Stories for December 2010

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Friday, December 31

Elvira Margaret McTimpeny

June 17, 1927 – December 16, 2010

Barbara Eckhardt

March 4, 1947 - Dec. 28, 2010

Death Notice - Elva Winn

April 1, 1913 - Dec. 30, 2010

Ferd Herres

April 18. 1921 - Dec. 20, 2010

Kory Clark

April 24, 1957 - Dec. 23, 2010

Advertising may not be fit for government

The state DOT may find itself in hot water similar to the King County bus system

The Washington state Department of Transportation thinks it's found a new way to generate revenues without taxes or price increases. It plans to sell advertising on the Washington State Ferries website.

New Walla Walla County sheriff sworn in

John Turner was joined by several of his appointees at Thursday's formal ceremony.

WALLA WALLA -- One of the final acts of the 2010 general election was played out Thursday in a packed courtroom.

Fight report leads to early-morning chase

Police are seeking the driver of an SUV that fled the scene of an altercation.

WALLA WALLA -- A report of a fight early this morning in the Eastgate area resulted in a vehicle fleeing the scene and attempting to crash head-on into a responding Walla Walla police patrol car, officials said.

Duo sows seeds for savings, profits

Sow Social, a group-buying site, hooks members up with deep local discounts.

WALLA WALLA -- The sun will soon set on a sweet deal for tanning sessions on Walla Walla's new group buying site Sow Social. But that means another deal is on the horizon.

Emergency Services - 12/31/10

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

Teen injured in hunting mishap

A Kennewick boy was shot in the arm while hunting with other teens at Madame Dorian Park.

WALLULA JUNCTION -- A 15-year-old Kennewick boy is recovering after being shot in the arm while hunting with friends.

Trial date moved for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats

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

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Legal Briefing - Officers have latitude in car search

Dear John, The other day, I was pulled over for speeding. I was so worried about the cop pulling me over that I did not notice that the bag of marijuana I had hidden under the passenger seat had slid out from under it.

Trial date moved in Waitsburg man's sex abuse case

Carl G. Bell Jr. faces a variety of charges related to alleged crimes over the summer.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a suspect charged with 15 felony counts in a sex-abuse case has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Window opens for New Year's fireworks displays

Like the Fourth of July, the city has rules governing which fireworks may be used.

WALLA WALLA -- People planning to ring in the New Year with pyrotechnics may want to keep the city's rules in mind before lighting the fuse.

Teen pleads guilty in chase into Fort Walla Walla Park

Officials are recommending a one-year sentence for Cisco A. Gonzalez.

WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member who fled from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park early this month resulting in a tense search by authorities has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Columbia County budget OK'd

The spending plan includes no reductions in personnel.

DAYTON -- Columbia County Commissioners adopted a $3.5 million current expense budget in a continued meeting Wednesday. They also adopted a $5.6 million budget for various accounts, and $7.2 million for public works.

Silent, underfoot cycle keeps taps flowing, for now

It's that time of year once again.

Etcetera - 12/31/10

The U.S. Equestrian Federation's 2010 Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy went to Daryl Hopson, a Morgan horse trainer from Walla Walla.

Health program for children gets 11th-hour save

The federal government has awarded Apple Health for Kids money that could keep thousands from losing coverage.

Apple Health for Kids, Washington's health-coverage program for children, has won $17.6 million from the federal government, which officials are calling a "timely windfall" that could prevent thousands of children from losing health coverage.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: New Year's perfect time to launch new you

As the New Year approaches, many people tend to reflect in joy or sadness about the start of another year.

PHOTO GALLERY - Kamiakin defeats Wa-Hi boys, 64-44

More details in today's Union-Bulletin and here online later today.

Experienced Braves defeat Blue Devils

Kamiakin builds a 28-17 lead late in the first half and runs to a 64-44 win.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Matt Watson converted a feed from Seth Alden to cut the Kamiakin lead to 18-17 with 2:15 left in the first period here Thursday in non-conference boys basketball action.The Braves then went on a 10-0 run as Justin Pedley capped the r

Pumas topple Weston-McEwen in championship

The TigerScots fall behind early and can't come back in the 51-22 D.A. Davidson championship loss.

WALLA WALLA — An 11-0 run out of the gate gave University Prep the lead and they never relinquished it against Weston-McEwen in the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic boys championship game.The TigerScots eventually lost, 51-22, at Whitman's Sherwood Center

TigerScots girls can't dig out of early hole

Weston-McEwen rallies from a first-quarter deficit but loses to Valley Christian, 50-44.

WALLA WALLA — Weston-McEwen matched Valley Christian heartbeat for heartbeat Thursday afternoon at Sherwood Center during the second of two girls third-place games at the D.A. Davidson Classic basketball tournament.But the TigerScots couldn't match the Pa

Loe leads Col-Hunters as tourney champs

Columbia-Hunters tops Odessa Harrington 64-41 in the D.A. Davidson championship game.

WALLA WALLA — Columbia-Hunters forward Lindsay Loe scored 22 points and pulled down 12 boards to lead her team to a 64-41 championship win over Odessa-Harrington Wednesday in the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic.'Lindsay was a presence inside for us,” Colu

Irish 3s lead girls to third-place win

DeSales sinks 36 points on treys in the 58-32 win against Echo, Ore.

WALLA WALLA — From the ridiculous to the sublime.That's perhaps the best and maybe the only way to describe the shooting progression of the DeSales girls basketball team from Tuesday's opening-round game at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic to Thursday'

Irish boys overcome slow start for third-place win

Valley Christian and Columbia-Hunters pick up the other boys consolation wins.

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales boys basketball team's D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic consolation bracket game started nearly 30 minutes later than it's original tip-off time, and the Irish seemed to buy into the theme of tardiness early against Echo, Ore., be

Wa-Hi wrestlers place ninth at Pendleton Tourney

PENDLETON — Gerald Maib finished 2-1 and took second place at 285 pounds to pace the Wa-Hi grapplers at the Pendleton Tournament Thursday.Wa-Hi placed ninth as a team with 78 points, as Mac-Hi was second at 162 and Dayton fourth at 142. Crook County won t

Sweets pick up pair from Fargo

WALLA WALLA — A pair of North Dakota State University Bison will make the journey west from Fargo, N.D., to Walla Walla as they've signed to play for the Sweets for the 2011 West Coast League season.Simon Anderson, a pitcher from Bemidji, Minn., will join

Dayton girls fall in holiday tournament finale

DAYTON — Dayton's girls basketball team closed out the 2010 portion of its season with a hard-fought defeat in the finals of its holiday tournament, falling 46-36 at the hands of Kiona Benton Thursday.The Bulldogs (1-7) took an 18-15 lead into the intermi

Free throws lead Carroll over Whit women

Carroll goes 24-of-29 from the free throw line for the 58-54 win.

HELENA, Mont. — Carroll College, ranked No. 24 in the most recent NAIA Division I national poll, capitalized on a big free throw advantage to sneak past the Whitman College women 58-54 in Thursday night's finale of the Heuiser Physical Therapy Holiday Tou

Pomeroy wrestlers grab second, pair of wins at Christmas tourney

POMEROY — Pirate wrestlers picked up second place and two championship wins at the Pomeroy Christmas Tournament Wednesday.Jacob Moore won the 140-pound championship, pinning Grangeville's Nick Smith in the third round.Tory Knebel pinned Grangeville's Sila

Whit men romp to fifth straight win at Redlands

REDLANDS, Calif. — Ending the calendar year on a happy note, Whitman College chalked up its fifth straight men's basketball victory with a 88-65 romp past the University of Redlands Thursday evening in Redlands, Calif.Whitman completed the non-conference

Warriors fall to Peninsula at Clackamas tourney

CLACKAMAS — Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team lost a close-fought battle to Peninsula 77-73 in its final game at the Clackamas Christmas Tournament Thursday.It was the second loss in as many days for the Warriors (7-4), who battled bac

MARQUEE - New year ahead

Here are a few ideas to help you start your 2011 with a bang

New Year's Eve is nothing if not a versatile holiday. Unoffically, of course, since the calendar only records Jan. 1 as the legal holiday.

Death Notice - Theresa Miner

Dec. 29, 2010

Louis H. Knaak

March 28, 1923 – December 29, 2010

Thursday, December 30

Balance public concerns, police technology

As technology gets better and better there are going to be more and more concerns

Smile. You're on Big Brother's camera.There is something creepy about how advances in technology can be used to watch the comings and goings of innocent Americans. Cameras have been posted at intersections to snap photos of cars that speed through red li

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port should give funds to Tourism Walla Walla

For 2011 the Port of Walla Walla has set aside $10,000 to aid events that draw visitors from outside the county. Per the Port director, this money is not always claimed by promoters of such events.

$n$ Readers share their favorite books of 2010

What has everyone been reading in 2010? Every year I save the recommendations that I've received from local readers and dedicate a column or two to "cleaning out the mail bag." Here are some non-fiction favorites that you might enjoy.

New at the library

For freshman Xing Xu, life at Slackenkill High School is a daily exercise in futility.

$n$ Chile's wines still hot for quality, value

Though the intense interest in the wines of Chile has somewhat cooled, the country's industry continues to evolve, and among the vast array of imports are some exceptional values.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY - Drivers can reap benefits from slower pace

When our sustainability group sat in a circle brain-storming articles for these biweekly columns, there were lots of suggestions, including how to get better gas mileage in the cars we all drive.

Walla Walla Catholic Schools fund drive reaches milestone

The area's Catholic schools are working to raise $2 million for a variety of projects.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Catholic Schools is about halfway to reaching its goal of $2 million through a capital campaign that will bring improvements at the community's two Catholic schools.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jamie Ann and Ryan Clifford Larson.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Aleksander C. Padilla, 13, 3013 Old Highway 12, was sentenced Dec. 10 on one count disorderly conduct.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Scott L. Hines, 28, 2224 Roberts Place, was charged Dec. 27 with one count of second-degree theft and two counts of third-degree theft.

Emergency Services - 12/30/10

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

Tourism Walla Walla to look ahead, back at meeting

A look back at 2010 and a peek into the future of local tourism efforts will be the focus of Tourism Walla Walla's annual meeting next Thursday.

Etcetera - 12/30/10

College Place resident Thomas "Steve" Chadek, who served as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary for around 30 years, found himself inspired by the Christmas spirit and the hot-button topic of satellites back in December 1961.

Fire destroys woodshed on Biscuit Ridge Road

DIXIE -- A Wednesday mid-morning fire destroyed a small open-air woodshed and damaged an ATV parked adjacent to it. The shed was located on Biscuit Ridge Road.

$n$ New Year's Day closures

The New Year's Day holiday is Saturday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

Walla Walla parking enforcement scooter goes green

The city's parking enforcement officer has a new set of wheels: a quiet electric scooter.

WALLA WALLA -- A venture into green technology by the city of Walla Walla is humming right along.

Weston-McEwen girls savor victory over Owls

The TigerScots pick up their third win of the season with the 60-27 tourney romp over Overlake.

WALLA WALLA — Amber Doremus has learned to cherish each and every victory in her two seasons as the girls head basketball coach at Weston-McEwen, and Wednesday afternoon at Sherwood Center on the Whitman College campus was one of those opportunities.The T

TigerScots shoot down Owls in overtime

Weston-McEwen's boys outshoot Overlake 18-8 in overtime to garner the 71-61 Christmas Classic victory.

WALLA WALLA — It may have taken four minutes longer than the Weston-McEwen boys basketball team hoped, but the TigerScots are in the championship game of the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic after a 71-61 overtime win over Overlake Wednesday in Sherwood Ce

Dayton boys in tourney title game after downing L-W

DAYTON — Dayton's boys basketball team advanced to the finals of its holiday tournament with a decisive 53-43 win over Lacrosse-Washtucna Wednesday.The Bulldogs jumped out to a big lead early, outscoring L-W 21-2 in the first quarter.'We came out really s

Wa-Hi Blue Devil girls basketball splits in Wenatchee

Wa-Hi downs Kentridge in OT Tuesday before South Kitsap takes the 53-46 victory.

WENATCHEE — The Wa-Hi girls basketball team split a pair of games at the Wenatchee Christmas Classic, winning a thriller over Kentridge, 48-42, on Tuesday before losing to undefeated South Kitsap, 53-46, on Wednesday.Battling Kentridge in their opener, th

Pumas run past DeSales

A 16-0 second-quarter scoring spurt keys University Prep's 55-29 over the Irish at the D.A. Davidson Classic.

WALLA WALLA — A 16-0 second-quarter run by University Prep over DeSales in boys basketball action led the Pumas to a 55-29 win over the Irish.The semifinal D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic loss drops DeSales to 3-4 in season play. The Irish play Echo in th

Columbia-Hunters, Odessa-Harrington girls win at D.A. Davidson classic

WALLA WALLA — Despite what coach Mindy Flett described as a 'slow start,” Columbia-Hunters led Echo, Ore., 17-5 after one quarter and never looked back en route to a 69-29 victory in the girls semifinals of the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic basketball t

Grizzlies boys run into Powder Valley as well as weather

HELIX — The weather and Powder Valley's offense knocked Helix's boys basketball team out of the holiday spirit at its Christmas tournament Tuesday.Powder Valley dropped the Grizzlies, 83-33, before snow canceled Helix's consolation game, which was slated

Orediggers take tourney win from Whit women

Montana Tech wins the opener of the Carroll College tournament, 74-60.

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Tech parlayed a 13-0 scoring spurt late in the first half into a 74-60 women's basketball victory over Whitman College in the opening game of the Heuiser Physical Therapy Holiday Tournament at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Wedn

Bulldog girls pick up first win of season at own Christmas tournament

DAYTON — Dayton's girls picked up their first basketball win of the season with a 45-28 victory over Lacrosse-Washtucna in the Dayton Christmas Tournament Wednesday.The victory moves Dayton to 1-6 on the season and into the championship game with Kiona-Be

Riverside get past Coyote girls in overtime, 36-35, in Yakima

YAKIMA — Burbank and Riverside's girls went into overtime after fighting to a 32-all tie, but Riverside pulled it out with a 36-35 win in non-league play here Wednesday.'We played very well in the second quarter,” said Burbank coach John Muchlinski. 'We n

Irish girls find bucket in 49-18 win over University Prep

DeSales shoots just 25 percent from the field, but it's an improvement over the Irish's opening round game of 13 percent.

WALLA WALLA — Shooting 25 percent from the field isn't anything to write home about.But for the DeSales Irish girls basketball team, it was drastic improvement in less than 24 hours and led to a 49-18 victory over University Prep of Seattle during the con

Pomeroy grappers grab second, pair of championships in their own tourney

POMEROY — Pirate wrestlers picked up second place and two championship wins at the Pomeroy Christmas Tournament Wednesday.Jacob Moore picked up the 140-pound championship, pinning Grangeville's Nick Smith in the third round.Tory Knebel pinned Grangeville'

Titans topple Warrior men

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Tacoma picked up a 90-74 win over Walla Walla Community College in the Clackamas Holiday Invitational semifinals Wednesday night.Tacoma is currently the third-ranked team in the NWAACC. The loss drops the Warriors to 7-3 on the season.Th

$n$ PHOTO GALLERY - Weston-McEwen girls defeat Overlake, 60-27

More details about the game in today's Union-Bulletin and later her online.

Death Notice - Louis Knaak

March 28, 1923 - Dec. 29, 2010

Death Notice - Betty Crayfourd

Jan. 7, 1924 - Dec. 29, 2010

Death Notice - Albert Goodwin

Dec. 28, 2010

Wednesday, December 29

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: 3 p.m. Thursday Where: Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.

Emergency services - 12/29/10

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

OUTDOORS - A trek by the river

Ski poles are required to navigate the paths on a winter excursion at Mill Creek and Bennington Lake

Cold, foggy days have run together lately.Yet, as I recall, Nora the Schnauzer and I skied along Mill Creek and to Bennington Lake on Monday or Tuesday of last week.I rode the skinny boards, that is, while Nora scooted, dashed and zipped.Actually, at firs

Teen struck, injured on US Highway 12

A teenage boy was injured when he was hit by a pickup truck Tuesday on the rain-soaked U.S. Highway 12, officials said.Joseph B. Aichele, 13, of Walla Walla reportedly stepped onto the roadway at Wilbur Avenue in front of an eastbound 2005 Ford F150 picku

Etcetera - 12/29/10

Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 will host a New Year's Eve celebration open to the community on Friday at 351 E. Rose St.The two New Year's parties in one offers music by DJ Randy on the main stage and Burle Craveb on the New York New Year's stage.The $10 tick

Course on tax prep offered

Liberty Tax Service will ring in the new year with a free tax course for consumers.The Rose Street office will kick off a weeklong course in the fundamentals of income-tax preparation Monday.No prior tax experience is necessary for those who wish to enrol

Dayton levy to take smaller tax bite than expected

DAYTON -- The proposed $250,000 levy the Dayton School District will ask voters to approve in February will cost taxpayers less than originally thought.Columbia County Assessor Chris Miller discovered an error in calculations of the cost per $1,000 assess

Walla Walla County planning agency to close Thursday

The Community Development Department is being dissolved ahead of the opening of a city-county joint agency.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Community Development Department will close its doors Thursday. Tom Glover, department director, said the agency will be joining with the city of Walla Walla Development Department to establish a new joint agency.

Walla Walla social services plan moves ahead

A budgetary move related to the acquisition of a building on Kelly Place is in the works.

WALLA WALLA -- County commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday. Among items on the agenda will be a public hearing to declare an emergency in the county's 2010 budget. Action on the item may follow. The action is related to an interfund loan of

New trial dates set for pair in rape case

Cager J. York and Daijohn A. Gonzalez are accused of attacking a teenage girl in June.

WALLA WALLA -- New trial dates have been set for two teenagers accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in June while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road. Cager J. York, 18, of 2363 S. Wilbur Ave., now is scheduled for trial April 19 in the adult division of Sup

Walla Walla man faces child pornography charges

Larry R. Mackler was charged with six counts of possessing the materials.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man has been charged with possessing child pornography at his home. Larry R. Mackler, 57, of 1826 Melrose St., was charged Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree and three counts of second-de

Lillie Rice Center gains accreditation

WALLA WALLA -- CARF International announced that Lillie Rice Center Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its job development and support, job-site training and employment planning services. This is the second consecutive three-year acc

The ins & outs of Merchant Card Services

The opportunity to save money seemed intriguing enough as Damon Burke read through a letter inviting him to switch credit card processing companies.Burke, the owner of gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario, read through the solicitation with the words 'Mercha

Personal Bio - Kyla Greiner

Name: Kyla Greiner Business/job title: Country Store Consignment & Antiques / owner Hometown: Walla Walla

What's Going Up?

What: Gilbert HondaWhere: Highway 125 and Commercial Drive in College Place Timeline: Although the ground was broken in September 2010, the four-phase project has been in the works for about eight years. Estimated completion date of the first phase is Mar

Little Mud Pies moves downtown

WALLA WALLA -- The owners of children's boutique Little Mud Pies have opened a bricks-and-mortar shop after seven months at the Country Store Consignment & Antiques -- proving the conventional wisdom of learning to crawl before you walk also applies t

Owners make statement with business

The mother-daughter team share a passion for vintage items that are both interesting and enduring.

