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Ten Years Ago September 23, 2010 People want to know what Jan Cronkhite will do now that she’s retired from her post of 32 years as director of the Weller Public Library on Main Street in downtown Waitsburg. “I don’t have any plans,” the...

 

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Ten Years Ago October 14, 2010 [Headline] Ski Bluewood Under Contract, Expected to Open This Season Sometime around 11:30 last Saturday night, someone uncoupled Union Pacific car # BF-100-48, removed the chocks from its front wheel, and...

 

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Ten Years Ago October 7, 2010 Shortly before midnight Tuesday, an empty boxcar broke free on the main rail line in Dayton and made a freak, high-speed getaway, waking residents throughout the Touchet Valley and eluding sheriff’s deputies before it...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 30, 2010 [Photo caption] Daytonite Doug Krueger at his ranch with his mules Kate and Belle. The mule enthusiast has participated in team roping contests at the Hell’s Canyon...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 23, 2010 [Photo caption] Dog handler Ann Moser from Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue and her Giant Schnauzer Watson examine Bob Bulota's cabin in Starbuck for scents. [Photo...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 16, 2010 [Photo caption] Bill and Jan Zuger at one of the historic buildings on his grandfather’s homestead off Highway 124 near Bolles Road. The land is now farmed by Bill’s son, Greg. [Photo caption] Pacific Power...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 9, 2010 Last Classroom Speech: Recently retired elementary school teacher Pam Conover reaches for the microphone to thank those who came for her retirement reception on Aug....

 

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Ten Years Ago September 22, 2011 It was a day of Victorian fashion, museum tours, buffalo, corn on the cob, and Butlers at Waitsburg’s Fall Festival on Sunday. The attendance was anything but sparse. Bill Thompson was a good friend. I share that...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 15, 2011 [Headline] Daytonites: You Own It, You Fix It. Council wants households to pay for “side sewer” repairs. Waitsburg resident Jane Butler, age 90, has deep family roots in the Touchet Valley through her husband,...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 8, 2011 This year’s Columbia County Fair will be held September 9-11 will bring new entertainment, more education, bull bash, and beer garden that will surely delight fairgoers. I was behind the counter at the Coppei Coffee...

 

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Ten Years Ago September 1, 2011 After recent bicyclist-vehicle collisions that resulted in death and injuries in 2011, local authorities are asking vehicles to be on the lookout for bicyclists, and they’re telling bicyclists to take precautions to...

 

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Ten Years Ago August 18, 2011 [Photo caption] Fire fighting trucks rush to the scene behind the Whetstone home of Steve and Joan McMunn, where a local farmer disked a larger buffer area to keep the flames at bay. The fire started half a mile to the...

 

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Ten Years Ago August 11, 2011 Mead is wine made from honey instead of grapes. A new winery, Mace Meadworks, featuring the buzzing bee’s nectar in its wine is opening on Main Street in Dayton soon. [Photo caption] Waitsburg resident Gary Hofer and...

 

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Ten Years Ago August 4, 2011 Former Waitsburg resident Adam Hermanns, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to armed robbery and residential burglary, was sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison, the maximum term possible under state sentencing...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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....

 

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Ten Years Ago May 26, 2011 Amidst concerns over the spread of a highly contagious equine virus in the region, Dayton Days organizers Tuesday night decided to cancel two days of Pro West rodeo this weekend. The Dayton Days parade, though horseless,...

 

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Ten Years Ago May 19, 2011 For more than eight decades, several Dayton and Waitsburg families with FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H have made the annual trek the first full week in May to the Spokane Fairgrounds to compete in the Junior...

 

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Ten Years Ago May 12, 2011 [Photo credit] A member of the Atomic Bombshells burlesque dance group from Seattle entertains wine enthusiasts during Charles Smith’s spring release party on Saturday. The weather in the Snake River area may still have...

 

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Ten Years Ago May 5, 2011 It isn’t every night that the lights are on at two in the morning in Joan Helm’s home on Fourth Street. Or that her table is laden with four different kinds of scones, egg dishes and tea. Or that champagne (well,...

 

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Ten Years Ago April 28, 2011 The largest circus to come to Dayton in more than a decade, the Carson & Barnes Circus has the second-largest herd of elephants in the country. Local residents will have access to the circus grounds to witness the care an...

 

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Ten Years Ago April 21, 2011 [Headline] Dayton Cut & Wrap expands business. Dayton business owners Jim and Connie Westergreen have big news for small ranchers in Columbia and Walla Walla counties. The couple will soon expand their meat processing...

 

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Ten Years Ago April 14, 2011 Give Bart Baxter and Tiffany Laposi a few months to work on the Whetstone Pub building and you’ll be able to dine with James Dean. By summer, he may well be giving you his cool gaze from the wall of the couple’s...

 

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Ten Years Ago April 7, 2011 What’s the Point? Cardinal pierced by javelin wonders why Oregon still allows use of dangerous steel-tipped spears. Preliminary election results for Waitsburg’s city government show incumbent Mayor Walt Gobel and the...

 

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