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Tuesday, August 31

HOME PLACE - Thank you for all of your kindness and support

I've recently written a couple of columns that have produced a veritable flood of reader responses. Which, I have to admit, is immensely gratifying.For the most part. Not always, however.When you're writing for publication, the safest way through the maze

September Building Permits

The following commercial building permits and permits for residential projects costing more than $75,000 were issued by the city of Walla Walla from July 19, 2010, through Aug. 20, 2010.

September Bankruptcies

Chapter 7 -- Debtor gives up nonexempt property and debts discharged.Chapter 11 -- Business reorganization; protection from creditors while business devises a plan for reorganization.

RAINY DAY SUNSHIINE

Protected from the morning rain, Elizabeth Humphrey walks underneath a blazing sun on the Walla Walla Village Winery sign on South Third Avenue Monday morning while headed to work at Baker Boyer Bank.

Sticky Notes add to Union-Bulletin offerings

What's on my paper today?That bright blue, square sticker on the front of your paper?

Plan to merge city, county services is sound approach

Walla Walla urban area would seem an excellent fit to merge city and county development services.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Think before forwarding e-mails

When one receives e-mail filled with hatred, bigotry and lack of acceptance of all of humanity, and then forwards it to others it is the same as if they were the original sender.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - County decision hurts public library

Attention Walla Walla County residents! Your public library needs your help immediately! Without it, you may lose vital library programs and services and be required to pay $135 per year to check out materials from the city library.

Locati Cellars now offers fine cigars, too

Walla Walla winery Locati Cellars has started carrying fine cigars at its downtown tasting room.

Walla Walla clothing store icon Fred Sporleder dies at age 94

Fred Sporleder, a retail businessman whose more than six-decade career in apparel set a local standard for clothing and customer service, died Aug. 16 at his Walla Walla home. He was 94.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in child porn case

Adam C. Hopkins could face five years in prison when he's sentenced.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in connection with the discovery of child pornography in June.

Inmates charged in stabbing of fellow prisoner

Jose Sanchez Guillen and Jose Jesus Morado Sanchez are accused in the attack in September 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- Two Washington State Penitentiary inmates charged in the stabbing of a fellow prisoner last fall pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday 6:30 p.m.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St. The meeting will move to the High School Auditorium for a presentation on On-Line instruction by Jerry Boomer of Greenway Academy. Following the presentation, the meeting will return t

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Jobs cuts in offing as merger eyed

The city and county are working on details of a possible combination of their planning services.

WALLA WALLA -- More details of a proposed merger of the city and county planning agencies surfaced Monday, including how many people may lose their jobs.

Grescovich replaces Jones as Banner Corp's new CEO

WALLA WALLA -- The president of Banner Bank and its parent Banner Corp. has been named chief executive officer of the two companies.

The Walla Walla branch of the Bank of Whitman, 500 W. Main St., have new staff on the team.

Kyle Conklin has been promoted to branch manager/loan officer. Conklin comes from the Othello branch where he worked the last two years.

Port looks into re-zoning 20-acre parcel off Melrose Street

Port of Walla Walla officials hope a new zoning designation could infuse life into a more than 20-acre parcel of land off Melrose Street.

Two employees of Baker Boyer Bank are moving up in the ranks.

Shona Deckert has been appointed vice president and main office branch manager, while Judy Hicks has been named vice president and consumer loan manager, the Walla Walla-based bank announced.

Sams III named founding executive director of Confederated Tribes

A new foundation created by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has a new director.

Key Technology appoints Johnson new product manager

Key Technology has appointed a new product manager for its Process Systems line of products, the company announced recently.

Starbucks undergoes $115,000 remodel

The Starbucks at First Avenue and Main Street has been remodeled.

Walla Walla County jobless rate holds at 6.7 percent

Walla Walla County's jobless rate held at 6.7 percent, the same rate as June but up from 5.9 percent in July 2009.

Sweetwater Paper and Home to open at First and Alder on Sept. 3

The corner shop at First Avenue and Alder Street will become a home goods and paper products store.

Emeritus Senior Living acquires Eagle Meadows Assisted Living

Seattle-based Emeritus Senior Living has acquired Eagle Meadows Assisted Living, 550 E. Whitman Drive, College Place.

Simpson joins Goyer at Inland Family Dentistry

Dr. Jeremy Simpson, DDS, has joined Dr. Nannette Goyer, DDS, at the office of Inland Family Dentistry, 217 S. Second Ave.

New wind turbine company slated to locate on Melrose Avenue

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla plans to lease its Melrose Avenue manufacturing building to a startup company that plans to bring carbon fiber wind turbine production and an initial 20 jobs to Walla Walla.

Not enough stores? Nope. Not enough people

WALLA WALLA -- Ask local residents what they dislike most about shopping in Walla Walla, and they're virtually united: not enough stores to please everyone.

Flurry of commercial development hits College Place

COLLEGE PLACE -- More than $11.5 million in construction projects are in the works here in a new flurry of commercial development.

New plastic-bottle plant may be in works on Dell Avenue

WALLA WALLA -- A new plastic-bottle manufacturer may be in the pipeline for Walla Walla with help from the Economic Development Sales Tax Fund.

What's Going Up?

What: The project is an addition and remodel to Harper Joy Theatre at Whitman College.

Addison James Puckett

To Brittnay Wyatt and Jimmy Puckett Jr., Dayton, a son, Addison James Puckett, 11 pounds, Aug. 26, 2010.

Planned Columbia, Snake lock closures challenge to local shipping interests

The 13-week, $13.2 million replacement of the Lower Monumental Dam lock leaves local businesses planning on alternate shipping mechanisms.

WALLA WALLA -- The floating freight system that carries millions of dollars in grain and steel out of Walla Walla each year will be shut down for three months in a massive overhaul of the Columbia-Snake rivers navigation system.

Business Monthly Bio - Kirsten Schober

Kirsten Schober, executive director of the Kirkman House MuseumHometown: "I was born in Ellensburg, my father farmed there. I spent my formative years in Seattle."

Emergency Services - 08/31/10

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

Retiree group to hear about choosing long-term-care facility

WALLA WALLA -- Local Chapter 0237 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees meets 1 p.m.

Bus shelter crash victim listed in serious condition

A man injured an accident early Sunday has been upgraded to serious condition today.

Woman robbed while walking in Dayton

DAYTON -- A woman was robbed of cash Monday evening on a Dayton street, according to a report from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Whitman volleyball squad young, but mature headed into new season

The Missionaries don't have a single junior or senior on the squad, but coach Carolyn Papineau says it's still a seasoned group.

WALLA WALLA — Without a junior or senior on her roster, Whitman College volleyball coach Carolyn Papineau understands that some fans might worry about the obvious lack of experience.'There's no question we're young, but that doesn't mean we're lacking in

Whitman College men's basketball program to have youth boys' clinics

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's basketball program having its annual Leadership and Shooting Clinics on Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m. this fall at Sherwood Athletic Center. Dates for the clinics are Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3.

Northwest Winemakers Pro-Am raises $3,750 for trio of organizations

WALLA WALLA — Professional and amateur golfers from throughout the Pacific Northwest helped to support cancer patients by participating in the 2010 Winemakers Pro-Am at Wine Valley Golf Club Aug. 21. The event raised $3,750 for three different organizati

Warrior women on quest to repeat NWAACC title

The women's soccer team hopes to repeat after winning its first NWAACC title in school history.

WALLA WALLA — It has often been said that, 'Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” but that does not appear to be the case for the defending NWAACC champion Walla Walla Community College women's soccer team.Instead, the Warriors look poised to defend th

Walla Walla Community College men plan to continue soccer success

The 2009 men's team won its fifth NWAAC East title in the last six years.

WALLA WALLA — The 2009 season was anything but a change of pace for the Walla Walla Community College men's soccer team, winning the NWAACC East Region for the fifth time in the last six years.Success has been solidified as normalcy for the Warriors under

Louis E. Riley

May 31, 1937 – August 27, 2010

Death Notice - Billie Kirkwood

June 14, 1934 - July 17, 2010

Monday, August 30

Gang member to serve 28 1/2 years in prison for stabbings

Fernando Saenz Jr., who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault, got the top end of the sentencing range.

WALLA WALLA — A local gang member was led from a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon after hearing he will serve 28 1/2 years in prison for stabbing two men in a bloody melee outside a Center Street residence where several victims were wounded in Ma

Voter unrest, top-two primary drive turnout

Government at all levels works best when the people participate.

This month's Washington state primary election had the highest voter turnout for a nonpresidential, midterm election in 40 years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rising Sun Clubhouse story not complete

A recent article concerning the Rising Sun Clubhouse, and the departure of dedicated director Kay Maxfield, contained only part of the story. In reporting without all of the facts, you have done a terrible disservice to the clubhouse and Kay, who has dedi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Kind words for law enforcement

In 1987 Dear Abby's column in the U-B reprinted a passage from a novel by Tobias Wells as a way to offer kind words for policemen. Enough time has passed that I think it's worth sharing again considering the times we are in.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Get information from many sources

I am writing in reply to Sharon Benzel's letter to the editor dated Aug, 22. In the letter, she calls for the impeachment of Barack Obama and the ousting of all Democratic Party elected officials.

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - Pump problem, not Bigfoot, behind center-line blur

On a warm summer evening just before dark I was heading east on Taumarson Road and noticed the center line looked blurry. Bright but blurry. Then I crossed Plaza Way to Prospect Road and again the yellow center line was out of focus.

Dayton-area fire declared contained

DAYTON -- A fire that burned about 9,000 acres was declared contained Sunday.

Motorcyclist injured in Sunday afternoon crash in Dayton

DAYTON -- A motorcyclist was treated and released at Dayton General Hospital following a collision between his vehicle and a car Sunday afternoon.

Man injured when bus shelter hit

A woman has been arrested in connection with the crash early Sunday.

WALLA WALLA -- A Portland man was reported in critical condition today after a car smashed into a bus shelter early Sunday.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Precious Lopez, 14, 244 Tausick Way, was sentenced Aug. 20 on one count contempt (truancy).

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Manual Ibarra Campos-Moreno, 24, 311 N. Elizabeth St., Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Aug. 23 on one count third-degree theft.

Emergency Services - 08/30/10

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

Daniela Jolene Souza

To Darby Jo Field and Mark Souza, Dayton, a daughter, Daniela Jolene Souza, 8 pounds 7 ounces, Aug. 24, 2010.

Vivian Louise McClure

To Angela Macario and Vincent McClure, Walla Walla, a daughter, Vivian Louise McClure, 6 pounds 11 ounces, Aug. 24, 2010.

Ted J. Damm

May 23, 1933 - August 27, 2010

Death Notice - Louis Riley

May 31, 1937 - Aug. 27, 2010

Death Notice - David Kilmer

August 29, 2010

Death Notice - Carol Brown

August 26, 2010

Sunday, August 29

Raising A Legacy

It's hard to miss.Tucked off a slope from Winn Road northeast of Weston, its red-with-white-trim exterior pops out against the backdrop of a blue sky.

Frontier Days brings big rodeo names to Walla Walla

The rodeo has 469 contestants, including top PRCA cowboys.

WALLA WALLA -- An array of professional rodeo stars will shine down on Walla Walla once again this weekend at the annual Frontier Days Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.As Garth Brooks might say (or sing), it will be the bulls and the blood and the dus

Amazing Grace Nazarene to hold cowboy worship service

WALLA WALLA -- Amazing Grace Nazarene Church hosts a cowboy church service at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 5, with bull rider Wiley Petersen to speak on "Riding for Jesus."Visit agncww.com or call 525-9493.

PASTOR COLUMN - Bahai's take month to meditate on mercy

The Baha'i calendar has 19 months. Each month carries a special designation for meditation. In June, Baha'is celebrated Rahmant, Persian for mercy. Mercy is a virtue highly regarded in all religious writings. We are told that God's mercy is boundless, and

James Ralph

April 14, 1942 - April 12, 2003

Allene Marie Marti

Dec. 2, 1926 - Aug. 26, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Francesca Vargo

April 22, 1926 - Aug. 22, 2010

Saturday, August 28

Walla Walla Police call off high-speed chase

WALLA WALLA — A high-speed police pursuit ended Tuesday with the officer being called off the chase and the suspect getting away on foot.According to Walla Walla Police, the pursuit began at around 8:11 p.m. near the intersection of Cherry Street and Seco

Roommates' fight ends with injuries, arrest

WALLA WALLA — A fight between two roommates ended with one man arrested and the other taken to the hospital with a stab wound.According to a Sheriff's office report, a fight between Joshua Richard Daniel, 24, and Jerimee Roland Moniz, 24, both of 261 Newt

City, county to create new agency

Too many times we've heard from our constituents about the difficulties they've encountered when applying for development permits from the City of Walla Walla and Walla Walla County.

Jordan to serve as interim superintendent in Prescott

The appointment of an interim superintendent gives the board more time to conduct a search.

PRESCOTT — Former Walla Walla Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan will be part-time interim superintendent for the Prescott School District. The board voted unanimously to appoint Jordan after emerging from an executive session where the appo

Hubbard fire closer to containment

DAYTON — The Hubbard fire, located 15 miles east of town, was about 75 percent contained on Saturday afternoon and was not expected to expand further into the upper Tucannon Wilderness.A lower portion of Tucannon Road will remain closed until later today.

Results remain same as write-in ballots counted

Incumbent Coroner Frank Brown received 1,787 votes, but fell short of making the top two.

WALLA WALLA — A vote count for write-in candidates for the Aug. 17 primary election changed the numbers, but not the results in the races for the 'top two” primary.

St. Mary health fair pulls in community

There were vendors or doctors for almost everything from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet.

WALLA WALLA — More than 50 vendors displayed their wares and services to hundreds of attendees of the Providence St. Mary Medical Center Health Fair on Saturday.

Kids, adults need to get into swim of things

Data show two key barriers prevent children from learning to swim — fear of injury or drowning, and lack of parental encouragement.

WALLA WALLA — As most area children returned to school this past week, their parents were not the only ones to breathe a sigh of relief.Throughout the Walla Walla Valley, kids worked on swimming skills this summer, learning for the first time or growing s

Wa-Hi grad noted in book by Teach for America

LesLee Bickford brought the scores of her students in Philadelphia from below grade level to grade-level standards.

WALLA WALLA — As her college graduation neared, LesLee Bickford seemed sure of her next step. She had her sights set on law school, what she regarded as a good fit for the political science degree she would soon earn.

Nebraska town remembers fatal World War II plane crashes

Melvin Klein miraculously survived. His family journeyed to Milligan, Neb., for the memorial ceremony.

WESTON — Mom and daughter live next door to each other on top of one of rural Oregon's quiet hills. It's a simple life for Minnie Klein and her daughter and husband, Andrea and Lynn Greer, but it wasn't always.

Furloughs are not long-term budget solution

While it was necessary to bridge a budget gap, the practice will put strain on state employees and services.

State government's temporary layoffs — euphemistically referred to as furloughs — remain a point of contention between state officials and leaders of the employees' unions.

