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Articles from the January 16, 2020 edition

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  • Area youth raising money for trip to D.C.

    Beka Compton, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    WAITSBURG- Lisa Morrow and Tracy Barron aren't afraid of anything. From horses to hunting, they both have active families that keep them on their toes. Last April they volunteered to take a group of local teenagers to Washington D.C, confirming that there is no task too daunting for the pair. They have spent the better part of a year helping students from Dayton and Waitsburg reach an overall fundraising goal of more than $100,000 to take a once in a lifetime trip to our Nation's Capital. Last... Full story

  • Telepsychiatry now available at Blue Mountain Counseling

    Michele Smith, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    DAYTON-The ability to deliver quality behavioral health services to southeastern Washington communities just got a boost when Blue Mountain Counseling of Columbia County, added telepsychiatry to its treatment protocol. "This started because none of our counselors are credentialed high enough to prescribe medications if warranted. Adolescents under the age of thirteen aren't being served through some of the other services provided in the community, and we felt this was a good place to start,"... Full story

  • Times Travelers

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Traveling someplace some time soon? Bring us along and send a photo to Full story

  • Pioneer Portraits

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Ten Years Ago January 21,2010 [Photo caption] Kellie Wessels and her Paint horse Apache go through the paces, demonstrating a run in during tryouts for the Dayton Days Court last weekend. Students of the Month for December include, from left to right, Karlie Pettichord and Joseph LaRue, Fourth Grade; and Jasmine Foxe, Fifth Grade. Teachers in grades four and five select students based on citizenship, respectful behavior, effort and attendance. The Days of Real Sport, Inc. will hold its annual... Full story

  • Share a Valentine's Greeting

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    The Times is pleased to announce an opportunity for readers to celebrate their chosen Valentine with a special greeting. Submit your message of no more than 30 words, by Monday, February 10th by noon to Select one of the four frames below, or let us choose for you, and send $10 to P.O. Box 97, or deliver to the Times office at 141 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA 99361.... Full story

  • Dayton School Board chair urges levy passage

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    To the Editor: The Dayton School District is running replacement levies and a Capital Levy (a feasibility study to improve electrical outlets in the Elementary/Middle School building to be able to install air conditioning). During our last “community meeting” a few years ago, this was one of our (yours and the district’s) major concerns. I am in favor of and will vote for the future of our school district by always supporting the education of our students. Please check out the District website, the Citizens for Education website, and the Faceb... Full story

  • Appreciation for Dayton

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Dear Editor: We would like to offer accolades about the show stopping flower hangings that adorned our Main Street this past Summer and Fall. The baskets were all propagated, planted and maintained by local gardeners and were a joy to see throughout their growing season. We want to thank everyone who provided their hard work and expertise and look forward to the coming season’s beautiful displays. Bruce & Heather Hiebert... Full story

  • Reasons to approve Dayton School levy

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    To the Editor, The Dayton School District needs your support with the upcoming replacement levies. The State of Washington is committed to providing the costs of basic education. The local levies help to support the parts of public education that are not fully funded by the state allocation. Here are just a few of the many ways the levy funds are used: Smaller class sizes Counselors and Nurses Transportation for field trips and club activities Athletics Classroom supplies CTE Classes- Home Ec, Wood Shop, Ag Shop, Business Education... Full story

  • Please Support Dayton Schools

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Dear Editor, Four generations of my family attended Dayton Schools and received a solid education here. I want to ensure that the children in our community continue to have the same opportunity for a quality, well-rounded education. That is why I am supporting the upcoming levy for Dayton Schools. This renewal levy will provide needed funds to bridge the monetary gap left by the state’s funding formula. The Educational Programs and Operations (EP &O ) levy will support maintaining smaller classroom staffing, Career & Technical Education (... Full story

