Stories for September 2009


Tuesday, September 15

Featured Photo

With autumn only one week away, fall gathers in quiet crowds of warm-hued leaves as jogger kathy Brock runs along Park Street near cordiner Hall. "I'll run as long as I can be outside," commented Brock. "Until the weather gets nasty ... then I'll join a fitness center." Brock runs nearly every day.

Sight-in open to the public at East End Rod and Gun Club

MILTON-FREEWATER -- This weekend and next, the East End Rod and Gun Club will offer a chance for non-members to sight in their firearms before hunting season for no charge.The private club's range will be open to the public this Friday, Saturday and Sunda

Open house set for Wednesday for renovated Sherwood Center

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College will throw open the doors of the renovated Sherwood Athletic Center on Wednesday after a $15.5 million facelift.A public open house from 4-6 p.m. will include tours beginning at 4, remarks by President George S. Bridges at 4

Judy Brinson

Feb. 13, 1942 -- Sept. 11, 2009

Terrified, speaker finds herself on cutting edge

I have this bad thing I do to myself and I did it just last month.

Sam takes pride in legacy of culinary debacles

Several years ago, I semi-retired. A few days later, Annie announced that she was semi-retiring, too. She said she was semi-retiring from cooking.

Students full of questions on first vineyard shoot

After spending two lectures focusing on the students' digital cameras, the Walla Walla Community College vineyard photography class was about to embark on its first photo shoot.


In August, 50 Pioneer Middle School seventh and eighth graders participated in Pioneer Peer & Leadership Support training to learn more about the program.

Parent workshop planned for anti-bullying training

The workshop by the Oregon Parent Training Institute is Sept. 24 in Boardman, Ore.

On the Agenda — Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

On the Agenda — Waitsburg Council

Waitsburg Council

On the Agenda — WWCC Board of Trustees

When: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

In the Minutes — Garfield County

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

In the Minutes — College Place Council

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


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

FDA approves swine flu vaccines

WALLA WALLA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 — swine flu — influenza virus.The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available, expected to be withi

Trial date set for suspects in massive Walla Walla gang fight

A brawl involving dozens of people broke out in June outside St. Patrick Catholic Church.

WALLA WALLA - A Nov. 4-5 trial has been set for four adult suspects accused of felony riot and assault charges related to a massive gang-related fight near St. Patrick Catholic Church in June. The defendants pleaded innocent in Superior Court Monday. Two

Night Flight

WALLA WALLA - With daybreak fast approach a pair of birds took turns flying and landing under the moonlight atop the First Congregation Church steeple early Monday morning.

Monday, September 14

Is this a free country?

So if we don't like what the present administration is doing and speak up, is it right or wrong?According to a lot of people in power during the last administration, if you disagreed with what they were doing then it was your right to dissent or debate wh

Touchet posts 2-2 record in Coyote Invitational

BURBANK -- Touchet finished with a 2-2 record in girls volleyball action here at the Coyote Invitational Saturday.Zoe Weaver's seven kills and Carley Frazier's 12 assists led the Indians to an opening round win over Sunnyside Christian. The Indians poste

Grizzlies finish 1-1-1 against bigger schools in Heppner

HEPPNER -- Tiny Oregon Class 1A Helix brought seven girls, one-seventh of the school's student body, into Heppner to take on a slate of larger classification schools in the season-opening Heppner tournament and came out with a respectable showing.

Class 2A power W-M taks down defending 1A champ Imbler

ATHENA -- Presley Pahl posted 19 kills and nine blocks as Oregon Class 2A powerhouse Weston-McEwen got the best of defending 1A state champion Imbler, 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 in non-conference volleyball action here Friday night.

Mac-Hi Volleyball Wins One, Loses Four at Riverside Tournament

BOARDMAN -- The Mac-Hi Pioneers dragged their wagons west to the Riverside Volleyball Tournament here Saturday and returned with a hard luck 1-4 record and a few things to improve on.

Whitman earns first men's soccer win with overtime 2-1 win Saturday over Colorado College

Whitman junior Chris Reid deflects the game-winning goal off a defender to finish off the comeback victory in Colorado Springs.COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Whitman's junior forward Chris Reid's shot from

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Whitman's junior forward Chris Reid's shot from just outside the box deflected off a defender and found the back of the net in the sixth minute of overtime, lifting Whitman College to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Colorado College here at Stewart Field Saturday.

Whitman claimed its first women's soccer victory of the year with a 1-0 win over Capital University Friday

The Missionary women's soccer team loses to Cal-Santa Cruz 4-0 Saturday in non-league soccer play in Spokane.

SPOKANE -- The University of California-Santa Cruz scored twice in each half to blank the Whitman College women's soccer team 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Spokane. The loss left the Whits with a 1-1 record on the weekend after defeating Capital University of O

Warrior men women score identical 7-0 soccer victories over Olympic

TACOMA -- Walla Walla Community College men and women scored identical 7-0 non-conference soccer victories over Olympia CC here on Saturday.

Walla Walla Commuity College takes three matches in pool play at Community Colleges of Spokane Tournament

The Warrior women's volleyball team reaches the finals of the Spokane CC tournament over the weekend before losing to national power North Idaho.

SPOKANE -- Walla Walla Community College stormed undefeated through pool play before falling in three sets to champion North Idaho College at the Community Colleges of Spokane volleyball tournament here Friday and Saturday.Friday's first victim in pool pl

Burmood third, Jones 10th to lead Blue Devil swimmers.

The Blue Devil swimmers has the fastest girls' 100-meter butterfly time during Saturday's Tri-Cities Pentathlon.RICHLAND - Erica Burmood led Wa-Hi here Saturday at the Tri-Cities Pentathlon girls inv

RICHLAND - Erica Burmood led Wa-Hi here Saturday at the Tri-Cities Pentathlon girls invitational swimming meet.

Wa-Hi's boys and girls place second and third, respectively at the Ellensburg Cross Country Invite

Aaron Nelson and J.P. Wolpert lead the boys to a second-place team finish and Rachel Nelson helps the girls place third.

ELLENSBURG -- With Aaron Nelson and J.P. Wolpert finishing with identical 12:09 times at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Wa-H's boys placed second at the 15-team Ellensburg Invitational cross country meet here on Saturday.Ellensburg placed first with a sco

Hat Trick by Eastmont's Taylor Reynols propels Eastmont to 4-2 soccer win over Blue Devil

The Blue Devil girls soccer team loses 4-2 after falling behind 3-0 early in the second half Saturday afternoon at Wa-Hi.k

WALLA WALLA -- Eastmont's Whitney Monroy lofted a 35-yard direct kick just off the finger tips of Wa-Hi goalie Vanessa Wyckoff in the 88th minute to thwart a furious Blue Devil comeback and give the Wildcats a 4-2 Cascade Division girls soccer victory her

In the minutes - Waitsburg School Board

Members of the Waitsburg School Board are Ross Hamann, Elizabeth Cole, Terry Jacoy, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With Pearson absent Wednesday the board:

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in knifepoint robber

Coleman D. Cantrell is accused of an Aug. 15 robbery near Fourth Avenue and Grape Street.

WALLA WALLA -- A 15-year-old boy has pleaded innocent in the juvenile department of Superior Court to robbing a man at knifepoint in the city last month.

Walla Walla man faces additional charges in meth manufacturing

Jared F. Allen, who escaped a fire that killed three women in February, also will undergo a mental-health evaluation

WALLA WALLA -- Additional charges were filed last week against a man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, which officials believe started a fire that killed three women last February.

Food stamp demand up in Oregon, including Milton-Freewater

Need typically drops off during summer, but not this year in the state, including in Milton-Freewater.

Despite early signs of economic recovery, demand for food stamps continues to rise in Oregon.State social services officials have watched the need rise for months across Oregon, but recently released numbers that show 635,033 Oregonians received food stam

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES


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

Katie Williams

Jan. 25, 1922 -- Sept. 12, 2009

Katie Williams, 87, of 225 Garden Drive died Sept. 12, 2009, at 1120 Magnolia St.

Mary James-Slawson

March 7, 1926 -- Sept. 13, 2009

Mary James-Slawson, 83, a resident of Quail Run Retirement Community, 1701 Plaza Way, died there Sept. 13, 2009.

Bill Davis

June 9, 1942 - Sept. 12, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- William "Bill" Davis, 67, of 207 Depot St. died Sept. 12, 2009, at his home.

Doc Cline

July 27, 1917 -- Sept. 13, 2009

Walla Walla resident Franklin "Doc" Cline, 92, died Sept. 13, 2009, at his home.

