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Jeff Horner

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PANORAMA - The Boys of Summer

One game.One microcosm.A small slice of American pie or, better yet, a hot dog on a bun, smothered in all the fixings.Tuesday's 9/10 District 5 semi-final game at Pacific Little League Fields served as a single taste of the greater feast played out on Lit

New world curiosity

A deer showing the bravery of the young breaks from the older, more cautious herd to investigate wildlife-viewing cars near Old Milton-Freewater Highway just before dusk. Innocence will be in full bloom soon as spring's warming temperatures break winter's

His hands full

His hands full on a sunny morning walk, David Capra moves along Palouse Street with his 2-year-old son, James, in stroller and two dogs – Charlie (left) and Callie – strapped to his hands.

Pictures of the Year 2011 - Jeff Horner

Photographs live long lives.They linger in our collective subconcious, gather quiet dust in the corner of a drawer or hang - slightly crooked - on a cluttered wall of fame.In a crowd of moments, carried forward with the flow of time, the good ones make us

High color

Autumn is the prelude to the gray of winter, the last breath of color from a dying world.

PANORAMA - Encore for a special night

The sound has drifted from the stage for several days now.The music is gone.In dry air at a rate of 768 mph, it should be somewhere out in space, or at least to Tennessee.Yet it lingers. In our heads and hearts the songs play on.

Football frenzy in preparation for season

First-year Wa-Hi football coach Eric Hisaw joined the drills Wednesday during the Blue Devils' first official workout of the fall.Hisaw welcomed 105 players — 'give or take” — to the field during the first day of daily doubles. Wa-Hi will practice from 7:

A Peachy Classic

The Peach Basket Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament continues on the streets of downtown Walla Walla today. Championship games are slated to begin at noon.

Stories and photos

A lack of information can sometimes lead to a leap of the imagination.

At the end of the story, it's satisfying to find the questions answered, the mystery solved and the reason why the Black Ops helicopters were moving into the storm.In many respects, the end justifies the means. We stroll away from a life

Walla Wallans have Saturday's low grosses at Chapman

WALLA WALLA — Ron Smith and Dona Dunovant of Walla Walla had low gross at 72 in the 2011 Chapman Invitational golf tournament at Walla Walla Country Club after the first round Saturday.Brant and Debby Gibler of Bainbridge Island, Wash., had low net at 65

PANORAMA - Sweet Times at the ...

Sweet times at the Sweets!Baseball is a sport with its own special flavor and style. Whether fans are enjoying the game or filling their mouth with food and drink, appetites are satiated while the game speeds slowly into the night.Youngst

GALLERY: Dramatic eighth cues Sweets' 6-4 win

The Sweets have a three-run eighth inning to pick up the win over Portland.

WALLA WALLA — The Sweets already have a flair for the dramatic.Two days after winning on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, Walla Walla scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Portland Toros, 6-4, Tuesday night at Borleske S

Round one done for D9 tracksters GALLERY

WALLA WALLA — Several area athletes punched their cards for state during the first day of the District 9 track and field championships at Martin Field here Thursday.The top two finishers in each event are heading to state, with action continuing today at

PHOTO GALLERY - Balloon Stampede gets off the ground

The six Balloon-A-Thon balloons launch simultaneously from Garrison Friday morning joined by another balloon, far left background, that had launched from another school site. Post your own photos on our Flickr group:

PANORAMA - Wild Thing

Spring fever.Primitive urges, long buried deep within the brain, emerge from the throes of winter.Urges from the wild.

Photo Gallery: 75th Carnival of Speed

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's boys and Waitsburg-Prescott's girls claimed team titles here Friday afternoon and two local athletes — Waitsburg-Prescott's Ronnie Hulce and Mac-Hi's Emily Childers — shared the honor of top female with 30.5 points apiece durin

PANORAMA - Fun within the frame

uite a few years ago a Japanese film crew came to the wheat fields surrounding Weston to shoot a segment for a popular soap opera in Japan. One of their most awe-inspiring experiences was being witness to the immense amount of open space we have in the Va

Photo Gallery: WWCC splits softball twin bill with Saints

Mount Hood pulls out the 3-2 victory in eight innings of the opener, but the Warriors answered with a 10-6 victory in the nightcap Friday in non-league softball play.

