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  • Summer nights in Waitsburg

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Mild summer weather brought the Mythical / Movable Blue Mountain Bluegrass Jam outside on Friday, July 8. Next door, patrons at the Royal Block Wine Bar took advantage of the free show as they sat out on Main Street....

  • New pool is top priority on P&R survey

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Anonymous donor gives $10k. WAITSBURG –A movement is growing in Waitsburg to see a municipal pool return to town. Waitsburg Parks and Recreation received responses from 110 community members to its survey asking the community to weigh in on potential programs for the city. Results showed respondents overwhelmingly prioritized a new swimming pool for the community. Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District (P&R) and Rural Youth Enrichment Services (RYES) are set to take action. Results from the P...

  • Interim Superintendent attends School Board meeting

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met at 6:08 p.m. on Wednesday, July 06, 2022, in the High School Auditorium and on Zoom. The meeting was delayed for eight minutes because of technical problems with Zoom. All board members were present except for Grant Griffin. Rich Stewart was in attendance for the first time as part-time interim superintendent. The newly hired secondary principal, Guinevere Joyce, was not present. Stewart discussed developing a three to five-year plan to construct a budget that reflects the priorities of the school d...

  • At the Liberty:"Lightyear"

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    DAYTON—Lightyear is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy (in Toy Story) - follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. The Rotten Tomatoes website describes this movie as: “Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that is never f... Full story

  • Walla Walla Fair Entry Deadline is August 5

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—The 2022 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days opens August 31 and if you’re planning to exhibit your cow, goat, horse, cake, quilt, painting, whatever (there’s a class for it – whatever it is), the deadline to submit your entry form is August 5. “Without the exhibits of livestock, crafts, canned goods, we wouldn’t have a fair,” Fair Manager Greg Lybeck said, “they’re at the heart of why we hold a fair. In fact, in 2021, we were able to pay the highest per placing of prize money in the history of our Fair.” Lybeck went on to say, “I...

  • KingSlack new commander of USACE Walla Walla Division

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—Lt. Col. ShaiLin KingSlack assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, during a 10 a.m. ceremony held in Walla Walla, Washington on July 8. Col. Aaron L. Dorf, deputy commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division, officiated as Lt. Col. Richard T. Childers transferred command to KingSlack. Childers served as the district commander for the past two years. The Walla Walla District, established in 1948, encompasses more than 107,000 square miles in parts of six states – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyomi...

  • Walla Walla County Primary ballots mailed July 13

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WALLA WALLA COUNTY—All ballot testing, processing, tabulation, and canvassing meetings take place at the Elections Office, 315 W. Main St., Room 203, Walla Walla. Accessible voting is also available at this location. Offices in Primary Election Jurisdiction: Federal: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative in Congressional District No. 5; State of Washington: Secretary of State; Legislative District No. 16: Representatives No. 1 and No. 2; Walla Walla County: Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Commissioner District No. 3, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, S...

  • WWSO notified of body found in Walla Walla County

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—On July 6, at 4:11 p.m, Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office deputies were advised by dispatch that a citizen found human remains east of Walla Walla, in the county. WWSO detectives, deputies, and members of the Walla Walla Regional Taskforce responded to the scene to conduct a search of the area. A body was located, and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab responded to assist with further searching and evidence collection. The deceased was transported to Spokane for an autopsy which was concluded on July 7, 2022. This is an ongoing inv...

  • Exchange Club of Walla Walla donates Freedom Shrine to Waitsburg Library

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WAITSBURG- On June 30, 2022, the Exchange Club of Walla Walla donated and installed a 20-document acrylic Freedom Shrine to the Weller Public Library. Most known for its child-abuse prevention program, the National Exchange Club also works to promote pride in our country. The club's "Americanism" program was born after World War II and is still going strong. As part of this program, local Exchange chapters install Freedom Shrines in their communities. These are often installed in universities,... Full story

  • Dayton wares at WW Farmers Market

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Dayton businesses were front and center at the Downtown Walla Walla Farmers Market on Saturday, July 9. Left to right: Regina Weldert, owner of Rey's Roast, Joan Monteillet, owner of Monteillet Fromagie, and Susan Hosticka, owner of Octopus Gardens Honey....

  • WWCC announces Warrior Pledge scholarship

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) announced the launch of Warrior Pledge, a new scholarship program that will provide free tuition and other support to eligible students, enabling them to enroll at WWCC regardless of their financial circumstances. The Warrior Pledge program starts with a pilot cohort of 50 students beginning college in Fall Quarter 2022. The program was created to help students who may not otherwise be able to enroll due to financial constraints. WWCC pledges to cover eligible recipients’ cost of tuition, boo... Full story

  • Andrew Jackson Robertson

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Waitsburg resident Andrew Jackson Robertson, 89, passed away July 2, 2022. There will be a Public Viewing on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 3pm to 6pm at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Rd, Walla Walla. Funeral Service on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 11am at Mountain View-Colonial Dewitt with a Graveside following at Dixie Cemetery, Dixie, WA Friends and family can share memories of Andrew at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.... Full story

  • Columbia REA announces More Powerful Together Community Grant program

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Columbia REA is currently accepting applications for its 2022 More Powerful Together Community Grant Program. Grant funding will be available to selected organizations from Milton-Freewater, Or., Walla Walla County, and Columbia County. The goal of the grant program is to make a one-time donation to one or more organizations that serve our communities. The maximum grant amount will be $10,000. • Applications will be accepted between Monday, July 11, and 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 18. Applications received after 5:30 pm on August 18, 2022, w...

