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  • It's the Time to Sow….

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    It’s a strange phenomenon when I am the one planting late. I was patient after I lost everything by impatiently planting too early. Now, I may be behind the eight ball, having waited too long. After planting early-season veggies, including onions, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, no low-fiber diets for us, I stopped my planting. I was sure it was too early to plant the rest. But after visiting some friends who had already planted sugar snaps and pretty much everything else, I am w...

  • Poets Jennifer Oaks and Kevin Craft to read at Royal Block

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    WAITSBURG - The Royal Block Reading Series welcomes poets Jennifer Oaks and Kevin Craft and musician Chris Jonlick for a lively evening of poetry, music, and book signings at The Royal Block in Waitsburg on April 27, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public (21+). Poet and novelist Jennifer Oakes' most recent book of poems, "We Can't Tell If the Constellations Love Us" (42 Miles Press), won the 42 Miles Poetry Prize. Her previous poetry books, "The Declarable Future and The...


    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    1 Years Ago May 1, 2014 [Caption] Dave and Sherrie Morris found some new "lawn art" in front of their home on Tuesday morning. The lid of the toilet reads, "You've been pottied." The Waitsburg FFA Chapter is hosting a Game of Thrones fundraiser to help cover costs for 19 students to attend the State FFA Convention. "Attractively" decorated thrones (toilets) may be delivered to the yard of your choice for a fee. 25 Years Ago April 29,1999 Six Preston Hall track records were bested as the...

  • Times Traveler Patrick Secor

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    Avid Times reader Patrick Secor enjoying the sun and news in front of the Dom Luis I Bridge in Porto, Portugal....

  • Times Traveler Andrew Mountain

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    Andrew and Zenoby Mountain brought last week's edition to tour OZ....

  • Caraway Snickerdoodles

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    While experimenting in the kitchen, I love when the addition of a single extra ingredient can elevate a classic recipe in exciting new ways. Here the homey snickerdoodle, a buttery cookie steeped in childhood memories, has crushed caraway seeds added to the cinnamon coating for a sophisticated twist on the warm-spice notes. Delightfully chewy, and not too sweet, these lovely morsels have an addictive flavor. Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened ¾ cup granulated sugar...

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  • I'm a Believer!

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    After much anticipation, it's a heady feeling to confidently take off the snow tires and be able to drive with the top down. We have turned on the sprinklers, and to make sure they work, I scheduled them to run last night. Success, we are ready for spring. We even had dinner outside on the deck last night. Though the last two days of sunny weather may not be more than just that: two great days, cooler temps are coming. But I'm sure the snow and sub-zero temperature are over for now, so it's...

  • Chehalem 2023 Pinot Noir Rosé

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    Winemaker Katie Santora has hit a home run with this clean and fresh wine that mixes multiple tree fruits, from lemon to grapefruit to tangerine. The key here is the supporting acidity, which turns this into a truly bracing springtime wine that will match nicely to many light seafoods and picnic lunches. For me, it's a killer choice with fried chicken. Give it a slight chill, and go for it. For more great rosé choices, visit 12.5%; $28 (Willamette Valley)...


    The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    Ten Years Ago April 24, 2014 "You can get us some money for the pool," said City Clerk Randy Hinchliffe at a City Council meeting last fall, responding to community activist Joy Smith who had asked what she could do to help. Smith took the request to Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council Executive Director Lisa Naylor, who did just that. Naylor, who is also responsible for procuring the PP&L grant that funded the recent painting of the fairgrounds, attained a $4500...

  • Creamy Spiced Cauliflower Soup

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    As a child, I was by no means a picky eater. In fact, I relished in trying and exploring foods labeled as exotic, or anything that my unadventurous peers would call "weird." However, despite my love of all kinds of vegetables, cauliflower was something I could never understand. It was the eighties, and on most tables the crucifer was usually just a sad, limp, and unseasoned mess. Fast forward, and as an adult, I discovered that cauliflower was in the category of ingredients that are perfectly...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2024

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Bailey Standring Waitsburg Senior Bailey Standring enjoys art, photography, and traveling in her free time. At Waitsburg High School, she is involved in the FFA program and plays on the Cardinals softball team. She is enrolled in the Running Start program at Walla Walla Community College, where she studies to be an FFA teacher. Standring is active outside of school. In the winter, she works at Bluewood; in the summer, she works as a lifeguard at local pools. She supports community events and... Full story

  • Let the games begin

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Those words will soon be heard as the summer Olympics in Paris begin. Springtime is also the beginning of Major League Baseball with the famous words, “play ball!” As lovely as Waitsburg is, it’s not Paris or home to an MBL team. When I hear, “Let the games begin,” it’s to announce the start of Daniel’s and my garden competition. As a friend once said, “You guys don’t have a relationship; you have a competition.” She hit that nail on the head! While Daniel is at work, I have gotten a head start...

  • Abacela 2021 Fiesta Tempranillo

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Abacela 2021 Fiesta Tempranillo The Jones family who founded Abacela, a central Oregon winery that is coming up on its 30th anniversary next year, did years of careful research on climate and soil conditions all over the country with a specific goal in mind. They were determined to grow Tempranillo – the renowned Spanish grape – somewhere where it could best thrive. They found the land they sought outside of Roseburg and began planting Tempranillo and a number of other Mediterranean var...


