Stories for August 2009


Monday, August 31

East Sumach Street fire under investigation

WALLA WALLA -- City police are investigating a possible arson that occurred this weekend. A resident living in an apartment in the 100 block of East Sumach Street reported waking to his smoke detector going off about 1:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a po

Thomas-Crosby rule best-ball gross

The country club tourney concludes Saturday with Kevin Baker and Joe Kent atop the net field

WALLA WALLA -- Jeff Thomas and Howard Crosby teamed up to capture gross honors at the annual Member-Guest Best-Ball Invitational golf tournament that concluded Saturday at the Walla Walla Country Club.Thomas and his guest -- Crosby has played for years at

Edith-Carrie neighborhood to host celebration at park

WALLA WALLA -- Residents of the Edith-Carrie Neighborhood are opening their new city park to the greater community Thursday for a neighborhood potluck and barbecue.The park will open to guests at 5:30 p.m., and feature the potluck and barbecue. Organizers

Warrior women's socer team will try, try again

Nine returnees will try to deliver the school's first NWAACC tile after placing second four times.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College women's soccer team will enter the 2009 season with nine players back from last year's squad that finished as runner-up in the NWAACC Championships and won the program's sixth consecutive East Division crow

Five vets lead Walla Walla Comunity College men into soccer campaign

The Warriors face a stiff challenge in defending last year's NWAACC championship.

That is one of many questions hovering around the Walla Walla Community College pitch after the men's soccer program won its fourth NWAACC East Division title in five seasons and claimed its first NWAACC title last fall.If the Warriors are going to return

Mildred Hickman

June 17, 1924 -- Aug. 26, 2009

Mildred Elaine Hickman, 85, of 1809 Plaza Way died Aug. 26, 2009, at her home.

For now, decision to halt religious displays at state Capitol is wise

The fuss created last year was unnecessarily ugly. The new policy is temporary until a new, better policy can be formulated.

The U.S. Constitution grants us freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Therefore, it is permissible for a government building -- such as the Capitol building in Olympia -- to host religious displays as long as the opportunity is open to all relig


Jim Balis carries his daughter Sophie, 6, during a slow dance Saturday evening at an end of summer street dance. Family and friends lined both sides of South First Avenue between Main and Alder streets for a two-hour concert and dancing in the street. See ''Dancing in the streets'' for complete story.

Etc. - 09/31/09

Fort Walla Walla Museum earned national attention with a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America program.

Community Council looks at regional economy

A local study group is turning its attention to studying how the regional economy could benefit from the creation of businesses that add value to agricultural and forestry resources.


Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Group chooses former judge to lead educational improvement push

Community Council has chosen Robert Zagelow to lead the push to implement its recommendations after a lengthy study.

WALLA WALLA -- A local group that identifies and studies problems facing the region has chosen a retired judge to spearhead its efforts to improve education for the region's children.Community Council selected Robert Zagelow for the task, according to a n

Walla Walla native's dreams take flight

A Wa-Hi graduate works toward her goal of becoming a C-17 pilot in the Air Force.

Flying soars through U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Teycee Werner's blood. Aiming for the skies, the Walla Walla native is in the midst of Air Force flight training in Mississippi.Getting to that stage wasn't easy. But after a lengthy application process, Werner

Dancing in the streets

A Saturday night dance on First Avenue between Main and Alder bid an early farewell to the season.

WALLA WALLA -- The brassy jazz and pop rock sounds of Locust Street Taxi reverberated across the old brick buildings of downtown Saturday night, much to the pleasure of those who attended the End of the Summer Street Dance, as well as to the pleasure of t

What's going up?

What: A new building for Checker’s Auto Body is being built at 1122 Abadie St.Details: William Garcia, who co-owns the business with Joel Garcia and Gerardo Garcia, said the new 9,800-square-foot building will be about twice as big as the location they cu

Don't Twitter? It's optional now , but not for too long

Ever find yourself wondering what toothpaste flavor a perfect stranger prefers? No? This and many other questionably useful pieces of information are shared by people in real time on the Web sensation, Twitter.This should lead you to the obvious conclusio

Farmers struggle with higher costs, labor shortages

But if they can get their products to market, there are more consumers than ever.

Variety, efficiency and cost control help local farmers stay profitable, which helps the whole area’s economy.

Bio - Amy Kinney

Business/job title: Advantagecom Networks, Inc., chief operating officer and executive of I2E2 (Internet Integration and Efficiencies Engineer)Hometown: Walla Walla. “Although I wasn’t born here, I very much consider it home.” She was born in Portland.Wha

Having a ball learning French game of Petanque

House rules say: 'Anyone playing without a drink in their hand is disqualified,' the organizer said.

WALLA WALLA -- With 60 steel balls in hands, 10 couples squared off against each other, while standing in circles with their feet planted, which is what Petanque is all about."We have been playing a couple times a week, Wednesday afternoons and Sunday aft

Effort to help veterans with PTSD get fair compensation is welcome

The rule change seems to be infusing compassion and common sense into the system.The majority of those who work for Department of Veterans Affairs care deeply about the welfare of our veterans. They want to help those who served the nation in the military

Wellspring Diabetes Program to hold informational sessions

The sessions preview upcoming classes which begin Sept. 15.The Wellspring Diabetes Program will hold several informational sessions at the Milton Adventist Church, 1244 N. Elizabeth St., across form Widner Electric on Highway 11.The 90-minute sessions wil

Anger is no friend -- kiss it goodbye

Every person has spiritual battles. For many, their primary battle is with intense anger. Anger enters our lives through many doors. How long will it stay? What will we do with it? Let the fire die down, or stoke it?

Workshop set on Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative

DAYTON -- A free workshop for barn owners interested in the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative will be held Thursday.

Ex-Occupational therapist flourishes in retirement

In addition to gardening, swimming and Jazzercise, Linnea Keatts hosts foreign students.

