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  • Living History and Ice Cream Social coming to Fort Walla Walla

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    WALLA WALLA-Fort Walla Walla Museum will host The Ice Cream Social: The Oregon Trail Game, its biggest summer event. On June 23, from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will be able to play an interactive live-action version of the popular 1985 video game "Oregon Trail." Bring your team and survival skills to travel from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Walla Walla. In this kid-friendly game, participants pack a wagon to travel the Oregon Trail and stop at forts along the way, where the wagon party will be...

  • Living History: Charlie Potter, stagecoach driver on April 14

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    WALLA WALLA - The Living History program at The Fort Walla Walla Museum will highlight stagecoach driver Charlie Potter. The man loved his horses; that's what the history books say about Charlie Potter, the famed stagecoach driver from Walla Walla. Visitors have seen the museum collection's iconic stagecoach and can now meet the driver. Living History reenactor Ron Krause will bring Potter to life in the museum's Pioneer Village at 2 p.m. on April 14. The stagecoach driver is a new character...

  • Walla Walla Y is looking for seasonal lifeguards

    Karen Hedine CEO Walla Walla YMCA, The Times|Mar 21, 2024

    WALLA WALLA - The YMCA is known as "America's swim instructor." It is dedicated to teaching children of all ages and backgrounds how to have fun safely in and around water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE), as one of the nation's largest providers of outdoor recreation, shares the Y's commitment to water safety. Locally, the USACE provides the Y with life jackets for its water safety training. The Y is also an American Red Cross-designated training partner, serving pools and communities...

  • "The Gift of Art" Show at the Combine

    The Times|Dec 21, 2023

    Walla Walla-The Combine Art Collective in Walla Walla has extended its gallery hours through December 23rd. The gallery hours from Monday, December 18 through December 23, will be 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Combine features a unique selection of items, including jewelry, boxes, cards, glass, ceramic, painting, sculpture, and ornaments by member artists, artisans, and guest artists. Here is the list of artists who will participate in this year's "The Gift of Art" show: Combine Members: Lauri Borer,...

  • Sherwood Trust awards $102,000 to local organizations

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    WALLA WALLA — Sherwood Trust is awarding $102,000 in Impact Grants to eight organizations serving local communities, said CEO Brian Hunt. Impact Awards support youth, community outreach, and recovery programs. The competitive grants are available to organizations that have not recently received Sherwood Trust funding. “To support equity in our grantmaking, we want to make sure we are learning from organizations that have not applied or received Sherwood Trust funding,” said Hunt. “This year’s Impact grants were an opportunity to focus on...

  • Checking in with the Walla Walla Fair

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    The 2023 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days wrapped up this weekend. With four days of livestock showing, three nights of PRCA Rodeo, a near-record breaking demolition derby, and a full house at the Beach Boys Concert, fun was had by all!...

  • A Guitar with history

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|May 18, 2023

    WAITSBURG–This weekend, Burgers, Bands, and Brews features alternative country band Frog Hollow Band and some family lore. Band member Ty Lane plans on playing his grandfather Norval's Gibson ES-125 on a few numbers. The distinctive sunburst, hollow-body electric guitar holds a special place in Lane's family history. Norvel most likely purchased it in the late 50s and performed with it through the following decades. The guitar was played by Lane's aunt Leah in a band with Norval and Ty's f...

  • Sherwood Trust Awards $1 Million in Local Grants

    The Times|May 11, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-CEO Brian Hunt announced that Sherwood Trust would disburse $1,057,000 in Core grants to 11 local organizations. The awards include Sherwood Trust's annual competitive Core grants and Invitational grants awarded outside of competitive yearly grant programs. "We are grateful to build on the example set by our founders to invest in local nonprofits and the critical work they do every day to support local people," said Hunt. "These grants support our vision that everyone in the Walla...

  • Film screening: "A not so still life" at Foundry Vineyards

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Apr 13, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-A documentary about the remarkable artist Ginny Ruffner will be presented at The Foundry Vineyards in Walla Walla on Friday, April 15. "A Not So Still Life: the Ginny Ruffner Story" will be followed by a Q & A session with the film's director, Karen Stanton-Gregutt. The movie, produced in 2010 by ShadowCatcher Entertainment, took 12 months to film and another six to edit. After the film debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival, Gregutt arranged a showing for her Waitsburg...

