Stories for July 2010


Saturday, July 31

Bells toll for Sweets in 5-4 loss

The Sweets meet the Bells in the series finale this afternoon.

WALLA WALLA — Bellingham dealt a handful of aces Saturday night and those tallies proved to be just enough in a 5-4 West Coast League baseball triumph over the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium — a result that disappointed a gathering of 1,694 on Bre

M-F All-Stars hit by injuries at Regionals

Milton-Freewater goes 2-1, losing a leader for the third game on Friday.

BUTTE, Mont. — The first two days of the senior softball All-Star Regional Tournament brought mixed results for the Milton-Freewater squad.Representing Oregon, the girls posted wins Thursday and Friday — before being hit by a slew of injuries in their sec

Bells bop Sweets Friday

The Bells — with the league-worst batting average — shut the Sweets out, 9-0.

WALLA WALLA — A quartet of Bellingham Bells — Mike Chiarelli, Chris Pierce, Charlie Markson, and Cody Regis — collected three hits apiece to pace a 17-hit attack and starting pitcher Cody Fassold allowed five hits over seven innings Friday night during a

Pioneer Posse ‘Hot August Nights' opens Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse's Hot August Nights 2010 Open Schooling Show Series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Grounds.Spectators can watch three nights of show for free. Shows continue at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 19.Class list

Registration open for final session of basketball camp

WALLA WALLA — The final session of the Whitman Basketball/Key Technology 'Together We Can” Basketball Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily Aug. 9-12 at Sherwood Athletic Center.The camp is open to all boys ages 8-14 and emphasizes leadership skills aught th

Baumgart ties for fourth at state WJGA tourney

EVERETT, Wash. — Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart finished tied for fourth in the boys 14-15 age division at the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship at Everett Golf and Country Club Friday.Baumgart carded a 72 on the par-72 course to finish 7

Port lands plant for wind industry

The company will move into the Melrose building and will make wind turbines.

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

Boy turns compassion into lemonade

Jack Wanichek raised $850 to help children suffering from illness or injury.

WALLA WALLA — For 6-year-old Jack Wanichek a lemonade stand isn't just a way to make money, it's a way to make dreams come true.The soon-to-be kindergarten student wants to help children who are suffering from a life-threatening illness or have a life-alt

Fire burns 2,500 acres

There were no injuries and no structures were damaged.

PORT KELLEY — An estimated 2,500 acres burned in a grassland fire 1.5 miles south of Wallula Junction, and officials had no word on containment by early Saturday evening.The Port Kelley fire started at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, and was most likely due to a lig


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.

Underground sprinkler systems require backflow tests

If the backflow prevention valve isn't working there could be contamination of potable water.

WALLA WALLA - Thousands of property owners with underground sprinklers are having to pay upwards of $100 each year to have their irrigation systems tested, as public works officials try to meet State Department of Health Requirements.

Officials tout importance of immunizations

Up-to-date shots are crucial, officials say, and opportunities to get them are coming up soon.

Before the new backpack, before the new clothes — there needs to come the shots, health officials say.With last year's outbreaks of whooping cough, flu and chickenpox, plus a large measles outbreak just across the border in Canada, parents should make sur


Dayton's National Night Out to be in City Park

DAYTON — National Night Out in Dayton will be observed Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the City Park.Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served.


WALLA WALLA — The following road closures are scheduled for this week due to utility work:Monday, 8-5 p.m., west intersection of Wauna Vista Drive and Crestview Place.

Display features century or older quilts

This weekend, Fort Walla Walla Museum displayed 21 of its quilts, all 100 years and older. An 1854 Whig Rose Quilt made by Mary K. Clark is shown in reds and greens. It has an estimated 350,000 stitches.The other image shows a White Family Rotary sewing m




Walla Walla General Hospital

New imaging technology alloiws a visual journey inside our bodies.

What lies beneath

WALLA WALLA — Forty-four years ago, the science-fiction film 'Fantastic Voyage” envisioned what it would be like if a team of people in a submarine could be shrunk to the size of a microbe and sent sailing through a human body.According to the film (which

C2C receives $5,000 from WW Noon Rotary

Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club donated $5,000 to Commitment to Community for its project at the Edith and Carrie Playground. The donation was presented by Rotary President Pedrito Maynard-Reid to Nancy Carter and Julie Leavitt.

Stay connected, keep active: Volunteer

Those who donate time and expertise are a vibrant part of keeping things running smoothly.

Volunteering is a way to stay connected with others especially if you've retired and the structure of workplace routine is gone. Your time and talents are valuable; and you can have fun while helping others.You can go directly to an agency you like or go


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


Ronald and Maybelle Leinbach

Ronald and Maybelle Leinbach of Walla Walla celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary July 30.

Federal spending is key issue in US Senate race

Sen. Patty Murray's success at getting federal funding for state and local projects is being challenged.

Is this nation serious about reducing its pork intake?No, not 'the other white meat.” We're talking about those local and state projects funded with federal dollars skillfully garnered by members of Congress.


All local grocery stores help out

Friday, July 30

Stories keep father's memory alive

WALLA WALLA -- Novelist Tim O'Brien once wrote "stories can save us" -- not our bodies, but our lives. In a blue photo album, encased in plastic sleeves, are the pictures and words that Sharon Kaufman-Osborn uses to save her father's life.

Healthy living starts early

No longer are the days where children play baseball from morning till night on the weekends or eat nutritious afterschool snacks. Now are the days filled with weekends of playing video games and eating sugary treats such as Pop Tarts and replacing water f


Deer serve as natural gleaners in a field of wheat stubble along a winding country road southeast of Walla Walla as the last rays of sunlight settle on the valley.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Police protect and serve government

Regarding the July 16 column in the U-B written by John Stossel.

Chuschcoff best choice of three solid candidates for high court

The Pierce County Superior Court judge's experience gives him the edge over the incumbent and an accomplished attorney.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders has a staunch libertarian philosophy combined with his penchant for strict, literal interpretation of the text of laws. This often leaves him with contrary views, which is why he is seen as a maverick on the

Disasters shed light on changes in our practices

It's difficult to know how to compare enormous disasters with one another. What has been unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is often called the "greatest environmental disaster" we've faced as a nation.

Whooping cough raises local concern

The disease, in a major outbreak in California, also has been seen in Walla Walla County.

Two cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have emerged in the Walla Walla area, according to the Walla Walla County Public Health Department.

Changing times call for shift in comics

I used to wonder what would possess an editor to wade deeply into the treacherous waters of syndicated comic strips. Why would anyone voluntarily risk the possible ire of readers who have become accustomed to reading certain comics day after day and year

Exit Trio Vintners. Enter Corvus Cellars

Out with one Trio. In with another.

CrossRoads to move downtown to Dacres site

Owner Kim Kelly-Frank plans the move to the former site of 26 brix at 207 W. Main St. in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- CrossRoads Steakhouse at Veterans Memorial Golf Course is about to become CrossRoads Steakhouse at the Dacres.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Noelia Gutierrez Real and Jose Sanchez.

Oregon chemical weapons disposal company fined

PORTLAND -- The state of Oregon has fined the operator of the Umatilla Chemical Depot weapons disposal facility $41,600 for permit violations.

Lightning sparks 50-acre fire outside Starbuck

STARBUCK -- Columbia County Fire District 1, with aid from Fire District 3, controlled an early morning 50-acre fire on the hillside above town today.

Woman charged with robbery in Macy's incident

Officials say Vanessa M. Drake hit a security officer after stealing items from Macy's this week.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who allegedly stole items from Macy's store and struck a security officer in the face earlier this week is facing a robbery charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Execution date set

Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to die Sept. 10 for the torture and murder of Holly Washa in 1991. His date was set after a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday.

WALLA WALLA -- The state's first execution in nine years is set to take place here in September.


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 - Pomeroy School Board

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

In the minutes - Waitsburg School Board

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Chance E.P. Wilder, 18, 30 N.E. Rose St., College Place, was charged July 28 with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree criminal trespass, and one count of third-degree theft.

Maritza Gutierrez

To Alma and Antonio Gutierrez, College Place, a daughter, Maritza Gutierrez, 9 pounds 10 ounces, July 29, 2010.

Etcetera - 07/30/10

The seventh annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride on July 11 made a little more than $3,000, which will grant wishes to seriously ill or injured children in the Walla Walla Valley through Children's Wishes and Dreams. Proceeds will also grant an annual sch

Sweets' first grand slam upends Kitsap

Elliot Stewart hits the franchise's first grand slam in the 11-8 victory Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — After driving in the game-winning run with an 11th-inning single Wednesday night, what could Walla Walla catcher Elliot Stewart do for an encore?He answered the question emphatically Thursday afternoon in the rubber game of the Sweets' three

Ryan Baumgart continues to final round at WJGA state

EVERETT — One local golfer is continuing play today, the final day of the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship.Ryan Baumgart shot a 69 at the par 72 Legion Memorial Golf Course for a two-day score of 148. He continues to the final round t

Whitman soccer team heading to UK

English-born coach Mike Washington is taking the team before the season starts.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman soccer is heading across the pond.And the continent.Mike Washington, the head coach of the Whitman men's soccer team, is hosting 14 of his players on a trip to his native England for a few weeks of training and international play.Thi

Hermiston team wins Copa Walla Walla tournament

WALLA WALLA — Union, a team from Hermiston, won the Copa Walla Walla in the Latin American Soccer League's annual summer tournament.They defeated El Valle, from Sunnyside, 4-2, in Sunday's finale.Six of the 10 teams were from Walla Walla — Jalisco, Michoa

Berle Rothrock

July 27, 2010

Death Notice - Raymond Zastrow

Nov. 25, 1925 - July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 29

Steakhouse to move into downtown Walla Walla

CrossRoads Steakhouse, currently at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, plans to move into the new location by late August.

WALLA WALLA -- Downtown Walla Walla's menu of restaurants is about to get beefed up with the arrival of CrossRoads Steakhouse.

Walla Walla man sentenced in threat on wife

Carl E. Adams Jr. was ordered to serve 31 months in prison in connection with crimes in April.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty to charges he held his wife at knifepoint and threatened to kill her in April was sentenced this morning to more than two-and-a-half years in prison.

Creektown Cafe Temporary Closes

WALLA WALLA -- CreekTown Café, one of Walla Walla's quintessential Wine Country dining destinations, closed suddenly today.

Reception for White at Walla Walla Roastery to be on Aug. 6

An artist reception for Amy White's exhibit, titled "See the world through my eyes," will be Aug. 6 at the Walla Walla Roastery, 290 A. St.

Raine's books to be featured at Book and Game

Author Julian Raine will release her books, featuring new covers and revisions, to Book and Game Co., 38 E. Main St., today.

Kirkman House Museum to present bandstand concert

Kirkman House Museum will present a free concert from the Ken Hanson Band at 7 p.m. Saturday in the bandstand at Pioneer Park, corner of Division and Alder streets.

Three books that take you from Cape Cod to Bali

Walla Walla author Bruce J. Jones will be at Book & Game from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28. The book is also stocked at Whitman College Bookstore.

Every time I bury my nose in a book, I can go adventuring, even when physically getting to places away from home is impossible.

'Next of Kin' is an amazing book on the behavior of chimpanzees

One of the best reasons to join a book club is to read books you would never find on your own.

New at the library

As Hawaii becomes a state, sexy housewife Jaycee seethes like a caged predator. She is careless of her children, even pretty little Willa, who nearly dies after losing a leg to a shark.

Fort Walla Walla Museum features new quilt exhibit

A new exhibit, "Practical Beauty: A Century of Quilts," will open Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 N.E. Myra Road. It will run through Oct. 31.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Oppose attack on Iran by Israel

This is to urge everyone who thinks two simultaneous wars are enough or more than enough, to oppose another one being set up by some Republicans in Congress.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff debate worth watching

On July 15 the Walla Walla County Republican Party and the Walla Walla County Republican Women sponsored an excellent sheriff candidate forum. Doug Bayne acted as moderator.

Jim Johnson is choice for Supreme Court

Johnson and Stan Rumbaugh are well qualified, but we give the edge to Johnson because of his experience and the role he fills on the court.

The Aug. 17 primary will decide if Justice Jim Johnson will return for a second term on the state Supreme Court or be replaced by challenger Stan Rumbaugh.


Almost saved for a rainy day, a row of fans uses Sweets' programs to protect themselves for rainfall during the Sweets' baseball game against the Kitsap BlueJackets Wednesday evening.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Patrick C. Spitzer, 39, 508 S. Second Ave., was charged July 19 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

$n$ In the minutes - WW Council

City Council members are Jim Barrow, Conrado Cavazos, Jerry Cummins, Dominick Elia, Shane Laib, Fred Mitchell and Mayor Barbara Clark. With all present Wednesday, the Council:

QualitySmith founder in hospital after plane crash

Robert B. Schmidt is reportedly in good condition after crashing near Dayton.

DAYTON -- QualitySmith founder Robert B. Schmidt of Walla Walla is reported in good condition at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston today after a plane crash late Wednesday morning.

$n$ On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

When: Today at 7 p.m.Where: Board Room

$n$ On the agenda - Touchet School Board

When: Today at 5:30 p.m.Where: School libraryWhat: Special meeting

Emergency Services - 07/29/10

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

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance chief resigns

The group's chairman will temporarily fill the role of Elizabeth Martin-Calder, the group's third director in nine years.

WALLA WALLA -- The executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance abruptly resigned her post Tuesday after more than four years on the job.

$n$ Dayton principal helps press case with federal lawmakers

Katie Leid was part of a delegation from the state that paid a visit to Congress earlier this month.

DAYTON -- Dayton Elementary/Middle School Principal Katie Leid was part of a delegation of principals from Washington who met with federal lawmakers to advocate for new policies to help principals functions as effective leaders.

$n$ Julian Enrique Gonzalez

To Aracely Martinez and Luis Gonzalez, Milton-Freewater, a son, Julian Enrique Gonzalez, 6 pounds 8 ounces, July 26, 2010.

$n$ Zebulon Wayne Bidwell

To Maggie and Kevin Bidwell, Walla Walla, a son, Zebulon Wayne Bidwell, 5 pounds, July 25, 2010.

Etcetera - 07/29/10

The summer edition of the Link to Helpline newsletter reported that the social service agency's Soupport fundraiser was a resounding success. Sponsorships went up by 50 percent and ticket sales were up by $2,000, said Sandi Madsen, Helpline Board member,

Stewart's single lifts Sweets to 11th-inning win

The 4-3, extra-inning victory was the Sweets' first against Kitsap.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla and Kitsap went to extra innings for the third time this season in West Coast League baseball action here Wednesday.The BlueJackets won the first two extra-inning battles, but Wednesday belonged to the Sweets and Elliot Stewart.S

HOOPSTARS learn and play at WWCC girls basketball camp

Bobbi Hazeltine, the women's basketball coach at Walla Walla Community College, had about 100 girls in grades two-12 in the HOOPSTARS basketball camp, which started Tuesday and ends today.

Pacific goes 1-2 at Little League All-Stars

The team is out after a 5-2 loss Monday.

ELMA, Wash. — Walla Walla Pacific's 11-12-year-old All Stars traveled to the Washington State All-Star tournament here over the weekend, and compiled a 1-2 record before their season ended Monday night.Pacific opened play with a 6-5 loss to Northeast Seat

Three local golfers playing at WJGA state tourney

EVERETT — Walla Walla's Jake Hanson shot a 77 in the boys 16-17 division on the first day of the Washington Junior Golf Association's state championship Wednesday.Hanson was nine shots off Ilwaco's Patrick Whealdon's first-round 68. The division moves fro

Helen Haste

June 16, 1921 - July 25, 2010

Blanche Chambers

Nov. 28, 1910 - July 26, 2010

Death Notice - Phyllis Challis

June 13, 1928 - July 3, 2010

Wednesday, July 28

$n$ Washington State Penitentiary inmate charged with stabbing fellow prisoner

Officials say Jose Sanchez Guillen attacked the other man with a homemade shank last fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary inmate has been charged with stabbing a fellow prisoner last fall.

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 6 p.m., after a 4 p.m. tour of the Walla Walla Regional Airport restaurant and a 5 p.m. work session.Where: Regular session at Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero, 428 Ash St.

$n$ Heavy Lifting

A new arrival with tons of magnetic personality dropped in at Providence St. Mary Medical Center on Tuesday.


Along with a group of other Sweets fans around his age, Jason Morgan, 9, inverts his baseball cap to turn it into a rally cap in hopes of a Sweets comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Kitsap Blue Jackets Tuesday evening.

Lock work to halt river shipping

An overhaul of the Columbia-Snake navigation system will mean a 13-week shutdown.

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

$n$ Candidates square off in Tuesday debates

The debates come ahead of ballot mailing on Friday for the Aug. 17 primary.

WALLA WALLA -- Views were aired, opinions traded and barbs launched Tuesday as candidates in a looming primary election gathered for a debate.

