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Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago May 12, 2011 [Photo credit] A member of the Atomic Bombshells burlesque dance group from Seattle entertains wine enthusiasts during Charles Smith’s spring release party on Saturday. The weather in the Snake River area may still have...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago May 5, 2011 It isn’t every night that the lights are on at two in the morning in Joan Helm’s home on Fourth Street. Or that her table is laden with four different kinds of scones, egg dishes and tea. Or that champagne (well,...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago April 28, 2011 The largest circus to come to Dayton in more than a decade, the Carson & Barnes Circus has the second-largest herd of elephants in the country. Local residents will have access to the circus grounds to witness the care an...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago April 21, 2011 [Headline] Dayton Cut & Wrap expands business. Dayton business owners Jim and Connie Westergreen have big news for small ranchers in Columbia and Walla Walla counties. The couple will soon expand their meat processing...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago April 14, 2011 Give Bart Baxter and Tiffany Laposi a few months to work on the Whetstone Pub building and you’ll be able to dine with James Dean. By summer, he may well be giving you his cool gaze from the wall of the couple’s... Full story

 

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Ten Years Ago April 7, 2011 What’s the Point? Cardinal pierced by javelin wonders why Oregon still allows use of dangerous steel-tipped spears. Preliminary election results for Waitsburg’s city government show incumbent Mayor Walt Gobel and the...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago March 31, 2011 Sheriff John Turner doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Walla Walla County’s new top law-enforcement official is thrilled he can make adjustments to the patrol schedule that provides 24/7 coverage is his...

 

Pioneer Portaits

Ten Years Ago March 24, 2011 During the past several years, all has been relatively quiet on the meth front. But in recent months, it appears that local production and consumption of the drug are back on the rise, according to law enforcement...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago March 17, 2011 •[Photo caption] The months-long logistical project for the components of the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project in Garfield County has begun. Here, a transport of a nacelle makes its way through Waitsburg on...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago Mar 10, 2011 [Headline] Baxter to challenge Gobel for Mayor [Photo caption] Members, parents, siblings, and coaches from 17 eastern Washington youth wrestling teams gathered in Waitsburg for the first tournament of the five-week Little...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago March 4, 2010 Retired state patrol sergeant Walt Gobel has declared his candidacy for mayor of Waitsburg, saying he is running with a slate of candidates nominated by the new “Truth and Trust” caucus. The caucus, which is roughly...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago February 25, 2010 For the first time in six years, the Cardinals have won a berth in the 2B state tournament in Spokane after beating Gar-Pal 53-46 in a hard-fought battle at Whitman College Monday night. Since Waitsburg and Prescott...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago February 18, 2010 A ski hill on Valentine’s Day is an unnatural setting for sorrow, particularly when it comes from a gathering of college students far too young to be mourning the loss of a close friend. But the intimate memorial...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago February 11, 2010 Waitsburg city council members Jeff Broom and Kathleen Powers said this week they won’t seek another one-year term in this spring’s elections. The development,...

 

Pioneer Portraits, Week 48

Ten Years Ago August 27, 2009 [Photo caption] John Hockersmith (second from the left) and fellow Troublemakers, from left Zach Beasley, Mariah Barthlow and Austin Beasley during a Christmas performance at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. Members of... Full story

 

Pioneer Portraits, Vol 47

Ten Years Ago January 28, 2010 The local horse racing industry has been dancing on the edge of decline for some time. But a shortage in state funding for smaller tracks could force organizers to cance... Full story

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago January 21,2010 [Photo caption] Kellie Wessels and her Paint horse Apache go through the paces, demonstrating a run in during tryouts for the Dayton Days Court last weekend. Students of... Full story

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago January 14, 2010 The Siberian Huskies who make their way to Ray and Carla Nilsen each come with a story and, sadly, it is most often about abuse and neglect. It’s been the couple’s mission these past six years to give every one of... Full story

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago January 7, 2010 Sheriff’s deputies chased a 21-year-old man through a Waitsburg neighborhood, then surrounded his residence with guns drawn for nearly three hours Saturday before obtaining a search warrant that allowed them to enter t... Full story

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago December 31, 2009 Couple loses home to fire: Longtime Waitsburg residents John and Kate Reeve did not have insurance. Fire crews from several districts battled for nine hours Tuesday in an attempt to save John and Kate Reeve’s home on... Full story

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago December 24, 2009 Shannon Elliott had the gift of making others feel special. She was a young woman who always had a smile on her face and plenty of time for people. “She always made...

 

Pioneer Portraits Week 41

Ten Years Ago December 17, 2009 Winter freezes Touchet Valley. The snow that covered the Touchet Valley this weekend turned to freezing rain on Tuesday, coating roads and sidewalks with a slick and...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago December 10, 2009 Mill Fire “Suspicious.” The fire that destroyed the historic Wait’s Mill is now considered “suspicious in nature” and may have started in of the more...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago December 3, 2009 Photo caption: Volunteers from the Waitsburg Fire Department placed a 15-foot douglas fir at its traditional spot in front of the Plaza Theater Sunday to ring in the Christmas season. Second grain tank ruptures. Less th...

 

PIONEER PORTRAITS

Ten Years Ago November 26, 2009 The Waitsburg City Council voted unanimously last week to assign its vacant fifth seat to William "Will" Potolicchio, an emergency medical technician who hopes to get more young people to vote and take an interest in...

 

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