Stories for December 2009


Thursday, December 31

Etc. - 12/31/09

Remember Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady, the iconic mom from television's popular 1970s-era Brady Bunch sit-com? The actress has entered the technological age reluctantly, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

Retirements leave younger workers wondering

Hear ye, Hear ye, to you who are at the age of retirement and are still at the workplace. Be aware of the fact you may be the target of removal from such place just to make way to someone of younger age at a lesser wage.

Now that Christmas is over

This year the feeling of Christmas was just not there indicating it was so close to Christmas.

Mother's action teaches girl difference between right, wrong

Kudos to the mother in Ohio who called the police to arrest her 6-year-old daughter after the girl shoplifted a $3.11 package of stickers. The girl learned a valuable lesson: We are accountable for our actions.

Climbers need common sense, not beacon law

It's just common sense to use the remarkable advances in technology to improve the odds of being found if you plan to trek up an 11,239-foot mountain.

The memorial services for Touchet High School graduate Katie Nolan and her climbing partners are over.

Local author shares her publishing journey

Winnie Graham loaned me a book recently with the comment, Here's a book you will enjoy about our local area. The book was All Roads Lead Me Back to You written by Kennedy Foster. After reading the book, I called my friend, Pat Yenney, and said, I jus

Bargains, jaw-dropping, pleasing and otherwise

A few weeks ago, two unrelated packages of wine arrived for sampling. Because they were priced comparably -- $8 suggested retail -- and included similar varietals, all from the broad California appellation, I thought it would be interesting to taste throu

Account set up for injured worker

An account has been set up for an electrician supervisor seriously injured in a fall Tuesday at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Scouts offer to haul away Christmas trees

WALLA WALLA -- Here's a deal. Get rid of that Christmas tree and, at the same time, help a Boy Scout go to camp.

Gun owners stocked up on bullets as Y2K approached

As the year 2000 approached, it seemed every paper in the world was doing a Y2K story, including The World newspaper in Coos Bay, Ore.

Church to hold all-night New Year's Eve service

Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2133 Howard St., will hold an all-night prayer, praise and worship service that will begin at 9 p.m. today and will end at 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

Save your money, Consumers Union says

Items listed either tested poorly, pose a risk to your health or both.

Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer's Report magazine, has developed a list of nine products the agency has deemed not worthy of your holiday cash.

Remember when?

Through a telescope a decade long, Y2K still looks very silly

Hard to imagine, isn't it, that 10 years ago today we were waiting for the world to end?

Winston scores 43 in Wa-Hi boys' 79-73 win over University

Gary Winston scores 43 points and earns NIC Holiday Inn Tournament MVP honors as the Blue Devils down University, 79-74.

COEUR D'ALENE — Gary Winston banged down 43 points to help the Wa-Hi boys defeat University High 79-74 at the North Idaho College Holiday Basketball Tournament here Tuesday.

Indian boys, girls teams slay Cougars

Touchet wraps up its Shamrock Shootout with a 58-43 boys romp, and a girls 58-50 win over Echo.

WALLA WALLA — Touchet's girls and boys enjoyed their final games at the Shamrock Shootout at George Ball Court on the Whitman College campus Wednesday afternoon.Jake Hodnefield put up 18 points, and Matt Kates 16, in the Indian boys' 58-43 romp over Echo

Warrior men shoot down Riverhawks

A trio of Warriors shoots at a .477 clip to carry WWCC past Umpqua, 74-59, in the Clark tourney finale.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Walla Walla notched its second win in three days at a men's community college basketball tournament here Wednesday by defeating Umpqua 74-59 behind a trio of players who combined to score 61 points.

DeSales girls win, boys lose in final day of Shamrock Shootout

DeSales' girls pick up their second victory of the Shootout, 42-37, but the Irish boys suffer their second defeat, 70-44.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' basketball teams divided a pair of non-league basketball contests with Riverside Christian Wednesday night in the final session of the inaugural Blue Mountain Officials Association Shamrock Shootout at Whitman College's George Ball

Blue Devil girls bring positives home from tourney

Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah says the trip to Coeur d'Alene was 'a great experience.'

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Post Falls' Kaitlin Looper poured 34 points through the hoops here Wednesday morning in defeating Wa-Hi 69-56 during the final day of the Holiday Inn Express Classic girls basketball tournament.

Waitsburg-Prescott girls beat Helix 48-38 in Holiday Tournament finale

HELIX — Genesis Pearson turned in a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 19 rebounds to help Waitsburg-Prescott's girls win the Helix Holiday Tournament with a 48-38 title game over the host team here Wednesday.

Deep W-P boys team wins Helix tourney

HELIX — Lucan Gerke scored 13 points and 11 other Waitsburg-Prescott players contributed points in a 60-35 victory over Klickitat here Wednesday in the championship game of the Helix Holiday boys basketball tournament.

Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi wrestle at Pendleton Invitational

PENDLETON — Wa-Hi placed 11th at the 12-team Pendleton Invitational wrestling tournament here Tuesday.Mac-Hi placed third at the event.

Pirates second at own wrestling tournament

POMEROY — Pomeroy wrestled to a second-placed finish at the Pirates' nine-team Christmas Tournament here Wednesday.Tournament champions for the Pirates included Jacob Moore (135-pound weight class), Troy Knebel (160) and Klyntin Bott (189).

Dayton boys savor first basketball win of season

DAYTON — Garett Turner led the way with 18 points as Dayton's boys basketball team defeated Kiona-Benton 44-40 in the consolation round of tournament play here Wednesday

Ki-Be girls top Dayton in tourney title game

DAYTON — Jessica Small's 13 points and 14 rebounds lead Kiona-Benton to a 52-41 victory over host Dayton here Wednesday in the championship game of the Bulldogs' holiday girls basketball tournament.

Deer Park sprints past Burbank boys

YAKIMA — Deer Park outscored Burbank 35-13 in the second half here Wednesday in the Yakima SunDome en route to a 52-32 boys basketball victory.

Burbank girls suffer first basketball loss of season

YAKIMA — Colville dominated Burbank in the second and third quarters here Wednesday in the SunDome and handed the Coyotes a 42-32 girls basketball defeat, their first loss of the season after winning their first eight games.

Wednesday, December 30

Etc. - 12/30/09

Just so's you know, there are several places locally that are hosting New Year's Eve celebrations if you want to party like it's almost 2010:

Constantly raising debt limit must stop

That's a difficult thing for Americans to do. We want everything and we want it now. And we'll worry about the costs later.

Lost in the holiday hoopla and the cheering and jeering over the Senate's passage of a health-care bill was a vote to -- once again -- raise the government's debt limit.

Decorated bandstand was lovely

Have you enjoyed driving past Pioneer Park in the last few weeks? Have you seen and enjoyed the special gift to Walla Walla that is in our classic park?

Government about to strike out for third time

If the federal government was operating in the private sector, it would be bankrupt and out of business.

Hospice to begin grief support groups

Two grief support groups sponsored by Walla Walla Community Hospice will begin in the new year.

Helen J. Morris

Nov. 19, 1928 - Dec. 29, 2009

Joe McDowell

May 1, 1924 -- Dec. 29, 2009

Fred Blessinger

Nov. 10, 1919 -- Dec. 30, 2009


It’s baaack! Downtown Walla Walla at Main Street and Second Avenue dresses up for the coming New Year in black sky and a blanket of white as traffic — including bicyclists (below, right) shortly after 6 a.m. is greeted with sparkling snow.

F.A.S.T. Academy still accepting registrations

WALLA WALLA -- The Force, Agility and Speed Training (F.A.S.T.) Academy is still accepting registrations for its winter sessions, which begin Jan. 11.

Wa-Hi boys raise funds at Big Cheese Pizza

Big Cheese Pizza to benefit Wa-Hi boys swim team today

WALLA WALLA -- The Wa-Hi boys swim team is working the Big Cheese Customer Appreciation Day today as a fundraiser for the team.

Don't blink: Snow may soon change to rain

Winds may hit gusts of 26 mph. Very little ice is expected.

WALLA WALLA -- A wintry mix of snow changing to rain looks to be in the forecast for New Year's Eve.

Walla Walla man re-enlists in Army after 12-year hiatus

James Ruzicka said he decided to re-enlist because 'they need soldiers and they need good ones.'

WALLA WALLA -- The phrase never say never again certainly applies to James Ruzicka.

Worker hurt in fall at prison

The condition of Marshall Donnelly was upgraded today to serious.

WALLA WALLA -- The condition of an electrician supervisor injured in a fall at the Washington State Penitentiary has been upgraded to serious today.

Touchet teachers get paid

The checks were supposed to have been issued Dec. 18.

TOUCHET -- Touchet School employees received their pay at 12:01 a.m. today, when electronic funds were deposited into employees' accounts, according to an e-mail from Cathy Plucker, president of the Touchet Education Association.

Dementia education starts with safety

We have started our journey together. I was filled with a mixture of emotions as I heard from many of you; thankful for the opportunity to provide awareness of the Alzheimer's Association-Inland Northwest Chapter, yet overwhelmed and saddened by the need

Indian girls, Crusader boys win at Shamrock Shootout

RC's Jeremy Pynch scores 30 points in the 46-41 boys win, but Touchet's Zoe Weaver has 19 in the girls 47-41 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Zoe Weaver's big game helped the Touchet girls get past Riverside Christian, but the Crusaders rode Jeremy Pynch's 30-point game to garner the victory over the Indian boys at the Blue Mountain Officials Association Shamrock Shootout at Whitm

Top 10 (or so) trips of 2009

The year takes the Davis's from the Pacific Coast to the banks of the Snake River to welcome their great-granddaughter to the world.

During the past few days, Top 10 lists have popped up in the media like May's dandelions in my yard.Everywhere you turn: The Year's Top 10 (fill in the blank with: movies, books, TV shows, news stories, baseball salaries, golf salaries, celebrity scandals

DeSales results mixed in Shamrock Shootout openers

Caitlin Duncan leads the Irish to a romp over Echo's girls, but the Cougar boys edge DeSales, 54-50.

WALLA WALLA — With Echo providing the opposition, the Desales boys came up short while the Irish girls cruised to an impressive victory Tuesday night in the opening session of the inaugural Blue Mountain Officials Association Shamrock Shootout at Whitman

Wa-Hi boys nip Coeur d'Alene 51-49 at NIC tournament

Michael Weisner scores 22 points as Wa-Hi wins the tournament game.

COEUR D'ALENE — Michael Weisner hit three late-game free throws and the Blue Devils held on to defeat Coeur d'Alene 51-49 in a North Idaho College Holiday Inn boys basketball tournament game here Tuesday.

Cold shooting foils Wa-Hi girls at Coeur d'Alene tourney

COEUR D'ALENE — Wa-Hi's girls suffered a cold shooting night from the field in a 45-31 loss to Coeur d'Alene at the North Idaho College Holiday Inn basketball tournament here Tuesday.

Roeder explodes for 28 points in Mac-Hi girls' rout of Stanfield

STANFIELD — Andrea Roeder, limited to four points in Monday's 34-31 home-court loss to Riverside, exploded for 28 points here Tuesday as Mac-Hi rolled past Stanfield 65-29 to snap a five-game losing streak.

Grizzlies' press breaks Klickitat in rout at Helix Christmas tournament

HELIX — The Grizzlies' defense broke the Klickitat offense in the second quarter, and the short-handed Helix girls won the game, 53-30, at their own Christmas Tournament here Tuesday.

Waitsburg-Prescott boys withstand rally, down North Powder

HELIX — Two fourth-quarter 3-pointers by James Lehr and a third from Zac Alexnco helped Waitsburg-Prescott hold off North Powder here Tuesday night during the first round of the Helix Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.

Stanford's 16 points lead Pioneers over Stanfield, 51-39

STANFIELD — Nick Stanford scored 16 points to lead Mac-Hi to a 51-39 boys non-conference basketball victory over Stanfield here Tuesday.

TigerScot boys roll to early lead, rout Pendleton JV at Oregon Trail Classic

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen rolled up a 21-4 lead in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to a 67-27 boys basketball victory over the Pendleton JV at the Oregon Trail Classic here Tuesday.

Waitsburg-Prescott takes control in second half, downs Powder Valley

HELIX — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls controlled the second half on the way to a 60-34 basketball victory over Powder Valley at the Helix Holiday basketball tournament here Tuesday.

Wa-Hi boys swim team to benefit from Big Cheese Pizza sales

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi boys swim team is working the Big Cheese Customer Appreciation Day today as a fundraiser for the team.

Force, Agility and Speed Training registrations still open

WALLA WALLA — The Force, Agility and Speed Training (F.A.S.T.) Academy is still accepting registrations for its winter sessions, which begin Jan. 11.

Snow cancels Warrior men's game against Chemeketa

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Sixty miles of snowbound freeway separated Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team from its second-round game here Tuesday at the Clark CC holiday tournament.Chemeketa just couldn't get here, Warriors coach Jeff Reinland

Late layin lifts Burbank girls to 34-32 victory over La Salle

YAKIMA — Jeni Akerblade scored a layin off of a bounce pass from Tiffany Idler with two seconds on the game clock to give Columbia-Burbank a 34-32 girls basketball victory over La Salle at the Sun Dome here Tuesday.

TigerScots claim victory over Pendleton JV at Oregon Trail Classic

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen claimed its first girls basketball victory of the season here Tuesday, defeating the Pendleton junior varsity 43-29 in the consolation round of the Oregon Trail Classic in the Pendleton Convention Center.

Dayton earns first victory of season

DAYTON — Jessica Tate's mid-court basket to conclude the first half boosted Dayton to a 24-20 halftime lead and the Bulldogs took charge after the intermission to earn their first girls basketball win of the season here Tuesday night.

Columbia-Burbank boys down Colfax, 42-40

YAKIMA — Trevor Lott scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Columbia-Burbank defeat Colfax 42-40 at the Sun Dome here on Tuesday.

Odessa boys upend tournament host Dayton, 52-49

DAYTON — Odessa upended host Dayton 52-49 here Tuesday in a boys basketball game to commence the first round of tournament play.

Tuesday, December 29

DOC employee critical after fall at Washington State Penitentiary

WALLA WALLA – An electrician supervisor is in critical condition after falling through a ceiling this morning at the Washington State Penitentiary.The supervisor, Marshall Donnelly, 28, was injured about 9:30 a.m. today, said prison spokeswoman Shari Hall

Emergency Services - 12/29/09

Touchet, teachers reach contract agreement

TOUCHET - The school board adopted a letter of agreement with the Touchet Valley Education Association during a special meeting Monday night, ending months of negotiations that eventually went to mediation.At issue was loss of professional development ti

Walla Walla Gun Club gets grant to upgrade target throwing equipment

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Gun Club has received a State of Washington Firearms and Archery Recreation Range Program (FARR) grant totalling $23,782, according to an e-mail to Bob Bloch, the club's secretary-treasurer, from Dan Hawes, FARR's representa

Iris Beck

Feb. 18, 1921 -- Dec. 28, 2009

Walla Walla resident Iris T. Beck, 88, died Dec. 28, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Cleta Ruff

Jan. 27, 1921 -- Dec. 29, 2009

Walla Walla resident Cleta R. Huff, 88, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way.

Martha Iverson

May 25, 1918 -- Dec. 28, 2009

Walla Walla resident Martha Iverson, 91, died Dec. 28, 2009, at Wheatland Village, 1500 Catherine St.

Virgel Ammons

May 18, 1917 -- Dec. 28, 2009

Virgel E. Ammons, 92, of 1460 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, and formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Dec. 28, 2009.

Helen Morris

Nov. 19, 1928 -- Dec. 29, 2009

College Place resident Helen J. Morris, 81, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road.

Edyth Smith

Feb. 12, 1910 -- Dec. 26, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Edyth B. Smith, 99, of 16 S.W. 12th Ave., died Dec. 26, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are pending at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.

Dick Ferguson

Feb. 25, 1923 -- Dec. 18, 2009

'Magic book' gives answer to health-care situation

Years ago, I was given two gifts; one was a mirror, the other a magical book. The inscription told me that if I looked in the mirror I would find the cause of all my problems, and if I looked in the magical book I would find the answers to all my question

Limit to tarmac time is an act of compassion

Now, either the plane is in the air in three hours or the airline has to let the passengers get off.

If Otis Redding had been sitting in an airplane instead of a dock by the bay, he might have sang:Sittin' in the morning sun/I'll be sittin' when the evening comes/Watching other planes fly in/Then I watch them fly away again/I'm just sitting on the tarmac

Etc. - 12/29/09

Through the marvels of modern technology, I connected with native Walla Wallan Staci Buchanan Lindblad who lives on a sailboat at an uninhabited Caribbean-island military base, oceans and 1,190 miles away.It was another marvelous technology that got Sta

Carranza lifts Riverside to boys basketball victory at Mac-Hi

Marco Carranza scores 20 points and snags 14 rebounds in the 52-39 victory in M-F Monday night.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Marco Carranza, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, tallied 20 points and picked off a game-high 14 rebounds here Monday night to lead Riverside to a 52-39 win over Mac-Hi in a non-conference boys basketball game in the Pioneers' gym.Kendall B

Frigid shooting, turnovers deny Mac-Hi in girls basketball loss to Riverside

Cold shooting is the culprit again Monday night as the Pioneers suffered their sixth straight defeat after a 4-1 start to the season.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ice-cold shooting and a ghastly number of turnovers combined to doom Mac-Hi in a non-league girls basketball game here Monday night.The Pioneers shot just 19 percent from the field (10-of-52) and committed 30 turnovers in a 34-31 loss t

Rusty Wa-Hi girls rally past Lake City

Jamie Weisner scores 21 of her 30 points in the second half of a 49-43 victory in Coeur d' Alene Monday.

COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho — It took Wa-Hi's girls the better part of three quarters to shake off the vacation rust, but once they did it was Katy bar the door.After trailing 20-18 at halftime and 38-31 after three quarters, the Blue Devils outscored Lake City

Post Falls nips Wa-Hi boys in overtime

Gary Winston and Michael Weisner combine for 60 points in the 84-75 overtime loss in Coeur d' Alene.

