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History of the Touchet River Valley



Art & Culture:

Special Features 10

For Beginners to Experts, Ski Bluewood's the Place

Hotels & Motels |Cabins & Cottage Rentals Bed & Breakfasts


A Snowmobiler's Paradise


Map of the Touchet River Valley



Food & Drink:

Fish are Biting in the Snake and Tucannon Rivers


Hunting Opportunities at Local Wind Farms

Museums | Public Art | Art Galleries

Fine Dining | Wineries & Brew Pubs | Casual Dining | Bars/Taverns | Grocery Stores


Special Events


Touchet River Valley Churches

20-21 Retail Shopping On the Cover:

Enjoying powder and sunshine at Ski Bluewood, near Dayton. (Photo courtesy of Ski Bluewood. Design by Vanessa Heim.)

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History of the Touchet River Valley

Walk the 'Forgotten Trail'


n the spring of 1806, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery left Fort Clatsop, near the mouth of the Columbia River, to begin their long trek back to civilization. When they neared the spot where the Columbia is joined by the Snake River, they took a short cut. For several days in late April and early May, the group traveled along what has long been known as “The Forgotten Trail,” reaching the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. On the way, they passed through what we now call the Touchet River Valley. They spent the night of May 1 at a spot called Ronan, between the current towns of Prescott and Waitsburg. The next day the group traveled through the future location of Waitsburg and on to Dayton, where Patit Creek joins the Touchet River. They followed Patit Creek east for 2 ½ miles and stopped for the night. Today, that Patit Creek Campsite has been preserved by recreating the scene with steel silhouettes. Visitors can park and view the activities as the 31 men and Sacajawea and her child, along with their horses and other livestock, set up camp. (See Page 6.) Long before white explorers and settlers came to the Touchet River Valley, the area was home to members of the Palus American Indian tribe. It was also the northern edge of the range of the Walla Walla tribe. An established Indian trail – called the Nez Perce Trail, or Celilo Falls Trail – ran through the Touchet River Valley. Members of the Nez Perce tribe, from what is now northern Idaho, used the trail to reach the Columbia River and fish at Celilo Falls. The first white settlers arrived in the area with the establishment of the Whitman Mission in the 1840s, near Walla Walla. In the 1860s, Jesse N. and Elizabeth Day

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settled near where Patit Creek meets the Touchet River. In 1871 they filed a plat for the town they called “Dayton.” The town was incorporated in 1881. Dayton’s first train depot was also built in 1881, upon the arrival of railroads to the area. That depot has been restored and is now the oldest remaining railroad depot in the state of Washington. It is located at the corner of Second and Commercial Streets, and serves as a museum and historical repository for the area. (See Page 6.) In 1881, Dayton was named county seat of Columbia County. The Columbia County Courthouse was completed in 1887. In the early 1990s it underwent a complete restoration, and today it is the oldest operating courthouse in the state. (See Page 6.) In 1865, Sylvester Wait opened his flour mill near where Coppei Creek flows into the Touchet River. Working with partners Willard and William Bruce, Wait’s mill became highly successful. The town of Waitsburg was platted in 1869 by William Bruce, and it was incorporated in 1881. Wait’s mill operated until the 1950s, when it was closed and abandoned. The property was purchased by the City of Waitsburg. Plans were underway to restore the large wooden structure when it was destroyed by a fire in 2009. In 1883 William and Carolyn Bruce built their home in Waitsburg. The home is now the Bruce Memorial Museum. It is located at 318 Main Street and is operated by the Waitsburg Historical Society. The town of Prescott was platted in 1881 and became home of regional shops of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. Located nine miles west of Waitsburg, it was named for C. H. Prescott, who was the company’s general superintendant.