Cheryl Clauburg

July 7, 1944 -- Sept. 12, 2009

Milton-Freewater resident Cheryl V. Clauburg, 65, died Sept. 12, 2009, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road, College Place.

Etc. - 09/14/09

Washington State University's president's honor rolls for the 2009 spring and summer semesters include a number of area residents. To be eligible for the honor, students must earn a 3.75 gpa in at least nine graded hours in a single term or 3.50 gpa base

Names of those who sign petitions must be public

A judge's ruling blocking the release of the names of those who signed Referendum 71 is an affront to open government.

The right of free speech allows everyone to state our views without government censorship or oppression. But it is misguided to believe that the First Amendment, which states Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the pres

Providence St. Mary Medical Center

To Dezaray and Russell Wilson, Athena, a son, Ryder James Wilson, 7 pounds 7 ounces, Sept. 8, 2009, Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Windmills where there's no wind?

The draft environmental impact statement for the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project in Southeast Washington says (figure 1-4) that average windspeed in the proposed area is, at most, 13 mph. The Vestas 1.8 megawatt turbines described in the proposal ac

Women's reproductive health must be addressed

As our elected officials continue to debate how to improve our health-care system, this is the time to address some of the disparities that women face in health care today.

Sunday, September 13

Woman finds quilting bug catching

Quilter Pam Murray only began to learn her craft in earnest about six years ago.

Combining colors and textures, the art of quilting is much like painting with fabric instead of using oils or watercolors.Quilting is a good combination of art and needlecraft, said quilter Pam Murray. I come from a long line of artists and I’d always

Saturday, September 12

Blue Devils sputter in 37-7 loss to Eisenhower

Even the refs get in on the goofs during Eisenhower's 37-7 win over the mistake-prone Blue Devils.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi, which began the season as the favorite to win the Big Nine Conference’s Cascade Division, opened league play Friday night at Borleske Stadium with a disappointing 37-7 football loss to Eisenhower that left the Blue Devils 0-2 on the y

Irish defense pitches shutout in blanking Pioneers 26-0

The Irish win 26-0 and show big improvement over their 20-0 opening loss to La Salle.

WALLA WALLA — Pat Richard rans for 141 yards and passed for another 198 to lead DeSales to a 26-0 win over Mac-Hi Friday night at Shockman Field in a non-league prep football game.

Touchet drops season football opener to Ione Friday

Touchet struggles in its first game under its new head coach, suffering a 48-22 loss to Ione Friday.

TOUCHET — Visiting Ione used a potent running game to throttle the Touchet Indians 48-22 Friday afternoon on the Indians’ field in the first game of the season for both prep football teams.

Waitsburg-Prescott celebrates big win at Pilot Rock

Friday's 35-12 victory at Pilot Rock snaps a three-game losing streak at the hands of the Rockets.

PILOT ROCK, Ore. — Waitsburg-Prescott snaps a three-game losing streak at the hands of the Pilot Rock Rockets and improves its season football record to 2-0 with a 35-12 victory here Friday night.

Liberty Christian holds off TigerScots in prep football play

Liberty Christian's Zach Simpkins grinds out 163 yards rushing in a 22-14 victory in Athena Friday night.

ATHENA — Zach Simpkins rushes for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-clincher in the fourth quarter as Liberty Christian defeated Weston-McEwen 22-14 Friday night on the TigerScots’ home field.

Country Christian too much for Nixyaawii

And not even that works in a 58-22 defeat at the hands of Country Christian Friday afternoon in Pendleton.

PENDLETON — Nixyaawii came out on the short end of a 58-22 final score as the Golden Eagles opened the 2009 prep football season against Country Christian of the Madras, Ore., area here Friday afternoon at Sunridge Middle School.

Colfax dominates Pomeroy in Friday’s prep football opener

COLFAX — Tyler McNanny found several ways to put 30 points on the scoreboard as he led the Colfax Bulldogs to a 38-6 victory here Friday night in the season-opening football game for both schools.

Veterans’ Benefits Fair scheduled

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will present a "Veterans’ Benefits Fair" on Thursday on the VA campus, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Building 78.

Flag-raising to honor POWs, missing in action

WALLA WALLA — The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will present a special flag-raising ceremony on the parade grounds Friday at 10 a.m. to honor those imprisoned in war or missing in action.

Emergency services - 09/13/09

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

Bob Brown

Sept. 30, 1938 — Sept. 6, 2009

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Former College Place resident Robert Bob” Brown, 71, died Sept. 6, 2009, following a short illness.The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Ridgedell (Whipple Creek) Seventh-day Adventist Church, 302 N.W. 179th St., Ridgefield, Wa

Gilbert LaRue

Nov. 14, 1920 — Sept. 10, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER — Gilbert L. LaRue, 88, of 53280 W. Ballou Road died Sept. 10, 2009, at his home.The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. The Rev. Steve Lyon of the First Ch

One part Buick, one part Cadillac equals an engineering marvel

The car has won many awards, including making top 10 at The International Show Car Association.

The car has won many awards, including making top 10 at The International Show Car Association.

Senior centers

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include a hot lunch served at 11:30 a.m. and pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Adult day care is provided at the Adult Day Center 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call Mike Johnson at 509-527-0771.

Service People


‘Ecumenical’ doesn’t have to be a bad word

Going into seminary, I thought that "ecumenical" was a bad word. My experiences with ecumenical events seemed to be watered-down God talk that never really amounted to anything significant. The spiritual had been sucked out in order to make room for political correctness, and what was left was a less-desirable version of the truth as I understood it.


Mark A. and Toni Lee Truitt of Dayton announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer M. Truitt, to Jorge Contreras, both of Walla Walla. Contreras is the son of Rosa Rivera of Dayton.The bride-elect graduated from Dayton High School in 2006 and from

Whew! Fort WW Museum meets its visitor stats goals

For a dozen years, Fort Walla Walla Museum has received visitors each year from all 50 states and nearly 30 foreign countries. In 2006, staffers were excited when the annual goal was reached in mid-June, earlier than anyone could remember.

St. Patrick Catholic Church to hold Mass in Latin Sunday

WALLA WALLA — St. Patrick’s Church, 425 W. Alder St., will hold Latin Mass at 5 p.m. Sept. 20. There will be a reception for the Rev. Andrew Szymakowski and the Rev. Kevin Oiland. Details:-522-1029.

Congressman’s outburst aimed at president unacceptable

Republicans joined Democrats in denouncing the behavior. It is hoped the incident will return civility to political debate

The debate over health-care reform has obviously struck a nerve. Emotions are frayed and folks across the nation are losing their composure — as well as their tempers.

Prescott to show off remodeled school

The grand opening will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

PRESCOTT — Two years after workers began a $6.5 million remodeling of the Prescott School, the School Board will host a celebratory grand opening Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school.


CP Council

Council OKs deal for new city manager

Nabiel Shawa will start Oct. 19 with a salary of $140,000 a year.

WALLA WALLA — City Council members voted 5-0 on Wednesday to hire current Washougal (Wash.) City Manager Nabiel Shawa as the next city manager. Council Members Shane Laib and Jim Barrow were absent.

Registration required for mental health training

WALLA WALLA — Mental Health Recovery Principals & Practices” will be hosted by the Walla Walla County Department of Human Services on Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church.The free workshop will focus on components that allow people l

Edison boundaries concerning

Our area and our neighborhood has a new Edison School and apparently new guidelines.

Girl goes whole hog for local hospice

Taylor Garbe donated her hog, which was overweight for auction at the fair. It brought in over $4,000.

WALLA WALLA — A girl’s unexpected act of selflessness sent comfort — and funds — the way of a local nonprofit.


Superior Court CRIMINAL CASES Walla Walla County

Joseph Demetrio Dejesus, 18, 811 N. Main St., Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Aug. 31, on one count each violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of methamphetamine and no valid operator’s license. The court dismissed two other counts. The sentence included $200 in court costs, $62 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in attorney fees, $1,000 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act fee, $500 drug enforcement fund, $100 each crime lab and biological fee, 30 days in the county jail, credit for 30 days served, 12 months community custody. On Aug. 3, Dejesus pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and unlawfully possessing methamphetamine on June 20.

State calls on insurers for help against flu

Companies are being asked to review and revise policies to help deal with the illness.

The Washington state Office of Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Health have urged health insurance companies operating in the state to take a close look at the upcoming flu season.

EMS council to meet, to discuss swine flu

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County EMS & Trauma Care Council will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of Walla Walla Community College.Agenda items will include a swine flu update, an update of regional goals, changes in dispatch protocol, a t

Prison task force to meet Tuesday

The group is trying to avoid job cuts at the penitentiary.

A community task force hoping to defray or defuse possible job cuts at the Washington State Penitentiary will hold its next meeting Tuesday.

