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  • Weinhard Cafe & Bakery changes owners

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    DAYTON-Chef Daniel Rossi thought that moving to a small, rural town like Waitsburg meant he could live out retirement peacefully, picking away at his banjo and sharing his musical knowledge. In 2020, he hit the road just moments before the global shutdown was announced, escaping the bustling cityscape of Los Angeles and driving north. He spent the pandemic with his partner, Vicki Sternfield Rossi, doing exactly what he set out to do in the first place, for roughly a year. The kitchen kept...

  • City Council sets public hearing date for Main Street building future, discusses flood agreements

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, April 21, at the Lions Club Building. During the meeting, the council answered questions from concerned community members and set a date for a public hearing to discuss potential options for the library building, 212 Main Street. Mayor Marty Dunn and Councilmember Paxton were unable to attend the meeting. Councilmember Paxton submitted a letter of resignation stating he and his family will be moving out of the area. Councilmember Karl Newell j...

  • Dayton School District board meeting in April

    Michele Smith|Apr 29, 2021

    DAYTON—June 5, at 1 p.m., has been tentatively selected for this year’s senior class graduation ceremony, according to DSD Supt. Guy Strot, at last week’s school board meeting. Strot was short on details but said more information would follow after Governor Jay Inslee’s May 7 COVID-19 update. Sam Korslund, the Gear Up Academic Specialist, has been chosen for the position of Athletic Director for the remainder of the school year. Strot told the board there is one internal candidate and one extern...

  • At the Liberty: THE COURIER

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    April 30- May 4 The Courier (released in March 2021) is the true story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK's MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Some...

  • City of Waitsburg debris disposal unavailable until further notice

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    WAITSBURG—Due to the lack of capacity at the City of Waitsburg’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, the City is currently unable to provide debris disposal on Monday and Saturdays. City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe said that the site will remain closed until further notice. No additional details were available....

  • The Club Announces Summer Recreation Program

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    DAYTON—The Club has finalized plans to offer a summer recreation program for the youth of the Touchet Valley. The program will run June 21 through July 30, 2021, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays. It is open to students entering grades K - 6 in the 2021-22 school year. Activities are still being planned but will include arts and crafts, STEM, music, field trips, and numerous unique and engaging experiences. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are provided at no additional charge. The program fee is $250 per child. Flexible payment o...

  • Blue Mountain Health Cooperative helps bridge the mental health care gap

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    WALLA WALLA-When Walla Walla's Alayna Brinton, LICSW, started Anchor Point Counseling in 2016, she quickly realized that the need for behavioral health services was greater than her single-provider practice could handle. She brought on additional providers but said that her practice was still receiving more referrals than it could handle. Even with more providers on staff, Brinton said that she still felt that something was missing and in 2020, took the first steps to opening the Blue Mountain...

  • Touchet Valley Trail information meeting well attended

    Michele Smith, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    DAYTON-On Monday, as many as 101 people attended the Port of Columbia Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) information meeting and to ask questions of the presenters. Brian Hansen, Principal Engineer for Anderson/Perry & Associates, Inc., shared the 30-percent design documents for the trail. He talked about the results of the surveying and ownership research through titles and deeds. Ken Voorhis, a Principal Architect with SPVV Landscape Architects, presented the 30-percent landscape design drawings and...

  • Columbia County residents speak against proposed trail before Monday night presentation

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    DAYTON-The Port of Columbia hosted a more than two-hour-long presentation on April 26, hearing from trail designers, various trail advocates, and agriculture representatives. Before the meeting, a group of nearly 20 community members gathered in front of the Port's driveway, holding signs that signaled they were against the trail. The group assembled in part due to the feeling that the meeting would not let them speak or be heard. Though outside, the group did connect to the meeting through...

  • Sara J. Wilson

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    On April 19, 2021, Sara Joan Wilson lost her valiant battle with cancer passing away at her home in Walla Walla. Sara was born on February 10, 1939, at the family home at Yuma, Colorado to Alexander and Bertha Jones. She was the third youngest of 11 children. In 1941 her father moved the family to Hermiston, Ore for work at the Umatilla Army Depot. She attended Hermiston schools and graduated in 1956. In 1958 she met her future husband (James "Jim" A. Wilson) at the movie drive-in when she was...

