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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition

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  • Plaid and tulle at the Father Daughter Snow Ball 2024

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    The endearing Father and Daughter annual dance is hosted by HASA, Home and School Association. Volunteers created a magical space where attendees could dance on a cloud. All proceeds and donations go to support Waitsburg's teachers and students with needs in the classrooms....

  • Dayton Auto Repair successfully marks five years

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    DAYTON – In January, Robert Bryant marked 40 years of car repair experience as he celebrated Dayton Auto Repair's fifth anniversary. He and his wife Shelli opened the shop at 218 W. Main in January 2019. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than forty percent of Washington's small businesses that opened in 2019 were still in business five years later in 2023. Bryant said he considered himself fortunate to have beaten the odds, especially opening shortly before the s...

  • Dayton City Council cancels special meeting

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    DAYTON — A special Dayton City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, was canceled on January 30. The purpose of the meeting was to convene an executive session to discuss pending litigation against the city and Council Member Laura Aukerman. A second agenda item for the meeting was for the council to consider a request from Aukerman that the city pay her legal fees in that case, US District Court Case No. 23-2-00790. The request was made Washington State RCW 4.96.041 and requires the council’s approval. The public could att...

  • Waitsburg Booster news

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    WAITSBURG-Ross Hamann took the carving of the Cardinal on a previous Booster Club Members board and recreated a newer style Booster board that hangs on the wall in the link of the High School. Hamann placed the names of the current Booster members, officers, board members, and other significant information on the board. There is still room on the board for new Booster Club members, and dues are only $25 per family. Send dues to Waitsburg Booster Club Treasurer, 621 E. 7th Street, Waitsburg, WA...

  • At the Liberty:

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    DAYTON — “Migration” is a modern-day comedy following a family of ducks who convince their over-protective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime as they attempt to migrate from New England, through New York City, and ultimately down to the Bahamas. Rotten Tomatoes critics have this movie at 73% favorable, and 88% from the audiences. That website’s critics consensus is “Beautiful animation and entertaining work from a talented voice cast help “Migration” take flight despite a story that doesn’t quite stand out from the flock.” The aud... Full story

  • A yes vote for the replacement levy is a win

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    To the Editor, I won’t hesitate to vote yes on the Waitsburg School District’s Educational Programs and Operations Levy on Feb. 13. This replacement levy funds our preschool, extracurricular activities (including athletics), transportation and technology. I brag on Waitsburg School District often, singing the praises of having half-day preschool for children ages 3 to 5, at no extra cost to in-district parents. Waitsburg preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, equipped with the skills they need for classroom success. Unfortunately, Wai... Full story

  • Support for the Waitsburg School Levy - Investing in Our Future Leaders

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    To the Editor, On behalf of Waitsburg Commercial Club, I express our wholehearted support for the upcoming Waitsburg School levy. It should be noted that this is not a new tax or levy; it is a replacement levy for the previously passed measure that is about to expire. Our schools play an integral role in shaping our community. In a recent hospital visit, I ran across a Waitsburg High School grad who earned their diploma and an AA degree last year. They were employed in the medical field with a good job and benefits due to the educational opport... Full story

  • Time to help Friends of the Fairgrounds to reboot

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council has asked volunteers in the community to partner with Waitsburg Parks and Rec to put together a plan to increase usage at the fairgrounds. The city council would like organizers to submit the plan for review at its March regular meeting. The first planning meeting was held on January 24, 2024, and included past Friends of the Fairgrounds advisory committee members, Parks and Rec commissioners, and fairgrounds advocates. Recommendations from attendees included reorganizing the Friends of the Fairgrounds C... Full story

  • Lowell W. Richter

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Long-time Dayton resident, Lowell W. Richter, 97, passed away gently on January 16, 2024 at Parkview Memory Care in Walla Walla. Lowell was born July 27, 1926 and was raised by his grandparents, Benjamin & Anna Richter, on the family farm in Montgomery, MN. He had lasting memories of attending grade school in the one-room country school and later moving to town where he graduated from high school in 1944. In 1945, he entered the Army Air Corps where he served proudly for two years, primarily in... Full story

