Wally DuChateau

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WALLY’S WORLD: Lee changeshands, but stays in the family

Diane Mills is the stepdaughter of Les Stehr, who has owned the Lee Restaurant and Lounge for the past 35 years, give or take a few days. Now, she owns the place.

  • Apr 14th, 2011 5:20pm

WALLY’S WORLD: GOP has alienated this independent voter

Throughout much of my life, I’ve been apolitical. I was either too busy chasing ladies to pay any attention to politics or else I didn’t perceive any difference between the candidates: they were all a bunch of crooks. I didn’t bother to vote, though there was one exception. In the late 1960s, during my more wild and rebellious days, I took the advise of pop-subversive Abbie Hoffman and I voted for his pig.

  • Apr 6th, 2011 6:26pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Enumclaw mayor traded art scene for City Hall

Liz Reynolds is an energetic, bright-eyed, middle-age, “young” lady who’s a friend of mine.

  • Mar 29th, 2011 5:37pm

WALLY’S WORLD: To truly know wine, ask an expert

During the past 30 years, I can’t remember having dinner without a glass of wine. It’s healthy, you know. Good for the heart. In that length of time I’ve sampled many types of vino and fine-tuned my tastes. Still, I’m no connoisseur by any stretch, which is why I like to discuss the subject with someone who is.

  • Mar 23rd, 2011 10:51pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Sometimes the personality is addictive

Good morning, class. Today’s topic is addiction and some of the mistaken ideas we have about it.

  • Mar 15th, 2011 11:05pm

WALLY’S WORLD; Museum offers a look into community’s past

In case you didn’t know – and I suspect that’s especially true of a large number of newcomers – Enumclaw has a historical museum at the corner of Marion Street and Washington Avenue.

  • Mar 7th, 2011 11:30pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Movies offer great lines

What goes around, comes around, and Sunday evening it’s time for the Academy Awards.

  • Feb 21st, 2011 9:48pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Understanding economy too tough for us

In case you haven’t heard, those with liberal political views have a new hero: Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 9:11pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Neither rain nor slee t … nor computers and chicks

Despite the dominance of instantaneous e-mail, the U.S. Postal Service isn’t about to follow the Pony Express into oblivion.

  • Feb 7th, 2011 8:26pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Just a few nickels can make everyone happy

I had an old, wooden, dilapidated shed on the South 40 behind my house.

  • Jan 31st, 2011 11:53pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Hunker down or fly south

As I sat at the breakfast table, with the fragrant odor of Yuban coffee wafting about my nostrils while gazing through the steel-gray fog and clouds surrounding my house and scattered across my field, I shivered at the thought of stumbling outside into the freezing temps to get some firewood and fully realized with astounding clarity that this would be my destiny for at least another six to eight weeks.

  • Jan 25th, 2011 12:12am

WALLY’S WORLD: Artistic types not better than us, just different

This column has brought me a great deal of fame in our mossy little corner of the world.

  • Jan 17th, 2011 9:37pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Air travel simply isn’t fun anymore

It’s a sure sign of age when you find yourself saying, with increasing regularity, “Things are different today.”

  • Jan 10th, 2011 9:13pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Olson is driven to building street rods

Unlike many, if not most, guys, I’m not much interested in cars. Never have been.

  • Jan 3rd, 2011 11:06pm

OUR CORNER: The year 2011 should be an improvement on 2010

Well, friends, it’s been quite a year.

  • Dec 28th, 2010 12:37am

WALLY’S WORLD: Wishing readers the happiest of holidays

‘Twas two days before Christmas and o’r the Plateau, I drive here and there, meeting people I know; It’s still early evening as I drive down 410, And cruise into Buckley where I stop quite often.

  • Dec 20th, 2010 10:37pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Time to slip away, find romantic nightspot

Christmas is a romantic time of year and therefore, you would correctly presume, romantic personalities rise to their full fruition during the holiday season.

  • Dec 13th, 2010 10:43pm

WALLY’S WORLD: It’s different for 10 percent

Our economy is so screwed up it would boggle the mind of a Hindu holy man and King County still has an unemployment rate near 10 percent.

  • Dec 6th, 2010 11:53pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Drink up and enjoy a long, happy life

There are some ridiculous rumors floating around the Plateau about my drinking habits.

  • Nov 29th, 2010 10:32pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Thanksgiving spurs fond family memories

Since the very first pilgrim/Indian feast in 1621, Thanksgiving has been a time of family gatherings.