Cigarette butts litter city playgrounds

Public smoking is nothing to play around with, one health experts says

Katie Redar is getting ready to raise a big stink.

Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend keeps rollin’

Last year 401 cars entered the Valley’s largest car show; this year there were 316.

WALLA WALLA — Cougars and Cobras, Beetles and Barracudas, Skylarks and Sting Rays were lined up along Main Street on Saturday for the Ninth Annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend, but there weren’t as many wheels as last year, event organizer Marty Gehrke said.

Smokers puffing up a storm in county

Washington’s adult smoking rate hit a new low for the sixth consecutive year, according to the state Department of Health.

Friday, September 11

Here comes the sun

Shortly after 7 a.m. today, light from a golden sun bathes the side of a wall on a building on the corner of Second Avenue and Poplar Streets as two passers-by marvel at their shadows. More sunshine is on the way for the weekend with temperatures expected to climb to the 90s on Saturday and Sunday and continue into the week.

Plant sale moves to new venue

If your front yard is like mine, let me first say I'm sorry to hear that.

Etc. - 09/11/09

Gretchen Hormel-Tomkins, a resource development specialist with WSU GEAR UP, said juniors and seniors linked 427 freshmen with Walla Walla High School during orientation Aug. 24. Eighty-eight upperclassmen completed nine hours of Link Crew training before Walla Walla High School's freshman orientation.

Set a seasonal calendar in your yard at solstice

At sunset on Sept. 22, I'll be in my backyard with a couple of stakes and twine, and I invite you to do something similar. With just those simple tools, you'll be able to see some of the fundamentals of the solar system and part of how we humans can tell

Vineyard Free Methodist Church to dedicate new building Sept. 20

WALLA WALLA -- The Vineyard Free Methodist Church, 343 S. Third Ave., will dedicate its new building and celebrate its grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The service will include music and dedication prayers along with a message from the Rev. Daniel Wi

Walla Walla church to host support group for divorce care

WALLA WALLA -- Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., will present DivorceCare, a 12-week seminar and support group for individuals who have experienced, or are experiencing the heartache and challenges of divorce or separation.The sessions

In the minutes - Athena Council

Members of the council are Eric Pickard, LaVerne Mitchell, John Shafer, Deborah Hayward and Carol Speed. Mayor is Charles Vickery. With all present Thursday the council:City HALL: Contractor Jeff Givens of Sid Johnson & Co. of Baker City presented his

In the minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Doug Krueger and Gene Warren. With all present Wednesday commissioners:

Emergency Services - 09/11/09

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

Weekly flu update

Flu is definitely in the area, said Harvey Crowder, administrator for Walla Walla County Public Health Department.

Politics seems to be at root of Oregon lawmakers' decision to monitor anti-tax petition

Lawmakers targeted a petition drive aimed at overturning a tax increase they approved.

The Oregon state Legislature is playing politics -- and playing it unfairly -- with taxpayer money. The Democrat-controlled Legislature allocated $135,000 to fund a team of 10 observers to monitor the activities of signature-gatherers trying to derail a $

Walla Walla attorney William McCool's trial wraps up

But the outcome won't be known until a visiting judge issues a ruling.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial of local attorney William McCool ended Thursday afternoon, but the outcome is in doubt.Visiting Superior Court Judge Richard W. Miller of Adams County told attorneys following closing arguments he will issue his verdict in a writt

Local lawnmower racers encouraged to enter at fair

DAYTON -- Lawn mower racers from the area are encouraged to participate in Sunday's races during the Columbia County Fair.

Touchet school negotiations remain on hold

TOUCHET -- Negotiations between the Touchet Education Association and Touchet School District will resume when the parties find mutually acceptable days for mediation to take place, according to a press release from the Washington Education Association Southeast.

Court Report - Superior Court

$n$ Federal funding awarded to train health professionals

The grants are part of $500 million in stimulus funds intended to address shortages in the work force.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced awards totaling $33 million to expand the training of health-care professionals.

Did William McCool's 'mistake' constitute a crime?

That's the crux of the case faced by local lawyer William McCool, whose barratry trial wrapped up Thursday.

WALLA WALLA - In determining beyond a reasonable doubt whether lawyer William McCool committed the crime of barratry, Judge Richard W. Miller will examine several legal issues outlined by attorneys in closing arguments at McCool's trial Thursday afternoon

Whitman to have open house at Sherwood Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College will throw open the doors of the new Sherwood Athletic Center Wednesday after an 18-month, $15.5 million facelift that transformed the 40-year-old structure into a state-of-the-art facility.The public open house, from 4 to

Whits to have Leadership Through Basketball clinics

?WALLA WALLA — Whitman College’s men’s basketball program will hold a series of Leadership Through Basketball developmental clinics beginning later this month at Sherwood Center.?The clinics are open to boys 7-to-14 years of age of all skill levels and wi

Pirates’ strong start can’t hold up against St. John-Endicott

?ST. JOHN — After a gang-busters start, Pomeroy dropped a four-game prep volleyball match to St. John-Endicott here on Thursday.?The Pirates swamped the Eagles 25-19 in the opening game, but lost the next three 25-17, 25-12 and 25-11.?The Pirates are now

Indians claim five-game volleyball victory over Irish

TOUCHET — Touchet and DeSales battled for five games before the Indians claimed a prep volleyball victory here on Thursday.?Touchet won 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25 and 15-10.?For DeSales the stat leaders included Kaitlin Duncan with 22 kills and 10 blocks;

Liberty Christian squeaks by Walla Walla Valley Academy

COLLEGE PLACE — Liberty Christian won three games by two points each on the way to a 3-1 prep volleyball victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here on Thursday.?The overall game scores were 28-26, 26-24, 25-21 and 26-24.?The loss gives the Knights a 0-2

Grizzlies roll to three-game victory over Arlington

?HELIX — Helix rolled to a three-game, non-conference prep volleyball victory over Arlington at the Griswold High gym here on Thursday.?The Grizzlies defeated the Honkers 25-8, 25-11 and 25-11.?Helix stat leaders included Kylee Rogers with 15 assists, 20-

Wa-Hi battles past Wildcats in three games Thursday

EAST WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi battled to a three-match Big Nine Conference Cascade Division victory over Eastmont here on Thursday.?The Blue Devils knocked off the Wildcats by a total of six points, 29-27, 25-23 and 25-23.

$n$ Walla Walla High School logo change runs into opposition

A move afoot to put a new face on the familiar blue mascot has its proponents but some vociferous critics, too.

WALLA WALLA - A new version of the Walla Walla High School mascot, the Blue Devil, has been cropping up since the start of school and the start of the fall sports season. And while the revamped blue devil can be seen on the Wa-Hi Web site, as well as th

Enterprise Outlaws ride off with 24-6 victory over Dayton

Enterprise capitalizes on Bulldog mistakes to garner the 24-6 football victory Thursday night.

DAYTON — In a game that could have been a lot closer, Enterprise scored one touchdown in each quarter and pulled away to a 24-6 non-league prep football victory over Dayton Thursday night on the Bulldogs’ field.

Six Pioneers score as Pioneers swamp Hermiston in boys soccer play

HERMISTON — With six different scorers, Mac-Hi swamped Hermiston 6-1 in a season-opening non-conference soccer match here on Thursday.Johnny Trevino, who had a pair of assists later, put the Pioneers on the board with an unassisted goal in the 12-minute.

Port of Columbia buys home for Blue Mountain Station

The food-processing park project will be built on 28 acres off US Highway 12.

DAYTON -- Blue Mountain Station, the Port of Columbia's long-term business development strategy, now has a home. Port Commissioners agreed to buy four parcels totaling about 28 acres at 36543 Highway 12. Blue Mountain Station is billed as the world's firs

Thursday, September 10

$u$ Local attorney’s trial wraps up

But the outcome won’t be known until a visiting judge issues a written ruling.

WALLA WALLA — The trial of local attorney William McCool has ended, but the outcome is in doubt.Visiting Superior Court Judge Richard W. Miller of Adams County told attorneys after closing arguments about 2:40 p.m. Thursday he will issue his verdict in a

Penrose Lane plays Beatles tribut concert

Dressed in proper Beatles attire, Penrose Lane band members Richard Easton (teal jacket) and Randy Kaping (pink jacket) talk with fans during a break from playing a Beatles tribute concert outside Hot Poop on Tuesday afternoon.


When you're 2 years old, the best part of gardening is the dirt. Chastity Paddock pretends to plant a sunflower in dirt she dug up. Chastity is the youngest member of the Kids Garden Club in Dixie, which operates a weekly mini-farmers market off of U.S. Highway 23.

