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Wednesday, June 30

Fiber-optic cable break severs communications in Walla Walla area

WALLA WALLA -- A broken fiber-optic cable interrupted service Tuesday to Qwest business customers and residential lines served by other providers.According to Qwest spokesman Bob Gravely, the break occurred about 7:45 a.m. when a construction crew replaci

West Nile virus moves closer to Walla Walla

Tests return positive near Benton-Yakima county line.

OLYMPIA – The first sign of West Nile virus near the Benton-Yakima county line serves as a reminder for people living in and visiting Eastern Washington to avoid mosquito bites.Mosquito samples collected by the Benton County Mosquito Control District near

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Future has arrived in Waitsburg

Tan Vinh wrote an informative article about Waitsburg that appeared in The Seattle Times on June 9.

Governor Gregoire to start Eastern Wash. tour in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire will make the Walla Walla area her first stop as she begins a two-day tour of Eastern Washington on Thursday.

Tuition hikes for colleges curb access

More than 15,000 students who qualified for financial aid grants didn't get them because money wasn't available.

When the Legislature gave the state's universities and colleges permission to raise tuition, lawmakers insisted it wouldn't reduce access to education.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Steven M. Plummer, 18, 743 Carrie Ave., was charged June 28 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Plummer is accused of unlawfully possessing heroin on May 27.

Audrey Jane Banek

To Christopher and Tori Banek of Milton-Freewater, a daughter, Audrey Jane Banek, 8 pounds 4 ounces, June 21, 2010.

Fire damages Capri Motel room

WALLA WALLA -- A fire at the Capri Motel on Tuesday is being investigated by the Walla Walla Police Department, authorities said.

Meeting to discuss road project

A project to reconstruct a portion of the Old Milton Highway will be the subject of a public information meeting tonight.

Welcome Table Farm plucks fresh food for customers

Subscribers to the program get an e-mail telling them what to expect so they can plan their menus.

Fresh produce from the fields of Welcome Table Farm arrives on local dining room tables through a journey that begins Tuesdays with one early alarm, two pairs of rubber boots, 50 crops and one baby monitor.

Etcetera - 06/30/10

Walla Walla High School Latino Club members recently elected new officers for the 2010-2011 school year.

OUTDOORS - Worms and rain don't damper Don and Nora's spirits at Pittsburg Landing

I groaned to sit up on the Therm-a-Rest mattress. With my legs through the door, I pulled on my pants and boots.'Ohhhh!”I crawled from the tent and staggered to my feet. Nora the Schnauzer passed me, stretched mightily and shook so hard three of her feet

Soccer seems to fit in the Walla Walla Valley

WALLA WALLA — I never thought I'd say this, but it appears that soccer is finally gaining some serious traction in the good old U.S. of A.However, some of my soccer-loving friends — and others not so friendly — might suggest that I am a tad bit slow on th

Sweets error-free in loss to Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — The Walla Walla Sweets couldn't convert a game victory Monday into a win for the series here Tuesday, despite error-free ball.The Sweets lost to the Bellingham Bells, 5-2. They were outhit, 10-5.It was scoreless until the bottom of the third

Walla Walla Griz take two games from Bees

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz won a pair of Junior American Legion games against the West Valley Bees, 13-10 and 3-0, at Borleske Stadium Tuesday.The Griz jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings of the opener, and were up 12-0 before the Bees pla

Local junior golfers compete at Wine Valley

WALLA WALLA — Local junior golfers put in a round at the links Monday at Wine Valley Golf Course.Walla Walla golfers joined others from southeastern Washington in the Washington Junior Golf Association sub-district tournament on the par-72 course.Two boys

Exchange will play Walla Walla Transmission in All-City title game

Exchange Club defeated Eastgate Lions, 16-5, Tuesday night to play Walla Walla Transmission for the Babe Ruth All-City title tonight.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Transmission and Exchange Club will meet at Borleske Stadium tonight in the Babe Ruth All-City Tournament.Exchange Club had one more team to defeat before making it into the championship game, and on Tuesday night, the 20-0 team

Rietz improves on previous Coeur d'Alene Ironman time

COEUR D'ALENE — Walla Walla's Marcella Rietz finished the Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 11 hours, 23 minutes and 52 seconds, an improvement of more than 36 minutes from her 2009 time.Rietz finished 14th in the 35-39 women's division and placed 389th of 2095 fi

Wala Walla Bears fall to Twins in tourney semifinal

LEWISTON — The Walla Walla Bears lost to the Lewiston-Clarkston Twins in the semifinal round of the Dwight Church Memorial Tournament here Sunday.The Bears lost 5-2. They went 3-2 in the tournament, winning their first three but losing the last two, to Sp

DEATH NOTICE - Billie Gilliam

July 17, 1923 - June 29, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Dorothy Perry

March 26, 1920 - June 29, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Jesse Dodd

July 27, 1922- June 29, 2010

Tuesday, June 29

Signs of West Nile virus move closer to Walla Walla

OLYMPIA – The first sign of West Nile virus near the Benton-Yakima county line serves as a reminder for people living in and visiting Eastern Washington to avoid mosquito bites.Mosquito samples collected by the Benton County Mosquito Control District near

Dannie Dinsmore

Jan. 8, 1957 - June 25, 2010

UPDATE - Break in fiber optic cable knocks out some phone and internet service

WALLA WALLA — A broken fiber optic cable interrupted service today to Qwest business customers and residential lines served by other providers.According to Bob Gravely, Qwest spokesman, the break occurred about 7:45 a.m. today when a construction crew rep

Baker Boyer ranks high on best places to work list

Employees of Baker Boyer Bank love where they work.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Increase in propery assessments questioned

Well, folks living in our wonderful town --with our wonderful streets that I cuss every time I have to drive on them -- why is Walla Walla County Assessor Bill Vollendorff raising property values when I have never had a person stop by and want to look in

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support for food bank appreciated

Saturday was a gorgeous day offering multiple recreational options.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Capt. Bill White has knowledge and experience

This is in response to the letter from Jeanne Ziska regarding the race for Walla Walla County sheriff.

Court properly upholds right of individuals to own guns

The Supreme Court ruling seems to follow the thinking of the Founding Fathers.

The U.S. Supreme Court's narrow 5-4 decision on Monday upholding the right to own a gun for self defense would seem to follow the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

Walla Walla-area firefighters brush up on wildfires

The training exercise involved 87 volunteers and involved 37 vehicles.

WALLA WALLA -- Firefighters took to the hills Monday to prepare for this year's fire season.

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Hawking own book proves tough, thankless task

I've been out hawking my new book. It's tough work.

Etcetera - 06/29/10

Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club members presented Nylah Holt, Nancy Patino and Rocio Escalante with scholarships.

Weekend fire destroys abandoned structure

WALLA WALLA -- An abandoned structure was consumed in a fire this weekend, authorities said.The fire was reported about 8 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Brock Street, according to the Walla Walla Fire Department.Originally called in as a garage fire, t

DeSales grad Pat Richard leads East past West at All-State

YAKIMA — DeSales grad Pat Richard played a big part in the East's victory over the West at the All-State Class B-1A-2A Football game at Zaepfel Stadium here Saturday.Richard threw the game-winning touchdown to Colfax's Will Hatley, a 35-yard strike, with

Walla Walla Sweets end losing streak at seven games with win at Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — The Walla Walla Sweets managed to staunch a seven-game losing streak with a win here Monday night.The Sweets defeated the Bellingham Bells, 5-2, despite four errors to Bellingham's one.Bellingham opened it up, but the Sweets posted three in t

Mountain Dew golf tourney at Vets Memorial this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Mountain Dew is sponsoring a golf tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Saturday and Sunday.The two-man Best Ball Scramble has a $75 entry fee which includes greens fees.For more information, call the Vets Memorial pro shop at 527-4507

Walla Walla Transmissions, Lions advance at All-City tourney

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Transmissions and Eastgate Lions lived to play another day with victories Monday in the All-City Babe Ruth Tournament.The two teams join top-seeded Exchange Club in the tournament, which continues today and Wednesday.Eastgate Lio

Griz split Junior A American Legion twin bill in Yakima

The Beetles win the opener, 18-8, before Walla Walla battled to the 15-14, seven-inning victory in the nightcap.

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Griz split a pair of Junior A American Legion games with the Yakima Beetles Rookies here Monday.They lost the six-inning first game, 18-8, but came back to win the second, 15-14, in seven innings.'The first game was just one of th

Trial scheduled in Walla Walla stabbing

WALLA WALLA -- A trial date has been set for a man charged with stabbing an acquaintance this month.Tylur D. Tiedemann, 18, of 213 W. Maple St., is scheduled for trial Aug. 24 on the charge of second-degree assault. He pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in

Innocent plea entered in Walla Walla gang-related fight

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to a felony related to a gang-related fight last winter near 12th Avenue and Birch Street.Roberto R. Arroyo, 20, of 330 W. Chestnut St., is scheduled for trial Aug. 24 on the charge

Walla Walla man admits hitting pedestrian with vehicle

David Marquez initially was charged with two felonies, vehicular assault and hit-and-run -- injury.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who drove into a pedestrian near Second Avenue and Tietan street in March is facing a standard-range sentence of up to a year in the County Jail after pleading guilty Monday afternoon to third-degree assault.David Marquez, 19, of 1115

Man pleads guilty to charges in assault at Walla Walla Safeway

WALLA WALLA -- A man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to a variety of charges stemming from a confrontation at the Plaza Safeway store in March.Chet T. Volkman, 20, entered the guilty pleas Monday afternoon to charges of third-degree assault, intimida

David Drivdahl

Feb. 27, 1935 – June 24, 2010

Elnora Brummett

Oct. 3, 1932 - June 22, 2010

Robert Johnson

July 4, 1921 - June 27, 2010

Timothy Dorgan, Jr.

Aug. 3, 1969 - June 26, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Kathryn Carlson

Feb. 26, 1915 - June 26, 2010

Monday, June 28

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support either White or Romine for sheriff

I was employed with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office from 1985 to 1990. I worked in the jail for three years and on the road as a deputy for two years. I still work very closely with the Sheriffs Office in my current position as a police officer wi

Have happy -- and safe -- Fourth of July in the Valley

Rules for fireworks are far more restrictive in the city of Walla Walla than other parts of the county.

Fireworks are very popular and can be a lot of fun. But they can also be extremely dangerous, which is why rules are in place to regulate their use.

Walla Walla City Council approves new guidelines for electronic signs

Getting your message across to consumers may be easier after a vote by the Walla Walla City Council that lifts restrictions on electronic reader boards.

Special meeting for fire district

TOUCHET -- The Fire District 6 board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the fire station in Touchet, said Stuart Durfee.

Boise man hurt in crash

WALLA WALLA -- An Idaho man was injured Sunday following a two-vehicle collision at about 12:53 p.m. at the intersection of Vineyard Loop and Spaulding Road.

Emergency Services - 06/28/10

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

Walla Walla Valley Bands receives $51,000 grant

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Bands will be playing a happier tune with the receipt of a $51,000 grant from the Sherwood Trust to buy instruments and equipment.

Walla Walla leaves good taste in bloggers' mouths

Many attendees of the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference have posted highlights of the weekend on their websites and Twitter accounts.

WALLA WALLA -- Judging from the trail of tweets they left behind, a lot of wine bloggers left Walla Walla Sunday with a sweet taste in their mouths.

Etcetera - 06/28/10

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., announced the winner of the first annual Girls Rock the House competition at a May 31 event in Walla Walla. Elli Rassbach, an eighth-grader from Walla Walla, received the top prize.

Walla Walla's Michelsons win net title at annual Chapman Invite

Walla Walla's Jim and Sarah Michelson take the net title after two days of play at the country club.

WALLA WALLA — Top honors in the Walla Walla Country Club's annual Chapman Invitational golf tournament went to couples from Gig Harbor, Wash., and Walla Walla following Sunday's concluding round of the 36-hole event.Richard Almanza and Kelly Gardner of Gi

Road woes continue for Walla Walla Sweets

Kitsap ties it up with Walla Walla in the ninth, and then scores the game-winner in the 13th as the Sweets lose their seventh straight game.

BREMERTON, Wash. — Walla Walla's West Coast League road woes continued here Sunday as the Sweets dropped a 7-6 decision in 13 innings to the Kitsap BlueJackets.

Walla Walla Bruins finish second in annual Junior American Legion baseball tourney

The Bruins score six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of their tournament title game, but Richland hangs on for the 11-9 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Bruins came up just short in their quest to capture the championship of their annual Junior American Legion baseball tournament that wrapped up on Sunday.The Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday

Gray, Jacky win DeSales Golf Team Fundraiser tournament

WALLA WALLA — Bill Gray and Chris Jacky teamed up to win the Red, White and Gold DeSales Golf Team Fundraiser tournament at Wine Valley Golf Club Sunday.Gray and Jacky shot a 59, good for $200, to edge Andrew Adams and Tony Scott for top honors. The secon

Walla Walla Black Sox 14U splits at Coeur d'Alene tourney

Walla Walla hands North Idaho two tournament losses, but drops a pair of games to Great Falls.

COEUR D'ALENE — Walla Walla Black Sox 14U finished 2-2 at the Coeur d'Alene tournament over the weekend.The Black Sox allowed four seventh-inning runs to drop the tourney opener to Great Falls, 6-4, before downing North Idaho, 14-3, on Saturday.The Great

Walla Walla Xplosion third at NSA state softball tournament

TRI-CITIES — The Walla Walla Xplosion 10-and-under girls fastpitch softball team finished third in the National Softball Association State Tournament held here over the weekend. The Xplosion finished with an overall record of 4-2 in the tournament.

Walla Walla Exchange Club downs Banner Bank

WALLA WALLA — Exchange Club finished the regular Babe Ruth season with an 11-5 victory over Banner Bank Saturday evening at Tietan Park.Gavin McEvoy led off the game with a home run that gave Exchange an early lead.

55 PLUS - So your number's up? Here's what to do about it:

Whether that number is blood sugar, high cholesterol or excess weight, diet and exercise are keys to improving it.

You just got the test results back and your doctor said your numbers aren't good. The bad cholesterol is up, the good is low. Glucose is up, and so is your blood pressure. Feeling scared, you go home and wonder what to do to improve. "Depending on how sca

Sunday, June 27

L. Maxine Shore

Sept. 26, 1910 – June 23, 2010

Gilbert Olin

June 5, 1927 - June 17, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Dale Johnson

Aug. 1, 1952 - June 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - David Drivdahl

Feb. 27, 1935 - June 24, 2010

Francis J. Merry

August 8, 1920 – June 21, 2010

David McBride

March 4, 1950 - May 30, 2010

Roy Adams

November 6, 1937 – June 18, 2010

Dora Loveall

April 16, 1912 - June 17, 2010

Life's a drag — in a good way — for drag racer Scott Holbrook

Scott Holbrook has been drag racing for seven years and sits at fifth in the season standings.

WALLA WALLA — Scott Holbrook races quite a horse.It covers 60 feet in less than 1.40 seconds and 660 feet in the 6.50s. This year, Holbrook has even managed to coax a little more out of his metal Mustang, when it recorded sub-6.50 seconds time in a test r

Bruins reach semifinals of annual tournament

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla's Bruins will take a perfect 4-0 record into the final day of their annual Junior American Legion baseball tournament.Walla Walla faces Team Rudi in semifinal today at 8:30 a.m. at Walla Walla Community College's Warrior Field in

NFL Youth Flag Football registrations due Monday

WALLA WALLA — Register by Monday to be guaranteed a spot in Walla Walla Parks and Recreation's NFL Youth Flag Football program. The program is open to boys and girls entering second to sixth grades.Participants will receive a reversible NFL jersey and fla

Exchange moves to 13-0 in Babe Ruth after Friday win

WALLA WALLA — Justin Lemus led a 14-hit Exchange Club attack with three hits Friday night to help keep his team's undefeated league and overall records intact.Exchange improved to 13-0 in Babe Ruth League play and 18-0 overall after a 12-9 victory over Ea

Jessica Huntsman places fourth in WJGA tournament

KENNEWICK — Walla Walla's Jessica Huntsman participated in the Washington Junior Golf Association tournament Wednesday at Canyon Lakes Golf Course here.Huntsman carded a 92 in the girls 14-15 division to place fourth. She advances to district play in July

Bears still have shot in today's tourney

LEWISTON — The Walla Walla Bears are 3-1 after four games at the Dwight Church Memorial Tournament here. They play at least once more before the championship tonight.They won two games Friday, moving into a Saturday match with the Spokane Bandits.But the

Black Sox 13U split at Richland

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Black Sox 13-and-under baseball team split a doubleheader here Friday night with the Richland River Rats at Hanford High School.Richland rallied from a 5-0 deficit to post a 10-7 win in game one and the Black Sox came from behin

Sweets fall in 10 at Kitsap Friday

BREMERTON — Andrew Mistone scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to push Kitsap past Walla Walla, 5-4, in West Coast League baseball action here Friday night.The loss dropped the Sweets to 0-4 on their current nine-game road trip and ext

Sweets suffer setback at Kitsap Saturday

BREMERTON — Single runs in the third, eighth and ninth innings, and three hits apiece by Christian Ramirez and Karsten Strieby, were not enough to prevent the Walla Walla Sweets from absorbing their seventh straight defeat.Walla Walla's latest fiasco occu

Saturday, June 26

This Boot Camp is made for walking

The idea is to work off the weight while learning to follow a healthy lifestyle.

WALLA WALLA — Some families come together by birth and others come together through circumstance.Then there are the families born of fear, fight and fat.

