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Columbia REA Supports the Walla Walla's Chamber Music Festival this Summer

June 5, 2013

Walla Walla's Chamber Music Festival Expands


The 2013 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, June 6 to 29, features a whirlwind of 32 events over 24 days. Walla Walla's sixth annual summer festival will bring together 22 artists to perform a huge variety of music from Beethoven to Guns n' Roses. The Festival emphasizes smaller venues and close encounters among audience, performers, and great works of chamber music past and present. A complete schedule of events, artist bios, and music clips are available at the Festival website, Here's a summary:

The Portrait of an Artist Series: The first concert for 2013 summer series features acclaimed violinist Stephen Miahky in a new series called Portrait of an Artist. This interactive series will introduce audiences to a single musician with an interview and recital. The first event will be held on Thursday, June 6, at Garrison Creek Cellars. On Thursday, June 13, the series features Nashville's Felix Wang on cello at Waterbrook Winery. For Thursday, June 20, Boston's Sarah Brady will thrill audiences with flute at Sinclair Estate Vineyard, and on Thursday, June 27, you can learn all about Canadian pianist Winston Choi at Sinclair Estate Vineyard.

The Tasting Music Series: The Festival also features four concerts in the Tasting Music series. The audience will hear chamber music masterworks in intimate settings and taste wine from four of Walla Walla's most acclaimed wineries. The first event in the series will be on Monday, June 10, when the Festival brings Beethoven to visit Canoe Ridge Vineyard. The second event in the series will be on Friday, June 14, at Walla Walla Vintners. Composer Anton Arensky will be featured on Friday, June 21, at Rasa Vineyards. The Festival visits TERO Estates in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, for the final Tasting Music event on Friday, June 28.

The Special Event: Collage On Tuesday, June 18, the Festival takes over the tasting room at Charles Smith Wines with one flute, one clarinet, one soprano, one viola, three cellos, five violins, and all kinds of chamber music. The wide variety of music will alternate from five stages in the small 120-seat venue. Collage is a style of performing in which varied musical styles are performed continuously and seamlessly from multiple locations in and around the audience. In this way, music from antiquity rubs elbows with “wet ink” compositions in a way that keeps the audience guessing throughout. Beethoven and Pink Floyd will be part of the same set. There is one show at 6:30 p.m. and a second at 9 p.m.

Special Event: Kreutzer Sonata We return to the jimgermanbar in Waitsburg, Washington, for our Special Event: Kreutzer Sonata. There are three famous compositions called Kreutzer Sonata. The first by Beethoven. In 1889, Tolstoy, famous for his epic novel War and Peace, also published a novella called The Kreutzer Sonata. Czech composer, Leoš Janácek, wrote his string quartet of the same name in 1923. These two works, both examples of what can happen if exposed to the music of Beethoven, wrestle with issues of morality, feminism, and the institution of marriage. For this special event, Whitman College philosophy professor Julia Ireland will delve into the nitty gritty of Tolstoy's novella, and WWCMF Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Christie, will guide an exploration of Janácek’s unique musical voice.

The Festival Series: These four performances form the centerpiece of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. The concerts are thoughtfully programmed and exquisitely performed. They feature an international roster of Festival musicians, and a huge selection of music will be performed from Beethoven, Debussy and Tchaikovsky to living composers. At the first event audiences will be treated to the world-premiere of an original work commissioned for the Festival by American composer Ching-chu Hu. All the events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theater in Walla Walla. The performances are Tuesday, June 11; Saturday, June 15; Saturday, June 22; and Saturday, June 29.

Free Events: The festival also offers 17 free events including four concerts for children, three outreach events, and ten open rehearsals where you can see musicians at work. Tickets to the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival range from $8 to $20 and are also available at

Summary of Ticketed Events:
Festival Series — $20All events are held at the GESA Power House Theater. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.Portrait of an Artist Series — $15All events begin at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• Thursday, June 6 — Garrison Creek Cellars
• Thursday, June 13 — Waterbrook Winery
• Thursday, June 20 — Sinclair Estate Vineyard
• Thursday, June 27 — Sinclair Estate VineyardTasting Music Series — $15All events begin at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• Monday, June 10 — Canoe Ridge Vineyard
• Friday, June 14, — Walla Walla Vintners
• Friday, June 21 — Rasa Vineyards
• Friday, June 28 — TERO EstatesSpecial Event: Collage — $20
• Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Charles Smith WinesSpecial Event: Kreutzer Sonata — $20
• Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. — jimgermanbar, Waitsburg.

