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  • Local racer signs deal with racing company

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    One of the best feelings is when you figure out what is meant by "do what you love and love what you do," and Koby Harris is figuring it out early! The Waitsburg High school student recently turned his remote control car hobby into an ambassador partnership with a California-based racing company. Tekno RC is a California based remote control car company, specializing in racing equipment. They sell cars, parts, tools and engines for remote control cars. Harris has been using their equipment on... Full story

  • Columbia County Commissioners adopt $13.6 million budget for 2020

    Michele Smith, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners have adopted their budgets for next year, and there are some things the budget will allow and some things the budget won’t allow. One thing the county won’t be able to do next year is to finish renovating the former Convenient Care Clinic building, on N. 2nd St., which they now own, Chairman Mike Talbott said, at last week’s regular commission meeting. Talbott said the commissioners have been planning to house the Public Health Department in that buildin... Full story

  • Waitsburg City Council Update

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met December 18, 2019 at the Waitsburg Lion’s Building. Council members Terry Jacoy, KC Kuykendall, Jim Romine, and Kevin House, as well as Mayor Marty Dunn, were present. Public Comment Rep. Bill Jenkins thanked the city council for all their hard work and reminded them that his office is open to answer questions and discuss concerns if they should arise. New Business Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin discussed the upcoming city elections, and gav... Full story

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    Jan 2, 2020

    Ten Years Ago January 7, 2010 Sheriff’s deputies chased a 21-year-old man through a Waitsburg neighborhood, then surrounded his residence with guns drawn for nearly three hours Saturday before obtaining a search warrant that allowed them to enter the house and make an arrest. [Photo caption] At six foot eleven inches, Blake Brown is the tallest student-athlete in any high school in Washington state, and he is working to become a member of the Waitsburg-Prescott basketball squad. The Times has made its first move into the cyber age with the laun... Full story

  • Waitsburg's bookstore is more than just pages

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Good books, local products, and writing clubs... oh my! Ju's Traveling Pages, located at the end of our Main Street, is owned and operated by a family who has centered their business around everything Waitsburg, and they have some exciting things going on this upcoming year. The little bookstore can be found in the old Delta Connection, and is owned by Jessika Chapman Bannerman. Working closely with her support system and mom, Pam McCauley Chapman, Jessika has turned the little building into a... Full story

  • CCHS owes CMS less than the $1.5 million originally thought

    Michele Smith, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    DAYTON—The Columbia County Hospital (CCHS) Board of Commissioners heard a bit of good financial news at their December meeting. The Finance Committee received an adjustment letter from their Medicare intermediary, Noridian, saying CCHS owes Medicare $833,000.00, an amount considerably less than the 1.5 million that was originally thought. Matt Minor, the CCHS Financial Manager, said a $600,000.00 payment was made to Noridian, on Dec. 13, On Dec. 19 Noridian began withholding the remainder o... Full story

  • Columbia County Search & Rescue to hold meeting

    Jan 2, 2020

    Columbia County Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time in service to their community, helping those in need who are lost, stranded or injured and need help. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold their first Search and Rescue meeting on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at Fire District 3, 111 Patit Rd. in Dayton. For information about becoming a part of Search and Rescue contact Undersheriff Robbie Patterson by email at: Robbie_Patterson@co.columbia.wa.us... Full story

  • Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association announce teaching scholarship

    Jan 2, 2020

    The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association is proud to announce scholarship opportunities for students graduating from a Walla Walla or Columbia County school who intend to become a teacher. Two $2,000 scholarships will be granted to prospective teachers and/or candidates in other school related fields, or to those who will student-teach or complete an internship in an educational setting to meet requirements for initial certification. Along with the county requirement, students must also participate in a student-teaching internship... Full story

  • CCHS moves ahead to provide dental services for Medicaid patients

    Jan 2, 2020

    DAYTON—Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire said CCHS will be able to provide dental services to Medicaid patients by the end of the year 2020. McGuire said dentists in private practice find it challenging to provide care to Medicaid beneficiaries because the low reimbursement rates don’t cover their costs. Rural health clinics, like the Columbia Family Clinic and the Waitsburg Clinic, can provide dental care and receive reimbursement rates which are not based on costs, or on volume, or on fees for services. Reimbursement will be... Full story