COEUR D'ALENE — Despite a combined 60 points from Gary Winston and Michael Weisner, Wa-Hi lost a first-round game 84-75 in overtime to Post Falls at the Coeur d'Alene Holiday Inn Express boys basketball tournament here Monday night.

Warrior men sizzle in win over Centralia at Clark tournament

The WWCC men sink 15-of-33 3-pointers in the 98-71 tourney victory at Clark CC in Vancouver.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Walla Walla sizzled from outside the 3-point arc here Monday as the Warriors buried Centralia 98-71 during the first day of a three-day community college men's basketball tournament at Clark CC.Led by Jason Smith's 19-point night, which

Whit men's valiant effort falls short against Wisconsin-Whitewater

The No.2-ranked men's NCAA Division III team in one national poll prevails 89-87.

SPOKANE — The Whitman College men fell a short in an 89-87 loss to nationally ranked and undefeated University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in a neutral-court battle here Monday night.

TigerScot boys derailed at Oregon Trail Classic

Dallas Reich's 21 points and 13 rebounds aren't enough as Weston-McEwen falls to Imbler, 56-50.

PENDLETON — Dallas Reich led Weston-McEwin with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, but the TigerScots stumbled to Imbler 56-50 at the Oregon Trail Classic boys basketball tournament here Monday in the Pendleton Convention Center.The loss drops the Tig

Imbler girls overpower TigerScots in Oregon Trail Classic

Weston-McEwen is no match for Imbler at the Pendleton Convention Center.

PENDLETON — Imbler overpowered Weston-McEwen 48-16 here Monday during the first round of the girls Oregon Trail Classic in the Pendleton Convention Center.

Trial set in dragging of officer

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly tried to flee from a traffic stop this month, dragging a police officer during the encounter, is scheduled for trial March 15 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Jason K. Spencer, 38, of 634 E. Chestnut St., pleaded inn

Local programs to call attention to tragedy of human trafficking

Proceeds will go to HelpLine's efforts to fund a permanent women's shelter.

Shortly after the start of the New Year, residents of the Walla Walla Valley will have an opportunity to assist the Walla Walla HelpLine Women's Shelter as it looks to acquire a permanent facility, during a series of fundraising and educational events hos

Fire consumes Waitsburg home

WAITSBURG -- A local home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, officials said.Firefighers were dispatched to the home at 317 Dewitt Road about 8:15 a.m. with reports of a wood stove flue on fire, said Fire Chief Justin Gagnon of Columbia County Fire Dis

Note to kids: You can't always get what you want

Dear Mom:I'll try to get to the point, though it will be difficult, as my kids tell me I am incapable of understanding much.

Cyber security vital to safety of nation

The vulnerability of this nation to having networks that run vital services disrupted or destroyed is real.

An appointment recently made by President Obama may have gone unnoticed by many people, but it has the potential to be as critical to our national defense as the military.Howard A. Schmidt, a computer security executive who worked in the Bush administrati

Sentence imposed on woman who tried to escape jail

WALLA WALLA -- A County Jail inmate was sentenced Monday to seven months for trying to escape from the facility in November, damaging a cell in the attempt and earlier committing a burglary.Tonya M. Boffing faced a standard-range jail term of six months t

Armed robber hits Taj Foodmart

WALLA WALLA -- A local gasoline station and convenience shop was robbed at gunpoint Monday, authorities said.The Walla Walla Police Department reports that a man dressed in black with a bandana over his face walked into Taj Foodmart, at 5 W. Morton St., a

Monday, December 28

Tylenol recalls arthritis pain product

The makers of a Tylenol-brand pain reliever have expanded a recall effort that began in November.Working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is expanding its recall to include all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet (a

Death penalty hangs in balance as debate heats up

Four executions have taken place at the Washington State Penitentiary under the state's current law.

WALLA WALLA — Want to start a good argument?Begin talking about the pros or cons of the death penalty. Somebody nearby probably will be on the opposing side.Few public policies find such staunch supporters and opponents as the issue of capital punishment.

Dollars add up in capital trials

Estimates vary, but the price tag for a death penalty trial is estimated at more than $300,000 more than non-capital cases.

Estimating the cost of a murder trial involving the death penalty versus one that does not is a tricky business. But several past studies indicate costs are significantly higher for capital cases.Nineteen years after the state's current death penalty law

Capital punishment issue isn't simple

WALLA WALLA -- It seems the older I get, the harder it is to figure some things out.Issues that were clear to me even a decade or two ago are becoming fuzzy.There's one in particular I want to discuss since it's been in the news lately.

How they stack up

Cost comparisons for murder cases involving the death penalty. (All figures adjusted for inflation to reflect 2009 costs).(1) Status Report on the Death Penalty in Washington state by Chief Justice Richard P. Guy, March 2000.

As appeals stretch out, so do costs

Defense and prosecution costs, both borne largely by the state, mount in the years after a death sentence is handed down.

One thing can be counted on in a murder trial where the death penalty is possible. It will eventually end, one way or the other.Executions are the same. When one is scheduled, a 30-day countdown starts. If no court intervenes and issues a stay, the end co

Execution Cost at a Glance

Two close calls

For Cal Brown, who came within eight hours of dying, the breakdown was $40,401.45 in overtime, $19,298.28 in straight time for a total of $59,699.73 in wages. Travel expenses totaled $2,704.69 and there was an additional $13,178.65 in goods and service

Run-up to date with executioner runs up tab, too

The business of executing an inmate includes wages and overtime, travel expenses for officials and witnesses and other items.

WALLA WALLA -- Eight hours before Cal Coburn Brown was scheduled to die, the bill for his execution was more than $75,000 and climbing.It was a warm late afternoon March 12, a Thursday, and preparations were well under way at the Washington State Penitent

Death penalty divides local law enforcers

Like the rest of the country, top law officers in the area are not unanimous on the issue.

WALLA WALLA — Top law enforcement officials in Walla Walla County express differing views when discussing the death penalty — just like most of the nation.Walla Walla police Chief Chuck Fulton is opposed to capital punishment; College Place Chief Dennis L

Opponents: Penalty costly, rarely imposed

Summary of findings in 2004 report Washington's Death Penalty System: A Review of the Costs, Length, and Results of Capital Cases in Washington State, by Mark A. Larranaga, director of Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center, and Donna Mustard, legal

Supporters: Penalty a deterrent, economical

From: Summary of Issues in the Debate on the Death Penalty, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, March 2009Deterrence: The weight of evidence indicates that the death penalty does deter some murders and saves innocent lives where it is actually enforced.

HOUSE BILL 1909 (excerpted)

State of Washington 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session

Read first time 02/02/09. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.AN ACT Relating to reducing criminal justice expenses by eliminating the death penalty in favor of life incarceration.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

A Call for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

At the beginning of the third Christian millennium we, the Catholic Bishops of Washington State, reaffirm our Church's teaching that all human life is sacred. We Catholics believe that God is our Creator, and therefore we recognize and respect the dignity

Capital punishment has long history in world, state

History has seen ebbs and flows in the use of the death penalty, and that is mirrored in Washington's experience.

WALLA WALLA -- Government-sponsored killings date back to hundreds of years before Christ was born.The Death Penalty Information Center Web site says capital punishment was codified in Babylon in the 18th century B.C. for 25 different crimes. Similar laws

Music director, staff and volunteers deserve praise

As proud grandparents of a Ferndale student, we have been to the twice yearly music concerts given by the students for the past five years.

Seniors will remember 'rationing' of Medicare

Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson, if you can hear me, the state of Washington needs you now more then ever.

Police seek suspects in Worm Ranch gun case

WALLA WALLA -- Arrest warrants have been issued for two people charged in Superior Court with possessing guns stolen in a burglary at the Walla Walla Worm Ranch earlier this month.Law enforcement officials are searching for College Place residents Carma R

SENATE BILL 5476 (excerpted)

State of Washington 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session

Read first time 01/23/09. Referred to Committee on Judiciary. Feb. 10, 2009, public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 10 a.m.AN ACT Relating to abolition of the death penalty.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

Death penalty a rarity in Washington

Out of more than 7,000 homicide cases filed since 1981, only 30 death sentences have been handed down.

The death penalty is seldom imposed in Washington state.Since 1981, more than 7,000 homicide cases have been filed. Only 30 death sentences have been handed down.That's partially because Washington's death penalty law is narrowly structured. But add to th

Etc. - 12/28/09

Retired Union Pacific Railroad Employees representatives Lavonne and Ted Bren donated two Christmas baskets for delivery to two families from Garrison Middle School, according to the Dec. 18 Walla Walla School District online newsletter Week in Review.A f

Dick Monahan

Feb. 20, 1940 -- Dec. 26, 2009

Walla Walla resident, Richard Dick F. Monahan, 69, died Dec. 26, 2009, at his home.

Mavis Bates

May 3, 1936 - Dec. 26, 2009

Coffee Connection to break for winter

Fresh on the heels of Christmas, the owners of Coffee Connection Caf?© are planning a holiday of their own.The downtown Walla Walla restaurant, 57 E. Main St., officially begins its winter break today.Owners Greg and Laurie Clayton are continuing wha

Local attorney Monahan dies

WALLA WALLA -- Longtime local attorney, civic leader and nationally recognized horse-racing promoter R.F. Dick Monahan has died.Monahan, 69, had been diagnosed recently with leukemia and pancreatic cancer, and died Saturday at his home at 1015 Bryant Av

Touchet School Board

When: Monday, 6:30 p.m.Where: School libraryWhat: Special Meeting

Memorial remembers Touchet woman

Katie Nolan was one of three climbers who died on Mount Hood earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA -- Like Mount Hood, with its many facets, crevasses and covered and exposed surfaces, Katie Nolan was also compared to the mountain, during a memorial service last week in Portland.So it seemed fitting that because many resident of Touchet --

Christians, Muslims can coexist

I wasn't too sure how the Christmas holiday would be received in a Muslim country; however, I was quite satisfied to find that not only do they tolerate it here, but they are more than willing to help us celebrate it.On Christmas Eve, our team decided it

Sunday, December 27

2009 Pictures of the Year

It may have taken me four-years at the Union-Bulletin to realize, or maybe just admit, but it turns out my favorite photographs usually stem from assignments I am least excited about.It's photographing that eighth basketball game of the week, no matter ho

Engagement: Wernette-Small

Richard and Deborah Wernette announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendi Wernette, to Nathanael Small. Small is the son of Mark and Kathleen Small. All are of Walla Walla.

Engagement: Wylie-Kontos

Rick and Patty Wylie announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Wylie, to Kip Kontos. Kontos is the son of Cliff and Barbara Kontos. All are of Walla Walla.

Dorothy Hawker

Sept. 13, 1913 -- Dec. 19, 2009

Anita Lutcher

Dec. 26, 1907 -- Oct. 8, 2009

E.J. Seeley

June 2, 1919 -- Dec. 16, 2009

Government oversteps its authority

We as a people of individual states in a republic of states that have unified for strength need to take back the power from the federal government!For too long we as citizens have let the federal government take over our lives, and we need to stop it befo

Any Frontier Days memorabilia out there?

If you have any Southeastern Washington Fair and Rodeo, Walla Walla Frontier Days memorabilia that you can possibly give or loan to the organization for use in a, hopefully, future museum at the fairgrounds, please contact Cory Hewitt at the fairgrounds o

Old U-Bs discovered during cottage renovation

Dick and Julie Swenson made a delightful discovery during an extensive renovation of a cottage on their Craig Street property. They found five vintage newspapers that had been rolled up and stuffed in the sides of the cottage's windows as insulation agai

'What is truth?' is question for the ages

Pontius Pilate asked the question, What is truth? So have many before and after him.How do we go about looking for an answer?One plus one equals two. That's true in mathematics. Columbus sailed to America in 1492. That is true in history. H2O is the che

In the blink of an eye, 2010 will be upon us

As we head into the new decade, many are hoping to see issues resolved and problems solved.

Remember those classic science fiction movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010, The Year We Make Contact? At the time they were released, those dates sounded so far away, and now 2010 is right at our fingertips.Several regular contributors to 55 Plus s

Saturday, December 26

Infrastructure plan puts cart before horse

The public should have been included in formulating the plan from the very beginning, not just brought in to be convinced of what city staff wants to do.

Anyone who would argue that Walla Walla doesn't need to take serious action to shore up its infrastructure has obviously never had his teeth rattled after losing a game of dodge the potholes. The problems with the water and sewer systems may be less obvio

Mac-Hi's Oscar Flores named Oregon Class 4A Player of the Year

Mac-Hi's soccer scoring machine earns Oregon's Class 4A Player of the Year after putting 38 balls in the net and helping the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the state tournament.

After scoring 38 goals for the Mac-Hi boys soccer team this fall, junior forward Oscar Flores has been named Oregon 's Class 4A Player of the Year.I had to take Oscar out of some games, Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. He was scoring too many goals and h

Injured dog recovers, returns home after two months

Tank was accidentally dragged by a truck after his leash became tangled around the hitch during a family hunting trip in early October.

After two months of recovering at the Associated Veterinary Medical Center, the Bond family's dog Tank has returned home. Tank, a 9-year-old shepherd/chow mix, was accidentally dragged by a truck after his leash became tangled around the hitch during a fa

A toast to the past and the future

Merchants Delicatessen owner Bob Austin toasts just inside the front door of the Walla Walla icon. Merchants was sold to Tom Maccarone with the change of ownership effective Jan. 1.

After-Christmas shopping slow

WALLA WALLA — 'Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the mall, not a car was stirring, except at Sears and Shopko's parking stalls. We didn't find good deals, but lines were smaller (than previous years). The return lines were short, said Diane

Dorothy Hawker

Sept. 13, 1913 - Dec. 19, 2009

WALLA WALLA — Area resident Dorothy Irene Hawker, 96, died Dec. 19, 2009, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave.

Mavis Bates

May 3, 1936 - Dec. 26, 2009

WALLA WALLA — Mavis Bates, 73, died Dec. 26, 2009, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way.

Orval Rimbey

March 10, 1917 - Dec. 24, 2009

WALLA WALLA — Orval Rimbey, 92, died at his home on Dec. 24, 2009.

Alice Spanish

Feb. 2, 1922 - Dec. 25, 2009

WALLA WALLA — Alice L. Spanish, 87, died at her home on Dec. 25, 2009.

E.J. Seeley

June 2, 1919 - Dec. 16, 2009

COLLEGE PLACE — Emma Jane "E.J." Seeley, 90, of 550 E. Whitman Drive died Dec. 16, 2009, at Regency at the Park in College Place.

Anita Lutcher

Dec. 26, 1907 - Oct. 8, 2009

EVANS, Ga. — Former Milton-Feewater resident Anita Hughes Lutcher, 101, died Oct. 8, 2009, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.

Merchants Ltd. sold

Owner Bob Austin will hold a New Year's Eve bash before new owners Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw take the reins.

WALLA WALLA — Merchants Ltd., downtown's deli, market and pioneer of Main Street's modern-day culture, has been sold. The business, reputed by owners as the first in Walla Walla to offer espresso, the first to bring back sidewalk seating and the first of

Walla Walla's Department of Licensing office off closure list

Over the past year the DOL has closed 12 other offices and opened one. No further cutbacks are in the picture.

WALLA WALLA -- The local state Department of Licensing office is no longer on an endangered list. In January the department announced plans to shutter the Walla Walla office sometime between July and September as part of cost-cutting efforts. The closure

New owners have plans for restaurant

WALLA WALLA -- Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw plan to continue many of the services at Merchants Ltd. when they take over in January. Particularly the food service. But some of the traditions won't be in the cards. The ordering system is one of them. No

Thursday, December 24

Dottie Harding

October 15, 1935 -- Dec. 22, 2009

Melvin Franklin

Nov. 28, 1934 -- Dec. 23, 2009

Music director, staff and volunteers deserve praise

As proud grandparents of a Ferndale student, we have been to the twice yearly music concerts given by the students for the past five years.

Mouse not a good substitute for Mickey

I had placed an order for two pair of Mickey Mouse slippers for my daughter and me. The company had to substitute the order with a different slipper -- the Mickey Mouse slippers were out of stock.

Street crews on Friday route leaf collection

WALLA WALLA — City Street Division crews have completed the second and final round of leaf pickups on Thursday's trash routes and have begun work on Friday's trash route.As a general rule:Place loose leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter. Do

Etc. - 12/24/09

She said it took a couple of calls before emergency crews realized she was talking about dynamite — and not a bottle of nitroglycerin pills.A Portland bomb squad disposed of it and cleared the church just two minutes after the party was to begin.Hanna gr

Wa-Hi grad rakes in entreprenurial recognition

A former Walla Wallan has been named Entrepreneur Magazine's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009 after building the nation's first sustainable lawn-care franchise.Kelly Giard, founder and chief executive officer of Clear Air Lawn Care, will be honored at the

Touchet School District misses payroll

The district failed to pay Dec. 18 and the superintendent has blamed a 'glitch in the system.'

TOUCHET — A glitch stole Christmas for a number of Touchet families.Employees of the Touchet School District expected to be paid Dec. 18, the last working day of the month.That's the way it's always been, and that's what the employees' contract specifies.

ArtWalla receives $10,000 grant for 'Windows on the Past'

ArtWalla's public art project, Windows on the Past, will receive a $10,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010.

Let 'er Buck Ball starts 2010 with a bang

PENDLETON -- The 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up will kick off with a New Year's Eve celebration, The Let'er Buck Ball, at 7:30 p.m. The 21-and-over event takes place at the Hamley Steak House, 30 S.E. Court St.

OES to perform chamber work commissioned for wedding anniversary

PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony holds a benefit concert featuring the world premiere of Let There Be Love by talented local composer Chris Thomas at 3 p.m. Jan. 2. This intimate celebration will be held at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N.

A grand Christmas rolls in thanks to Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls

The Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls bring home a merry holiday for a family facing challenges.

It's just paper!Little Emilie Lawrence could be excused for the note of surprise in her voice as she examined the inside of a beautifully-wrapped gift, which turned out to be a thin rectangle of paper about the size of a receipt.It was the final scene o

Worlds or windows apart

Divided by the security glass at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, family members connect on cell phones for a few last goodbyes while waiting for a flight to take off.