Friday, August 27

BACK TO CAMPUS

Bailey Aarango (left), Sunith Hinagola (center) and Sam Epstein (right) form a trio of Whitman College Residence Life staff members performing guitar music for groups of first-year college students socializing outside their residence halls Thursday evening. Thursday marked the first day of the college's opening week series of programs to help new students get to know each other and the college before classes start next week.

Coffee shop to add barbecue

An Eastgate coffee shop is brewing up plans to add barbecue.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Kurt and Rea Rude.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

James Lozano, 14, 727 Edith St., was sentenced Aug. 20 on one count each driving without a license, making a false or misleading statement to a public servant and third-degree malicious mischief.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jonathan L. McDonald, 22, Pendleton, was charged Aug. 25 with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, second-degree vehicle prowling and third-degree theft.

In the minutes - Prescott School Board

Members of the Prescott school board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With all present Thursday the board:

Whitman College reading program spurs discussion

The summer reading for first-year students, 'Zeitoun,' will be the focus of a public discussion Saturday.

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College class of 2014 arrived on campus Thursday to kick off a week of orientation, meeting faculty and classmates, and easing into college life -- both socially and academically.

Walla Walla Friends Meeting to hold potluck Sunday at Rooks Park

The Walla Walla Friends Meeting (Quakers) will hold its annual potluck this Sunday at Rooks Park, near the playground equipment.

Diamonds, other wonders lurk beneath our feet

Some of us have never found a single dollar bill on the sidewalk. But once in a blue moon a lucky soul in the upper Midwest reaches down into the Ice Age deposits of our country and plucks out a diamond.

College Place man arrested after standoff

Police said Cesar E. Ruiz, who was wanted on a felony warrant, spent two hours on a roof before surrendering.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A wanted man climbed out on a rooftop to escape police Thursday night, but was talked into surrendering peacefully after a two-hour standoff.

Budget crunch spurs city, county toward action

An expected revenue shortfall has the city and county working on a combination of development departments.

WALLA WALLA -- Spurred on by a looming budget crunch, the city of Walla Walla and Walla Walla County are studying how to merge their development departments into one entity.

You know you're a redneck when ...

You get married at the fair. But that's about as far as 'redneck' goes for a prize-winning local couple who will wed Saturday.

As far as redneck weddings go, Christine Cummings and Matthew Owsley aren't your run-of-the-mill camo-wearing, registering-for-shotgun shells, arriving-on-lawn-tractors bride and groom.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - New Oregon apple-protection rule absurd

Do you have a large, beautiful maple, oak, cherry or apple tree you enjoy? If the Oregon Department of Agriculture changes the "Umatilla County Control Area" (to protect the apple industry) rule, you may be forced, at your expense, to cut your trees down

High winds spur fires near Clyde, Touchet

TOUCHET -- High winds and low humidity had firefighters jockeying to opposite ends of the county to control two blazes, one of which closed Highway 12 for a short while.

Schools don't need to look through cell phones

The school district in Oak Harbor is considering adopting a policy to allow searches. It's an invasion of privacy -- and unnecessary.

Cyberbullying is a serious problem, particularly among teenagers. And school officials have an obligation to take action to stop cyberbullying -- or old-fashinoned bullying -- on school property.

Walla Walla woman sentenced in injury wreck

Briseida M. pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and DUI charges.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla woman was sentenced this morning in Superior Court on charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence stemming from a one-vehicle, injury crash in April on Sandpit Road.

Return to the River festival to celebrate salmon

The daylong celebration is set for Saturday at Walla Walla Community College.

WALLA WALLA -- A daylong celebration Saturday will mark the resurrection of salmon runs in the Walla Walla River.

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

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

Research finds no money missing from Touchet ASB accounts

A School Board member and teacher did find some money misplaced in other accounts, however.

TOUCHET -- Research by Touchet School Board member Sandra Bradley and teacher Cathy Plucker show that there is no money missing from Associated Student Body accounts, although some funds were misplaced in other accounts.

Fire in Columbia County reaches 11,500 acres

The blaze, believed to have rekindled from a previous fire, swept north to the Garfield County line.

DAYTON -- Containment on the Hubbard Command Fire was uncertain as of Friday morning, but fire officials expected to have a report this afternoon on the 11,500 acres fire located east about 15 miles east of Dayton.

Walla Walla Sweets rank 23rd in attendance in national collegiate wood-bat leagues

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets finished their inaugural season atop the West Coast League standings for attendance figures, but also made a dent on the national stage. Ballpark Business, a website devoted to news and information for those interested

Wolves swept at LCSC Invitational volleyball tourney

LEWISTON, Idaho – Walla Walla University volleyball was swept by Lewis-Clark State College in the opening game of the LCSC Invitational Thursday night.The Wolves lost, 25-6, 25-18, 25-9, to the Warriors, who are ranked No. 15 in a NAIA preseason poll.It w

Cyclocross clinics coming to Walla Walla in September

WALLA WALLA — Allegro Cyclery is hosting cyclocross clinics each Wednesday in September.Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing, typically in a park setting. Riders must negotiate varied terrains and surfaces, and cross a myriad of barriers, natural or man

DeSales holding football, volleyball barbecue Saturday

WALLA WALLA — DeSales High School will hold its annual barbecue and football and volleyball scrimmage Saturday at the school.The barbecue starts at 3 p.m., while the football team takes the field at 4 p.m. and volleyball starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 pe

Death Notice - Maxine Stringfellow

Feb. 18, 1924 - Aug. 26, 2010

Death Notice - Roy Dietsch

Feb. 25, 1966 - Aug. 25, 2010

Thursday, August 26

MARQUEE - Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days marks summer's peak

With September quickly approaching it's once again time to ride into the sunset of summer and step into the Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days.

New at the library

In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as "the great appeaser."

Seven Frenchtown figures to be portrayed Sunday

A West Point graduate who helped survey a road crucial to settlement in the Northwest will be portrayed Saturday.

Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library sell bookmarks to raise funds

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library have produced a frog-themed embroidered bookmark to take the place of the frog pins the group has sold for the past 16 years as a fundraiser.

Walla Walla acupuncturist's credentials reinstated

Alfred Laggner is required to pay fines and undergo continued education as conditions of reinstatement.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla acupuncturist has been given the green light to resume his medical practice.

Mandating pet restraints in vehicles is idea that goes too far

Driving with a dog in your lap isn't wise, but regulations and restrictions aren't needed

When state lawmakers banned drivers from using hand-held cell phones some were concerned this was the first of many bans drivers would experience.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obama falls short on campaign promise

In July 1948, President Harry Truman issued Executive Order No. 9981, "Freedom to Serve," which declared it "the policy of the president that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race,

VA to have booth at St. Mary health fair Saturday

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will have a booth at a community health fair sponsored by Providence St. Mary Medical Center on Saturday from noon-5 p.m.

End-of-summer party planned Saturday at Prescott Library

PRESCOTT -- An end-of-summer party will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Prescott Library. There will be refreshments, games, and encouragement to read. The party is open to all who would like to participate.

Farmers Market plans day for kids Saturday

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market will be a must-stop for kids this weekend.

Emergency Services - 08/26/10

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

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Saybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich and Ed Sullivan. With all present Wednesday the board:

Success, challenges mix for housing program

A program that helps homeless veterans get off the street has success stories, but also its share of frustrations.

WALLA WALLA -- In a round-table panel discussion of how federal dollars are helping homeless veterans get into housing, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was presented with glowing success stories on Wednesday.

Walla Walla teens charged in rape of girl

Cager J. York and Daijohn A. Gonzalez are accused of assaulting a fellow teen in June.

WALLA WALLA -- Two teenagers have been charged in Superior Court with raping a 15-year-old girl in June while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road.

Man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thomas E. Nicewaner III faces five years in prison when he's sentenced for possessing the materials.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court to possessing child pornography that officials found in July.

IRS: Blue Mountain Mall developers failed to report millions

Winston and Jason Bontrager, who bought and tore down the Blue Mountain Mall, are believed to have concealed about $25 million.

The real estate developers who purchased the Blue Mountain Mall, tore it down and left the project amid financial trouble are suspected by the Internal Revenue Service of failing to report nearly $25 million in income from other major development projects

Irvin 'Lloyd” Hoffman

May 9, 1917 – August 24, 2010

Kent's Thornton wins Northwest Open

Brian Thornton, a pro at Meridian Valley in Kent, Wash., wins by a stroke Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — PGA professional Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash., won the Northwest Open Invitational Wednesday after firing a 6-under-par 66 in the final round for a three-day total of 12-under-par 204.The event was at the par

Wednesday, August 25

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take stand against false accusatons

Regarding the Evin seven, the Baha'is who have been held in Evin Prison in Iran for the last two years without proper access to lawyers to plead their case, they have each been handed a 20-year sentence.

Voters must focus with nine issues on ballot

Millions and millions of dollars will be spent supporting and opposing the various ballot measures. Take the time to sift through the rhetoric.

Frozen yogurt shop slated for downtown Walla Walla

Frozen yogurt is coming to First Avenue.

PASTELS OF DUST

Suspended in the pastels of dusk, a full moon lights the way for traffic cresting Nine Mile Hill on Monday evening over the Walla Walla Valley.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Miguel A. Angulo, 25, 469 Russet Road, was charged Aug. 19 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Angulo is accused of unlawfully delivering marijuana on Feb. 9.

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: School District Board Room

Lawmaker: State funding iffy for group

State Rep. Maureen Walsh told Rising Sun Clubhouse members they shouldn't expect much in a time of cuts statewide.

WALLA WALLA -- The state of Washington is in the hole and cannot be counted on to fund programs, including those that address the needs of people with mental illnesses.

Forest tour to focus on fire

DAYTON -- Forest landowners in Columbia and western Garfield counties who have concerns about their forestland and wish to be included in a timber tour Sept. 2 can inquire about being a tour stop by contacting the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Body found on shore of Columbia near Wallula Junction

The partially decomposed remains of a human body were discovered Monday evening washed up on the shoreline north of the Wallula Junction, officials reported.

Trial delayed for man accused in shootings

Jacihel Contreras faces a trial in late October in connection with an attack in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial for a man accused in a bloody, gang-related attack outside a residence on Center Street in March has been postponed a third time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Walla Walla man charged with poaching

Kyle O'Brien faces an assortment of charges in connection with four out-of-season mule deer deaths.

WALLA WALLA -- State wildlife officials have charged a Walla Walla man with poaching four deer earlier this month.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Sonny Townsend, Chuck Glessner, Garrett Stark, Connie Smith and Mike Scrimsher. With all present Monday, the board:

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

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

Witness list set for Sept. 10 Coburn execution

Among the 12 official witnesses for Cal Coburn Brown's planned execution are four members of his victim's family.

WALLA WALLA -- Four members of a murdered woman's family will witness her killer's death next month.

State finds financial problems in Touchet School District

The state Auditor's Office says the district is at risk of failing to meet its financial obligations.

TOUCHET -- Financial conditions at the Touchet School District puts the district at risk of not meeting financial obligations, according to a finding by the state.

Bond issue to address Milton-Freewater levees

The $2.8 million measure would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $62 a year.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A bond issue to fund repairs to levees protecting the city is in the pipeline.

OUTDOORS - Maxwell Lake provides peaceful escape ... unless there's a vuvuzela

But Don Davis has mellowed enough not to give the horn-blowers a piece of his mind.

I must be mellowing.Not so long ago I would have ached to put a boot in the kid's vuvuzela.I let it pass, however, when it recently mangled the peacefulness of a day hike to Maxwell Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.Here's how it went.The wagon's thermomet

Kearney, Whitaker lead at Northwest Open Invitational

The top 70 golfers advance to today's final round.

WALLA WALLA — Professional Brandon Kearney of Bend Golf and Country Club in Bend, Ore., and amateur Dan Whitaker of Ellensburg Golf and Country Club in Ellensburg lead after the second round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club Tues

Death Notice - I. Hoffman

May 9, 1917 - Aug. 24, 2010

Walter Boehm

Aug. 22, 2010

Nelda Beck-Phares

Feb. 6, 1914 - Aug. 23, 2010

William Blayney Harris

December 4, 1910 - August 17, 2010

Death Notice - Norene Alexander

April 8, 1942 - Aug. 23, 2010

Death Notice - Roger Rojo

July 26, 1955 - Aug. 23, 2010

Tuesday, August 24

Cal Coburn Brown execution witness list released

WALLA WALLA — Four members of a murdered woman's family will witness her killer's death next month.The family members will be among the 12 official witnesses approved to attend the execution for Cal Coburn Brown, which is scheduled to take place the early

FOOD & FAMILY - Spock-speak it isn't, but live long and prosper anyway

I am not Spock.Aside from the obvious differences of not being male, from another planet, or possessive of pointy ears, my main divergence from the world's most recognizable Vulcan is that I am not so fully steeped in logical thought that I am impervious

SUMMER TRANSITIONS

Sharpstein 5th grade crossing guard Emmalee Keeton plays the waiting game Tuesday morning with fellow crossing guard Jordan Wiklund (see other photo) as the two patiently await the arrival of the next round of students to cross at the Park and Whitman Str

In the minutes - College Place Council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. With all present, the council Monday voted as follows:

In the minutes - Columbia County

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Emergency Services - 08/24/10

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.Where: Elementary Room 109

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Walla Walla man sentenced in stabbing

Tylur D. Tiedemann was ordered to serve eight months in jail for the June assault.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who stabbed an acquaintance in June resulting in serious injuries was sentenced in Superior Court on Monday afternoon to eight months in the County Jail.

Traveler covers Washington, inch-by-inch

A Seattle-area man with a long list of places to go in the state plans to visit the area around fair time.

What would it be like to visit every city in Washington? For David Williams the answer to this question is no mystery.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Farmers' Market seems to have problems

I am a supporter of the local Farmers' Market and a past vendor. But the complaints this year seem to be everywhere.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support Rep. Walden's flood insurance fix

In one more meeting the Milton-Freewater City Council will make it final, citizens will have to buy flood insurance that 90 percent of them will never, ever use.

Full-body scans at airports are expensive but not effective

Some say the technology poses health risks, which is why passengers can opt out of the scan.

Sea-Tac International Airport will soon be able to conduct full-body security scans of passengers as the federal government begins installing the equipment.

Touchet Valley Call to Prayer to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday

DAYTON -- The next "Call to Prayer" will be at 7 p.m. Wednestay at the Community Bible Church, 203 S. Second St.

Hospice to start 2 new grief support groups on Sept. 8

WALLA WALLA -- Two new grief support groups sponsored by Walla Walla Community Hospice will begin Sept. 8 and continue every Wednesday through Nov. 3.

Parking lot sale to benefit Walla Walla-based dental van

WALLA WALLA --A parking lot sale at 1545 Business One Circle, off Dalles Military Road, Sunday will benefit the Medical Teams International's Walla Walla-based dental van.

Gracelynne DeAnna Pearce

To Justin and Kristen Pearce, Pendleton, a daughter, Gracelynne DeAnna Pearce, 7 pounds 15 ounces, Aug. 17, 2010.

Sasha Leann Northrop

To Karrie Northrop and Jermaine Johnson, Walla Walla, a daughter, Sasha Leann Northrop, 6 pounds 14 ounces, August 22, 2010.

