Stories for May 2010


Monday, May 31

By dawns early light

By dawn's early light...every year. Shortly after 6am Memorial Day, Cam Isitt moves slowly, row-to-row, in the Mountain View Cemetery section dedicated to the men and women of the Walla Walla area who have served our country. Isitt paused momentarily at

Colors of a gray Memorial Day

Two American flags hang from a 15-minute parking sign post shortly before 6am as downtown Walla Walla shows the colors of a gray Memorial Day. All across town and country Americans showed their red, white and blue colors on streets, homes, and the graves

ASK MOM - Daughter doesn't respond to removal of privileges

My 15-year-old daughter has gotten into the habit of lying to me and her dad about pretty much everything. It's not that she's a bad kid, it's more like she just doesn't get it. She has zero motivation to pull her weight.For example, I ask her to do the d

How recycling works in Walla Walla

In Walla Walla, residents have two waste bins, one for garbage and one for recycling. Residents can subscribe to a third for compostable waste such as yard clippings.Public Works is responsible for the collection of residential, commercial and green waste

One man's trash is another man's job

Several months ago, a friend, noting my curious hobby of collecting trash that I find intriguing, joked that I should be a professional garbage collector. The suggestion stuck with me and sparked an interest in my own waste habits and in the general proce

ETCETERA - 05/31/10

McDonald Zaring Insurance raised $225 during its May 13 Relay for Life Bunco fundraiser at the Elks Lodge. The entire amount will be donated to Relay for Life of Walla Walla, said Cherie Engebretson with MZI. A number of businesses donated gifts for the e

DEATH NOTICE - Melvin F. Melton

Sept. 28, 1918 -- May 30, 2010

Ernest Wilmot

March 1, 1921 - May 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Dale Henderson

Feb. 26 1945 - May 11, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Kevin Faler

Jan. 2, 1966 - May 23, 2010

Walla Walla Grizzlies slated to continue Cubs Invite play this morning

WALLA WALLA — The third and final day of the Walla Walla Cubs Invitational was slated to begin this morning, with the Walla Walla Grizzlies set to play Prairie's Falcons at 8:30 a.m.

Walla Walla Bears open American Legion season with split with Pasco

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears opened their independent Senior American Legion baseball season Saturday at Warriors Field on the Walla Walla Community College campus with a 6-5 victory in eight innings over the visiting Pasco Sun Devils. Pasco bounce

Walla Walla Bruins pick up three win in season-opening weekend

KENNEWICK — The Walla Walla Bruins rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning here Sunday to defeat the Kennewick Junior Dusters 12-8 and come away with a split in their second Central Washington American Legion League baseball doubleheader in

TigerScots' march through state softball tourney continues

Weston-McEwen's softball team travels to Irrigon in the state Class 2A softball semifinals Tuesday.

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen won a third-round state game at Oakland, 3-0, Friday, following a victory in Lost River Tuesday.The pair of wins moves the TigerScots to the semifinals.They play at Irrigon at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday, May 29

FDA recalls PediaCare children's products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall by Blacksmith Brands for four kinds of PediaCare children's products. The agency notified health-care professionals and patients about a nationwide recall of all lots of four PediaCare

Waitsburg-Prescott boys eighth at 2B track meet

CHENEY — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys placed seventh at the Class 2B state track and field championships that wrapped up here Saturday.James Lehr briefly held the state record in the discus, with a mark of 172 feet, five inches, only to have his effort bette

Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales split softball state openers

Both teams split Friday, with DeSales first winning an 11-inning beast, 7-6, while W-P takes an 11-1 victory in its second game.

YAKIMA — The opening day of the state 2B Softball Tournament here Friday was kind of like the weather for local schools DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott — periods of sunshine, accompanied by ugly wind and rain.And in the end, after each school had played th

Touchet wins two in first day of state softball play

The Indians' Friday wins move them to the winner's side of Saturday play and a chance at the Class 1B state championship.

YAKIMA — They say pitching and defense win championships. And Touchet had just enough of both Friday to advance to the class 1B state championship game Saturday.

Touchet denied state crown

Although Touchet posts a fifth-inning rally, it wasn't enough as the Indians lose to Colton in the 1B championship Saturday.

