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  • American 35 is letting the light in on Main Street

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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

  • EMS service falls through gaps in Waitsburg

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 enough that emergency medical volunteers are in dire need in the area, especially those who can respond to daytime calls. Still, it's not just Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) that are being sought. If being at the forefront of saving lives or battling flames is not your thing, the department...

  • Childcare facility stalled by ideology

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 were members of the public attending in person and over fifty joining on Zoom. Board Chair Crowe opened the meeting with public comment. Dickinson began by reading two from many letters submitted to the board. County Commissioner, Charles Amerein, wrote of his fear that leasing port property to the H... Full story

  • At the Liberty:Cyrano

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The Cyranos in past films include Jose Ferrar, Steve Martin, and Tashiro Mifune. All played the part with prosthetic noses, as this was the shame Cyrano faces in the original play. Traditionally Cyrano is a French nobleman serving as a soldier. He is... Full story

  • Spring Break at The Club

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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, limited staff availability has made that all but impossible. Nevertheless, we have a fun and engaging program planned!” There will be multiple onsite and offsite activities, including field trips to local attractions such as the Dayton Historic Depot, Dayton Memorial Library, and the Boldman House Museum. T...

  • An update from Olha in Ukraine

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 been quiet in Kyiv. She and her family have been living in the basement of their home for more than two weeks now. Neighbors gave the family access to their homes for extra food and supplies before leaving the area. This means her family and neighbors taking shelter in their makeshift shelter are still w... Full story

  • The need for Daycare is not moral failing

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 traditional business development. That is a reasonable discussion, although there are many of us who see a daycare facility as providing not only jobs at the facility, but more importantly allowing single parents and working couples to stay in the local work force. However, it was clear from his public... Full story

  • Local Pastors offer focus for Ukraine giving

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 determined a particular focus to our giving. This is being guided by our connection to the Monfort family. Phil and Jeanetta’s daughter and son in law, Sarah and Alister Torrens, along with their children, Saphira and Thaddaeus, have for years been in ministry in Kyiv. (They are now out of the country.) M... Full story


    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 government agencies, healthcare, agricultural, banking, and other industries. Lunch will be provided to job seekers. WorkSource Walla Walla offers no-cost pre-event workshops on April 4 and April 5 to help applicants prepare for the job fair. For more details, call 509-527-4393 or visit W...

  • Nancy Ray Daves

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 Daves, was 1944 - 2022 has provided a life of being an inspiration. Married for 58 years, raising six kids, having ten grandkids and three great grandchildren; she would do whatever she could for anyone of them. Born in a one-bedroom house April 24, 1944 in Welch, OK literally on the state line (bedroom i... Full story

  • Judi K. Geisen

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 chapel of the Corbeill Funeral Home in Dayton. Graveside services will follow in the Dayton Cemetery followed by a reception at the First Christian Church adjacent to the funeral home. Judi was born October 24, 1946 in McMinnville, Oregon to Dorsey and Mary Garsja Hutchens. She grew up in Dayton and... Full story

  • Study finds Waitsburg pool is significantly damaged

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 because of extensive damage. An architectural assessment found that the pool’s structure, plumbing, and outbuildings have ‘far exceeded’ their anticipated life expectancy and should be replaced. On February 18, architects from Cortner Architectural Company, Spokane, visited the pool, located at the nort...

  • Mariners pick up new outfielder and third baseman

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, pitching prospect Brandon Williamson and a player to be named later. If Winker can stay healthy, he should be one of the Mariners’ best hitters this year. Last season, Winker hit .305/.394/.556 with twenty-four home runs in one hundred and ten games. Over his f...

  • First meet for the DW

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 participated in only two events, unlike four in regular meets. Six Wolfpack athletes competed against Desales, College Place, Kennewick, and Wa-Hi. Coach Dan Nechodom said that the expectations for the athletes were to take care of themselves and have fun. Chasity Paddock competed in the 100 and 2...

  • Gift helps launch Rural Health Initiative at WSU

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 anonymous gift has helped launch CPPS’ Rural Health Initiative (RHI) to improve access to health care in the rural communities of Washington. Starting in the fall of 2021, RHI is an ambitious 10-year plan to create opportunities for student pharmacists and post-graduate pharmacists to specialize in del...

  • Bluewood opens Season Tickets sales

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    DAYTON­-Starting March 15, skiers and boarders can save money buying their 2022 Season Pass online at Pass types are Adult, Family, Student, College, Military, Senior, and Super Senior. Prices range from $449 for an Adult to only $49 for Super Seniors over 70. Don't miss out on the savings; you will be happy you have an excuse to get on the mountain. These deals don't last forever.... Full story

  • Pomeroy Ranger District offers summer jobs for local youth

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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, recreation and trail maintenance, fuel monitoring, and vegetation surveys on the Pomeroy Ranger District. The program will last six to eight weeks, beginning June 21, 2022. Youth are paid $15 per hour. No housing or transportation is provided. Applicants must live locally; non-local applicants who have a p... Full story

  • Waitsburg Friday Market gearing up

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 local vendors, including Whoop'em Up Hollow Farms, Bread Head, and Dusty Britches Farm. This year, organizers are making changes as it prepares for opening day. Nancy's Dream Garden owners, Doug Biolo and Janet Lawrence, are the market's managers, and owner of Dusty Britches Farm, Noelle Olson, is the...

  • Gardening, a good diversion

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 trained chef, I am not a bad cook. I have a passport, suitcases, and am happy to help and work to feed refugees or soldiers on the front lines. Unfortunately, I don’t have proficiency in the Polish language, which is one of their requirements. My few words of Yiddish just won’t meet the proficiency sta...

  • Kirkman House Museum reOpens

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 Walla Walla, Washington. Kirkman House was built in 1880 by William and Isabelle Kirkman, where they and their four children lived for most of the remainder of the 19th century. When built, the Kirkman’s home was one of the grandest residences in Walla Walla and reflected the tastes of the day and the...


    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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, has resided in Waitsburg for the past 5 years. She has a background in office manager and supervisor positions in small businesses and hospitals and is the perfect person for the job. Waitsburg’s Jim German was honored by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as Mixologist of the Month. The magazine highlighted... Full story

  • Potato Varenyky – Ukrainian Dumplings

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 miles away. This week, to learn more about the Ukrainian people and what they are fighting to protect, I have spent time in the kitchen researching the cuisine of this culturally rich country. Varenyky, boiled stuffed dumplings, similar to Polish pierogi, are a beloved dish passed down through the...

  • Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 Jim Romine was assisted in the kitchen with board members Allen Huwe, Jim Davison, Ron Standring and Louie and Marie Gagnon. As Town Hall board members' wives, Pat Davison and I, greeted guests at the door and assisted with the silent auction. Board member Ron Griffen was in charge of the 50/50...

  • 2nd Harvest's second Mobile Market in Dayton

    The Times|Mar 17, 2022

    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 April 6, May 4, and June 1.... Full story