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 By Ian Smay    News    August 24, 2017

Col. Co Fair Hostesses Have Busy Schedules

COLUMBIA COUNTY – Every year, the weekend after Labor Day brings about a sense of joy for those both young and old in Columbia County. A weekend full of fun awaits as kids get a day off school and...

 By Ian Smay    Commentary    August 10, 2017

Guest Column: Ian Smay

My second go-around with a small-town newspaper was just as sweet as the first time Last summer, I held my first job in the field of journalism when I became a summer intern as a writer/reporter (and...

 By Ian Smay    News    August 10, 2017

Weed Board Can Provide Help for Columbia County County Residents

DAYTON – Almost everyone in Dayton (and probably the surrounding areas) is aware that Dayton is home to the Columbia County’s Washington State University Extension Office. What many people may not know is that the office is also home to the...

 By Ian Smay    News    August 3, 2017

Dayton Hosts Final Home Meet of Season

DAYTON - Dayton hosted league opponents St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse-Washtucna (one combined team) and Colfax on July 25. The meet started with the first heats taking place at 4 p.m., and ended shortly before 8 p.m. Dayton finished third in the...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 20, 2017

Waitsburg Field House Planning Underway

WAITSBURG – In a workshop prior to their regular July 12 meeting, the Waitsburg School Board, along with other administrators, staff, and community members, met with architects to go over preliminary plans for a new field house at the WHS football...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 13, 2017

Dayton Swim Team's First Year with New Coach Off to Good Start

DAYTON – The Dayton Swim Team is under new leadership for the first time in a decade, with new Head Coach Jamie Trump taking the reins for the 2017 summer season. The change in coaching occurred... Full story

 By Ian Smay    News    July 13, 2017

Touchet Valley Golf Course to Host Tournaments at End of Summer

DAYTON – The Touchet Valley Golf Course has played host to both a women's and a men's league this summer, and will also host tournaments at the end of the summer. The men's league has been held on...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 6, 2017

New Bake Shop to Open in Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON – Dayton’s Blue Mountain Station will be home to a new bake shop starting July 15th when Michelle Swan opens the doors of Mama Swan’s Sweet Treats to the public during the station’s FoodStock event. The shop will feature various baked...

 By Ian Smay    News    June 29, 2017

Dayton's Summer Rec is a Success

DAYTON – Kids in Dayton are spending their weekdays having fun with their friends, while also learning, at Blue Mountain Counseling's Summer Recreation Program. The program, headed by Prevention...

 By Ian Smay    News    June 22, 2017

23rd All Wheels Weekend Sees Attendance Rebound

DAYTON – The 23rd annual All Wheels Weekend was a success, as numbers for the famous Show & Shine on Saturday returned to normal. Last year's weekend was beset by wet weather throughout the...

 By Ian Smay    News    June 15, 2017

All Wheel's Weekend Rolls Around

DAYTON – Friday will mark the beginning of Dayton’s 23rd annual All Wheels Weekend festivities. The events showcase many classic automobiles of all makes and models, and brings as many as 400 participants some years. Early registration will be...

 By Ian Smay    News    June 15, 2017

Dayton High Sends Off Senior Class

DAYTON – Dayton High School gave its final sendoff to 34 young adults as they move on to the next part of their lives. The Class of 2017 received a warm welcome from loved ones on Saturday as they e...

 By Ian Smay    News    June 8, 2017

Dayton, Waitsburg School Boards Discuss Athletic Combine's Future

WAITSBURG – The Dayton and Waitsburg school boards met on May 31 to report back on feedback they received from community members, students, and parents regarding the DW athletics combine, as well as...

 By Ian Smay    News    May 18, 2017

Mule Mania Comes to Dayton Memorial Day Weekend

DAYTON – Dayton will host its seventh annual Mule Mania, sponsored by Columbia REA, from May 26 – 28 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The events will begin on Friday at 8 a.m. in the fairgrounds outdoor arena. The mule showings and...

 By Ian Smay    Commentary    August 11, 2016


My name is Ian Smay, and for the last three months, I have spent my summer break as an intern/freelance writer for The Times. In less than a week, I will move back to Pullman to start my sophomore...

 By Ian Smay    News    August 11, 2016

Dayton Swimmers Compete at Championship Meet

COLFAX – Every summer, kids from Dayton and the surrounding areas get the chance to compete against other kids in the Whitman County Swim League. The summer league ends each year with the teams and...

 By Ian Smay    News    August 4, 2016

Dayburg Seahawks Youth Football

WAITSBURG – Youth football in the Dayton-Waitsburg area used to consist of separate teams for each town. That changed last year, when the two towns decided to combine. This year, both of the teams from Dayton/Waitsburg will be known as the...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 28, 2016

Storing the Crop

Outlook is good for elevators operating for the first time under NWGG banner DAYTON – Every year in the Touchet Valley and surrounding areas, the second half of summer is known as harvest season,...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 21, 2016

Dayton Hosts 40th Annual Alumni Weekend

DAYTON – Many alumni from various Dayton High School graduating classes made their way back to Dayton for Alumni Weekend. The annual celebration gives old classmates a chance to meet up and...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 21, 2016

Dayton Swim Team Races into Summer Meets

DAYTON – Swimming has been a summertime favorite for area youth for many years. The Dayton Swim Team gives those kids a chance to put their skills to the test in a competitive and fun environment. T...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 21, 2016

Dayton Wins First Home Meet

DAYTON – The summer swim team season is underway, with Dayton playing host to its first home meet of the year on July 12th. The three-team meet also played host to Garfield-Palouse-Plummer-Oaksdale and St, John-Endicott-Lacrosse-Washtucna. Dayton f...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 14, 2016

D-W Football Combine Sees Spring Success

WAITSBURG – A new football season will also see a new team take the field, as Dayton and Waitsburg High Schools are combining forces for the 2016 season. The kids had a chance to pad-up and play...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 14, 2016

Dayton Hosts New Old Time Chautauqua

DAYTON – The Touchet Valley region is the lucky host of the New Old Time Chautauqua on July 18 and 19. The group, also known as NOTC, will be at the Lewis & Clark Trail State Park in between Day...

 By Ian Smay    Sports    July 7, 2016

Local Hoop Teams Compete at Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – During the summer months, many high school basketball teams hold practices, play in exhibition games, and compete at multi-day camps to help tune their skills during the long...

 By Ian Smay    News    July 7, 2016

Trails End Taxidermy Provides Top-Class Service

DAYTON – During his time in the United States military, Jeff Monyak had a commanding officer that was interested in taxidermy as a hobby. Eventually, Monyak was sent to the east coast in a new role...


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