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

A study will evaluate Walla Walla school buildings' chances of weathering a major earthquake.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Public Schools is one of two districts in the state picked to participate in a preliminary study that will test school buildings for earthquake readiness.The Seismic Needs Assessment is being funded by the Federal Emergency Manag

Ex-Wa-Hi teacher lands assistant principal job

The district continues to seek applicants for the Wa-Hi principal position.

WALLA WALLA — A former Walla Walla High School teacher has been named an assistant principal of the school.The Walla Walla School Board approved hiring Mindy Meyer during a special board meeting Friday. Meyer replaces outgoing Assistant Principal Matt Bon

COURT REPORT

Superior Court

ON THE AGENDA

DAYTON CITY COUNCIL

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted.

PANORAMA - Pastime for all times

More than one-and-a-half centuries ago journalists back east began referring to baseball as the 'National Pastime.”Of course the nation didn't include as many states in the 1850s as it does today.

ETCETERA - Fundraising ‘Footloose' quilt embodies happy feet

To borrow some familiar lyrics, a group of stitchers "cut loose, footloose, kicked off their Sunday shoes" and put together a series of brilliantly colored fabric blocks for a fundraiser.

M-F Crop Walk feeds hungry for Christ

Congratulations to the community of Milton-Freewater for recently completing its 20th Crop Walk fundraiser to combat world hunger.This annual walk is sponsored by churches and communities around the world. The final tally for this fundraiser is not compil

CHURCH BULLETIN

Seventh-day Adventist Spanish Church holds dinner

CELEBRATIONS

Rex-Klinefelter

Former Walla Walla residents Katie Rex and Kalem Klinefelter married April 25, 2010, at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Kodiak, Alaska.Katie is the daughter of Dennis and Gayle Rex of Walla Walla. She is a registered nurse and works in labor a

SerVICE PEOPLE

Seaman Riley James Owens, 19, Walla Walla, on April 10 from U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He will transfer to the Naval Nuclear Power School, Goose Creek, S.C. The Naval Nuclear Power School is a technical school operated by the U.

It does matter who signs ballot- measure petitions

And that is why the names of those who sign should be made public.

When citizens of Washington state sign a petition to put an initiative or referendum on the ballot, they are taking a public stand.Yet, the idea makes some people uncomfortable. They prefer to think signing a petition as an anonymous activity like a straw

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Touchet Valley people show their love

Milton-Freewater man sentenced to more than 16 years for abuse of children

An 18-year-old Milton-Freewater man will spend more than 16 years in an Oregon prison for sodomizing and sexually abusing two young children, officials said.Edward Wayne Yeoman was 17 when he committed his crimes, said Umatilla County District Attorney De

Former Athena police officer pleads innocent to child pornography

PENDLETON - A former Athena police officer has been arraigned on child pornography charges.Attorney General John Kroger says 37-year-old Mark B. Ashcraft pleaded innocent to multiple counts of encouraging child sexual abuse at Wednesday's hearing in Umati

Free HIV testing set for Monday

DAYTON — Free HIV testing will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at Blue Mountain Counseling, 221 E. Washington.Blue Mountain Heart to Heart will provide the testing in observance of National HIV Testing Day.

BIRTHS

Walla Walla General Hospital

IN THE MINUTES

WALLA WALLA SCHOOL BOARD

Friday, June 25

HEALTH & FITNESS - Pets may be best friend, keeping owners healthy

Have you ever arrived home from a tough day at work and were graciously greeted by your pet; to discover an instant smile and boost of happiness?Pets are a natural mood enhancer, and just 15 to 30 minutes with our fluffy, scaly or feathery friends reduces

Hodaka Days in Athena

ATHENA — Hodaka Days events run through Sunday here. Sponsored bythe local Hodaka Club, the event celebrates the Hodaka motorcycle.Weekend events include a pancake breakfast from 6-10 a.m. Saturday, the Athena Lads and Lassies Cancer Walk, Parade at 9 a.m

BETWEEN THE LINES

Travel by foot was the surest form of getting from point A to point B on Poplar Street Tuesday afternoon as three pedestrians were framed through the opening of a construction sign on 1st Avenue as they made their way across the torn-up asphalt. Detours have been the norm over the past two days and have caused traffic back-ups (see other photo) on other downtown routes during busier moments in the day.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Democrats to blame for financial woes

Regarding the article of June 18, "Tax hikes help, don't cure state's budget woes."

Governor's cuts to Oregon budget are necessary

Quick action was needed to avoid even deeper cuts later.

After all, the services provided are not equal. Things such as law enforcement -- from police to prisons -- are critical. Education is also among the top priorities.

LEGAL BRIEFING - Minor can ask court for 'emanicipation'

Dear John, I am 15 years old. All my parents and I do is yell and argue with each other. I hate it! I hate them and want to leave and live on my own. I am a good student and get good grades. I can make my own decisions. I can probably get a job to pay for

Etcetera - 06/25/10

Through Walla Walla High School teacher and mentor recommendations, award-winning students Jasmín Llanes and Yvonne Segovia were chosen to participate in the 2010 Cascades Climate Challenge. It is sponsored by North Cascades Institute, which operates an E

Survey to plot pay in Walla Walla Valley

There are plans to offer two free demonstrations of the website and a paid workshop for managers.

WALLA WALLA -- The idea for a local salary and benefits survey came to Virginia Detweiler in the classroom.

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 and Dedloff 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 all present Thursday the board:

Emergency Services - 06/25/10

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 crim

Walla Walla Griz take baseball twin bill in Baker City

BAKER CITY — The Walla Walla Griz won both ends of a Junior A American Legion baseball twin bill against Baker City, 9-7 and 12-2, Wednesday.

Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart second at WJGA tournament at Canyon Lakes

KENNEWICK — Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart placed second in the boys 14-15 division at the Washington Junior Golf Association tournament Wednesday at Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

Walla Walla Bears down Nampa in baseball tourney opener

LEWISTON — The Walla Walla Bears opened their part of the Dwight Church Memorial Tournament with a win here Thursday.The Bears defeated the Nampa Chiefs, 5-1, in seven innings.

DeSales golf team fundraiser Sunday at Wine Valley

WALLA WALLA — The first DeSales Golf Team Fundraiser tees off Sunday at Wine Valley Golf Course.Tee times in the two-person scramble run from noon-2 p.m. and team spots are still available. Walk-ons can also play.

Walla Walla mom to again swim, cycle and run in Coeur d'Alene

Walla Walla mom Marcella Rietz is competing in her second Ironman this Sunday in Coeur d'Alene.

WALLA WALLA — Chaos surrounded Marcella Rietz when she dove into Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2009. Cold, churning water matched the grey sky. Around her, bodies thrashed, hands grabbed, feet kicked. Her goggles were smashed into her face, and daylight was far a

DEATH NOTICE - Wincel Abel

Sept. 5, 1921- June 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Peggy Kinney

July 13, 1922 - June 25, 2010

Raymond Arbogast

February 16, 1937 – June 21, 2010

Francis Merry

August 8, 1920 – June 21, 2010

David McBride

March 4, 1950 - May 30 2010

Joseph Bruce Abbey

May 25, 1926 - June 23, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Dannie Dinsmore

Jan. 8, 1957- June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24

Walla Walla man charged with possession of child pornography

WALLA WALLA -- A local man is accused of possessing child pornography earlier this week.Adam C. Hopkins, 35, of 758 Edith Ave., was charged Thursday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with 10 counts of possession of depictions of a minor engag

Walla Walla School Board to meet to approve hires, resignations

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a brief meeting Friday to consider approving any new hires or resignations.

Etcetera - 06/24/10

SClBFour Walla Walla High School students will embark on an incredible musical adventure as they travel to Europe this summer as Washington Ambassadors of Music, said Paula Livingston.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Guns don't stop crime? Ask a burglar

The article in the June 20 edition of the U-B (5 Myths about Gun Control) is certain to raise some hackles. I was particularly troubled by Myth Number 3 ("When More Households Have Guns For Self-Defense, Crime Goes Down").

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff candidates should debate

I would love to see a debate with the candidates for Walla Walla County sheriff.

Governors' power to pardon should rarely be used

The power to grant pardons and clemency should be used only in situations where the justice system has failed.

Until this month, Gov. Chris Gregoire has not used her power of pardon and clemency since the 2009 shooting of four Lakewood police officers. The killer's prison sentence had been commuted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

DJ Howie Pyro to mix it up at wine-tasting

K Vintners & Charles Smith Wines will set the stage for a one-of-a-kind evening of music and wine tasting Friday.

Walla Walla University Church to host lectures focusing on brain

Walla Walla University Church is hosting a series of lectures July 9-11 at SonBridge Community Center.

Reminder: Not all fireworks legal

WALLA WALLA -- The city's Fire Department reminds the public that only some fireworks are allowed to be discharged in the city limits for July 4th celebrations, and with restrictions.

Walla Walla port's wine incubator hatches first business

Trio Vintners is the first to move out. It will take up residence in the Drumheller Building.

WALLA WALLA - The two places could not be more different for a winery.

Walla Walla property values change to correct estimate

The assessments calculated last year -- and currently being used for property tax collections -- were too low.

WALLA WALLA -- Property owners in the county, particularly those in the city of Walla Walla, may have been surprised after opening their mailboxes Saturday.

Touchet School Board approves budget cuts

Cuts include elimination of middle school sports, five fewer teachers, four fewer classified employees, a half-time superintendent and an unpaid athletic director.

Muddy Frogwater looks for next 'Idol'

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Coordinators for this year's Muddy Frogwater festival are faced with a lack of talent, in spite of a $500 prize to draw out the best in people.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Camille Marie Montenguise, 49, 603 Holly St., was sentenced June 7 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-attempting to obtain controlled substance by fraud and two counts violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-obtaining a con

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 Wednesday the board:

Emergency Services - 06/24/10

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

Walla Walla City Council picks contractor for work at Sudbury Landfill

WALLA WALLA -- Six weeks after all the bids were rejected because of a controversy that threatened the city with an additional $100,000 in costs and a possible lawsuit, City Council finally picked a contractor for the Sudbury Landfill Area Six closure pr

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 all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Walla Walla City Council

Walla Walla City Council members are Jim Barrow, Conrado Cavazos, Jerry Cummins, Dominick Elia, Shane Laib, Fred Mitchell and Mayor Barbara Clark. Cummins and Cavazos were absent. The Council voted as follows at their Wednesday meeting:

Aleah Carrey Armentilla

To Rosangela Gonzalez and Cristian Armentilla, College Place, a daughter, Aleah Carrey Armentilla, 7 pounds, born June 19, 2010.

Tom's Chevron wins All City Little League tournament

Isaiah Standard strikes out 17 in a two-hit, 10-0 shutout of Cox-Jones Wednesday as Tom's Chevron wins the Little League title.

WALLA WALLA — Pitcher Isaiah Standard struck out 17 while fashioning a two-hit shutout as Tom's Chevron captured the championship of the 35th annual Walla Walla City Little League baseball tournament with a 10-0 victory over Cox-Jones Wednesday night at t

Walla Walla All-City golf tourney seeks more participants

WALLA WALLA — If there's one thing Scott Larsen would like to see at this year's 61st All-City Championships golf tournament at Veterans Memorial and the Walla Walla Country Club, it's more participants.'If we could get it to 100 this year, that'd be grea

Walla Walla Youth Football League registration now open

WALLA WALLA — Registration has opened for the Walla Walla Youth Football League, for third-sixth graders in the 2010-11 school year. Tryouts for the fall league are Aug. 14, at 9:30-11 a.m. for third-fourth graders, and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for fifth and six

Whitman College boys basketball camps slated next week

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College's 'Together We Can” basketball camps for boys ages 8-14 are next at Sherwood Athletic Center.To register, contact Matt Airy at airymw@whitman.edu or 509-386-1945.

Exchange Club picks up two Babe Ruth victories

WALLA WALLA — The Exchange Club picked up two more Babe Ruth victories the last two nights, defeating the Eastgate Lions, 10-7, Tuesday before handing Walla Walla Transmission an 18-0 loss Wednesday.Against WW Transmission, Justin Lemus, Aron Fazzari and

Bend Elks again top Walla Walla Sweets, 7-2

BEND, Ore. — The Bend Elks won the second game of a three-game West Coast League series with the Walla Walla Sweets, 7-2, here Wednesday.The Sweets jumped to a 2-0 lead with solo runs in the second and third innings.The Elks answered with a run in the bot

Milton-Freewater Blazers lose two in Baker City

BAKER CITY — The Milton-Freewater Blazers lost two tough games here Tuesday.The Blazers faced the ‘AAA' Team Rudi in the first game of the day, losing 11-4.The Blazers are under 17, while most Triple A teams are 17-20, said coach Mike Garcia.'Obviously ou

Milton-Freewater Elks Annual Golf Tourney Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Elks Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.The tournament runs from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday.Registration for the tournament is $40 plus greens fees, which includes a d

Mary Carter

Jan. 18, 1915 - June 20, 2010

Harold Precht

May 31, 1911 - June 22, 2010

Betty Calkins

June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 23

In the minutes - Dayton City Council

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button and Bill Graham. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Craig George. With Jackson, Herrin and George absent Tuesday 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 Dabulskis 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:

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: 7 p.m. Thursday.Where: Elementary Room 109.

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday 6 p.m. following a 5 p.m. work session.Where: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero, 428 Ash St.

Work to close road to Bennington Lake at times

WALLA WALLA -- Maintenance work will close Reservoir Road leading to Bennington Lake part of this week and the next.The road will be closed just beyond the turnoff to the Mill Creek Dam office Thursday and Friday to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic. It

OUTDOORS - Bounding deer catch Nora's attention at Kirkwood Bar

My fatigue-dimmed wits finally grasped the "thump-thump-thump" as I pushed the final tent stake into the ground.Bounding deer!I unbent an aching back, straightened stiff legs and gazed across Kirkwood Bar.Three deer, does or antler-less bucks, sailed high

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cover local sports equally

I am so disappointed in the U-B. As a member of the Blue Mountain Girls Softball Board, I was very disheartened to see a front-page spread about the boys' Little League City Tournament when just last week the U-B declined to cover the girl's softball tour

Canoe Ridge keeps oar in water for another week

Canoe Ridge Vineyards may have more time than originally believed -- but only by a few days.

Plan to avoid more state layoffs prudent

When jobs are gone, it's difficult to get them back. And layoffs hurt the economy.

In an effort to avoid even more layoffs in state government, the Legislature this spring approved a plan calling for employees to take temporary, unpaid leave.

TAN TIME

Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy a day on the water.

Wine bloggers make way to Walla Walla for Wine Bloggers Conference

The third annual conference is described as an intersection of wine and new media. This is the first time the conference has taken place outside California's Napa Valley.

WALLA WALLA -- The basic tips for tasting wine take a different twist when the tasters are also bloggers.

Etcetera - 06/23/10

Veteran commentator, journalist and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Thomas E. Ricks mentioned a general on npr.org who has been planning to retire to Walla Walla this year.

Emergency Services - 06/23/10

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

Walla Walla Explosion win Sweet Onion softball invite bracket

The local team won the 10U division at the annual youth softball tournament last weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion came out on top of the 10U bracket in the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Invitational softball tournament last weekend.The Walla Walla Xplosion defeated the Tri-City Thunder, 7-5, in the championship game Sunday. The Xplosi

Black Sox 13U sweeps Moses Lake Dunes

WALLA WALLA — The 13U Black Sox took a pair of wins off the Moses Lake Dunes here Tuesday.The Black Sox won the first game, 6-4, and the second, 11-10.Cameron Richman pitched the first four innings of game one, allowing the Dunes three hits in the fourth

Milton-Freewater Blazers split with La Grande

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Blazers split a doubleheader with La Grande here Monday.The split moved them to 11-10 on the season, with two games to play Tuesday to get to the midway point in the season.The Blazers won the first game, 5-4, but d

Walla Walla Griz take second at summer baseball tourney

MOUNT VERNON — The Walla Walla Griz placed second of eight teams in the Mount Vernon summer baseball tournament here last weekend.The Griz went 2-2 in the tournament and improved their record to 7-13 on the season.'It was nice (to place second and advance

Walla Walla Sweets fall, 8-0 to Bend Elks

BEND — The Walla Walla Sweets opened a nine-game West Coast League road trip with an 8-0 loss to the Bend Elks here Tuesday.The Elks plated four runs in the third inning and another four in the seventh to take the victory.The Elks improved to 8-4 to lead

Walla Walla Bruins split baseball doubleheader with West Valley Bees

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Bruins split a junior legion doubleheader with the West Valley Bees here Tuesday.The Bruins won the first five-run, mercy-rule game, 18-4.'We blistered the ball in game one,” said Bruins coach Jason Parsons.Mike Lesmeister, Tyler

DEATH NOTICE - Elnora Brummett

Oct. 3, 1932 - June 22, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Raymond Arbogast

Feb. 16, 1937 - June 21, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Francis Atkins

June 21, 2010

HOME PLACE - Brother's memorial is his gift to sister

Les Gardner understands that I need to get something crossed off the list.The list contains the promises I made to my developmentally disabled brother, Dwight, right before he died. We started compiling all the things he wanted done during the 40 days we

Tuesday, June 22

First West Nile case reported in Washington

The Washington state Department of Health has been notified by Grant County that a mosquito sample taken June 16 near Moses Lake has tested positive for West Nile virus.This is the first confirmed environmental sample of West Nile virus in a mosquito pool

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Initiative 1098

Did you know that according to a recent study of tax fairness across the nation, Washington state comes in dead last? The B&O tax that burdens small businesses, even when they don't turn a profit, is one of the greatest problems.