  • 12th Annual Walla Walla Guitarfest

    Frank McKinney, The Times|Mar 16, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-Spring officially arrives on March 20, but the 12th Annual Walla Walla Guitarfest on March 10 through 12 gave audiences in eastern Washington an opportunity to shake off the winter blues and replace them with blues of a different flavor. Performances over the three-day festival featured an array of blues, rock & roll, jazz, and gospel musicians scattered throughout downtown Walla Walla wineries, restaurants, the Marcus Whitman Hotel, and the VFW. 2019 Grammy-nominated musician...

  • Garbe Reser is new CEO of BMAC

    The Times|Mar 9, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-The board of directors for Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) voted unanimously to hire Danielle Garbe Reser as BMAC's permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2023. Garbe Reser has been serving as Interim CEO since December 5, 2022. "Over the last three months, BMAC has benefited tremendously from Danielle's leadership, team-building skills, and creative problem-solving. The feedback was clear from staff, board members, and community partners that Danielle brings the...

  • First regional juried show at Foundry Vinyard Gallery

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Feb 2, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Foundry Vineyards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a juried regional art show. The exhibition’s reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Art has been a big part of the vineyard. In 1980, Mark and Patty Anderson opened the Walla Walla Foundry, a contempory art production facility. Internationally recognized artists bring projects to be fabricated in resin, bronze, wood, glass and other materials. Work from artists including Deborah Butterfield, Yayoi Kusama, Paul McCarthy, and Isa...

  • New businesses coming to Walla Walla Town Center

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jan 12, 2023

    WALLA WALLA-At least two national chains are opening locations in Walla Walla. As reported in The Union-Bulletin on January 5, Planet Fitness and Burlington opening stores at the Walla Walla Town Center. Big Lots and Home Goods also leased space at the shopping center once the location of the fr Blue Mountain Mall on Rose Street in Walla Wash. Burlington, formerly Burlington Coat Factory, will lease space in the former Shopko building. According to the company's website, it has over 650...

  • Providence St. Mary easing visitor restrictions to allow two visitors per patient; more for end of life

    The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    WALLA WALLA—Due to declining cases of COVID-19 in the community, Providence St. Mary is easing visitor restrictions to allow two visitors/support people per patient beginning on February 23, 2022. The visitors must remain the same individuals throughout the patient’s stay/appointment and cannot rotate. They may come once a day and may not come and repeatedly go within the same day. Patients who are expected to pass away in 12 to 24 hours may have four visitors at a time, and those visitors may rotate. For example, if a family of 10 wanted to vi...

  • Roadside Northwest offering basic roadside services

    Beka Compton, The Times|Mar 3, 2022

    PRESCOTT—Flat tires, locked doors, and empty gas tanks are just a few common car troubles that Roadside Northwest can help with. Brian Danaher said that he founded Roadside Northwest in 2014, after he worked various jobs in auto shops and service stations. He said he left the car repair industry because, at the time, it was notorious for trying to sell services that customers didn’t need. He was working for a roadside service company in Hillsboro, Ore., and upon leaving that job, he took his las...

  • Blue Mountain Humane Society Announces New CEO

    The Times|Feb 10, 2022

    WALLA WALLA-Blue Mountain Humane Society announces today the appointment of Amanda Wernert as Chief Executive Officer. "I'm very honored to be joining the Blue Mountain Humane Society and working with BMHS' incredible staff and volunteers to further the organization's mission of bringing pets and people together," said Amanda Wernert. "We are excited about having Amanda lead us into the future of Blue Mountain Humane Society. She brings to the position a wealth of experience at impressive...

  • Say Yes! COVID Test Program Offers Free, Rapid, Self-Administered Tests to Walla Walla County Residents

    The Times|Dec 2, 2021

    WALLA WALLA— The Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge provides households with access to free, rapid COVID-19 test kits that they can self-administer and is now available in Walla Walla County. Say Yes! COVID Test encourages residents to use the tests to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community healthy. Walla Walla County residents can now order testing kits online for free home delivery. “Children, adolescents, and adults who are not yet fully vaccinated or at hig...