As the garden flourishes, so does Linnea Keatts, and many young people throughout the world who have blossomed because of her care and mentoring.A retired occupational therapist, Keatts continues her affiliation with the AFS American Field Service volunte

Way to remove fuel from wildfires to be demonstrated

HEPPNER — A potential new way to rid forests of fuels that feed wildfires will be demonstrated near here Monday.The demonstration of fast pyrolysis equipment will be at 1 p.m. at the Kinzua Mill Site, two miles north of Heppner on State Route 207, said Jo

Public meetings set on wind project

Public meetings on the draft environmental impact statement for the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project will be held Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. The open houses are an opportunity to ask questions and submit written comments.The applicant, Puget Sound Energy,

Regulation changes to be discussed

WALLA WALLA — County commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on changes recommended to an update of Walla Walla County’s critical areas regulations.

Abstract company keeps history of land in sharp focus

The records stretch back to 'the time we stole it from the Indians to the present time.'

WALLA WALLA — Pieces of the past are all around us.Newspapers often refer to themselves as the first draft of history, a sampling of the most important news of the day, every day, day in, day out.But of course newspapers don’t have the market cornered. An

Milton-Freewater man loses weight, gains recognition

Ken Simpson lost more than 100 pounds in less than six months and was declared a grand winner.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A bag of Doritos snack chips, sitting in a stylish wire basket, stands out at the Simpson house.The brightly colored bag seems an anomaly, tucked as it is among artisan breads in more subtle wrappings, and just a few feet from the kitc

Group petitions for tax increase for buses

If the Valley Transit Board agrees, the soonest a sales-tax ballot measure could go before voters would be February 2010.

WALLA WALLA — A Valley Transit community support group says a sales tax increase is the best solution to Valley Transit’s budget deficit, and Saturday the group started collecting signatures to show support for a 0.3 percent sales tax increase.“If people

Valley Transit bus fares to triple this week

Starting Tuesday, cash fare for all Valley Transit riders will be 75 cents.

WALLA WALLA -- Bus fares will triple this week as Valley Transit searches for ways to scale back a projected $800,000 deficit for 2009."We have already made cost-saving procedures ... Every budget line item has been gone through, and we whittled away ever

Saturday, August 29

Frontier Days Rodeo features good field

Riding and roping begins Tuesday morning, with top cowboys on the PRCA tour expected during the week's rodeo action.

WALLA WALLA — One of the best fields in recent years will assemble at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena this week for the annual Frontier Days Rodeo.

Dual identity

Buster Barton finds that his career as a steer wrestler on the Columbia River Circuit helps him recruit members to the Walla Walla Community College rodeo team he coaches.

WALLA WALLA — Buster Barton has discovered a way to double down on his love of rodeo.Not only is he still pursuing his career as a successful steer wrestler in the Columbia River Circuit, as the coach of the Walla Walla Community College rodeo team he use

Gradwohl new Wa-Hi baseball coach

The longtime Blue Devil assistant brings a familiarity with local youth baseball players to the position.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi athletic director Don Wilkins has announced the hiring of Keith Gradwohl as the head baseball coach for the Blue Devils.Gradwohl, 49, replaces Ryan Carter, who resigned this spring to accept the head baseball coaching position at Kamia

Friday, August 28


Lines surround both sides of the stage as U.s. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., fields questions from a wide range of audience members during a town hall-style meeting Thursday at Walla Walla Community College. See� ''Hundreds turn out at Walla Walla Community College for health-care meeting'' for complete story.

DeSales boosters to have fall fund-raiser Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Both the football and volleyball teams will be on display Saturday when the DeSales Booster Club stages a fall fund-raiser and barbecue at the school, 919 E. Sumach St. A volleyball scrimmage will kick things off at 4 p.m. and will be follo

Milton-Freewater municipal utility vies for 'smart grid' grant

Milton-Freewater's municipal electric utility could be a player in a project aimed at securing the nation's power system for the future.Along with project leader Battelle, the Bonneville Power Administration, private businesses and 11 other utilities arou

Prison experts, not lawmakers, should lead as cuts pondered

Aren't those overseeing the day-to-day operations of our prisons in the best position to determine where the cuts should be made?The specter of more job cuts to the state's prison system, which could include significant job losses at the Washington State

Hundreds turn out at Walla Walla Community College for health-care meeting

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was on hand for a town hall-style meeting Thursday on the prickly subject.

WALLA WALLA -- "Is health care a right or a privilege?" asked Dorothy Knudson."I believe we should be providing access for an affordable price," answered U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.That was the opening exchange in Thursday's town hall-style

Shooting nets man two years

Roy Rogers Clark will get credit for 262 days he's served in jail since his arrest in December.

WALLA WALLA -- A Starbuck man has been ordered to serve two years in prison in connection with a shooting last winter on Robinette Mountain south of Dayton.Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht sentenced Roy Rogers Clark, 65, to six mo

Man faces September trial over 2008 rape allegation

Bryan M. Harvey is accused of assaulting a teen after a party that January.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial date has been set for a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008.Bryan M. Harvey, 23, is scheduled for trial Sept. 9 on charges of second-degree rape and furnishing liquor to minors.Officials allege that

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Thursday, August 27


Ten-year-old Robert Munroe goes four-wheeling amidst the four-wheelers as he mixes with the big traffic along Pine Street en route to his home. Munroe was hauling two extra wheels on his bike as part of a project with a friend to build two new bikes from free spare parts that people were giving away. The two new bikes, once assembled, would be 10-speeds they hope to race on the street in front of their homes. So far, it has been a two-month project, but completion is close at hand.

American Indian culture topic of Ice Harbor Dam program

BURBANK -- Visitors can learn about American Indian culture during an educational program set for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Hood Park Amphitheater in Burbank. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam.

Juniper Jam kicks off in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE -- The Juniper Jam music festival will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds.