Hamley's hosts concerts during Round-Up

PENDLETON -- Hamley's Slickfork Saloon, 30 S.E. Court Ave., has two concerts set to go during Round-Up week. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. the doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Crow's Shadow to host artists from New Zealand

International artist Marty Vreede and his wife, Marilyn, will be visiting Crow's Shadow Sept. 18 through Oct. 4 thanks to funding from a Fulbright Scholarship.

Suncatcher will celebrate fourth anniversary

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A combined artist reception and fourth anniversary celebration will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Suncatcher Studio & Fine Crafts, 508 N. Main St.

Wheatland Wheelers club to hold family fun ride Tuesday

The Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club will hold a family fun ride and dessert social at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Wildwood Park on the corner of Boyer Avenue and Division Street.

Whitman hosts open house for athletic center

Whitman College will hold an opening reception from 4-6 p.m Wednesday at the newly remodeled Sherwood Athletic Center, Park Street and Boyer Avenue.

The Fat Tones to play at Sapolil

WALLA WALLA -- The Fat Tones will play from 8-11 p.m. Friday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. The trio from Spokane is known for rock-infused blues. The appearance is co-sponsored by The Walla Walla Blues Society. There is a $5 cover.

YWCA Party with a Purpose to be held Sept. 19

The Walla Walla YWCA will host its second Party with a Purpose event at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture Center.

Poet Beers to sign books at Book and Game Saturday

Shaindel Beers, author of a compilation of poems titled "A Brief History of Time," will be signing books 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Walla Walla Book and Game, 38 E. Main St.

Missionary to be portrayed at Museum

WALLA WALLA -- Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will hold a Living History Company presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday. Catholic missionary Father Eugene Chirouse will be portrayed.

Watercolorist's first show to be at Walla Walla Roastery

For a man who has examined projects in blue and white for decades, Gary King would appear to be a big fan of color -- portrayed with intense depth and vibrant surpriseThe Tacoma-area building contractor has read blueprints, drawn straight lines and squar

New at the library

"Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey." He was the voice of an era. Millions grew up listening to Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Rest of the Story, and trusted the great man who spoke for the little guy. "Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story" by Paul J. Batu

Newcomers Club to host first social Wednesday at YWCA

WALLA WALLA -- Newcomers Club Walla Walla Valley will hold its first social Wednesday at the YWCA, 213 S. First Ave. The social will run from 7-9 p.m. with a guest speaker, the local author known as Sam McLeod, at 8.

New Hope Christian Church to hold grand opening Sunday

WALLA WALLA -- New Hope Christian Church will hold its grand opening Sunday at 10 a.m.The church meets in the fellowship hall of Central Christian Church, 66 S. Palouse St. and is pastored by Ken Mayberry.

Film Society kicks off season next Thursday in Dayton

DAYTON -- The new Liberty Theater Film Society kicks off the fall season Thursday, Sept. 17, with "The Hurt Locker," one of four independent and foreign films offered through October.Other films are "Away We Go," Oct. 1, "Moon," Oct. 15, and "In The Loop,

Town hall on health care to be held today at armory

WALLA WALLA -- A town hall-style meeting will be presented by the Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots at the National Guard Armory, 113 S. Colville St., tonight at 7 p.m.The event will address health care reform and fiscal responsibility in achieving it. Speak

Applicants sought for vacancy on board of Walla Walla fair

Applications are being taken to fill a vacancy on the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board of directors.The person appointed to the position will fill the unexpired term of board member Tim Corfield, who died in early August. The term has two years re

New site features food safety information

The federal government unveiled a new consumer Web site today at The site is designed to help consumers and families get current information on food safety and food recalls in one place, officials with the U.S. Department of Health and

Esmeralda Naverette-Mendez

Sept. 4, 2009

Esmeralda Naverette-Mendez, the daughter of Jorge Luis and Ana Valdez Mendez of 401 S.E. Elm St., College Place, was stillborn Sept. 4, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Dorothy Oswald

June 16, 1920 -- Sept. 8, 2009

Dorothy Jane Oswald, 89, of 167 Commercial St. died Sept. 8, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Veronica Anzevino

April 28, 1915 -- Sept. 7, 2009

Veronica I. Anzevino, 94, of 601 Village Way, No. 60, died Sept. 7, 2009, at her home.


Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, Mark Clark and Dennis Snider. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

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WW County



Walla Wallan M. Brent Leonhard published a new 152-page paperback book in August. Printed by ABA (American Bar Association) Book Publishing, "About Tribal Contracting: Understanding and Drafting Business Contracts with American Indian Tribes," would be of


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

Punishment for Oregon football star was harsh but necessary

Maybe this is the start of tough punishments that make it clear abhorrent behavior will not be tolerated.

It's been about a week since the nation watched on ESPN as University of Oregon football player LeGarrette Blount punched Boise State player Byron Hout and then had to be restrained by an Oregon coach and security guards as he tried to get into the stands

State calls on insurers for flu help

Companies are being asked to review and revise policies to help deal with the illness.

The Washington state Office of Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Health has urged health insurance companies operating in the state to take a close look at the upcoming flu season. In a letter to insurance companies, insurance commissioner Mike

Columbia County Fair to kick off Friday morning

Among the highlights of this year's fair: American Racing Mowers Association lawnmower races.

DAYTON -- "Ewe R Welcome" is the theme of the 119th Columbia County Fair, which opens Friday morning with a free breakfast for gate pass holders. Activities abound throughout the three days of the fair, with kids games, musical entertainment, a magician,

Wednesday, September 9

Felony charge against Walla Walla lawyer thrown out

A visiting judge late Wednesday afternoon dismissed the more serious of two charges against a well-known local defense attorney accused of improperly issuing a document purporting to be a subpoena in connection with a client's business dispute. William Mc

Trial opens for Walla Walla lawyer

WALLA WALLA — Witnesses began testifying Wednesday in the trial of a well-known local attorney accused of improperly issuing a document purporting to be a subpoena in connection with a client’s business dispute.William McCool faces charges of improperly o


Warren Rood laughs as he displays his fingerprint on the smooth,m oily surface of a freshly cut piece of rock in the basement of his home. Rood is busy handcrafting polished pieces for several display cases at this weekend's Gem and Mineral Show. See ''A love of lapidary'' for complete story.

Local man to lead 2 planning groups

A Walla Walla man with a long history in tourism and business is set to head a pair of regional planning and development groups.Duane Wollmuth, whose resume includes ownership of Three Rivers Winery, a senior vice presidency for Blue Mountain Cellular and

Providence St. Mary sleep disorders center re-accredited

The Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center recently received program re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Tickets on sale for Women of Distinction dinner

The Soroptimist International of Walla Walla Valley is selling tickets for its annual Women of Distinction dinner, slated for Oct. 17 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.

Jazz, wine event to raise fun, funds

Friends of Children of Walla Walla will present "A Little Jazz and Wine Among Friends" this weekend.The music and wine festival begins Friday and continues on Saturday night on Main Street.

Idaho man faces October trial in connection with standoff

Christopher S. Robling faces eight felony charges related to the incident Aug. 25.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges accusing him of leading police officers on a chase along city streets last month and then breaking into an unoccupied house at Second Avenue and Maple Street resulting in an hours-long standoff.Chri




Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Dave Laughery, Melody Hirsch and Donna Hunt. Mayor is Alan Gould. With Hirsch absent Tuesday the council:


Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Garry Snyder and David Bailey. With all present in a special meeting Tuesday the board:


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


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

Emergency Services: 09/09/09

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


Washington State Penitentiary employees once again collected school supplies and brought them to the Walla Walla School District for distribution to students unable to afford them. WSP employees Mary Moss and Joanne Sams delivered boxes of supplies that c

Dorothy Oswald

June 16, 1920 -- Sept. 8, 2009

Dorothy Jane Oswald, 89, of 521 Cherry St. died Sept. 8, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Jim Sanford Sr.

Feb. 4, 1928 -- Sep. 4, 2009Waitsburg resident Jim Sanford Sr., 81, died Sept. 4, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Waitsburg resident Jim Sanford Sr., 81, died Sept. 4, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Jerry Taylor

Aug. 15, 1942 -- Sept. 5, 2009

STARBUCK -- Jerry Wayne Taylor, 67, of 113 Main St. died Sept. 5, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Virgil Kilgore

April 20, 1934 -- Aug. 13, 2009

LA GRANDE -- Former Weston resident Virgil Lee "Killer" Killgore, 75, died from complications of kidney failure on Aug. 13, 2009, at Evergreen Vista Rehabilitation Center.

Barbara Rigsby

Feb. 17, 1934 -- Sept. 2, 2009

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Former Walla Walla resident Barbara Lee Rigsby, 75, died Sept. 2, 2009.