WALLA WALLA -- If the "statement pieces" in Terry Baker's and Amy Reser's home furnishings store DéBouché could actually speak, they would implore you to picture the possibilities. They would probably also say something about how good they would have look

Map of Walla Walla Valley wineries out

The most comprehensive map of Walla Walla Valley wineries yet hit the streets in December. From Dayton to downtown Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater to Touchet, every tasting room has been listed and plotted. But officials are most excited about the new fo

Port of Walla Walla opens 2011 with $12 mil budget

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners will start the new year with a roughly $12 million budget for Port and airport operations for 2011. Described by Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz as "barebones," the budget is about $2 million more than th

Walla Walla goes 'green' on traffic scooter

A new parking enforcement vehicle has hit the streets of Walla Walla. The city purchased the 2010 GEM Utility scooter, an all electric "green" vehicle that was about half the cost of the gas three-wheeled scooter that had been in service since 1999, Walla

Unemployment numbers mark another record year

More than 500,000 workers collected nearly $4.7 billion in unemployment benefits in another year for the record books.Unemployment benefits in 2010 eclipsed records set in 2009, according to the latest update from the Washington state Employment Security

Joint city-county planning agency to open in January

A joint city-county planning agency, intended to consolidate services and reduce costs, is slated to open Jan. 10. Despite serious concerns about whether the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency would be able to open in time -- or ever -- city a

Capps' McKone wins award

Recently Randy McKone, vice president and general manager for the Pendleton-based Capps Broadcast Group, was awarded the 2010 Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. "It's a tremendous honor to be selected from the numbe

California company puts capital in AmericanWest Bank

A California holding company has infused $185 million of new capital into AmericanWest Bank as part of an acquisition that spared the Spokane-based firm from closure by regulators.AmericanWest and its Far West Bank division in Utah have been acquired by S

How HSAs Can Help You and Your Business

Increasing health care and insurance costs are top-of-mind for both employers and consumers these days.As we continue to gauge the impact of HR 3962 (the Making Health Care Affordable Act) over the next few years, one item we should all learn about is how

WWCC Water & Environmental Center earns Best Practices Award

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center was one of two projects in the state recognized with the 2010 Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices Award. The water center was recognized by Gov. Chris Gregoire and

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Grizzlies girls shake Powder Valley, 34-31

HELIX — The Helix girls basketball team got off to a good start in its Christmas tournament,, rallying in the second half to score a 34-31 win over Powder Valley in first-round play.Powder Valley took a five-point lead into the intermission, but a strong

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL W-P boys drop Klickitat at snow-shortened Helix tournament

HELIX — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys basketball team got off to a strong start at the four-team Helix basketball tournament Tuesday, dropping Klickitat 77-31 to set up a title tilt against North Powder scheduled for today. But the final day of the tournament

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Odessa-Harrington topples DeSales girls

The Irish score just three fourth-quarter points as the Titans pull out the 32-24 Christmas Classic victory.

WALLA WALLA — Odessa-Harrington toppled DeSales 32-24 Friday night at Sherwood Center in an opening-round game at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic basketball tournament and tumbled the previously undefeated Irish into the girls consolation bracket.The

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Warriors drop Linn-Benton

CLACKAMAS — Walla Walla Community College men's basketball team won its opener in the Clackamas Christmas Tournament, dropping Linn-Benton, 79-76, in a hard-fought game that advanced the Warriors in the winner's bracket of the eight-team event.Walla Walla

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL TigerScots cruise past Echo

Weston-McEwen shakes off a cold third quarter to win the Christmas Classic opener, 78-44.

WALLA WALLA — Weston-McEwen's six-point output in the third quarter Tuesday afternoon at Sherwood Center must have had TigerScot boys basketball coach Brian Pickard questioning his halftime delivery.The TigerScots had, after all, put up 51 points in the f

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL W-M girls can't overcome mistakes

The TigerScots commit 36 turnovers in the 40-31 loss to Echo at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Try as they might, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots couldn't overcome their own mistakes late Tuesday afternoon during the opening round of the girls portion of the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic basketball tournament at Whitman College's Sherw

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Whitman men down Simpson

PHOENIX — Running its non-conference record to 6-2 with a fourth straight victory, a resilient Whitman College men's basketball team overcame Iowa's Simpson College 81-76 in overtime Tuesday night at the Cactus Jam Hoop Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.'This is o

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Irish beat Titans at buzzer

WALLA WALLA — Spencer Cordeiro's buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left corner accounted for the last of his team-high 14 points and lifted the DeSales boys basketball team to a 52-50 victory over Odessa-Harrington Tuesday night during the opening round o

PREP WRESTLING Pirates prep for Classic

POMEROY — Pomeroy's wrestling team Tuesday hosted a dual meet against a trio of schools in an exhibition before today's Pomeroy Christmas Classic.Eight members of the Pomeroy team took to the mat, scoring six wins over representatives from Pateros, Heppne

Texting, Facebooking provokes filmographic fury

I do not need all of my fingers to count on both hands the number of times the Norwegian Artist and I have seen a film, together, at a movie theater.This is not to say that the man and I do not date -- since we met, 28 years ago as wretchedly poor college

Marcus Whitman welcomes four new staffers

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center has welcomed four new members to its staff.Bud Stocking joins the team as the new Sales Manager.Stocking moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 1978 with his wife Paulette, where they raised their two children, Kri

Gary Moss

June 15, 1939 - Dec. 22, 2010

PHOTO GALLERY - Odessa-Harrington defeats DeSales girls, 32-24

More information in today's Union-Bulletin and later here online.

PHOTO GALLERY - Weston-McEwen boys defeat Echo, 78-44

More details about the game in today's Union-Bulletin and later here online.

Michael Conner

Jan. 18, 1946 - Dec. 25, 2010

Marilyn Bond

Nov. 14, 1923 - Dec.15, 2010

Death Notice - Barbara Eckhardt

March 4, 1947 - Dec. 28, 2010

James Bell

Dec. 24, 1929 - Dec. 25, 2010

Arlene Lesko

March 18, 1938 - Dec. 25, 2010.

Betty Jones

Sept. 25,1919 - Dec. 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 28

Night lights

Pedestrians take advantage of the mild weather Monday evening at Main and Colville streets amid festive lighting.

FEATURED PHOTO - Winter? Where?

There's no shortage of clouds, nor of precipitation, but the temperatures might make you think it is just a balmy day at the beach. That's expected to change later this week, with a return to more wintry conditions.

Walla Walla Regional Airport janitor faces drug charges

Officials believe Elias Alonso may have been facilitating the distribution of drugs from secure areas of the airport.

WALLA WALLA -- The longtime janitor at the Walla Walla Regional Airport has pleaded innocent to a criminal charge relating to the discovery of three baggies of suspected methamphetamine at the terminal building this month.Elias Alonso, 39, of 620 Chase Av

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Garfield County

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commissioner Room, Courthouse

Emergency services - 12/28/10

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

Etcetera - 12/28/10

Three American Field Service exchange students spoke to Exchange Club of Walla Walla members recently about Changing the World One Student at a Time. Student speaders were Mattias Johansson from Sweden, Courtney Sang from New Zealand and Margarida Freire

Small changes can add up to big savings

Why should the government spend money that it doesn't have to spend?

It's sure a lot easier to find ways to spend money than it is to save money.The government is no different than a big family trying to keep spending within its means when a couple of kids need braces, one needs a prom dress, the transmission just went out

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Social Security recipients hurt by recession

Close to 30 percent reduction in Social Security income while for the second year straight those of us who have been forced to contribute all our lives have been denied a COLA increase.During the 'recession” most of us who squirreled away what we could to

Trial date set for man in high-speed chase

Alejandro A. Ureno faces eluding charges as well as drug charges unrelated to the chase this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A Feb. 23 trial has been scheduled for a man accused of leading police on a vehicle pursuit from the west end of Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater this month. Alejandro A. Ureno, 30, is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with atte

Man in wheelchair injured when pickup backs into him

WALLA WALLA -- A pickup truck backing from a driveway Monday night injured a man in a wheelchair, police said today.According to Walla Walla Police reports, the accident occurred about 7:17 p.m. in the 300 block of Third Avenue. The accident victim, Jason

Utility foundation awards grants in Columbia, Garfield counties

Organizations in Garfield and Columbia counties received $20,000 from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The foundation awarded more than $640,000 to 161 nonprofits throughout Washington in 2010.In Columbia County, $1,000 awards went to the Dayton Develop

Evaluation ordered for Walla Walla man in Kmart attack

Stephen D. Miller is accused of assaulting a woman at the store earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a local man who allegedly attacked a woman at Kmart this month. Staff members from Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake are to determine whether Stephen D. Miller, 57, of 1304 Ruth St., is competen

Death Notice - Alexander Tyska

Sept. 7, 1916 - Dec. 26, 2010

Death Notice - Lowell Logsdon

Dec. 27, 2010

Bernice Mae Kaufmann

July 16, 1926 – Dec. 19, 2010

Elsie W. Washington

June 15, 1925 – December 19, 2010

Irene Frank

Jan. 29, 1932 - Dec. 16, 2010

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Whits pick up Cactus Jam win

Whitman tops Immaculata University 62-56.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College knocked off Pennsylvania's Immaculata University 62-56 Monday evening in the Cactus Jam men's basketball tournament in Phoenix, Ariz.Whitman, winning its third straight game, climbed above the .500 mark for the season, improv

Monday, December 27

Taxpayers should be pleased by joint agency

Children used to play a game called Red Light/Green Light. Everyone would line up and wait for the leader to yell 'Green Light.” Then they would sprint toward a finish line.However, before they could get very far the leader would yell 'Red Light.” Everyon

Emergency Services - 12/27/10

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

ETCETERA - 12/27/10

Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council's 2011 calendar will be adorned with winning artwork created by young area artists.The WWBWC gave prize money and certificates to those artists whose illustrations will appear on the Watershed Council 2011 website calen

Capt. Gary Bainter accelerates retirement plans

The police department captain plans to pursue artistic opportunities and travel.

WALLA WALLA -- After nearly 36 years on patrol, Capt. Gary Bainter is putting his badge in "park" after this month. Bainter will retire at the start of the next year, capping a career with the Walla Walla Police Department that began in March 1975. The mo

Fire destroys home

DAYTON -- An older farm house was destroyed by fire Christmas Eve, and the cause remained under investigation this morning, fire officials said. Fire crews with Columbia County Fire District 3, and Walla Walla County Fire District 2 were called to a fire

Sunday, December 26

2010 Pictures of the Year

An annual challenge of my job as a photojournalist comes when asked to compile my year in photos. Every 12 months I'm faced with the same obvious question: Which photos do I choose?Should I pick photos of events that come annually, but nonetheless provide

Church bulletin - 12/26/10

Pomeroy Christian Youth Center to hold rock concertPOMEROY — The Pomeroy Christian Youth Center is having a Christian rock concert from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., New Year's Eve, in the Pomeroy High School Gymnasium, 1090 Pataha St. The band 'Fantatics” will play. P

PASTOR COLUMN - On Christmas 1944, man finds God makes all things new

Ben Vegors spent Christmas Eve 1944 on a bombing mission over war-torn Europe. Allied ground forces had been hit hard in the Battle of the Bulge and badly needed air support. The crew returned safely, but needed rest, yet early the next morning, they were

ENGAGEMENT - Schulke-Thomas

Jerry and Diane Schulke of Walla Walla announce the engagement of their son, Cody Schulke to Sarah Thomas, of Billings, Mont.

PLUS - New year may call for classes with Quest

The program at Walla Walla Community College offers courses for those 50 and older

Another new year is almost here. Maybe a new year calls for a new plan.If you've decided to take some classes and get involved in some new things in January, the Quest Program at the Walla Walla Community College might be an option.Those 50 and older can

PASTOR COLUMN - Heavenly visitation isn't an alien concept after all

The tabloids tickle the curiosity of their readers with intriguing accounts of alien landings. Our planet has been visited by beings of great intelligence, we are told.Strangely enough, they are partially correct. We have been visited by someone from 'out

WEDDING - Burbank-Jorden

Former Walla Wallan Kyle Burbank and Kristen Jordan of Minneapolis wed Sept. 11, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, N.D. The Rev. Steve Shive officiated.

Elementary instructors' activities teach health, charitable giving

Innovation seems to be key at Grove Elementary School in Milton-Freewater, where like many other places they're doing more with much less.Several teachers there are helping students through such meaningful activities as a canned food drive to benefit the

Emergency services - 12/26/10

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

Government employees are not the enemy

It's too easy to paint government employees as a major part of the problem, but the reason they are employees is to do what the public has asked government to do.

The lousy economy and the burgeoning national debt have turned government employees into the new whipping boy.After all, the public and now the politicians rail, these bureaucrats aren't really workers or public servants. They get paid a lot to do a littl

It's hard to know for sure what people mean by some questions

Here's something I wrote while visiting the Northwest in late December 2007. The comments in brackets are from September 2010.It's great visiting my home part of the world. Chilled sodden grayness has never felt more agreeable. Driving about, I sit conten

Our readers' opinions - 12/26/10

Country stands up for civil rights of gays in militaryAmerica has been hard to find since 9/11. On Saturday afternoon in the Senate, however, as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was overturned, I caught a glimpse of her beautiful face which radiated with Justice F

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Alan Dawson

Alan Dawson's recreational drug use during high school tailspinned into the abuse of methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Dawson, 52, was imprisoned several times for incidents of theft and burglary. He lost jobs and places to stay from h

Owners of DéBouché make statement

The mother-daughter team shares a passion for vintage items that are both interesting and enduring.

WALLA WALLA — If the 'statement pieces” in Terry Baker's and Amy Reser's home furnishings store DéBouché could actually speak, they would implore you to picture the possibilities.They would probably also say something about how good they would have looked

Unknown 'Santa's helper' brightens mom's Christmas

WALLA WALLA — A bag of gifts left on the front patio belonging to Kari Tisher, a single mother of one, left the young women in awe of the spirit of Christmas that was displayed by an anonymous Santa's helper.'There was no note. There was nothing. It took

Saturday, December 25

Small-school hoops take to Sherwood Center this week

Host school DeSales welcomes 16 teams for the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic beginning Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Are you ready for some basketball?Prep basketball, that is.Small-school style.If you are, the Whitman College campus is the place to be this week as eight schools — 16 teams — converge on Sherwood Center for the first D.A. Davidson Christmas

Jester U-19 rugby club to have meeting Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — The Jesters U-19 boys rugby club begins its second season in January.An informational meeting will be held for both returning and new players from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Walla Walla YMCA Board Room. Parents are encouraged to attend but ar

Area products new Walla Walla Sweets players

WALLA WALLA — Two more Pacific Northwest products have signed with the Walla Walla Sweets.Andrew Mendenhall, a sophomore from the University of Oregon, and Zach Nice, a freshman pitcher from the University of Portland, open with the Sweets in June.

Friday, December 24

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

This famous editorial, "Is There a Santa Claus?" first appeared in The New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897. It was written by Francis Pharcellus Church.

We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Emergency Services - 12/24/10

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

Wasser House seen as heaven-sent

The home, owned by College Place Presbyterian Church, has become a shelter for a family fighting cancer.

COLLEGE PLACE -- They had no idea what they were going to do, the LaGrande, Ore., couple recalled. Allan Linde and Pauline Middleton had already taken some hard hits in 2010 when Linde was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in October.

ROCK DOC - Fuel future calls for less politics

I'm trained in geology, but I don't work in the energy industry. That means I'm an interested bystander of the energy game, more eager than most to see the execution of the next play on the turf -- but I'm not on one of the teams actually touching the bal

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY - Night flight packs a lot more than gifts

Every year, Santa Claus has a huge job to fulfill and a huge gut to fill.Flying around the world, filling stockings and placing presents under Christmas trees, Santa needs to be energized with calories and liquids.This red-nosed fella has millions of Amer

Etcetera - 12/24/10

From an early age, Walla Wallan Amanda Fleming has embraced current events with a passion. She was surrounded by political discussions at home and she watched the news on television to stay informed while in elementary school.

Nicholas Cole Cellars preps to close

A Walla Walla winery is winding down the year with preparations for closure.Operators of Nicholas Cole Cellars say the downtown tasting room will likely still be running into January as the library of wines is sold.The tasting room has been open by appoin

Christmas closures

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

Holiday season is time to count blessings

The holiday season is the time for those of us with plenty — jobs, health, family — to count our blessings and reflect in gratitude.As chairs of this year's United Way campaign we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the many

Death Notice - Marie Saddler

Dec. 24, 2010

Anna Courtright

Aug. 18, 1929 - Dec. 20, 2010

Thursday, December 23

MARQUEE - Fundraiser features tasteful - and - tasty architecture

The gingerbread creations of professional and amateur bakers are on display at the Marcus Whitman

Professional and amateur chefs from Walla Walla have spent countless hours baking and decorating festive gingerbread houses for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's fourth annual gingerbread house competition held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conferen

New at the library

In a very near future--oh, let's say next Tuesday--a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse.But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the 39-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well bethe world's las

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency services - 12/23/10

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

Waitsburg levee system 'minimally acceptable'

WAITSBURG -- The Waitsburg levee system has been rated "minimally acceptable" after a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspection.The rating means the city, which maintains the levees, remains eligible to apply for federal rehabilitation assistance if the sys

Etcetera - 12/23/10

More than 500 young people in the region competed in the Elks Hoop Shoot program put on by Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287, said Keith Burghardt, Walla Walla Elks public relations. Winners from the schools then went onto the second round of competition Dec. 11

Fort Walla Walla Museum closes 'til April 1

It's curtains for the 43rd season at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Today was the final day of what had been an extended season for the museum, which celebrates the heritage of the Walla Walla Valley.The museum, 755 Myra Road, will open for the 2011 season Apri

Big Cheese sale raises funds for trip to Capitol

To raise funds for local students attending an educational Smithsonian tour in Washington, D.C., in the spring, Hepler's Big Cheese Pizza, 499 N. Wilbur Ave., will sell medium pepperoni or medium cheese pizzas for $3.99 each between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec

Sweet treats at YWCA gingerbread house event

About 60 children built gingerbread houses at the annual YWCA event.

WALLA WALLA -- "This year it was gummy bears. Last year was Hot Tamales," said Walla Walla High School senior and volunteer Jennifer Golden, referring to this year's most popular candy at the annual YWCA Hansel and Gretel house event Wednesday.Gummy bears

Death Notice - Bradley Barton

Dec. 23, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR = Family planning saves money

At a time when our legislators in Olympia are facing historic budget deficits and have had to cut so many vital programs, at least they preserved a critical public health program that actually saves the state money — in addition to saving lives — during t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - First responders health-care bill filibustered

I would like to see a response that clearly explains why the Senate Republicans thought it absolutely necessary and fair to filibuster the 9/11 first responder, emergency worker, construction and cleanup workers health-care bill. The mental gymnastics wou

PREP BASKETBALL — Cold shooting holds Touchet girls in loss

Sunnyside Christian tops the Indians girls 48-26.

TOUCHET – The Touchet's girls basketball team struggled with scoring and fell to Sunnyside Christian 48-26 in a non-league match-up Wednesday night.'We played good defense,” said Touchet coach Mike Giusti. 'We just need to find a way to score the ball mor

PREP BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi boys fall at Hermiston

The Blue Devils shoot 35 percent from the field in the 57-50 loss.

HERMISTON — Cold shooting hurt Wa-Hi's boys against the Bulldogs here Wednesday night as Hermiston held off the Blue Devils for a 57-50 victory.Wa-Hi shot 35 percent from the field in the game, while the Bulldogs shot 56 percent.'We missed a lot of layins

PREP BASKETBALL — Three high scorers can't push Touchet boys to win

Three Indians score in the double-digits in the 62-49 loss to Sunnyside Christian.

TOUCHET – Matt Kates, Jake Hodnefield and Vicente Flores all scored in double-digits for Touchet but failed to pull out a win over Sunnyside Christian Wednesday night.The Indians fell 62-49, despite outscoring the Knights 25-11 in the fourth quarter.Kates

PREP BASKETBALL — Braves best Blue Devils girls, 55-50

Wa-Hi leaves 20 missed free throws on the court in the loss.

WALLA WALLA — Khadidja Toure scored a game-high 28 points Wednesday night to lead visiting Kamiakin to a 55-50 victory over Wa-Hi in a girls high school basketball contest in the Blue Devil gym.Toure scored 16 points after halftime. She went 6-for-10 from

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' still faces hurdles

Obama should immediately issue an executive order to halt all discharge proceedings against gay and lesbians in the military.

To casual observers, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was finally put to rest when the Senate on Saturday sent legislation to President Obama for his signature.Not so fast. The legislation contains some sticky clauses requiring Obama to certify to Congress the rep

Wednesday, December 22

Etcetera - 12/22/10

Several students worked for about a year to achieve their Girl Scout Silver awards.It is the highest honor that girls can earn in middle school. The Silver Award is based on several achievements, community projects and a final culmination project that req

New partnership between Walla Walla Sweets and Del Taco

A new partnership between the Walla Walla Sweets and Del Taco will add a little sizzle to summer baseball.The Mexican quick-serve chain has joined the 2011 season as an official partner. What does that mean for fans of the West Coast League team? Apart fr

OUTDOORS - Feeding Frenzy

Elk at Haines, Ore., are fed hay through the winter - and visitors can stop to watch.

A light snow fell as Darlene, Nora the Schnauzer and I arrived at the Anthony Creek winter elk-feeding site near North Powder, Ore.The flakes fell on three colorful, well-padded toddlers and a small group of adults waiting for the season's first tour amon

Walla Walla County commissioners OK budget, avoids major layoffs

Spending cuts, pay freezes and furloughs are part of the 2011 spending plan.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners approved a 2011 budget Tuesday, avoiding major layoffs through a combination of spending cuts, freezes and furlough days. "We have a 2011 budget that's been done over and over and over," commissioner Chairma

Pendleton Round-Up royalty named

The queen of the 2011 Round-Up is Mackenzie Beard of Pendleton, and two of the princesses have Walla Walla-area ties.

