Stories for November 2009


Monday, November 30

Open house set for new Milton-Freewater school office

The district moved from Main Street to a modular office at 1020 S. Mill St. in late October.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Residents will have the opportunity this week to learn about the district's new modular office, and talk with board members about school district matters.On Tuesday, community members are invited to an open house reception, scheduled f

Holidays local and American mark week in Afghanistan

With another week in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, down, I find myself in high spirits with the holiday season. The cooler temperatures this time of year makes this land not only bearable, but very pleasant.The highs have been in the low 70s here in Jalalabad w

World AIDS Day commemorations planned

WALLA WALLA -- Tuesday is World AIDS Day, a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives to the virus, and a day of hope in the search for a cure.To mark World AIDS Day here, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart has organized an evening of activities be

Saturday, November 28

Irish suffer power outage vs. Bulldogs

Colfax knocks DeSales starting QB Pat Richard out of the game in the second quarter and the Bulldogs move on to face Adna for the state title after the 19-0 victory Saturday.

Two big plays, a 53-yard Tyler McNannay scamper and a 57-yard Alex Teade-to-Kellen Morgan pass, produce 13 Colfax points, and the Bulldog defense did the rest. The DeSales offense was hampered by the injury loss of Pat Richard, as Richard did not play in

Brent's layin lifts Whits past Redlands

The freshman's score gives Whitman a 94-93 win Saturday.

REDLANDS, Calif. — Freshman Brady Brent finished a fastbreak layin with three seconds left in the game to lift Whitman College to a 94-93 non-conference basketball victory over the University of Redlands here Saturday.

Mountaineers hold off Missionary women, 62-53, at Lady Yote Classic

Whitman holds leads twice early in the second half, but can't finish in the 62-53 loss to the Mountaineers.

CALDWELL, Idaho — Eastern Oregon University broke open a close game and held off Whitman College over the final eight minutes for a 62-53 non-conference women's basketball victory Saturday afternoon at the Lady Yote Classic on the College of Idaho campus.

Missionaries to teach tennis to grade schoolers

Whitman women's tennis coach John Hein and his team begin lessons at Sharpstein Monday.

WALLA WALLA — With equipment purchased through a U.S. Tennis Association grant, the Whitman College women's tennis team and coach John Hein are ready to start teaching the game they love at a local elementary school.

Sweets select Whitman's Michaud pitching coach

Walla Walla's wood-bat summer baseball team continues to structure its on-field organization.

WALLA WALLA — Pitchers will make up roughly half the roster of the Walla Walla Sweets in 2010. In order to maximize this asset, the Sweets have brought in a pitching coach who has a strong pedigree on the East Coast and has been charged with helping lead

Duncan DeSales' lone all-league volleyball pick

DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott, Dayton and Pomeroy each place one player on the all-Southeast 2B District first team.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott, Dayton and Pomeroy placed one player each on the all-Southeast 2B District volleyball team.Senior Caitlin Duncan represents the Irish, senior Kayla Dedloff represents Dayton, junior Genesis Pearson is W-P's first

Host 'Yotes have too much firepower for Whits

Nicole Gall's all-around game leads College of Idaho to a 66-48 victory in women's basketball tourney play Friday.

CALDWELL, Idaho — A monster game by Nicole Gall — 22 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and seven steals — carried College of Idaho to a 66-48 victory over Whitman College here Friday night in the opening round of the Lady Yote Classic women's basketba

William Whitman

May 16, 1934 — Nov. 24, 2009

WALLA WALLA — William Edward Whitman, 75, of 169 Ralston Road died Nov. 24, 2009, at his home.

Christmas tree to honor all veterans

The tree is a way to show veterans the community supports them.

WALLA WALLA — A Christmas tree honoring veterans has returned for a second year, but this year its boughs will not be festooned with the red, white and blue, nor will it officially be known as the Veterans Administration Christmas tree.

Dayton scores with Kickoff

Sales might not have been as strong, but success is measured in other ways.

DAYTON — Black Friday seemed to have a different meaning in this town of 2,500 people, one that seemed more concerned with the people and less with sales.

Girl, Cub Scouts team to buy food for needy


Girl Scout Troop 1358 member Kyra Hartley reports that the group organized a food shopping trip recently to benefit those in need. They checked out food sale advertisements and organized a list of items they thought would be good to give the needy.


Church Bulletin

For Jews, gift-giving a burden and an opportunity

Congregational Beth Israel

There’s no denying it — from late November through late December, we think about gifts. Gifts we have been given by God the Creator. Gifts we have been given by friends, neighbors and co-workers. Gifts we need to buy for our children. Gifts that, especially this year, seem a bit too expensive but so hard to resist.

I'm thankful I can trust in Jesus Christ as Lord


When I was asked to write this article an excitement came over me. At the same time, I was frightened because of the realization that so many people would be reading this. I thought, what an opportunity to share my life with you!

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. After the 50th anniversary, coverage is provided annually. Please observe the following requirements:



Jessica Lynette McDaniels and David Paul Tanner of Walla Walla announce their engagement.

Senior menus

Woman embraces intricate art of bead knitting

Judy Reed began the craft, known to Victorians and Native Americans, in 2002.

The odds of getting a true national consensus on health care are just about as good as achieving lasting peace in the Mideast.

Different ways of looking at health care

Both sides in the debate — big picture or focused on the individual — have points in their favor. What we need is a way to build on what agreements we can reach.

The odds of getting a true national consensus on health care are just about as good as achieving lasting peace in the Mideast.

Health-care amendment seeks to preserve patient choice

Special to the U-B

In these final months of discussion on health-care reform, an amendment to include spiritual care as a health-care option has received considerable attention.


Blue Devil is idolatry, not just a mascot

Friday, November 27

Relta Tucker

April 5, 1917 -- Nov. 26, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Relta Lea Tucker, 92, died Nov. 26, 2009, at her home.

Henry Pope

June 6, 1916 -- Nov. 26, 2009

Walla Walla resident Henry F. Pope, 93, died Nov, 26, 2009, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave.

Joe Elsey

Jan. 2, 1921 -- Nov. 26, 2009

Walla Walla resident Joe T. Elsey, 88, died Nov. 26, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, 401 W. Poplar St.

Prescott levy may go to recount

A Park and Recreation District measure appeared to be passing Election Day, but fell short.

PRESCOTT -- Prescott Park and Recreation District supporters have until Tuesday to decide whether to seek a recount, after missing the supermajority 60 percent by as few as two votes.Although returns Nov. 3 showed the $160,000 one-year maintenance and ope

Slots remain for Columbia County Citizen Academy

The law-enforcement classes for residents start in February.

DAYTON -- Columbia County residents interested in getting an insider's understanding of how law enforcement functions are invited to participate in the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy.As part of the academy, participants will get to rid

Season opens for Christmas tree hunters

Permits are $5 each and are good for one tree cut in the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests.

Christmas tree hunting season is now open.Starting this week, permits to cut Christmas trees in the Umatilla National Forest and the Wallowa Whitman National Forest are available at local Forest Service offices and commercial outlets. The permits are $5 e

Christmas rush begins in the black of Friday morning

Middle of the night or early morning? Either way you cut it, people were out in force.

WALLA WALLA -- At 3:30 a.m., Black Friday was already kicking up a row here. More than 50 people were keeping company in the pitch-dark, rainy and foggy morning in front of Sears, ready to rush inside and try to get the best deals.We came some time befor

Thursday, November 26

Touchet saloon offers free holiday dinner

On the hunt for a turkey dinner today?The Seed House Saloon in Touchet is serving up a free dinner around 2 p.m., said owner Nicki Blanchard.Regular restaurant service is closed for the day. But Blanchard said guests can come in for a family dinner at the

Sun shines on season opener at Bluewood

Skiers headed for the hills for a pre-Thanksgiving opening, which occurs about half the time.

DAYTON -- Skiiers and snowboarders eager for a sample of winter thrills managed to fill about half the Ski Bluewood parking lot on opening day Wednesday.Slightly thawed compact snow covered the parking lot, reducing the stride of a reporter in street shoe

Pullman man charged with Walla Walla rape

Kyle S. Bushman is accused of raping a woman at her apartment in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of raping a woman at her Walla Walla apartment in March was booked into the County Jail this week.Kyle S. Bushman, 30, of Pullman, is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with second-degree rape. He wasn't found immedi

Beat goes on, holiday or no

Jazzercise becomes a way of life for many participants, some of whom attend hundreds during the year.

WALLA WALLA -- Sunrise is still an hour away, but already traffic is stacked in the parking spaces along Spokane Street. The roar of whipping winds and skittering leaves is momentarily broken up as the alleyway door to Jazzercise opens and the pulsating r

Wednesday, November 25

To tell of coping with disease, let's start in middle

Where do I start? It's a question that most of us ask more than once in our lifetime. It may stem from a newly discovered goal, a desire to further our education, daunting task or a change in one of life's seasons. Most times we choose to ask where do I

Keep fire safety in mind during Thanksgiving

A few measures can help keep the holiday kitchen disasters firmly in the culinary.

Thanksgiving is nearly here and as visions of kitchen catastrophe begin invading your dreams -- lumpy gravy, undercooked potatoes and exploding turkeys -- don't let a kitchen fire be one of them. "Cooking fire safety should be at the top of your to-do list this Thanksgiving," says state Fire Marshal Mike Matlick.

Walla Walla County Jail inmate charged in escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing is charged with attempted escaped and also malicious mischief after allegedly damaging a County Jail cell.

WALLA WALLA -- An inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the County Jail last week has been formally charged in Superior Court.Tonya M. Boffing is accused of first-degree attempted escape and first-degree malicious mischief.Officials said she took the

Prison units on restrictions after fight

About 35 inmates were involved in the Saturday evening altercation, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- Two close-custody units at the Washington State Penitentiary were placed on restricted movement earlier this week due to a fight Saturday.Prison spokeswoman Shari Hall said the fight occurred about 7 p.m. in the day room area of Unit E, one

Donations, families sought for 'Shop with a Cop'

The annual event pairs law enforcement officers with families in need.

Local law enforcement agencies are seeking donations and suggestions on qualified families for its 10th annual Shop with a Cop event.The event takes select families on a shopping spree at a local retailer around the holidays, then surprises children wit

New trial date set for Burbank man in drug-growing case

Douglas H. Brown is charged with 13 felonies, including drug and firearms charges.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man who allegedly was growing more than 200 marijuana plants in his Burbank residence last spring has been postponed in Superior Court.Douglas H. Brown, 58, of 158 Ray Blvd., now is set for trial Jan. 13 and 14. He is charge

Walla Walla man in confrontation ruled competent for trial

Steven R. Hall is charged with assault in connection with a threat made outside a Safeway store.

