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What the Cat Dragged In

WAITSBURG – After two days missing, Kate Hockersmith, of Waitsburg, began to worry about her cat, Finn MacCool. "He's an indoor cat during the day, then he goes out at night," Hockersmith... Full story

Dayton City Council Hears from Friends of the Pool

DAYTON-Vicki Zoller, President of the Friends of the Dayton Pool Committee, spoke to the Dayton City Council last week about work the committee is doing to help the community build an aquatic center...

Inland Cellular Experiences Voice, Text Service Outage

LEWISTON—On August 10, a large fire on the top of Lewiston Hill damaged Inland Cellular’s infrastructure, causing a significant loss of service to a large area affecting several counties, including Columbia and Walla Walla. Inland reports that... Full story

Waitsburg School Board Wrestles with Graduation Requirements

WAITSBURG—Most Waitsburg High School alumni over the past couple of decades were required to take a class called “Life Management Skills” their junior year. The class met in the Home Ec lab, a long room in the middle of the building with a...

National Night Out

Washington Army Guard pilot Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Coombs and her co-pilot, Major Ray Leonard, flew this Lacota UH-72 light utility helicopter to Dayton for the Aug. 7 National Night Out...

Cementing Radioactive Wastes Could Save Billions

Since 2002, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has funded construction of a $17 billion project to encase radioactive wastes in solid glass logs. It is scheduled to start operations in 2022 and treat more than 56 million gallons of hazardous liquids which... Full story

Welcome, Brianna Wray

Most of us who work at The Times are old enough to remember when a "phone" was something with a rotary dial, and a camera was a completely separate device that you put rolls of film into. I'm happy... Full story

Tingstad and Tosten Perform Aug. 23 at Liberty

DAYTON—Eric Tingstad and Carl Tosten will perform separate concerts on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. Tingstad is a Grammy Award-winning song writer and composer from Seattle. He is best known as a finger style guitarist....

Dayton Students to Speak About Service Project

DAYTON—Earlier this month, five young people from Dayton’s United Methodist and First Congregation Churches traveled to Wellpinit, Wash. to volunteer with Sierra Service Project. As part of a larger group of volunteers, Jacob Holmberg, Justin... Full story

Waitsburg Schools Registration

WAITSBURG—Registration for Waitsburg schools will take place in Preston Hall Aug. 20-23. On Aug. 20, 22 and 23, registration will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hours on Aug. 21 will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Associated Student Body fees, sports passes...

New supervisor for Umatilla National Forest

DAYTON—Staff from the Umatilla National Forest Service headquarters in Pendleton attended the Columbia County Commissioners’ Aug. 6, meeting to introduce the new Umatilla National Forest Supervisor, Eric Watrud. Watrud has been on the job since...

Columbia Co. Marijuana Public Hearing

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. Planning Director Meagan Bailey will present findings of fact regarding the Columbia County Code and new marijuana production, processing and... Full story

Food Distribution Aug. 23

The Blue Mountain Action Council, Thrivent Financial and Dayton’s Redeemer Lutheran Church are sponsoring a free food distribution on Aug. 23 at Columbia County Fairgrounds, from noon until 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed at 10:45 a.m. to help bag...

Correction – Delany Room Signup

DAYTON—Last week, The Times reported that signup for use of the Delaney Room at the Dayton Memorial Library is now available online at the library’s website. Library staff has asked us to emphasize that the online feature is an additional...

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

These are easy-peasy and quick to make. The story behind it is maybe longer. I was having a LuLaRoe party Sunday and was looking for some desserts to make. I found one that was similar to this but...

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago-August 21, 2008 Waitsburg native Joan (Land) Miller, M. D. of Columbia Falls, Mont was recognized with the 2008 Spirit of Planetree Caregiver Award by North Valley Hospital in Columbia Falls. Dr. Miller, a 1966 graduate of Waitsburg...


August 17: Addisen Ford, Pauline Stanton, Kenneth Leaverton, Casey Davison, Lance Munden, Larry Williams. August 18: Kay Pettichord, Wiley Miller, Angela Hopkins, Clark Hulce, Nicole Page, Levi Fluharty, Paula Cooper, Jeanie White, Keith Williams,...

Legal Notices

Mona J. Geidl Minnick-Hayner P.O. Box 1757 Walla Walla, WA 99362 (509) 527-3500 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA In re the Estate of: FRANCES R. SCHWERIN, Deceased. No. 18 4 00112 36 PROBATE... Full story

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