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June 25  Theft of riding lawnmower from 282 Ray Blvd. in Burbank, WA. Reporting party in the 57 block of Farmland Road reported being scammed out of money. Report of three juveniles spray painting graffiti at Bennington Lake. June 26  Deputies... Full story

 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    July 2, 2020 

Wilderness Hues

Climbing the mountainside, the temperature began to drop with the elevation gain. A welcomed change from the 90-plus degree heat in the Walla Walla Valley. In the truck bed lay my frame pack, stuffed...


The new kitchen cometh

We have started the kitchen remodel. The discordant sound of drills, hammers, compressors, and cursing is ongoing. The cabinets have been ordered, we need to fix our ski slope floor, the appliances...

 By Emma Philbrook    Specials    July 2, 2020 

Mask ideas for the unwilling

So, you might ask, what have I been doing these past four weeks besides trying and failing to turn a two-day trip to South Bend into an unauthorized Indiana Jones sequel? Nothing earth-shattering,...

 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 2, 2020 

The Cookie Chronicles

Nostradamus was a 16th-century mystic whose predictions of the then-distant future are still quoted in some quarters. His detractors, on the other hand, say that his predictions are so vague they can...



Ten Years Ago July 21, 2011 2011 Harvest Issue: Better late than never Delayed by a cold, wet spring, growers look forward to good yields from wheat, peas, and garbanzo harvests. [Photo caption] Fear factor: Susan Hosticka of Dayton is covered by...

 By Teeny McMunn    Specials    July 2, 2020 

Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

I have shared this before. Always I get compliments to say it is the best-baked beans they’ve ever had. There are a lot of great baked bean recipes. This one is unusual as it has pineapple, onion,... Full story

 By Bill Rodgers    Specials    July 2, 2020 

Out on a noodle

I needed to get out of town for a while last Saturday morning, so pointed my old RAV4 northward, with no particular place to go (thank you, Chuck Berry). My friend Leslie Cain called it "noodling," wh...


Denise Edwards

This week we lost a true friend who loved Waitsburg. Denise Edwards was described as a wonderful lady and a scooter riding, defender of all animals and children. We will miss seeing Denise at the... Full story



May 26 Officers were dispatched to hit and run collision which had previously occurred at the Touchet Chevron gas station. June 15  Adult male reported his dog was shot at an address in the 400 block of Valley Drive. The person who shot the dog...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    June 25, 2020

A glimpse at a new normal

LEWISTON, Ida.-In our family, saying 'Idaho is a world of its own' is a long-running joke. My sister moved to Lewiston almost four years ago and last weekend she got married at Hell's Gate State... Full story


My Pop's Tops

Oops! Happy belated Father’s Day. I apologize, I missed the date. (Senioritus?). The title of this column was probably a fourth-grade assignment, one that I was happy to complete because my Dad was the best! I miss him and Mom, every day. He was... Full story

 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 25, 2020

Chapter Ten-The Nose Knows

In my daily work as a wine reviewer, I pay particularly close attention to the scents of a wine and the finish of the wine. The better the heads and tails, front and back if you will, the better the...


Our hero persists... and conquers?

Any adventurer will, at one point or another in their career, find themselves turning to philosophy. On some precarious mountain peak or vast barren plane or beat-up dorm mattress, the great...


Awesome Ham Pasta Salad

I didn’t add “Awesome” but it was in the title. It also had a 5-star rating. I didn’t make it yet. In the comments, it mentions you could use light mayonnaise, light sour cream and turkey ham... Full story



To the Dayton City personnel who continue to keep the public bathrooms by the bridge sparkling clean....


Happy Birthday!

June 18: Bernice Patrick, Linda Bode, Gertrude Brock and Ryan Leid. June 19: Barbara Johnson, Rollin Carpenter. June 20: Beau Marshall, Frank Loveall, Louis Donnelly, Katreena Mabe, Seth Pierson, Cameron Danforth, Amber Hilton. June 21: David Dunn,...


More Cheers!

Kellie Moore, RN, and Emily Lewis, RN graduated from Walla Walla Community College's Nursing Program this spring. Since the graduation and pinning ceremonies were cancelled, a celebration for the...


Pamela Leigh Puhak

Pamela Leigh Puhak, 65, a retired airline customer service representative, world traveler, and devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, died today at her Durham, NC home due to complications from... Full story


Steffen Earl Jacobson

Steffen Earl Jacobson was born June 11, 1948 in Walla Walla Washington to Robert & Betty Jacobson, leading the way to 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Growing up on a farm outside of Prescott, Washington... Full story


Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago July 7, 2011 [Photo caption] Alex the Clown rides atop the elephants during Thursday evening’s show of the Carson & Barnes circus on the outskirts of Dayton. When Imbert Matthee bought the Times in fall of 2009, the Dutch immigrant...

 By Teeny McMunn    Specials    June 18, 2020

Strawberry Spinach Salad I

I bought some local strawberries and have really been smitten by the fresh, fruity, and sweet taste. We cut them up, add a bit of sugar, and put them on whatever we can find. I recently made the...



June 11: Frank Donnelly and Kathie Payne, Katelyn Lambert. June 12: Suzanne Moser, Ida Polley, Chad Lambert, Joshua Reser. June 13: Anne Nelson, Michael Raven, Jan Cronkhite, Larry Weir, Bob Newbury, Mike Talbott, Cecilia Acevedo. June 14: Haly and...


Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago June 30, 2011 Farmers in the Touchet Valley are predicting their harvest this year will be at least a week later than usual with fields in the Prescott and Waitsburg areas ready by the third week of July and in Dayton by early August.... Full story

 By Teeny McMunn    Specials    June 11, 2020

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

I'm on a roll with these old recipe cards. One of my hometown friends, Audrey, shared this one with me. She said her mom used to make it for dessert for the family. Looks like she kept the card or... Full story


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