Shortage of paint makes road striping difficult

Walla Walla County ordered early and is fifth in line to receive its order,

WALLA WALLA -- A national shortage of the paint used to stripe roads is leaving its mark in Walla Walla County.

Buffet, Gates right to call for rich to donate

But those billions are also linked to US prosperity by supporting businesses and jobs. Giving must be done carefully.

What if the ultra rich -- those who have amassed multi-billion dollar fortunes -- gave half their wealth to charitable causes?

ASK MOM - Traumatized teens need therapy, stable role models

Dear Mom:About a year ago, my wife and I gained custody of my sister's 15-year-old son, James (not his real name). When he came to live with us he had been failing school, mainly because my sister was addicted to a variety of drugs and James's academic li

Etcetera - 06/22/10

The Walla Walla High School Class of 1945 will hold its 65th reunion in early August, said classmate Mel Haas. A no-host gettogether at Mill Creek Brew Pub will be 6 p.m. Aug. 6; a 5 p.m. social hour will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Wa

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? - Here we go 'round the roundabout

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Wallans enjoy trying new things. When a new restaurant opens it's busy -- really busy -- for weeks, even months.

Walla Walla man arrested in marijuana case

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- A Walla Walla man was arrested near here Sunday after police found $12,000 worth of marijuana in his car.

Armed robbery suspects arraigned

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects charged in the armed robbery of a man at his home earlier this month were arraigned Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Cox Jones, Tom's in All-City Little League finale

Tom's Chevron edges Cummins Athletic, 3-2, and Cox-Jones hands MZI an 8-6 defeat to advance.

WALLA WALLA — Cox-Jones and Tom's Chevron earned berths in the championship game of the 35th annual Walla Walla City Little League baseball tournament with semifinal victories Monday night at the Pacific Little League Complex.Nick Roth's two-run, walk-off

Beverly Elaine Gilman

January 2, 1938 to June 17, 2010

Irma F. Mincks

January 14, 1923 – June 18, 2010

Lucille Ashworth

June 16, 2010

Elmer Rand

March 6, 1926 - June 16, 2010

Death Francis Merry

Aug. 8, 1920 - June 21, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Margaret Stewart

Dec. 18, 1921 - June 21, 2010

Monday, June 21

Walla Walla armed robbery suspects arraigned

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects charged in the armed robbery of a man at his home earlier this month were arraigned Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.John T. Owen, 18, and Katie A. Waite, 20, of 511 Chase Ave., each pleaded innocent to a f

Walla Walla man charged in stabbing

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been formally charged in Superior Court with stabbing an acquaintance last week.Tylur D. Tiedemann, 18, of 213 W. Maple St., is accused of second-degree assault. The charge was filed Monday.Tiedemann allegedly used a broken beer b

DIVERSITY OF INSTRUMENTS

Finky Reed age 4 ,Remy Christy-Welingham age 4 and Sofia Gwinn age 4. the kids are helping with musical instruments for middle eastern dancing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Barrel racer's helmet use good example

I was pleased to read the article about Nicole Aichele's success in barrel racing but more that she realizes the importance of wearing an ASTM-SEI-approved riding helmet!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Delay of bridge work hurt business

Just to set the record straight. In Sundays edition of the U-B, it was stated in a story that only two businesses felt impacted by the Palouse Street bridge 65-day delay. I would like to strongly disagree.

It's time US Senate puts end to doing work in 'secret'

Sen. Claire McCaskill has taken the lead on the effort. We urge senators to support her reforms.

The people's business should be conducted in full view of the people.

SIMPLY DIGITAL - To get the perfect shot, it helps to have a plan

As I was walking into the Vineyard Photography classroom, I noticed several students huddled together talking, and I overheard one say, "I really wanted to photograph some awesome flowers in the vineyard last weekend, but everything kept blurring."

Etcetera - 06/21/10

Organizers of Walla Walla General Hospital's second annual benefit golf tournament May 23 at Wine Valley Golf Club were pleased to host 122 golfers. The Coffey Communications team won the first-place net trophy, said Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, director of m

Walla Walla Black Sox 14U take second at Triple Crown tourney

The finish qualifies the team for the 14U World Series in Colorado in August.

TRI-CITIES — Walla Walla Black Sox 14U had five straight victories at the Triple Crown Father's Day World Series Qualifier tournament at various venues Friday through Sunday.The streak put the Black Sox in the tourney championship against Marysville Sunda

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U ninth at Tri-Cities tourney

The Black Sox finish 1-2 at the Father's Day World Series Qualifier over the weekend.

TRI-CITIES — Walla Walla Black Sox 13U tied for ninth place after finishing 1-2 at the Triple Crown Father's Day World Series Qualifier tournament here over the weekend.The Auburn Rebels opened the tournament with a 10-2 victory over the Black Sox, but Wa

Walla Walla Bruins split with Kennewick Phantoms

WALLA WALLA — A timely hit and the Walla Walla Bruins could have had a sweep of the Kennewick Phantoms at the Walla Walla Community College baseball field Sunday.The Bruins handed the Phantoms a 5-4 defeat in the Central Washington Junior Legion League tw

Cowlitz Black Bears defeat Walla Walla Sweets in doubleheader

Cowlitz hands the home team 5-3 and 9-2 seven-inning defeats Sunday at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets dropped both seven-inning ends of West Coast League baseball doubleheader to Cowlitz on Sunday at Borleske Stadium.The Black Bears rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to post a 5-3 win in game one and finished off the sw

Dorothy Hill

Aug. 17, 1903 - June 17, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Charles Short

June 19, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Roy Adams

Nov. 6, 1937 - June 18, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Lucille Ashworth

Dec. 8, 1924 - June 16, 2010

Pete Hecker

Dec. 21, 1980 - June 2, 2010

Ida Gagnon Polley

June 12, 1925 - June 15, 2010

Bynum Estel Brown

June 28, 1918 - June 14, 2010

Trudy Young

June 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Troy Kinnaman

1987 - June 17, 2010

David 'Dave” Hopkins

April 16, 1946 ~ June 14, 2010

Rae Harmon

March 16, 1918 - April 27, 2010

Saturday, June 19

Final Four set in All City Little League

Cox Jones, McDonald Zaring, Cummins Athletic and Tom's Chevron will play Monday in the semi-finals.

WALLA WALLA — Regular season champions — Valley's Cox Jones and Pacific's Tom's Chevron — advanced to Monday's semi-final round of the Walla Walla City boys Little League baseball Tournament in quarter-final action here Saturday.Cox Jones opened the day w

Sweets win Friday, with a little help from Cowlitz

Walla Walla manages to win 7-6 in 11 innings, despite just six hits, with help from five Cowlitz errors.

WALLA WALLA — The goal of every baseball team is to score more runs than the opponent. And the usual means of doing so is by stringing together as many hits as possible.Walla Walla produced two-hit innings just twice Friday night at Borleske Stadium again

Three local golfers place in Banner Bank Junior Invitational

Jake Hanson, Jessica Huntsman and Emily Baumgart finished in the top three in the Banner Bank Junior Golf Invitational.

WALLA WALLA — About 70 junior golfers and their families descended on Walla Walla for the Banner Bank Eastern Washington Junior Golf Invitational Thursday and Friday at the Walla Walla Country Club.And three local golfers walked away with top-three finish

Walla Walla Sweets Saturday game rained out

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets Saturday night game with the Cowlitz Black Bears was postponed to today due to thunderstorms and rain that passed through the area Saturday night.The rescheduled game will be part of a doubleheader. Both games will be

Local kids take part in Walla Walla Sweets baseball clinic

The Walla Walla Sweets and the Exchange Club sponsored the free event.

WALLA WALLA — About 75 kids ages 5-12 got to play on the same field with the Walla Walla Sweets on Friday at the first Walla Walla Sweets Free Community Baseball Clinic, sponsored by the Sweets and the Exchange Club of Walla Walla.'It's not a bad thing,”

Boise Inc. balks at Pacific Power's rate hike request

Operators at Boise Inc.'s manufacturing plant in Wallula say the increase would amount to $4.5 million more for its annual electric costs.

WALLA WALLA - Business and economic development officials are reeling from sticker shock after Pacific Power's latest proposal to increase electricity rates.The Portland-based energy provider wants to raise its residential and commercial rates next year b

State officials lift order to boil water

The source for the contamination was never determined.

COLLEGE PLACE — An order to boil water for some 170 residences and businesses of the Green Tank Irrigation District ended this weekend.The boil water order was issued June 9 after water tests detected coliform bacteria, including E. coli.

Wa-Hi's JROTC instructor set to retire

Master Sgt. Gerald W. Taylor led Wa-Hi's nationally recognized rifle team for more than two decades.

WALLA WALLA - "My time in the spotlight is over. One of the things you gotta do as a coach is forget what you did and concentrate on what these kids are doing."As those who know Master Sgt. Gerald W. Taylor best would expect, instead of reflecting on his

Walla Walla city officials seek fines for delays in Palouse Street bridge project

While the bridge opened 65 days late, the city is basing its request on only seven days.

WALLA WALLA - City officials will ask the Washington State Department of Transportation to fine Apollo Inc. for delays on the Palouse Street Bridge Project, but those fines will be based on only seven days, rather than the 65 days the project was late.Und

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted.

DAILY BULLETIN

Sustainable Walla Walla to meet Monday at church

COURT REPORT

Superior Court

Moose and moose ... where's squirrel

Saturday morning is supposed to be the day for cartoons starring Bullwinkle, but the Garton family found two of the creatures inspecting their yard in Milton-Freewater on Friday.

College ministers to body, soul, spirit in Tanzania

Founders hope for donations of 25 caps and gowns for the college's first graduation in August.

WALLA WALLA - A husband and wife team who in 2008 started a Bible college in the Ukambani region of Tanzania are in need of 25 caps and gowns for what will be the missionary couple's first graduating class in August."The reason we are doing this is becaus

More steelhead call Touchet River home

AROUND THE EDGES

The Touchet River is becoming more popular with steelhead, according to Larry Hooker, ag projects coordinator with the Walla Walla County Conservation District.

ROAD CLOSURES

Third Avenue at the intersection of Morton Street will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for street reconstruction as part of the Morton Street IRRP Project. A detour will be in place. Emergency vehicles will not be able to get through.

A brush with illiteracy

I might not consume books at the pace of a John Grisham fan with an iPad, but I have always loved to read.While I am fluent in English, my foreign language skills have always been pretty poor, despite having taking numerous classes in French, Spanish, and

ETCETERA - Walla Walla drummer, band to play Portland blues fest

Former Walla Wallan Todd "Spud Money" Stevens and Boogie Bone bandmates are charged and ready for their closeup. The group will perform its progressive, new-age, roadhouse boogie blues at 3:45 p.m. July 2 on the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Main Stag

CHURCH BULLETIN

Blue Mountain Baptist begins cowboy-themed VBS Monday

PASTOR COLUMNS - Throw out the bath water, but keep the baby!

Some people ask, "How can the Bible be relevant today, or have any authority over our lives, when it contains so many strange things?" For example, the Apostle Paul said women should wear head coverings. This seems antiquated and bizarre.Sometimes unclear

SERVICE PEOPLE

Enlisted:

CELEBRATIONS

Ralph and Joan Miller

Ralph and Joan Miller of Walla Walla celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a party June 12 with family and friends. A family celebration will take place in July when their son Jerry and his wife Sandy will be visiting from Alaska.

Creativity, family color life for retired teacher

Shirley Farmer paints watercolors of things she's seen, many from her travels.

Creativity has always mattered to retired teacher Shirley Farmer. The art of watercolors expresses her view of landscapes, often from her European travels. Farmer creates detailed paintings of rural vistas including barns, doorways, fields and flowers.Art

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Community must continue to target gangs

Walla Walla has been supportive of efforts to curb gangs and the problems they spawn.

Gangs are a reality in the Walla Walla Valley.That's something most folks would prefer not to acknowledge. Yet, ignoring gangs and all of the problems they create isn't the answer.Over the past week the Union-Bulletin has taken an in-depth look at the pro

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 06/20/10

I was glad to see the recent front-page story about the Walla Walla wastewater treatment plant. In the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to take for granted the important services we provide for our community that are so essential to each of us and to ou

Friday, June 18

Emergency Services - 06/18/10

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

HEALTH & FITNESS - Survey finds most people watching sodium intake

According to a new Foster Farms-commissioned survey of 1,000 West Coast consumers, 77 percent of consumers report watching their sodium intake at least some of the time. But while it's common knowledge that high sodium intake affects blood pressure, even

HEALTH & FITNESS - Lower sodium recommended by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently changed its recommended daily sodium intake to 1500 milligrams for most Americans. With sodium lurking in many unexpected foods, here are some things you can do to stay within the limit.Fresh is best

Stock sale back on for Banner Bank

A stock offering of $150 million is under way for the bank's parent company.

The Walla Walla-based parent company of Banner Bank announced Thursday it is rekindling a sale of the company's common stock.Banner Corp. officials said they have commenced a public offering of $150 million of common stock. The amount is twice as much as

HEALTH & FITNESS - Cardio, strength deal fat double-blow

Toning muscles, losing weight, increasing energy or bulking up are common fitness goals. A debate for decades have people questioning, "What should I do? Cardio or strength training?" Although both components have benefits of their own, it is essential to

GANGS - Community Council to turn focus to gang problem

Gang activity frequently intrudes into everyday life in our region, so it is not surprising that "gangs" was suggested as a potential topic for the next Community Council Study.

Etcetera - 06/18/10

Recently 28 Walla Walla High School Latino Club students were recognized for exceptional dedication to the community and for personal achievements in the past few years, the May 28 Walla Walla Public Schools in Review online reported.

Thursday afternoon wildfire scorches 100 acres near Wallula

BURBANK -- A wildfire burned about 100 acres near Wallula on Thursday.

Concert to bring musical tale full circle

Alin Apostol's time in the Valley inspired him to start a chorus in Romania, which will perform here.

COLLEGE PLACE -- For years, bringing the evocative music of the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus to his home country was Alin Apostol's dream, but on Saturday Apostol and his Adventist Men's Chorus of Romania will bring their music back to the area.

Nonprofit could be answer for Ski Bluewood

Owners have said the ski area faces possible closure unless new operators are found.

DAYTON -- A nonprofit management company may be the way Ski Bluewood continues to operate.

ROCK DOC - Food miles don't tell the whole story

To me, there's nothing like a breakfast that involves an egg. That dose of protein, I think, helps me last at work until noon or even beyond the lunch hour if need be.

Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in injury crash

Briseida M. Garcia is accused of drunken driving and vehicular assault in connection with an April 11 crash.

WALLA WALLA -- A 17-year-old Walla Walla girl pleaded innocent this morning to three criminal charges stemming from a one-vehicle, injury collision in April on Sandpit Road.

BP's fund to compensate for oil disaster is good start

In the future, plans need to be in place -- and funds set aside -- to react swiftly to major leaks.

The $20 billion fund set up this week by BP to compensate victims of the continuing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico won't make everything right -- but it's a good start.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Brown served deceased with dignity, compassion

While reading the allegations made in the U-B against Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown it brought me to tears. The county commissioners and others were not describing the person I have known for 52 years.

Man arrested in stabbing

Tylur D. Tiedemann was taken into custody Thursday in connection with a morning assault.

WALLA WALLA -- Police have arrested a Walla Walla man for allegedly stabbing an acquaintance early Thursday morning.

Realtors, staff devote energy to community service events

Winderemere Real Estate's Walla Walla associates devoted their time today to a slate of community service projects.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Shawna and Scott Dockham.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Bernardo Fernandez, 16, 710 N. Ninth Ave., was sentenced June 3 on one count taking a motor vehicle without owner permission. The sentence included 20 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for seven days served, nine months community supervision, 30

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Erik Garcia-Lara, 20, 204 N. Main St., Milton-Freewater, was charged June 15 with second-degree malicious mischief. Garcia-Lara is accused of knowingly and maliciously damaging property on Jan. 5.

GANGS - Daily lives of drugs, violence

Antonio, 17, is dead serious. He leans forward in the plastic chair, his hands clasped. Today he is wearing a blue jumpsuit, indicating he's been on good behavior in the detention center since his arrest on a burglary charge.

GANGS - A wealth of alternatives for children in Walla Walla Valley

Children in the Walla Walla Valley have no shortage of positive choices for ways to spend their free time.

It's all about choices: in beliefs, in friends and activities. If children are busy with fun, interesting things to do, they may be less likely to enter a gang. The Walla Walla area has many organizations that offer enrichment for kids giving families mor

Baker Boyer, Mr. Ed's advance to quarterfinals in Little League All-City tourney

Baker Boyer defeats Oil Can Henry's and Mr. Ed's takes Dairy Queen to continue play Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Sixth grader Cailin Bloom opened the 35th annual Walla Walla City boys Little League Tournament here at the Pacific complex Thursday with the star spangled banner, co-sixth grader Haylee Taylor did the honors before the night cap, and Baker

Bears split first two games of Bandit Bash tournament

KENNEWICK — It was another day of splits for the Walla Walla Bears here Thursday in the Bandit Bash Tournament.The Bears lost their first game to the Twin City Titans, 2-1. But the Walla Walla team came back against the Spokane Dodgers, 10-running them 13

Milton-Freewater Blazers drop two games to Hermison Heat

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Blazers dropped two should've-beens here Thursday.The Heat lost the first game, 7-6, in eight innings, and the second, 16-6.'In my opinion, we should've come away with two wins, if not a split after game one,” said

Bruins lose two Thursday games to Richland Knights

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins dropped two games to the Richland Knights here Thursday.The Bruins lost the six-inning first game, 15-1, and the complete second, 13-3.'We played very uninspired baseball yesterday,” said Bruins coach Jason Parsons. 'T

Walla Walla golfers second at Junior Golf Invite

Jake Hanson, Nick Atwood and Jessica Huntsman are in striking distance.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://union-bulletin.com/javascripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js?1265310867"></script>WALLA WALLA — A trio of Walla Walla golfers were in second place in their respective divisions after the first round of the

DEATH NOTICE - Beverly Gilman

Jan. 2, 1938 - June 17, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Elmer Rand

March 6, 1926 - June 16, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Lani Wallin

Nov. 12, 1945 - June 17, 2010

Teodora Ocanaz

April 10, 1933 - June 15, 2010

Thursday, June 17

Marquee: A community gathers its talent to tip its hat to yesteryear

MILTON-FREEWATER - It's unabashedly campy and unadulterated fun. And it's coming to Milton-Freewater with plenty of exclamation marks and general hubbub.

