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  • Dayton students simulate injuries for Friday's multi-agency practice drill

    Beka Compton and Michele Smith, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    DAYTON-Dayton General Hospital partnered with the Dayton High School, the Columbia County Dispatch Center, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia County Public Health, Columbia County Fire District 3, and the Waitsburg Clinic for a multi-agency response drill, involving students "injured" by a simulated chemical explosion in Kristina Kneble's Agriculture Science class, last Friday. No students were injured during the drill. The "chemical explosion" happened when a faulty welding tank...

  • Trail design workshop generates new ideas

    Tracy Thompson and Michele Smith, the Times|Oct 31, 2019

    For Dayton Resident Joanne Poolman, participating in the Touchet Valley Trail design charrette this past weekend is part of "being a good human." As a resident of this area for 50-some years, she became involved with the trail design process because "I was trying to bring the local element into it. I've been here longer than most, and I don't want our history to be forgotten." Poolman joined other community members, architects from the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape...

  • JoAnn Zuger Hansler

    The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    JoAnn Zuger Hansler passed away on Oct 4, 2019 at age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Armeda Zuger. She was surrounded by her loving family; Her husband of 58 years Robert Hansler, her three children Debbie Strand, Gary Hansler and Mark Hansler; Her grandchildren Sheena Kehoe & Janeen Lolla were all by her side. She will forever be remembered by her husband Robert and children Debbie, Gary and Mark, her five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. She was born and... Full story

  • Carl Smith, Jr.

    The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    Lived in Pomeroy. Carl Smith, 63, died October 18 at home surrounded by loved ones. He is the son of Donna Rae Smith and the late Carl Smith, Sr....

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    Oct 31, 2019

    Ten Years Ago November 5, 2009 The Grandmothers’ Roundtable will present a forum entitled “The Health of our Aging Population; Planning Ahead for Growing Older”, on Monday November 9. The Forum will begin at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Walla Walla Community college Enology and Viticulture. The Liberty Theater, in conjunction with Touchet Valley Art Council Productions, is proud to present its ninth annual fall musical, Once Upon A Mattress, beginning Friday, Nov 13. This year’s production is directed by Darla Anderson and features a talen...

  • Port Commissioner candidate promises to advance region's competitiveness

    Oct 31, 2019

    Dear Editor: Over the course of the campaign, I’ve canvassed neighborhoods across the county and met with more than 2,200 residents on their front porch. I’ve also held meetings with major employers, institutions (colleges, university, school districts, etc.), governmental agencies, civic organizations and leaders from the business community. Through these conversations, I’ve heard a near-universal desire for expanded economic opportunity across the county. The world of economic development is highly competitive. Our country competes with...

  • Reaction to candidate's comment concerning Touchet Valley Trail opposition

    Oct 31, 2019

    Editor, In an October 13, 2019 Walla Walla Union Bulletin article outlining various candidates in the upcoming election, Dain Nysoe, incumbent candidate for Position 4 on Dayton City Council, had various comments on the proposed Touchet Valley Trail. I encourage you to read the full article for additional context, but among Nysoe’s comments was the following quote: “It’s a new idea, so some have expressed their opposition to the idea, and have either misunderstood the scope of the plan, or are just closed minded to new ideas.” The “scope...

  • Initiative 1000/Referendum 88 passage will be a huge win for Washington

    Oct 31, 2019

    Dear Editor, I was proud to run for Congress last year to stand up for my community. I’m so thankful to all of you who supported me with your donations, your time, and your kind words. I’m reaching out today because there is another important fight on your ballot this November. Initiative 1000/Referendum 88 is our best chance in two decades to end our state’s regressive ban on affirmative action and restore fairness and opportunity to all Washingtonians. As a higher education leader in Spokane, I saw firsthand the benefit that diversity has i...

  • Thanks to Everett Maroon for Narcan response information

    Oct 31, 2019

    Dear Editor, Thank you Everett Maroon for a detailed letter to the editor informing readers of the history of police deliberating on providing Narcan to victims of opioid overdoses. This will be instructive and helpful information as Waitsburg moves forward in broadening improved public health services to citizens. Terry Lawhead, Waitsburg...

  • Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act Passes House 

    Oct 31, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act, legislation that Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) joined in introducing, overwhelmingly passed the House included in the EMPOWER Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781). This legislation will provide funding for colleges and universities to make physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology programs more accessible to underrepresented communities, including those who are racial or ethnic minorities or from disadvantaged b...

  • WWCSO

    Oct 31, 2019

    October 16 Malicious-Criminal Mischief investigated in the 300 block W Poplar St. Walla Walla. October 18 Trespassing - a home was unlawfully entered in the 200 block of Orchard Street in Walla Walla. October 22 Animal Bite-Human Injury a woman was bitten in the face and arm by son’s pitbull in the 1500 block of E. Sumach Street, Walla Walla. A wanted juvenile was taken into custody at Fort Walla Walla. October 23 A burglary that took place on October 12, was investigated at the 1300 block of S. 3rd Street in Walla Walla County. October 24 A m...

  • CORRECTION

    Oct 31, 2019

    Correction: The October 24 article about Proposition #1, the levy funding for the Waitsburg Parks and Recreation Commission, stated residents would be taxed .01 cents per $1,000 assessed property values. The correct amount of tax is .10 cents per $1,000....

  • Secretary Wyman encourages voters to return ballots early for 2019 General Election

    Oct 31, 2019

    OLYMPIA, WA—Ballots for the 2019 General Election began to arrive in mailboxes last week. Voters have until 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to return their ballots, but Secretary of State Kim Wyman is encouraging Washingtonians to vote early. “We’ve worked hard to make our elections accessible for voters, including the implementation of same-day voter registration which allows prospective voters to both register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day,” said Wyman, the state’s chief elections officer. “Just because you can wait until Election Day to vote...