Emergency Services - 07/28/10

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

$n$ Eye health product recalled

On the heels of another product recall, eye care company Bausch and Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of its "PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3" soft gels, only available within the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Dru

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Horizon has yet to explain?

I am disappointed in the recent coverage of the problems at the Walla Walla airport.

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Footloose best musical at Fort Walla Walla

My wife, Ellen, and I attended the Saturday night performance of Footloose. We have one word for that production -- wow!

Are federal education standards best for state?

School chief Randy Dorn has signaled the state will go with federal standards.

Over the past two decades, Washington state has attempted to reform education by adopting higher standards and then hold students -- as well as teachers and parents -- to those standards.

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance executive director resigns

WALLA WALLA - The executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance abruptly resigned her post Tuesday after more than four years on the job.Elizabeth Martin-Calder, who left a job as senior manager of marketing and communication at the Portland

$n$ Walla Walla woman arrested after alleged theft, confrontation at Macy's

WALLA WALLA -- A local woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, authorities said.

$n$ Walla Walla man arrested after tax fraud probe

Earnest J. Allen allegedly collected more than $50,000 from the government via fraudulent tax returns.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of committing tax fraud, authorities said.

Etcetera - 07/28/10

Gabe and Margaret Joseph hosted about 75 people for a barbecue and potluck at their home recently.

$n$ BlueJackets overcome Young's gem to defeat Sweets

Walla Walla starter Kody Young goes seven strong innings, but Kitsap waits until he leaves to score six runs and take the 7-4 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Kitsap waited out Walla Walla Sweets starting pitcher Kody Young here in West Coast League baseball action in front of 1,602 fans Tuesday night.Young was forced to leave after seven complete innings, but did so with the Sweets on top 3-1.The

OUTDOORS - A hot day for a walk in Pioneer Park

Don Davis and Nora linger in the July heat at Pioneer Park.

A yellow-and-black swallowtail butterfly fluttered past with erratic roller-coaster dips and dives at Pioneer Park.It flitted in and out of my view through the camera lens from deep shade to shimmering sunlight.I squinted with one eye to track its flight

Walla Walla Youth Football League adds sign-up dates

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Youth Football League has added additional registration dates on Aug. 12 and 13 during the City of Walla Walla Flag Football finale. The youth league is open to third-sixth graders in the 2010-2011 school year. Tryouts for th

Whitman adds Cox as women's hoops assistant

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College's new women's assistant basketball coach arrives with experience at the NCAA Division III level.Jessica Cox, a 2005 graduate from Iowa's University of Dubuque, has spent three years as an assistant coach at Augustana College

Jacob Bradley gets hole in one at Veterans

WALLA WALLA — Jacob Bradley got a hole-in-one July 6 at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.Bradley got the ace on the 115-yard par-3 sixth hole using a lob wedge.It was witnessed by Don Johnson, Zach Armijo and A.J. Schuster.

Black Sox 14U end on winning note

The Walla Walla squad wins its final tournament of the summer Sunday in Moses Lake.

MOSES LAKE - Walla Walla Black Sox 14U wrapped up its season with a 35-10 record and four tournament titles here Sunday.

Harral C. Higginbotham, Sr.

October 28, 1927 – July 22, 2010

Cheryl Baumgardner

Feb. 4, 1949 - July 24, 2010

Betty Lou Mayfield

October 10, 1934 - July 25, 2010

Morene M. Martin

Feb. 10, 1936 – July 25, 2010

Death Notice - Berle Rothrock

July 27, 2010

Thelma Carter

April 19, 1925 - July 22, 2010

Tuesday, July 27

City forges ahead with infrastructure fixes

A quarter-mile of asphalt was laid over new water and sewer pipes along Morton Street between Third and Chase avenues as the first Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan project reached completion.

Baker Boyer to cut costs with Weston branch closure

WESTON -- Baker Boyer Bank will close its branch here Oct. 29 in a move expected to cut costs, operators announced.

What's Going Up?

What: Rogers Bakery, 116 N. College Ave., College Place, rebuilding from a fire in February.

Whitehouse-Crawford marks a decade of unique dining

WALLA WALLA -- A white-linen restaurant wouldn't have lasted 10 years in a boots-and-jeans town if the Fork Police had been wandering around the dining room.

Business Monthly Bio - Steve Adler

Workplace/business: Steve Adler, owns Adler's Coins inside Pak N Ship, 123 E. Main St.

Local juice manufacturer bought by Canadian soft drink company

A Walla Walla manufacturer known for its juice has been acquired by a company famous for its fizz.

Mr. Ed's reopens after fire

Elvis may have left the building. But a crowd of 300 people had plenty to celebrate as they welcomed back Isaacs Avenue family restaurant Mr. Ed's.

Tourism Promotion Area meant to raise money with room taxes

A new Tourism Promotion Area, spearheaded by local hoteliers and approved by the Walla Walla City Council, is expected to raise more money for tourism promotions through a room tax.

Oil leak closes navigation lock

The closure began at noon today, but the lock is expected to return to service by noon Wednesday, officials say.

STARBUCK — An oil leak in a hydraulic cylinder has closed the navigation lock at Little Goose Dam to all vessels.

Second juvenile charged in attack on semi driver

Noe Jaimez is accused of first-degree attempted robbery charge and other crimes allegedly committed this year.

WALLA WALLA -- A second juvenile has been charged in the attack on a delivery truck driver in February behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Eastgate.

Banks that took bailout shouldn't have given out huge bonuses

Yet, Obama's pay czar won't take action to recoup the outrageous bonuses.

In the midst of the nation's recent financial crisis -- a time when taxpayers shelled out $700 billion to prop up financial institutions -- 17 banks that received federal funds paid out $1.6 billion in bonuses to their executives. Some of the top bank off

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Return nation to constitutional values

This is a first letter and, as I am finding, it's a first of many things lately.

Drugstore chain to pay $1 million in settlement

Rite Aid Corp. and its affiliates were investigated for possible privacy violations.

One of the largest drugstore chains in America, Rite Aid Corp. and its affiliates, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

Etcetera - 07/27/10

James Paul "JP" Riggs recently completed the Washington State Patrol Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp at the WSP academy in Shelton.

New, 8-mile section of U.S. Highway 12 opens to traffic

The latest effort to widen U.S. Highway 12 was officially with a celebration under the overpass at Myra Road.

Passers-by come to aid at burning home

A newly married couple picking up signs for their wedding spotted a fire Monday.

WALLA WALLA -- Katie and Ben Scheele were wrapping up after their wedding weekend, collecting signs Monday that alerted guests to their wedding's location, when they noticed flames coming from a home.

IRS deadline looms for nonprofits

About three dozen local groups remain in danger of losing their nonprofit, tax-exempt status.

WALLA WALLA -- Despite a full-on media campaign and old-fashioned nagging from the Internal Revenue Service, nonprofit agencies across the nation continue to be at risk of losing tax-exempt status.

Emergency Services - 07/27/10

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

Aaliyah Linda Anderson

To Lewisia MacIvor and Eric Anderson, Walla Walla, a daughter, Aaliyah Linda Anderson, 6 pounds 14 ounces, July 23, 2010.

College Place wastewater plant workers honored

The city plant was one out of six in Eastern Washington to have a year of perfect compliance.

Three city employees Monday were singled out by the state Department of Ecology for their work at the city's wastewater treatment plant, which processes up to 1.6 million gallons of wastewater each day.

In the minutes - Dayton City 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 Graham and Broughton absent Monday the council:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

On the agenda - Waitsburg School Board

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Thursday, 6 p.m. Where: Elementary Room 109

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Man awaits sentencing after conviction in chase

Virgil D. O'Neel was found guilty last week in connection with a pursuit from College Place into Oregon.

WALLA WALLA -- A man is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of leading a College Place police officer on a chase into Oregon in March last year.

Trial date set for man in child pornography case

WALLA WALLA -- A trial date has been set for a man accused of possessing child pornography that officials reportedly found earlier this month.Thomas E. Nicewaner III, 37, is scheduled for trial Aug. 24 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on six counts of

Foundation gives boost to Shakespeare program

WALLA WALLA -- An education program through the yearly Shakespeare Uncork'd Walla Walla program got a boost recently thanks to a grant from PacificCorp Foundation.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ashley M. Thornton, 16, 919 N. Eighth Ave., was sentenced July 16 on one count third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Theresa M. Card, 53, 1284 Lowden Gardena Road, was sentenced July 18 on one count third-degree theft.

Parade to highlight National Night Out

National Night Out, set for Aug. 3 at Jefferson Park, is a chance to congregate in the name of safety.

WALLA WALLA -- A parade of emergency vehicles will kick off this year's National Night Out event, scheduled for Aug. 3 at Jefferson Park.

Candidate debate set for trio of Walla Walla-area races

The debate will run from 6-9 at Maxey Auditorium and will be streamed live at

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates debate tonight.

Who will fix this 'eyesore'?

A sale of the Blue Mountain Mall property in early July was canceled in the latest twist for the marooned retail development.

Lucille Cunningham

Nov. 30, 1921 - July 24, 2010

Death Notice - Blanche Chambers

Nov. 28, 1910 - July 26, 2010

Death Notice - Glen Hansen

Jan. 6, 1926 - July 27, 2010

Death Notice - Morene Martin

Feb. 10, 1936 - July 25, 2010

Monday, July 26

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Comments on illegal immigration too much

There are so many arguments I have against the recent letter -- "What about disregard for immigration law?" -- but it would far exceed the 400 words I am allotted.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The mall mess: Can the U-B lead the way?

In February we watched in horror as our Europe-bound suitcase got caught in a security morass at the Walla Walla Airport. It arrived three days later. But that was only a suitcase.

Goal of U-B endorsements to spur debate

Election endorsements will be made in only the state Supreme Court races since they could be decided in the primary.

Generally, the Union-Bulletin does not do endorsements in the primary election as the purpose of that election is to narrow the field rather than select the person who will hold office.

Walla Walla Public Schools support services facility taking shape

A replacement for the site on Park Street is in the early phases and is expected to wrap up in February.

WALLA WALLA -- Work is moving forward on Walla Walla Public Schools new support services building, which should be finished by early next year.

Heat advisory issued for parts of Eastern Washington

SPOKANE -- The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of Eastern Washington until 8 p.m. today.

Crashes injure Walla Walla man, Touchet teen

A Walla Walla man was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash early today, authorities said.

Tanner Gus Duff

To Katie and Aaron Duff, Milton Freewater, a son, Tanner Gus Duff, 8 pounds 7 ounces, July 22, 2010.

Emergency Services - 07/26/10

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

On the agenda - Dayton Council

When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Hall, 112 S. First St.

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U end season third at Blowout

The 13U squad rebounds from a tournament-opening loss to win three straight at their season-ending tournament at Ray Lane Field.

WALLA WALLA — After a black Friday, the Walla Walla Black Sox 13-year-old youth baseball team rebounded to win three straight games over the next two days and claim third place in their season-ending Black Sox Blowout tournament at Ray Lane Field.

Wa-Hi grad Sirmon joins Tennessee coaching staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Wa-Hi football star Peter Sirmon has been hired by the University of Tennessee as a graduate assistant for the Volunteers this upcoming season.

Marie Pommerening

July 22, 2010

Cheryl Baumgardner

Feb. 4, 1949 - July 24, 2010

Betty Mayfield

Bruce Roberts

Thelma Carter

April 19, 1925 - July 22, 2010

Harral Higginbotham

Oct. 28, 1927 - July 22, 2010

Major Jack Frederick Stratton

September 6, 1920 – July 21, 2010

Hurley Byerly

Oct. 16, 1941 - July 20, 2010

Saturday, July 24

Walla Walla youth baseball tips cap to Gerwyn Jones

WALLA WALLA — Figuratively speaking, Gerwyn Jones' ashes are spread all over this valley.Jones, who died last November a few months shy of his 100th birthday, had his fingerprints on almost every facet of life in Walla Walla and the surrounding area for t

Walla Walla Griz end season fourth at Palouse Summer Series

The Griz go 2-2 at the season-ending tournament, and finish 21-21 on the season.

PULLMAN — The Walla Walla Griz ended their summer baseball season here Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Eastlake of North Bend in the third-fourth-place game at the annual Palouse Summer Series.The defeat left the Griz with a 2-2 record in the tournament. Thei

Williams' single lifts Walla Walla Sweets past Bend Elks in 10th inning

The Sweets rally to their fourth straight come-from-behind win Friday, this time 4-3 over Bend.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets were up to it again here Friday in West Coast League baseball action.For the fourth consecutive game, the Sweets came from behind and rode Adrian Williams' walk-off, 10th-inning single to a 4-3 win over the West Divisi

Wagman's gem paces Sweets past Bend

Joey Wagman pitches Walla Walla's first complete game as the Sweets hand Bend the 3-1 loss Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets changed their M.O. here Saturday at sun-drenched Borleske Stadium in West Coast League baseball action, but got the desired result with a 3-1 win over Bend.After four consecutive comeback wins, the Sweets scored two ru


Walla Walla General Hospital



Emergency Services - 07/25/10

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 crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted.

Grocers keep food from going to waste

As meat, dairy, bread and other perishables near their ‘sell by' dates, they are packed off to local food banks.

WALLA WALLA - For professionals like Ken and Fred Thompson a food heist is a seamless operation.


Here is a look at the average number of household served per month from November through June over the past several years as well as the total number of pounds of food distributed from each of the city's food banks.

Questions speed help in emergencies

Dispatchers asking the right questions helps emergency responders as they arrive on a call.

WALLA WALLA — An upgrade in the way county dispatchers handle emergency calls may be drawing frustration from the public, officials say, but the series of questions dispatchers are prompted to ask are meant to save lives.Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for

Going for gold

Ripened stalks of wheat at the foothills of the Blue Mountains rise out of the warmth of the fields, going for gold as they reach to the sun and the culmination of their journey to harvest. U-B Photo by JEFF HORNER

Turner leads sheriff's race fundraising

Only one of the coroner candidates has reported raising any money.

WALLA WALLA — When it comes to the primary race for Walla Walla County sheriff, one clear leader has emerged, at least in regards to raising money.Among the three men running for the office, John Turner has raised nearly three times the amounts gathered b

WW man agrees to reimburse state, clients

Frank Herrera was accused of illegally providing immigration advice.

SEATTLE - The Washington Attorney General's Office has announced three new settlements with individuals, including a Walla Walla man, accused of illegally providing immigration advice.

Work to close Mill Creek trails

WALLA WALLA — Construction will close portions of the walking trails on both sides of the Mill Creek diversion dam starting Monday.The intermittent closures will continue through October to allow electrical upgrades and installation of new gate operators

Donations to local food banks increase

But so has the number of people needing the services of the food banks.

WALLA WALLA — In the midst of economic recession, the number of households and individuals who visited Walla Walla food banks has risen dramatically in the past eight months, according to BMAC Food Bank statistics and local food bank managers.Data compile

Gleaning for a greater good

That informal first summer yielded about 10,000 pounds of produce gathered by a few workers from farms, orchards and back-yard gardens.'Last year a family had six pear trees in their yard and they said we could have one tree,” recalled founding member Liz

ETCETERA - 1875 $5 bill will get you $161,000 at auction

Jim McGuinn, owner of Hot Poop on Main Street, has a league of friends in all the right places, it seems, who send him the greatest tidbits.Take Garry Shrum, a friend of his dating back to grade school, who tipped Jim off to the sale of a First National B

PASTOR COLUMNS - Views from the peaks keep us going in the valleys

Summer outdoor activities are enjoyable and often involving camping and hiking. The quiet noise of a free-flowing stream soothes the soul.I love hearing the chirping of the birds as they greet the new morning. Deer move about so quietly while elk crash th


Wesley United Methodist church to hold open table

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Open Table of Wesley United Methodist Church will serve free hot meals 4-6 p.m. today and again on Sept. 26 at the south shelter in Yantis Park. Open Table for Aug. 22 is canceled due to the Muddy Frogwater Festival. Following these

CELEBRATIONS - Keith and Vickie Oglesbee

Keith and Vickie Oglesbee, formerly of Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to their favorite Oregon Coast hideaway.They began dating after serving as best man and maid-of-honor at the wedding of


U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Orientation:Zachary C. Sumerlin, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully complet

Don't worry, be happy — and here's how:

It's important to identify the source of your fear and anxiety. It can help you resolve it, experts say.

There's plenty in this world to be concerned about, but worry and stress may do more harm to you than good. Maybe you're worried about your grandkids, worried about your health or have suffered a loss recently. Or, you're fearful about the world situation

Eagle Meadows plans festive luau Thursday

Eagle Meadows, 550 E. Whitman Drive, College Place, will hold its festive luau Thursday. The event begins at 10 a.m. with games, then at 11 a.m. enjoy Polynesian and Hawaiian dancers. At noon the meal is served. Tickets are $4.Friday, 1-6 p.m., Eagle Mead


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

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

Minnick's run a national bellwether

A centrist Democrat in a Republican Idaho, the former Walla Wallan is up for re-election to Congress

A Walla Walla native's bid to be re-elected to Congress has captured the attention of the nation's political observers for a couple of reasons.First, it's interesting. U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick is a political oddity — a Democrat elected in Idaho, a very cons

Gov. Gregoire's call for budget ideas from public is wise

Cuts have to be made and the governor understands that harsh reality.