Lukas Russell Osborn

To Yolanda and Darryl Osborn, Milton Freewater, a son, Lukas Russell Osborn, 6 pounds 12 ounces, August 20, 2010.

Woman injured in assault by alleged gang members

WALLA WALLA -- A 24-year-old woman suffered various injuries early Monday morning in a reported assault in the 00 block of Rima Lane, officials said.

Richland's Aichele leads after first round of Northwest Open

Jason Aichele has a two-stroke lead over a pair of amateurs at the tournament at Wine Valley Golf Course.

WALLA WALLA — Professional Jason Aichele of Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland leads the Northwest Open after firing a first round score of 6-under-par 66 Monday at the Wine Valley Golf Course.Two other professionals and a pair of amateur players are

Doral Christensen

July 17, 1926 - Aug. 18, 2010

Earl Phillips Sr.

Jan. 26, 1941 - Aug. 21, 2010

John Pallis

Sept. 28, 1927 - Aug. 17, 2010

Marguerite Johnson

January 12, 1922 - August 20, 2010

Monday, August 23

Walla Walla man sentenced in stabbing

WALLA WALLA -- A man who stabbed an acquaintance in June resulting in serious injuries was sentenced in Superior Court on Monday afternoon to eight months in the County Jail.An apologetic Tylur D. Tiedemann, 19, of 213 W. Maple St., was ordered to serve n

FEATURED PHOTO - Why swim when you can walk

Some seem to walk on water while the rest of us have to swim. Four birds on the Snake River near Burbank push the buoyancy of a log to its limit while coming off as doing the divine thing late Sunday afternoon.

Emergency Services - 08/23/10

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

In the minutes - Dayton School Board

Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With Hovrud absent Wednesday:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Parking lecture too much

Working downtown for over three years I average one parking ticket per year with no ill feelings.

State's decline in smoking rate positive sign

But Washington, with the third-lowest adult-smoking rate, can still do better.

Washington state has wisely put a lot of resources and effort into smoking prevention. The focus has been on keeping young people from starting to smoke and helping smokers quit.

Registration open for field trip to view spawning salmon

WALLA WALLA -- Registration is now open for a free field trip to the Walla Walla River Saturday to view spawning salmon.

Cardio Strength Bootcamp adult fitness program begins Sept. 7

WALLA WALLA — Cardio Strength Bootcamp adult fitness program, is now taking registrations for its September sessions. The bootcamp begins on Sept. 7 to accommodate the Labor Day holiday. All other sessions will run Mondays and Thursdays until Sept. 30.

Coston rallies past Malby to win Northwest Open

Jeff Coston overtakes Ryan Malby on Sunday to win the pro-am at Wine Valley Golf Club.

WALLA WALLA — Professional Ryan Malby of Kalispell, Mont., recorded the best score of the weekend Saturday at the Wine Valley Golf Club during the first day of the first Winemaker Pro-Am.Malby toured the par-72 links course in 7-under-par 65 to win the gr

Milton-Freewater Municipal tournaments raise money for local programs

MILTON-FREEWATER — Two golf tournaments at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course benefited a couple of programs Friday and Saturday.The Pheasants Forever 4-Person Scramble on Friday netted more than $800 for that group, and the Lee Parr Memorial/Tadpole

Safety urged as school starts around Walla Walla

Tuesday is the first day of school, which means lower speed limits and thousands of people on foot.

WALLA WALLA -- More than 6,000 children will head back to school in Walla Walla, College Place and surrounding communities starting Tuesday. School and traffic safety officials want parents, children and community members to remember safety around schools

Kevin Wyckoff

Dec. 21, 1933 - Aug. 15, 2010

Death Notice - Walter Boehm

Aug. 22, 2010

Death Notice - Rosemary McKinnon

Aug. 22, 2010

Sunday, August 22

WWCC's Rivers selected for Diamond softball award

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports have announced the 10 student-athletes who are the recipients of the 2010 Diamond Catcher of the Year award, and Walla Walla Community College's Shaila Rivers is among them.

Registration now open for kids activities at YWCA

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for several children's programs at the YMCA.Youth Track and Field runs Sept. 14-Oct. 17 and is open to students in kindergarten-sixth grade. Eric Hisaw coaches. Hisaw is also a varsity track coach at Wa-Hi. The classes m

Our readers' opinions - 08/22/10

Four years ago, I actively supported Sheriff Walt Hessler in his write-in campaign for Columbia County sheriff. This was a decision I reflect back upon as being one of the best decisions that could have been made for me, my young daughter, as well as the

Emergency Services - 08/22/10

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

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater City Council

When: Monday 7 p.m.Where: 8 S.W. Eighth Ave, Public Library Albee Room

On the agenda - Dixie School Board

When: Monday, 8 a.m.Where: Dixie School.

On the agenda - Dayton City Council

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: Commissioner Room, Courthouse.

On the agenda - Columbia School Board

When: Monday 7 p.m. The board will hold an executive session at 6 p.m.Where: District administration board room, 755 Maple St.

On the agenda - College Place

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: College Place City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Pesticide disposal slated in Pasco

PASCO — The deadline to sign up for a free pesticide disposal event is fast approaching.Farmers, businesses, landowners and others have until Friday to register with the Washington state Department of Agriculture. The collection will take place on Sept. 2

BMAC offers advocacy for facility residents, more

Sometimes you need an advocate looking out for your interests. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program through Blue Mountain Action Council provides advocacy for residents of long-term care facilities, as well as much more.The overall purpose of the ombudsma

ETCETERA - Walla Walla Mariposa group savors camp trip

In mid-July, Walla Wallan Lee Coleman said the Minnesota northwoods were warm, dry and nearly mosquito-free.'Since last summer was the coldest and possibly the buggiest summer in decades, this summer is what I like to think that God intended as his perfec

Walla Walla farmer hurt in auger accident

WALLA WALLA — A farmer is in satisfactory condition in the hospital after getting caught in the auger of a wheat combine on Friday.Robert M. McKinney, 52, was clearing out the auger when the head blades engaged and his left foot became caught, according t

Watermelon, with hands

Ten-year-old Hannah Hair didn't let a few fallen locks distract her focus from the task at hand while she chomped through her watermelon slice during Saturday afternoon's Watermelon Eating Contest at the Muddy Frogwater Festival in Milton-Freewater's Yant

Vernon Selde

May 26, 1924 – Aug. 16, 2010

Jennie Koch

March 5, 1922 - June 9, 2010

Saturday, August 21

WWCC files complaints against students

Nine students left the college owing a total of $10,000 they had received in financial aid.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College officials said they couldn't remember the last time they had to file police complaints against students who owed them financial aid refunds, but so far this month the college has filed nine such complaints.

Prescott board to hold off on superintendent choice

It will seek applications during the school year and consider naming an interim superintendent this week.

PRESCOTT — After an executive session in a special meeting Thursday, Prescott School Board Chairwoman Karen Tonne announced the board will not interview from the seven-candidate pool for superintendent at this time.

Muddy Frogwater events keep community hopping

The three-day festival continues today with several activities scheduled.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The annual Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival is many things to many people: fundraising source, community awareness forum, arena for champions and most of all a place for an estimated 6,000 people to have fun this weekend.

Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church lays foundation for new building

After 11 years at the Prospect Point Grange Hall, the congregation will have its own space.

WALLA WALLA — Donations and volunteers from across the country mean a new church building for members of the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.

Walla Walla homeless find hope in housing

Lincoln Terrace gives homeless families an affordable place to live for as long as they need it.

WALLA WALLA — On a sunny summer afternoon, the biggest problem for David and Sara Mills seems to be corralling their 3-year-old son. Eric tromps through the apartment shirtless and squeals loudly, until one of the parents gets him settled into his new bed

Proposed ban on interstate wine sales is effort to boost profit for wholesalers

Wholesalers want to limit mail-order wine and liquor sales so they can make more money doing the distribution.

Small, independent winemakers, brewers and distillers across the nation - including winemakers right here in the Walla Walla Valley - should be able to sell their product through the mail anywhere in the U.S.When these wineries cut out the middle man - th

Friday, August 20

Mobility, messaging keys to kitchen

Andrae Bopp, who originally intended to open a restaurant here years ago, is taking a new tack with a mobile kitchen.

WALLA WALLA -- It will probably be no surprise to the foodophiles of Walla Walla that Andrae Bopp is on the verge of opening a new mobile kitchen.

Sustainable Walla Walla to meet Monday at church

Sustainable Walla Walla will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Palouse and Alder streets.

Students win scholarships from barrel racing group

Two local college students have received the first scholarships presented by the Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association in what is to become an annual award. To qualify for the scholarships, students must be members of the association, or their parents or

Officials: Eureka Fire caused by people shooting rifle

WALLA WALLA -- A wildfire that burned about 34 square miles in Walla Walla County earlier this month was caused by people shooting a high-powered rifle, an official said today.

Idaho woman injured in wreck east of Pomeroy

POMEROY -- A 19-year-old Kamiah, Idaho, woman is in fair condition at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center today after a one-car accident east of Pomeroy on Thursday.

Banner names new CEO

Mark J. Grescovich, president of the bank and its parent company, will take over for D. Michael Jones, who is retiring.

WALLA WALLA -- The president of Banner Bank and its parent Banner Corp. has been named chief executive officer of the two companies.

Local egg producers emphasize safety

Local businesses say smaller operators hold an edge with customers.

WALLA WALLA -- Health officials continue to scramble to keep up with an outbreak of salmonella in eggs that has sickened hundreds of people across the country, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trial date set for teen in gang fight

Antonio Carmona-Hernandez is charged with assault in connection with a fight during the winter.

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old youth pleaded innocent this morning to second-degree assault in connection with a gang-related fight last winter in the area of 12th Avenue and Birch Street.

State workers must at least discuss higher health-care costs

State workers must accept changes to their benefits to avoid deep layoffs.

The rising cost of health care -- and health-care insurance -- has hit us all. Although, some have been hit much harder than others.

Emergency Services - 08/20/10

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bring back the good comics

What in the world were you thinking of?

HEALTH & FITNESS - Tai chi offers potential relief for arthritis sufferers

The practice of tai chi has been around for hundreds of years. Recently there have been many feature articles in magazines as well as medical journals, showing the benefits of tai chi for health, balance, fall prevention and relaxation.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Plastic bottle plant is concerning

I read with interest your article about the new plastic bottle plant.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Can yoga help promote fertility?

An estimated 20 percent of couples in the U.S. are faced with the devastating effects of infertility.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Aching back? You've got company

It is estimated that 80 percent of the American population will experience back pain throughout their lives.

HEALTH & FITNESS - State smoking rate falls; Walla Walla County even lower

The rate is third-lowest in the union at 14.8 percent, a little less than one smoker for every seven adults.

New survey results show Washington's adult smoking rate has dropped to a new low of 14.8 percent, according to the state Department of Health.

Antonia N. Balderas

June 13, 1933 - Aug. 15, 2010

Death Notice - Wanda Jordan

Oct. 5, 1931 - Aug. 18, 2010

Death Notice - Eula Garrett

May 17, 1935 - Aug. 17, 2010

Fred Sporleder

Attention: 3rd & 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Please attend funeral mass,

Thursday, August 19

MARQUEE - Colorblind headlines Muddy Frogwater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- You would have to be color blind to miss this year's Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival feature band on Friday night.

Whitman Mission will host American Indian dancing, craft activities

Curtis Bearchum will be at Whitman Mission National Historic Site demonstrating different types of American Indian dancing from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Mission Historical Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

Fort Walla Walla Museum celebrates women's history with host of special events

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents a women's history celebration this weekend.

New at the library

Whenever a plane crashes, a "go team" is assembled to investigate. The members of that team -- each a leading expert in a specific field -- are known informally as "crashers."

Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes plays Sapolil Friday

The Randy Oxford Blues Series at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., presents 2009 CBA Muddy Award Winner for Best Contemporary Blues Act Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes 8-11 p.m. Friday.

Elks to host dart tournament

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The 19th annual Muddy Frogwater Dart Tournament will be held Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge, 611 N. Main St.

Pianists to duke it out at Red Monkey Downtown Lounge

Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, 25 W. Alder St., presents Las Vegas Dueling Pianos, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Poets to read work at Sapolil

Six poets from Coyote Tobacco Press will give readings from their books 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sapolil Cellars Tasting Room, 15 East Main St.

WINE ADVISER - Aging is always a timely question

I've been collecting and cellaring wines long enough now that the inevitable "vintage creep" has caught up with me. Wine cellars, like gardens, need constant weeding or they will be overrun with things gone to seed.

Artist reception Saturday at Sun Catcher

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Sun Catcher Studios, 508 N. Main St., will hold an artist reception 1-3 p.m.

COOL BLAST

Wa-Hi football players get a cool blast of water during the afternoon session of Two-A-Days at the high school practice fields. Football - and the coming school year - are on their way as both Wa-Hi and DeSales started football practices Wednesday.

New owners plan to reopen popular Walla Walla restaurant as 'Creek Town'

The latest dish on CreekTown Café -- at least according to public records and social-networking reports: A pair of new owners are wading through the bureaucratic side of the business with plans to reopen as soon as possible.

Walla Walla School Board OKs $62.1 million budget

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved a $62.1 million budget for the 2010-11 school year during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Man charged in jail break

Warren D. Summers, now a prison inmate, has been charged with felony counts of escape and malicious mischief.

WALLA WALLA -- A man now faces two felony charges for allegedly breaking out of the County Jail in a short-lived bid for freedom last February.

In the minutes - WAITSBURG CITY COUNCIL

Council member are Kevin House, Orville Branson, Marty Dunn, Karl Newell and Scott Nettles. Mayor is Walt Gobel. With all present Wednesday the council:

In the minutes - WALLA WALLA SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Cindy Meyer, president; Jim Lehmann, vice-president; Anne Golden, Max Carrera and Dan Hess. With all present Tuesday, the board:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Murray delivered on VA, but ...

It is true Sen. Patty Murray was instrumental in saving and improving the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ask readers to pick comics

Good for Holly Jones and Nathan Hopkins!

Allow UW president to leave job early

But the UW Board of Regents should insist Mark Emmert live up to his contract and pay back one month's pay of $51,666.

Outgoing University of Washington President Mark Emmert has done a terrific job. And we are certain he will be every bit as good in his new position as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Wa-Hi dance team to hold fundraising car wash Friday

The Walla Walla High School dance team is raising funds with a car wash on Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the Walla Walla Farmers' Co-op Cenex station at Rose Street and Ninth Avenue.

Etcetera - 08/19/10

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club generally features a program speaker at each of its meetings and the Aug. 10 gathering was no exception.

Milton-Freewater School District to close offices Friday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School District will observe one of five days cut over the next two years by closing school offices this Friday.

Man injured when motorcycle strikes deer near Rooks Park

WALLA WALLA -- A local man suffered a broken right leg Wednesday evening when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a deer east of the city, officials said.

Wa-Hi football heads in new direction

New Wa-Hi football coach Mike Gobel gives directions to this year's Blue Devil squad during the afternoon session of the team's first two-a-day practices Wednesday.

