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  • Making dumplings for the Lunar New Year at The Club

    Eve Talbott, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON-January 22nd was the first day of the Lunar New Year. For The Club's "Plus Delta After School Program" in Dayton, it was the start of a series of events for the kids to learn more about a holiday celebrated by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. The Chinese calendar follows the monthly cycles of the Moon's phases, known as the lunar-solar cycles. Historically, in many Asian countries this time of year was celebrated to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors. Some holiday a...

  • Chief Springs to celebrate ten years

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON-Ten years ago, Mike and Ann Springs opened Chief Springs Fire and Irons Brew Pub in downtown Dayton. Soon after they opened the pub and brewery, they added a third business by purchasing the pizzeria next door. After taking over from Skye Book and Brew, they remodeled the space to create the new brewpub. Putting in an extended bar, updating the brewing space downstairs, and utilizing some floor-to-ceiling shelving for firefighting memorabilia, the space became a reflection of Mike's past...

  • Port considers malt facilities for BMS

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON – The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting on February 8, 2023, at the Port of Columbia conference room and on Zoom. Executive Director Jennie Dickinson and Commissioners Genie Crowe and Seth Bryan were present, and Johnny Watts attended remotely. Members of the public attended remotely and in person. Cedar Rain, a tenant at Blue Mountain Station (BMS), increased the square footage of their lease this month, returning BMS to full occupancy. Dickinson reported the State audit is complete and that it went w...

  • At the Liberty:"The Whale"

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON—“The Whale” is the story of a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity (600 lbs) who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. It stars Brendan Fraser and it is based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter. Critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website rate this movie with 66% favorable, and audiences with 91%. That website has an audience summary as “With a heartbreaking story brought powerfully to life by Brendan Fraser’s starring performance, The Whale’s as hard to watch as... Full story

  • Activities for Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON—Some call it Mardis Gras, some Fat Tuesday, but at First United Methodist Church, it’s all about pancakes. The church will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy pancakes with toppings, sausage, and some surprises. Wednesday, February 22, is the beginning of Lent, and the First United Methodist Church invites the public to a simple meal for Ash Wednesday. The meal of soup, bread, and cookies will be offered from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the church in Dayton. Ash Wed...

  • Update on Prescott Joint Park and Rec District

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    PRESCOTT—The Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District Board of Commissioners and the newly elected Board Chair, Jason Kaehler, thanked the District’s residents for their votes and approval of the levy request for 2023. They look forward to the 2023 season where all can enjoy the results of the significant repairs and upgrades to the facility done in 2022. The Board is in talks with the Walla Walla YMCA to work with them again to provide enhanced services, including swimming lessons, aerobics, and open swim sessions. The plan is to ret... Full story

  • Concern over council member's ethics

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Dayton deserves great leadership. The City Council members were elected or appointed to handle our tax money and make responsible decisions in the best interest for the City of Dayton. As an elected official in local government, you are responsible for conducting yourself in council and in public with respect and dignity. To ensure you have a complete understanding of acceptable behavior, each of you were required to read, to sign, and to uphold the guidelines within the ethics handbook. I am writing this letter because the council members and... Full story

  • Times Writers recognized

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    This letter is to let you know how much I enjoy your local writers. Brad Trumbo’s “ Palouse Outdoors: The Final Day” in the February 2nd issue was so evocative of season and place that although I have absolutely no interest in hunting, I wished I were there in the “crisp bluebird morning” among the golden wheat straw and prickly wild roses. Popo Ott’s vignettes offer really unusual and interesting mini-adventures. Luke Chavez’s recipes look delicious, but I confess to not having made one yet. And last but not least, Vicki Sternfeld-Ros... Full story

  • Donna Louise (Winder) Huwe

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Dayton lost lifelong resident Donna Huwe, on February 1, after a brief illness. She worked hard to help provide for her family – first for Green Giant, then as a CNA at Robinson's Nursing Home and Dayton General Hospital, where she loved caring for people. A person with a kind and giving heart, she supported a variety of community charities with her time and money. Born to Frank and Lola Winder on October 25, 1930, Donna resided in the same house for 92 years, where she made a home for her h... Full story

  • Waitsburg Booster Club Re-Energized 

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    WAITSBURG—Twenty-four years ago, the Waitsburg Booster Club was formed. Ross Hamann was elected president and has continued in the role over the years. Even though the club lost momentum about five years ago, Hamann and 12-year veteran treasurer Becky Harshman kept the club alive as they knew “this club will come back!” About thirty supporters met on Monday, February 7, to get the Booster Club active again. Hamann started the meeting by giving the group a brief review of the club’s history, current status, and a treasury update. When the clu...