Lawmakers won't convene in Olympia to write the state budget until January, but Gov. Chris Gregoire has — to her credit — already started the budgeting process.And she is involving the public as well as state leaders.


Electing Turner is a win-win situation

Friday, July 23

Walla Walla man agrees to reimburse state, clients

Frank Herrera was accused of illegally providing immigration advice.

SEATTLE — The Washington Attorney General's Office has announced three new settlements with individuals, including a Walla Walla man, accused of illegally providing immigration advice.Frank Herrera and Herrera's Services Unlimited will pay more than $10,0

Etcetera - 07/23/10

Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 will host a Thank You! Celebration for current service members and veterans with free tickets to the July 28 Walla Walla Sweets game.

When airlines charge baggage fee they must deliver bags

A Washington state woman is suing American Airlines for a refund because it lost her luggage.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Helping others is 'God's work'

I apologize for the error in my article on hypnotherapy as brought to my attention by Mary Koch's letter of July 16.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Freedom seems to be gone

Will America ever again be the land of the free?

Baker Boyer to shutter Weston branch

The move later this year will leave the town without a bank.

WESTON -- Baker Boyer Bank will close its Weston branch later this year in a cost-cutting move that will leave the community of less than 1,000 residents without a bank.

Pair of aerobatic pilots to put on show over Tri-City Water Follies

PASCO -- Flying straight and level isn't John Klatt's bag.Klatt and fellow pilot Bill Stein like to spend weekends making their airplanes do things sane pilots usually avoid. But it's all in a day's work for these guys.

Boat launch on Lake Bryan to remain closed

POMEROY -- The Willow Landing parking lot and boat launch behind Little Goose Dam will remain closed until further notice.

Taser deployed after suspect tries to flee Walla Walla police

WALLA WALLA -- A Spokane-area man was arrested early this morning after being subdued by a Taser, officials said.

Leonard Drive home badly damaged by fire Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- A local couple escaped injury Thursday after part of their home was destroyed by fire.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jodi L. and Denny Dean Hicks.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Eleaszar Hernandez, 47, 32 E. Walnut St., was sentenced July 17 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of methamphetamine. The court dismissed three other counts.

Walla Walla robbery suspect pleads guilty

Katie A. Waite pleaded guilty to robbing a man of his computer in June.

WALLA WALLA -- One of two suspects charged with the robbery of a man in June has pleaded guilty to three charges.

In the minutes - Columbia County Health System

Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Blaine Bickelhaupt. With Naylor absent Thursday the board:

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 Thursday in a special meeting the council:

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

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

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 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 Janes absent Thursday the board:

Walla Walla Sweets once again don't sweat early deficit

Walla Walla trails 5-0 before scoring seven sixth-inning runs to down WCL-leading Bend, 7-6, Thursday night.

WALLA WALLA — For the third night in a row, Walla Walla proved the Sweets don't sweat early deficits.Down 5-0, thanks to Bend pitcher Jordan Remer's two-hit, seven-strikeout performance through five innings, it appeared the West Coast League's best team w

Death Notice - Violet Mitchell

July 22, 2010

Betty Thrasher

March 21, 1929 - July 21, 2010

Hurley Byerley

Oct. 16, 1941 — July 20, 2010

Thursday, July 22

MARQUEE - Portland Cello Project to play the Marcus Whitman

WALLA WALLA -- "File under Rochastra:" That is how the Portland Cello Project requests to be labeled, instead of classical, the genre under which cellos are often filed.

New at the library

The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order a

WINE ADVISER - Chile, Argentina line up strong varietal winners

When you link the word "value'' to the phrase "New World wines,'' all roads lead south. Argentina and Chile, in particular, have carved out strong reputations for such wines. Your supermarket or big-box outlet will be full of them, selling for $6 or $8 or

Peanuts and crackerjack, yes, but there's much more to be had at Borleske Stadium

WALLA WALLA -- When your baseball team is named after a locally grown allium known as the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, it makes sense to sell plenty of other local foods at your games.

The Table of Contents to perform at Sapolil Cellars on Saturday

Pop-rock band The Table of Contents will end its Northwest tour of Seattle, Eugene and Salem with an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Art by Owen, Stobie at Pendleton Center for the Arts

PENDLETON -- Visitors to the Pendleton Center for the Arts have until Saturday to take in two exhibits that are currently on display. Monica Stobie of Dayton and Rachael Owen of Pendleton offer up distinctly different artistic visions, articulated in a ra

GOP senator sets proper tone for high court confirmation vote

The president has the power to pick Supreme Court justices. The Senate's role is to ensure the candidates are qualified.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Turner would make outstanding sheriff

John Turner has earned my trust and respect and I believe he is uniquely qualified to serve as our Walla Walla County sheriff.


Dual harvesters churn through amber waves of grain in a wheat field at the corner of Powerline Road and Birch Creek Road, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains Tuesday morning. Rising summer temperatures have dried out lower elevation fields enough to kick-up the dusts of harvest around the Walla Walla Valley.

Etcetera - 07/22/10

Blue Mountain Action Council graduated 29 AmeriCorps members during a July 15 ceremony, said Luis Rosales, local AmeriCorps director.

Sweets again rally past Portland Stars

Walla Walla plates the winning runs in the eighth inning to earn the series sweep over Portland, 7-6.

WALLA WALLA — Why dismantle an inferior opponent early, when you can toy with him and the hopes of your fans for eight innings instead?For the second night in a row, the Walla Walla Sweets did precisely that, waiting until the eighth inning to push the go

Court date moved for woman in concealed-remains case

DURANT, Okla. -- The formal arraignment of a woman accused of helping her husband conceal the remains of his dead daughter has been moved to Aug. 3.

Port of Walla Walla reschedules regular meeting for next week

The Port of Walla Walla's regularly scheduled meeting for today has been rescheduled until next week.

Walla Walla to be represented at Senior Games

WALLA WALLA — It's not just the young representing Walla Walla at state athletic events this summer.A local team of eight will take their athletic skills to the Olympia area this weekend for the Washington State Senior Games, swinging rackets, riding bike

Paving work to close portions of Pine Street on Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Sections of Pine Street east and west of its intersection with Myra Road will be closed Friday for paving work.

Fire burns stubble, standing grain at Dixie-area farm

DIXIE -- A more than 60-acre field fire Wednesday destroyed crops on a local farm, officials said.

Highway 12 funds in works

Money to buy right of way for the next phase of the widening is working its way through the Senate.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Funds to continue work on the next phase of widening U.S. Highway 12 have been included in a Senate appropriations bill.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Dennis M. and Kelle Jo Elmenhurst.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Andres Espana-Davila, 15, 522 Edith Ave., was sentenced July 16 on one count each third-degree malicious mischief and possession of less than 40 grams marijuana.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Darwin W. Curfman, Jr., 51, Waitsburg, was sentenced July 12 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of methamphetamine.

Angel Jose Lugo Maya

To Brisa Maya De Jesus and Angel Lugo Rojas, Walla Walla, a son, Angel Jose Lugo Maya, 7 pounds 8 ounces, July 19, 2010.

On the agenda - Weston Council

When: 5:30 p.m. todayWhere: W-A Memorial Hall, 114 E. Main St.

In the minutes - Waitsburg City Council

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

Emergency Services - 07/22/10

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

Annie Jo Klundt Cox

November 5, 1918 - July 19, 2010

Death Notice - Thelma Carter

April 19, 1925 - July 22, 2010

Ivy Silver

Oct. 25, 1905 - July 8, 2010

Kayla Jackson-Norton

Nov. 15, 1991 - July 19, 2010

Elizabeth Moyer

Oct. 30, 1923 - July 16, 2010

Death Notice - Gerald Stearns

March 21, 1926 - July 21, 2010

Death Notice - Major Jack Stratton

Sept. 6, 1920 - July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 21

Celebration of Mr. Ed's reopening demonstration of community's caring

When Mr. Ed's closed because of a fire the community rallied.

The reopening of a restaurant -- or any private business -- isn't usually a big deal except to its owners and employees. It's certainly not a community event, right?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mike Lambert's actions appreciated

Congratulations to Mike Lambert for his wise and thoughtful actions regarding the testing of English language learners by the state.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Timing of Brown story questioned

I'm writing this letter on behalf of Frank Brown. The article written about Mr. Brown in the U-B was not all correct.

OUTDOORS - Unleased at Anthony Lake

I donned the daypack, attached two cameras to a Cotton Carrier harness, gripped the bamboo walking stick and tramped along the Anthony Lake shore behind Nora the Schnauzer.She carried her pack with water and snacks.A soft mid-day breeze that cooled my rud

Etcetera - 07/21/10

Hey, all y'all women who enjoy singing: Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines has a deal for you.

Federal funds for Walla Walla-area projects move ahead

A bill that is making its way through the Senate would pay for work on a dam and a Walla Walla Community College program.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Funds to replace a critical lock on a Snake River dam as well as train local workers for the wind energy industry moved ahead in the U.S. Senate this week.In a release, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the money is included in the

HIV testing to be offered Monday at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

A recent public health survey revealed 66 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Walla Walla County, and 33 of those are living with the disease now.

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

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

In the minutes - Garfield County

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

In the minutes - Columbia County

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Hanna Marie Ureno, 21, 227 S.E. 11th St., College Place, was sentenced July 12 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of hydrocodone and third-degree possession of stolen property.

Applicants sought for Walla Walla County Housing Authority Board vacancy

WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are being sought to fill a seat on the Walla Walla County Housing Authority Board.

Emergency Services - 07/21/10

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 School Board

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

On the agenda - Dixie School Board

When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m.Where: Dixie School

On the agenda - Columbia County Public Hospital District

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

Three Walla Walla golfers head to WJGA state tournament

SOAP LAKE — One local golfer was district champion in her age bracket, joining two others as state qualifiers in the Washington Junior Golf Association district four tournament.

Home runs lift Walla Walla Sweets past Portland Stars

Elliot Stewart posts three runs on two homers en route to the Sweets' 7-3 non-league win Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Elliot Stewart belted a pair of homers and three Walla Walla relievers combined for five innings of no-hit baseball to propel the Sweets past the Portland Stars 7-3 here Tuesday in non-league baseball action.The game was a tale of two halves

Walla Walla Pacific 9-10s out of state tournament after loss

SHORELINE, Wash. — Ben Ortiz pitched the first four innings before Jack Wiegand and Jordan French finished the game off as Walla Walla Pacific's 9-10-year-olds downed Skagit, 5-2, to stay alive at the state tournament Monday.

Cardio Strength Bootcamp registrations open

WALLA WALLA — The Adult Cardio Strength Bootcamp is now taking registrations for its August sessions.

DeSales graduate Ayres selected to state officials Hall of Fame

WALLA WALLA — DeSales High graduate Steve Ayres was recently selected to the Washington Officials Association Hall of Fame class of 2010.

Death Notice - Birdena Benson

July 19, 2010

Bernice Elia

April 28, 1934 – July 17, 2010

Death Notice - Betty Thrasher

July 21, 2010

Death Notice - Lenora Cox

July 21, 2010

FOOD & FAMILY - Time for recipes that call for blueberries of happiness

Besides being tasty, blueberries offer higher antioxidant activity than all other fruits and vegetables. sub here

The cool wet spring might have slowed the ripening of Oregon blueberries this year, but the appeal of the tasty fruit is picking up steam locally and internationally.The arrival of warm weather is heating up the harvest of what could be a record-setting c

Tuesday, July 20

Teen gang member charged in adult court

An appeal is planned of the decision to try Ricky Palomino, 17, as an adult.

WALLA WALLA -- A teenage gang member ordered to stand trial as an adult had his first appearance Monday.

Etcetera - 07/20/10

Dancers and drum groups competed for three days during the 16th annual Wildhorse Pow Wow over the July 4 weekend, said Tiah DeGrofft, communications relations manager with Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Summer program puts food in tummies throughout the Walla Walla area.

In an otherwise vacant Sharpstein Elementary, Jill Parcells and Jolene Queen are hard at work most days throughout the summer. At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, each was already a good two hours into the morning's work.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obama's history of Statue of Liberty wrong

Never having been inclined to get too involved in politics, I usually let a lot of the "chatter" from the news media go in one ear and out the other. I did, however, catch part of Mr. Obama's recent speech regarding the immigration issue.

Vacant home burns in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A vacant rental property was destroyed by fire over the weekend, officials said.

Yucca Mountain makes sense as nuclear waste repository

Unfortunately, President Obama removed it from consideration, leaving no place for Hanford's nuclear waste. Gov. Gregoire has wisely voiced concern.

President Obama's Commission on America's Nuclear Future spent two days at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation last week touring the site and taking testimony from local advocacy groups and American Indian tribes about the importance of nuclear waste cleanup.

Pesticide, heavy metal exposure to be studied

Local participants are expected to be tested in research by the state Department of Health.

Some Walla Walla families are waiting for the knock on the door.

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Flipsy doodles are dandy, but fish still don't bite

I went fishing on Rock Creek yesterday -- near Missoula, Mont. It's a world-famous trout stream full of colorful cutthroats and feisty browns, or so they say.

Emergency Services - 07/20/10

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

Nicholas Lee Guzman

To Lena Guzman and Keith Borsum, Walla Walla, a son, Nicholas Lee Guzman, 8 pounds 2 ounces, born July 18, 2010.

Family Rocha recipe at Brights Candies to aid Helpline

A relatively new confection at Bright's Candies has a long history in Renée Unterseher's family.

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

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

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

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

Roller Girls 'Debutante Brawl' brings patina of pain to YMCA

Almost 1,000 people turned out for the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls introduction to the community Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — To a crowd numbering nearly 1,000, the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls showed off to the public on Sunday in an exhibition bout at the YMCA.It was the league's debut, coined the 'Debutante Brawl,” and it was rough and rowdy.The event's annou

Terry Nealey has a running life — on and off the campaign trail

Dayton's Terry Nealey is a life-long hoops junkie, attorney, and has expanded his political horizons by serving in the state Legislature.

DAYTON — Question: What do politics and basketball have in common?Answer: Running is required.Just ask local attorney Terry Nealey, a 63-year-old hoops junkie who has spent the better part of two decades bouncing back and forth between basketball gymnasiu

Local golfers at WJGA District 4 tournament

MOSES LAKE — Local golfers put in solid days at the Washington Junior Golf Association District 4 championships.Jake Hansen hit a 78 on the par-72 Moses Lake Golf and Country Club course, placing him in the middle of the 16-17 boys age division.Ryan Baumg

Black Sox 13U second at Summer Blowout Tournament

Walla Walla wins twice on Sunday before falling in the title game to the Bothel Pride Monday, 10-3.

REDMOND — The Walla Walla 13U Black Sox left the Summer Blowout Tournament with hardware for the third year in a row.The Black Sox took second place in the championship, losing to Bothel Pride, 10-3, Monday, for the placing.'We are very pleased that we we

Tri-City Force Fastpitch to have 12U tryouts

TRI-CITIES — The Tri-City Force Fastpitch softball program is adding a new 12-and-under competitive softball team for the fall 2010/spring 2011 season.Tryouts will begin soon.Contact email or call 509-430-9456 for more information.

The Rev. John P. Shannon

January 24, 1913 - July 16, 2010

Rebecca Walker-Landstrom

June 12, 1948 - June 24, 2010

Death Notice - Steve Kuglics

June 24, 1988 - July 16, 2010

Laurel C. Dennis

December 25, 1915 – July 17, 2010

Sherry Lynn Bradley

April 26, 1960 ~ July 16, 2010

Rebecca Hartman

Feb. 3, 1919 - July 18, 2010

Chester Burnette

Oct. 11, 1930 - July 14, 2010

Monday, July 19

City is off to solid start in quest to redo pipes, streets

Morton Street is the first street to be repaved with new water and sewer pipes in the ground.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."-- Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)And the 90-year effort to replace all city underground water and sewer lines, as well as repave all city streets, began with a single project.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - What about disregard for immigration law?

The July 12th "Our Opinion" column was a reflection on the city of Walla Walla's fireworks ban and how the Editorial Board considered it a joke.

Food Network Canada star breaks onion-peeling record

Food Network Canada star Bob Blumer handily bested the previous mark, but was denied in a not-so-sweet onion-eating attempt.

WALLA WALLA -- A new Guinness world record food challenge was set Sunday while another remained unchanged, the later failure most likely due to the fact that the food being consumed was not a soft, succulent Walla Walla Sweet Onion.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Liubovy and Anatoliy Krivosheenko.Anabel Arellano and Jayson Schonder.