  • Waitsburg Star shines bright

    The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Waitsburg residents have been delighted by the nighttime vista of a lighted star/cross located on the water tower just outside of town. An anonymous citizen, with help from friends, reconstructed the decoration this year using an aluminum frame and LED bulbs powered by a solar panel. They are toying with ideas to make the 12' x 6' cross even better next year. Many thanks to Anonymous!... Full story

  • WWCSO

    Jan 2, 2020

    December 10 The Walla Walla Police Department assisted the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office by collecting evidence on one of their cases at Frog Hollow Road/Valley Chapel Road in Walla Walla. December 22 Theft of a motor vehicle was reported at Gala Drive in Prescott, WA. December 23 A report of malicious mischief was reported in the 4000 block of Braden Road in Walla Walla, the crime occurred overnight. Prescription theft, a Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act, was reported in the 2000 block of Palisades Lane, Walla Walla. T... Full story

  • BIRTHDAYS

    The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    January 2: Joy Hill. January 3: Mary Olona, Guy Antonius. January 4: Meagan Zajac, Loegan Harshman, Andrea Payne, Ben Kiefel, Carol Clarke. January 5: Fred Rankin, Barb Colby, Willard Cameron, Terry John, Aaron Jones and Ted Seaton. January 6: Kurtis Reser, Maddie Callahan. January 7: Cecil Webber, Erma Gilbertson, Patrick Donnelly, Jim Hofer, Alice Webber and Kristyn Scott. January 8: Steven Price, Esther Presler and Todd Larsen.... Full story

  • Bard and Bee Meadery celebrates bee terroir

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    New business at Blue Mountain Station to open in February Mike Collins began as a home brewer, where his love of fermentation took hold. After studying for awhile at Walla Walla Community College, he transferred to Seattle’s Art Institute, where he received a degree in audio/video marketing, working for a while at Banner Bank as a network security administrator and IT specialist. It wasn’t until he was old enough to attend WWCC’s Center of Enology and Viticulture, that he found a school “that re... Full story

  • Cedar Rain Spirits crafts specialty liqueurs at Blue Mountain Station

    The Times, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Robert “RC” McNicol has been working on the dream of opening his own liqueur business for four years now. He served as Active Duty in the U.S. Air Force and worked construction alongside his father, Robert, to raise the funds for Cedar Rain Spirits. A native of Portland, OR, McNicol moved to Walla Walla as a sophomore and graduated with Walla Walla High School’s class of 2011. McNicol joins Rusty Figgins of XO Alambic and Mike Collins of Bard & Bee Meadery in the Blue Mountain Station compl... Full story

  • Building Two at Blue Mountain Station complete, full

    Jan 2, 2020

    DAYTON—Three years after a private developer first started construction on a second building at Blue Mountain Station, the building is finally complete and full of tenants. The Port of Columbia, which owns Blue Mountain Station, purchased the building in late 2018 from private developer Tucannon Development LLC. Tucannon Development completed the shell of the building on land they leased from the Port before stalling on construction. Port of Columbia Commissioners approved purchasing the building shell in August 2018. Executive Director Jennie... Full story

  • Hardwater

    Jan 2, 2020

    January is a tough month. Barely emerging from the shortest day of the year, we immediately embark on those dreaded New Year's resolutions while looking across the arduous 348 days that lie between us and the next Christmas/New Year holiday season. Even more frightening is the impending closure of the upland game and waterfowl seasons later in the month. February cabin fever looms on the horizon like a blizzard riding an El Niño jet stream. The doldrums are nearly upon us, and it seems that... Full story

  • Little Women delights

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Writer/Director Greta Gerwig’s (Lady Bird) new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women was a marvelous Christmas gift for this viewer on that day. With a runtime of 135 minutes, the Civil War era domestic drama offered a plethora of viewing pleasures; a lively cast, beautiful outdoor settings, and delightful costuming among them. Although familiar with the basic story line, it had been awhile since I had read the novel, and I never got around to seeing the 1994 version sta... Full story