Summary of Free Events:
Sounds Like Fun! Kids’ Concerts
June 7, 3:30 p.m. — Columbia County Library, 111 S. Third St., Dayton
June 19, 6 p.m. — Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.
June 20, 10 a.m. — Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 NE Myra Rd.
June 24, 3 p.m. — YWCA, 213 South First Ave.Open RehearsalsOpen rehearsals are always from 10 a.m. to Noon
June 8 — Salumiere Cesario, 112 East Main St.
June 10 — First Presbyterian Church, 325 South First Ave.
June 12 — Chief Springs Fire & Iron Brewpub, 148 E. Main St., Dayton
June 13 — Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Northeast Myra Rd.
June 18 — Amo Art, 117 Main St., Waitsburg
June 20 — Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Northeast Myra Rd.
June 21 — Kirkman House, 214 North Colville St.
June 24 — Columbia REA, 2929 Melrose St.
June 25 — First Presbyterian Church, 325 South First Ave.
June 27 — Whitehouse Crawford, 55 West Cherry St.Outreach Concerts
June 6, Noon — Rotary Concert, Marcus Whitman Hotel
June 7, 10 a.m. — Senior Concert, YMCA, 340 South Park St.


Columbia REA is a sponsor of Mule Mania

May 6, 2013

Bring your longears to Mule Mania, 2013! Columbia REA is a proud sponsor, we hope to see you there.Visit the Mule Mania website for more information at


KC Dors Receives NWPPA’s First-ever Career Commitment to Safety Award

April 26, 2013

Columbia Rural Electric Association (REA) is proud to announce that the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) awarded KC Dors with the associations first-ever Career Commitment to Safety Award at the 2013 Engineering & Operations Conference on April 11, 2013, in Portland, OR. Dors began working in the utility industry 40 years ago as an apprentice lineman at Mountain States Line, and joined Columbia REA as the manager of Safety Services in 2005. While at Columbia REA, he has built a program that offers safety services to over 20 utilities in four states. Through his four decades in the industry, he has also worked at Christensen Electric, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association, Flathead Electric Cooperative, and Electrical Safety Consultants International. “Through the many years of service to the safety cause, Mr. Dors has joined the elite level of instructor that individuals in the field of safety hope to attain,” said Columbia REA CEO Les Teel. “He is well respected both by safety professionals across the nation and the employees of the many utilities that he has served over the years.” On top of his duties at Columbia REA, Dors continues his role as an NWPPA instructor. He also participates in engineering and operations conferences; attends the EUSAC and quad states meetings on a regular basis; and supports the NRECA Safety Achievement Program and RESAP. The Career Commitment to Safety Award focuses upon the importance of safety in the utility industry. It recognizes one individual each year that has outstanding proficiency in safety; demonstrated leadership in safety in his or her utility and the industry; and has made a significant contribution to safety within the industry over his or her career.


Columbia REA Holds its 75th Annual Meeting

April 19, 2013

Columbia REA held its 75th annual meeting at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening, April 18. The annual event was attended by approximately 318 members, families and special guests. The meeting began with a dinner and concluded with the drawing for door prizes. An important part of the business meeting was the announcement of voting results for three board of director positions and a bylaw amendment. The voting for directors resulted in the re-election of the three incumbent board members. The re-elected board directors are Bill Stonecipher, of District #1; from District #2, Eric Johnson and Tim Pettyjohn from District #3. Directors serve three-year terms. A bylaw proposal to restructure the nine districts into three was approved. Following the meeting, the board held a reorganization meeting to choose new officers. Dennis Munden of Burbank will serve as president; Vic Parks of Burbank will hold the position of vice president and Katie Wooldridge of Starbuck remains in the position of secretary-treasurer. Also announced were the recipients of Columbia REA’s scholarship awards. Three academic scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The three academic scholarship recipients are: Samantha Case – $1,500, Clark A. Brewington Memorial Scholarship. A senior at Walla Walla High School, she will attend Washington State University to earn a degree in History and Library and Information Studies. Samantha is the daughter of Doug and Ginger Case of Touchet. Alex Naylor – $1,000, Columbia REA Scholarship. A senior at Dayton High School, Alex is the son of Paul and Elizabeth Naylor of Dayton. He plans to attend Western Washington University and pursue a degree in Sociology. Malia Frame – $1,000, Columbia REA Scholarship. A senior at Dayton High School, she will attend Washington State University where she plans to earn a degree in Business. Malia is the daughter of D.J. and Diana Frame of Dayton. Three Lineman Scholarships were awarded this year. The Jeff Meredith Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is a one year scholarship for Electric Utility Lineworker School. The three lineman scholarship recipients are: Nathan Roughton – A senior at Dayton High School. Nathan plans to apply to an electric lineworker program this summer. Nathan is the son of Conrad and Katie Roughton of Dayton. Wyatt Jenkins – A senior at Pomeroy High School, Wyatt will apply to an electric lineworker program this summer. Wyatt is the son of Marc and Gin Jenkins of Pomeroy. Nathan Deal – A 2011 graduate of Walla Walla High School. He is the son of Janette and Wes Polley of Walla Walla. Nathan plans to attend an electric lineworker program this summer.


