Articles from the February 3, 2022 edition

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Snow drifts remain as winter melts away,

Although winter is starting to melt away, remnant drifts remind us of our recent big snow and decorate the hills with elegant accents. Driving back from "town" via Spring Creek on Monday was a feast...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 3, 2022

Waitsburg Commercial Club plans for future at Jan. 27 meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Business Commercial Club met Thursday, January 27, for a regular meeting. Led by former president Joy Smith, the meeting focused on financials, bylaws, and moving forward....

 By Justin Jaech    News    February 3, 2022

Dayton School Board special meeting to assign duties, hear from DSD lawyer

DAYTON - The Dayton School Board held a special meeting at 6 p.m., January 26, 2022, to complete business from last week’s regular meeting. Due to increased community COVID-19 cases, the regular meeting had been limited to consideration of bills...


At the Liberty: Sing 2

Sing 2 - The new chapter in this animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet. There’s just one... Full story


Bike thefts up in Dayton

DAYTON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has recently experienced an increase in reported bike thefts, with their weekly log for January 24 showing at least one new theft per day. The Sheriff’s Office encourages cyclists and bike owners to... Full story


In response to Tapio's letter

Character assassination? Let’s examine what character assassination looks like. During the last campaign, followers of your conservative group used images of me in the Sheriff’s Office to depict me as rummaging through the desks of deputies and... Full story


VOTE YES for Waitsburg's Children.

Letter to Editor When recruiting new businesses or new community members, it is important to have several critical tools in your economic development toolbox; for Waitsburg Commercial Club, one of the tools that make Waitsburg a great place to work... Full story


Blue Mountain Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications

WALLA WALLA—Blue Mountain Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. The application is available online at The deadline for applications is March 7th at 11:59 p.m.... Full story


William and Delora Harpe Scholarship accepting applications

WALLA WALLA—The William & Delora Harpe Scholarship is currently accepting applications. Current high school seniors or previous graduates of Waitsburg High School, Touchet High School, Columbia-Burbank High School, and Prescott High School are... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    February 3, 2022

Bulldog Brigade sets sights on student needs

'If you see a need, plant a seed' has become the driving force behind Dayton's Bulldog Brigade. Organizer Peggy Eakin was the speaker at the January 27 Dayton Kiwanis Club, and she is on a mission to...


Palouse Outdoors: Weathering the Storm

Ali and I had been looking forward to our winter vacation since we booked the flights in October. Heading south for a week of good food and scenic beaches ranks high among the options for properly...


Times writer publishes book of essays on Eastern Washington bird hunting

WAITSBURG—Biologist, award-winning author, and The Times columnist Bradly Trumbo shares his love of grand Eastern Washington terrain and the flush of upland birds over pointing dogs running big on...


Benefit Book Event at Royal Block Feb. 17

WAITSBURG-Grab a glass of wine at the Royal Block and join local author Charles Potts for a benefit book reading on February 17, 2022. The Walla Walla based, award-winning author will share his...


Mobile Market bringing free groceries to Dayton

DAYTON—A mobile food distribution event will be happening at HomeStreet Bank on February 10, the first of many times that 2nd Harvest will bring free groceries to residents of Dayton throughout the spring. No identification is required. This... Full story



Ten Years Ago February 2, 2012 To say the City of Waitsburg is stumped by the future of the collapsed bunk house east of the McGregor plant is putting it mildly. No one came forward to put in a salvag...


Naan Flatbread

As we trudge through the gloomy cold days of late winter, my kitchen has been keeping us warm with a steady rotation of favorite soup recipes. With these simmering pots of comfort, I am always looking...


Super Bowl LVI – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams

This year’s Super Bowl will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on February 13 at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. The Rams are favored to win by four points since they are playing in their home stadium. This is only the second time a team has pla...


Schools, sports resuming planned activities

WAITSBURG—As the number of COVID-19 cases associated with local schools dropped this week, the Dayton and Waitsburg School District superintendents made the calls to bring back in-person learning starting February 1. The Dayton School District... Full story


New Mental Health Crisis Number in Columbia County

DAYTON—As of February 1, 2022, the new behavioral health crisis line for Columbia County is (509) 876-0626, as Comprehensive Healthcare begins providing behavioral health crisis services to Columbia County. “Comprehensive Healthcare has been...


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