Another official of that company, W. H. Starbuck, is the namesake of the Town of Starbuck. It was platted in 1894 on the Tucannon River in northern Columbia County, near its confluence with the Snake River. It was incorporated in 1905. For many years, Starbuck was a busy railroad hub. Wheat farming became the dominant economic driver in and around the Touchet River Valley beginning in the 1880s. Many settlers homesteaded and began raising crops over the following decades. The towns of Dayton, Waitsburg, Prescott and Starbuck all thrived as farm towns in the early 20th Century. While agriculture remains a major economic factor in the area, the economy of the Touchet River Valley has continually diversified. The area was home to many thriving fruit orchards as well as pea and asparagus farms in the first half of the 20th Century. In 1934, the Blue Mountain Cannery opened in Dayton. Processing both peas and asparagus, it became one of the largest canneries in the United States and was the largest asparagus cannery in the world. It was purchased by the Green Giant Company in 1947. Operated in turn by Green Giant, Pillsbury and Seneca Foods, the plant ceased cannery operations in 2005. It is still owned by Seneca Foods, which runs a thriving seed processing and research operation there. Logging was also an important industry a century ago, as towns in the valley grew and prospered. Numerous sawmills operated throughout the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Beginning in the 1870s, local families built large homes in the Victorian style. Many of those homes have been beautifully restored and remain a source of pride for the local communities. In the 1950s, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of four large hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River. Construction began on Little Goose Dam, near Starbuck, in 1963. Hundreds of construction workers moved to the area in the 1960s, providing a major economic boost. Little Goose Dam began producing electricity in 1970. The Skyline Basin ski area was developed in the Blue Mountains south of Dayton in the 1970s. Located on National Forest Service land, it was renamed Bluewood Ski area in 1983 and has operated continually since. In the 1970s, citizens in Dayton and Waitsburg began efforts to preserve

their historic buildings and sites. With the restoration of the Dayton Historic Depot, the Columbia County Courthouse and Waitsburg’s Bruce Mansion, showing off the region’s history has been a successful draw for tourists and new residents. A major restoration of Main Street in Dayton’s Historic Downtown was also completed in the early 1990s, and the Liberty Theater in Dayton received a complete restoration and opened for movies and live performances in 2001. Waitsburg’s Main Street received a major facelift in 2008. In the first decade of the new century, a new industry came to the Touchet River Valley. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) opened the Hopkins Ridge Wind Energy Facility on the windy hills northeast of Dayton in 2005. Pacific Power’s nearby Marengo I and II wind farms began operation soon after. Hundreds of construction workers came to the area to build the wind farms, which provide nearly 50 full-time jobs. Approximately 200 wind turbines now produce electricity in the area. PSE has begun construction of the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project, which will more than triple the capacity of the local wind farms and will be located in both Columbia County and in Garfield County to the east. The residents of our area are proud of its history and heritage. We are always ready to show it off to visitors. We welcome you to the Touchet River Valley. Opposite page: The Columbia County Courthouse as it looked in 1890. Top right: A crowd gathers in downtown Waitsburg in the 1890s. Right, above: A mule-drawn combine cuts wheat on a rolling field in Columbia County. (Photos courtesy of Dayton Historic Depot.)

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Art & Culture



Public Art

tationmaster (Right): Using the uniform of a former Dayton stationmaster as a guide, award-winning local artist Keith McMasters created a bronze statue to grace the boardwalk at the Dayton Historic Depot, on the corner of Second and Commercial, for many generations to enjoy. To commemorate Sacajawea’s great contribution to the Lewis and Clark expedition, the late artist Carol Grende created a striking bronze sculpture of Sacajawea called “Arduous Journey.” Installed in October 2009, the life-sized statue has a permanent home on the corner of North First Street and Commercial Avenue in Dayton.

Dayton Historic Depot The Dayton Historic Depot, the oldest surviving train station in Washington, was built in 1881 by the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. The Depot is fully restored and hosts a number of various local and regional exhibits each year. A shaded courtyard with benches offers a pleasant place to relax just a block off of Main Street. Located one block north of Main at Commercial and Second streets, the Depot is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit www. or call (509) 382-2026.

Boldman House Museum The Boldman House Museum is a Victorian house and garden located at 410 N. First Street in Dayton. Miss Boldman’s will directed that her family home be restored to its original, 1912 condition, and that it become a community resource and educational “showplace.” The house and its contents

present an extraordinary time capsule. The variety and volume of artifacts saved over time by the members of this Dayton family give us a unique and detailed history of the Boldmans and their friends, showing us how they interacted with the community and the changing times. The Boldman House is open Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment by calling (509) 392-2026.

Palus Artifact Museum The Palus Artifact Museum (pronounced Pa-loos), at 426 E. Main Street in Dayton, offers a glimpse of the region’s past through a collection of locally found Indian artifacts. The nomadic Palouse Indians historically wintered near Dayton. A popular spot where the Palouse gathered with other native peoples for celebrations was along the Touchet River where Dayton is now located. The dirt trail where horse races were once held later became the town’s Main Street. This museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (509) 382-4820.

Historic Sites The Columbia County Courthouse, on Main Street in Dayton, is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Washington. This wonderful, Western courthouse was built in 1887 at the cost of $38,069, and its rare, historical, architectural heritage has been preserved through a lengthy and committed restoration/renovation effort. You can take a self-guided tour inside during county business hours, Monday through Friday. Don’t forget to take a photo with one of the two Civil War cannons on the courthouse lawn, which have been on display since 1915.