PENDLETON - A former princess has been crowned queen of next year's Pendleton Round-Up. Mackenzie Beard, 20, of Pendleton will be the queen of the 2011 Round-Up, event organizers have announced. Attending her on the royal court will be princesses Allison

Walla Walla rural firefighters spread cheer to families in need

Fire District 4 delivered groceries, dental kits and gift certificates to five local families this week.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Fire District 4 and its auxiliary members carried in armloads of good cheer to five homes this week. Families in need of some holiday assistance received bags of groceries, dental kits and a gift certificate to Shopko. Fire Dist

Walla Walla City Council signs off on joint agency

The last piece of the puzzle is in place for the new city-county planning agency.

WALLA WALLA -- A week after having serious concerns about whether the joint city-county planning agency would open on time, if ever, the City Council on Tuesday approved funding the agency. The move was an almost complete turnaround from last week's Counc

Walla Walla School Board eyes 2011 for high school bond

Is the timing right? The superintendent plans to hold listening sessions to gauge voter sentiment.

WALLA WALLA -- About halfway through his first year leading Walla Walla Public Schools, Superintendent Mick Miller is facing a challenge.Over the next few months, Miller will help the School Board decide whether 2011 is the year to seek a high school bond

Skye Book and Brew to hold New Year's Eve party

Skye Book and Brew to hold New Year's Eve party

Dayton Chamber of Commerce seeks new director

DAYTON -- Dayton Chamber of Commerce hopes to have a new director on the job by Feb. 1. A day after the first advertisements for the position appeared, six resumes had been submitted, Chamber board President Bette Lou Crothers said Monday. The search for

PREP BASKETBALL - Sluggish start can't slow Waitsburg-Prescott boys against Mac-Hi

The Pioneers jump to a 6-2 lead, but W-P goes on a 32-4 run to spark the 59-23 non-league victory.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi jumped to a 6-2 lead following a Will Hadden bucket with 5:30 left in the opening quarter in non-conference boys basketball action here Tuesday.Waitsburg-Prescott responded with a 32-4 run capped by two Guilermo Hernandez free th

PREP BASKETBALL - Waitsburg-Prescott girls cruise past Pioneers

Mac-Hi takes an early lead, but Waitsburg-Prescott takes over for the 55-21 victory Tuesday night.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's Avery Wells scored the first basket of the game here Tuesday in non-league girls basketball action, but Waitsburg-Prescott took over from there.A bucket from Alyssa Hafen tied it for W-P, and Genesis Pearson put W-P ahead for g

PREP WRESTLING - Blue Devil grapplers at Best of West

PASCO — Wa-Hi's wrestling team was missing some grapplers on the first day of the Best of the West tournament here Tuesday, giving up points before the matches even began.The Blue Devils ended up losing to Priest River, 48-33; Connell, 45-26; and Kiona-Be

PREP BASKETBALL - Late heave lifts Cle Elum girls past Coyotes

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Hailey Bator's mid-court heave as time expired here Tuesday night found the bottom of the net and lifted Cle Elum to a 42-41 girls non-league prep basketball victory over Burbank. The game-winning shot came after the visiting Coyotes mis

PREP BASKETBALL - Burbank boys hammer Cle Elum

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Burbank outscored Cle Elum 32-11 in the first and third quarters combined here Tuesday night as the Coyotes hammered the Warriors 65-36 in a boys non-league prep basketball game.Tanner Woody scored 13 points to pace a balanced Burbank of

PREP WRESTLING - Pirates earn pins at triple-dual wrestling meet

COLFAX — Pomeroy's wrestlers took part in a triple-dual meet against participants from Ritzville, Reardan, St. John-Endicott and Liberty-Spangle here Tuesday.Pomeroy wrestlers Wyatt Hyer, Nick Tewalt, Tyler King and Tory Knebel recorded pins in the meet,

PREP BASKETBALL - Elgin's Strickland helps shoot down Helix girls, 35-30

ELGIN — Shannon Strickland's sharpshooting and cold shooting by Helix in the middle quarters carried Elgin to a 35-30 girls prep basketball victory here Tuesday night.Strickland sank five 3-point baskets and scored a team-high 15 points to pace the Huskie

PREP BASKETBALL - Elgin boys hand Helix defeat

ELGIN, Ore. — Cyle Miller scored 17 points and led Elgin to a one-sided 76-24 victory over Helix here Tuesday in a boys non-league prep basketball game.The Huskies bolted to a 17-7 first-quarter lead, extended their advantage to 38-11 at halftime and cont

PREP BASKETBALL - Nixyaawii trio shoulders scoring duties in boys win over Pine Eagle

MISSION, Ore. — A trio of Nixyaawii Golden Eagles combined to score 71 points here Tuesday night in a 78-36 boys prep basketball victory over Pine Eagle.

PREP BASKETBALL - TigerScot boys rally past Umatilla Monday night

UMATILLA, Ore. — The boys basketball rubber match between Weston-McEwen and Umatilla here Monday night proved to be the most competitive of the three games.The TigerScots rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Vikings 62-56

PREP BASKETBALL - Vikings girls jump on Weston-McEwen, roll to victory Monday

UMATILLA, Ore. — Weston-McEwen fell behind 24-10 after the first quarter and the slide continued throughout as Umatilla roared to a 73-33 victory in a girls non-league prep basketball game here Monday night.Weston-McEwen concluded the pre-Christmas portio

Mountain of assistance

Alyssa Wells (left) and Crystal Deschaine (right) gather canned vegetables to pack in to boxes for families in need this holiday season to help complete a food drive at the Milton-Freewater SDA Church on Highway 11. The food drive collected around 7,500 c

Ruth Sabina Bachtold Fleenor

April 1, 1916 - August 18th, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No need to continue letters debate

I feel obliged to respond to Mr. Peacock's demand for an apology (No need for name calling, Dec. 16).First, I have no personal issue with nor animosity toward Mr. Peacock, nor do I seek a continuing debate (although I'd not refuse to respond to points rai

Vivian Wild

January 6, 1912 – December 18, 2010

Candy-pop tax defeated by voters - it's time to move on

Gov. Gregoire and lawmakers have to do the best they can with the available resources. No need to have another election.

Those who advocate for the needy are shocked and dismayed (to put it mildly) Gov. Chris Gregoire has targeted for elimination of programs that provide health care to those with low incomes.Faced with a $4 billion-plus shortfall in revenue (tax collections

Holly Drum

July 29, 1967 - Dec. 14, 2010

Ferd Herres

Dec. 20, 2010

William Van Winkle

Aug. 25, 1951 - Dec. 7, 2010

Tuesday, December 21

YWCA to present 'Hansel and Gretel House' event Wed.

WALLA WALLA -- The YWCA will present it's annual "Hansel and Gretel House" event on Wednesday, at three separate sessions -- beginning at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.A fee of $5 per child includes all the materials for a graham cracker house to be taken home and enjoy

Walla Walla Community Network offers Project Safe to parents

WALLA WALLA -- During a time of year that can be fraught with stress, the Walla Walla Community Network would like parents to know that "Project SAFE" is available to help those who are having difficulties raising their teens. Through a therapeutic phone

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. Where: Elementary Room 109 What: Workshop followed by regular meeting.

Etcetera - 12/21/10

Many Walla Walla Valley residents have rallied around the Mari and Efrain Meza family after their daughter Malani died in a fire that also destroyed their home and possessions. Their daughter Genesis, 5, is still recovering from serious burns inflicted on

Breakfast – it's what's for dinner at Whoopemup

The Whoopemup Hollow Café is on winter holiday, but that's not stopping operators from making plans for the new year.The Waitsburg restaurant known for its Southern comfort food at 120 Main St. has been closed since Dec. 6. Owners are preparing to open fo

Man sentenced to five years in prison for rape

Herman Rankin Jr. received the maximum term after pleading guilty to attacking a woman in July.

WALLA WALLA -- A sex offender with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced Monday afternoon to five years in prison for raping a woman at his apartment on Ash Street in July. Herman Rankin Jr., 50, was ordered to serve the maximum sentence allowed for th

Trial postponed for Walla Walla teen accused of assaults

Christian J. Ramos is charged in connection with incidents in March and September.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial scheduled today for a youth accused of committing two separate assaults this year has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Christian J. Ramos, 17, of 930 W. Birch St., now is set for trial Feb. 3. He is charged in th

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in high-speed chase

Lonnie L. Montoya faces up to a year in jail in connection with the chase in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man has pleaded guilty to leading authorities on a high-speed vehicle chase in October. Lonnie L. Montoya, 29, of 205 W. Chestnut St., Apt. 3, entered guilty pleas Friday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to attempting to e

Walla Walla city-county planning agency back on track

With concerns from the county handled, the agency awaits only City Council votes tonight.

WALLA WALLA -- A new joint city-county planning agency is poised for launch after concerns that threatened to derail it were overcome Monday. After meeting, the three-member board for the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency approved the agency'

Walla Walla County moves toward centralizing social services

Commissioners OK'd a loan of $2.1 million for a building off Dalles Military Road.

WALLA WALLA -- A plan to bring many of Walla Walla County's social service providers under one roof took a major step forward Monday. County officials approved a $2.1 million loan from the county's investment pool to buy the building now housing the count

New bus route eyed to serve Walla Walla County human services center

The route, which would rely on grant funding, would also travel to the VA and other destinations.

WALLA WALLA -- Valley Transit will be able to provide bus service to a new center for Walla Walla County's social service providers center as part of a new medical services route it hopes to start this spring. The route from the downtown transfer station

Death Notice - Anna Courtright

Aug. 18, 1929 - Dec. 20, 2010

Death Notice - Ferdinand Herres

April 18, 1921 - Dec. 21, 2010

Jayhawks nab eighth-grade championship win in tourney

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Jayhawks eighth grade AAU basketball team capped a 5-0 tournament run with a 67-66 overtime win over Hermiston in the championship game of the annual Whitman College Holiday Invitational held at Sherwood Center last weekend.I

Death Notice - Herschel Fullerton, Jr.

Dec. 20, 2010

Death Notice - Terry Brown

Dec. 18, 2010

Norma Uhling

Sept. 25, 1923 - Dec. 16, 2010

Bro. Jerome Heinzman.

Attention: 3rd & 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Please attend Rosary, Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

Jerome Ferdinand Heinzman

April 16, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2010

Monday, December 20

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port's Cargill Pond project has positive aspects

In response to Jackie Downing's Dec. 12 letter regarding the proposal to enhance Cargill Pond in Burbank:There is much to offer with regard to positive information related to what the Port of Walla Walla has proposed for Cargill Pond.I hope this informati

Washington's presidential primary waste of money, time

Because of the fiscal crisis, Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, and Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, are urging the Legislature to suspend the state's 2012 presidential primary to save $10 million.Lawmakers should jump on the request.And then the

SCIENCE MATTERS - Dream lives on for fusion power

I studied medium energy nuclear physics in graduate school, but I had been tempted to try plasma physics. Why had plasma physics intrigued me 37 years ago? I was excited by the prospect of plasma physics leading to an effectively limitless source of energ

Etcetera - 12/20/10

Walla Walla High School classmates are banding together to plan the Class of 2001's 10-year reunion. The organizing committee selected the weekend of July 23 for the event, said Cleo K. Peterson. They are seeking e-mail addresses and current phone numbers

Emergency Services - 12/20/10

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

Ship now or get ready to write "belated"

Last-minute shippers will have plenty of company in the next couple of days.

As customers prepare to send last-minute packages for the holidays, PostalAnnex+ owner Sheila Proefrock is geared up to enter what she refers to as "Guilt Week."Time is running out for packages to arrive at their destinations by Christmas, she said. And a

Oil Can Henry's offers college scholarship

COLLEGE PLACE -- High school seniors are encouraged to apply for a college scholarship being offered by Oil Can Henry's in College Place.The business is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who lives in the local community that it serves.

College Place school facilities subject of public session

COLLEGE PLACE -- The School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday on facility needs and problems.The session will precede the regular monthly meeting and run from 5:30-7 p.m. at the district's board room, above the gym at Sager Middle School, 1755

On the agenda - Walla Walla City Council

When: Tuesday 7 p.m.Where: 15 N. Third Ave.

On the agenda - Dayton Council

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

Columbia Basin trips Warrior women at NWAACC Crossover

PORTLAND — The Warrior women had the game in their hands, up 49-45 with a minute left on the only other undefeated team in the NWAACC in Columbia Basin at the league's Crossover Tournament here Sunday.But the Hawks scored with 40 seconds left to make it a

Walla Walla Community College men wake up, rout South Puget Sound

PENDLETON — It took a half for the Walla Walla Community College men's basketball team to wake up for its noon game against South Puget Sound's Clippers in the third-place game at the Blue Mountain Crossover here Sunday, but once it did the Warriors cruis

Walla Walla University men start well, stumble in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Walla Walla University's men's basketball team got off to a good start in its finale at the University of Alaska Anchorage Tournament Sunday, leading the first four minutes against Alaska Anchorage.But then the Wolves went cold and Ala

Death Notice - Elsie Washington

June 15, 1925 - Dec. 19, 2010

Sunday, December 19

ENGAGEMENT - Conrad-Warneka

Former Walla Wallan Joshua Miles Warneka and Tammy Marie Conrad of Yakima announce their engagement..

ENGAGEMENT - Neal-Hively

Former area residents Kimberly Ann Neal and Andrew R. Hively of Olympia announce their engagement.

WEDDING - Nicola-Jennings

Former Walla Wallan Micky Reginald Jennings and Amy Lynn Nicola, both of Omaha, Neb., wed Nov. 6, 2010, at St. John's Parish, Creighton University, Omaha. The Rev. Bert Thelen, S.J., officiated.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Bart and Rose Lee Owsley

Former Prescott residents Bart and Rose Lee Owsley, of San Antonio, Texas, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their daughters here at 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at The Father's House at 304 N. Second Ave. All who would like to ce

YMCA taking registrations for boys basketball leagues

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is taking registrations for its recreational and competitive boys basketball leagues.The leagues run from Jan. 15-March 12. Teams practice twice per week Monday through Fridays with games on Saturdays.Coaches Jack Mehn a

WRESTLING - Mac-Hi grapplers post big team win

Nine Pioneers and one Wa-Hi wrestler placed first in the seven-team tournament.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's wrestling team won its own Christmas Tournament Saturday.The Pioneers posted a big 380-point win, with Wa-Hi placing second with 167.5 points. Baker was third with 145.5, Bandits was fourth with 109, Heppner fifth with 88, Pine

WRESTLING - Pomeroy wrestlers grab tourney title

The Pirates won the Downriver Wrestling Classic Saturday.

CATHLAMET, Wash. — Pomeroy's wrestling team took home a first-place title at the Downriver Wrestling Classic on the west side of the state Saturday by tallying 186 points to finish well ahead of second-place finisher Mark Morris.A trio of Pirate grapplers

PREP BASKETBALL - Girls: DeSales 39, Liberty Christian 38

RICHLAND — Erin Giusti's 17 points led the DeSales girls basketball team to a 39-38 win over Liberty Christian in Southeast 2B play Saturday night.'Erin played well,” said Irish coach Tim Duncan said. 'She does a good job.”The win improves the Irish to 4-

PREP BASKETBALL - Girls: Riverside 42, Mac-Hi 20

BOARDMAN — The Mac-Hi girls basketball team lost to Riverside 42-20 Saturday night in a non-league match-up.The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-7 early on in the pre-season. The leading scorer for the Pioneers was Eloiza Meza with 10 points.

PREP BASKETBALL - Girls: Pomeroy 40, Garfield-Palouse 23

POMEORY — Pomeroy's girls basketball team continued league play with two weekend wins at home, improving to 3-1 in league and 5-1 overall.The Pirates topped Lacrosse-Washtucna 44-17 Friday night, and posted a 40-23 win over Garfield-Palouse Saturday.'Ther

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Weston-McEwen 68, Elgin 37

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's boys basketball team squashed Elgin 68-37 in Blue Mountain Conference basketball action Saturday night.The TigerScots improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league.Dallas Reich led the TigerScots with 16 points, 17 rebounds, six assis

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Liberty Christian 61, DeSales 60

RICHLAND — Liberty Christian's Bryan Corrigan hit two free-throws with four seconds remaining in overtime to beat the DeSales boys 61-60 in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.After the free throws, the Irish were unable to get a shot off to try to take b

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - WWCC women's 3's not enough in loss

PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College's 3-point shooting wasn't enough in an 87-80 semifinal loss to Clackamas Community College at the NWAACC Crossover tournament.Clackamas' Cougars are the two-time defending NWACC champs.The Warriors shot 14-of-28 fr

PREP BASKETBALL - Wa-Hi boys top Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — The Wa-Hi boys topped Moses Lake 65-54 in overtime to improve to 2-0 in the Big Nine Saturday night.'It was a great road win,” said Wa-Hi coach John Golden. 'It was another night where we hung around until the fourth and then took the lead at

PREP BASKETBALL — Girls: Weston-McEwen 35, Elgin 32

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen edged Elgin 35-32 in a Blue Mountain Conference girls basketball game Saturday night.The win improves W-M to 2-5 and 1-1 in league.'Not everyone is scoring, but everyone is contributing a great deal on defense and it was a team win,

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Riverside 61, Mac-Hi 29

BOARDMAN — Mac-Hi got blown out of the (figurative) water in a 61-29 loss to Riverside's Pirates Saturday.The Pirates sported a balanced scoring attack, with two notching double-figures from the floor.'We get Riverside at home in a week or two,” said Mac-

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Ice-cold WWCC women down Chokers

PORTLAND — Walla Walla overcame a horrendous shooting night from the floor Friday and defeated Grays Harbor 51-34 during the first day of a three-day NWAACC women's crossover basketball tournament at Portland Community College.The Warriors made 18 of thei

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Nixyaawii 84, Central Christian 30

MISSION — The Nixyaawii boys basketball team split a pair of league games this weekend against Central Christian and Sherman County.The Golden Eagles beat Central Christian 84-30 on Saturday and lost to Sherman County 67-47 Friday.Joe Crawford led Nixyaaw

PREP BASKETBALL - Waitsburg-Prescott girls nab win at WWVA

The W-P girls get a 68-31 win at WWVA after WWVA's lead scorer fouls out.

COLLEGE PLACE — Waitsburg-Prescott picked up a Southeast 2B league win at Walla Walla Valley Academy Saturday night, topping the Knights 68-31.Although WWVA kept it close, trailing W-P 35-28 at the half, W-P's defense shut the Knights down in the second.'

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Asotin 67, Dayton 51

ASOTIN — Asotin came out on fire in Southeast 2B boys basketball action Saturday.The Panthers hit 26 of their 48 shots from the field for 54 percent to defeat Dayton 67-51.'They shot extremely well,” said Bulldog coach Roy Ramirez. 'We shot 20 percent. Ou

PREP BASKETBALL — Boys: Ione 78, Helix 31

IONE — Ione's boys basketball team capitalized on 22 first-half turnovers by Helix Saturday night to score a 78-31 home victory over the Grizzlies.The Grizzlies struggled with Ione's pressure, falling to 0-8 on the season.'We dug ourselves quite a hole in

PREP BASKETBALL - Future Duck leads Chiefs girls past Blue Devils

University of Oregon signee Jordan Loera scores 20 in Moses Lake's 67-43 win over Wa-Hi.

WALLA WALLA — It appears the University of Oregon knew what it was doing when it signed Moses Lake's Jordan Loera to a Division I girls basketball scholarship. The Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A game was not 10 seconds old when Loera drained a 3, handed out a

PREP BASKETBALL - Girls: Asotin 59, Dayton 46

ASOTIN — Dayton's girls basketball team's quest for its first win of the year will have to wait until after the holidays as the Bulldogs fell 59-46 to Asotin on the road Saturday.The Bulldogs hung tough with Asotin for all four quarters, but Dayton couldn

Alaska Anchorage duo pair up to lead to victory over Wolves men

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Brandon Walker and Taylor Rohde both delivered big offensive performances Friday as the Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team cruised to a 105-67 victory over Walla Walla University in the opening game of the 2010 AT&T Jamboree at the

PREP BASKETBALL - Waitsburg-Prescott boys nab wins at WWVA

The boys win 53-33.