WALLA WALLA -- A judge has determined that a man arrested in April after an alleged confrontation outside a local Safeway store is mentally competent to stand trial.Steven R. Hall, 46, of 534 S. Third Ave., No. 6, was evaluated by personnel from Eastern S

Water center at Walla Walla Community College gets $500,000 boost

The funds will be used to expand the center at Walla Walla Community College.

The Washington state Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 to the Walla Walla Innovation Partnership Zone for the expansion of the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center.Walla Walla was one of four communities selected to share $1.5 million i

Tuesday, November 24

Project offers charitable alternative to gift-giving

Faith Communities for Sustainability offers a few ways for people to help those in need during the holidays.

Imagine a Christmas with no fruit cakes.Imagine giving gifts designed to increase awareness of community need and decrease the holiday's impact on the environment.Imagine gifting because you want to, not because you're expected to.That's what the Faith Co

Etc. - 11/24/09

Pioneer Middle School leaders recently recognized Pioneer POWER Award winners with 22 different prize packages, according to the Walla Walla School District newsletter Week In Review. Students were nominated from teachers for improved academic standing, h

Blue Moon Coffee shop serves java, fresh pastries

Need a boost with your rise-and-shine? Check out Blue Moon Coffee.The coffee shop has opened for business at 213 S. Ninth Ave., in the former spot of Coffee Cravings at Ninth and Birch Street. Coffee Cravings has moved to its own building, where it's oper

Power failure blacks out Milton-Freewater, part of College Place

Power was still off in Milton-Freewater in late morning after the failure this morning.

A widespread power failure blacked out Milton-Freewater, areas of College Place and many rural residences this morning.Power to areas in College Place and south of town served by Columbia Rural Electric Association went out at about 9:15 a.m., but most e

Walla Walla lawyer acquitted in false subpoena case

William McCool 'made a big mistake, but it's not a crime. It's a mistake,' his lawyer said today.

WALLA WALLA -- A well-known local defense attorney has been acquitted of barratry, an obscure criminal charge that accused him of issuing a false subpoena to help his client and then-girlfriend involved in a business dispute.William McCool was found not g

Thanksgiving closures

The Thanksgiving holiday is Thursday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.OFFICE BUILDINGS: All federal offices will be closed Thursday and reopen Friday. Washington and Oregon state offices will be closed Thursday

Leaf pickups into Monday's garbage routes in Walla Walla

WALA WALLA - The city is in the midst of fall leaf pickup and is now on Monday's garbage routes. As a general rule:Place loose leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter. Don't block stormwater grates.Separate loose leaves and brush. The city n

Walla Walla woman pleads guilty to vehicular assault in wreck

Desirea C. Casey ran a stop sign and crashed into a tractor-trailer, injuring two passengers in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman accused of causing a two-vehicle wreck in March that injured her two passengers pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to one of the felony charges filed against her.Desirea C. Casey, 22, of 213 W. Maple St., entered the guilty ple

Horizon adjusts Walla Walla-Seattle flight schedule

The airline will move its second flight of the day to an earlier time, both inbound and headed to Seattle.

Horizon Air is changing its direction when it comes to Walla Walla's new flight schedule. At least as far as the clock is concerned.The Seattle carrier, which announced it will eliminate one of Walla Walla's three daily flights to Seattle after the first

Hodnefield Touchet's lone SEB-8 pick

The junior earns all-league football honors at defensive back while league champion Tri-Cities Prep dominates the team eight slots.

TOUCHET — Despite another playoff season, Touchet's third-place finish in the Southeast 1B-8 League didn't translate into a lot of respect when it came to naming the all-league team.Only one Indians player, junior Jake Hodnefield, earned all league honors

Seven DeSales players lead way on SEB-11 team

And with three underclassmen among them, DeSales' football future appears bright.

WALLA WALLA — Not only does DeSales have more players represented on the all-Southeast 2B-11 League than any of its rivals, the Irish also placed three of only five underclassmen selected to the all-league team.Among the Irish's seven selections are junio

Walla Walla University men drop a pair of games in Montana Tech tourney

The host Orediggers exact revenge with a 79-65 win one night after Northern Montana rolls past WWU by a 98-59 margin.

BUTTE, Mont. — Walla Walla University shot well enough to win here Sunday during the second day of the Copper Cage Classic men's basketball tournament.But host Montana Tech shot just a little bit better and defeated the Wolves 79-65, avenging an earlier 7

College Place budget a smidge higher for 2010

One aspect that will be noticeable to property owners is a water rate increase.

COLLEGE PLACE — Finances took center stage at a City Council meeting Monday as a new budget, property tax levy and water rate increase were approved.Totaling about $19.4 million, the city's 2010 budget was approved unanimously by council members. Revenues

Guilty plea entered, sentences handed down in Walla Walla gang brawl

One man pleaded guilty this morning and two others were sentenced this week in a fight in June.

WALLA WALLA — One man pleaded guilty and two others were sentenced this week in Superior Court for their involvement in a massive gang-related fight outside St. Patrick Catholic Church in June.Andres Torres, 18, of 614 N. Ninth Court, entered a guilty ple

Monday, November 23

Walk-through for a carless car guy

Walking from the drive-up coffee window of Blue Moon Coffee, Steve Campeau takes a sip from his fresh hot drink on his way back to work on a quiet Monday morning at Tommy's 9th Street Auto


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

Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Shepherd Education Center

WWCC women complete three-game tourney sweep to open hoops season

With Yakima's defense designed to stop Kati Isham, Warriors post Nancy Johnson erupts.

YAKIMA -- After two non-productive offensive games to begin the season, Nancy Johnson, Walla Walla's all-Eastern Division center, exploded upon the scene here Sunday during the final round of the Yakima Valley High Hopes Tipoff Tournament.Johnson, who had

WWCC's women's soccer team claims title; men finish second

This time it's the women who celebrate their first NWAACC title while the men settle for second.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Community College men's and women's soccer teams reversed roles here Sunday at the Starfire Soccer Complex.The Warrior women claimed the NWAACC championship with a 1-0 sudden death victory over Eastern Division rival Colu

Time passes quickly for local soldier in Afghanistan

Six months in Afghanistan can seem like a long time for some people. For me, however, the time has gone rather quickly.I have been trying to keep my friends and family up to date on a weekly basis, and I have found that not only does it keep them up to da

Emergency Services - 11/23/09

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. - 11/23/09

Local activities being planned for Dec. 1, World Aids Day, focus attention toward ongoing issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Among those is a candlelight walk from First Avenue and Main Street to First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St. A brief memori

Group to unveil six new panels in Heritage Park art project

WALLA WALLA -- ArtWalla will present six new windows bearing 36 images for its Windows on the Past ongoing project.The unveiling is scheduled for Dec. 4 at noon in Heritage Park on Main Street.The mural, on the side of the 1902 Odd Fellows building, ce

Grain transferred from leaking bin in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- Most of the grain in a weakened bin has been removed and transported to another storage site, Northwest Grain Growers Inc. General Manager Dave Gordon said this morning.The bin developed a split and leak along the east side early last week, a

Dayton woman injured in Friday wreck in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- A Dayton woman was treated at Providence St. Mary Medical Center after a collision at Green Lane and Clinton Street on Friday, according to a police report.Marci-Jo Lanning, 21, of Jackson Road in Dayton, was treated for injuries to her fac

Eatery dishes up new choices

CrossRoads Steakhouse & Catering is dishing up new fare, said owner Kim Kelly-Frank.The Rees Avenue restaurant at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, has introduced new choices and a pay-at-the-table credit/debit card system.New items include latbread sandwich

Quilt Guild offers color, warmth for Walla Walla shelter

Guild members are in the midst of piecing together 18 quilts for a local shelter.

WALLA WALLA - One of the current community projects of the Walla Walla Quilt Guild is to provide warm and colorful quilts to women in need at the Helpline Women's Emergency Shelter. Soon all 18 beds in the shelter will be covered with handmade quilts.Thi

Predator's commitment upheld on appeal

Justin J. Mackey was ordered into indefinite lockup after a June 2008 civil trial.

WALLA WALLA -- A jury's determination that a man convicted of sex crimes in Walla Walla County is a sexually violent predator was upheld last week by the state Court of Appeals.Justin J. Mackey was ordered to be locked up indefinitely following his June 2

Walla Walla man dies after fall into creek

The circumstances around Allen Hadler's death remains under investigation by police.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man died Tuesday at a Spokane hospital after apparently tumbling into Mill Creek in downtown Walla Walla earlier this month.Allen Hadler, 44, who died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, was found in the Mill Creek channel ne

Music walks the earth for Walla Walla students

A Walla Walla Symphony program was held for more than 2,500 students Friday.

WALLA WALLA -- Music came to life Friday for more than 2,500 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders during the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra's Young People's Concerts. Cordiner Hall was packed with students from 22 local and neighboring elementary schools for

Sunday, November 22

A summer working on thin ice

For his summer vacation, Whitman College senior Theodore Barnhart enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures. Although the sunshine lasted 24 hours a day, and the warmth hovered close to 45 degrees.Barnhart, a Seattle native who is studying geology and e

World health

Nature gives life to everything, in that every living thing is dependent upon nature.Civilization does not keep anything alive in that it does not give life to anything and it does nothing to maintain life.Civilization disrupts and/or destroys nature.Man

Get facts on Planned Parenthood

Everyone has the right to their own opinion and their own way of spending their money, including whether or not they enjoy a glass of wine for a cause, but Mr. Kelty's letter in a recent U-B begs for my input.I am the mother of six children, five of whom

Blue Devil debate club debuts

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School debate club, coached by former Whitman College standout debater and current Green Park teacher Jean Tobin! The club recently competed in the prestigious Whitman College High School Debate Tournament against

Can president be believed?

I'm 75 and have MS. Consequently, I'm concerned about the health reform program being debated in Congress. President Obama promised if you have insurance and you like your insurance and I do, you can keep your insurance. If you have a doctor and you like

Obama takes time to understand

William Kelly speaks many fine quotes from Thomas Jefferson's writings, but bases the uses of them on faulty conclusions.He is quick to use the words socialism and communism to describe what he disapproves of, but uses them more like swear words than any

Thank you all, for everything you bring to our conversation

My annual Thanksgiving list:

Lack of participation dooms Parks and Recreations programs

WALLA WALLA -- A free Saturday program geared toward keeping youths active during the winter has been dropped by the Department of Parks and Recreation because of a lack of participation.The Open Gym program had run for several years at Berney, Garrison a

Walla Walla City Council hikes property taxes, fees

Council also passed increases to cemetery and building permit fees.