  • Henry Vern "Bill" Zuger

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    Henry Vern "Bill" Zuger, 90, passed away on April 14, 2021, in Walla Walla, WA. Bill was born to Charles "Shanty" and Florence (Buroker) Zuger on March 1, 1931 in Walla Walla, WA. Bill grew up on the Zuger family ranch west of Waitsburg where he attended Bolles Junction School. He graduated in 1949 from Waitsburg High School. After high school, Bill attended Washington State College (now WSU), where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity. While attending WSC, he met the love of his life, Kay Henry....

  • March 1, 1931 – April 14, 2021

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) and healthcare partners will not open any first-dose vaccine clinics this week. Next week, there will be two first-dose clinics held at the Southgate Community Vaccination Clinic at the Providence Southgate campus, located at 1025 S. 2nd Ave. in Walla Walla. The first clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, from 3-5 p.m. and the second clinic will be Wednesday, May 5, from 3- 5 p.m. There will be approximately 100 appointments available for each clinic. Walk-in appointments are...

  • Remodel, Restore, Reinterpret

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    Remodels, updates, and personal touches are some of the most exciting parts of owning your home, but can also be some of the most intimidating and overwhelming. As part of a special home and garden edition, The Times reached out to local homeowners about their homes, remodel efforts, and remodeling experiences. The Bond/Donohue House Bruce Donohue and Allison Bond took on one of the biggest of historical houses in town. The house was recently painted a beautiful blue with unexpected trim colors...

  • Native American mascots in public Washington State schools banned

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    Monday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1356, a ban on public schools in Washington State from “..the inappropriate use of Native American names, symbols, or images as public school mascots, logos, or team names.” The new law will take effect on January 1, 2022. In the statehouse, the vote was 90 to 8, and it passed the state senate 40 to 9. Since the statehouse is currently made up of 57 democrats and 41 Republicans, and the state senate is made up of 28 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and one Democrat that caucuses with the Rep...

  • Wolfpack Baseball embraces weekend losses as learning opportunities

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    The Wolfpack played against Columbia Burbank on April 24, for a doubleheader game. Game one saw a score of 9-1, with Burbank winning. The team took their first lead of the year into the bottom of the 3rd inning. “For a team solely made up with underclassmen with limited experience they showed competitive grit and significant improvement defensively,” Watts said, in an email. “Due to numbers, many of the players were in positions that they normally don’t get a lot of reps in much less game-time situations.” DW jumped out first yet again wit...

  • DW softball game at Riverview on Saturday, April 24.

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    The Wolfpack split the softball double-header losing the first game 14- 16 and winning the 2nd game 12-7. In the first game, DW allowed Riverview to score 12 runs in the 1st inning to take a 12-4 lead. DW held the Panthers to 4 runs through the next 6 innings....

  • Bring bees to your flower garden

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    Last week, the sounds of spring were loud and clear in my backyard. Birds were singing, kids could be heard playing all up and down the block, and my apple tree was vibrating with honeybees. It was the perfect complement to the 70 plus degree day. Honeybees are one of the coolest creatures, in my opinion. They are not native to North America. They arrived in the 17th Century when European colonizers brought managed hives along for honey and beeswax. Some of the bees escaped and formed wild colon...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    Ten Years Ago April 28, 2011 The largest circus to come to Dayton in more than a decade, the Carson & Barnes Circus has the second-largest herd of elephants in the country. Local residents will have free access to the circus grounds to witness the care and feeding of these and many other animals on the morning of Thursday, June 30. Wine critic Paul Gregutt and filmmaker Karen Stanton Gregutt are banking on the area’s popularity as a wine destination, and their own connections to make their new company, Waitsburg Cottages, Llc., a success. ...

  • Linguine alle Vongole

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    As a transplant from the west side of the state, I am often overwhelmed by a strong craving for ocean air and fresh seafood. This past weekend, I made an escape to the coast to satisfy such a hankering. At Klipsan Beach, on the Long Beach Peninsula, we stay in a beloved little cabin full of family history. It's a place to slow down, listen to the waves, and for me, cook seafood feasts. On the north end of the peninsula, in a town appropriately named Oysterville, there is an amazing shellfish...

  • Low and zero down loans may be key for first-time buyers

    Beka Compton, The Times|Apr 29, 2021

    The home buying process can be terrifying, especially as a first-time buyer. While we haven’t closed quite yet, my family is in the process of purchasing the house we have been renting since 2018, and boy has it been a rewarding learning experience. Homeownership seemed like a reach for a mountain of reasons, and saving up for a 20% down payment was the most daunting. We started our journey with little to no idea there were options outside of a conventional loan. After some in-depth research, w...

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