Police: Guns stolen form Worm Ranch recovered in traffic stop

A vehicle pulled over in the city raised suspicion and a search warrant later led to the alleged discovery of drugs and guns.

WALLA WALLA -- A traffic stop Wednesday has lead to the recovery of at least six of about 27 firearms taken during a recent burglary at a local tackle shop, police said.An officer with the Walla Walla Police Department pulled over a vehicle near Sixth and

Christmas Eve services planned around area

Here is a roundup of several Christmas Eve services planned around the area:Walla WallaThe congregations of Central Christian Church, 66 S. Palouse St., Covenant Presbyterian Church and New Hope Christian Church will hold a three-church Christmas Eve cand

Tree carries spirit of season

Dina Baker's annual tradition serves as a gift to her late husband, Carroll.

WALLA WALLA -- As far as Christmas trees go, Dina Baker's tree is an impressive one, with its star-topped tip reaching to 14 feet, and fully dressed and lit boughs decked with precious ornaments she has collected over the years.Her reason for putting up

Bond sought for Pomeroy school work

Voters will see a $4.49 million measure that would pair with state funds to renovate the junior and senior high school building.

POMEROY -- If voters approve a request for a $4.49 million bond measure, Pomeroy students will have a renovated junior and senior high school building.Passage of the measure will mean the district qualifies for approximately $4.9 million in state matching

Christmas past becomes gift for Christmas present

So I am home this week, trying to adjust to the Davidless holiday. It's been awful, I won't lie. At the time my kiddos really need it the most, I am least able to be cheery. Indeed, our tree is actually a collection of tiny fake firs from the Dollar Sto

Wa-Hi grapplers take ninth at Best of the West tournament

Eric Eastman's second place and Ryan Harmon's third pace the Blue Devils at the 31-team wrestling tourney.

PASCO — Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman placed second at 189 and Ryan Harmon placed third at 152 in the two-day Best of the West, 31-team wrestling tournament that concluded here on Wednesday.

Irish help Sunnyside Christian give early presents to coach Smeenk

Sunnyside Christian coach Al Smeenk picks up his 500th win at the school with the 55-34 victory over DeSales' girls Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA — Sunnyside Christian coach Al Smeenk, now in his 28th season, notched his 500th career victory at the school Wednesday night as the Knights humbled DeSales, 55-34, in a non-conference girls basketball game at the Irish gym.A pair of SC player

O'Flaherty thrives in Atlanta's bullpen

WALLA WALLA — The highlight of Eric O'Flaherty's first season in the National League came during a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies last July in Denver.O'Flaherty, the Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever and a 2003 Wa-Hi graduate, appeared in

Irish boys can't match Sunnyside Christian in 75-33 loss

The Knights' size and experience is too much for DeSales, which takes the 75-33 loss Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA — Sunnyside Christian raced to a 24-2 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 75-33 victory over DeSales in a non-league boys basketball game Wednesday night at the Irish gym.Kevin De Jong, a 6-foot-5 post, led the Knights with 20 points and 1

Wednesday, December 23

We cannot let Taliban win

I thought hell would freeze before I'd be defending an Obama decision in opposition to the U-B Editorial Board (US must find quick exit from Afghanistan, Dec. 8) or Annie Capistany (Obama's Afghanistan plan is wrong, Dec. 13). Apparently it did (despite

Stimulus grant for rural bus system is good for local and US economy

Intercity transportation is important, particularly in rural areas such as the Walla Walla Valley.

Federal stimulus money -- our tax dollars -- is buying three new 20-passenger buses for the Grape Line service from Walla Walla to the Tri-Cities.

Shannon Elliott

April 24, 1986 -- Dec. 18, 2009

WAITSBURG -- Shannon Renee Elliott, 23, of 13259 E. Highway 12, died Dec. 18, 2009, in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 12 in Walla Walla.

Dick Ferguson

Feb. 25, 1923 -- Dec. 18, 2009

HUNTSVILLE, Wash. -- Richard J. Dick Ferguson, 86, of Huntsville died Dec. 18, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland.

Emergency Services - 12/23/09

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 crim

Etc. - 12/23/09

Garrison Middle School's Students of the Month for November include Ulyses Razo, sixth grade; Jennifer Cho, seventh; and Eddie Kaminski, eighth. Staffers nominate students for the honor, which includes a certificate, their photos displayed in the school

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce on break until Jan. 4

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is taking a holiday hiatus.The business membership organization will close at noon Thursday and re-open for its regular business hours Jan. 4.Those in need of immediate assistance regarding their memberships can

Wacky Weather

The weeks before winter officially set in included balmy temperatures followed by frigid cold, which makes for unique experiences along Mill Creek.

Although the month started with near 40-degree temperatures and a pumpkin-colored full moon, December weather has been frightful along the popular Mill Creek dog-walking trail.First came the single-digit days, with a 4-degree night or two, followed by a b

Late registration for youth indoor soccer open

WALLA WALLA — Late registration for the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation youth indoor soccer season will continue on an as-available basis. Late registration grades kindergarten through eighth grade is $55, and $20 per third child and any additional child

YMCA youth hoops registration open until Jan. 8

WALLA WALLA — Youth basketball league registration at the Walla Walla YMCA ends Jan. 8.Space is limited.Boys in third and fourth grades will have one practice weekly. Cost is $42 for members and $69 for program members.Boys from fifth to eighth grades wil

Wounded Grizzly girls suffer first defeat of season in loss to Ione

HELIX — An injured band of Grizzlies from Griswold High School suffered its first loss of the season, 41-37, to the confident Cardinals from Ione here Tuesday.The loss gives the Grizzlies, who entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state, an 8-1 record on t

Pirate girls shrug off slow third quarter, down Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO — Pomeroy survived a slow third period to bounce back and outscore Tri-Cities Prep, 14-9, over the last eight minutes and produce a 46-37 Pirate victory here Tuesday in girls basketball action.We had a slow period at the beginning of the third quar

Winter youth tennis lessons slated at Whitman College

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is offering winter youth tennis lessons in partnership with the Whitman College women's tennis program. Youth of all abilities will receive instruction from Whitman College tennis players and coaches.Less

Mac-Hi girls lose rough-and-tumble contest to Grant Union at Heppner tournament

HEPPNER — Mac-Hi's Andrea Roeder tied for game-high scoring honors with 13 points, but the Pioneers lost a rough-and-tumble contest to Grant Union, 36-29, at the Heppner basketball tournament here Tuesday.The Pioneers are now 4-6 on the season after a con

Ruark's 15 points pace Pomeroy boys to 50-43 victory over Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO — Justin Ruark scored 15 points here Tuesday to lead Pomeroy to a 50-43 win over Tri Cities Prep in boys non-conference basketball action.The Pirates and Jaguars played an even first half with the Pirates emerging with a 22-21 lead at intermission.W

DeSales boys to have alumni game Saturday

WALLA WALLA — DeSales Irish boys basketball coach Mike Giusti has the perfect after-Christmas plan for Irish alumni players.The Irish will hold an alumni game Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Irish gym.All alumni are welcome.Giusti asks that alumni players show

Knights win track meet with Irish boys

The up-tempo game ends with Walla Walla Valley Academy on the winning end of an 82-45 SE 2B score Tuesday night.

COLLEGE PLACE — A track meet broke out here at the Walla Walla Valley Academy gym Tuesday in boys Southeast 2B South Division basketball action.Both DeSales and WWVA brought their running shoes as the teams pressed end-line to end-line.In the end, the Kni

Pioneer boys shut down Dufur at Heppner tournament, 67-47

HEPPNER — Mac-Hi limited Dufur to 15 second-half points here Tuesday in boys basketball action at the Heppner Tournament.And the Pioneers built an eight-point halftime lead into a 67-47 victory.In the second half, our defense got better, Mac-Hi coach Ni

Walla Walla County Comp Plan amendments OK'd

A trio of changes to the long-term planning document have been approved by county commissioners.

WALLA WALLA -- Three amendments to Walla Walla County's Comprehensive Plan were approved this week by county commissioners.At their Monday meeting, commissioners Gregg Loney, Greg Tompkins and Perry Dozier voted unanimously to adopt the changes, ending a

Tourism Walla Walla awards local grants

Tourism Walla Walla has awarded $12,000 to a variety of organizations for events expected to draw visitors to the Walla Walla Valley in 2010.The funds are considered matching grants intended to support tourism projects with regional long-term benefits t

Local post office gives Santa an assist

The local office helps ensure children who write to St. Nick hear back from the chief gift-giver.

WALLA WALLA -- It is a holiday tradition, which for some families is as time-honored as decorating the Christmas tree, singing carols, or building a snowman. Many children in Walla Walla wrote letters to a certain gift-distributing arctic resident this De

Tuesday, December 22

When will we stop being an enabler?

When I asked my twin brother of 70 years how much longer he would work at his job he replied, "I don't think I can ever retire, because my children, all in their 40s have such a high standard of living. They have a limited income, so my working is helping them keep their standard of living."

Congress has important work on which it must focus

Yet, its members are wasting time on far less important matters. Cheers to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, for making that point.

Congress has important work on which it must focus

Walla Walla law enforcement warns about scams

WALLA WALLA -- At least one area resident and one local business have been hit in a series of telephone scams that have local law enforcement officers on alert and cautioning citizens.In one case, an older woman was tricked out of more than $5,500 by a ca

Etc. - 12/22/09

Recipients of holiday messages from Jim and Margaret Buchan may notice the Hawaiian postmark. The Walla Walla couple vacationed on Oahu during our local, bitterly cold stretch in mid-month. By all accounts, they had a lovely time and Jim said he got to ru

Richard Ferguson

June 25, 1923 -- Dec. 18, 2009

Dayton resident Richard J. Ferguson, 86, died Dec. 18, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland.

Leone Kelly

Oct. 10, 1927 -- Dec. 18, 2009

Walla Walla resident Leone Evelyn Kelly, 82, died Dec. 18, 2009, at her home.

Edna Blizard

April 30, 1915 -- Dec. 11, 2009

Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:


Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Monday:

Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

Emergency Services - 12/22/09

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 crim

Hermiston businesses hit by counterfeit bills

HERMISTON (AP) -- Counterfeit money has been changing hands in Hermiston.Hermiston police Officer Erica Franz says McDonalds accepted a bogus $50 bill Friday and Wal-Mart took one Saturday. Sterling Savings Bank got a counterfeit $100 bill from a business

Commissioners to hold special meeting for year-end business

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County commission will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to approve payments due at the end of the year.Commissioners will meet at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Across the board changes in son worry mother

My 15-year-old son won't talk to us anymore, so my husband and I haven't a clue what is going on in his head. He's always been a good boy, not a star student -- he has struggled some in reading and math -- but with help from his dad and me he's always man

Christmas Holiday closures

The Christmas holiday is Friday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

Milton-Freewater arrests made after crowd gathered outside store

Four arrests made Monday came after about 20 people were found being disorderly past midnight.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- As many as 20 people are believed to have gathered in riotous or disorderly conduct outside a local grocery store early Monday, leading to the arrest of four people.City police Chief Doug Boedigheimer said his department received a cal

Gingerbread builder goes to town

Kim Wheeler, who just started making gingerbread houses this year, built a village to decorate the Country Club.

It's hard to believe that this is the first year Kim Wheeler has made gingerbread houses. With melted lifesaver stained-glass windows, royal-icing piped evergreens, pretzel fences and a sour belt roof, they seem the work of a veritable gingerbread master.

Third quarter keys Irish win over Knights

DeSales has a 17-2 run to start the third quarter, which sparks the Irish to the 53-30 victory at WWVA Monday night.

COLLEGE PLACE — Hitting four third-quarter buckets in a row, including a trio of 3-pointers, Caitlin Duncan sparked DeSales to a 53-30 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here Monday night.The Knights stayed close through the first two quarters and tr

Wolves men reject West Coast Baptist rally

LANCASTER, Calif. — Walla Walla University rejected a come-from-behind bid by West Coast Baptist College to book an 81-78 men's basketball victory in overtime here on Monday.The win improves the Wolves' record to 6-12 on the season.Walla Walla led 35-29 a

Walla Walla Sweets sign pair of right-handed pitchers

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed a pair of right-handed pitchers from small Midwest colleges that are expected to add depth and talent to the team's 2010 roster.Jordan McLaughlin, a sophomore from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Mustangs race to early lead, down Mac-Hi girls 56-47

HEPPNER — Host Heppner bolted to a 23-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Mustangs raced to a 56-47 victory over Mac-Hi in the first round of a girls holiday basketball tournament here Monday night.That's our MO right now, Mac-Hi coach Cur

Pioneer boys' rally falls short in Heppner

HEPPNER — By the time Mac-Hi narrowed Heppner's lead to a single possession, it was too late.Jake Knight's 3-point basket at the final buzzer drew the Pioneers to within two points as they suffered a 59-57 defeat at the hands of host Heppner in the first

Monday, December 21

Authorities identify woman killed in Highway 12 collision

WALLA WALLA — Authorities have identified a local woman killed in a head-on collision early Friday.Shannon R. Elliott, 23, of Waitsburg, died after the truck she was driving collided with a logging truck heading west on U.S. Highway 12 near Airport Road a

Ron Graham cared about people

I read with shock the article regarding the death of Ron Graham (Dec. 12).He was my former boss and someone I respected very much. It's unfortunate the journalist writing the article wasn't able to remind us how Ron cared about people and how hard he work

US Flag Code: No flags on trees

his is in response to Larry Hetterly of Milton-Freewater's letter to the editor in the Dec. 9 Union-Bulletin concerning placement of flags on the Christmas tree at First Avenue and Main Street in Walla Walla.Mr. Hetterly claims he was saddened that the fl

High court must set clear rules on texting

An appeals court has muddled the matter by ruling that employees have a right to privacy even when texting on employer-issued devices.

When you send text message and e-mails to friends on cell phones, pagers or computers owned by your employer, do you have an expectation of privacy?Until recently we would have assumed the obvious answer would be no. After all, the employer — whether a pr

Jail inmate admits to escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing faces six months to a year in jail after a plea agreement with prosecutors.

WALLA WALLA -- A County Jail inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to escape from the facility last month, to damaging a cell in the attempt and to an unrelated burglary.Tonya M. Boffing entered the guilty pleas Friday to second-degree attempted escape, whi

A slushy shootout

Alen Bender, 12, launches handfulls of leftover snow and ice in the direction of his friend Crystal Gomez, 12, from snow banks in the parking lot across Colville STreet from the Armory. The two said they were bored so they decided to go to the YMCA. We w

Etc. - 12/21/09

The Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation and Sasayama Sister City committees will begin a one-month summer exchange program for students.The program is open to junior high school students finishing their seventh or eighth grade years in June 2010

Emergency Services - 12/21/09

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 crim


When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall, 111 S. First St.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Heather and Jose Garcia.Glenna and Ronald White.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Kevin Ramos, 17, 1809 Plaza Way, No. 20, was sentenced Dec. 11 on one violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of less than 40 grams marijuana. The sentence included 10 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, six months community supervisi

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Walla Walla CountyNicholis W. Gascon, 23, address not confirmed, was charged Dec. 7 with first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree theft. Gascon is accused of wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over property and over three ac

Marisol Mata

Feb. 13, 1987 -- Dec. 17, 2009

Walla Walla man sentenced in sex crimes

Jeffrey Aaron Bruton has been ordered to serve jail time and to undergo sex-offender treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man who pleaded guilty last month to committing two sex crimes against a 16-year-old girl in 2008 was sentenced this morning to a year in the Walla Walla County Jail, then to undergo up to three years of outpatient sex offender trea

Four arrested in connection with riot, disorderly conduct

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Three area residents were arrested early today on suspicion of riot and disorderly conduct.Oscar Lara, 20, and Serafin Ibarra Garcia, 18, both of 311 N. Elizabeth St., Unit B4; and Omar Ambriz, 21, of 1018 Parallel St. were booked into

Council member recognized by national organization

WALLA WALLA -- City Council member Shane Laib was recognized by the National League of Cities for attaining a bronze level in the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program with the organization.To achieve the bronze level, the league requires membe

Fort Walla Walla Museum fund drive under way

Fort Walla Walla Museum is counting on history buffs and community residents for support.The museum's annual fund drive is officially under way, operators say. The museum, a regional heritage destination on Myra Road, gets only 20 percent of its revenue f

Slow going a Christmas gift in Afghanistan

It is hard to believe that the Christmas season is finally upon us. While Jalalabad is a city where the winter season is relatively moderate, the snowcapped Hindu Kush to the north and the snowcapped Tora Boras to the south are a constant reminder that wi

Warrior men down Peninsula, take third place at Albany crossover

Jason Smith scored 30 points and Emery Henning booked a double-double to help Walla Walla record a 91-73 victory over Peninsula at an NWAACC crossover men's basketball tournament here Sunday.

ALBANY, Ore. — Jason Smith scored 30 points and Emery Henning booked a double-double to help Walla Walla Community College record a 91-73 victory over Peninsula at an NWAACC crossover men's basketball tournament here Sunday.The Warriors placed third at th

Undefeated Warrior women win crossover tournament with win over Umpqua

The Warriors down tourney host Umpqua, 83-77, to improve to 10-0 on the season.

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A pair of all-tournament selections, Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson, led undefeated Walla Walla Community College to a women's NWAACC crossover tournament title here Sunday.The 10-0 Warriors went 3-0 in the tourney, knocking off the host te

Sunday, December 20

DeSales girls dominating in 20-point beatdown of Dayton

The Irish score all their first-quarter points from the free-throw line en route to the 61-41 victory Saturday night in the DeSales gym.

