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Allow More Time for Waitsburg Fairgrounds

Dear Editor, Previously I wondered how much more time and money should be invested in determining the fate of the Waitsburg Grandstands. The city has taken about a year so far and Randy had to request progress reports several times from the Spokane...

 

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

One of my tasks every evening is to find the cat and get him in the house. He’s an indoor/outdoor cat, but he prefers to sleep inside at night, even though he isn’t always ready to turn in when I...

 

Mitigate Massive Wildfires Danger

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 western states. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range lands, dislocated thousands of people, and burned hundreds of homes and buildings. This has...

 

Correction

Unfortunately, autocorrect was less-than-helpful in last week’s edition of The Times. Eleanora Montgomery shared that she, Karen Huwe, and friends, went river rafting in Riggins, Idaho. We must have made a typo and Word then “corrected” the...

 

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

It’s Fair time in Columbia County. Kids and adults throughout the Touchet Valley will come to Dayton to celebrate a tradition more than a century old. This year’s Columbia County Fair starts...

 

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

Yes, that’s right. Don’t let the near-triple-digit temperatures fool you; summer vacation is over. Kids in Dayton and Prescott are back in school already, and Waitsburg’s kids will hit the books...

 

Fairgrounds and Grandstands Possibilities

Dear Editor, At the risk of having a council member refer to another suggestion as “ugly” let me put forth other possible ideas regarding the fairgrounds & grandstands: What options are there to raise money to save the grandstand? Does the...

 

Dena Martin: From the Editor

As a former Oregonian, I couldn't help but follow how Monday's eclipse impacted my old stomping grounds. I grew up in Condon, Ore., a town very similar to Waitsburg. The City of Condon website...

 

Waitsburg Fairgrounds Grandstand Issues

Dear Editor, When the issue of problems with the Waitsburg Fairgrounds grandstand first came up more than a year ago, it was supposed to be easy and inexpensive to determine whether to fix the problems and keep the structure or tear it down. After...

 

No More 'Bells and Whistles'

Dear Editor, A few years ago Waitsburg was torn up one summer to make Main Street look pretty. Why wasn’t the infrastructure taken care of then? A couple of years later we had a leak on Main Street. Now a bridge needs to be replaced without the...

 

Thank You

Thank you to all of the fire departments, neighbors, and friends who helped fight and put out our fire. Risking your lives and equipment for us does not go unnoticed. Columbia-Walla Walla Fire. No. 2 did a great job at command. We appreciate all of...

 
 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...

 

Thank You

Howard P Smith Farms would like to thank the six fire departments that responded to help put out the fire that consumed 200 acres of wheat on our property on July 25. We greatly appreciate your help and are grateful that the loss was not more....

 

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

Somewhere in China, many centuries ago, people discovered that frozen cream was pretty tasty. Over time, the treat known as cream ice, or “ice cream,” made its way to Europe – most likely to...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    July 27, 2017

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

One day a few weeks ago, out of boredom I suppose, I was rummaging through some of the dozens of old books and other materials in the back of The Times' office, when I came across a thin (64-page) sof...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    July 20, 2017

KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER

One of the great inventions of modern times is the string trimmer – better known as the weedeater. (Like kleenex and band-aid, I've stopped capitalizing it.) For a long time, I owned two. One,...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    July 13, 2017

How to Trap Tourists

As a member of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I’m often involved in conversations about how to attract more visitors to our area. Actually, as small towns go, I think Dayton and...

 

Dear Editor:

Divided since 9/11 I fear America has gone back to sleep – self satisfied and dead. I think about it every day. What am I living for? Could our unexamined lives not be worth the living? Though I write an unpopular letter I am still warm at age 93....

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    July 6, 2017

Change is Good!

With 2017 half over (yes, that’s right!) and summer in full swing, here at The Times we’re giving our newspaper a bit of a fresh look, as experienced readers will notice. Maybe it was the Fourth...

 

Selling Cruddy Health Care is Harder than You Think

Republicans said they wanted to repeal and replace Obamacare because the exchanges were “broken.” By that they meant deductibles and premiums were too high and insurers were pulling out, leaving fewer choices and less price containment via...

 
 By Avik Roy    Commentary    June 29, 2017

Health-Care Bill Could Be One of GOP's Greatest Feats

The Senate health-care legislative draft - officially titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 - will, if passed, represent the greatest policy achievement by a Republican Congress in generations. Given that Democrats have filled the...

 

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