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Our Capitol in better days

On the right, a photograph from the House Collection capturing a snowball fight outside the Capitol in 1923, a tradition for House and Senate Pages. On the left is a photograph of a young John... Full story


Routines, rituals and Shabbat dinner

I am confident that Daniel and I, like most people (and dogs), have daily routines. Ours usually start with Daniel making his tea while I let Mugsy out the back door to bark at the squirrels he...


The show must go on: Patti Jo Amerein

Patti Jo Amerein lives a relatively quiet life in rural Columbia County. She rides dressage, keeps chickens, and teaches Pilates. But in the 1980s and 90s she lived another life as a Las Vegas show da...

 By Brianna Wray    Specials    January 14, 2021 

Tech Talk: Internet speed test

Happy New Year, Techies! Auld lang syne and all that jazz. Welcome to 2021. If getting the most out of what you already pay for is on your resolutions list, then let's have a look at our internet...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    January 14, 2021 

Where There's Food, Eat It

WALLA WALLA-Once a month, my husband and I try to make a point to go into Walla Walla without our kiddo. Our 'evening out' typically consists of a strategically-planned grocery trip followed up by a...


Vital skills

On Tuesday, Students in Nicole Abel's Animal Science class learned how to check vital signs on their dogs. Abel's two dogs also volunteered for the class activity. Wildlife Management students worked... Full story


Puzzling art at Wenaha

DAYTON—In celebration of January, a month known for inclement weather, the Wenaha Gallery is featuring fine art jigsaw puzzles as their 3D Art Event. The gallery has puzzles big and small- ranging...



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,...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    January 14, 2021 

My Recipes, Luke Chavez

While the country I love feels painfully divided, I have been focusing on what unites us, and to my mind, food has always been the great unifier. Our nation's rich diversity makes it hard to define a...

 By Brianna Wray    Specials    January 14, 2021 

Gardener's Grove: Lucky bamboo

PLANTAE KINGDOM-Our garden beds have been tucked in with dry leaves to overwinter in a frosty slumber. Next season's plantings are but a dream. In the interim, let us look around the indoor landscape...



Lane and Bill, I’ve mentioned to you both that I get a subscription to The Times for my aunt in Little Rock, Arkansas. She loves the paper, the small-town vibe, and Bill’s photos. She sent this email yesterday under the line, “Phabulous... Full story


Cletys Bowen

Cletys Eloise Bowen of Dayton, entered into rest Friday, January 1st, 2021, with her family by her side. Cletys resided at Booker Rest Home over the last couple months due to recent medical... Full story


Knit, purl, and rip

My grandmother taught me the basic knit and purl stitches when I was eight years old. However, she didn’t teach me how to start or end anything. I just made odd rectangles with no rhyme or reason. E... Full story


My Recipes I Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Ka Gai)

We already miss Teeny McMunn, our advertising manager and recipe writer who happily retired at the end of 2020. Her recipes were crowd favorites, not only for the food but for the good company. We've... Full story



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


Autumn leaves to snow

Autumn red leaves hang on as winter snows take over. An aging barn stands strong, ready to take on another year of agriculture in Waitsburg....


Winter nap, hidden deer

Three white-tailed deer enjoyed a winter nap in a field along the Coppei River. A great blue heron, who has been frequenting the field, didn’t seem to mind sharing his grounds....



December 16 Brake lines on two vehicles cut and the hood of one vehicle damaged. Walla Walla CO. December 23 A residential burglary and theft were reported in the county. Burbank On-going verbal domestic. Nothing physical today. Waitsburg An...


Christmas correction

In the December 17 Christmas issue, we erroneously switched a couple of kids. Imagine mom's surprise! Below is the correct information and photo with the exception of Rylan Struckmeier who did not...


A very merry Waitsburg Christmas to you

It’s hard to believe; this is the third Christmas I have celebrated in Waitsburg. The first was exactly seven days after I moved here. Christmas week, I was a guest at a birthday party and invited...



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...


Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

I thought I’d do something different this week. I started a post in my home town about old sayings. We have about 650 responses, some sayings inviting conversation. Perhaps it’s a generation thing, but many I still say. I have copied and pasted... Full story


Red Barns at Kristen's

Classic red barns stand out against winter blue skies and white dashes of snow. Soon, they will be complemented with lush greens of an eastern Washington spring.... Full story



December 14 A woman attempted to mail an illegal controlled substance to her incarcerated boyfriend. Walla Walla Deputies recovered a trailer discovered stolen out of Oregon. Walla Walla County December 15 Residence burglarized while resident is... Full story


Verla Ernestine Rouse

Verla Ernestine Rouse, age 102, passed away peacefully at home in Dayton, Washington on December 10, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1918 on Angel Ridge out of Peck, Idaho, the youngest of five chil... Full story


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