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The Corps of Discovery Campsite was built in 2006 on Patit Road approximately 2 miles east of Dayton to honor the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s expedition into the west. The Corps of Discovery camped along the Patit Creek in a “little bottom” just east of Dayton on May 2, 1806. This leg of their journey home is now referred to as the “Forgotten Trail” because the shortcut through the Touchet River Valley is often forgotten in historical writings. This exhibit of life-sized, steel silhouettes depicts the Corps encampment as it would have been one hour before mealtime and darkness.

Art Galleries AMO Art 117 Main Street, Waitsburg (509) 876-1264 Amo Art is a contemporary art gallery presenting works of art by local, regional and national artists who have shown a commitment to their art form. Gallery at the Weinhard 231 E. Main Street, Dayton (Located just off the lobby of the Weinhard Hotel) Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily Featuring the award-winning watercolor art of Dayton native Jill Ingram and pastel work by Monica Stobie done on handmade bark paper. Jill Ingram can be reached at (509) 382-4034. Monica Stobie is at (509) 382-4096. Wenaha Gallery 219 E. Main Street, Dayton (509) 382-2124 Shop with confidence at a fullservice, fine art gallery specializing in fine art and custom framing. Visit a unique gallery showroom or enjoy purchasing online from the virtual gallery 24/7. Experienced consultants

will assist you in finding art and designing framing for your home or office. Blue Mountain Artists Guild Delany Annex, Dayton Library 111 S. Third Street, Dayton The Blue Mountain Artists Guild, with members of all ages from throughout the Touchet River Valley, displays their works in frequently updated exhibits. The artist and contact number of each artist is displayed. The exhibition is open during library hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-5, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10-2. For more information about the Guild, contact Meredith Dedman at (509) 382-2372. To contact the library, call (509) 382-4131. Steve Henderson Fine Art 102 Deer Pond Lane, Dayton (509) 382-9775 Steve Henderson is known throughout the nation for his fine art oil landscapes, seascapes, and figurative work. Many of his pieces capture the beauty of the Touchet River Valley. Studio tours are available.

Sun Lizard Studio 712 Wolf Fork Road, Dayton (509) 382-2045 “Raku” is the Japanese word for Robbie Zimmerman’s process of firing pottery using combustibles. “The neat thing about Raku is that you never know what you’re going to get,” the artist says. Zimmerman sells her work at the Walla Walla Farmers Market, the Pendleton Roundup and many local galleries. Pump House Studio 421 Fields Gulch, Waitsburg (509) 337-6381 Featuring original western and wildlife art, giclee prints and cards, Jackie Penner’s paintings reflect the strength of her feelings for the horses, wildlife, people and landscape of the true west. Penner is a self-taught oil painter and draws her inspiration from the wildlife and domestic animals she lives around.

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ne day just isn’t enough to do and see everything our region has to offer, so why not plan to stay longer? A visit to the Touchet River Valley would not be complete without staying in one of our beautifully appointed hotels, Victorian bed and breakfasts or private, cozy cabins. We

have budget-friendly accommodations where the whole family can relax after a day spent exploring. Here is a complete list of all the hotels and motels, cottage and cabin rentals, and bed & breakfast establishments in the valley – from Prescott to Waitsburg, Dayton and even Starbuck.

The beautiful patio and pool at the Purple House Bed and Breakfast.

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Hotels & Motels Blue Mountain Motel 414 W Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-3040 Dayton Motel 110 S Pine Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4503 Nothing New Lodging 214 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-6393 The Weinhard Hotel 235 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4032 Seven Porches Guest House 329 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (206) 794-7516

Cottage & Cabin Rentals

The Last Resort (Cabin Rentals) 2005 Tucannon Road Pomeroy, WA 99347 (509) 843-1556 Lewis Peak Estates 26 Lewis Peak Road Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 200-2131 PJ's Vacation Rental 238 West 5th Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-8876 Waitsburg Cottages

Bed & Breakfasts Aunt Jennie's Bed & Breakfast 204 Tucannon Street Starbuck, WA 99359 (509) 399-2373 Hollyhock Heaven 226 W Patit Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2835 Purple House Bed & Breakfast 415 E Clay Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-3159

The Weinhard Vacation Cottage 514 S 2nd Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4032

Guest Suite Bluewood View Lodging 800 N Willow Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 520-2558