WALLA WALLA -- City Council passed a number of expected increases to property taxes and service fees Wednesday, but those increases were not free of dissenting votes.At issue was a one percent property tax increase set by Initiate 747. The state law allow

$n$ Police warn of school poster phone fraud

WALLA WALLA -- Police want local merchants to be wary of fraudulent phone solicitors who are currently claiming to sell advertising space on a Walla Walla High School poster.The solicitor claims to represent Wa-Hi in an attempt to obtain credit and bankin

Salvation needs help to ring in holiday spirit

WALLA WALLA -- The Salvation Army is ringing the bell for help in providing Christmas spirit to area families.In 2008, the organization provided food and toys for about 350 families, a nearly 40 percent increase over the year before, noted Tomas Gonzalez,

Process set for picking Walla Walla School District superintendent

The board intends to take the public's ideas and suggestions to heart.

WALLA WALLA -- About 15 area residents attended the first of what will be several community information sessions hosted by Walla Walla Public Schools as it launches a search for its next superintendent.Superintendent Richard Carter announced recently he w

Saturday, November 21

Irish boot Lightning, into semis

Victor Mata kicks a field goal with two seconds left as DeSales downs La Salle, 29-27.

YAKIMA – How long is 68 seconds?It was two seconds longer than DeSales needed to drive 67 yards and get a 29-yard, game-winning field goal off the leg of Victor Mata.Mata's boot split the uprights with two seconds showing on the clock. The kick climaxed a

Treys come alive for Warrior men in win over Seattle

WWCC sinks 14-of-32 shots from beyond the 3-point arc as it opens the season with a comfortable 86-69 victory over Seattle.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla lived by the 3-pointer at the Dietrich Dome Friday night.The Warriors fell behind Seattle 4-0 early in Friday night's community college men's basketball opener in the Dietrich Dome.Led by a pair of Jason Smith 3-point baskets, Wa

Whitman women get away Scot free in opener

The Missionaries begin their season with a 62-59 win over the Macalester Scots in the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

WALLA WALLA — Great Scot! The Whitman women's basketball team held off the Macalester Scots in the final 2.6 seconds here Friday at Sherwood Center for a 62-59 victory in the first game of the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

Whitman finishes 25th at national cross country event in Cleveland

Yasmeen Colis and Sara McCune lead the Missionaries effort at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships.

CLEVELAND — Seniors Yasmeen Colis and Sara McCune led the Whitman College women's team to a 25th-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships here Saturday morning.Colis finished the 6,000-meter course in 23:34.5, placing 97t

Warrior women guards show way to victory in Yakima

The Warrior women open their season with a well-played 74-64 victory over Bellevue Friday in the High Hopes tourney.

YAKIMA — Defense, rebounding and strong guard play at the offensive end were the key ingredients here Friday as Walla Walla Community College launched its women's basketball campaign with a 74-64 victory over Bellevue at the Yakima Valley High Hopes Tipof

Whitman men's hoopsters rally from 17 down to top Portland Bible

The Missionary men fall behind by 17 points but rally to defeat Portland Bible 95-73 in tourney play at Sherwood Center Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman rallied from a 17-point, first-half deficit Friday night to post a 95-73 victory over Portland Bible during the first session of the Walla Walla Vineyard/Bon Appetit men's basketball classic at George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.Pe


Emergency services

Police warn of phone fraud

WALLA WALLA — Police want local merchants to be wary of fraudulent phone solicitors who are currently claiming to sell advertising space on a Walla Walla High School poster.

Lack of participation dooms programs

WALLA WALLA — A free Saturday program geared toward keeping youths active during the winter has been dropped by the Department of Parks and Recreation because of a lack of participation.

Walla Walla loses a leader and true friend in Gerwyn Jones

WALLA WALLA — Gerwyn Jones was one of the first people I met upon moving to Walla Walla and taking a sports writing job at the Union-Bulletin in 1968.Gerwyn's insurance office was just up the street, I needed car insurance and our relationship was formed.

Jack Hanley

Aug. 29, 1922 — Nov. 20, 2009

Not looking for a turkey

Dressed as the Grim Reaper, Rachel Taylor holds a sickle and sign that reads "Happy 50th Brad Taylor" while waiting for her victim on the corner of Alder Street and Second Avenue on Friday afternoon. Taylor said she and her uncle decided to get her father Brad back for many of the jokes he has played throughout his life.

Agency needs help to ring in holiday spirit

WALLA WALLA — The Salvation Army is ringing the bell for help in providing Christmas spirit to area families.

Process set for picking school chief

The board intends to take the public's ideas and suggestions to heart.

WALLA WALLA — About 15 area residents attended the first of what will be several community information sessions hosted by Walla Walla Public Schools as it launches a search for its next superintendent.



It's time to vote for Top 10 stories

I keep thinking that one of these days the year will go by a little slower. I can’t believe another year is just about in the books.



Council hikes property taxes, fees

Council also passed increases to cemetery and building permit fees.

WALLA WALLA — City Council passed a number of expected increases to property taxes and service fees Wednesday, but those increases were not free of dissenting votes.

Walla Walla's 'Mr. Baseball' dies

Gerwyn Jones was also one of the co-founders of Walla Walla Community College.

WALLA WALLA — The man know as "Mr. Baseball" for his passion for the sport and his efforts to establish Walla Walla’s first organized youth baseball leagues died on Friday.

Court report

Superior Court




Board members are John Davin, chair; Marci Knauft, vice chair; Todd Stubblefield and Doug Case. With all present Thursday, the board:LEVY: Approved resolution to seek replacement levy in February 2010. The four-year levy would cover operation and maintena

West Nile virus season ends

The season included the state's first confirmed fatality from the illness.

This year’s West Nile virus season — the most active on record — has ended with the return of cold weather, according to the Washington state Department of Health.

Oct. 31 fundraiser brings trunk-load of treats

Mark Higgins, communications director for the Walla Walla School District, attended Walla Walla High School’s Trunk-or-Treat on campus Oct. 31 and e-mailed his impressions to Shelley Mann, Key Club faculty advisor and ASL teacher.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to host Ultreya meeting today

Thank God for faith, hope, family, friends, church, His help

If we were allowed only two words with which to call to God in prayer, what would they be? I heard that someone, in response to this question, responded: "Help" and "Thanks."


Brandi Ann Elizabeth Fisher and Drew Munns, both of Walla Walla, married Nov. 14, 2009, in a ceremony at the Munns family home. Judge Jerry Votendahl officiated.


Jessica Ann Nicoles, formerly of Walla Walla, and Benjamin Garbee of Charleston, S.C., married Oct. 10, 2009, at Riverside Park, Charleston.

Deal and Lois Van De Grift

The Rev. Deal and Lois Van De Grift, formerly of Walla Walla, celebrated their 70th anniversary Saturday, with a reception at their home at Judson Park Retirement Community, 23600 Marine View Drive S., Apt. 349, Des Moines, Wash.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Local seniors, others take stock of blessings

Area residents, already a giving lot, are even more charitable during the holidays, officials say.

As the tumultuous year of 2009 wraps up, here we are at Thanksgiving. What do you appreciate in your life?

Death penalty used properly in Washington

Capital punishment is expensive but, ultimately, it works to achieve justice.

Has capital punishment — the death penalty — become so cumbersome and expensive to carry out in Washington state that it should be eliminated?


Obama takes time to understand

Friday, November 20

Not quite snow banks

Making tracks between piles of golden leaves, Whitman College sophomore Aurora Bowers roller skis Boyer Avenue Thursday afternoon en-route to Mill Creek for an afternoon workout. Bowers, from Fairbanks, Alaska, said she's looking forward to the snow while

Superior Court

Robert L. Peters, 57, 970 S. Keller St., Republic, Wash. was sentenced Nov. 9 on one count harassment. The sentence included $200 in court costs, $62 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in attorney fees, $100 biological fee,

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

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

Emergency Services - 11/20/09

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

Prescott Lions Club to hold fundraiser breakfast

PRESCOTT -- The monthly Prescott Lions Club breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m.Proceeds from the breakfast support Lions Club projects.The all-you-can-eat menu is pancakes, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, sausage, eggs, juice an

Nevada Slim, Cimarron Sue win State Fair Association award

PRESCOTT -- The Washington State Fair Association honored Bruce and Susan Matley as Service Members of the Year during the Association convention last month.The Matleys perform western music as Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue.The award recognizes the duo

Helen Keller's words ring true today

The U-B carried a story about the Walla Walla Little Theatre's production of The Miracle Working dealing with the life of Helen Keller.At a time when people who should know better rant about Death Panels and communism regarding health-care reform and on

Visitor annoyed with parking policy

I was visiting Walla Walla on Nov. 14 to buy wine. I enjoyed my visit very much with one exception.I parked my car on a side street beside Macy's. When I parked, I looked around the block for parking signs and didn't see any, so I assumed the parking was

Etc. - 11/20/09

Members of the Walla Walla Blues Society work hard to bring featured bands to this area, including several that played at the society's 15th anniversary party and corn roast.More than 1,000 ears of corn were roasted and several hundred people came with fr

Ice Age left its fingerprints all over the scene

The other day the forecast near my home included winds up to 50 mph. That's a strong wind, to be sure, but not something I'd write home about. One forecaster I heard, however, presented the news in a shrill voice, as if we might have to stay in the baseme

E Street Driving School gears up for new classes

E Street Driving School is gearing up for a Sunday-only class beginning this weekend.The Southgate driving school, 915 S. Second Ave., meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Sunday. The session is ideal for students involved in winter sports, said Brian Luxton, ow

Walla Walla Clinic wins statewide accolades

Premera Blue Cross singled out the clinic for its performance in adult and pediatric medicine.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Clinic has been awarded the Healthcare Quality Award from Premera Blue Cross health insurance company.The Tietan Street clinic is one of 28 in Washington state to receive recognition. Premera noted the facility was given two aw

Pasco-area farmer eyes Senate run

Clint Didier, a former NFL player, could oppose U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in 2010.

A former professional football player who now farms north of Pasco has announced he is exploring a run for Congress.Clint Didier has said he plans to form a committee to look at running against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in the 2010 election. I

Officials: Flight from jail grounded in air duct

An inmate who allegedly tried to escape through an air duct faces attempted escape and malicious mischief charges.

WALLA WALLA -- An inmate at the Walla Walla County Jail caused significant damage to an air duct, as well as other property, as she attempted an escape from the facility Thursday, officials said.Tonya Boffing, 18, of 1317 S. Main St. in Milton-Freewater,

Regency at the Park cited for abuse

COLLEGE PLACE -- The state Department of Social and Health Services has issued a citation for a city nursing home, and two administrators have lost their jobs as a result.Regency at the Park was found to have caused harm to a resident through incidents be

Warrior men, women gunning for NWAACC soccer titles this weekend

The Warrior men's and women's soccer teams play Chemeketa in the NWAACC semifinals Saturday for a shot at the championship.

WALLA WALLA — Both the Walla Walla Community College men's and women's soccer teams will take on Chemeketa in the NWAACC semifinals — set for Saturday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.The Warrior women will kick off at 11 a.m. and the men start at 4:30 p.m.