Obama's speech to students had sound advice

The president urged students to take responsibility for their education and cautioned them about their Internet postings.

When President Obama gave a back-to-school address at Wakefield High School in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that was broadcast in classrooms across the nation -- including some in Walla Walla -- he was quickly roasted by critics who claimed he was using t

Oregon golfers take top prizes at Wine Valley Invite

WALLA WALLA — Oregon golfers took home the top prizes in the first Wine Valley Best-Ball Invitational that was held over the weekend at the Wine Valley Golf Club.Brian Nosler of Portland and Brad Mombert of Bend hooked up for a 36-hole score of 131 to cla

The Dredge Report tells the tale of the Sumpter Valley gold-digging behemoth

The earth-eating, praying-mantis-shaped Sumpter Valley gold-digging dredge is one stop on a tour on the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn scenic byways.

The Sumpter Valley gold-digging dredge, even in a rusted and immobile state, conjures up images of an earth-eating, praying-mantis-shaped monster.Well, that’s what I thought as Nora the Schnauzer and I toured the behemoth with Oregon Parks and Recreation

Seniors Zaro, McDaniels stand out in Blue Devils’ volleyball victory

Wa-Hi rides senior leadership to a three-game victory over Moses Lake to open the Big Nine Conference volleyball season.

Outside hitter Courtney Zaro had 10 kills and three aces and a fellow senior — setter Jill McDaniels — added 14 assists, seven digs and four kills to help lead Wa-Hi to a 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Moses Lake in Big Nine Conference volleyball action

TigerScots, Grizzlies duke it out at Mac-Hi volleyball invitational.

The two teams win their other matches, but play each other to a tie Tuesday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Weston-McEwen knocked off three of its opponents and tied a fourth during the Mac-Hi invitational volleyball tournament here Tuesday night.

Mac-Hi girls open season with 2-1 loss to The Dalles

THE DALLES, Ore. — Mac-Hi’s girls soccer team played its first official game here Tuesday and came out on the short end of a 2-1 score against The Dalles-Wahtonka.

Walla Walla man's love of gems, minerals rekindled by visit to show

Warren Rood is eyes-deep in rocks and minerals, and has been since attending a local gem and mineral show.

WALLA WALLA - A local man's love of gems and minerals got a kick start several years back when he and his sons attended a show of the Marcus Whitman Gem & Mineral Society. Since then, Warren Rood's interest in rocks has deepened, and he pours hours in

Gem & Mineral Society to hold annual show this weekend at fairgrounds

Member of the Marcus Whitman Gem & Mineral Society will show their treasures Saturday and Sunday.

WALLA WALLA - The Marcus Whitman Gem & Mineral Society will hold its annual show this weekend at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. The exhibition features members' polished and unpolished rocks and minerals and dealer displays. Among the highlights:

Tuesday, September 8

Pacific Power offers low-income residents bill help

WALLA WALLA — Pacific Power electric customers who need assistance with energy bills can apply at Blue Mountain Action Council for help.

Group seeks veteran-related participants

Interested people are being sought to establish a Milton-Freewater-based Disabled American Veterans chapter.The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. The group now has chapters all o

Helpline puts out call for blankets

Cold weather, while still stepping lightly, is definitely walking toward Walla Walla and Helpline is in need of blankets of all sizes in clean and reasonable condition.

'Greenhouse gas' complicated, but must be understood

We hear about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. This primarily refers to limiting our generation of carbon dioxide gas by burning fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is the principle "greenhouse gas" contributing to global warming.The story of how

Transportation open house set for Wednesday in Richland

RICHLAND -- Regional transportation plans will be the focus of an open house Wednesday hosted by the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments.

Use of sidewalks for displays under scrutiny in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The use of sidewalks to display merchandise is being scrutinized by the City Council nuisance committee and Mayor Markeeta Little Wolf. A proposed ordinance would address requirements for businesses wanting to place merchandise on the sidewal

Men hospitalized after apparent attack at home near Athena

ATHENA -- Two men were hospitalized after an apparent break-in and attack at their home.According to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, the attack took place at a residence in the 79700 block of Lamarr Gulch Road, north of Athena.

On The Agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

Thomas Fulgham

July 25, 1949 -- Sept. 6, 2009

Thomas Richard Fulgham, 60, of Walla Walla died Sept. 6, 2009, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Legislature suffers from shortsightedness

It seems to see only as far as the end of the budget cycle, thinking the future will take care of itself.

It doesn't take much observation to see that the Legislature suffers from an acute case of shortsightedness.It seems the members can't see farther than the end of the current budget biennium. How else can you explain year after year of adding expensive pr

Youthful Dixie gardeners earn experience, cash with club, weekly market

The Kids Garden Club in Dixie sets up shop with a mini farmers market each week along US Highway 12.

DIXIE -- Each Tuesday afternoon since the end of May, members of the Kids Garden Club have sold their wares along U.S. Highway 12 in Dixie.A mini farmers market peopled with smallish vendors is worth the stop just for the "cute" factor, not to mention vin

Huskies unveil High-Def product

SEATTLE -- The change was obvious the first time Washington touched the ball. The stadium was filled with people and possibilities. Everything was clear again, as if Washington football finally was being played in High Definition.

Steps can reduce driving accidents

According to Tom Vanderbilt in his book "Traffic," driving is probably the most complex everyday thing we do. It is a skill that consists of at least 1,500 "sub-skills."He makes reference to a survey of one stretch of road in Maryland found a piece of inf

Waitsburg mill burns to ground

The cause of Sunday's fire is under investigation

WAITSBURG -- A raging fire Sunday destroyed the Preston-Shaffer Mill, the building also known as "Wait's Mill" that gave the city its name.The fire was reported at 4:10 a.m., and flames quickly engulfed the vacant, five-story wooden structure, which dates

Jockey Doll rides five winners on final day of pari-mutuel horse racing

The WW Fair’s pari-mutuel races wind down Sunday with jockey Connie Doll on top of her game.

WALLA WALLA — Connie Doll rode home five winners Sunday during the final day of pari-mutuel horse racing at the Walla Walla Fair, including two of the day’s four featured races.Doll was aboard Easily a Smash Hit for a fast run of 13.38 seconds in winning

Top-ranked bareback riders square off at Frontier Days Rodeo

Top-ranked Clint Cannon’s 84 nips No. 2-ranked Bobby Mote on the final night of Frontier Days.

WALLA WALLA – The two top-ranked bareback riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings squared off Sunday night during the final performance of the 2009 Frontier Days Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.Zac Compton’s 81 ride on Saturday

Saturday, September 5

Wrights duel at Frontier Days Rodeo

WALLA WALLA – Jesse Wright watched as his brother, Cody, set the standard in saddle bronc riding here in action at the Saturday night performance of the Frontier Days Rodeo.Cody rode a horse called Dusty to a Saturday night best score of 78 to move into s

Coyotes catch Granger, take 24-13 victory to open season

The Coyotes score three second-half TDs to overcome a 13-3 halftime deficit in Friday’s opener.

GRANGER — After trailing throughout the first half, Burbank found the end zone three times after the intermission and came away with a 24-13 comeback victory over Granger here Friday night to kick off the 2009 prep football season.Trailing 13-3 at the bre

Shorthanded Bulldogs no match for Vikings’ front-line muscle in Umatilla

Umatilla takes advantage of a shorthanded Dayton team for a 32-0 victory Friday night.

UMATILLA, Ore. — Shorthanded at the outset, Dayton was no match for Umatilla’s physical play up front here Friday night as the Vikings dominated the Bulldogs 32-0 in a season-opening non-league prep football game.“They were very good up front, a senior-lo

Villasenor paces Whitman men at annual Whitman Invitational cross country meet

Alfredo Villasenor finishes 10th at the Whitman Invitational cross country meet.

WALLA WALLA — Malcolm Dunn, the men’s cross country coach at Whitman College, predicted that his freshman class could surprise some opponents this fall, and on Saturday freshman Alfredo Villasenor made his coach look like a soothsayer.Running a time of 19

McCune shines, paces Missionary women at annual Whitman Invitational cross country meet

Whitman’s women showcased their depth Saturday morning during their annual invitational cross country meet at Fort Walla Walla Park by placing eight runners among the top 19 finishers.Senior captain Sara McCune posted the Missionaries top performance in t

Eagles soar to Waitsburg-Prescott volleyball tournament title

WALLA WALLA — A pair of Whitman County teams dominated their respective pools and met for the championship Saturday during the annual Waitsburg-Prescott volleyball tournament hosted by Walla Walla Community College at the Dietrich Dome.