COLLEGE PLACE — Waitsburg-Prescott upended Walla Walla Valley Academy 53-33 in Southeast 2B boys basketball action Saturday.W-P jumped to a 17-2 first-quarter lead. The teams scored 16 each in the second quarter.'We played really good defense in all our t

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - WWCC men top Green River at Blue Mountain Crossover, 91-88

PENDLETON — Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team won a close battle with Green River in the Blue Mountain Crossover Tournament Friday night.The Warriors topped the Gators, 91-88, on a big night from Jay Payne, who went 6-of-10 from the fi

PREP BASKETBALL - Garfield-Palouse tops Pomeroy boys 58-27

POMEROY — Pomeroy's boys basketball team lost to Garfield-Palouse 58-27 in Southeast 1B action Saturday.Gar-Pal took a 23-18 advantage into the half but the game changed dramatically in third quarter as the Pirates were outscored 23-1.Pomeroy shot 0-13 in

Saturday, December 18

Old-school holiday cheer

A group of friends hit the streets on a chilly Friday night to bring vocal greetings to neighbors.

COLLEGE PLACE — A simple song was a dose of holiday comfort for Twyla Bechtel in the dark hour of a Friday night.Through the frigid fog of a winter's evening, the sweet notes of 'Silent Night” rose from the voices in her front yard to the doorstep at the

Furry ones finding new homes for the holidays

Blue Mountain Humane Society hosted a "Home for the Holidays" adoption event Saturday. By 2 p.m., 12 cats and five dogs had been adopted in addition to four dogs that went on home trials.

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: A Cougar couple

Sue Gillespie, 68, and Mike Gillespie, 69, sadly watched Washington State University lose to rival University of Washington in the last game of the football season this year.'Sue bleeds crimson,” Mike said. appearances in games when Robert tired.)

Pioneer Park Aviary fund drive takes flight

The newly formed Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary hope to raise enough money to operate the aviary in the absence of municipal funding.

WALLA WALLA — Long before the majestic white peacocks strutted with their fully fanned tail feathers, other animals such as deer, elk and even a bear were enjoyed by the patrons of Pioneer Park.According to the city's Parks and Recreation Department, thos

Sager Middle School students sixth at robotics tournament

The team of four students won a qualifying competition with its LEGO robot.

COLLEGE PLACE — A team of students from Sager Middle School traveled to Eastern Washington University recently and placed sixth out of 20 in a regional LEGO Robotics competition.Called 'Bone Candy,” the team of students — Jenna Martindale, Elden Griggs, M

COURT REPORT

Superior Court

Milton-Freewater Council adds bite to animal fines

MILTON-FREEWATER — While the city has always had fines in place for those who violate animal ordinances, a recent vote by the City Council has put some teeth into the law.On Monday, Council members heard from police Chief Doug Boedigheimer of a need to cr

Walla Walla city crews in midst of final leaf pickup

WALLA WALLA — On Monday, city crews will continue with the second and final round of curbside leaf pickup, with service to people with Monday trash routes taking place.City crews will mostly likely finish the Monday route early this week and then move on

Walla Walla joint planning agency board to meet

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency board will hold a special meeting Monday.The board will meet at 3 p.m. at the Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Humane Society gets the full Monty with runaway ball python

The snake is a first for the society under its current director. Its owner is unknown.

WALLA WALLA — This week brought a historical first for Sara Archer, executive director of the Blue Mountain Humane Society.For the first time in her five years at the helm, the agency is caring for a two-foot-long ball python.

Walla Walla City Council approves 189-house subdivision

The vote marked the end of a three-year process that featured opposition from neighbors of the Provenance development at the end of East Alder Street.

WALLA WALLA — The largest residential subdivision the city has seen in several years was approved Wednesday night by Council, but not without numerous objections raised over the last three years.On Wednesday, Council members voted 5-1 to approve the 189-u

Library deal spells business as usual

WALLA WALLA — Library hours will most likely not be cut next year due to a contract agreement approved this month between the city and the Walla Walla County Rural Library District.Earlier this year, city officials had counted on renewing their contract w

Walla Walla County 2011 budget nears final approval

The latest moves include concessions from three of four unions representing county employees.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners began to close in on approval of the county's 2011 budget Friday.Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the deputy sheriff's union under which the deputies agreed to a 12-month deferral of

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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 crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media.

Walla Walla man sentenced in tax fraud

Earnest J. Allen was ordered to serve 30 months in connection with false claims filed between 2000 and 2005.

SPOKANE — A tax fraud scheme has netted a Walla Walla man 30 months in prison.Earnest J. Allen, 43, was sentenced in federal court Friday. He will also serve three years of supervised released and was ordered to pay $50,121 in restitution, said Jon Dittma

Take steps to prevent crime during holidays

A distracted shopper is the prime target for an opportunistic thief, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.The organization offers the following advice to make crooks cranky this holiday season:

Man charged in connection with chase

WALLA WALLA — A man who led police on a high-speed chase earlier this month was formally charged Friday.Alejandro A. Ureno, 30, was charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

ON THE AGENDA

Ww COUNTY

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Lacrosse-Washtucna 60, Pomeroy 54

POMEROY — Pomeroy's boys had a second-quarter lapse, rallied from a 31-22 halftime deficit to have a shot at the end of the game, but fell short against Lacrosse-Washtucna, 60-54, in a Southeast 1B contest Friday night.'They made a run right before halfti

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Tri-Cities Prep 44, DeSales 42

PASCO — DeSales outscored Tri-Cities Prep 18-6 in the fourth quarter to catch Tri-Cities Prep and force overtime Friday night in a Southeast 2B District boys basketball game.But the Jaguars recovered in the extra session to pull out a 44-42 victory. Troy

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Waitsburg-Prescott holds off Dayton, 36-34

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys basketball team won a rough-and-tumble home contest against Dayton 36-34 Friday to score its first win on a season that is starting to see the team shift into hoops mode after a deep run into the state football playof

PREP BASKETBALL - Turnovers kill Wa-Hi girls in Richland Friday

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi held Richland to 28 percent shooting from the floor in opening girls basketball action of Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A league play here Friday.It wasn't good enough as the Blue Devils committed 30 turnovers and gave the Bombers 57 shots fro

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Weston-McEwen 72, Union 43

UNION — Union gave Weston-McEwen a wakeup call in the Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball opener for both teams Friday night.Union put 20 points on the board and trailed the TigerScots 23-20 after one quarter. The TigerScots found their defensive sho

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Burbank 54, Kiona-Benton 45

BENTON CITY, Wash. — Burbank outscored Kiona-Benton 28-15 in the first half and then held on to defeat the Bears 54-45 here Friday night in a boys South Central Conference Eastern Division basketball game.It was the league opener for both teams as the Coy

PREP BASEKTBALL - DeSales girls tops Tri-Cities Prep 54-30 to open league play Friday

PASCO — Erin Giusti and Stephanie Ferrel combined to score 25 points and nine other DeSales players contributed between two and six points here Friday night as the Irish defeated Tri-Cities Prep 54-30 in a girls Southeast 2B District basketball opener for

PREP BASKETBALL - Nixyaawii girls open conference play with 65-39 win

MISSION, Ore. — Nixyaawii did not waste any time getting the girls Big Sky Conference basketball season off on the right foot.The Golden Eagles blitzed Sherman County with a 25-point first quarter to lead 25-6 after one. The Golden Eagles forced 35 Husky

PREP BASKETBALL - Weston-McEwen girls open league play with 45-38 win Friday

UNION — Weston-McEwen fought back from a 17-12 halftime deficit Friday in the Blue Mountain Conference girls basketball opener.The TigerScots outscored Union 24-19 over the second 16 minutes to force overtime with the score 36-36.Union made 7-of-16 free t

PREP BASKETBALL - Pomeroy girls post 44-17 win over Lacrosse-Washtucna Friday

POMEROY — The Pomeroy girls basketball team posted a 44-17 win against visiting Lacrosse-Washtucna Friday night.The Pirates were led by Karlie Martin's 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.'She had a solid night,” said Pomeroy head coach Nettie Seve

PREP BASKETBALL - Blue Devil boys nip Bombers, 43-42 in Friday hoops

Wa-Hi holds Richland to 18 points in the second half to take the victory Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils boys basketball team held the Richland Bombers to just 18 second-half points and shot 71 percent from the field after halftime to take a 43-42 victory Friday night.'We defended well in the second half,” said Wa-Hi coach

PREP BASKETBALL - Waitsburg-Prescott girls' size pushes them to 68-33 win over Dayton Friday

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls basketball team utilized its superior size to pick up its second win in as many tries, dropping Dayton 68-33 Friday.W-P pulled in 20 offensive rebounds to give the team a decided advantage in shot attempts, while the

PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Colton 61, Touchet 56

COLTON — The Touchet boys basketball team suffered a 61-56 loss to Colton here Friday night in a Southeast 1B District basketball game.Josh Straughan led four Wildcats in double figures with 17 points.Colton improved to 3-0 in league games and 3-3 overall

Pictures of the year

Each morning I wake up and open my eyes.One looks to the future. One tries to remember the past.

ETCETERA - Family fetes birthday with ‘Where's Waldo' theme

A bit of 'Where's Waldo” action unfolded recently when family and friends of Andrew 'Andy” Gallagher helped him celebrate hitting the big five-oh.His birthday party was based on the entertaining children's books 'Where's Waldo,” wife Virginia 'Ginny” Matt

PASTOR COLUMN - Just watch in awe as God works

I've always wrinkled my nose at flocked trees. My tastes lean toward old-fashioned decorations on Christmas trees. But, as I write this, I notice that God is flocking the tree outside my window.It is a beautiful work of art using only the elements of wind

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55 PLUS - Take a break to destress during the holiday season

It's the week before Christmas and maybe those holiday preparations are done and maybe they're not.Taking some time now for yourself might help you avoid holiday stress. Getting everyone together is much of the joy of the season, it's not about maxing out

Larger fines should help to protect troopers

Too many motorists have been speeding too close to troopers and other emergency personnel along state highways.

When a state trooper has somebody pulled over along the highway or a tow-truck driver is hooking up a car, it's easy to see. Lights are flashing. And when most of us see those bright flashing lights on the side of the roadway, we move over to the left lan

U-B readers put the kibosh on ‘letter of the month' contest

Should the Union-Bulletin highlight letters to the editor that move or delight readers by having an 'official” letter of the month?I asked that question about a month ago and heard from a few readers in print and in person — all of whom thought it was, we

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 12/19/10

Answers needed on state worker cutsIt seems to me that we the people need to speak out louder than we have been. Money is tight for everyone. However, all we hear is, cut these funds, cut those jobs, take away benefits here or there - or tax, tax, tax.I h

Friday, December 17

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - Starbuck School Board

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

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:

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Tai chi can help mind, body get, stay fit

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese art that originated thousands of years ago. Today, tai chi is incorporated into fitness programs to aid in stress management and maintains diseases.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US should drill in oil-rich areas

I would like to give Joe Shelton and the environmentalists insight into what not drilling in ANWR and other oil-rich areas has done to this country.

Foreign-born children adopted by Americans should be citizens

That's not necessarily the case for those adopted prior to 2000. A 38-year-old Tacoma woman facing deportation is an example.

All foreign-born children who are adopted as babies or toddlers by Americans and grow up in the U.S. should be citizens.

Electric toothbrush a snappy last-minute present

If you're still searching for a Christmas gift for that special someone why not consider giving an electric toothbrush?

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Gregory St. John Wolfe, 46, 1081/2 Newell St., was sentenced Dec. 9 on one count each violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-delivery of marijuana and violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-manufacturing of marijuana.

Etcetera - 12/17/10

The first weekend in December, Pioneer Middle School students from the Explorer Program for gifted learners volunteered to collect food at Grocery Outlet, the Dec. 10 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. They received 1,000-plus poun

Walla Walla aviary fundraising kicks off

The newly formed Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary will have an informational table set up downtown Saturday.

WALLA WALLA -- The first official fundraiser for the newly formed Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary steering committee takes flight Saturday.

Dayton School Board to seek levy

The funding, $250,000 for one year, would cost 65 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2012.

DAYTON -- The Dayton School Board will seek a $250,000, one-year maintenance and operation levy in February.

Little Goose Dam crossing closed

STARBUCK -- The vehicle crossing at Little Goose Dam has been closed for installation of fish-sensing equipment by divers.

Emergency Services - 12/17/10

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

Flock of volunteers laces up for Walla Walla-area Christmas bird count

The local Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, part of a hemisphere-wide effort to tally the winged population.

Volunteers will be in the field and on the road Saturday, counting birds in Walla Walla County for the Blue Mountain Audubon Society's 38th "Christmas Bird Count."

Serving up connections in Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater residents and students link up over lunch through a school program.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Paper chef's hat in place and apron neatly tied, City Manager Linda Hall secured a place by the fruits and vegetables to greet Grove Elementary School students on their lunch break.

Fitness center expands workout space, hours, days

An Isaacs Avenue martial arts and fitness center is growing into a round-the-clock workout destination.

Illness doesn't defeat Wa-Hi swimmers in dual meet win

The Blue Devils boys pick up team wins against Pendleton and La Grande.

WALLA WALLA — It was a good Thursday night for Wa-Hi's boys swim team, which managed to scrape together two team and several individual victories despite a spate of illness.The Blue Devils topped Pendleton 83-67 and La Grande 91-55 at the dual meet at Whi

Pomeroy grapplers 9-for-10 on the mat

HEPPNER — Pomeroy's wrestling team took part in a 'mix-and-match” warm-up event, scoring nine wins in ten matches against Irrigon and Heppner Thursday, before heading across the state for one of its biggest tournaments of the year in Cathlamet this weeken

Death Notice - Irene Frank

Jan. 29, 1932 - Dec. 16, 2010

Death Notice - Jerome Heinzman

April 16, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2010

Dorothy Sutherland

Sept. 13, 1914 - Dec.14, 2010

Everett Brock

Feb. 8, 1919 - Dec. 15, 2010

Death Notice - Norma Uhling

Sept. 25, 1923 - Dec. 16, 2010

Death Notice - Elvira McTimpeny

June 17, 1927 - Dec. 16, 2010

Thursday, December 16

MARQUEE - Local dancers to perform at WWCC twice on Saturday

Substance Dance, the Walla Walla Community College Dancers and Break Walla Walla will perform at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the WWCC Performing Arts Center, 500 Tausick Way.

'Tis season of green holly; an ode to wines makes writer jolly

'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the caveGregutt was viewing the wines that he'd saved

MARQUEE - Local author and local sites featured in two, new books

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic," Chicken Soup for the Soul, 400 pages, $14.95

MARQUEE - New at the library

After a flu pandemic has killed large numbers of people around the world, the United States has grown increasingly anarchic. Countless children are stranded in orphanages, and many of the systems that we take for granted have broken down.

MARQUEE - Audubon Christmas Bird Count to be held Sunday

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be all day Sunday.

MARQUEE - Mom's Network Reading Room Saturday at library

The Mom's Network Reading Room will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.

Etcetera - 12/16/10

Who could turn down the chance to spot ruby- or golden-crowned kinglets, white-crowned sparrows, American kestrels, California quail, black-billed magpies, black-capped chickadees or red-breasted nuthatches?

CAUGHT IN WINTRY GRIP

After a warm weather jaunt near 60 earlier in the week, sub-freezing temps were back Thursday morning, trapping remnants of fall in its icy lines along E. Rees Avenue while the just-rising sun tries to warm treetops and the waking world. December 16, 2010

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Ernest Donald and Beverly Ann Drury.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Rico Ramos, 17, 617 S.E. Mockingbird Drive, College Place, was sentenced Dec. 3 on one count each fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Caitlin Mae Speich, 20, 509 Ankeny St., was sentenced Dec. 6 on one count second-degree malicious mischief.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No need for name calling

It has never been my aim to use the letters section as a debate platform, but due to recent events, I feel this response necessary. My comments regarding the letter of the month (LOM) idea was actually the body of the e-mail I had attached a Word document

Governor's deep cuts are acknowledgment of harsh reality

The revenue shortfall is over $4 billion, which means entire programs and services are on the chopping block.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is moving fast and with clear authority. She's on a mission to reduce spending and change state government.

County budget focus of workshop

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County's 2011 budget will be the focus of a special meeting Friday by county commissioners.

Walla Walla City Council worries dog joint agency

The city-county planning agency, already facing an uncertain start date, appears to have waning support from the city.

WALLA WALLA -- City Council members voiced serious concerns Wednesday night over the proposed Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, which was expected to open for service early next month but now faces delays and waning support.

Emergency Services - 12/16/10

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

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 all present Wednesday:

In the minutes - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

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:

Little Mud Pies relocates to downtown

Downtown Walla Walla's newest retailer is a business that specializes in hand-me-downs.

Dog obedience clinic planned for youths, adults

WALLA WALLA -- A dog obedience clinic for youths and adults will start with an introductory meeting at the WSU Extension office on Jan. 8 and hands-on training sessions the following five Saturdays.

Candlelight service planned for Friday afternoon at church

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, will hold it's annual candlelight service Friday at 7 p.m.

Church to host Christmas potluck, gift exchange

WALLA WALLA -- The New Hope Christian Church singles group will host a Christmas potluck and white elephant gift exchange at 6:30 tonight, in the fellowship hall of Central Christian Church, 66 Palouse St.

Free holiday movie, celebration set at Dayton theater

DAYTON -- Two free holiday events are scheduled at the Liberty Theater in Dayton.

Louise Irene Rea

September 8, 1927 ~ November 30, 2010

Walter Seibly

July 3, 1915 - Dec. 1, 2010

Deadra Hays

Aug. 17, 1975 - Dec. 14, 2010

Mary Graves

Dec. 13, 2010 - Nov. 12, 1923

Death Notice - Holly Drum

July 29, 1967 - Dec. 14, 2010

Cardio Strength Bootcamp accepting registrations

WALLA WALLA — Cardio Strength Bootcamp is accepting registrations for its January sessions. The bootcamp is Mondays and Thursdays Jan. 3-Jan 31, except Jan. 17. The two sessions are 6-6:40 a.m. or 3:50-4:30 p.m. All sessions are at the Sharpstein Elementa

Sweets sign two Bruins for 2011

Freshmen Brenton Allen and Jacob Shirley will both spend their summer seasons in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — The relationship between the Walla Walla Sweets and UCLA will continue for another year thanks to the signing of a pair of Bruins for the 2011 West Coast League season. Brenton Allen, a freshman outfielder from Covina, Calif., and Jacob Shir

Wednesday, December 15

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Loud-mouthed kids do little to solve problems

The London riots over increased tuition look like that student unrest during our own 1960s. Loud-mouthed kids, only interested in their own life, do little to solve society-wide problems.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Lioness Club working to save Aviary

The Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club raised $30,000 for the Pioneer Park Aviary back in 1983. This was matched by the Braden Trust, along with a start up gift of $20,000.

Governor's plan to trim billions worth pursuing

Gov. Gregoire will be in for a fight, but it's one worth waging given the fiscal crisis.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is getting serious about trimming back spending, and not just for the next two years.

The Marc to discontinue lunch service by year's end

Lunch is coming off the menu at The Marc.

Dayton man sentenced in thefts, assault

Joshua L. Collins pleaded guilty last week to assorted charges related to two break-ins.

DAYTON -- A Dayton man was sentenced last week in Columbia County Superior Court to a total of 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to several charges related to two incidents that occurred between Oct. 6 and 8.

Police: Man attacks woman with knife at store in Walla Walla

Stephen D. Miller was arrested after the alleged assault on a person he didn't know at Kmart.

WALLA WALLA -- A man with a knife attacked a female shopper at Kmart on Tuesday before he was tackled by a customer and detained by store employees, police say.

County puts hold on joint agency

Concerns about cost and workload are behind Tuesday's vote against a Jan. 10 start date.

WALLA WALLA -- A new city-county planning agency may not start up next month as hoped.

Cultures meet for holidays

About 100 Camp Fire children celebrated their explorations of world cultures Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA -- Nearly 100 area children celebrated diversity through song, dance and a variety of other performances as part of Camp Fire's holiday program Tuesday night.

Etcetera - 12/15/10

Age isn't a factor for the many who volunteer their time and talents to the community, including to its schools, social service agencies and hospitals.

$n$ Anabella Orozco-Ruiz

To Maria Elena Ruiz, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Anabella Orozco-Ruiz, 6 pounds 9 ounces, Dec. 13, 2010.

$n$ Jackson Lee Hutchens

To Jennifer and Matthew Hutchens, Dayton, a son, Jackson Lee Hutchens, 7 pounds 10 ounces, Dec. 12, 2010.

