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  • Cracking through winter

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    This little guy looked a little dazed after hitting his head on the ice, helping to break up the ice on Rainbow Lake last Monday to get ready for the March 1st opening at Tucannon Lakes....

  • Garden with the Columbia County Rural Library

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library District welcomes the WSU Extension's Master Gardening Program for a four-week intro into all things gardening, starting with the dirty work- literally! The program begins on March 7 and the first Monday of each month, through June. Director of Library Services Todd Vandenbark said the first class would be about seeds and soil. An introduction to soil, additives, composting, and the benefit of worms will be the second session's topic, and the third...

  • Prescott schools, Parks and Rec team with Walla Walla YMCA

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    Prescott finds solutions to bring swimming and drowning prevention training to students. PRESCOTT-Students at Prescott Schools will soon be headed to the Walla Walla YMCA for swimming, CPR, and first aid courses. WWYMCA Executive Director Karen Hedine shared that the new program was made possible through a Community Impact Grant, offered by the Sherwood Trust. Hedine said the grant supports two primary objectives: Providing drowning prevention and swim lessons for all Prescott School District...

  • At the Liberty:

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    DAYTON­—Uncharted is based on one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed video game series of all time. It tells the story of Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and his first adventure with rival-turned-partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). Uncharted will introduce audiences to how Nathan Drake becomes the treasure hunter as he unravels one of history’s greatest mysteries and treasures in an action-adventure epic that spans the globe. The cast also includes Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas. Rotten Tomatoes...

  • Anything Goes screening at Gesa Power House Theatre

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Live Cinema screening of Anything Goes on Sunday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. Filmed live at the Barbican in London, and screening for the first time to select international cinemas, this new production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney, alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family), Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity K...

  • LETTERS

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    Dear Editor In the last two weeks, I have read two articles in The Times quoting Columbia County Commissioner Chuck Amerein, each of them a complete contradiction to the other. In the first article, “Commissioners approve $5,000 grant to The Club” printed Feb. 17,2022, Commissioner Amerein seems to suggest that funding could be withheld from this organization because they do not show sufficient patriotism by flying the American flag. He did not address the fact that The Club is a private non-profit organization providing a much-needed ser...

  • Equine Industry Support bill heads to Senate for second reading

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    OLYMPIA—Washington state legislative bill HB1928 (2021-22), concerning equine industry support, has passed the House and moved to the state Senate. On February 28, the Senate sent the bill to the Rules Committee for a second reading. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Schmick (R), Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R), Rep. Robert Sutherland (R ), Rep. Emily Wicks (D), and Rep. Tom Dent (R ), the bill could bring $6 million in support to Washington’s equine industry, including but not exclusively horse racing. The funds will come from sales tax collected through ind...

  • Providence St. Mary easing visitor restrictions to allow two visitors per patient; more for end of life

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—Due to declining cases of COVID-19 in the community, Providence St. Mary is easing visitor restrictions to allow two visitors/support people per patient beginning on February 23, 2022. The visitors must remain the same individuals throughout the patient’s stay/appointment and cannot rotate. They may come once a day and may not come and repeatedly go within the same day. Patients who are expected to pass away in 12 to 24 hours may have four visitors at a time, and those visitors may rotate. For example, if a family of 10 wanted to vi... Full story

  • Washington's indoor mask mandate ending 9 days earlier. on March 12

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA/COLUMBIA COUNTIES—Grocery stores, childcare facilities, gyms, bars, and restaurants are just a few of the indoor industries in Washington preparing for a sooner-than-anticipated mask mandate lift. Governor Jay Inslee Monday announced that Washington’s mask mandate will be lifted on March 12, instead of the original March 21 date. The announcement was made in a joint statement with the governors of California and Oregon, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We’ve continued to monitor...

  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site Visitor Center to close MArch 15-17

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA— On March 15th-17th, 2022, the Whitman Mission National Historic Site Visitor Center wil be closed for staff to participate in professional and employee development. The interpretive park rangers will join staff from Big Hole National Battlefield and Nez Perce National Historical Park to share expertise and resources to prepare for the upcoming summer season. The following areas will continue to be available: • Picnic area • Restrooms • All trails and grounds The Visitor Center will reopen to the public, March 18, 2022, at 9:00 am... Full story

  • When Major Leaguers played against prisoners

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    With no new progress on major league baseball’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), it looks like some regular-season games will be canceled this year. The owners have continued to lock out the players impacting spring training. Without a chance to prepare players for the regular season, we will lose games. After a CBA is accepted, it will take at least four weeks of spring training before the regular season can begin. It’s anyone’s guess when that will be since both sides seem to be far apart in the negotiations. But this article isn’t abou...

  • DW Girls Basketball wraps up the season with a win

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    DW Wolfpack middle school girls' basketball team played strong on both offense and defense on Tuesday, February 22, when they traveled to Liberty Christian in Walla Walla. Fourteen girls saw playing time in their 29-10 win. On Thursday, February 24, DW played in their last home game against Liberty Christian of Richland. The game was a close, well-played game that LC pulled out in the last couple of minutes to win 21-18. DW Wolfpack middle school girls' basketball team played their last game of... Full story

  • Library Reviews: by Todd Vandenbark, MLS.

