South Douglas Conservation District and Foster Creek Conservation District Supervisors will meet Oct. 28 at the Waterville Fire Station to discuss the current Memorandum of Agreement and current projects. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. For more information call 509-745-9160.

Douglas County is encouraging citizens who reside in the county and are interested in being considered by the Douglas County Republican Central Committee as a nominee for appointment by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to fill the remaining term as the Douglas County Treasurer, to c…

This story is from the Oct. 14, 1971 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This story, written by Mrs. Nell Dickson, caught my attention for a few reasons. First, I am partial to baseball, so any baseball article is bound to get me to at least stop and look at it. More importantly though, …

This story is from the Oct. 20, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This story caught my attention for several reasons. First, this was the first of two consecutive weeks the paper reported on violence involving individuals related to Mansfield, which is surprising for a small town.…

I grew 1500-year-old cave beans in both my home garden and at the community garden as a part of the three sisters’ companion planting method. The beans really needed a 10-foot teepee support system, but out of a total of four plants, we yielded two shopping bags full of green beans. Only a f…

This article is from the Sept. 8, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because it reminds me that why there are horrible harvests, like this year, there are always great harvests as well as other difficult years somewhere in their future. In compar…

This article is from the Sept. 29, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because of the similarities and the differences to the focus of this year’s Waterville-Mansfield Shockers football team. Much like today, the football team a century ago appear…

South Douglas Conservation District will meet Monday, Oct. 4, at the Waterville Fire Station. Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will be limiting the number of people in person. Conference call will be available. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. For more information call 509-745-9160.

Ahhh, corn! Versatile, filling and delicious. And now, colorful. It was truly a joy growing corn this year. Painted Mountain corn was very easy to grow and is tasty as well. I started my seeds in the house, which I needn't have done. It loves the cold - being cold-resistant - and is also dro…

Gov. Jay Inslee’s end run around the legislature banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings is a bad idea. Even though the state legislature adjourned last spring without passing his bill, he unveiled building codes which would accomplish the same thing by fiat.

If you have contacted my office in recent years, you know that I pride myself in delivering personal responses to you. My office staff and I work very hard to make sure you receive prompt and detailed information related to your questions and concerns. Despite the high volume of communicatio…

This article is from the Sept. 29, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because just this prior week I wrote an article about the Waterville EMS looking for volunteers to help provide emergency medical coverage for our area. Another all-volunteer a…

“Steadfast” sounds like “The Little Engine That Could,” and that's what the shiitake is all about. Shiitake is one of the easiest and most productive fungi to grow, producing more flushes of fresh mushrooms for you - up to five on average - when grown in sawdust or grain. When grown on logs,…

This article is from the Sept. 15, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because it shows just how quickly life can change. I see this as especially fitting as we just marked the 20th anniversary of the events of Sept.11, 2001. Fortunately, in the i…

There are over 2,000 different types of praying mantises worldwide, yet there are only two prevalent invasive species worth arguing about here in the United States! Both species - the Chinese mantis, Tenodera aridifolia, and the European mantis, Mantis religiosa - were introduced to North Am…

This article is from the Oct. 6, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention as I was just looking at items needed to be covered at the first Booster Club meeting of the school year. While this article is about the formation of Waterville’s Parent-Teacher…

South Douglas Conservation District will meet Monday, Sept. 13, at the Waterville Fire Station. Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will be limiting the number of people in person. Conference call will be available. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. For more information call 509-745-9160.

The plight of the bees is a topic close to every gardener's heart. I never knew that there were "other" types of bees that didn't make honey; I certainly do know about - and dearly love - honey bees. As a child, I recall vividly that first taste of delightful honey. It was on a soft dinner r…

In stark contrast to the disputes seen at other school board meetings throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties, the Waterville’s school board meeting this past week showed that our town can express disagreement surrounding the state’s masking mandates while still showing mutual respect.

This article is from the Sept. 1, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention for a few reasons. First it is an example of how important local businesses are to small towns such as ours. Without the Citizens Fuel Club, the Waterville Railroad, which was t…

Foster Creek CD will hold a regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 8, between 6 – 8 p.m. at Mansfield Community Hall, Main Street, Mansfield. Please refer to FCCD’s website (www.fostercreekcd.org) or contact District Manager Amanda Ward on 509-449-2158 for remote access information, i…

Five years ago, following my election to the state Senate, I organized my first district-wide listening tour, hoping to connect with communities in a meaningful and unique way. My idea was to set aside time each fall when lawmakers traditionally begin looking ahead to the upcoming legislativ…

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Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris met with the Waterville Town Council during their August meeting to discuss the impacts of the Washington police reforms that took effect July 25. Unfortunately, the new legislation has left local law enforcement with more questions than answers due to wor…

With the NCW Fair returning to Waterville this weekend, there has been a lot of talk about the entertainment that is coming to town. But there are other components of the fair that have people just as excited. This weekend will also mark the return of the 4H and FFA Youth Livestock Auction a…

The Waterville Town Council has passed an ordinance banning fireworks year-round within the town limits. During their August meeting the council held a final public hearing regarding the proposed fireworks ban. With no comments from the citizens of Waterville, the council was able to move fo…

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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