Banner Bank names new chief executive officer

A new chief executive officer has been named to lead Walla Walla-based Banner Bank and its parent company Banner Corp.

Trial date set in drug, weapon, burglary cases

Ricky J. Palomino has been charged in adult court after passing on a plea deal with prosecutors.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial date has been set for an admitted gang member facing drug, weapon and burglary charges.

Trial date set for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats

Kathy A. Hendrickson is accused of sending threatening e-mails and cyberstalking her ex-boyfriend.

WALLA WALLA -- A College Place woman is scheduled to stand trial in November for allegedly sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice two years ago, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity

Agencies pledge to help pursue Milton-Freewater levee fix

Local, state and federal agencies say they'll work to find a solution for the $15 million problem.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A host of federal, state, tribal and local agencies pledged Wednesday to continue pursuit of fixes for the city's troubled levee system.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Tina Joyce and Richard Langlois.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Gabriel H. Bautista, 17, 732 N. Seventh Ave., was sentenced Aug. 11 on one count third-degree malicious mischief.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Marcos M. Dejesus, 20, no permanent address listed, was charged Aug. 17 with first-degree possessing stolen property. Dejesus is accused of knowingly possessing stolen property on Aug. 16.

Dispute leads to early exit for clubhouse director

WALLA WALLA -- Rising Sun Clubhouse is seeking a new executive director several weeks before scheduled to do so.

Oregon company fined for Milton-Freewater herbicide spill

The state fined Stadelman Fruit LLC, which operates an orchard and shipping facility in the city.

An Odell, Ore., company has been fined $15,000 for a herbicide spill last year near Milton-Freewater.

Emergency Services - 08/19/10

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

FRED W. SPORLEDER

November 6, 1915—August 16, 2010

Jerome Edinger

April 24, 1933 - Aug. 14, 2010

Death Notice - Ruth Fleenor

April 1, 1916 - Aug. 18, 2010

Death Notice - Doral Christensen

July 17, 1926 - Aug. 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 18

Men posing as security system salesmen linked to Milton-Freewater home burglary

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A home in the rural Milton-Freewater area was broken into and burglarized Monday evening, most likely by men posing as employees of a national security company, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.That office received a c

Shooting report leads to arrest

WALLA WALLA -- A possible shooting Sunday evening is under investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department and has led to an arrest on another charge.

Etcetera - 08/18/10

Construction crews have been working around the Memorial clock tower recently and unearthed an old copper printing plate with a halftone image of a group of Whitties, said was literally unearthed by construction crews during the work on the Memorial clo

Thousands of marijuana plants seized

The plants gathered in Columbia County had an estimated street value of $11 million.

DAYTON -- A team of area law enforcement officers seized 4,562 marijuana plants in a remote part of Columbia County on Tuesday.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - John Turner is clear choice

I write this letter to recommend John Turner for Sheriff. I first met John as a classmate in the Leadership Walla Walla training course in 2007.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Question John Turner's rhetoric

After reading the letters to editor recently in support of John Turner, I feel obligated to write this letter.

Emergency Services - 08/18/10

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Patrick E. Maxwell, 59, 135 Rancho Villa, was charged Aug. 12 with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Illegal immigrants shouldn't be able to get state-issued ID

Washington is one of three states that allow non-legal residents to obtain driver's licenses.

Washington is one of three states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses because the law does not require proof of citizenship or legal residency.

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

Board members are Cindy Meyer, president; Jim Lehmann, vice-president; Anne Golden, Max Carrera and Dan Hess. With all present Tuesday, the board:

Director named for new Confederated Tribes foundation

Charles F. Sams III will head a foundation that intends to build an endowment to make grants aimed at a variety of issues.

PENDLETON -- A new foundation created by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has a new director.

Training for parents highlights literacy for special-needs children

Oregon Parent Training and libraries of Eastern Oregon will present "ABCs & IEPs: Literacy & the Special Learner" on Monday, 10 a.m.-noon in Pendleton.

Jobless numbers, jobs created rise in county

The unemployment rate held steady amid the mixed news and remains below the statewide figure.

The number of jobs created and the number of unemployed residents grew in Walla Walla County last month.

On the agenda - Prescott School Board

WHEN: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: Board RoomWhat: Special Meeting

On the agenda - Valley Transit

When: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.Where: Valley Transit board room, 1401 W. Rose St.

On the agenda - College Place School Board

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

Vanessa Diaz Ceballos

To Rosa Diaz and Ramon Diaz Laca, College Place, a daughter, Vanessa Diaz Ceballos, 7 pounds 11 ounces, Aug. 16, 2010.

Greenwood, Romine advance in Walla Walla coroner's race

A write-in bid by incumbent Coroner Frank Brown has apparently fallen short of advancing to November.

WALLA WALLA -- Three of the five candidates running for Walla Walla County coroner appear to have been knocked out of the race as of today.According to preliminary results, Richard Greenwood and Virginia Romine were the top two finishers in Tuesday's prim

Turner, White advance in Walla Walla sheriff race

A newcomer and a longtime Sheriff's Office veteran move on to the general election.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's race is now down to two contenders.Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election left John Turner and Bill White as the top two in the running to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Humphreys in November's g

Candidates advance in Columbia, Garfield county races

With three contested races, Columbia County voters had the highest voter turnout in the state, with 62.25 percent, or 1,593 of 2,559 registered voters turning in ballots.In the race for Columbia County Commission District 3, incumbent Charles G. (Chuck) R

OUTDOORS - South Fork of Walla Walla River is cool escape

The South Fork Walla Walla River Trail provides water and shade on really steamy summer days, so Nora the Schnauzer and I can handle a two- or three-hour walk upstream and back.That's what it takes to run her battery down.So I told myself when she became

Wa-Hi grad Beckett Royce plays rugby for love and desire

Royce discovers a true love for rugby and utilizes her competitive desire to be a member of the USA Women's National team playing in the World Cup in England.

WALLA WALLA — Beckett Royce's road to England as a member of the USA Women's National Rugby Team for the World Cup was a circuitous route.And plenty of adventure, she's had as well.Royce, who has been in England with the national team for a week preparing

Fall Little League registering players, coaches, sponsors

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for fall Little League.The league needs players, team sponsors, coaches and umpires for the 2010 season.Registration is open from noon-3 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at the Pacific Little League Veterans Medical Center fields.Reg

Milton-Freewater hosting two weekend golf tourneys

MILTON-FREEWATER — There are two tournaments at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course here this weekend.On Friday, Pheasants Forever, a four-person scramble, begins with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $55, which includes green fees and a

Ann Smestead cards first hole-in-one at country club

WALLA WALLA — Ann Smestead had her first hole-in-one at the Walla Walla Country Club on Thursday.Smestead aced the 137-yard eighth hole, using her 7-wood. It was witnessed by playing partner Donna Brammer.Bill Smith hits secondhole-in-one at Milton-Freewa

Milton-Freewater's Muddy Frogwater Dart Tournament Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The 19th annual Muddy Frogwater Dart Tournament is Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge, 611 N. Main St.At 1 p.m., there will be a Blind Draw Doubles competition, and at 7 p.m. there will be Blind Draw Cricket.Cost of the tournam

Whitman's men's soccer team undefeated abroad

The Missionaries completed the five-game tour with four wins and a draw.

WALLA WALLA — After shutting out its first two opponents earlier this month, the Whitman College men's soccer team completed its two-week tour of England with two more victories and a draw.The Missionaries won their third straight game on Aug. 8 with a 6-

Bill Smith hits second hole-in-one at Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Bill Smith hit his second hole-in-one at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course Monday. Smith hit it on the 140 yard, par three No. 8, using a four iron.It was witnessed by Monte Smith, Clint Kelly and Deb Leighty. Smith has been pl

Death Notice - John Pallis

Sept. 28, 1927 - Aug. 17, 2010

Death Notice - William Harris

Dec. 4, 1910 - Aug. 17, 2010

Death Notice - Valeda Cullen

June 22, 1916 - Aug. 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17

Sporleder built reputation over decades in retail

Fred Sporleder, one of the co-founders of a clothier and downtown fixture bearing the family name, has died.

Fred Sporleder, a retail businessman whose more than six-decade career in apparel set a local standard for clothing and customer service, died Monday at his Walla Walla home. He was 94.

HOME PLACE - Taking one day at a time makes it seem like forever

Dear God,This has got to end. You know what I'm talking about, what with every church service sending makeup flowing off my cheeks down to flesh-colored puddles. Mixed with snot, it has to be conceded.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Families teaching right values

I would like to take a moment to highlight some outstanding families in our community. I recently had the pleasure of co-coaching a Peach Basket team -- the HomeBoyz (Lane Dawes, Jonah Hoe, Andrew Thonney and my own son, Paul Gilmore).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - New spray rules are concerning

If you have old and established shade trees on your property this letter may interest you. There was a codling moth alert published in the Aug. 8 edition of the Union-Bulletin.

Police investigate Sunday evening shooting

WALLA WALLA - A shooting Sunday evening is under investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department and has led to an arrest on another charge.Officers responded at 9:50 p.m. to a report of shots being fired on South Second Avenue. Neighbors in the area t

Trial date set in high-speed pursuit

Joel Vasquez is accused of leading officers on a chase from Walla Walla County into Franklin County this month

PRESCOTT -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to leading authorities on a high-speed vehicle chase in the western part of Walla Walla County into Franklin County earlier this month.

Man receives suspended sentence in robbery at home

John T. Owen pleaded guilty to theft in connection with a robbery at a home in Walla Walla in June.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in connection with a robbery at a local home in June received a suspended jail sentence Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Garfield County Hospital sees budget in black

POMEROY -- Garfield County Hospital District's financial report for the first half of 2010 shows a bottom line in the black with a $605,000 year-to-date net income. Net revenues exceeded budgeted expectations by $177,000 and expenses were under budget by

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

On the agenda - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

Evaluation ordered for man in child-porn case

Adam C. Hopkins is charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of possessing child pornography in June.

Rooks Park access to be open Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- The road into Rooks Park will be open Wednesday during normal operating hours from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Walla Walla man sentenced in assault, shooting in home

Eric D. Hight fired two guns into walls at his home and assaulted his girlfriend during an argument, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who shot guns inside his home and assaulted his girlfriend during an argument in late February was sentenced Monday afternoon to nearly three years in prison.

Emergency Services - 08/17/10

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

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Feast of Saint Coco to include meatloaf, whiskey sours

I have an unsavory fact for you. It's not the kind of thing I trot out in polite company, but it's essential to understanding what follows. Here it is: I have four younger brothers because my mother wanted a girl.

Money is too tight for state to OK prison impact funds

Yes, Franklin County should be compensated but that will have to wait until the economy turns around.

The rapid expansion of the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell has taken a financial toll on Franklin County because of escalating criminal justice costs.

Primary comes to a close today

Several crowded races, including the county sheriff and coroner positions, will narrow after polling wraps up.

WALLA WALLA -- The crowd of candidates running for local, state and federal offices will be winnowed down tonight as the primary election comes to a close.

Walla Walla Harvest Foods to host Chef Kelly

The chef who developed many of the artisan deli salads, lasagna and quiches at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods will be there in the flesh Thursday to prepare some tasty samples.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Combine sparks fire that scorches 800 acres

PRESCOTT -- Fire in a combine ignited a field of wheat and stubble, resulting in loss of an estimated 50 acres of standing wheat near Harvey Shaw Road, Lamar Road and State Route 124 on Monday afternoon.

Iona Mae 'Onie” Frost

September 12, 1933 – August 13, 2010

Frank Tony Elia

February 2, 1929 – August 12, 2010

Jesse Nettles

Feb. 11, 1935 - Aug. 12, 2010

Nancy Adams

July 21, 1943 - Aug. 12, 2010

Carl Henze

Feb. 3, 1921 - Aug. 14, 2010

Vernon Selde

May 26, 1924 - Aug. 16, 2010

Bennie Janes

Jan. 29, 1929 - Aug. 11, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Jerome Edinger

April 24, 1933 - Aug. 14, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Fred W. Sporleder

Nov. 6, 1915 - Aug. 16, 2010

Walla Walla County Coroner's race - Jim Schmerer

The coroner oversees the investigation of deaths within his jurisdiction. This includes effective communication and cooperation with local fire and law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and funeral homes. The coroner orders autopsies to be p

Walla Walla County Coroner's race - Virginia Romine

The county coroner is a public official whose primary duty is to investigate deaths that may have been by other than natural causes. In Washington, counties with populations over 250,000 may vote to hire medical examiners, who are physicians. Smaller coun

Walla Walla County Coroner's race - Ken Hall

I see the county coroner as being in a very, very good position to draw information and advice from many institutions, the police, physicians and the emergency medical services. I do not believe the county coroner should be a crime scene investigator. I b

Walla Walla County Coroner's race - Richard Greenwood

(The Revised Code of Washington) states that the coroner's main responsibility is for determining manner and cause of death is sudden and unexpected deaths that occur in the county in which (the coroner) was elected. To determine the cause of death would

Walla Walla County Coroner's race - Frank Brown

An accurate determination of cause and manner of death is essential to society. The exoneration of the innocent; recognition of murder; documentation for criminal and civil court proceedings; sound, impartial medical evidence and exposure of public health

Walla Walla County Sheriff's race - Bill White

In my 12 years as an administrator with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, I've discovered the key to providing quality service with a shrinking budget is to develop partnerships with other agencies. I will continue to partner with area law enforcem

Walla Walla County Sheriff's race - John Turner

Three ways: 1. Learning and adjustments. Our forefathers got it right: life, liberty, and providing a community in which people can safely pursue happiness through constant learning and adjustments will be one of my top priorities. 2. Efficiency and effec

Walla Walla County Sheriff's race - Jim Romine

The Sheriff's Office must continue to be frugal with taxpayers' money. I will improve service by assuring that citizens and cases are dealt with responsively, professionally and politely. I will make staffing assignments based upon skills and qualificatio

Monday, August 16

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Domestics are answer to economic woes

I've always considered billionaires an obscenity. The idea that one person owns that much wealth boggles my mind. After all, just a century ago we capitalized the first billion dollar corporation.

Dress-up day comes after friends' wager

Kevin Dawes and Forrest Baker had a lot riding on the bet, which came home to roost Sunday.

WALLA WALLA -- To be politically correct, there is officially nothing wrong with a man wearing a dress to mow the lawn in near 100-degree weather on a Sunday afternoon, especially if it is Kevin Dawes' lawn and the man mowing is Forrest Baker.

Across-the-board budget cuts not best option

Washington state lawmakers need to take action. However, Gov. Gregoire has wisely suggested broad cuts in the absence of a budget solution.

It's a surprise to nobody -- particularly legislators -- the state budget has developed another leak. The duct tape lawmakers used to patch together the recession-riddled budget last spring isn't holding.

Etcetera - 08/16/10

Former Walla Wallan and "Raising Lucy" author and illustrator Carol Muzik has been accepted for an artist-in-residence program for the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Project preserves Washington State Penitentiary graves

A cemetery at the Washington State Penitentiary is the final resting place for hundreds who died between the late 1880s and 1950.