YAKIMA — When good pitching meets good hitting, sometimes good pitching wins. But not Saturday, when the Touchet Indians lost to Colton, 5-1, in the 1B State Championship softball game in Yakima.Colton senior pitcher Kelsey Moser — who gave up two runs in

Blue Devils take third at state softball tourney

Wa-Hi loses to Heritage, 1-0, and the chance to play in state title game.

TACOMA — Wa-Hi gave up one run in three games here Saturday at the Class 4A girls fastpitch softball state tournament. It proved to be one too many.Vancouver's Heritage High School pushed across a run in the first inning of its semi-final match with the B

DeSales' semifinal loss ends baseball championship quest

The Irish lost to Colfax, 8-2, in the State 2B baseball semifinals Friday.

YAKIMA — DeSales' quest for its 17th baseball championship came to an end here Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 2B state tournament at Parker Field.Right-hander Brandon Hoadley hurled a five-hit complete game that included 11 strikeouts and eig

Wa-Hi tennis doubles team goes 1-3 in state play

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi doubles team Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings lost in the second loser-out round of the state tennis tournament here Friday.The matches, originally scheduled outside on the Kamiakin High School tennis courts, were moved inside, to eight

Wa-Hi's Jamie Weisner wins state javelin championship

Jamie Weisner wins the girl's javelin and Garrett Gerling places third in the 110 hurdles at state.

TACOMA — Wa-Hi's Jamie Weisner came up with the best javelin throw on her last throw of the season at the state Class 4A track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High here this weekend, and it was good enough to win her the state championship.

DeSales claim softball's third place

DeSales knocks off Waitsburg-Prescott to begin the day, and plays three more games to earn the state hardware.

YAKIMA — Twenty-eight innings in eight hours.Win three straight games to earn tournament hardware. Win four and take home third place.DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott faced this daunting losers-bracket challenge at the start of Day 2 of the State 2B Softbal

Walla Walla-area softball players named to SE 2B all-league teams

WALLA WALLA — Area Southeast Class 2B softball teams had 13 players named to the all-league teams.Dayton led all local teams with five players being named to the all-league teams. Junior Kayla Turner and freshman Samantha Harting were placed on the first

Children's Wishes and Dreams golf tourney June 6

TOUCHET — The fourth annual Children's Wishes and Dreams Golf Tournament will be at Pheasant Creek Golf Course at 1 p.m. June 6.Teams to fill the tournament are needed. Cost per person is $55, plus another $5 each for a cart.Contact Peggie Vandenberg at 3

Six Walla Walla-area 2B baseball players selected to first team

WALLA WALLA- DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott had six baseball players named to the Southeast Class 2B all-league first team.DeSales seniors Matt Wujek and Pat Richard, and juniors Victor Mata and Tommy Gregg, earned the honor, while Dayton placed two with

Whit's Solomon out after opening round of NCAA singles tourney

WALLA WALLA — A lost service game early in the first set proved costly, as Whitman College senior Matt Solomon dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Williams College senior Nick Lebedoff in the opening round of the NCAA Division III National Tennis Singles Cham

Touchet, Pomeroy have six baseball all-league players

WALLA WALLA — Six baseball players from Touchet and Pomeroy receives Southeast Class 1B baseball all-league recognition.Five of those six players come from Touchet. Senior Gustavo Rodriguez, Marshall Byerley, Tuff Goble and junior Jacob Hodnefield earned

Horse racing continues today in Dayton

DAYTON— The track belonged to Nikeela Black during the first day of Dayton Days pari-mutuel races. Despite questionable weather conditions this Saturday, Black took first place in four races and second place in another. She tok first in races three, five,

Mac-Hi's Childers wins state 4A 400 title

EUGENE, Ore. — Mac-Hi's Emily Childers won the state Class 4A track title in the 400-meters with a time of 58.34 at the state meet at the University of Oregon this weekend.

Hospice eases remaining days

Hospice volunteer Stefan Wheat finds it ‘an honor' to be invited into the home during such a sensitive time.

WALLA WALLA - Earlier this month, Sue Kilmer watched a support group of one walk out of her life. She wasn't certain how to feel about it, but "sad" topped the list, she said Monday. "I already miss him."

What you should know about hospice

What is hospice?Hospice is a unique component in end-of-life care, focusing on the quality of a patient's life, giving a patient dignity until the end. The focus of care is about maximizing the patient's comfort in his or her home, including private resid

Yakama relay teams complete journey

The tribe members covered the distance between Toppenish and Fort Walla Walla in just over 24 hours.

