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Articles from the October 28, 2021 edition

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Fall colors in Hogeye Hollow

The photographer was up in Hogeye Hollow a few days ago and said it was just gorgeous, the best he'd ever seen the place. The red Hackberry and yellow Cottonwoods had never turned at the same time,...

 By Beka Compton    News    October 28, 2021

Council votes to surplus pocket park

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on October 13 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Before the approval of the agenda, Mayor Marty Dunn added an item regarding the Touchet River Levee Repair...

 By Justin Jaech    News    October 28, 2021

Sports, new truancy officer covered at Dayton School Board meeting

DAYTON- The Dayton School board held its regular School Director’s meeting at 6 p.m. on October 20, 2021. The board approved the consent agenda, which consisted of the minutes for the September 15, 2021 Board Meeting, a donation from Walla Walla To...


Friends of Weller Public Library awarded REA grant

WAITSBURG-It's the season of change and improvement on Waitsburg's Main Street, and the city's library will not be left out. The Friends of the Weller Public Library was recently awarded $7,000 from C...


At the Liberty:SHANG-CHI And the Legend of the Ten Rings

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. This is both a martial arts and...


Coraline playing as Gesa Power House Theatre

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Valley Honda presents a screening of the family-friendly animated feature film Coraline at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, October 31 at 3 p.m. A costume contest will be held at 2:15 p.m. The winners will be announced...


Booster doses now available for all three COVID-19 vaccine types

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and... Full story


Thursday Open Mic Night at the Royal Block

Waitsburg businesses have a tradition of live music including hosting the Mythical Movable Blue Mountain Bluegrass Jam, open mic nights at Coppei Coffee, and concerts at Ten Ton Coffee, jimgermanbar, Ammo Art and The Plaza. The music is back with...


BOCC comment session focused on broadband, mandates

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners held a public comment session on October 18. The first speaker, Cindi John, questioned why the contract for Blazin’ Burgers, the restaurant vendor at the Touchet Valley Golf Course, had not been renewed....


The Times is the death of local journalism

To the editor, In regards to the article (Port of Columbia candidate cuts ties with local conservative group, October 7, 2021) in the Waitsburg Times. While it has been sad to see the death of journalism at the national and state level for some... Full story


Support for Positive, nonpartisan candidates

Columbia County Needs Positive, Nonpartisan, Inclusive, Qualified Candidates I received a flyer identifying “Columbia County Conservatives” (CCC) endorsing Conservative candidates for Dayton City Council, Port of Columbia and Dayton School Board... Full story



Dear Editor, I have long been a proponent of “We can do together what I cannot do alone.” These words harken back to the days gone by when peoples banded together to form business associations such as the Chamber of Commerce or the Granges that... Full story


Support for Dunn

This year there are two candidates for mayor of Waitsburg: Kate and Marty. Both Marty and Kate have served on the Waitsburg City Council and have experience with various related committees. Both have experience dealing with the positive and negative... Full story


VOTE FOR Candidates who show up, ALL THE TIME

Letter to the Editor: We are just a few days away from another local election and we have an opportunity to make some truly good and thoughtful choices for leaders in our community.  We have an opportunity to elect people that have been active... Full story



This will be the last week of letters to the editor before the election. I hope that all of you will be voting. I am hoping that Dayton will be moving to a more positive and open attitude in all areas. Therefore, my candidates of choice are: Boe... Full story



As a former small business owner in Dayton, I am writing to express my earnest support for the Positively Dayton slate of candidates. When I set up shop in Dayton about 16 years ago, I did so, inspired by our civic leaders’ can-do, positive... Full story



Elections tend to be a confusing time for me. Sometimes a friend may be running for office or there may be other people I don’t know. This year has been different because of the fake information issues and hateful commentary! I promised myself... Full story


Thanks to bms businesses

To Our Community: I am writing in support of Blue Mountain Sation. We visited the BMS Coop last summer before purchasing our home in Dayton. I was happily surprised to find a coop let alone one that offers wonderful meals. Experiences the Coop and... Full story


Monster Mash Bingo and Halloween party Oct. 30

WAITSBURG—Come enjoy ghoulishly fun Monster Mash Bingo, costume contest, and a bake and book sale from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday October 30 at Town Hall. There will be tasty treats and hot cider. All proceeds with benefit the Weller Public... Full story


Spooky Halloweeen Calendar

Waitsburg Activities Friday, October 29: Preston Hall Walk-a-Thon Waitsburg Football Field 1:30 pm.-3:30 p.m. Costumes welcome! Saturday, October 30 Monster Mash Bingo & More 4 p.m- 8 p.m. Waitsburg Town Hall Sunday, October 31 Trunk-or-Treat 3... Full story


Chef Mike Easton will Bring New Life to a Familiar Space

Among my most memorable dining experiences is of enjoying a bowl of perfectly sauced handmade pasta paired with a glass of humble house wine. This was a decade ago, at a little pop-up lunch counter...


Wolfpack Football falls against River View High

DAYTON/WAITSBURG—Dayton Waitsburg Wolfpack had a rough Thursday night game at Finley, WA, on October 21. The team came out and played a good first quarter holding River View High School to one touchdown at the end of the quarter. Coach Troy Larsen...


My favorite ghost stories on TV

Dead Like Me Some of the scariest characters in afterlife lore are grim reapers. Shadowy skeletal figures, in hooded black robes, carrying a scythe who take souls to their final destination. Dead...


Prescott defeats Umatilla Vikings 11-0

PRESCOTT – Prescott decisively won their ninth game of the season over the Umatilla Vikings 11-0 on October 19. Vicente Garcia opened the scoring early in the first half on a pass from Brandon Caro...


Touchet Valley Women's Golf news

DAYTON-Despite masks and extreme heat, The Touchet Valley Ladies Golf Club officially ended their 2021 season with a pizza luncheon on Wednesday, October 20. President Barbara Phinney presided and...


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