  • New products and winter hours at Blue Mountain Station

    Oct 31, 2019

    DAYTON—The Blue Mountain Co-op Market and Nursery, located at 700 Artisan Way, Dayton, WA has announced its new winter hours which begin November 4th. They will be open Tuesday’s through Saturday’s 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. New products available include Joel’s Organics, who grow their own organic wheat and mill their own flours. Available are five and 25 lb. bags of bread, pastry, and all-purpose flours. Cream cheese, sour cream, buttermilk and seasonal eggnog are now in stock from Pure Eire Da...

  • Combine Art Collective Accepting Applications for 2020 Roster

    Oct 31, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—The Combine Art Collective, having opened this year on September 6, is now accepting online applications for membership in the gallery’s 2020 Cooperative Artists Roster. A link for the application form with artist requirements (online entries only) may be found on Facebook. After reviewing the November 1 cooperative application, regional artists who believe their portfolio and temperament are suited to membership in a cooperative are encouraged to apply. “We believe there is great benefit to the arts and to our community audie...

  • Violinist Anna Maberry performer for First Thursday series

    Oct 31, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla is pleased to announce the artist for their upcoming First Thursday series, violinist Anna Maberry. She will perform on Thursday, November 7 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. The church is located at 323 Catherine Street. The performance is free....

  • Blue Mountain Humane Society hosts name your price November sale

    Oct 31, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—Blue Mountain Humane Society (BMHS) hosts Name Your Price November sale, from Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3. To participate in this sale, adopters visit BMHS and choose the price they pay for the adoption of any eligible cat. All adoptable cats are eligible for this three-day sale, including kittens and senior cats. The cat’s remaining adoption fees will be underwritten by generous supporters of BMHS in hopes that more cats will find forever homes this fall. “We have twice the number of cats we usually have at this...

  • State Parks announces winter schedule

    Oct 31, 2019

    OLYMPIA, WA—Washington State Parks has announced its 2019-2020 winter schedule, with more than 100 parks remaining open for camping or day-use activities. The winter schedule is available online at www.parks.state.wa.us/Winter-schedule. More than 100 parks will remain open during the winter, while about 19 parks are closed until dates in March, April or May, due to weather and other circumstances. Each year, Washington State Parks identifies which parks will remain open and which will offer l...

  • Area students named to Dean's list at the University of Washington

    Oct 31, 2019

    SEATTLE, WA—Students from the Dayton area have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Spring Quarter. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (out of 4). Students are notified that they have achieved this distinction when they receive their grades for the quarter. They are: Jenna Jeanne Phillips, a junior from Dayton, WA and Teresa Rose Meyers a junior from Pomeroy, WA. Congratulations, scholars!...

  • Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District urges levy passage

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    PRESCOTT—In November 2018, voters of the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District (PJPRD) voted 62.63% YES on the $115,000 Maintenance & Operation levy request. Because of the levy passage, the Prescott Pool completed a 69-day season with an average daily attendance of 60 swimmers. The annual levy is on the November 5, 2019 General Election Mail-In Ballot again this year and needs to be postmarked by that date. Successful passage requires a 60% YES vote. Operating expenses remain on budget f...

  • CCHS is maintaining a positive financial bottom line

    Michele Smith, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    DAYTON—The Columbia County Health System is planning on a large Medicare take-back payment of around $1.15 million, which is not particularly unusual since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) operate on a cost-based reimbursement model. That is to say they front load money for patient care every year, based on the previous year’s data, and they can either collect the amount they overpay or make additional payments, if they underpay. It could be a “wash” if CCHS manages to coll...

  • Waitsburg FFA heads to 92nd National FFA Convention

    Beka Compton, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    WAITSBURG- 5:00 on a Monday morning comes way too quickly for most of us, but for six FFA members at Waitsburg High School, it couldn't come fast enough. Dressed in their corduroy blue and corn yellow, they boarded a flight and head to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 92nd National FFA Convention. "The kids have been busy getting ready, with fundraising efforts starting back in September," said FFA Advisor Nicole Abel. The members hosted a bake sale and a lasagna dinner, operated the concession...

  • Molly Weatherill-Tate is busy in her new role as Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce Manager

    Michele Smith, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    DAYTON-Molly Weatherill-Tate has been a busy person since she started work as Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce Manager on October 7. "I'm trying to learn QuickBooks, and all kinds of things," she said. "I've jumped into the Awards Banquet and Christmas Kickoff with all the little parts that go along with that. I've hit all downtown in the last week, or so, handing out Halloween trick or treat banners." "My next step is to reach out to all the Chamber members," she said. "I'm getting myself up...

  • Parties the KISS Way

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    While drinking my morning coffee, a “news story” posted by VOX Media popped up on my phone. The article asks the question “is it possible that the dinner party has died with the millennial generation?” The short answer is: No! But the times have changed, and with it, millennials have adapted the dinner party to fit their lifestyle. The article harkens back to some sage advice from Martha Stewart; i.e., parties should have a theme, cooking should commence about a week in advance, and of course,...

  • Bridget House's expanding palette

    Brianna Wray, The Times|Oct 31, 2019

    DAYTON-There's a tangible spark of electricity in the room when an artist is united with their palette. Possibilities stretch out endlessly before stylist Bridget House and sparks are flying. She, along with a few other hairstylists, was invited overseas to experiment with a new line of hair color. "I was chosen, along with 30 other stylists from across the globe, by Sim Finland to represent their brand here in the United States." The stylists were selected based on their social media presence,...

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