The Weekly


Temps, snow to get the drop on Valley

What a difference a week makes! If it wasn’t bad enough to watch Republicans overrunning the U.S. Senate and House like Marshawn Lynch over (and through) the New York Giants, our beautifully mild and benign fall weather has gone with the wind, along with many Democrats — neither of which may be seen again in these parts for a very long time. The blame for it all can be squarely laid at the feet of a superpowered invader from the Far East.

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Iwo Jima vet opens up about experiences

Claro Bergevin, 91, returned in late September from a visit to Decatur, Ill., to join his friend and Marine buddy Harold Miller for a reunion of members of the B Company, 5th Tank Battalion.

Column: Angel appears to assist with dearly departed

I accidentally killed Bambi’s little sister a few weeks ago, joining a herd of Oregon drivers who have mowed down wildlife this season.

Umapine celebrates community with block parties, contests

Mark Gomes of the Milton Freewater Rural Fire District drove a fire truck over to Umapine to surprise kids participating in the Umapine parade on Oct. 19.

Safeway foundation connects food bank with funds

Safeway Corporation Foundation noted in a letter dispatched in midsummer to Pantry Shelf Food Share in Walla Walla, that a check sent to the food bank in spring 2013 had not yet been cashed.

Home stay wraps up for students in Sasayama

The annual two-week home stay program conducted by the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee introduced nine Walla Walla High School students to Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The students left Walla Walla on Oct. 15 and returned Oct. 27.

Wa-Hi students accepted for band clinic in Western Washington

Auditioning by mp3, several Walla Walla High School Band students have been tapped for the annual Western International Band Clinic Nov. 21-24 at the Sea-Tac Doubletree Inn.

Dance event to raise funds for youth ski team

WALLA WALLA — Sno-Dance, a fundraiser for Bluewood Alpine Race Team, will be 6-11 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center, 363 Orchard St.

Pioneer Park: Built with buttons

John Langdon’s 1908 design for Walla Walla’s proposed City Park was full of exciting features. His detailed plan for the 40-acre park included thousands of trees and shrubs, and lakes, creeks and waterfalls. There was a playground for children, a band concert pavilion and a zoo. The City Council received Langdon’s plans with enthusiasm, but would provide no funding.

November gets a non-chilly reception

All the teeth-gnashing, hair-pulling, name-calling and back-stabbing will finally come to an end today, at least temporarily. The waiting, the wondering and the wailing will cease — for a time — and we will move on, no matter what the outcome.

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Cooped up with your backyard chickens

My husband and I live close to Pioneer Park, and on our nice evening walks with our two old lady dogs it is not unusual to hear the calling of the peacocks in the aviary. Recently I have been surprised to also notice roosters crowing in our area.

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Rider hoofs it to Atlantic from Milton-Freewater

After a huge journey on horseback across the country, carrying the American flag, Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard returned home to Milton-Freewater. His journey, One Nation Ride, brought people together, as part of the ride’s purpose was to unify and strengthen those he met along the way.

Milton-Freewater school to host talent show fundraiser

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton Stateline Adventist School hopes it will be curtains for its students, as it holds its second annual talent show and silent auction, 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium.

Ex-Walla Walla artist Manuel forges new bronze work, museum

Before others stumbled upon it in 1812, Hot Lake Springs southeast of La Grande was a site treasured by generations of Native Americans who nursed their injured and sick and rested there on neutral ground. The Nez Percé called the geothermal waters Ea-Kesh-Pa.

Column: How you can go from SAD to glad

“Tis the season to be jolly” is a true statement for some. For others however, this is the time of seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD.