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 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Waitsburg election slate falls one short

WAITSBURG – The deadline for Declarations of Candidacy for Waitsburg City Council closed on March 10 one candidate short of a full slate of five members. The filing process will reopen with applications accepted for an additional three days, from...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Doziers drop water bottling code amendment request

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg-area farmers Perry and Darleen Dozier have withdrawn their request for a text code amendment that would make water bottling operations a permitted use in all resource and agricultural districts in Walla Walla County. The propo...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Jeff Broom Leaves Lasting Legacy

Unlike parents with their children, I hope it's acceptable for reporters to have favorites. There are a couple of folks that I love to interview, and Jeff Broom was one. Jeff passed away on March 4 at...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Prime Time Family Reading fosters family engagement

Nationwide program aims to improve family engagement and student academic success DAYTON – Dayton Memorial Library's first Prime Time Family Reading event, on March 6, was a great success with 60... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Columbia Pulp sets stage for pollution reduction practices

Pomeroy test plant drives DOE fee schedule changes and increased incentives OLYMPIA – In an effort to encourage innovative approaches to pollution reduction, the Washington Department of Ecology is...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

Touchet Valley Teachers are grateful for School Retirees mini-grants

WALLA WALLA/COLUMBIA COUNTIES – Area students and teachers are often the pleased recipients of scholarships and mini-grants, also known as enrichment grants, from the Walla Walla-Columbia School...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 14, 2019 

'Concerned Citizens' group voices library concerns

DAYTON – More than two dozen people gathered in the Delany Building on March 4 to hear concerns about the practices and policies of the Dayton Memorial Library. The meeting was spearheaded and...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Rock Slide Blocks Tucannon Road

COLUMBIA COUNTY – It should have been quitting time, but a 5:10 p.m. call to dispatch reporting a rock slide on Monday evening, sent the Columbia County road crew back to work. The slide occurred...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Waitsburg plans for emergency preparedness

WAITSBURG – At the close of nearly every winter, Waitsburg residents surmise about the likelihood of a high-water event like the Food of 1996. With a high snowpack and anticipated warming temperatures, this year is no different. Statistics can be f...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Waitsburg schools host cyber-bullying and social media presentation

WAITSBURG – Walla Walla County Digital Forensic Examiner Tim Hollingsworth will give a presentation on Cyber-bullying and Social Media Concerns on Thurs., March 14. Hollingsworth will meet with Wait...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Waitsburg City Council Update

K.C. Kuykendall, Terry Jacoy, Kevin House, Mayor Marty Dunn, Jim Romine and Kate Hockersmith were all present. Public Comment -Commercial Club President Joy Smith said the Commercial Club has...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Gatlin family fundraiser planned for March 22

DAYTON – Michael and Danica Gatlin are still reeling after being blindsided by one those curveballs that life can lob out of nowhere. The parents were originally told their almost two-year-old,...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Waitsburg welcomes three new teachers

WAITSBURG - Several new faces joined the ranks of the teaching staff at Waitsburg Elementary School and Preston Hall Middle School this year. With the school year well underway, The Times checked in t...

 By Dena Martin    News    March 7, 2019

Waitsburg launches Safe Schools Reporting System

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg School District has introduced the SafeSchools Reporting System as another tool in its arsenal to ensure student safety. Administration and the school board have been...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 28, 2019

Waitsburg Elections are Underway

WAITSBURG – It’s no joke. Waitsburg’s annual elections, which take place the first Monday in April, will be held on April Fool’s Day this year. Caucuses may be held Feb. 25 – March 7 and Declarations of Candidacy must be filed with the...


Blast from the past: Laura Jean Hevel was first city council woman

WAITSBURG – Dr. Roger Hevel and his wife, Laura Jean, have been cornerstones of the Waitsburg community for decades. Laura Jean, who passed away in December, at the age of 93 was always ready to...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 28, 2019

Robotics Club Seeks Help

Robotics Club Seeks Help DAYTON, Wash. – The Columbia County FIRST Robotics Club 4-H group, which won the Research Award at the state competition in Spokane last year, is looking for community help...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 28, 2019

Makenna Crowns New Celebration Days Queen

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg's youngest Celebration Days Queen officially passed the torch to 2019 Queen, Rebecca Holderman, at the Waitsburg Celebration Days Royalty Coronation Dinner on Fri. Feb. 23 at...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 28, 2019

Waitsburg council weighs in

WAITSBURG – With Waitsburg's city election process gearing up, The Times asked the sitting council and mayor to share their personal experiences as well as the pros and cons of serving as a communit...


Farley Qualifies for Regionals at Mt. Bachelor SunCup

BEND, Ore. - Instead of wintering somewhere warm, 16-year-old Waitsburg resident Amy Farley spends her winters based in Wenatchee where she competes competitively with the Mission Ridge Ski Team....

 By Dena Martin    News    February 28, 2019

Balanced Animal Massage brings holistic approach to pet care

WAITSBURG – With over 20 years’ experience in the veterinary field, Sandra Farley feels she has finally found her niche in helping to strengthen the human-animal bond. Through her new business,... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    February 21, 2019

Whoopemup Hollow Cafe closes doors for good

WAITSBURG – A Feb. 15 post on the Whoopemup Waitsburg and Whoopemup Walla Walla Facebook pages confirmed recent rumors that the popular Cajun-inspired Whoopemup Hollow Café, with stores on...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 21, 2019

Randy Hinchliffe will fill school board vacancy

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg School Board voted unanimously to appoint Randy Hinchliffe as a new school board member at their Feb. 13 regular meeting. Hinchliffe will replace Russ Knopp who moved from...

 By Dena Martin    News    February 21, 2019

Series of Fires plague Dayton, none are deemed suspicious

DAYTON – Columbia County Fire District #3 quickly extinguished a house fire in the 700 block of East Main Street on Tuesday night. The fire is one of several blazes over recent weeks. At approximate... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    February 21, 2019

Switchgrass Delta bluegrass band to visit Ireland

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg's resident bluegrass band, Switchgrass Delta, will head to Ireland this June to study traditional Irish music and to perform at an Irish bluegrass festival. The group is busy...


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