Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition

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"It's going to be a warm week"

A landscape fitting for a heat wave by Waitsburg photographer Bill Rodgers....

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 17, 2023

Columbia County's library fight continues to get state and national media attention

DAYTON-The group, represented by Dayton resident Jessica Ruffcorn, continues to garner attention from national print and televised media over efforts to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library. The... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 17, 2023

WW opens cooling station through Excessive Heat Warining

WALLA WALLA – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of central, north-central, northeast Oregon, and central, south-central, and southeast Washington through 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2023....

 By Justin Jaech    News    August 17, 2023

City Council cover utilities, graffiti, and kids fish pond

DAYTON- The Dayton City Council held its regular meeting on August 8, 2023. Mayor Zac Weatherford and council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Dain Nysoe, and Shannon McMillen were in City Hall. Laura Aukerman was...


At the Liberty: "Barbie"

DAYTON—To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken (Ryan Gosling).  Margot Robbie is Barbie (plus others), and the cast of this comedy includes many...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 17, 2023

The Dayton Historic Depot has a new manager

DAYTON-I recently knocked on the door of Dayton's Historic Depot at 222. E. Commercial Street. Kristina Blake, the new Manager of the Depot as of June 13, greeted me in period costume clothing. She's...

 By Justin Jaech    News    August 17, 2023

Port board begins budget work

DAYTON – The Columbia Port Commissioners held their regular meeting in the port conference room on August 9, 2023. Commissioners present in person were Genie Crowe, Seth Bryan, joined by the Executive Director, Jennie Dickinson. Johnny Watts...


Libraries are places for self exploration

One does not admire the person who attends the Community Picnic and spits in the spaghetti sauce. It reminds us of the pesky kid we all knew who would play Monopoly until it was clear that winning was not a possibility for him, and who would... Full story


Dayton's library is a much needed family resource

Dear Editor, Our library is a very important resource for us. Personally, the library is our only computer and our only copy machine. My daughter walks to our library at least twice per week. She checks out DVDs and books very often. Her favorite...


Frances Randolf celebrates 104 years

DAYTON-Friends and family celebrated the birthday of lifelong Dayton resident, Frances Randolf, who turned 104 years old on August 9th, 2023. She was showered with love and affection by generations... Full story

 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 17, 2023

Retired Physician sees healing in Circles

WAITSBURG-Dr. Paula Strait wants folks of all ages, to come out for a Round Traditional Folk Dance at Waitsburg's Preston Park on Sunday evening, August 20. You could be one of those dancing in that...

 By Karen Huwe    Specials    August 17, 2023

Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe

Leavenworth Adventure Park Leavenworth is famous for its Bavarian-style village. Strolling along Front Street, with its restaurants and shops, is a day well spent for visitors; we have been there...


Métier 2021 Red Blend

Longtime Washington wine drinkers surely know DeLille Cellars, one of the first and still one of the foremost small brands to make Woodinville its home. Now entering its fourth decade, DeLille has...



Ten Years Ago August 15, 2013 [Photo Caption] Joe Patrick sights a guitar neck. Resurrecting that old guitar is what Joe does, and like a phoenix from the ashes it can go from a dusty relic to a star... Full story


Zucchini Gratin

Each summer-growing season in the garden is a little different from the last. Things that thrive one year can struggle to flourish the next. Despite all the surprises and unpredictability, the one...


Baseball Historian Rob Garratt To Read At Royal Block

WAITSBURG-The Royal Block Reading Series welcomes baseball historian Robert Garratt, who will read from his latest book, Jazz Age Giant, at the Royal Block in Waitsburg at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August... Full story


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