The Weekly


Wine author to discuss latest work at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Catie McIntyre Walker will present a talk about her recently published book “Wines of Walla Walla Valley: A Deep-Rooted History,” 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday. at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Etc: Berney staff work a night at McDonalds to raise funds

Berney Elementary staff took over a local McDonalds restaurant for a recent “McTeacher Night” to earn money for technology upgrades in their building.

Etc: New director takes over at Milton-Freewater library

The new director of the Milton-Freewater Library hails from Gresham, Ore., where she was born and raised. Erin Wells assumed the management post in September, in the wake of Bob Jones’s retirement.

Victory Gardens provide template for successful small plot

On a visit to the big city this weekend, we stopped off at the food co-op for some tasty snacks. Upon leaving the car, we noticed a group gathered in a grassy lot adjacent to the store. A community garden workshop. I heard Carrie Brownstein from “Portlandia” singing in my head: “Community garden workshop. Teach me to rake and hoe-oh.” I looked at my husband. He was hearing the same song in his head. We smiled and chuckled.

Etc: Law enforcement officers lauded for work

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge 13, paid tribute to four local law enforcement officers, selected by their respective agencies as 2014 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year, according to a release. The officers’ work ethics, productivity and compassion are weighed when making the selection.

Preregistration for annual blues workshop open now

The Walla Walla Blues Society will present the fourth annual “Blues 101 Workshop” for aspiring young musicians age 12-18 to get valuable instruction from top-level performing artists.

Column: February’s backpack arrives just in time

This month we arrive late, disheveled, sweaty and stressed as we prepare to open the philosopher’s backpack. Climbing to the jetty where the pack awaits, we hear a faint, methodic ticking. Ripping open the zipper with harried fingers, we find a clock, a sundial and a watch. “We don’t have time for these shenanigans!” we yell. “We are busy, you know!” we shout to the canyon space surrounding our rock, “Just tell me what I need to know and let’s get on with this month’s wisdom!”

Exercise beneficial in any walk of life

In the lovely opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti, performed primarily at Christmas, is a tender scene where Amahl, a crippled shepherd lad with an extraordinarily vivid imagination, appears to be divinely healed. Upon taking his first step, he gazes upward at his mother and in awe-struck tones sings in hesitatingly sotto voce, “I walk... Mother! I walk... Mother!”

Column: A personal look at depression

In my studies of psychology over the years, I have found that personal experience trumps all textbooks, classes and lectures within the mental health field. You can have gobs of knowledge about a topic, but until you actually experience a problem with your own mental health, it is nearly impossible to fully understand the depths of mental illness.

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Annual rodeo seeks to rein in child abuse

Great cause, fun event. Everybody wins.

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Etc: Lincoln High School opens new java joint

Lincoln High School is serving up “Rising Phoenix” brew courtesy of a collaboration with Walla Walla Roastery, which created a custom-roasted coffee bean blend specifically for the student-run enterprise.

Recent and predicted lows indicate winter not ready to give up

After a prolonged absence, winter staged a modest attempt at a comeback this past weekend as a cold front swept across the Walla Walla Valley from the north late Saturday afternoon, ushering in a bracing shot of chilly Canadian air on north and northeasterly winds that gusted to near 30 miles per hour.

Field Notes - Farmers must cultivate business acumen along with crops

Earlier this winter I read “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to my girls. Coming back to this book, 30-some years after it was read to me, I realized it might be the formative text of my life.

Home site of ‘Walla Walla Jesus’ commemorated with plaque

William W. Davies was the leader of a Latter-day Saint schismatic group called the Kingdom of Heaven that was located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains from 1867 to 1881.

Weathervine - Vineyard focus on spurs at the moment

The major weather story this week is a tale of two countries: Winter continues its brutal and unrelenting assault on the eastern half of our nation, while folks here in the West bask in bright sunshine and unusual warmth.