WALLA WALLA — A veteran Irish girls squad overwhelmed an inexperienced and first-half-foul-prone Bulldog team, dumping Dayton 61-41 in a Southeast 2B Southern Division girls basketball tilt here Saturday at DeSales.DeSales led after one quarter 12-3, with

Irish Almost Yield Big Lead, Win To Dayton

DeSales builds large first-quarter lead and rides it to the Southeast 2B South Division victory over Dayton Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA -- DeSales built a large early lead on the strength of deadly first quarter 3-point shooting, then held on to win 57-52 over the scrappy Dayton Bulldogs here Saturday in Southeast 2B Southern Division boys basketball action.Four different Iris

Blue Devil girls bounce Wildcats, 63-45

EAST WENATCHEE -- A trio of Wa-Hi Blue Devil girls tallied double figures here Saturday night in Big Nine Conference Cascade Division basketball action with Eastmont.Jamie Weisner scored 15 points, Jill McDaniels added 14 and Vicki Reardon chipped in with

Blue Devil boys 'play good enough to win'

Wa-Hi winds up on the winning side of a 58-54 score after 11 lead changes with the Wildcats Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA -- After 10 lead changes and four ties, Wa-Hi's Morgan Maddess produced the 11th and deciding lead change Saturday in Cascade Division boys basketball action.Eastmont grabbed a 41-38 lead, after outscoring the Blue Devils 13-9 in the third per

Tacoma handles Walla Walla Community College

ALBANY, Ore. — Even with 35 points from Ben Searle, the WWCC Warriors were beat by Tacoma here Saturday night, 79-73, at the NWAACC Crossover Tournament.Behind by four points with 1:30, Searle had a chance to pull within one point in the game on an open 3

Warrior women have easy time with Highline

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Guard Kati Isham posted double-double totals of 24 points and 10 rebounds here Saturday afternoon to lead the undefeated Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team to a 68-45 victory over Highline during the second session of a

Whits continue strong start to season

The Missionary men are off to its best start in two decades after the 100-68 rout of North Central University Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Off to its best start in two decades, Whitman College rolled over Minnesota's North Central University 100-68 Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's basketball action on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.Winning its fifth straight gam

Three Pirates win weight classes in team win at Down River Challenge

CATHLAMET, Wash. — A trio of Pomeroy wrestlers were crowned as champions in their respective weight classes here Saturday as the Pirates claimed the championship of the annual Down River Challenge.Pomeroy emerged victorious in a 16-team field made up of C

Mac-Hi grapples to tournament victory

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi rolled to a convincing victory at their eight-team tournament in the Pioneer gym on Saturday, and Wa-Hi notched a second-place finish at the event.The top-five team scores were Mac-Hi 289, Wa-Hi 190.5, Chiawana 188.5, Riverside 1

Koberstein, Ruark pace Pirate boys past Tekoa-Oakesdale

POMEROY — Trevor Koberstein and Justin Ruark scored big as the Pomeroy Pirate boys basketball team edged Tekoa-Oakesdale, 53- 51, here Saturday night.Koberstein tallied 14 points and Ruark finished with 19 points in the victory.It was an evenly matched g

TigerScot posts lead way to Weston-McEwen boys victory over Enterprise

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Posts Owen Hegdal and Dallas Reich had big games to lead the TigerScots to a 68-64 road league victory over Enterprise here Saturday night.Hegdal had a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals.Reich added another double-d

Slow start too much for Touchet boys in loss to Rosalia

TOUCHET — The host Indians fell behind 18-4 after one quarter and never recovered here Saturday night in a 62-28 loss to Rosalia in Class 1B boys basketball action.Touchet fell to 0-2 in league and 5-3 overall.Matt Kates was the only Indian player in doub

Waitsburg-Prescott takes 50-43 non-league victory from Mac-Hi

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott unleashed a balanced scoring attack to defeat Mac-Hi, 50-43, here Saturday in non-conference boys basketball action.Zach Bartlow and James Lehr led the way for W-P both with 10 points. Lucan Gerke and Ben Kiefel rolled doubl

$n$ Rogers' 23 lead Grizzlies girls to win over Adrian for Joseph title

JOSEPH, Ore. — Kylee Rogers scored 23 points to pace unbeaten Helix to an easy 53-33 victory over Adrian in the championship game of the Joseph Educational Foundation tournament here Saturday.The Grizzlies improved to 7-0 overall with the triumph.Kylee h

$n$ Enterprise's Despain leads team to 46-28 win over Weston-McEwen girls

ENTERPRISE — Summer Despain scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first half here Saturday to lead Enterprise to a 46-28 victory over Weston-McEwen in a Blue Mountain Conference girls basketball contest.The loss dropped the TigerScots to 0-2 in the

$n$ Burbank's balanced scoring too much for Warden's girls

BURBANK — The balanced scoring attack of the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes was too much for Warden's Cougars Saturday in girls basketball action. The Coyotes won 54-15.Burbank got up 31-4 at half and continued to outscore its opponent throughout the game.We g

$n$ Rosalia girls outscore Touchet on Indians' home court

TOUCHET — Zoe Weaver scored 14 points, had seven rebounds and four assists, but it wasn't enough to outscore the Rosalia Spartans here Saturday night. The Spartan girls beat the Touchet Indians 71-57 in the high-scoring affair.You live and die by the 3-p

$n$ Waitsburg-Prescott girls win tug-of-war with Pioneers, 59-55

WAITSBURG — Visiting Mac-Hi played Waitsburg-Prescott's girls to a 37-all tie at halftime here Saturday night.And the Pioneers traded leads with W-P throughout the second half.But Kaitlyn Stringham hit two free throws with eight seconds remaining to secur

Saturday, December 19

Chuck Hitchcock

Aug. 15, 1950 — Dec. 18, 2009

Richard Wallace

June 8, 1928 — Dec. 17, 2009

Lenora Hayes

June 30, 1943 — Dec. 18, 2009

Steven Clink

Oct. 1, 1953 — Dec. 17, 2009

Barbara Kinder

July 3, 1919 — Dec. 6, 2009

Jeanie Olinger

Aug. 5, 1941 — Dec. 15, 2009

Juanita Darrow

Jan. 27, 1923 — Dec. 17, 2009

Jerry Dedloff

May 9, 1931 — Dec. 15, 2009

Ed Cantrell

Oct. 1, 1920 — Dec. 18, 2009

Katie Nolan

July 6, 1980 — December 2009

Search for missing man may await change of season

Jason Sartin, 32, went missing last month in Tiger Canyon. Law enforcers believe another man holds the key to finding him.

The more than month-long search for a missing Milton-Freewater man may have to wait until spring, authorities said.Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo said his agency may have lost time searching for Jason Sartin in the wrong area of Tiger Canyon.Trumbo s

Alternative Education Program offers chance to finish high school

Walla Walla Community College's Alternative Education Program helps students who get their diplomas.

WALLA WALLA — Melissa Ojeda-Diaz was a typical student at Walla Walla High School. Yet three years into high school, she had to leave her friends and classmates.I got pregnant, she said.The arrival of her son, with a year to go in school, prompted some

Road, water, sewer price lower

The proposed Infrastructure Sustainability Plan still would sharply raise utility bills.

WALLA WALLA — City officials said they restructured a plan to increase utility rates as part of the Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, dropping their projected 2015 monthly utility bill from $165 to $142.

Where is GOP's Wall Street plan?

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 11 passed an important bill, HR 4173. It's called the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. and chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, was the prime sponsor of t

The Corps, environmentalists and socialism

I am a proud retiree from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was formed June 14, 1775, making it older than the United States. Its engineering credentials are historic and it championed environmental protection for America's natural resources.Environmen

Local kids show what music can do

If you are wondering where all of the good kids are in our town, you need look no further than the Holiday performance at the Walla Walla Symphony.We heard the premiere of an original orchestral piece by Parker Davis, a senior at Wa-Hi. It was wonderful

Four Wildcats score in double figures as Colton races past Pirates

COLTON — Kelsey Moser scored 19 points to pace four Colton players in double figures here Friday night as the Wildcats raced to a 74-35 Southeast B District Northern Division girls basketball victory over Pomeroy.Mollie Kramer added 18 points, Haley Moser

Union uses big second quarter to run away from Weston-McEwen

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's girls were no match for Union here Friday night as the Bobcats pulled away in the second quarter en route to a 52-29 Blue Mountain Conference basketball win.The winless TigerScots trailed by just four points, 15-11, after one quar

Golden Eagles overcome slow start to down Sherman County, 52-42

MORO, Oro. — Nixyaawii overcame a slow start here Friday to down Sherman County, 52-42, in Big Sky League girls basketball action.The Golden Eagles were down 12-2 after one quarter, but outscored the Huskies 50-30 over the next three quarters to win by 10

Poor fourth quarter costs Touchet in loss to Liberty Christian

TOUCHET — One quarter's failures turned a tight girls basketball contest between Touchet and Liberty Christian into a disappointing 16-point blowout loss for the hosts here Friday, 50-34.The wheels fell off the bus in the fourth quarter, Touchet coach S

Grizzlies defense holds Wallowa to 17 points for Joseph tournament win

JOSEPH, Ore. — With a variety of defenses, the Helix Grizzlies girls basketball team held the Wallowa Cougars to 17 points and the offense scored 51 in round one of the Joseph Education Foundation tournament here Friday night.We played really good defens

Balanced scoring leads Waitsburg-Prescott past Dayton, 58-43

WAITSBURG — A balanced scoring attack led the Waitsburg-Prescott girls basketball team past the Dayton Bulldogs, 58-43, here Friday night.Taelor Carter, Krystal Harris and Genesis Pearson all scored 11 points for W-P.We were happy with the balanced scori

Early Sherman County run can't hold up against Nixyaawii

MORO, Ore. — Despite a 10-0 run to start the game by the Sherman County Huskies, Nixyaawii's Golden Eagles rallied to beat them 75-54 here in a Big Sky League dual Friday night.Nixyaawii rallied to tie the score at 14 in the first quarter and took off fro

Well-oiled Liberty Christian team dispatches Touchet, 68-48

TOUCHET — The well-oiled boys basketball machine that is the undefeated Liberty Christian Patriots rolled into Touchet Friday and headed home with a comfortable 68-48 non-league victory.They're a very tall team, a very smooth team, said Touchet coach Ti

Slow start dooms Pioneer boys in 52-40 loss to Umatilla

UMATILLA — A slow start doomed the pioneers of the Donner Party 163 years ago this December.Another slow start doomed Mac-Hi's Pioneers here Friday.Umatilla won the non-league boys contest, 52-40, after outscoring the Pioneers 10-2 in the first quarter.T

TigerScots feast on Bobcat turnovers

ATHENA — The TigerScot defense forced 31 turnovers and had 21 steals en route to a 67-33 league win over the Union Bobcats here Friday night.Weston-McEwen deployed a man-to-man, full-court press and then a zone press later in the game.Miles Thul led the t

Wa-Hi boys give undefeated Braves true test

The Blue Devil boys trade leads with Kamiakin eight times in the second half before free throws secure the 62-58 win for the Braves.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's Big Nine Conference Cascade Division opening boys basketball game at Kamiakin featured eight lead changes and three ties in the second half.It featured 11 lead changes and six ties overall.The final score, 62-58 for the Braves, filtere

Blue Devil girls survive slow third quarter, fend off Braves

Wa-Hi's girls score just four points in the third period, but hold on for the 53-42 victory over Kamiakin.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi survived a four-point third quarter to open Cascade Division play with a victory.The Blue Devils saw their 15-point halftime lead melt to a 36-29 lead after three quarters as Kamiakin went on a 12-4 run after intermission.Wa-Hi recover

QualitySmith cuts jobs, closes call center

Once the county's 44th largest employer, the business is in its third round of cutbacks.

WALLA WALLA — Service-professional finder firm QualitySmith has laid off 19 employees and closed its consumer call center in the third and reportedly largest round of cutbacks this year at the Second Avenue operation, officials said.The online service, wh

$n$ Restrictions take effect on county roads

The Walla Walla County Road Department has put on load restrictions countywide, effective Friday. The load restrictions will be enforced approximately two weeks, according to the county.


Superior Court

Light-chewing corgi de-twinkles family tree

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! — I love to gnaw your branches ...Scarlett O'Hara of Tara, our rambunctious 6-month-old Welsh corgi puppy, discovered what a great chew toy the Christmas tree makes.Within minutes of assembling our pre-lit tree in the f


It's time to look for Jesus' return

It is still my favorite Christmas song. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright ... Simple, yet profound. Most everyone knows it, and the song contains one of the most powerful messages you'll ever hear, the essence of the Christmas story:

Celebrations policy

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin publishes news of quinceaneras, engagements, weddings, silver anniversaries and each five-year anniversary after the 25th in the Celebrations section of Panorama on Sundays.


The parents of Jason Robert Oldridge and Lindsey Jo Stilson, both of Walla Walla, announce the couple’s engagement.


David and Jean Conklin of College Place announce the engagement of their daughter, Trista Conklin, to David Waits, both of Walla Walla.


The parents of former Walla Wallan Lynn Johnson announce her engagement to Timothy Foster, both of Newberg, Ore.

Doug and Jo Winn

Doug and Leontine "Jo" Winn of Walla Walla recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a dinner party at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Ken and Fay Nicoles

Ken and Fay Nicoles of 335 Kathleen Place celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently at a family dinner.

Bill and Marlene Saager

Bill and Marlene Saager of 125 Saager St., Milton-Freewater, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a Nov. 14, 2009, reception at their home. The celebration was hosted by their children. They also celebrated with a trip to Branson, Mo.


senior centers

Museum gives woman a way to show gratitude

Retired teacher Susan Albee serves on the board of the Children's Museum of Walla Walla.

The multitalented Susan Albee lives with purpose and enthusiasm; equally comfortable gardening, bird watching or making sauerkraut to freeze. Family figures prominently in her life, with three sons and seven grandchildren. She and her husband, Bill, enjoy

2009 Pictures of the Year

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin photographer Jeff Horner shares some of his favorite photos from the past year.

Choices.Photography not only captures slices of life, imprisoning them in tiny rectangles to view and contemplate, but it also mirrors life in the complexity and seriousness of its choices. Unlike the more fluid nature of the written word, whose creative

Nation can't continue to go deeper into debt

The national debt, now at over $12 trillion, has doubled since 2003. The United States has to make changes.

In 2003, with the national debt at just over $6 trillion, we voiced concern that deficit spending was out of control with no solution in sight. And, to make the problem even more troubling, the members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats — refused to

Friday, December 18

Book designer brings her art to Milton-Freewater

Sherry Wachter, who writes under the pen name of Bodie Parkhurst, is living a rather accidental life.After graduating from Walla Walla College with an English degree, Wachter's job included working on a hospital newsletter. At one point the design compo

Open wide and say ahhhh

A small sparrow with a big mouth finds a non-frozen branch to bask on in a recent bit of warmer weather. The past few days of ice and freezing rain should have prompted thoughts of warmer locales but flying south is likely out for resident birds like the


Members of the Dixie School Board are Javin Berg, Debra Tiner, Richard Berrier, Kelly Dabulskis and Gene Wilks. With Berrier absent Thursday the board:


Members of the Prescott School Board are Todd Beckman, David Brock, Pam Stueckle and Karen Tonne. One seat is vacant. With all present Thursday the board:

Starbuck School Board

Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With Dedloff absent Thursday the board:


Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With Bradley absent Thursday the board:

Casino's eateries dish new hours

Wildhorse Resort & Casino is serving up new hours at several of its eateries.

Walla Walla banker named woman of influence

Puget Sound Business Journal named Baker Boyer CEO Megan Clubb to its prestigious list for 2009.

When it comes to making the Puget Sound Business Journal's prestigious list of 2009 Women of Influence, Walla Walla bank executive Megan Clubb attributed her success to the influence of her own role models.Clubb, president and chief executive officer of B

Worker burned in salvage yard explosion

A worker using a torch to cut an old gas tank was hurt after the contents caught fire.

WALLA WALLA — An employee of a local salvage yard suffered minor burns after an old gas tank he'd been working on caught fire, authorities said.The fire was reported about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Stubblefield Salvage and Recycling, 980 N.E. Myra Road.Walla

PALS ease transition to middle school

WALLA WALLA — Dear Liz, began Kayla Crain's journal entry to her sixth-grade pal.What do you wanna do when you grow up? I'm glad to have you as my pal! When you get the chance, please, write back! the note finished.Crain sat among dozens of Pioneer

Eight area teachers gain national certification

Eight area teachers are among the 1,248 national board certified teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2009.

Federal funding boosts Walla Walla cancer center

Funding to advance cancer treatment technology at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center has been included in the final version of the 2010 Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act.Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Cathy

Natural fuels keep the home fires burning

The recent massive snowstorm that moved from California across to New England certainly got the nation's attention. While some Americans dealt with snowfall measured in feet rather than inches, my part of the Northwest simply endured temperatures near zer

New generator installed at Garfield County Memorial Hospital

POMEROY — A new emergency generator was installed this week at Garfield County Memorial Hospital. The generator is one of a series of critical systems replacement projects voters approved in 2008.The new generator replaces a 1948 Kayolite model that has b

Pirates tangle with Heppner on way to Cathlamet tourney

IRRIGON, Ore. -- The Pomeroy wrestlers paused on their 400-mile journey to the Down River Challenge prep wrestling match in Cathlamet, Wash., to tangle with wrestlers from Heppner here Thursday.The Pirate matmen will compete in the 16-team Cathlament tour

Eastman's wins can't propel Wa-Hi grapplers

HANFORD -- Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman notched a pair of pins at the 189-pound division, but the Blue Devil wrestlers lost both matches in a Big Nine Conference crossover double-dual wrestling match here on Thursday.Wa-Hi lost 37-31 to Southridge and 54-22 to Su

Walla Walla University defeats Southwestern College

PHOENIX -- Walla Walla University overcame the hot-shooting Southwestern College team 77-75 in a men's basketball game here Thursday.

Wa-Hi Blue Devil swimmers beat up on La Grande, slip past Pendleton in dual meet

WALLA WALLA -- Led by senior captains Merrick Calder and Will Bergstrom, the Wa-Hi boys defeated Pendleton and La Grande in their first dual meet of the season Thursday afternoon in the Harvey Pool at Whitman's Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.The Blue Devil

Etcetera - 12/18/09

Fourth- and fifth-grade members of Berney Elementary School's Student Council devised a plan to encourage the student body to donate to Walla Walla School District's food drive.

