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  • Condon Arts Council holds all analog camp for kids

    Stephen Allen|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Getting kids away from screens is no easy feat. But the Condon Arts Council did just that at a special camp over spring break. Twenty-two kids from Condon and Fossil took part in the class. Called "Ana Con" – short for Analog Convention – the camp had a no-electronics focus. Kids instead learned how to immerse themselves in role-playing games and character creation, while using their imaginations and improvisational skills to complete tasks. Wendell Seitz, the son of Wheeler C... Full story

  • Summer ends on high note at Spray General Store

    Stephen Allen|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Joni Kabana says that it has been a true community effort. The once deteriorating Spray General Store is now a hallmark of the region and a central gathering place for the community. Last Saturday on September 23, the Spray General Store hosted its final concert of the summer series, with Cheyenne West returning to town and giving the crowd of spectators a show to remember. Five different bands were booked this summer and played on the front porch of the old store. The number...

  • Spray Film Fest brings community together

    Stephen Allen|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Rosie Day probably didn't think that her students would be leading an arts revival in Spray when she started teaching a photography and videography class last year. But that is what was on full display this past Sunday, October 3rd. Day, a native of Brighton, England began teaching in Spray last year. In just a year's time students have not only gotten comfortable with being on camera, but also in the technical aspects of using cameras and editing software. The push to give...

  • Renowned pianist Hunter Noack performs at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

    Stephen Allen|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Hunter Noack could be playing at any concert hall in any city of his choosing. He is essentially a perfectly groomed piano player who began playing at a young age and attended some of the most elite schools in the world. At 14, Noack enrolled at the Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school in Michigan. In 2007, he graduated from the illustrious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He then went to the University of Southern California where he received his bachelor's degree...

  • Area Scots celebrate Robert Burns at Condon Elks Lodge

    Stephen Allen|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    An impressive turnout of people filled the downstairs of the Condon Elks Lodge on Saturday to commemorate the great Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Estimates of the crowd put about 100 people inside the Elks, with many of them being families and kids. Cameron Stinchfield and his wife Lara were in attendance, with their two children, as was Andrew Stinchfield with his three bairns. Also in attendance were Mike Durfey and his daughter Tula, along with grandma Rene Durfey. Also, a...

  • That High Lonesome Sound

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    James Andrews remembers the first time that he came to Fossil. It was nine years ago when he moved to town as an AmeriCorps member with the ETHOS music program. Andrews got a ride from his dad and was dropped off in Fossil – sight unseen. "I was game for it – I'm used to culture shock," Andrews says. As his dad pulled away, James looked over at his neighbor's house and saw a young boy who was throwing knives at a fence. "I did wonder for a second what I had gotten myself into,...

  • Condon Elks to host 'Burns Supper' Saturday

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    For many years the community of Condon has been known to show its true Scottish colors by celebrating on the birth date of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. The Condon Elks Lodge will continue the tradition by hosting a Robert Burns Celebration Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Lodge, 117 S. Main Street in Condon. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Perhaps less extravagant than some in the past years, the event Saturday will feature a traditional 'Burns Supper' of Scotch Eggs, Cullen...

  • Buffalo Kin wows Liberty Theatre audience in Condon debut

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    The Gilliam County Cultural Trust held a special event in collaboration with the Condon Arts Council on Saturday, November 4. More than 100 people came out to see Buffalo Kin play the Liberty Theatre, along with Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman. Buffalo Kin is a two-person band made up of Fossil's Seth Brewster and his partner Kate Eisenhooth. The couple helped to arrange for renowned Americana performer Tony Furtado and his wife Stephanie Schneiderman to join them for...

  • Gumbo, Reggae music make for smiles on Condon Main Street

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    The Portland based reggae band DreadKnot came to Condon on Saturday, August 22 and positive vibrations were in the air. Opening the show was new Condon High School Social Studies teacher James Andrews, who played a solo acoustic performance. Mr. Andrews also sat-in with the Liberty's house band Noteus on saxophone. Mr. Andrews was an AmeriCorps member and taught music with the ETHOS program in Dufur. Outside, Hood River based chef Garrett Arceneaux brought the flavors of...

  • Ugly harvest truck contest

    Updated Jan 17, 2024

    With all the doom and gloom that is going around today, a local group of farmers wants to celebrate our way of life in Oregon's wheat belt. It's time to show off your ugliest harvest truck. You can't keep that ugly truck to yourself! This year, The Times-Journal will be printing the ugliest harvest trucks and any old "out to pasture" harvest trucks. Two trophies will be given: one to the winner with the "Ugliest Truck," and a second for an "Out to Pasture" or retired harvest...