WALLA WALLA -- In this graveyard, the dead have no names.

Walla Walla gang member pleads guilty to knife attacks

Fernando Saenz Jr. faces 21 1/2 to 28 1/2 years in prison for his role in an assault in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of stabbing multiple victims in a bloody, gang-related melee outside a residence on Center Street in March pleaded guilty this morning to two of the attacks.

Work to close road to Rooks Park on Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- Construction work will close road access to Rooks Park Wednesday.

Dayton woman sentenced to nearly five years in drug case

DAYTON -- A 39-year-old Dayton woman was sentenced to 59 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) to a person under the age of 18.

Sunday morning car fire under investigation

WALLA WALLA -- City police are investigating a car fire early Sunday as a possible arson.

Woman in critical condition after Saturday night crash

PRESCOTT -- Three people were injured Saturday night, one critically, in a collision west of Prescott.

Emergency Services - 08/16/10

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla School Board

When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Broadhead's sudden-death eagle wins Walla Walla All-City Championship

Rob Broadhead holes a 50-yard eagle on the first hole of his playoff with Jeff Neher to win his third All-City Championship Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — It took two extra swings at the Walla Walla Country Club Sunday during the final round of the All-City Golf Championship for Rob Broadhead to claim his third All-City crown. Broadhead, who won back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008, kno

Death Notice - Marshall White

Aug. 20, 1929 - Aug. 9, 2010

Death Notice - Vernon Selde

May 26, 1924- Aug. 16, 2010

Death Notice - Antonia Balderas

June 13, 1933 - Aug. 15, 2010

Death Notice - CleOra Pflugrad

Jan. 5, 1931 - Aug. 15, 2010

Death Notice - Carl Henze

Feb. 3, 1921 - Aug. 14, 2010

Benjamin Morris

July 14, 1924 - Aug. 7, 2010

Sunday, August 15

Les Parsons

May 30, 1919 - Aug. 9, 2010

Death Notice - Iona Mae Frost

Iona Mae Frost

Hazel Shields

July 1, 1910 - Aug. 10, 2010

Dona White

April 5, 1928 - August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 14

Herron, experience lead at All-City tourney

Bill Herron shoots a three-under 69 to lead defending champion and 2010 Wa-Hi grad Drew Reinland by one stroke.

WALLA WALLA — Experience held off the charge of youth in first-round play at the All-City golf championship Saturday at Vet's Memorial.Fifty-something Bill Herron fired a three-under par 69 to take a one-shot lead over defending champion and 2010 Wa-Hi gr

Relay team keeps running after 20 years

A group of runners, all with Walla Walla ties, finished its 20th relay run Saturday in Sandpoint, Idaho.

SANDPOINT, Idaho — It took 12 guys 28 hours and 33 minutes to get here Saturday, running 185 miles from Spokane, stopping for breaks and rides in one of the two vans along on the road, and one trip through dark skies on the Tremors Roller Coaster at Silve

Walla Walla Sweets' season was just plain fun

WALLA WALLA — The West Coast League's maiden season in Walla Walla was, well, sweet.With general manager Zachary Fraser successfully manipulating the strings, the Walla Walla Sweets wood-bat baseball team turned Borleske Stadium into a summertime party ea

When is an alley really a street?

Officials found five homes had no access other than the alley. The discovery led to a paving project.

WALLA WALLA — The road to a better life via an asphalt street had been a bumpy road for a handful of residents who live on or near a one-block stretch of Harrison Street.The problem was that depending on who you ask, Walla Walla has two Harrison streets.

E-mail warning called hoax

WALLA WALLA — The Sheriff's Department says a recent e-mail warning motorists of a roadside gang initiation threat is most likely a hoax.The e-mail states that 'gangs are placing a car seat by the road ... with a fake baby in it ... waiting for a woman, o

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Herb gardening basics to be offered Thursday

City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation will present herb gardening basics, as taught by local organic farmer Amity Priore on Thursday, 7-8 p.m.

Emergency Services - 08/15/10

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

BIRTHS

Walla Walla General Hospital

STREET CLOSURES

The intersection of Fern Avenue and Bryant Avenue will be closed Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for grind/overlay work. Detour routes will be posted.

Gourmet food, a glass of wine and classical music

The Waterbrook Winery event allowed people to savor the experience while roaming the grounds.

WALLA WALLA — About 15 miles west of town, in what seemed like an oasis in the middle of acres of dry wheat stubble, close to 170 people sat around beautifully landscaped grounds that surround a picturesque pond, enjoying each other's company and looking

Manufacturing plant may be in Walla Walla future

The Port of Walla Walla has approved funds for a water line. The county will consider chipping in.

WALLA WALLA — A new plastic-bottle manufacturer may be in the pipeline for Walla Walla with help from the Economic Development Sales Tax Fund.Port of Walla Walla commissioners gave the go-ahead for a $100,000 grant to help with water line and other improv

PANORAMA - 'The Great Gatsby' and going for summer gold

I remember American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's golden boy Jay Gatsby very well.He wasn't just 'Gatsby,” though.

ETCETERA - Berney teachers' newborns share same birthdate

Berney Elementary School teachers Jen Holbrook and Shannon Hand became friends as soon as Shannon started working there seven years ago.You might say they're on the same wave length and this is why: As 2009 wound down, they discovered they were pregnant a

PASTOR COLUMNS - What is the Bible's most popular verse?

What is the most popular verse in the Bible? It used to be John 3:16. Billy Graham probably quoted it every time he broadcast on television.But today this is not the verse we hear most often quoted. There is a more popular verse. People who are not even C

CHURCH BULLETIN

Touchet Valley Call to Prayer slated Aug. 25 in Dayton

Glenn and Honey Swensen

Glenn and Honey Swensen of Walla Walla celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends.

CELEBRATIONS

Klundt-Hunter

Stephanie Lori Klundt of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Jason Louis Josiah Hunter of Mount Vernon, Wash., married July 24, 2010, at Reid Center on the Whitman College Campus. The Rev. Don Gibbard officiated.

SERVICE PEOPLE

Air Force Airman 1st Class Dustin G. Davidson, from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Moving county's tax auction from Courthouse steps to cyberspace is winning idea

It should result in higher prices for the property. Any money collected above the amount owed in back taxes and fees will go to the property owner.

When someone doesn't pay property taxes, government takes the property and sells it to pay off the debt. It's a sad situation.But an experiment to conduct the annual property auction in cyberspace rather than the Courthouse steps could ultimately benefit

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

A few suggestions vis-a-vis the recent letter to the editor suggesting a conversation be created between writers, readers and the editorial staff.

Friday, August 13

Sheriff's Office warns of hoax e-mail on gang threat

An e-mail warning women of being assaulted is not legitimate, the department says.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reports a recently circulated e-mail warning motorists of a roadside gang initiation threat has no connection with the Sheriff's Office and is most likely a hoax.

Steve Kuglics

June 24, 1982 - July 16, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Change in U-B comics disappointing

Am I the only one who is disappointed with the U-B's change in comics?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner has experience we need

Walla Walla County absolutely needs fresh energy and new, solid ideas for our future. I completely agree with Robert Phillips concerning the losses we have suffered in the past few years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner has right credentials for sheriff

After researching the candidates for the open Walla Walla County sheriff's position, there is no doubt in my mind John Turner is the right person for the job. Spend five minutes with John and it becomes very clear he has the best credentials and the abi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - John Turner is breath of fresh air

I am delighted that John Turner is running for Walla Walla County sheriff. Both of his opponents are currently Walla Walla County sheriff's deputies and have been for over 30 years. They've been the captains in charge for the last 12 years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Display in play was too much

Was it really necessary to have a scene with a man kissing another man on the lips in the otherwise pleasant evening at the amphitheater at Fort Walla Walla recently.

Exercise key for moms, moms-to-be

Soon-to-be or future moms will soon experience life differently through the unselfish deeds of catering to newly born babies.

Etcetera - 08/13/10

A U-B employee en route to the Tri-Cities on Aug. 3 spotted a 74-year-old hiker headed along U.S. Highway 12. Turns out it was Don Stevenson of Auburn, Wash., an ultra-walker out hoofing it around the state of Washington. He's raising funds to benefit th

Reiki sessions as varied as practitioners

There is really no such thing as a typical Reiki session.

Dental implants can lay foundation for healthier life

Tooth loss is a common condition among senior citizens today.

Value of CTs tends to outweigh risk, but ask questions

Recent headlines and news stories citing national studies have claimed that repeated and sustained radiation exposure during unnecessary computerized tomography -- also known as CT -- scans increases the risk for cancer.

Riches lie beneath Afghanistan's roiling surface

Some geologists are heroes. That was the thought that came to my mind when I read of what Afghan geologists had done during the long and difficult time the Taliban had run their country.

DOWN THE LONELY LINE

Following the lonely line of sunlight along Rees Avenue early Friday morning, a jogger moves from the shadows to the first warm light of day.

Emergency Services - 08/13/10

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

WW woman pleads guilty in injury crash

Briseida M. Garcia had been drinking when she crashed April 11, injuring two passengers.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla woman pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to two criminal charges stemming from a one-vehicle, injury collision in April on Sandpit Road.

Groundwork for wine laid in eons past

The Valley's geological history plays a role in the burgeoning industry, but just how much does the earth affect the flavor?

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley is renowned for its wine, but what about the area makes it particularly suitable for viticulture? According to geologist Kevin Pogue, the answer to that question lies buried just beneath our feet.

Rezone could enliven Melrose parcel

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla officials hope a new zoning designation could infuse life into a more than 20-acre parcel of land off Melrose Street.

Starbucks remodel to make downtown space roomier

It's no surprise to customers at Starbucks' downtown location that a remodel is brewing.

Court fight over release of petition signers should end

The matter has been settled by the US Supreme Court and the vote on Referendum 71 has been over nearly a year.

Last fall voters approved Referendum 71 to uphold Washington state's Domestic Partner Expansion Bill, which gave same-sex couples the same rights and benefits as married couples.

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Death Notice - Nancy Adams

July 21, 1943 - Aug. 12, 2010

Death Notice - Frank Elia

Feb. 2, 1929 - Aug. 12, 2010

Death Notice - Elsie Abraham

Dec. 11, 1919 - Aug. 11, 2010

Death Notice - Bennie Janes

Jan. 28, 1929 - Aug. 11, 2010

Thursday, August 12

Two men charged with robbing customers outside Burbank store

Samuel Barrera, 23, of Prosser, and Jacob J. Munoz, 23, of Pasco, are accused of robbing people June 30.

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects have been formally charged with robbing two customers outside a convenience store in Burbank earlier this summer.

Marquee: The artisans of WaterDrop WorkShop work to create one-of-a-kind furniture.

Zac Merten's mission is about as opposite from the story of Pinocchio as one can get.

Men's group builds connections

Juntos aims to build a positive environment for local youths to hang out in.

WALLA WALLA -- Baseball games, concerts and water fights are part of a plan to change the lives of kids who may be faced with choices to be involved with gangs for a local men's group.

Sheriff, pioneer women to be portrayed

Early-day Walla Walla's mayor, sheriff and musician James McAuliff will appear in a Living History performance at At 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Get into Whitman Mission free of charge this weekend

Entry to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, is free this weekend.

Date changed for Whitman Mission bird walk

The date for the last summer bird walk at Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, has been changed to Aug. 24.

To grow your tastebuds, know your palate

A reader writes: "I'm a 62-year-old man who's trying to develop into wine drinking, given its health benefits.

Poker run for charity in M-F Aug. 21

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A poker run is in the cards for The Palm Tavern, 904 Lamb St. in Milton-Freewater.

New at the library

It's 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of California's Monument Valley to die. He's stumbled onto a film set, though, and is saved by none other than Henry Fonda, and he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a s

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time for new sheriff for Columbia County

I agree completely with the Sunday letter writer. Mark Franklin is the only real choice for Columbia County sheriff.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner's leadership is needed

Experiencing the valuable asset of an intelligent, immaculately trained companion and then going back to foundering around wasting time and effort. Plus giving up the safety factors provided by a dog is not leadership.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Isolationist agenda not good for nation

The president and Congress have the responsibility to deal with other nations toward solving global problems. This year one impediment is "tea party" candidates pursuing an isolationist agenda. Shades of the John Birch Society!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cordero's focus will be economy, jobs

Clyde Cordero, candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat in Congress, is very concerned about the economy and jobs. His approach is very different than the incumbent, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner, Brown are most qualified

Wow! I agree that citizen engagement is healthy and quite frankly, necessary, but I draw the line when some opinions misconstrue what I said.

Etcetera - 08/12/10

Sabine Funke Simon and husband Udo are anticipating a great visit in Walla Walla for Sabine's 50th high school reunion, Udo e-mailed from Germany.

Inland Cellular to switch to improved system in mid-August

Inland Cellular customers are in for faster data speed, better rural coverage and more functionality thanks to a multi-million dollar upgrade in the communication provider's network.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Rebecca and Kenneth Potter.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Dillon J. Sterner, 17, 605 S. Roosevelt St., was sentenced Aug. 6 on one count each third-degree theft, minor in possession and or consuming liquor and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Wa-Hi dance team to hold yard sale fundraiser

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla High School dance team will have a fundraising yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon in the parking lot at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Poplar Street and Fifth Avenue.

Whitman Mission tackles energy efficiency with large, small moves

Whitman Mission workers aim for a smaller footprint on the environment.

WALLA WALLA -- While park service staff at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site dedicate themselves to preserving the old, the facilities at the mission aren't stuck in the past when it comes to environmentally friendly technology.

Whitman program opens door to college

An annual summer program helps local students see the possibilities of a college education can come true.

WALLA WALLA -- For students who lack the cultural or economic capital higher education demands, attending college can seem like a distant, unattainable dream.

State, local officials make effort to help Hwy. 12 wineries

But the new highway is under state rules, which limit what can be done in regard to signs.

The opening of the new U.S. Highway 12 and the ensuing sign conundrum has been a mess for the wineries located along what is now Old Highway 12. The wineries have lost a lot of business and are, as they should be, upset about it.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Candice B. Hendrickson, 27, 1026 Puff Lane, Apt. B, College Place, was charged Aug. 10 with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, second-degree attempted burglary, and two counts of third-degree malicious mischief.

Tighter rules mean changes for well owners

Several wells in Milton-Freewater have been flagged for E. coli contamination.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Stir in a new government regulation to a decades-old situation and you get a problem, according to Oregon public health officials.

Central figure in money seizure nabbed

Adrian Ibarra-Raya, deported after serving time for a 2006 drug case, was arrested on Oregon charges near Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A central figure in one of the largest drug money seizures in recent years was arrested last weekend on narcotics charges.

