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Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition


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  • "It's going to be a warm week"

    Bill Rodgers, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

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

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

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 Seattle Times is the most recent newspaper outside of Columbia or Walla Walla Counties to publish an article about the potential of Dayton's public library becoming the first in the country to be closed due to collection content. The article is available at https://tinyurl.com/5nscwbck. Allen Leist... Full story

  • WW opens cooling station through Excessive Heat Warining

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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. Dangerously hot conditions are expected, with temperatures between 103° to 110°, and residents should take precautions. To assist Walla Walla and area residents who do not have access to air conditioning during the hottest part of the day, an emergency cooling station will be open at the Christian Aid Cen...

  • City Council cover utilities, graffiti, and kids fish pond

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 absent. Sheriff Helm gave a report during which he discussed the increasing graffiti problem in the City of Dayton but did not discuss a solution. In his report for the county, Commissioner Ryan Rundell said the county hired Jan Strohbehn as the Public Health Director. Strobehn had most recently b...

  • At the Liberty: "Barbie"

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 well-known actors. The Rotten Tomatoes “tomatometer” has this movie at 88% favorable from the critics, and the audience agrees with an 84%. That website’s summary from critics is that “Barbie” is a visually dazzling comedy whose meta humor is smartly complemented by subversive storytelling”. The audience summar...

  • The Dayton Historic Depot has a new manager

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 fully into her latest post. She wasn't dressed up for just our interview, however. "I'm going to be in period clothing all the time at work. I want visitors to feel they've walked into another time." Blake said. Talk about getting your history on. "Actually, it's a whole package deal," she says. "I...

  • Port board begins budget work

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 participated over Zoom. Dickinson began preliminary budget discussions by saying she anticipates an insurance rate increase of about $1,500 for additional coverage for the broadband project. An offset could come from revenue generated from broadband after it becomes operational. Dickinson said she would h...

  • Libraries are places for self exploration

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 violently upend the board sending the game pieces tumbling to the ground and run home, crying. The Dayton Library opened in October of 1937, the same year as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Hood’s Timberline Lodge. For 86 years, thousands of Columbia County men, women, boys, and girls have mad... Full story

  • Dayton's library is a much needed family resource

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 books are ones about knitting and crochet because she makes gifts for people. We don’t have a car. So, we do everything locally. Every week my daughter uses the computer at the library to check e-mail and print off the songs we sing for church. I help lead the worship at our church and need the c...

  • Frances Randolf celebrates 104 years

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 of loved ones including new friends and caregivers at the Rivers Walk Assisted Living facility. "The Columbia County Health System is truly honored to have this beautiful and amazing lady as a member of our Rivers Walk community right here in her hometown," stated CCHS on its websi... Full story

  • Retired Physician sees healing in Circles

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 circle. That is, if you accept Dr. Paula Strait's invitation to participate in this fun, healthy, and social event. After practicing medicine for nearly 40 years, Dr. Strait, DO, retired to the Touchet Valley in April of this year. She brings a lifetime of concern about what really ails us. "The...

  • Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 several times. A new attraction, the Leavenworth Adventure Park, opened on June 1, 2023. Park developers Dave Moffett and John Sutherland chose Leavenworth as the site for Washington State's first alpine coaster. Alpine or mountain coasters are found in mountainous areas and at ski resorts. No motors...

  • Métier 2021 Red Blend

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 grown and those in charge have changed, but the quality remains. Métier began as a single wine under the DeLille label but has transformed into a sister label all its own. There are three wines currently on offer. This red is my favorite – a classic Washington blend of 55% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sa...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 performer. Twenty-Five Years Ago August 20, 1998 A recent addition to Weller Public Library will now allow the general public to browse the Internet without forking out thousands of dollars for a computer. Thanks to a grant from the Washington State Library and support from the Friends of the Librar... Full story

  • Zucchini Gratin

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 thing that there is never a shortage of is zucchini. This most prolific of summer squash needs to be harvested daily, and even after giving away boxes to friends and family we seem to always have a fresh pile on the kitchen counter. As a result, I have researched and tested countless recipes that use...

  • Baseball Historian Rob Garratt To Read At Royal Block

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    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 19, 2023. The event is free, and the venue is open to 21+ public. Garratt's book portrays New York Giants owner Charles Stoneham, a Gatsby-like character who lived large during the roaring 1920s. He was known to host grand parties and associate with politicians, gamblers, entertainers, and... Full story