  • UFO investigative journalist films in Condon

    Stephen Allen, Times-Journal Editor|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Investigative journalist George Knapp was in Condon on Wednesday, digging into the cattle mutilation phenomenon that gripped Wheeler County from 2019 - 2021. With a camera crew in tow, Knapp interviewed Sargent Jeremiah Holmes of the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Holmes has served as the lead investigator for the five incidents of cattle deaths that have gone unsolved in Wheeler County from 2019 to 2021. The crew is expected to continue into Wheeler County and is...

  • Haunted House coming to Condon's Liberty Theatre Halloween weekend

    Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Calling all Halloween lovers. The Condon Arts Council has created a haunted house like you have never experienced before. Earlier this month, the Condon Arts Council purchased the historic Liberty Theatre in Condon, a frontier community located 35 miles off of I-84 in northcentral Oregon and 2.5 hours from Portland. Built in 1922, the theatre is 100 years old this year ... and it has many hidden secrets. The Condon Arts Council is excited to pay tribute to the theatre and its...

  • Buffalo Kin release debut album

    Stephen Allen|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Seth Brewster says he doesn't want to be famous. He maintains that the album that he just created with his longtime partner Kate Eisenhooth is not to get acclaim or recognition. It's more of a "bucket list" kind of thing. But its hard to ignore the potential. Brewster and Eisenhooth are Buffalo Kin – the duo that create intimate songs with great lyrics that embody the American West. Their sound is described as "Western Noir" on Soundcloud. In January, Buffalo Kin released t...

  • Fossil Artist Daniel Robinson to exhibit in Portland, viewable online

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Under the Sun, the newest body of work by Oregon-based artist Daniel Robinson. In this stunning new suite of paintings, Robinson illuminates the modern American landscape with stillness and strength. Combining the influence of classic American social realists with a contemporary use of light and color, Robinson's paintings are imbued with a fundamental, essential beauty. Lacking in artifice and full of integrity, Robinson's...

  • Haunted House at Condon's Liberty Theatre a success

    Stephen Allen|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    The Condon Arts Council held its first haunted house at the historic Liberty Theatre in Condon for three nights over Halloween weekend. In total, more than 350 people visited the haunted house over three days. Thirty-six kids from Arlington, grades 5– 12 made the trip in a bus on Friday, October 28 and enjoyed movies on the theatre's new projector and the haunted house in the back of the property. Most of the children had never experienced a haunted house before. Some kids a...

  • Fossil artist Daniel Robinson to lead adult painting class in Condon

    Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Daniel Robinson is a well-known painter that resides in Fossil. His works have sold across the country and his works are sought after by art collectors. Now, Robinson is offering a painting class for adults and serious youth above the age of 15 through the Condon Arts Council. Starting on July 12, the six-week series will be held each Tuesday from 6 PM to 8 PM. The class will use watercolors will culminate in an excursion to Cottonwood Canyon State Park, where participants...

  • SafeSpace Summer of Hope benefit a success

    Updated Nov 25, 2023

    HOOD RIVER, OR — The Safe Space Child Advocacy Center held its annual benefit on July 23 at the Stave and Stone Winery in Hood River and raised more than $40,000. The funds will benefit programming that offers lifesaving support for youth in Gilliam, Wheeler, Klickitat, Wasco and Hood River counties. Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt served as auctioneer for the event and musical entertainment was provided by Moe Dixon. The event was a celebration of the nonprofit's w...

  • Musician Zac Grooms is running down a dream

    Stephen Allen|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Zac Grooms grew up along Rock Creek in Gilliam County, near Olex and for a period of time, bounced between schools in Arlington and Condon. In those early years of life, Grooms developed an appreciation for country music from his parents and friends. He played extensively with his father, who played guitar, and his mom, Susie Crosby - a talented singer who also played piano and bass guitar. "We started writing music together when I was a little kid – all my sisters could s...

  • Free fishing President's Day weekend, Feb. 18-19

    Updated Nov 25, 2023

    SALEM, OR - Make fishing part of your three-day weekend plans. Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday of President's Day Weekend, Feb. 18-19, 2023.  No fishing/shellfish licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required those two days. Both Oregon residents and nonresidents can fish for free.  All other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size r...

  • Dr. Seuss Carnival in Sherman County

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    The Sherman Parent Teacher Organization is only partway through the academic year, but it has already hosted a full slate of events for families and youths - and there's still more fun yet to come. Tonight, the Sherman PTO will host the Dr. Seuss Carnival on March 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Later this month, the Missoula Children's Theatre will put on two shows next month, March 24 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 3 p.m. Sherman PTO is a group of parents and teachers of Sherman County...

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