Board to consider Wa-Hi principal hire

The district's new superintendent has recommended the School Board approve Pete Peterson's hiring at its Tuesday meeting.

WALLA WALLA -- A Tri-Cities school administrator will be the new principal of Walla Walla High School.

Jesse RaeLynn McNeil

To Victoria Wilson and Joshua McNeil, Pendleton, a daughter, Jesse RaeLynn McNeil, 6 pounds 13 ounces, born July 15, 2010.

Finnegan McKinley Gordon

To Carlie Hatley-Gordon and Erik Gordon, Walla Walla, a son, Finnegan McKinley Gordon, 8 pounds 1 ounce, born July 14, 2010.

Travis James Holt

To Melinda E. and Tyler J. Holt, Milton Freewater, a son, Travis James Holt, 6 pounds 13 ounces, July 16, 2010.

School Board shifts date of regular meeting

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a regular meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. The scheduled time is a switch from the board's normal meeting time.

Broetje Orchards resident hurt in crash with train

PRESCOTT -- A local man was injured Sunday after the vehicle he was driving was struck by a train, authorities said.

Etcetera - 07/19/10

Brian Jeppesen, Sykes site director, created a program in 2009 that includes the Sykes Athlete of the Month and Milton-Freewater Unified School District 7 Employee of the Quarter.

Emergency Services - 07/19/10

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

Walla Walla Sweets win another game at Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Sweets won their second West Coast League Eastern Division game in a row over Moses Lake here Sunday evening, 3-1.The Sweets took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The Pirates scored their lone run in the fifth, and

Walla Walla Bears win Sandy Tournament championship

SANDY, Ore. — The Walla Walla Bears ended their Senior American Legion season with a championship at the Sandy Tournament here Sunday.The Bears defeated the Vancouver Cardinals, 8-6, Saturday to set up Sunday's title matchup against the Vancouver Coyotes.

Walla Walla Black Sox 14U second at own tournament

The 14-and-under squad faces tough competition and finishes 3-2 over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The Inland Cellular Black Sox ran into perhaps their stiffest competition of the season over the weekend at Ray Lane Field on the DeSales High School campus.The Black Sox, a 14-and-under youth baseball team, saw their season record slip to 3

Milton-Freewater Senior all-stars sweep to Oregon state title

Milton-Freewater downs Gold Valley, 21-3 and 18-1, Sunday to advance to the regional tournament that begins July 29 in Montana.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Senior Little League all-stars swept Gold Valley 21-3 and 18-1 here Sunday to claim the Oregon state championship and a trip to the regional tournament that begins July 29 in Butte, Mont.The state tournament was ori

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U into Blowout trophy round

REDMOND, Wash. — Walla Walla's 13-and-under Black Sox youth baseball team salvaged a 7-7 tie against the Bowers Baseball Club and then blew out the Seattle Pony Senators 8-0 in five innings here Saturday during pool play at the Summer Blowout Tourney.The

Errors costly as Walla Walla Bruins end season at district tournament

The Bruins get plenty of hits, but seven errors lead to two losses at the district tournament in Richland Sunday.

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Bruins had their hitting shoes on here Sunday in a pair of Central Washington Junior American Legion district tournament baseball games at Bomber Field.To their demise, they left their fielding gloves at home and it proved to be

Death Notice - Rebecca Hartman

July 18, 2010

Death Notice - Laurel Dennis

Dec. 25, 1915 - July 17, 2010

Death Notice - Helen Lewis

Nov. 14, 1919 - July 18, 2010

Death Notice - Bernice Elia

April 28, 1934 - July 17, 2010

Anna Mae Rowe

Jan. 2, 1932 - May 5, 2010

Katherine Dawes

Dec. 30, 1952 - June 27, 2010

Death Notice - Sherry Bradley

April 26, 1960- July 16, 2010

Death Notice - Keith Moon

March 22, 1921 - July 12, 2010

Dr. Raymond Shearer

April 11, 1933 – July 15, 2010

Kenny Wicher

Dec. 11th, 1972-July 10, 2010

Chester Burnette

Oct. 11, 1930 - July 14, 2010

Judy Clark

March 9, 1949 - July 15, 2010

Wilda Belle Buerstatte

May 20, 1915 ~ July 8, 2010

Patricia LuJan

May 2, 1944 – July 9, 2010

Sunday, July 18

On the agenda - Columbia School Board

When: Monday, 7 p.m. Budget hearing starts at 7:30 p.m.Where: Administration board room, 755 Maple St.

On the agenda - Columbia County

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

Saturday, July 17

NFL touching down in Walla Walla

A partnership between the NFL and Walla Walla Parks and Recreation helps local kids suit up in NFL jerseys for summer flag football.

WALLA WALLA — Five consecutive passes were overthrown, under-thrown or dropped, leaving Vikings' head coach Mike Tompkins more than a little determined to improve.'In this league, we're going to pass — a lot,” he announced, tossing another football to his

Walla Walla Sweets win in Moses Lake Saturday

Sweets defeat Moses Lake, 6-2, for win in game two.

MOSES LAKE — Kody Young struck out eight Moses Lake batters in seven innings of two-run mound work.The Sweets backed their starter with a five-run top of the sixth and Walla Walla picked up its tenth win of the season, 6-2 over, the Pirates here Saturday

Walla Walla Bruins win first game at Regionals

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Bruins opened Central Washington Junior American Legion District Tournament with a 6-4 win over the Hanford Flames here Saturday.'It's a great way to start off the district tournament,” said Bruins coach Jason Parsons.Jake Campe

Local Explosion players holding raffle for travel expenses

WALLA WALLA — The four local players on the Washington Explosion softball team headed to the National Championship Tournament in College Station, Texas, the first week of August are having a fundraising raffle next Saturday.Wa-Hi players Hope Klicker, Lib

Walla Walla Pacific 9-10s lose in first round at state Little League tourney

SHORELINE — Walla Walla Pacific's 9-10 year-old Little League opened the state tournament with a 16-6, five-inning loss to Centralia here Saturday.'It was a good pitching dueal for a little bit,” said Pacific manager Nate Ferraro.Pacific took a 1-0 lead i

Sweets lose to Moses Lake Friday, 6-4

MOSES LAKE — If there's one thing Walla Walla's 9-21 record indicates, it's that the Sweets shouldn't be spotting opponents early-inning leads.But the Sweets did just that Friday night, surrendering four runs on six hits and an error in the first inning o

Milton-Freewater Blazers exit state tournament early

The Blazers leave the Oregon Babe Ruth tourney with a Friday loss to Goldendale.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Milton-Freewater Blazers' first trip to the Oregon State Senior Babe Ruth Tournament ended in short order here Thursday and Friday. The Blazers dropped games to East Metro, 4-2, and Goldendale, 15-5, en route to a disappointing early

Man's search for WWII crash provides closure for Walla Walla woman

The ceremony in Yap will be a formal recognition in honor of Holding and the two other pilots who died that day.

WALLA WALLA — It was a 'routine Sunday morning” on the last weekend in June and there was a message on Terri Trick's phone.The voice on the recording was from Pat Ranfranz of Shoreview, Minn. What he said took Trick's breath away.

Green Park principal challenges fairness of state's standards exam

Mike Lambert believes the state standards exam discriminates against students in bilingual programs.

WALLA WALLA — From a stack of documents he has compiled, Mike Lambert pulls a sample of the state's standards exam.The sample test is one he recently offered to education officials, as Lambert made his case about the state exam being discriminatory.

Not all onion products appeal to everyone

TV show host Bob Blumer of ‘Glutton for Punishment' will attempt to break two Guinness world records today.

WALLA WALLA — They are serving all types of sweet onion creations at this weekend's 26th Annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, including the traditional but not so popular caramel-coated onion.'It tastes like an onion coated with caramel,” Jessica McCo

Newly ordained rabbis share faith

The local Jewish congregation does not have a local rabbi — and that's where they come in.

WALLA WALLA — The city welcomed two unique, but far from unorthodox visitors — two newly ordained rabbis with the Chubad-Lubavitch organization.During their stay the past few days, Rabbis Zalmon Popack and Shimon Sabol visited with members of the city's J

Things heating up at Prescott Library

This from the Prescott Community Library's Facebook page, posted July 15:"So, the planter in front of the library caught on fire today - see all of the excitement you miss by not visiting your local library??? And just a reminder - wood planters aren't a


Walla Walla General Hospital

Emergency services - 07/18/10

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

Wood carvers roar into Logs to Frogs competition

The works of nine carvers will be judged and auctioned off starting at 1 p.m.

MILTON-FREEWATER — As the noon cease-work horn blew on Saturday, most of this year's Logs to Frogs entries were starting to take on a recognizable shape.There was a bear with a salmon in its mouth, an Aslan-looking lion, an eagle with a fish, a heron with

PANORAMA - A fine day for futbol

Sunday is a day of play for some Walla Walla residents.It's a day of celebration, community and sweat — and soccer.

ETCETERA - ‘Memphis' a Tony winner with WW native's help

When Marleen Manuel Magnoni Alhadeff launched out of town after earning her associate degree from Walla Walla Community College in 1974, she hadn't an inkling she'd have a hand in making a musical into a four-time Tony Award winner.Living in the Seattle a

PASTOR COLUMNS - Christians, please, let the Lion out of the cage

Charles Spurgeon said: 'The Gospel is like a caged lion: it does not need to be defended, it just needs to be let out of its cage.”At the beginning of the 20th century, particularly after the famous Scopes trial, religious conservatives adopted a 'retreat


Blue Mountain Community to show ‘Escape from Darkness'



Randy and Terrie Russell of Walla Walla announce the engagement of son Troy Matthew Russell to Christi Lynn McVey, both of Kent, Wash.

Woman doesn't take retirement sitting down

Suzie Aldrich is busy painting her home's exterior. Taking it easy is not for her, she says.

Sitting back with nothing to do, just doesn't work for some people.Successful in many ways, cheerful Suzie Aldrich said she has failed at retirement, if that means taking it easy. Currently painting the exterior of her home, Aldrich approached the project


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

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

Action needed to ensure all can board planes at Walla Walla Airport

Port officials are now working with TSA and Horizon officials to make improvements.

It was absolutely ridiculous 15 passengers were not allowed to board the June 26 Horizon Air flight at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. And, unfortunately, this is not the first time a passenger has been left waiting in the terminal.Clearly, there is a p

Letters to the editor help drive spirited election debate

It's election season, which means the letters-to-the-editor column — Our Readers' Opinions — will soon be overflowing.In fact, we've already seen an increase in letters regarding the race for county sheriff, which is clearly one to watch. And while a numb

Volunteers transform downtown to make the YMCA Peach Basket Classic happen

The 17th Annual YMCA Peach Basket Classic has something for everyone. Whether your desire is competition, recreation, or fun - this tournament has it all!The tournament dates are set for Aug. 7-8, and registration can be done online at www.peachbasketclas


Friday, July 16

ROCK DOC - Earth history surrounds campers

My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas. The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted

HEALTH & FITNESS - Neurosurgeon joins Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Dr. David A. Yam has joined Providence St. Mary Medical Center.Yam's neurosurgery practice will add to services provided at the hospital's new Spine Center, according to Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs.Yam has a background in minimally invas

HEALTH & FITNESS - Providence St. Mary opens spine center

The center, the first of its kind in Walla Walla, will provide diagnosis and treatment.

Providence St. Mary Medical Center has launched Walla Walla's first spine center. The center will provide diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain and disorders.Many can gain significant relief without surgery through treatments that may include phys

HEALTH & FITNESS - Yoga: Hope for the burned out

Research indicates employee burnout is on the rise with the increase of market pressures, understaffed organizations, poor company trainings and long hours of work.The catch phrase of the 1980s or the "disease of modern life", employee burnout has been an

Walla Walla Water Watcher

Facts and tips on water usage and conservation are presented weekly by the city of Walla Walla, in partnership with Walla Walla Community College and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reference to 'therapeau' questioned

In the July 9 issue of the Union-Bulletin, an article by Mary Kay Pinnick stated that the Latin word "therapeau" means God's work.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Does Walla Walla really need a sheriff?

A lot of issues have been raised in the many letters of support for the various candidates for sheriff. The main issue has yet to be mentioned or addressed.

Social Security retirement age should be raised

Americans are living longer and the Social Security system can't survive without changes.

The age at which Social Security retirement benefits can be collected should eventually be raised to 70.

In the minutes - College Place School Board

Board member are Doug Case, chair; Marci Knauft, vice-chair; Todd Stubblefield, Brian Maiden and Troy Fitzgerald. With Fitzgerald and Stubblefield absent Thursday, the board:

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

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

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:

In the minutes - Waitsburg School Board

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

Emergency Services - 07/16/10

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

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Michael A. Ramos, 15, 617 N. 11th Ave., was sentenced July 9 on one count each minor in possession and/or consuming liquor and third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Lauren M. Elmenhurst, 21, 2047 Lark Drive, was sentenced July 12 on one count of complicity to assault in the third degree. The sentence included restitution to be determined, $200 in court costs, $73.90 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compens

Ashton James Cook

To Adele A. McKinnon and Billy J. Cook, Dayton, a son, Ashton James Cook, 6 pounds 14 ounces, July 14, 2010.

Logan Davis Berry

To Laura Prince and Douglas Berry, Walla Walla, a son, Logan Davis Berry, 5 pounds 15 ounces, July 13, 2010.

Clara June Vixie

To Rachel J. and William D. Vixie, Walla Walla, a daughter, Clara June Vixie, 7 pounds 13 ounces, July 13, 2010.

Wa-Hi grad to help push Dream in DC

A local student and activist will be among a dozen from across the state traveling to Washington, D.C., to push for immigration reform that supports undocumented youth who dream of U.S. citizenship and want to seek higher education.

Jobless rate falls in Walla Walla County

But job creation also slipped, a worrisome sign for the local economy.

WALLA WALLA -- The unemployment rate for Walla Walla County dropped last month, but job creation went soft, too, the state Employment Security Department reported Thursday.


Fore! Alert and ducking geese make their way across the Walla Walla Country Club Golf Course while golfers send a steady, moving stream of balls down the fairways hopefully not turning the game into the hunt.

Radio station plans 'Christmas in July' food drive

WALLA WALLA -- If you're hungry for a memory of cooler weather and warm spirits, College Place radio station 91.3 FM will present its annual "Christmas in July" food drive to the community July 22.

Council OKs tourism fee for hotel rooms

A nightly fee is expected to raise up to $300,000 for marketing.

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the development of a new tourism promotion area that is expected to raise as much as $300,000 for tourism marketing.

Etcetera - 07/16/10

Former Dixie resident Brandon Biggs made the news again, enthused former vocal teacher Audrey Renaud of Dixie.

MARQUEE - Summer Dance Lab will present 'Scheherazade'

WALLA WALLA -- For 40 years talented students and skilled instructors have been gathering each summer to learn and practice the art of dance in what is now known as the Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College.This year in honor of the 40th anniversary of Summ

MARQUEE - Sweet Onion Festival to begin on Saturday

In case there was any doubt about the Walla Walla Sweet Onion's status as the local celebrity crop, the 26th annual festival in its honor this weekend will not only put the community's signature orb at center stage, it will also be on Canadian television.

New at the library

"Thereby Hangs a Tail" is the second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly.Praised by Stephen King as "a canine Sam Spade," Chet a

Kirkman House hosts weaving, other workshops

Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., will hold its Fun with Fibers advanced weaving workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26-30.Under the instruction of master weaver Susan Swayne, children ages 9-13 will explore the entire weaving process from individu

Tamastslikt hosts exhibit on Pendleton Round-Up

PENDLETON – A new exhibit at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331, "Tall in the Saddle: 100 Years of the Pendleton Round-Up," will run July 23-January 2011.It features more than 400 artifacts, including early Round-Up photographs, Jackson Sun

Artist reception for Dedman at Suncatcher Studio

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A reception for watercolor artist Meredith Dedman of Dayton will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Suncatcher Studio & Fine Crafts, 508 N. Main St.Dedman, a versatile watercolorist, creates floral, still life, landscape, houses and animal pa

Walk highlights Doan Creek restoration

The Whitman Mission National History Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, will hold a special Doan Creek walk with Ranger Roger Trick from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday to show how the project is progressing.In 2005, Whitman Mission staff, with the help of many others, be

Chief Joseph Days runs Tuesday to July 25

JOSEPH, ORE. -- It's been 65 years since famous stock contractor Harley Tucker and local ranchers joined together to put on the first Chief Joseph Days as both a celebration of ranching life and a nod to the famous Nez Perce leader.With four nights of PRC

Logs to Frogs in Milton-Freewater this weekend

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Up to 15 carvers are invited to compete in the Fifth Annual Logs to Frogs Chainsaw Carving Competition Saturday and Sunday at the Sallee lot on U.S. Highway 11 across from Express Car Wash.A panel of qualified judges will choose the to

Drink up, and save the sauvignon

A few years ago, a wine writer for a well-known website attacked one of my favorite grapes.He had the nerve (insert Stooge voice here: "da noive!'') to say that sauvignon blanc was "a dud, wholly devoid of complexity and depth.''Never one to shy away from

Klamath Falls joining WCL for 2011 season

PORTLAND — Klamath Falls, Ore., will join the West Coast League for the 2011 season, becoming the 10th active franchise.Klamath Falls Gems Baseball, LLC, will operate the professionally operated, college-level wood-bat team, according to WCL president Ken

Sweets snap skid with 9-5 win over Kelowna

Walla Walla trails until the bottom of the sixth, when two bases-loaded walks and an RBI ties the game.

