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  • Iris fields in Waitsburg

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Waitsburg’s very own Narnia is coming to life, sharing splashes of yellow, lilac, and purple. The hidden garden has earned itself some regional fame, however, as iris bulbs and cuttings are shared with friends and neighbors....

  • Weller Public Library open for in-person visits

    Beka Compton, The Times|May 13, 2021

    WAITSBURG—Librarian Rosie Warehime has waited a long time to welcome patrons back into the Weller Public Library. She has waited over a year since being closed down by restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Warehime was excited to share that the little library is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, with a max capacity of five visitors at a time, with a time limit of 15 minutes. The online library is still available as long as you have an internet connection, and Warehime said s...

  • Columbia County Commissioners discuss cameras at Public Health

    Beka Compton, The Times|May 13, 2021

    DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 10, to discuss the WSU Columbia County Extension Agent position and the use of cameras in a county office. The Commissioners heard from Dave McKinley and Jim Moyer, who are exploring options to fill the local extension agent position. The former extension agent, Paul Carter, retired in January after more than 15 years on the job. McKinley, a local farmer, said that Columbia County has had an extension agent available for 100 years. He i...

  • At the Liberty: Godzilla vs. Kong

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Released in 2021, Godzilla vs.Kong is the sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters from 2019. Set in a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future brings Godzilla and Kong to a collision that will see the two titans collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. Kong and his protectors, including a young, orphaned girl named Jia, undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Jia (Kaylee Hottle) has a powerful bond with Kong and can communicate with him in sign language. Monarch (the Titan-studying organization) e...

  • In-person diabetes prevention classes resume at Providence

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—On May 19, Providence St. Mary is starting PreventT2, a diabetes prevention program. There are two sessions on Wednesdays, one starts at 5 p.m. and the second at 6:15 p.m. The program includes 25 in-person classes over the course of a year. The Center for Disease Control approved curriculum will be taught by a trained lifestyle coach and has been proven to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. It is covered by most insurance plans and can help you lose weight, increase physical activity, and develop lifelong lifestyle changes. A d...

  • PocketiNet Communications acquires Touchet Valley Communications

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—PocketiNet is excited to announce the acquisition of Touchet Valley Communications in Waitsburg, WA. The acquisition will allow PocketiNet to share its communication expertise with the Waitsburg area, focusing on enhancing the services offered to internet customers. Todd Brandenburg, president and founder of PocketiNet Communications, states, “PocketiNet is happy to work with the residents of Waitsburg to bring advanced broadband Internet services to the community. We have had a very good relationship with Erik Young and Tou...

  • BMPF hosting youth trap shoot May 22

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever will host a youth educational trap shoot, Saturday, May 22nd, at the Walla Walla Gun Club, 1212 Middle Waitsburg Road, Walla Walla. Shooting education will be tailored to a range of skill sets from beginner to experienced. Guest appearances will include representatives from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the NRA will offer interactive presentations. Youth age 18 and under are welcome to participate. Being a member of the Blue Mountain Pheasants F...

  • Educational Effectiveness Survey now available at Waitsburg School District

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School District has released a community-wide Educational Effectiveness Survey and asks for parent and community member participation. The survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete, will help the school district understand stakeholder perceptions about the quality of education for all Waitsburg students. Information was sent home with students on Monday, and the survey is available to all interested in participating by visiting the school’s website, A physical copy of the survey may be obt...

  • Prescott Lions Club Breakfast

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Prescott—Saturday May 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will be serving bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, juice, and coffee for $8.00. Prescott Lions Hall, corner of Hwy. 124 and D Street. Proceeds to benefit the Sam Erwin Memorial Scholarship Fund for the students of Prescott High School....

  • Candidate Filing Week

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    5 Candidate filing begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17th and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21st. Candidates may electronically submit declarations of candidacy through the county website at: In addition, candidates may file in-person at the Walla Walla County Elections Office, 315 W. Main St., Room 203, or by mail. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The submitted information must be legible, timely and...

  • Weller Public Library future accessable for all

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Dear Editor- I am writing in regards to the recent article about the future of the Weller Public Library. I grew up in Waitsburg and I agree that libraries are definitely the heart of the community. The Weller Public Library was a space I attended as a child, and then later in life it became a place that my children attended when we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa. I frequently helped my mom plant or water flowers out front of the library throughout the summer. Although the Weller Public Library has special memories for me, and the staff... Full story

  • Let us help people find your yard sale and SELL YOUR STUFF!

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    The Waitsburg Community Yard Sale is quickly approaching! Saturday, June 5th! Get your address placed on the official event map which will be printed in The Waitsburg Times. Call (509) 337-6631 or email to add your address. Deadline is Monday, May 31 by 4pm....

  • Gesa Power House Theatre presents Best from the 2020 Movie Crush Film Festival on May 22

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—In July of 2020, the Walla Walla Movie Crush was ready for its fourth annual festival of short films, however, the pandemic had other plans for Walla Walla. Nearly a year later, Gesa Power House Theatre is able to be open for socially-distanced events and will present a special “Best of the 2020 Movie Crush” screening event on Saturday, May 22. Just like the annual 3-day festival in July, short films will be screened in one-hour thematic segments of short films as follows: Block...