Columbia REA Puts in Place Sidewalks and Presents $5,000 to Walla Walla Community College

December 13, 2011

While installing new lines on Walla Walla Community College campus, Columbia REA recognized a need regarding the safety of the students, families and children. The paths students or families with children were using to access college buildings were not exactly safe pathways to use. The first area of concern was near the health science and performing arts building. In good weather the students would use a path to the building but if the weather affected the path, they were forced walk in the road on the main campus loop roadway. The second area was near the childcare center. Families would walk from the parking lot to the childcare center in the narrow roadway. Wes Bernal, Engineering Technician of Columbia REA and Jim Peterson, Vice President of Administrative Service of Walla Walla Community College joined forces to see that two sections of sidewalk were installed in those areas on the campus. Both sections of the new sidewalk received ADA Ramps to accommodate those with disabilities, which eases the access and lessens the safety concerns.

Jim Peterson, Vice President of Administrative Services for WWCC said "Walla Walla Community College greatly appreciates working in partnership with Columbia REA to install approximately 600 linear feet of new sidewalk on our campus. These improvements have improved pedestrian travel and enhanced safety. We especially appreciate the new sidewalk near the Child Care Center. Thank you Columbia REA."

In addition to the installation of the sidewalks, Columbia REA made a donation to the College Foundation for $5,000. The WWCC Foundation helps the College meet today's challenges by supporting students, faculty, and activities designed to enhance the cultural, educational, and learning atmosphere of the College.

Columbia REA is a member owned electric cooperative. As connected members of the community we continually seek out opportunities to make a difference where we live and work.

Doug Bayne, Director of Resource Development at WWCC offered this comment, "We are very thankful for the opportunity to grow the relationship between Walla Walla Community College Foundation and Columbia REA. This significant contribution to the Foundation shows the importance that Columbia REA places on helping its members meet their educational dreams and goals. These funds will help a number of students, now and in the future."

November issue of the Ruralite contains the 2012 Calendar

November 21, 2011

The November issue of the Ruralite magazine contains the 2012 calendar. The company that does the printing for the magazine made an error and the calendar that is included in the magazine was mistakely merged with another co-ops calendar (Nespelem Valley Electric Coop). The copy you receive has Nepelems name on the front with Columbia REAs annual meeting date shown in April and Nespelums annual meeting date shown in October. We appologize for any inconvenience.

Columbia REA to Purchase Melrose Building Complex

June 29, 2011

Port Commission President Mike Fredrickson announced today the Port has entered into a “Letter of Intent” with Columbia REA to sell the Port-owned Melrose building complex.

The transaction, subject to a 60 day due diligence period by Columbia REA, provides for the Port to sell Columbia REA the following assets: Melrose building encompassing 88,267 square feet; Melrose office building 10,280 square feet; Quonset building 4,060 square feet and 10.16 acres of property. The parties have agreed to a sales price of $5,330,406.

According to Les Teel, CEO of Columbia REA, “We are a vibrant company and fortunate to have a growing list of members in the Walla Walla Valley that value our services. As a result, we have outgrown our Walla Walla service center located on Rees Avenue. Columbia REA has been looking for more than two years to acquire a site that meets our long-term strategic needs. On behalf of the Columbia REA Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Port of Commission for making this property available.”

Port Commissioner Fredrickson said, “The Port Commission is pleased Columbia REA can utilize the property and bring it back to a productive use. We also believe Columbia REA will be an excellent anchor business for the Port’s vision of developing the remainder of its Melrose business park which encompasses 31 acres.

The Port constructed the main Melrose building (88,267 sq. ft.) in 1988 for Strauser Manufacturing at a cost of $4.1 million. Strauser filed bankruptcy in 1990 and moved out of the building. From 1995 to 2005 Key Technology leased the building from the Port and made a host of improvements.

Columbia REA was formed in 1939 and has grown to serve more than 4,800 member accounts. Columbia REA owns and operates 1,200 miles of electric lines through Walla Walla, Columbia and Umatilla Counties. We also offer a variety of services including wireless internet service, provided by Columbia Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia REA.

 Columbia REA serves our members from our headquarters located in Dayton, Washington. We currently have 18 Walla Walla based employees at our Walla Walla service center which first opened in August 2003 in a 10,000 square foot warehouse/office complex.


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