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Articles from the June 8, 2023 edition


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  • BioBlitz

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-Blue Mountain Land Trust partnered with the Umatilla National Forest to bring BioBlitz to children in the Walla Walla Valley. This Nature Kids event was supported by Blue Mountain Audubon Society, Sustainable Living Center, Tri-State Steelheaders, WWCC Water and Environmental Center, US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla County Conservation District, Whitman College, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, and Outside the Lines Art Studio. The event, held at Rooks Park in Walla Walla...

  • Waitsburg students wrap up school year

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Congratulations to the Waitsburg Elementary School students who celebrated moving up at a celebration held on Monday, June 5. The public is invited to the elementary school's Spring Concert on Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join music teacher Elizabeth Jagelski and her students for an evening of music. Preston Hall Middle School students will enjoy a day of fun at the Milton-Freewater Park and Pool on Thursday, June 8. They are scheduled to depart from the school at 10 a.m., retu...

  • Weller Public Library update for summer

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    WAITSBURG-Weller Public Library began its Summer Reading Program on June 1, 2023, offering every K-12 student in the Waitsburg school district a summer reading kit. Students received a nylon drawstring backpack, a Bingo Summer Reading Activity sheet, a pencil, a booklight for reading, a journal notebook, and a quilt-square coloring page. When students participating in the Reading Bingo activity complete a line across, up, down, diagonal, or a blackout they will receive a free book and be...

  • Underwood 2021 Rosé

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Underwood 2021 Rosé With hot weather here, a nice, chilled bottle of rosé is the perfect choice for your porch party, backyard BBQ, or poolside picnic. Underwood is a value brand offering reliably good wines. The Underwood Rosé is a 2021 (most current releases are 2022s), which may account for the steeply discounted price. Spotted on a Walla Walla grocery shelf this week, it sold for $14, with a further ten percent discount when buying a six-pack. Fruity with peaches, scented with pretty fl...

  • At the Liberty: "Book Club: The Next Chapter"

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    DAYTON–“Book Club: The Next Chapter” is the sequel that follows four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure. The cast includes Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Giancarlo Giannini, Don Johnson, and Craig T. Nelson. The Rotten Tomatoes website critics did not care for this movie, as they rated it as 47% favorable, but audie...

  • Guadalupe "Andy" Benavides

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Andy was born in Dayton, WA, on February 12, 1976, to parents Lupe and Marva. He was the first grandson born on both sides. He attended school in Dayton and received his GED from Walla Walla Community College. Andy married Debbie Porter on May 30, 1998, at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Andy not only gained a wife that day but also a 2-year-old son, Daniel. In 2001, they completed their family by welcoming their baby girl, Bethany. Andy considered being a father to Daniel and Bethany hi...

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2023

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

  • Fried and Catchup (Ketchup) Time

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    It’s a rare day when I admit I am so tired I feel fried. I hit the wall on Monday, made evident as I was too tired to drive to Walla Walla for my morning tennis game. My mind and body just went on strike. It became evident how tired I was when I did laundry without detergent. Next, I forgot to close the top of the machine on the rewash. The drain cycle was interrupted, and I was left with extra heavy, wet clothes to do the third time. Even Mugsy seems exhausted as he’s been sleeping later tha...

  • Poetry readings at The Foundry and The Royal Block in June

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    WALLA WALLA—Two world-class poets are coming to southeastern Washington for readings in June. Dennis Held of Spokane, Wash., and Stephen Thomas from Stuttgart, Germany, will read at venues in Walla Walla on June 16 and Waitsburg on June 17. Both readings will begin at 7:00 p.m. Dennis Held is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry, most recently “Not Me, Exactly” from Charles Potts’ Hand to Mouth Press. In 2022, terrain.org awarded the poet a Pushcart Prize for his essay “What I’ll Miss.” A former editor of literary journals, inc...

  • Around the Valley: With Karen Huwe

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Allen and I and my sister and brother-in-law, Joanie and Scott, spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Airfield Estates Winery. Memorial weekend was our first venture to the Wine Country RV Park in Prosser, Washington. The RV Park on Wine Country Road is known for offering wine tasting and being within walking distance of numerous other wineries. There are 125 RV spaces at the park which makes for a good morning walk throughout the park. On one side of us were cows in the field. Luckily, we were up...

  • Wiatsburg School's 2023-2024 ASb officers

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    WAITSBURG-Waitsburg High School installed their Associated Student Body (ASB) officers for the 2023-2024 school year in an afternoon assembly on June 5. Outgoing President Natalie Teal acted as emcee and welcomed new officers, President Blake French, Vice-President Cyson Morris, Secretary Madison Kaehler, Treasurer Jayce Gleason, and Public Relations Officer Lucas VanHoose....

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Ten Years Ago June 6, 2013 There are few occasions in life more filled with expectation than high school graduation. This ceremony, more than any other in our society, marks the shift from childhood to adulthood. The parents and teachers who have thus far provided care, authority and tutelage, step into a background role and watch as the young adults take the lead. Waitsburg Valedictorian Samantha Moss (3.972 GPA) spoke to those expectations as she addressed the crowd and the 29 other graduates...

  • Herbed Potato Salad

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    Potato salad is one of those classic recipes that can sometimes feel like an afterthought. Too often it is just a sad bowl of bland and colorless filler on the summer barbeque table. Here, the quintessential side dish is enlivened with a tangy dressing full of bright fresh herbs. Served over a bed of tender spring greens, this delightful version of potato salad has just enough bright freshness to balance its creaminess. Ingredients: 3 pounds small new red potatoes 1 cup mayonnaise ¼ cup...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2023

    The Times|Jun 8, 2023

    WAITSBURG-It is almost the end of the school year and Waitsburg is gearing up to celebrate its graduating seniors. Each week we will highlight students from the Class of 2023. Shaylah King Shaylah King plans to attend Columbia Basin College and pursue her degree in dental hygiene. During her high school years, King has been a cheerleader and has played volleyball and softball. “I think my favorite memory from school is my last softball game. I dove through the home run fence to try to get the b...

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