Dayton Cottage Rental 117 ½ W Dayton Avenue Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 386-4750 Hiromi's House 609 Orchard Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-6028

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Feature Stories: Fall & Winter Recreation

For Beginners to Experts, Ski Bluewood's the Place


f you haven’t been to Ski Bluewood in a while, the 2011 – 2012 season has lots of reasons for you and your family to try one of the friendliest ski resorts in the Pacific Northwest. “This coming year will be so much more fun for us,” said Mike Stephenson, who bought Ski Bluewood with his wife Kelly and a group of investors last year. “I can’t wait for the snow to start falling. It won’t be another ho-hum year at Bluewood.” Off-piste skiing on the high Vintner’s Ridge, more night skiing on Triple Nickle, two terrain parks, live weekend entertainment at the lodge, Throwback Day, Beach Day and the first sanctioned free-style weekend in February are just some of what Stephenson calls the “adventures” that await skiers at the second-highest base-elevation ski mountain in the state this year. Opening day is projected for Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving) with the year-end bash to round out the season in mid-April. If last year is any indication of this year’s prospects, skiers were pleasantly surprised to see the likes of former basketball all-star Shawn Kemp and free-style master Glen Plake on the slopes during the Stephensons’ first season as owners. Jerry Hanley, who produces videos for the statewide ski resorts association, Ski Washington, and came to the mountain several times last season, was among the many ski industry observers impressed with the new owners’ improvements and dedication to the resort. “I sense a lot of enthusiasm from the Stephensons,” he said. “They put their money where their mouth is – they want to make it as good as it can be and then some.” Ski Bluewood, a 1,600-acre development on U.S. Forest Service land, has about 500 skiable acres with the triple-seat Skyline Express as the backbone of two dozen runs ranging from green to black diamond.

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Skyline, which has the capacity of nearly 4,000 skiers per hour, brings snow lovers 1,125 vertical feet from the lodge to a top of 5,670 feet overlooking the expansive pine-crested Blue Mountains. Almost one third of the runs are “easy,” while another third are “intermediate” and the remaining third “difficult.” Vintner’s Ridge, the ungroomed pure powder slope above Skyline will be accessible through special sled runs the Bluewood crew tried out last year to the delight of the hardier skiers. “People just loved it,” Stephenson said. “With the fatter skis, off-piste skiing is all the rage. We’ll offer the sled shuttle on the weekends and possibly on some weekdays, depending on the need and the weather.” Last year, the new owners took over operations of Ski Bluewood with barely enough time to get the resort ready and running for the season. This year, the Stephensons, including General Manager Travis Stephenson, Mike Stephenson’s son, have had all summer to make improvements and think up new ways for their patrons to enjoy the mountain. “It will be a fresh mix,” Travis Stephenson said about the addition of a second terrain park that was installed on the Baby Face run last year and will be built on this year with step-up and step-down jumps, rails, jibs, hips and quarter pipes. To add to this year’s excitement, Ski Bluewood will hold its first-ever free-style skiing event on the weekend of Feb. 11 – 12, with slope-style competition on Saturday and boarder cross and ski cross on Sunday. Last year, the new owners added an espresso cart and more food choices to the menu. This year, the kitchen will offer pizza by the slice, panini sandwiches and other items skiers “can just grab and go,” Mike Stephenson said. Of course, everything about skiing revolves around the weather. The Stephensons said there’s another La Nina year in the forecast and that means a winter with lots of precipitation, read fresh snow! “It’s going to be a fantastic winter,” Mike Stephenson said. But on days when the weather doesn’t allow for decent conditions, the resort’s weather report will be honest about it, he said. “We’ll be truthful about it.”