WALLA WALLA — Matt Comer entered the Walla Walla Sweets' three-game series this week with the Kelowna Falcons hitting just .091 in six games (2-for-22).What a difference Thursday afternoon made.Comer collected two hits, scored twice and knocked in four ru

All-State baseball teams stocked with Walla Walla-area talent

WALLA WALLA — Local prep baseball players have been named to All-State teams.DeSales catcher Matt Wujek, infielder Pat Richard and outfielder Tommy Gregg made the Class 2B first team, with Irish teammate Victor Mata named second team as a pitcher.Touchet

Pacific Little League holding car wash fundraiser

WALLA WALLA — Pacific Little League is having a fundraising car wash for Pacific's 11-12-year-old Major All-Stars' trip to the state tournament in Elma, Wash., next week.The car wash is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Walla W

Wa-Hi's Jimenez selected for Adidas Futures All-Star softball game

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi sophomore Libbie Jimenez was selected to play in the Adidas Futures All-Star Game in Boulder, Colo., after taking part in the Louisville Slugger Independence Day Softball Tournament with the Washington Explosion in late June.Jimenez wa

Oregon Little League state tourneys start Saturday in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Oregon's Junior and Senior Little League state softball tournaments begin here Saturday at Yantis Park and the Cannery/Seneca Field.The Junior tourney for girls ages 13-14 has seven teams from around the state while the Senior tourney f

Irene R. Buehler

December 10, 1924 – July 14, 2010

Death Notice - Dr. Raymond Shearer

April 11, 1933 - July 15, 2010

PHOTO GALLERY - Walla Walla Sweets defeat Kelowna 9-5

The Sweets came from behind to take the final game of the series against the Kelowna Falcons. More details in today's Union-Bulletin and online.

Thursday, July 15

Death Notice - Irene Buehler

Dec. 10, 1924 - July 14, 2010

Ricky Brooks

Oct. 8, 1956 – July 12, 2010

Floyd Farley

Jan. 12, 1943 - July 11, 2010

Food show host to take shot at record books during Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival

Bob Blumer will try to peel 50 pounds in under 3 minutes 18 seconds this weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- "Stay-tuned, folks. This one's guaranteed to be a real tear-jerker."

Relationship between work, health hard to nail down

How cancer cases are reported in Washington is up for review, with a hearing set later this month.

One reason that safety experts have faced major obstacles in making their case for stricter rules surrounding drug handling practices, is that there is no easy way to cross reference occupational histories and health outcomes.In Washington, the state's ca

Mr. Ed's back in business

Mr. Ed's officially reopened its Isaacs Avenue location, celebrating a return from a December fire.

WALLA WALLA -- In celebration of the grand reopening of a popular restaurant, nearly 300 people gathered to listen to music, sample the new menu and enjoy time with friends at Mr. Ed's on Wednesday night.

Awareness of chemo handling seen as major problem

A pharmacist who lead early efforts to improve safety recalls resistance then and now.

Luci Power was among the first pharmacists in the United States to pressure her employer to take warnings about chemo handling coming out of Europe in the early 1980s seriously.The alarm was triggered by a letter from Finnish researchers published in Lanc

Sweet Skip through downtown Walla Walla nets sweet samples

The second Sweet Skip, a pub crawl of sorts for onions, adds to the festival weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- A walk through downtown businesses never tasted so sweet.

Vet sees rising risk in profession

Falling costs for chemo drugs have made it more commonly administered by veterinarians, a vet and advocate says.

Brett Cordes had been a practicing veterinarian for nearly a decade when he was diagnosed at age 35 with thyroid cancer.One of the first questions his doctor asked him after he gave him the diagnosis was whether he handled chemotherapy agents."He said the

Pharmacist: Chemo safety precautions largely overlooked

Working with chemo agents came to an end for Karen Lewis when she was diagnosed with a blood disease.

Karen Lewis knew what the possibilities were when a routine medical exam returned an abnormal white blood cell count on her four years ago at age 53."I worked in a cancer center," she said. "I knew."The long-time hospital pharmacist was soon diagnosed wit

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fireworks editorial missed key issues

In response to: Our Opinion, "It's time to rethink city's ban on most fireworks."

Pharmacist certain of link between chemo, own cancer

Bruce Harrison had no known risk factors other than working with drugs when he was diagnosed.

Bruce Harrison had been an oncology pharmacist since the late 1970s. He had seen the evolution -- or lack of it -- in safety awareness during that time, but he spent much of his career trying to change attitudes toward safe practices through research.Harr

In the minutes - Weston Council

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

New VA PTSD rule should bring help for veterans

The rule change should mean more veterans returning from battle will get the help they need.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has been pushing to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since he took command of the VA in early 2009.

Europe and Canada set more controls on workplace chemo

'Contamination is everywhere,' an expert says.

In the U.S., there's a lot of discussion about the difficulties of requiring hospitals and clinics to prove they are not contaminating their workers with toxic drugs.But some other countries are already doing that.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Robert W. Thompson Jr., 24, 253 Grape St., was charged July 13 with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Gavyn Dane Kammerzell

To Christy and Travis Kammerzell, Pendleton, a son, Gavyn Dane Kammerzell, 6 pounds 11 ounces, July 13, 2010.

Etcetera - 07/15/10

Walla Walla Valley Bands Board of Directors learned that Sherwood Trust thinks the organization is just grand -- 51 times over, said Ron McHenry, WWVB director, in a release.

In painful irony, lifesaving chemo poses threat, too

Workers who come into contact with the drugs see an alarming level of cancer in their colleagues and themselves.

Sue Crump braced as the chemo drugs dripped into her body. She knew treatment would be rough. She had seen its signature countless times in the ravaged bodies and hopeful faces of cancer patients in hospitals where she had spent 23 years mixing chemo as a

Emergency Services - 07/15/10

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

Skaters ready for Debutante Ball Sunday

The ‘Blood Drive Betties' and ‘Lunachix' Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls teams square off in the ‘Debutante Brawl' Sunday at the Walla Walla YMCA.

As a community, Walla Walla has been kind. It's been patient and supportive.

Tennis time for high school players

The 11th season of the Columbia Summer Tennis League concluded at Walla Walla Community College Tuesday with Walla Walla's squad downing Southridge. Wa-Hi tennis coach Ted Cummings founded the league in 2000 in response to an interest for inexpensive tour

Wa-Hi's Gerling commits to WSU

The hurdler will suit up in crimson and gray this fall.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi hurdler Garrett Gerling made it official Wednesday: the next leap of his track career will take him to Washington State University.A day before his 19th birthday, Gerling signed his letter of intent, making him the first Wa-Hi graduate

Kelowna continues Sweets' skid

The Sweets suffer their fourth straight loss, 7-4, at the hands of the Falcons in the middle game of their series Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of baseball streaks remained intact for two West Coast League East Division teams Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.Visiting Kelowna extended its winning streak to five games and in the process handed the Walla Walla Sweets their fo

Black Sox 13U sweeps Moses Lake

Walla Walla takes the 12-1 and 17-9 victories over Moses Lake Tuesday.

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Black Sox had their bats going throughout the day here Tuesday.What proved to be overkill in the first game of a 13-and-under baseball doubleheader proved to be a necessity in the second game as the Walla Wallans swept Moses L

HOOPSTARS youth camp slate July 26-29

WALLA WALLA — The HOOPSTARS Basketball Camp will be at Walla Walla Community College's Dietrich Dome July 26-29.Girls in grades 2-6 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and girls 7-12 will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m.Camp fee is $50 if postmarked by July 21, $60 af

Milton-Freewater 9-10s win another state title

Milton-Freewater downs Hood River, 3-1, to celebrate its second Little League softball championship in a row.

HOOD RIVER — The Milton-Freewater 9-10 softball Little League team is state champion.Again.After a 3-1 win against Hood River here Wednesday, the team is celebrating its second state title in a row.'There was lots of jumping and screaming,” said parent an

Wednesday, July 14

Gang member to be tried as adult

Ricky J. Palomino, 17, faces an assortment of charges and officials say he is likely to reoffend.

WALLA WALLA -- A 17-year old local gang member accused of drug, weapon and burglary charges will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled today. After a day-long hearing, Ricky J. Palomino of 258 Willard St., was ordered to stand trial in Walla Walla County S

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla has many angels

She stands at 5-foot-4 and is not physically strong, but her inner strength and her will to fight to survive, far outweighs any kind of physical strength.

New stretch of US Highway 12 made possible by community

The drive from Walla Walla to Tri-Cities is now safer with eight new miles of four-lane highway.

Driving along the new eight-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 offers some amazing views. The drivers get a different perspective on the rolling wheat fields and the Blue Mountains.


They're back---celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Whitman College SDL (Summer Dance Lab)---as a group of this year's dancers cross Boyer en route to practice at Cordiner Hall. Summer Dance Year will culminate with the production of "Scheherazade" on Friday, July 23 at 7pm at Cordiner Hall with select members from this year's lab performing with professional dancers from the Eugene Ballet.

On the agenda - Valley Transit

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

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

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

Wa-Hi graduate wins National Merit Scholarship

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla High School graduate has recently been named a National Merit Scholarship recipient.

Athena-Weston School Board to hold meeting on possible bus purchase

ATHENA -- The Athena-Weston School Board will hold a special board meeting today to discuss the purchase of a new bus. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the Athena Elementary School library, 375 S. Fifth St. The meeting is open to the public.

Hospital commissioners to hold meeting on real estate acquisition

POMEROY -- Garfield County Public Hospital commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday at 9 a.m. to consider selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase. The meeting will be a closed session. It will be held in the

Charges filed in child pornography case

WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges were filed Tuesday against a man arrested last weekend for allegedly possessing child pornography.

In the minutes - Starbuck Council

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

Etcetera - 07/14/10

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors named Betty Pearson of Walla Walla as a fellow of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors at a regional meeting of the Pacific Northwest chapters in Spokane.

Walla Walla Native Plant Society slates July hikes

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Native Plant Society has July hikes slated in the Blue Mountains this month.

Four Walla Wallans heading to Texas with Explosion softball team

RICHLAND — Four players off the Wa-Hi softball team are members of the Washington Explosion 16A fastpitch softball team that won the ASA 16A State Championship at Columbia Playfields here Sunday. The Explosion downed the Lake Breeze, 4-0, in the title gam

Two-out hits lift Falcons past Sweets

Kelowna rallies with three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to take the 5-2 victory over Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — Two-out hitting proved to be the difference Tuesday night during Kelowna's 5-2 victory over the Walla Walla Sweets in the opening game of a three-game set between the two West Coast League East Division baseball teams at Borleske Stadium.Tyl

An old stash of wooly buggers saves the day at Black Mountain Pond

I bent over the fishing vest that lay spread out in the back of the wagon.'Darn,” I whispered.I pinched the tippet on the fly-line leader between thumb and forefinger.'Well, darn,” I added and looked over my shoulder.My wife Darlene and Nora the Schnauzer

Kenny Wicher lived, played with big heart

WALLA WALLA — My most enduring memory of Kenny Wicher drifts back to July of 1985.It was a hot, mostly windless day in Pasco.Walla Walla Pacific was engaged in a District 5 Little League baseball tournament game. The sun had already dipped behind the tree

Sounders U15 first at Crossfire Challenge

REDMOND, Wash. — The Blue Mountain Soccer Club boys U15 Sounders finished first of 10 teams in the Nike Crossfire Challenge U15 silver division here last weekend.The Sounders defeated Greater Renton FC White, 5-0, and Crossfire Premier B95-B, 3-2, on Satu

Blue Devils garner high softball honors

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils made a dent in state and national softball teams last week.Wa-Hi pitcher Hope Klicker was selected Washington State Class 4A Player of the Year, first team Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA

Blue Mountain Soccer hosting 5K fun run Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Mountain Soccer Club is hosting a 5K Fun Run Saturday.Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m.Water will be available on the course and refreshments will be served at the finish.Leashed dogs and strollers are welc

Milton-Freewater Blazers finish regular season with 14-7 win

The M-F team heads to the state tournament in Tualatin, Ore., beginning Thursday.

The DALLES, ORE. — The Milton-Freewater Blazers finished their summer league regular season with a 20-13 win over The Dalles Hustlers here on Monday.Last Friday, the Blazers were beaten by the Hustlers 14-7.'After our last game with them, we knew they wer

Four DeSales players named to state Class 2B softball team

WALLA WALLA — Four DeSales softball players were selected for the 2010 2B state team.They are the only players from Southeast District 9 named to the state team, and four of the few selected from Eastern Washington.Sophomore Janelle Hartford and senior Am

Emily Baumgart first at WJGA tournament

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart placed first at the Washington Junior Golf Association sub-district golf tournament at Highlander Golf Course in Wenatchee July 6.Baumgart shot a 93 for first in the girls 12-13 division.Ryan Baumgart took fourth i

Walla Walla Bruins sweep final homestand

The Bruins hand Moses Lake's Walleyes 3-0 and 6-0 defeats at Tuesday's twin bill.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins swept through their final Central Washington Junior American Legion homestand of the season.They defeated the Moses Lake Walleyes, 3-0 and 6-0, in a Tuesday doubleheader. The wins improve them to 25-15 overall and 15-9

Death Notice - Floyd Farley

Jan. 12, 1943 - July 11, 2010

Death Notice - Rick Brooks

Oct. 8, 1956 - July 12, 2010

James Meade

July 10, 2010

Donald Schuetze

Oct. 18, 1924 - July 5, 2010

Milton Watson

July 14, 1934 - July 1, 2010

Tuesday, July 13

Formal charges filed in child-pornography case

WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges were filed Tuesday against a man arrested last weekend for allegedly possessing child pornography.Thomas E. Nicewaner III, 37, is accused in Superior Court of six counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexua

FOOD & FAMILY - Dave Vaughn's family raises money for battle with cancer

A former Walla Walla Valley resident is in a fight for his life. Dave Vaughn, 48, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April and underwent extensive surgery in May, his family said.Vaughn is now undergoing radiation, traveling nearly 150 miles round tr

FOOD & FAMILY - Preparation is the key to successful gardening

Whether people do gardening or have never had garden sreally makes little difference in their reaction to the news that I grow a large garden. The most common question is, "How do you tell a weed from a good plant?"The answer is knowing what is growing in

HOME PLACE - Recuperating time is redecorating time

I've spent several days at home recently, following a not-very-exciting surgery. More pain than I voted for, for sure, but nothing to Facebook about.However, the event provided more down time than I've had in 34 years, even if I had to move around every 1

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B should have 'dialogue' feature

There are many who worry about the continued existence of newspapers, yet few admit just why newspapers are valuable.

Shining light on earmarks can reduce spending abuses

Taxpayers should be able to track how their money is spent.

When funding is approved by Congress, not all those in the House or Senate realize what they have approved. Allocating billions of dollars is a complex process governed by a variety of procedural rules. This allows some funding to be approved quietly by

Out of the ashes: Mr. Ed's to hold grand reopening

Operators of Isaacs Avenue restaurant Mr. Ed's are calling their Wednesday celebration a grand reopening.


Monday morning brought wind and dust to the streets of Walla Walla, turning the once clear air into a gritty haze that prompted headlights to be turned on and adults to hang on to the kids.

On the agenda - Port of Columbia

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

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 114 E. Main St.


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

On The Agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

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. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Craig George. With Jackson presiding in George's absence 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 voted as follows:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Emergency Services - 07/13/10

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

College Place man charged in shooting at officer competent for trial

An evaluation was ordered for Jay D. Jeffrey, who is accused of shooting at a College Place police officer.

WALLA WALLA -- A College Place man charged with shooting at a police officer in early May has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Walla Walla County residents to see new stormwater fee

The fee will pay for state- and federally mandated stormwater management work.

WALLA WALLA -- A new fee schedule to fund stormwater management in Walla Walla County was approved Monday.

Traps set to track European grapevine moth

The state is on the watch for the European grapevine moth, which has not yet been found in Washington.

WALLA WALLA -- The hunt is under way for a small insect which is a big threat to the state's wine industry.

Trial again postponed for brawl suspect

Mario R. Aguayo is accused of assault in connection with a June 2009 gang fight.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial set this week for a man charged in connection with a gang-related melee outside St. Patrick Catholic Church more than a year ago has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Demolition permit sought for Moore Street structure

WALLA WALLA -- The city has submitted an application for a permit to demolish structures at 54 E. Moore St.