Children's Theater presents musical

Walla Walla Community College 2010 Children's Theater will present "Fussin' an' A-Feudin,'" a musical comedy by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francouer. Showties are 7 p.m. June 24-26 and 2 p.m. June 27 in Walla Walla Community College's China P

All Wheels Weekend to rev up in Dayton

DAYTON -- All Wheels Weekend turns Sweet 16 this Father's Day weekend.

BMLT sells raffle tickets for paintings

Blue Mountain Land Trust is now selling raffle tickets for its 2010 art raffle. Each year donated art work is raffled as a fundraiser for the organization. This year seven pieces have been donated by local artists and a photographer.

WWFAM holds contra dance, potluck dinner

Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music, in coordination with the National Park Service, will hold a contra dance and potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at the Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

Diversity Day will be Sunday in Pioneer Park

Diversity Day, a free, annual multicultural festival, will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday in Pioneer Park, off of Alder and Division streets.

Fort WW Museum holds Kids Camps

Summer means Kids Camp fun at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. Each year the museum holds a pair of hands-on day camps for kids ages 9-11. With paid registration, kids receive official camp T-shirts, a choice of pizza lunch and the craft items they

Local Audobon Society chapter leads bird, wildflower walks

WAITSBURG -- Blue Mountain Audubon will begin its second annual series of public summer evening bird-watching walks with a 6 p.m. stroll Thursday along the South Fork of Coppei Creek Road.

Bird walk set for Tuesday at Whitman Mission historical site

Noted birder Mike Denny will lead a walk to look for birds at Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Rd., 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Railroad historian, musician to present program at M-F library

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Historian and musician Jeni Foster will bring back the days of the early American railroad system in a program at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., at 7 p.m. June 24.

Whitman Mission activities begin

The Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 28 Whitman Mission Rd., opens its summer season of activities this weekend.

Burlingame Ditch engineer, Valley resident, come to life

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will have two Living History performances this weekend.

Pendleton hosts dachsund race

PENDLETON -- The Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon is inviting all dachshund owners to enter their dogs in the fourth annual Wiener Dog Race to benefit the Pendleton nonprofit organization.

Los Lonely Boys to perform at Wildhorse

PENDLETON -- Grammy award winning group Los Lonely Boys will perform an outdoor concert at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 72777 Highway 331, 3 p.m. July 25. Tickets go on sale June 24.

WWU grad directs chorus concert

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University alumnus Alin Apostol, now a pastor in Romania, will return to the university as conductor of the Corul Barbatesc Adventist din Romania (Adventist Men's Chorus of Romania) in concert with the Oregon Adventist Men's C

New at the library

In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread." Who is at the end of your red thread? After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens the Red Thread, an adoption agen

GANGS - Little contact for gangs on inside, outside

Police and prison officials find little connection between the two populations.

WALLA WALLA -- There are gang members in prison and gang members out of prison, but not a lot of interaction between the two.

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board

The board met twice this week, once Tuesday and once today. Board members are Don Miller, chair; Duane Geyer, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, Tim McElrath, Sharee LaRue-Wright, George Gillette and Ken Sloan.With all present Tuesday, the board:

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:

Braiding workshop set for June 30

WALLA WALLA -- Registration is now open for a class which will teach three and four-strand braiding of cord or lace.

Prescott breakfast to feature strawberry waffles

PRESCOTT -- Strawberry waffles with all the trimmings is the menu for the Prescott Community Club's monthly breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lions Hall, 101 D St.

Walla Walla man charged in gang fight

Roberto R. Arroyo is accused of complicity to first-degree assault in connection with a March fight.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been charged in Superior Court in connection with a gang-related fight in March in the area of 12th Avenue and Birch Street.

Walla Walla-area man arrested after two-state pursuit

Police say David A. Pickett fled police in Walla Walla in a stolen car and was captured in Milton-Freewater.

A Walla Walla man has been arrested after a pursuit by police officers Tuesday that began in Walla Walla and ended in Milton-Freewater.

Move gives Ellen the Cutting Edge

The buzz at Ellen's Cutting Edge: After a recent move into a neighboring space, the barber shop has introduced a new employee and is taking walk-ins.

GANGS - Statistics show Walla Walla crime rates cause for concern

FBI statistics show the violent crime rate here might be considered above average.

The FBI is one of the larger compilers of crime statistics in the United States, and every year it releases its Uniform Crime Report, which include statistics on Walla Walla.

Walla Walla Valley 'Water bank' marks first year

The new water management program has 17 agreements in place amounting to more than 1,500 acre-feet a year.

WALLA WALLA -- A new way to manage water in the Walla Walla Valley is marking its first year.

GANGS - Local businesses see problem with gang graffiti

While local businesses haven't seen major problems from gangs, tagging is a widespread concern, and the potential for worse remains.

WALLA WALLA -- Unlike the slow economy, which has weighed in heavy on many businesses, gangs have not had as much of an influence on the local business turf.

Man stabbed in early morning fight

Police say Robert W. Lawson was stabbed in the early morning hours.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was being treated this morning after being stabbed in the leg, according to a Walla Walla police report.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Write in Frank Brown in November

This letter is in response to the "Our Opinion" column in the June 15 Union-Bulletin. We find it appalling the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin would allow its employees to pass judgment on Frank Brown and demand his resignation.

Drug maker expands medication recall

Additional Benadryl and Tylenol is being pulled from shelves, officials say.

Allergy and pain relief medicine is being recalled, according the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

School Board must be frank about future spending plans

Its decision to spend the $1.6 million left over from building the new Edison School carries with it political risk.

While we don't agree with the Walla Walla's School Board's decision on Tuesday to spend the $1.6 million left over from building the new Edison School on various projects, we appreciate its willingness to take public comment and discuss the issue openly.

Clouds loom over Canoe Ridge Vineyard

The pioneering winery's owner, beverage giant Diageo, will shut down the local tasting room, but more changes could be in the works.

The tasting room doors at one of Walla Walla's pioneer wineries will close late next month in a cost-cutting move by its London-based parent company.

GANGS - Local emergency rooms see effects of gang violence

Local emergency rooms see the effects of gangs in drug and violence cases.

WALLA WALLA -- The topic seemed far away as an exhausted Tom Underhill tucked into a breakfast of yogurt, fruit and grains at a downtown Walla Walla restaurant recently.

Etcetera - 06/17/10

Darlene Filla caught a morning exhibition of the Walla Walla High School Sponsors at Wa-Hi, because granddaughter Amanda Goebel was a member this year.

Emergency Services - 06/17/10

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

Jayden Michael Rae Westerbur

To Brittney and Adam Westerbur, Walla Walla, a son, Jayden Michael Rae Westerbur, 6 pounds 2 ounces, born June 16, 2010.

GANGS - First responders 'finding a lot of carnage'

After the scene of a violent crime or fight is secure, rescue workers assist the injured.

They go in after the police respond to situations stemming from violence, explained Brad Morris, deputy chief for the Walla Walla Fire Department.

New day, new game for Walla Walla Sweets as they defeat Portland Ports

A day after stranding 13 runners in scoring position, the Sweets go 8-of-13 in the same situation to take the 11-3 win over the Ports.

WALLA WALLA — What a difference a day makes.The Sweets swatted the ball safely through the infield in eight of 17 opportunities with runners in scoring position Wednesday — a day after batting 0-for-13 in the same category. The .470 runners-in-scoring-pos

Nicole Aichele breaks the world barrel racing time record over Memorial Day

Aichele has the barrel ride of her life — and the fastest in the world — at the Barrel Racers National 4D Championship finals.

WALLA WALLA — Nicole Aichele's heart sank when she watched friend and rival Courtney Frazier's barrel race Memorial Day weekend in Pasco.Frazier beat the TRAC arena record, spinning through in 16.691.Aichele, the last rider up, knew she'd have to make it

Bruins' bats bring home split with Blues in Wednesday baseball action

The Bruins drop the opener in Yakima, 7-4, before smacking 23 hits in the 20-5 victory in the nightcap.

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Bruins split a doubleheader with the Yakima Blues here Wednesday.The Bruins lost the first game, 7-4, with one costly inning.But they came back swinging for the second, knocking out 20 runs on 23 hits to win 20-5 in a seven-inning

Exchange Club takes 14-3 victory from Banner Bank

WALLA WALLA — The Exchange Club defeated Banner Bank, 14-3, in a league counter here Wednesday.The win improves their record to 9-0 in league play and 13-0 overall. Banner Bank is 3-7 and 4-8.Pitchers Aron Fazzari and Wyatt Taylor threw five hits over six

Wednesday, June 16

Salumiere Cesario ramps up to seven days per week

Gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario is ushering in the changing seasons with new hours.

Battleground preservation nears finish lineDrive to establish historic site nears finish line

A foundation is working to open 27 acres surrounding the Frenchtown-St. Rose Cemetery this year.

LOWDEN -- A decades-long drive to preserve a historic battleground and pioneer cemetery may be on the home stretch.

Walla Walla School Board votes to use bond leftovers

Tuesday's vote means $1.6 million left over from Edison Elementary will be used in the district.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board has agreed to use $1.1 million left over from building Edison Elementary to cover other district needs -- including addressing traffic concerns at Edison.

College athletics doesn't add up

The Big 12 Conference will have 10 members while the Big 10 will have 12.

Well, it looks like the Pac 10 Conference won't add six new universities to become the Pac 16.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Thursday, 7 a.m.Where: District offices, 1020 S. Mill St.

On the agenda - College Place School Board

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: District conference room, 1755 S. College Ave.

Emergency Services - 06/16/10

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

Insurance claim waste must stop

It is outrageous $15 billion a year is lost through inaccurate claims.

It's not surprising the nation's doctors blame insurance company inefficiency -- as well as bumbling -- for about $15 billion in wasted health care costs.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Put yourself on other side of bumper

Lady, here's why I yelled at you this afternoon.I was in the crosswalk as you were making a left turn. You kept rolling your vehicle towards me, using up your safety margin. It's not just rude to "push" pedestrians like that, it's dangerous.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - WWCC should not have cut program

Shame on Walla Walla Community College for cutting the precision machining program!

Etcetera - 06/16/10

On May 25, Walla Walla Kiwanis Club honored administrative personnel and teachers retiring from the Walla Walla School District.

GANGS - Outlying communities avoid violence but find other gang problems

Milton-Freewater and Dayton have avoided violence lately but find they have other gang problems.

Communities that are near a larger population hub, and supply workers to that hub, are sometimes referred to as bedroom communities.

GANGS - Local pastor found way out of gang life

Once a local gang member, the Rev. Alfonso Martinez found salvation in church and now has his own flock.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- "And we were at this party. And we said, 'We're this and we're that.' I was very scared but I couldn't show that in front of my friends.

GANGS - Local venues face trying to prevent gang activity at functions

Venues for major get-togethers face a fine balance in trying to prevent gang activity.

WALLA WALLA -- One of the biggest riots in the community's history remains a story riddled with holes.

GANGS - Broetje Orchards tackles gangs by building community

'We are definitely in the belief that it takes a village to raise a child.'

PRESCOTT -- A conversation about gangs and how to properly address them started at Broetje Orchards in the early 1990s, as the company opened a new housing program for its apple orchard and packing plant employees.

Glenn W. Masden

January 17, 1933 - June 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Eugenie Rawson

June 11, 1918 - June 16, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Teodora Ocanaz

April 10, 1933 - June 15, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - David Hopkins

April 16, 1946 - June 14, 2010

Walla Walla Little League coach plans retirement after 40 years and All-City tourney

Tim Boutz is taking Cox-Jones Insurance to the Little League All-City Championships this week, and then ends his 40-year coaching tenure.

WALLA WALLA — Like your typical Little League coach, Tim Boutz can rattle off names of former players and events that he has witnessed on the baseball diamond with the best of them.Stories fly from his tongue like bees from a disturbed hive.Unlike your ty

OUTDOORS - Seeing red foxes in adventures across the region

The columnist has seen more foxes this year than ever in 2010.

Until this spring I can recall seeing a red fox twice in the past many years.One ran across the road in front of my pickup once near Union, Ore.Another time, one stood out in a pasture as I drove between Baker City and Haines, Ore.So, in April I thoroughl

Bears split with Twin City Titans

After a first-game loss, the Walla Walla Bears rallied for a 17-5 nightcap victory.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears battled to a split with the visiting Twin City Titans at Walla Walla Community College here Tuesday.The Bears lost the seven-inning first game, 11-4, before winning the nightcap, 17-5.The Titans managed 12 hits off Wall

Stranded runners costly for Sweets in loss to Ports

Walla Walla leaves 14 runners on base as Portland wins the exhibition game, 4-2.

WALLA WALLA — The baseball diamond at Borleske Stadium looked more like a concourse at Heathrow Airport during the Icelandic volcano eruptions — full of stranded passengers with no hope of getting home — for the Walla Walla Sweets Tuesday night.The Sweets

Bears win Hodgen title Sunday in Pendleton

PENDLETON — The Walla Walla Bears came away tournament champions here Sunday.The Bears won all four games they played, down to the 4-3 championship victory over the Hodgen Distributing Red Bulls Sunday afternoon.Pitching helped them win, said Bears head c

Milton-Freewater Invitational Scramble raises $2,000

MILTON-FREEWATER — A total of 26 two-player teams contributed $2,000 to the Pat Gillette Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Milton-Freewater Invitational Scramble here last weekend.Dana Dibble of Milton-Freewater had a hole-in-one on hole No. 13, a 195-yard

Junior Invite golf tourney tees off Thursday at country club

Top local golfers are among the field for the Banner Bank Eastern Washington Junior Invitational.

WALLA WALLA — The Banner Bank Eastern Washington Junior Invitational Golf Tournament is Thursday and Friday at the Walla Walla Country Club.Top local golfers will be at the invite, including Jake Hanson and Dean Atkinson in the boys 15-17 division; Nick A

Exchange Club hands Athena Napa 12-5 loss

ATHENA — Walla Walla Exchange Club won a 12-5 Babe Ruth baseball decision over Athena Napa Tuesday.Athena led the game 4-1 after two innings, but Exchange scored seven runs in the third inning behind five hits and four bases-on-balls.Hayden Box was 3-for-

Sounders U15 win Summer Kickoff Tournament title

PASCO — The Blue Mountain Soccer Club boys U15 Sounders won the Summer Kickoff Tournament here last weekend by defeating the 3-Rivers Premier Elite, 3-0, in the championship game.The Sounders outscored their opponents 16-4 in five wins, all against Easter

Tuesday, June 15

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Is replat smart or environmentally friendly?

You have to see it to believe it! Plans are underway to approve the replat of 80-plus acres of property (tucked away behind Assumption School) from 61 lots to 199.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Coroner Frank Brown is compassionate

On Oct. 12, 2008, our 54-year-old son collapsed and died right in front of us in our home.

Coroner's decision not to seek re-election is best

The differences between law enforcement officials and Coroner Frank Brown are too deep. Brown should consider resigning.

Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown is a polarizing public official. While he does have some staunch supporters, many others are very critical of his approach and job performance. This includes Walla Walla's police chief and fire chief and the county s

GANGS - Keeping the peace

Scott Brashear, Wa-Hi's resource officer, helps keep gang activity at the school to a minimum.

Scott Brashear takes a stroll through Walla Walla High School most days about the same time. As hundreds of students flood the halls, walkways and grounds of the campus, Brashear hits a couple of familiar spots.

GANGS - Dress code changes to keep up with gangs

Trends change, but gang members still can be known by their clothes.

WALLA WALLA -- Scott Brashear keeps a box in his office at Walla Walla High School with items confiscated following reports of gang-related activity. Most of the contents are items collected from gang members through the years.

GANGS - School policies take hard line

Apparel and behavior are targeted in local district policies.

WALLA WALLA -- Most local schools adhere to a "zero tolerance" approach to gang activity. Students can't be disciplined simply for belonging to a gang, but any gang activity -- wearing known gang attire, making gang-related sketches or flashing signs duri

GANGS - Middle school turning point

Gang recruitment typically occurs before children reach ninth grade, schools find.

WALLA WALLA -- Between elementary school and high school, before youths mature from children into young adults, lies middle school.

GANGS - Bills could add tools to fight gangs

Two pieces of legislation did not make it out of committee this year but could resurface.

This year, two bills went to the Legislature that would have given schools more tools for handling gang-related problems in and around schools. Although both bills died in committee, there is the chance they could be reintroduced.

GANGS - Promise seen in resistance program

A national program taught in elementary and middle schools is seen as having potential here.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla schools have kept gang activity at bay thanks to the introduction of two resource officers who serve its high schools and middle schools.

Cole Gerard Michael

To Steve Michael and Melissa Bughi Michael, formerly of Walla Walla, a son, Cole Gerard Michael, 8 pounds, June 9, at Evergreen Hospital, Everett, Wash.

