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  • Dayton Days Parade

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    The kids led the Dayton Day Parade on their decorated and colorful bikes. A great start to a great parade on a sunny day in Columbia County....

  • Friends of the Pool ask for public input

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    DAYTON- A dedicated group of swimming and water safety enthusiasts are asking for help as planning for a new swimming pool in Dayton enters a critical phase. The Friends of the Pool (Friends) has contracted with Schemata Workshop, Seattle (architects), and Ballard King & Associates LTD, Highlands Ranch, CO (recreational facility planning and operation consultants). The firms will assist with data collection, development of a community assessment, and designs for a new facility. They will also... Full story

  • Threats at Waitsburg Schools determined not credible

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    The district to facilitate community safety sessions this summer WAITSBURG—Parents of Waitsburg School District students had a scare after a post on Facebook alerting users of a ‘school shooting threat’ was rapidly shared online. The events happened less than 24 hours after 19 students and two teachers were killed by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. On Wednesday, May 25, a parent of a student enrolled in the district posted on social media that she was aware of death threats being made at the schoo...

  • Slight increase seen in Waitsburg Sales tax

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    WAITSBURG—Waitsburg residents may, or may not, notice a slight increase in sales tax starting July 1. The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) has been in place for the last ten years. It funds transportation improvement projects, including sidewalks, road maintenance, and major reconstruction projects like the millrace grade crossing improvements completed in the previous year. The city council approved a resolution on November 17, 2021, to put a ballot measure for the February 2022 special election asking voters to authorize a sales and u...

  • At the Liberty:TOP GUN: MAVERICK

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    DAYTON—After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw... Full story

  • When the River Becomes a Cloud

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    PRESCOTT—On Thursday, June 9th, Prescott School will be having a unique all-school experiential art activity titled, “When the River Becomes a Cloud.” Prescott School’s long-term Artists-in-Residence, Amanda Leigh Evans and Tia Kramer, will choreograph students from Pre-K through grade12, in concert with school staff and teachers, into an embodied river that moves through the school campus. Wearing a rainbow of monochromatic shirts created for the event, the school community will move through a series of art experiences simulating aspects...

  • In support of new public health director

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    I am writing regarding the new Columbia County Public Health Department director, and concerns that, according to last week’s Letter to the Editor from Shellie McLeod, the new director is unfit for the position. This is apparently because of the new director’s personal stance on vaccination mandates imposed by career politician Jay Inslee upon state and healthcare workers. (As an aside, Inslee, through state emergency powers that he refuses to relinquish after more than two years, effectively runs the state by himself, creating rules and mandat... Full story

  • County Commissioner applauds new PAC's ice cream social

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    To the Editor, I wanted to acknowledge how well the Ice Cream Social held by the new political action committee the Neighbors United for Progress was this last Saturday. Holding it immediately after the parade was a wonderful idea and gave people something further to do after the parade had ended. It was an excellent addition to this year’s activities and should be considered as something to have every year. As a member of a political action committee myself I can appreciate the time effort and energy that went into making this event happen. I... Full story

  • Betty Schirman

    Jun 2, 2022

    Please Join Us in a Celebration of Life for Betty (Zastrow) Schirman. August 5, 1928 - September 25, 2021. Recalling 93 God Given Years Dayton United Methodist Church Third and Clay Street. June 11, 2022 We will begin at 2:00 p.m.... Full story

  • Neighbors United for Progress hold Ice Cream Social

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Neighbors United for Progress hosted an ice cream social after the Dayton Days parade. A crowd gathered at Caboose Park to learn about the new political PAC and meet Columbia County Commissioner candidate Jack Miller.... Full story

  • Waitsburg Community Yard Sale

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Open this week's PDF to get a clear version of the yard sale map....

  • Dayton School board met twice to go into executive sessions

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held two special board meetings, the first at 5 p.m., May 26, 2022, and the second at 3 p.m., May 27, 2022. All were present at the first of two meetings, Zac Fabian, Grant Griffen, Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Korinda Wallace, and Superintendent Guy Strot. Aneesha Dieu joined the meeting on Zoom sometime during the executive session. For the second meeting, Strot attended by Zoom, Zac Fabian, Grant Griffen, Chair Jeffrey McCowen, and Dieu were present in person; Wallace did not appear to be present for the public o...

  • Palouse Outdoors: Taming the Tiger (Trout)

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    The pond could not have been more than a couple of acres, just small enough that I could fish a full lap around in my float tube before the consequences of sitting belly-deep in frigid water required a scramble to shore. The shorelines were steep and shaded by conifers except for along the manmade dam, which allowed enough sunlight to encourage a healthy aquatic vegetation bed to grow. Per my usual mode of operation on trout waters, I cast a small wooly bugger-like fly on a five-weight rod and...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2022

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

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  • Around the Valley: With Karen Huwe

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Senior McKenzie (Kenzie) Lewis recently was awarded the State Degree at the Washington State FFA Convention. The State Degree is bestowed to FFA members after meeting ten requirements set forth by the state constitution. Some of those requirements are serving as an officer, working over 300 hours outside scheduled class time on an SAE project, demonstrating leadership, participating in five different FFA activities above chapter level, and completing at least 25 hours of community service. She...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Ten Years Ago May 31, 2012 Eighty-one-year-old Booker Rest Home resident Louis Razzolini is no stranger to making his opinions known. But to Razzolini's fellow tenants he is more than just a friendly neighbor; he's a megaphone for people who often can't speak up for themselves. Razzolini, who is best known as just "Louie," is a representative to the Columbia County Health System's board of commissioners for the Booker Rest Home. He visits board meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month to... Full story

  • Herbed Focaccia

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Before moving to Waitsburg, bread baking was an elusive skill I always shied away from. Despite my deep love for all the shapes and styles of bread, the idea of making my own always seemed like an impossible feat. Perhaps inspired by the rolling wheat fields that surround us, I have since learned a lot while discovering the magic that can be made with a few ingredients, patience, and a hot oven. This tender and crusty focaccia was one of the first successful bakes, filling our home with an...

  • MS Baseball Finish Season with Wins

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 2, 2022

    Jordan McCowen pitched a 13-0 shut-out in game one against Columbia Burbank on May 25. McCowen allowed one hit and struck out four. He also contributed with a double in the first inning. Players with multiple hits for DW: Denver Hutchens (2), William Cranmer (2) and Byron Collier (2). Tyler Coulston had four stolen bases. The Wolfpack was error free in the field. In game two, William Durham struck out seven on the way to a 5-1 victory. Jayton Gleason went 2-2 at bat and McCowen had four stolen...

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