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CCHS CEO speaks to vaccination phases and current guidelines

DAYTON- In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire said Governor Jay Inslee had expanded the B1 group to include all people aged 65 or older and... Full story


State goal to vaccinate 45,000 Washingtonians daily geared to increase vaccination

OLYMPIA—As part of a new plan to increase the number of Washington residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, Governor Inslee Monday announced changes to state infrastructure for increased vaccinations. To assist with the administration of... Full story


WWCC's American Dream Academy starts Feb. 1

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Community College is recruiting area students and parents for its American Dream Academy. This program prepares families with little or no higher education experience to successfully manage their students’ transition from...


There once was a roof

So far, 2021 has done a fine job of proving itself. From national headlines to local weather, it has been textbook crazy. On January 13, an atmospheric river flooded over the Pacific Northwest,...


Derailed, rerailed on Bolles Road

A train derailed just outside of Waitsburg last Friday, along Bolles Road. It was a non-injury event, and crews were on site with cranes to lift the car back onto the track....


Food Truck brings comfort food to Prescott

PRESCOTT– Pasagna to Go, a Walla Walla based food truck, was in Prescott on January 16. According to posts on the Prescott Happenings Facebook page, organizers are already planning on a second food...



AUBURN—Junior Achievement of Washington is partnering with the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, and Career Connect Washington to launch the State of...


Public Urged to attend upcoming fire, city council meetings

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg community members are encouraged to attend this month’s Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 Fire Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Call information is available by emailing...


Pursuit ends in arrest near Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—A Walla Walla man was arrested last week near Waitsburg after leading law enforcement on a chase from Columbia County. On January 7, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m, Walla Walla County...


BMLT offers The Blues V

The Blues V, John Day Country by the Blue Mountain Land Trust is the fifth book in their series area landscape photography. The edition features dramatic landscapes of the John Day River Basin and...


People age 70 and older next in line for COVID-19 shots

DAYTON—At a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, the Columbia County Health Department released new information from the Washington Dept. of Health for vaccination phases. There has been a change...


WSSRA scholarships available to high school, college students

WALLA WALLA—The Washington State School Retirees Association is currently accepting applications for three scholarships. The Robert J. Handy and Washington State School Retirees Foundation scholarships are available to high school seniors who are...


"Understanding your grief" series at Walla Walla Hospice

A safe, comfortable space is being prepared for those who are grieving a loved one at Walla Walla Hospice. Following the writings and journals of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, “Understanding Your Grief” is...


February goodie bags right around the corner

Waitsburg Presbytarian Church has been handing out monthly goodie bags to Waitsburg kids. January's bag included gloves, coloring pages, and craft kits. The next bag giveaway is tentatively scheduled...


Walla Walla County selects Lybeck as Fairgrounds Manager

The position was left vacant in 2020 after then-manager Bill Ogg accepted a position in Nebraska WALLA WALLA—On January 4, 2021, Walla Walla County announced Gregory (Greg) S. Lybeck, CFE (Certified Fair Executive), has been selected for the... Full story


Common Roots Housing Trust to host Zoom town hall

WALLA WALLA—Common Roots Housing Trust will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, January 11, via Zoom call, at 6:00 p.m. Common Roots Housing Trust is a Walla Walla-based community land trust that has been formed to provide affordable housing... Full story


Food insecurity is being addressed by the Dayton Food Bank

DAYTON—The number of households served by the Dayton Food Bank has shot up from 160 each month before the COVID-19 pandemic began, to now serving 588 each month. “In seven months, we have... Full story


Dayton Chamber of Commerce to move offices

DAYTON—The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has contracted to purchase the former Alder Dental building at 202 E. Main St., pending necessary inspections. Closing is scheduled for March 2, 2021 and the Chamber will move from its current location later... Full story


Columbia County Public Health town hall meeting Jan. 12

DAYTON—Columbia County Public Health (CCPH) will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 12 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and CCPH officials will discuss Governor Inslee’s two-phase Healthy Washington – Roadmap to... Full story


The Times' new year includes new office location

WAITSBURG—Starting January 4, 2021, The Times office will be located inside Ten Ton Coffee, 216 Main Street. The office is currently closed to the public, however, payments related to the newspaper... Full story


Pets of the valley

Duke had a short stay at the Blue Mountain Humane Society before joining his new family on the farm. Equal parts handsome and goofy, Duke's family raves about him, saying he is the "awesome farm dog"... Full story


Paper lanterns take flight

In a “normal” year, a candlelit Christmas Eve service would have been held indoors. This year, Pastor Matthew Wyatt and Pastor Stan Hughes shared their Christmas message from a makeshift pulpit...


WDFW accepting applications for ALEA grants

WASHINGTON—The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting grant applications for volunteer projects that benefit the state’s fish and wildlife resources and the public’s enjoyment of them. WDFW estimates having approximately...


Message from Director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Season’s Greetings! I hope this winter is keeping you and yours healthy and happy, and that you are still getting out to enjoy Washington’s outdoors. 2020 has been a year like no other. Here at WDFW, we’re trying to focus on our mission to...


Bluewood Ski Resort

The season for the Bluewood Ski Resort opened strong, and is still holding, according to Kim Clark, General Manager. It was partly cloudy and 30 degrees on Sunday afternoon with 5 inches of new snow...


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