  • WWSO school training in Waitsburg

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WAITSBURG—The Walla Walla Sheriff department will be conducting special training at Waitsburg secondary schools this Monday, July 18 starting at 7:30 a.m. This is training for the sheriff’s department only.... Full story

  • Mae West – Popo Ott

    Popo Ott, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    What will follow is a story which appeared as filler in the Naval Institute "Proceedings," If I recall correctly. It was just a brief, little blurb, but I have never forgotten it. In the summer of 1942, during the early days of WWII, the United States struggled to get the upper hand in the war with Japan. A series of intense naval battles mainly occurred at night in the South Pacific near Guadalcanal. Some of these battles involved ships firing guns at each other at near point-blank range in...

  • Comedy, Music at the Royal Block

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    WAITSBURG-The Royal Block in Waitsburg hosts Open Mic nights on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. July's event highlighted the comedy of local stand-up comedian Deanna Tipton. Backed up by Ken Taylor on cello, Tipton shared some Texas humor with the audience. Owners Tiina Jaatinen and Joe Roberts invite musicians, comedians, poets, and spectators to come out and bring their talents and interests. The Royal Block hotel is open seven days a week, the wine bar is open Thursday through...

  • Brooks 2021 Pinot Noir Rosé

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Pinot Noir rosés are abundant in Oregon, and this outstanding example charms from the first sniff with its heady mix of watermelon, strawberry, and cherry lifesaver fruit. The winery calls it “summer ready,” and indeed, it is made for warm weather chillin’ and swillin’. The acids keep it fresh and lively, and once in the mouth, flavors of rhubarb, raspberries, and citrus pile on. This is ripe and full-bodied, delicious from start to finish. 1250 cases; 14%; $28 https://www.br...

  • Evening at the Depot

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    The Evening at the Depot annual benefit auction, supporting the day-to-day operations of the Dayton Historic Depot, is scheduled for August 6, 2022. Individual tickets are $45 and include a souvenir wine or beer glass to keep, live music by Rich and Nancy Monacelli, a small bites buffet prepared by Haute Stuff Catering Co, and locally crafted wine (Dumas Station & Red Band Cellars) and beer (Chief Spring's). The silent and live auctions are sure to offer something for everyone! Two private...

  • The Road Trip Not Planned

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Last month, we headed back to Los Angeles for Daniel’s surgery. Friday before our Sunday 5:30 a.m. flight, Daniel had a runny nose and scratchy throat. So, to be confident we would not infect the entire plane, we tested for COVID-19 at home and were both negative. We forged ahead with our plans after arriving in L.A., starting with dinner at a beautiful Japanese restaurant downtown. We stopped at our friends to unload luggage and say “hi” before dinner. We were off to a good start with good...

  • Vendor Showcase a success for Waitsburg Commercial Club

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Waitsburg-The Don Thomas lot at the corner of Preston and Coppei Avenues came to life this last weekend. Over twenty vendors set up their stalls for a showcase hosted by the Waitsburg Commercial Club. Some of the handmade offerings included jewelry with delicate butterfly wings, dog leashes, and collars created by a pet photographer who sews and creates the prints. There were also clothes, home decorations, knits, and a chance to support the Girls Scouts. Commercial Club President Kim Smith is...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    Jul 14, 2022

    Ten Years Ago July 12, 2012 Waitsburg’s own eight-year-old Mya Wood is heading to Tacoma this August for a chance to represent Washington State in the National American Miss pageant. The state competition for her age group, seven-to-nine-year-olds, will be Aug. 9 though 12 at the Murano Hotel in Tacoma, Wood said. “I’m kind of nervous but I’m excited about the competition,” she said. Wood’s first grade teacher Dinah Lindsey said she thinks Wood has a real possibility of becoming the next Miss W...

  • Raspberry Honey Sorbet & Tahini Cookies

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    As we moved into our house, we learned from the previous owners that there had once been a large in-ground pool in the backyard, which apparently had been a popular hangout for local housewives in the sixties and seventies. Unfortunately, when the maintenance costs got to be too much, the decision was made to fill it in. At about this time every summer, I start dreaming about that pool. Visions of taking a refreshing dip to cool down while hosting tiki-themed cocktail parties swirl around my... Full story

  • Cheers

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    I would like to personally thank Gary Thomas for allowing the use of his lot for our Vendor Event that took place this last Saturday which was a huge success. Gary is a part of our family, and we appreciate everything he does. Love, Erin Elsey (A-Ron's Rustic Designs) Secretary of the Waitsburg Commercial Club... Full story

  • A big thank you from a grateful family

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Dear Editor, Living in a small town has its downsides, but it comes with many perks. My family was reminded of this when a shop caught fire at the end of June. Thanks to the quick response from Columbia County Fire District 3 and Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2, the damage was minimized to my parents’ shop. Though the shop, a camper, and a vehicle ended up a total loss, no one was hurt, and all the animals were safe. A quick-thinking firefighter went as far as cutting the fence around the chicken coop so that the birds could get out of t... Full story

  • Times Traveler

    The Times|Jul 14, 2022

    Times reader Janet Lindquist snapped this shot with the massive flamingo at Tampa International Airport. The sculpture, entitled "HOME", is by artist Matthew Mazzotta and depicts a flamingo dipping it's head under water. The installation is still in process.... Full story

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