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  • Bluewood Ski Resort unveils major mountain upgrades

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    DAYTON- Now that the ski season is in full swing, visitors at Bluewood Ski Resort are enjoying an array of recent improvements and upgrades, including a revamped food service area, additional parking options, an improved and newly named terrain park, and new program offerings. The third floor of the lodge has undergone a complete overhaul, featuring draft beer and wine, and new seating options. R&B Barbecue has brought BBQ to the mountain. The resort has added an overflow parking lot with a...

  • Dayton School Board extends Stewart's contract

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held a regular meeting at 6 p.m., on January 18, 2022, in the high school’s library. All members of the school board were present, Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Grant Griffen, Aneesha Dieu, and Zac Fabian. Korinda Wallace attended using Zoom. Also present were Superintendent Rich Stewart and Business Manager Jana Eaton. After receiving some items from representative K-12 students in appreciation for the Board’s service, the Board passed the consent agenda without discussion. During the public comment period, Pasto...

  • At the Liberty: "A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES"

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    DAYTON—“A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES” - by John Patrick ​ A live theater comedy, with local cast, presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. - Directed by Bev Startin Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo... Full story

  • Waitsburg Booster Club is back!

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WAITSBURG-The purpose of a booster club is to provide support, funds for student activities, equipment, and expenses not covered by the district. The Waitsburg Booster Club has a long history as a very active and robust organization. It has been a registered 501(c)3 non-profit since 1999. Club President Ross Hamann has led the organization for over twenty years and said past projects include the press box at the high school football field, banners, painting the gym floor, providing crossing... Full story

  • School Board Recognition month

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Dear Editor: By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It's a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in Waitsburg are entrusted by this community with responsibility for an annual budget of $ 5.2 million, 274 students, 45 employees and 3 academic buildings. School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be q...

  • Two events at Fort Walla Walla Museum

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WALLA WALLA—There is still time to see the traveling exhibit Reimagining America: The Maps of Lewis & Clark at the Fort Walla Walla Museum. The show closes on Sunday, January 22 at 5 p.m. The exhibit shows visitors how the information and mapping by the 1803-06 expedition created the portrait of the country leading to western expansion. It investigates the methods the Lewis and Clark expedition used to gather information from navigational scientific equipment and intelligence gained from the indigenous people. On Thursday, January 26 at 4 p...

  • Providence offers free "Caring for the Caregiver" series starting Feb 16

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WALLA WALLA—Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center is offering a free, four-part quarterly series for people who are assisting someone who has a chronic, debilitating disease or diagnosis. The series, “Caring for the Caregiver”, begins Feb. 16 at 6 p.m., and continues May 11, Aug. 10 and Oct. 19 in the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center at the corner of Seventh and Willow Street. Participants are asked to enter through the Cancer Center doors and to please wear a mask, as masking continues to be required in health care facil...

  • Julia Ann Loposer

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Julia (Judy) Loposer passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior, surrounded by her family, on January 8, 2023. Judy was born September 27, 1931, as the oldest child of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Rank in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. She was raised alongside her sister Nancy and brother Jeff, spending summers on the New Jersey shore. She had an early love for music and graduated from Hood College, majoring in music and library science. Hood was an all-girls school, so they would often travel to... Full story

  • Nevonna Mae Rodrick

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Nevonna Mae Rodrick, 81, of Dayton, WA, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on January 14, 2023, after losing a valiant battle with cancer. Nevonna was born February 23, 1941, to Leonard and Elva Rose (Page) Koepp in Dayton, WA. Nevonna went to elementary school in Dayton but then moved to Lind, Wash., where she graduated from Lind High School in 1960. She married Frank "Sonny" Rodrick in Lewiston, ID, on November 23, 1960. Nevonna and Sonny went on to have five children – R... Full story

  • Fairground athetic fields discussed at Waitsburg City Council

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 18, at City Hall. Mayor Marty Dunn, City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe, and all council members were in attendance. After approval of the agenda and the last meeting’s minutes, the Mayor opened public comment. Stephanie Cole and Katelyn Stahl, representing Touchet Valley Soccer League, and Stephanie Ruffcorn for the Snake River Little League, asked the Council for help with the youth athletic fields at the fairgrounds. Concerns included field con...