  • Seattle Rock Orchestra performing at Gesa Power House Theatre October 8 and 9

    The Times|Sep 30, 2021

    WALLA WALLA-The Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform two different live concerts at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 8 and 9. On Friday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m., Seattle Rock Orchestra will explore the softer side of the music of Led Zeppelin, offering an intimate evening out that draws on the classic rock band's acoustic compositions from across their entire discography. The program will feature the songs "Going to California," The Battle of Evermore," Thank You," The Rain Song," Babe I'm...

  • Corrections officer arrested for assault, gang terrorism

    The Times|Sep 16, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—The Gang Intelligence Team, a division of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, working with multiple regional partners, arrested two men in the early hours of the morning last Thursday. The sheriff’s office has spent the past several months collaborating with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office in Griffin, Georgia, as well as federal law enforcement agencies. Intelligence generated from traffic stops in Walla Walla County led to a joint investigation into two local members of the Pagan’s 1% Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG). Th...

  • Have Fun with Blue Mountain Land Trust

    The Times|Sep 2, 2021

    Get out and explore with the Blue Mountain Land Trust this fall, with one of the many upcoming, outdoor-oriented classes. Explore: Stand-Up Paddleboard, September 11 Spend the afternoon paddling up the lower Palouse River on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak with Adventure-Fit, a local outfitter. Before entering the water, Greg Jacob from Adventure-Fit will provide instruction on how to stand-up paddleboard and kayak, followed by a leisurely paddle as a group. The paddle will begin at Lyons Ferry...

  • Timely access to care compromised by deluge of COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated

    The Times|Sep 2, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases primarily among unvaccinated individuals hinders timely access to a broad spectrum of healthcare in Walla Walla. This is coming in the form of long wait times, delays of some non-emergency surgeries, and a higher likelihood of patients being transported to other hospitals searching for an available staffed bed. As COVID-19 rises, Providence St. Mary Medical Center and clinics also face staffing challenges from caregivers becoming ill, struggling to secure childcare, having sick family members, o...

  • FFA & 4-H project animals at the fairgounds

    Beka Compton, The Times|Jul 15, 2021

    Over the weekend, a concerned citizen asked The Times for help locating owners of a distressed hog at the fairgrounds. The resident was out walking their dog in the early morning, could not readily see the emergency numbers at the barns. After reaching out to various people, the responsible parties for that animal were located and took appropriate action that morning. There are two hog barns located at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds. The Waitsburg FFA uses the yellow barn at the northwest corner of t...

  • Funding for rent or mortgage assistance available through BMAC

    The Times|Jun 24, 2021

    WALLA WALLA— Two funds made available by Congresses’ CARES Act can help decrease the housing cost burden for low-income renters and homeowners. “Congress provided $5 billion in the CARES Act for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) made available to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV funds) program to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and insular areas,” according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Available assistance through Walla Walla County and the City of Walla W...

  • 2021 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Unveiled

    The Times|Jun 17, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days have officially kicked off their 155th Fair season. At the annual Showcase fundraiser held Saturday, June 5th, 2021, Frontier Days Foundation board members, Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days board members, and manager Greg Lybeck unveiled the 2021 fair theme. The lineup for 2021 featured concert artists and grounds acts, and the annually recognized Rodeo Legends, Parade Marshal, and Distinguished Sponsor. The Fair announced its theme for 2021, “Stars & Stripes and Country Nights,” honoring the first...

  • Walla Walla Hospice book club coming April 19

    The Times|Mar 25, 2021

    WALLA WALLA—In an attempt to normalize discussions regarding end-of-life, Walla Walla Community Hospice has started a book club. The structure of the club is relatively informal. Group members are encouraged to read a selection of the assigned book before each meeting and some thought-provoking questions are supplied ahead of time to guide the discussion. According to Brad McMasters, Community Outreach Coordinator for Hospice, the discussion ends up being pretty organic and free-flowing. The questions just fill in the gaps. The book clubs are o...

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