WALLA WALLA - It took a little more than 24 hours for 93 relay runners and almost as many walkers to go from Toppenish to Fort Walla Walla in the Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center 30th Anniversary Treaty Relay.And they did it ahead of schedule, noted




Walla Walla General Hospital

Columbia County Public Hospital staff, patrons unload on board

Complaints were about firings, lack of staffing, poor patient care and overworked employees.

DAYTON - Columbia County Public Hospital District board members learned a lot Thursday night.More than 100 district employees, former employees and community members jammed into the physical therapy room, and adjacent hallway to express their fears, frust

McMorris Rodgers to attend Walla Walla events

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will be in Walla Walla on Monday for two events.The congresswoman will attend "Girls Rock the House" at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Junior High School, 450 Bridge St.At 6 p.m. McMorris Rodgers will attend the Walla Walla H

Emergency services - 5/30/10

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


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.




Jeff and Teresa Matson announce the engagement of daughter Jacqueline Matson to Jacob Stueckle. All are of Prescott.

College Place goats on their way to the Philippines

COLLEGE PLACE - A small herd of goats from College Place should soon make a big impact on some people's lives.The 13 does and one buck belonging to Kathy Evans and Susan Calahan are being readied for shipment to the Philippines. After being shipped from E

ETCETERA - Ziegfeld dancer fought against AIDS

It's impossible to pass up sharing details about the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl, Doris Eaton Travis, who died May 11 at 106.As one of the chorus girls, she wore elaborate costumes for the Ziegfeld Follies series of Broadway theatrical productions in the

PASTOR COLUMNS - Don't forget sacrifices, your duty

It is important to remember, commemorate and celebrate. On Monday, we as a nation pause for Memorial Day. Sadly, this holiday weekend has become for many, if not most Americans, a mini-vacation to start the summer, rather than a time to commemorate, celeb


New Beginnings Chapel to hold gospel singspiration tonight

Keep moving and take it easy: Try it, you'll like it!

Balancing yourself, spirit, mind and body will help you stay healthy, counselor-trainer says.

Balance and alignment, with body-mind-spirit all in harmony, is part of the plan for health, according to Chris Zagelow, a somatic experiencing counselor and personal trainer."It's not just wanting to be skinny, it's not just fitness. I call it "lifeness,

Walla Walla School Board should return excess Edison funds to public

Voters approved the tax to pay for a new school, not improvements throughout the school district.

The Walla Walla School District wants to use the $1.6 million left over from the $19.5 million bond to build a new Edison School for other capital projects in the district.We believe the $1.6 million should be returned to the taxpayers by paying down the


Be nice to bike riders

Friday, May 28

MARQUEE - Steve Johnson serves up a book about childhood

It's hard to tell whether Steve Johnson's story is becoming more interesting than Sam McLeod's or vice-versa, though truth be told they're more and more the same.

Walla Walla Artists will show work at Wallowa Valley Festival Of Arts

JOSEPH, ORE. -- Eight Walla Walla area artists will travel across the Blue Mountains in June to deliver their artwork for exhibition in the 28th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts.

Reverend who founded Whitman College will be portrayed at museum

The Reverend Cushing Eells, D.D., and his wife, Myra Eells, will be portrayed at the Living History presentation 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. The couple are portrayed by Rogers Miles and Barbara Coddington.

Yakama Nation Runners mark treaty signing

Yakama Nation Runners participating in the "Run Strong ... Run with Your Heart," two-day, 140-mile relay run to Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, are expected to arrive at the Museum about 1 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to witness their a

Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra presents free concert June 6

A free, come-as-you-are concert will be presented by the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra, 5:30 p.m. June 6 at the Walla Walla High School Auditorium, 800 Abbott Road.

Harvest Time Fine Art Show seeks entries

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Organizers of the Harvest Time Fine <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>Art Show seek entries for this year's show to be held Aug. 20-22 at

Lloyd Jones performs on June 5

LOWDEN -- Lloyd Jones, blues guitarist, plays at the Beyond the Blues Barbecue 8 p.m. <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>June 5 at Frenchtown Hall, 155 Lower

Pioneer Wagon Encampment at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY, Ore. -- A Pioneer Wagon Encampment<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> event Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the National Historic Oregon Trail Inte

New at the library

Born on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarite -- known as Tete -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tete finds solace in the tra

Wineries get creative in tough times

Tough times often make the best businesses more resilient and creative. Though the news in the wine world has been focused for the past year on prices tumbling, distribution channels being clogged, restaurants closing and selling off their cellars, all is

Artist works to breathe life into the inanimate

A show titled "Heaven & Earth: The Art of Don Gray" will be displayed June 4-Sept. 10 in the Memorial Building on the Whitman College campus. There will be an opening reception 4 p.m. June 4 on the third floor of the Memorial Building.