American Red Cross sees O-negative blood need

Shortages often occur in summer because of vacations and fewer blood drives.

The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels, officials said.

Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy off force after accidental discharge

City police report a deputy with just a few days on the job fired his weapon inadvertently at home. No injuries were reported.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy with just a few days on the job has left the force after accidentally firing his gun at his residence, authorities said.

New flagpole at Walla Walla center

The Center at the Park has a new flagpole and flag, thanks to efforts from local groups.

WALLA WALLA -- "A labor of love," is how Michael Johnson, executive director of The Center at the Park, described the project completed by three groups of Walla Walla veterans Monday.

Emergency Services - 06/15/10

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

Umatilla Chemical Depot workers to get $4.2 million in back pay

PORTLAND -- About 600 Umatilla Chemical Depot workers are getting more than $4.2 million in back pay after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Appeals court denies earthworm protection

SPOKANE -- There won't be any endangered species protection for the giant Palouse earthworm in the immediate future.

Walla Walla man suspected of drunken driving in wreck

A Walla Walla man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of crashing while intoxicated into a parked vehicle and the porch of a Waverly Street home.

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:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - After two weeks, new cell phone largely a mystery

I've had my new 14G Mega-47 WhizPixel with SimSync Sizzlers for two weeks now. It's taking me a while to get the hang of it.

Providence St. Mary honored for environmental efforts

WALLA WALLA -- Providence St. Mary Medical Center received an award for reducing mercury from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally-responsible operations, according to press relea

Milton-Freewater Humane Society to help facilitate spay, neuter project

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Milton-Freewater Humane Society, Inc., formerly "Pets of Milton-Freewater," is collaborating with two Pendleton animal-welfare groups to facilitate a Umatilla County spay and neuter project.

YMCA to issue free passes to families on Father's Day

WALLA WALLA -- To celebrate the centennial anniversary of Father's Day, the Walla Walla YMCA will issue complimentary family day passes on Sunday to any family. Call 509-525-8863 for information.

Latino church leaders to participate in Milton-Freewater outreach

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A gathering of churches and cultures will be on hand at Yantis Park on Dehaven Street from noon-8 p.m. June 26.

FOOD & FAMILY - Kindergarten a family experience

To educator Lori Thomas' delight, her daughters are heading into teaching careers, too.

Lori Thomas had a surprise for her kindergarten class this spring. She was going to be absent from her Berney Elementary classroom, but a special "guest teacher" (the polite term Mrs. Thomas uses for "substitute") would be taking her place. It was someone

Etcetera - 06/15/10

National theater group The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival honored Walla Walla University's wwudrama with six awards for its spring production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Summer the perfect time to get healthy

Summer, the season of warm weather and long days, is the best time of year to establish a healthy lifestyle. With the abundance of in-season, local produce and outdoor activities, proper eating habits and staying physically active can build a strong heart

New section puts focus on your vitality

Health and fitness -- and often the lack of them -- wind up in the news a lot, and today the U-B introduces a new place for you to read about ways to find a path to a fitter, healthier future.Each week, these pages will feature columns from local professi

Sun, and what to do about it

As a family physician with a special interest in skin diseases and skin cancers, I frequently examine patients with sun-damaged skin and operate on skin cancers caused by the sun. Skin protection and prevention of skin cancers is of special interest to de

DEATH NOTICE - Thelma Jennings

Dec. 23, 1931 - June 14, 2010

Walla Walla's Jeff Blanc heading to Pebble for groundskeeping

WALLA WALLA — Not every story is told at Pebble Beach.Chances are, no one will hear about Jeff Blanc and the contributions he and many others will make to one of golf's most beautiful and memorable courses during the 110th U.S. Open this week.'Pebble Beac

DEATH NOTICE - Bynum Brown

June 28, 1918 - June 14, 2010

Exchange Club downs Milton-Freewater Community Bank

MILTON-FREEWATER — Walla Walla Exchange Club won a 6-1 Babe Ruth baseball decision over Milton-Freewater Community Bank at M-F Legion field here Monday.Gavin McEvoy pitched the complete-game win for Exchange, striking out eight M-F batters.

GANGS - Law provides tools to target gangs

From prevention to sentencing, the criminal justice system has gangs in its crosshairs.

Walla Walla has been working really hard on its reputation the past few decades. Once known primarily as home to the Washington State Penitentiary, tourists now are hearing through the grapevine about wine, an award-winning downtown and cultural opportuni

Monday, June 14

GANGS- Ex-police officer connects to gang members in lockup

'When families come in, there's distrust. But with Frank here, there's trust.'

Within the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center, one man is quietly making whatever dent he can in local gang problems.

GANGS - Kids behind bars

'Once they leave here, they get back to it. I've seen very few kids leave a gang.'

An early morning meeting at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center brought together three of the facility's administrators to discuss local gangs, albeit with some hesitation.

GANGS - From ancient times to recent, a history

A problem with roots in the far-off past, gangs have been a growing problem in Walla Walla since the 1980s.

WALLA WALLA -- Gangs have been menacing civilizations for hundreds of years, since at least biblical times, experts say.

Etcetera - 06/14/10

After nearly a year-long stay, Milton-Freewater Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Student Elena Pinna from Thiesi, Sardinia, will leave the Walla Walla Valley on June 22 to return home, Rotary member Robby Robbins reported. President Larry Widner presented he

Baseball's return to Borleske is great for Walla Walla

The Sweets will be creating memories for a new generation.

The crack of the bat on warm summer nights has returned to Walla Walla's Borleske Stadium -- and the crowds have returned with it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Coroner Frank Brown

I am thoroughly disgusted concerning the treatment of Frank Brown by the U-B and the "good ol' boys" who could not control or manipulate him.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take action to keep Bluewood open

I was saddened to read of Ski Bluewood's potential closing if funding or a buyer is not found.

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

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

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

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

Blue Mountain Baptist Church changes time of bike, skateboard rodeo

WALLA WALLA -- Blue Mountain Baptist Church, 3009 W. U.S. Highway 12, has changed the time of its Bicycle and Skateboard Rodeo to 3 p.m. on June 19.

Columbia School Board to hold workshop, discuss budget

BURBANK -- The Columbia School Board will hold a board workshop tonight as part of its monthly meeting.

Walla Walla School Board to hold session on budget

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday, prior to its regular board meeting, to discuss the preliminary budget for the 2010-11 school year. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the district board room, 364 S. Park

BIRTHS - Connor Reid Eidsvik

To Ashley and Evan Eidsvik, Weston, a son, Connor Reid Eidsvik, 6 pounds 15 ounces, June 9, 2010.

Emergency Services - 06/14/10

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

Walla Walla County coroner out of mix as election filing period closes

The filing period for has closed, and Frank Brown is not in the mix for his job.

WALLA WALLA -- The deadline passed Friday for numerous local, state and federal political seats up for election in 2010, including the post currently held by county Coroner Frank Brown, who did not file for re-election.Brown has come under criticism from

Election filings wrap up in Garfield, Columbia counties

In Columbia County, three incumbents will face challengers. The county commission District 3 seat will be sought by incumbent Chuck Reeves and challenger Charles Amerein.Incumbent Prosecutor Rea Lynn Culwell and Randy O. Lewis have filed to run for Columb

Exchange Club keeps perfect Babe Ruth record intact

WALLA WALLA — Exchange Club kept its perfect record intact Friday night by cashing in a 16-6 Babe Ruth triumph over Banner Bank, and improved to 8-0 in league play and 10-0 overall with a twin bill sweep of Police Guild Saturday.

Black Sox 14U wins Lightning Wood Bat title

Walla Walla rides stellar pitching to victories over Redmond and then East Wenatchee for the tourney title over the weekend.

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Black Sox 14U opened the Yakima Lightning Wood Bat tournament with a 15-0 victory over East Valley's Red Hawks, followed by a 6-2 win over West Valley Saturday.Those victories pitted the Black Sox against Redmond for a spot in the cha

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U sweeps Norsemen

Walla Walla follows Saturday's twin wins with 14-5 and 9-8 victories over Couer d'Alene Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Black Sox 13U squad swept another doubleheader against the Coeur d'Alene 14U Norsemen here Sunday, 14-5 and 9-8 in eight innings, to complete the four-game sweep against Couer d'Alene over the weekend at Ray Lane Field.Rather

Milton-Freewater Blazers win Griz tourney title

The Blazers rout University, 14-4, before handling Redmond, 16-4, for the championship Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — Milton-Freewater's Blazers captured the championship of the annual Walla Walla Griz summer baseball tournament after posting a pair of mercy-rule victories on Sunday.The Blazers rolled past University, 14-4, at Borleske Stadium in a morning

Walla Walla Bruins sweep Yakima Peppers

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Bruins entered the bottom of the seventh inning of their Central Washington Junior Legion League play against the Yakima Peppers trailing, 6-5.The Peppers recorded two outs before a Bruin reached on an error, followed by Michae

Lack of pitching depth catches up to Walla Walla Sweets in Kelowna

A lack of available pitchers helps the Falcons to an offensive evening as they avoid the sweep by Walla Walla, 15-1.

KELOWNA, B.C. — A lack of available pitchers caught up to the Walla Walla Sweets on Sunday evening, as the Kelowna Falcons salvaged the final game of a three-game set against the Sweets by a score of 15-1.The tone of the game was set early as the Falcons

DEATH NOTICE - Glenn Masden

Jan. 17, 1933 - June 12, 2010

Allen Smith

Jan. 14, 1951 - June 11, 2010

Sunday, June 13

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater City Council

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

On the agenda - Athena-Weston School Board

When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: Athena Elementary School, 375 S. Fifth St.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: Elementary Room 109.

On the agenda - Prescott School Board

When: 8 a.m. Monday.Where: Retreat House, Vista Hermosa, 1111 Fishhook Park Road.What: Work session/special meeting

On the agenda - College Place

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

DEATH NOTICE - Veulah Morse

March 24, 1926 - May 19, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Allen Smith

Jan. 14, 1951 - June 11, 2010

Mildred Wrinkle

June 10, 1921 - June 11, 2010

Gaylord 'Gayl” T. Della

January 22, 1950 ~ June 8, 2010

William "Buzz" Sanderson

May 3, 1934 - May 26, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Glenn Masden

Jan. 17, 1933 -- June 12, 2010

Our readers' opinions - 06/13/10

Frank Brown not 'hard' to get along withI do not know the whole story behind the complaints against our county coroner, but with the elections coming up in November it does not surprise me that someone is having a rough time of it with the coroner. I have

Get some exercise -- it's a walk in the park

And late spring or early summer is a great time to begin an outdoor exercise program.

Late spring or early summer is a great time to get out and enjoy a walk, when the weather is nice. Gardening is great exercise, and as any gardener will tell you, there's no lack of work to be done. If that's not your forte, then you can take a stroll and

Different experiences for Blazers, Walla Walla Griz

The Walla Walla Griz lost all three of their tourney games, and the M-F Blazers went 2-1.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz rolled out the welcome mat, and got treated like the doormat Friday and Saturday at their home Walla Walla Griz Tournament. The Griz lost all three games in their division and go into today's bracket action as the tourna

13U BlackSox hand Norsemen two losses Saturday

The BlackSox took 14-4 and 8-6 wins over the Coeur d'Alene team.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla BlackSox beat up on the Coeur d'Alene Norsemen, 14-4, in a ten-run, five inning, mercy rule-shortened game, then rallied to win the second game, 8-6, in the Saturday doubleheader at Ray Lane Field.The U13 BlackSox overpowered

Walla Walla Sweets win Friday at Kelowna

KELOWNA, B.C. — The Walla Walla Sweets got their second victory of the year here Friday.The Sweets defeated the Kelowna Falcons, 10-5, on Canadian turf.The Sweets struck quickly with their most productive inning of the season. Walla Walla ripped six hits

O'Rourke, Chestnut win Walla Walla Senior Invite

WALLA WALLA — Former Walla Wallan Jim O'Rourke and current resident Sue Chestnut were crowned as low gross champions in their respective fields at the conclusion of the 50th annual Walla Walla Senior Invitational golf tournament.O'Rourke ended play on Sat

Blazers, Baker City split baseball twin bill

ILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater split a summer baseball doubleheader with visiting Baker City here Friday afternoon at McRae-Ireland Field.Baker City broke open a competitive first game with 12 runs in innings four, five and six, and won by a 16-6 coun

Walla Walla Bears win first two in Hodgin Tourney

PENDLETON — Walla Walla opened the Hodgin senior boys baseball tournament here Saturday by posting a pair of shutouts.Justin Windsor took care of the Columbia Gorge Hustlers with a five-hit shutout as the Bears posted a 10-0 win.Kevin Toon kept the string

Walla Walla Sweets defeat Kelowna on Saturday

The Walla Walla team will go for its first series sweep tonight against the Falcons.

KELOWNA, B.C. — Walla Walla blew a 7-1 lead but came back, after Kelowna tied it at 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth, to score in the top of the 10th and pull out an 8-7 extra-inning win in West Coast League baseball action here Saturday night.Mathew Harjun

Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic ride is June 19

WALLA WALLA — The Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club is sponsoring the fifth annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic June 19.The recreational bike ride commemorates Ann Weatherill, a cyclist struck and killed by an oncoming motorist on highway 124 between Pres

Walla Walla Bruins drop baseball double dip at Kennewick

KENNEWICK — A pair of Kennewick rallies did in the Walla Walla Bruins here Saturday during Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball action.The Dusters scored a run in the seventh inning of game one to eke out a 5-4 victory and used an eig

Saturday, June 12

Port of Walla Walla terminates auditor/treasurer

WALLA WALLA — Port of Walla Walla commissioners have fired the agency's auditor/treasurer because of 'performance issues” that created errors and have cost the public agency extra money.In a May 27 closed session, the Port's three commissioners decided to

Relay for Life raises nearly $70,000

WALLA WALLA — About 500 people participated in the 13th annual Relay for Life this weekend at Borleske Stadium's Martin Field, raising close to $70,000 for cancer research.The annual event turns the field into a makeshift campground, as participants perfo

Marijuana plants confiscated from Mill Creek and Titus Creek area

WALLA WALLA - Sheriff's deputies confiscated 19 marijuana plants, each 8 to 16 inches tall, from the Mill Creek and Titus Creek area.The plants were discovered Thursday by an area resident, who then notified deputies.No arrests have been made.

Emergency services - 6/13/10

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

Weather

The Sun

New flagpole in Jefferson Park to be dedicated

WALLA WALLA — Starting this week, Old Glory will be standing taller than ever in Jefferson Park.Members of Walla Walla's veterans posts have made a gift of a new 30-foot flag pole to replace the old 20-foot pole at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave.

Order to ‘boil water' to continue

A weeklong process will attempt to nail down the source of the problem.

An order to boil drinking water remains in effect for residents in a local irrigation district, and the all-clear won't come until week's end at the soonest.Carolyn Cox, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Drinking Water, said Friday afternoon a regiona

Tot Spot classes open for registration Monday

Tot Spot, geared for children birth to 5 and their parents or caregivers, will be the first program offered at the Learning Center at Center at the Park starting Monday.Tot Spot classes offer a fun and educational environment for children to play and inte

GANGS - Culture a common thread

While only a small fraction of Latinos are in gangs, only a small fraction of gang members are non-Latino.

WALLA WALLA — The presence of criminal gangs may not be as significant a problem here as in surrounding communities.But it's large and growing, officials say.

GANGS - Law enforcers plan to drop hammer

Trouble is expected this summer, and local police officers and sheriff's deputies plan to draw a hard line to meet it.

School's out, the weather is warming up and law enforcement is bracing for a hotbed of gang activity.'Right now we have all of the ingredients of a recipe for an absolute disaster this summer,” said Walla Walla police Detective Kevin Bayne. He's referring

GANGS - Gangs in the Valley: An overview

Handful of established gangs encompass hundreds of members and affiliates.

The Walla Walla Valley has approximately five established gangs. They are: The 18 Street gang (with Westside and Northside cliques), Florencia 13, Eastgate Posse, Deuce Four Seven Crips and Labor Camp Soldiers.We estimate there are 300-500 gang members/af

GANGS - Another generation grows up in lifestyle

For some of today's gang members, affiliation is a family affair.

WALLA WALLA — Many of the area's gang members aren't attending school, but they sure are getting an education.An alarming phenomenon law enforcement officials now are encountering is multi-generational gangs with brothers, cousins — and even fathers invol

Thirteen-year-old attempts to tame a mustang

LOWDEN — Taming a wild mustang takes time and patience.Thirteen-year-old Gabrielle Longmire has plenty of patience, but only 99 days to change the yearling Jet from a wild animal to a docile horse who will follow her on a lead rope, and confront obstacles

ETCETERA - 4-year-old little person tackles triathalon

Unwilling to be defeated by her size, Walla Wallan Lee Coleman's 41/2-year-old granddaughter Alex Craven took on the challenge of a kids' race in her home town of Corvallis.The daughter of Jodi Coleman, a 1987 Walla Walla High School graduate, and Greg Cr

PASTOR COLUMNS - Pastors' prayer brings unity, revival cry

For almost seven years, pastors of the Touchet Valley have met weekly to pray for each other, our churches and for spiritual renewal in our valley. Annually, we have a two-day prayer retreat where we dedicate ourselves to hearing from God about what He wa

CHURCH BULLETIN

Unity Church of Peace will hold Reiki healing circle today

SERVICE PEOPLE

Deployed:

CELEBRATIONS

Sergio and Margarita Zaragoza and Ron and Mary Drennen announce the engagement of their children, Daniela Zaragoza and Kenny Joseph Drennen. All are of Milton-Freewater.

