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Articles from the April 1, 2021 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Waitsburg distribution event provided 75,000 pounds of fresh food

WAITSBURG-Seventy-five thousand pounds of food from participating sponsors was dropped off at the Waitsburg Elementary School parking lot over the weekend. The semi-trucks that hauled it disappeared... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Waitsburg & Prescott School Districts to return to full-time, in-person instruction April 19

WAITSBURG—On March 15, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released an emergency proclamation concerning updates to school reopening plans. The directive stated that all schools in Washington State... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 1, 2021

Local Prosecuting Attorney drafts ordinance to replace overthrown possession law

DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack has wasted no time heading off a headache for local law enforcement due to the State Supreme Court ruling Washington State v. Blake on...


Times Traveler

Barbara Carlton from Dayton sent this from Spring Break in South Florida. Or should we call her Lady Barbara?... Full story


State Parks announces two free days in April

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the spring season and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass for day-use parking. The...


Dayton Memorial Library announces new hours

DAYTON—The Dayton Memorial Library began operating with new hours on March 29. The library will be open 10 a.m-5 p.m on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursdays, the library will be open from 12 p.m-7 p.m....


Raya and the Last Dragon coming to Liberty Theater

DAYTON—Raya and the Last Dragon, a new animated movie from Disney, has received lots of public buzz and positive reviews. It has been dubbed a “vibrant action-fantasy epic” on This story begins long ago, in the fantasy world of...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Business licenses for Waitsburg now online through DOR

WAITSBURG—House Bill 2005 was introduced in 2017 to improve the business climate in Washington State by simplifying the administration of municipal business licenses. The bill went into effect in...


State's online eligibility tool no longer required starting March 31

OLYMPIA—Phase Finder, the state’s online vaccine eligibility tool, will no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility starting March 31. That means that people who want a vaccine should check DOH’s prioritization guidance...


New round of Working Washington Grants, March 29

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at This...



DAYTON­—The Port of Columbia has been planning a Public Information Meeting for the Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) 30% design review for several months. Because all three Port commissioners will be in attendance at the meeting, it is considered an... Full story


Tragic Death at Waitsburg home

WAITSBURG—On March 26, the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an unresponsive male in the basement of a home on Main Street in Waitsburg. Undersheriff Joe Klundt said that the situation appeared to be a suicidal...


Prescott School District seeking school psychologist applicants

PRESCOTT—The Prescott School District is currently searching for a school psychologist. While the position is based in Prescott, the new psychologist will also be available to Waitsburg and Dayton students. The School Psychologist position serves... Full story



March 25 Suspicious activity at Columbia County Transfer Station. Cottonwood Street Citizen contact. Main Street Assault at Dayton High School. 3rd Street March 26 Animal call. Cameron Court Threats at Dayton High School. 3rd Street Theft at the...



March 23 Informational report. Walla Walla A lock was cut to gain entry to a storage unit area, another lock was cut on a storage unit. Unknown if unit was entered, nothing reported missing at this time. Burbank March 25 A man conspired with another...


Marie Isabel Belanger Shea

Marie was born to Reginald Henry Belanger and Frances Katherine Beatty Belanger in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. The family moved to the United States when she was very young. Marie attended schools in Spokane WA and Dayton WA. Marie... Full story


Fred Crowe appointed to the Dayton City Council

DAYTON-At a special meeting last week, the Dayton City Council appointed Fred Crowe to fill the remainder of Matt Wien's term on the council. Wiens resigned from the Dayton City Council in January,...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Spring, and solicitation, is in the air

WAITSBURG—Spring has sprung, and daffodils aren’t the only things popping up around town. Last week, a couple of Waitsburg residents posted on social media, warning of solicitors going around...

 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    April 1, 2021

Carving out a Memory

Honestly, I have no legitimate excuse for not having returned. The experience still calls like a siren song playing softly in the background. Snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Expansive vistas of low-co...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Kyle's RSA ready to help on the road

THE TIMES-Roadside assistance is closer than ever for Waitsburg residents. Kyle's RSA, owned by Kyle Sickles, is now available for "everything but the tow." Sickles said that he got the idea for a roa...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 1, 2021

Gonzaga and three PAC-12 teams advance to Elite Eight

The PAC-12 continued its dominance this week in the NCAA tournament, with three teams advancing to the Elite Eight. USC, UCLA, and Oregon State each won their third games of the tournament. Only Oregon failed to advance, losing to USC 82-68. A great...


DW Wolfpack Volleyball earns a final victory as the season comes to an end

DAYTON—The Wolfpack charged up and brought home one final win for the 2021 season. Playing against White Swan Cougars, the final scores were 26-24, 18-25, 19-25, 25-8, 15-13. The team was led by seniors Katherine Houchin, who had 16 digs, 13...


DW Wolfpack football has once-in-a-lifetime interruption against CB

WAITSBURG-Dayton Waitsburg had a tough night moving the ball against a senior-heavy Columbia Burbank team, on the Coyotes' senior night. Columbia Burbank came out firing last Thursday night and put...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Dayton Kiwanis dives into esports with Keith Nealey

DAYTON-The Dayton Kiwanis Club met Thursday, March 25, at noon, for a regular meeting. Attendees heard from Dayton High School Alumni Keith Nealey, Director of Engineering at KIRO TV and esports...


Class of 2021 wins Spirit Award during homecoming week

WAITSBURG-Monday, March 15, was the first day of the 2021 Homecoming Week at Waitsburg High School. The first costume challenge was Zoom Call Dress Up: Business on the top half, casual on the bottom....


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