Wildlife artist to be at Wenaha Gallery

DAYTON -- Oregon artist Rod Frederick will be at the Wenaha Gallery Saturday for an artist's reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Etcetera - 05/28/10

Residents of the Washington Odd Fellows Home transitioned from baking for the holidays to baking for Haiti in February this year, said Heather Johnson, activities assistant there.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The national debt solution

It would take 13-million multi-millionaires giving $1 million each to pay off the national debt.

College Place barber marks half-century with throwback deal

Bob Stanfill's path to the barbershop had its fair share of twists and turns, including a stretch at the pen.

COLLEGE PLACE -- May marks a special month for Bob Stanfill, owner of Bob's Styling Salon. Last Saturday, Stanfill turned 79 and Sunday will mark his 50th year cutting hair in the Valley.

Emergency Services - 05/28/10

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-area events mark Memorial Day

Commemorations include speakers, awards and parades.

WAITSBURG -- A full program is planned for the Memorial Day program at the Waitsburg City Cemetery Monday, beginning at 11 a.m.

Downtown Walla Walla beautification project is solid investment

It is no different than homeowners investing time, energy and money in keeping up their property.

This spring's downtown Walla Walla beautification project is a winner. Keeping the downtown area looking great does more than boost civic pride, it also serves to promote tourism and the local economy. We believe the more than $50,000 spent on fresh paint

Beryl Henderson

Oct. 6, 1913 - May 25, 2010

Grizzlies play at Walla Walla Cubs Invitational this weekend

WALLA WALLA — The 2010 Walla Walla Cub Invitational Tournament will be held Saturday through Monday at Borleske Stadium and Murr Field.Games begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Borleske, and 12:30 p.m. those days at Murr, and at 8:30 a.m. Monday at bo

Waitsburg-Prescott's Spring Sports Awards dessert set Tuesday

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott's Spring Sports Awards Dessert will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Prescott High School multi-purpose room.Bring your favorite dessert to honor the W-P baseball and softball teams.

Dayton Days pari-mutuel horse races slated this weekend

Nine races are set for Saturday's race card as part of the annual event.

DAYTON — Two days of pari-mutuel horse racing are on tap this weekend as part of the annual Dayton Days celebration, and there are plenty of horses on hand.Saturday's race card here includes nine races — five for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses

Wa-Hi's Gerling wins 110 hurdle preliminaries at state meet

TACOMA — Wa-Hi's Garrett Gerling won his 110-meter hurdles preliminary at Thursday's Washington state Class 4A track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School.Gerling turned in a time of 14:35 to advance to the finals.

Thursday, May 27

Restaurants are key cog in Walla Walla tourism wheel.

As we continue our look into tourism's value to the community, let's take a look at the restaurant industry. Restaurants are a key cog in the tourism wheel. When folks come to the Walla Walla Valley to visit for more than one day, they have three basic ne

Officials investigate reported case of deer poaching at Washington State Penitentiary

WALLA WALLA — State wildlife officials are investigating a reported case of deer poaching in a highly unlikely place, the Washington State Penitentiary.According to Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman, the incident occurred Saturday. It involved a minimum-secu

Jeff Stubblefied

Feb. 5, 1968 - May 22, 2010

Lawmakers missed chance to guide state out of liquor business

As a result, the move might come through an initiative.

The Legislature should have taken action to get the state out of the booze business.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mexican president should focus on his country

Why are foreigners drawn to the United States? Freedom? Education? Jobs? Chance to improve personal/family lifestyle?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support offered for penitentiary employees

I know you won't print this, but I feel the need to speak out for the union employees at the Washington State Penitentiary. They have a right to fight, bargain for their share of the "pie."

Wa-Hi principal among finalists for job in Clarkston

Walla Walla High School principal Darcy Weisner is among three finalists for the superintendent opening in the Clarkston School District, according to news reports.

Wa-Hi choirs to present final concert of school year

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School Choirs will present their final concert today at 7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Auditorium at 800 Abbott Road.