Two vehicles collide head-on along Highway 12

Authorities are reporting that two vehicles collided head-on along Highway 12 at Airport Road this morning, killing one woman.Rocky Eastman, fire chief of Walla Walla Fire District 4, said the highway may still be closed as investigators work at the scene

Thursday, December 17

Effects wow but story limps in 'Avatar'

When a film brashly asserts that it will change moviemaking forever, one feels the urge to either take its king of the world arrogance down a notch or hail it as the masterpiece it claims to be.But -- and forgive us if this sounds too much like the dial

New at the library

When death shatters the serenity of the exclusive, moneyed enclave of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., Eliza Blake, co-host of the country's premier morning television show, KEY to America, is on the scene. While attending a lavish gala at her friends' newly renovate

Square dance lessons to start

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Muddy Frog Square Dancers will begin a series of square dance lessons starting Jan. 3. The group will meet Sundays from 2-4 p.m. every week in the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth Ave. The first three lessons are

Wildhorse hosts Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters New Year's Eve

PENDLETON -- Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 72777 Highway 331, features in concert Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve in the Rivers Events Center. Concert tickets are $10. The Wildfire Sports Bar will feature live music

Christmas with the Sheriff to be at Pataha Flour Mill

POMEROY -- The annual Christmas with the Sheriff concert and sing-along, featuring Garfield County Sheriff Larry Bowles, will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Pataha Flour Mill, 50 Hutchens Hill Road.The popular event draws music lovers from all around the region, a

Explosion hurts one

WALLA WALLA -- At least one person was injured this morning in an apparent tank explosion at a local salvage yard, authorities said.The accident was reported about 9:30 a.m. today at Stubblefield Salvage and Recycling, 980 N.E. Myra Road.Walla Walla Fire

United Way keeps safety net strong

After a walk this morning outside in 3 degree temperatures, I was glad to return to my warm home this morning. It reminded me of just how fortunate I am to have no problem paying my gas bill, and to have a refrigerator full of food. We all know that there

Ferndale music teacher a diamond

When someone gives generously to the community of their time and talents, the effort should be applauded. When it's done in an extraordinary way for the benefit of children, it must be touted - and loudly.Last week my family and I attended the Ferndale El

College Place School Board

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: Sager conference room, 1755 S. College Ave.

Emergency Services - 12/17/09

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 crim

Julia Beretta

March 3, 1916 -- Dec. 10, 2009

Juanita Darrow

Dec. 17, 2009

Juanita Darrow, 86, of Milton-Freewater died Dec. 17, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Gloria Hoffmann

Dec. 16, 2009

Gloria J. Hoffmann, 68, of Milton-Freewater, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Evergreen of Milton-Freewater.

Emma Seeley

Dec. 16, 2009

Emma J. Seeley, 90, of College Place died Dec. 16, 2009, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road, College Place.

Jeanie Olinger

Dec. 15, 2009

Scenes from The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen (Ashley Akacich) awakens Kai (Charles Gordon) from a deep sleep, above, during a scene from The Snow Queen. The dance performance of the Hans Christian Anderson story, produced by Idalee Hutson-Fish, takes the stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Jerry Dedloff

May 9, 1931 -- Dec. 15, 2009

Grape Line to add buses

Federal stimulus funding will pay for three additional Grape Line buses.

Walla Walla's intercity bus service is getting new wheels.Three new 20-passenger Grape Line buses, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will be on the road next month, providing passengers between Walla Walla and Pasco a more comfortable ride, according to

Etc. - 12/17/09

Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Cadet Battalion drill and rifle teams brought home numerous awards after competing Dec. 5 at East Valley High School, Yakima.

Seat on Nike corporate board sends wrong message for UW

The university's athletic department receives $35 million from Nike, which could create a conflict of interest for Provost Phyllis Wise.

University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise was appointed to Nike's corporate board because she is the school's No. 2 administrator. It's an appointment she shouldn't have been accepted. It could create legitimate questions of conflict of interest.

Santa to visit Ace stores

Santa Claus is coming to Ace Hardware.The man in red will make appearances at both Ace stores in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater on Saturday, said Linda Henry, who co-owns the businesses with her husband, Doug. Santa will appear 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eas

State rewarded for health coverage progress

Washington received $7.5 million for progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid.

Washington state was awarded $7.5 million for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid, officials said today.The state also has improved access to the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, said U.S. Health and Human

Walla Walla club's raffle nets $25,000 winner

Alan Gillespie took home the big prize and four $1,000 prizes also were awarded after a raffle fundraiser.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man is $25,000 to the plus today after a club's raffle drawing.Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club held the raffle prize drawing after its regular meeting today. Winners include Alan Gillespie -- $25,000 -- and Jim Parrish, Gerri and Rick

Walla Walla man accused of stealing from swim club

Geoffrey Forcum allegedly stole more than $3,000 from the Walla Walla Swim Club while serving as its president.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man serving as president of the Walla Walla Swim Club is accused of stealing more than $3,000 from the organization earlier this year.Geoffrey E. Forcum was charged this week in Superior Court with five felonies. The charges, filed

Church to hold old-fashioned Christmas celebration

WALLA WALLA -- Grace United Methodist Church, 1520 Pleasant St., will celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.After a brief worship service, there will be crafts and activities, including cookie decorating, popcorn stringing, carol si

Singles group to hold potluck dinner, Christmas party

WALLA WALLA -- The Christian singles group that meets at New Hope Christian Church will have a potluck dinner and Christmas party Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The party includes a white elephant gift exchange. The event will take place in the fellowship hall at

Leaf pickups move to Wednesday trash route

WALLA WALLA -- City Street Division crews have completed the first round in Thursday's, Friday's, Monday's and Tuesday's routes and began Wednesday's route on Wednesday.

Walla Walla City Council OKs utility rate hike

WALLA WALLA -- City Council members at their Wednesday meeting unanimously approved a $2.07 increase to monthly storm water fees for residential customers to help pay stricter environmental standards enacted by the Department of Ecology.Residential utilit

Two injured in head-on wreck on Highway 204

WESTON -- A head-on collision along Highway 204 on Wednesday injured two people.The crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. at mile 11.5 of the highway on an icy stretch. One vehicle lost control on the slick road and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle,

Reminder: Wa-Hi boys' basketball game to start at 6 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi boys' basketball fans are asked to remember that Saturday's Big Nine Conference Cascade Division game against the Eastmont Wildcats will start at 6 p.m. rather that the usual 7:30 p.m.So far it's the only regular-season game scheduled

Milton-Freewater gas station robbed by masked man

The night's deposits were taken by a person who used pepper spray on a Shell employee.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A gas station along Highway 11 was robbed late Wednesday by a man wearing a Spider-Man mask, authorities said.The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office reports that an employee of the Shell station at 84875 Highway 11 had closed the shop ab

Whitman communications worker honored for achievement

A Whitman College employee has won the Rising Star Award, presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in District 8, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and seven Canadian provinces.Lana Brown, associate d

Wednesday, December 16

Lawyers spar over seized money

At issue is more than $400,000 seized by police in connection with a drug investigation.

WALLA WALLA -- One of the largest local cash seizures in recent memory is now in the hands of a judge.After a two-day bench trial, Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht Tuesday took the case of the city of Walla Walla versus $401,333.

Prescott Council

Council members are Steve Heimbigner, Doug Venn, Dave Base, Gene Alandi and Chris Scudder. Mayor is Libby McCaw. With Scudder and Alandi absent Monday the Council:


Board members are Trenda Nichols, Duane Beers, Duane Smalley, Preston Winn, Sterling Allen, J.R. Lieuallen and Rod Bonifer. With Smalley absent Monday, the board:

Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

James Thomas

Nov. 15, 1924 -- Dec. 14, 2009

Walla Wallan James Douglas Thomas, 85, died Dec. 14, 2009, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road, College Place.

Annette Yeend

Jan. 16, 1922 -- Dec. 15, 2009

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- Former Walla Wallan Annette Yeend, 87, died at her home.

Henry Garbe Jr.

Dec. 22, 1934 -- Dec. 13, 2009

TOUCHET -- Henry Edward Garbe Jr., 74, of Gardena Road died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home.

Ronald Graham

Sept. 11, 1946 -- Dec. 15, 2009

College Place resident Ronald D. Graham, 63, died Dec. 15, 2009, from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident on Willow Creek Road near Dayton.

Emma Gale

Jan. 27, 1949 -- Dec. 8, 2009

Walla Walla-area farmer to serve on state ag committee

A Walla Walla wheat farmer is one of five appointees chosen to serve on the Washington Farm Service Agency State Committee.Steve Hair will serve on the committee that oversees the agency's activities, including carrying out the state agricultural conserva

Emergency Services - 12/16/09

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 crim


When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: Board Room


When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: Dixie School

Walla Walla Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: 15 N. Third Ave.

Missing Milton-Freewater girl found in College Place

Miranda Nye had been missing since Thanksgiving, when she is believed to have run away from home.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A 12-year-old Milton-Freewater girl who is believed to have run away from home three weeks ago was found safely Wednesday, authorities said.The College Place Police Department, working with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and Wall

Window to any icy world

Frozen outcroppings of icicles from from the round, warm flow of lights surrounding the Falkenbergs Jewelers' clock on the sidewalk of Main Street, while a worker in Brasserie Four pauses to peer out to an icy world.

State OKs power rate hike

Typical Pacific Power residential customers will see an increase of about $4.80 a month in their bills.

Residents from Walla Walla to Pomeroy will see a boost in their electricity rates starting Jan. 1.State regulators have approved a rate increase for Pacific Power customers, according to an announcement from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Com

Mr. Ed's close to temporary home

The eatery, badly damaged in a Dec. 5 fire, is expected to take up residence at the Elks Lodge on Rose Street starting Dec. 28.

WALLA WALLA -- The Elks Lodge has opened its doors to Mr. Ed's Restaurant.The Rose Street building home to the fraternal organization is expected to become the temporary site of the dislocated restaurant, said Mr. Ed's co-owner Dan Givens.Givens said nego

Elks offer building for social service center

The county is looking to build, and the lodge is looking to move, leading to a potential sale.

WALLA WALLA -- The city's venerable Elks Lodge may be in line for a new life.Walla Walla County commissioners have made an offer to buy the building to create a center for social service agencies, including the county Human Services Department and Blue Mo

College Place man dies after wreck near Dayton

DAYTON -- Ronald D. Graham, 63, of College Place, died Tuesday with injuries resulting from a single-car motor vehicle accident on a rural county road northeast of Dayton.Columbia County Coroner Rea Culwell said Graham's car left the road at approximately

Church moves services to school for 'Big Give' event

WALLA WALLA -- Christian Life Center, 116 S. Third St., will not hold its 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services at its own facilities Sunday. Instead, the there will be one worship service at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium at John Sager Middle School, 1755

Mac-Hi music department to present holiday concert

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The McLoughlin High School music department will present a holiday concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Jack Williams Auditorium at Mac-Hi, 120 S. Main St. The free program will feature the Mac-Hi Jazz Ensemble and the Crimson and Blac

Gardena Farms Irrigation District board calls special meeting

TOUCHET -- The Gardena Farms Irrigation District board of directors will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider additions to the South Lateral Phase III piping project.The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the district office, 539 White Road near To

Hermiston man in wheelchair dies after being hit by truck

HERMISTON -- Police in Hermiston say a 60-year-old man died when a pickup truck struck him as he crossed a street in his motorized wheel chair.Police said Alfred Davis was in a marked crosswalk when he was struck about 5:30 p.m. on Monday.Hermiston police

Meeting set for Thursday on Mill Creek Road project proposal

An informational meeting on a project proposal to improve Mill Creek Road will be held Thursday.The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire District 4 station, 6549 Mill Creek Road.The Walla Walla County Public Works Department has submitted a Washing

Forcing state to pay to cover tattoos at trial is outrageous

et, a Florida judge actually ordered the state to spend $150 a day covering the tattoos of a neo-Nazi accused of murder.

If what's going on at a murder trial in Florida weren't true -- and outrageous -- it might seem like the punch line to a joke.But there's nothing funny about a judge mandating taxpayers fork over $150 a day so a neo-Nazi's offensive tattoos won't be seen

A cold search for an elusive bald eagle along the Columbia proves fruitless

Freezing weather seems a likely time to track down the regal birds, but a recent exploration turned up none of them along the Columbia River.

Bald eagles should be showing up here abouts by now. Waters in the far-north latitudes of Alaska's Chilkat River Valley and Haines must be frozen over.That's when eagles by the dozens flap south to the Snake and Columbia rivers after filets of salmon, car

Recession takes toll on Walla Walla County 2010 budget

Declines in housing and construction and lower interest rates have pushed revenue down, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- The economic recession has left its mark on the new Walla Walla County budget.Commissioners approved the reduced 2010 budget Monday along with resolutions for the coming year's property tax, road and emergency medical service levies.Accordi

Walla Walla man charged with assault in officer's dragging

Officer Danny Lackey is back on duty after being treated for a hand injury suffered Monday night.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly tried to flee from a traffic stop this week, dragging a police officer during the encounter, has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Jason K. Spencer, 38, of 634 E. Chestnut St., is accused of seco

Driver charged in October hit-and-run

Aminda Paez-Diaz is accused of leaving the scene after injuring Hazel Olson at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street.

WALLA WALLA -- The driver of a pickup who allegedly left the scene after striking a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Aminda Paez-Diaz, 23, of 209 N. Fifth Ave., is

Guns stolen in Worm Ranch burglary

Twenty-seven firearms, ammunition and a knife were liften in an overnight heist at the Wallula Avenue business, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- More than two dozen firearms were taken from a local tackle shop in an overnight burglary earlier this week.The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reports that the Walla Walla Worm Ranch, at 1186 Wallula Ave., was broken into by at least a

Pirate boys split weekend Southeast B North Division games

Pomeroy falls to Lacrosse-Washtucna Saturday after rolling past St. John-Endicott Friday night.

POMEROY — Pomeroy split a pair of Southeast B North Division boys basketball games last weekend.

Etcetera - 12/16/09

The defending state champion DeSales Knowledge Bowl team on Dec. 7 won an 18-team invitational meet of schools ranging from B to 4A.

Tuesday, December 15

Swine flu vaccine recalled

Some H1N1 vaccine has been recalled, health officials said today.Swine flu vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur has been voluntarily recalled, not due to safety, but it's not quite as potent as it should be, according to the Centers for Disease Control

Hazel De Ette Abel

Feb. 17, 1923 -- Dec. 10, 2009

Jareth Davis

Jan. 7, 1988 -- Dec. 11, 2009

TACOMA -- Walla Wallan Jareth D. Davis, 20, died Dec. 11, 2009, at Fort Lewis Military Installation.

We should get out of Afghanistan

I'm with the Union-Bulletin editorial recommending the U. S. get out of Afghanistan, and not to send 30,000 more troops, but to bring them all out of there, now.For the lives we've lost and the billions we've spent it has availed us nothing, damn little.

Why weren't leaves picked up?

I knew it! I just knew it!I knew that the city wasn't going to be able to get the leaves picked up before the first snow fall!Now we have snow piles in the streets plus the added leaf piles that will only get higher as the snow continues to fall. I don'

College Place

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. Nyhagen was absent. The council voted as follows at its Monday meeting:

Etc. - 12/15/09

The Center at the Park expects to have a room renovated at their site that will benefit area families because of the Sherwood Trust Leadership Class of 2009.Each year's current class chooses a community project and a recent survey of Walla Walla parents

Emergency Services - 12/15/09

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 crim


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.


When: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.Where: Board of trustees room, 500 Tausick Way.

Waitsburg Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairgrounds


When: Today, 5:30 p.m.Where: City Hall

Mom resents intrusion of daughter's boyfriend

I need your help! I miss my daughter terribly. She now has a boyfriend, so I never see her. Bozo, that's what I call him, is really controlling and my daughter does everything he says. She comes home after school, but then she goes immediately to his hou

Walla Walla County unemployment inches up

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent in November, capped by the loss of about 140 manufacturing and construction jobs, labor officials said this morning.The jobless rate jumped from 5.5 percent in October and 5.1 percent a year ago.

Walla Walla officer dragged, injured after traffic stop

A shot was fired at the suspect vehicle, and the driver was arrested, authorities said.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla police officer suffered minor injuries Monday after being dragged about 200 feet by a vehicle that was attempting to flee following a traffic stop, authorities said. The pursuit ended when another officer discharged his gun, s

Icy roads alter Walla Walla Valley athletic events

Many of tonight's basketball games have been postponed due to icy roads.

WALLA WALLA — Freezing rain in Blue Mountain Country allowed students to sleep in for two extra hours this morning, or all day in some cases. In addition, the icy roads put the skids to most athletic schedules at area schools.

Wolves men rally down stretch, down visiting Banana Slugs

The Walla Walla University men's basketball team overcomes a 17-point defiit with 12 minutes left to take the 79-77 victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University fell behind University of Santa Cruz 60-43 with 12 minutes remaining on the game clock.The Wolves turned up the pressure and outpointed the Banana Slugs 34-19 down the stretch to eke out a 79-77 men's basketball vict

Whitman point guard Peterson early NWC's Student-Athlete of the Week honor

First-year point guard Kelly Peterson steps up with 14 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday's victory over Eastern Oregon University.

WALLA WALLA — After collecting 14 points and 13 rebounds to spark a Whitman College comeback victory over Eastern Oregon University Saturday night, first-year point guard Kelly Peterson has been named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for w

Slip-sliding away: Freezing rain turns local roads into ice rinks

Conditions led to closure for parts of Interstate 84 and Highway 11, as well as multiple schools.