A Snowmobiler's Paradise


here’s a well-kept, snowy secret in the Touchet overnight. Aileen warns that riders can get stranded and it can Valley that snowmobile enthusiasts have been enjoying for years. Touchet Corrals, at the foot be dangerous in the snow, so come prepared. She of Bluewood ski area, has a launching spot and large suggests having a cell phone with you, telling friends snow park for snowmobiling from Dec. 1 to April 1 and family where you are and when you’ll return and to wear appropriate snowmobiling clothing. each year. “Carhartts don’t cut it,” Aileen said. “Expect the “We’re kind of undiscovered,” said Aileen Warren, a member of the Blue Mountain SnoMo club, an Eastern unexpected.” If new snowmobile gear is too costly, she suggests Washington snowmobile organization that rides in the hunting through swap meets and garage sales where Dayton area. There are about 40 families in the club from Colfax, you can find used gear. There isn’t a snowmobile shop in town, but riders Ritzville, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and Dayton, Warren can pop into the Dayton Chamber of Commerce to said. Touchet Corrals has less traffic than other snowmobiling be directed to the nearest business or club member sites and more diversity in where you can ride, Warren for more information about the trails or where to find said. It has easy trails and ones that are “steep and gear, she said. Also, a big event for the Washington State Snowmobile deep,” she said. You can definitely push yourself to Association is being held locally in Walla Walla this year. the limits on these trails. Warren goes snowmobiling on weekends and her The Warrens said enthusiasts won’t want to miss the husband Glen goes every chance he can get, she said. 2012 Winter Rendezvous Feb. 17 through 20. They hope The trails are open during the day and on weekends the event will bring many more people into the area to and operate when forest service roads close, Glen experience Touchet Valley’s pristine snowy trails. Warren said. There is nowhere in the area to rent a snowmobile, so riders must bring their own. Riders also need sno-park parking permits, a registration and a license to operate the snowmobile. (509) 382-1125 The Last Resort & “They do patrol,” Glen Warren said Blue Mountains KOA of the Touchet Corrals area. Campground The State Parks website has detailed 2005 Tucannon Road, Pomeroy Tucannon River RV Park maps of the area and the Warrens said 511 Highway 261, Starbuck 1-800-562-3417 riders should familiarize themselves (509) 399-2056 with the area before heading out Lyons Ferry Marina KOA because there are boundaries they Lewis & Clark Trail 102 Lyons Ferry Road, Starbuck must stay within and trails are not State Park always well-marked. 36149 Highway 12, Dayton Reservations: (800) 562-5418 “It’s a whole different world in the (509) 337-6457 Information: (509) 399-8020 mountains,” Glen Warren said. (Limitied services in winter) For lodging, riders can stay in Shangri-La River Ranch town, or they can rent a forest service 104 Rose Gulch, Dayton building near the trails to sleep in



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Fish are Biting in the Snake and Tucannon Rivers


ri-Cities resident Pat Van Horn has been river fishing since childhood, but only this fall did he try his luck where the Tucannon River flows into the Snake River about a mile west of Lyons Ferry. “It’s probably one of the better areas as far as facilities go,” he said while launching his small motorboat at the Lyons Ferry Marina with his friends James Lindholm and Lindholm’s son Justin. “I’ve always known about this but never had a chance to come up. We heard they were catching fish up here, so we came to check it out.” Fishermen from all over the region are coming to the Lyons Ferry area this year because of good prospects for Steelhead and the opening of Chinook, the first time that fish has been permitted in decades. “We have a lot of fish coming over the dam,” said Jim MacArthur, who runs the Lyons Ferry Marina with his wife Angela. “Some of those guys are catching the limit daily.” The Snake River in the northern part of Columbia County, just a short drive from the Touchet River Valley, is a body of water with plenty of resident fish species, such as bass, walleye, perch, cat fish and sturgeon. Only the migratory Steelhead and Chinook have a limited season, explained Verna Foley, co-owner of Darver Tackle in Starbuck. But they too are plentiful. The stretch of Snake most interesting to fishermen runs from Ayer Boat Basin west of Lyons Ferry to the Little Goose Dam, where many station themselves at the park just down from the locks. The area has several camping and launching sites, including Lyons Ferry and Texas Rapids. Lyons Ferry has a fueling dock, bathroom facilities, a restaurant and shop with fishing and camping supplies, campsites and RV sites. Foley and her husband Darcy Linklater run several RV sites

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in Starbuck, the nearest town that also features Aunt Jennie’s Bed & Breakfast. Starbuck’s only B&B caters to fishermen with its trailer parking and fish-cleaning setup out back. Rooms that sleep up to three are $75 with shared bathroom facilities and a hearty breakfast. The tackle shop, now in its 10th year on McNeil Street, is one of the largest in this corner of the state with 400 rods and 250 reels under two dozen different brands. It even has its own line of rods, designed by Linklater as a special long-handled 11’ 6” casting pole that plunks as lightly as a smaller rod but gets the bait out there much farther, Linklater said. Darver also offers bait such as worms, nitro worms, shrimp, prawns, egg roe, herring, smelt, anchovies, sardines, crawfish tails, sturgeon candy, squid, chicken livers and gizzards and many varieties of lures. The guest book at the shop gives a glimpse of just how far-flung visitors to the store are: Vancouver, Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Japan, China and Germany. Darver also has camping and RV equipment. Plus, it handles hunting and fishing licenses. “We have everything the fishermen need for their experience,” Foley said. “If we don’t have it, we’ll order it for them.” Other retailers in the Touchet River Valley area sell fishing-related merchandise, such as Dingle’s in Dayton and the Waitsburg Hardware & Mercantile store. PDQ and the General Store in Dayton carry bait. For guide services, Foley recommends Richard Ells of Reel People Guide Service, based in Starbuck. A bit further afield is Mid Columbia River Guide