Walla Walla Sweet sign three players as roster building begins

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have begun building their West Coast League roster by signing three players out of the University of Kansas.Sweets general manager Zachery Fraser announced that catcher James Stanfield and infielders Jordan Dreiling an

Magee earns Warrior volleyball team's MVP

WALLA WALLA — Five members of Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team have been singled out for team awards following the conclusion of the season Monday in a tiebreaker loss to Columbia Basin College.Ashley Magee was selected the team's most valu

Five ZAP boxers bring home Amateur Silver Gloves titles

SPOKANE — Five members of Walla Walla's Zap Boxing Club brought home championships from the USA Amateur Silver Gloves tournament that was held here last weekend.

Thursday, November 19

Pie challenge to benefit recipients of local food bank

Grandma's Country Catering is serving up a holiday pie challenge to local businesses.The Stateline Road catering operation, owned by Doug and Ginger Case, has initiated a pie donation contest with sweet benefits for recipients of the food bank, as well as

Walla Walla's bad streets are frustrating

The neglect of Walla Walla's streets is embarrassing. The letter by David Jenkins listed many streets that were in desperate need of repair. There are so many more that he didn't mention. It's surprising that Highland Street, Whitman Street (between Pio

'Miracle Worker' will be great show

The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, begins its run at The Little Theatre on Friday. Do not miss this play!Because of the careful and sensitive direction of Terry and Sherry McConn, the stellar cast brings this

Interfaith potluck set at Tri-Cities Islamic Center

WEST RICHLAND -- There will be an Interfaith Potluck at the Tri-Cities Islamic Center, 2900 Bombing Range Road, on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.Individuals from any congregation in Walla Walla are invited for an evening of food and fellowship.The Islamic Center has 70

Milton-Freewater church to host community Thanksgiving dinner

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St., will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner will include turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, rolls and dessert. The event is free and open to the p

Edison Elementary PTA to host pancake breakfast fundraiser

WALLA WALLA - Edison Elementary PTA will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.Tickets are $5. A limited number will be available at the door. Ticket price includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage

Unity Church's meeting for teens changes date to Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace will host Reel Spirit, a class for teens, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at 8 O'Connor Lane. The groups meets for pizza, a movie and a metaphysical discussion. The meeting was moved to the third Friday of this month because of

Searchers looking for missing Milton-Freewater man

PENDLETON -- Searchers have been looking for a 32-year-old Milton-Freewater man last seen near Tiger Canyon in the Umatilla National Forest.Relatives say Jason Sartin and a friend had gone four-wheeling in the area last week.Umatilla County Sheriff's Depu

Melrose Oxford House to hold fundraiser dinner

The Melrose Oxford House on Ash Street will welcome the public at a spaghetti dinner Saturday.

WALLA WALLA -- A home that helps its residents stay clean and sober is announcing its presence in the Valley with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday.The Melrose Oxford House, 574 Ash St., will hold the dinner from 4:30-7 p.m.The house invites anyone w

FDA warns against mixing Prilosec, Plavix

The agency says the acid relief drug can stymie the anti-clotting drug's effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning about mixing drugs.Patients should avoid using Prilosec with Plavix, officials said.New data suggests when patients take both Prilosec for stomach acid and Plavix for anti-clotting, Plavix's abili

Walla Walla University church pastor's research highlights role of emotion in ministry

Pastor Alex Bryan's doctoral research emphasizes the value of right-brain thinking.

Pastor Alex Bryan, who joined the Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church as senior pastor earlier this year, presented his recently completed doctoral research on Tuesday to a gathering of university staff and students.The presentation, which

Healthy eating, fun mix at Children's Museum of Walla Walla

Visitors can have a free look Friday at a traveling exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

WALLA WALLA -- An exhibit that serves up a balanced meal of learning and fun has landed at a local museum.On Oct. 30, the Children's Museum of Walla Walla became the first museum to receive the traveling exhibit, Every Body Eats, produced by the Oregon

Walla Walla exchange students share culture in reading program

Exchange students in Walla Walla wrap cultural sharing into a reading program in local schools.

WALLA WALLA -- Foreign exchange students typically spend a year locally, attending school, and getting to know people, in an effort to gain a better understanding of local customs and the U.S. way of life.So when Walla Walla High School's six exchange stu

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

New at the library

Deep in Oregon farm country, Edith and Earl McRae are looking down the barrel of yet another anniversary with none of the joy such a milestone should hold. Instead, they are stuck in a past that holds them to heartbreak and tragedies from cherishing their

Let'er Buck Ball kicks off the new year

PENDLETON -- The 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up will kick-off with the Let'er Buck Ball, New Year's Eve.The 21-and-over event, will be 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Hamley and Co. Steak House, 30 S.E. Court Ave., and will feature celebrities, digni

Thanksgiving service features song -- and pie

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The community is encouraged to participate in the annual Service of Thanksgiving sponsored by the Milton-Freewater Ministerial Association at 6:30 p.m Sunday.This year, the service will feature choirs from McLoughlin High School and Fe

McAlvey shapes wood and lets the wood shape his life

He had already retired from nearly half a century of cutting hair and settled into a leather-tooling hobby when Gary McAlvey attended the county fair five years ago.That spun his world on its axis, at least as far as what retirement would look like. Since

'The Miracle Worker' opens Friday at LTWW

The Miracle Worker, a play by William Gibson, will open at 8 p.m. Friday in the Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St.Other performances will be 8 p.m. Nov. 21, 27-28 and Dec. 4-5, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 29.Anne Sullivan, the orphaned dau

St. Paul's hosts Icicle Creek Piano Trio

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., will host the Icicle Creek Piano Trio at 7 p.m. Saturday.The Trio is the ensemble-in-residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, Wash., and is coming to help St. Paul's celebrate its new Fandr

Children's author, illustrator to sign book Saturday

Children's author Nancy Attebury and illustrator Joan Madsen will talk about and sign their new book, 'Twas the Night Before Round-Up, 1 p.m. Saturday at Book and Game, 38 E. Main St.This is Attebury's 16th book for children and Madsen's first. It is a

Turkey shoot, breakfast Sunday

The Eastgate Lions Club will sponsor a turkey shoot at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla Gun Club, near the Walla Walla Regional Airport, off Middle Waitsburg Road. There will be classes for beginner, intermediate and expert shooters.An on-site pancake, eg

SONSOFDAY to perform Saturday

SONSOFDAY's Autumn Heart CD release tour with special guest band Bright City Magic highlight the first Food for the Holidays concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at DeSales High School, 919 E. Sumach Ave.The bands will perform songs from their new CDs as well as

Contra dance to be held Saturday

A traditional old-time community contra dance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unity Church building, 810 C St., near the Walla Walla Regional Airport.Contras, squares and other dances will be taught by callers Howard Ostby and Dan Clark.Experience is no

Village people or volleyball fans?

There was a motley crew of Warriors, surfers, dreadlocks, hunters and duck and turkey decoys in the Warrior Rumble section of the stands at the Dietrich Dome Monday night as the Women's volleyball team took on Columbia Basin in a tie-breaker playoff.

Control of the Lightning running game is Irish key

DeSales and La Salle split games last season, and the Irish hope to do that again after losing to the Lightning the first game of this season.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales lost to La Salle, 20-0, to open the season. If the Irish can shut down the Lightning running game, and generate offense, this time could be different. Justin Meyer thinks his Irish defensive teammates are ready for the challenge. Kin

Bridgeland expects another step forward for Whitman men

Coach Eric Bridgeland helped the men's squad take a big step forward last year in his first season at Whitman.

WALLA WALLA — Eric Bridgeland, Whitman's second-year men's basketball coach, has a bounce in his step as he approaches the freshly renovated Sherwood Center this winter.

Whitman women hope to heal during non-conference action

Injuries, illness and team members running at the NCAA Division III national cross country met leaves the Missionaries shorthanded.

WALLA WALLA — Adversity, in the form of injuries, illness and otherwise sidelined athletes, often hampers the success of athletic teams.Michelle Ferenz, veteran women's basketball coach at Whitman College, knows the territory.

Wednesday, November 18

Hearkening to city's roots

Caught in a moment of timeless awe, Sam Pambrun---the great grandson to Andrew Pambrun, Hudson Bay Company Chief Trader and aide to territorial governor Isaac Stevens---pauses to speechlessly admire the new monument just unveiled to celebrate Walla Walla'

Court Report - Superior Court

Dyllin J. Trottier, 17, no address, was sentenced Oct. 13 on one count each second-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief. The sentence included 52-65 weeks in the custody of the Department of Social and Health Services, credit for 62 days se

In the minutes - Columbia County

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

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.Where: School library

On the agenda - Valley transit

When: Thursday, 7:10 p.m.Where: Valley Transit board room, 1401 W. Rose St.

On the agenda - College Place School Board

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: Sager Middle School conference room, 1755 S. College Ave.

Evening of opera in works today

Waterbrook Winery, 10518 W. U.S. Highway 12, will host an evening of opera today at 7 p.m.Soprano Letitia Page and tenor J. Andy will perform pieces from the Baroque period, Puccini arias, Schubert art songs and operettas.The cost is $20, $12 for wine clu

New vaccine added to swine flu arsenal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a fifth vaccine for protection against swine flu. As with the four previous vaccines, ID Biomedical Corp. will manufacture its H1N1 vaccine using the established, egg-based manufacturing process used for

Emergency Services - 11/18/09

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

Walla Walla County officials outline needs, worries to legislators

Programs and projects on the county wish list include drug interdiction and a social services facility.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County officials met with local state lawmakers Tuesday to talk about the upcoming legislative session, but the discussion was punctuated with a billion-plus dollar question mark.Faced with a shortfall in state revenues which co

College Place station's campaign provides for 338 tons of rice for Cambodia

Positive Life Radio's annual pledge campaign raised more than $134,000 in the region.

COLLEGE PLACE - High unemployment may be affecting families across the state but that did not stop almost 880 listeners throughout the Inland Northwest contributing to Positive Life Radio's ninth annual Rice for Cambodia pledge drive last week.The event r

Walla Walla Pony Club members put through paces at open house

The Walla Walla Pony Club had a demonstration and question-and-answer session at stables in Walla Walla over the weekend.

A small crowd of parents and children came to Maxon Box Stables on Sunday for the Walla Walla Pony Club's open house.The demonstration began with a short introduction by Lori Pritchet, district commissioner for the club. She explained that before riders a

Lawmakers must get state spending under control

Taxes aren't the answer as they could slow the economic recover and fuel a political backlash.

Once again there's bad news out of Olympia about the state budget. The predicted shortfall in revenue is now over $2 billion.And the Democrats who control the House, Senate and governor's mansion say they must now consider higher taxes to avoid deep, pain

Massive grain bin threatens Waitsburg road

A bin that holds 170,000 bushels of grain is leaking and could fail, a Northwest Grain Growers official says. Bolles Road has been closed as a precaution.