WALLA WALLA -- A freezing rain overnight turned roads and sidewalks turned into ice rinks today.Treacherous driving conditions closed several major highways and delayed or cancelled school in Washington and Oregon. Icy conditions also shut down Interstate

Trial postponed in July rape case

Eliah J. Nick is accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at the Capri Motel.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a Lewiston, Idaho, man accused of raping a woman at a Walla Walla motel in July has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Eliah J. Nick, 27, had been set for trial starting today, but the proceeding

Trial date moved for Milton-Freewater man in shooting

Jose L. Rodriguez Jr. is accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle in a gang-related shootout in September.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man facing charges stemming from a suspected gang-related shootout near downtown Walla Walla in September.Jose L. Rodriguez Jr., 19, of 117 N.E. 11th Ave., Milton-Freewater, now is scheduled for trial Feb

Trial date set in Eastgate bank robbery

Gabriel Cantu Leija is charged with robbing the AmericanWest Bank branch earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA - The suspect in this month's robbery of the Eastgate branch of AmericanWest Bank pleaded innocent to a felony charge Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Gabriel Cantu Leija, 34, of 613 Fern Ave., is scheduled for trial starting Jan. 2

Our new Web site launches

As media consumption continues to evolve in this ever-changing world, the Union-Bulletin has worked hard to adapt. The U-B is much more than a newspaper these days with our growing Internet presence through and

Author does his part to keep 'The South' alive

My new book is a memoir of sorts. I say of sorts because it's part true and part made up. It's a book about growing up in The South -- the childhood I had, the childhood I remember, and the childhood I wish I'd had.Many of my Northwest friends think of

Several school districts, roads closed due to icy conditions

Extreme weather conditions this morning have shut down several school districts in Washington and Oregon, including:Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, the Milton-Freewater School District, and the Athena-Weston School District.Stude

Monday, December 14

Phillip Zaro

Oct. 4, 1912 -- Nov. 16, 2009

Phillip J. Zaro, 96, of Walla Walla died Nov. 16, 2009, at his home.

George Lambert

April 9, 1935 -- Dec. 13, 2009

Waitsburg resident George J. Lambert, 74. died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road.

Abbie Coyle

April 19, 1926 -- Dec. 12, 2009

Abbie L. Colyle, 83, of Walla Walla died Dec. 12, 2009, at her home.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Johnny Jilg

Nov. 10, 1920 -- Dec. 13, 2009

Nov. 10, 1920 -- Dec. 13, 2009COLLEGE PLACE - Johnny Jilg, 89, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road.

Boeing's union workers should rethink approach

Four strikes in 20 years has caused Boeing to look outside of Washington state to build its airplanes.

The Boeing Co. is a huge driver of Washington state's economy. It employs about 70,000 people in well-paying jobs. The suppliers to Boeing's airplane assembly plants provide thousands of jobs, also well-paying. And when those employees spend that money it

Tough on the outside with a softer center

Santa arrived via the Walla Walla County Sheriff Department's armored response vehicle to hand out candy to kids in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Part of 2009 10th Anniversary of Shop With A Cop.

Walla Walla family pushed to the edge

Family members find few options after being displaced from home.

While to many the weekend's snow fall was a slippery inconvenience, the slightly warmer weather carried in by the storm was welcomed by the Tim Rowden family.Temperatures in the mid-20s mean a few less dollars spent on daily propane costs ... meaning a li

Virginia Vernon

Nov. 2, 1922 -- Dec. 9, 2009

Touchet grad missing on Hood

Katie Nolan and another climber remain missing on the mountain; a companion was found dead Saturday.

One of the climbers missing since Friday on Mount Hood is Touchet High School graduate Katie Nolan.Nolan, 29, was one of three climbers who began their ascent on the west side of the mountain about 1 a.m. Friday and were due back late that afternoon. The

Walla Walla County Rural Library District board to hold annual meeting Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Board members will meet at the District Service Center, 37 Jade St.Items on the agenda include a demonstration of KoHa, the new computer sys

Pair accused of using stolen credit card to rent home

WALLA WALLA -- A man and woman arrested last week suspected of using a stolen credit card to rent a home may have written forged and counterfeit checks to local businesses, authorities said.The Walla Walla Police Department arrested Melissa N. Sherrill, 3

Downtown mixed-use district on tap for College Place planners

COLLEGE PLACE - Creation of a downtown mixed-use district will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday by the city Planning Commission.Planning commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.The mixed-use district and rezoning neede

Milton-Freewater girl remains missing

Miranda Nye apparently ran away from her home along Crisp Lane on Thanksgiving.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A 12-year-old girl remains missing after apparently running away from her home around Thanksgiving Day, authorities said.Detective Sgt. David Williamson said the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office continues to look for Miranda Nye, who a

Clearing the fog on freezing days

As the students arrived at the Vineyard Photography class at Walla Walla Community College this week they were bundled up in their heavy winter jackets and layered clothing due to the subfreezing temperatures.Immediately several students wanted to talk ab

Team under fire one day, reaching out the next

With another week down here in Jalalabad, I still find myself with high spirits and happy to be doing what we are doing here.This week was an interesting week and it all started with a trip into the Pech River Valley. I have referred to the road that wind

National Audubon Society annual bird count hits road Saturday

The Christmas Bird Count, a daylong effort throughout Walla Walla County, kicks off at 7:30 a.m.

Local birding enthusiasts will gather Saturday to participate in an annual nationwide bird count organized for over a century by National Audubon Society.The Christmas Bird Count, which has been described as part volunteer citizen-science, part spectator

Rees & Sumach Community Garden plots available for all applicants

Fifteen spaces remain in the soon-to-launch Rees & Sumach Community Garden.

WALLA WALLA -- Anyone turning in a completed application, including the $40 plot fee, by Dec. 28 will be given priority in the assignment of plots in the Rees & Sumach Community Garden.With 30 plots total and 15 applications received, the garden is now ac

Whit women rally for fourth hoops win in row

The Missionaries erase an 11-point halftime deficit to knock off Eastern Oregon Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — With first-year guard Kelly Peterson scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, Whitman College rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to knock off Eastern Oregon University 56-52 Saturday night on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

LCSC defeats Wolves 89-74

COLLEGE PLACE — After trailing by three points at halftime, 39-36, Walla Walla University eventually lost an 89-74 men's basketball game to Lewis-Clark State here on Saturday.The loss leaves the Wolves with a 2-11 record on the season.

Tigercats take care of Pirate girls, 43-35

POMEROY — Lacrosse-Washtucna pulled ahead of Pomeroy in the second and third quarters en route to a 43-35 victory in a girls Southeast B North Division basketball game here Saturday.

Rebels undefeated in win of Hanford Holiday Hoopfest

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Rebels eighth-grade AAU boys' basketball team went undefeated over the weekend to win the Gold Division championship at the 12th annual Hanford Holiday Hoopfest.

Etc. - 12/14/09

Snowy and otherwise inclement weather is upon us, if the weekend was any indication. So, for families with children attending local public schools, there are several sources from which to gather information about school closure procedures.Walla Walla Publ

Emergency Services - 12/14/09

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 crim

Sunday, December 13

Quality health coverage is needed

If you are on the fence over the question of government-provided health care as I once was, there's much to consider.Yes, I know of good, hard working people who are not being provided health insurance by their employer and not able to afford the cost of

Voting with a knife and a fork

Could it be we have left our brains at the door of our homes and become nothing more than what we eat, drink and think? Free from accountability to a supernatural God and subtly becoming enslaved by the beast of materialism. Like an octopus with tentacles

Obama cares only about his agenda

The apologetic pattern of Barack Obama seems now to be a fact. The apology tour has now been to China.Wow, a country that limits people to one child, so they murder girl babies up to the age of 4 if they happen to have a male child and Mr. Disingenuous is

Deal with problem at dams

Our dam priority should not be fish runs, it should be integrity of dams.As dam pool capacities are reduced each year by siltation (about 1 percent each year), how can they hold back flood waters? Generate electricity? Provide fish habitat? Guarantee ir

Dean and Odie Harpe anniversary

Dean and Odie Harpe of 71 First St., Touchet, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a 1-4 p.m. open house Dec. 19, 2009, at Assumption Catholic Church Parish Hall.The couple met while students at Touchet High School. They were married Dec. 13,

Hines-Castillo engagement

The parents of Ashley Ann Marie Hines announce her engagement to Ray Emanuel Castillo, both of Walla Walla.The bride-elect is the daughter of Ron and Laura Aichele of Walla Walla and Jeffrey Hines of Kennewick. A running start student at Walla Walla High

Mensik-James wedding

Heidi Ruth Mensik and Andrew Jackson James, both of Dayton, were married Nov. 7, 2009, at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. Judge Scott Marinella officiated.The bride is the daughter of Fred Mensik of Pomeroy and Debra Harris of Kennewick. She graduated from

Duncan-Winn wedding

Keisha Nickole Duncan of Walla Walla and Ryan Travis Winn of Richmond, Va., were married Nov. 14, 2009, at Dixie School. Ron Coffman, a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses, officiated.The bride is the daughter of Glenn and Helen Duncan of Walla Walla. She at

Eva Lasater

Feb. 27, 1917 -- Dec. 11, 2009

WALLA WALLA -- Eva C. Lasater, 92, died Dec. 11, 2009, at her residence.Arrangements are pending with Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder.

LaDonna Ellison

Jan. 16, 1931 -- Dec. 11, 2009

Mary Lepper

May 21, 1927 -- Dec. 8, 2009

David Peterson

April 18, 1945 -- Dec. 5, 2009O

Obama's Afghanistan plan is wrong

It was really sad to see President Obama channeling George Bush the other night regarding another endless war.War is wrong. Lives are destroyed; cities are demolished; relationships between countries are devastated. Killing people for strategic political

Dayton parade was magical

I attended and volunteered at the inaugural Dayton Parade sponsored by Croft's Flowers and many other merchants of Dayton.The parade was well attended by many families and the floats in the parade were beautiful with all their lights, glamour and parti

Capitalism is sound, but it has limits

Roberta Bardsley in her letter Nov. 30 states that I sing the praises of socialism while castigating capitalism. William Kelly on Nov. 4 states that Bill McCaw's analysis of political systems and human qualities defies understanding.I do not sing the

Another great production

For all people who enjoy the theater, don't miss this production, Once Upon A Mattress, at the newly restored Liberty Theater in Dayton.The production is just excellent, a lot of dancing and singing. Local people from Dayton and Waitsburg are taking par

Some thoughts on 'clean' power

Just out of curiosity regarding all the talk about generating clean electric power, I checked the Internet and came up with the following stats:

Yes, vitamin can be helpful

I was pleased to see the Nov. 16 article Vitamin trumps spendy cholesterol drugs.I was disappointed that the wonder vitamin was barely identified. Your readers might wish to benefit from this helpful vitamin. B3 is niacin. Every adult can safely take 50

Wars continue to poison

Once again in recent days we have witnessed the spectacle of an American president attempting to explain and justify the expansion of a dubious war on foreign soil. The arguments offered by President Obama were the familiar ones trotted out in the past n

Lakewood police numb

Recently a complete coward and threat upon all of society took the lives of our Guild members and sworn protectors in a cold-blooded assassination. As I write this I am numb. We were dealt a nasty blow, good men and women I have had the honor of knowing f

Confusion about 'crashers'

I am puzzled, bewildered and confused. The recent situation with the (quote) crashers of the State Dinner at the White House has the Secret Service puzzled, bewildered and confused. Why? Was it illegal? What is the criteria?The two people entered to en

Urge legislative action on wolves

The Federal Endangered Species Act protects wolves in only Western Washington. Sloppily written RCW77.15.120 adds Eastern Washington to the range of protection for this species. The RCW needs to be amended to reflect only the protection intended by ESA.Th

Guess who else was at dinner?

I hope you read the article in the Dec. 7 issue regarding the timber law. It describes a perfect example of what was probably a well-intentioned federal (taxpayer-funded) program that has gone hog wild.Before it's over, every member of Congress will be

Remember Lakewood!

I have but one thing to say to the Oregon politicians who passed a law intended to save taxpayers $6 million by lopping time off the sentences of Oregon's nonviolent prisoners, which has unwittingly opened freedom's door early to hundreds of violent in

Eight tips for navigating the New York art scene

If you are going to New York City, chances are you are planning on visiting at least one museum. If you are a senior art major at Whitman College, you are going to New York with sole purpose of museum-bingeing.Some years ago, an alum donated a sum of mone

Undefeated Warriors humble Linn-Benton Roadrunners, 78-42

Katie Isham scores 22 points and Nancy Johnson records a double-double as WWCC's women run to their sixth victory Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's women ran their early-season record to 6-0 Friday night with a 78-42 victory over Linn-Benton in an NWAACC women's basketball game at the Dietrich Dome.Guard Kati Isham led the Warriors with 22 points and forw

Touchet girls open strong, roll past Dayton

The 14-2 opening run is an omen in the Indians' 69-32 victory over the Bulldogs.

TOUCHET – The Touchet girls opened with a 14-2 run and never looked back in rolling to a 69-32 non-league basketball victory over Dayton here Friday.

Indians' defense shuts down Bulldog boys

Touchet blocks four shots and swipes nine steals in the 57-37 non-league victory over visiting Dayton Friday night.

TOUCHET — Blocking four shots and swiping nine steals, the Touchet boys put the defensive clamps on Dayton en route to a 57-37 non-league basketball win here Friday night.

Saturday, December 12

Helen Stiles

Feb. 28, 1937 — Dec. 11, 2009

COLLEGE PLACE -- Helen L. Stiles, 72, died Dec. 11, 2009, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, 780 Swift Blvd., Richland.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road.

Eva Lasater

Feb. 27, 1917 — Dec. 11, 2009

Just the facts: Santa wears a badge

This year, 42 families were enrolled in the Shop With A Cop program and close to 200 family members received gifts.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The 10th anniversary of the local Shop With A Cop program took place early Saturday morning at Wal-Mart, but not early enough for 10-year-old Jennifer Higgins.She woke up at 2, 3 and 4. And we said, 'Why are you sitting up (in bed), it i

Cable rates to rise

Basic Cable will increase $5 per month or roughly 25 percent.

WALLA WALLA -- Customers with the fewest Charter Cable channels will see the biggest increase to their bills this month because of a Charter Communications rate increase.Under the new rate structure, Basic Cable will increase from $19.99 to $24.99 per mon

Teams may have to give up search for Milton-Freewater man

Jason Sartin was last seen driving down a forest road in the Tiger Canon region on Nov. 13.

TIGER CANYON -- After two additional days of searching last week and a month since the first missing person report, Umatilla County search and rescue teams still have no sign of a Milton-Freewater man who may have driven his pickup off of Tiger Canyon Roa

Blue lights: Stop signs for child abuse

WALLA WALLA -- Blue lights will signal a call to stop and prevent child abuse Monday as part of a local agency's campaign.Children's Home Society of Washington is holding the Blue Candles of Hope campaign as a way to show support for victims of child ab

Humane society wants to put pets under Christmas tree

Saturday will be jumping at the Blue Mountain Humane Society.The day begins with the third annual Home for the Holidays adoption event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the animal shelter at 7 E. George St.During those hours, adoption prices are slashed to $10 for ca

Local law enforcement honors slain Lakewood police officers

Sixteen local officers paid their respects at the Tuesday service.

WALLA WALLA -- As more than 20,000 mourners converged on Tacoma last week to honor four slain Lakewood police officers, local law enforcement was there as well.Sixteen officers from the Walla Walla Police Department, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office an

Walla Walla University presents Christmas in music

COLLEGE PLACE -- Staff, students and visitors packed into the Walla Walla University Church on Friday night for the music department's annual Christmas program. The concert, which was entitled Go Tell It, featured a wide variety of a music presented by

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Waitsburg School district to seek two-year replacement levy

The estimated rate would be $3.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, compared to the current $3.71.

WAITSBURG -- Waitsburg School District will seek a two-year replacement and operation levy that is about 7 percent higher than the current levy on Feb. 9.The school board approved the levy measure Thursday.The levy amount is $410,000 to be collected in 20

'Cowgirl with attitude' to celebrate 90th birthday

Billed on the door to her room as A cowgirl with attitude!, Ruby Kirk turns 90 this year and the community will help celebrate her birthday with a 12:30 p.m. potluck Dec. 27 at Memorial Hall in Weston.An open mike will afford attendees the opportunity t

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The parents of Ashley Ann Marie Hines announce her engagement to Ray Emanuel Castillo, both of Walla Walla.


Heidi Ruth Mensik and Andrew Jackson James, both of Dayton, were married Nov. 7, 2009, at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. Judge Scott Marinella officiated.


Keisha Nickole Duncan of Walla Walla and Ryan Travis Winn of Richmond, Va., were married Nov. 14, 2009, at Dixie School. Ron Coffman, a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiated.

Dean and Odie Harpe

Dean and Odie Harpe of 71 First St., Touchet, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a 1-4 p.m. open house Dec. 19, 2009, at Assumption Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Senior lunch menus

Holiday eating a challenge? Strategize

Tips for managing the parties and dinners are provided by area fitness and health specialists.

If you had some nutritional mishaps and errors in judgment during Thanksgiving dinner, you're not alone. The holidays pose challenges to diets everywhere.Personal trainer/exercise therapist John Kerwin, owner of the Fitness Center, recommends staying focu

Gregoire's call for deep cuts in state programs merely politics

The governor called for deep, painful cuts in the hope it would spur lawmakers to embrace higher taxes.

The governor called for deep, painful cuts in the hope it would spur lawmakers to embrace higher taxes.

Friday, December 11

Antonio Diaz

May 6, 1965 -- Dec. 9, 2009

Blue Devils grapple past 'complacency,' down Falcons

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi overcomes complacency to roll past Hanford in a Big Nine Conference Cascade Division wrestling match, 47-23, here Wednesday.The victory improves Wa-Hi's record to 2-1 in the division.

Free throws key Mac-Hi victory over Pilot Rock

UMATILLA — Led by Nick Stanford's 8-for-11 free throws in the fourth quarter, Mac-Hi's boys basketball team nipped Pilot Rock, 54-48, at the Umatilla Tournament here Thursday.The victory gives the Pioneers a 3-1 record on the season.

Riverside takes control in second half, hands Weston-McEwen boys 70-52 tournament defeat

UMATILLA — Weston-McEwen led after one quarter and battled to a tie at halftime before Riverside took control for a 70-52 prep boys basketball victory at the Umatilla Tournament here Thursday.

Pirates notch seven wins in Moscow

MOSCOW, Idaho — Pomeroy notched seven wins on the mats in a wrestling match with Lewiston and Moscow here Thursday.No team scores were kept for the match.

