Articles from the March 24, 2022 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    March 24, 2022

Where the (blue)grass grows

When Kate Hockersmith convinced me to join her music group after school in 2010, I never thought I'd be writing about it in The Times more than a decade later. I spent much of my childhood inspired...


Full room and Zoom at port workshop

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commissioners met Monday, March 21, for a workshop to discuss Touchet Valley Trail. As many as 39 people attended via Zoom, in addition to a packed conference room at the...

 By Justin Jaech    News    March 24, 2022

Dayton School Board update

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board held its regular board meeting at 6 p.m. on March 16, 2022. All members were present, Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Aneesha Dieu, Zac Fabian, Grant Griffin, and Korinda Wallace. Superintendent Guy Strot was also present in...


At the Liberty:The Batman

DAYTON—The Batman is playing at the Liberty for two weeks.Bruce Wayne/Batman (Robert Pattinson), after two years of stalking the streets, has been led deep into the shadows of Gotham City, striking fear into the hearts of criminals. Amongst the...


Innovia Foundation's 2022 Photo Contest: This is WHO We Are

SPOKANE—Innovia Foundation is excited to announce the opening of their third annual Photo Contest: This is WHO We Are. This region is a beautiful patchwork of lives and communities and they invite residents to submit images that capture the unique...


An educator in support of Hospital's child care plan

As a former educator, I am very concerned about the conflict regarding the Proposed Daycare Center.  Of course, there is a need for one or more day care centers with over 340 children under the age of 8 within our community. The Port’s mission... Full story


Fears are Amerein's not community's

To the Editor and the Public, Columbia County Commissioner, Chuck Amerein, continues to show his hypocrisy with public statements. The cases in point are fear, government overreach, and indoctrination. Several weeks ago, Commissioner Amerein stated... Full story


Volunteer firefighting is not a social club - it's a calling

The Henze Family has three generations of Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 firefighters. Dane Henze is a volunteer firefighter/EMT for our local department, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather Carl Henze and (now retired)...


Judy A. Rowland

Judy A Rowland passed away peacefully at home in Dayton, Wash. on March 3, 2022. She was 67 years old. Judy was born on February 19, 1955, to Doris Estelle Criss and James Wayne Alexander in Walla Wal... Full story


New Dayton city council member sworn in

Kyle Anderson (left) was sworn into Dayton City Council position #6 before the March 9th city council meeting, by Mayor Weatherford. The seat had been vacated by long-standing council member Byron...


Columbia County Library Now Offering the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

DAYTON—The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, offered through Columbia County Library, is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace. “People without basic computer know-how are at a disadvantage when it comes... Full story


4-H club collecting food for Waitsburg Resource Center

WAITSBURG—The Corral WRanglers 4-H will be out and about on March 28, from 7 p.m- 8 p.m, for their annual Food Collection, gathering food donations for the Waitsburg Resource Center. Shelf stable food is welcome, including pasta, rice, and canned... Full story


Prime rib diner, Friday, March 25, at Town Hall in Waitsburg

It has been almost a year since the Dayton Eagles Club in Dayton caught fire on a Tuesday afternoon.  The members and volunteers plan to either rebuild at the location on Main Street or find another building to be able to continue the Eagles... Full story


Secretary of State reminds Washingtonians to research charities before supporting Ukrainian-relief efforts

OLYMPIA—Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs encourages Washingtonians to do their due diligence and conduct research on the charities or nonprofits to which they donate to support relief efforts in Ukraine. “Americans are a generous...


Weller Library closer to ADA compliance

It was June of 2021 when the Friends of the Library first heard about the possible surplus sale of the Weller Library building. In July the community came together to request that the library remain...


Times Traveler| Karen Stanton-Gregutt

Waitsburg resident, Karen Stanton-Gregutt brought The Times for a driving trip through Oregon and California.... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    March 24, 2022

A journey from music teacher to chief of police.

Recently I was introduced to a local police chief who is also a classically trained musician. Doug Boedigheimer is the Police Chief in Milton Freewater, Oregon. He makes the trip out to Orchard... Full story


Basalt Cellars 2019 Rim Rock Red

Basalt Cellars 2019 Rim Rock Red This delicious red blend from a Clarkston winery is more than half Merlot with the rest divided among five other grapes, principally Bordeaux varieties. It's smooth...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 24, 2022

Prescott introduces an esport team

Prescott School District is now offering an esports program as an extracurricular activity. It is covered under Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) as an activity and may later...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    March 24, 2022

Matbirds in Colfax

Twelve Matbird wrestlers received medals at the Colfax Little Guy Tournament on Saturday, March 12. Wrestlers were placed into brackets based on age and weight. First place finishers were Parker... Full story

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    March 24, 2022

DW Spring Sports-this week

D/W golf on Wednesday, track on Friday and softball and baseball on Saturday, DW young athletes are competing with intensity; some for the first time since seventh grade. Golf The golf team traveled...


Waitsburgs FFA Freshmen participating at First Leadership contest

Alyssa Hollingsworth, Cedar Stegall, and Marion Duncan participated in their very first FFA leadership contest on Wednesday, March 9, in Pomeroy.  The three freshmen girls competed in Creed. Creed...



Ten Years Ago March 22, 2012 With the April 2 election right around the corner, Waitsburg residents Bart Baxter and Tiffany Laposi are throwing their hats in the ring for city council. Baxter who has... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 24, 2022

Chicken Roasted with Potatoes

As regular readers of my column might recall, I often use my time in the kitchen to satisfy my periodic bouts of wanderlust. Recreating discoveries made during past travels, or dreaming of future...


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