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Articles from the March 17, 2022 edition

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American 35 is letting the light in on Main Street

American 35 is busting through the walls, literally! Tom and Judy Bennett are letting the light in as they prepare for the restaurant's opening day coming soon!... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    March 17, 2022

EMS service falls through gaps in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-A lack of volunteers at the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has had an ongoing impact on the community it serves, primarily Waitsburg. Fire Commissioner Ashley Strickland cannot stress...


Childcare facility stalled by ideology

DAYTON – The Port of Columbia held its regular meeting at 5 p.m., March 9, 2022. Chair Genie Crowe, Commissioners Johnny Watts and Seth Bryan, and Port Director Jennie Dickinson, were present. There... Full story


At the Liberty:Cyrano

Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) helps young Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) nab her heart through love letters. Sound familiar? This is the most recent of a long line of film adaptations of th... Full story


Spring Break at The Club

DAYTON—The Club Executive Director Jim Pearson announced a week-long Spring Break program for youth in grades K-5 this year. “I had hoped to be able to offer all-day programs,” Pearson said in the March 9 announcement. “Unfortunately,...


An update from Olha in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine—Over the past week, reports of Russian attacks throughout Ukraine have flooded the international media. Olha Oltarzhavska, the young Ukrainian woman who reached out to The Times to share her story, reported that the last week had... Full story


The need for Daycare is not moral failing

Letter to the Editor: Per the question of whether a daycare facility might be sited at Port of Columbia land, Commissioners Watts and Bryan resisted the idea that such a facility is suitable for a site more appropriately reserved for more... Full story


Local Pastors offer focus for Ukraine giving

Dear Waitsburg, We are all grieving for the people of Ukraine. What can we do? Individually? As a community? Along with so many of you, we in the Christian Church and the Presbyterian Church have been asking ourselves this. Our churches have... Full story



WALLA WALLA—A Spring Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 6, in Downtown Walla Walla from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the plaza at First Ave. and Main St. The fair will feature booths from 25 local employers representing...


Nancy Ray Daves

Everyone's story is filled with moments we savor and or regret, complete with celebrations and milestones, you know that dash between your dates on your tombstone. That dash, for Mom, Nancy Ray... Full story


Judi K. Geisen

Judi K. Geisen, long time area resident, passed away suddenly on March 3, 2022 at her Waitsburg home. She was 75. A Memorial Service for Judi will be held Saturday, April 2nd, at 11:00 AM in the... Full story


Study finds Waitsburg pool is significantly damaged

WAITSBURG‚—Summer is around the corner, and Waitsburg residents may be asking if the city’s pool will open this year? The short answer is that, no, the pool will not be open this year. Not for lack of operating funds or employee shortages, but...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 17, 2022

Mariners pick up new outfielder and third baseman

The lockout is over, and the season starts on April 7. Teams are busy signing free agents and making trades. Yesterday, the Mariners traded with the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez. They gave up pitcher...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    March 17, 2022

First meet for the DW

DAYTON/WAITSBURG­­-DW high school track team participated in their first meet of the season on Saturday, March 12, at Klicker Field in Walla Walla. It was a jamboree competition where athletes...


Gift helps launch Rural Health Initiative at WSU

A $2.2 million gift to Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) will increase opportunities for PharmD students to focus on the health care needs of residents in rural Washington. This extraordinary...


Bluewood opens Season Tickets sales

DAYTON­-Starting March 15, skiers and boarders can save money buying their 2022 Season Pass online at Pass types are Adult, Family, Student, College,... Full story


Pomeroy Ranger District offers summer jobs for local youth

PENDLETON, Ore.—The Pomeroy Ranger District is recruiting four to six students between the ages of 15 and 18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Work can include noxious weed removal, fence removal and construction,... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    March 17, 2022

Waitsburg Friday Market gearing up

WAITSBURG-Spring is in the air, and there is opportunity at the upcoming Waitsburg Friday Market. Formerly the Waitsburg Farmers Market, the small outdoor market opened last year with a handful of...


Gardening, a good diversion

I am still grief-stricken about the war Putin has declared on the people of Ukraine. I did go to the World Central Kitchen website to see if there was anything I could do. Even though I am not a...


Kirkman House Museum reOpens

WALLA WALLA—The Kirkman House Museum opens to the public beginning Saturday, March 19, after a two-year COVID-related closure. Springtime hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is located at 214 North Colville Street in W...



Ten Years Ago March 15, 2012 The Times is welcoming a new office administrator, Tawnya Richards, who will be in charge of accounting and paperwork to keep our operation running smoothly. Richards, 39,... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 17, 2022

Potato Varenyky – Ukrainian Dumplings

For weeks now, my thoughts have been with the people of Ukraine, as they have bravely faced unimaginable horrors. It has been difficult to just sit back while watching a war unfold over five thousand...


Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Town Hall held its annual St. Pat's dinner and silent auction on Saturday, March 12. About 100 people enjoyed corn beef with the trimmings at the annual fundraiser. Head chef...


2nd Harvest's second Mobile Market in Dayton

Fresh fruit, rice, pet food, milk, and mirepoix veggies were just a few of the items that were given away during the second Mobile Market in Dayton last week. The Market will be in Dayton again on... Full story


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