  • Booster club Flashback

    Times Archive, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Andy Winnett and Jim Davison received the 2012 Waitsburg Booster Club Boosters of the Year award at a recent basketball game. According to Booster Club President Ross Hamann, Winnett and Davison were instrumental in the construction of the new press box, providing hundreds of hours personal time, knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to see the project through from beginning to end. It would not have happened without their selfless contributions to our kids and community....

  • River Walk Assisted Living facility is open

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System community has looked forward to the opening of the River Walk Assisted Living facility since construction began in 2021, After weeks of anticipation and preparation, Rivers Walk Assisted Living welcomed all 18 residents from Booker Rest Home in time for Valentine's Day. The residents have moved into cottages B and C at the new facility. "A wonderful atmosphere filled the air on this momentous occasion - big bay windows allowed plenty of sun in while...

  • Dayon City Council approve land sales agreement for Wastewater Plant

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON—The Dayton City Council unanimously passed Resolution 1507, which authorizes the mayor to enter into a purchase agreement with Douglas Krueger and Marjory L Krueger for land to be used for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The proposed purchase agreement for the property was included in the Feb. 14 regular meeting packet available online with the agenda. The document had the purchase price to be based on $21,000 per acre for a purchase of not more than 65 acres and no less than 40 acres. The resulting maximum purchase price would be $...

  • Waitsburg 's Mahre Brothers follow family on the slopes

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    WAITSBURG-Since the age of one, brothers Isaac and Ethan Mahre traveled in their dad's backpack as he skied the slopes at White Pass. When they were two years old, they were learning to ski with their dad. Isaac, an eighth grader at Waitsburg Preston Hall, started competing with the White Pass Ski Club at age six. Ethan, a third-grade student at Waitsburg Elementary, started competing at age four. The brothers practice every weekend from December through April unless they are at a meet. Most of...

  • DW Boys proceed to loser-out game in playoffs

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    DW COMBINE—The Wolfpack boys’ basketball team won their first district game against White Swan 65-47 on February 7. On February 10, the Wolfpack battled with Columbia Burbank, losing 77-44, which will put them in a loser-out game against Mabton on February 16. Mabton lost their first district game to Tri-City Prep 61-37 and beat Warden in a loser-out game 73-56 to stay alive in district play. The winner of the DW v. Mabton game will play the winner of the White Swan v. Cle Elum match. The losing teams will be out of contention and the win...

  • The Bears coached by Chelsie Abel

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-Coach Chelsie Abel is in her second-year coaching for Walla Walla Parks and Rec's indoor soccer league. Her team, the Bears, consists of first and second-grade players from Waitsburg and Dayton. The team practices at the Waitsburg High School gym on Tuesday evenings. Their games are played on Saturdays in Walla Walla at either Blue Ridge Elementary or Edison Elementary. Their first game was on January 21, and the game schedule runs through February 18. For more information, go to...

  • Ponzi 2021 Laurelwood Pinot Noir

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Ponzi (est. 1970) is one of a handful of wineries that launched the modern era of winemaking in the Willamette Valley. Although second gen winemaker Luisa Ponzi is still in charge of production, the winery has been sold to the Bollinger Champagne group. Yes, another French incursion into Oregon (and a welcome one). The newest Ponzi releases feature striking label designs and slightly higher prices but deliver the same overall exceptional quality. This is not cheap, yet relatively inexpensive...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Ten Years Ago February 21, 2013 When Mike Spring was learning to brew beer a few years ago, he took a class for home brewers at Ice Harbor Brewing Company in Kennewick. Now that he and his wife, Ann, own a brew pub in Dayton, they hope to help and encourage local home brewers by offering classes and other services, like Ice Harbor does. The Springs, as The Times went to press, were planning to open Wednesday, with new wood floors and a new bar configuration. "We'll still have some remodeling wor... Full story

  • Chicken Piccata

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    Over the past year, my time has been fully occupied with recipe testing, managing two businesses, and keeping up with my schoolwork. With this busy schedule, I am always looking for quick and satisfying dinner options that still feel special. This bright version of a piccata, has tender, breaded chicken breast smothered with a silky butter and lemon sauce. A comforting Italian American classic, this straightforward recipe has become a new favorite weeknight dinner go-to. Ingredients: 1...

  • Up in the Air

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Feb 16, 2023

    We just returned from a weekend jaunt to Seattle for the sole purpose, to quote Daniel, “to eat properly.” To start our culinary weekend, we raced into our hotel and hungrily snatched up a bottle of wine and four snack boxes from Starbucks. Not gourmet, but when you’re hungry, culinary perfection is overrated. There was enough time before our dinner reservation for me to do a little shopping. My usual haunt is the Nike store where I cross my fingers, hope for sales, and if nothing else, kill...