Lightning strikes Irish in 20-0 loss to La Salle

La Salle’s Lightning strikes for three first-half TDs and comes away with a 20-0 victory Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Lightning struck three times Friday night at Ty Baffney Field in the first 24 minutes of non-conference football action.La Salle made those three first half scores stand up as the Lightning avenged last season’s season-ending loss to DeSales

Walla Walla Community College women fall to visiting Northwest University, 1-0

Northwest University scores in the first half and makes the goal hold up for the victory.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Northwest University managed just three shots and one goal Saturday afternoon during a women’s collegiate soccer match with Walla Walla Community College at Warrior Field.But the first-half marker proved the difference as the Eagles

Three jockeys zip to two wins at pari-mutuel horse races.

Jockeys Ruben Camacho, Freddy Ibarra and Ty Dangerfield each post two wins at the pari-mutuel horse races.

WALLA WALLA — Jockeys Ruben Camacho, Freddy Ibarra and Ty Dangerfield each posted a pair of victories Saturday during the second day of pari-mutual horse racing as part of the annual Fair and Frontier Days at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.Camacho won races

Youths arrested for throwing apples at vehicles

WALLA WALLA — Police questioned four juveniles on Saturday when apples were hurled from an orchard at vehicles traveling on state Highway 125.The vandalism occurred between Myra Road and Plaza Way. Police apprehended four juveniles ages 12-14 in an orcha

Accidents send two to hospital

WALLA WALLA — Washington State Patrol was called in on at least two accidents this weekend, one involving a motorcycle and a hay baler outside of Touchet, and the other a rollover on state Highway 125 that required extrication of the driver.The rollover h

Roy Knott

Oct. 10, 1923 — Sept. 5, 2009

Returning veterans highlight parade

About a dozen of the 37 local National Guard members who returned in August rode in the parade.

WALLA WALLA — As expected in a parade, numerous people, animals, classic autos and men in fezzes driving tiny cars migrated down Main Street on Saturday.But what was unexpected was that a mission was also accomplished for the soldiers of war."These soldie

Old McDonald has a petting zoo ... at the fair

Zenada Voss has run the fair attraction for almost 15 years.

WALLA WALLA — Petting zoos probably weren’t a big part of county fairs in the past, at least in rural areas where many people had some type of farm animal in their yard or their neighbor’s.

Tools of the trade

As is customary, new tractors and old mix at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. The display of vintage farm gear and brand spanking new rigs shows — if nothing else — how far comfort has come from the old days to the new.


Teachers must get Latino parents involved in education

For educators, parental involvement of first-generation Latino Hispanic parents is a tough issue.

Military should kick butts, snuff out tobacco use

Nicotine actually adds to stress because of its addictive properties, and tax dollars are being wasted.

The military always seems to lag behind the rest of society in making changes.



Walla Walla woman feted at 106th birthday bash

With a slew of candles ablaze and music of the century provided by pianist Roger Thiesen, Park Plaza staffers, residents, family and friends honored Dorothy Anne Hill on her 106th birthday recently.

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Despite Peter’s denial, Jesus singled him out

My commentary today is based on one of the readings set for this date by the Orthodox Church, Mark 16:1-8.

Pedal Tractor Pulls harness kid power

The free competition is designed for kids 4-12. The event will take place three times today.

WALLA WALLA — A scaled-down version of a tractor-pulling competition has been added to this year’s Walla Walla County Fair for the first time.Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls, a free grounds show for kids 4-12, is modeled after the adult tractor-pull competitions

Friday, September 4

Health officials confirm H1N1 flu in Umatilla County

Umatilla County Health Department officials announced today that a case of H1N1 influenza, or swine, flu virus has been confirmed in the eastern part of Umatilla County.


Firefighter Rob Nelson takes his turn on a mechanical bull during Gun Vs. Hoses, a competition between police and firefighters at the Walla Wala Fair & Frontier Days on Thursday afternoon. The top six competitors ride today for the championship.


Golden fields of stubble met a wide-open, western sky just east of Walla Walla as the remnants of Thursday's sunset paid visual homage to a fair and beautiful land.

Run-in with coyote puts vaccines in perspective

One December's afternoon a few years ago I crawled through a barbwire fence buried in the snow. It was an experience that led me to relearn a lesson of virology -- the science of viruses and their nasty affects on us bigger creatures.

Two dam crossings temporarily close

WALLA WALLA -- Road crossings at Little Goose and Lower Monumental dams on the Lower Snake River will be temporarily closed starting Tuesday.

Walla Walla Water Watcher

Water update: The precipitation in the City for September 2008 was .38 inches and for September 2009 thus far, it is 0.00 inches.

Judge must decide case, not solution

The lawsuit trying to force the state to pay the full cost of education is deja vu all over again.

What could prove to be one of the most important court cases in the state's history is finishing the first of an anticipated six-week trial in King County Superior Court.In reality this case could take years to eventually reach a decision by the state Sup

Barbara Rigsby

Feb. 17, 1934 -- Sept. 2, 2009

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Former Walla Walla resident Barbara Rigsby, 75, died Sept. 2, 2009, in Vancouver.

Sandra Riley

July 6, 1948 -- Sept. 2, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Sandra Jean Riley, 61, of Tum-A-Lum Road died Sept. 2, 2009, in Milton-Freewater.

Alan Bryant

Oct. 12, 1948 -- Sept. 2, 2009

Alan Harold Bryant, 60, of Walla Walla died Sept. 2, 2009, at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Weekly flu update

With the starting of the school year, there have been some predictable "uptick" of flu-like illnesses among the area's student population, noted Harvey Crowder, administrator for Walla Walla County Public Health Department.

Etc. - 09/04/09

The Rev. Lon Stokes, associate pastor at Christian Life Center, garnered a guided elk archery hunt with outdoor outfitters Wes and Jodi Clark of TV's "Higher Ground."The program honors people deemed to be heroes by giving them a guided hunt somewhere in t

Campaign against girl-on-girl abuse, violence rolls in to Walla Walla

Two women who are working to put a stop to girl-on-girl violence and abuse will visit the city this weekend.

Two women are traveling with their mothers in a campaign aimed at putting an end to girl-on-girl violence, abuse and crime. Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud will be in the city during the Fair & Frontier Days as they work on a documentary for the Kind Ca

Washington, Oregon in line for federal health-care funds

The federal money is intended to help uninsured people get coverage.

In Washington, newly granted federal money will help subsidize health insurance for employees of small businesses in the state, officials say. Washington and Oregon are among 13 states that can cash in on a $70.9 million grant announced Thursday by the U.

Confrontation puts Touchet school contract talks on hold

A union representative became physically aggressive toward the mediator, the school superintendent said.

Touchet school contract talks broke down Thursday after a physical confrontation, officials say. The discussions were halted when a union negotiator became aggressive toward mediator Sally Carpenter, according to school Superintendent Dan McDonald. The ne

Wa-Hi’s Drew Reinland accepts golf scholarship at LCSC

Wa-Hi senior Drew Reinland will play one more season for the Blue Devils before heading to Lewiston.

WALLA WALLA — Drew Reinland, Wa-Hi’s junior All-Big Nine Conference first-team golfer and the recently crowned Walla Walla All-City tournament champion, has signed to attend and play golf for Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, in 2010.Reinl

Walla Walla University goes 1-1 on day one of Central Washington VB Tourney

ELLENSBURG — Walla Walla University lost in three games to Western Washington and then defeated Evergreen State College in four games at the Central Washington Invitational here on Thursday.The NCAA DII Vikings (ranked No. 21 nationally) defeated the Wol

Waitsburg-Prescott opens football season with 25-6 victory

Waitsburg-Prescott rushes for 183 yards and throws for 185 in the 25-6 victory over a Kennewick junior varsity split squad Thursday night.

WAITSBURG — Sophomore quarterback Zach Bartlow passed for 185 yards and rushed for 110 more yards and two touchdowns as Waitsburg-Prescott’s offense was balanced and dominant here Thursday night in a 25-6 season-opening football victory over Kennewick’s j

VIDEO: 2009 Fall Football Preview - Wa-Hi Blue Devils

Web producer Jeremy Gonzalez stopped by a recent Blue Devil practice to talk to coach Marc Yonts about the upcoming football season.

VIDEO: 2009 Fall Football Preview - Desales Fighting Irish

Web producer Jeremy Gonzalez stopped by a recent Fighting Irish practice to talk to coach Pat Graham about the upcoming football season.

Do your date night right

It’s a rare and elusive creature: date night for mom and dad.After rearranging schedules, feeding the family early and laying out the essential bedtime stories, it’s finally here. The sitter has arrived, the kids are in their jammies, and it’s time to go.