WAITSBURG — Bolles Road from the city limits to Main Street will be closed today and probably Thursday due to a potential grain bin failure.The largest bin in a cluster of bins owned by Northwest Grain Growers has split along the east side, and is leaking

More to Deschutes than just fishing

Spectacular scenery and canine camaraderie — oh, and some steelhead fishing — combine on a trip to the Deschutes.

I slipped the headlamp from beneath my day-pack pillow and checked the time and temperature: 1:12 a.m. and 28 degrees in the tent.Brrrrr!I sat up, and the down sleeping bag lifted from the curled-up Nora the Schnauzer. She raised her head, and her eyes he

Warrior men look to inside game

The WWCC men aren't going to live and die by the 3-point shot now that the arc has been moved back a full foot.

WALLA WALLA — Gone are the days when Jeff Reinland's Walla Walla Community College men's basketball teams lived and died on their ability to sink 3-pointers.And not necessarily to the coach's liking.It's not because we want it that way, said Reinland, a

Calm, confidence surround WWCC women's basketball team

Warrior coach Bobbi Hazeltine doesn't have the trepidation she usually feels as the season approaches.

WALLA WALLA — This is the time of year when Bobbi Hazeltine is usually freaking out.It's that time of year when Walla Walla Community College's veteran women's basketball coach seems filled with trepidation. If it's not injuries, it's illness. If it's not

Blue Devils hand out bushel of football awards

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi football players harvested a bushel of honors at Tuesday's 2009 Blue Devil Awards and Senior Appreciation Evening at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.Wa-Hi coach Marc Yonts and his assistant coaches presented team awards and the 2009 All-Big N

Mac-Hi to play La Salle for boys state title Saturday

The Pioneers down Molalla, 2-1, Tuesday, to face La Salle in the state championship game Saturday.

GLADSTONE, Ore. — Mac-Hi's boys soccer team will be looking to exact some revenge on La Salle Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the Pioneers and the Falcons get together in Wilsonville to decide the Oregon Class 4A state championship.

Missionary mens' rallies not enough at EWU

The Missionaries give the Eagles a second-half battle before falling, 100-88, in Cheney Tuesday night.

CHENEY — With sophomore Brandon Shaw hitting for a game-high 24 points as part of a balanced attack, Whitman College gave Eastern Washington University a good tussle before falling 100-88 here Tuesday night in the Missionary men's basketball opener.Easter

Beacons shoot down Wolves, 83-67

EUGENE, Ore. — A poor shooting night contributed to an 83-67 Walla Walla University loss to Northwest Christian in men's basketball action here on Tuesday.

Wa-Hi swimmers receive team awards

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Erica Burmood received the Blue Devil swim team's MVP award for the 2009 season at an awards ceremony Monday.

Tuesday, November 17

LaFern Hardy

June 9, 1926 -- Nov. 12, 2009

Winter months can be dire for our neighbors in need

The elderly woman, living alone on a fixed monthly income, choosing between her heart medication refills and turning up the furnace.The breadwinner, struggling to pay bills for the family after losing the one job that was supporting them all. The young fa

Inland Cellular set to offer lessons in wireless devices

Inland Cellular is offering lessons in wireless devices through the launch of the operation's IC University Wireless Education.The rural wireless communications company has retooled its customer training and support programs.The new concept will launch We

It doesn't have to cost a fortune to decorate for holidays

It's nearly Thanksgiving, also known to some as The Day Before We Get Serious About Christmas.Meaning, according to interior designer Annie Elliot, decorating for this simpler holiday might be overlooked or just crossed off the list all together.It is pos

When it comes to introspection, men don't get it

My editor called. She was in a lecturing mood and wanted to straighten me out on some introspective stuff I'd written. Actually, it was just one sentence, but, according to me, it was pithy and deep -- some short, but very good stuff.Men are not introspe

Etc. - 11/17/09

The attraction may be the complete meal of salad, bread, spaghetti entree, beverage and dessert for a decent price or that almost everything is made on-site, from scratch, with fresh ingredients. Or it could even be the locations, often in historic build

Thanksgiving dinners planned at fraternity, school

WALLA WALLA -- Thanksgiving dinners are in the works this week and next at a Whitman College fraternity and DeSales Catholic High School.Tau Kappa Epsilon, 949 E. Isaacs Ave., will host two dinners this Wednesday, at 4:30 and 6 p.m., and DeSales' dinner i

Oregon East Symphony receives grant for 'Young People's Concerts'

PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony received a $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Pendleton. Funds from this grant will be used to support the Young People's Concerts to be scheduled early in the spring of 2010.The Rotary Club of Pendleton is a stro

Port of Walla Walla commissioners to head to Seattle gathering

Port of Walla Walla commissioners will attend the annual meeting of the Washington Public Ports Association in Seattle this week, and will meet with the agency's land-use attorneys during the trip.Commissioners will be in Seattle Wednesday through Friday.

Man arrested in Sunday assault on woman in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- An area man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of second-degree assault following an attack on a woman in a domestic violence case, authorities said.Daniel Jimenez, 32, of 621 E. Alder St., was booked into Walla Walla County Jail following th

Walla Walla Community College puts finishing touches on expansion

The college's culinary and student services programs soon will have revamped and expanded space.

WALLA WALLA -- A $3 million expansion and renovation at Walla Walla Community College will start to unveil itself with the debut of a redesigned and expanded cafeteria next month.The latest capital project at the community college is bringing a bigger, mo

Walla Walla Symphony concert aims to collect donations for food bank

Concertgoers can gain admission to a Thursday performance at Cordiner Hall with nonperishable food items.

For the second year, Walla Walla Symphony members will work for food.At its Family Concert and Foodraiser on Thursday, normal admission fees are suspended and those bearing nonperishable food items will be admitted. The donations go to Blue Mountain Act

Walla Walla County to hold H1N1 clinics

Although swine flu problems are receding, another round of infections is expected in the spring.

While it seems this year's H1N1 season is taking a temporary breather, the Walla Walla County Public Health Department has scheduled two H1N1 vaccine clinics at its office at 314 W. Main St. at the Rose Street entrance.School absenteeism and emergency roo

Hawks soar past Warriors, qualify for NWAACC volleyball tournament

CBC twice overcomes one-game deficits to earn the final ticket to the NWAACC volleyball tourney.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Columbia Basin rallied from a pair of one-game deficits Monday night to defeat Walla Walla Community College, 21-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 15-4 in an NWAACC volleyball playoff contest at the Dietrich Dome.The win locked up the Easter

Monday, November 16

Walla Walla Rural Library District Board to meet Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Rural Library District board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Board members will also hold a hearing on the district's 2010 budgetThe meeting will be at the district offices, 37 Jade St. in Walla Walla.Items on the agenda includ

Sessions ask Walla Walla residents what they want in the next school superintendent

Residents will have a chance to say what they hope the School District will look for in a new superintendent.

WALLA WALLA -- Area residents, and parents with children in Walla Walla Public Schools, will get the opportunity on Tuesday to give feedback on what they are looking for in a new superintendent.Two public sessions, one for parents and one for community me

Battle to keep local VA facility looks to be over

That's important for veterans in the region and his community

It appears as if the long battle to save the local VA hospital is over.President Obama signed the $70 million authorization to renovate parts of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center and to build a new 66,000-square-foot outpatient clinic

Dayton resident, third suspect in rape case, arrested

DAYTON -- The third suspect in a sex crime case involving a 16-year-old girl was arrested last week.Skyler Glasby, 20, of Dayton, is charged with one count of second degree rape and one count of unlawful imprisonment in connection with three rapes that al

Milton-Freewater Council, School Board to hold joint session

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The City Council and School Board will hold a joint workshop Tuesday at 6 p.m.The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held in the McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St. The workshop will be followed by the School

Etc. - 11/16/09

A holiday bazaar and bake sale will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave.Holiday gifts such as hand-painted ceramics, baked goods, knitted and crocheted items, decorat

Wilcox collects coats to give

A Milton-Freewater furniture store is helping local residents stay warm this winter.Starting Wednesday, staff members at Wilcox on Highway 11 will collect gently used coats for adults and children.Coats will be collected through Dec. 10, said Manager Jani

Downtown mixed-use district focus of College Place workshop Tuesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- A proposed new way to develop the city's downtown district will be the focus of a workshop Tuesday.The College Avenue Downtown Mixed Use District will be the focus of the city Planning Commission meeting. The workshop will be at 7 p.m. at

Sunday, November 15

Pomeroy residents hurt in car accident

POMEROY -- An elderly man and women were injured when their 1997 Dodge Ram drove off U.S. Highway 12 near milepost 406.The driver, James Roosevelt, 86, and his passenger, Evelyn Roosevelt, 78, both of Pomeroy, were injured and transported to Garfield Coun

Resident managers take reins at Country Estates

The manufactured housing community offers people 55 and older a place to live, things to do.

Country Estates, a 55 and older Manufactured Housing Community in College Place, has new resident managers. The new team, Lee and Pat Ainley, have lived there since 2005 and love it. They kicked off their new management with a festive barbecue celebration

Death row inmates infect other prisoners

So far what I read about the death penalty is the all too familiar hand wringing over cost and the classic misdirection of deterrence. Costs grow due to the lengthy appeals process. That can be changed. Discussion of deterrence has no value known to me.

Walla Walla police use Taser on suspect

WALLA WALLA -- Police tasered a Walla Walla man who officers say was resisting arrest and threatening to fight them.Thomas S. Mora, 37, of the 600 block of Juniper Street was stopped by police on Thursday afternoon near 13th Avenue and Mill Creek for ques

Rotary puts $25,000 cash for top raffle prize

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Noon Rotary is dropping the grand prize in its raffle and instead is showing the money, $25,000, in what is a first for the community service club.We mulled over doing a large prize with a cash-out option, but we decided to

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in sex crimes

Jeffrey Aaron Bruton faces 26-34 months behind bars in connection with crimes against a teenage girl.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to committing two sex crimes against a 16-year-old girl last year.Trial for Jeffrey Aaron Bruton, 35, of 1600 Gray Lynn Drive, had been scheduled for next week. He faced four charges, but

Dayton Chamber of Commerce honors volunteers

DAYTON -- Brian Black was praised as someone who has the ability to take a group's vision, create enthusiasm in others, and put their heart and soul into making that vision come to pass.Black was named Columbia County Citizen of the Year during the annu

Leaf pickup continues

WALLA WALLA -- City crews will continue loose leaf collection this week for people with Friday trash pickup service.Those wanting to use the service need to place their loose leaves in the street near the gutter, away from driving lanes and at least 10 fe

Waitsburg fifth-grade teacher wins state award

Pam Conover will receive the Conservation Teacher of the Year award at a banquet next month.

