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Knit, purl, and rip

My grandmother taught me the basic knit and purl stitches when I was eight years old. However, she didn’t teach me how to start or end anything. I just made odd rectangles with no rhyme or reason. E... Full story


My Recipes I Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Ka Gai)

We already miss Teeny McMunn, our advertising manager and recipe writer who happily retired at the end of 2020. Her recipes were crowd favorites, not only for the food but for the good company. We've... Full story



Ten Years Ago January 6, 2011 When dozens of well-wishers gathered to celebrate Sarah Lyman’s birthday at Booker Rest Home in Dayton on Saturday, they came not only to honor this longtime Dayton... Full story


Autumn leaves to snow

Autumn red leaves hang on as winter snows take over. An aging barn stands strong, ready to take on another year of agriculture in Waitsburg....


Winter nap, hidden deer

Three white-tailed deer enjoyed a winter nap in a field along the Coppei River. A great blue heron, who has been frequenting the field, didn’t seem to mind sharing his grounds....



December 16 Brake lines on two vehicles cut and the hood of one vehicle damaged. Walla Walla CO. December 23 A residential burglary and theft were reported in the county. Burbank On-going verbal domestic. Nothing physical today. Waitsburg An...


Christmas correction

In the December 17 Christmas issue, we erroneously switched a couple of kids. Imagine mom's surprise! Below is the correct information and photo with the exception of Rylan Struckmeier who did not...


A very merry Waitsburg Christmas to you

It’s hard to believe; this is the third Christmas I have celebrated in Waitsburg. The first was exactly seven days after I moved here. Christmas week, I was a guest at a birthday party and invited...



Ten Years Ago December 30, 2010 Walla Walla County passed its annual audit with no complications, according to a report released from the State Auditor’s office Monday. New library manager Su Alexander has plenty of new ideas in store for the Welle...


Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

I thought I’d do something different this week. I started a post in my home town about old sayings. We have about 650 responses, some sayings inviting conversation. Perhaps it’s a generation thing, but many I still say. I have copied and pasted... Full story


Red Barns at Kristen's

Classic red barns stand out against winter blue skies and white dashes of snow. Soon, they will be complemented with lush greens of an eastern Washington spring.... Full story



December 14 A woman attempted to mail an illegal controlled substance to her incarcerated boyfriend. Walla Walla Deputies recovered a trailer discovered stolen out of Oregon. Walla Walla County December 15 Residence burglarized while resident is... Full story


Verla Ernestine Rouse

Verla Ernestine Rouse, age 102, passed away peacefully at home in Dayton, Washington on December 10, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1918 on Angel Ridge out of Peck, Idaho, the youngest of five chil... Full story


Washington State imposes new emergency coastal steelhead fishery regs

Recent declines in salmon and steelhead survival across the Pacific Basin have been documented since approximately 2013 and affecting all stocks in dammed and undammed systems. An ocean "dead zone,"... Full story


Man Keeping Time: Greg Petersen

Before visiting Greg Petersen at his Dayton home, I'd not heard the term "Antiquarian Horologist." But that's what's on his calling card. Horology - from the Greek "hora," meaning time - is the study... Full story


Goodbye 2020 and good riddance!!

I assume I’m not the only one ready to bid good riddance to 2020, am I? Ever the optimist, I am cautiously hopeful that 2021 will be a good or at least better year. And since it was an unusual... Full story


Holiday streamers

Christmas Chronicles 2 2020 Netflix Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back in another North Pole adventure. This time, true believer Kate (Darby Camp), rebelling against her mother's new boyfriend,... Full story


The Cookie Chronicles | Chapter 25-The long goodbye

Most dog owners grow accustomed over the years to the painful fact that these wonderful creatures are not blessed with long lives. Depending upon the breed, they average as little as eight, and... Full story


45.6982° N, 118.0558° W

Dec. 16 fresh fallen snow snowshoeing along Umatilla Rim Trail Rode it back in summer Getting spectacularly happily lost. Walked it with Stuart Carrying a ladder To nail blue diamonds as high on... Full story



Ten Years Ago December 23, 2010 First responders from Waitsburg and Walla Walla help an injured driver from Oregon onto a stretcher after his pickup truck rolled off a Highway 12 embankment just north of Minnick Hill around 2 a.m. on Tuesday... Full story


Teeny McMunn: My Recipe Box

This came into my email. I had not thought of the spinach dip for a while and, truth be told, I hadn’t thought of it period, because it has sour cream, like most dips. But I do know it is popular... Full story


Washington State Parks Annual Yule Log Celebration

A lasting tradition endures WASHINGTON—Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals celebrated in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe. What became the Yule Log was originally an... Full story


Finding your dream ride: Robert & Janet Phinney

Twelve miles up and out of the Touchet Valley, I sat down with friends Robert and Janet Phinney to discover we have more in common than I might have thought. I'm a musician; the Phinney's are...


Wenaha Gallery to feature College Place artist

DAYTON—The Wenaha Gallery will feature College Place-based abstract oil painter Frankie Laufer. Laufer moved to California in the late 1970s and returned last year, settling in College Place. He...


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Some Ten Ton Coffee regulars have begun morning poetry readings. Like great poetry it is not scheduled or belabored, but spontaneous and free....


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