Karlene Ponti

Special publications writer


Ponti began working for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 1999 as the Special Publications Writer. Her work can be found in Walla Walla Valley Lifestyles, the Walla Walla Valley Weekly, Walla Walla Valley Business Monthly, Vistor’s Guide and other publications. In the early 1990s she worked for the Record Journal in Ferndale, Wash. providing the Custer news column and feature articles.
Born and raised in Walla Walla, she grew up on a family farm that still produces Walla Walla Sweet Onions. A graduate of Walla Walla High School, she attended Whitman College and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies--Women Studies and Psychology. After college, she attended the seminary at the CDM Spiritual Teaching Center in Seattle and was ordained a Christian minister in 1980.

Her favorite books include Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, the King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany, Earth Energy by Mary Ellen Flora and the alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton. “I sometimes wish the alphabet was longer,” Ponti said.
Favorite movies include Paint Your Wagon, Harold and Maude, Real Genius, Titanic (seen probably hundreds of times) and King Arthur, 2004.
She loves music, especially The Moody Blues, The Call, The Bards and Sugarland.

Interests include spending time with family, learning about antiques, collectibles and historic homes, meditation.

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Secondhand store gets pick-me-up

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For Walla Walla artist, it’s oil or nothing

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Roy Dodd: The King of the Valley

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Quilt festival's featured quilter sews, reaps rewards

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Brush up on local art at annual show

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Dealership has drive to help people in need

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Music therapy strikes a chord with Park Manor memory patients

Remember when? The songs you love take you right back by stirring memories and emotions. Tunes and memories are now incorporated in a program at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center. According to Merilee Richardson, director of social services, the 99-bed center has a variety of residents, some in temporary rehab and some with more long-term memory issues. The program helps residents and their families, using the power of music.

Scots invade Athena for Caledonian Games Friday

The annual Caledonian Games gets started with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Athena’s City Park. That evening’s events also include a candle lighting service and blessing at 7:30, then an outdoor movie, “The Hills of Home,” at 8:15.

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Walla Walla Improv Camp participants get their act together

Communicate; improvise; get creative.

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Group helps law enforcement collar perps

Our furry best friends enhance our lives, but some, such as the dogs in law enforcement K-9 programs, do a good job of saving them, too.

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