Port of Columbia commissioners discuss wagons and budget

DAYTON – A regular meeting of the Port of Columbia was held using Zoom at 3:30 pm, October 13, 2021, with Commissioner Brown moderating. The Commissioners discussed several administrative issues, including a line-by-line discussion of the draft...

Vaccination mandate has minimal impact on local hospitals

OLYMPIA—Monday, October 18, was the deadline for workers in specific sectors, including private and public healthcare, state employees, and education, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. As the deadline neared,...

Dayton City Council meeting update

DAYTON - A regular meeting of the City Council was held using Zoom at 6 PM, October 13, 2021. During public comment, Sheriff Joe Helm announced that he had appointed Deputy Cesar Rivera as Chief...

CWWFD2 Commissioners adopt vaccination policy

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 Commissioners met on October 13 for a regular meeting at the Waitsburg Fire Station. Interim fire chief Colter Mohney asked that a vote regarding...

Umatilla National Forest lifts public use restrictions

PENDLETON, Ore—Recent precipitation and cooler weather conditions across the Umatilla National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting fire managers to lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and...

DW falls against Mabton

WAITSBURG/DAYTON-Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack lost the Homecoming football game against Mabton on Friday, October 15, with a final score of 48-6. The loss didn't stop the crowd from cheering, both at...

Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Saints

The Seahawks (2-4) will host the New Orleans Saints (3-2) on Monday night football airing on ESPN at 5:15 pm. Last week, Seattle’s loss at Pittsburgh keeps them at the bottom of the NFC West and now four games behind the division-leading Arizona...

DW Volleyball continues to improve

DAYTON/WAITSBURG—Wolfpack Volleyball played against the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights on October 12. Dayton-Waitsburg lost in three sets, with scores of 5-25, 24-26, 8-25, but continued to identify areas of the game that they can improve on....

Support for a successful Dayton

Congratulations Beka Compton and Lane Gwinn on your designation as a “serial fabulist” as stated in the recent letter to the Times’ editor by Seth Murdock. As a recent witness to the confrontation between Jack Miller and the alt-right... Full story

Mcmunn a value to Dayton

I am writing this letter in full support of Teeny McMunn for City Council.  Teeny is a well-rounded caring person.  She has been a dedicated volunteer in many areas of life including her church’s activities, breast cancer support, grief... Full story

In support of Cole for Waitsburg School Board

Dear Editor,  Masks, vaccine mandates and the fear of returning to online schooling - this is a challenging time for our schools.  In one to two years, I hope these issues are behind us. With four-year school board terms, leaders must be playing... Full story

Support for Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown has been serving as a commissioner for the Port of Columbia. He has been approachable, and open to discussing and carefully considering various options for the port to improve the local economy (such as broadband). We need someone with... Full story

Against COVID-19 mandates

Dear Editor, The Letters to the Editor column is around all year, and it is rarely used. Generally, the only time you see the column not empty is when there is an election or a school levy. This is disappointing, because there are issues that are... Full story

In support of Hockersmith for mayor

When we opened Ten Ton Coffee three and a half years ago, Luke and I made a point to stay out of politics both local and otherwise, so that our space felt comfortable and open to everyone in our community. We still believe in that philosophy, but I... Full story

Columbia Pulp Mill Increases production of Eco-Friendly Fiber, Columbia Gold

DAYTON—Columbia Pulp LLC has resumed operation of its first-of-its-kind mill near Dayton, Wash. ​Idled between April, 2020 and June, 2021 due to the pandemic, the company used that time to implement numerous process improvements and has resumed...

Camp Amanda helps answer kids' questions about grief and death in new webinar

WALLA WALLA—The Camp Amanda Leadership Team & Walla Walla Community Hospice have organized An Evening Where Kids Ask the Questions, a Q&A style webinar to be held on Zoom, Thursday, November 4th at... Full story

Halloween Trunk or Treat in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—Calling all princesses, ghosts, cowboys, and ghouls! The Waitsburg Presbyterian Church and the Waitsburg Christian Church are excited to announce a Halloween Trunk or Treat. A family-safe event, the Trunk or Treat will happen on Sunday,... Full story

At the Liberty: The Addams Family

DAYTON—The Addams Family 2 is a sequel to the animated 2019 The Addams Family movie.  In this new movie, the Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting... Full story

Wenaha Gallery welcomes trick or treaters Friday, Oct. 29

DAYTON—Wenaha Gallery is celebrating Halloween two days early on Friday, October 29. The gallery invites trick or treaters, costumed or not, to stop into the gallery anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up a special treat bag – no tricks...

Flu vaccine best defense for people, healthcare system

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health is urging the public to get a flu vaccine this year to keep themselves and others safe and out of the hospital. Flu activity may be more common this year compared to last year because the closures...

The Royal Block is open for business in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-Whether you want to sip, sing, appreciate art, or just enjoy a relaxing evening in Waitsburg, the Royal Block is the place for you. The historic building celebrated the opening of its... Full story

Waitsburg School Board Candidates

Lisa Morrow Waitsburg School Board, District 4 Unopposed Why are you running for the Board of Education? If elected, what will be your priorities? I am running for re-election. My priorities are the... Full story

John A. Wood Sr.

John A. Wood Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 2, 2021.  "The peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be... Full story

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

To say that Texans love their food is an understatement. As a kid, most of my summers were spent visiting my beloved grandparents and extended family in the great Lone Star State. Born and raised on...

Waitsburg City Council candidate Jim Romine

Candidate for Waitsburg's city council, Jim Romine currently serves on the council and is running unopposed for position 2. Unfortunately, he had not received our request and was not included in last... Full story

Winter Wheat

Planting winter wheat on Middle Waitsburg Road. October 14, 2021. And then it...


The Boudrieau family from Waitsburg, traveled to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma last week. Brandon, a 2018 WHS graduate, and in his senior year at WSU, completed the Army’s basic training program... Full story

Book Reviews:The Little Paris Bookshop, The Paris Hours: A novel

The Litte Paris Bookshop by Nina George, translated by Simon Pare Reviewed by Todd Vandenbark, MLS. Library Director, Columbia County Rural Library District, Dayton, WA Floating on the banks of the...


Ten Years Ago October 20, 2011 The Henze hunting party got its first deer of the season Monday morning. The five men from Waitsburg and Aberdeen flushed out the 4-point white tail buck by spreading...

Yes! Touchet Valley Trail

Folks from Dayton and surrounding communities came together on Wednesday, October 13 for the final Yes! Touchet Valley Trail support walk before...

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