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Service with trips ranging in cost from $125 to $150 per person. Checking back with Van Horn and his friends later that day, he reported catching two six-pound Steelhead and a 10-pound wild salmon, which he released. His group didn’t do quite as well as some of the other boats near him at the mouth of the Tucannon, but he said he’s in it as much for the experience as the catch. “We had a great day,” he said. “I’m kind a liking this place. There’s not a whole lot of people to fight like in some other places. We’ve been having a good time.”


Hunting Opportunities at Local Wind Farms

unters are flocking to the Touchet River Valley to gain access to year-round game hunting under the shadows of the region's large wind turbines. The Hopkins Ridge Wind Project and the Marengo Wind Project allow hunting on their lands if you take out the appropriate permit. According to Anne Walsh, the senior environmental/communications manager for Puget Sound Energy’s Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility, PSE started the hunting program on the lands it leases for the wind turbines in fall of 2006. When the company applied to build the turbines, the county encouraged PSE to start a hunting program with maps, boundaries, hunting buffer zones and asked it to work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The lands are open to hunters year-round, but “deer rifle and elk rifle are the biggest seasons in this area,” Walsh said. About 850 people each year register to hunt on the wind turbine lands, she said. To get to the boundary line of the wind project, it’s just a short 20-minute drive from Dayton. To get signed up, it’s pretty easy. Hunters can log onto Puget Sound Energy and PacifiCorp web sites for the application and rules. Your permit must be picked up from the Last Resort Campstore on the upper Tucannon River before you can head to the lands. Also, Walsh recommends surveying the land well before hiking in because the area is large and there are certain areas where hunting is not allowed, such as around homes. Other rules include staying at least 300 feet away from the wind turbines and not driving on turbine roads. And the company does not allow horses or pack animals. Friends and family members who know homeowners on turbine lands personally can also apply through the homeowners who don’t always allow hunting on their property. Jim MacArthur, who runs the campstore, said the lands are great for hunters as well as those who like to watch birds and go fishing. Also, those who visit the area to hunt on the wind turbine lands are eating at local restaurants and spending money in the community.

“As a business owner, there’s a lot of economic benefit of having the hunters in the area in the fall,” he said. There wasn’t much access to lands for hunting in that area before and MacArthur said he is glad to see it open to sportsmen. “I really hate to see land closed off,” he said. “My hat goes off to these companies. They really went out of their way to make this happen.” The energy companies do pay to maintain the program including its maps and educational videos. During the fall, the companies hire private security teams to make sure all of the hunters have a permit and are following the rules. The security guards call on the Sheriff ’s Office to handle enforcement, Walsh said. There haven’t been many issues since the lands have been opened to hunters. And she was surprised that hunters make sure to report poachers and other offenders. “They keep the bad (hunters) from giving it a bad reputation,” she said. Walsh stays on top of moving the program forward and finds ways to improve it each year. She recently added GPS coordinates and a topographical map for hunters so they can better understand the boundaries. And, all of the hard work is paying off. “The feedback is very positive,” Walsh said. “We have reams of thankyou letters for having these lands open.”

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Food & Drink Fine Dining Wineries & Brew Dayton Pubs Manila Bay Asian Café 311 East Main Street (509) 382-2520

Patit Creek Restaurant 725 E Dayton Avenue (509) 382-2625 Weinhard Café 258 E Main (509) 382-1681

Waitsburg jimgermanbar 119 Main Street (509) 337-6001 Whoopemup Hollow Café 120 Main Street (509) 337-9000

Dayton Dayton Wine Works 507 E Main Street (509) 382-1200

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Asian Grill 525 W Main Street Behind Ameristar (509) 382-3022 Country Cupboard Bakery & Deli 330 E Main Street (509) 382-2215 Fiesta En Jalisco 404 W Main Street (509) 382-0606

Dumas Station Wines 36229 Highway 12 (509) 382-8933

Home Baked Goodness 309 E. Main Street (509) 520-0614

Mace Meadworks 250 East Main St. (509) 540-0000 Macemeadworks

Ray's Drive In 221 W Main Street (509) 382-4822

Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street (509) 382-4677

Waitsburg Laht Neppur Brewery 444 Preston Ave. (509) 337-6261

Steve's Grocery

Casual Dining

Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street (509) 382-4677

Waitsburg Betty's Diner 114 Preston Ave. (509) 337-6098 La Monarca 206 Main Street (509) 337-3200 Laht Neppur Brewery 444 Preston Ave. (509) 337-6261