Caleb Alejandro Solis

To Casey Acevedo and Alejandro Solis, Dayton, a son, Caleb Alejandro Solis, 7 pounds 13 ounces, Dec. 11, 2010.

Emergency Services - 12/15/10

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - PRESCOTT COUNCIL

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

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:

On the agenda - Starbuck School Board

When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.Where: Starbuck School

On the agenda - Columbia County Public Hospital District

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: Dayton General Hospital

On the agenda - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

WHEN: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Board Room

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Thursday, 12 p.m.Where: Elementary Room 109

Walk at McNary Wildlife Area offers a plethora of options for wildlife photography.

McNary Wildlife Nature Area is the canvas for Chuck and Grace Bartlett's photography.

When chill winds whip up Columbia River riffles on short winter days, the tree-lined ponds at the McNary Wildlife Nature Area near Umatilla provide a welcome sanctuary for migrating water birds.So meeting nature and wildlife photographers Chuck and Grace

PREP BASKETBALL - Pioneer boys take another from Irish

Mac-Hi's boys force 29 DeSales turnovers as they pick up the 48-36 victory at home Tuesday night.

MILTON FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season in a frantic 48-36, turnover-laden home contest versus DeSales Tuesday.The Pioneers forced 29 turnovers, including several down the stretch of what was a close battle

PREP BASKETBALL - DeSales girls again shoot past Mac-Hi

The Pioneer girls fall victim to the Irish for the second Tuesday in a row, this time 59-9 in Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER — DeSales' girls basketball team topped Mac-Hi for the second time in as many Tuesday-night court battles, handily conquering the Pioneers 59-9.The win moves the Irish to 2-0 on the season and drops the Pioneers to 0-6 in preseason action

Weston-McEwen boys top Waitsburg-Prescott 47-45

WAITSBURG — Weston-McEwen's boys came out ahead 47-45 in a battle with Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday.The TigerScots were up 20-19 at the half and led by as many as eight points in the third quarter before allowing W-P to tie it up with just eight seconds to

PREP BASKETBALL - Turnovers kill Wa-Hi boys in Pendleton

PENDLETON — Turnovers were costly for Wa-Hi in a 40-37 loss at Pendleton Tuesday night.The Blue Devils handed the ball over 25 times in the loss.'Defensively, we played well enough to win, but offensively we've got to take care of the ball a little more,”

Touchet boys notch 75-32 win against Helix

HELIX — Touchet's boys basketball team scored a decisive road victory over Helix Tuesday to notch its third win of the season, 75-32.Jake Hodnefield led the Indians with his first triple-double of the season, tallying 17 points, 10 assists and 10 steals t

WWVA boys too tall an order for Nixyaawii

MISSION, Ore. — Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys basketball team picked up an 81-55 win over Nixyaawii Tuesday,The Knights were led by Daniel Lomeland's 38 points, while Max Failing posted 12 points and 24 rebounds.Josh Barkley posted 24 for the Golden E

Young swimmers drop seconds at Jingle Bell Splash

COEUR d'ALENE — Nineteen Walla Walla Swim Club members competed in the Jingle Bell Splash here last weekend.Some of the biggest time drops came from the younger swimmers.Isaiah King, 8 years old, dropped 14 seconds to finish first in the 8-and-under 100-y

Burbank boys top Liberty Christian 51-44

BURBANK — Burbank's boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season by dropping Liberty Christian, 51-44, at home Tuesday.Heath Lawrence hit two 3-pointers and Nathan Roberts went 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to carry

PREP BASKETBALL - Buckaroos outshoot Wa-Hi girls in fourth

WALLA WALLA — Consecutive treys by Pendleton's Gabby Heehn and Andrea Hellstrand capped a 9-0 Pendleton run, wiped out a 24-22 Wa-Hi lead to open the fourth quarter, and gave the Buckaroos a 31-24 lead with 3:57 left here Tuesday in non-conference girls b

Burbank girls rebound with win over Liberty Christian

BURBANK — The Burbank girls picked up a win over visiting Liberty Christian Tuesday.The Coyotes handed the Patriots a 44-39 defeat.'It was a very close game throughout,” said Burbank coach John Muchlinski. 'It was nice to get a win after a couple of tough

Pomeroy girls pick up big win over Dayton

POMEROY — A trip to Pomeroy sent Dayton home with a 58-34 loss to their former league rivals Tuesday.Pomeroy opened early with a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, then ran it up to 32-15 to close the half.The Bulldogs, suffering from injuries, couldn't reco

Touchet girls get first win of season over Helix

HELIX — Touchet's girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 47-40 triumph on the road over Helix Tuesday.The Indians utilized a strong first half and a 10-point spread at the break to hang on for the victory, thanks in large part

Waitsburg-Prescott girls post big win over Weston-McEwen

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls basketball team turned a defensive struggle into a blowout in the third quarter against Weston-McEwen at home Tuesday, picking up a 45-19 win in a tuneup before a rivalry clash this weekend.Krystal Harris led the way

PHOTO GALLERY - Mac-Hi boys defeat DeSales, 48-36

More details later in today's Union-Bulletin and online.

PHOTO GALLERY - DeSales girls defeat Mac-Hi, 59-9

More details later in today's Union-Bulletin and online.

Death Notice - Deadra Hays

Aug. 17, 1975 - Dec. 14, 2010

Death Notice - Dorothy Sutherland

Sept. 13, 1914 - Dec. 14, 2010

Death Notice - Autumn Williams

April 29, 2010 - Dec. 12, 2010

Death Notice - Donald Hatfield

Oct. 6, 1925 - Dec. 12 2010

Edward Smith

Dorothy Ryan

Feb. 17, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2010

Betty Cummings

July 29, 1929 - Dec. 11, 2010

LauraAnna Jacobson

Dec. 29, 1922 - Dec. 12, 2010

Tuesday, December 14

Cheney Aviation owner's plane crashes

A sheriff's captain said David Cheney reported blinding sunlight and wind contributed to the Monday afternoon wreck.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A rare moment of clear winter sky coupled with wind is said to be the cause of a local pilot crashing his plane. David Cheney, owner of Cheney Aviation at Martin Air Field, crashed his 1941 Taylorcraft two-seater airplane onto a muddy fie

Joint agency start date in question

Walla Walla County commissioners voted today not to sign off on the city-county planning agency.

WALLA WALLA — The new city-county planning agency may not start up next month as hoped.

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 and Tiner absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - WW County

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

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.

College Place budget OK'd; no layoffs in works

At just above $21 million, the spending plan includes completion of four major projects.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The City Council on Monday approved a "status quo" budget for next year, anticipating no layoffs.

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Winter wonderland full of silence, sounds as well as snow

The air had a bite to it as my guide dog and I set off on our walk that quiet, frosty morning.

Mud leads to discovery of stolen mail

An SUV stuck in a field contained a variety of other people's possessions, law enforcement officers say.

Mud caused by recent heavy rains became a tool and foil for local law enforcement officers this week.

Emergency Services - 12/14/10

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

Power failures hit area as windstorm blows through

More gusty weather and chillier temperatures are in the works as a cold front is expected.

WALLA WALLA -- Two large power failures struck sections of Walla Walla this morning as a windstorm blew through the area.

New wine store to serve up bubbling blanco, rosé

Walla Walla's new wine store will be the first to show off the wines of Ginevra Casa Smith.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Windmill operator should fund Aviary

Save the birds.The Aviary in Pioneer Park needs to be funded so that current and future generations can benefit from interacting with real, live wildlife. Our birds are worth protecting. Our Aviary is worth funding.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Get together and save Aviary

Come on residents of Walla Walla Valley, let's all get together and save the city Aviary. Once it's gone it will never be replaced and what a terrible loss to all of us.

Hiring freeze not easy answer for state government

Lawmakers should set strict spending limits for state departments but allow leeway in hiring. It's clear the current freeze is not working.

In theory, a hiring freeze is an effective way to deal with temporary budget problems.

HOME PLACE - Confetti the cat goes home for the holidays -- and Daddy -- for good

Just as a heads up, this is not a fun, Christmassy missive. I didn't bother to apply mascara today, knowing I was going to be writing it. No point in making matters worse with black streaks.

$n$ Wolves can't get moving in loss

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla University's women's basketball team never got its offense running against Great Falls Monday, struggling to put points on the board at home in a 65-39 loss.Great Falls was paced by Kezia Ford's 13 points and 14 rebounds from Sig

Foster Thompson

Dec. 2, 1929 - Nov. 14, 2010

Henry Peter Ollée Jr.

July 3, 1933 - Dec. 6, 2010

Death Notice - Shirley Cummins

Dec. 15, 1929 - Dec. 13, 2010

Death Notice - Caroline Kellogg- Torkelsen

May 12, 1939 - Dec. 12, 2010

Melvin Amil Johnson, Jr.

January 14, 1933 – December 9, 2010

Two hour delay for Walla Walla Public Schools due to high winds

Two hour delay due to high winds having knocked out power at several schools. No breakfast, morning preschool or morning explorers.

Monday, December 13

Single-engine plane crashes near Martin Field in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE - A single-engine plane crashed through a stand of trees and in to a field off Martin Field in College Place Monday afternoon.According to witnesses on the scene the plane came down through a row of trees near a muddy field off Whitman Drive

CHRISTMAS RAINBOWS

Rain-slickened streets mix with Christmas lights and downtown displays to greet pedestrians on Main Street with warm temps and Christmas rainbows early Monday morning.

Etcetera - 12/13/10

Milton-Freewater's Frazier Farmstead Museum just published a CD that features vintage photos of Northern Umatilla County. Compiled by retired librarian Joe Drazan, the compilation sells for $15 at the museum's gift store, 1403 Chestnut St.

School Board to hold public work session on facilities

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday to discuss facilities pre-planning.

Sunday morning fire guts garage on Celestia Drive

WALLA WALLA -- Authorities today continued to investigate the cause of a fire Sunday morning fire which heavily damaged a garage.

Companies team up for giving

Four Pine Street businesses are getting together to support a family of five for the holidays.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jarrod B. Billow, 34, 23 N. Blue St., was charged Dec. 8 with second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree attempted theft.

Prepared photogs can capture fast-paced action

Prior to going to the Vineyard Photography class this week I had noticed a "quick survey" message on my computer from National Geographic Base Camp.

Emergency Services - 12/13/10

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

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Hall

On the agenda - Walla Walla SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. A board workshop will be held at 4 p.m.; an executive session at 5 p.m.Where: School District office, 364 S. Park St.

On the agenda - COLUMBIA SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: District administration room, 755 Maple St.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Only McCain worse than Obama

Guantanamo Prison is still operating; W and Dick Cheney are still at large; the words "Armenian genocide" have yet to be pronounced; earmarks have not been reduced; the Peace Corps has not doubled in size and government is even less open and transparent t

Rock wrecks trucks on US 730

WALLULA -- A wayward rock caused two semi-trucks to crash west of Wallula junction Sunday night.

New operators sought for two parks

The US Army Corps of Engineers sees Central Ferry Park added to the list of openings.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are preparing to begin a search for new operators for Lyons Ferry and Central Ferry parks.

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office warns of mail thefts

Law enforcers say steps should be taken to secure incoming and outgoing mail.

Law enforcement officials are asking residents to be extra-cautious sending and receiving mail during the holiday season, following increased reports of stolen mail.

Concussion awareness benefits, protects young athletes

Pro and college football are taking the injury more seriously.

Last year Washington state adopted a law regulating when athletes in high school and youth sports can return to games after having sustained a concussion.

$n$ Alanna Michelle Dowdy

To Natasha and Michael Dowdy, Walla Walla, a daughter, Alanna Michelle Dowdy, 8 pounds, Dec. 8, 2010.

Ellie Michelle Sabin

To Wendy and Richard Sabin, Dayton, a daughter, Ellie Michelle Sabin, 6 pounds 3 ounces, Dec. 7, 2010.

Burbank girls fall just short in Goldendale

GOLDENDALE — Burbank's girls overcame another slow start, shooting 1-of-10 from the floor in the first quarter, to make a game of it against Goldendale here Saturday night, but ended up losing on a free throw, 39-38.

Walla Walla Valley Academy fourth at Columbia River Clash

UMATILLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys placed fourth at the Columbia River Clash with a 66-60 victory over Pilot Rock Saturday night.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Whit women edge Yotes for Kim Evanger Raney Classic title

The Missionaries use a second-half surge to hand College of Idaho the 60-59 loss in the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial title game.

WALLA WALLA — A six-minute, 17-0 run midway through the second half carried the Whitman College women's basketball team to a 60-59 victory over College of Idaho Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Fourth Annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Clas

Death Notice - Dorothy Ryan

Dec. 12, 2010

Death Notice - Betty Cummings

Dec. 11, 2010

Death Notice - Edward Smith

July 3, 1921 - Dec. 12, 2010

Death Notice - Mary Graves

Nov. 12, 1923 - Dec. 13, 2010

Death Notice - Laura Anna Jacobson

Dec. 29, 1922 - Dec.12, 2010

Billie Fox

June 24, 1943 - Nov. 25, 2010

Franklin H. 'Frank” Weeks

February 20, 1932 – November 24, 2010

Raymond W. Frost

Sept. 9, 1943 – Nov 15, 2010

Patricia Allan

July 6, 1950 – Dec. 7, 2010

Kathryn Biagi

Jan. 20, 1929 - Dec. 5, 2010

Michael Joseph Donovan

August 17, 1945 – December 3, 2010

Adrian Price

July 1, 1920 – December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 12

PASTOR COLUMN - Make room in your heart for Jesus Christ

Several years ago, when my family and I lived in Los Angeles, I had an evening routine that I will always cherish. As I drove home from work on my evening commute (my drive was 15-20 minutes, hardly worth mentioning in Southern California terms) I would t

Last round of leaf pickup moves to Thursday routes

WALLA WALLA - The second and final round of curbside leaf pickup will continue this week with service to people with Thursday trash routes.Put leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter; don't block stormwater grates; separate leaves and brush; a

Rural Library District Board to hold annual meeting

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sterlings Restaurant, 1425 W. Pine St.The agenda includes establishment of a small works roster, discussion of employee benefits, the 20

Spaghetti dinner, silent auction to benefit ill baby

WALLA WALLA - A spaghetti feed and silent auction to benefit a baby with a rare genetic disorder will be Dec. 18.Peyton Jenkins Kaehler was born Oct. 18 with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic problem that will require treatment throughout her life.The spaghett

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL St. John-Endicott picks up road victory over Touchet girls

TOUCHET — St. John-Endicott's girls basktball team used its experience Saturday night to keep Touchet from getting its first win of the year with a 45-32 victory on the road.The Indians and St. John-Endicott battled back and forth through three periods be

Pioneer boys down Helix to close Umatilla Tournament

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi's boys basketball team handed Helix its sixth straight defeat to close out both teams' time at the Umatilla Tournament Saturday, dropping the Grizzlies 68-42 behind a solid inside and outside preformance from senior Ricky Angel.Angel not

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Blue Devils shut down Southridge's Suns

Wa-Hi's boys outboard Southridge, 38-22, to get their third win in four games, 47-42.

KENNEWICK — Matt Watson's layin with one minute left proved to be the game-winner here Saturday night as Wa-Hi picked up a 47-42 non-conference boys basketball victory over the host Suns.Watson ended up with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds that help

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WWCC women make easy work of Portland, 87-41

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team downed Portland Community College, 87-41, at the Dietrich Dome Saturday night.The win improves the Warriors to 7-0 on the season.'Portland is kind of down this year,” WWCC coach Bobbi

PREP WRESTLING Pomeroy wrestling finishes second at Potlatch, Idaho Invitational

POTLATCH, Idaho — The Pomeroy Pirates boys wrestling team placed second at the Potlatch, Idaho Invitational tournament.The Pirates could have won the tournament but several wrestlers missed the bus and didn't participate at all.The eleven team tournament

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Powerhouse Imbler hands Nixyaawii girls loss

COVE, Ore. — Nixyaawii dropped a 42-28 decision to powerhouse Imbler in the final day of the Cove girls basketball classic here Saturday.The loss was the first for the Golden Eagles this season after four straight wins, and spoiled a 17-point effort by Ni

PREP WRESTLING Sargent, Bullock lead Mac-Hi to second-place showing at Muilenburg Invite

LA GRANDE — Jesse Sargent and Ryan Bullock won individual titles here Saturday to lead Mac-Hi to a second-place finish during the annual Muilenburg Invitational wrestling tournament.The Pioneers accumulated 253 points, just 7.5 less than Class 6A Oregon C

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Pirate girls respond to loss to Colton with win over Rosalia

ROSALIA — Colton girls basketball had little trouble with Pomeroy, jumping out to a 27-6 first-quarter lead before cruising in a lopsided Friday game, but the Pirates bounced back on Saturday to get a 36-29 win over Rosalia and end their weekend on the ro

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Missionaries open Classic with win over Menlo

Whitman's women improve to 5-2 with the 76-52 win to open the Kim Evanger Raney Classic.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College ran its early season record to 5-2 with a 76-52 women's basketball victory over Menlo College in Saturday afternoon's opening game of the fourth annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.The tournament conc

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Umatilla takes advantage of home court, downs TigerScot boys

UMATILLA — The Columbia River Clash tournament saw Umatilla beat up on Weston-McEwen here Saturday, 53-43, in boys basketball action.'We didn't show up in the first half,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said. 'It was 11-0 Riverside before we even knew

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Touchet boys rebound from loss, down St. John-Endicott Saturday

TOUCHET — Touchet's boys basketball team defeated St. John- Endicott 34, 32 here Fiday.The game came down to the final 10 seconds and was close throughout.Touchet coach Tim McKeown set up an out-of-bounds lob to Jake Hodnefield. Hodnefield wasn't open and

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL College of Idaho rolls past Wolves women

WALLA WALLA — The College of Idaho's women's basketball team built a 40-23 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 70-37 victory over Walla Walla University in the opening session of the fourth annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic on George Bal

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL - Wa-Hi girls pull out win over Suns

Southridge's press bothers the Blue Devils, but they handle it well enough to take the 39-37 victory Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — There are nights when you just have to figure out a way to win.Wa-Hi did not do much right here Saturday night in non-conference girls basketball action against Southridge.The Suns' full-court, 32-minute press bothered the Blue Devils, Wa-Hi

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL - Pilot Rock hands TigerScots 52-29 loss in Umatilla

UMATILLA — Weston-McEwen's girls finished off a 1-2 showing at the Columbia River Clash here Saturday with a 52-29 loss to Pilot Rock.The TigerScots are now 1-3 overall.Pilot Rock jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back and exte

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Stanfield girls hand Helix loss at Columbia River Clash

UMATILLA — Helix's girls suffered a 34-15 loss to Stanfield during the final day of the annual Columbia River Clash here Saturday.The Grizzlies' 1-2 showing in the Clash leaves them with an overall record of 3-3.After missing Helix's game on Friday due to

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL - Warrior men down Olympic

The WWCC men pick up their second victory of the tournament, 98-90.

MOSES LAKE — Free throws saved Walla Walla at both ends of the court here Saturday as the Warriors won for the second time in as many days at a men's community college basketball tournament on the Big Bend campus.The Warriors defeated Olympic 98-90 in ove

Saturday, December 11

PREP BASKETBALL - Lomelond's 25 pace Walla Walla Valley Academy boys past Helix

UMATILLA — Daniel Lomelond scored 25 points as Walla Walla Valley Academy posted a 66-28 win over Helix here Friday in non-conference boys basketball action here at the Columbia River Clash tourney.Helix trailed only 25-20 at the half, but the Knights wen

PREP BASKETBALL - DeSales boys down Elgin in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — DeSales outscored Elgin 22-10 in the fourth quarter here Friday night to pull away to a 61-45 boys basketball win in the first round of tournament play.The Irish didn't play during Saturday's second round. DeSales' schedule was already

PREP BASKETBALL - Moe Handcox keys Blue Devils' win over Falcons

Moe Handcox scores a game-high 16 points and comes up with big plays down the stretch to help preserve Wa-Hi's 55-51 win.

WALLA WALLA — Moe Handcox provided the basketball equivalent of burning the candle at both ends in the closing seconds of Wa-Hi's boys basketball game with visiting Hanford Friday night in the Blue Devil gym.The 5-foot-10 junior guard broke a 51-all tie o

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Whitman men topple Menlo Oaks

Whitman overcomes poor free-throw shooting to hand Menlo the 77-72 defeat Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman's men's basketball team scored a victory against Menlo, which has spent a large part of its pre-league season playing Division I and II teams, at home Friday, 77-72.The Missionaries overcame some spotty free-throw shooting with an al

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - WWCC women smack Whatcom

Alex Pferrerle's 21 points, Caitlin Duncan's 16, and Shiann Dreadfulwater's 12 points overcame Whatcom's Sara Paponiak's 25 points and 19 rebounds as as the Warriors built an 11-point halftime lead, and went on to defeat the Orcas 76-68.