Memorial Day closures

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

Emergency Services - 05/27/10

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Tamatha A. and William G. Parker.Debra Jean and Christopher Madsen.Abel and Hannah Ureno.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Alexandria M. Krika, 17, 818 E. Chestnut St., was sentenced May 21 on one count minor in possession or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Clarence George Gunter, 28, 930 1/2 W. Birch St., was sentenced May 24 on one count each first-degree possession of stolen property and attempting to elude. The court dismissed four other counts.

BIRTHS - Mia Angel Quinlan

To Andrea Walmsley and Corey Quinlan, Walla Walla, a daughter, Mia Angel Quinlan, 9 pounds 3 ounces, May 22, 2010.

Dayton Days kicks off Saturday

The weekend includes rodeo, horse racing and a parade downtown.

DAYTON -- The 92nd annual Dayton Days, an action-packed weekend which includes fast-paced rodeo, parimutuel horse racing, and a downtown parade kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m.

Pacific Power rides winds of change

Pacific Power's president talked about the future of power generation during a local visit Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- One hundred years after its start, Pacific Power finds a significant part of its future literally blowing in the wind.

Walla Walla Council OKs $850,000 for new fire truck

A bond sale will pay for the engine and ladder, which will replace one that has been in service since 1982.

WALLA WALLA -- Council members on Wednesday night unanimously approved a last-minute request from staff to buy a new fire engine and ladder for $850,000.

Washington State Chefs Association whips up statewide competition

Looking to prove you know your way around a kitchen stadium?

Etcetera - 05/27/10

Cadets in the Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program gathered May 15 for the annual Military Ball. Outstanding performance and leadership in the program were highlighted during the awards ceremony, said "Dutch" Meier, volunt

DeSales softball takes unexpected road to state tourney

DeSales rolled to the SE 2B District regular-season title, but had to fight into the state tournament, and now play Kittitas Friday morning.

WALLA WALLA — This isn't how Russ Vera had it planned.After rolling to the Southeast 2B District's regular-season championship with an unblemished 12-0 record, Vera's DeSales Irish softball team was the odds-on favorite to capture the district's No. 1 see

Wa-Hi's sights set a bit higher at state softball tourney

Wa-Hi's softball team sees no reason it can't bring home the state title after finishing third at last year's tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Coach Jerry Humphreys' Wa-Hi Blue Devils learned in 2007 that they were not overmatched at the Washington Class 4A state softball tournament.Although they failed to get back to state in 2008, they returned last year and proved that they were

Rebuilding year morphs into state run for Waitsburg-Prescott softball

Waitsburg-Prescott coach Angie Potts takes the team to its first state tourney ever without a single senior.

PRESCOTT — Without a senior in sight, Angie Potts began her fourth season as head coach of the Waitsburg-Prescott combined softball team with modest goals.But somewhere along the way, a rebuilding year morphed into something more. And on Friday, W-P will

Touchet softball team can't look ahead to rival Colton

Touchet plays Thorp in the first round of the Class 1B state tournament Friday.

TOUCHET — There is a pretty good chance Touchet and Colton will write another chapter in their Class 1B softball rivalry this weekend at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima.But the Indians and the Wildcats, who will be representing the Southeast 1B Distr

Walla Walla Sweets add depth to roster

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets continue to tweak the roster as Opening Day approaches, adding depth to the pitching staff and the outfield.Zachary Clanton, a right-handed pitcher from Lewis-Clark State; Curtis Dupart, a pitcher and outfielder origin

DeSales' baseball team refuses to dwell on last year's bad hop loss

There are a lot of DeSales baseball fans who are probably still suffering heartburn over last year's 11-10 loss to Northwest Christian in the Class 2B state championship game at Parker Field in Yakima.Don't count Irish coach Kim Cox among them.'Last year?

Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland finishes state on soggy golf course

Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland golfs through rain, but perserveres and places 38th at the state Class 4A tournament Wednesday at Canyon Lakes.

KENNEWICK — Drew Reinland finished his Wa-Hi career on a soggy course here Wednesday.Reinland carded an 84 in the second day of state play at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, combining with his day one score of 77 for 161 and 38th place.'Drew didn't end his high

Blue Devil tennis team eight sets from state title

Girls doubles team Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings are Wa-Hi's first duo to qualify for the state competition since 1998.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi hasn't posted points in the state tennis bracket for girls since at least 2002.And the last time a pair of girls competed for the Blue Devils was a fifth-place finish in 1998.Now, with duo Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings brandishing r

DeSales' Baumgart's ninth leads Walla Walla-area golfers at state tourney

DeSales' Ryan Baumgart has a second-round 76 as five area golfers finish up in Kennewick.