White Stallion Restaurant 701 Preston Avenue (509) 337-6839

Prescott Tuxedo Bar & Grill 105 South D Street (509) 849-2244

Starbuck Huwe's Café 401 Main St. (509) 399-2211 Snake River Grill Lyons Ferry Marina Hwy 261, Starbuck (509) 399-8020

Coffee Shops

Waitsburg Coppei Coffee 139 Main Street (509) 337-8184

Bars/Taverns Dayton

Woody's Bar & Grill 214 E Main Street (509) 382-2364

Waitsburg Anchor Bar 141 Main Street (509) 337-3008



Rawhide Bar N Grill 211 N. Main (509) 399-2222

Rooster's Brew 36709 Highway 12 (509) 382-8982


Weinhard Hotel Internet Café 235 E Main Street (509) 382-4032

Dayton Mercantile & Subway 516 W Main Street (509) 382-2563 General Store & Picadilly Pizza 426 W Main Street (509) 382-1042 PDQ Foodmart 403 E Main Street (509) 382-2155 Shell Service Center 401 West Main Street (509) 382-2741

Waitsburg Waitsburg Grocery 200 Main Street (509) 337-6641 Midway Food Mart 903 Preston Ave (509) 337-6151

Prescott Sandy's Market Highway 124 (509) 849-2844


Ameristar 533 West Main Street (509) 382-9952

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Special Events


October Modern Firearm Deer Season Starts Oct. 15. Modern Firearm Elk Season Starts Oct. 29


Dayton Memorial Library

Prescott Library

103 S. D Street, Prescott (509) 849-2411 Hours: T, Th 12-8 p.m., Sat 10-3

Weller Public Library

212 Main Street, Waitsburg (509) 337-8149 Hours: M 3-8, Th 10-noon, 1-6

Dayton Memorial Library

111 S. 3rd Street, Dayton (509) 382-4131 Hours: M,W,F 10-5; T,Th noon-8; Saturday 10-2 Free WiFi, copier/fax machine, meeting room available.

Fall Musical: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Touchet Valley Arts Council Productions November 18 - December 3 Liberty Theater 344 E. Main St., Dayton This year’s fall musical features an original script by Mike Ferrians and Brenda Chapman of TVAC Productions. Nine performances will be held. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www. or call the theater at (509) 382-1380. Dayton’s Christmas Kick-Off Nov. 25 and 26 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Activities include a Christmas lighted parade Friday evening, shopping on Friday and Saturday, Depot Christmas Market and Art Show, family movie at the Liberty

Theater, mule-drawn hayrides at the Depot, family movie at Liberty Theater, visit with Santa downtown, Main Street carolers, live nativity and Friday night fireworks.

with food, drinks and a midnight champagne toast. Visit www.

Pomeroy’s Starlight Parade, Nov. 25 5 p.m. Chili Feed, a visit from Santa, hay rides and a holiday movie. Hosted by the Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce, 509-843-5110 or 877-353-0118.

Ground Hog Day Sausage Fest February 2, 5 to 8 p.m. Youth Building, Columbia County Fairgrounds, Dayton Blue Mountain Heritage Society holds this festival to help shake off those winter blues. Enjoy entertainment and a great meal. For details, call 509-382-8919.

December Waitsburg Hometown Christmas Dec. 3 & 4 Hosted by the Commercial Club. Activities for families including Turkey Bingo, craft vendors, Christmas carolers, Santa on Sunday, special drawings, a Christmas lighted parade, chili feed and high school talent show. Liberty Theater’s New Year’s Eve Party Starting at 9 p.m. Liberty Theater 344 E. Main St., Dayton Spend New Year’s Eve at Dayton’s historic theater. Enjoy a movie along


March Blue Mountain Brix & Brew Festival Friday, March 16 Annual benefit auction for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. $25 admission includes wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Tickets at Chamber office or the door.

Don't Miss:

The Liberty Theater 344 E. Main Street, Dayton (509) 382-1380 The Liberty Theater opened in 1908. After being closed for 30 years, the Touchet Valley Arts Council reopened it in the fall of 2001. Now completely restored, the theater hosts live events and movies on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesday evenings.

