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  • Bluegrass to Beethoven

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—On April 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, the Walla Walla Symphony will welcome award-winning mandolin player Sierra Hull as the guest artist for two new works by living composer Ofer Ben-Amots: Concertino and The Bluegrass Suite. Both of these lively works are infused with the styles of klezmer and bluegrass music and will also feature Walla Walla Symphony principal clarinet Shannon Scott and banjo player Keith Reed. The Walla Walla Symphony will also perform one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, Symphony No. 3, “Er...

  • Artful Duo Mix Media

    Brianna Wray, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    WAITSBURG-Martha Mason and Anne Haley have come together to share an assortment of artworks ranging from letterpress prints and monotypes to paintings and drawings. These works are on display now through April at Ten Ton Coffee on Main Street. "The theme of the show is how different we are," says Mason," we've been friends for years, but we're polar opposites." "Anne and I met in my design class. She's an amazing woman and a very bright lady who's talented in the fiber arts, knows design...

  • Talk about Art

    Carolyn Henderson, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    A column by Carolyn Henderson There's a lot more you can do with an old horseshoe than nail it over your doorway for luck. At least, if you're Annie Behlau of Milton-Freewater, who creates sculptures of everything from Scottish Terriers to modern dancers, using old horseshoes and their ilk. "I gather steel scrap from salvage yards, junk piles, yard sales, and farms," the artist, who raised her now grown family on a 100-acre farm just outside of Dayton says. "I also use horseshoes gotten from my...

  • Citizens voice concerns at Dayton library board meeting

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    DAYTON—It was a full house at the March 18 meeting of the Columbia County Rural Library Board as area residents showed up to voice concerns about library policies and practices. Board chair Tanya Patton thanked the community for their willingness to be involved, saying there were more people in attendance at the meeting than she had seen at all the meetings in 13 years prior. The meeting opened with an introduction of board of trustee members, their education and their work backgrounds. Sarah R...

  • Potential litigation propels BOCC to interface with library board

    Michele Smith, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    DAYTON—If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then why doesn’t the county have a dedicated human resources manager? Now, issues surrounding Shakira Bye’s termination from the library on Mar. 1 are prompting the county commissioners to take a more active role in library board operations. When the commissioners met with Library Board Chair Tanya Patton and Board Trustee Karin Spann last week, they wanted answers about practices and policies regarding library staff. Commissioner Chuck...

  • Waitsburg City Council Update

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    K.C. Kuykendall, Kevin House, Terry Jacoy, Jim Romine and Mayor Marty Dunn were present. Kate Hockersmith was absent. Public Comment -Walla Walla Conservation District Manager Renee Hadley said that a leadership group for the Touchet Valley will kick off with an event in Prescott on June 8. -Karen Gregutt thanked the City for support of Waitsburg Cottages over the last 11 years. -Joy Smith made available the Commercial Club’s annual program of work. Effective April 1, vendors will be able to sha...

  • Olive Entertainment

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    Waitsburg wine writer Paul Gregutt entertained patrons at the Olive Market Place & Cafe last week. The Waitsburg artist played a solo set of original compositions accompanied by amplified acoustic guitar....

  • 'Love America Tour' kicks off in Waitsburg, April 13

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    WAITSBURG-Waitsburg can be accurately characterized as an All-American town, but the display of patriotism planned for April 13 will be hard to match. Waitsburg American Legion Post 35 will sponsor the kickoff of the "Love America Tour" with Vietnam veteran Sgt. Bob Brock, his locally-famous Patriot Jeep, and the new one-of-a-kind America's Patriot Jet Fighter from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. on Waitsburg's Main Street. Main Street will be blocked off for the program that will take place in front of Town Ha...

  • Samantha Davis finishes third for DW Girls at Milton-Freewater match

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    MILTON-FREEWATER- Coach McGhan's concern for his team was evident in the first golf match of the DW season in Milton-Freewater on March 21. With early-season matches allowing coaches more access to their players, McGhan is available to answer questions about rules or how to deal with a specific situation and made a point to check in with each of his nine players. Everyone, whether playing or watching, stands at alert with shotgun starts at every hole. For students at some schools, this was...

  • NCAA Tourney Games

    Eric Umphrey, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    #12 Oregon (25-12) vs. #1 Virginia (31-3) in Louisville, KY Thursday March 28 at 7 p.m. on TBS. After upsetting #5 Wisconsin in the first round, the Ducks faced another upset winner in #13 UC Irvine who they defeated easily in the 2nd round 73-54. Virginia will be the highest ranked team they have faced all season. #1 Gonzaga (32-3) vs. #4 Florida St. (29-7). The Gonzaga game is Thurs. March 28 at 4:09 p.m. in Anaheim, CA on CBS. Gonzaga rolled through the first two rounds and should win this one as well to likely face #2 Michigan in the next...

