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 By Beka Compton    News    July 29, 2021 

Library, City Hall still at center of council meeting discussions

WAITSBURG—The Lions Club building was packed during the July Waitsburg City Council meeting, with nearly fifty residents gathered with concerns about recent property purchase, the current Weller...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 29, 2021 

Van Ausdle Tire officially open for business

DAYTON-A return home was the perfect start for Dayton's newest tire and service business, Van Ausdle Tire. Owned and operated by Dru and Brooke Van Ausdle, formerly of Pomeroy and Dayton,...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 29, 2021 

Fireworks ban discussed by City of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-A fireworks ban may be in Waitsburg's future as community members and leadership grow concerned about ongoing dry conditions, heightened fire danger, and overall weather changes. The...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 29, 2021 

DW athletic combine changes focus of July WSD board meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met July 22 for a regular meeting. The school board is meeting in a hybrid fashion, via zoom and in-person. Dayton-Waitsburg athletic director Sam Korslund...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 29, 2021 

2021 wheat harvest yield forecast lowest since 2015

Impact from the drought varies from field to field, slope to slope, and farm to farm. WASHINGTON-The full impact of the 2021 drought is beginning to show as farmers harvest a smaller-than-average...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 29, 2021 

Washington wheat providing sweet treats around the world

If you drive anywhere in Eastern Washington, you are almost guaranteed to pass wheat fields. There are more than 3,700 wheat farmers on the east side of the Evergreen State, who, in 2020, represented...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 29, 2021 

Whoopem Up Hollow Farms brightening the day one flower at a time

WAITSBURG-If you had asked former ICU nurse Brittany Brannock about owning a flower farm a year ago, she would have called you crazy. But funny things happen when you take a leap and purchase a...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

CWWFD2 back to in-person meetings

WAITSBURG—Fire season is here, and the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has the run logs to show it. Over the last month, the district has responded to ten fire calls, ten medical calls, and two...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

Friends of Weller Public Library discuss future at July 14 meeting

WAITSBURG—The Friends of Weller Public Library gathered at Town Hall with nearly forty community members on July 14, to brainstorm ways to keep Weller Public Library at its current location on Main... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

Senate Bill 5044, sports, discussed at July school board meeting

DAYTON—Senate Bill 5044, passed by the Senate in April, was the topic of the public comment period at the July Dayton School Board meeting. The bill, which reads, “Concerning professional...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 22, 2021

Foodstock 2021 in Dayton

DAYTON-Good food, great music, and all things vintage could be found at the Blue Mountain Station over the weekend, for the 2021 Foodstock and Vintage at the Station. The event highlighted the great...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Green Ridge Fire burns in Blues

PENDLETON, Ore.-The Green Ridge Fire, burning approximately 30 miles east of Walla Walla, continues to challenge firefighters as they battle rough terrain and compete against perfect fire weather...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Weekend chock-full of fun events

TOUCHET VALLEY-It will be a busy weekend in the Touchet Valley, so clear your calendars! From golf tournaments to demo derbies, fun is bound to be had. Friday, July 16, the Waitsburg Block Party will...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Waggoner Road fire burns barn, limited field damage

WAITSBURG-A fire on July 9 claimed a barn, an RV, and other parked vehicles at a property on Waggoner Road. Responding fire crews were able to extinguish flames that spread to a nearby wheat field,...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 15, 2021

Movie Review|Beka's Pick

A former soldier turned high school teacher, Dan Forester just wanted to watch a soccer game after receiving less-than-pleasant news in the year 2022. With his young daughter, Muri, snuggled closely,...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

FFA & 4-H project animals at the fairgounds

Over the weekend, a concerned citizen asked The Times for help locating owners of a distressed hog at the fairgrounds. The resident was out walking their dog in the early morning, could not readily se...


Time to reemerge, reconnect and revitalize our city

I remember how vibrant and alive Waitsburg was when I was a kid. I remember my sister and I riding our horses into town to get ice cream from the Delta Connection and having dinner at the White...


Purchase agreement finalized on new Waitsburg City Hall

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met on July 1 for a council workshop. The meeting was open to the public and attended by ten members of the community. There was no public comment period during...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

A family break in paradise

If you've been craving the sand and surf, this article may or may not be for you. On June 22, I woke my three-year-old traveling companion, Gracie, at 3:00 a.m. We said goodbye to my husband for the...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

Kaho'olawe: An island reborn

While swimming in Hawaii, I overheard a woman talking to her grandson about the protests on Kaho'olawe, the island that seemed just a stone’s throw away from where I was standing. “I was there,...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 8, 2021

Waitsburg: A town with a history of reinvention

In the late 2000's, when these photos were taken, no one expected the building that once housed the Farmer's Cafe to become an espresso coffee shop, with a counter made out of the original cafe's... Full story

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 1, 2021

Aloha from Maui!

Aloha from Maui! The waves were perfect on June 23, for perfect boarding at Beach Big, Makena State Park. The beach is nearly 1.5 miles long, making it one of the most popular beaches on the island....

 By Beka Compton    News    June 24, 2021

Waitsburg School Board discusses code of conduct, DW Combine updates

WAITSBURG-A new athletic Code of Conduct, designed to fit the student-athletes of the Dayton Waitsburg Athletic Combine, was the center of discussion at the Waitsburg School Board meeting on June 17....


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