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Articles from the May 5, 2022 edition

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Springtime on Wilson Hollow Road

This property on Wilson Hollow Road is always neat as a pin. The photographer loves the well-maintained grass in the gullies behind the buildings. They stunningly define the shapes of the hills and...

 By Justin Jaech    News    May 5, 2022

City holds workshop meeting on wastewater plant plan

DAYTON – The Dayton City Council held a work session meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in person and on Zoom. All councilmembers were present; Laura Aukerman, Misty Yost, Teeny McMunn, Dain Nysoe, Kyle Anderson, and Tyler (Tiger) Dieu...

 By Justin Jaech    News    May 5, 2022

Commissioners accept Strickland resignation

The Columbia County Commissioners held a regular meeting on May 2, 2022. All commissioners were present for the meeting. The current Public Works Director, Amber Phinney reported that the county received its first $6,000 allotment from FEMA after wai...


At the Liberty:Father Stu

DAYTON—Father Stu (Mark Walberg) is based on the true-life story of a boxer-turned-priest, Father Stuart Long. He has a self-destructive lifestyle and a severe motorcycle accident that forces him to change his life to help himself and others. The...


Tuberculosis cases on the rise globally and in Washington state

OLYMPIA—Washington’s tuberculosis (TB) cases are rising, putting state and local public health officials on heightened alert. Widespread disruptions in public health and healthcare services and missed TB diagnoses due to similarities in symptoms...


Road closures lifted on Pomeroy Ranger District

PENDLETON, Ore. —After assessing road conditions and removing hazard trees along Forest Service Roads 44, 41, and 4206, Forest officials have lifted all road closures in the Pomeroy Ranger District from the 2021 wildfires. While the road closures...


A family thankful for BMS and Co-op market

To the editor: Right here in our beautiful town of Dayton we have what I would consider a blessing: The Blue Mountain Station. Now you may be thinking…the building? And the answer is yes and no. Within this new and attractive building is the BMS... Full story


Save this alternative

To the editor: It seems that the Dayton City Council may have made an error last month when it decided not to approve purchase of two properties to deal with long-standing issues regarding sewage treatment. After many years of study and...


Celebration Days hostesses selected

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days, always the third weekend in May, is peaking over the horizon. After two years of event cancellations, a new Board of Directors has planned a jam-packed weekend... Full story


Jack Miller Announces Candidacy for Columbia County Commissioner

DAYTON-Retired Columbia County farmer Jack Miller announced this week that he would run for the Columbia County Board of Commissioners District 3 position in this year's election. "I am running for... Full story


Dorothy Amelia Gagnon Hall

A rosary will be said on Thursday May 12th at 5:30 pm at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 405 W 5th St. in Waitsburg.  Funeral mass will be held on Friday May 13th at 10 am at St. Mark's.  Graveside... Full story



Thanks to the members of the Garden Club and their friends who refreshened the Main Street planters this week....


Stand-Up for The Club Fundraiser a Success

DAYTON- The Club hosted its third annual fundraiser, Stand-Up for The Club, on April 30, 2022, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Over 150 area residents attended the event. Jim Pearson,... Full story


Free skin cancer screenings May 24 at Providence

WALLA WALLA—Registration is now open for a free screening for skin cancer on May 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. The screening is a cooperative event offered by the Cancer Center and the Walla Walla... Full story

 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    May 5, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Shed Hunting the Palouse

Spring outdoor adventures can be hard to come by when we allow routine to take priority. I don't hunt turkeys or fish the desert lakes nearly as often as I should. Instead, I tend to the property,...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 5, 2022

Evaluating the Mariners' start to the season

After sixteen games, the Mariners have a 10-6 record and are a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the lead in the American League West. It’s an excellent start to the season, considering the first seven games were on the road. In the...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    May 5, 2022

Track Team Members Set Personal Records

EWAC East League Meet #2 was held at River View High School on Tuesday, April 26. A group of first year track members have worked hard to improve their times and distances at every meet. Getting a per...


MS Softball Team Drop Games at Sager

Wednesday, April 27, DW middle school softball team lost two games at Sager in College Place. Peyton Benavides pitched in the 4-inning game and Alexa Jones caught.   The Wolfpack had three hits in the game and scored 13 runs. Skyla Johnson led the...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    May 5, 2022

Wine Valley Golf Invitational

Two DW golf players qualified for the Wine Valley invitational held in Walla Walla on Wednesday, April 27. On the 18-hole par 72 course, Senior Theo Anderson shot a personal best score of 102. Anderson, a first-year golfer, missed some hits but he...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    May 5, 2022

Baseball Team Lose Doubleheader at TCP

DW baseball struggled to get hits on Tuesday, April 26, at Tri-City Prep and lost both games of the doubleheader 15-0 and 15-1.  TCP scored 11 runs in the 2nd inning to win the first game of the doubleheader. Balian Walter and Dylan Bledsoe had...


New business is heating up

Tom Bennett allowed The Times in to see the new pizza oven fire up for the first time. To season the oven before opening day on May 7, Bennett will stay into the morning hours tending the flame. It... Full story


Rules – why?

I have been told that the “rule of thumb” is not to plant flowers and summer vegetables until Mother’s Day, or at the earliest, May 1. First, what exactly does “rule of thumb” mean? Do...

 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    May 5, 2022

PG's Wine of the Week

Apart from the intriguing name, there is much to admire here. This is a sister brand to Walla Walla's Corliss and Tranche wines. It features estate-grown fruit from Columbia Valley vineyards and is...



Ten Years Ago May 3, 2012 A youth choir that has brought many Touchet Valley teens together for a positive purpose is embarking on its last tour after 15 years. Pastor Mike and his wife Melissa... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 5, 2022

Sopa de Albondigas

Certain recipes have the power to transport. As a young boy, I would carefully watch whoever was in the kitchen, fascinated by the magic taking place as delicious meals came together on the stovetop....


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