Crawford, sons to play Sapolil

Walla Walla's own Pete Crawford performs with his two sons 8-11 p.m. Friday, at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. They will be playing acoustic folk rock, classics and originals. There is no cover.

Rivers Edge hosts Monday Night Football

Rivers Edge restaurant and beer and wine bar in the Comfort Inn & Suites, 1419 W. Pine St., will host Monday Night Football during the NFL season.

Locust St. Taxi to perform at street dance downtown

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's End of Summer street dance, with music by Locust St. Taxi, will be 8-11 p.m. Friday.

Living History players highlight Frenchtown

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will have Living History presentations 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.On Saturday, stage coach operator and miner John Abbott will be portrayed by Rod Hahn.

Raptors to be on display at Whitman Mission

Blue Mountain Wildlife brings their live birds of prey to the Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, 1-4 p.m. Saturday There will be owls, falcons, maybe even an eagle or two. This is an opportunity to get a close-up view of these animals.

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days kicks off

The 2009 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days kicks off at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds at 7 a.m. Sept. 1 with rodeo slack action and ends at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 with a PRCA rodeo event.In between is a whole lot of activity.New events this year include the

Fuss over VA document on end-of-life issues overblown

Providing the important information for veterans to consider is sold public policy.

Death is a subject most of us don't want to think about or talk about. Yet, it's important to do so -- especially with our families. In this way we can make important decisions about our medical treatment -- including whether we want treatment -- as we fa

Pacific Power rates to go up a tad

If you're a Pacific Power customer, your bill is headed upward, but not as much as might have been.The utility reached a deal for the lower rate increase with the state Attorney General's Public Counsel Section, Utilities and Transportation Commission sta

Council OKs firefighter raises

The raise brings first-level firefighter pay up to $48,924 a year

WALLA WALLA -- Firefighters will get a five percent raise for 2009 and another two percent increase in 2010, even though the U.S. Department of Labor is reporting a drop in the Consumer Price Index for 2009. The collective bargaining agreement passed 5-1,

Sheriff proposes three-year deal with Waitsburg

`WAITSBURG -- Walla Walla County Sheriff Mike Humphreys presented the City Council with a detailed proposal for a three-year interlocal agreement to provide the city with law enforcement services.The council met in a special session late Tuesday to consid

Embattled Athena officer resigns

ATHENA -- The police officer who was placed on administrative leave after he was indicted for multiple sex crimes is without a job, as of Aug. 13 when the City Council unanimously accepted his resignation.Mark Benston Ashcraft, 36, is accused of using e-m

Felon accused in local burglary string

Matthew B. Weise faces multiple charges in connection with a local crime spree.

WALLA WALLA -- Bail has been set at $150,000 for a convicted felon now accused of committing five burglaries in the area and stealing guns from two locations.Mathew B. Weise, 32, of 428 S.W. 12th St., was charged earlier this month in Walla Walla County S

CP co-op preschool accepting applications

The preschool meets three mornings a week at Davis Elmentary School.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A cooperative preschool program at Davis Elementary is accepting applications for children 3 to 5 years old.An orientation and registration is being held Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at Davis, 31 S.E. Ash St., with preschool starting on Sept. 15.Cla

Volunteers sought to set up park play equipment

WALLA WALLA -- Local children will see their wishes come true Saturday at Menlo Park, and you can help set up the smile factory.The city Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help put together playground equipment at the park off Divisio

Learning Center at WWCC to close Monday

The local branch closure will end education training and result in a job cut.

WALLA WALLA -- A local branch of the Washington State University Learning Centers is closing as of Monday.The branch, based at Walla Walla Community College for eight years, is among all the learning centers throughout the state that are being closed by W

Umatilla County scenic view area idea shelved

The proposal is expected to resurface down the road in a different form.

PENDLETON -- A group seeking to block commercial wind turbines in the Blue Mountain foothills has withdrawn its application to create a 200,000-acre scenic view area in Umatilla County.The proposal by the Blue Mountain Alliance was scheduled for a public

Charges filed in standoff

Christopher S. Robling of Nampa, Idaho, faces eight felony charges in connection with Tuesday's incident.

WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges have been filed in Superior Court against a man who allegedly led officers on a chase along city streets Tuesday and then subjected them to an hours-long standoff at an unoccupied house he broke into at Second Avenue and Map

Wednesday, August 26

ADVISORY: Hearing on proposed plan to block wind turbines canceled

PENDLETON -- A public hearing Thursday on a proposed scenic-protection area that would block commercial wind turbines in the Blue Mountains has been cancelled.The hearing before the Umatilla County Planning Commission was to take testimony on the Goal 5 s


Officers check the handcuffs on a suspect leaned against a Walla Walla Police Department patrol car before placing him under arrest after a standoff in a home at the corner of South Second Avenue and Maple Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado city's plan to make cops sell guns is foolish

The few dollars made on gun sales will be overshadowed by the public outcry if one of the weapons sold ends up being used in a serious crime

But it's foolish for police to serve as gun merchants. Yet, that's exactly what police in Colorado Springs, Colo., are being forced to do. This unusual step is being taken for one simple reason -- to make money.

Town hall set on health care

WALLA WALLA -- U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will host a town hall-style meeting on health care Thursday.

Swine flu poses problem for companies

A worker at Key Technology is recovering, but the warning shot has been fired locally.

With one employee recuperating at home from what management suspected to be swine flu, Key Technology of Walla Walla is being careful not to overreact, officials there said Tuesday."We're stressing the need for careful hygienics. We're providing sanitizer

Used Hondas a hot ticket with thieves

Accords from the 1990s top the most-stolen lists in Washington and nationwide.

If you own a used Honda, keep your eyes on it.According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1994 Honda Accord was the number-one stolen car in the country last year, followed by the 1995 Honda Civic.The two vehicles, along with eight others, were


A sea otter's sudden, surprising move brings back the old comic-book days phrase during a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.

