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Ten Years Ago January 20, 2011 Reid Helford, the popular and award-winning manager of the Liberty Theater, has announced his resignation and will leave his position by the end of April. When a building grows to be as old as the First Christian...

 

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Ten Years Ago January 13, 2011 [Photo caption] Jeff Jenkins, a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy, displays drug paraphernalia at Dayton schools last week. After Claudia Nysoe and her husband, Dain,...

 

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Ten Years Ago January 6, 2011 When dozens of well-wishers gathered to celebrate Sarah Lyman’s birthday at Booker Rest Home in Dayton on Saturday, they came not only to honor this longtime Dayton... Full story

 

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Ten Years Ago December 30, 2010 Walla Walla County passed its annual audit with no complications, according to a report released from the State Auditor’s office Monday. New library manager Su Alexander has plenty of new ideas in store for the Welle...

 

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Ten Years Ago December 23, 2010 First responders from Waitsburg and Walla Walla help an injured driver from Oregon onto a stretcher after his pickup truck rolled off a Highway 12 embankment just north of Minnick Hill around 2 a.m. on Tuesday... Full story

 

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Ten Years Ago December 16, 2010 Lisa Ronnberg, executive director of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce for the past three and half years, has announced she will leave her position to become the business manager for the Columbia County Public Works...

 

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Ten Years Ago December 9, 2010 No one seems to know exactly how tall the Northwest Grain Growers elevator in Dixie is, but even those who work there say it’s no higher than 130 feet. Inland Cellular is set to build a 180-foot cell phone tower at...

 

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Ten Years Ago December 2, 2010 Valley Girls Barrel Racing members, from left: Rosie Gallaher, Kelli Currin, Josilyn Fullerton, Sidney Andrews, Kyla Connell, Shayla Currin, Emily Adams, and Ellie...

 

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Ten Years Ago November 25, 2010 This week’s early snow indicates the beginning of a cold season that could be a great year for Ski Bluewood, but disastrous for a Touchet Valley vulnerable to flooding from the Touchet and Coppei rivers. Daniel Huwe...

 

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Ten Years Ago November 18, 2010 Less than a month after Ski Bluewood was rescued for local winter recreation, a much-beloved summer spot in the area appears to be in jeopardy. During the past several weeks, the operator and leaseholders of Lyons Ferr...

 

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Ten Years Ago November 11, 2010 My husband’s grandfather, Dr. Rufus Butler, was a “horse and buggy doctor” in Waitsburg for 39 years. According to an article in the Times’ in 1950, he was one of the last settlers to recall log cabins,...

 

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Ten Years Ago November 4, 2010 With 60 percent of the vote counted Tuesday evening, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s candidate John Turner was well on his way to victory over Bill White. Army Private Ryan W. Timms, a 2010 Waitsburg High School grad,...

 

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Ten Years Ago October 28, 2010 Former resident Jason J. Lujan, 30, will return to his home in the 100 block of Murphy Street, Waitsburg, after being released from police custody on Nov. 14. Lujan is...

 

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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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