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Umatilla National Forest wildfire updates

Green Ridge: The Green Ridge Fire ignited during a lightning storm on July 7 and is burning roughly 30 miles east of Walla Walla. The fire continues to burn in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in steep,...

 By Michele Smith    News    July 22, 2021

Port of Columbia recipient of $2 million grant for broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia has taken a significant leap forward in its quest to bring broadband, high-speed internet access to the local community. In Olympia last week, the Port’s Executive...


At the Liberty: Queen Bees

Queen Bees While her house undergoes repairs, fiercely independent senior Helen (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn) moves into a nearby retirement community just temporarily. Once behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty...


Red Cross Responding to Wildfires in WA, OR, ID & CA

SPOKANE—Hundreds of trained American Red Cross disaster volunteers are helping 24-7 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California to support people affected by wildfires throughout the western states. “July has already been an incredibly busy... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

CWWFD2 back to in-person meetings

WAITSBURG—Fire season is here, and the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has the run logs to show it. Over the last month, the district has responded to ten fire calls, ten medical calls, and two...


Dr. David Carl Dilts

Dave was born in Colfax, Wash. His first years were in Garfield, Wash. The family moved to Waitsburg, Wash. after his dad purchased The Waitsburg Times. He attended Waitsburg grade school, and WHS where he played basketball, and was active in Boy... Full story


Duke O'dell Morrow Sr.

Duke O'dell Morrow Sr, 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021, at the Palouse Veterans Home in Walla Walla, Wash. Born December 3, 1946, to JM and Leora Morrow, Duke was one of six... Full story


commissioner says thank you to CWWFD2

Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of serving as one of the six Fire Commissioners for Columbia Walla Walla Fire District 2. Many of you know, better than I, about the long history of community members volunteering for the Waitsburg... Full story


Suspicious activity must stop

To the Editor, Recently, I have had a series of incidents at my home in Waitsburg. Someone has been knocking on the door, going into the backyard from the alley and trying to peek through the window late at night. I want this person to knock it off...


Cyclist shares story of accident, support of proposed trail

Mike Ellsworth is a strong supporter of the Touchet Valley Trail, and with good reason. The long-time Dayton resident had just gotten back into cycling when he hit the road for an early morning ride on June 25, 2015, headed towards Waitsburg with a g...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

Friends of Weller Public Library discuss future at July 14 meeting

WAITSBURG—The Friends of Weller Public Library gathered at Town Hall with nearly forty community members on July 14, to brainstorm ways to keep Weller Public Library at its current location on Main... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021

Senate Bill 5044, sports, discussed at July school board meeting

DAYTON—Senate Bill 5044, passed by the Senate in April, was the topic of the public comment period at the July Dayton School Board meeting. The bill, which reads, “Concerning professional...

 By Michele Smith    News    July 22, 2021

Dayton City Council approves ILA with Columbia County for Planning Services

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Zac Weatherford to execute an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) between Columbia County and the City of Dayton for temporary...


Bidding process for City's official newspaper contested

DAYTON—Loyal Baker, the publisher of The Chronicle, was on the agenda for public comment at the July 14 council meeting. Baker asked the council to rescind its selection of The Times for the City’s official newspaper services. He offered as...


All DNR-managed lands east of Cascades temporarily closed, effective July 23

ELLENSBURG—Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced that, due to extreme fire danger and ongoing drought, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is temporarily closing all recreational and public access to DNR-managed land... Full story


Umatilla National Forest lands temporarily closed

PENDLETON, Ore —With persistent extreme hot and dry conditions, active large wildfires, limited firefighting resources and concern for public safety, forest officials have temporarily closed the entirety of the Umatilla National Forest effective... Full story


We're Having a Heat Wave

It certainly has been hot lately, not only is it bringing out the sloth in me, but it is also obliterating my garden. The combination of my heat-inspired slothiness and my normal forgetfulness has...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    July 22, 2021

TV Review: Miracle Workers

Miracle Workers TBS, three seasons, (2019-) Miracle Workers is a comedy series that uses the same ensemble cast in different storylines for each season. The storylines are from the writings of...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 22, 2021

Mariners second half outlook and Draft

The Seattle Mariners are currently in third place in the American League West behind the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s at 50-44 on the season. They are also just three games out of the second wildcard spot. With forty games left against AL West...


Professional Bull Riders buck into Kennewick Sept. 10-11

KENNEWICK—For the first time in league history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will buck into Kennewick, Wash., welcoming fans to the Toyota Center Sept. 10-11 for the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s PBR Tri-Cities Classic. For two nights only,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    July 22, 2021

Everyone goes, especially dogs

I have owned dogs living in apartments and houses. My first dog, Tupac, a miniature dachshund, lived with me in an apartment in Seattle. Apartment life means no yard, so we would go for walks around...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    July 22, 2021

Foodstock 2021 in Dayton

DAYTON-Good food, great music, and all things vintage could be found at the Blue Mountain Station over the weekend, for the 2021 Foodstock and Vintage at the Station. The event highlighted the great...


Bluegrass jams return to Ten Ton

WAITSBURG-The Mythical/Moveable Blue Mountain Bluegrass Jam is back! Friday, July 16, musicians gathered at Ten Ton Coffee for an evening full of music. Singing is still considered a high-risk, and... Full story


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