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 News    July 22, 2021 

Umatilla National Forest wildfire updates

Green Ridge: The Green Ridge Fire ignited during a lightning storm on July 7 and is burning roughly 30 miles east of Walla Walla. The fire continues to burn in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in steep,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 22, 2021 

Port of Columbia recipient of $2 million grant for broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia has taken a significant leap forward in its quest to bring broadband, high-speed internet access to the local community. In Olympia last week, the Port’s Executive...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021 

CWWFD2 back to in-person meetings

WAITSBURG—Fire season is here, and the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has the run logs to show it. Over the last month, the district has responded to ten fire calls, ten medical calls, and two...

 
 News    July 22, 2021 

Cyclist shares story of accident, support of proposed trail

Mike Ellsworth is a strong supporter of the Touchet Valley Trail, and with good reason. The long-time Dayton resident had just gotten back into cycling when he hit the road for an early morning ride on June 25, 2015, headed towards Waitsburg with a g...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021 

Friends of Weller Public Library discuss future at July 14 meeting

WAITSBURG—The Friends of Weller Public Library gathered at Town Hall with nearly forty community members on July 14, to brainstorm ways to keep Weller Public Library at its current location on Main... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 22, 2021 

Senate Bill 5044, sports, discussed at July school board meeting

DAYTON—Senate Bill 5044, passed by the Senate in April, was the topic of the public comment period at the July Dayton School Board meeting. The bill, which reads, “Concerning professional...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 22, 2021 

Dayton City Council approves ILA with Columbia County for Planning Services

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Zac Weatherford to execute an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) between Columbia County and the City of Dayton for temporary...

 
 News    July 22, 2021 

Bidding process for City's official newspaper contested

DAYTON—Loyal Baker, the publisher of The Chronicle, was on the agenda for public comment at the July 14 council meeting. Baker asked the council to rescind its selection of The Times for the City’s official newspaper services. He offered as...

 
 News    July 22, 2021 

Umatilla National Forest lands temporarily closed

PENDLETON, Ore —With persistent extreme hot and dry conditions, active large wildfires, limited firefighting resources and concern for public safety, forest officials have temporarily closed the entirety of the Umatilla National Forest effective... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Green Ridge Fire burns in Blues

PENDLETON, Ore.-The Green Ridge Fire, burning approximately 30 miles east of Walla Walla, continues to challenge firefighters as they battle rough terrain and compete against perfect fire weather...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Weekend chock-full of fun events

TOUCHET VALLEY-It will be a busy weekend in the Touchet Valley, so clear your calendars! From golf tournaments to demo derbies, fun is bound to be had. Friday, July 16, the Waitsburg Block Party will...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Waggoner Road fire burns barn, limited field damage

WAITSBURG-A fire on July 9 claimed a barn, an RV, and other parked vehicles at a property on Waggoner Road. Responding fire crews were able to extinguish flames that spread to a nearby wheat field,...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

FFA & 4-H project animals at the fairgounds

Over the weekend, a concerned citizen asked The Times for help locating owners of a distressed hog at the fairgrounds. The resident was out walking their dog in the early morning, could not readily se...

 

Purchase agreement finalized on new Waitsburg City Hall

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met on July 1 for a council workshop. The meeting was open to the public and attended by ten members of the community. There was no public comment period during...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 8, 2021

Future staffing at City Hall discussed in a special meeting

DAYTON-A special City Council meeting took place on Wednesday, June 30, to discuss future staffing at Dayton City Hall. The meeting was scheduled in the aftermath of the termination of the City...

 

Inslee issues final utility moratorium extension

OLYMPIA—Govenor Jay Inslee issued an extension of the utility moratorium proclamation last week, which will now expire on September 30, 2021. This will be the final extension of the proclamation and the extension will align with the end date of...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 1, 2021

Sprinklers not Sparklers

WAITSBURG — Many state, county, and city officials ask the public to celebrate the Fourth of July without home fireworks this year. The Pacific Northwest is experiencing extreme heat conditions causing serious concerns over health and fire safety...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 1, 2021

Uncertainty after termination of key employees at Dayton City Hall

DAYTON-It has been two weeks since Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford terminated the employment of the City Administrator, Trina Cole, the Planning and Community Development Director, Meagan Hayes, and the...

 

Library Board of Trustees met to fill vacancies

WAITSBURG — The Weller Library Board of Trustees met on June 23 at the Weller Library in Waitsburg. The three current board members, Jim Leid, Becky Huwe, and Elenora Montgomery, were in attendance. Librarian Rosie Warehime, Lane Gwinn, and Terry... Full story

 

Inslee statement on June 30 reopening

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today ahead of Washington’s upcoming June 30 reopening for individuals and businesses preparing to return to normal capacity and operations. “Washington has come a long way since the first...

 

Walla Walla postpones July 4 fireworks display due to risk of fire

WALLA WALLA — At a June 29, 2021, special meeting, the Walla Walla City Council did not express objection to the proposal of city officials to postpone the city’s July 4 fireworks display because of the current extreme heat and dry conditions.... Full story

 

Don't forget your mask after June 30

OLYMPIA – The Secretary of Health’s mask order will remain in place even after June 30, which means that people who are not fully vaccinated need to continue to wear a face mask in public indoor settings even when things start to go back to... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 24, 2021

Waitsburg School Board discusses code of conduct, DW Combine updates

WAITSBURG-A new athletic Code of Conduct, designed to fit the student-athletes of the Dayton Waitsburg Athletic Combine, was the center of discussion at the Waitsburg School Board meeting on June 17....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    June 24, 2021

Library surplus tabled pending legal & advisory committee input

WAITSBURG—The potential surplus of 212 Main Street, which houses the Weller Public Library, was tabled for an unspecified amount of time during a regular City Council meeting on June 16. Waitsburg...

 

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