Emergency Services - 08/12/10

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

Old vs. young in All-City golf tourney's changing game

Past All-City golf champions are preparing to play the next generation in this weekend's tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Thirteen-time Walla Walla All-City golf champion Jeff Thomas believes he could win a 14th title this weekend at the age of 59 if he wanted to. But he doesn't.Fifty-seven-year-old Gregg Corn, the only graybeard to win the championship in the

Registration open for fall Little League baseball

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for fall Little League.The league needs players, team sponsors, coaches and umpires for the 2010 season.Registration is open from noon-3 p.m. Aug. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the Pacific Little League Veterans Medical Center fi

Resilient All-City tourney keeps on trucking

WALLA WALLA — Ed Fiddes won the first Walla Walla All-City Championships golf title in 1950.And tournament officials have crowned a champion every year since as the All-City has imbedded itself as an enduring late-summer staple in the valley's sports scen

Death Notice - Hazel Shields

Aug. 10, 2010

Death Notice - Thelma Woodward

Aug. 11, 2010

Death Notice - Daryl Lockard

Nov. 30, 1971 - Aug. 7, 2010

Wednesday, August 11

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Vets should get behind Cordero

Clyde Cordero is a veteran of both Iraq wars. He believes that we should continue to draw down troops in Iraq and should hold President Obama to his time line in Afghanistan.

Etcetera - 08/11/10

A well-balanced breakfast is one of the most critical meals of the day. It provides a foundation of energy, that if missed is more than likely not made up later in the day. And research shows eating breakfast can prevent overeating at later meals.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letter of support for Franklin is questioned

In response to Bud Mills' letter to the editor published Aug. 8, I disagree with Mr. Mills on many points, as his letter of support for Mark Franklin for sheriff was filled with misinformation.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Greenwood is choice for WW County coroner

Richard Greenwood is a compassionate, caring and honest person who will restore respectability to the Coroner's Office.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bill White is the right choice for sheriff

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Walla Walla Sheriff Capt. Bill White for over eight years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - John Turner has leadership experience

Terry Heisey's letter stated that John Turner "doesn't appear to have attained the supervisory rank of even a corporal" when in fact he has. And unlike the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office, LAPD is a large agency. Two promotions don't get you to captain and

Flight attendant's outburst sends clear message to rude passengers

The behavior was inappropraite but the stand against rudeness was understandable.

Let's be clear. What Steven Slater did wasn't legal. Nor was it appropriate.

Walla Walla man named new associate superintendent at prison

Don Holbrook has held the job in an interim capacity since the fall of 2008.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man has been appointed as the new associate superintendent for operations and security at the Washington State Penitentiary.

A LONG, TALL COOL ONE

alouse Falls pours a lone hiker (top left of photo in white shorts) a long, tall cool one as the cascade of white water plummets to the basin on a near-100 degree weekend. Recent days have delivered some relief from the heat but the weekend is expected to see a return of temperatures hovering around the century mark---and the continued summer quest for places cool.

Walla Walla County's annual tax auction moves online

The sale involves properties the county has not been able to collect on for the past three years.

WALLA WALLA -- An annual event now held on the courthouse steps is moving into cyberspace.

Man in Center Street attack accused of assaulting inmate

Fernando Saenz Jr., awaiting trial in an assault in March, allegedly attacked another man in jail.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla County jail inmate remained hospitalized this morning after he reportedly was assaulted early this week by another prisoner.

Seminar to help vets get benefits

DAYTON -- Local veterans may want to mark their calendars for Aug. 20 and 21, when Dayton VFW Post 5549, Veterans Affairs representatives from Walla Walla and longtime veterans advocate Victor Kuhns will host a seminar on veterans benefits.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in gang fight

Roberto Arroyo was sentenced Tuesday to time served for his role; a teen was charged the same day in connection with same fight.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced in Superior Court for his part in a gang-related fight last winter near 12th Avenue and Birch Street.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall, 215 S. Currant

On the agenda - Port of WW

When: Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. with tours of two Port properties. A work session commences at noon. The regular session begins at 1 p.m.

Emergency Services - 08/11/10

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

In the minutes - STARBUCK COUNCIL

Council Members are Katherine Shearer, Veronica McCoy Keith Wharton, Richard Ells and Fred White. Mayor is Darcy Linklater. With all present Tuesday the council:

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Michael Akers, Stephanie Newberg and Donna Hunt. Mayor is Alan Gould. With Akers and Newberg absent Tuesday the council:

In the minutes - PRESCOTT COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Council members are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button, Jim Cooper and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Graham, Button and Jackson absent Monday the council:

The perfect fly shows up at Rocky Ford Creek

My wife Darlene, Nora the Schnauzer and I motored north to Rocky Ford Creek, near Soap Lake, a few days ago.I whetted my angling skills against the rainbow trout released into that spring-fed stream by the Trout-Lodge, Inc., hatchery.The wide-bodied fish

Jimmy Roeder aces M-F Municipal's eighth hole

MILTON-FREEWATER — Jimmy Roeder recorded his first hole-in-one on Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course's eighth hole Saturday.Roeder aced the 140-yard hole using his pitching wedge.It was witnessed by Mitch Odman and Mike Gundlach.August Hikes by the Wa

Haack, Smego win Mid-Amateur titles

WALLA WALLA — Mike Haack from Bellevue won the men's championship at the Inaugural WSGA Mid Amateur at Wine Valley Golf Club Friday and Saturday.Haack followed an opening round 3-under par 69 with a 2-under 70 Saturday for a two-stroke victory over first-

Walla Walla Native Plant Society slates hikes over next week

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is guiding YMCA Explorers on a hike to see wildflowers near Spout Springs Thursday.On Saturday, the group will take a field trip to the Umatilla Rim Trail No. 3080, followed by wine tasting at Bunchgrass

Tri-City Ringors 16U softball team holding tryouts

TRI-CITIES — Tri-City Ringors 16U A softball team is holding tryouts for the spring 2011 seasons beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at Columbia Playfield No. 2 in Richland. All positions are available and experience is preferred. For more information, contact Ma

Columbia Storm recruiting for 2011 spring softball season

The Columbia Storm 18A American Softball Association team is recruiting players for the 2011 season. Players must be under 18 as of Jan. 1, 2011. The team will play at the local, state and national level, including the Valley Invitational, State, Western

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Frank Vawter

April 19, 1978 - Aug. 7, 2010

Regina Furlong

April 7, 1941 – Aug. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Paul Hepworth

April 19, 1964 - Aug. 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 10

Black-and-white shooting calls for shift in thinking

As I walk-ed into the classroom for the Vineyard Photography Class at Walla Walla Community College one of the students asked if we would be taking any digital pictures in black-and-white format.

Short-term help OK'd for signs on Walla Walla County roads

Commissioners have approved an interim change that could help businesses on Old Highway 12.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners today approved an interim change in the county code to help people, particularly wineries, place signs along roads.

Three new faces join Bank of Whitman

A couple of new faces have joined the team at the Walla Walla branch of Bank of Whitman.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in stabbing

Tylur D. Tiedemann used a broken bottle to attack an acquaintance in June, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Superior Court to stabbing an acquaintance in June.

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main

On the agenda - ATHENA PLANNING COMMISSION

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Athena City Hall

On the agenda - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - Port of Columbia

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

On the agenda - WW Council

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

In the minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich and Ed Sullivan. With Sullivan absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Prescott school board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With all present Monday for a special meeting the board:

In the minutes - Cp council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. With Jenkins absent, the council on Monday:

CP School District to hold registration fair Thursday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The School District will hold a registration fair Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sager School cafeteria for all families in the district.

Trial date set for woman in robbery at Macy's

Vanessa M. Drake allegedly hit a security officer after stealing items from the store last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who allegedly stole items from Macy's store and struck a security officer in the face late last month is scheduled for trial when Oct. 26 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Emergency Services - 08/10/10

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

WSU wine science center makes sense for region

The WSU proposal would serve to enhance what is being done at WWCC's Enology and Viticulture program.

Plans to grow Washington state's wine industry by establishing a Washington State University wine science center in the Tri-Cities is a wise move.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Do as I say, not as I do

For the past 18 months President Obama has lectured us about our wasteful lifestyles. He's told us we can't continue to drive our SUVs or keep our thermostats set at 72 degrees.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cordero looks out for public interest

Clyde Cordero thinks the economy is the first issue of importance.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis is an honest person who believes in fair justice. He has a lot of experience as an attorney. He is very professional and very respectful. He is involved in the community.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - When will we change political course?

I've recently read some Our Readers' Opinions in support of Patty Murray. I'm glad we live in a country where the free exchange of ideas is allowed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Murray is a truly great senator

As a veteran, I was fortunate enough to listen to a conference call with Sen. Murray and fellow veterans at the Walla Walla VA facility.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bill White will be effective sheriff

I am adding my letter of support for Bill White as I have known him professionally for many years and understand how his qualities and qualifications would make him an excellent sheriff. Although we work for different agencies, we both hold similar positi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Jim Schmerer is well qualified

A few months ago I worked on a project with Jim Schmerer and was very impressed with the level of professionalism he displayed. This young man was hard working, always courteous, pleasant, willing to listen to others, performed an amazing amount of resear

Trial date set for man in rape case

Herman Rankin Jr. allegedly attacked a woman he had offered a place to stay at his apartment last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to raping a woman at his apartment on Ash Street last month.

TOUGH STEERING

Six-year-old Jesse Maceda had tough "steering" as he rode the sharp angle of his young ox and pulled, with his face, some imaginary G's late Monday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Jesse was at the Park with his family and a new digital camera taking pictures and enjoying the afternoon cool. His older sister, Michelle Macedo, 8, snapped photos while Jesse enjoyed a ride on the whimsical statue.

Etcetera - 08/10/10

The Milton-Freewater Rotary Club selected Pam Widner as its 46th Paul Harris Fellow. The honor was presented to Pam at the club's Aug. 3 meeting.

Whitman men's soccer team on tour of England

The Missionary men's soccer team kicks off its two-week tour with two wins over youth teams.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's soccer team is off to a strong start in its two-week tour of England.Since its arrival on Aug. 1, Whitman has notched a pair of shutout victories over youth teams representing the Paulton City and Bath City football

Death Notice - Archie Parsons

May 30, 1919 - Aug. 9, 2010

Opal Locati

Sept. 27, 1920 - Aug. 5, 2010

Baby Lane Moss

Aug. 4, 2010 - Aug. 4, 2010

William Brewer, Sr.

Jan. 11, 1928 – Aug. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Benjamin Morris

Aug. 7, 2010

Carol Clemons

Aug. 7, 2010

Monday, August 9

High-speed chase lands man in prison

Virgil D. O'Neel was ordered to serve 18 months behind bars for a chase in March 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A man convicted by a jury of leading a police officer on a chase into Oregon in March of last year was sentenced Monday afternoon to a year-and-a-half in prison.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Story of generous child touching

I would like to comment on your front page story that Jennifer Jorgenson so superbly covered concerning little Jack Wanichek's project to help ill children. I was so touched to read how this child and his sister are reaching out to others in their times o

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Aggressive dogs should be on leash

One of the many pleasures we've enjoyed since moving to Walla Walla is an evening walk with our 13-pound dog, Liza Jane, at Bennington Lake Park. Tuesday evening an unleashed pit bull charged and attacked our leashed dog causing much injury.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Who is really behind the flood insurance mandate?

In a recent Union-Bulletin letter to the editor, Irvin L. Powell commented on the basis for the flood insurance mandate. While he sees the government as the ultimate source of that requirement, others would put the responsibility with mortgage lenders and

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Little Theatre show worth seeing

The Little Theatre presents something new this summer: An old-fashioned melodrama complete with heroes, villains and every Old West stereotype in between. This is a show worth seeing. Bring your kids, your grandkids, your friends and your neighbors, ready

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Get complete story of Statue of Liberty

A letter in the July 20 U-B states President Obama offended the French with comments he made in his July 1 speech titled "Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" delivered at the American University School of International Service lo

Apology for shutting down lemonade stand rare -- and welcome

Government officials need to use common sense and professional judgment when enforcing policies and laws.

It seems to be a weekly occurrence. Somewhere in America an overzealous government official applies a well-intended policy in such an unbending -- and unthinking -- manner it creates an outrageous situation.

Fire destroys manufactured home in Burbank on Sunday afternoon

BURBANK -- A fire destroyed a manufactured home here Sunday.

Crews standing down after Eureka fire contained

The grassland fire scorched more than 21,000 acres in the northern part of Walla Walla County.

EUREKA, Wash. -- Fire crews were standing down today after quelling a blaze that burned about 34 square miles in northern Walla Walla County over the weekend.

Fire burns abotu 2,000 acres south of Little Goose Dam Road

STARBUCK -- A cigarette may have started a fire that burned an estimated 2,000 acres of grass south of the Little Goose Dam Road on Sunday.

Oil spill spells full plate for chef

Caren McIntyre spent two weeks preparing meals for crews cleaning up the BP oil spill.

WALLA WALLA -- Beginning before the sun rises is nothing new for Bon Appetit chef Caren McIntyre, but serving up to 700 men and women working at a command center in Alabama to clean up an oil spill was a new endeavor.

Etcetera - 08/09/10

Whet your appetites for The Center at the Park's seventh annual outdoor barbecue, which will feature grilled Bristol Bay red Alaskan salmon on Aug. 20.

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Elementary Room 109

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

WHEN: Today, 6 p.m.Where: Board Room

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

Chow time or drive time? Decision yours; risk ours

Are articles on "distracted driving" driving you to distraction?

Emergency Services - 08/09/10

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

Tri-City Heat 97 having tryouts in Kennewick

KENNEWICK — The Tri-City Heat 97, a competitive 14U fastpitch softball team, is holding tryouts Aug. 12 and 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Kennewick Civics Fields K1. The Heat is opening its first season.For more information, contact Pat Mullaly at 50

Walla Walla Sweets wraps up season with loss to Corvallis

Walla Walla finishes its inaugural West Coast League season with an 18-30 record with the 2-0 loss.

CORVALLIS — The Walla Walla Sweets ended their inaugural West Coast League season with a 2-0 loss to the Corvallis Knights here Sunday evening.The Sweets finished the season 18-30, 11 games behind WCL East Division-winner Wenatchee.

Peach Basket Classic crowns 3-on-3 champions

Thirty-six division champions emerge from 266 teams at the 17th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — The 17th annual YMCA Peach Basket Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament wrapped up Sunday in downtown Walla Walla with 36 division champions crowned among a field of 266 teams.'It felt really good,” first-year tournament director Pat McConn s

Death Notice - Franklin Vawter

April 19, 1978 - Aug. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Regina Furlong

April 7, 1941 - Aug. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Gordon Quandt

June 27, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2010

Death Notice - Dona White

April 5, 1928 - Aug. 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7

Local families offer up a a ‘Sweet' home for the Sweets ballplayers

About 30 local families volunteered to house and feed the Sweets for the summer — and to bring another kid into their families.

WALLA WALLA — For some, they were the boys of summer, fun to cheer on or commiserate with, then go home and forget until the next game.But for another group in town, the Walla Walla Sweets were the boys at the dinner table and their own 'baseball angels.”

Gottschling's homer rallies Sweets for win

The solo homer in the top of the fifth helped the Sweets defeat Corvallis.

