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  • Winter scene

    The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    This wintery scene photographed by Waitsburg resident Bill Rodgers in 2021, is at the junction of Lower Waitsburg Road and Ferris Road. It is a reminder of the Touchet Valley's beauty, even when dealing with single digit temperatures, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and icy roads....

  • Spring sworn in as port commissioner

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON — The Port of Columbia Commissioners held its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on January 10, 2024, at the port office. Commissioners present were Seth Bryan, Johnny Watts, Mike Spring, and the Executive Director, Jennie Dickinson. The meeting began with Dickinson swearing in Mike Spring as Columbia County Port Commissioner # 2. In the public comment period, Jerry Kaiser asked the port commissioners not to sell the port-held railroad property until the federal government decided on the removal of the Lower Snake River dams. He said removing t...

  • Dayton City Council hears library tax concern

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON — Newly elected Mayor Roger Trump called the Dayton City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., January 9, 2024. Mayor Roger Trump and council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Joann Patras, Laura Aukerman, and Shannon McMillen were present in City Hall. Sheriff Joe Helm reported that his department is emphasizing monitoring Bluewood traffic on North Touchet Road and Fourth Street in response to citizens’ concerns. He said he is continuing to work with the city on how to respond to animal bite calls. After compl...

  • Dayton resident asks voters to reject two special school levies

    The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    To the Editor: Usually, you have zero say about taxes. But this February, you have the opportunity to say No to a tax, when the Dayton School District puts forth two special levies seeking to extract from taxpayers, beginning in 2025, $1.41-$1.48 per $1,000 of assessed home value for a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy AND $1.50 per $1,000 assessed home value for a Replacement Capital Levy for Technology, Safety, and Facility Improvements. Often, school levy supporters like to speak in terms of “cups of coffee,” as in, “Th...

  • CCHS Staff's Dedication and Training Saves the Day During Sub-Zero Emergency

    Sean Russell, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON — CCHS staff proved their dedication and training on Saturday, January 13th, when sub-zero temperatures caused a single heating unit to fail, resulting in frozen pipes over a section of the hospital. Despite the challenging circumstances, the team rallied together and handled the emergency. This display of teamwork and preparedness is a testament to the dedication and training of CCHS staff. CCHS CEO Shane McGuire states, “Our team is unbelievable and dedicated. Their quick thinking and preparedness during this emergency testify to the...

  • Scholarships available to future educators.

    The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    WALLA WALLA & COLUMBIA COUNTIES – The Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) and the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association (WWCRA) are offering scholarships to future educators planning to do student teaching, internships, and plan on teaching in the state. Washington State School Retirees Association has the following scholarships for Washington State high school seniors: Robert J Handy Scholarship is $900 annually for four years. WWSRA Foundation Scholarships are two one-time scholarships, for $3000 and $2000. Gene Fo...

  • MS Boys Basketball Awards

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    WAITSBURG — Middle School boys basketball Coach Gabe Kiefel presented end-of-season awards on Friday, January 12. Kiefel recognized sixteen players and manager Bryer Paul at the assembly. Liam Kiefel, Carter Barron, Cody Coulston, Alex Watson, Rowdy Cole, Jake Lynch, Alex Zuniga, Gage Mynear, Carsyn Pennington, Colt Boudrieau, Damien Brown, Ollivyr Dahlby, Mitchell Hays, Sidian Stegall, Arrow Groom, and Flynn Richardson all improved throughout the season and will return next year as experienced Cardinal basketball players. Special awards w...

  • Cardinal wrestlers show potential

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg High School wrestlers competed well in the Battle of the Blues at College Place High School on Saturday, January 13. Cardinal Koyen Fortune took home a second-place medal, and Graycen Teal placed 4th. Jarod Hankins also competed well at the event. "For different players, it can be a game of technique, strength, or quickness," said coach Lash Larue. "It is definitely a game of manipulation," he added. Wrestling is a fun sport to watch. There is action on two different mats,...

  • Trading places

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    In twenty days and counting, I will be officially retired. To celebrate this milestone, Daniel and I have traded places. He has unretired and is now a rural mail carrier. As usual, timing is everything, and this is not the best time to start on the rural route. Snow, icy roads, obstructed vision, and a new car with steering on the right (not correct) side have made this a challenge he probably didn’t anticipate his first week on the job. Be assured, he is strong, stubborn and a hard worker, s...

  • Arts Kits, Bird Boxes, and online books at the Weller library in 2024

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    WAITSBURG – The Weller Library Board of Trustees met for its monthly meeting on January 9. Present were Chair Marie Gagnon, Rebecca Wilson, Sherri Erikson, Beka Compton, Library Supervisor Sarah Roberts, and City Council representative Jillian Henze. Vice-Chair Jim Leid was absent. Roberts reported that community members and participating businesses expressed appreciation for the StoryWalk program held in December, while the library saw increased foot traffic and book circulations during the m...

  • Fre Alcohol - Removed Wine

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    So-called Dry January is upon us, as it has been since it was introduced about a decade ago. The concept is to eliminate or dramatically reduce your alcohol consumption for the month. And the wine industry recognizes that trend by offering a growing number of alcohol-free options. Are they as good as non-alcoholic beer? I leave that decision up to you. But for wine, your best options are sparkling wines and the occasional tart, dry white wine by Fre. Their website, www.frewines.com has an...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    Ten Years Ago January 16, 2014 "There's no place like home." Those words hold true for Waitsburg natives, R. Wes Leid, Katie (Mantz) Leid and Jeff Broom – who have experienced life all across the U.S. and overseas – before choosing to retire "back home". Recognizing the distinct advantages their small-town roots provided them, the trio decided to give back by establishing a WHS Alumni Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide two 2014 WHS graduates with $1,000 scholarships and is now open to Found...

  • Weeknight Lentil Soup

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jan 18, 2024

    With this long stretch of below-freezing temperatures my soup pot has been getting a lot of use this past week. While I love slowly tending to a gently simmering pot of soup, sometimes I need a quicker turnaround. Lentils are my go-to quick cooking legume to bring a lot of big flavor to a recipe in under an hour. This nutrient-rich and comforting lentil soup is perfect on a dreary winter night after a long day at work. Ingredients: 6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion,...

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