    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 17, 2014 The Waitsburg Celebration Days Committee will be running a Duck Derby on May 17. Ducks will race down the Touchet River beginning at the Preston Avenue bridge and ending at the Main Street bridge. Ducks may be purchased for $5 each and the owner of the fastest duck will take home $500. Second place receives $250, third takes $100 and fourth place wins $50. Duck owners do not need to be present to win. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the...

  • Skillet Chicken with Black Beans & Rice

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    And just like that, the busy season is upon us. After a full day of spring cleaning the house and freshening up the garden beds, the thought of cooking dinner can feel extra daunting. This is when a satisfying one-pot recipe can really come in handy. Big flavor with fewer dishes. Here chicken thighs are roasted crisp over a bed of cumin spiced black beans and rice. Served with some fresh avocado and lime, this comforting meal has become a new weeknight favorite. Ingredients: 6 to 8 bone-in,...

  • Sister City exchange students from Japan spend an eventful day in Waitsburg

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG-Students and chaperones from Tamba-Sasayama, Japan, visited Waitsburg on April 2. Their first stop was lunch at Ten Ton Coffee, where barista Cheyenne Frohreich shared a scrapbook and photos from her exchange trip to Sasayama. Following lunch, the group walked down Main Street to the Bruce House where Waitsburg Historical Society members Sarah Wilson and Margaret Terry gave the group a tour. of the museum's collection. Next, the students experienced the creative side of town with...

  • Palouse Outdoors:Stay Safe with a Satellite Communication System

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    Hunting, fishing, and hiking always seemed vanilla to me when it comes to the potential for injury and death. That could be one reason that a passion for the outdoors hit me when I was a child. My brothers chided me for being a "sissy," and the best escape from the ridicule was avoidance somewhere beneath the trees on the neighboring woodlots. I began tree-stand hunting for white-tailed deer in my late teens and quickly realized the dangers of the activity. I took the proper precautions with...

  • Argyle 2022 Pinot Noir

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    On one of the recent early spring days when it was just warm enough to fire up the grill, I put on a couple of duck legs, two ears of sweet corn and some fat asparagus. What to drink? The always perfect choice with duck is Pinot Noir. I recognize that this is a challenging wine for a lot of folks, and it’s not easy to find a good one at a somewhat affordable price. Argyle is an Oregon winery best known for its sparkling wines, but it also makes as many as six or seven different non-sparkling P...


    The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 10, 2014 What do historical fiction, science fantasy, romance and stories of the supernatural hold in common? In this instance, it's the author – Prescott's very own Susan Matley. Best known by locals as Cimarron Sue, Matley spends her days rehearsing music with her husband Bruce (aka Nevada Slim), and honing the craft of writing. Matley has had several short stories published and recently sold her first book – a science fantasy novella – to WolfSinger Publications. Born...

  • Spaghetti Carbonara with Asparagus

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    Spring is here. Birds are chirping, blooming bulbs have finally brought some color to our garden, and fresh local asparagus will soon come into season. While I often serve asparagus simply with just a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, I am always looking for new recipes to highlight this springtime delight. Here, I have tossed asparagus into a classic Roman pasta dish, making a decadent and quick weeknight dinner. Spaghetti alla Carbonara marries eggs, cured pork, and cheese, with...


    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    1 Years ago April 3, 2014 The Waitsburg High School Band performed at a Band Festival in Clarkston on March 25 and scored a superior rating. "This is especially difficult at the high school level, and the band played very well," said Band Director Brad Green. The band played "Fanfare for a Celebration" and "Prairie Dance." Green said both are complicated songs with many solos. Seniors Meara Baker (flute) and Kimmie Hamann (trumpet) played important parts. "I was very proud and happy," said...

  • Spring Spaghetti with Shrimp

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    After six years of living in the Inland Northwest, there are still a few things about the other side of the state that I miss terribly. At the top of this list is access to fresh, local seafood, something I might have taken for granted at the time. Thankfully, there are many wonderful options for local and sustainable seafood that can be found flash-frozen in area grocery stores. Domestic, wild-caught shrimp, frozen raw, have become a staple in our freezer, perfect for quick weeknight dinners....

  • Mendivia 2023 Oso Rosado

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Mar 21, 2024

    With weather this good, you may want to break out a bottle of rosé to celebrate. I remember our first March in Waitsburg many years ago. After a winter of nonstop construction, we were finally able to move into our half-remodeled home, and the new porch beckoned. On a rather blustery mid-March afternoon – not quite as nice as what we've been enjoying this week – we set up a sawhorse table on the porch, popped the cork on a bottle of rosé, and dined on fried chicken. Nothing spectacular, but s...


    The Times|Mar 21, 2024

    1 Years Ago March 27, 2014 [PhotoCaption] Three local fish experts worked earlier this week to adjust the inlet pipe in the Toucht River adjacent to the fish pond in Dayton City Park. L to r: Dave Karl of the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Steve Martin and John Foltz of the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board. 25 Years Ago March 25, 1999 55+ Members have their second potluck luncheon on March 26 at Ye Towne Hall. Hostesses for the day are Edith Mays, Jo Polumsky and Ruby Cole.... Full story

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