Thursday, December 10

Margaret Sutherland

Nov. 17, 1917 -- Dec. 5, 2009

Duncan Clark

Feb. 4, 1939 -- Dec. 7, 200

Food drive swaps chow for treats

Berney Elementary School students exchanged cups of hot chocolate for canned food items during the school's holiday food drive, filling one large trash can with canned food Thursday morning alone, draining one pot to fill a different one for others.

Local espresso stand benefits our youths

Back in 1990 Susan Richard, along with her husband Brian, and Alan Jones opened Chocolate Expectations , the first drive-thru espresso stand in Walla Walla.I don't believe anyone would have realized the impact they were to have on our community.In these y

Mr. Ed's support wells up in fire's wake

Several fundraisers are in the works to assist workers idled by the major fire at Mr. Ed's.

WALLA WALLA - A history built over more than four decades unraveled in less than an hour at Mr. Ed's Restaurant on Saturday.Now owners of the one-time car hop-turned iconic local eatery say the business's next chapter will take another six months to unfol

Fourth Avenue home damaged by Wednesday afternoon fire

The blaze appears to have been caused by faulty wiring in the home's attic, a fire official said.

WALLA WALLA -- A single-family home was partially destroyed in a fire Wednesday, authorities said.Walla Walla Fire District 4 was called to the home in the 1300 block of South Fourth Avenue about 4 p.m.Firefighters worked until nearly 5:30 p.m. to extingu

Emergency Services - 12/10/09

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 crim

Murder of four police officers changes politics of early release

And that should cause the state Legislature to rethink proposals to shut down a section of the Washington State Penitentiary.

Keeping criminals locked up is expensive. Very expensive -- estimates are between $18,000 and $31,000 a year depending on the type of custody.But whether an inmate is in a minimum- or maximum-security facility, folks don't enjoy shelling out the cash. We

Trade a toy for tots for a haircut

Donate a toy. Get a free trim.

City Slickers Salon & Spa will host a cut-a-thon Sunday for Toys for Tots.From 1 to 4 p.m., five stylists will be cutting hair at the downtown salon in exchange for a new unwrapped toy or a cash donation for Toys for Tots.All contributions go to chi

Pig ears, beef hoof treats recalled

Pet Carousel has initiated a recall of all pig ears and all varieties of beef hoof pet treats because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. The problem was discovered after FDA testing found posit

Palouse Street bridge opening delayed

A dispute over drilling is at the heart of a delay in the expected completion of the Palouse Street bridge.

WALLA WALLA -- A disputed drilling issue will delay opening of the Palouse Street bridge until at least mid-February.A subcontractor who was supposed to drill shafts for bridge pilings failed to perform the work, said Monte Puymon, city of Walla Walla eng

Church's fundraiser runneth over; local school benefits

Children in a Jamaican orphanage will soon have a new playground following a church's recent fundraiser. And because of overwhelming community support, local children will get new play equipment as well.The Christian Life Center's 2009 Big Give secured


When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall

New at the library

Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James and Joyce Sparrow awaken in their 55th floor, 10-room apartment overlooking Chicago -- he dreading Christmas, and she adoring it but down sick with the stomach flu. He dreams of spending it at their vacation

Santa to be at Weston Public Library

Who says Ho, ho, ho and loves a good book?Santa will be at the Weston Public Library 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10 for kids of all ages.Sponsored by Weston-McEwen Lion's Club, photos will be taken free of charge.The library is at 108 E. Main St. For information call

Book on tasting room etiquette debuts during the big wine weekend

WALLA WALLA -- Along with the new wine releases this Holiday Barrel Tasting weekend, two local authors will also hold a new release for their first book on wine etiquette, which deals with everything from what to wear to where to spit.There is a lot to k

Celebrate Christmas with German carols

A German Christmas sing-along, sponsored by the language departments at Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Valley Academy and Walla Walla High School, will be Saturday and Dec. 12 at the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center at WWU.It's an annual event that ha

Lyman Miller

June 1, 1917 -- Dec. 5, 2009

College Place resident Lyman Donald Miller, 92, died Dec. 5, 2009, at Eagle Springs Specialty Care Community, 20 S.E. Larch Ave., College Place.

A slice of sunlight

Standing in a small slice of sunlight on a bitterly cold, sub-freezing day, a bundled pedestrian has his moment of warmth while waiting for the light to change on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street early Tuesday afternoon. Sunshine has helped raise

Winston keys lackluster Wa-Hi boys basketball win in Kennewick

Gary Winston scores 23 points in three quarters of play, but the Blue Devils don't impress their coach in the 51-36 win in Kennewick.

KENNEWICK — For a team expected to battle for a top spot in the Big Nine Conference Cascade Division, the Wa-Hi boys looked a bit ragged at the Kennewick Lions' Den here Wednesday night.The Blue Devils put their second win of the season in the book, 51-36

Central Washington handles Wolves men, 100-73

ELLENSBURG — Three Walla Walla University players scored in double figures, but the Wolves fell to Central Washington University, 100-73, in a non-conference mens' basketball game here Wednesday night.

Wednesday, December 9

Resentencing ordered in child pornography case

An appeals court vacated five of six charges against Michael N. Belford, who was convicted in 2008.

A local man serving a lengthy sentence for possessing child pornography appears to be in line for less prison time.In a decision issued Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane vacated five of the six charges Michael N. Belford was convicted of and

Touchet paintball field a new place to shoot it out

Splat Paintball and Outdoor Recreation Supplies has opened a new paintball field in a pasture near Touchet.

TOUCHET -- In a 10-acre pasture where the cattle once roamed, a group of women -- some wearing camouflage and all wearing face shields -- shot it out Saturday morning at the Valley's newest official paint ball field.The women's paint ball tournament broug

Mastin to QB prison push

The former state representative is now a lobbyist in the effort to save penitentiary jobs.

Former state Rep. Dave Mastin can't resist a sports analogy when it comes to saving jobs at the Washington State Penitentiary.Mastin, recently retained as a lobbyist by the Port of Walla Walla, likens himself to a quarterback. He's got a number of plays i

Budget proposal holds promise of lesser job cuts

The Washington State Penitentiary would lose a minimum of 29 full-time jobs under the no-new-tax 2010 budget proposal presented today by Gov. Chris Gregoire.The proposal calls for closure of six wing in the Main Institution in November 2010. The governo

Zipfying down the hill

Testing out the Zipfy 'freestyle mini luge' is a sweaty, but enjoyable, endeavor on the snowy hills at Andies Prairie.

I didn't know sledding would make a person sweat. Yet, after a couple of hours with the Zipfy at Andies Prairie, my sodden longjohns clung to my back and arms.Technically, I shouldn't say sledding, I suppose. Advertisers describe the Zipfy as a freesty

Daily Bulletin

Mac-Hi's Saldana, Palacios all-GOL first-team honorees

MILTON-FREEWATER — Two Mac-Hi football players have earned all-Greater Oregon League first-team honors.Sophomore kicker Francisco Saldana and senior defensive lineman Angel Palacios were named to the all-GOL first team.

Missionaries run away and hide from Wolves

Both the Missionary and Wolves women's teams face injury issues in Whitman's victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Whitman got an early jump on Walla Walla University here Tuesday night and coasted to a 76-28 victory in a women's collegiate basketball match-up.The Missionaries scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back.Whitman led 47-

Irish fourth-quarter run keys 46-41 victory over Mac-Hi

DeSales fought back from an 8-point deficit, and got 21 points and 17 rebounds from Caitlin Duncan to offset a 15-point performance from Mac-Hi's Sierra Burchell in Tuesday basketball action. DeSales used a fourth-quarter 16-3 run to pull out a 46-41 win

Nixyaawii puts 83 points on the scoreboard in 83-65 win over Cove

Four players. led by Shawn Simpson's 34, scored in double digits to lead Nixyaawii Tuesday night.

Vikings hold on for 46-45 win over TigerScots

Weston-McEwen had its chances, but couldn't get a shot to drop at the buzzer and came up one point short, 46-45, in loss to Umatilla.

Pioneers roll over Irish boys, 88-49

MILTON-FREEWATER — Lupito Salazar scored 25 points to lead Mac-Hi to an 88-49 non-conference boys basketball victory over DeSales here on Tuesday.

Clutch free throws produce Pirate win

Touchet dominated the first three quarters and took a 43-35 lead into the fourth. Pomeroy changed defenses and went on a 19-9 run. Cluthch free throws from Sadie Slaybaugh and Karlie Martin secured a 54-52 Pirate win.

Indians pull out 52-50 SE B crossover over Pirates

POMEROY — Jake Hodnefield scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help Touchet score a 52-50 Southeast B boys crossover basketball victory over Pomeroy in overtime here Tuesday.

Burbank downs Mabton 53-32

MABTON — Columbia Burbank held a four-point lead at halftime then outscored Mabton 21-4 in the third quarter.The Coyotes maintained that margin for a 53-32 girls prep basketball victory here Tuesday.

Liberty Christian downs WWVA, 60-36

COLLEGE PLACE — After leading by four points at halftime, Liberty Christian took control in the second half en route to a 60-36 non-conference girls basketball victory here on Tuesday.

Liberty Christian rolls past WWVA

COLLEGE PLACE — Liberty Christain defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy 68-45 in boys non-conference basketball game here Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 8

Humanities grants subject of seminar

WALLA WALLA - Humanities Washington will hold a seminar Tuesday to help nonprofits understand better how they might qualify for humanities grants from Washington State.Humanities Washington, formerly known as Washington Commission for the Humanities, is a

Lights amid the chill

The annual Macy's Parade of Lights makes its way along Main Street on Saturday evening.


Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Leslie Sweetwood, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Micki Varney and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With all present Monday the council:

Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:


Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Monday:

Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:


When: 7:30 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Preston Hall Science Room.What: Reception to honor outgoing board member Elizabeth Cole, followed by regular meeting at 8 p.m.


When: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.Where: Port office, 1 Port Way

Emergency Services - 12/08/09

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 crim

Contractor fined for violations at chemical depot

The state has issued $111,000 in penalties against the Army contractor destroying weapons at the Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston.The Army stores chemical weapons at the 20,000-acre site on the border of Morrow and Umatilla counties. The Washington

Santa to visit Athena Public Library on Thursday

ATHENA -- Santa Claus will visit the Athena Public Library from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.Children of all ages are invited to visit Santa. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.Santa's visit is sponsored by the library and the Weston-McEwen Lions Club.Qu

Milton-Freewarer boy struck by car after running into street

WALLA WALLA -- A 3-year-old Milton-Freewater boy was treated at a local hospital for a head injury after being struck by a vehicle outside Goodwill Industries in downtown Walla Walla.According to a city police report, the boy, Jason Santacruz Arvayo, got

Kids Shopping Night set for Wednesday in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The annual Kids Shopping Night will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elementary School multipurpose room. Enter through main door.Children will be able to shop for family members from vendors offering items at affordable prices. Ther

Milton-Freewater lights up for prizes

Milton-Freewater residents: The local Chamber of Commerce is looking for your best illumination creations.The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is running a holiday lights contest: Operation Bright Lights.Judging takes place Dec. 15 and 16 in comm

Oversight of elder care is important

I am writing in response to Harry Flemmer and the recent firings of administrators at Regency at the Park. The mere fact that Mr. Flemmer is able to recite incidences and facts pertaining to the abuse case at Regency gives good indication that the privacy

Let's help folks at Mr. Ed's

I was devastated to learn about the fire at Mr. Ed's Restaurant, as I'm sure many of you were.Mr. Ed's has been a longtime landmark in our community and a favorite dining place for many.It has given much to our community over many years of business. Now

Kennewick man jailed in faked robbery

Aaron R. Weissenberger was convicted of staging a crime at a store.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who helped stage a convenience store robbery last spring was sentenced to jail Monday.Aaron R. Weissenberger was ordered to spend 16 days in Walla Walla County Jail. Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht imposed a 30-day sentence and

Salvation Army lets U-B writer be belle of the ball

When I got the press release saying the Salvation Army needed bell ringers, it struck a chord with me.On this end, reporters have been instructed to produce a significant piece of work for the Web site on a regular basis. Part of an emphasis to make our

Living nativity to include local camel

Izzy, who lives in Waitsburg, will be part of the Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church presentation this weekend.

Izzy of Waitsburg will appear in the Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church presentation of a living nativity this weekend.The camel, famous in the region, is new to the second year of the living nativity, organizers said. Possible appearances by llamas and

US must find quick exit from Afghanistan

Sending another 30,000 troops is no guarantee of victory. It will, however, put more American lives at risk and cost billions of dollars the US can't afford.

The United States must get out of Afghanistan. This country can no longer afford the cost in dollars -- and lives.We aren't convinced that President Obama's plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan is prudent. Our fear is that even with the es

Woman jailed in injury wreck

Desirea C. Casey had been drinking when she crashed her car in March, injuring two others.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman was sentenced Monday in Superior Court to three months in jail for causing a wreck in March that seriously injured two people.Desirea C. Casey, 22, of 213 W. Maple St., was ordered to serve the time in the County Jail by Judge Donal

Trial date set in Pullman man's rape case

Kyle S. Bushman pleaded innocent to raping a woman in Walla Walla in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday to raping a woman at her Walla Walla apartment in March.Kyle S. Bushman, 30, of Pullman, is set for trial in January in Walla Walla County Superior Court on the charge of second-degree rape.The woman reported t

Banner aims to raise $75 million through stock sale

The bank says it will use a 'significant portion' of the money to support growth.

Walla Walla-based Banner Corp. is banking on new investors to help build the company's operations.The parent company of Banner Bank announced Monday it will offer $75 million in common stock.A significant portion of the net proceeds will support the gro

Wa-Hi autism program fundraiser goes beyond dollars

Students in Wa-Hi's autism program baked dog treats and are selling them to buy classroom gear.

WALLA WALLA -- A group of students work diligently around a table during an afternoon class. They sort homemade dog treats of various sizes, stuffing them into clear plastic bags dotted with tiny black paw marks.While some students fill the bags, others t

Monday, December 7

Complacency may feel nice, but danger can lurk

As a hobbyist woodworker and amateur wood carver, I learned long ago the importance of being attentive to the task at hand.For more than 45 years I have been using a variety of power tools that demand respect, as the consequences can be painful and even l

Consistency key to understanding of the universe

The universe would seem incomprehensible if knowledge of matter and physical laws was contradictory on vary large and small scales. Hypotheses on the workings of the universe must demonstrate consistency across all scales of size.Understanding the smalles

Summit expands reach for young activists

Momentum builds for the three-campus group at a weekend gathering.

WALLA WALLA — The Network for Young Walla Walla expanded this weekend as dozens of community and youth activists gathered for the organization's first summit. Centered on shaping an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable future, the summit

Floats take honors after chilly showing Saturday

Despite temperatures staying below the freezing mark, the 14th annual Macy's Parade of Lights lit up Main and Alder streets on Saturday night. More than 50 entries were cheered on by crowds, said Jennifer Northham, event manager for the Downtown Walla Wal

Air field errand makes for long week in Afghanistan

This week, for some reason, went by a lot slower than previous weeks here in Jalalabad. When I look back at everything that went on this week, last Monday seems so far away.My company commander and battalion commander came over for my promotion on Monday

Area schools hold holiday concerts, programs

Here is a roundup of holiday concerts and programs in schools around the region:

Sunday, December 6

Walla Walla Sweets add four players from Cal Poly

Four members of the Mustangs' NCAA Divison I team are headed to Walla Walla in June.

WALLA WALLA — Roster building is in full force in Walla Walla, as the Sweets continue to add talent to their roster in preparation for the inaugural 2010 campaign.The Sweets have added four players from the Cal Poly Mustangs, a Division I program from th

Ex-Mariner Cirillo is Walla Walla Sweets' big-league connection

And after two forgettable seasons with the Mariners, he looks forward to a better Washington state experience in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — Jeff Cirillo can only hope that his second baseball venture in the Evergreen State is more fruitful than his first.Cirillo, who retired following the 2007 season after 14 years in the Major Leagues, was in Walla Walla this week representing

Isham quells Storm with 34-point show

WWCC's sophomore guard is the difference in Friday's 86-60 Warrior Classic victory over Seattle.

WALLA WALLA — Guard Kati Isham scored 34 points Friday night as Walla Walla Community College rallied from an 11-point, first-half deficit to post an 86-60 women's basketball victory over Seattle in the opening session of the annual Warrior Classic in the

Blue Devil boys swamp Bulldogs

Senior Gary Winston surpasses 1,000 career points in Friday's season-opening 73-29 win

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi connected on 27-of-53 shots from the floor, and its tenacious defense stymied Pasco's offensive efforts, especially in the first half.Before the intermission Wa-Hi's Colton Arias and Gary Winston poured a combined 24 points through th

Henning, Searle lead Warrior men past Saints

The Warriors post scores 23 points and snags 12 rebounds in an 82-63 victory over Mount Hood.

WALLA WALLA — Emery Henning and Ben Searle combined for 45 points Friday night to lead Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team to an 82-63 victory over Mt. Hood in the opening session of the annual Warrior Classic at the Dietrich Dome.

Whitman College women's basketball destroys Pomona-Pitzer 80-41

Anna Forge and Jessica Brice spark the Missionaries to an 80-41 victory in California.

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Big nights from juniors Anna Forge and Jessica Brice sparked Whitman College to an 80-41 non-conference women's basketball victory over Pomona-Pitzer here Friday night.

Friday Prep Boys Basketball

Indians size up, then outpunch Grizzlies

TOUCHET — Helix and Touchet were as cold as the weather to start Friday night’s non-league boys prep basketball game.

Friday Prep Girls Basketball

Pioneers pound Prospectors inside, on scoreboard

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi girls utilized their superior height and Grant Union’s poor free-throw shooting to upend the Prospectors 44-31 here Friday in a non-league prep basketball game.

Saturday, December 5

Art Sailer

Lucille Nelson

May 10, 1914 — Dec. 4, 2009

Shirley Waggoner

Jan. 17, 1938 — Dec. 3, 2009

Andy Anderson

April 26, 1939 — Dec. 3, 2009

Richard Studley Sr.

