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 By Beka Compton    News    May 27, 2021

Waitsburg School Board monthly meeting

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met on May 20 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The board now meets in person at the elementary library but will continue to offer Zoom access. Secondary...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

CWWFD2 welcomes new fire rig, discusses upcoming elections

WAITSBURG-The Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 met Wednesday, May 12, for a regularly scheduled meeting. Fire commissioners discussed the upcoming elections in each county and a new vehicle that...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 20, 2021

Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting update

DAYTON-Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Earle Marvin, opened the May 12 meeting with public comment. Betty Longren spoke, urging the commissioners to respect all community members and get behind...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

Yes! Touchet Valley Trail supporters hit the streets

DAYTON-More than a dozen Touchet Valley residents hit the streets of Dayton with "YES Touchet Valley Trail" signs on Wednesday, May 12, to show their support for the project and the Port of Columbia....

 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

BOCC amends equine fees, discuss Extension agent position

DAYTON—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 17, via Zoom. The commissioners were joined by WSU Extension Whitman County Director Janet Schmidt to discuss a long-standing... Full story

 By Terry Lawhead    News    May 20, 2021

Winter and Spring Wheat crops threatened by drought

If you are feeling a bit uneasy about our intense sunshine and high temperatures, you are not alone. Plant communities are struggling as well. And while we can water lawns, gardens and orchards with...


Bluewood announces $4.5 million development, expansion plan

DAYTON—New and enhanced lifts, a snowmaking system at the base, and a more robust power generation system are among improvements happening at Bluewood in a $4.5 million development and expansion plan slated for the next three years. “This is the...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 13, 2021

Weller Public Library open for in-person visits

WAITSBURG—Librarian Rosie Warehime has waited a long time to welcome patrons back into the Weller Public Library. She has waited over a year since being closed down by restrictions due to the...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 13, 2021

Columbia County Commissioners discuss cameras at Public Health

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 10, to discuss the WSU Columbia County Extension Agent position and the use of cameras in a county office. The Commissioners heard from Dave...


Candidate Filing Week

2021 Candidate filing begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17th and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21st. Candidates may electronically submit declarations of candidacy through the county website...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 13, 2021

Vintage and antique lover's haven at Main Street Marketplace

DAYTON-Unique jewelry, beautifully crocheted afghans, and specialty chocolates are just a few of the items that the vendors at Main Street Marketplace have to offer. Now nestled in the former...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 6, 2021

City seeking public input on future of Weller Library building.

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council set a May 19 public hearing date to discuss the future of 212 Main Street, the 1905 Exchange Bank building, which currently houses the Weller Public Library. At th...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 6, 2021

Over 800 articles, 500,000 words and counting

When I took over The Times in 2019, I was an avid newspaper reader, not a newspaper journalist. Just because you've eaten in a restaurant doesn't mean you can run one. Michele was one of the...

 By Michele Smith    News    May 6, 2021

Hospital board report for April

DAYTON—The Hospital District’s board of commissioners have authorized a request from Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire to spend $250,000 from CARES Act funds allocated to the...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 6, 2021

Waitsburg's first county-administered election will determine council, mayor positions

WAITSBURG—The Walla Walla County General Election is slated for November this year, with a May 17-21 filing period. This election will include the Waitsburg City Council and Mayor positions.... Full story

 News    May 6, 2021

Inslee announces two-week pause on phase movement despite case count rise

OLYMPIA-Governor Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every Washington State county will remain in...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 6, 2021

Dayton Kiwanis hears from WSP Senior VP Karen Doherty

DAYTON-The Dayton Kiwanis Club heard from yet another successful Dayton High School (DHS) alumna at their April 22 meeting. Attendees enjoyed a presentation from Karen Doherty, a Senior Vice...

 By Michele Smith    News    May 6, 2021

Free Little Libraries are popping up everywhere

DAYTON-Perhaps you have noticed the Free Little Libraries located at Steve's Grocery and the Dayton Historic Depot. There is another one in Starbuck, which is soon to be relocated to the Starbuck...

 News    May 6, 2021

Sadie Seney awarded P.E.O's STAR scholarship

P.E.O. Chapter BJ proudly nominated and now introduces SADIE SENEY, a recipient of this year’s STAR Scholarship. Sadie graduates from Dayton High School this year. She will be attending Washington...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 29, 2021

Weinhard Cafe & Bakery changes owners

DAYTON-Chef Daniel Rossi thought that moving to a small, rural town like Waitsburg meant he could live out retirement peacefully, picking away at his banjo and sharing his musical knowledge. In 2020,...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 29, 2021

City Council sets public hearing date for Main Street building future, discusses flood agreements

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, April 21, at the Lions Club Building. During the meeting, the council answered questions from concerned community members and set a date for a...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 29, 2021

Dayton School District board meeting in April

DAYTON—June 5, at 1 p.m., has been tentatively selected for this year’s senior class graduation ceremony, according to DSD Supt. Guy Strot, at last week’s school board meeting. Strot was short o...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 29, 2021

Touchet Valley Trail information meeting well attended

DAYTON-On Monday, as many as 101 people attended the Port of Columbia Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) information meeting and to ask questions of the presenters. Brian Hansen, Principal Engineer for...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 29, 2021

Columbia County residents speak against proposed trail before Monday night presentation

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia hosted a more than two-hour-long presentation on April 26, hearing from trail designers, various trail advocates, and agriculture representatives. Before the meeting, a...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 22, 2021

CWWFD2 forms committee for future leadership hiring at April meeting1

WAITSBURG—Volunteers stepped up to begin the process for selecting a new fire chief at the Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 meeting on Wednesday, April 14. Commissioner Deb Fortner gave...


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