PREP BASKETBALL - Hanford holds off Wa-Hi girls in overtime

RICHLAND — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils girls basketball team lost 39-34 to Hanford Falcons in overtime here Friday night.The Falcons outscored the Blue Devils 6-1 in overtime to take the victory.'We did some good things,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said, 'down the

PREP BASKETBALL - Cold TigerScot boys edged by Riverside, 45-43

UMATILLA — 'We shot 1-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said. 'And you're not going to beat anyone with that kind of shooting percentage, especially in the last quarter.”Pickard's TigerScots boys basketball te

PREP BASKETBALL - Rosalia wins turnover-plagued game over Touchet girls

ROSALIA — In a game that looked like an early season game — the teams combined for 65 turnovers — the Rosalia Spartans got 11 points from Tayler Nelson and opened the Southeast 1B District girls basketball season with a 43-14 win over Touchet.

PREP BASKETBALL - LaSalle's defense too much for Burbank girls

BURBANK — LaSalle turned up the defensive pressure here Friday night in a non-conference girls basketball game.Columbia-Burbank hit only 5-of-32 shots from the field and the Lightning went on to a 41-20 win.

PREP BASKETBALL - Pilot Rock jumps on Mac-Hi girls early, takes victory

UMATILLA — Pilot Rock bolted to a 20-4 lead and went on to defeat Mac-Hi, 68-17, in girls basketball here Friday during the second day of the Columbia River Clash.

PREP BASKETBALL - Balanced scoring leads Nixyaawii girls past Cove

COVE, Ore. — Nixyaawii unleashed a balanced scoring attack, survived early foul trouble, and defeated Cove 52-37 here Friday night in the Cove girls basketball tournament.

PREP BASKETBALL - TigerScot girls hold off Walla Walla Valley Academy at Columbia River Clash

UMATILLA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots girls basketball team bested the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights here Friday, 28-24, in the Columbia River Clash tournament.Tiffany Cain led W-M with 23 rebounds. She also contributed four assists and two points.

PREP BASKETBALL - Helix girls struggle without Hack

UMATILLA — Helix had to play without Chyanne Hack and the Grizzlies struggled here Friday night in non-conference girls basketball action at the Columbia River Clash tournament.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Treys lift Walla Walla Community College men past Quest at Big Bend

MOSES LAKE — Between them, Jason Smith, Dustin Moore and Jordan Steele fired up 36 shots from behind the 3-point arc here Friday during the opening round of a community college men's basketball tournament on the Big Bend campus.The trio sank 18 of them in

PREP BASKETBALL - Nixyaawii boys slip past Cove

COVE, Ore. — Larry Spino scored 24 points to lead the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles boys past the Cove Leopards 55-53 here Friday night in the first round of the Cove Booster Club tournament.

PREP BASKETBALL - Burbank boys pull out two OT win over LaSalle

BURBANK — After blowing a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and then narrowly escaping defeat in the first overtime, Burbank outscored visiting LaSalle 12-5 in the second extra session to pull out a 65-58 boys non-league basketball victory here Friday

WWCC Water & Environmental Center receives state award

The annual awards honor programs and projects that create jobs and economic activity.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center was one of two projects across the state recognized with the 2010 Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices Award.Heralded as an 'unprecedented collaboration,” the water

Living nativity includes animals, actors

The annual event is free to the public, and the last chance to see the live nativity this year is from 6-8 tonight.

This year, one camel and two distant cousins — two llamas — will represent the camels ridden by the three wise men.

Walla Walla Library changes fine system for overdue books

WALLA WALLA — Starting next year the library will fine 25 cents per day for an overdue book instead of the flat $2 fee.'We have never liked charging somebody $2 from the very first day, there is no motivation to get it back quickly,” said interim library

BIRTHS

Walla Walla General Hospital

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 12/12/10

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

Walla Walla cops track down Christmas presents

The 11th annual Shop With a Cop will help 25 families have a merry Christmas.

WALLA WALLA — Give a kid a sheet of paper and a crayon, and if it's December, chances are you'll get back a list instead of a drawing.'Please! A big action figure. A Nerf gun. Play Dough. Bug Robot. Anything Iron Man. Thank you!” was how Seth Lynde's Chri

Cancer puts Walla Walla family in tight spot

There is no cure for this cancer, but a stem-cell transplant could extend Jim Andrews' life by 20 years.

WALLA WALLA — Jim Andrews, owner of 'The Auto Man” car repair shop, has never minded hard work. No one opening such a business can shirk long and dirty labor.Asking for help while facing cancer, however, is the hardest job he's ever had.'We've been very h

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Muriel Kenyon

Muriel Kenyon's father, Stephen, grew up believing his grandfather, James Otis Kenyon, had passed away long before he was born. To his surprise, Stephen found James alive and well nearly 50 years after he had disappeared from the Kenyon family, with a rem

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

IN THE MINUTES

ATHENA CITY COUNCIL

Friday, December 10

Medical pros honored for achievements, efforts

WALLA WALLA -- Local medical professionals were recently recognized and honored at a Walla Walla Valley Medical Society annual awards banquet.

You are what you eat, but do you get to eat?

The purpose of the Hunger Banquet was to draw attention to the issues of global hunger and poverty.

WALLA WALLA -- The masses came to eat, but few left with full stomachs. About 200 people of all ages turned out Thursday night to take part in a Hunger Banquet at Berney Elementary, hosted by students and parents of the district's Homelink Program.

A Klicker's Christmas

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas — even before Thanksgiving — at Klicker's.Ron Klicker and his staff started decking the halls for holiday sales the day after Halloween. As has been the case for decades, much of the interior of the store at 3

Adams whippet breeder, dog attend national championship

Chloe the Whippet and breeder-owner-handler Pamela J. Campbell of Adams participated in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dec. 4-5 at Long Beach, Calif.Chloe, whose full name is Shantellie's Bring It On Wild One, qualified for the competition through

CELEBRATIONS

Michael and Francis Demaris

Michael and Francis Demaris of Walla Walla will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today with a reception at their home, hosted by Andy Aguilar.The couple met at her brother's house. They married on Dec. 12, 1970, in College Place. Francis' maiden n

55 PLUS - Pre-planning can smooth way for relaxing trip

And travel agents can be useful allies for well-thought-out journeys.

Winter and the holidays mean many things. Sometimes the cold is the reason to head south toward the sunshine. Sometimes folks just need to take a break from the routine and everyday stress.Seniors may be exploring travel options, but should do some invest

SENIOR BULLETIN

Local agency to offer AARP auto insurance

McDonald Zaring Insurance has been selected to offer The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.'s award-winning AARP-branded auto insurance program, according to a recent announcement.McDonald Zaring was chosen after satisfying a number of eligibility re

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities 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 prog

State agencies need liaisons with Legislature

A proposal to do away with legislative liaisons is not good for government — or the people.

Do government agencies need lobbyists?Most folks would say no, and sneer when giving their answer.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 12/12/10

Do we have our priorities straight?Derek Jeter will get $17 million a year to play a kids game and work nine months a year. That $17 million would provide 340 jobs at $50,000 a year or 1,700 $10,000 health-insurance premiums for those with no health benef

Port commission approves budget

It maintains services without a property tax increase or staffing and service cutbacks faced by other local government agencies.

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners have adopted a roughly $12 million budget for Port and airport operations for 2011.

Emergency Services - 12/10/10

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

Teen sentenced to 30 days in attack on truck driver

Noe Jaimez also received an additional 30-day term on a separate vehicle-prowl charge.

WALLA WALLA -- A teenager involved in an attack last winter on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the county's Juvenile Justice Center.

Youth pleads innocent in fleeing from police officer

WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member suspected of fleeing from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park last week resulting in a tense search by law enforcement pleaded innocent this morning in Superior Court to two criminal charges.

Students put McKenna in spotlight for documentary on gang problem

The documentary will be entered in the National Film Festival For Talented Youth competition.

WALLA WALLA -- State Attorney General Rob McKenna had a short answer when asked why he was in town Thursday.

Prison workers protest cuts in budget

Corrections officers from Walla Walla were among a crowd of Teamster members who rallied in Olympia on Thursday to protest budget cuts they say are endangering their lives.

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all present Wednesday morning commissioners:

In the minutes - WESTON COUNCIL

Members of the Council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, Juan Avila and Dennis Snider. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the Council:

DeSales Knowledge Bowl team advances to state competition

WALLA WALLA -- The DeSales High School Knowledge Bowl team will compete at state in March after winning a regional meet Tuesday.

Legal Briefing - Santa better watch out: He can be sued

Dear John, I was talking with my 5-year-old the other day about Santa. I asked her what would happen if he did not come this year. She replied that she would have him thrown in jail. We both laughed, but it got me wondering. Are there any legal issues re

Zumba adds Latin flavor to local club's workouts

Curves has had the opportunity to strengthen millions of women around the globe for the last 15 years.

Routines equal safety for those with autism disorders

Grace runs out to the playground and goes straight to the water fountain; it doesn't matter to her that it has been turned off for the winter.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Pelvic health crucial, even if you don't want to talk about it

The pelvic floor may not be the average conversation topic at a sit-down dinner, but its function and risks of associated disease are vital to understand.

Etcetera - 12/10/10

As a little perk, at the first of every school year about 15 Walla Walla-Columbia County Retired School Employees Association members assemble 200 goody bags for fellow members who are still working, said Deanna Aichele.

PREP WRESTLING Bombers pin Blue Devil grapplers

Richland hands Wa-Hi a 60-15 wrestling defeat Thursday night

WALLA WALLA — Richland's wrestling team flexed its muscles in Wa-Hi's small gym Thursday, toppling the Blue Devils 60-15 behind a number of dominant performances from one of the top squads in the Big Nine Conference.The Bombers (2-0) opened the night with

PREP SWIMMING Blue Devil boys have strong outings in swim loss to Chiefs

Jonathon Klem and Patrick Giedeman record first-place finishes in the 111-67 loss to Moses Lake.

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's boys swimming team opened its season with several strong performances in a 111-67 defeat at the hands of Moses Lake here Thursday.The Blue Devils were led by a pair of first-place finishes by Jonathon Klem, who took the top spot in th

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Helix girls edge TigerScots

UMATILLA — Helix's girls opened the Columbia River Clash with a 31-26 victory over Weston-McEwen here Thursday.'It was a close game all the way through,” Grizzlies coach Dean Fouquette said. 'We held a four-point lead almost the entire game. We just playe

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Schafer, Buell can't push Walla Walla Valley Academy girls past Riverside

UMATILLA — Kelsie Schafer scored a team-high 14 points, and Kristi Buell had eight, but Riverside still got by Walla Walla Valley Academy's girls at the Columbia River Clash, 45-31, here Thursday.'Our girls are learning to rebound better, but their turnov

Death Notice - Melvin Johnson

Jan. 14, 1933 - Dec. 9, 2010

Nova Walker

Oct.24, 1936 - Dec. 8, 2010

Death Notice - Nyda Ping

Nov. 17, 1926 - Dec. 9, 2010

Thursday, December 9

Dutch Bros.' java sales to benefit kids

Walla Walla's Dutch Bros. Coffee will join the company Friday in its effort to make a difference in local communities -- one cup at a time.

Walla Walla Valley Bands to put on annual Christmas concert

The Walla Walla Valley Bands present the annual "In the Holiday Mood" Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Health/Science Performing Arts Auditorium on the Walla Walla Community College campus, 500 Tausick Way. Tickets will be available at the door. A

'Elvis' to perform

PENDLETON -- The Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 72777 Highway 331, presents the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, Justin Shandor, at 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 18.

New at the library

Inspector Erlendur has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past. But ghosts are visiting him, both in the form of a séance attended by a dead woman and also in the reemerging puzzle of two of two young people who went missing 30

Dancers, musicians, singers to present 'The Nutcracker'

A curious crowd of children, mice and cavaliers will twirl and whirl the night away. Toys come to life to pirouette and leap when a young girl wakes to find her bedroom overrun by villainous rodents dancing to the pulse of a lively suite.

MARQUEE - Irish dance troupe RiverRince to perform

Whitman College has a new Irish dance team called RiverRince that will perform a dance piece this weekend at the Whitman Modern Dance Show.

$n$ Ceremony will honor children who have died

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A local Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday on the lawn at City Hall, 722 W. Main St. This event is held around the world to remember children who have died.

$n$ First Presbyterian to hold concert

"Joy to The World -- A Songful Celebration of the Season" will be presented by The Community Christmas Chorale 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave.

MARQUEE - 'The Sea' debuts tonight

Whitman College's upcoming play "The Sea" will open at 8 tonight on the Alexander Stage.

$n$ Etcetera - 12/09/10

Stitches from the Heart is looking for knitters, crocheters and quilters to help provide items for needy babies and children, according to a letter from Kathy Silverton, president and co-founder with Shane Silverton, secretary-treasurer.

Fair in downtown Walla Walla showcases unusual gifts

A Holiday Artisan Fair runs Fridays through Saturdays next to Walla Faces Winery's tasting room.

WALLA WALLA -- Of all the one-of-a-kind gifts at the recently opened Holiday Artisan Fair on Main Street, the most one-of-a-kind might belong to Alexa Palmer. By technicality.

$n$ Major lock repairs close river systems starting Friday

Lock replacement at three dams will bring river traffic on the Columbia and Snake River systems to a virtual halt Friday.

Christmas social, dance, dinner set for Sunday

PENDLETON -- A free Christmas social, dance and dinner will be held Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Pendelton Senior Center, 10 S.W. 10th St.

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Amnesty is wrong approach to immigration

At the risk of being labeled a racist, I must respond to Mr. Ruiz's glowing endorsement for Walla Walla to implement its own Dream Act.

Attorney general answers to voters, not lawmakers

Washington's attorney general seems to be using his authority properly.

Attorney General Rob McKenna has ruffled some feathers in the Legislature as well as the governor's mansion.

DeSales High School Knowledge Bowl to compete in statewide competition

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales High School Knowledge Bowl team will compete in a statewide competition in March after coming in first at a regional meet Tuesday.DeSales students beat out top teams from Prosser, Kamiakin, Hanford and Richland with 114 points. R

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY - As with idle hands, little good comes from idling cars

As the cost of gasoline continues to creep up and we look to improve our gas mileage as well as protect the environment, it's worthwhile to evaluate our driving behavior when it comes to idling our engines.

Woman injured in crash with bus in Athena

A Dayton woman was injured and her dog killed in a crash with a school bus in Athena.

ATHENA -- One person suffered minor injuries after a school bus and car crashed in Athena on Wednesday night.

$n$ Emergency Services - 12/09/10

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

Activities lined up for holidays at Athena Public Library

On tap are a fireside tea time, book group meeting and Wii and Xbox gaming for youths.

ATHENA -- Fireside tea time, book group and Wii and Xbox gaming for youths are among the holiday season activities lined up at the Athena Public Library.

Trial dates set for men in robberies outside Burbank store

Samuel Barrera and Jacob J. Munoz are accused of robbing two men outside the Sun Mart in Burbank.

WALLA WALLA -- Trial dates have been set for two men accused of robbing two customers outside a convenience store in Burbank last summer.

$n$ Volunteers sought for program to support veterans

WALLA WALLA -- Compassion Corps is recruiting volunteers for a support program that offers volunteers the privilege of providing a compassionate presence for veterans with serious illnesses or advanced chronic diseases.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tracy L. Done, 44, 305 Main St., Dayton, was charged Dec. 6 with four counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

$n$ In the minutes - WAITBURG SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Waitsburg School Board are Ross Hamann, Marilyn Johnson, Terry Jacoy, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With all present Wednesday the board:

$n$ In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Stephanie Newberg, Paul Miller and Donna Hunt. Mayor is Alan Gould. With all present Tuesday:

$n$ Final rounds of talent contest to be at Sapolil Cellars Dec. 17, 18

"The Cut. Can You Make It" music talent contest at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., enters semi-finalist rounds 8 p.m. Dec. 17, with a second semi-final round and the finals starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 18.

$n$ Man sought after chase from Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater

Police say Alejandro Adrian Ureno Alvarez was driving a stolen Jeep and fled pursuers Wednesday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA -- A man in a stolen Jeep led police on a pursuit from the west end of Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.The man ended up abandoning the Jeep in the Milton-Freewater area following the chase and had not b

Compassion Corps seeks volunteers for veterans support program

Compassion Corps is recruiting volunteers for a support program that offers volunteers the privilege of providing a compassionate presence for veterans with serious illnesses or advanced chronic diseases.The nonprofit agency will present an informational

$n$ There's no good way to explain Broncos' bowl invite

WALLA WALLA — When Kyle Brotzman's 26-yard field goal attempt sliced right of the goal post by the narrowest of margins on a cold November night in Reno, millions of dollars followed its errant trajectory.The missed kick, on the final play of the fourth q

$n$ Whitman hosts Evanger Raney Memorial Classic women's basketball tourney

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's basketball team is hosting the fourth annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic this Saturday and Sunday in the Sherwood Athletic Center.Whitman hosts 1-10 Walla Walla University, 5-5 College of Idaho and 5-5 Menl

$n$ PREP BOYS BASKETBALL — Dayton boys pick up 43-37 win over T-O

DAYTON — Dayton's boys basketball team moved to 2-1 on the young season with a home victory over Tekoa-Oakesdale 43-37 Wednesday.The Bulldogs controlled the game early and built a double-digit lead in the third quarter before T-O climbed back into the con

$n$ PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — Pirates girls dominate in win

POMEROY — Pomeroy's girls basketball team controlled the tempo early and dominated Asotin in the first half to snag a home victory in a make-up game for what should have been the team's season opener, 54-40 Wednesday.The game, which was originally schedul

$n$ Sweets sign trio of pitchers

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets signed a trio of left-handed pitchers for the 2011 season of West Coast League baseball.Tyler Billen, a sophomore from Harding University, Daniel Jewett, a freshman from Truman State University, and Aaron Hoverson, a s

$n$ PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — Dayton girls have close loss to T-O

The Bulldogs also lost to River View Tuesday.

DAYTON — Turnovers early in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game with Tekoa-Oakesdale left Dayton behind in a 61-52 decision Wednesday.'It was a great game and our goal is to improve every game, and we've been seeing that,” said Dayton co

Pioneer Park Aviary funding plan handed defeat

Center at the Park members crushed a proposal to provide backup money if fundraising for the Pioneer Park Aviary falls short.

WALLA WALLA -- Members of The Center at the Park overwhelmingly voted Wednesday against providing a $55,000 surety bond to the city to fund the Pioneer Park Aviary, which means the facility remains unfunded for next year and will most likely face a comple

Robert McPherson

June 2, 1926 - Dec. 3, 2010

Isabel Watts

Oct. 15, 1918 – Dec. 7, 2010

Ryan Donohue

March 12, 1952 - Dec. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Nova Walker

Oct. 24, 1936 - Dec. 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8

Conservation District to hold special meeting on election

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Conservation District will hold a special meeting Dec. 15 on election matters.

Santa to make appearance at Athena Public Library today

ATHENA -- Santa Claus is at the Athena Public Library has today from 6-7:30 p.m.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Jesus M. Reyes, 13, 1501 W. Rose St. was sentenced Nov. 30 on one count third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jesse T. Perez, 27, 216 N. Touchet St., was charged Dec. 2 with second-degree identity theft. Perez is accused of knowingly using or transferring a means of identification of another person on July 5.

Supplies sought for packs to help homeless teens

Backpacks with food and supplies are available for teens to pick up at Lincoln Alternative High School.

WALLA WALLA -- Providence St. Mary Medical Center is teaming with Lincoln Alternative High School to provide homeless teens with grab-and-go backpacks of food and hygiene supplies to help them get through a night on the street. The school founded the proj

Residents sought for Milton-Freewater boards

Four panels need applicants, including youth representatives.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The city of Milton-Freewater is looking for volunteers to serve on an assortment of boards, commissions and committees.

Volunteers sought to help prepare Prescott Pool

The pool will be open in 2011 but needs some work first, and funding is limited.

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Pool will open for the 2011 season, but with a reduced budget, volunteers are needed to help prepare the pool for operation.

Walla Walla Wagonettes top entry in Macy's Parade of Lights

A horseback-riding drill team took the grand prize at last weekend's 2010 Macy's Parade of Lights.

