.38), such vacancies are filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners in which the largest part of the district property is located, which is Walla Walla County. Appointees shall hold office until the next district election. Applicants...

  • Walla Walla County announces new COVID-19 death

    The Times|Oct 8, 2020

    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 the county. Of those cases, 872 have recovered. Sixty-two people are currently under in-home isolation, and one person is hospitalized. “We wish to express our deepest sympathies to his friends and family during this difficult time,” said a representative from the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

  • Providence free drive-through adult flu clinic Oct. 24

    The Times|Oct 1, 2020

    Providence offers its annual free drive-through adult flu shot clinic on Oct. 24 at the Providence Southgate Medical Park main building entrance (former main entrance of Walla Walla General Hospital) from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the vaccine is gone. This is a new location for the annual drive-through clinic. People can be vaccinated without leaving their cars, and no appointments are necessary. People are asked to follow the signs as they enter and to wear masks to protect Providence...

  • Applications Open for 2020 Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program

    Jul 16, 2020

    WALLA WALLA—Sherwood Trust is looking for community-minded leaders of all experience levels for its 2020 Community Leadership program. The no-cost program begins in September and culminates in the summer of 2021 with a collaborative project. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2020. The Community Leadership Program has for 16 years strengthened local leadership and community-building abilities with a hands-on, interactive program to develop leadership and community-building skills for Walla Walla Valley residents. In collaboration with Rur...

  • Two candidate forums to be held next week

    the Times|Jul 9, 2020

    WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) are hosting two candidate forums next week. The County Commissioners and Superior Court Judges will be at the first candidate forum on Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. The State Representatives will be at the second candidate forum on Thursday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. Since in-person gatherings are not possible at this time, the forums will be conducted via a Zoom meeting hosted on the Walla Walla Valley Chamber...

  • Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

    the Times|Jul 9, 2020

    June 19 The reporting party in 1300 block of Barleen Drive was scammed out of 1,000 dollars, Walla Walla. June 22 A hit and run occurred in the county at an address on Interchange Road over the weekend. Walla Walla County. June 24 Reporting Party stated that items that fell out of the back of his SUV were picked up and taken in the 13900 block of Dodd Road. Burbank, WA. June 25 Reporting party in the 57 block of Farmland Road reported being scammed out of money, Walla Walla. June 29 Deputies responded to the 100 block of W. Birch St regarding...

  • Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

    the Times|Jun 18, 2020

    Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office May 23 Adult male reported discovering his shop located in the 26000 block of Ice Harbor Drive had been entered and multiple tools taken, as well as his safe. He stated the burglary occurred within the last two days. Burbank, WA June 1 Adult male reported discovering his home, located in the 100 block of Cherry Street, had been burglarized and electronics taken. Burbank, WA. June 3 A citizen called to report illegal dumping at an address on Braden Road and Two Acre Lane. Walla Walla County. A burglary and t...

  • Case counts on the rise in Walla Walla County

    the Times|Jun 11, 2020

    WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Since May 31, fifteen additional residents have had confirmed positive test results. These new cases, as well as the County’s threshold for number of individuals tested for each new case during the prior week will prevent the County from advancing to Phase 3. The recent rise of new cases in Benton and Franklin Counties is much more serious, with both Counties still in Phase 1, neither are eligible in any of the four metrics for advancement to Phase 2. Franklin County repor...

  • Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

    the Times|Jun 11, 2020

    June 2 A vehicle that had been tagged for almost a month at an address on W. First and Main Street was towed in Waitsburg, WA. A Smith and Wesson handgun was reported lost in the Walla Walla River while kayaking at an address on Byrnes and Maiden Road in Touchet, WA. June 3 A victim alleged her vehicle was stolen on May 28 from an address in the 300 block of Orchard Street in Walla Walla. June 6 Fraudulent debit card charges were reported from an address on Old Milton HWY in Walla Walla County. An adult male reported three dogs severely...

  • Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

    the Times|May 14, 2020

    April 15 Malicious Mischief investigation in Waitsburg at 137 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA. April 21 Residential burglary that occurred sometime over the last week at an address in the 17000 block of E. HWY 12, Waitsburg, WA. May 5 Someone illegally dumped a bunch of garbage in between the old barracks at the Airport, 180 E. Lear Ave., Walla Walla County. May 6 A man and his wife were attacked by their own dogs at an address in the 500 block of Gose Street in Walla Walla County. May 8 A compound bow was located in the back of a pickup truck, on...

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