  • New rules for motorists aim to protect vulnerable roadway users

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    SEATTLE, Wash.—A new Washington state law (SB 5723) took effect on January 1, 2020 that provides motorists with clear rules about how to safely pass bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable roadway users. "Washington legislators have passed a law they hope will reduce collisions between motor vehicles and people who are walking or riding bikes, and it is important for drivers to become familiar with the new laws —to avoid collisions as well as traffic infractions that may end up on your driving record and reported to your insurance company,... Full story

  • Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    December 31 Found property call (wallet) in the lobby at N HWY 125 and Spring Valley Road. Prescott. January 6 A man was arrested in Burbank for narcotics possession and driving on a suspended license. January 8 A damaged lap top computer was found on street on 9th Ave and Pine Street, Walla Walla. Information regarding thefts in the 3000 block of Hanson Loop, Burbank. January 9 A vehicle prowl report was taken on Foster Road in Walla Walla County. A suicide was investigated on Wallula Ave. in Walla Walla County. A landlord / tenant civil... Full story

  • Subscribe to the Waitsburg Times - It's easy!

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    To subscribe online, navigate to and look for the word ‘Subscribe’ in the upper right-hand side of your screen in the blue border. Click on the word ‘Subscribe.’ Choose either the ‘New’ or ‘Renewal’ button under the words Subscription Information, then toggle ‘Subscribe Now’. This will take you to the page which offers different subscription options based on your location. If you would ONLY like to own an online subscription, look for the words in yellow, ‘Online edition only’ printed in yellow at the top right of the subscr... Full story

  • Contest open for middle and high-school students' writing, art or podcasts that celebrate trailblazing women

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    OLYMPIA, Wash.—Washington students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a writing, art, and podcast contest running Jan. 6-April 30 to showcase individuals they believe are ahead of the curve in their communities. The contest is in conjunction with Legacy Washington’s “Ahead of the Curve” exhibit, which opened in September 2019 and celebrates trailblazing women in Washington state history, and the 110th year of Washington State’s inclusion of women’s suffrage in its constitution. “I’m thrilled to offer this contest this year and look f... Full story

  • Hospice organization's Evening of Elegance celebrates 40 years

    Jan 16, 2020

    WALLA WALLA—It all began with a group of volunteers, donated space, and the dream of caring for people in the most vulnerable stage of their lives. That’s how Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) began in 1980. It’s WWCH’s 40th birthday and you can help celebrate. Tickets are now on sale for An Evening of Elegance, the annual wine dinner and auction supporting the work of Hospice. This year’s theme is “Cheers to 40 Years” and takes place on Saturday, February 8th from 5:30-9 pm at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. The color scheme... Full story

  • Valentine's fashion show & gift fair at Columbia County Fairgrounds

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    DAYTON—Jessica Welch, owner of Country Chic Boutique, is hosting a Valentine’s Fashion Show & Gift event at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Sunday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Four boutiques will be present to show off the latest styles for Spring 2020, with a runway fashion show, including men’s clothing. Twenty additional small businesses and vendors will also be in attendance offering opportunities to shop for a Valentine’s gift or a treat to spoil yourself. Murray’s Rustic Pie will serve their wood fired pizza for lunch, an... Full story

  • Dumas Station is open

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    DAYTON—In the past, the winery has been closed from mid-December through February. Now, as they have grown, they merely took a two-week break and opened the tasting room back up on Thursday, January 9. Stop by for a visit and sample six wines that they are sure you’ll love to taste. The Winery and Tasting Room, located at 36229 Highway 12 near Dayton, is open Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.... Full story

  • Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever 2020 Pheasant Challenge

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    WALLA WALLA-The local chapter of the national conservation organization Blue Mountain Chapter #258 of Pheasants Forever, will hold their 2020 Pheasant Challenge on February 1st and 2nd at the Clyde Shooting Preserve. The preserve is located at 2361 Lyons Ferry Road near Prescott, WA. This competitive hunting event will be held twice each day at 7 a.m. and noon. Teams of two hunters, with one dog, are limited to ten shells, with a registration fee of $500 ($250 per gun.) Starting times will be... Full story

  • Two school levy measures on the ballot for Dayton voters

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    DAYTON—Dayton voters are being asked to consider two levy measures on their February 11th ballots. The District is running an Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and a Capital Technology & Facilities Levy. The measures are not new taxes. They will replace expiring levies approved by voters in 2016. If approved by voters, levy funds will continue to be used to maintain educational programs and facility expenses in Dayton schools not fully funded by the state. The EP&O Levy dollars support smaller class sizes, athletics and other e... Full story

  • Birthdays!