Off-road vehicle ordinance gets chilly reception in Dayton

A hearing attended by about two dozen people addressed potentially allowing the vehicles on several city streets.

DAYTON -- No one spoke in favor of a proposed ordinance that would allow off road vehicles to operate on city streets during a hearing on the proposal at the City Council meeting Monday.

Trial delayed for Walla Walla man in shooting at home

Eric D. Hight is accused of assaulting his girlfriend during the February incident.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting guns inside his home and assaulting his girlfriend during an argument in late February.

Etcetera - 07/13/10

College Place Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 466 members attended the annual state convention in Vancouver, Wash., June 16-19, and came away with honors.

Connor James Martin

To former Walla Walla residents Travis and Bonnie Martin of Spokane, a son Connor James Martin, 8 pounds 6 ounces, July 1, 2010 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane.

Milton-Freewater 9-10 softball team in state championship

HOOD RIVER — The Milton-Freewater 9-10-year-old Little League softball team is defending its state championship at 8 a.m. Wednesday after defeating Forest Grove, 3-2, in 10 innings Monday.Milton-Freewater will play the winner of the Forest Grove-Hood Rive

Walla Walla 14-U Fusion softball team takes third at state

KELSO — The Walla Walla Fusion placed third after posting a 6-2 record at the ASA Washington State 14-U ‘B' division softball tournament here on July 10-11.In their first three games of a 24-team competition, the Fusion beat Everson Nooksack Valley Thunde

Walla Walla Griz take third place at Chuck Brown tourney

The Griz win their third straight tournament game to secure third place Sunday.

SELAH, Wash. — The Walla Walla Grizzlies nailed down third place in the Chuck Brown Memorial 14-16 age-division American Legion baseball tournament here Sunday with a 16-6 victory over the Cadet Baseball Club of Yakima.It was the third straight tournament

Tyler hits third lifetime hole-in-one at Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Lucky Tyler hit his third hole-in-one Monday at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.He hit it on the 122-yard, par 3 fourth hole, using a seven iron. Tyler has been golfing for 50 years.It was witnessed by Monte Smith, Gene Longg

Kiwanis Klassic Golf Tournament this weekend in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Kiwanis Klassic Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.This is the 14th year of the Klassic, which is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.There is a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, an

Death Notice - Kathleen McClintick

July 04, 2010

Monday, July 12

Walla Walla man who hit pedestrian sentenced to jail time

WALLA WALLA — A man who drove into a pedestrian near Second Avenue and Tietan street in March was sentenced Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.David Marquez, 19, of 1115 W. Pine St., was ordered to serve a total of 120 days, or four mon

College Place woman accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill judges

WALLA WALLA — A College Place woman is accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice two years ago, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.Kathy A. Hendrickson, 48, of 1200 S.E. B

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Children's Museum is place to learn

I read with interest the article in the July 4 Panorama section about Walla Walla's new Learning Center, a community space that serves the area's youngest children and provides a place for kids to experience interactive play along with their caregivers.

It's time to rethink city's ban on most fireworks

The current law is not enforced and is ignored by many citizens.

The city of Walla Walla's fireworks law -- and the enforcement of that law -- is a joke.


Smokin' Gunn Shawn McWilliams takes a wispy puff from his pipe in front of the Clan Gunn tent during this weekend's Caledonian Games in Athena, Oregon. The McWilliams name is part of the original Scottish Clan Gunn. Shawn is the current Deputy Commissione

Tour finds plenty of gray area at Hanford site

The site's history and future present multiple contradictions for visitors to untangle.

HANFORD -- The Department of Energy's public exhibition of Hanford provides a whirlwind tour of the site's history and cleanup efforts, placing the current effort of remediating radioactive and chemical waste into a complicated historical context that elu


In a nice shady spot beneath cool trees, a dog waitin' in Dayton, with patience and a longing face, while traffic passes by on Highway 12 through downtown.

SIMPLY DIGITAL - Smells can add texture to photos

On this warm Walla Walla summer evening I thought I would ask the first question in the vineyard photography class, "How many students have home gardens?"

Walla Walla man charged with child porn possession

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was arrested this weekend on suspicion of possessing child pornography and controlled substances, authorities said.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Matthew T. Schack, 20, 17 S. Hussey St., was charged July 7 with harassment, unlawful imprisonment -- domestic violence, violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Walla Walla Public Library director to take new post

WALLA WALLA -- Library Director Martha Van Pelt is leaving her post with the city, with her last day being this week.

Dayton man dies in Highway 11 crash

PENDLETON -- Oregon State Police troopers are continuing to investigate a single-car fatal crash Sunday afternoon 11 miles north of Pendleton along Highway 11.

Adrian Drew Ramirez

To Yolanda and Hector Ramirez, Hermiston, a son, Adrian Drew Ramirez, 7 pounds 8 ounces, July 9, 2010.

Kyndell Loraine Burnett

To Haley Nielsen and David Burnett, Walla Walla, a daughter, Kyndell Loraine Burnett, 7 pounds 5ounces, July 8, 2010.

Emergency Services - 07/12/10

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

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

Etcetera - 07/12/10

A number of students within the U-B circulation area earned undergraduate degrees during the 2010 spring semester from Washington State University, according to a release.

Walla Walla County Rural Library District to meet

PRESCOTT — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Vista Hermosa School, 1111 Fishhook Park Road in Prescott.Items on the agenda will include how a $4,000 grant from the Blue Mountain Area Foundation has expa

Bears finish fourth in annual Sweet Invite

The Bears lose to Hanford and the Toyota Baseball Club on Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears ended up fourth in their annual summer baseball tournament that wrapped up Sunday afternoon.Walla Walla was doubled up by Hanford, 8-4, in a semi-final contest Sunday morning on Walla Walla Community College's Tausick W

Black Sox 14Us win first in weekend Lobos Classic

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Complete-game pitching performances from Adam Mathews and Spencer Locati on Sunday and Joe Duehn's steady hitting throughout the weekend carried the Inland Cellular Walla Walla Black Sox 14-and-under youth baseball team to first place he

Second place for Black Sox 13Us at Spokane tourney

A Spokane pitching duo combined to one-hit the Black Sox in Sunday's championship.

SPOKANE — After getting a combined no-hit pitching performance from Ryan Kimball and Logan Cordeiro in a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Crush in the semifinals of the Spokane Wood Bat Tournament here Sunday, another Spokane team nearly turned the tables on

Sweets runless in series finale loss to AppleSox

WENATCHEE — The Walla Walla Sweets lost the third game of the series here Sunday.The Sweets couldn't convert a Friday win for the series and went down scoreless to Wenatchee's AppleSox, 5-0. The Sweets managed seven hits to Wenatchee's nine, and made one

Michael Spanish

March 22, 1921 - July 7, 2010

Death Notice - Betty King

July 11, 2010

Klara Walthew

Oct 12, 1947 - June 23, 2010

Joshua Zahl

Dec. 13, 1985 - July 7, 2010

Fern Irving

April 26, 1930 - July 2, 2010

Bill Fowler

Oct. 8, 1928 - July 1 2010

Geraldine Walpole

Sept. 22, 1921 - July 2, 2010

Lucy Bergman

July 10, 1929 - July 3, 2010

Death Notice - Shirley Wies

Feb. 22, 1923 - May 25, 2010

Death Notice - Dorothy Becker

Nov. 6, 1915 - July 9, 2010

Jody Lynn Lanning

May 17, 1955 – July 6, 2010

Michael Spanish Sr.

March 22, 1921 ~ July 7, 2010

Saturday, July 10

Blazers drop last home game to Hustlers

The Blazers changed pitchers five times in the 14-7 Friday loss, but couldn't contain the Hustlers' bats.

MILTON-FREEWATER — In their final home game of the summer, the Milton-Freewater Blazers were unable to contain the hot bats of the visiting Hustlers in Friday's 14-7 loss at McRae-Ireland field.Playing a nine-inning game rather than a doubleheader, the tw

Washington Games bring tennis talent

The junior tennis tournament continues today at Whitman.

WALLA WALLA — About 70 junior tennis players and their families are in town for two days of tennis.The Subway Washington Games, in association with the U.S. Tennis Association, is hosting a summer tennis tournament in Walla Walla.Play continues today in t

Walla Walla Griz go 2-for-3, continue play today in Chuck Brown tourney

SELAH — The Walla Walla Griz earned a slot in the third-place game of the Chuck Brown Memorial Baseball Tournament with wins Friday and Saturday over East Valley and the Yakima Rookie Beetles after a first round loss here Thursday to the Yakima Valley Pep

Walla Walla Bruins win three in weekend play

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla claimed three of four junior American Legion baseball games over the weekend.The Bruins swept a Central Washington Junior American Legion League doubleheader from Eastmont, 11-1 and 10-0, on Saturday at Murr Sports Park.Walla Wal

Milton-Freewater pitching trio pummels opponents at Oregon Little League softball tourney

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Mallory Copeland, Kaitlyn Slusarenko and Tabitha Heckman combined for a one-hit first two rounds of the Oregon 9-10 Little League State Softball Tournament for Milton-Freewater here Friday and Saturday.The potent pitching trio —backed b

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U win Friday in Spokane

SPOKANE — The Walla Walla Black Sox 13U baseball team won an 8-4 match with Spokane in the Spokane Wood Bat Tournament here Friday.Walla Walla pegged five insurance runs onto a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh, moving it to an 8-0 advantage.It proved to

Sweets stun leading Wenatchee, 4-2, Friday

WENATCHEE — A.J. Burke and Joey Wagman combined on a six-hitter here Friday night as the Walla Walla Sweets knocked off West Coast League East Division-leading Wenatchee, 4-2, in the opening game of a three-game series at Paul Thomas Stadium.Burke allowed

Sweets drop second game to Wenatchee, 7-4

The Sweets give up an early 2-0 lead and 16 hits in the loss Saturday.

WENATCHEE — The Sweets held early leads twice here Saturday before falling to first-place East Division rival Wenatchee, 7-4.The score might have been much more lopsided given the AppleSox's 16 hits. The Sweets never fell out of contention until a two-run

Walla Walla Bears win two Saturday in tourney

The Bears will compete in the semifinals today after the wins against La Grande and the Seattle Rainiers.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears will compete today in the semifinals of their annual summer baseball tournament after picking up two victories Saturday at Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way field.The Bears shut out La Grande, 10-0, before def

Milton-Freewater Blazers swept Thursday in Goldendale

GOLDENDALE — The Milton-Freewater Blazers lost a doubleheader to Goldendale here Thursday.Goldendale won the first game, 4-3, and the second, 7-6, in 11 innings.Blazers' starting pitcher Patrick Sheets held batters down in the first, but when the sixth ro


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

Hot times at Caledonian Games

Visitors shared Scottish spirit at Saturday's Caledonian Games held in Athena.The activities continue today in Athena, beginning with the American Legion breakfast on Main Street from 7:30-11 a.m. The event also includes piping, sheep dog trials, Scottish

Horizon Air passengers left behind at Walla Walla airport

Officials want to avoid a repeat of 15 passengers being stranded while standing in line.

WALLA WALLA — The security line seemed to move at a snail's pace on what was otherwise a normal Saturday check-in for Walla Walla resident and Horizon Air passenger Jan Corn.Corn, who stood in the holding area at the Walla Walla Regional Airport after fun

First IRRP project on Morton Street almost done

Two other projects are scheduled to be completed this year.

WALLA WALLA — The first Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan project was mostly completed Friday, as a quarter-mile of asphalt was laid over new water and sewer pipes along Morton Street between Third and Chase avenues.The final cost for the project

Sen. Maria Cantwell discusses water issues, projects

She made it clear it was too early in the process to comment on the river-flow restoration project.

WALLA WALLA — Sen. Maria Cantwell met with members of the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership on Friday to acknowledge the accomplishments of the trailblazing water conservation group made up of farmers, tribal leaders, environmentalists and loca

PANORAMA - Sips of Summer

After a long, cool wait, summer has finally arrived.



Walla Walla County Conservation district board to meet

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Conservation District board will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the district offices, 325 N. 13th Ave.Items on the agenda include an update on the Walla Walla Basin Water Management Partnership, an update on the recent visit

ETCETERA - Octogenarian finds skydiving ‘exhilarating, invigorating'

Inspired by a daughter who bungee-jumped on her 50th birthday, Walla Wallan Sharon Ford was compelled to greater heights when her 80th birthday rolled around this month.She opted for skydiving.


WALLA WALLA — New Beginnings Chapel, 822 West Main St., will hold a vacation Bible school 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.This year's theme is 'Trek North to the Arctic Edge: Where Adventure Meets Courage™.” The week will be full of Bible stories, a crafts depo

PASTOR COLUMNS - Rescue missions a blessing to all

Each and every time I enter a rescue mission I thank God for the blessings in my life and in the same breath I thank God for the presence of rescue missions around our country.This last week I brought high school students to Los Angeles to work on Skid Ro

Safety awareness keeps folks healthy

Wheatland Village will host a presentation on the topic on Wednesday.

Staying safe is a great way to stay healthy, to avoid injuries in the first place. Wheatland Village retirement community, 1500 Catherine St., is hosting a presentation, 'Safety Awareness,” that will include staying healthy, preventing falls and a walker


AARP Driver Safety Program to offer refresher courses

AARP Driver Safety Program will give refresher courses in Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties.Course graduates 55 and older may earn a discount on auto insurance.


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

Postal Service is important to nation, economy

It is time to rethink the role of the US Postal Service and, perhaps, provide taxpayer subsidy to keep it operating.

Fast and reliable mail delivery service is important to the nation, which is why it was originally a function of government.Yet, the U.S. Postal Service — established by Benjamin Franklin in 1775 by decree of the Continental Congress — is now a quasi-gove


VIDEO - Interview with new commander of local office of US Army Corps of Engineers

Incoming commander Lt. Col. David A. Caldwell sat down with U-B reporter Andy Porter to talk about taking over the Walla Walla district offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Friday, July 9

HEALTH & FITNESS - Deep roots, many benefits

Massage therapy is an ancient healing art, dating back thousands of years with the creation of Chinese, Thai or Ayurvedic massage.

HEATLH & FITNESS - Hypnotherapy can open the door to change

What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pace of TSA checks is problem in Walla Walla

June 26 I arrived at Walla Walla Regional Airport at 5:55 a.m. for the 6:50 flight to Seattle.

Symbols matter when tax dollars are being spent

Maintenance and upkeep of state property can't be ignored, but neither can political considerations.

When state or local governments face serious budget problems, as is now the case, every dime that's spent is scrutinized.

Highway changes spell trouble for wineries

Promises of signs and access have yet to be fulfilled owners say, and business is hurting.

WALLA WALLA -- Benefits of safety and commerce seem an ironic twist to winery operators along an eight-mile stretch of "the old highway 12."

Officials herald latest phase of US 12

The widening project is near the halfway point, with 18 miles of highway from Walla Walla to Tri-Cities now four lanes and 21 miles left to go.

WALLA WALLA -- The latest effort to widen U.S. Highway 12 was officially welcomed Thursday.

Etcetera - 07/09/10

Reader Jane Drabek is a fan of the challah bread that I wrote about in the June 20 Etcetera.

Superior Court - Dissolutions

Susan and Alan Wessels.

Superior Court - Juvenile cases

Joshua K. McPherson, 16, 527 S. First Ave., was sentenced July 2 on one count each third-degree theft and minor in possession and or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - Criminal cases

Priscilla Chavez, 38, 258 Willard St., was sentenced July 6 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of cocaine.

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 Young and Madrigal absent Thursday the board in a special meeting:

In the minutes - Athena Council

Members of the council are Eric Pickard, LaVerne Mitchell, John Shafer, Deborah Hayward and Carol Speed. Mayor is Charles Vickery. With Shafer and Speed absent Thursday the council:

State prisons director to retire

Dick Morgan, a Walla Walla native, is responsible for all of the state's prisons.

OLYMPIA -- This time it's for real, Dick Morgan said today.Morgan, a Walla Walla native who has been director of prisons since May 2008, said he plans to retire at the end of this month. He said he has talked to Department of Corrections Secretary Eldon V

Emergency Services - 07/09/10

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

Girl struck while riding bicycle on South Second Avenue

WALLA WALLA -- A girl, 12, was struck by a vehicle yesterday while riding her bike down the 900 block of South Second Avenue.

Chiles recalled over salmonella concerns

A California company is pulling back products sold in Oregon, Idaho and other states.

Boldman House Museum now open every Friday, Saturday

DAYTON -- The Boldman House Museum is now open every Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the year. The Boldman House is a unique house museum that documents the lives of one family from 1912-1999.

Rocketry club to hold fund-raising yard sale on weekend

DAYTON -- The 15-year-old Blue Mountain Rocketeers youth model rocketry club will hold a fund-raising yard sale Saturday and Sunday at 111 W. Brooklyn Ave., Dayton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Tylenol recall expands again

The drugmaker has added more lots of over-the-counter drugs to a recall that began in January.

