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 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    January 13, 2022 

Streaming and Book Review:

Station Eleven Book by Emily St. JohnMandel Series Produced by HBO "Because survival is insufficient," a message from Star Trek that is spray-painted on the lead wagon of a post-apocalyptic traveling...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    January 13, 2022 

The Wrestler's Daughter

The Wrestler's Daughter by Markeeta Little Wolf The locally anticipated and internationally renowned memoir by Markeeta Little Wolf is now available on Amazon. Years ago, decades ago, I found a... Full story

 

Thursday Murder Club series

The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel By Richard Osman Meeting in the Jigsaw Room at a retirement village, four friends take up the tradition of amateur sleuths in murder mysteries. It does become apparen...

 

Weller Library Library Book Club reads:

The Return by Nicholas Sparks Published September 2020 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a book in the tradition of his best-selling books Dear John and The Lucky One....

 

Streaming Review:Why Women Kill

I first ran across this series while scrolling for something to watch this fall. I assumed Why Women Kill was a reality show about murderesses. I wasn't interested. However, after a recommendation...

 

Movie Review:

This week I went to Walla Walla to see Wes Anderson's new movie The French Dispatch. The film was entertaining and one of Anderson's best. In each production, he brings back members from his...

 

My favorite ghost stories on TV

Dead Like Me Some of the scariest characters in afterlife lore are grim reapers. Shadowy skeletal figures, in hooded black robes, carrying a scythe who take souls to their final destination. Dead...

 

Book Reviews:The Little Paris Bookshop, The Paris Hours: A novel

The Litte Paris Bookshop by Nina George, translated by Simon Pare Reviewed by Todd Vandenbark, MLS. Library Director, Columbia County Rural Library District, Dayton, WA Floating on the banks of the Se...

 

Out and about: Fine Art, design, & dining in Vancouver, BC.

Last week, I took a trip to British Columbia to visit friends, see some art, go to the season opening of the Symphony and eat. Seems like ages since I stayed in downtown Vancouver and was curious to...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 19, 2021

A new artist in town

This month, one of the most talented people I know has moved to town. David Gignac has been a close friend, fellow artist, co-exhibitor, and collaborator since I met him decades ago on Whidbey Island....

 

Policing reform lacks clarification from State

DAYTON—Washington state’s legislation on police reform went into effect on Sunday, July 25, and has left many police officials across the state without needed clarification. Concerns over changes to police response based on House Bill 1054 and Ho... Full story

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 29, 2021

Be alert to internet, phone scams

WAITSBURG—Recently, I received a voice message from a number I was not familiar with. The message claimed there were actions filed on my social security number for fraudulent activities. The recorded message said I needed to call the provided numbe...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    July 22, 2021

TV Review: Miracle Workers

Miracle Workers TBS, three seasons, (2019-) Miracle Workers is a comedy series that uses the same ensemble cast in different storylines for each season. The storylines are from the writings of...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    July 22, 2021

Everyone goes, especially dogs

I have owned dogs living in apartments and houses. My first dog, Tupac, a miniature dachshund, lived with me in an apartment in Seattle. Apartment life means no yard, so we would go for walks around...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    July 15, 2021

Walla Walla Sheriffs checking in with Waitsburg's Main Street businesses

Three blokes became five. Sergeant Kevan Maas and Deputy Sheriff Aaron Stites checked in with local businesses on Main Street in Waitsburg on Tuesday. Building and business owners were happy to have...

 

Purchase agreement finalized on new Waitsburg City Hall

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met on July 1 for a council workshop. The meeting was open to the public and attended by ten members of the community. There was no public comment period during...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 1, 2021

Sprinklers not Sparklers

WAITSBURG — Many state, county, and city officials ask the public to celebrate the Fourth of July without home fireworks this year. The Pacific Northwest is experiencing extreme heat conditions causing serious concerns over health and fire safety...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 17, 2021

Friends of the Weller Library meeting welcomed large crowd

Waitsburg—On Wednesday, June 9, the Friends of the Weller Library met for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was held at the Weller Library in Waitsburg and attended by approximately 30 people. Karen Huwe, past president of the group,...

 

City Council sees large turnout for public hearing

WAITSBURG—The May 19 City Council meeting was scheduled to include a public hearing concerning the possible sale of 212 Main St, which houses the Weller Public Library. A much larger than usual crowd attended the Waitsburg City Council meeting. Ove...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 20, 2021

Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting update

DAYTON-Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Earle Marvin, opened the May 12 meeting with public comment. Betty Longren spoke, urging the commissioners to respect all community members and get behind...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    May 13, 2021

Hyperbole and a Half

I ran across Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh, shortly after it was published in 2013. At the time, it seemed like graphic novels were replacing the written word. I have to say I was not a big fan...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 6, 2021

Over 800 articles, 500,000 words and counting

When I took over The Times in 2019, I was an avid newspaper reader, not a newspaper journalist. Just because you've eaten in a restaurant doesn't mean you can run one. Michele was one of the...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    April 15, 2021

Guilt, forgiveness, and being seen

The Painter and the Thief, Hulu This Norwegian documentary is a story of friendship built from art and theft. The painter is Czeck artist Barbora Kysilkova whose natural curiosity leads her to a...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    March 25, 2021

Book Briefs: Lane's Picks

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford Though this best-selling book was published in 2005, I didn't read it until 2009. Before then, my reading material rarely included...

 

Book Briefs

Michele Smith’s picks Caste by Isabel Wilkerson The concept of caste has been around long before the concept of race. In her book, Caste, Isabel Wilkerson takes us on a trip through the Hindu caste...

 

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