    Todd Vandenbark, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is the story of Lina, a 15-year old girl living in Lithuania during World War II. One night the Soviet secret police enter Lina’s home and send their family to forced labor camps in Siberia, with her father going to one camp and the rest of the family going to another. Lina, her younger brother, and her mother must labor in inhuman conditions to survive. Lina takes solace in art, embedding clues in her artwork that she hopes will one day help her father r...

  • Roadside Northwest offering basic roadside services

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    PRESCOTT—Flat tires, locked doors, and empty gas tanks are just a few common car troubles that Roadside Northwest can help with. Brian Danaher said that he founded Roadside Northwest in 2014, after he worked various jobs in auto shops and service stations. He said he left the car repair industry because, at the time, it was notorious for trying to sell services that customers didn’t need. He was working for a roadside service company in Hillsboro, Ore., and upon leaving that job, he took his las...

  • Dayton Library's February poetry slam

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

  • "The Wrestler's Daughter" at Royal Block, Loose Collective at Plaza Theater Music, books, and good times are headed to Waitsburg this weekend

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WAITSBURG—Shake off the winter blues and head to downtown Waitsburg this weekend for music, books, or both! Local band Loose Collective will be performing at Waitsburg’s Plaza Theater on Friday, March 4. Hailing from Walla Walla, Loose Collective has a funky style that is perfect for dancing. $5 donations are welcome at the door, and some refreshments will be available. The band kicks off at 8 p.m. On Saturday March 5, the Royal Block Wine Bar is hosting Waitsburg’s own Markeeta Little Wolf for a reading of her book, “The Wrestler’s Daughter....

  • Alaskan Nets documentary to play at school fund raiser

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    Save the date! WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Class of 2023 will show the movie Alaskan Nets on Saturday, March 19, a fundraising event presented by Alaska Airlines. The Alaskan Nets website states that the award-winning film tells the story of a small Alaskan village and their 2018 boys' basketball team. It's a story about life and a story about a community overcoming hardship. There are two sacred traditions on the remote Southeast Alaska island of Metlakatla: fishing and basketball. Waitsburg High S...

  • Palouse Outdoors: Fishing the Trestle

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    "So, you wrote a book on bird hunting? You should write one on fishing", Scott said. "That's a strong possibility, considering I have twenty years' more fishing stories over bird hunting in the bank," I replied. "Lately, I've been thinking of the days when we fished below the train trestle where the creek spilled into North River." Scott is one of my long-time fishing buddies from Virginia. Hunting just never resonated with him the way fishing did, and I could hear him light up at the mention...

  • Name that tune (or Appliance)

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    I love music. My parents and many relatives had both musical talents, a great appreciation for music, and there was almost always music playing in our house. My father loved classical music and grew to love opera, influenced by my grandfather, who lived with us who loved both of those genres. My mother owned every Broadway musical album ever recorded and was a big fan of Frankie Lane. We were the first on our block to have a HiFi which was constantly played. The first “big” gifts I received as a...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    Ten Years Ago March 1, 2012 For the first time in 17 years, the Dayton Bulldogs are going to Spokane for the Hardwood Classic state basketball championship tournament starting Thursday. After resoundingly beating the Riverdale Christian Crusaders from Yakima, 59-41, in front of a predominantly hometown crowd Friday night at Walla Walla High School, the Dogs are now in the Final 8 of there 2B division. "We've worked hard since fifth grade and this was our goal," senior Joey Schlachter said when...

  • Sausages with Peppers and Onions

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    With the combination of my ever-hectic work schedule, my better half recently starting grad school, and our looming list of spring garden projects, it's no wonder I've found myself researching recipes for easy weeknight dinners. Making great use of pantry staples, and often coming together in one pot, these kitchen classics can be lifesavers for busy families. This week, I went with my take on a cozy Italian American classic, sausages simmered in a flavorful sauce of sweet peppers, onions, and...

  • Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    During National FFA week, February 19-26, Waitsburg members had dress-up days, Ag Olympics, a trap shoot meet, and the Harvest Ball. Monday, President's Day, the students did not have school. On Tuesday, it was pajama day and Wednesday was hat day. There wasn't a dress-up day on Thursday and Friday was flannel day. Friday afternoon was also the Ag Olympics. One girl and one boy from each class was selected to compete for Harvest Ball King and Queen. Freshmen, Alyssa Hollingworth and Jack Karl;... Full story

  • Correction on March 3, 2022 edition

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    A news brief titled Dayton Historical Depot Society director leaving post was accidentally included in the March 3, 2022 print edition. The March 11, 2021 news brief announced the resignation of past director Tamara Fritze. Shellie McLeod is the current Depot Director & Events Coordinator of the Depot. Our apologies for any confusion....