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    January 16: Colleen McCoy, Patty White and Rueben Stokes. January 17: Anna and Anthony Reese, Bret and Bethany Moser, Kimmie Hamann, Zane Johnson, Dan Beckley, John Janovich, Tyler Woodworth, Eric Rich, Sheena Henze, Jeff Schulke, Jim Davison, and Jon Jensen. January 18: Kelley Fouste, Jason Thomas, Jennifer Low, Rowena Farrens and Arlene Hopkins. January 19: Bob Deal, Lynda Hogan, Debbie Rubio, David Webber, Reina Bruce and Clint Reser. January 20: Joan Leid, Wilma Johnson, Judy Jackson, Justin Hill, Jack and Jill Largent, Becky Pearson,... Full story

  • New reads for January

    the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Books for January Weller Public Library 212 Main Street, Waitsburg Hours: Mon. and Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed noon -1 p.m.) Sat. 10 a.m. - noon Long Bright River by Liz Moore In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling. Then K... Full story

  • Talk about Art

    Carolyn Henderson, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Some people are observant, and others . . . not so much. For an artist, it helps to NOT be in the "not so much" category. "I have always loved detail," says Walla Walla acrylic painter Mary Soper. "My husband told me once that he really didn't notice things until he married me. I was constantly pointing out unusual or beautiful things to him that attracted my attention." Not only does Soper notice the world around her, she wonders about what she sees. On passing an old pickup truck, abandoned al... Full story

  • Soups, stews and other gloomy day eats

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    It's these gloomy, overcast days that put me in the mood to cook stews or make a big pot of soup, with homemade bread. It could be ten degrees below zero with three feet of snow on the ground, but if the sun is out, I'll eat a salad. Sun and salads go together, this is probably still Los Angeles' influence on me. We've had plenty of gray days lately, and I know there a more to come. Also, it's January, when many of us have pledged to lose weight, go to the gym, eat healthier and other "take... Full story

  • Streaming Review: the Mandalorian

    Brianna Wray, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    If you grew up with a Boba Fett-ish like my husband, the futuristic space western, the Mandalorian, is the show to end all shows. It is to be expected that fans of the original Star Wars trilogy would be on board for another saga. Where the Mandalorian truly succeeds is that it is just as entertaining for someone new to the galaxy. The art direction team combines stark landscapes, impressive costumes and special effects with a howling flute that alludes to the winds of change in a meaningful... Full story

  • Dayton-Waitsburg boys basketball game ends with a loss to White Swan

    Dave Schreindl, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    The Dayton-Waitsburg's boys basketball team took a step closer to picking up its first league win in a 51-37 loss that was a low scoring battle against the visiting White Swan boys on Saturday night. After a tough road loss on Tuesday, D-W worked harder and better as a team, as Head Coach Roy Ramirez was heard saying from the sideline," it was right there," referring to the just missed baskets. It was also evident that he saw the progress of the team as well and continued to encourage his... Full story

  • A unified D-W girls team show determination in White Swan matchup

    Dave Schreindl, the Times|Jan 16, 2020

    Saturday night felt like the Dayton-Waitsburg girls basketball team took a big leap forward despite a setback to the visiting White Swan Cougars 64-39. Oftentimes this season things have gotten away from D-W early, Saturday was different. The team stayed close for the entire first half after a 9-6 deficit after one quarter they were still in it at the intermission 20-15. One of the huge differences was the existence of a defined team unity. "Our team has come a long way and we will continue to... Full story

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