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Brenden Koch

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For Izzy The Camel, acting is in the blood

One of the most famous celebrities to hail from the Walla Walla area — Bill Anderson, better known as Adam West — portrayed a crime-fighting bat on TV in the 1960s. But after this week, the area’s most beloved screen star could be another type of animal — one with two additional legs.

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Column - How I helped GOTR-goers get with the programs

It looked to be one of the grandest events in Walla Walla history: Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road tour had sheduled (as those Brits say) one of their exclusive stopovers here. Professional performers from across the globe would be visiting our little town for a whirlwind weekend of nonstop musical and retail excitement. And I wanted to be in on it.

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Rogue Lobster brings folksy roots to stage

It was a red-letter day for Rogue Lobster. After only a few months playing together, the band had been selected to perform during a benefit concert at the Gesa Power House Theatre. When the four musicians took the stage, rather than facing the boisterous bar-type crowd they were accustomed to, they found the audience quiet, seated and listening intently.

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FrogHollow Band a solid local treat

Don’t be surprised if some moves get busted when The FrogHollow Band takes the stage downtown tonight. The Walla Walla-based alternative-country group is the ultimate party band, and it takes seriously its goal of helping concertgoers have a great time.

Column: Yard sale comes at long last

We had our yard sale recently. Check that — we finally had our yard sale recently.

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'Colossal onion' a big hit with local baseball fans

This week, Sweet Lou begins his fifth season as the face and chief enthusiasm-builder of the Walla Walla Sweets.

Column: The growing pains of gardening

I am currently in the midst of my favorite season of the year: gardening season. The time of year that, for me, marks the closure of the seemingly interminable month of tedium that commences when the NFL season ends. I’ve cultivated my garden each year I’ve been married, providing my family with fresh produce from May through November, and keeping me preoccupied with various related annoyances almost nonstop during that time.

Former feral feline family’s fourth, final

We recently got a cat. OK, technically that’s “another cat.” We now have four felines, one for each human member of the household. I just hope that equilibrium lasts — it’s rare that we can go a year without adding at least one cat.

Larger, cleaner pool gets family back in the swim of things

For my family, Labor Day means the end of summer’s swimming season. The hot months of 2013 were made vastly more enjoyable by our purchase in June of an above-ground swimming pool.