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Articles from the April 8, 2021 edition

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 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 8, 2021

Fox guarding her pups

If you look closely while driving along Highway 12, just outside of Walla Walla, you may catch a glimpse of the red fox family that has made their den in the middle of a wheat field. Rumor has it...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility changes for WW, Columbia Counties

WAITSBURG—The warm spring sunshine is out, but it isn’t safe to put the face masks away just yet. Vaccination eligibility is expanding, however, bringing us closer to a mask-free future. In Walla...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

Pending legislation has the county treasurer scratching her head

DAYTON—Columbia County Treasurer Carla Rowe believes the duty of the treasurer’s office is to collect taxes, not to make judgments on who is, or who is not, qualified for delinquent tax...


Hidden in Plain Sight virtual event April 21

DAYTON—The Coalition for Youth and Family, a Columbia County-based substance abuse prevention and mental health advocacy group, invites the public to join the virtual Hidden in Plain Sight event on April 21, at 6 p.m. Hidden in Plain Sight is an...


Sunday trap shooting back at Frank Bramlett Range

WAITSBURG—Trapshooting is back at the Frank Bramlett Range in Waitsburg. Stop by on Sunday afternoons, starting at 2:00 p.m, and test your skills breaking clays! April 17, the Waitsburg Gun Club will host Duo Day. Come shoot either your 22 long... Full story


The Falconer playing at Gesa Power House Theatre

WALLA WALLA—Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of the award-winning documentary film The Falconer on Friday, April 9 at 7:00 PM with an encore screening on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM. Each screening will be followed by an exclusive...


Farewell to a friend

As it goes in a small town, The Times staff, friends and contributors have become a family and we lost a valued member on Easter Sunday. With great sadness, we share news of the passing of Norma Jo Sh... Full story

 By Beka Compton    Specials    April 8, 2021

An album worth sharing: Grandma & the Boys: Old Time Gospel

If you want to travel to simpler times, all you have to do is pop Grandma & the Boys’ Old Time Gospel into the CD player. A true testament to the bluegrass genre, this locally produced album... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

For the love of Dayton

When I first landed in Dayton in 2012, I didn’t know anybody and wasn’t sure how I was going to find out anything about my new community. I got my first insight into the community through reading... Full story


Free skin cancer screenings May 4 at Providence

WALLA WALLA—A free screening for skin cancer will be May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. Registration begins on April 12. The screening is a cooperative event... Full story


RSO training April 22, 24 at Waitsburg Gun Club

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Gun Club will be hosting two Range Safety Officer training sessions in April. Range Safety Officers oversee the safety of gun ranges and events, and help educate individuals when it comes to firearm safety. The first...



March 29 Abandoned vehicle reported at Gaines Quarry. Eager Road Citizen contact at Dayton High School. 3rd Street Suspicious activity reported. Bruce Street March 30 Abandoned vehicle reported at Starbuck Post Office. Main Street Threats. 3rd...



March 29 A road sign was damaged. Walla Walla County April 1 Physical domestic assault. Walla Walla County April 2 Female arrested for DWLS 3rd. Walla Walla April 4 A violation of a court order was reported. Walla Walla County Warrant arrest. Walla...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 8, 2021

A little less plastic: Bag ban a part of the "new normal"

The lion of early spring has roared, and shops are embracing the relaxed pandemic-related restrictions as they shake off the winter blues. As shoppers, we have gotten used to wearing face masks and...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

FCZD update on flood damage repair

DAYTON-Work to remove sediment from the Touchet River, in the area of the Hwy. 12 and railroad bridges and the confluence of the Patit Creek, is on hold until the Columbia County Flood Control Zone...


April Showers bring...?

Well, it's April, and I'm still rather behind on the gardening chores. No news, I suppose. Every year I print off a 12-month calendar from the web to keep track of the garden chores and notable...

 By The Times    News    April 8, 2021

Farm to fridge produce from Wolther Family Farm at BMS garden

DAYTON--Kelley Wolther, of Wolther Family Farm, has leased the garden at the Blue Mountain Station from the Port of Columbia. The Wolther family has been selling produce from the farm garden, on the...


Chats with Mike: Brian Richards

It's been a while since many of us have heard from the Frog Hollow Band, a local music group composed of five men from Walla Walla and Waitsburg who are friends to many of us. Knowing how frustrating...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 8, 2021

Gonzaga's dream season ends one victory short

After defeating UCLA in dramatic fashion in overtime to win 93-90, the #1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the championship game against #1 seeded Baylor Bears. For Gonzaga, it was a chance to be the first undefeated basketball team since Indiana...


One last Wolfpack win to end the 2021 football season

WAITSBURG—The Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack ended the spring season 3-3. The Wolfpack traveled to White Swan High School and picked up a 40-12 victory on the short turnaround week. Monte Pettichord started the game off throwing 6-8 for four touchdowns...


Local athletes selected for WIAA, EWAC All-League

The Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack is a part of the Eastern Washington Athletics Conference 2B league. The league announced its athlete selection on April 5. Football EWAC 2B Football All-League Offense. 1st Team - Shawn Evans, Receiver 1st Team - Theo...

 By John Avery    Specials    April 8, 2021

Remembering John Prine

With vaccinations in full force, we appear to be in the last stretch of the painful COVID-19 era. It has been just over a year since we began gradually shutting down and going into relative...


The Blue Mountain Artists Guild Gallery Show ­­– My Happy Place

Dayton-The Blue Mountain Artists Guild Gallery Shows are now open to the public. This marks one year since the Guild went to virtual gallery exhibitions in Dayton, Washington. The guild has been...



Ten Years Ago April 7, 2011 The Walla Walla Union Bulletin and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce will offer a free Facebook Seminar on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Dayton Library in the Delaney Room. Social media coordinator Jeremy Gonzalez will...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 8, 2021

Chicken Paprikash

Over the years, certain spices have become such well-loved staples in my kitchen that I have learned to make great use of buying in bulk. Housed in neatly labeled mason jars, and taking up several...


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