CORVALLIS — Walla Walla rallied behind a home run by Scott Gottschling for a win against Corvallis here Saturday night.The Sweets posted the 4-3 win, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit, which Corvallis — in first place in the West Division — gained in

Explosion out after loss at softball nationals

The Washington Explosion lost to the Sand Hill Slammers in the seventh inning Friday.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Explosion fought hard in the American Softball Association national tournament but finally lost in the loser's bracket to come back to Washington Friday.The Explosion's loss came to the Sand Hill Slammers, from South Carolina.

All-City golf tourney in kids' firm grip

WALLA WALLA — The young lions are clearly in charge of the Walla Walla All-City Championships golf tournament, which is on tap this coming weekend and will be contested for the 61st time in as many trips around the sun.Because five times in the last six y

Sweets drop to Corvallis Friday

CORVALLIS, Oregon — The Walla Walla Sweets lost to the Corvallis Black Bears here Friday.The Sweets dropped to 17-29 in the West Coast League with the 7-4 loss.Corvallis opened it up in the bottom of the first with two runs off two hits — and the Sweets c

Eureka fire may be under control today

The fire had consumed 20,000 acres of wheat stubble, grasses and sagebrush.

EUREKA, Wash. — A 20,000-acre fire that started Friday afternoon was expected to be 100 percent contained this morning.As of Saturday evening, the Eureka fire was 50 percent contained, as it burned a mixture of wheat stubble, grasses and sagebrush between

More stores here? Don't count on it

Until the population starts growing faster, there aren't enough people to support more stores, officials say.

WALLA WALLA — Ask local residents what they dislike most about shopping in Walla Walla, and they're virtually united: not enough stores to please everyone.But officials say the opposite is actually more true. There aren't enough people for the stores.With

EMERGENCY SERVICES

emergency services

State: Hospital ‘sloppy' in man's death

Coroner Frank Brown ruled the death a medical homicide.

WALLA WALLA — A Washington state Department of Health investigation found procedural problems at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in a death that Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown has listed as a medical homicide.The department launched its investi

You're never too old to make music

Close to 300 people took part in the annual Midsummer Musical Retreat at Whitman College.

WALLA WALLA — As far as cumulative age goes, the Midsummer Musical Retreat at Whitman College is probably the largest gathering of musicians over 40 attending a band camp in the United States.'We don't take anybody younger than 18. Just us. This is for ad

Bennington Lake to be lowered

The procedure is part of the annual maintenance. The lake will remain open to the public.

WALLA WALLA — Water in Bennington Lake will start being lowered this week to allow annual maintenance work on the intake tower.Water will be released at a rate to drop the lake level about one foot every week, said Park Ranger Chris Alford. The drawdown s

Young announces as write-in candidate for commissioner

WALLA WALLA — A Washington State Department of Transportation employee and local farmer has thrown his hat into the ring for Walla Walla County commissioner.Kevin Young filed as a write-in candidate on Friday afternoon.

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

ROAD CLOSURES

Harvey Shaw Road will be closed between Cochan Road and Sudbury Road beginning Monday through the end of October. The closure is for a road construction project and no access will be available.

Peach Basket scores record number of teams in 17th tourney

Last year, the tournament raised roughly $15,000 for YMCA scholarships.

WALLA WALLA - The 17th Annual Walla Walla Peach Basket Classic brought in a record number of participants for this year's three-on-three street basketball tournament.

Kids make their own kind of music at Rock and Roll Camp

About 70 teens topped off a week of Rock and Roll Camp with a Friday concert.

WALLA WALLA — The halls of Lincoln Alternative School rocked all week as a group of about 70 teens attended an alternative camp at the school.For the second consecutive year, the Walla Walla Symphony, school staff and numerous community volunteers teamed

Timing is everything...

Seeds offer a lower-key show than flowers, but entice all the same.

As summer drifts toward fall, and as the hot days drift toward dusk, plants make their play for lasting one more generation.You can see and hear the drama play out if you stop to look among the flowers, wild or cultivated, to see drab, drying seed pods wh

Garrison student gives rave review of East Coast trip

Garrison Middle School English teachers Heather Abajian and Audra Cummings posed a question to students in fall 2009. Would any of them be interested in a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Boston, Salem and New York City in summer 2010?

CHURCH BULLETIN

First Christian Church to offer American heritage presentation

WW welcome a reminder of what Jesus did for us

I moved to Walla Walla one year ago in June. My wife, Karen, and I drove into town and found the moving truck waiting for us, a day earlier than planned The driver was in a hurry to make another stop, and wanted to waste no time unloading our goods. All d

Companion animals ‘give that unconditional love'

Sara Archer, executive director of Blue Mountain Humane Society, said they're wonderful for seniors.

A companion animal can provide unconditional love and become part of the family.People of all ages love animals and benefit from their returned love but seniors may especially reap the rewards of a bond with a furry friend, such as a dog, cat or other var

SENIOR BULLETIN

Free balance screening offered Aug. 14

A free event to help people with Parkinson's Disease or other movement disorders prevent falls will be Aug. 14 in the Providence Room on Level 1 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center at 4 p.m.Therapists will provide a free screening to test balance, and a

SENIOR MENUS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. Th

CELEBRATIONS

Earl and Barbara Elkington

Earl and Barbara Elkington of Milton-Freewater will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday.The couple met at Umapine High School in 1948. They married Aug. 14, 1950, in Walla Walla. Barbara's maiden name is McCune.

SERVICE PEOPLE

Graduated:Army National Guard Pvt. Timothy R. Hansen, from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Sign problems on new highway will soon fade

But officials should learn from the mistakes that have been made.

The new, four-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 12 has been much anticipated. Yet, its opening has been plagued by a variety of sign issues stemming from miscommunication, lack of planning and some old-fashioned flubs.When the new stretch of highway opened the

Deadline for election letters to Union-Bulletin is noon Tuesday

Letters to the editor regarding the Aug. 17 primary election must be in the Union-Bulletin office, First Avenue and Poplar Street, by noon Tuesday.If possible, e-mail letters to letters@wwub.com. Our address is P.O. Box 1358, Walla Walla, WA 99362.Letters

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Antes will be fair to all property owners

Friday, August 6

Grassland fire spreads near Eureka

The fire had covered 23,000 acres as of this morning, officials say.

A grassland fire burning about 25 miles northwest of Walla Walla near the unincorporated town of Eureka has spread to 23,000 acres, according to Walla Walla County Emergency Management Services officials.

Thomas Price

Jan 26, 1936 - June 3, 2010

Cheryl Baumgardner

Cheryl Baumgardner

Gevert Rencken

April 22, 1931 - July 25, 2010

Leona 'Len” Schoepflin

December 13, 1916 – August 5, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - White is a sheriff, not a politician

I'm happy to say I support Bill White for sheriff. He is genuine, a man with knowledge and experience.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Has Shakespeare group recycled play's location?

Last summer the Seattle Shakespeare Company set its production of Taming of the Shrew in the city of Padua somewhere in Cajun country. It seems company members liked the concept so well they have chosen to repeat the location.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Cordero for Congress

Clyde Cordero is the endorsed Democratic candidate running against Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Areas of current Sheriff's Office puzzling/troubling

Regarding choosing the next Walla Walla County sheriff.

The first thing I look for is character. Can I trust them to do what they say? Are they personally financially responsible?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - White has support of local law enforcement

The sheriff is the chief executive officer and conservator of the peace of the county, which is why this election is so important.

Spotlight on ethics in D.C. benefits nation

Public pressure has forced a new concern over ethics violations, which should serve to reduce bad behavior in Congress.

The nation's capital seems to be in another world. Or, at least, it has a culture the rest of America doesn't always embrace. Things that are accepted as the norm in Washington, D.C., are often looked at as, well, wrong elsewhere.

Hot, hot everywhere, so what to drink?

2Signs of dehydration include mental and physical fatigue, lack of coordination, and sports performance decreases when a minimum of 2 percent body weight is lost from dehydration.

Reiki puts focus on relaxation

Hands-on or touch therapy is not new in the world of complimentary and alternative therapy.

Items on display for upcoming Dayton Historic Depot auction

DAYTON -- Sideline tickets to the Sept. 11 Cougars game, a Historic District Progressive Dinner, a gardener's package complete with wheelbarrow, hose, tools, fertilizer and compost and fine art are among the items up for auction Saturday.

School District refinances to save on bond payments

WALLA WALLA -- The School District has refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates.

Midsummer Musical Retreat participants to give free concert

WALLA WALLA -- Participants in this year's Midsummer Musical Retreat at Whitman College will give a free concert Saturday.

Etcetera - 08/06/10

Children's Home Society of Washington completed a successful pilot program in partnership with Sherwood Trust, Walla Walla's largest private foundation, said Kelly Bray, CHSW marketing communications manager.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Maria Luisa Flores Miranda and Juan Flores Garcia.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Jorge Ramos-Uribe, 17, 123 Campo Loop, No. C, was sentenced July 30 on one count third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Marcello Cantu Lopez Jr., 53, complete address unavailable, was charged Aug. 5 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, intimidating a public servant, and resisting arrest.

Emergency Services - 08/06/10

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

Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in attack on truck driver

Noe Jaimez and another teen attacked the man outside Jo-Ann Fabrics in February, police say.

WALLA WALLA -- A teenager charged in a February attack on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate pleaded innocent this morning in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Chamber seeks award nominees

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Man and Woman of the Year.

Wrong-way drivers a headache for couple on former Sudbury Road

The old route to the city dump is a dead end now, but that hasn't stopped the drivers.

WALLA WALLA -- Old habits die hard. Just ask Jerry and Tara Lightfoot.

Burbank man charged in high-speed chase

Joel Vasquez faces eluding, weapon and protection-order violation charges in connection with an pursuit Wednesday.

PRESCOTT -- A man who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed vehicle chase in the western part of Walla Walla County into Franklin County this week has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Food giveaway planned for Tuesday in Walla Walla

The distribution is planned around lunchtime at the Walla Walla Housing Authority gym.

WALLA WALLA -- A truckload food giveaway for those needing food assistance will take place Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Blue Mountain Action Council has announced.

Trace Michael Holbrook

To Jeff and Megan Holbrook, Walla Walla, a son, Trace Michael Holbrook, 8 pounds 5 ounces, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Aug. 2, 2010.

Evan Xander Bentley

To Danica and Ben Bentley, Walla Walla, a son, Evan Xander Bentley, 10 pounds, Aug. 5, 2010.

Emmalee Nevaeh Saucedo Lopez

To Wendy Lopez-Gonzalez and Miguel Saucedo, College Place, a daughter, Emmalee Nevaeh Saucedo Lopez, 7 pounds 9 ounces, Aug. 2, 2010.

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

Council member are Kevin House, Orville Branson, Marty Dunn, Karl Newell and Scott Nettles. Mayor is Walt Gobel. With all present Wednesday the council:

Legal Briefing - Can I keep my ex from posting pics of the kids?

Dear John, My ex frequently posts pictures of our kids on his social networking page. I have asked him repeatedly to stop doing this because I don't want the world to be able to access private information about my kids and possibly harm them or steal thei

Anne Lierley-Robison

Anne Lierley-Robison

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Maurer/Oldridge Memorial

Death Notice - Leona Schoepflin

Dec. 13, 1916 - Aug. 5, 2010

Death Notice - Opal Locati

Sept. 27, 1920 - Aug. 5, 2010

Black Bears put bite on Sweets' postseason hopes

COWLITZ, Wash. — The final score from Story Field here Thursday spelled the end of the Walla Walla Sweets' postseason hopes.The Sweets lost to the Cowlitz Black Bears, 9-1, and dropped out of contention for the final wildcard berth into the playoffs.The S

Walker to receive WOA Official of Year award

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Vic Walker is receiving the Washington Officials Association Official of the Year award Saturday during WOA's conference at the Yakima Convention Center Saturday.Walker is receiving the award as a softball official.

Local softball players help keep Explosion alive

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Washington Explosion dropped their first game Thursday, but came back for a win to stay alive here at the American Softball Association national tournament.They lost to the Georgia Crusade, 4-0.The Crusade posted all four runs

Thursday, August 5

Marquee: Theatergoers play a part in 'Sunset Trail'

WALLA WALLA -- The Little Theatre of Walla Walla is bringing a different kind of production to their stage this summer: a melodrama.

ALL SMILES

A young Walla Walla Sweets fan is all smiles with Sweet Lou as she poses for a picture taken by her family.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Find ways to help the less fortunate

I enjoyed Sheila Hagar's excellent article detailing the gleaning of fields by Valley residents to benefit the needy.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time to end use of carbon-based fuels

Whenever there is a string of tragedies or disasters, people start thinking of the end of the world, and I really can't blame them. This year we've had the oil spill in the Gulf, the spill in China and now the spill on the Kalamazoo River.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Greenwood will take team approach

As you receive your ballots consider voting Richard Greenwood for coroner. This is a tough position involving decisions to be made at a difficult time.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner will bring new ideas and thinking

As a school director in Burbank, I first met candidate-for-sheriff John Turner at a local meeting. I was immediately impressed with his credentials, experience and vision for the future of law enforcement for Walla Walla County.

Vandals hit Pioneer Park

Vandals who struck Pioneer Park late Wednesday or early today caused an estimated $5,000 in damage, city police reported today.

Wineries to pair up for tasting

A pair of Walla Walla wineries will share a new tasting room in downtown Walla Walla.

Rock camp participants gear up for Friday concert

Musicians at Walla Walla Symphony's 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Camp have been working this week to prepare for a Friday concert.

City police seek applications for Citizens' Academy

WALLA WALLA -- Registrations are being accepted through the end of August for this year's Walla Walla Police Department Citizens' Academy.

Sign woes continue on old, new Highway 12

Officials and businesses are facing a double headache with signs -- or lack of them -- on old and new US 12.

WALLA WALLA -- Signs of trouble or troublesome signs?

Help sought in finding College Place trucker's next of kin

Oregon State Police found Paul Ivan Hepworth dead Wednesday of a possible heart attack, but have not been able to find his family.

MEACHAM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Police department is asking the public's help in locating family members of a commercial truck driver from College Place found dead from a possible heart attack in his truck on Interstate 84 near here.

Prescott superintendent search moves ahead

The School Board, with nine applicants in hand for the position, is poised to hire a search consultant.

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott School Board expects to take action Monday to get the cart behind the horse by hiring a superintendent search consultant.

High-speed chase ends in arrest

Officials say Joel Vasquez was violating a protection order and had a gun when he fled officers.

PRESCOTT -- A man led authorities on a high-speed vehicle chase in the western part of Walla Walla County on Wednesday, eventually spinning out in Franklin County where he was taken into custody, officials said.

Etcetera - 08/05/10

The 2010 College Place Lions Club has a new face both inside its building and with new club officers, according to Crystal Walk, newly elected president.

WW Sweets are big hit

Going to a Sweets' game became the thing to do this summer. The team, in its first season, led the league in attendance.

The Walla Walla Sweets are on the road tonight finishing their first season in the West Coast League. The season has been a successful one.

Marquee - Designer makes houses look like homes

Ramer decorates houses on the market to make them more appealing to potential buyers.

It's a 1,500 square-foot blank canvas.

Whitman Mission to provide tour of its green facilities

The Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, has two events this weekend.