  • Simply Sawdust is open and ready to build

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Mike Ferrians Becky Wilson helped her aunt, Gloria Wilson, celebrate the grand opening of Simply Sawdust. The familiar metal building at the end of Main Street has undergone a big transformation, inside and out. It is now ready for all the community-minded projects and classes Gloria will dream up. Keep updated at

  • Waitsburg troop hosts Girl Scouts Cookie Rally

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    WALLA WALLA-Waitsburg Girl Scout Troop 5381 hosted a Girl Scout Cookie Rally for Girl Scouts Service Area 492 at the Lions Building in Waitsburg on Sunday, January 28. Waitsburg Troop Leader Brandi Hollingsworth said the event is a workshop to prepare local scouts for the iconic annual cookie sale. The fundraiser supports Girl Scouts as they learn entrepreneurial skills and fund local life-changing, girl-led programs, experiences, and learning in their communities. This was the eighth year the...

  • Cardinal Sports

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Cardinal Basketball WAITSBURG—Waitsburg High School had a busy week of basketball, finishing the season with the last two games at home on Kison Court. The school will recognize seniors on Friday, February 2. On Tuesday, January 23, the Cardinal varsity boys beat the Touchet Redhawks 59-51. Ryland Kilts led the Cardinals with 32 points and eight rebounds. Blake French scored 13 points and five rebounds. Reuben Yutzy added six points, Jack Karl scored four, and Lucas VanHoose and Wyaitt Booth each scored two points. The Cardinal girls lost to To...

  • Palouse Outdoors: Hunting Late-Season Snowshoe Hares

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    The end of the upland bird and waterfowl seasons in the early part of the calendar year comes with bittersweet closure, but as time ticks further beyond that last hunt, the urge to venture afield pulls harder, like an increasing magnetic force. Fortunately, small game seasons often run into March, bridging that early spring gap before the wild turkey opener. Early March can be a fine time to venture afield, with bluebird days forecasting imminent spring weather, which is precisely why I seek...

  • Winter Whack, a mole

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Last month's sub-zero weather was brutal, with little relief as temperatures reached a balmy 20 degrees. I was briefly ecstatic about our "not frozen" pipes. We enjoyed running water until we weren't. And, of course, that's not the least of it. The floors were a mess, with salt, ice, footprints, and pawprints. I spent endless hours sweeping, cleaning, and protecting the wood floors. I've used Murphy's Oil, Bona cleaner, and Rejuvenate formulas with towels and rags. Now, when its fridgid, I do...


    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Ten Years Ago January 30, 2014 A newcomer stepping into Waitsburg Hardware and Mercantile for the first time is apt to be a bit taken aback. They'll find themselves in an old-fashioned general store, filled to the brim with all manner of goods, replete with a group of locals gabbing amiably around a table filled with coffee and treats. They'll probably be greeted at the door by a dog or two and will surely notice the large cay lying in his bed on the counter. It's quite possible a few of the...

  • Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    While some pasta dishes can be quite complicated, such as a slow simmering Bolognese or an intricately layered lasagna, some of my favorite recipes are those composed of just a few ingredients that come together quickly. Here, flavor-packed Italian sausage and bright broccoli are simmered into a buttery sauce with garlic and Parmesan cheese. Satisfying after a long day of work, this easy, weeknight recipe can make a broccoli lover out of even the pickiest of eaters. Ingredients: 1 pound tube...

  • Efesté 2022 Feral  Sauvignon Blanc

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Some 16 years ago, I sat down to taste Efesté's first-ever release of Feral Sauvignon Blanc. I noted that it was made by fermenting with wild/native yeast, which gave it pleasing details of dried herb, sweet grass, fresh mushroom, and overall a more herbaceous tone to the fruit without the tropical flavors of the regular bottling. At the time, this was cutting-edge winemaking, which has since become almost commonplace. The latest edition of Feral is from 2022. Sourced from the Evergreen...

  • Time to send us your Valentine messages

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

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  • Public City Council Workshop Meetings

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Dayton City Council Workshop Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 3:00 p.m Open to the public Agenda 1. Golf Cart Policy – Discussion 2. Dayton School District Stadium Lease Renewal – Discussion 3. Council Code of Ethics – Review & Discussion 4. City of Dayton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 818 5808 7703 Dial by your location • +1 253 215 8782 US Find your local number: Any questio... Full story