News for Tuesday, April 13, 2010



Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla County winners in recently-passed state budget

WALLA WALLA — Washington State Penitentiary, and Walla Walla County, won 'two key victories” in the recently-passed state budget, local officials said today.Language in the budget approved by the state House and Senate contains $6.8 million to design new

Milton-Freewater School Board executive session cancelled

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater School Board has canceled an executive session scheduled tonight at 5 p.m. The board will still hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

FOOD & FAMILY - Film looks at gender issues teens face at school

Despite a few decades passing since she attended high school, things seem unhappily familiar to Debra Chasnoff.Chasnoff is the president of Groundspark, a film company that specializes in producing films about issues facing today's families.Making 'Straig

Sharpstein principal chosen for administrative slot

Laure Quaresma will take over as executive director of personnel, replacing Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring.

WALLA WALLA -- Sharpstein Elementary Principal Laure Quaresma has been chosen to be Walla Walla Public School's new executive director of personnel, the district announced today.

Man sentenced in drug case

David S. Carlisle pleaded guilty in March to drug charges related to a 2008 case.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday to time-served after pleading guilty last month in a two-year-old drug case.

Tax prep firm holds 'block party'

H&R Block is celebrating the end of tax season with a "Block Party" hosted by Eastgate businesses.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Give bees a break when killing weeds

As you can tell, it's dandelion season again. Bees gather part of their medicines for the hive from dandelions, other herbs and wild medicinal plants (weeds).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - An apology sets us free, right?

To everyone, I apologize. I take full responsibility though I was 70 percent right. If I was ever wrong, it was only because everyone else was also wrong.

Threats against political leaders can't be tolerated

The FBI is wisely taking these threats seriously.

Political debate in America has become uncivilized far too often.

Etcetera - 04/13/10

Dan Greenwood, who died in April 2009, has left a legacy to a young area musician according to Walla Walla Blues Society's March Blues News newsletter.

Cause investigated of Monday fire at manufacturing company

WALLA WALLA -- Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a local manufacturing company Monday.

Water Control District Board meets today in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Water Control District Board will meet today at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 722 S. Main St.

Emergency Services - 04/13/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim


When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: City Hall, 114 E. Main.


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


When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Where: Preston Hall

On The Agenda - Port of Columbia

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Port Office, 1 Port Way, Dayton

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

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


Members of the Prescott School Board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With Madrigal and Stueckle absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - Garfield County

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

In the minutes - WW County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. With Tompkins absent, commissioners Monday voted as follows:

Jackson Barry Whitmire III

To Kathryn Brewer and Jackson Whitmire, Walla Walla, a son, Jackson Barry Whitmire III, 8 pounds 2 ounces, Apr. 2, 2010.

Janie Chromie

Oct. 3, 1942 - April 9, 2010

Nancy Gerking

Sept. 11, 1935 - April 9, 2010

Avis Flaskerud

Oct. 26, 1924 - April 8, 2010

Stars align for annual Tour of Walla Walla

Bulgarian cycling champ Ivailo Gabroski headlines a field of about 600 cyclists at this weekend's Tour.

WALLA WALLA — Cycling fans, cross your fingers for good weather.The 14th annual Tour of Walla Walla runs Friday through Sunday, rain or shine, on city streets and country roads.This year's registration is the highest the tour's had, said founder and organ

Indians undefeated with sweep of Jags

RICHLAND — Touchet kept its undefeated streak going with two District 9 Class 1B victories over Tri-Cities Prep here Monday.The Indians record improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league.The Indians eked out an 8-7 win in the first game against the Jaguars,

Warrior golfers 4th in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla Community College's golfers finished a Northwest Athletic Association Conference league match at Wenatchee with a pair of fourth-place finishes Monday.The two-day tournament finished at the Highlander Golf Course. The Warriors' hig

Buckaroos throw Pioneer boys net team, 9-3

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Pioneers' boys tennis team lost, 9-3, to Pendleton here Monday."It's always nice playing Pendleton," said Mac-Hi coach Michelle Snyder. "They have a good team and it is big enough that a lot of my players get to play. We lost 9-3, b

Walla Walla Xplosion 4-2 at Ice Breaker Softball Tournament

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion 10-and-under girls softball team finished with a record of 4-2 in the NSA Ice Breaker Softball Tournament held in the Tri-Cities over the weekend. The tournament featured 15 teams from Oregon and Washington.The Xplos

Wa-Hi's Schilling to continue football career at Linfield College

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi running back and linebacker Austin Schilling will continue his football career at Linfield College this fall.Schilling, at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, was the Big Nine Conference Cascade Division's third-leading rusher last season with 9

Mary Ellen Munnick

November 29, 1914 --March 30, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Herbert Scudder

Jan. 16, 1928 — April 9, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Marjorie Schnebley

Jan. 22, 1921 - April 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Nancy Barrett

Dec. 7, 1932 — April 11, 2010


Oct. 2, 1916 - April 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Margaret Johnson

Oct. 8, 1925 — April 9, 2010

Trial date set in Walla Walla cocaine-dealing case

Roman Garcia is accused of dealing drugs out of a house across the street from Garrison Middle School.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly dealt drugs out of his home directly across the street from Garrison Middle School pleaded innocent Monday to six felony charges.Trial for Roman Garcia, 22, of 258 Willard St., is scheduled for June 2 and 3 in Walla Wall

Walla Walla infrastructure plan to go to vote

A revamped, renamed plan to deal with city streets and water and sewer pipes heads to the City Council on Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- After more than three months of additional study and numerous information meetings, including four town hall-style meetings, city officials will ask the City Council on Wednesday night to approve their Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, bu

Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce endorses infrastructure plan

The threat of contamination of drinking water spurred the group to endorse the city plan.

WALLA WALLA -- The Chamber of Commerce gave its approval this week for a city proposal to replace its failing infrastructure of underground water and sewer pipes, as well as the roads above those pipes, and paying for the decades of work with a 50 percent

Officials urge fire defense preparations

Fire officials, who have been thinning fuel in the Mill Creek Watershed, hope homeowners will take the same steps ahead of fire season.

INDIAN RIDGE -- Although wildfire season is still months away, fire officials are urging rural homeowners to start thinking about how to defend their homes."It doesn't take a lot of work, just little things," such as removing combustible materials like pi