Missionary, mayor's wife to be portrayed at museum

Two Living History portrayals are lined up this weekend at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

White Collar Side Show to come to DeSales Aug. 13

White Collar Side Show will perform Aug. 13 at DeSales Catholic High School, 919 E. Sumach Ave., presented by Sonic Boom Concerts.

'Mixing Media: 7 by 13' debuts at Willow Friday

Willow, 2 E. Rose St., will hold an artist reception for its show "Mixing Media: 7 by 13" from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Vintage millinery on display at Kirkman House Museum

Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., will hold an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the exhibit "Chapeaux," featuring more than 150 pieces of vintage millinery.

Little Theatre of WW to hold play auditions Aug. 10-11

Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St., will hold auditions for "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a play by Steven Dietz, at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at the theater.

New at the library

Even the most diehard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name.

Family Movie Night will feature 'Astro Boy' downtown Aug. 13

Inland Cellular and Downtown Walla Walla's Family Movie Night will feature "Astro Boy" at dusk Aug. 13 at Heritage Park on Main Street between Spokane and Colville streets.

Grand Rêve's dreamy collaborations

Wine reviewers are almost always tasting very young wines, which presents certain challenges. Though many young wines are made to be consumed quickly -- especially rosés, some unoaked white wines and lighter reds -- often the most complex and cellar-worth

Emergency Services - 08/05/10

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

Sweets tie series with 3-2 victory

Walla Walla is three games behind Moses Lake for the wild card.

COWLITZ — The Walla Walla Sweets came back for a win to tie the series against Cowlitz Wednesday night.The Sweets defeated the Black Bears, 3-2, on Cowlitz's own Story Field. The win moves Walla Walla to 17-27 and three games behind Kelowna in the wild ca

Explosion softball team defeats San Jose Sting, 2-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Washington Explosion came back from a Tuesday loss to defeat the San Jose Sting, 2-0, here Wednesday.The Explosion, led by Kamiakin pitcher Lindsey Kamphius, stranded 11 base runners in the win.Kamphius threw a good game, said

Carol Sherman

April 11, 1945 - July 31, 2010

Wednesday, August 4

Emergency Services - 08/04/10

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

State seeks lockup of man as sex predator

Ronald Valentine was convicted of child molestation in Walla Walla County in 1995 and had been scheduled for release from prison this week.

WALLA WALLA -- The state Attorney General's Office wants a man convicted of child molestation in Walla Walla County in 1995 locked up indefinitely as a sexually violent predator.

Business flurry builds in College Place

The city soon will see a new Les Schwab and Chase bank, and an auto dealership and fast food joint are in the works.

COLLEGE PLACE -- More than $11.5 million in construction projects are in the works here in a new flurry of commercial development.

Young voices ring in group's 100th

Camp Fire USA is in its centennial and local campers took a trip through the musical eras to celebrate Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA -- Forty-three young voices sang songs from each era of the past century Tuesday in celebration of Camp Fire USA's centennial.

Etcetera - 08/04/10

For the past 41/2 years, Milton-Freewater Public Library Librarian Bob Jones has entertained folks on the first Friday of each month with his Oldies Night at the Library gig. He spoke about this program during the July 27 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club me

Meeting set in opposition to Blue Mountain wind turbines

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Blue Mountain Alliance will hold a community information meeting, themed "No Blades On The Blues," on Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the community building at Northeast Fifth Avenue and Ward Street.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Maria V. and Jesus S. Melgoza.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sen. Graham on right track

What, exactly, are local protesters of Arizona's immigration law protesting?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Greenwood ready to serve as coroner

As a nonpartisan voter and lifetime resident of Walla Walla County, I highly recommend Richard Greenwood for county coroner.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Greenwood is man of compassion and integrity

I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Richard Greenwood for the office of Walla Walla coroner in the upcoming election.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Write in Frank Brown for coroner

Coroner qualifications.1. Must be able to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for John Turner, Frank Brown

Over the past year, I have noticed a change in this area. The change has been re-enforced by different articles in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Gangs growing in membership, methamphetamine usage up, a jail break from the Walla Walla County jail, are ju

Is special session of Legislature needed to plug budget holes?

Yes. But only if an agreement can be reached before lawmakers gather in Olympia. Weeks of bickering will only create more problems.

When the state Legislature gave final approval this spring to fixes for the state budget, it counted on the federal government kicking in $480 million to fund a huge increase in Medicaid use.

Eatery's icy treats will raise funds for sick kids

What's better than an ice-cold ice cream treat on a hot day? One that benefits a cause for kids.

Taxpayers beware identity thieves: Protect your ID

Taxpayers need to be careful to protect their personal information. Identity thieves use many methods to steal personal information and then they use the information to file a tax return and get a refund.

WW man garners state conservation district award

Greg Kinsinger was named 2010 employee of the year.sub here.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man has been named the state's 2010 Conservation District Employee of the Year.

Columns prove fodder for book taking shape

Can I just say something?

It's a full Peach Basket this weekend

The 17th annual Peach Basket Classic welcomes 266 teams to town for basketball games this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — Basketball is coming.Downtown Walla Walla will be overrun with hoops, courts — and ballers, too.The 17th annual YMCA Peach Basket Classic opens this weekend, with courts on Main Street between Second Avenue and Spokane Street.This year's 266

OUTDOORS — See and be seen at Lake Creek Trailhead

My grandson Danny Hermann has a new Nikon camera.He left his labors at cool University of Oregon environs a few days ago for a short visit with family and friends in the wilting Walla Walla valley.One day, to cool off and to test the Nikon on birds, anima

Pomeroy's Brown honored for decades of hunter education service

POMEROY — A Pomeroy man was honored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Friday for decades of volunteer service to hunter and shooting education.Elton Brown, 86, volunteered as a Washington Hunter Education program instructor for 30 y

Cowlitz hands Walla Walla Sweets 6-0 loss

For the second straight game, the Sweets are held scoreless as they fall to 16-27 on the season.

COWLITZ — The Walla Walla Sweets posted another shutout loss here Tuesday, falling to Cowlitz, 6-0.The loss moves them to 16-27 on the season and 10 games behind division-leading Wenatchee, and one step farther from playoff contention.Cowlitz is last in t

Batbusters get past Explosion

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Heat, humidity and the Orange County Batbusters combined against the Washington Explosion in the American Softball Association national tournament here Tuesday.The Batbusters — national champions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 — defeated

M-F All-Stars third at regional

Milton-Freewater finishes off the tournament 3-3 after an 18-10 win over Washington Monday.

BUTTE, Mont. — Milton-Freewater's All-Stars finished the senior softball All-Star Regional Tournament at 3-3 here this week.The All-Stars lost both games Sunday, first an 11-0 defeat to undefeated Arizona and then a 14-1 loss to Montana.But they were able

David Tshappat

Aug. 2, 2010

Texas Mills

July 13, 1934 - Aug. 2, 2010

Ray Zastrow

November 25, 1925 - July 29, 2010

Cameron Hartwell

Nov. 5, 1998 - July 28, 2010

Allen Dawes

Dec. 12, 1952 – July 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 3

Prison: Going green saves green

Some of the biggest improvements have involved harnessing technology to increase efficiency.

WALLA WALLA -- While the Walla Walla State Penitentiary greenhouse and garden are the showcase of the penitentiary's recent sustainability initiative, administrators say that's only one aspect of a larger, more comprehensive project.

Inmates, administration dig having greenhouse, fields

The fields are projected to produce 80,000 pounds of produce within the next year.

Gray walls, guard towers and patroling armed correctional officers are the first things visitors notice when entering Walla Walla State Penitentiary. But just outside the intimidating walls of the inner-prison complex is a far less imposing structure -- a

Etcetera - 08/03/10

The Gerking family can trace its roots to this area when it was still part of Washington Territory.

Writer's block, deadline render Sam a wee bit testy

I have a problem. I have nothing to write about. This column is due. My head is empty. It's a caseload of bad timing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - White will serve with integrity

Let's clear up a couple of erroneous statements made at the Chamber Forum last Tuesday by two opponents of a third candidate's campaign for sheriff.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mark Franklin is right choice for Columbia County

Although only a part-time resident of Columbia County, I have had the good fortune to become acquainted with Mark Franklin, candidate for Columbia County sheriff.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Replace the spendaholics

If we are ever to rein in runaway government spending, the place to start is to put the fat pig called pork barrel on a permanent diet.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for a great cop, Bill White

After hearing allegation the current Sheriff's Office is remiss in applying for grants, I would like to share with you how the grant process works in Walla Walla County.

Woman sentenced in robbery at man's home

Katie A. Waite pleaded guilty to robbery and drug charges in connection with a June robbery.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman was sentenced and a man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court in connection with a robbery at a local home in June.

State's primary election is now under way

Voters have about two weeks to cast their ballot in the Aug. 17 primary election, which will narrow the field to the top two candidates for each race.

Primary Election Day is still two weeks away yet about a third of those who will cast ballots in the election have already done so.

College Place man pleads innocent in shooting at officer

Jay D. Jeffrey also entered an alternate plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of shooting at a College Place police officer in early May pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to three criminal charges.

Ash Street man charged with raping woman

Herman Rankin Jr. is accused of attacking the woman at his apartment last week.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been formally charged with raping a woman at his apartment on Ash Street last week.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - WW County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. With all present, commissioners on Monday:

Walla Walla man sentenced on assault, gun charges

Eric D. Hight pleaded guilty to firing guns inside his home and attacking his girlfriend in February.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of shooting guns inside his home and assaulting his girlfriend during an argument in late February pleaded guilty this morning to four felony charges.

Trial date set for man in attempted robbery

Joseph W. Noblitt is charged with trying to rob Carniceria La Barata in January.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial has been scheduled for a man accused of trying to rob a local grocery early this year.

Drug sales near school net prison term for Walla Walla man

Roman Garcia was sentenced to 104 months behind bars after selling cocaine from his home across from Garrison Middle School.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon to more than eight-and-a-half years in prison for twice selling cocaine out of his home, the site of alleged gang activity, directly across the street from Garrison Middle School in March.

Bead shop and studio opens

In the market for a broad bevy of beads?

A new business in downtown Walla Walla is a destination for bead buffs.

Emergency Services - 08/03/10

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

On the agenda - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

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

Sweets' home finale turns sour

A record 1,891 fans are on hand, but can't help Walla Walla in the final regular-season home game Monday as Corvallis takes the 7-0 win.

WALLA WALLA — The last ground ball handled by the Walla Walla Sweets in their home finale of their first West Coast League baseball season was the perfect defensive ending to the home season.Corvallis' Griffin Boyd bounced a ground ball to Walla Walla's D

Two free youth soccer camps offered by YMCA

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is running two free soccer camps for children in grades 1-5.The first camp is Aug. 9-10 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Washington Park. The second camp will be Aug. 11-12 from 6 -7:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Elementary. The camps are op

Explosion open national with win

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — So far, Texas has been kind to four Walla Walla softball players.The Washington Explosion — including Walla Walla's Libbie Jimenez, TraeAnn Payne, Kendsey Hill and Hope Klicker — defeated the Tennessee Fury, 5-2, in 10 innings Mon

Margaret Wilson

Feb. 8, 1919 - July 18, 2010

Death Notice - Tex Mills

Aug. 2, 2010

Death Notice - Gevert Rencken

April 22, 1931 - July 25, 2010

Monday, August 2

Emergency Services - 08/02/10

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

Heat chases away rain in July

The month had just two days with measurable rain, both early on.

WALLA WALLA -- July brought some real summer heat, but no real rain.

Walla Walla's B&Bs offer their guests an intimate retreathed here

In the last column on tourism, the focus was on the hotel industry, but there is another flourishing form of visitor lodging emerging in the Valley: bed and breakfasts.

Trial delayed in Center Street attack

WALLA WALLA -- A trial for two suspects in a bloody, gang-related attack outside a residence on Center Street in March has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Echoes of the past

A blacksmithing demonstration at Whitman Mission recaptures an old-time craft.

WALLA WALLA -- More than halfway through its summer events schedule, things got all fired up this weekend as the annual blacksmith demonstration hammered away at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Send a message to both capitals

Reading the editors "Our Opinion" on Sunday prompted me to write.

Action athletes at ESPN's X Games should be wearing helmets

Unfortunately, many of the skateboarders and bike riders doing dangerous tricks set a bad example by not wearing helmets.

Wearing a helmet when biking, skateboarding or roller blading prevents serious head injury and death. That's a fact.

DNA a complex recipe for life

Comparing the general organization of the bodies of living and extinct organisms shows evidence of both lineal relationships and improvisation. Likewise, the DNA of organisms tells the same story.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Anne L. Bert, 16, 215 Union St., was sentenced July 23 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jason E. Dalton, 25, 22 Boyer Ave., No. 4, was charged July 15 with second-degree assault.

Fire scorches 3,000 acres near Port Kelley

A fire caused by a lightning strike Saturday morning was contained that night without injuries.

PORT KELLEY -- A 3,000-acre grassland fire that firefighters fought most of the day Saturday was contained at 8 p.m. that night without injury or structure loss.

Young builders help craft dome in Prescott

A project at the Prescott Library put newspapers to use as construction material.

PRESCOTT -- Skepticism was rampant as a group of youngsters worked with librarian Josh Westbrook to construct a geodesic dome from rolled-up newspaper and masking tape.

Etcetera - 08/02/10

If those acting, sewing, building, painting or other creative skills are languishing for lack of projects, Little Theatre of Walla Walla has just the gigs for you.

ROLLING TO JOY

Running along-side his daughter Kayla Duran, 6, to help with her balance, Ricardo Duran smiles broadly and cheers as she figures out how to ride her bike without training wheels. The two traveled up and down the sidewalk with Ricardo there to catch Kayla when she fell and help her get rolling again.

Zevinlee Edward Clark

To Elizabeth and Douglas Clark, Athena, a son, Zevinlee Edward Clark, 8 pounds 10 ounces, July 28, 2010.

Luis Duenas

To Maria Hinojosa and Jorge Duenas, Milton Freewater, a son, Luis Duenas, 8 pounds 11 ounces, July 29, 2010.

Marilyn Weis

December 25, 1929 – July 29, 2010

Roy Woodworth

Dec. 2, 1923 - July 26, 2010

Alma Pommerening

April 20, 1931 - July 22, 2010

Glen Hansen

Jan. 6, 1926 - July 27, 2010

Carol Sherman

July 31, 2010

Death Notice - Gevert Renken

April 22, 1931 - July 25, 2010

Bellingham Bells complete sweep of Walla Walla Sweets

Bellingham solves its batting woes as it outscores Walla Walla, 24-10, in the three-game series, including Sunday's 10-6 win.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Bellingham completed a three-game sweep of the Walla Walla Sweets Sunday afternoon with a 10-6 triumph in West Coast League baseball action at Borleske Stadium.Catcher Travis Anderson had four hits and five RBIs to pace a 14-hit Bel

Sunday, August 1

Grassland fire burns 3,000 acres near Port Kelley

Lightning caused a fire that started Saturday morning and was contained that night.

PORT KELLEY — A 3,000-acre grassland fire that firefighters fought most of the day Saturday was contained at 8 p.m. that night without injury or structure loss.