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Touchet River Valley Churches Dayton Blue Mountain Assembly of God 311 S. 4th Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-1972 Sunday School 10 a.m. & Worship – 11 a.m. "Connecting to God from one Generation to the Next" Community Bible Church 203 S. 2nd Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4106 Worship 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Fellowship/Children's Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Dewayne Ramsey, Pastor Mission: Growing whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints 1114 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 Sacrament Meeting 9:00 a.m. Sunday School/Primary 10:20 a.m. Priesthood/Relief Society 11:10 a.m. (509) 382-9655 Dayton Nazarene Church 402 E. Tremont St. (South 3rd Street and Tremont) Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2644 Email: Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. Joe Simmons, Pastor Dayton United Methodist Church 110 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4671 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. Bill Peck, Pastor First Christian Church 410 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 509-382-2330 Worship 9:30 a.m. Bible Study Fellowship 11:00 a.m. Jim Edwards, Pastor "To Know Jesus and Make Him Known"

First Congregational Church 214 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2471 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. Bill Graham, Interim Pastor Grace Episcopal Church 301 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. "Small Church, Big Heart, Faithful People" Harvest Christian Center 653 Wagon Road Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4728 Worship 10:45 a.m. Breakfast 9:30 a.m. every first Sunday Pastor Tony Sykes Redeemer Lutheran Church 601 S. 3rd Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4662 office (509) 540-5532 cell email: Greg Bye, Pastor “Praying for Spiritual Renewal in the Touchet Valley and Garfield County” Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1525 S. 4th Street Dayton, WA 99328 Lesson Study 9:30 a.m. Saturday Worship 10:40 a.m. Saturday (509) 382-4020 St. Joseph Catholic Church 112 S. 1st Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 843-1110 / (509) 382-2311 Sunday Mass: 11:15 am Hour of Prayer: 4:30 - 5:30 pm Wednesday Mass: 8:00 am Rev. Robert Turner United Brethren Church 1106 S. 4th Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4009 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Services 10:45 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Greg Brownell, Pastor

Waitsburg St. Mark Catholic Church 405 W. 5th Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 843-1110 Sunday Mass: 5:00 p.m. Hour of Prayer: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday Tuesday Mass: 6:00 p.m. Rev. Robert Turner First Christian Church 604 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-8898 www.christianchurchwaitsburg. org Spiritual Growth Grps. 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:50 a.m. Mike Ferrians, Pastor “A Touchet Valley Community Church” Jehovah’s Witnesses 122 Coppei Road Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-9243 Presbyterian Church 504 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-6589 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 11:00 Summer Schedule - Worship only at 9:30 a.m. Bret Moser, Pastor

Prescott Prescott Community Church 202 E. 2nd Street Post Office Box 163 Prescott, WA 99348 (509) 849-2273 Sunday School 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. – noon.

Starbuck Starbuck Community Church 110 Main Street Starbuck, WA 99359 (509) 399-2259 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. David McIlroy, Pastor

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Dayton Ag Link 207 N Third Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4743 City Lumber & Coal Yard 200 N Third Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4211 Country Cupboard 330 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2215 Croft's Floral & Gifts 207 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2565 Customized Business Systems 159 E. Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4415

Toys, toys, toys: Etceteras in Waitsburg


ring home more than just great memories after visiting the Touchet River Valley. You’ll find a great selection of gifts and goods at the many fine shops here. The beautiful historic Main Streets in Dayton and Waitsburg make shopping, or just looking, a joy. And we have all the necessities as well. Following is a complete list of retail stores and shops in the Touchet River Valley.

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Dayton Historic Depot Gift Shop 222 E. Commercial Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2026 Dingle's of Dayton 179 E Main Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2581 Elk Drug 176 E Main Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2536 Folk Art Shoppe 127 E. Main St Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 494-1458

Jacci's Yarn Basket 242 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2526

Suffield Furniture Company 362 E Main Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2331

Mrs. Mc's Antiques 163 E. Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-1964

Village Shoppes 245 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-9152

Skye Book and Brew Pub 148 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4677

Wenaha Gallery 219 E Main Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2124

St. Vincent de Paul 247 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4146

Waitsburg Etceteras 208 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-6150 Hugs, Gifts & Collectibles 109 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 539-8773 Waitsburg Hardware & Mercantile 134 Main Street Waitsburg, WA 99361 (509) 337-6671

Starbuck Darver Tackle Shop PO Box 156 Starbuck, WA 99359 (509) 399-2015 KOA Kampstore Lyon’s Ferry Marina Starbuck, WA 99359 (509) 399-8020

Ready for Christmas shoppers: Dingle's of Dayton

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