Articles from the October 21, 2021 edition

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Winter Wheat

Planting winter wheat on Middle Waitsburg Road. October 14, 2021. And then it rained!...

 By Beka Compton    News    October 21, 2021

CWWFD2 Commissioners adopt vaccination policy

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 Commissioners met on October 13 for a regular meeting at the Waitsburg Fire Station. Interim fire chief Colter Mohney asked that a vote regarding a...

 By Justin Jaech    News    October 21, 2021

Port of Columbia commissioners discuss wagons and budget

DAYTON – A regular meeting of the Port of Columbia was held using Zoom at 3:30 pm, October 13, 2021, with Commissioner Brown moderating. The Commissioners discussed several administrative issues, including a line-by-line discussion of the draft b...


Vaccination mandate has minimal impact on local hospitals

OLYMPIA—Monday, October 18, was the deadline for workers in specific sectors, including private and public healthcare, state employees, and education, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. As the deadline neared, c...


At the Liberty: The Addams Family

DAYTON—The Addams Family 2 is a sequel to the animated 2019 The Addams Family movie. In this new movie, the Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. A... Full story


Camp Amanda helps answer kids' questions about grief and death in new webinar

WALLA WALLA—The Camp Amanda Leadership Team & Walla Walla Community Hospice have organized An Evening Where Kids Ask the Questions, a Q&A style webinar to be held on Zoom, Thursday, November 4th at 7:... Full story


Columbia Pulp Mill Increases production of Eco-Friendly Fiber, Columbia Gold

DAYTON—Columbia Pulp LLC has resumed operation of its first-of-its-kind mill near Dayton, Wash. ​Idled between April, 2020 and June, 2021 due to the pandemic, the company used that time to implement numerous process improvements and has resumed produ...


Wenaha Gallery welcomes trick or treaters Friday, Oct. 29

DAYTON—Wenaha Gallery is celebrating Halloween two days early on Friday, October 29. The gallery invites trick or treaters, costumed or not, to stop into the gallery anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up a special treat bag – no tricks inv...


John A. Wood Sr.

John A. Wood Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 2, 2021. "The peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be... Full story


Flu vaccine best defense for people, healthcare system

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health is urging the public to get a flu vaccine this year to keep themselves and others safe and out of the hospital. Flu activity may be more common this year compared to last year because the closures t...


In support of Cole for Waitsburg School Board

Dear Editor, Masks, vaccine mandates and the fear of returning to online schooling - this is a challenging time for our schools. In one to two years, I hope these issues are behind us. With four-year school board terms, leaders must be playing the... Full story


Support for a successful Dayton

Congratulations Beka Compton and Lane Gwinn on your designation as a “serial fabulist” as stated in the recent letter to the Times’ editor by Seth Murdock. As a recent witness to the confrontation between Jack Miller and the alt-right conse... Full story


Support for Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown has been serving as a commissioner for the Port of Columbia. He has been approachable, and open to discussing and carefully considering various options for the port to improve the local economy (such as broadband). We need someone with... Full story


Mcmunn a value to Dayton

I am writing this letter in full support of Teeny McMunn for City Council. Teeny is a well-rounded caring person. She has been a dedicated volunteer in many areas of life including her church’s activities, breast cancer support, grief counseling, a... Full story


Against COVID-19 mandates

Dear Editor, The Letters to the Editor column is around all year, and it is rarely used. Generally, the only time you see the column not empty is when there is an election or a school levy. This is disappointing, because there are issues that are... Full story


In support of Hockersmith for mayor

When we opened Ten Ton Coffee three and a half years ago, Luke and I made a point to stay out of politics both local and otherwise, so that our space felt comfortable and open to everyone in our community. We still believe in that philosophy, but I... Full story


Waitsburg City Council candidate Jim Romine

Candidate for Waitsburg's city council, Jim Romine currently serves on the council and is running unopposed for position 2. Unfortunately, he had not received our request and was not included in last... Full story



The Boudrieau family from Waitsburg, traveled to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma last week. Brandon, a 2018 WHS graduate, and in his senior year at WSU, completed the Army’s basic training program a... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    October 21, 2021

Dayton City Council meeting update

DAYTON - A regular meeting of the City Council was held using Zoom at 6 PM, October 13, 2021. During public comment, Sheriff Joe Helm announced that he had appointed Deputy Cesar Rivera as Chief...


Umatilla National Forest lifts public use restrictions

PENDLETON, Ore—Recent precipitation and cooler weather conditions across the Umatilla National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting fire managers to lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and o...



October 12 Accident, non-injury. Highway 12 Sex offense at Dayton High School. 3rd Street Trespass at Shangri La RV Park. Rose Gulch October 13 Unwanted person reported. Klingenstein Street Civil problem at Minnie Moe House. 6th Street Unwanted...



October 2 DUI collision. Middle Waitsburg Road, Walla Walla County October 3 A license plate was stolen in Burbank. Dodd Road, Burbank October 12 Identity theft/fraud. Bryant Avenue, Walla Walla County October 15 A report of attempted ID theft...


Yes! Touchet Valley Trail

Folks from Dayton and surrounding communities came together on Wednesday, October 13 for the final Yes! Touchet Valley Trail support walk before elections....


The Royal Block is open for business in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-Whether you want to sip, sing, appreciate art, or just enjoy a relaxing evening in Waitsburg, the Royal Block is the place for you. The historic building celebrated the opening of its... Full story


Inside the matchup Seahawks vs. Saints

The Seahawks (2-4) will host the New Orleans Saints (3-2) on Monday night football airing on ESPN at 5:15 pm. Last week, Seattle’s loss at Pittsburgh keeps them at the bottom of the NFC West and now four games behind the division-leading Arizona (...


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