Thursday, September 3

Washington, Oregon to receive federal dollars for expansion of health-care coverage

Washington and Oregon are among 13 states to receive federal dollars for expansion of health-care coverage for uninsured people.


Superior Court


New at the library

Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:

Walla Walla BMX club invites kids to try the sport Sunday

Walla Walla BMX is sponsoring a free one-day membership for anyone to come and try the sport of bicycle motocross on Sunday at the Fort Walla Walla BMX course, 1530 Dalles-Military Road.

Gary Winston & The Real Deal to perform at Sapolil Cellars

Gary Winston & The Real Deal will play from 8-11 p.m. Friday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Destination Milton-Freewater arts, crafts weekend Sept. 18-20

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Destination Milton-Freewater will have an arts and crafts weekend Sept. 18-20.A wine and cider tasting evening icebreaker kicks off the weekend at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Blue Mountain Cider Co. and Watermill Winery, 235 E. Broadway. Worksh

Borges' photographs to be displayed at Willow

"Enduring Spirit," an exhibit of photographs by Phil Borges with special guest exhibitor Laci Cole, will open Friday at Willow, 2 E. Rose St. The gallery will be open until 8 that evening.

'Child's Play' exhibit at Kirkman

"Child's Play," an exhibit of toys spanning over one hundred years, is the current exhibit at Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St.

Fort Walla Walla Museum to host women's arts exhibit

A new exhibit, "Quilts and Dresses: Traditional Women's Arts," will open Sept. 11 in the headquarters conference room of Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. The museum's annual heritage quilt show will be part of an exhibit that will be displayed thro

Japanese immigrant will be portrayed at museum

The Living History presentation at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will be 2 p.m. Sunday. Yuso Shinbo, Japanese immigrant and restaurateur, will be portrayed by his son, Art Shinbo. Yuso Shinbo was born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1888. In the early 1

No admission fee Friday at Tomastlikt Culutral Institute

PENDLETON -- Visits to the Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331, are free this Friday.From 1-5 p.m. Blue Mountain Wildlife brings in some live raptors for up-close interaction with these impressive birds of prey.

Tamstslikt to host double book signing

PENDLETON -- There will be a book signing for two newly published books from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331.The authors of "Pendleton Round-Up at 100: Oregon's Legendary Rodeo," Ann Terry Hill and Michael Bales

Artist pieces together works for mosaic exhibit

Somerville (Mass.) Museum selected works by Walla Walla artist Margaret Ryan for an all-mosaic exhibition there Sept. 10-Oct. 31. The exhibit includes examples of fine art pieces and decorative and functional art objects. Ryan said Somerville, adjacent t

Humor, hits with Blake Shelton at concert

The dark silhouttes of cowboy hats swayed to and fro in the festiva seating audience Wednesday night at the 2009 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Concert is headliner Blake Shelton powered through heart-breaking ballads and rocked the stage and crowd with songs.

DAILY BULLETIN -Town Hall-style meeting set in Pendleton on veterans' issues

PENDLETON -- The governor's policy advisor on veterans' issues will hold a public town hall-style meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Community Room, 500 S.W. Dorion Ave.Paul Evans and former members of the Governor's Task Force on Veterans' Serv

DAILY BULLETIN - Student art work on display during Fair & Frontier Days

WALLA WALLA - Local students art work and class projects will be on display at the Education Building during the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. Guests will have a chance to see displays of work made by students from several schools through Sunday.

Touchet teacher contract mediation under way at school

TOUCHET -- Mediation between the Touchet Education Association and the school district began this morning at the school.After five bargaining sessions teachers and the district were unable to reach an agreement. Bargaining began July 15.

Guard invites veterans to join Saturday's Fair & Frontier Days Parade

WALLA WALLA -- Veterans from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are invited to join the parade Saturday.Members of all services are welcome to ride or walk with returned members of the 181st Brigade Support Battalion who will take p

Penitentiary team on training mission finds marijuana grow

WALLA WALLA -- A team of Washington State Penitentiary officers training to find escaped inmates found something else Wednesday.The seven-member Inmate Recovery Team came across a marijuana grow operation near Bennington Lake about 11:15 a.m., according t


While at a scientific research camp on Mount Rainier, Michael "Mike" Miller, 14, caught a species of butterfly never previously documented there. The discovery of the rust-brown, pumpkin-orange and creamy white euphydryas anicia, commonly known as anicia

Army shows it knows how to get things done

The EPA recently announced that one of the Army's chemical weapons disposal plants had been properly cleaned and closed

There is never a dearth of things to write about when you are looking at situations in which the government is involved. Usually, it is a lament about bureaucratic bungling.Once in awhile, however, there are success stories that go almost unnoticed. On


Council members are Leroy Cunningham, Jeff Broom, Kathleen Powers, Bart Baxter and Ken Lenhart. Mayor is Markeeta Little Wolf. With all present Wednesday the council:

IN THE MINUTES - Dayton School Board

Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Garry Snyder and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday the board:


Board members are Mary Jo Geidl, president; Max Carrera, Anne Golden, Jim Lehmann and Cindy Meyer. With Carrera absent Tuesday, the board:HIRES: Approved hiring Sarah Maheras as Green Park kindergarten teacher; Shana Smith as temp math teacher at Pioneer

Teens detained in possible gang-related confrontation at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA -- Two teens were taken to the Juvenile Justice Center after a possible gang-related confrontation Tuesday at Walla Walla High School.According to a sheriff's report, a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy were detained by campus security for f


The Labor Day holiday is Monday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

OFFICE BUILDINGS: All federal, state and county offices will be closed. Walla Walla, College Place, and Milton-Freewater city offices will be closed.

Walla Walla city, county officers round up suspects in June fight downtown

Seven arrests -- out of eight warrants issued -- were made today in connection with a major fight downtown in June.

WALLA WALLA -- Eight teenagers and young adults are accused of felony riot and assault in connection with a massive gang-related fight that erupted downtown in June.A team of about 10 area law enforcement officers nabbed all but one of the suspects this m

Howard Grogan

Jan. 9, 1927 -- Aug. 29, 2009

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Howard J. Grogan, 82, of 904 Lamb St. died Aug. 29, 2009, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way.


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Fire, ambulance runs

County Department of Human Services head to resign

Sharon Saffer plans to step down Oct. 1 to work in private practice.

WALLA WALLA -- After nearly a decade in the employment of Walla Walla County, the head of the Department of Human Services is leaving to pursue a "passion for working with the psychology of organizations and individuals in private practice."Sharon Saffer

Pari-mutuel horse racing scheduled this week at Walla Walla Fair

Racing runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — It’s status quo for pari-mutuel horse racing at this year’s Walla Walla Fair, with plenty of horses available, plenty of jockeys and favorable weather conditions in the forecast. On top of that, racing handles throughout the Northwest are up

Helix seniors have higher goal for volleyball team

The four seniors on the Helix varsity volleyball team want to improve on two state title second-place finishes and a third-place showing during their prep career with their ultimate goal: a state cham

HELIX — A trio of top-three finishes in the Oregon Class 1A state tournament and three district championships in as many seasons would lead one to believe that the four seniors on the 2009 Helix varsity volleyball team have already secured their legacy in

Members of Walla Walla’s fire, police to ride mechanical bull at Fair

Bravest vs. Finest pits fire and police department members beginning today, with the finals slated Friday.

WALLA WALLA — It will be the Bravest vs. the Finest on display at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Thursday and Friday as representatives of the Walla Walla Fire Department and Walla Walla Police Department ride a mechanical bull in competition for the Tim Cor

Blake Shelton, Joey + Rory mix humor, hits at fair concert

Joey + Rory warmed up the crowd for Blake Shelton at Wednesday's kickoff concert at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Wednesday night's concert at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days kept the heat up late into the night. Joey + Rory warmed up the crowd with a mix of music and humor and Blake Shelton rocked the crowd with favorites like "Some Beach" and "Home."Besides

Comment sought at pair of meetings on planned wind project

The Snake River Wind Energy Project would cover about 95,000 acres in Columbia and Garfield counties.

POMEROY — Public comment regarding the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project will be taking during open house meetings Wednesday and Thursday. Comments received during the open house meetings will be used to guide the scope of an environmental impact statement for the wind energy project.

Wednesday, September 2

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will pay largest health-care fraud settlement in history

U.S. Justice Department announces largest health-care fraud settlement in history

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc., and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, Inc., have agreed to pay $2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil issues arising from the company's illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products, the U.S. Justice Department announced today.


Bulldogger Gabe Ledoux of Kaplan, La., rides a wave of dirt to the ground after failing to catch his steer during the first round of Frontier Days Rodeo action Tuesday morning in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena.

