Week of July 11, 2024

  • An enduring story of family, community, and heros

    Lane Gwinn, The Times

    WAITSBURG - Wendy, Brian, and Coe Richards are inviting the Waitsburg community to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the surgery that saved their family. In July 1999, two-year-old Coe had already endured months of chemotherapy and hospitalization at Seattle's Children's Hospital before undergoing a liver transplant. A softball-sized tumor was found on his liver the prior December. Though the seven rounds of chemo managed to reduce its size by half, the tumor's position on the liver...

  • Waitsburg Presbyterian has new pastor

    Lane Gwinn, The Times

    WAITSBURG - The Waitsburg Presbyterian membership has made it official; Heidi Lum has been named Pastor of the church. She takes over from Pastor Stan Hughes, who has been serving in a transitional role since April 2019. Lum, her husband Ellery, and son Matthew moved to Waitsburg last year after Hughes invited her to intern at the church. She met Hughes at the Presbytery of the Northwest after the Lums moved to Kettle Falls, Washington from Honolulu, Hawaii. Lum said she chose Washington to...

  • Baseball at Borleske Stadium

    Karen Huwe, The Times

    WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets amateur baseball team plays in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league. There are north and south divisions with eight teams each. The Sweets are in the south division and play at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla. Their last home game this season is August 8. Coming out to watch the Sweets play is a fun family activity. Besides watching the game, there are great food options and fun fan activities between innings. Some games between innings...

  • Cardinals at Ilwaco Basketball Camp

    Karen Huwe, The Times

    WAITSBURG ­- Coach Westin Wallace saw growth in his Waitsburg team at the Ilwaco basketball camp June 24-27. The young men improved individual and team basketball skills and bonded during team activities off the court. The team of two eighth graders, a junior, and two seniors was joined by WHS alum Blake French, who traveled with the team as a mentor. The young team played against experienced varsity players from other schools but fought hard. The team figured out what worked and what did not....

  • Support for Bertha Clayton

    The Times

    Dear Editor, Bertha Clayton will bring excellent and responsible leadership to Walla Walla County Commission. Her skills are based on a strong family, impressive education, successful work experience, and devotion to our area of Washington State. Bertha grew up in Waitsburg on her family’s farm, earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a law degree from University of Idaho. Devoting her skills and knowledge to local organizations, Bertha has already enhanced our area in many ways. Before law school, Bertha was a...

  • Former commissioner supports Bertha Clayton

    The Times

    To the editor, As a Republican and former county commissioner, I am supporting Bertha Clayton for Walla Walla County Commissioner, District 1, as I believe she is the best educated and most qualified candidate to hold this position. Prior to becoming a member of Bertha’s campaign committee, I met with her over a nine-month period and vetted her extensively. I am satisfied her governing philosophy will be non-political and her fiscal position conservative. The vast majority of decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners are monetary...

  • Rountable on agriculture and agribusiness

    The Times

    WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce presents Chamber Cafés and Roundtables on industry–specific topics. These events are designed to foster an environment of sharing knowledge and making connections within specific industries. The Chamber is hosting a roundtable on agriculture and agribusiness open to anyone in these sectors to pose questions, discuss current challenges and exchange ideas. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and RSVP is required due to limited space. Go to...

  • Drought Conditions Impact Washington AG

    The Times

    OLYMPIA, WA. — According to the USDA, seven days were suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. The continuing drought in Western Washington has caused difficult farming conditions. Central Washington dealt with heat and lack of moisture, which impacted wheat and forage crops. Forage crops had little regrowth; in some areas, cattle grazed fields that should have had a second hay-cutting. In Yakima County, daytime highs for the week started in the lower 80s but neared triple digits by the end of the week. The...

  • At the Liberty:

    The Times

    DAYTON — “Inside Out 2” shows at the Liberty Theater for a second week. The movie returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety (voiced by Maya Hawke) shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. This movie has been highly rated by critics and audiences (90% and 96%,...

