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  • Kids Night Out

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    It was Kids Night at the Fire Station on June 28 on Main Street downtown Waitsburg. The Columbia Walla Walla County, Fire District 2 opened the doors and water pumps to entertain and cool off Waitsburg kids.... Full story

  • Quilts of Valor for July 4th

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    DAYTON-Three local veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at the War Memorial in Dayton on Independence Day. Quilts of Valor is a non-profit organization created in 2003. It has presented over 327,000 quilts to comfort service members and veterans touched by war. Linda Clarys is a member of Quilts of Valor and has been creating quilts through the program for local veterans since 2019. She pieces and sews the quilts, with help from others, including a quilter who machine quilts the finished...

  • County will put pool district on November ballot

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners held a public hearing on the petition to form the Columbia County Pool District on Monday, July 3, 2023. Chuck Belany and Lisa Naylor, representing the Just Friends of the Pool, presented to the board asking it to approve the resolution to put the proposition on the November 2023 ballot. The commissioners approved the resolution, starting levy, and boundaries as described in the petition. The designated boundaries of the proposed benefit areas would consist of rural, unincorporated Columbia County and th...

  • A second petition to vote on the CCRLD has been filed

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    DAYTON—In a Facebook post dated June 30, 2023, Jessica Ruffcorn said she had successfully collected over 180 new signatures on a second petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District. “The Times” reached out to Ruffcorn but she declined to comment. The county auditor’s office has confirmed receiving the second petition and is verifying signatures. The first petition submitted to the auditor’s office by Ruffcorn did not meet the threshold of 107 signatures from unincorporated voters. Under RCW 27.12.040, only registered voters i...

  • At the Liberty:"Elemental"

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    “Elemental” is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire, water, land, and air residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website give this Disney and Pixar movie a 76% favorable rating, and the audience gives it a 92%. Critics at the Rotten Tomatoes website summarized their review as “Elemental may not satisfy as fu... Full story

  • James Richard Abel

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    James Richard Abel was born in Dayton, Washington to Estella O. and Chester A. Abel. James survived his beloved wife, Patsy, for another 13 years after her passing. He had made a promise that they would always be together, and he kept it while she waited patiently on the mantle of his fireplace for his time to join her again. So now they will both be finally laid to rest together and finish the journey that they so lovingly started many, many years ago. James and Patsy had two very full lives... Full story

  • Onyx Farms welcomes kids from The Club

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    DAYTON-Kids from The Club in Dayton will participate in community gardening this summer at Onyx Farms at Blue Mountain Station. Last fall, the Port of Columbia leased the 1/2 acre plot next to the BMS nursery to Andreas Castellanos to create a community garden. Castellanos described the Onyx Farms on FaceBook as "a community effort to connect people to the soil and each other by growing various crops. A learning process for all involved." In May, he invited the public to participate in farm...

  • Rabid Bats Found in Columbia and Walla Walla Counties

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    Columbia County—Rabid bats were identified in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in June. Columbia County Health Department received notification on June 28, 2023 from the Washington State Public Health Laboratory of a bat presumed to have rabies. There was human exposure to this bat and the exposed person is undergoing preventative treatment from a healthcare provider. This is the first positive case of rabies in a bat in Columbia County for several years, according to the CCHD. In addition, Walla Walla and King Counties each had one rabid b... Full story

  • Palouse Outdoors: Sharing the Land and conservation values

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is known as the visionary behind modern wildlife and habitat management. He understood the connection between ecosystem integrity and wildlife abundance and diversity. Perhaps more importantly, Leopold understood where and how humans fit into the balance and how to communicate and connect people and the landscape. Leopold's theories on wildlife management needed proving, and in 1931, he found the perfect scenario. While living in Madison, Wisconsin, Leopold met a farmer...

  • Barnard Griffin 2022 Rosé of Sangiovese

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    I’m not generally a believer that gold medals mean a wine is any good. They’re given out like participation awards at dozens of for-profit wine competitions all over the country. But this medal-winner is an exception, because of where it’s won and how incredibly often it has come home with the top prize. Produced by Barnard Griffin, it’s a vibrant, refreshing rosé whose flavors deftly frame its watermelon and strawberry fruit with juicy acids. It continues developing nuances of sandalwo...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    Ten Years Ago July 4, 2013 There’s something new cooking at Ye Town Hall these days – Tamales! Anita Hernandez of Granny’s Hot Tamales is utilizing the commercial kitchen at Town Hall as home base for her new tamale business. No stranger to the food business, Anita, who is originally from the Grandview/Prosser area and her husband, a Walla Walla native, have spent the last several years in Corpus Christi, Texas. There they helped Anita’s mother, the “Granny” behind Granny’s Hot Tamales, mana... Full story

  • Raspberry Rhubarb Pie

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jul 6, 2023

    As any avid gardener can attest to, the passing of each season is measured less by specific days on the calendar, and more by the fluid schedule of when certain plants bloom or have edibles ready to harvest. This week, just as the last strawberries were picked, the first of our raspberries were perfectly ripe on the canes. The first batch picked were quickly made into jars of sweet jam, a preserving of sunshine to enjoy in the colder months. Since we also had some lovely rhubarb from our side...