News for Wednesday, January 27, 2010



Nona Simmons

November 30, 1939 - January 19, 2010

Mary Kay Cardwell

July 27, 1917 - January 24, 2010

Mikki Votendahl

July 27, 1941 - January 23, 2010

DOL's e-plan should save money and benefit its customers

Under the plan, vehicle owners now have the option of receiving renewal notices by e-mail.

The state Department of Licensing has embarked on an e-plan it's pitching as a way to protect the environment and save taxpayers money.We, of course, like the idea of protecting the environment while saving money.But we -- like this community -- are a bit

A failure of leadership

Woe is me seems to be the normal way of thinking these days. People make decisions and those decisions end up being the wrong ones, so it seems to be easy to blame someone else for the bad calls we make in life.

College presidents urge vote for Valley Transit

In writing to encourage support for Valley Transit, I am joined by my fellow college presidents -- John McVay of Walla Walla University and Steve VanAusdle of Walla Walla Community College.

Etcetera - 01/27/10

The Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce reports that a little piece of Milton history is for sale on eBay for a starting bid of 49.99 pounds, or $81 U.S. with $23 shipping.

Jerimyah Jose Uribe-LeGrand

Emergency Services - 01/27/10

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


Rain hangs in droplets on branches while the glow of defocused headlights from passing cars appear like twin suns rising into Tuesday afternoon's gray drizzle. With the amount of west-side like precipitation and overcast days that have become the norm, tw

Milton-Freewater among towns upset with new federal flood maps

FEMA's maps spell trouble for city residents seeking flood insurance.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- New federal flood maps aren't riding a wave a popularity here.Produced for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the maps are part of a $200 million-per-year effort to update and digitize the nation's flood plain maps. But county an

Large fight at Washington State Penitentiary

Washington State Penitentiary officials today are investigating a prison fight which broke out Tuesday evening involving about 50 inmates.The disturbance occurred about 7 p.m. in one of the four close-custody units in the penitentiary's West Complex, said

An Elk's Life

A herd of elk at the Oak Creek feeding station west of Yakima appear philosophical, whimsical, mischievous and just down-right hungry during a recent visit.

OAK CREEK, Wash. — Many of the elk awaiting lunch reclined on the ground and dozed in the mid-morning sunshine.A few picked at the remnants of hay left from past meals at the Oak Creek feeding station, 20 miles from Yakima.I aimed the 500-millimeter lens

Dayton girls hold on for 48-40 win over Wa-Hi junior varsity

DAYTON — Dayton rolled to a 16-8 first-quarter lead, fought of a second-quarter surge by the Wa-Hi junior varsity and held on for a 48-40 non-conference girls basketball victory here Tuesday.

Poor free-throw shooting catches up to Mac-Hi girls in loss to Tigers

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi's girls struggled at the free-throw line, going 8-for-22, in a 43-42 Greater Oregon League basketball loss to La Grande here Tuesday.The loss leaves the Pioneers with 1-3 league record and a 7-12 record overall.Mac-Hi's Andrea Roeder le

DeSales boys falter in second half, fall to Tri-Cities Prep 60-51

WALLA WALLA — DeSales came back from a four-point, first-quarter deficit to tie the game at 29-29 by halftime.Tri-Cities Prep then capitalized on a 31-22 edge in the second half for a 60-51 Southeast B South Division boys basketball victory over the Irish

Pioneer boys no match for La Grande in 73-37 GOL defeat

LA GRANDE — La Grande outscored Mac-Hi's boys 22-4 in the first quarter and never were tested in a 73-37 Greater Oregon League victory Tuesday night.'They just jumped all over us and we never recovered,” Pioneers coach Nick Ellis said. 'They played extrem

Imbler boys jump out to early lead, down Helix, 66-22

IMBLER — Imbler jumped out to a 21-3 lead on its way to a 66-22 boys basketball victory over Helix here Tuesday.

Grizzly girls hang with Imbler into fourth before falling, 50-36

IMBLER — A short-handed Helix squad played unbeaten Imbler tough until halfway through the fourth quarter here Tuesday night.Then the Panthers pulled away for a 50-36 non-league girls basketball victory and extended their record to 17-0 on the season.

Touchet girls squeak past Waitsburg-Prescott

Free throws — both made and missed — play a big role in the SE B Southern Division matchup Tuesday.

WAITSBURG — In an action-packed 32 minutes of roundball that featured outstanding guard play, fast-paced transition buckets, steals, loose-ball dive-for-the-floor scrums, and a last second swipe ala Dennis Johnson and the Boston Celtics, it was the basket

Undefeated Liberty Christian girls down WWVA

RICHLAND — Liberty Christian defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy, 50-32, in a Southeast B South Division girls basketball game here on Tuesday.

Irish girls overcome lackluster start against T-C Prep

WALLA WALLA — DeSales coach Tim Duncan cut his squad a little slack for its lackluster start against Tri-Cities Prep at the Irish gym Tuesday night.'We came out a little flat after the weekend,” Duncan said. 'We won two big games (54-52 over Waitsburg-Pre

Smaller Touchet boys can't match taller Waitsburg-Prescott squad

The smaller Indians just can't match the taller W-P squad in the 58-32 defeat in Waitsburg Tuesday night.

WAITSBURG — What happens when you make a team with two players 6-feet tall or taller play a team with eight players 6-feet tall or taller? A 26-point blowout.The diminutive Touchet Indians had trouble all night long getting good looks against the trees fr