WAITSBURG -- Fifth-grade teacher Pam Conover will be recognized as Washington Conservation Teacher of the Year at a banquet in Spokane next month. The award will be presented by Washington Association of Conservation Districts Director John Larson.Conove

It's possible to sin in thought, word and deed

Q: I have a question on prayer. It seems obvious that individuals may pray aloud or in private, forming their prayers mentally to be directed to God via their thoughts. If that assumption is valid, isn't it also reasonable that God hears our every thought

Flashing lights in school zone are helpful

I like it that flashing lights have been added to the school zone speed limit signs at Sharpstein School and around Walla Walla. We all are victims at times to lapses in attention, and the lights remind us to slow down and be extra careful.

Paper's front page not fit for bird cage

The front page of the Nov. 8 issue of the Union-Bullletin is gross!

Walla Walla to turn 150

This year is the sesquicentennial of the founding of the town of Walla Walla, which was formally established and named 150 years ago this month.After the close of the Indian wars in late 1858, President James Buchanan ratified the treaties with the Walla

FFA teams place in national competition

Walla Walla High School FFA Chapter members made up two of 35 teams that participated in the 2009 National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development conference Oct.21-24 at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.FFA adviser Arch McHie att

Majority doesn't establish morality

In last Sunday's Our Readers' Opinion section, Mr. Whittle let me know he is having a problem with drawing the line on moral behavior. In fatherly love, I must respond by reminding readers that rebellion to God's law, regrettably, will one day find the line has been eternally drawn.

Festival notes skills of young musicians

About 75 children participated in the festival, representing seven area piano teachers.

WALLA WALLA -- Ilene Tyler asks the young students a question about a song.A song about a boy who stuck a feather in his hat, Tyler offers as the hint.The children appear to have the answer on the tip of their tongues. But when none can summon the nurse

Community kitchen a welcome addition at Odd Fellows Home

Residents at Park Plaza and the Odd Fellows Home make crafts and baked goods for holiday bazaars.

WALLA WALLA -- As local merchants around the Valley peddle their merchandise at a variety of holiday bazaars and craft shows, a group of older entrepreneurs is also cashing in on the season.It gives us something to do and a reason to live for doing it,

It's sad wildlife won't get help

How many people do you know who will go 20 miles, pick up a sick golden eagle, hold it in her arms (with its lice crawling up her own), nurse it back to health and, a few weeks later, release a healthy bird?

State lifts restrictions on optometrist

Kelly Cochrane must meet terms of probation set by the department.

Although his professional license remains on probation indefinitely, a former Walla Walla optometrist no longer has limitations placed on his ability to practice.In a conclusion signed Aug. 31, the Washington state Department of Health lifted restrictions

Build your life upon Jesus Christ, the rock

I would like to dedicate this article to my beautiful wife, Jenifer. Recently, in a large combined meeting of several congregations from this region, she was asked to give an address. The following are excerpts from the words she offered:I have been give

Fixing streets and leaky pipes has to be a top priority

A dramatic rise in city water and sewer rates is tough to take right now. Other options for funding must be explored.

It's obvious to anybody who has driven around Walla Walla that the streets are desperately in need of repair.Beneath those roads the situation might be worse. The pipes that carry our water supply are old and failing. The sewer pipes are bad, too.It's est

Saturday, November 14

Turnovers turn tide in Irish 48-7 win over White Swan

The Pat Richard-to-Ryan Baumgart passing combo leads DeSales to a 48-7 rout of the Cougars in the state Class 2B football playoffs.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales capitalized on two White Swan turnovers and the Pat Richard-to-Ryan Baumgart passing combo to grab a 20-7 halftime lead here Saturday in opening-round state Class 2B football playoff action.

Warrior women de-bone Dolphins, 4-0, in NWAACC soccer quarterfinal; semifinal match next

Justine Jones has a hat trick in the 4-0 NWAACC quarterfinal victory Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Tahlia O’Loughlin scored in the eighth minute and fellow forward Justine Jones completed a hat trick with two goals in the final nine minutes of play Saturday afternoon to lead the top-ranked Walla Walla Community College women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Shoreline in an NWAACC quarterfinal match at Warrior Field.

Touchet ends its season with a 36-20 loss to A-C-H

On a snow-plowed field in Coulee City, Touchet's football season ends with a 36-20 Class 1B-8 playoff loss to A-C-H.

COULEE CITY — Touchet led the Almira-Coulee-Hartline Warriors 20-16 at halftime in a state Class 1B-8 first-round prep football playoff game on a freshly snow-plowed field.

Colfax batters W-P grid effort

The Bulldogs jump on W-P early and cruise to a 39-0 Class 2B playoff victory Saturday.

COLFAX — His crisp, white uniform now disheveled and dripping brown, jersey untucked and under-armor torn, Waitsburg-Prescott quarterback Zach Bartlow stood on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter, looking the way his W-P team felt — ripped to shreds and covered in Colfax mud.

2009 Mac-Hi boys soccer advance to semifinals in state playoffs

Oscar Flores scores the game's lone goal and Mac-Hi's boys make it stand up to win the playoff game.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Forward Oscar Flores, assisted by defenseman Lupito Salazar, scored the game’s only goal as Mac-Hi knocked off the previously undefeated Phoenix Pirates, 1-0, in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon at Shockman Field.

Helix nets second at state Class 1A tourney

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Coach Tammie Parker and the Helix Grizzly volleyball team finished second in Oregon Class 1A state playoffs for the third time in the past four years at Pacific University here Saturday.

2009 W-M Tigerscots volleyball finish fourth in state

FOREST GROVE — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots volleyball finished fourth in state after losing to top-ranked Blanchet Catholic before downing Lakeview and Elgin here Friday and Saturday in the Oregon Class 2A state playoff tournament.

Warrior men clip Thunderbirds, 1-0, to advance to NWAACC semifinals

Marco Acevedo's score with 8:24 left gives the Warriors the 1-0 victory over Highline.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of freshmen came up big for Walla Walla Community College’s men’s soccer team Saturday afternoon during an NWAACC quarterfinal match against Highline at Warrior Field.

Wolves women anticipate better days ahead

Injuries and illness have led to defeats and cancellations, but coach Bill Clancy remains positive.

COLLEGE PLACE — Injuries and illness quickly sum up the Walla Walla University women’s basketball season so far.

Six games in, Wolves men still looking for an identity

Second-year WWU men's basketball coach Gerry Larson isn't sure if he wants his team to run-and-gun or take it slow.

COLLEGE PLACE — There’s one thing Walla Walla University men’s basketball coach Gerry Larson is sure of six games into the season: "Our goal is to be one of the four teams that qualify for the NAIA independent postseason tournament."

WWCC's Isham to play basketball at Boise State

The Warrior basketball guard has signed with the Broncos to continue her playing career next year.

WALLA WALLA — Kati Isham, a 5-foot-8 guard on Walla Walla Community College’s women’s basketball team, has signed a national letter of intent with Boise State, where she will continue her collegiate career in 2010-11.

Warrior volleyball team gets good news from Wenatchee

WALLA WALLA — Coach Tim Toon and his Walla Walla Community College women’s volleyball team got the best news possible out of Wenatchee Friday night.

Friday, November 13

In the minutes - Weston Council

Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, and Dennis Snider. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Duane Thul. With Mills absent Wednesday the council:

Emergency Services - 11/13/09

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

US Pony Club chapter to hold open house Sunday afternoon

The club focuses on riding, tricks, jumping and horse management, among other skills.

WALLA WALLA -- There is a lot of work and training involved in becoming a good horseperson, as a recent riding lesson for the members of the Walla Walla chapter of the U.S. Pony Club showed.Throughout the lesson, instructor Patricia Prince gave club membe

Business park along Highway 12 inches ahead

The Port of Walla Walla is in the early phases of planning a development near where the Snake and Columbia rivers meet.

Plans to develop a new business park in Burbank are well on their way. Port of Walla Walla executives met Thursday to discuss the new development, among other topics.The Burbank Business Park Conceptual Master Plan shows the potential location as a stretc

Flu continues to wreak havoc around country

The CDC estimates swine flu has resulted in 14 million to 34 million cases from April through mid-October.

The most recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate influenza-like illnesses continue to be cause for concern everywhere.A study done in the last week of October indicates influenza activity remains high in the United Stat

Positive Life Radio's push against hunger under way

Rice for Cambodia helps send food aid to the Southeast Asian country.

For most people, Third World hunger is an unfortunate situation that happens on the other side of the globe, with little impact on our comfortable conditions here in the Pacific Northwest. However, for Positive Life Radio, Walla Walla University's Christi

It's a Sweet time for Walla Walla's new baseball team

The new Walla Walla wood-bat baseball team the Sweets is introduced Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — It’s too early to estimate just how much interest Walla Walla’s new wood-bat baseball team will generate when it opens its inaugural season June 8 at Borleske Stadium.

Mountaineers get off to quick start, cruise past Wolves

Eastern Oregon doesn't waste time, scoring the game's first 19 points, en route to its second win over WWU this season Thursday.

COLLEGE PLACE — Eastern Oregon wasted little time disposing of Walla Walla University in a men’s collegiate basketball contest here Thursday night.

Wolves net split in Houston

WWU's team is the first Seventh-day Adventist school to play an NAIA postseason tournament.

HOUSTON — The Walla Walla University volleyball team split its first two matches Thursday in the NAIA’s Association of Independent Colleges tournament that is being played here this week at the University of St. Thomas.

Mac-Hi's Burchell earns GOL second-team volleyball team

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi girls volleyball middle hitter Sierra Burchell has earned Greater Oregon League second-team honors after a coaches’ vote Thursday.

State accuses registered nurse of unprofessional conduct

Andrea L. Dressler, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges last summer, now faces state action.

WALLA WALLA -- The state Department of Health has charged a registered nurse who was sentenced to prison for forgery and drug possession with unprofessional conduct.The administrative charge against Andrea L. Dressler was issued as the result of her guilt

Talk to weave together geometry, history

Tom Thompson, a Walla Walla University math professor, will give the school's Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Sunday.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A former student now a longtime member of the Walla Walla University faculty, will give the school's 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecture this weekend.Tom Thompson, a professor of mathematics, will discuss Shape and Dimension Sunday at 7

Veterans Day a time to be thankful for freedom to choose

This week on Veterans Day I took two of my daughters to go run some errands with me. While at lunch Rachael asked, Daddy, what is Veterans Day ? She only asked that question after I assured her that the school had no prior knowledge of the rain that wou

Pot roast can tell you something about the earth, too

M y 84-year-old mother bent over the cookbook one day recently and read aloud to me as I wolfed down a chicken sandwich I'd made at lunchtime. The reading was a lesson in how to make a traditional -- and very fine as it turned out -- pork roast.Personally

Washington's vote-by-mail elections need a small tweak

A deadline needs to be set for ballots to be received so results can be tabulated faster.