  • A doppio break in Waitsburg

    The Times

    On July 3, a group of French adventurists stopped for doppios at Ten Ton Coffee. They were part of a 20 day motorcycle trek from Seattle to Miami. Road2Luxe is a French tour company offering guided tours in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Flying from Paris, the 14 riders were paired up with high end motorcycles including Indian Scouts and Roadmasters, Honda Goldwings, and several Harley-Davidson models. The riders were full of energy and found Waitsburg a...

  • Palouse Outdoors:A Gopher Snake in the Grass is Nature's Hidden Hero

    Brad Trumbo, The Times

    "We're missing snakes," Ali said. "It's the apex predator at ground level." "You're right. We've seen one gopher snake on this property in eight years," I replied. Rarely would anyone utter a thought about needing more snakes in their life, but this conversation followed a moment of compromised composure. A pocket gopher eating the entire root system from beneath a beautiful three-year-old sagebrush that had grown from seed provoked red-faced rage and copious obscenities. I'm not one to "throw...

  • One and Done, nope, not me

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times

    Three and Done (for now). I recently completed my third week of tennis camp. Exhausted doesn’t begin to describe how I ache. But persevere, I have, and I’m sure the makers of Advil are celebrating my stubbornness and my dependence on their miracle drug. With all that time and money spent, you’d think I’d be scouted to play at Wimbledon, but nope. I am relegated to my usual but fun, regular games. And I am grateful that I can still play, have friends to play with, and have not been...

  • A Fourth of July tradition

    Lane Gwinn, The Times

    In 2010, Laurette dared her husband Jack McCaw and the late Tom Baker to march down Waitsburg’s Main Street with an American flag on the 4th - wearing shorts. Now an annual event, McCaw was joined by Rose Englebright and other community members for the Veterans’ March. After their first appearance, the shorts have not been part of the...

  • Summer Barley Salad

    Luke Chavez, The Times

    Several years ago, we were in Los Angeles visiting friends and family during a milestone birthday. As part of the festivities, we were invited to a friend’s house for a potluck barbeque. Being very familiar with the culinary trends of health-conscious southern California, I made a joke on our way there that the potluck would be nothing but raw kale. When we arrived at the party, there was fresh guacamole made from avocados grown in someone’s backyard, gorgeous wild-caught seafood on the...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times

    Ten Years Ago July 17, 2014 "I'm so great at swim lessons!" announced Alyssa Array as she exited the dressing room following her Level 3 swim class at the Waitsburg City Pool on Tuesday morning. That statement – along with the fact that 60 children participated in lessons this year – is a testament to the success of Waitsburg's swim program. This year Waitsburg offered one two-week session of swim lessons, from beginners at Level 1, to the more advanced Level 4 swimmers. Lessons are taught...

  • Thomas James "Jim" Young

    The Times

    Celebration of Life July 20th, 2024 2 pm – 4 pm Waitsburg Town Hall Waitsburg resident Jim Young, 83, passed away on June 22, 2024 at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St, Waitsburg, Wash. Please bring your stories to share. Family & Friends may view a full obituary and share memories & sign the guestbook at mountainvie...

  • Senior Lunch Menu

    the Times

    Dayton Senior Round Table Lunch Menu Dayton Senior Center 403 E. Patit St. Waitsburg Senior Center 504 Main Street 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. ---------------------------- Both menus available at: https://www.wallawallaseniorcenter.o...

  • Community Events Calendar

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  • School Lunch Menu

    the Times

    Waitsburg School District Starting October 5, the Waitsburg School District will only be delivering meals on Monday and Wednesday. If your student is already signed up for the meal program, the schedule will automatically adjust. If you have not signed your child up and would like to participate, you will need to submit a signed consent form to your child’s school. The consent form can be found on the school’s website, www.waitsburgsd.org. Thursday, December 3 B: Long John L: Teriyaki chicken Rice Snap peas Mandarin oranges Friday,...

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