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  • 13th Annual Columbia County Fair is bringing Fair Dreams in a Small Town

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON-It takes an army of good-natured volunteers to put together the displays for the Columbia County Fair at the Pavilion. There are over thirty booths and displays in the Pavilion, featuring food preservation, garden and produce, baking, floral, fine arts, needle craft and sewing, photography, quilting as well as booths advertising businesses and fraternal organizations. For each, there are superintendents who are there to accept the entries and display them to be judged. Rose Englebrite... Full story

  • Waitsburg Masonic Lodge still a home for some

    Michele Smith, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    WAITSBURG—Everyone in the Touchet Valley knows where to find Waitsburg Grocery. Some may not have realized that the building is the home of Masonic Lodge #16. Waitsburg’s current lodge was constructed in 1913 for $26,000 after the original structure was lost to fire. Members rebuilt with a second floor for Masonic use, reserving the ground floor for a local business. For decades, that business has been Waitsburg Grocery, now owned and operated by Jamie Allen. “That way, the lodge would have...

  • Barbara Danforth is 2023 Pioneer of the Year

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    WAITSBURG-The the Waitsburg Historical Society proudly announces Barbara Danforth as the 2023 Pioneer of the Year. Danforth never thought in her wildest dreams that she would one day be "Pioneer of the Year." Both sides of her family were pioneers in Oregon but moved to the farm outside Waitsburg in 1928. "I was stunned as I never dreamt I would receive such an honor," said Danforth. Born at the original Walla Walla General Hospital on May 6, 1930, Barbara was an only child and raised on a farm...

  • At the Liberty:"Meg 2: the Trench"

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON—Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heros must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time. Rotten Tomatoes critics and the a... Full story

  • Start the school year by getting up to date on vaccinations

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    OLYMPIA — As kids across Washington head back to the classroom, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) encourages everyone to get caught up on their vaccinations to help keep families and communities healthy and safe. Children entering school and child care must meet state immunization requirements. According to 2022-2023 school immunization data, nearly 91% of K-12 students completed their required school vaccinations, which is slightly lower than the past few years. To boost childhood immunization rates, DOH works closely with c...

  • Vote NO on Prop 2

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    Dear Editor, This is a letter of support for the Columbia County Library staying open! The group of people that would have it closed have offered zero evidence of any child ever being harmed by the library, its books, the library board, or the previous library director. Only conjecture: conjecture is a guess, an inference, a theory, or prediction based on guesswork. That’s per Webster’s definition. According to the Columbia County prosecuting attorney to the best of his knowledge, there has never been a reported case of child abuse at the lib...

  • Times Traveler

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    Kate Hockersmith managed to avoid a hurricane to take her Times Traveler photo in Florida.... Full story

  • Valerie Ellen Powers

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    Valerie Ellen Powers left us on the morning of August 23, 2023. Valerie was born in the old Dayton Hospital on February 14, 1957, to Eldred and Ellen (Moon) Want. She attended Dayton, Waitsburg and Prescott schools, and graduated from Prescott High School. She entered the U.S. Army. After her service, she lived in Prescott, Waitsburg, and Milton-Freewater. She enjoyed a lifelong love of her horses, hours spent with her grandchildren, and working at the Tractor Supply in Walla Walla. We all... Full story

  • Touchet Valley Aquacize group celebrated another season's end at the tuxedo in prescott

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    PRESCOTT-The Touchet Valley Aquacize group held its season-end luncheon at the Tuxedo Bar & Grill in Prescott on Thursday, August 31. Group coordinator Carol Anderson reported that this was the seventh summer of the group's water exercise and lap-swim activities at Prescott Pool. Twenty-two women and two men participated this year, totaling 432 "swim visits" by the group. Adult men and women of all ages are welcome to join; regular swim fees apply. Anderson says the lifeguards provided by the...

  • Thunder on the Snake

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    LEWISTON, IDAHO-During Labor Day weekend, the roar of jet boats screaming down the Snake River at Hells Gate State Park sounded like low-flying airliners over your head. The Thunder on the Snake Jet River Marathon had four classifications of jet boats competing for awards. The turbine class boats have 1500-plus horsepower jet engines with speeds between 145 and 160 miles per hour. The A class have powerful 800-900 HP motors, the CX races 525 HP boats, and the entry-level FX class boats are fast...

  • Cardinal Football wins first game of the season

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg Cardinals started the season with a significant win over the Touchet Redhawks on September 2 in Waitsburg. The Redhawks initially received the ball but were stopped, four and out, by the Cardinals. During Waitsburg’s first drive, they started with a run game, with running back Koyen Fortune ran the ball for three carries for four yards. The Cardinals achieved the first down with a pass from sophomore Isa Reyes to junior receiver Lucas VanHoose for a 14-yard gain. The Cardinals followed with a pass from Reyes to sen...

  • Palouse Outdoors:Eurasian Collared Doves Offer a Fine Early Upland Hunt

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    The raspy "cuh coo co" calls of Eurasian collared doves could be heard in every direction. It was 5:30 a.m. It's an absurd hour to be afield chasing doves, but August heat makes the birds lazy. The first couple of hours of dawn are the most productive. Being surrounded by birds prompted me to hole up beneath a pine aand rose bush on the edge of an opening where I could wait for doves to fly through. Pass-shooting is a standard technique for mourning doves where the hunter finds a water source,...

  • How to Train Your Garden (more challenging than a Dragon)

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    Each spring, I learn a bit more about what and where to plant and what and where not to. This year was no different, a continuation of lessons. This April, before he left for Europe, Daniel built a PVC trellis in one of the raised beds to train cucumbers and tomatoes to grow vertically instead of spreading all over the ground. This way, Mugsy won’t be able to pee on them, and clumsy me won’t slip on mushy vegetables. As usual, timing was not on our side. The day before I left to meet Daniel in...

  • Checking in with the Walla Walla Fair

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    The 2023 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days wrapped up this weekend. With four days of livestock showing, three nights of PRCA Rodeo, a near-record breaking demolition derby, and a full house at the Beach Boys Concert, fun was had by all!...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    Ten Years Ago September 5, 2013 “I’ve always been intrigued by trains. In fact, I would jump the train that ran behind the store and ride it to Dayton so often the crew got to know me and would invite me to ride up front with them,” said Wade Wolfe, recalling memories of his childhood in Huntsville. Born and raised in Huntsville and a graduate of Waitsburg High, Wolfe is the Pioneer of the Year honoree at this year’s Fall Festival. The twists and turns of life have resulted in Wolfe living...

  • Zucchini Bread

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    While some things in the garden are starting to slow down, our prolific zucchini plants keep producing. Despite our best efforts at gifting these green wonders by the basketful to friends and family, we always seem to have extra zucchini loitering in the kitchen. This week, with another harvest on hand I turned to an old favorite recipe for tender zucchini bread. Quick to make, this delightful bread is full of flavor and is elevated with the addition of a crunchy, crumble topping. Ingredients:...

  • Proposition 2 temporarily blocked from ballot

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    COLUMBIA COUNTY–In an emergency hearing on Wednesday September 6, 2023, the Columbia Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the County from printing ballots for the November general election that include Proposition 2. Neighbors United for Progress asked the court for a fourteen-day TRO, citing irreparable harm to voters should the rural library district dissolution measure be placed on the ballots. A lawsuit filed by NUP on August 29, 2023, asserts that City of Dayton voters would be denied constitutional voter a...

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