Jan. 15, 1926 — Dec. 4, 2009

Court report

Emergency services

Robbery suspects plead guilty to reduced charges

WALLA WALLA — Two suspects accused of robbing a man as he was walking in the Eastgate area in October have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Breakfast with Santa

Tommy Garcia, 7, gives Santa a big hug during a Breakfast with Santa event at Central Christian Church Saturday morning.

ON THE Agenda

Police warn of vehicle prowls, burglaries

Tips offer ways to help keep your home and vehicle safe.

WALLA WALLA — Local law enforcement agencies would like area residents to be on the alert following a recent rash of burglaries and vehicle prowls.

4 arrested in meth case

WALLA WALLA — A police call to break up a fight ended with a discovery of methamphetamine and the arrest of four people.

Commissioners to hold hearing on comprehensive plan

Comments will be taken on seven amendments to the plan.

WALLA WALLA — Proposed amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan will be the subject of a public hearing Monday.

Google Street View overlooks Walla Walla's Main Street

Main Street was included in M-F and Athena, and College Avenue is shown in College Place.

WALLA WALLA — Heralded by many as the wave of the future when it comes to viewing cities online, but criticized by others as an invasion of privacy, Google Street View has made it to Walla Walla.

Community center plans open house

The new warehouse space will be used to sell larger donated items.

COLLEGE PLACE — SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St., has a package to open on Dec. 13.

Community Council to plow into agricultural businesses

The 26-week study process is open to anyone from the local area.

WALLA WALLA — Is the creation of agricultural-based businesses the key to growing the regional economy?

Change in collection method to help youth carriers, subscribers


Fire temporarily shelves Mr. Ed's

It could take months for the damage to be repaired and the restaurant to be opened again.

WALLA WALLA — A Saturday morning fire at Mr. Ed’s, 2555 E. Isaacs Ave., left the restaurant closed indefinitely after extensive fire and smoke damage to equipment and fixtures.

Caring Hands put hope in a bag

A Walla Walla group assembles emergency kits for delivery with a child to foster care.

WALLA WALLA — It was just a pair of shoes, remembered Nelly Mbajah.

Ex-CP resident, wife create customized books for families


Church Bulletin

Look again at the virgin birth of Jesus


Service people

Celebrations policy

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin publishes news of quinceaneras, engagements, weddings, silver anniversaries and each five-year anniversary after the 25th in the Celebrations section of Panorama on Sundays.



Dan and Tanya Klassen announce the engagement of their daughter, Miranda Klassen, to Omar Benitez. Benitez is the son of Phyllis Garanzuay and Tony Wenham. All are of Walla Walla.

Senior centers

Know symptoms of heart attack, get help right away

Typical symptoms can include chest pain, discomfort or pressure, shortness of breath or heartburn.

How can you tell if you’re having a heart attack? Knowing the symptoms and getting help immediately are crucial. The big problem: there’s a wide range of symptoms that could feel like something else, including the flu or indigestion.

It's too soon to call for higher taxes

The governor and state lawmakers must make difficult choices to reduce spending to balance the budget.

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s push to raise taxes is irresponsible.

Our readers' opinions

Friday, December 4

Shooting proves to be Dayton's downfall in opening hoops loss to Pirates

DAYTON — Shooting, from the field and from the line, proved to be Dayton's downfall here Thursday night as the Bulldogs opened the girls prep basketball season with a 51-42 loss to Pomeroy in a Southeast B District cross division game in the Dayton gym.Th

Pirate boys drop cold-shooting Dayton boys

DAYTON — Pomeroy rolled to a 28-12 halftime lead and was never headed as the Pirates opened the boys prep basketball season here Thursday night with a 57-42 victory over Dayton.

Two forfeits can't keep Blue Devils from pinning West Valley

YAKIMA — Despite dropping a pair of forfeits, Walla Walla pinned a 43-30 Big Nine Conference Cascade Division wrestling defeat on West Valley here Wednesday.Overall this was a great night for us, Blue Devil coach Clayton Hudiburg said. It has been awhi

Wolves pick up victory over Northwest Indian

PORTLAND — Walla Walla University shot 56 percent from the floor and controlled the boards on the way to a 101-84 men's basketball victory over Northwest Indian at the Rose City Basketball Classic here on Thursday.

Whits' Gabbert earns Academic All-American honors

WALLA WALLA — orina Gabbert, one of the few soccer players to score more than a 100 points at Whitman College, has capped a superb four-year career with Academic All-American honors.

Kirkman House marks holiday Victorian style

Kirkman House Museum celebrates Victorian traditions annually with a Victorian Christmas Jubilee. Join museum friends, staff and volunteers for this free, family-friendly event from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday.Visitors can enjoy home-baked treats and warm dri

Willow's Annex Gallery displays Smith's collages

Willow's Annex Gallery at Trio is hosting Collages by Rachel Smith through Dec. 27 at Trio Vintners, 596 Piper Ave.Smith will be at Trio Vintners 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss her collage artwork.In her artist's statement, Smith said, In these

Thursday, December 3

'The Miracle Worker' to have encore performance

The Miracle Worker has been held over, with one more performance added. Curtain time is 2 p.m. Sunday at Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 Sumach St. The drama tells the story of Anne Sullivan, the orphaned daughter of Irish immigrants, who taught an

Newman, Van Vogt to perform at Pataha Flour Mill

POMEROY -- Mark Newman, noted baritone and organist from the Lewiston/Clarkston Valley, will present an evening of favorite Christmas music with Jon Van Vogt, tenor and pianist, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pataha Flour Mill.Dinner precedes the program from 5-

Walla Faces winery hosts Johnson's art

The paintings of Candice Johnson will be exhibited at Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St., from 4-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Johnson moved to Walla Walla recently from Los Angeles after spending 11 years in Paris. For infor

Concerts slated at Whitman College

A lineup of musical events is planned at Whitman College this week. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.Today at 5 p.m. Thursday at Five, brings Peter Crawford's jazz piano studio recital to the Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music, 137 S. Park St.At

Christmas parades to kick off the season in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater

Both Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla will kick of the holiday season this weekend with parades.The Milton-Freewater Christmas parade is 6:30 p.m. Friday. It begins at the Dollar Store and ends at Freewater Park and Valley Christian Church on North Main S

Oldies Night features Everly Brothers

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oldies Night at the Library will spin the recordings of the Everly Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Milton-Freewater Public Library's Albee Room, 8 S.W. Eighth St.Brothers Don and Phil Everly's hits included four chart-topping singl

'The Blind Side' entertaining, heart-warming

If you saw and enjoyed The Blind Side -- as I did -- you might want to read the book by Michael Lewis.While the movie that this true story is based on essentially follows the book, it only focuses on Michael Oher's amazing life, in which he went from be

Walla Walla University thespians to perform Holocaust drama

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University drama will present the play A Shayna Maidel, by Barbara Lebow at Village Hall, 207 S. College Ave. It will be performed Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 10, 12 and 13. Curtain for all performances is 8 p.m.Directed by

Irish enjoy successful '09, look forward to 2010

DeSales opened the season with a 1-2 start, but turned that into a 9-4 overall record and a run to the state Class 2B semifinals.

Irish start slow, but stay the course and earn 2B playoff run. Colfax proves to be too big and fast as Irish end in semi finals. Eight seniors carve out a 9-4 season after a 1-2 start, and overcome a loss to Waitsburg-Prescott to earn No.-1 seed to the

Wednesday, December 2

Palouse Falls sojourn

Another visit to the vista includes making sure Nora the Schnauzer doesn't take a trip over the 186-foot falls.

Summer, fall, winter or spring, I enjoy a visit to Palouse Falls.It changes with the seasons. It differs with each visit.Last summer, I especially enjoyed the marmots that scooted off of the paths on the upstream side of the park.And Nora the Schnauzer en

Waitsburg-Prescott drops punchless Pioneers

The Pioneers hold an 11-8 lead after the first quarter, but W-P turns on the offense and defense in the final three periods for the 46-28 victory.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ice-cold shooting and a solid defensive effort by Waitsburg-Prescott spelled doom for the Mac-Hi Pioneers here Tuesday night during a 46-28 loss in the boys high school basketball opener for both schools.Mac-Hi made only 10 of its 58 fi

Late surge lifts Pioneer girls to triumph over Waitsburg-Prescott

Mac-Hi's 8-0 scoring spurt helps the Pioneers open the basketball season with the 37-33 victory.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Andrea Roeder scored a game-high 14 points and Belen Betancourt added 13 to lead Mac-Hi to a 37-33 victory over Waitsburg-Prescott in the girls high school basketball opener for both schools Tuesday night in the Pioneers' gym.Mac-Hi use

Eastern Washington finally pulls away from Wolves men

Walla Walla University pulls within 24-18 with 8:48 left in the first half before Eastern Washington runs to the 89-61 victory.

CHENEY — Mark Dunn scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half, carrying Eastern Washington University past NAIA Division II Walla Walla University 89-61 here Tuesday night.

Rogers, Ely key Helix's rally past Touchet

HELIX — Kylee Rogers and Claire Ely scored six points each in the fourth quarter here Tuesday night as Helix rallied to defeat Touchet 52-47 in a girls prep basketball opener for both schools.

Indians open with 47-26 victory at Helix

HELIX — Three Touchet players hit for double figures and three others got into the act offensively here Tuesday night as the Indians opened the boys basketball season with a 47-26 victory over Helix.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

y A. Cornwell, 25, 110 N. Columbia Way, Wallula, was charged Nov. 30 with first-degree theft. Cornwell is accused of wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over iron railroad plates, bars and spikes between Nov. 19 and 20.

So, where is dog-control zone?

Received a Doggie Gram telling All dog owners in the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla County dog-control zone that we must have our dogs wear a license tag. OK.Would the Blue Mountain Humane Society please explain to the citizens of Walla Walla

Full story on climate change needed

On the Nov. 29 Union-Bulletin's Perspective page we were presented with three articles on global warming, all of which support that theory. In the previous week a number of stories relating to a topic called climategate were published by other news sou

Allow Millers to help animals

I wish to make a comment about the article in the paper about Shirley and Wes Miller, the animal and fowl and wildlife lovers. I don't know these people closely, but I live in the vicinity where they live and I have seen all the animals Shirley takes in

Young activists to gather at Walla Walla Community College

The Network for Young Walla Walla will hold a summit this weekend at the college.

WALLA WALLA -- The first summit of the Network for Young Walla Walla group will kick off on Friday at the Walla Walla Community College William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center.The focus of the weekend conference will be the role of political, econom

Tuesday fire destroys farm shop, contents outside Dayton

DAYTON -- A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a farm shop and contents Tuesday evening at 117 S. Patit Rd., about six miles east of Dayton.Contents included a tractor Columbia County Fire District 3 Chief Rick Turner said this morning. The building w

Terry Nealey sworn in to legislative office

OLYMPIA -- Dayton attorney Terry Nealey was sworn in Tuesday as the new representative for the 16th Legislative District.The oath of office was administered in the chamber of the House of Representatives by a longtime friend, Lewis County Superior Court J

St. Nick to hear requests at Inland Octopus

Santa Claus is coming to town. This weekend.Main Street toy shop Inland Octopus will present the jolly old elf on the stage of the store's Castle Theater following Saturday's Macy's Parade of Lights.Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the store, 220 E. Ma

Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas starts Saturday

WAITSBURG -- Hometown Christmas begins Saturday with Turkey Bingo at 4 p.m. in the elementary school multi-purpose room. The bingo continues until all the turkey and prizes are gone.Sunday, craft vendors will be at the school from noon until 3:30 p.m. Liv

Walla Walla bank robbed; suspect nabbed

Gabriel Cantu Leija is in jail after allegedly using a toy gun to rob the AmericanWest branch on Isaacs Avenue on Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA -- An area man believed to have robbed a local bank Tuesday used a toy gun to carry out the crime, and says he did it because he needed money and was out of work, police say.His actions prompted a SWAT raid at his Fern Avenue home, shut down

AIDS Day gathering honors the lost, living

A candlelit march, service and work on a quilt project helped to commemorate the annual observance.

WALLA WALLA -- Dozens of people convened downtown Tuesday evening in observation of the 22nd annual World AIDS Day and in hope for a cure. The gathering marked the Walla Walla area's 19th celebration of the worldwide day of remembrance.Jill Dickey, the pr

Walla Walla man's death ruled accidental

Police still seek information about events leading up to Allen Hadler's fall into Mill Creek last month.

WALLA WALLA -- The death of a local man who fell into the downtown channel has been ruled accidental by the medical examiner's office that examined him. But local law enforcement is still investigating the circumstances that led to his fall.Allen Hadler,

United Way donations work to make Walla Walla Valley stronger

Almost all of the funds collected stay in this community.

Although all the economic signs have been pointing up lately, plenty of people are still hurting -- many right here in the Walla Walla Valley.

Walla Walla University professor: Cuba's 'golden exiles' an unusual case

Unlike other waves of immigrants, those who left Cuba after the rise of Castro were generally well received in the U.S.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Immigration was the topic of discussion on Tuesday afternoon at Walla Walla University, as sociology professor Cheris Current shared her research with staff and students in Kretschmar Hall.The presentation, which was entitled Cultural Ca

Grants to local programs go deeper than the basics

Two foundations have awarded 15 grants of nearly $150,000 to local programs.

For a second season of First Fruits granting, the Vista Hermosa Foundation and Blue Mountain Community Foundation presented 15 area agencies with money on Monday evening.In a ceremony at the YWCA, the two foundations granted $147,800 to help further col

Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

Juliet Saith-Anne Colunga

Emergency Services - 12/02/09

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 crim

Tuesday, December 1

Night classes open at Garrison Middle School

Classes, which run through February, include language and high-school equivalency courses.

WALLA WALLA -- From a classroom at Garrison Middle School, Refugio Reyes went over the basics with his seven pupils Monday night.What is your name? he asked, slowly and accentuating each word, before commanding todos -- everyone -- to repeat.The voices

Civility, please

When I was very young (many years ago) my mother taught me that name calling seldom was the right or nice thing to do. She also planted the idea that it was often the tactic of frustrated people who were otherwise unable to express themselves.Mr. Sterlin

Walla Walla's friendly people make impression

In this season of thanksgiving, my family and I want to acknowledge the people we met while we had an unexpected stay in Walla Walla. We were on day two of a two-week vacation, driving to the Grand Canyon and back, when our radiator started acting up.We p

New trustee joins Walla Walla Community College board

WALLA WALLA -- A new trustee has joined the Walla Walla Community College Board.Kathy Small will replace Mary Grant Tompkins, who has served on the board for 11 years. Small's appointment was announced by Governor Chris Gregoire recently, according to a c

'Tis the season for new hours at restaurant

The changing seasons has brought new hours to downtown fine-dining restaurant Whitehouse-Crawford.The restaurant in the historic planing mill at 55 W. Cherry St. has revised its bar hours, said chef Jamie Guerin.The bar will operate 5-10 p.m. Sunday throu

Milton-Freewater man finds many positives in deployment

Army National Guard 1st Lt. Nic Mason is a convoy commander, in charge of up to 125 vehicles at a time.

A Milton-Freewater man in his first combat tour in Iraq said it "has been an amazing experience" as he and others work to bring humanitarian aid to people in need.

Rock 'n' roll piano man to hit Walla Walla

Oregon native Brady Goss will play three shows here this week, starting Wednesday.

Piano player Brady Goss is only 20, but his talent and confidence on stage seem to belong to someone who has been performing for much longer. For Goss, it has been a journey that began when he was even younger.It started when I attended a talent show in

Politics at root of embrace of Sarah Palin by this region

Those who are moderate to conservative are increasingly frustrated with a lack of representation in government.

Sarah Palin is extremely popular. No, make that crazy, wait-in-line-all-day-and-all-night popular.The former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential candidate was in Richland on Sunday autographing her new book, Going Rogue. The event at Hastings dre

Man in fatal Walla Walla fire ruled competent for trial

Jared F. Allen faces methamphetamine-manufacturing charges in a case connected to a fire that killed three women early this year.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, which officials believe started a fire that killed three women last February, has been found mentally competent to stand trial.Jared F. Allen, 42, of 309 N. Sixth Ave., was ordered in Septembe

Trial date set for Walla Walla County Jail inmate charged with escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing also faces a malicious mischief charge for allegedly damaging a cell.

WALLA WALLA -- A County Jail inmate who allegedly tried to escape last month pleaded innocent Monday to felony charges.Tonya M. Boffing is scheduled for trial Jan. 19 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Boffing is accused of first-degree attempted escape

$u$ Walla Walla SWAT raids house in connection to bank robbery

WALLA WALLA -- A residence along Fern Avenue was raided by SWAT members following a bank robbery this morning that resulted in four schools being placed on lockdown and one man being arrested.Police arrested Gabriel Cantu Leija, 34, of 613 Fern Ave., in c

Walla Walla Police reports possible robbery at Issacs Avenue bank

WALLA WALLA - Authorities have detained a man in connection with a robbery that reportedly occurred this morning at an Isaacs Avenue bank.Although still developing,Walla Walla Police spokesman Tim Bennett said officers had detained a man who may have been

Athena woman to lead 2010 Pendleton Round-Up royalty

Cheyenne Williams, a 2007 graduate of Weston-McEwen High School, was a Round-Up princess in 2008Cheyenne Williams, a 2007 graduate of Weston-McEwen High School, was a Round-Up princess in 2008.

PENDLETON -- An Athena woman, Cheyenne Williams, has been named to lead the 2010 Pendleton Round-Up royalty, event officials announced today.Williams, who will be queen of the Round-Up court, is one of five women chosen to serve as the Round-Up standard b

Walla Walla Choral Society to perform part of Messiah

The performance will be at Walla Walla University Church, and will include the church's organ and a 19-piece orchestra.

WALLA WALLA -- A giant in the world of classical choral music will be performed Tuesday by the Walla Walla Choral Society.

Now is time to think of others

It is impossible to think of the Christmas season without seeing the red kettles and hearing the ringing bells of The Salvation Army.

This charity fundraiser began in 1891 in San Francisco and now is almost as much a part of the American holiday culture as Santa Claus.

Department shows courage in making cuts

Other government entities should take note of this stewardship

It takes great courage to be part of the government during times of economic upheaval.