When Walla Walla County, like most of Washington state, went to all-mail elections we begrudgingly endorsed the idea. Vote-by-mail is cheaper and promotes higher voter turnout but there is -- make that was -- something special about going to a polling pla

Touchet eatery adds breakfast to its menu

The Seed House Saloon is inviting visitors to wake up with the Touchet institution.

Sykes again faces layoffs

The company says it is trying to secure new business to avoid a layoff that could number in the hundreds of workers.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The city's largest private employer filed notice Thursday it plans to eliminate 336 jobs, bringing both a sense of fear and dèja-vu about the potential loss to the community of 6,600 people.According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraini

Third suspect in major Walla Walla gang brawl pleads guilty

Ramiro Zuniga Jr. faces up to a year in jail after agreeing to a deal offered by prosecutors.

WALLA WALLA -- A third suspect accused of participating in a massive gang-related fight that erupted downtown in June has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to a riot charge.Ramiro M. Zuniga Jr. entered the guilty plea Thursday to felony riot as his trial o

Thursday, November 12

Walla Walla General Hospital

To Ramona and Chadwin Derstine, Milton Freewater, a son, Josiah Scott Derstine, 9 pounds 2 ounces, Nov. 8, 2009.

The Little Theatre of Walla Walla to present 'The Miracle Worker'

How did Helen Keller go from being a blind, deaf and ill-tempered child to being one of the most important women of the 20th century? This is the question that The Miracle Worker, opening next week at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, explores.Playwrig

NOW PLAYING - 'Law Abiding Citizien' unbelievably dumb, violent

It's been too long since I've been to the theater and seen a good movie.So, I went to the theater the other day -- and, unfortunately, I'm still waiting for a good movie.Law Abiding Citizen stinks.The film is unnecessarily violent and outrageously stupi

Blogger collects pieces of Walla Walla history

WALLA WALLA -- Joe Drazan seeks historic, vintage and new photographs that he then posts on his blog --

Musical comedy 'Once Upon a Mattress' opens Friday

A king who can't talk, an acid-tongued queen who can, a Tomboy princess and her eager, bumbling suitor set the stage for laughter and some genuine romance as well as trickery and counter trickery.The Touchet Valley Arts Council Productions' first of 12 pe

'O Lovely Glowworm' creates a dreamlike landscape

What has a mermaid, World War I veterans, an automatically flushing toilet and a goat? The answer is O Lovely Glowworm, Walla Walla High School's latest theatrical production opening tonight.The play takes place in the mind of a blind, deaf, formerly d

New at the library

In Gallows Lane, the Donegal summer dawns unusually hot, and Inspector Devlin returns to the borderlands separating the North and South of Ireland, waiting for a notorious ex-con, James Kerr, to return home on early release.Kerr claims to have found God

Suncatcher Studio to hold reception for photographer

Suncatcher Studio & Fine Crafts, 508 N. Main St., will hold an artist reception from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.Photographs by Duane Scroggins, Blue Mountain Photo Club's featured photographer, will be exhibited along with pastel floral art by Darinda Coble.Scrogg

Poets to give reading at Walla Walla University

Poets Matt Zapruder and Joshua Beckman, co-editors of Wave Books, a Seattle-based poetry press, will read at 7 tonight in the Black Box Theater of Walla Walla University, corner of Southwest Fourth Street and Southwest Davis Avenue.Zapruder, from San Fran

Walla Walla Symphony presents family concert

The Walla Walla Symphony will present an informal concert for the whole family at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in Cordiner Hall, Whitman College campus. The only admission price is a non-perishable food item per person.Maestro Yaacov Bergman will conduct The Three-Leg

Symphony to play music by Spokane composer

PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony hosts the world premiere of Cycling Music by Spokane composer William Berry at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the Vert Auditorium, 400 S.W. Dorian Ave.The conductor is John LoPiccolo, a finalist in the OES search for a new con

Bird expert will be at Audobon meeting

The Audubon Society's November public program will have local photographer and birding expert George Jameson presenting his collection of still and video photographs of birds of the region 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Gaiser Auditorium, Hall of Science, Whitman C

Wednesday, November 11

Eateries sponsor coat drive to benefit area kids

Four area restaurants are teaming up this weekend for a coat drive to benefit area children.

Cold War-era hospital-to-go goes on the block

The 'Packaged Disaster Hospital' had been in storage at the Walla Walla Regional Airport for decades.

A Walla Walla auction house will be selling a Packaged Disaster Hospital from a time America worried more concretely about nuclear threat.

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.

Horizon to cut flight

The airline will drop the lunchtime flight to Seattle beginning Jan. 6, reducing daily flights to two.

Horizon Air will eliminate one of its three daily flights to Seattle after the start of the year.Despite being on track for a record number of air travelers, Walla Walla is not drawing enough passengers to fill Horizon's larger planes, an airline official

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.

Ex-ambassador: Personal conviction, public service go hand in hand

At a workshop with Whitman College students Tuesday, Ryan Crocker highlighted the benefits -- and risks -- of dissent.

Students at Whitman College had the opportunity to pose a series of questions to former Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Tuesday evening, during a student workshop hosted by the career diplomat, which addressed several key areas of foreign policy and focused on

Wolves find right fit as member of NAIA

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University's decision last school year to throw in with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) was made with two important priorities in mind.

Pioneer girls soccer team bows to Valley Catholic in Oregon 4A playoffs

The Pioneers' quick-strike offense is quieted by the Valiants' ball control in the 2-1 state playoff loss Tuesday at Shockman Field.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Mac-Hi girls soccer team played well but dropped a 2-1 decision to the Valley Catholic Valiants in the second round of the Oregon 4A state soccer playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Shockman Field.

DeSales, W-P survive mini-playoff, live to play another day

Waitsburg-Prescott downs Asotin to secure a state playoff spot, and then DeSales beats W-P to earn the SE 2B District's top seed.

DAYTON -- Pat Richard scored on runs of 62 and 46 to lead the Irish to a 22-14 win over Waitsburg-Prescott here Tuesday night as the Irish captured the Southeast 2B-11 League's No. 1 seed to the Class 2B-11 state football playoffs. Earlier, Waitsburg-Pres

Pioneeers boys soccer team advances to Oregon 4A quarterfinals

Scoring is over in the first 10 minutes of the Class 4A playoff match as the Mac-Hi boys take the 2-1 win.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Goals by Johnny Trevino and Christian Corona lifted Mac-Hi over the Marist Spartans 2-1 in the second round of the Oregon Class 4A state soccer playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Shockman Field.

Ross Mann, Jr.

July 20, 1923 -- Nov. 1, 2009

Walla Walla resident Ross Hamilton Mann, Jr., 86, of 115 Merriam St., died Nov. 1, 2009.

Linda Dansereau

June 21, 1946 - Nov. 7, 2009

Walla Walla resident Linda Dansereau, 63, died Nov. 7, 2009, at her home.

Maxine Davis

June 19, 1942 -- Nov. 2, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Maxine Louise Davis, 67, of 917 Cowl St., No. 28, died November 2, 2009, at her home.

Two arrested, third sought in rape

Skyler Glasby of Dayton is being sought in connection with a September case.

DAYTON -- A man and a woman are in custody and a third man is sought in connection with allegations that a 16-year-old girl was raped three times Sept. 14.

Tuesday, November 10

A Grip on The Future

With cold weather on the horizon and plans for the future in mouth, a squirrel pauses for a precarious moment on a line high above Spokane Street while surveying the options and, perhaps locating the perfect hiding spot for a future meal.

Two plead guilty in brawl

WALLA WALLA -- Two men pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to being involved in a massive gang-related fight that erupted downtown in June.

Richard McCrea

Nov. 5, 1920 -- Nov. 6, 2009

College Place resident, Richard Bertrum McCrea, 89, died Nov. 6, 2009, at his home.

Georgia Peterson

Feb. 23, 1918 -- Nov. 6, 2009

KENNEWICK -- Former Dayton resident Georgia Mae George Peterson, 91, died at her daughter's home in Kennewick.

Proper use needed at recycling depots

They say you can learn a lot about a society by going through its garbage. The same can be said about going through a recycling depot. I recently spent the better part of a day wading through cardboard and other materials left at a local recycling depot a

Lorraine Dummler

Nov. 28, 1923 -- Nov. 9, 2009

COLLEGE PLACE -- Lorraine L. Dummler, 85, of College Place, died Nov. 9, 2009, at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Testimony Against death penalty task force proposal

Summary of testimony in opposition to a proposed 2007 state law to create a death penalty task force to review existing death penalty laws and court rules. (The proposed legislation was not passed.)

This bill is not a good idea. It does not move the debate on this issue forward in any meaningful way.

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 Deat

Death penalty cases are more complex, more detailed, and procedurally more involved than non-capital cases.

Supporters: Penalty a deterrent, economical

From: Summary of Issues in the Debate on the Death Penalty, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, March 2009

Deterrence: The weight of evidence indicates that the death penalty does deter some murders and saves innocent lives where it is actually enforced. In that case, a vote against the death penalty is a vote to kill innocent people to save the guilty. Accord

New restrooms in works at parks

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks near Clarkston and Starbuck will have their facilities revamped in coming months, courtesy of federal stimulus funding.

New restrooms that can be more easily maintained and fit the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act are under construction at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks near Clarkston and Starbuck.

YWCA project gives wings to push for peace in Middle East

A gathering Wednesday evening aims to fold 1,000 paper cranes to send to a YWCA chapter in East Jerusalem.

WALLA WALLA -- A flock of birds will take shape here Wednesday evening and carry wishes of peace to the Middle East.

Man sentenced in robbery

John A. Phillips' criminal past played a role in the length of the term for a July robbery.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for assaulting a teenager in July.John A. Phillips was ordered to serve the low end of the 63- to 84-month standard-range term he faced based on his extensive criminal history. In

Taxpayers can't tolerate abuse of Oregon renewable energy program

New rules aimed at curbing a state program that grants lucrative tax credits for wind, solar and other renewable power plants are welcome.

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.

Monday, November 9

Students remain in hospital after crash

Two 18-year-old Whitman College students were airlifted to Portland after a collision Friday.

Two Whitman College students remained hospitalized this morning following a collision Friday near Boardman.

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.

'Motel 6 guy' headlines hospital foundation gala

Tom Bodett will be the speaker at the annual fundraiser Nov. 14.

Tom Bodett would like people to understand he performs fire dances and swallows a sword or two.

Walla Walla infrastructure plan heads to back burner

The proposal will be subject to public comments and further exploration of funding possibilities.

WALLA WALLA -- A 70-year citywide plan to replace underground pipes and improve roads is on hold until all funding options have been explored and more public comment meetings have been held.

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.

Cannons return among Veterans Day events in area

Two of four French G.P.F.155 mm cannons that returned to Walla Walla with the local National Guard unit at the end of World War I will be dedicated Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Walla Walla Park.