  • Dayton-Waitsburg girls basketball lose to Stanfield

    Dave Schreindl, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    MILTON-FREEWATER-Dayton-Waitsburg's girls basketball team came so close to flipping on a switch and getting their first win of the season at the Mac-Hi Christmas tournament. Instead they dropped a 38-30 non-league contest to Stanfield. D-W played even with the Tigers for three quarters, it was the opening period's 14-7 and subsequently the seven-point deficit that they could never quite overcome. Dayton-Waitsburg was also bit by the turnover bug as they had 10 more turnovers than Stanfield... Full story

  • Dayton-Waitsburg boys basketball lose close game to Stanfield at Christmas tournament

    Dave Schreindl, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    MILTON-FREEWATER-Oh so close. Junior Mason Finney's shot from the top of the arc bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded for a heart-breaking loss, 53-52, Saturday afternoon to Stanfield at the Mac-Hi Christmas Tournament. It hurt even more for the once again shorthanded squad because they held a 44-37 advantage with seven minutes to go in the game. They had a 50-49 lead with 1:35 left and it was tied up at 52 after two free throws by Junior Wyatt Costello with 19 seconds left after D-W had... Full story

  • Inside the matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Okay admit it, you’re still not quite sure what happened against San Francisco last week. The first half had you wondering how bad the final score would look. Then Marshawn Lynch dove into the end zone and you started to believe in the team again. In the final seconds it looked like Seattle was going to pull off an upset at home and win the division title. Instead, Seattle fans now have to navigate the NFL playoffs as a #5 seed. Yes, a #5 seed has won the Super Bowl before. It happened back in 2007 when the #5 seeded New York Giants beat an u... Full story

  • D-W Boys lose opener to Irrigon in holiday tournament, 59-52

    Eric Umphrey|Jan 2, 2020

    MILTON-FREEWATER-Friday December 27th the Dayton-Waitsburg boys basketball team traveled to McLoughlin High School in Oregon for the first day of a holiday tournament. The boys would face Irrigon in the first round matchup. D-W quickly found themselves in a ten point deficit after Irrigon shot 8-16 from the field in the quarter. D-W shot only 5-14 in the first quarter and it ended with Irrigon leading 22-12. Irrigon's hot hand would leave them in the second quarter as DW began to whittle away at... Full story

  • D-W Girls drop opener in holiday tournament, 57-47

    Jan 2, 2020

    MILTON-FREEWATER—The Dayton-Waitsburg girls varsity basketball team played in a holiday tournament Friday the 27th at McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater against Irrigon. D-W started off the game shooting 2-19 from the field in the first quarter with all five points coming from Sadie Seney. D-W would chip away at the lead in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, with a balanced scoring attack bringing the score to 40-32 Irrigon at the end of the 3rd quarter. However, a big game by JaLay Burns leading all scorers with 34, proved to be too much for D-... Full story

  • Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce

    Teeny McMunn, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    Remember I said I would do the Christmas Scones recipe this week, but call it New Year’s Scones? Well, I guess I’ll have to rename them again. This recipe came to my email and it sounded good. I didn’t make it yet but I will. When it’s cold and dampish outside, a hot meal hits the spot, as well as fresh made soup. If you don’t eat pork, I think a nice thick hamburger steak would substitute nicely. I will make mashed or baked potatoes to go with, but rice or noodles would also be good. This week... Full story

  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting held in Dayton

    Michele Smith, The Times|Jan 2, 2020

    DAYTON—The Conference Room at Fire District 3 was crowded with community stakeholders for the Port’s annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meeting, which took place on Dec. 18. The CEDS meetings have been ongoing since the late 1990s and are part of federal Economic Development Administration requirements when receiving planning funds and coordinating as an economic development district, according to the Port’s Executive Director Jennie Dickinson. “While we do not coordin... Full story