Freedom to pick party labels is part of new primary process

Officials of the Republican and Democratic parties don't like it, but they have nobody to blame but themselves.

The weeklong period in which candidates can declare their intentions to run for office is over. The Silly Season has officially begun.And some of the silliest stuff occurs when the candidates file for office. It starts with what party label each candidate

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Turner inspires confidence

Boil order remains in effect

The all-clear is at least a week away for customers of a local irrigation district.

A order to boil drinking water remains in effect for residents in a local irrigation district, and the all-clear won't come until week's end at the soonest.Carolyn Cox, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Drinking Water, said Friday afternoon a regional

Friday, June 11

Expanded Pac-10 has potential to benefit students and fans

We would hope a portion of the money generated from a bigger TV package would be used to support education.

College football is big business. And it might get even bigger.The Pac-10 Conference -- home to Washington State University and the University of Washington -- appear sto be on the cusp of expanding to 16 teams. It looks possible, if not likely, the Big

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Baseball needs instant replay

On June 2, when veteran umpire Jim Joyce blew the call on what would have been the final out of a perfect game for Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga, it wasn't just a human mistake. It was a blown call that cost a young pitcher a place in baseball history

Etcetera - 06/11/10

Kayla Crain will participate with People to People on a trip to Japan as a student ambassador. She was accepted for participation in the nationwide program that helps young people become better citizens, build confidence and learn about other cultures, th

Sears to host kiddie carnival

The parking lot at Sears will be transformed this weekend into the site of an old-fashioned kiddie carnival.

Emergency Services - 06/11/10

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

Missing man found hours after being split from companions

A search for a missing man ended safely Wednesday just several hours after the man was first split from his mushroom hunting party.

Car show new feature of Tumbleweed Festival

Wine, Stein & Shine starts Friday at noon in downtown Pomeroy.

POMEROY -- The annual Pioneer Day/Tumbleweed Festival will add a new event this year, a car show.

Sex predator confinement trial delayed

William A. Harris faces indefinite lockup when his civil trial starts next May.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court jury trial scheduled for this summer to determine if a man is a sexually violent predator is being delayed for a fourth time.

Election race brewing for Walla Walla County District Court judge seat

A second local lawyer, Bridie Monahan Hood, has filed for a part-time position.

WALLA WALLA -- An election race has developed for the position of part-time Walla Walla County District Court judge.

Two to seek Walla Walla County coroner position

Virginia Romine of Prescott and Ken Hall of Waitsburg will seek the office, currently held by Frank Brown.

WALLA WALLA -- Two people have filed to run for the Walla Walla County Coroner's office.

State agriculture chief eyes regional hay damage

The wet, cool spring has taken a big bite out of the hay harvest.

WALLA WALLA -- The state's top agricultural official is touring the Mid-Columbia area today to survey crop damage, particularly to the hay harvest.

Cross-country cyclists take aim at poverty

A group of 12 cyclists is traveling from coast to coast diagonally to raise awareness and issue a call to action.

WALLA WALLA -- In the midst of a 5,000-mile cycling pilgrimage to raise awareness about poverty in America, 12 cyclists arrived in Walla Walla on Wednesday afternoon after traversing 550 miles in 12 days. The cyclists are part of a group called "Cycling f

Sessions seek to give voice to nonprofits in time of change

Changes are coming for nonprofit agencies across the nation, according to Amy Carr, a consultant with the newly-formed Washington Nonprofits organization.

Forum sheds light on poverty in Walla Walla

Speakers at a discussion Wednesday see a growing need for assistance throughout the community.

WALLA WALLA -- On Wednesday evening, a group of cross-country bicycling activists, church parishioners and community service leaders met to discuss local poverty issues.

ROCK DOC - Stakes high in arms race between researchers, wheat rust

If you like eating hotcakes or bread (or my own personal favorite, huckleberry muffins), you might want to pay attention to a problem that's looming over wheat worldwide. It's a new type of "stem rust" caused by a fungus that cripples wheat plants.

Knipe poised at Walla Walla golf tournament

Dick Knipe is in position to defend his legends title as he also shares the overall lead.

WALLA WALLA — Dick Knipe was in position to defend more than his legends title following Thursday's first round of the 50th annual Walla Walla Senior Invitational golf tournament at the Walla Walla Country Club.Knipe, the former Spokane golfer who won las

Summer NFL Youth Flag Football League slated for Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the National Football League, will be offering an NFL Youth Flag Football League this summer. The program is open to boys and girls entering second through sixth grades. Participants in t

Youth tennis camp set at Wa-Hi June 21-July 2

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla YMCA is having a youth Wa-Hi tennis camp will be instructed by Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummins and some of his varsity players June 21-July 2.The camp is for beginning to intermediate levels for ages 7-14. Sessions are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m.

YMCA to have youth soccer camps next week

WALLA WALLA — The YMCA will offer a soccer camp Monday through Friday for ages 4-5 and 6-9 years old.Camp for 4-5-year-olds will run from 9-10 a.m. Cost is $32 YMCA members, $45 program members. Camp for 6-9-year-olds will run from 10-12 p.m. Cost is $55

Walla Walla Sweets lose series finale

Wenatchee takes advantage of nine walks and four Walla Walla errors to win the rubber match of the WCL-opening series, 9-3.

WALLA WALLA — Wenatchee mixed 11 hits off five Walla Walla pitchers — around nine walks, a hit batsman, and four Sweets errors — to take the rubber match of the three-game opening West Coast League series with a 9-3 win here in Thursday afternoon baseball

Wa-Hi's Hope Klicker earns state softball honor

Pitcher Hope Klicker is the first Wa-Hi athlete named Gatorade Washington Player of the Year.

WALLA WALLA — Add one more accolade to the Wa-Hi softball team's already impressive list.Junior lefty Hope Klicker was selected the Gatorade Washington Softball Player of the Year and is nominated for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year awar

Former WWCC player Drew Heid drafted by MLB in ninth round

WALLA WALLA — When Drew Heid called Dave Meliah, one of his former baseball coaches, Tuesday shortly after the Anaheim Angels had drafted Heid in the ninth round of Major League Baseball's amateur June draft, this was the advice he received:'Enjoy the rid

Death Mildred Wrinkle

June 11, 2010

Death Gaylord Della

Jan. 22, 1950 - June 8, 2010

Thursday, June 10

Fort Walla Walla Days honors area's rich history with a variety of events

Fort Walla Walla Days will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

MARQUEE - Award-winning Walla Walla poet nominated for Pulitzer Prize

Four hours spent writing each day for years has paid off for local poet and professor Jennifer Boyden. "The Mouths of Grazing Things," a collection of Boyden's poetry, was published in April by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Miriam's Well plays at Sapolil Cellars

Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., will present the next installment of the Randy Oxford Blues Series 8 p.m. Fridaywith a performance by Portland-based band Miriam's Well.

Good local syrah goes unsung

Even as Washington wines are gaining national recognition, my frequent-flyer friends in the business assure me, the industry continues its growing pains.

Liberty Theater hosts Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival event on June 16

DAYTON -- Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival features virtuoso clarinetist Kevin Schempf for a performance of Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet 7 p.m. June 16 at Liberty Theater in Dayton.

Summer reading programs begin at the Walla Walla Public Library

The city pool won't be the only place children can make a splash this summer. The Walla Walla Public Library is kicking off its annual summer programs that incorporate reading with indoor and outdoor fun.

Three movies to be shown downtown Walla Walla this summer

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" will be shown at dusk Friday in Heritage Park, on Main Street between Colville and Spokane streets, as the first installment of Family Movie Night Downtown.

New at the Walla Walla Library

Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith whisks you through an ordinary day with history's most extraordinary thinkers, explaining what they might have to say about your routine. From waking up in the morning through traveling to work, shoppin

Suncatcher Studio holds reception, collage demonstration on Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- An artist reception for collage artist Denel Bartsch and photographer Larry Goodhew will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Suncatcher Studio & Fine Crafts, 508 N. Main St.

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 Jacoy and Zuger absent Wednesday the board:

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:

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

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

State budget could unravel without help from Congress

Increased medical costs have been at the center of state's budget troubles.

Washington state's budget, patched together by the Legislature with bubble gum and bailing wire only a few months ago, could unravel if Congress doesn't approve additional funding for Medicaid.

Etcetera - 06/10/10

Troubleshooting the BP oil leak debacle has been taken on locally by Walla Walla High School Technology Teacher Dennis DeBroeck and senior Bryson Mooso. The pair recently submitted their idea for stopping the massive gusher polluting the Gulf of Mexico t

Local lawyer to seek Walla Walla County judge position

Kristian Hedine has filed to run for the part-time position now held by Jerry Votendahl.

WALLA WALLA -- A local lawyer has announced his intention to seek the part-time Walla Walla County District Court judge position now held by Jerry Votendahl.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B editorial on bond funds was fair

A recent letter to the editor titled, "U-B creating discord regarding education," could not have been more self serving and condescending. The mere fact that the author had to defend the Walla Walla school system so vehemently only goes to prove his need

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dayton Hospital fiasco

My husband and I attended the board meeting at Dayton General Hospital Thursday night.

St. Mary provides $12 million in charity care

Providence St. Mary Medical Center provided more than $12 million in charity care last year for the poor and through other programs, a recently released report from the Walla Walla hospital revealed.

Walla Walla wastewater goes down the drain, and then?

Walla Walla's wastewater treatment process takes about a day for any given flush, resulting in clean water to put back in Mill Creek.

WALLA WALLA -- Do you ever wonder what happens to the water in the toilet after you flush it? We often do not think about the people and the processes that work day in, day out to make the essential service of wastewater treatment possible.

Emergency Services - 06/10/10

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

Sweets win second game of series against Wenatchee

The Sweets won the second game of the series, 2-0, against the Wenatchee AppleSox Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — The first one is the toughest to get.And the Walla Walla Sweets got fourth-inning offense and clutch relief pitching in the ninth, to earn their first-ever West Coast League baseball victory with a 2-0 victory over Wenatchee here Wednesday.'

Fuchs earns top academic honors for Whitman

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College tennis player Christoph Fuchs has earned Academic All-America first-team honors to cap his college career.Fuchs, a four-year mainstay in the Whitman tennis lineup, graduated magna cum laude in late May with honors in biology.

Robert Samuel Kyle

April 2, 1923 ~ June 5, 2010

Wednesday, June 9

Walla Walla County coroner denies allegations

WALLA WALLA — At a press conference Tuesday, Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown denied charges he has been responsible for problems local law enforcement and emergency officials say they are having with his office.Meeting with reporters at Fort Walla

Lightning strike kills cows in Umapine area

A lightning strike that arrived with this afternoon's sudden thunder storm took victims in the blink of an eye.Four cross-bred Angus cows belonging to The Hendricks Ranch in Milton-Freewater died instantly, "before they hit the ground," noted co-owner Sc

Boil water order issued near Walla Walla

Coliform bacteria have been found in a water system north of College Place and west of Walla Walla.

A boil water order has been issued for households at the north edge of College Place.Coliform bacteria, and possibly E. coli, were found during testing of water in the Green Tank Irrigation District, according to Barry Jenkins, director of environmental h

Hooray for rosé Gregutt to host virtual tasting

Want to taste wine with one of Washington's most well-known oenophiles?

Correction

An article in Tuesday's Union-Bulletin about Walla Walla High School principal Darcy Weisner leaving the school failed to note all Wa-Hi assistant principals. Kirk Jameson is among the assistant principals serving the school.

FIRST-NIGHT FIREWORKS

Standing in the middle of his field of dreams, Tim Duncan pauses from his infield prep work following Tuesday night's opening game against Wenatchee at Borleske Stadium to watch the fireworks finale just beyond the "Sweets" logo. The logo was painted earlier in the day by For The Love of The Game field painters Tom Pettoello and Shannon Smith.

$n$ Arrien MaKay Adams

To Melissia Sharpe and Keith Adams, Waitsburg, a daughter, Arrien MaKay Adams, 6 pounds 15 ounces, June 5, 2010.

$n$ Elizeth Marie Elizondo

To Leticia Tiscareno and Hector Elizondo, Prescott, a daughter, Elizeth Marie Elizondo, 7 pounds 5 ounces, June 4, 2010.

$n$ Claire Mikayla Cibart

To Jonathan and RoseMarie Cibart, Walla Walla, a daughter, Claire Mikayla Cibart, 6 pounds 11 ounces, May 26, 2010.

In the minutes - Pomeroy council

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

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 Monday:

Etcetera - 06/09/10

When Bessie Obert Freeman McGuire, 98, began quilting more than 35 years ago, she had no idea where her hobby would lead, friend Harold Rich said via e-mail.

Run mixes sun, fun for College Place school

Meadow Brook Intermediate School students, staff and parents took to the streets Tuesday.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Undaunted by stifling 80-degree weather, students, parents and staff of Meadow Brook Intermediate walked, jogged and sprinted a 5K (3.1-mile) fun run Tuesday afternoon. Parent volunteers set up two watering stations along the route, where

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Longtime doctor will be missed

I am in the process of trying to find another doctor, one I can feel as comfortable with and trust as much as I trusted my previous doctor.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Put use of excess fund to a vote

Recently, several letters to the editor representing both sides of the issue have appeared in the Union-Bulletin concerning returning excess Edison bond funds to the taxpayers.

Emergency Services - 06/09/10

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

On the agenda - Athena Council

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

On the agenda - Athena Planning Commission

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

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday at 1 p.m. after a noon work session.Where: Work session at El Sombrero, 428 Ash St.; regular session at the Port office, 310 A St.

Dirty politics still the same with new media

Mud is already starting to fly -- albeit in a high tech fashion -- in the US Senate race.

The weather has yet to heat up, but political campaigns -- with the election still five months away -- are already sizzling.

OUTDOORS - For Don Davis, snow means: Drat-drat. And drat

A snowdrift threatens the completion of an ATV trip in high country terrain.

NOTE: Part 2 of this report from Eastern Oregon appeared in this space last week. Well, drat.Drat-drat.And drat.A snowdrift blocked the two-track trail.Bill DeLong walked away from his ATV to study it. I followed, frown in place.Ears flapping, Nora the Sc

Not so Sweets Walla Walla opener

Mike Richard starts strong for the Sweets, but Wenatchee takes advantage of five Walla Walla errors to win the season opener, 7-0.

WALLA WALLA — The fireworks came too late for the Walla Walla Sweets in their inaugural opener in West Coast League baseball action at Borleske Stadium here Tuesday.Wenatchee took advantage of five Walla Walla errors, and the only Sweets' fireworks came a

Weston-McEwen to host youth volleyball camp

ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen volleyball team and coaching staff is hosting a youth volleyball camp June 14-17 for girls ages 5-14.The camp has two sessions. The first, for girls ages 5-10, runs from 8-9:30 a.m. The second, ages 11-14, is from 10-noon. The c

Heavy rains close Wallowa Mountain Loop Road

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Due to heavy rains, Forest Road 39, known as Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, a popular summer route between Halfway and Joseph, was closed late last week by flooding in North Pine Creek.A Wallowa-Whitman engineer flew the route on Saturday

McNary National Wildlife Refuge to temporarily close

BURBANK — As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's on-going efforts to rehabilitate areas burned by wildfires, the Wallula Unit of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge will be temporarily closed to all access.The temporary closure will begin on or a

Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course to close for Invitational Scramble

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will play host to the Milton-Freewater Invitational Scramble Saturday and Sunday.The course will close to public play at noon Saturday, with public play resuming on graduated tee times after 4:30 p

Pendleton Mustangers to have awards banquet, barbecue Friday

PENDLETON - The Pendleton Mustangers Riding Club has completed its spring playday series, and all members and sponsors are invited to attend the awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday at Stillman Park, 413 S.E. Byers Ave.

DEATH NOTICE - Les Roberts

Dec. 1, 1921 - June 7, 2010

Andrew Groom

Feb. 9, 1994 - June 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 8

Walla Walla County coroner denies charges

WALLA WALLA — In a press conference today, Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown denied charges that he has been responsible for problems local law enforcement and emergency officials said they are having with his office.Meeting with reporters at Fort Wa

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Highway sign for Blue Mountain Mall?

I would like to commend the Department of Transportation for the new sign on U.S. Highway 12 that will direct travellers to the Blue Mountain Mall.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 'Kiwanis Park' name should not be changed

Many years ago (1947), the Kiwanis Club initiated the idea and assisted the city of College Place with the acquisition of land for a park that was named "Kiwanis Park."

Laht Neppur Breweing Co. to expand to WW

Laht Neppur Brewing Co. will expand into downtown Walla Walla mid-summer.

Etcetera - 06/08/10

George Ball, a professor of Biblical literature emeritus at Whitman College, was feted recently for his 95th birthday. In addition, Whitman officials formally announced at the celebration the George H. Ball Chair in the Humanities. He was cited for "affir

Horizon Air , Port to celebrate quarter-century of air service

A celebration is planned for Thursday afternoon at the airport.

WALLA WALLA -- Horizon Air and the Port of Walla Walla will commemorate a 25-year history of air service with a celebration on the ground Wednesday.

Walla Walla man sentenced in drug case connected to fatal fire

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced this morning to nine years and two months in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, which ignited a fire that killed his daughter and two other women in a recreational vehicle in February 2009.

Emergency Services - 06/08/10

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

Complaints pour in about Walla Walla County coroner

Problems range from failure to share toxicology reports to threats to arrest officers, emergency services chiefs say.

WALLA WALLA -- Strained to the breaking point.

Wallowa Mountain Loop Road shut down

The scenic forest road was hit by heavy rains and is impassable in stretches.