  • Jane Butler

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Barbara "Jane" Butler passed away on April 26, 2021, at the Booker Rest Home, in Dayton WA. Jane was born to Glen and Geneva Nagley in Cashmere WA on December 17, 1920. She attended elementary school in Kettle Falls WA and graduated from Kennewick High School in 1938. Jane married Robert E. Butler Sr. (Bob) of Waitsburg WA July 20, 1945. They raised three children: Robert E. Butler Jr. (Bob), Daniel Butler, and Barbara (Babs) Butler Cerna. The family lived in Waitsburg until they moved to... Full story

  • Judith Marlene Johnson Van Tassel

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Judith (Judy) Marlene Johnson Van Tassel was born September 30, 1952, in Moses Lake, Washington, and passed away unexpectedly after heart surgery on April 16, 2021, in Portland Oregon. Judy is survived by her husband, Lorance, of Waitsburg, Washington, sons Kevin of Waitsburg, and Monte, daughter-in-law Cian, and one baby granddaughter, Emmaline Shea, of Bend, Oregon. Judy is also survived by her four brothers, Jim Johnson of Hermiston, Oregon, Jeff Johnson of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, Jerrold... Full story

  • Roy Wesley Leid, Jr

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Roy Wesley Leid, Jr. was born in Walla Walla, WA to Roy W. and Patricia Hirsch Leid on May 25, 1945. His parents preceded him in death. He attended twelve years of school at Waitsburg and two partial years in Pullman, WA, graduating from WHS in 1963. He was a 4-year letterman and attended the state track meet as a senior. After graduation, Wes attended Whitworth College playing football his freshman year. He transferred to Central Washington (College) University in the spring of his sophomore... Full story

  • Celebration of Life for Walt Gobel

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Celebration of Life for Walt Gobel Service will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361. State Patrol Honor Guard will march in tribute. Please join us for dessert after the service. Please, RSVP to (509) 337-9177 or email In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waitsburg Lions Scholarship Fund.... Full story

  • Raising Backyard Chickens

    Alexandra Fitzgerald, The Times|May 13, 2021

    Have you ever had pet chickens? Neither did I until a few years ago. After a nasty bite from a vicious kindergarten class parakeet, it took me a while to venture into the avian world again. While I live a bit outside of town, I wanted to talk about raising chickens in town. It's relatively easy and completely manageable with a few considerations. I'll give a list of resources at the end of this article if you're ready to dive in. The Basics: All chickens need food, water, and safe living space....

  • Vintage and antique lover's haven at Main Street Marketplace

    Beka Compton, The Times|May 13, 2021

    DAYTON-Unique jewelry, beautifully crocheted afghans, and specialty chocolates are just a few of the items that the vendors at Main Street Marketplace have to offer. Now nestled in the former Bluewood Office building, 262 E Main Street in Dayton, the business opened briefly before the holiday season at the former Village Shoppes, just across the street at 245 E Main in Dayton. Main Street Marketplace closed after for moving and remodel purposes in early January. Owner Shane Laib said that the...

  • Mariners hang on in second place

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|May 13, 2021

    The Mariners (18-17) continue to be tied with the Houston Astros for second place in the American League West. It was a disappointing week in which they lost two out of three games to both the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. In the Orioles series, they were no-hit by Orioles’ ace John Means who improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1.37 ERA. The best game of the week had to be the 5-2 win over the Orioles, where Justin Dunn gave up only one run in 5 1/3 innings. Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager both homered for Seattle. The Mariners bullpen c...

  • Wolfpack Softball places 4th at League playoff

    The Times|May 13, 2021

    The DW Wolfpack softball team ended the season in 4th place, a great victory for the young team during the short season. The team played the 1st place team, the Granger Spartans, on Thursday, May 6. The Wolfpack lost the playoff game 9-4.The Wolfpack then traveled to Kittitas to play for 3rd and 4th on Saturday, May 8. Kittitas, ranked #2 in the league, had previously lost to #3 Mabton. The Wolfpack ladies beat Kittitas 17-7 for 3rd place in league....

  • Insane? We bought a Café

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|May 13, 2021

    Insanity doesn’t even begin to describe our recent business decision. There was a movie made in 2011 called “We Bought a Zoo.” Based on a true story, it stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of a widowed journalist who buys and moves with his two children to an animal preserve/zoo in dire need of restoration. There are setbacks, victories (and lots of money) that eventually make it all work out by the end of the movie. Now if life were only like the m...

  • Update: Walla Walla Music Organization

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|May 13, 2021

    In my last article about becoming a part of Walla Walla Music Organization (WWMO), I quoted Director Rodney Outlaw saying, “When I enter my creative space, I am thinking about the signal flow of my actions.” Here’s another recent quote: “At the end of every slice is a new transient.” If you understand what that means, you’re ahead of me. But I’m learning. On some deeply philosophical level the phrase resonates. Life keeps shifting and evolving in sometimes swift and unexpected ways. WWMO te...


    The Times|May 13, 2021

    Ten Years Ago May 12, 2011 A construction crew uncovered two murals painted inside the Legion Hall building in 1938. The works are being restored. Val Woodworth and fellow Lions Club members prepare ribs for the annual Rib Feed at the Don Thomas Pavillion on the edge of the Fairgrounds Saturday. The event drew a crowd of 700 this year, up slightly from last year. The club prepared more than 900 pounds of ribs for the evening, which coincided with Spring Release weekend in the Walla Walla area. Rain came and went during the day, but the sun...

  • Spring Onion Pancakes

    Luke Chavez, The Times|May 13, 2021

    During my first spring living in Waitsburg, I quickly fell in love with the vibrant-green rolling hills, the abundance of flowering trees, and the discovery of what the locals simply call “salad onions.” Before moving here, I foolishly thought I knew all there was to know about Walla Walla Sweet Onions, which made my first taste of a fresh local spring sweet onion all-the-more amazing. Delicious cooked or raw and readily available at local farm stands, I look for new ways to enjoy these ear...

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