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Washington will pause on county progressions to Phase 4

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced on Saturday, June 27 that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 of the Safe Start recovery plan. Eight counties were eligible to...

 

Washington State food security update

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance program distributed 1.3 million pounds of food and served more than 192,000 clients during the week of June 25. In addition, during the first two weeks of June, WSDA and...

 

Dayton library's summer program introduces 'Fitbit for Reading'

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District is moving ahead with summer programing despite the pandemic. Young readers are encouraged to sign up for their new Summer Reading Program, which began on June 15. The program gets a technological...

 

Swim the Snake cancelled

The Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently announced that the annual Swim the Snake event has been sidelined due to COVID-19. Organizers said that due to the increase in COVID-19 cases; and the need to mask up in...

 

Lap swimming opens at Veteran's Memorial Pool

WALLA WALLA—The City of Walla Walla’s Veterans Memorial Pool opened for lap swimming on Monday, June 29. Patrons must reserve a lap swim lane to enter the facility. Lap lanes are available for 45-minute reservations. The city encourages people...

 

Retired Gen. James Mattis urges Washingtonians to stay united, wear face coverings to fight COVID-19

CAMP MURRAY, Wash.—As communities across the state experience spikes in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, former U.S. Defense Secretary, and Richland, WA native, Gen. (R) James Mattis is urging Washingtonians to follow physical distancing reco...

 

Curious about this summer's wildfire season?

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posts a detailed map of current Fire Danger warnings on their site located at https://burnportal.dnr.wa.gov/. In eastern Washington, this new fire danger rating system was...

 

Application deadline July 23 for Prescott school board position

PRESCOTT—Prescott School District No. 402-37 is actively seeking a School Board Director for an at-large position. Only a person who resides within the boundaries of the Prescott School Director District may apply. To see if you reside within the...

 

Face masks become mandatory in Washington starting Friday

OLYMPIA—In a media update on Tuesday, June 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that facial coverings will be mandatory statewide, in all public places and will take effect this Friday, June 26. Inslee added that a willful violation of this order is a...

 

Providence St. Mary Foundation grants $20,000 in scholarships

WALLA WALLA—In a move to support local healthcare workers during an uncertain, stressful and unpredictable time, Providence St. Mary Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to locally-employed Providence St. Mary caregivers.  Thirteen...

 

Lions Club BBQ canceled

WAITSBURG—On Wednesday, June 17th the Waitsburg Lions Club Salmon BBQ committee met and determined the fate of the annual event for 2020. Originally scheduled for September 19th, the committee decided to cancel due to the uncertainties concerning...

 

In-person services to begin again at Waitsburg Presbyterian

WAITSBURG—Pastor Stan Hughes of Waitsburg’s Presbyterian Church announced that the church will welcome congregants back for worship in their sanctuary on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Pastor Hughes met with the Session of Elders last week where the...

 

General operating grants on offer from BMCF

WALLA WALLA—Nonprofit organizations addressing food and hunger, housing and homelessness, health and mental health, and child and youth programs will be the focus for the Blue Mountain Community Foundation’s (BMCF) general operating...

 

Columbia County Comprehensive Plan docket items due Aug. 1

COLUMBIA COUNTY—Columbia County is beginning the annual consideration of amendments to its Comprehensive Plan. This process is designed to provide an opportunity for citizens to register comments on the plan and associated development regulations...

 

K-12 students eligible for Pandemic EBT

Students in grades K-12 are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards to help with buying groceries while school is closed for the summer. Families can apply by calling (877) 501-2233 or online at www.WashingtonConnection.org....

 

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board discusses cancellation

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board of directors met Thursday, June 11 via conference call. The board discussed the decision to cancel the 2020 fair, and how they can help livestock exhibitors that raised market animals...

 

Free document shredding June 27

DAYTON—HomeStreet Bank is sponsoring a shred day on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Just sit in your car while Dayton Kiwanis volunteers take the material to be shredded out of the trunk for disposal....

 

Columbia Pulp brings back twenty employees

STARBUCK—Columbia Pulp, LLC Vice President Mike Schock informed The Times that the straw-fiber pulp mill in Starbuck has brought back twenty employees since the company let go 93 workers in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are...

 

Mill Creek construction

WALLA WALLA—Construction projects at Mill Creek will cause a number of closures to Bennington Lake and the Mill Creek area over the summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) will be replacing the division works fish...

 

Hospice to host two different online grief support groups

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) just successfully completed its first 10-week online adult grief support group. This pilot group used the Zoom platform to connect individuals experiencing the grief of having lost a loved one. The...

 

Liberty Theater announces re-opening plans

DAYTON—Columbia County is celebrating its recent approval for Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan in Washington State. The Liberty Theater is hard at work preparing to re-open their doors and welcome back their community of fans. The...

 

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

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...

 

Menopause the Musical® to extend online streaming through June 21 in support of racial justice

NEW YORK, NY-GFour Productions has decided to extend online streaming of their hit show Menopause the Musical through June 21, 2020. The stream can be accessed and purchased at M...

 

Overnight camping reopening at some sites in Washington

SPOKANE—With the lifting of public health and safety restrictions enacted by Washington State officials, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on Monday, June 8, that the Spokane District is opening certain developed sites in Washington to...

 

Providence's annual fundraiser moves to the virtual clubhouse

WALLA WALLA—In light of restrictions surrounding large gatherings, Providence St. Mary Foundation’s annual themed golf fundraiser will head into the virtual clubhouse for a ‘Fiesta off the Green.’  Instead of gathering for golf,...

 

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