I remember that word, along with "Gadzooks," from my comic-book days.When something unexpected or surprising happened, the bubble above Daffy Duck’s head often said, "Yoicks!"That’s how I remember it, although Webster says "Yoicks" dates back to 1774 and

Suspicious vehicle report led to standoff

An Idaho man is in jail after a four-hour standoff Tuesday at a home at Maple Street and Second Avenue.

WALLA WALLA — An Idaho man has been arrested after a nearly four-hour standoff at a local home.Christopher Robling, 30, of Nampa, was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of possessing stolen property, residential burglary, felon in


Coloration, common names and obscure controversies aside, it doesn't exactly take an ornithologist to see the similarities between the great egret and great blue heron. Indeed, their close relationship is usually reflected in their scientific names. Both are widely accepted as belonging to the genus Ardea. But maybe you are on the fence. With both hanging around Mill Creek, you can do your own side-by-side field study.

When flu hits stay home from work and school

It is difficult for folks to slow down even when they or their children are sick. But staying home will slow the spread of the disease.

Local health officials are warning the flu -- likely even the swine flu -- could hit the Valley hard this winter. In fact, the influenza virus could come on strong this fall as more cases of people with flu-like symptoms have been reported recently.

Walla Walla Sweet Onion in winning recipes

The iconic local onion had another day in the sun when it was featured in the top two entries in a recipe contest put on by Columbia Crest Winery and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.Frank Galella of Denville, N.J., took the top spot in the second annual Flayvor

Trial date set in meth manufacturing case

Jared F. Allen is accused of making the drug in an incident connected to a fatal fire in February.

WALLA WALLA -- A man charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, which officials believe started a fire that killed three women last February, pleaded innocent Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Assault plea entered in 2008 rape case

WALLA WALLA -- A 22-year-old man accused of raping a woman last year pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to a lesser offense.

Doors open on a new school year

School got under way today. With the new Edison Elementary School playing host to its first classes.

WALLA WALLA -- Tyler Miller glanced over the growing breakfast line at Edison Elementary, and quizzically eyed the morning's selections.It was breakfast time at Edison, on the first day of school at the newly constructed school."I don't even think I like

Monroe prison officials, employees worried about cuts as well

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla isn't the only community worried about a study to cut beds in the state prison system.Employees, officials and prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex are also wondering about their future after a visit by a consulting team last

Tuesday, August 25

Prison not on previous cutback list

But prinsons director says those proposed were 'a snapshot' set aside for the current study.

WALLA WALLA -- Washington State Penitentiary was not on a list of proposed cutbacks put forward by the Department of Corrections during the recent legislative session, but that plan was dropped in favor of a study now under way to find how to cut 1,580 be

$n$ Police stand-off at 2nd and Maple ends

WALLA WALLA — An Idaho man has been arrested following a nearly four-hour stand-off with police at a local home.City police booked Christopher Robling, 30, of the Caldwell area, into Walla Walla County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of possessing stolen proper

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Monday, August 24

Former Ecology watermaster starts consulting business

Bill Neve said his expertise includes helping landowners with water rights.

WALLA WALLA -- The former watermaster for Southeast Washington is now in private business as a water rights consultant.

FEATURED PHOTO - Summer still in full swing

William Kaufman, 3, swings his feet in excitement at the apex of his swing in Jefferson Park Thursday morning while his sister Elysse, 2, swings, watches and giggles on the swing next to him. The two are swinging through summer and enjoying the freedom of

Program to help families build assets

The state Department of Commerce is throwing weight -- and cash -- behind a local project that helps low-income families save money and plan for the future.

Incineration of chemical weapons makes nation safer

The destruction of nerve agents and mustard gas won't be interrupted by a lawsuit. A federal judge tossed it out last week.

About half of this nation's stockpile of chemical weapons -- 31,500 tons of nerve agents and mustard gas -- has been safely destroyed over the past 15 years. And all indications are that the U.S. military will be just as successful in incinerating the remaining chemical weapons by the deadline of 2017.

Century of memories at Pioneer Park bandstand

Those with a few birthdays and those with many gathered at Pioneer Park to celebrate the bandstand's 100th.

WALLA WALLA -- Memory lane took a turn into Pioneer Park on Sunday, when close to 150 people gathered to celebrate the bandstand's 100th anniversary as they listened to music from 1909 while sitting under shade of the park's century-old trees."Our grandfa

Emergency services for 08/24/09

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Road Runners to have 33rd Labor Day one-mile runs

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Walla Walla Road Runners will hold their 33rd annual Labor Day one-mile runs at Shockman Field here on Sept. 7.

Waitsburg City Council to consider changing agreement with Sherrif's office

WAITSBURG - The City Council will consider making changes in an agreement between the city and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office in a special meeting Tuesday.

Sherwood Center's face-lift

Whitman College’s newly refurbished Sherwood Center is now at the forefront of Northwest Conference facilities.

WALLA WALLA — Dean Snider walks the halls of Sherwood Center beaming like a proud parent.

Breaching dams on Snake River is foolish idea

Yet, Rep. Jim McDermott has pitched legislation aimed at bringing them down even though they are a source of cheap and clean power.

As this nation seeks energy independence, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has introduced legislation aimed at breaching the Snake River dams.

Put on your red hat, baby — it's time to step out

Local supporters of The Red Hat Society plan their annual luncheon Sept. 12.

Small beetle brings fungus to trees

A very small beetle and the fungus it carries are creating a very big problem for the survival of black walnut trees

One of the four horsemen has come for the area’s black walnut trees, but instead of a white horse, this pestilence rides a beetle smaller than a piece of uncooked rice.

West Nile virus found in Burbank bird

A red-tailed hawk was found dead, the first time a bird with the disease has been found in Walla Walla County.

WALLA WALLA — West Nile virus is closer to the city of Walla Walla, as the crow flies.

