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  • Green is for Saint Paddy's Day

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    "Green is for Saint Paddy's Day". It does not get any greener than right after an early spring rain over short winter wheat in the Touchet River valley. What better place to celebrate St. Patricks Day than right here in our own verdant Waitsburg neighborhood. This photo of the Shriner's Farm was shot from Ferris Road near Lower Waitsburg Road. Enjoy the green while it lasts.... Full story

  • Young witness account from Ukraine

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    "My name is Olha, and I am in the capital of Ukraine, in Kyiv. We live in a shelter now. Today is the eleventh day of war, and I want to show you the place I live in." Kyiv, Ukraine-That was the start of a video sent to The Times via email on Tuesday morning. Reporter Beka Compton had a sinking feeling, knowing that while she sipped her morning iced Americano, the young woman who sent the email was getting ready to hunker down for another night of war. Olha Oltarzhevksa is a 22-year-old... Full story

  • School Board votes to restructure

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held a regularly scheduled work session meeting at 6 p.m. on March 2, 2022. All Board members were in attendance. The night before, the School Board held a two-and-a-half-hour special board meeting which consisted of a long executive session. At the beginning of the meeting, Board Chair Jeff McCowen announced an executive session would be held under IAW RCW 42.30.110 (f). This section of the Open Public Meeting Act (OPMA) allows a closed session specifically t...

  • At the Liberty: Dog

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    DAYTON-Dog is a road-trip comedy that tracks two hard-charging former Army Rangers paired against their will; Briggs (Channing Tatum), and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois), as they race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other completely crazy, confront the possibility that pet psychics are real, and begin to reckon with the one thing they were trained never to do: surrender. Rotten Tomatoes critics give this movie a 75% favorable, and the audience gives it a 90%. Tha... Full story

  • Christian Women's Luncheon

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    You are invited to join the Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries for a luncheon at the Pataha Flour Mill, 50 Hutchens Hill Rd., Pataha, WA, March 16, 2022, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch will be catered by The Flour Mill, and will cost $15 per person. This month’s speaker is Janell Desmond from Tualatin, WA, who will be sharing how she discovered “happily ever after” even in the midst of difficult and challenging times. Event will also feature a special musical performance by owners of the Mill, The Van Vogts. Please contact...

  • Alaskan Nets showing on March 19

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WAITSBURG—Join the Waitsburg High School ASB and the Class of 2023 for a screening of Alaskan Nets on March 19. Alaskan Nets, is a documentary that focuses on the Metlakatla Chiefs basketball team from the small community of Metlakatla, Alaska, and former Waitsburg-Prescott Coach T.J Scott. The film debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2021, where it won the Audience Choice Award. The Class of 2023 will be hosting a hamburger feed during the event to raise funds for their prom. Seating is limited to 250 attendees. I...

  • Smoking cessation class begins March 15

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—A class to help people stop smoking will begin March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Southgate Medical Park main building in the community area. The class will continue with a session every Tuesday through April 26. The Freedom From Smoking class is the premier smoking cessation program from the American Lung Association. This program helps people develop a plan of action leading to a quit day and provides the support needed to remain smoke free for good. The cost is $25, and scholarships are available for those for w... Full story

  • Zelensky proven to be no joke

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Dear Editor As if the attack on Ukraine by Russia hasn’t been immoral enough, the violation of the cease-fire in the independent area of Donetsk where 260,000 civilians are trying to escape through Volnovaksha or Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, has been criminal. Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, has remained in Ukraine with his wife and two kids. He may have been a stand-up comic and played the president of his country in a comic series (before he became the democratically actual president of his country), but he has proven to be no joke. Putin bla... Full story

  • Fear is part of critical thinking

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    To the Editor, In response to Chuck Amerin’s comments at the school board meeting published in February 24, 2022 TheTimes, I would like to propose some thoughts. I think it is presumptuous to think that people/children were only wearing masks out of fear. They are wearing masks to prevent illness, in consideration for themselves and others, and because that was the mandate. In regard to suggesting that this was telling children “You shouldn’t be smart, you shouldn’t think critically, you just do what you’re told,” well some of that is part of... Full story

  • St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Auction at Town Hall

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WAITSBURG-Join Town Hall for an Irish dinner on March 12, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Doors open at 5 p.m, with dinner served at 6 p.m. If traditional Irish food isn't enough to entice you, then the wide selection of goods and items up for auction should be! Items include a spa basket, donated by Elk Drug, and Gaudy Gall basket, donated by Gaudy Gals on Main, a makeup bag donated by A-Ron's Rustic Designs, power tools, lawn games, and farm-fresh egg deliveries from Dusty Britches Farms.... Full story

  • Brix & Brew is happening March 11

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    DAYTON—It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the 2022 Brix & Brew fundraiser. A ‘casual attire’ event, Brix & Brew will benefit the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. The annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce fundraising event will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Social hour and a well-stocked silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m, with a live auction kicking off at 7 p.m. Jewelry, foosball tables, camping supplies, and local wine and candies are just a couple of the items up for grabs.... Full story

  • Register now for free Sherwood Trust nonprofit learning workshop

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—This March, learn with Human Resources Consultant Skye Mercer about creating a positive workplace culture, recruiting, and retaining employees, planning for succession, and creating flexibility in the workplace. The four-part free online series takes place March 15, 29, and April 19, 26, from 12- 1 pm PST. This series is the second learning event of the 2022 Connect, Innovate, & Thrive Nonprofit and Community Learning Series. Workshops are translated into Spanish. For more information and free registration, visit the Sherwood T...