An ongoing recall by the maker of Tylenol and other medications was once again expanded on Thursday, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

LEGAL BRIEFING - Fido can't inherit, but you can provide for him

Dear John, Every now and then, I read or hear about a wealthy person dying and leaving millions of dollars to their pet. I am not wealthy, but I do want to make sure that my dog is taken care of if anything happens to me. What can I do to make sure she in

Openings remain for Symphony's Rock 'n' Roll Camp

This year's Walla Walla Symphony's Rock 'n' Roll Camp has a few more openings for young, wannabe rock stars.

State seeks comment on Boise upgrade plan

The state Department of Ecology seeks public comment on a proposed "notice of construction" order for Boise White Paper LLC near Wallula. The notice is a formal document that allows the company to upgrade and modify its corrugator operation. The corrugat

Bears drop first game of their own Sweet Invite

The Bears lost to the Bonneville Bees, 9-7, in the first round of pool play Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — The heart of Bonneville's batting order tore up Walla Walla pitching Thursday night at Walla Walla Community College as the Bears suffered a 9-7 defeat in their opening game of their own invitational American Legion baseball tournament.No. 3

Washington Games bring regional tennis talent to town

About 70 athletes from across the region will play in the junior tennis tourney this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — About 70 junior tennis players from the Northwest will participate in the Subway Washington Games tennis tournament hosted by Whitman College this weekend.The tournament is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association. It will have 12-

Victory sends Pacific 11-12s to state

CLARKSTON — Mitch Lesmeister's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Dexter Aichele from third base with what proved to be the winning run as Walla Walla Pacific edged Asotin County 9-8 here Thursday night in the championship game of the

State trip for Milton-Freewater 9-10 softball team

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Milton-Freewater's 9-10 age-division Little League softball team is headed for the Oregon state tournament in Hood River after sweeping to the district championship here over the 4th of July weekend.The M-F team opened district play las

Pacific 9-10s defeat Asotin County 9-8 for state trip

CLARKSTON — Kobe Morris' single to right field chased home Kenneth Rrooks with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning here Thursday night as Walla Walla Pacific overcame Asotin County 9-8 in the championship game of the District 5 Little Leag

Whitman names new women's soccer coach

Heather Cato, a former Arkansas Razorback, takes over the Whitman team later this month.

WALLA WALLA — Whtiman College has a new women's soccer coach.Heather Cato, a four-year started for the University of Arkansas, was named to replace Scott Shields Tuesday.Cato was most recently an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock f

Milton-Freewater senior softball team headed to state

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Milton-Freewater defeated La Grande for the second time in as many days here Wednesday to capture the Senior Little League district softball championship and a ticket to the state tournament.Milton-Freewater and La Grande were the only

Death Notice - Nellie Uehlin

Feb. 14, 1907 - July 8, 2010

Death Notice - Wilda Buerstatte

May 20, 1915 - July 8, 2010

Lori Keenan

April 8, 1962 - June 23, 2010

Thursday, July 8

US Highway 12 expansion heralded

Work on U.S. Highway 12 was celebrated today by myriad lawmakers and officials.

WALLA WALLA — The latest effort to widen U.S. Highway 12 was officially celebrated today.Held under the new overpass at Myra Road, the event marked the near-completion of two years of work to make nearly 10 miles of the road a four-lane divided highway fr

MARQUEE - Be proud of your plaid at the Athena Caledonian Games

On Saturday and Sunday, the Athena Caledonian Games Association will recreate an annual Scottish heritage festival in Athena much like the Highland games that Scotland has held for centuries.

Local theater standouts can be nominated for awards

Theatre Puget Sound will take nominations for the 2010 Gregory Awards for Theatrical Excellence from Aug. 1-31. For the first time, any Washington state resident can nominate one candidate in each category.

Learn how to start a fire like a pioneer at Whitman Mission

Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, will offer hands-on training on how to start a fire without matches or a lighter from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Memorial ride to raise money for children

The seventh annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride and barbecue will be Sunday. It is held in memory of Vandenberg, who died of cancer in 2001, said his mother and ride organizer Peggie Vandenberg.

From Trash to Treasure contest to be at Farmers Market July 17

Whitman Mission National Historic Site is hosting its second annual From Trash to Treasure contest from 9 a.m.-noon at Walla Walla Farmers' Market, July 17. Contestants will transform household junk into a useful item or a work of art.

Dayton native to sell memoir

Kenneth R. "Bunkie" Rose, a Dayton native, will sell copies of his recently published book at the class of 1964 Dayton High School reunion July 16-18.

New at the library

In 1953, on a remote island in South Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and sister-in-law to the mainland. Fifty-two years later, Han Hyun-kyu is on a plane back to Korea, leaving behind his wife and grown childr

Registration open for museum's Pioneer Kids Camp

Registration is currently underway for Fort Walla Walla Museum's Pioneer Kids Camp on July 20. Space is limited, and registration closes July 17.

Cajun music camp for children to be held in La Grande

LA GRANDE -- The Northeast Oregon Folklore Society and the Olde Meeting House will cosponsor a Cajun music-based summer camp for kids Monday through July 16 in La Grande, Ore.

Blue Mountain Audubon holds evening bird walk at Bennington Lake

Blue Mountain Audubon continues its summer series of summer evening birding walks with a short hike along Bennington Lake 6-8 p.m. July 15 at the Bennington Lake Recreation Area on Reservoir Road.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rodeo scene is cruel to animals

Holly Newman is exactly correct on her remarks about the rodeo scene. It is total cruelty to treat the animals this way and not harmless entertainment.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Double dippers get unfair rap

I am tired of being called a double dipper. This is a myth perpetuated by either people who are ignorant of the facts or want to stick it to the taxpayers for every dime they can get.

Government doesn't need to serve as truth police

It is the voters, not the government or courts, who should have the last word on these matters.

Politicians have been known to bend and twist the truth. A few even, well, serve up bald-faced lies.

In the minutes - Garfield County

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

In the minutes - Waitsburg Council

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

In the minutes - 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 the board:

Superior Court - Criminal Cases

Constance M. Auxier, 21, 304 N. Third Ave., was charged June 30 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Auxier is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine, using drug paraphernalia and unlawfully possessing less th


Whipet, the family dog, takes the drivers seat in the parking lot of Andy's Market as she impatiently waits in the car with her family, Zoey Andrews, 10, and her sister Zaysha, 7, (backseat, not visible), for a ride to the dog park this morning. (Whipet is one of the prison dogs that went through that program we did a story on last year.)

Port of Walla Walla hires new audtior/treasurer

Tricia Butler, a CPA, will take over the role July 19, replacing Anna Christen, who was fired by commissioners in May.

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla has hired a new auditor/treasurer to succeed the employee who was fired from the position in May.

New airport eatery sees opening delay

The opening of a new restaurant slated for the Walla Walla Regional Airport has been in the midst of a slight delay.

Online high school to hold information session July 31

WALLA WALLA -- Insight School of Washington, a tuition-free online high school, will hold an information session July 31 for interested students and families.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

E. coli fears spur spinach recall

Bagged baby spinach salads dated July 4 and 8 may have been contaminated, the company says.

A California food producer is recalling its bagged spinach due to possible contamination.

FDA issues warning about herbal weight loss supplement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a warning about a product called "Que She," which is marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement. The capsules contains active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the product label that could har

Walla Walla juice company scooped up by Canadian soft drink maker

A Walla Walla manufacturer known for its juice has been acquired by a company famous for its fizz.Cliffstar Corp., the New York-based private-label juice manufacturer that operates a plant in Walla Walla, will be purchased by Canadian soft drink maker Cot

Samuel Jay Coleman

To Rachel and Charles Coleman, College Place, a son, Samuel Jay Coleman, 9 pounds 8 ounces, July 7, 2010.

Emergency Services - 07/08/10

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

Etcetera - 07/08/10

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington Walla Walla Chapter 12 granted its annual $500 scholarship to Zachery J. Conlee, a descendant of a pioneer who established residence in Walla Walla County prior to 1870.

New commander to head Walla Walla office of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Col. David A. Caldwell will assume command Friday morning in a ceremony at the Marcus Whitman.

WALLA WALLA -- The new head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District office will be welcomed here Friday.

Black Sox 13U defeats Kennewick

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Black Sox 13-and-under summer baseball team bunched five runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth and came away with a 12-10 victory over the Kennewick Stealth Wednesday night at Ray Lane Field.'We had a wild one

Milton-Freewater Blazers sweep Goldendale Wednesday

The Blazers came back from a 7-1 deficit to win the opener and a 3-0 hole to win the nightcap.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Patrick Sheets' bases-loaded triple ignited a six-run second inning and jump-started the Milton-Freewater Blazers to a doubleheader sweep of Goldendale here Wednesday night in Senior Babe Ruth baseball play at McRae-Ireland Field.The Bl

Sweets fight back to win in eighth

Andy Matthews delivers a pinch-hit single to score Elliot Stewart with what proves to be the deciding run in the 6-5 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla refused to give up here in West Coast League baseball action Wednesday.Corvallis led 2-0 — the Sweets answered to get even at 2-2. The Knights grabbed a 5-2 lead — the Sweets answered to draw within a run at 5-4.The Sweets comple

Wicher helps the IFA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It's back to the Independent Women's Football League postseason for former Walla Wallan Julie Wicher after she helped the first United States national team claim the gold medal in the first IFAF Women's World Championships last weeken

Wa-Hi's Hamada heading to Nationals with Sidewinders

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi softball player Andrea Hamada will find herself on summer softball's biggest stage when she competes in Nationals July 31-August 8.Hamada plays softball for Tacoma's Sidewinders, which earned a berth in the national tournament after fi

Milton-Freewater softball all-stars can't beat errors

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Defensive errors caught up with Milton-Freewater's Little League softball all-stars here Tuesday during the 11-12 age-division district tournament.The M-F team, which made four errors in an earlier 7-0 loss to Pendleton in pool play and

Walla Walla man dies after dive into river

Joshua R. Zahl died after a dive Wednesday evening, officials said.

TOUCHET -- A 24-year-old man died Wednesday after cliff-diving into the Walla Walla River, authorities said.The victim was identified by the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office as Walla Walla resident Joshua R. Zahl. Zahl and friends were apparently at an

Mildred Gunderson

Feb. 6, 1910 - July 3, 2010

Anna Mae Rowe

Jan. 2, 1932 - May 5, 2010

Lillian Newton

July 3, 1921 - July 2, 2010

Franklin Roberts

Dec. 21, 1921 - June 7, 2010

Walter Veatch

May 11, 1924 - July 3, 2010

Raymond Leroue

Feb. 3, 1942 - July 2, 2010

Death Notice - Ivy Silver

Oct. 25, 1905 - July 08, 2010

Death Notice - Michael Spanish

March 22, 1921 - July 07, 2010

Death Notice - Vicki Dorsch

Nov. 19, 1951 - July 07, 2010

Wednesday, July 7

DC trip expands Prescott students' vistas

For most students, it was their first time on an airplane, let alone in the nation's capital.

PRESCOTT -- Taking in the sights of the nation's capital turned out to be an added bonus to mark the end of the school year for several students at Vista Hermosa Elementary.

Olivia Reese Allen

To Megan Marie Allen, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Olivia Reese Allen, 7 pounds 13 ounces, July 4, 2010.

Walla Walla man linked to rash of vehicle prowls

Joshua D. Martindale was arrested Tuesday after being caught by an off-duty Walla Walla County sheriff's deputy.

In the minutes - Pomeroy Council

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

Lawmaker tours troubled Milton-Freewater levees

US Rep. Greg Walden met with local residents and officials to take a closer look at the city's flood-plain problem.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The town's troubled levees got some congressional attention Tuesday.

Death Notice - Fern Irving

April 26, 1930 - July 2, 2010

Myron Krenzler

May 27, 1937 - July 2, 2010

Charles Short

October 18, 1920 - June 19, 2010

Milton-Freewater seniors win in All-Star softball play

LA GRANDE — Milton-Freewater's senior All-Star softball team won an 8-1 decision over La Grande here Tuesday.It was the first of possibly three All-Star games with La Grande. There are only two senior teams and they will play to best-of-three. The second

Monte Smith makes third hole-in-one in two weeks

MILTON-FREEWATER — Monte Smith had his third hole in one in two weeks at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course Saturday.He hit it on the par-3, 122-yard hole No. 11, using a nine iron.It was witnessed by Gene Longgood and Lucky Tyler.Smith's previous

Walla Walla Black Sox 14U sweeps tourney

YAKIMA — Walla Walla's Inland Cellular Black Sox 14-and-under youth baseball team made a clean sweep of its six games played here over the weekend to win the annual CWSA 4th of July Wood Bat Summer Slam tournament.The Black Sox faced their toughest tests

Canoe Ridge Vineyard tasting room closes its doors

Canoe Ridge was among the first large-scale wineries in Walla Walla.

The tasting room doors at one of Walla Walla's pioneer wineries was closed at the end of June in a cost-cutting move by its London-based parent company.The Cherry Street tasting room for Canoe Ridge Vineyard, a winery rooted by local investors more than 2

Barnaby's Pub shutters; owner envisions new microbrewery

Barnaby's Pub has made its final "last call."The Wellington Avenue bar closed its doors in June, unable to shake its nightclub reputation in an increasingly competitive market, owner Tim Reed said.Reed, already envisioning a reinvention as a microbrewery,

Business registrations

These businesses registered with the city of Walla Walla from June 1, 2010, through June 18, 2010.

Effort to save Ski Bluewood under way

A nonprofit management company may be the way Ski Bluewood continues to operate.The current owners of the ski resort announced earlier this year the resort would close unless new operators stepped forward.In response to that announcement a group of busine

Tuesday, July 6

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

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

Milton-Freewater man charged in connection with chase

David A. Pickett is accused of driving a stolen vehicle during a chase into Oregon last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly drove a stolen vehicle during a chase by patrol officers into Oregon last month has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with the crimes.David A. Pickett, 35, of 53752 Appleton Road, No. 61, Milton-


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. A board workshop on math data will precede the regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the high school library.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Wednesday 1 p.m. following a noon work session.Where: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero, 428 Ash St.

Emergency Services - 07/06/10

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

Khloee Jo Castles

To Amy and Kelly Castles, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Khloee Jo Castles, 6 pounds 13 ounces, July 2, 2010.


From his perch atop a ladder, Glen Mitchell reaches into a row of forsythia plants to prune them back on a sunny summer morning. Mitchell said when he got the plants from a friend it was recommended that he prune them once a year right after the fourth of July. Two days after the celebration Mitchell is still following the advice to a T.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Language misleading in U-B editorial

The U-B's June 29 editorial on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that state and local governments are subject to the Second Amendment's limitations on government power to infringe on the individual right to bear arms was mostly unremarkable -- until the ne

New doctors need oversight -- and sleep

Proposed rules would reduce the number of hours young doctors could work while mandating more oversight.

Just seven years ago physicians-in-training worked around the clock -- literally -- in hospitals. It was common for new doctors to work more than 24 hours straight without getting any sleep.

Etcetera - 07/06/10

To raise funds for the remodeling of The Center at the Park, folks there will hold a Let's Make a Deal contest ala longtime former host Monty Hall or current host Wayne Brady. The event will follow the July 20 strawberry waffle supper. A $5 ticket buys a

Bruins take third at Woodbat Classic

The Bruins went 4-2 in the Spokane tourney and lost in the semi-finals to Shadle Park.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins returned home from the Spokane Wood Bat Classic Junior American Legion tournament last weekend with a 4-2 overall record and third place in the 40-team tournament.They lost the 11-inning semifinal to Shadle Park, 3-2,

Pacific loses in first round of 10-11 Little League tourney

CLARKSTON — Asotin County scored five times in the fifth inning to enforce the 10-run mercy rule and defeat Walla Walla Pacific 11-1 in the first game of the District 5 Little League 10-11 age-division baseball tournament here Monday.The same two teams me

Walla Walla Pacific overtakes Touchet Valley, Walla Walla Valley falls in tourney

CLARKSTON — Walla Walla Pacific collected all 10 of its hits — four of them extra base blasts — in the final three innings here Monday night and rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to defeat Touchet Valley 7-6 in the first round of the District 5 Little Lea

Pullman ousts Bears in Wood Bat Classic

COEUR D' ALENE — Pullman topped the Walla Walla Bears here 5-1 Sunday, eliminating the Walla Wallans from the Spokane-Coeur d' Alene Wood Bat Classic American Legion baseball tournament.The loss, which ousted the Bears at the conclusion of pool play, left

Grizzlies place second at Titan Classic tourney

SPOKANE — The Walla Walla Grizzlies scored seven times in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 7-0 deficit only to lose 8-7 when Mead pushed across the winning run on a balk in the bottom of the seventh in the championship game of the University Titan C

Dorothy Perry

March 26, 1920 - June 29, 2010

Death Notice - Walter Veatch

May 11, 1924 - July 3, 2010

Death Notice - Robert Dazell

June 8, 1936 - July 5, 2010

Monday, July 5

Believe it or not, summer has arrived in Walla Walla

June surpassed the average for rain but temperatures averaged about 2 degrees below normal.