Friends use games as Stratego to capture Hearts

The organization, which helps local kids, could use more volunteers.

WALLA WALLA — There were no Sorry faces as The Game of Life was played out, so to speak, at Land Title Plaza on Saturday, as families took the Trouble to break away from the Monopoly of video games, in exchange for the Trivial Pursuit of trying to Connect

Schools, cities get ready for swine flu

Swine flu vaccine is in the development and testing stage. Seasonal flu vaccine has not yet been released by manufacturers.

WALLA WALLA — At the exact point in the year when flu viruses should be as gone as summer company, Walla Walla is seeing a "fair uptick of influenza-like illness" in the area’s emergency departments and medical clinics, noted Harvey Crowder, administrator for Walla Walla County Public Health Department.

Friday, August 21

Walla Walla man indicted on theft charges

PENDLETON -- A Umatilla County grand jury has indicted former Hamley Steakhouse general manager Vince Cannone on theft charges related to his employment with the downtown Pendleton establishment.

Fall Ball signups this weekend at Pacific Little League

WALLA WALLA — Little League-age baseball players who have not already signed up for Fall Ball at the Pacific Little League complex can still do so this weekend.

YMCA fall youth program registration now open

WALLA WALLA — Registration for fall youth sports and classes – from soccer to swimming lessons — begins today at the Walla Walla YMCA.

Taking to the Air

WALLA WALLA - Blue skies and hot temperatures greeted DeSales football players as they took to the field this week to begin preparations for their season-opening game Sept. 4 against LaSalle of Yakima at Ty Bafney Field on the Irish campus.

Tinkering with gambling revenue is risky during a recession

Cutting the commission paid to bars and taverns could cost private-sector jobs.

Why do governments at the state and federal level continue to take actions that result in lost jobs and then put programs in place to create new jobs?

Serenity Point to offer free treatment -- with strings

Substance abuse can derail anyone, and getting back on track can be a long, hard road.

Applications sought for Pioneer Posse court

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Applications are available for the 2010 Pioneer Posse court. Applicants must be in grades nine to 12, be a current Posse member and be able to ride a horse.

Celebration Sunday to welcome new College Place park art

COLLEGE PLACE -- A celebration is planned Sunday to welcome a new city resident.

Rape trial delayed for city man

WALLA WALLA -- The trial that had been scheduled to begin next week for a man suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Crash on Highway 12 kills four horses

DAYTON -- Four horses died as the result of an 11:30 p.m. collision with a semi truck and two trailers Wednesday. Two of the horses were killed instantly, and two others were euthanized due to catastrophic leg injury, veterinarian Chuck Reeves said this morning.

BREAKING NEWS: West Nile virus found in Burbank bird

A red-tailed hawk was found dead, the first time a bird with the disease has been found in Walla Walla County.

WALLA WALLA — West Nile virus is closer to the city of Walla Walla, as the crow flies.

Massive cargo plane swings through area

An Air Force C-17 was in the area Thursday practicing approaches, but it never touched down.

WALLA WALLA -- No, you weren't seeing things Thursday. That really was a big airplane flying overhead.

Tax hike revisited at transit board meeting

Other concepts were suggested as well to help Valley Transit bridge an expected revenue shortfall.

WALLA WALLA� -- At an open Valley Transit board meeting last night, board Chairman Gregg Loney began proceedings with a call for calm productivity.

Assistance for seniors up in air

A judge has put on hold cuts to aid for aging adults in their own or adult family homes.

WALLA WALLA -- The state of Washington recently took a large step backward in the care of aging adults, the regional long-term care ombudsman believes.Last week, a federal judge appeared to feel the same, issuing a temporary restraining order against the

Daily Bulletin

Thursday, August 20

Gary Winston Blues Band performs Friday

The Gary Winston Blues Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Three Rivers Winery, 5641 W. Highway 12.

Author to sign copies of art book

Local artist Sandra Rokoff-Lizut will sign copies and discuss her recently published book "El Gato" from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Willow, 2 E. Rose St.

Musicians to play at Sapolil Cellars

Dr. Mark Brown and Gary Romjue will play from 8-11 p.m. Friday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

The Gems to rock the family dances at WW fair

The Gems, a Pacific Northwest band in the 1960s, will be featured at the family dances during the 2009 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Concert fetes bandstand's 100th birthday

A free concert to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Pioneer Park bandstand will be there at 3 p.m. Sunday in Pioneer Park. The concert celebrates 100 years of the bandstand being a popular venue for public and private celebrations. Sponsors are the city of Walla Walla, Kirkman House Museum and Walla Walla Valley Bands.

Roar over to Children's Museum for dinosaur day

It's dinosaur day at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla, 77 Wainwright Drive, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pioneer women focus of living history presentation

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road will have two living history presentations at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Saturday, pioneer woman Nancy Wiseman is portrayed. Nancy Emily Estes Wiseman was among the earliest pioneer women in the Walla Walla Valley an

Weapon demonstration offered

Visitors can try their hands at using an atlatl from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

Art-makers Dinner' fundraiser slated Sunday

PENDLETON -- Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts' "Art-makers Dinner" is 6 p.m. Sunday at Raphael's Restaurant, 233 S.E. Fourth St.

Music and fun at Backyard Bash

Nothing says summertime like spending a warm evening at an outdoor concert in Walla Walla, where families can gather and sip refreshments on the lawn and listen to some light music together. And at 3 p.m. Friday Wilson Promotions, as part of its 10th year anniversary concert series, will host Backyard Bash 4 at the Walla Walla Wine Incubator Park and give local families the chance to spend a fun, relaxing time relaxing in the sun.

Voters show trust in city with strong support for new police station

It also shows the public believes local police are doing a solid job serving and protecting the community.

Walla Walla voters gave the Police Department more than a new home on Tuesday. They also gave a vote of confidence to the Police Department as well as city government.

$n$ Budget cuts not healthy for seniors, judge says

The state of Washington recently took a large step backward in the care of aging adults, experts believe.