KENNEWICK — Five area golfers finished play at the Class 1B/2B state tournament here Wednesday.The highest finish among local golfers was DeSales' Ryan Baumgart, who tied for ninth (72-76 —148) at the par-65 Tri-City Country Club.'Ryan was a little disapp

Wednesday, May 26

Rev. Walter E. Wyman

November 19, 1916 ~ May 23, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Beryl Henderson

Oct. 6, 1913 - May 25, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - William Sanderson

May 3, 1934 - May 26, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Ernest Wilmot

March 1, 1921 - May 24, 2010

Betty Everman

July 8, 1925 – May 16, 2010

Dale Sornson

Oct. 24, 1920 - May 18, 2010


Walla Walla Community College carpentry student Rebekah Taylor (left) pulls a freshly cut piece of plywood from the back-side of a new hand-operated scoreboard for the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team after classmates Farnum Smart (center) and Sergio Velasco (right) worked to router it free. The class is participating in a community service project to build the new scoreboard for the baseball team.

College Place firm garners industry honors

College Place marketing and communications firm CMBell Company has been feted with six awards in two competitions -- four from the annual Healthcare Advertising Awards and two from the Aster Awards competitions.

Seat-belt use saves lives and tax dollars

Law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on those who don't wear seat belts.

Seat belts save lives. It's a fact -- a well-documented, undeniable fact.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Yes, combat in Iraq and Afghanistan is necessary

A recent letter ("Is combat in Iraq and Afghanistan necessary?") discussed exit strategies, "don't ask, don't tell" and military suicide rates.

Logan Lee Davis

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

On the agenda - Prescott School Board

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: Board Room

A REASON FOR HOPE - Time takes on new meanings after diagnosis

Time is a noun meaning "duration, era, period, age; space of time at one's disposal; season, proper time."

Emergency Services - 05/26/10

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

Disaster plans for Walla Walla region up for review

Comments are sought on local hazard-mitigation plans, which will be the subject of a workshop Thursday.

WALLA WALLA -- Disaster plans will be on display Thursday and public comments are invited.

Walla Walla School Board weighs leftover money from Edison bond

Money left over from the project should be used for other work in the district, the superintendent says.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Rich Carter has recommended the School Board use $1.6 million left over from the recent Edison Elementary reconstruction to pay for other projects in the district.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passes over Walla Walla

Boeing's latest and greatest, the 787 Dreamliner, made a 'low approach' to the airport over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- An aerial celebrity made a flying visit here Saturday.

Etcetera - 05/26/10

Various military associations are planning gatherings this year, including the following:

Hegdal's fifth paces Weston-McEwen at state meet

MONMOUTH, Ore. — Corban Hegdal's fifth-place finish in the pole vault proved to be Weston-McEwen's top showing here over the weekend in the Oregon Class 2A state track and field meet at Western Oregon University.Hegdal cleared the bar at 11 feet, 6 inches

Weston-McEwen's softball playoff story continues

The TigerScots whip Lost River, 16-1, to advance to a quarterfinal game at Oakland Friday.

LOST RIVER, Ore. — Weston-McEwen's softball team made the most of its nine-hour trip south for its second-round playoff game against Lost River Tuesday evening.The TigerScots booked a third-round game at Oakland Friday with a 16-1 victory over Lost River.

Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland focuses on birdies

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi golf coach Jim Smith had one key to Drew Reinland's second round at the Washington state Class 4A boys tournament at Canyon Lakes today.'He needs to birdie a par-5,” Smith said. 'That should be Drew's strength, the par-5s (Canyon Lakes h

OUTDOORS - Don Davis sees a familiar face in the water near Vale, Ore.

makes a spine-chilling appearance in the water during a trip to Bully Creek Park/Reservoir near Vale, Ore.

Nora and I arrived at Bully Creek Park/Reservoir, near Vale, Ore., in the mid-afternoon on a 52-degree, cloudy and windy Monday.Half-a-dozen Townsend's ground squirrels greeted us at campsite No. 3. They skittered every which way and ducked into nearby ho

DeSales and Dayton golfers advance at Class B tourney

Dayton's Dain Henderson and Molly Payne, and DeSales' Ryan Baumgart, play the state's second round today.

