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Articles from the August 12, 2021 edition

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Red Tail Hawk

A red-tailed hawk takes flight against smokey skies on August 10. Air quality in Waitsburg is expected to reach unhealthy levels on Thursday and Friday, before clearing up a bit for the...

 

Policing reform lacks clarification from State

DAYTON—Washington state’s legislation on police reform went into effect on Sunday, July 25, and has left many police officials across the state without needed clarification. Concerns over changes to police response based on House Bill 1054 and Ho... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 12, 2021

Vaccinating health care workers a slow process in Columbia County

DAYTON—A question on the minds of many in our community is why the Columbia County Health System (CCHS) does not require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Back in January, CCHS...

 

Vaccination clinics expanded due to rising cases

WALLA WALLA, WA—In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Walla Walla and the emergence of the Delta variant, the Walla Walla Department of Community Health (DCH) and community partners are staging a Vaccine Blitz. DCH will open several...

 

Harmful algae blooms found in Washington lakes and rivers

OLYMPIA—Washington State Department of Health advises the public to take precautions while enjoying water recreation this summer. Harmful algae blooms have been found in some Washington lakes and rivers. Algae blooms can vary in appearance but...

 

Sherman George Thomas

Sherman was born in Chewelah, Washington, to Robert R. Thomas and Anna C. Thomas. He lost his fight against brain cancer on July 26, 2021, at the Booker Rest Home in Dayton, Washington. He peacefully... Full story

 

Jay E. Thomas

Jay Edward Thomas, 67, of Waitsburg, Wash., died at his home on August 1, 2021, due to natural causes. He was born in Walla Walla on February 23, 1954, to Donald M. and Wilma Waggoner Thomas, of... Full story

 

Bobby Darrel McGhee

Bob Darrel McGhee passed peacefully at his home in Waitsburg on July 18, 2021. He was 80 years old. Bob was born in Walla Walla, to parents Fawn and Robert Mcghee on December 3, 1940, at the family home. He attended grade, middle and high school in... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 12, 2021

Frustration remains among Dayton City Council members

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council human resources and financial committees met Monday, August 9 for a work session. Due to the nature of the meeting, no action was taken on any agenda item. The...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 12, 2021

Waitsburg City Council meets at 106 Main for first time

WAITSBURG—It was a balmy Waitsburg City Council workshop on August 9, but members were happy to meet for the first time at the future home of City Hall. Due to the nature of a council workshop, no...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 12, 2021

Things will be different when school begins in Dayton on Aug. 24

DAYTON--Guy Strot sat down with me last week to talk about his first year as the Dayton School District Superintendent and Elementary School Principal and his thoughts about the upcoming 2021-22...

 

Evening at the Depot a cool summer success

DAYTON-The smoke cleared, and the weather cooled down just in time for the annual Evening at the Depot on August 7. Raising more than $39,000, Depot Event Coordinator Shellie McLeod said that the even...

 

Streaming Review:The Pursuit of Love

Amazon Original The Pursuit of Love, based on the 1945 novel by Nancy Mitford, is set in the short period of time between World War I and II. Tensions and prejudices were still ripe amongst older...

 

Times Traveler, Homaro Oryarce

Times traveler and musician, Homero Oryarce, posing with the Times in Seattle as he and his family make their way home to San Jose. Come back soon!... Full story

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 12, 2021

Brief History of Men's Olympic Basketball

The U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team won its fourth straight gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last week. They beat France 87-82 for the gold medal, avenging their opening game loss in pool play. Aside from Kevin Durant team USA didn’t have top...

 

Eighth Annual SWIM the SNAKE

LYONS FERRY—The eighth annual SWIM the SNAKE event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 14, 2021, beginning at 11 am. In addition to the...

 

When the Impossible becomes Possible

I recently heard an interview on one of my favorite National Public Radio shows, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, with Dr. Ellen Stofan. She is currently the Under Secretary for Science and Research at...

 

Coyotes near Waitsburg's fairgrounds raise safety concerns

WAITSBURG-A perk to living in a small town like Waitsburg is being able to walk your dog in safety. However, the downside to living in a farming community is the inevitable encounters with wildlife....

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago August 11, 2011 The Green Giant has a hole, a giant hole. It’s squarely in the center of his tunic, which the jolly big guy dons with wreath and leafy boots on the steep hill overlooking the edge of Dayton like the town’s own...

 

Green Chili Bison Burger

America has a love affair with cheeseburgers. From fast-food to fine dining, there are different versions of this national favorite in every region. Inspired by the bounty of green chilis ready for...

 

My Kitchen Library:Viva La Cocina Mexicana

Included on my cookbook shelf is a small well-worn paperback copy of Elena's Secrets of Mexican Cooking by Elena Zelayeta. Originally published in 1958, this 1973 edition of the cookbook was a gift...

 

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