Seats filled for hunter education course

WALLA WALLA -- All seats have been filled for the upcoming Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife hunter education fall 2009 course at Walla Walla High School.

Deptartment of Health issues new regulations on private health information

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, issued new regulations requiring health care providers, health plans, and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, to notify people when the confidentiality of private health information had been violated.

Dam lock repair funds OK'd

The downstream lock will get a $14 million overhaul after federal stimulus funds were secured.

Funds to keep river traffic flowing through the Lower Monumental Dam navigation lock are in the works.

Walla Walla School Board OKs budget, includes $5.4 million reserve

Worries about the economy and state funding are behind the higher-than-usual reserve.

WALLA WALLA -- Members of the Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved the district's 2009-10 budget Tuesday night.

Walla Walla School Board shifts Borleske alcohol policy

The eased restrictions are part of a push to bring a semipro team to the city. The School District shares ownership of the stadium.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board did its part Tuesday night to help baseball fans enjoy a beer while taking in a game at Borleske Stadium.

Walla Walla city manager search narrows to seven

Among the applicants is the interim city manager, Tim McCarty.

WALLA WALLA -- Seven finalists have been chosen in the search for a new city manager.

Reward rises in explosives case

WALLA WALLA -- The reward for information leading to prosecution in last month's explosives theft has been raised to $25,000.


Heat hit the Wa-Hi Blue Devils' football field as practice for the 2009 season got underway Wednesday.

NOW PLAYING - Slow at first, 'District 9' enters captivating territory

District 9 is an entertaining, thought-provoking film that's worth seeing. It's also really weird.

FEATURED PHOTO - Prospecting for gold

Prospecting for gold in a field of gold off Prospect Avenue Tuesday Avenue, a lone bee hovers in mid-flight while surveying the treasure trove of flowers before him.

Wednesday, August 19

$n$ U.S. Department of Health issues new regulations regarding privacy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new regulations today requiring health care providers, insurers and others to let people know whenever their private health information has been breached.

New center launched with experience at helm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a launch of its new Center for Tobacco Products, aimed at reducing tobacco-related deaths.

Guest house to celebrate opening

A European-style guest house� will hold an open house from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday.

Ice cream vendor accused of suggestive comments

WALLA WALLA -- A city man has been arrested on five counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

School District seeks permit for demolition of building on Entley Street

WALLA WALLA -- The city has received an application from the Walla Walla School District for a permit to demolish a structure at 1207 Entley St.

Milton-Freewater man arraigned on child-sex charges

PENDLETON -- A Milton-Freewater man suspected of viewing and encouraging a child to have sexual contact at a home-operated day care was arraigned this week in Umatilla County Circuit Court.

Voters OK Columbia County library measure

DAYTON -- Columbia County voters approved the annexation of the city of Dayton into the Columbia County Rural Library District by a strong margin of 627-218.

Grant, Nealey advance

Primary results put the successor to Bill Grant and his last challenger for office in November's general election.

WALLA WALLA -- State Rep. Laura Grant and Terry Nealey survived their first tests in a run for the state legislature.

Police station bond passes

City officers will gain a new workplace after an $11.6 million bond proposal passed comfortably.

WALLA WALLA -- The city is getting a new police station.

Generosity by local farmers' cooperative is appreciated

Northwest Grain Growers demonstrated being good neighbors when it donated $100,000 to local organizations and colleges.

Folks who live in the Walla Walla Valley are generous. That's demonstrated every day as neighbors reach out to each other in so many ways.

Man to serve two years in shooting

Robert L. Nelson pleaded guilty this month to killing camping partner Kenneth Brooks last September.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was led out of a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for shooting and killing his camping partner in a drunken stupor in the Blue Mountains last September.

Ex-clerk arraigned in Sun Mart theft

Aaron R. Weissenberger faces trial in November on a charge he helped with a fake robbery.

WALLA WALLA -- A man authorities say stole money from the Burbank Sun Mart in April by helping stage a robbery pleaded innocent Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to a felony charge.

Woman jailed in mistreatment case

Leri A. Vela will serve 30 days in jail for failing to get timely treatment for a boy who became ill at her house.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who earlier pleaded guilty to failing to get timely medical help for a 16-year-old boy who overdosed on prescription medication last fall was handed a 30-day jail sentence Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

Trouble lurks in jobless rate drop

While the rate is among the state's lowest, the area has stopped gaining jobs.

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in July remained one of the lowest in the state, down from a revised rate of 6.3 percent the previous month.

Croaking, squawking, barking

all fill the Sea Lion Caves that draw visitors on the Oregon Coast.

The raucous croaking, squawking and/or barking of sea lions nearly drowned out the sotto voce comments of human adults as well as the less restrained voices of excited children at the Sea Lion Caves overlook.

Tuesday, August 18

BREAKING NEWS - Walla Walla voters support new police station

WALLA WALLA - The city of Walla Walla is getting a new police station.

Walla Walla to get vets center

The center will be at the VA or elsewhere in the Valley, an official said.

WALLA WALLA -- The city is in line to receive a new community center for veterans, officials said Monday.

Lead paint on VA tower tackled

WALLA WALLA -- Although the federal stimulus package may seems distant and intangible at times, paying unseen billions to bankers in New York, a fading symbol of rural America is getting a federal face lift right here.

Sun Rental hit by theft

WALLA WALLA -- City police are investigating a first-degree theft along Dalles Military Road on Monday.

Man to serve two years in shooting

Robert L. Nelson pleaded guilty this month to killing camping partner Kenneth Brooks last September.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was led out of a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for shooting and killing his camping partner in a drunken stupor in the Blue Mountains last September.