Jo Didion

April 27, 1948 -- Nov. 8 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Joellen Jo Didion, 61, of 84785 Didion Lane, died Nov. 8, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

O.C. Chavez

July 15, 1923 -- Nov. 3, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Olegario O.C. C. Chavez died Nov. 3, 2009 at his home.

Seattle poetry press co-editors to visit WWU

Poets Matt Zapruder and Joshua Beckman, co-editors of poetry press Wave Books in Seattle, will present in the Black Box Theater of Walla Walla University at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

New restaurant opens

DAYTON -- A new restaurant, Mom's Highway 12 Ristorante, recently opened at 134 E. Main St. It is located in the building that formerly housed Gasoline Alley, which featured a bus as part of the building.

Group buys the Seeley

POMEROY -- The nonprofit Pomeroy Community Center purchased the Seeley Theater and Opera House from Dixon Land, according to an article in the East Washingtonian.

Breakfast fuels ideas

Attendees at the first joint Weston-Athena City Council Brain Storming Session Breakfast would have gone hungry if LaVerne Mitchell, Connie Sloan and Dyann Swanson hadn't whipped up breakfast casseroles. The catered breakfast didn't pan out, according to

Newsletter offers advice

ATHENA -- The Athena City Newsletter for November is chocked full of events, messages and a bit of advice, including some from the police department.

Columbia County leads state in voter turnout

Columbia County outstripped all other counties in the state for voter turnout in Tuesday's general election, with 72 percent of registered voters returning their ballots.

Trade mission to nation's capital by Baker Boyer's CEO is good for WW and nation

Including Megan Clubb on the cross-country trip with Gov. Chris Gregoire is recognition of the solid job she and Baker Boyer employees are doing.

Walla Walla's Baker Boyer Bank has continued to do well despite the tumultuous national economy. Given that the banks and lenders have been among the hardest hit, that's a real feat.

Whits outswim two NWC foes

Eric Molnar, Jamie Nusse and Lauren Flynn each notch two wins against Linfield and Pacific.

WALLA WALLA - Eric Molnar and Jamie Nusse for the men and Lauren Flynn for women each won two individual events as the Whitman swim teams completed a Northwest Conference weekend sweep here in action at the Harvey Pool.

Sunday, November 8

More Quality than Yuk in Warrior 3-0 win over Yakima Valley

The WWCC volleyball team gets a step closer to the NWAACC tourney field with the victory Friday.

WALLA WALLA -- The Warrior sophomores -- Megan Tompkins, Brandie Riggs, Sarah McLean, Ashley Magee, and the injured Cassie Phippen -- went out in style here Friday in their last regular-season appearance at the Dietrich Dome in NWAACC Eastern Division women's volleyball action.

W-P X-Country Girls Finish 8th, Boys 9th at State Meet

The Waitsburg-Prescott girls team finishes eighth and the boys ninth Saturday in Pasco.

PASCO -- Waitsburg-Prescott sent both boys and girls cross country teams to the state meet together for the first time Saturday, and coming home with ninth and eighth-place finishes, respectively.

Reich shines as TigerScots topple Union, end season with wins in three of final four games

W-M whips Union 49-14 to win three of its last four football games to wrap up the 2009 campaign.

UNION -- Dallas Reich threw for three touchdowns and received another here Friday night to help lead Weston-McEwen to a 49-14 victory over Union at the Bobcat Sports Complex.

Touchet drops loser out district volleyball affair to TCP

DAYTON -- The Touchet Indians took set one from Tri-Cities Prep before the Jaguars chomped down on the Indians in the final three to take a loser-out Southeast 1B district volleyball match here Saturday 18-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-21.

Pirates beat T-O-R on emotional night

Pomeroy wins 34-26 as players on both sides remember T-O-R senior Zach Smith, who died earlier in the week in a car accident.

OAKESDALE, Wash. -- On a cold, sad night, the Pomeroy Pirates joined Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia in a pre-game ceremony to honor Nighthawks receiver Zach Smith's family three nights after the T-O-R senior was killed in a car accident. Afterward, the Pirates held on for a 34-26 football victory over T-O-R on the Nighthawks' home field here Friday.

Friday, November 6

Whit swimmers set for season

Coach Jenn Blomme has almost 50 swimmers on her roster as the season opens this weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- With nearly 50 athletes on her season-opening rosters, coach Jenn Blomme expects to see her Whitman College swimmers send plenty of ripples through Northwest Conference waters this winter.

Six Southeast 2B volleybal teams pursue tickets to state on Saturday

DeSales, Dayton, W-P, Pomeroy, Liberty Christian and T-O will duke it out for two state berths Saturday.

DAYTON -- After eight Southeast 2B District volleyball matches here on Thursday, six teams remain in contention for two tickets to the state tournament next week.

Touchet remains in the Southeast 1B hunt for berth at state

Thursday, November 5

Burly running back-defensive lineman Brandon Porter enjoys his sensitive side

Brandon Porter brings a presence to the Blue Devils that is felt at team dinners as well as on the field.

WALLA WALLA — The earth doesn't tremble when Brandon Porter takes a handoff from quarterback Michael Weisner and rumbles off tackle during a Big Nine Conference football game.Perhaps it should, judging from the way he sheds would-be tacklers or crunches o

Irish take care of business — mini-playoff next

DeSales manhandles Liberty Christian, 58-14, to earn a share of the SE 2B title and advance to a three-team mini-playoff Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales scored early and often here Wednesday in the Southeast 2B-11 league finale, as the Irishrolled up 550 yards of total offense in defeating Liberty Christian 58-14.

W-P prevails in wacky world of SE 2B football

Waitsburg-Prescott strikes early and downs Dayton, 42-13, Wednesday to help set up a three-team mini-playoff Tuesday with Asotin and DeSales in the mix.

DAYTON — Waitsburg-Prescott came away with an easy 42-13 victory over rival Dayton here Wednesday night, setting up a three-way tie-breaker between W-P, DeSales, and Asotin on this same field Tuesday.

WWCC has little room for error for playoffs

The Warriors fall to Wenatchee, and need to win the final two matches to guarantee a playoff spot.

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla still controls its own destiny in its bid for a return trip to the NWAACC volleyball tournament, but there is little room, if any, for error.The Warriors dropped an Eastern Division match to Wenatchee here Wednesday night — 26-24,

Balanced volleyball attack powers Whitman to 3-0 sweep at Whitworth

SPOKANE — Senior Alex Graves and first-year Missionaries Courtney Brewer and Carrie Cecil combined to slam a total of 28 kills as Whitman College swept a 3-0 Northwest Conference volleyball decision (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) from Whitworth University here Wed

Tuesday, November 3

Mounted for the mountains

With the Blue Mountains rising in a patchwork against the sky, a lone, bundled horseman traverses the rim around Bennington Lake on Monday afternoon in a blend of sunshine and cooling temperatures.

Animal clinic gains veterinary trio

Veterinarians Dawn Bonser, Emily Perkins and Alexis Campbell joined the staff at Associated Veterinary Medical Center.

WALLA WALLA -- Tina, a chocolate-brown quarter horse, stood patiently in her stall and moved hesitantly as unfamiliar visitors came near. However, the approach of the veterinary doctor seemed to ease her concerns.While many people enthusiastically declare

Training offered for foster parents, caregivers

Foster parents and family-member caregivers of kids in Washington have a new option for required training.The Department of Social and Health Services has created a resource library in collaboration with counterparts in Alaska and Oregon and a nonprofit o

Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan amendment hearing set

Planners will make recommendations and forward them to the county commissioners.

WALLA WALLA -- Proposed amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan will discussed in a public hearing Wednesday.The hearing will be part of a county Planning Commission workshop at 7 p.m. at the county Public Health and Legislative Building,

Barnaby's, Helpline to host turkey dinner

Halloween may be over, but a local business is continuing to offer a treat for Thanksgiving.Eastgate pub Barnaby's is teaming with Helpline to offer a Community Thanksgiving Dinner.The event will take place at Barnaby's, 405 Wellington Ave. Times are bein

State's tough math test is something to take pride in

Let's hope the replacement test for the WASL is at least as rigorous.

A new national study of state-imposed math standards has found they don't add up.The study, which was conducted for the federal Department of Education, found that many states declare students have mastered math at their grade level only because those sta

Etc. - 11/03/09

Walla Wallan Cindy Godard-Gross said via e-mail that folks have bemoaned the demise of the local dog e-mail list. As it takes several steps to get to existing dog information Web sites, they don't bother.And there's been confusion about whether or not t

Unproven treatments give false hope, can prove to be harmful

It is unfortunate the news media and the general public are so vulnerable to sensational claims made by charlatans and undisciplined purveyors of unproven medical practices. I was recently reminded of this by a CBS 60 Minutes program.The story was recou

DeSales, W-P move Friday football games to Wednesday

The Irish will host Liberty Christian and Waitsburg-Prescott visits Dayton on Wednesday in anticipation of next week's mini-playoff.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales will host Liberty Christian on Wednesday rather than Friday while Waitsburg-Prescott's game at Dayton has also been moved ahead two days as both the Irish and W-P anticipate a three-team mini-playoff next Tuesday to decide the Southe

Monday, November 2

Strictly Business 11/02/09

Normally the clients are the ones who experience the shine at Eastgate tanning studio Tan-A-Rama. But with a newly remodeled space the business is getting a little time in the spotlight.

Fortune 500 company calls on Cayuse Technologies

Cayuse will support the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation's info tech operation.

UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION -- A Fortune 500 communication service provider has called on Cayuse Technologies for technical support at the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation-owned information technology operation.

Temperatures, rain fall with leaves

WALLA WALLA -- Fall weather ruled in October.

Woman reports assault in Pioneer Park

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla woman reports being attacked, and almost raped, while walking in Pioneer Park during the night.

Data embedded in electronic documents should be released as public records

The data is important because it provides an accurate history of that document.

Government documents -- whether on paper or a computer screen -- are generally public records. That's been established by law in most states.

Ross Mann Jr.

July 20, 1923 -- Nov. 1, 2009

Walla Walla resident Ross H. Mann Jr., 86, died Nov. 1, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Dorothy Allen

Jan. 26, 1939 -- Nov. 1, 2009

COLLEGE PLACE -- Dorothy A. Allen, 70, died Nov. 1, 2009, at Eagle Meadows Assisted Living Community, 550 E. Whitman Drive.

Carlos Rodrigues-Duran

Nov. 4, 1926 -- Oct. 31, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Carlos Rodrigues-Duran, 82, of 811¬? N. Main St. died Oct. 31, 2009, at his home.

Students get feet wet for new ecology degree

Efforts are being made to return Titus Creek to its natural state.

WALLA WALLA -- Students in the new watershed ecology degree program at Walla Walla Community College got a feel for what work might be like as part of their first hands-on field trip last week.