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Articles from the September 10, 2020 edition

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Heartbreak in Malden

The town of Malden taken from a Whitman County Sheriff Department drone on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The day before much of the town was destroyed by a wildfire that spread due to high winds. The... Full story

 

Man arrested in Waitsburg for trafficking, assault

WALLA WALLA—A Pendleton man is facing felony charges after being arrested last week in Waitsburg for sex crimes. Robert Miguel Aguilera, 37, was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on felony...

 

William Fletcher found guilty of assault in the first degree

DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack said it took jurors just 45 minutes to return a verdict of Guilty of Assault in the First Degree in the trial for the State vs. William...

 

Glasby extradited to Umatilla County

WALLA WALLA—Skylar I. Glasby, 32, was extradited from Walla Walla County Jail back to Umatilla County Jail, where he awaits a retrial from an incident in 2016. Glasby was convicted on charges of kidnapping, robbery and assault of a...

 

Back to school bus parade

Prescott School District kicked off the start of school with a bus parade....

 

Fall agritourism restrictions updated

Pumpkin spice and almost everything nice will happen this Fall, as Governor Inslee continues to update COVID-19 agritourism guidelines. Activities including hayrides, animal viewing, and bonfires are permitted in counties that have reached Phases 2...

 

Waitsburg City Council meeting change

The date for the Waitsburg City Council’s September meeting has been moved up one day. The meeting will now be held virtually on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The call-in number is (701) 802-5221 and the meeting access number is (509)...

 

Wind, dust, and devastation

A devastating wind event swept through Washington on September 7, Labor Day. Weather experts said that a strong cold front moved down from Canada, creating wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour in some...

 

Taggart Road Extension needs road name

WAITSBURG—The Taggart Road Extension project is underway on the east end of town, and the City of Waitsburg is looking for name suggestions for the resulting road. The new road connects Taggart Road and Highway 12 by extending the straight stretch...

 

Waitsburg Gun CLubs announces new hours

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Gun Club switched over to their winter hours on Labor Day and wants to remind range visitors to ‘think hunting hours.’ The gun range will be open from 8 a.m through dark. Tuesday night trap shooting practice will still...

 

Dayton Kiwanis meeting

DAYTON—Kiwanis Club of Dayton invites members and guests to this week’s presentation, featuring Columbia County Sheriff, Joe Helm. The public is invited to attend. The weekly meeting starts at noon via Zoom (“doors” open at 11:30 a.m.)....

 

Summer Food Service Program model extended

DAYTON—The Dayton School District has been approved for the Summer Food Service Program model through the end of December. All students 18 years of age and younger are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. Students who are enrolled...

 

Touchet River Habitat Restoration - Virtual Public Meeting

The Columbia and Walla Walla County Conservation Districts would like your input on draft restoration actions identified for the Touchet River and its tributaries, as characterized in a draft conceptual restoration plan under development. The plan...

 

ALS Association fundraiser stays close to home

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter says there is no better time for partner walking and fundraising than September. On September 19, join the fight against ALS with A Walk in Your Neighborhood. The Evergreen Chapter covers nearly one million...

 

Columbia County counters City of Dayton's account of stalled ILA negotiations

DAYTON—On Tuesday of last week, Columbia County Commissioner Ryan Rundell reached out to the Times to present the County’s side of the story regarding talks with the City of Dayton for law...

 

Dayton schools open smoothly

DAYTON—Dayton School District Superintendent Guy Strot presented updates on the opening of schools to the board of directors at their workshop last week. “The beginning of the school year has been...

 

Letter to the editor

Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers...

 

Tracks of an accident

While confirming addresses for the 2020 Census, Joe Huether took a picture of this combine accident on Hatley Gulch Road. "I have no info on the accident, but the tire tracks tell the story all too...

 

Dayton struggles with lack of childcare options

DAYTON—Who is caring for the kiddos when mom and dad go back to work, now that there are only two licensed daycare providers in Dayton, Susan’s Home Daycare and Demaris Daycare? Demaris Daycare...

 

Department of Corrections monitoring pandemic status, outbreak management

WALLA WALLA—Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has been diligently changing policies to safeguard employees and incarcerated individuals against the COVID-19 virus. In Walla Walla,...

 

Theater gifted with Indonesian "Wayang"

Recently the Liberty Theater in Dayton received a message from a woman in Walla Walla: "My friend told me she was getting rid of some old puppets that belonged to her parents. She said she was going...

 

Area Census response slowed to a crawl, advocates concerned

There are less than four weeks to respond to the 2020 Census, and the counts for the area are less than satisfactory for many area residents. With just over three weeks left, Eastern Washington was ab...

 

Hey kid get me a Coke

Baseball lost two Hall-of-Famers this week. Tom Seaver and Lou Brock passed within six days of each other. Tom Seaver was seventy-five years old, and Lou Brock was eighty-one. During their careers, th...

 

Old movies­­-life imitates art

When I’m not in the mood to watch one of the binge-worthy shows on Netflix or Prime, I turn to TCM and watch old movies, some of which are art to me. Recently, I watched a movie that I hadn’t...

 

Tech Talk: Gone Phishin'

WORLD WIDE WEB—It’s not nearly as fun as getting out the rod and heading down to the lake, returning hours later with a cooler full of fresh fish. It’s quite the opposite. Phishing is the...

 

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