KENNEWICK — DeSales golfer Ryan Baumgart finished in a three-way tie for sixth after day one of the Class B state tournament at the Tri-City Country Club here Tuesday.Dayton's Dain Henderson and Molly Payne also qualified for day two play today.Baumgart s

Blue Devil tracksters expect quite a show at state meet

Wa-Hi's Garrett Gerling, Brandon Porter, Jonah Hoe, Jamie Weisner and Rachel Adkins are joined by the girls' 1600 relay at the state meet.

WALLA WALLA — If the Washington State Class 4A Track and Field meet at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High School plays out anything like the Regional meet last weekend in Yakima, Wa-Hi's state qualifiers are prepared to put on quite a show.'The kids that earned t

Wa-Hi holding summer athletic development camp

WALLA WALLA — Athletes desiring to improve their overall abilities are given the opportunity through Wa-Hi's Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) training sessions.Eric and Amy Hisaw will be the head instructors for the BDAD seminars that will assist as

Olson aces Walla Walla Country Club's 13th hole

WALLA WALLA — Dennis Olson had a hole-in-one at the Walla Walla Country Club on Saturday.This is Olson's first hole-in-one in 57 years of golf. He used an 8-iron on hole number 13 at 135 yards.It was witnessed by Morris Jones and Jerry Olson.

Mac-Hi softball players selected for All-Conference

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi had 12 softball players named to the All-Conference team.Five girls were selected first team, five second team and two honorable mention.Senior third baseman Stephanie Baker, senior Andrea Roeder, sophomore first baseman Kalyn Od

Campground hosts sought in Umatilla National Forest

PENDLETON — Recreation managers on the Umatilla National Forest are recruiting volunteers as campground hostsFor more information contact Jeff Bloom, Walla Walla Ranger District at 1415 W. Rose in Walla Walla, or call 522-6290.

WWVA's Alex Aamodt also qualifies for state track

WALLA WALLA — Alex Aadmodt, a runner from Walla Walla Valley Academy, also qualified for the Class 2B state track meet at the District 9 Track and Field championships last weekend in Clarkston.Aamodt qualified in the 800 meter, placing second in 2:11.30.H

Triathletes competing in Walla Walla's Onion Man Triathlon this Sunday

WALLA WALLA — The 17th annual Onion Man Triathlon will take place Sunday at Bennington Lake beginning at 6 a.m.The triathlon ends at 3 p.m. About 300 athletes are expected to participate. It is an Olympic-distance triathlon which includes a 1.5 -kilometer

Minnich has fifth hole-in-one on Walla Walla Country Club's 13th hole

WALLA WALLA — Don Minnich had his fifth career hole-in-one at the Walla Walla Country Club on Saturday.Minnich aced the 129-yard 13th hole, using his 5 hybrid. It was witnessed by his playing partners Dean Lodmell, Bud Waggoner and Carl Nelson.

Tuesday, May 25

How much should you pay your employees?

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

What's Going Up?

Where: The Walla Walla Public School's new support services facility is relocating to 1162 Entley St. from its current site at 325 S. Park St. The project begins the second phase of developing a new Transportation Cooperative and Support Services center.

Bio: Susan Richard

Business/job title: Susan Richard and her husband, Brian Richard, own Coffee Cravings on Isaacs Ave. and the new location at Tenth Avenue and Poplar Street She manages the coffee drive-up locations.

Warkentin leaves Chamber to take job in Arizona

Any lingering concern Dave Warkentin might have had about leaving his job as Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO was allayed by an encounter with a snowbird on an airplane flight.

Singer's Chevron ranked first in Washington and Oregon

It's gold again for the owners of Singer's Chevron Convenience Store, 7 E. Rose St.

Cheese Louise opens at Northstar

Cheese Louise has opened at a new location, Northstar Winery after closing its Wellington Avenue shop earlier this year, said co-owner Tamara Kreiger.

Banner Bank honors eight workers

Banner Bank has honored eight local employees in the company's annual awards ceremony that recognizes exceptional performance.

Yellow Hawk Cellars closes doors

Yellow Hawk Cellar, a 12-year-old Walla Walla winery is stopping production and closing its doors, according to a sign on the tasting room window at 343 S. Second Ave.

Businesses asked to help with survey

A new survey of business operators wants opinions on Washington's work force.