  • Nov 20th, 2010 2:35am

WALLY’S WORLD: Folks moving Enumclaw’s way, even bad ones

So, I went bouncing up the steps to KeyBank, clutching a certificate of deposit interest check tightly in my grimy, little fist, intending to cash it to secure a few nickels and hoping to greet Cherri, Rosita and all those charming tellers.

  • Nov 1st, 2010 11:11pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Monday night a special time at Krain cemetery

Well, friends, just in case you haven’t yet geared up for the occasion, I would remind you that this Sunday all those terrifying, unholy creatures of ancient folklore will once again stagger, float and crawl across our fields and streets.

  • Oct 25th, 2010 8:26pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Lot of work brought Chinook Scenic Byway

Once upon a time, way back in the early 1980s, Doug Williams of Whistling Jack’s fame, Bob Grubb of Greenwater and Jeanne Lyman of Crystal Mountain, along with two or three of their associates, sat down over coffee or beers and decided many tourist attractions around Mount Rainier could use a little promotion.

  • Oct 11th, 2010 8:19pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Major facelift for antique mall

I was stumbling down the street last week when I saw an attractive, middle-aged woman walking toward me.

  • Oct 4th, 2010 7:17pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Recovery? We’re all waiting

Well, friends, we’re still waiting for the promised economic recovery

  • Sep 27th, 2010 11:00pm

WALLY’S WORLD: More from the theater

Continued from last week:So, I’d be sitting in the old Liberty Theater…

  • Sep 20th, 2010 10:49pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Community could saddle up to a western

Gene Groesbeck was Enumclaw’s premier movie tycoon from the early days of motion pictures until the mid-1950s.

  • Sep 13th, 2010 8:04pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Neither party willing to deal with sick economy

Well gang, in the last year it has become quite apparent our economy is more screwed up than anyone suspected and there’s no quick fix on the horizon.

  • Sep 7th, 2010 7:22pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Beating summer heat was cool at Pete’s Pool

In the last three or four years, I’ve written a few columns on Pete’s Pool and there’s surely no need to repeat myself.

  • Aug 30th, 2010 11:19pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Hits from Jolson to Pearl Jam

Occasionally, some of you ask about my tastes in popular music.

  • Aug 23rd, 2010 9:26pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Determining ‘popular’ is a diluted process

Last week we examined the mass media – a monopolistic fusion of New York publishers, Hollywood studios and Madison Avenue ad agencies – that controlled and dominated movies, music and the literary field during the last century.

  • Aug 9th, 2010 11:08pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Digital age has reduced power of the mass media

Once upon a time many years ago, a few major Hollywood studios…

  • Aug 2nd, 2010 9:57pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Concept of death gets more real as we get older

Well, you know what they say about the certainties in life: there are only two, death and taxes.

  • Jul 26th, 2010 7:08pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Numbers are just too big to comprehend

Continued from last week.My previous column dealt with astronomy and the universe.…

  • Jul 19th, 2010 9:23pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Stars provide answers, but plenty of questions

I’ve always been quite fascinated by astronomy and/or cosmology. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but cosmology can sometimes imply a bit more speculation and philosophy than astronomy.

  • Jul 12th, 2010 6:56pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Downtown Enumclaw shows signs of life

If you’re a summer tourist just passing through Enumclaw for the first time, your impressions of the town might be a bit negative, especially if you’re driving north on Cole Street.

  • Jun 28th, 2010 7:48pm

WALLY’S WORLD: When it’s tough, CEOs earn the bucks

Throughout my childhood and youthful adult years, I always was told presidents and chairmen of major, international corporations like General Electric and Bank of America received huge salaries because of the enormous responsibilities they carried.

  • Jun 22nd, 2010 12:20am

WALLY’S WORLD: Buckley mayor prepared for some growth

Having written columns on Black Diamond Mayor Becky Olness and Enumclaw mayor Liz Reynolds, it only seems appropriate one should be offered on Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson.

  • Jun 14th, 2010 9:53pm

WALLY’S WORLD: Buckley mayor presiding over town poised for growth

Having written columns on Black Diamond Mayor Becky Olness and Enumclaw mayor Liz Reynolds, it only seems appropriate one should be offered on Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson. Last week we sat down over lattés in the Main Street Coffee Shop.

  • Jun 10th, 2010 6:56pm

WALLY’S WORLD: “Despicable” Arizona law will continue to draw heat

During the 1930s and '40s, in the dark days of Nazi Germany,…

  • Jun 4th, 2010 5:41pm