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Articles from the February 17, 2022 edition

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Columbia Pulp announces that it will idle operations

DAYTON—Columbia Pulp, LLC, announced in a press release on February 12 that it would idle operations, effective February 18. The decision will affect approximately 80 employees over the next... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    February 17, 2022

Port Commissioners delay decision on Childcare proposal

DAYTON- The Port of Columbia Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting at 5:02 p.m., February 9, 2022. For the opening public comment period, Jorie Aukerman, a resident of Dayton for four...


Commissioners approve $5,000 grant to The Club

DAYTON-At a Monday morning meeting on February 14, The Club President, Jim Pearson, presented to the Columbia County Commissioners on The Club, following its request for $5,000 from the Juvenile Justi...


At the Liberty:The 355

DAYTON—The 355 is about a dream team of formidable female stars who come together in a hard-driving original approach to the globe-trotting espionage genre. When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace...



WALLA WALLA-Since 2015, Dunham Cellars has generously donated $10 from each bottle sale of their 2009 Founders Blend to Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH). Over the years, the sales of the 20th...


Superintendent thanks voters for support of schools

Dear Waitsburg School District families and community: On behalf of the Waitsburg School Board of Directors and our entire school staff, I want to thank you for your unfailing support in ensuring our community’s children have the education and... Full story


Author's thank you to supporters

Dear Editor, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to friends, The Times, Ten Ton Coffee, The Royal Block, and to The Times readership who inspire my writing habit. Your support through the release of my first book, Wingshooting the Palouse,... Full story


Columbia County Public Transportation applauds $16 billion transportation funding package

DAYTON—Columbia County Public Transportation expects to see much-needed benefits from the Washington Legislature’s new $16 billion transportation funding package, “Move Ahead Washington,” which allocates $3 billion to public transit over 16...

 By Justin Jaech    News    February 17, 2022

Dayton City Council selects interim city planning option

DAYTON—The City Council meeting went into session at 6:07 p.m., February 9, 2022. Mayor Zac Weatherford, Council members Teeny McMunn, Dain Nysoe, Laura Aukerman, Misty Yost, and Tiger Dieu were in attendance. The Columbia County Emergency...


Current state of the Major League Baseball lockout

Pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training mean preseason games are only a couple of weeks away, and winter is almost over. Pitchers and catchers were scheduled to begin reporting to teams on February 15, but that hasn’t happened due to...


DW girls basketball

DW girls look to rebound after Touchet's last shot in the game on Wednesday, February 9th....

 By Beka Compton    News    February 17, 2022

Coppei Creek Handyman Services opens in Waitsburg

Makaiwi Wachter is serving the Waitsburg, Dayton, Walla Walla, and Prescott area WAITSBURG-If that honey-do list just keeps getting longer, it may be time to change over to a handyman-do list. Coppei...


Back to Los Angeles – Déjà vu all over again

The hazy sky, parking meter-lined streets, and a baby pink Tesla in front of me, blinded by the sun reflecting off impeccably clean, shiny cars, with not a pick-up truck in sight. Yep, we're back in...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 17, 2022

Health and Protection Committee reviews FEMA protocal at February meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Community Health and Protection Committee met for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 15. The six committee members, Jillian Henze, Bill Rodgers, Lanny Adams, Ca...



Ten Years Ago February 16, 2012 Recalling the grace-under-pressure composure WP Cardinals Quarterback Zach Bartlow displayed in his team’s climb to the title game last football season, it seems... Full story


Turkey Shepherd's Pie

On a recent sunny walk around town, I spotted the first early spring crocus of the season, and on Main Street, the dirty giant mountains of old plowed snow have finally melted away. Even so, the cold...



DAYTON­—Columbia County Health Systems (CCHS) is proud to announce a new program for 2022 called Partners Improving Patient Health (PIPH). This program came out of a multi-year grant awarded to CCHS by the U.S. Health Resources and Services... Full story


On the Photographer's Trail

Last weekend, Terry Lawhead and I ventured down to Halfway, Oregon to gather winter photographs and impressions of the area for Volume 6 of "The Blues". This will be the latest in the series of books...



Local artist Margaret Terry painted a portrait of Mack, a two year old German Wirehaired Pointer owned by Beka Compton. Mack was more than happy with his first painting!... Full story


The Times has a new phone number, (509) 337-3042

This week the telephone lines at The Times offices were hacked. When dialing the old number, callers are connected to suspicious calling centers NOT affiliated with The Times. Please DO NOT call the... Full story


Open Mic Poetry Slam

Columbia County Library is hosting an Open Mic Poetry Slam on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, starting at 6:00 pm in the Delany Building. Come share your original poetry with other poets and win prizes! Details are available on the library’s website and... Full story


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