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A Dickens retelling at Gesa

WALLA WALLA — Experience “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story” in a creative retelling offered through the Live-Cinema program at Gesa Power House Theatre. Mark Gatiss, an actor and creator well known for his work in the series “Sherlock,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Sports    November 17, 2022

Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association

Walla Walla-Beginning in December, the riders of the Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association (VGBRA) will be taking their two-month hiatus from racing. The local organization is celebrating 61 years...


Music to be seen by

Waitsburg-Kellie Rose is a young, talented musician who has taken a break from Seattle to work on new music in Waitsburg. She will be at The Royal Block Saturday, November 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.,...


Weller Public Library lift has launched

WAITSBURG-On Monday, November 7, 2022, the Weller Public Library celebrated the inaugural use of the new ADA lift installed this year. The lift is in the rear of the building, offering access to all... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    October 27, 2022

Goblins, ghosts, witches, and candy are coming

Activities this weekend include a Trunk or Treat at the Waitsburg Prespryterian Church Parking lot on Sunday; Axe Throwing at American 35, Friday; Witch Witches Dinner, 5 - 8pm Sunday; Gaudy Gals are... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    October 27, 2022

Waitsburg City Council on sirens, burn ban, flood prep

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on October 19 at City Hall. The hall was crowded with residents who showed up to support recommissioning the siren located on the roof of the Weller Public Library on Main Street....


Halloween television Review: More than one kind of vampire

The ghoulishly funny "What We Do In The Shadows" returned this summer with its fourth season. The television show from FX Network is also available on Hulu for streaming. The series is a...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    October 20, 2022

Waitsburg siren will be tested Oct. 21

CORRECTION! the siren was not tested at noon, it was tested at 10am on Friday, October 21. It was tested in its capacity as a fire, flood, or disaster alarm system. It was sounded in an undulating wav... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    October 20, 2022

Concern over misleading political mailer

DAYTON—Last week, voters in Columbia County received a mailer produced by the Columbia County Conservatives. The local political group asked voters to vote against Proposition 1, which would create a Joint Metropolitan Park District (JMPD) to fund...


City has multiple offers on former City Hall

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg City Council met for a special session on October 13 at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss an offer on the former city hall property. Mayor Dunn read the following statement before going into an...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 29, 2022

Dayton candidate forum at The Liberty Theater

DAYTON-The Dayton Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a Candidates Forum at the Liberty Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The public is advised to arrive at 6:30 p.m. in the theater foyer, where they can f...


Big changes for little league

TOUCHET VALLEY—Touchet Valley Little League is now Snake River Little League (SRLL), and that is just one of the changes this year. The league’s board stated in a press release to The Times, “We have some very exciting news about our local...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 8, 2022

Electric travel on an american sized, scooter

WAITSBURG-Richard Harbuz is an overlander explorer making his way on an electric scooter. He has ridden the well-outfitted scooter from his home in Colorado across Canada to Alaska. And back again,...


The Law on elected officials social media pages

DAYTON— According to the ACLU, the right for constituents to express themselves freely to their elected officials is protected under the First Amendment. Comments on an official’s page may be unpleasant to read, and they may feel it is personal;... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 8, 2022

Weller Public Library welcomes new library staff

WAITSBURG-The newest members of the Weller Public Library in Waitsburg, started work this past Saturday. Sarah Roberts and Amanda Withers join Librarian Twila Tate in opening the doors with new... Full story


New show at the Creative Mill on Main

.  WAITSBURG-Artist Dez'Mon Omega Fair described his new installation in Waitsburg as "bright and inspired, an immersive draped and piled display of the artist's newest work: large wall-size drop...


Cheers: Fearless musician

WAITSBURG—On Sunday night at American 35, Dominic Fazzari was drawn to the vintage upright piano. Diners were given a mini concert by the talented 13 year old from Walla Walla. The young muscian...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 1, 2022

Dayton Library Director encourages feedback

The Times reached out to Todd Vandenbark, MLS, Director of Library Services for Columbia County Rural Library District to respond to the recent requests to remove content from the collection during public comment at the last Library Board meeting, Th... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

There's a new golf pro in town

Meet Touchet Valley Golf Course's new pro on Saturday, August 27 DAYTON-The Dayton Valley Golf course has a new golf pro. Tyler Huff brings his experience working with novices to experts, golf pros, a...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

Proposed Columbia County Metropolitan Park District Seeking Board of Commissioners

DAYTON—The Friends of the Pool (FotP) and the Focus Advisory Group seek volunteers to serve on the proposed Columbia County Metropolitan Park District. The proposed district would be a new, unfunded taxing district to support the construction,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

Dayton Library Director shares information about book choices for the library

DAYTON— Comments made at the August Columbia County Rural Library Board of Trustees meeting has left many in the community unsettled. During the public comment period elected officials County Commissioner Chuck Amerien and Dayton City...

 By Lane Gwinn    Sports    August 25, 2022

Sign up for fall sports soon

DW COMBINE—Sam Korslund, DW Combine Athletic Director, is gearing up for the athletic season. Middle School football and volleyball practices will begin on Wednesday, Sept 7. Football will practice in Dayton and Volleyball in Waitsburg. The...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

An invitation to Waitsburg's Open House event

WAITSBURG­-Waitsburg's business community has been growing. Empty buildings have found new owners, and the town has a hotel again. New ventures are joining established businesses to bring food,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 25, 2022

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples in a WW Bubble

Walla Walla-Two legends performed last Tuesday at Walla Walla's newest music venue. Gospel singer Mavis Staples opened the show, followed by blues guitarist and singer Bonnie Raitt at the Wine Country...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 18, 2022

Waitsburg taking bids on historic city hall building

WAITSBURG—On September 21, 2022, Waitsburg City Council will consider bids for 147 Main Street, which until recently housed City Hall. The city decided to surplus the building last year and accepted a bid for the assessed value of $205,000. The...


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