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January 3 Violation of court order. Main Street Suspicious activity. Country Village Theft. Main Street January 4 Unwanted person. Main Street Welfare check. Spring Street Accident, non-injury. 4th Street January 5 Domestic, physical. Highway 12...



January 3 A man was found deceased of apparent natural causes. Myra Road, Walla Walla County January 7 On 1/3/22, deputies investigated a report of an assault. Marina Drive, Burbank January 9 Theft of catalytic converters. Beech Avenue, Walla Walla...


Robert (Bob) James Patton

May 24, 1932 – January 7, 2022 The final harvest dinner bell rang for Bob Patton, 89, of Walla Walla on January 7, 2022. Bob was born in Waitsburg to Lewis and Naomi Patton. Lewis Patton married... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    January 13, 2022 

A new approach to wine journalism

While the world of winemaking is often defined by its strict adherence to time-honored techniques and traditions, its survival has always relied on embracing new trends. Perhaps no one knows this...


Cabin Fever Hits

I am finally mobile again since the weather has warmed up, enough rain fell, and my car is now out of its “stuck in the ice and snow” mode. It is no longer an ice sculpture but a dirty, mode of...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    January 13, 2022 

Streaming and Book Review:

Station Eleven Book by Emily St. JohnMandel Series Produced by HBO "Because survival is insufficient," a message from Star Trek that is spray-painted on the lead wagon of a post-apocalyptic traveling...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    January 13, 2022 

The Wrestler's Daughter

The Wrestler's Daughter by Markeeta Little Wolf The locally anticipated and internationally renowned memoir by Markeeta Little Wolf is now available on Amazon. Years ago, decades ago, I found a... Full story



Ten Years Ago January 12, 2012 As clear as day, Craig Funabashi remembers the first time he saw his grandmother’s Story & Clark Victorian pump organ. He was six and visiting the Seattle area with...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    January 13, 2022 

Eggplant Parmesan

At about this time every winter, I find myself missing the sun-kissed flavor of tomatoes from our late-summer garden. The flurries of snow and cold have given me a serious case of wanderlust, and...


Shadow theater in Waitsburg

Children and adults of Waitsburg can enjoy the magic of shadow play, a type of theatrical entertainment performed with flat handmade puppets, thanks to the Carnegie Picture Lab of Walla Walla. Shadow... Full story


Byron Gene Kaczmarski

Byron Gene Kaczmarski, 75, of Dayton, WA passed away December 19, 2021 at Brookdale Assisted Living in College Place, WA.  Byron was born December 31, 1945 in Woodworth, North Dakota to James &...


The Quest for Columbia River Chukar

I knelt on the edge of the precipice with my knee dug into a sandy spot beneath a massive aromatic sagebrush while Finn ravenously lapped water from a small, green collapsible bowl. Behind and below u...


The Year in a Week comes with a Lesson in Humility

This past week of rough weather has been an important lesson and slapped down my hubris. I recently discovered, or instead, learned the hard way, that over confidence was a huge mistake. It seems...


Books to look forward to in 2022

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Dive into the complex family dynamics of siblings Olga and Prieto Acevedo, who are taking New York City by storm. Prieto is quickly climbing to stardom in the...


Black-Eyed Pea Empanadas

My mother's family has roots in Texas, which often influences our holiday gatherings. In Texas, as with much of the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck and...



Ten Years Ago January 5, 2012 Joanna Lanning is getting ready to take the plunge. Last year, Lanning, and two Waitsburgers, Patty Hazelwood and Vicki Hamann, took a dip in the Columbia River to raise... Full story


Touchet Snow Scene

Snow put a whole different look on this favorite scene on Lower Hogeye Road, shared in this space several weeks ago. We may dislike driving in and shoveling the stuff, but it certainly dresses up a... Full story


Congratulations to Cheyenne and Devin Gusse

Congratulations to Cheyenne and Devin Gusse who were married December 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. at the Walla Walla courthouse. Those in attendance were Cheyenne’s grandparents John and Susan Kenney,... Full story


Byron Gene Kaczmarski

Byron Gene Kaczmarski, 75, of Dayton, Washington, passed away December 19, 2021, at Brookdale Assisted Living in College Place, Washington. Byron was born December 31, 1945, in Pettibone, North... Full story


Putting the Garden to Bed

The garden got the better of me this year. I always start out optimistic and start way too many seeds and then pack them into every square inch of the garden. In blissful denial about how many weeds...


My Third Waitsburg Anniversary

As I’ve frequently written, I am not a reflective person. However, I do appreciate traditions. Therefore, as I did columns for my first and second anniversaries in Waitsburg, I decided to make it...


The proof is in the dish

Since Teeny McMunn's retirement earlier this year, Luke Chavez has been sharing his recipes with readers each week. The Times enjoys hearing recipe feedback, and learning about ways that each reader c...



December 14 A package was picked up by the wrong person at the post office. Main Street, Waitsburg December 16 Deputies investigated a reported residential burglary. Fair Acres Lane, Walla Walla County December 19 A hit-and-run collision occurred in...



December 20 Accident, injury unknown. Highway 12 Unwanted person. Main Street Animal call. Vine Street December 21 Theft. Main Street Accident, non-injury. Highway 12 Malicious mischief. Willow Street December 22 Burglary attempted. Main Street...


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