Etcetera - 12/08/10

Members of the Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist Chapter raised $1,076 for local scholarships for women and girls during a Bunco fundraiser in late November, said Cora Davidson via e-mail. Individuals and area businesses and organizations contributed to the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Help needed for situation at penitentiary

Representative: "Somebody who speaks, acts, or votes on behalf of others".

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 6 p.m. following a 5 p.m. work session.Where: Regular session is at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session is at Dominick's on the Runway.

Emergency Services - 12/08/10

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

$n$ Myah Angeline Summers

To Amanda Tyrell and Mycheal Summers, Milton-Freewater, a daughter, Myah Angeline Summers, 8 pounds 8 ounces, Dec. 3, 2010.

$n$ Jared Roger Kirk Goodridge

To Stephanie and Bryce Goodridge, Walla Walla, a son, Jared Roger Kirk Goodridge, 7 pounds 11 ounces, Dec. 1, 2010.

Circumstances dictate need for compromise on tax breaks, benefits

The middle class and unemployed can't easily tolerate the economic hit of higher taxes or being cut off from benefits.

Given the current economic situation -- a very slow recovery from a long, deep recession -- most Americans are financially strapped. And those who have lost their jobs are in crisis mode.

Death Notice - Ryan Donohue

Dec. 07, 2010

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — Dayton rolls to 66-32 victory over River View

FINLEY — Dayton played River View to a near standstill in the first half here Tuesday night, trailing the Panthers 26-25 in a girls non-league prep basketball game.But the home team dominated the second half and rolled to a 66-32 victory.'We literally ran

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL — River View tops Dayton in non-league match

FINLEY — Victor Contreras and Jacob Bettencourt combined for 28 points here Tuesday night to lead River View to a 45-40 non-league prep basketball victory over visiting Dayton.Contreras tallied 15 points and Bettencourt followed with 13 for the Panthers,

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL — Late Irish run snags 47-39 win over Pioneers

Mac-Hi had a five-point lead late in the game but a 10-2 run helps the Irish take the win.

WALLA WALLA — It came down to the last few minutes for the DeSales boys in their 47-39 win against Mac-Hi Tuesday night.The Irish, trailing by four points at the half and five with eight minutes to play at the quarter, weren't about to go down quietly. Wi

PREP BASKETBALL — DeSales girls top Mac-Hi in opener

The Irish girls cruise to a 48-11 win at their home court Tuesday night.

WALLA WALLA — Mac-Hi scored the first point of the night but couldn't keep up with DeSales' high-powered offense in a 48-11 loss Tuesday in the Irish gym.DeSales scored 31 to Mac-Hi's 7 in the first half, and, although the Irish slowed down and their hot

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Indians boys get fast 56-51 win against Grizzlies

TOUCHET — Coach Tim McKeown watched his Touchet boys basketball team open the season with a frenetic 56-51 non-league triumph over Helix here Tuesday night.Senior Matt Kates led the way for the Indians with 15 points and sophomore Will Huesby, playing in

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Asotin 67, WWVA 49

ASOTIN — Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, falling on the road 67-49 to Asotin.A big offensive night from junior forward Daniel Lomland, who hit 11 field goals and a trio of three-pointers to

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Granger 54, Asotin 41

BURBANK — Brandon Oswalt paced Granger in a 54-41 road victory over Burbank Tuesday to run the team's record to 2-0 on the year.Oswalt notched a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds and five steals and keyed a first quarter surge that put Burbank

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Helix girls hold on for a 42-41 win over Touchet

TOUCHET — Senior post Chyanne Hack scored the last of her 12 field goals with 30 seconds remaining here Tuesday night and Helix held on for a 42-41 victory over Touchet in a girls non-league prep basketball game.The Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on the season

COLLEGE MEN BASKETBALL — Missionaries get 3-point touch back to top Wolves 104-65

Whitman's Ignas Pavilonis scores 20 points and four threes in the win.

WALLA WALLA — After losing its last four games, while struggling from the 3-point line, Whitman College regained its shooting touch in time to race past Walla Walla University 104-65 in men's non-conference basketball action Tuesday night in the Sherwood

OUTDOORS - Hanford Reach provides beautiful sunsets

Don Davis and Nora the Schnauzer check out the Wahluke Unit at the Hanford Reach in November.

A blazing orange-red Hanford Reach sunset unfolded as I balanced on both knees and snipped at the 22nd cockle burr collected by Nora the Schnauzer.She lay on her back, and fine hairs under her right front leg clasped the burr close to the skin.I snipped w

Today's college football bowl slate too much

WALLA WALLA — When I first started paying attention to college football back in the 1960s, there were five major bowl games and a couple of others that filled out the New Year's Day television schedule.The Rose, Orange, Sugar, Sun and Cotton bowls were, o

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Granger 56, Burbank 43

BURBANK — Granger built a 33-15 halftime lead and held on for a 56-43 girls basketball victory over Burbank here Tuesday night.Italia Mangarelli paced Granger with 21 points while Harley McBride led the Coyotes with 10 points.

Death Notice - Adrian Price

July 1, 1920 - Dec. 6, 2010

Death Notice - Patricia Allan

July 6, 1950 - Dec. 7, 2010

Death Notice - Isabel Watts

Oct. 10, 1918 - Dec. 7, 2010

Fr. Roger Gillis, SJ

Dec. 3, 2010

Death Notice - Elizabeth Patterson

Aug. 24, 1925 - Dec. 7, 2010

Tuesday, December 7

HOME PLACE - All I want for Christmas is a little face time with kids

Can I just say something? The more ways I have to communicate with my children, the less I am able to communicate with my children.

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

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 all present Monday the council:

Modern journey on Lewis & Clark Trail to be presented

DAYTON -- A modern-day journey along the Lewis & Clark Trail will be recounted by Walla Walla resident Nathan Riley at the Blue Mountain Heritage Society's annual meeting Monday.

Dec. 20 candle-lighting event takes aim at child abuse

WALLA WALLA -- Blue lights will signal a call to stop and prevent child abuse Dec. 20 as part of a local agency's campaign.

WWCC holds sign-up for class on parent-toddler relationship

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College is enrolling parents for Parent Toddler Relationships classes for winter 2011.

Walla Walla County Planning Commission cancels hearing

WALLA WALLA -- A public hearing Wednesday by the Walla Walla Planning Commission has been canceled.

Broken water line discovered Monday at Touchet School

TOUCHET -- A broken water line was discovered when a Food Services of America tractor trailer sank to its axles in soft ground as it was making a delivery at Touchet School on Monday afternoon.

Hunger Banquet at Walla Walla school puts faces to numbers

At an upcoming dinner, what's on the table depends on the diners' temporary lots in life, which are drawn by chance.

If the world was populated by 100 people, one-third would be nourished, one-third would be undernourished and one-third would be starving, explained Becky Betts.It's a hard idea to wrap your heart around, said Betts, the organizer of Homelink's Hunger Ban

Questions dog joint agency

A board member says savings appear to be shrinking as the agency nears its opening date.

WALLA WALLA -- Formation of a new city-county planning agency is continuing, but not without questions and concerns.

Turning down volume on TV commercials is welcome

Congress took common-sense action aimed at keeping advertisers from screaming at consumers.

Have you ever noticed that television commercials are a lot louder than the show you were watching?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cheaper meat isn't really cheap

The U-B recently printed a column by John Stossell weighing in on the debate about meat. Does grass-fed beef have any environmental or health benefit as compared to conventionally produced beef?

Woman charged in theft from Community Bank branch

Michelle M. Paul is accused of 'redepositing' checks totaling more than $9,000 in June.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who worked at the Eastgate branch of Community Bank has been charged with stealing more than $9,000 from the financial institution in June.

Man accused in attack ruled competent for trial

Luis A. Ballesteros had been released from prison just before an alleged assault in Touchet.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of attacking a delivery man in Touchet has been found competent to stand trial.

Etcetera - 12/07/10

A local couple created the Gillespie Golden Onion Award to honor Walla Walla educators for excellence.

Dedication set for Frenchtown Historic Site

The event is Saturday at the Frenchtown Historic Site on Old Highway 12.

LOWDEN -- An opening and dedication ceremony for a new historical site marking the 1855 Battle of Walla Walla will be held Saturday.

Teen charged after chase into Fort Walla Walla Park

Cisco A. Gonzalez, and alleged local gang member, faces obstruction and motor vehicle charges after the search last week.

WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member suspected of fleeing from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park last week resulting in a tense search by law enforcement has been formally charged in Superior Court.

Cooperative offers Made in WW gift boxes

Walla Walla goodness is being packed into a seasonal gift box at the Daily Market Cooperative.

Bryan Luke Jordan

To former area resident Mark Jordan and Heather Ruggles, of Portland, a son, Bryan Luke Jordan, 7 pounds 2 ounces, Dec. 2, 2010 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Clackamas, Ore.

On the agenda - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 12/07/10

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

So, is Walla Walla the next Wine Capital of America?

If it seemed like the question posed in a headline that surfaced all over the Internet last week is one that's been talked about for years, you're not mistaken. And for those with no idea about this reference, here's what happened:From Facebook to local s

Death Notice - Perrie Prescott

March 3, 1961 - Dec. 6, 2010

Death Notice - Robert McPherson

June 2, 1926 - Dec. 03, 2010

Franklin H. 'Frank” Weeks

February 20, 1932 – November 24, 2010

Death Notice - Virginia Frakes

Aug. 13, 1917 - Dec. 4, 2010

Monday, December 6

Etcetera - 12/06/10

Walla Wallan Sarah Yuan is currently in China where she and a small group of students at her school in Shanghai have been planning a fundraising campaign through a bake sale, an outdoor scavenger hunt, candygrams and a school outing for students.

VIEWS WITHIN AND WITHOUT

Family and friends of Larry Hoof watch the Macy's Parade of Lights from the large windows and warmth of his Ameriprise Financial offices at 13 1/2 East Main Street Saturday evening.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Political prostitution

Political prostitution is historic. Example: Cleopatra entranced Julius Caesar, bore his son and kept her throne.

Tours of Lower Monumental Dam lock set for next week

People wishing to attend need to register by Wednesday afternooon.

KAHLOTUS -- People who wish to take part in a tour of Lower Monumental Dam's navigation lock next week need to sign up by Wednesday.

Season's greetings come early with cold, snow

November, in spite of its rain and snow, turned out to be drier than is typical for the area.

WSU Extension Office to offer pesticide training

WALLA WALLA -- A training seminar on pesticides will be offered at the Walla Walla County-WSU Extension Office Wednesday.

Liberty Christian to hold Christmas program on Dec. 16

WALLA WALLA -- Liberty Christian School, 3172 Peppers Bridge Road, will hold its annual Christmas program Dec. 16 beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6, admission is free.

College Place Planning Commission to meet Tuesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- A request to subdivide a commercial lot is on the agenda for the city Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Walla Walla School Board to hold special meeting at Blue Ridge

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. at Blue Ridge Elementary, 1150 W. Chestnut St.

US 12 project for the birds, too

Waterfowl and other wildlife have gained a patch of seasonal wetlands as part of mitigation for the highway expansion.

WALLA WALLA -- Nestled in the rolling farmlands alongside Reser Road, a patch of wetlands is taking shape thanks to a major highway project.

City prudent to avoid deeper cuts to services

But city officials will need to monitor tax revenue and adjust spending if the economic situation changes.

The Walla Walla City Council made some very difficult decisions -- starting with eliminating 32 jobs -- to balance the budget in the face of declining tax revenues.

Emergency Services - 12/06/10

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Wolves men show improvement, fall to Northern New Mexico

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men outscored Northern New Mexico 41-40 in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 45-37 halftime deficit in an 85-78 loss at the Hoops Classic here Sunday.'We had a couple lapses, but we took care of the ball bet

Blue Devil girls rout Lions, 50-29

Saturday Prep Recap

WALLA WALLA — Jami Klicker drained a trey, then hit a deuce to cap a 13-6 Wa-Hi run to open the second quarter Saturday in girls non-conference basketball action.The Blue Devils led 11-9 after one, and following Klicker's pull up jumper, increased the lea

Wa-Hi grapplers open season at Ike, Mars Invite

The Blue Devils fall to Ike Thursday before wrestling at the Bob Mars Invite.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's wrestling team opened its season with a dual-meet against Big Nine foe Eisenhower Thursday night, with the Cadets taking a 42-27 victory.On Saturday, the Blue Devils' Anthony Stalder (145 pounds) and Ryan Evans (152) both placed seco

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Warrior women edge Linn-Benton in overtime

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College women's outscored Linn-Benton 6-3 in overtime for a 62-59 win in the Warrior Classic Tournament Saturday night.The Warriors shot 4-of-6 from the line in OT and forward Stevie Humphries scored the only field goal

Death Notice - Kathryn Biagi

Jan. 20, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2010

Sunday, December 5

Weather permitting, leaf pickup to resume this week

WALLA WALLA - Curbside leaf collection is expected to resume this week with service to residents who are on a Tuesday trash pickup route, with Wednesday's route expected to follow later in the week.As a general rule, place loose leaves in the street along

Irrigation district meeting dates change

TOUCHET - Dates for two meetings for the Gardena Farms Irrigation District have been changed.A meeting of the district's board of directors will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, said Stuart Durfee, district manager. The meeting had been set for Thursday, but

Our readers' opinions

McMorris Rodgers' behavior is shamefulThe news from Washington, D.C., recently that our congressperson, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, voted against extending unemployment insurance benefits, at least through the coming holiday season, to Americans unable to fin

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — WWCC women outscore Linn-Benton in OT for win

WALLA WALLA — WWCC women's outscored Linn-Benton 6-3 in overtime for a 62-59 win in the Warrior Classic Tournament Saturday night.The Warriors shot 4-of-6 from the line in OT and forward Stevie Humphries scored the only field goal with a bucket inside.Wit

Saturday, December 4

PREP BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi girls pick up Saturday win over Kennewick

The Blue Devils win 50-29.

WALLA WALLA — Jami Klicker drained a trey, then hit a deuce to cap a 13-6 Wa-Hi run to open the second quarter Saturday in girls non-conference basketball action.The Blue Devils led 11-9 after one, and following Klicker's pull up jumper, increased the lea

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — WWU men still seeking first win

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla fell short in its search for its first win Saturday, dropping a home contest to University of Great Falls 82-67 at home.'It has been coming down to turnovers for us,” WWU head coach Gerry Larson. 'We got our fair share of takea

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — WWCC men's basketball lose 65-62 to CBC

WALLA WALLA — Columbia Basin College took a 65-62 win over Walla Walla Community College Saturday at the Dietrich Dome in the Warrior Classic Tournament.'Columbia Basin college outplayed us tonight,” said WWCC coach Jeff Reinland. 'It was as simple as tha

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — Whitman men fall to Lewis & Clark Saturday

PORTLAND — Playing well enough to win wasn't quite enough as Whitman College fell victim to a barrage of 3-point bombs in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game with Lewis & Clark here Saturday night.Lewis & Clark, 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the N

PREP BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi boys get win over Kennewick Saturday

PASCO — Wa-Hi's boys basketball team shot just 29 percent here Saturday night in a 52-30 loss to Kennewick at Columbia Basin College.The Blue Devils, 1-2 overall, fell behind 18-10 after one quarter and were outscored 21-7 in the final period.'They were r

PREP BASKETBALL — Imbler girls defeat Helix 38-13

HELIX — Demetri Thompson scored 11 points to lead defending Oregon Class 1A state champion Imbler to a 38-13 victory over Helix in girls high school basketball action here Saturday night.Both teams struggled in the opening half. The visitors led 7-1 after

Walla Walla native Megan Howerton doesn't lose her passion for the game

Blue Mountain sophomore and Walla Walla native Megan Howerton keeps playing through her injuries.

WALLA WALLA — It takes athleticism and skill to pick up a basketball and run it down the court.But it takes passion to come back from an torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and perform the same feat.For Megan Howerton, a sophomore on the Blue Mountain C

Griz boys bow to Imbler Saturday

HELIX — Despite 12 points from Garrett Rogers, and 10 points and an equal number of rebounds from junior Riley Sederburg, Helix dropped its second straight non-conference game in as many nights here Saturday.The Grizzlies wallowed through a rough fourth q

Missionary women lose at LC, 62-55

PORTLAND — With its offense hitting a pair of dry spells in the second half, Whitman College dropped a 62-55 women's basketball decision to Lewis & Clark here Saturday afternoon.The two teams, tied at 55 with two minutes left in the game, ended the night

PREP BASKETBALL - Blue Devil boys pick up win over Pasco

Nine Wa-Hi boys score in the 45-41 win over the Bulldogs Friday.

WALLA WALLA — From the time they begin dribbling a basketball, youngsters are often encouraged by coaches and mentors to follow their shot on a miss from either the field or the free throw line.Wa-Hi's Matt Watson followed through on that unwritten rule a

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — Treys lead WWCC men past Saints

Jason Smith hits seven of WWCC's 14 3-pointers in the 84-80 Warrior Classic win over Mount Hood.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College sophomore guard Jason Smith bombed away at 3-pointers, hitting seven of them, to lead the Warriors to an 84-80 win over the Mount Hood Saints here Friday night at the Warrior Classic tournament in the Dietrich D

PREP SWIMMING — Klem shines at Walla Walla Pentathlon

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi junior Jonathon Klem placed third overall Saturday during the Walla Walla Pentathlon swim meet at Whitman College's Harvey Pool.Richland finished first among the four schools participating with 99 points, led by individual champion Tyl

PREP BASKETBALL - Golden Eagle boys finish third at own tourney

MISSION, Ore. — Nixyaawii jumped out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter, and finished third at its own tournament with a 77-33 victory over Long Creek Saturday.'We ran a lot of man-to-man and had a lot of steals (26),” Golden Eagles coach Aaron Noisey

PREP BASKETBALL — Pomeroy girls take 57-28 win off Bulldogs in basketball opener

DAYTON — Pomeroy's girls basketball team opened its season with a win over Dayton Friday night.The Pirates handed the Bulldogs a 57-28 loss.Karlie Martin led the Pirates with 17 points. Nicole Lambert scored 12 for the Bulldogs.Sam Smith and Torrie Koller

PREP BASKETBALL — Weston-McEwen boys pick up 72-44 win over Umatilla

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's boys basketball team opened its season with a 72-44 win over Umatilla Friday night.The TigerScots were led by Dallas Reich's 28, while Reich and Tyler Babb both posted double-doubles.Matt McGill came in off the bench to score thre

PREP BASKETBALL — Burbank girls pick up 46-30 win over Lind-Ritzville

RITZVILLE — Burbank's girls overcame a 9-6 deficit after the first quarter to take a 19-17 halftime lead, and then outplayed Lind-Ritzville in the second half for a 46-30 season-opening victory Friday night.'Well, we got the first-game jitters out of the

PREP BASKETBALL — Helix girls open with 31-27 win over Elgin

HELIX — Coach Dean Fouquette was pleasantly surprised with his Helix girls basketball team's performance here Friday night as the Grizzlies tipped off the 2010-11 campaign with a come-from-behind 31-27 victory over Elgin in a non-league game.'We were very

PREP BASKETBALL - Wa-Hi girls open with win

PASCO — Wa-Hi opened the girls basketball season on the right foot with a 40-24 non-conference win here Friday over Pasco.The Blue Devils got off to a 7-2 lead after one quarter and expanded the lead to 20-9 at intermission.'It was a typical first half of

PREP BASKETBALL — Griz boys bow to Imbler

HELIX — Despite 12 points from Garrett Rogers, and 10 points and an equal number of rebounds from junior Riley Sederburg, Helix dropped its second straight non-conference game in as many nights here Saturday.The Grizzlies wallowed through a rough fourth q

PREP BASKETBALL — Pendleton freshmen top Nixyaawii boys in OT

MISSION, Ore. — The Nixyaawii boys basketball team lost its season-opener, 68-66, in overtime to the Pendleton freshmen team at its own tournament Friday night.'They have a lot of height which gives us problems, especially in rebounding,” said head coach

PREP BASKETBALL — Helix boys drop home opener to Elgin

HELIX — Helix's boys basketball team dropped its home opener to Elgin, 54-40, Friday.The Grizzlies' Riley Sederburg took game scoring honors with 17 points. Garrett Rogers was also in double figures for Helix with 10 points.'We had trouble with our offens

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - 'Cats rally past Whit men in 2nd half

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Linfeld came back from a 30-29 halftime deficit to outscore Whitman 43-32 in the second half and the Wildcats came away with a 72-62 win in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.Sergio Rosario, who led the Wildcats with 24 poi

PREP BASKETBALL — Mac-Hi boys fall to Pilot Rock in opener, 47-32

PILOT ROCK — D'Marcus Bowie scored 16 points and snagged 10 rebounds here Friday night at Pilot Rock opened the 2010-11 prep basketball season with a 47-32 victory over Mac-Hi.Logan Thorne was the Rockets' leading scorer with 18 points.Mac-Hi results were

PREP BASKETBALL — Dayton boys open hoops season with win over Pomeroy

DAYTON — Dayton's boys basketball team scored a win in its season opener, dropping Pomeroy 47-34 here Friday night.'It wasn't where we want to be offensively, but we did a really good job on the defensive end,” said Dayton head coach Roy Ramirez. 'We had

PREP BASKETBALL - Weston-MCEwen girls fall to Umatilla, 50-31

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's Tiffany Cain scored a game-high 16 points here Friday in non-conference girls basketball action.'Tiffany is our only senior,” W-M coach Amber Doremus said. 'She took control, went to the basket and took care of business.”It wasn't

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Whitman women open NWC play with win over Linfield

MCMINNIVILLE, Ore. — The road proved hospitable as the Whitman College women opened their Northwest Conference slate with a 65-55 victory over Linfield here Friday night.Whitman, improving to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in NWC play, got a team-high 17 points f

PREP BASKETBALL — Nixyaawii tops Pendleton freshmen girls 57-36

MISSION, Ore. — The Nixyaawii girls basketball team tipped of its season here Friday night by defeating the Pendleton High freshmen 57-36 in the first round of the Golden Eagles' invitational tournament.Jessica Simpson led the way to victory with 17 point

PREP BASKETBALL — Mac-Hi girls fall to Pilot Rock, 66-20

ILOT ROCK, Ore. — Mac-Hi's offense was stifled in three-of-four quarters here Friday night as Pilot Rock overwhelmed the Pioneers 66-20 in a season-opening girls basketball game.The Rockets jumped to a 16-4 lead after one quarter and built their advantage

Cold heats up Walla Walla-area energy needs

Agency offers to match dollars sent to Helpline as ‘energy assistance.'

