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Fall Update from the City of Waitsburg

With colder temperatures and leaves starting to fall, I thought I would provide residents with some information regarding fall activities associated with the city. First, there has been a Washington State Department of Ecology burn ban in effect...

 

A Fond Farewell to Philbrook

Emma is saying farewell this week. Our Student Life columnist, Emma Philbrook, plans to keep in touch with us, perhaps submitting a column on a monthly basis, but it just won't be the same. While...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    June 11, 2015

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

On that warm June evening in 1973 when I graduated from high school, I can still remember experiencing feelings of anticipation and excitement for the future. In my case I was mostly looking forward...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

On Friday night, the senior class of Waitsburg High School graduated. I’m sure there’s a lovely article about this somewhere in this paper, so I won’t go into much detail. On Monday morning, all the classes of Waitsburg Elementary School went t...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    June 4, 2015

Hit the Road in Style

It drives like a boat and has some nicks in the paint. It has what looks like a cigarette burn in the driver's seat. It even includes a working 8-track tape player containing – get this – a...

 

Happy June, Everybody?

It’s June, everybody? Whoops, did I accidentally put a question mark there? Sorry. Let me try that again. It’s June, everybody! Much better, right? Although, come to think of it, maybe the questio...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    May 28, 2015

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

Here at The Times, we love the spring for all the reasons you all do, and for another reason as well: Springtime brings great photo opportunities in the Touchet Valley. We like to keep this newspaper...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

I am in the process of writing my co-valedictorian’s address. This process is not going as smoothly as I would have hoped. “Valedictorian” is taken from “Valedictory,” which is defined as...

 
 By Gary Hofer    Commentary    May 28, 2015

Gary Hofer: MARKET BULLETS

The wheat market as revealed by Chicago soft red winter futures is a one-day wonder. Since mid-May, all of the significant price changes have come in single sessions. On May 14, July contracts opened at $4.81½ and closed 33 cents higher at $5.14½....

 

GUEST COMMENT

Dear Citizens of Waitsburg, Thank you for supporting our 2015 Waitsburg Celebration Days and celebration of our 150th anniversary of Waitsburg! It was a great turnout for everything. As Mayor of this “one of a kind” city, I was so proud of the...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

As the end of my high-school career draws closer, people are asking me more and more frequently whether this column will continue once I leave for college. Unfortunately, the demanding coursework...

 

SPECIAL FEATURE

[Editors Note: The following history (we’ve edited it slightly) originally appeared in the September 30, 1965 edition of The Times. We bring it back for your enjoyment. Unfortunately, this paper will cost you more than a dime.] 1881 – Washington...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

I’m getting to be a “short-timer” – At least that’s what my grandmother says. That means, were I to use both my hands and my toes, I could count the school days I have left. That number’s...

 

GUEST COMMENT

Those of us lucky enough to call Southeast Washington home know what a special place it is. The verdant Palouse hills producing abundant crops of wheat and peas to feed a hungry world take one’s breath away with their May beauty. The...

 

An Update from Representative Terry Nealey

Dear Friends and Neighbors: I wish I had better news to share with you. State lawmakers were supposed to finish their work on April 26 and conclude the 2015 legislative session. Instead, the...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

As graduation draws near, the term “future” gets bandied about more and more, and I increasingly find myself wondering what life will hold for me a couple decades down the road. The following...

 

Nealey, Walsh Honor Waitsburg's 150th Anniversary

OLYMPIA - Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, and Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, co-sponsored a House resolution honoring the city of Waitsburg’s 150th anniversary. The resolution was adopted by the full House April 6. “Waitsburg is one of the...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

Roughly a week from now, your mailbox will start to fill up with graduation announcements from the high-school seniors in your life, which means that as you read this, some senior somewhere is busy...

 

Gary Hofer: MARKET BULLETS

U.S. grain markets, including wheat, corn and soybeans are reflecting some volatility, as they bounce in a 30-40 cent range, but essentially they have no direction. Wheat in Chicago has accomplished nothing since late January this year. Tuesday’s...

 

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

When you read what I’m about to say, you’re going to think I’m a sore loser. So I plead guilty right up front. But I write on anyway because I think it’s important for taxpayers to know how...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

It’s human nature to want to leave a legacy of some sort after spending any extended period of time in a given place. For example, after bidding adieu to my beloved Knowledge Bowl in March, I did so...

 

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

As I write this early on Tuesday morning, it’s snowing at my house. But I’m not discouraged. Yesterday was in the 60s and more warm weather is on the way. Baseball is up and running, and the...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

It’s eight o’clock in the morning. The commons area is all but empty, but no wonder – it’s the first day of school after spring break, and nobody is exactly rushing back. The floors are...

 

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to those who purchase and eat the food they grow. This year, researchers with the National Institute of Health completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    April 9, 2015

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

A little over a year ago, voters in the Dayton School District soundly defeated a $25 million bond levy measure that would have funded a major renovation to Dayton’s school facilities. The message...

 

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