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 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 10, 2023

Tenth Annual Swim the Snake is coming Aug. 12

LYONS FERRY-The tenth annual Swim the Snake event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 12, 2023, beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to the non-competitive,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 3, 2023

Local artists bring whimsical yard art and more

WAITSBURG-Heavy metal comes to Waitsburg. Not the music but artwork created by Karl Newell and Terry Hofer. The pair produces decorative and functional art from spare parts, farm equipment, old...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 27, 2023

Waitsburg City Council addresses staffing

Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on July 19, 2023, at city hall. Kelly Steinhoff will be returning to Waitsburg City Hall. City Councilmembers Jillian Henze, Randy Charles, Jim Romine, Court Ruppenthal, Kevin House, Mayor Marty...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 27, 2023

Petition to dissolve rural library district has been certified by auditor

DAYTON - The second petition submitted to put a proposition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District on the November ballot has been certified. The Columbia County Auditor's Office...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 20, 2023

Rural Library District still at risk

DAYTON-The Board of Directors for the Columbia County Rural Library held their regular meeting on Monday, July 17, in the Delaney Room. The meeting was attended by the public, in person and on Zoom.... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 13, 2023

CWWFD#2 ask community for "Lid Lift" on fire levy

WAITSBURG-Tuesday afternoon, Waitsburg residents saw a familiar sight at harvest-three wildland engines and a tender heading towards a fire, with sirens blaring. The trucks left in quick succession fr... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 6, 2023

Quilts of Valor for July 4th

DAYTON-Three local veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at the War Memorial in Dayton on Independence Day. Quilts of Valor is a non-profit organization created in 2003. It has presented over 327,000...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 6, 2023

Onyx Farms welcomes kids from The Club

DAYTON-Kids from The Club in Dayton will participate in community gardening this summer at Onyx Farms at Blue Mountain Station. Last fall, the Port of Columbia leased the 1/2 acre plot next to the...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 29, 2023

Lights, Camera, Action at The Depot

DAYTON-Women with Edwardian hairstyles, men in waistcoats, and trained horses were seen waiting patiently outside Dayton's Depot Museum last week. They were not waiting for an arriving train but to...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 29, 2023

Library petition fails to meet signature requirement

COLUMBIA COUNTY—On June 21, 2023, Jessica Ruffcorn submitted a petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District to the Columbia County Auditor’s Office. The auditor’s office began the process of verifying the signatures on June... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 29, 2023

Waitsburg City Council meeting update

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council held its regular meeting at city hall on June 21, 2023. City council members Jillian Henze, Jim Romine, Kevin House, Court Ruppenthal, Mayor Marty Dunn, and City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe were present....

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    June 29, 2023

Landscapes and friendships

WALLA WALLA-Work celebrating the local landscape with Waitsburg artists Greg Tate and Bill Rodgers will be exhibited at Cavu Cellars in Walla Walla from July 7 to July 30, 2023. There will be an...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 22, 2023

Dayton voters would be excluded from potential library vote

DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney C. Dale Slack requested and received an informal opinion from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General clarifying the voter eligibility to petition and vote on the issues concerning the Columbi...


TVAMP offers music classes for all ages

WAITSBURG-This summer, Kate Hockersmith has opened a teaching and practice studio for Touchet Valley Acoustic Music Project (TVAMP). The space at 141 Main Street in Waitsburg allows Hockersmith to... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    June 22, 2023

Stopping for coffee

This weekend, I met Laurent and Patricia Zirotti of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, who were in town to take the Two-Day Intensive Course at the Monteillet Fromagerie outside Dayton. The fromagerie's owners,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    June 15, 2023

New art Venue on Main St. opens in Dayton on All Wheels Weekend

DAYTON-Artists Winnie Brumsickle and Kimi Bruzas will display their work in Dayton during All Wheels Weekend. The exhibit opens on June 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 143 E. Main Street. The show...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 8, 2023

Weller Public Library update for summer

WAITSBURG-Weller Public Library began its Summer Reading Program on June 1, 2023, offering every K-12 student in the Waitsburg school district a summer reading kit. Students received a nylon...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    May 18, 2023

Hansen House Couture Collection at Royal Block

WAITSBURG­-Royal Block will host the 'Hansen House Couture Collection' fashion show featuring Waitsburg farming matriarch Geraine Hansen's collection of 45 global and local fashions from the 60s and... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 18, 2023

A Guitar with history

WAITSBURG–This weekend, Burgers, Bands, and Brews features alternative country band Frog Hollow Band and some family lore. Band member Ty Lane plans on playing his grandfather Norval's Gibson...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 4, 2023

Offer accepted on Waitsburg City Hall

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council accepted an offer on Waitsburg’s former city hall at 147 Main Street. The offer made by Mark and Miriam Grant is for the listing price of $210,000. The council approved accepting the offer, adding a provision...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 27, 2023

First Waitsburg Happening April 29

WAITSBURG-This Saturday, businesses in Waitsburg are extending hours, offering pop-up retail, live music, food and drink specials, and art for the first of three Waitsburg Happenings. Here are only a...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 20, 2023

Waitsburg Commercial Club Service Award Night

WAITSBURG-This year's Business of the Year is Nancy's Dream Garden, owned by Janet Biolo Lawrence and her brother Doug Biolo. The business was nominated by Waitsburg City Council member Jillian Henze...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 20, 2023

Waitsburg addresses fentanyl and opioid overdoses

WAITSBURG—At the April 18 meeting, the Community Health and Protection Committee (CHPC) discussed drug use, overdoses, and the use of naloxone to prevent deaths from opioid deaths. The CHPC was concerned about the increase in fentanyl use in the co...


No bots for The Times

Below is the ChatGpt article written in the voice of Times columnist Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi. The writer asked the bot to create an article for The Times. It found Rossi's article from November 10,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    April 13, 2023

Library's school outreach brought whales and cards

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg District students were the first to receive new electronic library patron cards donated by anonymous donors. The donation of $1,000 allowed the library to purchase 1,500 cards,...


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