PHOTO GALLERY — W-P tops TigerScots in baseball cross-border battle

ATHENA - Waitsburg-Prescott came away with a border-battle win over Weston-McEwen, winning the season-opening baseball game 7-4.Temperatures were cold for players and fans, which caused more errors on the field, said W-M coach T.J. Haguewood.The TigerScot

Half-way up? Or half-way down?

Half-way up? Or half-way down? A mixed flurry of temps throughout the recent days have kept drivers and their doggie co-pilots only half-way there---and undecided whether to take it further down or raise it up and stay warm. Weather half-up or half-way

Photo Gallery — W-P boys win district championship

WALLA WALLA — Zach Bartlow scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half Friday night as Waitsburg-Prescott claimed the Class 2B District 9 boys basketball title with a 69-56 triumph over stubborn Dayton on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center o

Photo Gallery — W-P girls hold off Irish for district title

WALLA WALLA — Megan Withers converted a three-point play with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter Friday night to commence a game-ending, 7-1 run that lifted undefeated Waitsburg-Prescott to a 40-36 victory over DeSales in the championship game of the Class 2

GALLERY — W-P boys defeat WWVA in district play

WAITSBURG — The Waitsburg-Prescott boys defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy 59-43 on Wednesday night. W-P is 19-1 overall and 12-0 in league and leads the Southeast 2B district race. Both teams will continue in the tournament Friday at Whitman College as

GALLERY — Whitman women top Whitworth

The Missionaries down Whitworth, 74-61, and they can wrap up a playoff spot with a win Friday at Pacific.

PHOTO GALLERY - Whitman men stun Whitworth with 82-79 win

Crazed Whitman fan frenzy erupted Tuesday night at George Ball Court as the Missionary Men's basketball team knocked off nationally top-ranked and previously undefeated Whitworth University by a score of 82-79. More details in today's Union-Bulletin.

PHOTO GALLERY — WWCC men have big win over Treasure Valley

The WWCC men top Treasure Valley, 103-68, in NWAACC action Saturday night.

PHOTO GALLERY — WWCC women hand Chukars big loss

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College placed five players in double figures Saturday night and rolled to a comfortable 78-43 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball game in the Dietrich Dome.The lopsided triumph —

PHOTO GALLERY — Hometown Indians defeat Pomeroy in Friday night battle

TOUCHET — A contest pitting a pair of teams with 4-9 Southeast 1B District records became a one-sided affair by the end of the first quarter here Friday night.The hometown Indians shot 47 percent in the opening period, led 18-6 after eight minutes, and cr

PHOTO GALLERY — Visiting Pirates ruin Touchet girls' senior night Friday

TOUCHET — Pomeroy was able to overcome 31-percent shooting from the field, 24 turnovers and a second-quarter scoring drought of four-and-half-minutes to spoil Touchet's senior night celebration with a 36-28 victory in Southeast 1B District girls basketbal

PANORAMA - An experiment in what we see. Spot color

A photographer once came to me baffled."These power lines were not in my picture when I took the shot," he explained.I looked at the photo - a beautiful landscape with three hot air balloons rising against an emerald expanse of rolling fields and blue sky

$n$ GALLERY — W-P girls stay undefeated with win over WWVA

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls remained undefeated and picked up another Southeast 2B League basketball win Wednesday night. W-P (16-0 overall, 9-0 in league) topped Walla Walla Valley Academy, 64-23, behind 17 points from Ronnie Hulce and 15 from

$n$ GALLEY — W-P boys defeat WWVA, 69-49

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys basketball team continued its season-long roll Wednesday, pushing its winning streak to 15 games with a 69-46 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy in a Southeast 2B League game.Four members of the W-P squadron crac

PHOTO GALLERY — Wa-Hi boys defeat Eisenhower 58-48

WALLA WALLA - Eisenhower opened the game on a 9-4 run and opened the second half on a 10-4 run here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A boys basketball play.The Blue Devils recovered from both sluggish starts and went on to down the Cadets, 58-48."It wa

Pictures of the year

Each morning I wake up and open my eyes.One looks to the future. One tries to remember the past.