Forest Supervisor Steve Ellis has declared a flood emergency on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Ellis also requested and received engineering assistance to help assess the damage.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Paul and Misty Daniel.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Christian W. Scott, 16, 125 Francis Drive, was sentenced May 28 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Caitlin Mae Speich, 20, 509 Ankeny St., was sentenced June 1 on one count second-degree taking a motor vehicle without owner permission. The sentence included restitution of $19,764.60, $200 in court costs, $76 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims c

ASK MOM - Mopey, snarling teen makes Mom feel disconnected

Dear Mom:The problem with my 14-year-old daughter is we really don't talk anymore. I try to make conversation, but unless she wants something, she generally snarls at me. As a result, I've gotten less interested in trying to push through what looks to m

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Guide dog's harness a multipurpose tool

Frequently I am asked what the guide dog's harness handle or leash are used for. The dog harness has evolved over the years and may vary from training school to training school. Though the leather is thick and strong, the harness is light weight. I do rem

Trial date set in ATM card robbery attempt

Andrew S. Loughlin is accused of trying to take another man's card at a bank branch last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to trying to rob a person of his ATM card outside the Ninth Avenue branch of Banner Bank last month.

Pair charged in armed robbery at Walla Walla home

John T. Owen and Katie A. Waite are accused of robbing a man Saturday morning.

WALLA WALLA -- Charges were filed Monday afternoon against two suspects in the armed robbery of a man at his home last weekend.

Man accused of rape pleads guilty to lesser charge

Kyle S. Bushman faces about 4 1/2 to six years in prison after pleading guilty to residential burglary.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of raping a woman at her Walla Walla apartment last year pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a reduced charge.

Man charged in Touchet Mercantile attack

Luis A. Ballesteros had been released from prison the day of the alleged assault.

WALLA WALLA -- A man jailed in connection with an attack on a delivery man in Touchet last week has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Amid allegations, Walla Walla County coroner to hold press conference

WALLA WALLA - As allegations against Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown surfaced and became more heated, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin attempted to interview him. He continued to decline requests for comment. Finally he agreed to meet with Union-Bull

Complaints paint picture of careless, thoughtless Walla Walla County coroner

Concerns include how bodies are transported, records are kept and how the coroner interacts with survivors.

WALLA WALLA -- "As you may or may not be aware, there have been ongoing concerns on the part of Providence St. Mary Medical Center regarding the County Coroner, Frank Brown," begins a letter from Steve Burdick, chief executive officer for St. Mary. "In on

Walla Walla High School principal to head Clarkston School District

Darcy Weisner will leave July 1 to take over as superintendent of the Clarkston School District.

WALLA WALLA -- The search is on for a new Walla Walla High School principal.Darcy Weisner, who has led the city's largest high school since 2006, will leave the district July 1 to become superintendent of the Clarkston School District. Weisner was unanimo

Donna May Brotherton

May 5, 1945 - June 4, 2010

Mike Richard to start Walla Walla Sweets' opener

Local southpaw Michael Richard takes the mound against Wenatchee tonight in the Sweets' inaugural game at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — Mike Richard — the local kid — will take the mound tonight at Borleske Stadium when the Walla Walla Sweets open their inaugural baseball season in the West Coast League.Richard, a southpaw pitcher who graduated from DeSales High School in 20

Walla Walla Sweets' Karsten is Strieby-ng for success

Sweets first baseman Karsten Strieby has the pros in his sights as the team opens the season tonight.

WALLA WALLA — The boys of summer have arrived.Wood bats and horsehide in hand, and with a refreshed stadium waiting to be filled, the Walla Walla Sweets are itching with impatience for tonight's opening pitch.At 6-foot-6, Karsten Strieby towers over first

DEATH NOTICE - Anne Lierley- Robison

Jan. 7, 1948 - June 2, 2010

Pioneers play in state all-star game, earn honors

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi had three players selected for the Class 4A Senior All-Star softball game last weekend in Corvallis, and three named to all-state teams.Stephanie Baker, Lauren Sams and Andrea Roeder played in the All-Star Game.Roeder also earned

DEATH NOTICE - Robert Kyle

April 2, 1923 - June 5, 2010

Wood bats, brats and beer — and many memories at Borleske Stadium

WALLA WALLA — For at least some of this area's baseball fans who crowd into Borleske Stadium tonight — and a sellout crowd is expected — for the Walla Walla Sweets West Coast League debut, there's sure to be a twinge or two of nostalgia swirling about in

Exchange downs Milton-Freewater City Light

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Exchange Club won a non-league Babe Ruth game, 13-9, over Milton-Freewater City Light Monday.Exchange is now 7-0 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Blue Devil Boys Basketball Camps slated this month

WALLA WALLA — Registration is still being accepted for The Blue Devil Boys Elementary Basketball Camp, which will be June 14-17 at the Wa-Hi gym.This annual camp is offered to any boy who will be entering grades 3-5 this fall. It will run from 9-11 a.m.,

Valley Little League to have ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink' game

WALLA WALLA — Valley Little League is having a 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink” benefit game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eastgate Field 1.Raffle prizes will be available, and appearances will be made by the Tri-Cities Dust Devil and Walla Walla Sweet Lou mascots

Walla Walla Bears stumble Sunday in Yakima

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Bears lost a pair of games to the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak here Sunday.The Bears lost the first game, 8-0, and the second, 12-2.The games were rain-delayed about four hours, said head coach Blaine Mercado.'It was a pretty disappoin

Monday, June 7

Washington State Penitentiary unit on lockdown after assault on officer

WALLA WALLA -- An assault on a correctional officer has placed a unit at the Washington State Penitentiary on lockdown today.Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman, said an inmate attacked the officer with a weapon about 10 a.m. in a common area of one of the fou

Floyd Bird

Aug. 3, 1926 - May 12, 2010

Roseanne Ross

May 21, 1951 - June 2, 2010

Anne Lierley- Robinson

Jan. 7, 1948 - June 2, 2010

Leonard Sams

May 30, 1915 - June 1, 2010

Warren Gibson

July 20, 1921 - May 31, 2010

Harry Dale Kinzer

November 12, 1924 - June 4, 2010

Melvin Francis Melton

September 18, 1918 ~ May 30, 2010

MayBelle Rice-Sargeant

August 6, 1914 ~ May 24, 2010

Violet Brown

May 10, 1922 - June 1, 2010

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 'Sex and the City 2' is good movie

Now that I went to see Sex and the City 2, I think that there is way more to say than just "fashion."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No need for metric conversion in US

After World War II Australia, being closer to Asia, changed to the metric system. Let's hope we are not naive enough to fall for that.

Umpire, pitcher inspiring in way they handled bad situation

Yes, losing the perfect game to a blown call was unfortunate, but it was great to see a mature display of civility.

Umpire Jim Joyce made a lousy call when he ruled a base runner safe with two outs in the ninth inning to take away Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga's perfect game.

STREET SMARTS - Can other drivers put their trust in you?

When I think of trust, a picture comes to mind of a baby looking up and smiling at its mother, depending on her for safety and well-being.

SCIENCE MATTERS - Computer coding tackles element of chance in research

Monte Carlo is recognized as a Mecca for high stakes gambling. In the realm of computer software, the term "Monte Carlo" refers to a method of doing simulations of complex phenomena where odds play an essential role.

Three hurt in US 12 crash

The two-car collision near Detour Road this morning is blamed on a failure to yield.

WALLA WALLA -- A two-vehicle collision along Highway 12 this morning has injured two area residents.

Ailing mom makes moments count

Ashley Romer, diagnosed with two unusual and debilitating diseases, helps her twins ring in a birthday at the hospital.

WALLA WALLA -- Ashley Romer admits she was stubborn. She wasn't going to miss her twins' second birthday, even if it meant giving up the rehabilitation treatment she desperately needed to walk again.

Emergency Services - 06/07/10

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

Etcetera - 06/07/10

The recent annual banquet and volunteer awards event hosted by Fort Walla Walla Museum held forth with more than 75 guests, members, volunteers, staff and board members. The Museum honors its volunteers and acknowledges the most outstanding among them fro

Arline Maxson

October 8, 1920 ~ June 5, 2010

Wet May breaks long dry spell in Walla Walla

The month was the first since November with at least typical amounts of rain.

WALLA WALLA -- May ended six months of below-par precipitation in a big way.Aided by three big rains and numerous smaller storms, the month finished with 2.40 inches of precipitation, a mark nearly one-half inch above normal.It was the first time since No

Exchange Club wins pair of Babe Ruth baseball games

WALLA WALLA — Exchange Club won a pair of Babe Ruth baseball games over the weekend.Exchange downed Banner Bank in five innings Friday night, 20-8, before taking care of Eastgate Lions, 11-1, in five innings Saturday.

Walla Walla Black Sox 13U sweeps Pullman's Cougars

COLFAX — Dillon Trapani and Anders Davidson had three hits apiece here Sunday to spark the Walla Walla Black Sox 13-and-under youth baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of the Pullman Cougars, 7-4 and 8-3.

Walla Walla Black Sox 14U bounces back for wins at Chiawana Tournament

PASCO — Walla Walla's Inland Cellular Black Sox bounced back from their first two defeats of the season Saturday in Richland by winning twice here Sunday in a 14-and-under youth baseball tournament at Chiawana High School.The Black Sox bested Northwest Di

Walla Walla Bruins' pitching keys Legion sweep of Pasco Sun Devils

Jake Campeau and Drew Christina take the mound to start the 6-1 and 14-1 victories over Pasco Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins rode the arms of their starting pitchers to a 6-1 and 14-1 sweep of the Pasco Sun Devils in Central Washington Junior American Legion play at Walla Walla Community College Sunday. Starting in game one was righty Jake C

Sunday, June 6

Walla Walla Bears drop baseball doubleheader to Yakima

The Bears lose the first game, 10-7, and the nightcap, 3-2, falling to 2-4 overall.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Yakima fashioned a pair of seventh-inning rallies Saturday night to take a summer baseball doubleheader away from the Walla Walla Bears.The Beetles posted a 10-7 victory in the opener at Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way f

Walla Walla Sweets getting prepped for Tuesday's opener

Most of the Sweets team is in town now, with a few still in post-season play.

WALLA WALLA – Blue skies and freshly cut grass weren't the only friendly sights greeting fans at Borleske Stadium Friday.The Walla Walla Sweets held their first community day as an opportunity for fans to meet and mingle with players and coaches before Tu

Challenger baseball team gives disabled kids a chance to play ball

Challenger Baseball provides disabled children the opportunity to play the game — and many times a place to just play.

WALLA WALLA — When Dillon Pritchard headed to bat in a recent baseball game, his friends and family cheered him on.And when he nailed a hit that turned into a three-run homer, the cheers just got louder.They're coming from everyone, on both sides of the p

Blazers, Grizzlies split two games

MILTON-FREEWATER — Daniel Lake's two-run home run in the top of the seventh lifted the Walla Walla Grizzlies to a 4-3 win over the Milton-Freewater Blazers Saturday in Legion A boys baseball action here.The Blazers came back from 5-1 and 6-5 deficits with

Whitman College grad dies in Peru skiing accident

Arne Backstrom graduated from Whitman in 2003 and died in a fall Thursday on Pisco Mountain.

SEATTLE — Acclaimed freeskier Arne Backstrom has died in a fall on a Peruvian mountain, according to his father.Steve Backstrom told The Associated Press Friday that he was notified of his 29-year-old son's death by rescuers and later by U.S. Embassy offi

Walla Walla Bears split doubleheader

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears split a high-scoring doubleheader at WWCC Friday with the Kennewick Bandits.The Bears capitulated the early contest to the Bandits 11-7, before rallying for the 9-5 game two victory.The Bandits broke up a 2-2 tie with a

Repeat winners in the Onion Man Triathlon last weekend

WALLA WALLA — Michael Gordon of Walla Walla and Kara Nielsen of Kirkland, Wash., took first place for the second consecutive year for overall male and female in the Onion Man Triathlon on May 30 at Bennington Lake. This is the first time this has happened

Walla Walla Rodeo Club sends four to compete at national level this summer

Touchet's Bo Segerman won the all-around title at the state championship.

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla High School Rodeo team scored big in the state finals May 28-31 and will send two members to the National High School Finals Rodeo this summer.Touchet's Bo Segerman ended his senior year as the all-around state champion, when

Walla Walla Black Sox offense bombs

RICHLAND — The Blacksox offensive bomb proved a dud at Bomber Field here Saturday, as the 14U baseball nine posted a pair of losses to squads from Spokane and Bellevue.The Blacksox managed just two runs on 10 hits. The Sox dropped game one to Spokane, 4-2

Blue Mountain softball tournament opens Monday

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association's Postseason Tournament begins Monday with games at Pioneer Park, Waitsburg, Mill Creek Sportsplex and Walla Walla Community College.Pool A 5 p.m. play Monday pits Blue Crystal against Conoco & 76

Saturday, June 5

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

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 road tour will begin at 8:30 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Walla Walla County Conservation District board to hold special meeting Monday

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Conservation District board will hold a special meeting on Monday.The meeting will be at 3 p.m. in the district office, 325 N. 13th Ave.Agenda items include discussion of the Bergevin Williams-Old Lowden piping project

Pair arrested in armed robbery at Walla Walla home

WALLA WALLA - A man and woman were arrested after an armed robbery early Saturday morning.According to police, the man and woman entered a house near Garrison Street and Tausick Way at 7 a.m., where they threatened the 57-year-old male occupant with a kni

Comment sought ahead of construction at VA

Work soon will begin on a treatment center and outpatient clinic. Other maintenance projects are also in the works.

WALLA WALLA - It's nearly time for the earth to move at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center as long-awaited construction nears.Before the shovels hit ground midsummer, however, officials are looking for community input at a mee

Public session set on Walla Walla school bond leftovers

The School Board will discuss what to do with $1.1 million that remains from the Edison Elementary project. It has already committed $500,000 for radon remediation at one school.

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Monday to discuss what to do with money left over from the Edison Elementary School reconstruction project.The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the district's board room, 364 S. Park St.

Cougar apparently no longer in Walla Walla area

A mountain lion seen Tuesday near Whitman College has apparently headed back up Mill Creek to a more typical habitat.

WALLA WALLA — The Department of Fish & Wildlife said a cougar that was spotted Tuesday morning near Whitman College most likely headed back into the Blues.The cougar was spotted around 1 a.m. near the clock tower of the campus and was last seen heading ba

Work under way to revamp Whitman College's iconic clock, bell

Memorial Building is in the midst of upgrades, and the clock and bell are off to the shop for work.

WALLA WALLA — When Whitman College student Yonas Fikak woke up one morning last week he immediately noticed that something was wrong.'It was weird not hearing the clock, because I lived so close to Memorial (Building) part of the year,” said Fikak, descri

Emergency services - 06/05/10

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

Walla Walla teen part of cast for book's videos

Chloe Danielson is among the cast for online videos that are part of Patrick Carman's 'Trackers.”

WALLA WALLA — Chloe Danielson is a dancer, a sophomore in high school and a fan of Patrick Carman. And recently, she's become a character in Carman's newest book, 'Trackers.”'Trackers” was released in May as a new type of book to engage young readers. Alo

Internet filter sparks protests at Walla Walla University

Students spent the week demonstrating in hopes of a delay in the filtering plan.

COLLEGE PLACE - The decision by Walla Walla University to start filtering its Internet access this fall has prompted protests and calls for a delay from students.An Internet filter is expected to be in place by Sept. 27, in time for the start of the 2010-

Walla Walla High School senior making memories

Walla Walla High School held its outdoor graduation ceremony Friday night on campus.

PANORAMA - Come rain or shine

This springtime in the Walla Walla Valley has been a fickle one.In April, for the first time in its 72-year history, Mac-Hi's Carnival of Speed was canceled. The announcement on the Milton-Freewater Unified School District website sited 'dangerous weather

Etcetera - Native Walla Walla artist's work on exhibit in Michigan

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press featured native Walla Wallan Art Jacobs in an article, which he sent to brother and sister-in-law Marley and Grace Jacobs, who live here.Art is aptly named as he's become a critically acclaimed artist. His interest in this f

PASTOR COLUMNS - Love in the here and now brings heaven to earth

Earth's the right place for love. I don't know where it's likely to go better." That's a line in the poem "Birches" by Robert Frost.At first the Christian response might be that, or course, love goes better in heaven. Yet when we consider parts of the Bib

PASTOR COLUMNS - There will never be world peace until there's unity

Race Unity Day, celebrated the second Sunday in June, was inaugurated by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States in 1957. Baha'i teachings state that God created the world as one, that divisions by country and race are manmade

CHURCH BULLETIN

M-F First Christian Church hosts Vacation Bible School

CELEBRATIONS

Larry and Gloria Heterley

Larry and Gloria Heterley of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Saturday. The couple were high school sweethearts. Gloria's maiden name is Free.

SERVICE PEOPLE

Graduated:

Crop at heart of valley gets own Wheat Festival

Some of the residents of Wheatland Village are retired wheat farmers who will share their stories.

Historically, America's wheat farmers fed the nation and went on to feed the world. The mention of "amber waves of grain" often means patriotism and pride in a job well done, in the face of uncertain weather and even more uncertain economics.Wheat is stil

SENIOR BULLETIN

Senior Round Table program to offer open seating lunch

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

DOC plan for unpaid leave beats layoffs

It is important to have sufficient staffing at the Washington State Penitentiary to maintain a safe environment for staff and inmates.

