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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Local acupunturist returns to Nepal to work and learn.

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    DAYTON - When Dayton resident Denise Lane took her first trip to Nepal last year, she hoped to learn about effectively delivering medical and therapeutic care to some of the world's poorest people. She's still learning. Lane is Columbia County's only acupuncture practitioner. She's been at it for 13 years, the last five at the Therapy and Wellness department at Columbia County Health System's hospital in Dayton. This year, she has expanded her practice by offering services in Waitsburg at Blush... Full story

  • Waitsburg Boys Rout Tigers

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Cardinals varsity boys basketball team won in their first home court game of the season, 59-9, against Prescott on December 15. Ryland Kilts scored eight points, and Blake French added six as the Cardinals took an early 18 – 1 first-quarter lead. Kilts continued the hot hand, scoring fourteen points, including hitting three 3-point shots in the second quarter. Kilts finished the game with 26 points, French 13, Reuben Yutzy 7, Logan Seal 4, Jack Karl 4, Wyaiit Booth 3, a...

  • At the Liberty:"Wish"

    The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    DAYTON—”Wish” is a new musical-comedy by Disney Animation Studios welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force: a little ball of boundless energy called Star. The Rotten Tomatoes website audience says “If you’re looking for a beautifully animated movie with fun characters and memorable songs, Wish delivers.” Critics there rated this movie 49% favorable, but the audiences gave it an 81% favorable rating. This movie is PG (for thematic el... Full story

  • CELEBRATE (EAST COAST) NEW YEAR'S AT THE LIBERTY

    The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    DAYTON—The Liberty will offer a special screening of the holiday favorite “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. A celebration to ring in the New Year will follow with hors d’oeuvres and a toast at 9 p.m., (east coast midnight.) The price of $25 per person includes the movie, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider, and the famous Liberty Theater hors d’oeuvres. This was a tradition at Liberty Theater for many years before COVID-19 restrictions. It was started as a New Year’s Eve venue for people who wished to celebrate s...

  • City Council approved three-year contract with Snake River Little League

    Mike Ferrians and Lane Gwinn, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    WAITSBURG — On Wednesday, December 20, the Waitsburg City Council voted to approve a three-year contract for Snake River Little League (SRLL) use of the little league fields at the fairgrounds. Abby Grende of Waitsburg, acting on behalf of Waitsburg parents, worked with the city to draft the contract in response to a decision by the SRLL Board at its November 30 meeting to disqualify Waitsburg’s ball fields from use for the 2024 season. On December 5, 2023, the SRLL board posted a press release on Facebook announcing its decision. As sta...

  • L'Ecole 2022 Old Vines Chenin Blanc

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    I’m a believer in old vine Chenins, so much so that I gave up several lucrative wine writing gigs in order to make a few hundred cases under my short-lived Waitsburg Cellars label. Some of those grapes came from the same Upland Vineyard vines that L’Ecole has sourced for decades, and to my knowledge, there are no better Chenins in the Northwest than these. Rather than the simple fruit bombs that most Chenins resemble, this old vine bottling is delicate, dusty, and detailed, a subtle wine tha...

  • Mouth-watering barbeque hits Dayton

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    DAYTON - The Touchet Valley has a new source for fresh "low-and-slow" Memphis-style barbeque with a New York twist. R and B BBQ opened its doors at 232 East Main Street in Dayton on December 8 with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Owner Rex McNicol was on hand during a recent lunch-hour visit to give a tour. McNicol says he began slow cooking 16 years ago and entered competitions four years ago. "If we won top prize, we'd still make more money off vending than we did the prize itself," he...

  • Happy 5th Anniversary to Me

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    As I've mentioned, I'm not a reflective person; I have a "man the torpedoes, full steam ahead" mentality. But it's become a tradition that I take a little stock and look back at my decision to leave sunny Southern California in December 2018 to move to snowy, cold, foggy, damp Waitsburg. So here goes, as I bravely reflect now, rather than in spring when the weather is warm, the garden is green, and the sun is shining. Since I will soon be retired, I have no excuse, "I'm too busy to do that...

  • Dayton School board prepare for the new year

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the High School Library at 6:32 p.m. on December 20, 2023. School Board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, and Grant Griffin. Aneesha Dieu and Ryan Paulson attended using Zoom. Superintendent Rich Stewart was also present in the library. For the first order of business, the Board members who stood for re-election in November were administered the oath of office. The composition of the Board remains the same as it was before. Next, the Board Chair and Vice Chair positions were e...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    Ten Years Ago December 26, 2013 One of Waitsburg's elementary school teachers got an extra special early Christmas gift this year. In a press release issued by President Barak Obama on December 20, Kindergarten teacher Pamela Nolan-Beasley was named as one of two teachers in Washington State to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Beasley won the award for science while Nancy Pfaff of Redmond, Wash. won the math award. Winners of the honor receive a... Full story

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Dec 28, 2023

    With New Year's Eve approaching, another whirlwind season of winter holiday entertaining comes to an end. After all the formal sit-down feasts I love to keep things casual on NYE with a spread of fun finger foods. A varied selection of cured meats, imported cheeses, and interesting hors d'oeuvres keep guests fed while encouraging them to mingle. These elegant stuffed mushrooms, with fresh herbs and pine nuts, are always a crowd pleaser. A pinch of parmesan cheese baked on top gives them a...

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