WALLA WALLA — With snow, freezing rain and ice, winter announced itself a little ahead of schedule in the Walla Walla Valley.For some low-income families, the cold snapped budgets already without sufficient elasticity, said heads of social-service agencie

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Akira Takemoto

Akira Takemoto, 62, once counted waves off the Southern California coast to find the perfect swell for his surfboard. Now, he looks for different waves: not the aquamarine of the ocean but the frothy green swirls of tea in his tea bowl.Takemoto has practi

Ice chalet offers free skating today

WALLA WALLA — YWCA Ice Chalet, 211 E. Birch St., will hold a free skate with Santa today from 2-4 p.m. The event includes free admission and free rentals. For more information, call 525-2575.

Center at the Park members to vote on support for Aviary

The bylaws require a membership vote rather than an action by the board to commit the funds.

WALLA WALLA — Once again Pioneer Park Aviary is threatened with closure next year after a $55,000 surety bond from The Center at the Park was withdrawn because the financial commitment went against the organization's bylaws.'The board acted prematurely in

Emergency Services - 12/05/10

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

Vendors cater to ‘Kids Only' shopping

For 14 years, children have been able to shop away from their parents' eyes in Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Natalie Neil wore a pleased little grin as she sat with her chin in her hand Thursday afternoon. The 11-year-old had just finished some Christmas shopping at the 'Kids Only” sale and now she could sit back and watch her younger sisters

Father, daughter cook up traveling restaurant business

A winning eBay bid on a mobile restaurant gave the family members a new occupation.

WALLA WALLA — Paying several thousand dollars for a used concession trailer sight unseen — other than photos on eBay — was a bit of a gamble for Annie Goff and Keith Knotts.'We took a chance,” Knotts said casually.

Whatamibid? Touchet man graduates from auctioneer college

Upon successful completion of the course, Ray Lundberg earned the honorary title of colonel.

'Overall, the entire experience was an eye-opener,” Ray Lundberg said of his time at auctioneer school. 'I thought it was all about the chant. Get on the podium and sell it. But that's just 10 percent of what we do. There is a lot of paperwork and a lot o

ETCETERA - Clark County elects ex-Walla Walla man to county clerk post

Scott Weber, a 1990 graduate of DeSales Catholic School and a native Walla Wallan, will become Clark County, Wash.'s, newest county clerk when he assumes the post on Jan. 3.The son of Karen Weber of Walla Walla and Sam Weber of College Place, Scott beat o

PASTOR COLUMN - Be true to the definitions that God has set forth

A contractor would use the term 'to be true” as meaning conforming to a standard. Other definitions include genuine, faithful and loyal.I wonder at times if, as a nation, we are drifting away from this standard when it comes to God, spouse and family. Som

CHURCH BULLETIN

Church of God, Seventh Day offers Max Lucado study

55 PLUS - Get ready, get set — chill out at home

When the weather outside is frightful, stay by the fire that's so delightful. But be prepared to stay in.

Even though it's the middle of the holiday season, it's not officially winter yet. But we've already had some cold weather and snow. You may want to give some thought to making sure you, your loved ones and your neighbors are prepared for the rest of the

SENIOR CENTERS - 12/05/10

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities 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 progr

PANORAMA - All in good cheer

As the lights wind down on fields and in gyms across the country, there's one group of athletes that ends every game with a smile on their faces.Their job is to support the team and the fans, win or lose.

Lawmakers must work with Gov. Chris Gregoire to trim budget

Action needs to be taken now. The longer cuts are put off the deeper future cuts will be.

The state's looming budget crisis has Gov. Chris Gregoire on edge. And the Legislature's unwillingness to take swift action on a series of proposed budget cuts aimed at stemming the tide of red ink is exacerbating the situation.Last week Gregoire — once a

Toy store owner appeals examiner decision

The appeal amends his lawsuit against the city seeking to protect the mural at Inland Octopus.

WALLA WALLA — The Inland Octopus toy store owner who is trying to save his painted mural on constitutional grounds has filed a formal court appeal.Bob Catsiff's appeal of last month's Walla Walla hearing examiner's decision was filed Thursday in Superior

Authorities thwart plan to sneak drugs into prisons

The group planned to send drugs through the mail to the prisons in Walla Walla and Monroe.

OLYMPIA — State investigators say they have broken up a ring that planned to sneak drugs into Washington State Penitentiary and one other prison.Police seized more than two kilograms, about 4.4 pounds, of methamphetamine and have arrested two people in co

Monday meeting to discuss new joint agency

WALLA WALLA — A new joint agency will be the topic of a meeting Monday. Walla Walla City Council and Walla Walla County commission meet at 4:15 p.m. at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.Council members and commissioners wil

Shrink your weight; enlarge charities

Contributions would be made for each pound a participant loses.

WALLA WALLA — Rollie Snider and Ruth Hall, from 'SHRINK-A-Thon” in Walla Walla, will hold informational meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, 5:15 p.m., at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, 29 E. Sumach St.The business partners are coordinating a

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

PHOTO GALLERY - Walla Walla Community College defeats Mt. Hood 84-80

More details in Sunday's Union-Bulletin and online.

Friday, December 3

Robert B. Schmidt

February 26, 1971 – November 30, 2010

Holiday concerts planned around area

Here is a roundup of area holiday concerts and contact information:

BMAC to collect winter wear during parade Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Mountain Action Council AmericCorps will collect winter wear during the annual Macy's Parade of Lights that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Curves to hold open house to introduce Zumba workouts

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Curves is adding Zumba to its classes and will launch the new program at a free community open house today from 6-8 p.m. Drawings will be held with prizes donated by local business and a chance to win a free year to Curves.

Lynn Hancock

Nov. 9, 1958 - Dec. 1, 2010

Police: Student assaulted by motorist over alleged snowball

WALLA WALLA -- A Whitman College student was assaulted by a passing motorist who claimed his vehicle had been struck by a snowball of other object, according to police.

Death Notice - Richard Fisher

Nov. 24, 2010

Alice I. Greethurst

January 3, 1915 – November 28, 2010

Virgil C. Kilmer

October 17, 1917 – November 26, 2010

Walter Seibly

Dec. 1, 2010

Anne Mitchell

Sept. 9, 1953 - Nov. 24, 2010

Inland Octopus owner appeals hearing examiner decision

Bob Catsiff's appeal amends his lawsuit against the city seeking to protect the mural at Inland Octopus.

WALLA WALLA -- The Inland Octopus toy store owner who is trying to save his painted mural on constitutional grounds has filed a formal court appeal. Bob Catsiff's appeal of last month's Walla Walla hearing examiner's decision was filed Thursday in Superio

Etcetera - 12/03/10

The Walla Walla County Washington State University Extension Office hosted its annual 4-H Achievement Program for 4-H youths and adult volunteers on Nov. 14.

Jewelry business sprouts from Farmers Market to downtown shop

A jewelry and accessories business that took root at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market has taken permanent residence downtown.

Simple steps can help prevent holiday fires

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 people, injure 1,650 others and cause over $990 million in damage.

New owners, new season: Ski Bluewood opens

Ski Bluewood, purchased this fall, opened today with 38-44 inches of snow.

DAYTON -- Ski Bluewood opened today, following a day of snowfall Thursday.

For Junior Club of Walla Walla, small trees, big hopes

An annual fundraiser by the Junior Club of Walla Walla transforms mini Christmas trees into works of art with some rather fancy add-ons.

WALLA WALLA -- Honey, I shrunk the tree.Those who want some holiday cheer without the cold and hassle can choose their tree from a tiny indoor forest. From now through Dec. 11, 32 miniature Christmas trees festooned with tinsel, baubles and ribbon are on

New lock gate arrives at Lower Monumental Dam

The massive replacement part will be installed beginning next week.

The arrival of a replacement part usually isn't a big deal. But there are exceptions.

Lockdown lifts for two units at prison

Two more remain on restrictions after a major fight last month.

WALLA WALLA -- Two living units at Washington State Penitentiary that had been on lockdown have been returned to normal status. Two others remained on restricted movement status today.

Holiday Barrel Tasting kicks off today

More than 50 local wineries have special plans for the annual sample of coming releases.

WALLA WALLA -- More than 50 of the Walla Walla Valley's 100-plus wineries are bedecked for this weekend's Holiday Barrel Tasting event.

Bluewood opens today after sudden snow

DAYTON -- A sudden, unforeseen 20 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday has led to a quicker-than-projected opening of Ski Bluewood this morning.

True fans rally behind Boise State kicker

Some 'haters' started trash talking early but then tens of thousands reached out to comfort the kicker.

College football is incredibly important to a great many people. And football fans (as in fanatics) become even more passionate when their teams are winning.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Wallans do stop to help

So many times we hear about situations where someone has been hurt and no one stopped to help them. That is not the case in Walla Walla because we have very caring people here.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support success of new sheriff

I am writing to join Deputy Dale Preas' effort to encourage all citizens of Walla Walla County to support and demonstrate our total commitment to ensuring the success of our new sheriff, Mr. John Turner.

Emergency Services - 12/03/10

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

Levy proposals aired at Dayton meeting

About 30 people attended a session on potential additional funding for the Dayton School District.

DAYTON -- About 30 people attended a workshop to discuss levy proposals with the Dayton School Board on Wednesday night.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Cynthia C. McKinzy, 24, 428 S. Wilbur Ave. was sentenced Nov. 22 on one count theft of telecommunication services.

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 all present Wednesday:

Robert B. 'Rob” Schmidt

February 26, 1971 – November 30, 2010

Ski Bluewood opens today after big snow

DAYTON — A sudden, unforeseen 20 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday has led to a quicker-than-projected opening of Ski Bluewood this morning.Bluewood is now slated to open at 8:30 a.m. today.

Youth Indoor Soccer late registration to continue

WALLA WALLA — Late registration for Walla Walla Parks and Recreation's Youth Indoor Soocer will continue on an as-available basis. The program is open to youth in grades kindergarten through eighth, with teams being comprised of boys and girls. Players w

Parks and Rec opens Pioneer gym to Adult Volleyball

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is having open gym time available for all of those who would like to participate in Adult Volleyball. Volleyballs and nets are ready and waiting for play at Pioneer Middle School, 450 Bridge St. Participati

Norma Williams

Jan. 1, 1920 - Nov. 30, 201

Thursday, December 2

MARQUEE - Holiday concerts

Here is a roundup of holiday school concerts and activities around the region.

MARQUEE - Students share their gifts with the Valley

Walla Walla High School's free Gift Concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wa-hi auditorium.

Kolton Kolbaba takes to the stage, and with his classmates serving as audience, sings 'Oh Holy Night,” his voice carrying across the auditorium.The brief performance ends with applause, while the next students head to the stage.Walla Walla High School's C

Eatery ups the ante with new event space

T. Maccarone's has taken its operation to the next level, literally.

Etcetera - 12/02/10

The Garrison Middle School Dance Team, which was founded by coach Beth Rowlette in 2001, performed at Borleske Stadium when their eighth-grade football team won 14-0 against Pioneer Middle School during the last football game of the season in late Octobe

Council cuts 32 employees in budget

In addition to cutting the positions, many services are expected to be reduced.

WALLA WALLA -- Two years ago, while facing budget cuts and debating over funding of programs like the Community Center for Youth, the Pioneer Park Aviary and library hours, Council member Jerry Cummins warned it was not time to spend but to make more cuts

Sweet treats turn back clock to childhood

Walla Walla Bread Co. twists its offerings to include candy canes.

WALLA WALLA -- The band of pulled sugar stretched across two tables at Walla Walla Bread Co. late Wednesday morning.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support for Operation Christmas Child appreciated

During the week of Nov. 15-22, Janet and I were privileged to witness the generosity of the Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater and Athena citizenry. That week was the National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child.

College Place man guilty of entering Mill Creek watershed

PENDLETON -- A College Place man has been convicted of illegally entering the Mill Creek watershed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Proud that PFLAG invited to parade

In her letter to the editor, Arlene Hiatt said people should speak up, so I am speaking up.

Emergency Services - 12/02/10

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

Action is needed from lame-duck Congress

Majority Democrats need to compromise with Republicans as the GOP prepares to take control of the House.

Congress is back in session after an historic mid-term election in which Republicans won in such huge numbers they wrested control of the House from Democrats and nearly took charge of the Senate.

Coroner rules death suicide

The Franklin County coroner said Wednesday the cause of death of a well-known Walla Walla businessman was suicide.

Jewelry store to ring register for last time

Dean Hoalst Jewelers will close at the end of December after more than three decades.

WALLA WALLA -- Main Street may have a little less sparkle at the start of the new year.

Trial delayed in chase of stolen vehicle

WALLA WALLA -- A trial scheduled this week for a man accused of driving a stolen vehicle during a chase by patrol officers into Oregon in June has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Turkey Bingo to get Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas off and running

Crafts, live music and a visit from Santa are also on the agenda.

WAITSBURG -- Hometown Christmas will begin Saturday with Turkey Bingo at 4 p.m. in Ye Towne Hall. Bingo continues until all the turkeys and prizes are gone. American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the bingo.

Giving Tree offers holiday cheer for Walla Walla-area seniors

Gift givers may choose a tag from the tree and fulfill a local person's Christmas wish.

Man sentenced to about six years in child porn case

Brian S. Fellman, who lived in College Place, pleaded guilty in July in connection with his 2009 arrest.

SPOKANE -- A man who lived in College Place has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years and 10 months in prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Bodnar selected NWAACC women's coach of the year

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College soccer coach Chad Bodnar was selected Northwest Athletic Association of Community College women's soccer coach of the year.The Warrior women won their second consecutive NWAACC title and went 21-0-2 on the seaso

WWU hosting hoops tourney

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men's basketball team will host its 24th annual Basketball Classic this upcoming weekend, welcoming Montana Western at 2 p.m. Friday, Great Falls at 8 p.m. Saturday and Northern New Mexico at 1 p.m. Sunday.'This is

Death Notice - Verdella Biloff

Dec. 1, 2010

Death Notice - Teresa Harris

Nov. 29, 2010

Opal DeGon

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Death Notice - Louise Rea

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Wednesday, December 1

Bank offers matching funds to charities

A little pocket change could make a big difference for local charities, especially with matching funds from Community Bank.

Heat lamp is believed to be cause of fire

WALLA WALLA -- A heat lamp is believed to be the cause of a garage/barn fire on Mill Creek Road that killed two puppies Tuesday afternoon.

THE MELTDOWN

By the next morning (Wednesday) all that remained of the week-long winter weather were melting mounds of snow scattered around town. December 1, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla needs the DREAM Act

You may have seen the ads, heard the positions and perhaps dismissed the DREAM Act as a "backdoor amnesty." Now, with the approaching Congressional vote, it is time for us to reconsider its impact locally.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Emergency Services - 12/01/10

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

Kids Shopping Night to be held Dec. 9 in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The annual Kids Shopping Night will be held Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall.

Dayton meeting to address school funding

The Dayton School District is weighing support for an additional levy.

DAYTON -- Residents in the Dayton School District will have the opportunity to ask questions about options for stabilizing revenue during the 2011-2012 school year during a board workshop tonight.

Traffic Safety Task Force seeks award nominations

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force is seeing countywide nominations for the annual Traffic Safety Awards Program.

Etcetera - 12/01/10

Doris Huddell was feted at a Nov. 19 brunch in the at Merriam Street Apartments Fireside Room as holding the longest membership here in Daughters of the American Revolution with 65 years. Fellow members of the DAR Narcissa Prentiss chapter celebrated wit

Chase, search in Fort Walla Walla Park end with arrest

Law enforcement officers caught a teen sought after he allegedly fled a traffic stop on foot.

WALLA WALLA -- A tense search through Fort Walla Walla Park for a reported armed teenager ended this morning with an arrest.

Local, state officials mark World Aids Day

The state plans to change its system for servicing HIV patients beginning in January.

WALLA WALLA -- Today is World Aids Day and much has changed for those afflicted with HIV since a day of recognition was established in 1988.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Joshua D. Martindale, 19, 579 S. Gose Road, was charged Nov. 24 with first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, and violation of restraining order.

All-inclusive wine map hits streets

Tourism Walla Walla has issued a comprehensive map that aims to cover all the area's wineries.

WALLA WALLA -- The most comprehensive map of Walla Walla Valley wineries offers more than directions. It practically serves as a trip planner.

Lockdown begins to ease at Washington State Penitentiary

Four units have been on restrictions since two large fights broke out last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A lockdown of four units at Washington State Penitentiary's West Complex is starting to ease.

Sen. Jeannette Hayner leaves legacy of strong leadership

Hayner, who died last week at the age of 91, helped shape Washington state with her vision and her leadership style.

Walla Walla's Jeannette Hayner was a strong, pragmatic and respected leader who helped shape Washington state through the 1980s and the early 1990s. Her vision and leadership style has been missed in the state Legislature since she retired from the Senate

State cutbacks take bite out of Family Medical Center

Grant money to community health clinics will be suspended beginning Jan. 1.

Washington state's Health Care Authority announced today it will suspend about $5.3 million in grant money to community health clinics beginning Jan. 1.

QualitySmith founder, CEO Rob Schmidt dies

The WWVA and WWU graduate is remembered as a 'consummate entrepreneur.'

The founder and chief executive officer of Walla Walla company QualitySmith has died.

Business Monthly Bio - Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood

Business/job title: Co-owners of Walla Walla's Harvest Foods. Nolan Lockwood is the president and chief operating officer, and Kathleen Lockwood describes herself as a different kind of CEO -- "Chief Errands Officer."

Mini Coopers sought for Saturday's Parade of Lights

WALLA WALLA -- Mini Cooper owners, who made a showing in the Veterans Day parade, are being called on to participate in the Macy's Parade of Lights on Saturday.

Police searching Fort Walla Walla Park for possible armed suspect

WALLA WALLA — Police were searching Fort Walla Walla Park this morning for a reported armed man.According to radio dispatches, the incident began shortly before 10 a.m. when a College Place Police officer reported the suspect ran away after his car had be

Wa-Hi opens hoops season with road loss

LEWISTON — Wa-Hi's boys basketball team fell short in its opening game, falling on the road to Lewiston 64-56 after second-half charge by the home team proved too much for the Blue Devils.'Our turnovers caught up to us in the second half,” said Wa-Hi head

Death Notice - Patricia Hancock

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Death Notice - Norma Williams

Jan. 07, 1920 - Nov. 30, 2010

Wilda A. Eccles

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Jeannette Hayner

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Death Notice - Les Pardue

June 12, 1919 - Nov. 23, 2010