A turn for the birds

Another Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. The turkey feast has come and gone.While the thought of photographing a person eating – actually putting prepared food in their mouth – has always conjured a certain 'yuck” factor, visually feasting with birds

FEATURED PHOTO - A colorful carpet

Seemingly everywhere in colorful mass---on the ground, still on branches, in the street...and heading for the truck---loads of leaves await removal Monday morning on Locust Street. Glenn Danks (off center left) waits by the truck while David Garcia moves

PHOTO GALLERY - Touchet loses, out of postseason

Although the non-league loss doesn't count, another surprise win ends Touchet's season. Get more details in today's paper and online.

PANORAMA - Holding onto something fair

When you hang around something long enough – including the fair – you start to see trends.Blue jeans, cowboy boots and hats and something more.

Watermelon, with hands

Ten-year-old Hannah Hair didn't let a few fallen locks distract her focus from the task at hand while she chomped through her watermelon slice during Saturday afternoon's Watermelon Eating Contest at the Muddy Frogwater Festival in Milton-Freewater's Yant

PANORAMA - 'The Great Gatsby' and going for summer gold

I remember American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's golden boy Jay Gatsby very well.He wasn't just 'Gatsby,” though.

PANORAMA - Sips of Summer

After a long, cool wait, summer has finally arrived.

PANORAMA - Come rain or shine

This springtime in the Walla Walla Valley has been a fickle one.In April, for the first time in its 72-year history, Mac-Hi's Carnival of Speed was canceled. The announcement on the Milton-Freewater Unified School District website sited 'dangerous weather

By dawns early light

By dawn's early light...every year. Shortly after 6am Memorial Day, Cam Isitt moves slowly, row-to-row, in the Mountain View Cemetery section dedicated to the men and women of the Walla Walla area who have served our country. Isitt paused momentarily at

Colors of a gray Memorial Day

Two American flags hang from a 15-minute parking sign post shortly before 6am as downtown Walla Walla shows the colors of a gray Memorial Day. All across town and country Americans showed their red, white and blue colors on streets, homes, and the graves

Hail peppers downtown Walla Walla

Hail peppers downtown streets and brings out makeshift hats for protection from the little balls of falling ice as sunny skies rapidly turned gray and cool Thursday afternoon.

A moose and a goose

Probably nothing more than random rhyme and little reason for such strange field fellows, but a lone moose and a lone goose pause from their morning breakfast in a field near Wallula Road in what appeared to be a moment of appreciation for each others com

Entourage of Walla Walla

As part of their 95 MI/152 KM course, Pro 1/2 Men racers take a hill on Middle Waistsburg Road Sunday morning under clear, blue skies and with an entourage of support vehicles in tow. The 2010 Tour of Walla Walla finished up racing Sunday on the road aga

PANORAMA - The one that got away

The one that got away.Like fish stories, they always seem larger than they really are.

Springtime symmetry

A vibrant rainbow prelude to a weekend of colored eggs and Easter arches across Howard Tietan Park late Friday afternoon against a backdrop of dark, passing storm clouds mixed with the fresh eruption of sunlight on a wet and shiny new world.

Double take

Moving heavenly bodies with sky, an in-camera double-exposure aligns a recent fair weather sunset with a waxing moon over the Mormon Church spire on 2nd Avenue. After a release of precipitation today, more fair weather and clear skies are expected to bl