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Articles from the August 20, 2020 edition

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 By Beka Compton    News    August 20, 2020

Local man arrested for unlawful imprisonment, assault

WAITSBURG-The Walla Walla Regional SWAT Team raided a home on Main Street in Waitsburg last Thursday. Skylar I. Glasby, 32, originally from Dayton, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment...


Superb sunset

A blazing sunset caught by the Columbia and Walla Walla County Fire Department #2. The trucks were out for a sunset photo shoot to take images to use on their Facebook page and website at...

 By Michele Smith    News    August 20, 2020

The Club hits the pause button for the beginning of school

Virtual activities planned DAYTON—It has been “overwhelmingly” decided by The Club’s board of directors, not to open to coincide with the Aug. 25 start of school, but to delay opening for up... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    August 20, 2020

Waitsburg School District begins registration in upcoming week

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Elementary will hold preschool-5th grade registration for Fall of 2020 on August 25th-27th from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Registration will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)...


Pacific Power customers stand to benefit from a proposed rate settlement

DAYTON—On Aug. 4 Pacific Power Community Regional Manager Bill Clemens shared information with the Port’s Economic Development Steering Committee about a proposed rate settlement, which could provide more than 137,000 customers in central and eas...


HASA to cover basic school supplies for Waitsburg students

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Home and School Association (HASA) will be supplying basic school supplies to students at the start of the school year. K-3 students will receive a pencil box filled with crayons, pencils, glue sticks, and scissors. Fourth...


Public input sought for Port of Columbia broadband project

DAYTON—Over the past few years, Port of Columbia officials have been working on a plan to increase broadband access to people in the local community. A broadband feasibility study was completed by the Port in February of this year. The result is a...

 By Michele Smith    News    August 20, 2020

New mother/daughter duo to take over at Snapdragon Floral and Gifts

Paige's Floral and Gifts to open the end of Sept. DAYTON-"Who can go into business with their daughter? How often does that happen?" asked Laura Auckerman, who took time out from learning the...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 20, 2020

Paige Auckerman and her mother, Laura Auckerman, are the new owners of Paige's Floral and Gifts in Dayton. Vicky Beckmeyer will continue to furnish the shop with her fabulous funeral urns after the shop sells at the end of September.

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met August 13 via conference call. The Council discussed many resolutions and agreements, and heard public comments from concerned citizens. Former Councilmember...


Writer endorses Mike Mitchell for Superior Court Judge

Dear Editor: Mike Mitchell has earned the vote for Superior Court Judge. His experience and the respect from the community he knows make him the most qualified for this position. I have known Mike for over 50 years. My connection to Mike is both... Full story


Letter to the Editor

Editor, Before anyone takes the 8/13 Times’ reading suggestion of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, they might consider reading John McWhorter’s review of the book in The Atlantic, titled The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility.... Full story


Inaction to census is not an option

The 2020 Census deadline is September 30, 2020, so you still have time to shape the next ten years of your community. The power to change Waitsburg, Walla Walla County, and SE Washington is in our hands. We can all help inform funding for each of... Full story


Waitsburg has science

After reading the article in last week’s Times about science at Waitsburg Elementary, a number of people asked me, “Doesn’t Waitsburg teach science in the elementary school?” The short answer, yes. But I thought a little history might be in... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    August 20, 2020

Dayton City Council report for August

DAYTON—During the regular Dayton City Council meeting last week, special guests Judi Pilcher and Dianne McKinley requested and received authorization to move forward with a research and compatibilit...



August 6 Deputies handled a non-criminal inquiry related to a social media post. Burbank August 12 Deputies took a report of identity theft. Walla Walla County August 14 Deputies responded to a hit and run incident in the area of Offer Road during... Full story


Summer Update from the City of Waitsburg

While the pandemic has kept most of the City facilities inaccessible to the general public since March, City Staff and crew continue to work to keep the City running; ensuring clean and safe drinking water and sanitary sewer services. Capital...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 20, 2020

Energy and Compassion: a powerful combination

Dayton-­Licensed Massage Therapist Kahla Harrington describes herself as an introvert. She can appear shy, but she's acted on stage before. She's apprehensive about being in front of crowds, but her...


Out & About: Blue Mountain Archery Range

WALLA WALLA-Have you ever considered the way location affects recreational activities and sports? Clearly, it stands to reason that living on a snowy mountain would invite more skiing and...



NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No.: 2019-00213-WA APN No.: 36-07-28-52-0212 Grantor(s): SHARON E DODGIN AND ROBERT D DODGIN Current Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Residential Asset Securities...


Vive Studios offer gains without pain

DAYTON–When Levi David Sowerby was 17 years old, a physician told him that a spinal injury he suffered during a gymnastics competition, was so severe it would result in paralysis. He would never...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 20, 2020

Mariner's Season Update

A disappointing two weeks find the Mariners in last place in the American League West. After a promising 4-4 start to the season, the Mariners have lost thirteen of the last sixteen games. Like in the previous year, pitching has been the issue. The t...



I understand that half a loaf of bread is better than none, and half-baked ideas may be better than no idea, but half a kitchen is just frustrating. As scheduled, the cabinet installers showed up...


Now streaming: Future Man and the Umbrella Academy

STREAMING—Though it would make a great band name, Future Man and The Umbrella Academy are two different television series now at your streaming fingertips. The two shows tackle time travel and its...


The Cookie Chronicles: Chapter 16-Happy birthday!

In about a week, on August 27th, Cookie will turn ten years old. I remember when I celebrated my tenth birthday, my main gift request – the thing I wanted most in the world—was a baseball glove....

 By Michele Smith    News    August 20, 2020

Online benefit auction for the Dayton Historic Depot Museum a success

DAYTON—Museum Event Coordinator Shellie McLeod said the Sat. Aug. 1 benefit for the Dayton Historic Depot was a resounding success. A game was played where attendees were shown an architectural elem...


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