  • Free Heart to Start 5K training program begins April 2

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—The snow is finally gone and it is the perfect time to get in shape. Providence St. Mary Medical Center has the perfect solution with Heart to Start, a free 5K training program, which begins April 2. The program is ideal for people of wide-ranging fitness levels. It begins with a kickoff presentation on April 2, with weekly workouts led by Providence cardiology clinicians starting April 9. According to a Providence St. Mary media release, the program began in Portland, Ore. in 2012 and has inspired hundreds of people to walk or run...

  • DW Track & Field kicks off season in Clarkston

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    CLARKSTON, Wash.— DW track & field coach said the team had a good tournout for the first District meet of the season at Clarkston on Tues., March 29, even though a few athletes had not yet met eligibility requirements. “We weren’t expecting PRs since the time for peak performance is the middle of May, not the third week in March. Early in the season we’re looking for improvement in form and technique, after which the marks will naturally improve,” Nechodom said. Nechodom said the women’s r...

  • Knowledge Bowl Makes State

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    YAKIMA, Wash.-Waitsburg High School's Team 1 Knowledge Bowl team attended the State meet in Yakima on Saturday, where they placed eight among 12 Division 1 teams. Former knowledge bowl coach Brad Green accompanied the team as current advisor Lynn Martin is out of the country. Heather Baker attended as chaperone. Riverside Christian took first place, West Sound Academy came in second and Valley Christian landed third. Other Division I state contenders included: Almira-Coulee-Hartline, Naselle,...

  • DW softball starts season with a 21-2 win against Riverside

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    BOARDMAN, Ore.—The DW softball team knocked their first game out of the park with a win 21-2 win against the Riverside Pirates on a road game on Tues., March 19. “Our girls played well offensively and defensively for their first time on the field. We have a young and completely restructured team and look forward to learning a lot this season,” said Coach Shane Robins. Strong pitching by Sadie Seney, Teagan Larsen and Makah Summers helped account for DWs strong show. Elsie Steinhoff hit two s...

  • LCSC Warrior Owen Lanning Qualifies for Nationals

    Dena Martin, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    SPOKANE, Wash-Lewis-Clark State College senior and Waitsburg High School grad Owen Lanning and fellow Warriors Madi Carson and Jenny Sapp qualified for the national meet at the Sam Adams Classic track and field meet in Spokane on Fri., March 22. Lanning earned his spot after placing second in the decathlon with a total score of 5,934. In 2017-18 Lanning was a national qualifier for the Indoor Heptathlon and Outdoor Decathlon. The Warriors compete next in Spokane on April 5 and 6 for the WAR...

  • Wanda Jean Lightfoot Thomas

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend to many, passed away March 2, 2019, after a short battle with the flu. Mother was born in Miami, OK in 1927, with her mother Ruby Lightfoot passing away four years later due to complications from surgery. Mother’s local family there got her a Grey Hound bus ticket to Umatilla, OR, issued as Express Baggage (cheaper than coach) with a $10 dollar bill pinned to her blouse. The rumor must have preceded her as when she g...

  • Jeffrey Laurance Broom

    Mar 28, 2019

    Jeffrey Laurence Broom passed away the evening of March 4, 2019 at Dayton General Hospital in Dayton, Washington. He was born March 28th, 1946 in Spokane, Washington, and grew up in Waitsburg with his father Larry, mother Roberta, and sister Joy. Growing up in the 1950s, he loved cars and making model airplanes. He would often sit on his front porch and try to guess the make and model of cars driving along Coppei Avenue, based on the sound its engine. He was an avid reader of both Popular...

  • Tech Talk: Swype for your life

    Brianna Wray, The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    A column by Brianna Wray Have you experienced a loss of linguistic dexterity lately? They say we’re losing our language due to the dumbing down of conversation. Some of the blame can be pointed at text messages, particularly the ones fraught with an ever-expanding list of acronyms and emoticons, both pictorial and symbolic. What does [imagine a string of emoticons] mean, as a sentence? It’s hard to say. Making sense of emoji is especially troubling because they aren’t universal. The emoji sent...

  • Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

    Teeny McMunn, Teeny McMunn|Mar 28, 2019

    I had mentioned this recipe awhile back and said I couldn’t find it. I found it and made it this weekend. It makes two loaves and I wanted one for the freezer for company coming in a few weeks. I’ll serve with strawberries and blueberries that we still have in the freezer, sort of a kick -start to spring. No, I did not make a typo, as I have been known to do in the past. It really does take eight eggs and a pound of butter.  INGREDIENTS 2 ½ c. granulated sugar 2 c. unsalted butter (4 sticks)...

  • A big day for Mat Birds

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    The Waitsburg Mat Birds welcomed 400 wrestlers into Waitsburg last Saturday when they hosted a Little Guy Wrestling tournament....

  • Gatlin Family Fundraiser

    The Times|Mar 28, 2019

    Community members pulled together to support the family of Danica and Michael Gatlin as their young son goes through cancer treatment. Nearly $3,000 was raised at the March 22 fundraiser....

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