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 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 23, 2023 

RYES project brings trees to Waitsburg students

WAITSBURG-Allison Bond is the founder and project leader for Rural Youth Enrichment Services' (RYES) Waitsburg Urban Forestry project. This mentoring project provided evergreen seedlings to Waitsburg...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 23, 2023 

CERB invests $2.1 million in four counties

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2 million in low-interest loans and $150,000 in grants for economic development and public infrastructure improvements to spur business growth and job...

 By Lane Gwinn    News Briefs    March 23, 2023 

Dr. Roger hevel visits the library

WAITSBURG-Dr. Roger Hevel, one of The Times' "Nine over 90" honorees, visited the Weller Public Library last week with his daughter Claudia. The former physician and his late wife, Laura Jean, came... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 16, 2023

David Woods named Waitsburg Superintendent/Elementary Principal

UPDATE WAITSBURG-After interviews with staff and community members held on March 13, the Waitsburg School Board of Directors voted to offer the superintendent and elementary principal position to Davi... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 16, 2023

Waitsburg Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

WAITSBURG- This week, the Waitsburg Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting on March 21, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Weller Public Library. Anyone interested in learning, preserving, or...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    March 16, 2023

Streaming Review: "Brian and Charles"

"Brian and Charles" Focus Features, streaming on Prime Video. Since "Lost in Space," I have wanted a robot. A company produces replicas of the Robinson family's robot, also known as Robot B9. I just...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 9, 2023

Columbia County schedules Library Trustee interviews

COLUMBIA COUNTY—County Commissioners Ryan Rundell (Chair), Jack Miller, and Marty Hall attended the March 6, 2023, regular commissioner’s meeting. The commissioners approved two public works contracts, first for constructing ADA ramps and stairs...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 9, 2023

Early Pioneer's estate was cornerstone to HS

DAYTON—One of Dayton’s early pioneers and generous benefactors was an immigrant from Poland. Dr. Marcel M. Pietrzycki (Pit-rus-kee) settled in Columbia County, Washington, in the 1880s. The year after arriving in Dayton to start his medical... Full story


A nonprofit must

WALLA WALLA—The Nonprofit Association of Washington in partnership with Sherwood Trust is offering the Nonprofit Fundamentals Series to help nonprofits build on their skills to run efficiently and effectively. The series consists of three free... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 23, 2023

Waitsburg City Council approved line of credit

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting at City Hall on February 15, 2023. Council members Jillian Henze, Randy Charles, Kevin House, and Jim Romine were present. Also in attendance were Mayor Marty Dunn, City...


Flamenco with a twist at Royal Block

WAITSBURG—Flamenco guitarist Gustavo Alonso López will perform at the Royal Block in Waitsburg on Saturday, February 25. López recently moved to Walla Walla from Austin, Texas, and quickly found...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 16, 2023

Chief Springs to celebrate ten years

DAYTON-Ten years ago, Mike and Ann Springs opened Chief Springs Fire and Irons Brew Pub in downtown Dayton. Soon after they opened the pub and brewery, they added a third business by purchasing the...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 16, 2023

River Walk Assisted Living facility is open

DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System community has looked forward to the opening of the River Walk Assisted Living facility since construction began in 2021, After weeks of anticipation and...


Blind to the error of his ways

"Stonehouse" – BritBox, 2023 A three-episode mini-series on BritBox is based on a story of a British politician in the seventies who digs himself into a hole through his constant lying. Is he a...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 2, 2023

Love is the culture at Walla Walla Cheese Company

MILTON FREEWATER–What would you do with a highly productive dairy cow? For Jeff and Andrea Adams, the answer was cheese making. Their son's dairy cow, Toasty, gave the couple plenty of raw...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 2, 2023

First regional juried show at Foundry Vinyard Gallery

WALLA WALLA–The Foundry Vineyards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a juried regional art show. The exhibition’s reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Art has been a big part of the vineyard. In 1980,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 2, 2023

Weller Public Library update presented to City Council

WAITSBURG-Weller Public Librarian Twila Tate presented the library's 2022 year-end report to the Waitsburg City Council at its regular meeting in January. The report included data on the collection... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    January 26, 2023

Bluewood Ski Resort unveils major mountain upgrades

DAYTON- Now that the ski season is in full swing, visitors at Bluewood Ski Resort are enjoying an array of recent improvements and upgrades, including a revamped food service area, additional parking...


Waitsburg Booster Club is back!

WAITSBURG-The purpose of a booster club is to provide support, funds for student activities, equipment, and expenses not covered by the district. The Waitsburg Booster Club has a long history as a... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    January 26, 2023

Fairground athetic fields discussed at Waitsburg City Council

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 18, at City Hall. Mayor Marty Dunn, City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe, and all council members were in attendance. After approval of the agenda and the last...


Waitsburg photographer and muscian creates digital pinhole images

WAITSBURG-A local musician, educator, instrument builder, photographer, and seeker of knowledge has combined camera obscura technology with digital convenience. Carrie Hendrix took a break from...


KR is back in town

WAITSBURG-Talented musician and songwriter Kellie Rose is coming back to Waitsburg. Since last visiting Waitsburg, she has settled back in Bellevue, Wash., where she has been performing and writing....

 By Lane Gwinn    News    January 12, 2023

New businesses coming to Walla Walla Town Center

WALLA WALLA-At least two national chains are opening locations in Walla Walla. As reported in The Union-Bulletin on January 5, Planet Fitness and Burlington opening stores at the Walla Walla Town...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    January 5, 2023

131 Main

WAITSBURG-Local entrepreneurs Erin Elsey and Kimberly Smith are opening a new shop in Waitsburg. The shop, 131 Main, is full of products from the two owners' businesses, A-Ron's Rustic Designs and...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    January 5, 2023

Waitsburg School District special meeting explored admin options

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board held a special meeting on Monday, January 2, 2022, to discuss the school’s administration and superintendent search. Six members of the staff and two community members attended in person. Currently, the... Full story


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