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Monday, August 17

BREAKING NEWS - Woman ordered to serve 30 days for mistreatment of boy

WALLA WALLA — A woman who earlier pleaded guilty to failing to get timely medical help for a 16-year-old boy who overdosed on prescription medication last fall was handed a 30-day jail sentence Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

BREAKING NEWS: Walla Walla man sentenced to two years in shooting death

WALLA WALLA - A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for shooting and killing his camping partner in the Blue Mountains last September.

Reinland wins All-City by a shot

The senior-to-be at Wa-Hi withstands defending champion Rob Broadhead's final-round charge.

WALLA WALLA -- Drew Reinland got it done here Sunday at Veternas Memorial Golf Course in final-round action of the All-City Golf Championship.

Talk of raising sales tax for Valley Transit going nowhere

Voters won't approve a tax hike. Cuts will have to be made until the economy recovers.

The Valley Transit bus system's money troubles are real and serious. The situation is so serious it could result in a significant reduction in service.

First human West Nile case reported in Umatilla County

A Hermiston man is recovering at home from the illness, an official said.

A middle-aged man in Hermiston has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first reported human case reported in Umatilla County this year, officials said today.

UPDATE - Stimulant used for ADHD, narcolepsy recalled

Barr Laboratories has recalled a generic stimulant.

El Sombrero to hang its hat in old Fountain Restaurant

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Owners of the Walla Walla restaurant chain El Sombrero will open a third store here by the end of the year in what used to be the Fountain Restaurant, 190 S. Main St.

eBay sales store expands

About a half-year after opening, a brick-and-mortar store specializing in online auctions is picking up the gavel.

Tour of Edison Elementary School on offer Tuesday evening

WALLA WALLA -- City residents will get a chance to peek inside the new Edison Elementary School during a tour Tuesday.

More art panels to be installed at park

ArtWalla's project to put photos in the Odd Fellows facade in the park is taking a big step forward.

WALLA WALLA -- A collection of 36 photos will be added to the art display at Heritage Square Park on Main Street this fall to fill in six more panels on the Odd Fellows Temple wall.

Four hurt in Highway 12 crash

WALLULA -- Four people, including two children, were injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday along U.S. Highway 12, authorities said.

Sunday, August 16

Angry protesters at health-care meetings are out of line

Disrupting meetings and threatening violence does nothing to promote a thoughtful discussion.

It's clear that health-care reform is an emotionally raw issue. Angry protesters across America have flooded town hall meetings held by members of Congress.

Pioneer Park bandstand celebrates a century

iIt seems like she’s been there forever.

Hospice pond, garden tour affirms life

The annual self-guided tour will include about 10 private gardens. It takes place Sept. 12.

WALLA WALLA — Whether it’s the peaceful sound of a breeze through the leaves or the glory of bright, beautiful flowers, a stroll through a garden calms you, affirms life and helps you set aside sorrow and fear.

Saturday, August 15

Muddy Frogwater jumps on the camel bandwagon

Izzy is the star of Smiling Camel Productions photo booth.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The opening of the 29th Annual Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival was going smoothly Friday, with only one noticeable hump in the road.That hump wasn’t the missing watermelons, which arrived around 4 p.m., freshly donated by Walch

Transportation facility builds momentum

The district will likely pay close to $800,000 from its capital funds budget for the entire nearly $8 million project.

WALLA WALLA — In about a year, the roughly nine acres of land being developed off 13th Avenue and Rose Street will be home to the school district’s new transportation and support services facility.

Walla Walla Bread Company fills a knead

It's not just about the dough; it's about serving the community.

WALLA WALLA — It’s more than just loaves of bread being formed at Walla Walla Bread Company on Main Street.

Walla Walla County wades into ordinance on stormwater

Landowners whose property contributes to stormwater runoff may be assessed a monthly fee.

WALLA WALLA — What washes off the pavement, down a drain and is going to be the subject of a new Walla Walla County ordinance?

Friday, August 14

Members of Congress should take trips that benefit public

Sure, they still might get some heat -- but that, too, is part of the job.

Members of Congress can't do their jobs from behind a desk. They need to get out.

Garrison slates fall sports signup Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- Garrison Middle School will hold its fall sports signups on Tuesday in the school's main lobby.

Barr Laboratories, Inc., has recalled a generic stimulant

The company is voluntarily recalling its bottles of 100-count, 20-milligram tablets of dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate -- lot No. 311756, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Teske keeps Walla Walla Valley covered

The owner-operator of Walla Walla Upholstery sold his building and moved to 47 S. Spokane St.

WALLA WALLA -- It took 40 years, but Terry Teske finally crossed back over the street.The owner and operator of Walla Walla Upholstery recently sold his building at 229 E. Alder after four decades at the location. His shop took a short trip over the stree

School supply drive under way

The local cable company is linking up with a salon to put school supplies in the hands of children who need them.

College Place schools receive grant for boiler system

The state awarded the district $85,000 for repairs to two boilers.

COLLEGE PLACE -- College Place Public Schools has secured $85,000 in state grant money for a boiler system.

Man pleads guilty, sentenced in assault

Pablo Guzman-Corona, who has been turned over to immigration authorities, grabbed and hugged a woman in the Eastgate area.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has pleaded guilty to grabbing and hugging a woman he encountered while in the Eastgate area in May.

Man in fire that killed three faces meth charge

Jared F. Allen has been returned to the area to face a methamphetamine manufacturing charge.

WALLA WALLA -- A man charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, which officials believe started a fire that killed three women last February, has been returned to Walla Walla County to face the charge.

Milton-Freewater man indicted in child-sex crimes

Charges against child-care operator Jerry D. Simpson include abuse and luring.

PENDLETON -- A Milton-Freewater man suspected of viewing and encouraging children to have sex at a home-operated day care faces a 13-count criminal indictment.

Walla Walla, College Place schools miss federal mark

Every public school in both districts missed No Child Left Behind's adequate yearly progress standard.

WALLA WALLA - An increasing number of area schools are in need of improvement, according to federal guidelines released today meant to measure whether students are meeting academic standards.

