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BMLT streaming Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountain Land Trust is excited to announce the on-demand streaming of the thirteen-part series, Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains. The series explores the natural history of the northern Blue Mountains of Southeastern...

 

Museum After Hours showing online

WALLA WALLA—The Fort Walla Walla Museum will be showing ‘The 1879 Blue Mountain Railroad- Detecting a Ghost’ Museum After Hours online. Log in to the Zoom video to experience the long-forgotten route of a railroad that steamed its way from the...

 

Wenaha Gallery to feature Kennewick artist

DAYTON—The Wenaha Gallery will feature artist Tanna Scott for the upcoming Art Event. Based in Kennewick, WA, Scott finds her inspiration in rough range cattle and roaming horses, focusing on Western and Rodeo art. Her work has brought viewers to...

 

BURN BAN LIFTED

Per Fire District #2, the agriculture burn ban has been lifted North and West of Hiway 12. Contacting the Department of Ecology and other state agencies is suggested....

 

Curbside Pick-up for Dayton Memorial Library patrons

DAYTON—Holds can be placed for library materials through the online catalog at www.DaytonML.org. Holds must be placed by noon the day before pick-ups begin. Pick-ups take place curbside at the library Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p. m. and...

 

Prescott students to return to the classroom

PRESCOTT—‘HOPE 2.0 is here!’ Prescott School District will be returning to in-person instruction starting Monday, October 5th. Superintendent Justin Bradford announced last week that the school district will be returning to a hybrid schedule,...

 

COVID-19 vaccine update: Prioritization and pilot project plans

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health provided an update on progress being made toward a COVID-19 vaccine: Five federal regions (four states and a city) have been chosen to be pilot states in the CDC’s planning. Washington is not one...

 

Guidelines for keeping schools open in Columbia County

DAYTON—Dayton and Starbuck schools have opened with full attendance. Because Columbia County’s population is low, a few cases of COVID-19 can impact whether or not schools remain open. According to Martha Lanman at the County Health Department,...

 

The Club resumes in-person programs September 28

DAYTON—After monitoring the opening of Dayton schools using face-to-face learning, The Club’s Board of Directors voted to resume in-person programs on September 28, 2020. The Club currently offers virtual programs and weekly activity boxes...

 

Secretary of State: Registered voters in Washington do not need to request a mail-in ballot

OLYMPIA—Washington state voters may soon receive a postcard from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the Nov. 3 General Election. Among the recommendations is to request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days...

 

Gov. Inslee tours wildfire damage across Washington

OLYMPIA – More than 629,000 acres have been consumed by wildfire in Washington state since Monday. Washington, along with Oregon and California, is experiencing some of the largest fires in their...

 

Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library book sale scheduled Oct. 2-4

DAYTON—The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library will be hosting a book sale on October 2-4 at 250 Main Street. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to support future library programs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limit of ten...

 

Inslee updates indoor fitness and training facility guidance

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updated guidance for indoor fitness and training facilities as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. Effective today, indoor fitness and training facilities are allowed to operate in Modified Phase 1...

 

Free Legal Advice Week begins Sept. 21

Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) announces Legal Advice Week (LAW) for September. This week-long, pro bono telephone clinic offers artists and art organizations throughout Washington state a chance to connect with lawyers and get 30 minutes of f...

 

Special Fall 2020 Camping Season Extended

Several Washington State Parks remaining open until Nov. 1 Washington State Parks is extending the camping season at select parks throughout the state through November 1. The extension is in response...

 

Fall agritourism restrictions updated

Pumpkin spice and almost everything nice will happen this Fall, as Governor Inslee continues to update COVID-19 agritourism guidelines. Activities including hayrides, animal viewing, and bonfires are permitted in counties that have reached Phases 2...

 

Waitsburg City Council meeting change

The date for the Waitsburg City Council’s September meeting has been moved up one day. The meeting will now be held virtually on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The call-in number is (701) 802-5221 and the meeting access number is (509)...

 

Taggart Road Extension needs road name

WAITSBURG—The Taggart Road Extension project is underway on the east end of town, and the City of Waitsburg is looking for name suggestions for the resulting road. The new road connects Taggart Road and Highway 12 by extending the straight stretch...

 

Waitsburg Gun CLubs announces new hours

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Gun Club switched over to their winter hours on Labor Day and wants to remind range visitors to ‘think hunting hours.’ The gun range will be open from 8 a.m through dark. Tuesday night trap shooting practice will still...

 

Dayton Kiwanis meeting

DAYTON—Kiwanis Club of Dayton invites members and guests to this week’s presentation, featuring Columbia County Sheriff, Joe Helm. The public is invited to attend. The weekly meeting starts at noon via Zoom (“doors” open at 11:30 a.m.)....

 

Summer Food Service Program model extended

DAYTON—The Dayton School District has been approved for the Summer Food Service Program model through the end of December. All students 18 years of age and younger are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. Students who are enrolled...

 

Touchet River Habitat Restoration - Virtual Public Meeting

The Columbia and Walla Walla County Conservation Districts would like your input on draft restoration actions identified for the Touchet River and its tributaries, as characterized in a draft conceptual restoration plan under development. The plan...

 

ALS Association fundraiser stays close to home

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter says there is no better time for partner walking and fundraising than September. On September 19, join the fight against ALS with A Walk in Your Neighborhood. The Evergreen Chapter covers nearly one million...

 

Columbia County Public Transportation announces schedule change

DAYTON—Columbia County Public Transportation announced a slight schedule change to Saturday services, starting September 5th, 2020. Saturday transportation vehicles will run from 8 a.m until 1 p.m, a change that General Manager David Ocampo said...

 

Blessing Box vandalism met with overflowing compassion from the community

WAITSBURG-Over the weekend, the Waitsburg's Blessing Box located next to the Waitsburg Christian Church was damaged yet again. Vandals broke the glass out of the door and threw the donated food onto...

 

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