WALLA WALLA -- Although it was a little hard to tell, summer officially arrived last month.With the passage of the summer solstice on June 21, spring ended and, almost on cue, so did the rain.Temperatures also began to resemble seasonal norms, although th

Emergency services - 07/05/10

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

SCIENCE MATTERS - All living organisms related, 'cobbled together'

Living things are wondrous for many reasons, but two stand out. First, all living organisms are related to one another. Comparative anatomy, embryology, DNA, the fossil record, the structure of molecules from which life is built and the metabolic processe

Milton-Freewater shrinks kindergarten to half day

Imminent funding cuts prompted the cost-saving move.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Faced with deepening cuts in funding from the state, the Milton-Freewater School District is scaling back its kindergarten classes from full-day to half-day programs.All children entering kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year at Gro

Etcetera - 07/05/10

Amy's husband, David White, is a fifth-generation wheat farmer and son of Del and Kay White. The Whites farm 1,800 acres of dry land wheat and barley and she and David have an additional 570 acres of dry land wheat in lease.David also manages the Walla Wa

Manolopoulos, Reinland win gross at Mountain Dew Best Ball Vets tourney

WALLA WALA — Nick Manolopoulos and Max Reinland teamed up to win the gross division of the annual Mountain Dew Best Ball/Scramble golf tournament that concluded Sunday at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.Manolopoulos and Reinland carded a 123 total for 36 ho

Sweets lose to Moses Lake in extra innings

Moses Lake needs 11 innings for the 7-4 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Moses Lake pushed across three runs in the top of the 11th inning Sunday night to pull out a 7-4 victory over the Walla Walla Sweets in the rubber game of a three-game West Coast League baseball series at Borleske Stadium.The Pirates improve

Walla Wala Bears win three of five at Wood Bat Classic

The Bears return to Walla Walla Thursday for the Sweet Invite Tournament.

SPOKANE — The Walla Walla Bears won three of their first five games in pool play at a the Wood Bat Classic tournament here last weekend.First on the Bears agenda was defeating Prospect, 10-2, and the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen, 7-1, on Thursday.'Thursday was

Sunday, July 4

Lani Lee Wallin

Nov. 12, 1945 - June 17, 2010

Billie Gilliam

July 17, 1923 - June 29, 2010

Troy Kinnaman

Dec. 31, 1986 - June 17, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Katherine Dawes

Dec. 30, 1952 - June 27, 2010

Vola Gimple

Dec. 24, 1913 - July 1, 2010

Saturday, July 3

Little League district tourneys begin Monday

Three Walla Walla age groups are competing in the District 5 competition.

WALLA WALLA — Little League all-star teams from Walla Walla, Waitsburg, Dayton and Prescott are headed to Clarkston this week for three age levels of District 5 baseball competition, all of them battling for a single ticket to their respective Washington

Milton-Freewater Blazers lose Thurs. doubleheader

LA GRANDE —The Milton-Freewater Blazers fell in both games of a doubleheader against La Grande on Thursday.Game one featured a complete-game pitching duel between Blazer's Branden James and La Grande's Andrew Fullerton. The two pitchers struck out 15 bat

Sweets lose Friday in 10 innings

Kevin Kuntz scored to tie it in the bottom of the ninth, but Moses Lake came back in the 10th with an unmatched run to win the game, 3-2.

WALLA WALLA — Had the Walla Walla Sweets collected three hits with runners in scoring position during their West Coast League baseball game with East Division-rival Moses Lake on Friday night at Borleske Stadium, they may have come away with their sixth w

Young's arm, Daniel's bat lift Sweets

The Sweets evened the series at 1-1 with the 5-2 Saturday win over the Moses Lake Pirates.

WALLA WALLA — One night after a dreadful offensive showing in which it swatted just two hits in 14 tries with runners in scoring position, Walla Walla equalled that number of base knocks in one inning during their West Coast League baseball encounter with

Walla Walla Griz sweep with wood bats Sat.

SPOKANE — The Walla Walla Griz swept two games Saturday in Wood Bat Classic Tournament Legion A baseball action here at University High School.The Griz dropped their Friday opener to Gonzaga Prep 6-5 in nine innings, but adjusted to the wood bats and poun

Milton-Freewater Blazers break skid in split with Hanford

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Blazers split a pair of Senior Babe Ruth home baseball contests and snapped a seven-game losing streak in the process against Hanford here Saturday.Milton-Freewater fell 11-5 in game one, then bested their guests 6-

Halo effect

Created by ice crystals in the atmosphere, a colorful halo surrounds the sun over Walla Walla midday on Thursday.


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



A different kind of texting

Out for a warm summer weather ride on the motorcycle, a man drives while his passenger reads behind him as they cruise west on 182 in West Pasco.

Applicants needed for oversight committee

The group will watch over the Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan.

WALLA WALLA - The number of applications for the city's first Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan oversight committee is so far less than what officials had hoped for.As of Friday, five applications had been received for the committee, whose job wi

'Pets and Their People' photo contest to benefit humane society

WALLA WALLA — A 'Pets and Their People” photo contest will help raise money for the Blue Mountain Humane Society.The contest is being held by Walla Faces Tasting Room, 216 Main St., with entries being accepted through July 15.


Retirement set for


As part of the Morton Street IRRP Project, Chase Avenue and Fourth Avenue at the intersections of Morton Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Friday. The intersection of Third Avenue and Morton Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday. These closures will be for the installation of asphalt.


Walla Walla General Hospital

Suspects arrested in Burbank armed robberies

BURBANK — Two arrests have been made in connection with two armed robberies at gunpoint that occurred last week, including an early Wednesday morning robbery in the parking lot of Sun Mart, 35 Apple Lane.The Sun Mart robbery involved two victims who repor

Whitehouse-Crawford celebrates decade

The fine dining establishment is located in the historic 1903 planing mill building.

WALLA WALLA — A white-linen restaurant wouldn't have lasted 10 years in a boots-and-jeans town if the Fork Police had been wandering around the dining room.But such was the battle of misconceptions when the Whitehouse-Crawford opened in May 2000, said che

Frank Brown to run for coroner as write-in candidate

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown, who last month failed to register by the primary election ballot deadline after receiving harsh criticism from key public officials, is now registered as a write-in candidate for coroner.Walla Walla Co

Rehab residents to host barbecue

The two Walla Walla Oxford House facilities hope to serve up to 400 people.

WALLA WALLA - They're celebrating a different type of independence today at Fort Walla Walla Park, one that champions freedom from the tyranny of drugs and alcohol, as residents of both local Oxford House rehab homes hold a free community barbecue.Oxford

PANORAMA - New Learning Center opens in Walla Walla

A new Learning Center for the area's youngest children has officially opened its doors, and its first customers have been at work exploring, playing and learning within its walls.An expansion of a Tot Spot class offered at Pioneer United Methodist Church

ETCETERA - Friends turn birthdays into humane society benefit

Since their birthdays are close together, Griffin Hood and cousin Max Titus planned to celebrate with one party. Once they found out friend and classmate Lacey Owens would be having her party the same day, they combined all three.'The boys have been in th


Arthur and Ruth Harms

Arthur E. and Ruth Marms of College Place celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Friday.The couple met while in college and married July 2, 1945, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Ruth's maiden name is Corder.


Army National Guard Pvt. Timothy R. Hansen, from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Walla Walla RSVP volunteers are busier than ever

And they aren't necessarily retired, director Peggy Needham says.

Peggy Needham, a longtime advocate for seniors, has begun working as the director of Walla Walla RSVP at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave. Needham comes to the organization with recent experience as the fall prevention coordinator for the city of W

Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. A DECLARATION By the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA In GENERAL CONGRESS assembled.When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them


Friday, July 2

Mental evaluation ordered for man charged in Touchet attack

WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of attacking a delivery man in Touchet last month.Experts from Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake are to determine whether Luis A. Ballesteros, 19, was sane when the assault alleged

Marquee: Summer musical brings home the Bacon with 'Footloose'

Dancing, singing, tractors and cars will fill the stage along with 68 cast members for this year's summer musical performance of "Footloose."

Bird watchers invited to go walk at Whitman Mission

Local bird watcher Mike Denny will conduct a bird walk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

Coffee Connections Cafe hosts Anderson's art

Demonstration paintings by Joyce Anderson used in her Walla Walla Community College Water Color classes since 1982 are on display at Coffee Connections Cafe 57 E. Main St., through the month of July.

Oldies Night @ The Library plays popular patriotic hits

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Just in time for Independence Day, red, white and blue songs will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Friday during Oldies Night @ The Library, at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.

Barchus exhibit on display at Kirkman House Museum

A show titled "Eliza Barchus: the Majestic West" at Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., is open for the First Friday ArtWALK and is on view until July 11.

Clay Walker tickets go on sale July 8

PENDLETON -- Country music star Clay Walker will perform an outdoor concert 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 72777 Highway 331.

The Honeycutters perform July 9

The Honeycutters perform in a special Summer Concert Series presentation 5-7 p.m. July 9 on the Plaza at First Avenue and Main Street. The concert is free and seating is provided.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Pioneer Park

There will be musical acts, food vendors, artisans and other entertainment under the park's canopy.

Bands, vendors, artisans and many others will come together at Pioneer Park this Sunday for a Fourth of July in the Park celebration that promises to be more "lively" and musical than in previous years.

Annie Mix portrayed at Fort WW Museum

Walla Walla's "New Orleans Lady" will make a return visit to the town she graced in the 19th century at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

At Whitman Mission, see how pioneers cooked over open fires

Each summer weekend a different activity focusing on skills used by Cayuse, explorers, missionaries, or emigrants is presented at Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, from 1-4 p.m.

World music duo plays Dayton

Husband and wife team Four Shillings Short will perform a free concert for all ages at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. Third St., 6:30-8 p.m. July 9. The public is encouraged to listen and hear about 30 different instruments from around the world.

Elevating Italian blends show elegance

Being half Italian, and having traveled to Italy more than a few times (but never enough), I have a particular fondness for Italian wines.

New at the library

Kwasi Edward Michael Dankwa -- Eddie Signwriter to his clients -- is a 20-year-old painter of murals and billboards in the city of Accra, Ghana, who is buffeted by forces beyond his control and understanding as he is swept up by the passions and machinati

Parkhurst to sign book copies at Hastings on Saturday

Walla Walla Valley author Bodie Parkhurst will sign copies of her latest novel, "Good on Paper," at Hastings Books, Music and Video, 617 S. Ninth Ave., noon-3 p.m. Saturday.

Fort WW Museum hosts regalia, print exhibit through July 26

Fort Walla Walla Museum is exhibiting a blending of traditional American Indian arts and contemporary Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts prints through July 26.

June Cornelia Hensley

To former Walla Wallan Anne O'Neil Henry and Nathan Hensley, a daughter, June Cornelia Hensley, 8 lbs. 6 oz, June 29, Durham (N.C.) Regional Hospital.

Emergency Services - 07/02/10

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

Blue Mountain Mall property auction canceled

An emergency bankruptcy filing has put off the potential sale of the beleaguered property until mid-August.

WALLA WALLA -- A sale of the Blue Mountain Mall property was canceled this morning in the latest twist for the marooned retail development.

Help today, hope for tomorrow themes of Gregoire visit

The governor was in Eastern Washington on Thursday to talk irrigation and crop disasters.

Dreams and disasters were all part of Gov. Chris Gregoire's visit to the Walla Walla area Thursday.

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? - Two-toned road begs questions

What's up with that?

After months (and months) of construction, Abbott Road just to the south of Murr Sports Park is finally open.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cooperation on development is encouraging

I attended a Walla Walla County commissioners' workshop today, which was remarkable.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Was firing of general really right move?

Several members of the national press described President Obama's recent firing of Gen. McChrystal as a "brilliant" move.

Red, white & blue to fly in Fort Walla Walla Park Sunday

American flags will fly over Fort Walla Walla Park on the Fourth of July in a setting museum officials liken to a Norman Rockwell painting.

California plan to sell ads on license plates is loser

It could be a distraction for drivers and it would unfairly compete with private businesses.

State governments across the nation continue to face fiscal challenges as the U.S. economy is rebounding slower than anticipated.

Pair apprehended in Burbank, Pasco robberies

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office said two men believed to be connected to robberies early Wednesday in Burbank and Pasco have been arrested.

Etcetera - 07/02/10

Since January, Walla Wallan David Smith has walked four newspaper routes for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Recently, he noticed a customer's paper box laying in the dirt. He knocked on the door to ask if he could reinstall it. The customer answered, up

Death Notice - Vola Gimple

Dec. 24, 1913- July 01, 2010

Anthony Fontana

Dec. 19, 1932 - June 29, 2010

Thursday, July 1

Gov. Gregoire talks rivers, ag during Walla Walla visit

WALLA WALLA — Restoring a river while also boosting agriculture was the top issue today as Gov. Chris Gregoire visited the Walla Walla Valley.The governor's visit was the start of the two-day tour of Eastern Washington focused on economic development in w

Man sentenced in confrontation at Walla Walla Safeway store

Chet T. Volkman pleaded guilty this week to several charges in connection with a confrontation at Plaza Safeway in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty in Superior Court to a variety of charges stemming from a confrontation at the Plaza Safeway store in March was sentenced Thursday to time-served.Chet T. Volkman, 20, faced up to a year in the County Jail. C

DEATH NOTICE - Betty Stoddard

June 23, 1925- June 30, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Zella Smith

Sept. 1, 1953 - June 30, 2010

STREET SMARTS - Know the rules before you light the fuse

It is easy to become confused when trying to decide what our legal rights and obligations are concerning the discharging of fireworks. That is because the city of Walla Walla has different regulations than does College Place and Walla Walla County.

Fireworks off limits in region's national forests

With high fuel loads in the forests, the danger of a wildfire could be very high this year.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, officials are asking people to remember that fireworks are prohibited in both the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.

Play it safe with the home fireworks show

Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition for many families. Unfortunately, they often lead to another, less exciting tradition -- injuries from fireworks.

Armed robbery investigated in Burbank

Two men say they were robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday.

BURBANK -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred early Wednesday at a local convenience store.

Walla Walla drivers ticketed 49 times for cell phone use

A city police officer says behavior appears to backsliding after initial compliance with restrictions that started June 10.

WALLA WALLA -- Drivers in the city have been ticketed 49 times for using their cell phones since the law went into effect on June 10.


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

Emergency Services - 07/01/10

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

Holiday Closures

The Fourth of July holiday is Sunday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Cody R. Gore, 16, 310 S. 10th Ave., was sentenced June 18 on one count each third-degree theft and violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of drug paraphernalia.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Thomas Everett Massey, 49, 418 Lakeview Drive, Burbank, was sentenced June 28 on one count each harassment, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and second-degree driving with license suspended.

Blue Mountain Mall property returns to auction block

The former Blue Mountain Mall is once again in foreclosure and up for grabs Friday morning.

WALLA WALLA -- The torn down, partially rebuilt and deserted Blue Mountain Mall property is bound for another round on the auction block Friday.


Amidst the tangles of branches and the necessities of gathering nuts and chasing others of its kind, a small squirrel finds time to enjoy the simple life sprawled on a shaded branch away from the afternoon heat.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - John Turner is clearly qualified to be sheriff

I read Steve Harris' letter in the June 28 issue of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin supporting either Bill White or Jim Romine for Walla Walla County sheriff and, interestingly, only came away with a list of reasons to not vote for John Turner, the third

Before putting name on petitions make sure issues worthy of support

Since it is clear those who sign are taking a public stand, know what you are signing.

When citizens of Washington state sign a ballot-measure petition they are essentially asking for an initiative or referendum to be put before a vote of the people.

Etcetera - 07/01/10

About 11/2 years ago Jim Sonne joined a nonprofit organization here called Pheasants Forever. "I thought it would be a group of guys that just liked to hunt. Was I surprised to find out what its goals really were," he said.

Exchange Club takes All-City Babe Ruth title

Walla Walla Transmission makes a fourth-inning run, but is answered quickly as Exchange wins the championship, 16-5.

WALLA WALLA — Exchange Club capped a perfect season by claiming the 2010 Walla Walla Championship in Babe Ruth baseball action at Borleske Stadium Wednesday night.Exchange Club was up 8-2, when Walla Walla Transmission put up a three-spot in its half of t

Bells plate five ninth-inning runs to rally past Sweets

Ryan Richardson's stellar, eight-plus-inning effort on the mound is blown away in the final inning as Bellingham wins the series finale, 5-2.

BELLINGHAM — The Walla Walla Sweets led 2-0 from the first inning into the bottom of the ninth, but Bellingham posted runs that counted — and gave the Sweets no chance to recover — capped by a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth.It added up to a 5-