WASL's demise can't result in an end to education reform

The sense of urgency that made the WASL an important tool needs to be felt with the new tests.

The WASL results were released recently. Few cared. Why should they? The Washington Assessment of Student Learning, which has been abandoned by new Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, has become irrelevant. Let's hope the zeal to improve educ

Fresh Rescue to aid local folks via Alberstson's

Joe Albertson's supermarket is teaming up on a couple of projects to benefit local people in need of a helping hand.Fresh Rescue, a partnership between Albertsons and Second Harvest Inland Northwest, is expanding to include the Walla Walla store.Through F

In The Minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Vacant Milton-Freewater home damaged in fire Monday night

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A vacant home was damaged in a fire on Monday, and the cause remains under investigation. City fire chief Shane Garner said crews received several reports of a house on fire at 132 Dehaven St. about 8:30 p.m.

Session on preserving historic barns set for Thursday in Dayton

The afernoon session in Dayton is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

DAYTON -- A program to preserve historic barns will be the subject of a workshop Thursday at the Dayton Memorial Library.Sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the workshop on the the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative will begin

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Walla Walla County


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Etc. - 09/02/09

Walla Walla High School pocket sports schedules are available at district schools, the district office, 364 S. Park St., and area businesses. Sports schedules are also online at and Blue Devil football will be broadcast

Director of Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services tenders resignation

WALLA WALLA - Sharon Saffer, director of Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services, tendered her resignation from the job on Tuesday.Citing an intent to pursue her passion for working with the psychology of organizations and individuals in private

Photo Gallery: Fair & Frontier Days Rodeo

A collection of images from the first day of competition during the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days rodeo.

Five Whitman seniors enter the 2009 women’s soccer season with ‘strong expectations’

The seniors on the Missionary women’s soccer team set their sights on a NWC championship.

WALLA WALLA — Four full-time starters, including all-Northwest Conference first-team selections Corina Gabbert and Courtney Porter, return for a Whitman College’s women’s soccer team that is determined to improve on last year’s third-place finish in the c

Missionary cross country team has nothing but positive signs as season opens

A strong senior contingent leads the Whit women’s cross country team, while the men welcome a deep group of freshmen.

WALLA WALLA — The signs are all positive as the Whitman College cross country teams take dead aim at outrunning their successes from a year ago.A strong senior class leads the nationally-ranked women’s squad while the men’s group figures to be stronger wi

Blue Heaven Mine draws Nora the Schnauzer

A hike up the North Fork John Day Trail brings back memories of a decade-old trip to the cabin at the Blue Heaven Mine and the man who worked the claim for 30 years, Guy Hafer.

In Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night,” swirled, oversized yellow and white stars hang over a darkened rural hamlet. Some critics called him “weird,” to put it gently, for the visions that he placed on canvas. I recalled “Starry Night” when I stoo

Two Frontier Days Rodeo arena records fall

A Blackfoot, Idaho, roper sets one of them and a familiar name now heads the list of bulldoggers.

Nate Baldwin of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., set new arena records during the first go-around of timed events at the Frontier Days Rodeo Tuesday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. Baldwin roped and tied his calf in 7.3 seconds

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days info and schedule of events

Fair Frontier Days kick off today at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds

It's time to saddle up for the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. Blake Shelton will headline Wednesday's concert. The Demolition Derby crashes onto the scene Thursday and broncs begin buckin' at the rodeo Friday night. In addition to the traditional o

New process holds promise for wildfire prevention with a bit of profit, too

Portable plants that convert woody waste into fuel could help clear fuels for destructive wildland fires.

A new way to deal with the woody waste that can feed wildfires was on display Monday.The presentation near the small town of Heppner, Ore., showcased a portable fast pyrolysis plant, a process which promises to provide an economically viable way to conver

Tuesday, September 1

Rising for Rodeo

At sunrise cowboys sort and corral calves in preparation for the first day of timed events for the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo. The fair officially opens Wednesday and runs through Labor Day weekend.

In the minutes - Dayton Council, Garfield County

DAYTON COUNCIL Members of the City Council are Shelly Franklin, Kathy Berg, Leslie Sweetwood, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Micki Varney and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Sweetwood and Franklin absent Monday in a special meeting the council:

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St. DONATION: Consider accepting donation of $250 from Curtis and Sandy Siess for cheerleaders.

Emergency Services 09/01/09

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. - 09/01/09

The DeWitt and Espana-Lopez families sure have reason to be proud of their children's accomplishments.

David Bogle

April 13, 1949 -- Aug. 27, 2009

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Former Walla Wallan David Ray Bogle, 60, died Aug. 27, 2009, at his home following a battle with cancer. A celebration of life and potluck will be noon Sept. 12 at the shelter in Pioneer Park on the Whitman Street side. Chicken will be

Clark Erdman

Aug. 13, 1937 -- Aug. 18, 2009

OLYMPIA -- Former Walla Walla resident Clark Dean Erdman, 72, died Aug. 18, 2009, at Mother Joseph Care Center. The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Private inurnment will be at a later da

Walla Walla Community College volleyball coach confident youth will serve and be served

The coach is confident his young team will be 'top five' in the NWAACC.

WALLA WALLA -- One thing Walla Walla Community College volleyball coach Tim Toon has not lacked over the years is enthusiasm prior to an upcoming season.While some concerns are evident in 2009, like a 14-player roster that includes nine freshmen, Toon exp

Fast finish has Whits primed and ready

The Missionaries won three of their final five NWC volleyball matches in 2008 and are determined to carry that momentum into this season.

WALLA WALLA -- After closing last season on a high note, winning three of its final five Northwest Conference matches, the Whitman College volleyball team is primed to continue those winning ways this fall."We have a strong core group of returning veteran

Political parties should drop suit against state's top-two primary

The parties should accept the people's judgment.

It's ironic that the leaders of the state's two major political parties are not particularly politic. If they were adept at building public support for their candidates and causes they would have dropped their lawsuit aimed at derailing the popular and ef

Library offers books, activities for kids from infancy

Dear Mom: What does the library have available for children?— A ReaderDear Reader: Let’s start at the beginning:There is a wealth of information on preparing and nurturing during pregnancy and birth for future parents.Babies visiting the children’s area

Daughter's attitude, disobedience worry mom

Dear Mom: I am deeply concerned about my 14-year-old daughter. Until recently she followed our house rules but now she is coming home after her curfew and starting to be disrespectful to me.I exploded last night when she came home after midnight. Four hou

Mom struggles with daughter's sadness over parents' divorce

Dear Mom: A few days ago my oldest daughter told me she wanted to live with her friend's family. She's only 15 years old, but she thinks she would be better off living away from me and her brother and sister.This took me by complete surprise, because sh

How do I know if there is a sexual offender in my neighborhood?

Dear Mom: How do I know if there is a sexual offender in my neighborhood?-- Concerned About The NeighborhoodDear Concerned: Go to the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Web page,, and click on Sex Offe

Washougal city administrator to take over reigns in Walla Walla

Nabiel Shawa, city administrator in Washougal, Wash., is expected to start here in mid-October.

WALLA WALLA -- The city administrator for Washougal, Wash., has been selected to become Walla Walla's new city manager.Nabiel Shawa is expected to begin his job Oct. 19.Walla Walla City Attorney Tim Donaldson told the Union-Bulletin this morning the City

Burbank man pleads guilty in connection with fake robbery

Joseph D. Shackett likely faces no additional jail time in connection with a theft in Burbank in April.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who stole more than $1,000 from the Burbank Sun Mart in April by helping stage a robbery there pleaded guilty Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Joseph D. Shackett, 22, of 18 Piper Road, Burbank, entered the guilty plea to a

Local man faces trial on burglary, theft, drug and gun charges

Mathew B. Weise faces burglary, theft, drug and gun charges in connection with a series of break-ins.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday to carrying out five burglaries in the area, stealing guns from two locations and committing various other crimes.Mathew B. Weise, 32, of 428 S.W. 12th St., is scheduled for trial beginning Oct. 15 in Walla Wal

Coalition to host meetings in Walla Walla on early learning, child care

The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is hosting the gatherings Wednesday and Thursday.

WALLA WALLA -- A series of public meetings focused on discussing early learning and child care will take place Wednesday and Thursday.On Wednesday, local child-care providers are invited to join in a discussion to assess early learning needs in the Valle

Walla Walla author Patrick Carman to appear on 'Today Show'

Patrick Carman's "The Black Circle" is the September selection of Al Roker's Book Club for Kids.

WALLA WALLA - Local children's books author Patrick Carman will head to the Big Apple later this month as the featured guest of Al's Book Club for Kids on the "Today Show."Carman will do a live question-and-answer session with children as part of the mont