The economic downturn has been particularly tough on state employees. A great many have had to forgo pay raises while being asked to do more with less. And those are among the lucky ones. Many have lost their jobs.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 06/05/10

As principal of Edison Elementary, I feel obliged to address concerns that were discussed in the June 2 edition of the Union-Bulletin.The design of the new school was a collaborative effort that included parents, community members and staff working with t

Friday, June 4

Lincoln Alternative High School seniors on the threshhold

WALLA WALLA - Lincoln Alternative High School graduating seniors bask in the last moments of high school amid family and friends Thursday night at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building.

Emergency Services - 06/04/10

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

Candidate filings start Monday

Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties' process will be entirely online this year.

WALLA WALLA -- The 2010 election season officially opens Monday with the beginning of filing week.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Return excess Edison bond funds to public

In the editorial column on May 30, the U-B suggested the Walla Walla School Board should return excess Edison funds to the public by paying down the bond debt.

Increase in cigarette tax serves two purposes

The state is raising needed revenue and reducing smoking at the same time.

The cigarette tax in Washington state just went up another buck. That pushes the state tax to over $3 a pack -- second highest in the nation -- which means pack-a-day smokers will now have to shell out nearly $3,000 a year or $8 a day to feed their habit.

Walla Walla High School graduation set for outdoors, for now

WALLA WALLA -- Faced with the possibility of winds in the 40s, rain and thunderstorms, Walla Walla High School staff are prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly, just in case the all-week prediction of severe weather comes true at tonight's graduation

Barnaby's Pub to close

WALLA WALLA -- It's last call for Barnaby's Pub.

Meet-and-greet Saturday with new CimAfit fitness trainer

Not ready for swimsuit season? You could drop by CimAfit Lifestyles on Saturday to meet the team's newest personal trainer.

Report of suspicious vehicle near Walla Walla school raises concern

The Sheriff's Office says an investigation has turned up nothing to confirm the report, however.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office believes a report by a child of a suspicious van in the area of Prospect Point Elementary Thursday may be unfounded.Still, the report to the law enforcement agency by the child and her family prompted

Tables turned in reported assault at Touchet store

A man released Thursday from prison is accused of trying to attack a delivery man the same day at the Touchet Mercantile.

TOUCHET -- A Quincy, Wash.-area man has been arrested hours after being released from the Washington State Penitentiary.Luis A. Ballesteros, 19, was detained Thursday in the storage area of the Touchet Mercantile shop, 16284 West Highway 12, after a deliv

Warriors earn league all-East Division honors

WALLA WALLA — Sophomore Glen Reser and <script type="text/javascript" src="http://union-bulletin.com/javascripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js?1265310867"></script>freshman Alex Bonczyk are Walla Walla Community College's representatives on the NWA

ACTHA trail ride to benefit Equine Protection Program

WALLA WALLA — The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) and the Human Society of the United States Equine Protection Program are sponsoring a trail ride June 13 to benefit rescue horses. All proceeds from the ride will benefit the Equine Pr

Death Notice Donna Brotherton

May 5, 1945- June 6, 2010

Darrel Ferguson

March 30, 1943 - May 31, 2010

Thursday, June 3

Walla Walla teen charged in connection with injury crash

Briseida M. Garcia allegedly told a deputy she'd been drinking and was the driver at the time of a crash that injured her and two passengers in April.

WALLA WALLA -- A 17-year-old Walla Walla girl faces three criminal charges stemming from a one-vehicle, injury collision in April on Sandpit Road.Briseida M. Garcia, of 112 S. Seventh Ave., was charged Wednesday in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla C

Bluesman Nemeth to perform at Crossroads

Walla Walla Blues Society presents John Nemeth, who will hold a release party to celebrate his new CD, "Name the Day!" It will be at 9 p.m. June 12 at CrossRoads Steakhouse, 201 E. Rees Ave.

Mares 'n Music rides again June 13

The Walla Walla Symphony and local horse groups will pair again this year at 3 p.m. June 13 for a unique afternoon of western riding and horsemanship with live symphonic music at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Expo Arena, 363 Orchard St.

Work by four artists featured at Willow

Willow, 2 E. Rose St., will hold an artist reception and opening night event from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Artist talks by Anne Hysell and Ursula Curran will begin at 6 p.m.

Music series starts Saturday

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's Downtown Summer Music series will kick off this weekend and run Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 29.

Local bands will play from 1-4 p.m. at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street. The free music series is funded by Banner Bank. For more information call 529-8755. Scheduled to play:

Historian to speak about executions

"Justice in Frontier Oregon, 1851-1905," a talk by Oregon historian-author Diane Goeres-Gardner, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Albee Room of the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.

Talk about pizzazz: Old-vine zins full of vim

I am a total fan of old-vine zinfandel. I like the "mixed black'' grapes that are often part of a field blend, the history and commitment over generations that result in a century-old vineyard still bearing excellent fruit.

Kirkman House holds reception for exhibit

There will be a First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the exhibit "Eliza Barchus: The Majestic West" at Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St.

MARQUEE - Students show their stuff at ArtWALK

ArtWALK -- not just for grownups.Friday marks the day Rachel Philo's art students present their work for Walla Walla's First Friday ArtWALK, 5-8 p.m.

Festival of Actors takes the stage at WWU this weekend

With its incorporation of monologues written just for this performance and the improvisation of Fresh Cut Improv, Festival of the Actors 2010 will offer a unique display of experimentation at 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at Walla Walla University's

Crow's Shadow sells prints at 40-percent off on Friday

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts will offer a wide selection of fine-art prints at 40 percent off regular retail prices from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the storefront, 36 S. Colville St., Walla Walla.

Dreamland Park creator to be portrayed at museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will present Living History portrayals at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New at the library

One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parent's house -- or what used to be her parents' house, even though Hugh-Jay and Laurie Lin

Fort Walla Walla Days celebration just around the bend

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will host its annual Fort Walla Walla Days celebration June 12-13.

Oldies Night at the Library in Milton-Freewater Friday

The music of Fats Domino will ring out during Oldies Night at the Library 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Albee Room of Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.

Etcetera - 06/03/10

Student groups organized in the last year by Walla Wallan Gerald Hixson are beginning to bear fruit.

A TALE OF WET AND DRY

Using a folded newspaper to protect himself from incessant rain, Juddson Bakek heads home on South Howard Street after attending an event at Saint Silouan Orthodox Church Wednesday evening. Water soaked and darkened tree trunks hint at the amount of unseasonal rain that fell on the valley today.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for women's memorial

This letter is in response of the article in the Sunday paper on May 30. I did not know how uninformed I was on the things that should mean a lot to the people of the United States.

High court ruling doesn't erode right to remain silent

The Supreme Court ruling merely makes it clear that suspects must tell police they will not talk.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, wisely ruled this week that suspects must tell police they are going to remain quiet in order to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police they want a lawyer.

Last seen last year: Walla Walla summer

Another day in June, another day of storms and cool weather.

WALLA WALLA -- Summer lovers are being left out in the rain.

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 - Walla Walla County

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

Yum. New recipes due when Rogers Bakery reopens

Expect some new dishes when Rogers Bakery reopens in September.

Opal Jazel Schreiner-Huffey

To Kristi Schreiner-Huffey and William Kirk Huffey, Walla Walla, a daughter, Opal Jazel Schreiner-Huffey, May 13, 2010.

Leon James Smith

To Angela Rivera and Aaron Smith, Walla Walla, a son, Leon James Smith, 5 pounds 7 ounces, May 28, 2010.

Logan Lee Davis

To Sara Davis and Christopher Stuart, Milton-Freewater, a son, Logan Lee Davis, 7 pounds 7 ounces, May 23, 2010.

Emergency Services - 06/03/10

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

DOC: Washington State Penitentiary workers will take unpaid time off

The state Department of Corrections secretary says DOC staff will take an unpaid day off each month from July to June of next year.

WALLA WALLA -- Corrections workers at Washington State Penitentiary and elsewhere are facing unpaid days off as part of a cost-cutting measure.Department of Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said today DOC staff members will be asked to take off one day a

Boys summer leadership and basketball camp offered

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College's men's basketball program, in association with Key Technology, is offering the 'Together We Can” Basketball Camps for boys ages 8-14, from June 28-July 1 and Aug. 9-12 at Sherwood Athletic Center.Whitman coaches and players

Athletic performance boot camp begins June 15

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Athletic Performance Academies is now taking registrations for its Adult Cardio Strength Boot Camp, which begins June 15.The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays and there are two sessions available: 7-7:40 a.m. or 8-8:40 a.m.

June Hunter

July 21, 1922 – May 11, 2010

Shirley Lee Wentland

January 19, 1928 ~ May 31, 2010

Kevin Faler

Jan. 2, 1966 - May 23, 2010

John Tate

March 18, 1943 - May 31, 2010.

Veryl Erickson

Dec. 17, 1912 - May 31, 2010

Sarah Lyon

Oct. 2, 1916 - April 12, 2010

Death Notice Violet Brown

May 10, 1922- June 1, 2010

Death Notice Anne Robinson

Jan. 7, 1948 - June 2, 2010

Death Notice Leonard Sams

June 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 2

Passing laws that aren't funded is poor public policy

The result is unkept promises and frustration.

Three years ago state lawmakers were prepared to write checks for expensive social programs with little regard as to whether there was money in the bank. After all, they reasoned to themselves, the money will be found somewhere. It always is, right?

BEYOND CATS AND DOGS

Wednesday morning pushed the rain beyond cats and dogs, raising it to the level of raining lizards and frogs as Susie Kenney hurried along Alder Street, with frog themed umbrella in hand, while framed through the lizard-inhabited hole of the "Matilda" statue in front of the Public Library.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla School Board should do right thing

The voters of Walla Walla passed the bond for Walla Walla School District No. 140 to build Edison Elementary School in the amount of $19.5 million on Feb. 6, 2007, and received $3.4 million of Washington State matching funds.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Edison School should be finished

I'd like to suggest that the leftover Edison School funds be used to actually finish the Edison building project. If any funds are left at that point, they should then be returned to our taxpayers.

Emotional meeting in Dayton followed by resignations

The aftermath of last week's meeting of the Columbia County Public Hospital District board continues to be felt.

DAYTON -- In the aftermath of an emotional meeting attended by more than 100 people last week, two more nurses at Dayton General Hospital have submitted resignations. One is Director of Nursing Services Virginia Romine, who was the object of many of the n

Emergency Services - 06/02/10

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

Waitsburg Commercial Club to sponsor annual yard sale

WAITSBURG -- The Waitsburg Commercial Club is sponsoring the annual community yard sale on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Children's music event planned for Friday at YMCA

WALLA WALLA -- Children can become part of the music of the Walla Walla Valley on Friday, during the "First Movement" event facilitated by Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and the YMCA.

Deputy to challenge Columbia County sheriff in election

DAYTON -- A 22-year veteran of law enforcement announced his candidacy for Columbia County Sheriff this week.

Etcetera - 06/02/10

The fourth annual Children's Wishes and Dreams Golf Tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pheasant Creek Golf Course in Touchet.

Fire destroys barn near Milton-Freewater

The blaze, which resulted in no reported injuries, was the third in a week in the area.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- An early morning fire destroyed an outbuilding near Milton-Freewater today, the third fire in a week, authorities said.Firefighter Rob Snell with the Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department said a barn was seriously damaged about 5 a.m.

Walla Walla veterans' housing program gets boost

The local program helps veterans re-enter life after substance abuse treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- When Mike Brown goes to Washington, D.C., he apparently gets heard. Brown, a case manager with Corps of Recovery and Discovery -- a Walla Walla program that helps veterans re-enter life after substance abuse treatment -- spoke before the U.

Walla Walla School Board holds off on bond fund decision

Some money left over from the Edison Elementary project will be used for radon mitigation at Blue Ridge, but the remainder has not been committed.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board has agreed to delay a decision on how to use excess bond money, but did commit about $500,000 of it to mitigate radon from Blue Ridge Elementary.The board was faced with whether to allow the use of $1.6 million

Glenn L. Runyan

February 15, 1922 ~ May 13, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Alta Sargeant

Aug. 6, 1914 - May 24, 2010

Mary Rose Chvatal

July 22, 1916 - May 30, 2010

Elberta Antrobus

1928 - 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Marvin Aguiar

May 28, 1954 - May 26, 2010

Otto Green

Dec. 24, 1916 - May 29, 2010

Norman Rogers

Oct. 26, 1937 - May 23, 2010

Irrigon ends Weston-McEwen's softball state run

A pitchers' duel turns into a four-run Irrigon fifth inning as the Knights bats come through for the 5-0 state semifinal softball victory.

IRRIGON — Weston-McEwen's Haley Freske and Irrigon's Noelle Wright battled through a pitchers' duel, 1-0 with Irrigon ahead, into the fifth inning of the Class 2A Oregon semifinal game Tuesday.In the end, Irrigon ran away with a four-run fifth to win, 5-0

Take road once traveled through Eastern Oregon

NOTE: Part 1 of this report about a foray into Eastern Oregon appeared in this space last Wednesday.Bill and Jewell DeLong met Nora the Schnauzer and me when we pulled into their driveway at Vale, Ore., on a recent damp and blustery Tuesday morning.'I hav

Black Sox 13U splits twin bill against Tri-Cities

WALLA WALLA — The Black Sox 13U team struggled in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Tri-Cities at Ray Lane Field, but was able to rebound with a win in the second game. Tri-Cities won the first game, 21-3 and the Black Sox the second, 8-7.Tr

Black Sox 14U roll to sweep of Pullman Cougs

PULLMAN — The Black Sox 14U team used dominating pitching and key hits to come away with two victories over Pullman on Sunday at Pullman High School.In game one, pitchers Spencer Locati and Salomon Arellano combined for five strong innings to throw a one-

Cody Warner aces Milton-Freewater Muni's 11th hole

MILTON-FREEWATER - Duane Warner had a hole-in-one in hole No. 11 at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course on May 23. No. 11 is a 122-yard par 3. Warner used a 9 Wood.It was witnessed by his grandson, Cody Warner, and Bud and Pat Bartlett. It is Warne

Tuesday, June 1

Charges dismissed in Walla Walla Worm Ranch burglary

WALLA WALLA -- Criminal charges against two defendants accused of possessing guns stolen in a burglary at the Walla Walla Worm Ranch in December have been dismissed. Carma R. Smith, 34, of 212 N. Roosevelt St., No. 13, and Pastor Tapia-Nunez, 23, of 125 S

Man receives jail sentence for 2006 Walla Walla-area kidnapping

WALLA WALLA -- A man was handed a nine-month jail sentence Tuesday afternoon after earlier pleading guilty to kidnapping a woman in 2006. Juan C. Villegas, 25, who has listed an address in Fontana, Calif., was ordered to serve the midpoint of the standard

Trial scheduled for Walla Walla man accused of threatening wife

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of holding his wife at knifepoint and threatening to kill her in April now is scheduled for trial July 7 and 8. Carl E. Adams Jr., 43, of 1463 Francis Ave., is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with first-degree ass

Walla Walla County to begin chip-sealing roads

WALLA WALLA -- Chip-sealing season for Walla Walla County roads begins today.Work crews with the county Public Works Department will be working on various roads through July, said Amie White, administrative service manager. Drivers can expect delays rangi

Ada Actor

Jan. 6, 1929 - May 28, 2010

Curtis Hansens

Aug. 28, 1918 - May 30, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Otto Green

Dec. 24, 1916 - May 29, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Mary Chvatal

July 22, 1916 - May 30, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Katherine Klicker

April 8, 1943 - May 29, 2010

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - New cell phone does it all but let you place a call

Yesterday morning I had a cell phone. I could call people on it. That was yesterday morning.

Etcetera - 06/01/10

Jennifer Jorgenson, who's been writing stories under her byline for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as an intern, will also take on news editor duties for the weekly Collegian newspaper at Walla Walla University during the academic year that starts this fa

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B creating discord regarding education

It is extremely unjust to area citizens, educators and students that the editorial staff of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin would constantly strive to bring about great discord between the educational process and the community of voters and taxpayers.

Washington's top-two primary may be spreading

California voters are considering an initiative similar to the primary election format used in Washington.

A few years back the Republican and Democratic parties took aim at Washington state's open primary system because they hated the way voters could easily cross party lines. The parties wanted hard-line Democrats and Republicans -- the true believers who te

Vietnam veteran finds final stop in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- Vietnam veteran Joel Dean Smith was given a final resting place Monday morning in the Waitsburg City Cemetery.

Lott paces 'Yotes at state meet

CHENEY -- Trevor Lott had Burbank's top performance here last weekend at Eastern Washington University in the Washington Class 1A track and field state competition.

WWCC weather balloon launch goes off like rocket

This was the first time WWCC students have launched a weather balloon and the first time a weather balloon has been launched in Walla Walla County in a decade.

WALLULA -- Although the cameras and cockroaches got left behind, the first balloon launch by local college students Monday went off, well, like a rocket.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Excess money should be returned to taxpayers

Excess money should be returned to taxpayersThe Walla Walla School Board certainly has a difficult question to answer during its next meeting -- whether to spend the excess funds from the Edison School Project of $1.6 million on other district needs or re

Memorial Day has meaning for Americans

Following is an excerpt from a speech delivered on May 30, 1884, by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a Civil War veteran and Supreme Court justice.

Not long ago I heard a young man ask why people still kept up Memorial Day, and it set me thinking of the answer. Not the answer that you and I should give to each other -- not the expression of those feelings that, so long as you live, will make this day

Walla Walla man injured in car collision

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla man was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center after losing control of his vehicle on State Route 125 and striking a dirt embankment, authorities said.The Washington State Patrol reports Rudy A. Molinarivas, 19, was drivin

Reports of cougar spotted near Whitman College

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Public Schools officials are advising parents to use extra caution taking children to and from school today after reports of a cougar spotted near the Whitman College campus.The cougar was apparently last seen by city police abou