  • Judi K. Geisen

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Judi K. Geisen, long time area resident, passed away suddenly at her home in Waitsburg on March 3, 2022. She was 75. Judi worked in various food service positions during a long career in the Dayton/Waitsburg area. A Full Obituary and Funeral Service announcement will be in next week’s papers. Corbeill Funeral Home in Dayton is assisting the family.... Full story

  • Russell Wilson traded to Broncos

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    The Russell Wilson era in Seattle will end pending a physical and Wilson’s approval. Wilson was traded to the Broncos on Tuesday for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, Denver quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. In addition to Wilson, the Broncos will get a fourth-round pick from Seattle. The trade is not official until the new NFL year begins on March 16. Wilson is expected to both pass the physical and approve the trade. If the return seems a little pricey for a q...

  • Matbirds at Hanford-Reactor Rumble

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    The Matbirds had 12 wrestlers attend the Hanford-Reactor Rumble on Saturday, March 5. Six athletes brought home medals. Koyen Fortune placed 2nd and Bryon Collier placed 3rd in the 13/14 age bracket. Luke Collier and Rylie Coates both brought home 3rd place medals in the 11/12 age bracket. Two wrestlers in the 9/10 age bracket, Caleb Barron and Parker Winona, placed 3rd. The Matbirds will compete at the Colfax Little Guy Tournament on March 12....

  • Walla Walla Union Bulletin announces changes to print days

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Union Bulletin (UB) will be moving to a three-day printing schedule, cutting down from the current seven-day schedule, starting May 1. Senior Editor Dian Ver Valen sent a letter to the UB readership on March 1, letting subscribers know that the longstanding daily newspaper would reduce print days to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The Union Bulletin will still be available daily, but will be sent out via virtual options, including email, eEditions, and at for subscribers For more i...

  • Special delivery to Prescott Post Office

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Having worked for the US Postal Service for almost ten years, seven of which were at the Waitsburg Post Office, Sarah Putnam now heads to Prescott. Last Wednesday was Putnam's last day in the 'burg before starting her new position at the Prescott Post Office. Her great attitude and laughter will be missed on Main Street.... Full story

  • Surplus nearly finished for City Hall, pocket park

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WAITSBURG-Since accepting bids for two properties on Main Street last month, the city sees the surplus process coming to an end by the March City Council meeting. The sale of 124 Main Street, the lot that the City of Waitsburg purchased as a pocket park in 2018, was tabled in November after the council questioned the real estate policy and its lack of flexibility in accepting bids. The first call for bids gave the city only three options after receiving qualified bids: accept the highest offer,...

  • Hopeless and Hopeful in Waitsburg

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    These past few weeks have been heart-wrenching. The feelings of grief, sadness, anger, and hopelessness are all swirling within me as I watch this dreadful war unfold in Ukraine. My paternal grandfather moved to the United States as a child from a small town in Austria in the late 1800s. That town is now part of Ukraine. I feel connected to this war in a way that I hadn’t imagined. Hindsight being 20/20, I am now embarrassed by my last column. While the people in Ukraine hear the constant b...

  • How to help the people of Ukraine

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Ukraine—The Russian military invasion of Ukraine has caused a fast-moving and dangerous humanitarian crisis. As the Russian troops have moved into the country, it has become clear that civilians are being targeted. The people of Ukraine have been forced to decide between becoming refugees, leaving their lives behind, or staying and resisting Putin’s forces. Finding food, gas, medicine, and safe shelter has become difficult for Ukrainians staying in the country. As it has become increasingly apparent that the Russian military is targeting civ... Full story

  • The Wrestler's Daughter takes over the Royal Block

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    WAITSBURG-It was a full house on Saturday night at the Royal Block, when a crowd of more than 30 gathered for a book reading by local author Markeeta Little Wolf's from her new book, The Wrestler's Daughter. Little Wolf knows how to hold an audience, and the Royal Block has continued to create a space that works well for readings and live music. With Little Wolf, you get both. Sound system checked, podium in place, and a petite guitar on its stand, she launched into an entertaining introduction...


    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Ten Years Ago March 8, 2012 The newest addition to Dayton City Council, Arthur Hall, was appointed by a unanimous vote on Monday, Feb. 27. When Hall moved to Dayton in February 2010, he said he had no intention of running for city council at any point in time. When the position opened up, friends and associates suggested he apply, so he did. Hall said he is already looking toward November when he will be up for public election reaffirming his position on the council. Twenty-Five Years Ago March...

  • Chicken Marsala

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    At the age of 29 I moved to New York City on a whim. Not to sound dramatic, but the year that followed was truly the best of times and the absolute worst of times. On nights when I felt completely broken and exhausted from the rat race, I would take myself out for a dinner date with a book. Just a few blocks from my apartment was a cozy, hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant that quickly became a favorite. With flickering candles, cheap carafes of house chianti, and a menu featuring unpretentious...

  • Job and Career Fair at Waitsburg High

    The Times|Mar 10, 2022

    Students at Waitsburg High School attended a Career and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 8. Students met with various presenters, including Walla Walla Community College, Washington State University College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Eastern Washington University, US Army, Walla Walla Electric, Walla Walla Fire Department, and the Columbia County Health System. Surrounding schools, including Dayton, Prescott, and Touchet, were invited to attend the fair....

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