  • Waitsburg photographer and muscian creates digital pinhole images

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WAITSBURG-A local musician, educator, instrument builder, photographer, and seeker of knowledge has combined camera obscura technology with digital convenience. Carrie Hendrix took a break from building musical instruments to make a camera obscura to aid her drawing. Using information from "The Birth of Photography" by Brian Coe, she learned how to construct her first camera obscura. Using her strengths in problem-solving and craftsmanship, she created the portable optical device using a lens...

  • Love & Squalor 2018 Dry Riesling

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Riesling all too often gets a bad rap because so many of us cut our wine-tasting teeth on cheap sweet junk masquerading as Riesling. But it's one of the world's greatest white wine grapes, and the dry styles will fit a variety of meals beautifully. Like Thai food or sushi – this is a great option – bone dry and sappy with lip-smacking juiciness. Bonus – 2018 is the current release, so it's had some welcome bottle age which helps to moderate the acidity. Love & Squalor is the brand from Matt...

  • Troy Larsen Honored at Fall Sports Awards

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    WAITSBURG-Troy Larsen walked off the football field for the last time as he retires after 22 years of coaching. He plans on attending more pro and college football games, including WSU road games, where he will continue to write down new plays and steal formations. Larsen looks forward to spending more time with his wife Diana and traveling to see his children, two of who live out of state. Larsen spent 15 years on Jeff Bartlow's coaching staff starting in 2000. He was the defensive back, wide... Full story

  • Student Athlete Awards

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Football Awards Wolfpack Player of the Year – Monte Pettichord Offensive Players of the Year – Spencer Hansen & Hudson Reser Defensive Player of the Year – Kaylub Prather Special Teams Player of the Year – Levi Boudrieau Lineman of the Year – Blake French Scout Team Player of the Year – Lucas VanHoose Second-team all-conference offense: Running back – Hudson Reser Wide receiver – Spencer Hansen, Offensive line – Blake French and Reuben Yutzy Second-team all-conference defense: Defensive back ...

  • The Unwelcoming Bar – Popo Ott

    Popo Ott, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    I call this series "Just Vignettes" because that's what they are, just short snapshots of things that have happened to me or have been told to me. I can vouch the stories you read here are mostly true. The Japanese city, Kagoshima, is often described by travel writers as the Naples of the Eastern World. However, the day the USS Kirk anchored near the Sakurajima volcano, the city seemed rather gray, dreary, and windy. At breakfast, the executive officer described a dream he had the night before....

  • DavePaul5 records original music

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Members of The DavePaul5 (DP5) spent Christmas vacation recording their first studio album. The band cut 14 original songs at the new Rainmaker Studios in Pasco. The band gave kudos to engineer Luke Basile who runs a tight ship and knows how to get the best out of a song and a singer. DP5 is currently booking summer gigs (including a slot at American 35 in July) and building a website with the talented Suze Wood. The band is assembling a YouTube page with video from last year's shows, and there...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    Ten Years Ago January 24, 2013 For Waitsburg High School senior Seth Deal, shoes are essential; so hearing that a billion children live in poverty and many don’t have shoes was a shock. Deal is a runner, and his passion for running drove him to focus on running shoes for the research portion of his senior project. When he thought about a charity to work with for his project, he thought a shoe drive would be a good cause to dedicate his time to. Deal said when he learned about Soles4Souls, it s...

  • Turkey Meatballs

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jan 26, 2023

    The chilly nights are back after a brief, unseasonable warm spell, which has pushed me back into the kitchen to continue my exploration of comfort food classics. This week, I found myself craving the Italian American staple, spaghetti and meatballs. Instead of beef and pork I opted for a lighter version made with ground turkey. Made with an aromatic combination of herbs, the resulting meatballs are extremely flavorful and tender. Baked instead of fried, these lean polpettes are then simmered...