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Articles from the August 19, 2021 edition

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Smoke on the water

A beautiful but smokey Saturday morning sunrise over the Touchet River, seen from the Main Street bridge in Waitsburg. The region has experienced unhealthy air quality for most of the summer....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 19, 2021

Green Ridge Fire burns more than 37,000 acres

UMATILLA NATIONAL FOREST—Southwest wind gusts are expected to continue driving the Green Ridge Fire, feeding the flames with unburned pockets of fuel. As of Tuesday, August 17, the fire has burned...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 19, 2021

Dayton City Council appoints interim Clerk, Assistant Public Works Director

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council met Wednesday, August 11, for a regular meeting. The council continues to meet in person, with the option to join via Zoom. During the first public comment period,...

 

At the Liberty: Jungle Cruise

Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily...

 

Waitsburg FFA awarded Grants for Growing funding

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg FFA has been awarded nearly $3,000 as part of the competitive Grants for Growing Program offered to middle and high school FFA chapters across the United States. The grant...

 

Walla Walla County Commissioners to receive public comment regarding Christopher Columbus statue

WALLA WALLA—During a Board of County Commissioners meeting in 2020, members of the public requested that the Board of County Commissioners hold a public hearing to consider comments on the Christopher Columbus statue, which is currently located on...

 

Compliments to Beka

Dear Editor, I want to give kudos to the wonderful photography and articles by Beka Compton. I live in Seattle and have friends in Waitsburg, so I enjoy subscribing to The Times in an effort to keep up with what’s going on in their world. Beka... Full story

 

2021-2022 School Sports registration online

DAYTON/WAITSBURG—Fall, Winter, and Spring sports have looked very different over the past year, and while schedules are looking a little more typical for the 2021 season, registration looks pretty different. In years past, athlete registration... Full story

 

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for certain individuals

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health announced that a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now being recommended to certain immunocompromised individuals, following recommendation front the U.S Food and Drug... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 19, 2021

Broadband, Touchet Valley Trail discussed at August Port meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Commissioners met Wednesday, August 11, for a regular board meeting. Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reported a roughly $10,000 expenditure for an HV...

 

Welcome Back ice cream socials for Preston Hall Students

WAITSBURG—Middle school parents, mark your calendars for upcoming open house events at Preston Hall Middle School. Students will have the chance to get to know their teachers, familiarize themselves with class schedules and sports information, and...

 

Delta variant drives dramatic spike in cases, exhausting hospital capacity across the state

OLYMPIA—COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are accelerating across the state of Washington, demonstrating the delta variant’s potential to unravel the state’s hard-fought progress toward recovery. Unvaccinated people have been hit hardest,...

 

Representatives Skyler Rude and Mark Klicker statement on governor's vaccination mandate

OLYMPIA—Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced on Monday, August 9, that most state workers in Washington, as well as private health care and long-term care employees, will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by Oct. 18, or...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 19, 2021

A new artist in town

This month, one of the most talented people I know has moved to town. David Gignac has been a close friend, fellow artist, co-exhibitor, and collaborator since I met him decades ago on Whidbey Island....

 

My New Happy Place

Although I don't have a "charmed" life, I certainly have it easier than many people. I recognize that in the scheme of things, I have no right to complain. But, I admit, there are some days or weeks...

 

DockDogs comes to the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days added a new specialty act for their 2021 line-up. DockDogs is a dock diving orgnazation offering competitions in this exciting, nationally...

 

Date night stop: Pine Cone Creamery

Colville Street in Walla Walla is one of my favorite places to go for date night. From TMACS to the Colville Street Patisserie, you can find sweet, savory, fancy, and simple all within a few steps....

 

Johnny Appleseed stops in Dayton

DAYTON-Dayton's Liberty Theater was one of just a few Washington State stops on the 2021 Missoula Children's Theatre tour. Over the weekend, local actors and actresses told the timeless tale of...

 

Life's a Trade-Off

Sometime during the next few weeks, a transformation will take place on my property at the intersection of lower West Seventh Avenue and Coppei Creek. Our house faces southwest, and the driveway runs...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago August 18, 2011 Seattle-area residents who tuned into their local National Public Radio affiliate this week were introduced to none other than Waitsburg’s Bret Moser, Jim German, Clair... Full story

 

Pollo en Salsa Verde con Queso

Often, my kitchen inspiration is based on what is ripe and ready for picking in the garden. Our backyard has provided an abundance of tomatillos and chili peppers this week, which instantly had me...

 

Library of Things ready to inspire at Dayton Memorial Library

Ukuleles, sewing machines, and binoculars are just a few items at the Library of Things waiting to tag along on your next adventure around Dayton. The Dayton Memorial Library started the Library of...

 

Monday night is training night for District 2 in Waitsburg

Hot August nights in Waitsburg are the perfect excuse to play with water! Members of the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 had water supply training on Monday, August 16 for volunteers old and...

 

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