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  • The Dixie Grocery is open

    Aeryelle Gleason, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    DIXIE-When Stacy Startin, his wife Maria, and their five-year-old daughter Arla moved to Dayton from Moses Lake, they had no plans to buy a store. Startin explained that it was a "spur of the moment" decision when he made an offer on the little corner store that sits along Hwy 12. Before Startin's interest in the grocery store, the building had been empty for nearly two years. After the purchase of the building, the new owners made several upgrades, including new septic and wash sinks. After...

  • CCHS to operate Walla Walla University clinic

    Michele Smith, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    DAYTON--Last week, Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire provided updates on different initiatives at the monthly meeting of the hospital board of commissioners. He spoke about the partnership with Walla Walla University in College Place for CCHS to operate its on-campus health care clinic. CCHS had been working on the partnership for over a year. The University clinic is located near campus and had been without an operator since COVID-19. Many of the current CCHS providers and...

  • What's happening at Weller Public Library

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    WAITSBURG-Weller Public Library (WPL), located at 22 Main Street in Waitsburg, Washington, has been operating as a public library since the 1940s in the historic building that had been the Exchange Bank in 1905. Weller Library like other libraries in small, rural communities, serves as a community hub connecting patrons to information and people, and a haven for children and youth. It provides access to updated public computers, wireless printing, and library materials. New technology brought...

  • At the Liberty:Top Gun Maverick

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    DAYTON—Top Gun Maverick returns to the Liberty on September 2. This movie has received very good reviews and attendance nationally, and locally. The Liberty Theater is participating in National Cinema Day on Saturday (Sept. 3) by offering an especially low movie ticket price of $3 that day, and $6 on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. The movie summary is as follows: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot a...

  • Portland to Portland by bike

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    WAITSBURG-Robyn Schmidt pedaled into Waitsburg on Thursday afternoon, August 25, on her way to Portland, Maine. Her adventure began as she left Portland, Oregon, on August 19. The route is over 3,200 miles, and Schmidt plans to arrive in Maine by Halloween. She stopped at Ten Ton Coffee in Waitsburg midday, taking time to enjoy the day before heading to Lewis and Clark State Park to spend the night. Schmidt has been car-free for 19 years. She commutes on her bike and has been on numerous rides...

  • Help with costs through Affordable Connectivity Program

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    WASHINGTON—High-speed, reliable Internet access is necessary for work, school, healthcare, and social interaction. Unfortunately, high-speed internet remains unaffordable for many households in rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) runs the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), that reduces the cost of getting online for people with limited income. Households with income 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines or has someone in the household who participates in certain government assistance programs, may be e... Full story

  • Living History: Jack Cartwright, pioneer railroad engineer Sunday, September 4 at 2 pm.

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    WALLA WALLA-Living History performances bring history to life with reenactors portraying real people from the area's past. At age 20, Jack Cartwright emigrated to Nebraska in 1870. He already had years of experience working on railroads in the north of England, so he and his brother Ed became railroad men until 1877 when they headed west. They arrived in Walla Walla by a train headed to San Francisco and, within three days, went to work for Dorsey Baker on his brand new but already famous Walla... Full story

  • Dayton Library Director encourages feedback

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    The Times reached out to Todd Vandenbark, MLS, Director of Library Services for Columbia County Rural Library District to respond to the recent requests to remove content from the collection during public comment at the last Library Board meeting, The following is a statement “The Columbia County Rural Library District welcomes feedback from patrons, community members, and others regarding its collections and services. The presence of visitors at this and other Board meetings demonstrates that the library is an important institution in the life... Full story

  • Correction

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    Correction to “Dayton Library Director shares information about book choices for the library” printed in the August 25, 2022, issue of The Times. The article stated that Commissioner Chuck Amerien and Dayton City Councilmember Laura Aukerman had joined with others during public comment to challenge the board and ask for certain books to be removed from the library’s collection. It was confirmed that Amerien and Aukerman did not speak on the subject at that meeting. The issue of elected officials requesting book removals was brought up at the A... Full story

  • HS Football Competes in Jamboree

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    DW sports-Nineteen players traveled to Ritzville to compete in a high school football jamboree on Saturday, August 27. Head Coach Troy Larsen stated that his team had the opportunity to go live against some of the top 2B programs in the state. Each team received 20 offensive, and defensive plays, giving Larsen an indication of what the season holds, especially the open-field tackling. The Wolfpack played five offensive plays against LRS (Lind-Ritzville-Sprague), five against Medical Lake, and...

  • DW Volleyball

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    DW sports-The Dayton-Waitsburg High School volleyball team will play in their first match of the season on Wednesday, September 7, against Kittitas. It will be a varsity only game as not enough players are eligible. Game time 7 pm in Dayton. The Wolfpack has seventeen girls out with nine returning players. The team will be led by three seniors, Claudia Benevides, Emily Rodrick, and Madison Gallardo; all four-year volleyball players....

  • Dusk on the Palouse

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    Stepping outside for the evening dog potty, the cool of the settling night air brought instant relief from the heat of summer. The moon appeared massive and low – the Man in the Moon eyeballing me from the horizon while shedding increasingly intense light on the rain-starved landscape. As the setters scattered in the dim of evening, the stillness became most obvious. Nary a leaf turned on the crab apple or lilacs. The scream of a juvenile Great-Horned Owl pierced the tranquility, and for a b...

  • Nature Kids at Rooks Park

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    The Blue Mountain Land Trust held its final Nature Kids summer event on Saturday, August 21. Kids and their families were invited to the free event at Rooks Park in Walla Walla to learn about stream ecology, salmon, and aquatic critters. So, Allen and I picked up our grandson Elijah and headed to the park. Elijah picked up a bucket and a net, put on a life jacket, and headed to the water. After collecting specimens, the kids compared their findings to a chart provided by the trust to see what...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    Ten Years Ago August 30, 2012 [Photo Caption] First grader Ryland Kiltz runs after a classmate during a game of freeze tag in the gym Tuesday on the first day back to school at Dayton Elementary School. Twenty-Five Years Ago September 4, 1997 Waitsburg FFA and 4-H exhibitors captured top honors in fitting and showing and market classes during the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days which finished its five-day run Monday. Jane Conover, as the show’s Grand Champion All-Around Showman, gave the W...

  • Potato Rosemary Bread

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Sep 1, 2022

    After my years of experiments and triumphs in the kitchen, there is still nothing more satisfying than successful bread making. The combined time needed to carefully measure ingredients, then knead, shape, and proof the dough all pays off when your kitchen fills with the aroma of a perfectly baked loaf. A delicious repurposing of leftover mashed potatoes, this tender and flavorful bread has become a new, versatile favorite in our home. Yields 2 loaves. Ingredients: For the pre-ferment: 1...

  • Waitsburg Open House Event

    The Times|Sep 1, 2022

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