Thursday, August 13

Wildhorse Foundation awards $155,000 in grants in region

The Wildhorse Foundation, a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, recently awarded $155,647 to 25 recipients, bringing the total for 2009 to over $290,000.

NWGG donates $100,000 to local groups, nonprofits

In a banner year, a farmer-owned cooperative is spreading the wealth.

Applications available for barn rehabilitation funds

Applications through the Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation's heritage barn rehabilitation grant program are now available.

Tax hike seen as key to Valley Transit funding

The agency faces an $800,000 shortfall and needs new revenue to avoid cuts, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- The Valley Transit board room was packed full Wednesday morning, but rather than board members going through their normal deliberations, the room was populated primarily by customers.

Charges re-filed in 2008 rape case

Bryan M. Harvey is accused of assaulting a teenager at his residence after a party that January.

WALLA WALLA -- Charges were re-filed in Superior Court this week against a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008.

Milton-Freewater man accused of sex crimes

MILTON-FREEWATER -- An area man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of viewing and encouraging children to have sex.

Basin Disposal to take over recycling pickup

The City Council OK'd a nine-year deal with the Pasco company, which will start in February.

�WALLA WALLA -- By February of next year residents will have a new curbside recycling service that will include a 96-gallon recycling container, similar to the current curbside trash container, and cost $3.64 per customer per month.

Walla Walla County home sales news mixed bag

Sales fell sharply year-over-year, but prices were on the steady side compared to the state as a whole.

SPOKANE -- Sales of existing homes in the second quarter compared to the previous year fell at a sharper rate in Walla Walla County than Washington state as a whole, but prices here were steadier, the Washington Center for Real Estate Research reported Wednesday.

Task force seeks prison answers

State officials and consultants were on hand for a Q&A. The upshot: The penitentiary's main institution is on a short list for closure.

WALLA WALLA -- Possible job cuts at the Washington State Penitentiary were the topic of a lively question-and-answer session Wednesday.

Four injured in Wallula Junction crash

WALLULA -- Four people, including two children, were injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday along Highway 12, authorities said.

Wednesday, August 12

We can't let threats of violence close access to public records

The names of those who donated to Referendum 71 is public information.

The state Public Disclosure Commission wisely rejected�� the request to seal or black out the names of those who donated to Referendum 71. The public has a right to know who provides the financial support for political campaigns.

Mac-Hi football coach puts out call for players

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Mac-Hi Pioneers football program begins its preseason doubles camp on Aug. 17 and continues to Aug. 22.

First Fall Ball registration slated Saturday at Pacific

WALLA WALLA -- Registration for the 2009 area-wide Little League Fall Baseball program will begin Saturday.

Cheese Louise expands to Richland

Cheese Louise has secured a second location, at 619 Parkway in Richland, and the store is scheduled to open next month with a grand opening in early October. It will be operated by Murphy Felton and Alex Eberle, who are related to owners Tamara and Bill Krieger.

Slots remain for hunter education course

WALLA WALLA -- Signups are still being accepted by e-mail and some seats remain for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Fall 2009 Course at Walla Walla High School.

Drug grow found in Garfield County

The seizure of nearly 4,670 marijuana plants in Garfield County on Tuesday is going down as the biggest bust in the county's history, according to a news release.

Garrison Creek Lodge visit plan sparks questions

The assisted living facility's new service is greeted with a mix of praise and concern.

WALLA WALLA -- This month Garrison Creek Lodge in Walla Walla is launching a home visit program for area senior citizens. The service, titled "You Don't Have to Live with Us for Us to Help," is free for all and includes medical evaluations, safety checks and services coordination, officials at the senior-living community say.

Assisted living heads to homes

Garrison Creek Lodge plans services for people who aren't in facilities but might need the help.

WALLA WALLA -- As much as Garrison Creek Lodge might wish it could be so, not everyone who needs assistance with living situations is going to end up at the facility on Dalles Military Road.

Trees continue to pay price for wildfires

Another wave of die-offs is under way in the area of the Columbia Complex Fire.

DAYTON -- Dead tops. Random dead branches. Pitch blobs on the bark. Pale needles.Dead trees.Forest pest experts and forest land management specialists recently joined local landowners in a tour of sites where trees are dead or dying.Debbie Fortner of the

Trial date set in motel rape case

Eliah J. Nick is accused of assaulting a woman last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A Lewiston, Idaho, man pleaded innocent Monday to raping a woman at a Walla Walla motel last month.

VIDEO - Walla Walla Rock Camp wraps up with rock concert

WALLA WALLA - Rock Camp '09, sponsored by the Walla Walla Symphony, culminated with a showcase concert at Lincoln Alternative High School.

Woman charged in injury wreck

Desirea C. Casey is accused of being drunk when she crashed her car in March, injuring two passengers.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman is scheduled for her first court appearance late this month after allegedly causing a two-vehicle wreck in March that injured her two passengers.

Grant to aid job-posting Web sitea

A Web site aimed at recruiting and keeping professionals in the Valley got a leg up from the Port of Walla Walla.

Reading program tackles Spanish flu book

Events are planned in conjunction with the reading of 'The Last Town on Earth.'

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College is inviting area residents to join first-year students in reading "The Last Town on Earth," then participating in discussions that include a visit by the book's author.

Commissioner links Latinos, Legislature

Whitman professor Gilberto Mireles is in the midst of a term on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

WALLA WALLA -- Among the questions Gilberto Mireles hears on the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, is the one from people wondering why the state needs an agency dedicated to one minority group.

Walla Walla City Council to consider manager candidates

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to evaluate applicants for the city manager's position.

Valley Transit eyes change

WALLA WALLA -- Proposed service changes and fare increases will be the topic of public hearings by Valley Transit Wednesday.

Prison task force to hold second meeting Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- A community task force formed to deal with concerns over possible job cuts at Washington State Penitentiary will hold its second meeting Wednesday.