Uberuaga elected to BMHS board

Tom Uberuaga was elected as the newest board member for the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Moms' Network starts Diaper Drive

The Moms' Network has kicked off a Diaper Drive to benefit Helpline of Walla Walla.

Ski Bluewood seeks way to stay open

Ski Bluewood may be on a downhill slide if owners can't find a financial fix for the recreation operation.

Whoopemup adds hours, menu items

Whoopemup Hollow Cafe has added new items to its menu, changed its hours and is on the verge of its fifth anniversary.

Simmons Insurance Group relocates

The Simmons Insurance Group has moved to 128 E. Alder. The office will hold an open house June 9 with a ribbon-cutting at noon. For more information call 522-2337.

Jerald joins Coldwell Bankers team

Coldwell Bankers First Realtors announced recently that Marli Jerald has joined the company as a new real estate agent.

Downtown beautification project in bloom

In the early hours before the morning commute, two city employees hauled a ladder through downtown Walla Walla on a recent spring morning, stopping every couple of yards to hang decorative flower baskets on the city's light poles.

Palouse Street bridge project officially completed

WALLA WALLA - At the Palouse Street bridge Monday, Tom Purcell, city of Walla Walla interim public works director, stretches barrier tape across the roadway for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Barbara Clark, City Manager Nabiel Shawa and others were on h

Misbehaven Spa & Salon recognized

Walla Walla's Misbehaven Spa & Salon is creating a buzz in the industry.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tyler R. Richards, 24, 318 Whitman St., Apt. 2, was charged May 21 with four counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Richards is accused of unlawfully delivering heroin within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds on May 4,

Kira Rayne Smith

To Alexis Gross and Jerame Smith, College Place, a daughter, Kira Rayne Smith, 9 pounds 3 ounces, May 20, 2010.

Adrian Guadalupe Colin

To Maria Colin Gonzalez and Juan Colin, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Adrian Guadalupe Colin, 8 pounds 12 ounces, May 23, 2010.

Suekii Grace Gillman

To Shara Brink and Nate Gillman, Walla Walla, a daughter, Suekii Grace Gillman, 7 pounds 1.5 ounces, May 22, 2010.

Emergency Services - 05/25/10

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


Surrounded by a garden full of fresh spring growth, a woman finds solitude in a patch of sunlight while writing during the evening hours on Monday.

In the minutes - Dayton 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 Herrin absent Monday the council:

In the minutes - College Place council

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: 7:30 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Elementary Room 109

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 15 N. Third Ave.

Pacific Power's past, future bridged at Walla Walla museum

A new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla got a major boost from Pacific Power's centennial.

WALLA WALLA -- Going green has reached the Children's Museum of Walla Walla thanks to Pacific Power's centennial.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fix Social Security

It would be very simple to just put all of Congress on Social Security instead of a pension when they retire.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No need for leashes at Bennington Lake

After reading Bob Ruthven's letter in Sunday's paper, Monty and I felt compelled to reply and support his letter regarding unleashed dogs at Bennington Lake.

College Place City Council split on new name for Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park will keep its name for now, but could be renamed Veterans Park down the road.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The city's Kiwanis Park will keep its original name, for now.

PETA's plan to protest policy from within makes sense

This is far better than creating disruptions for businesses.

The motives, as well as tactics, of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have raised a few eyebrows over the years.

Edward Valencsin

March 1, 1935 - May 20, 2010

Walla Walla Cummunity College golfer Dunovant wins NWAACC title

Dona Dunovant improves by a stroke to take the two-shot victory over Green River's Caral Martinson.

BREMERTON, Wash. — The Walla Walla Community College men's golf team settled into familiar territory here Monday during the concluding round of the NWAACC Championships at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex's Olympic course.But the Warriors' Dona Dunovant sur

Waitsburg-Prescott edged by Concrete in state playoff

A two-day layoff leaves W-P rusty, and the slow start leads to the 5-4 loser-out loss Monday.

MOSSYROCK — Waitsburg-Prescott's baseball team finally played its Class 2B state playoff game against Concrete, originally slated for Saturday, here Monday afternoon.Unfortunately, the layoff on the West Side left W-P rusty, and its season ended in a 5-4

Walla Walla Community College softball team unable to play through weather

The WWCC softball team's delayed NWAACC tourney game ends in an 8-5 loss to Everett Monday.

PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College's softball season ended in an NWAACC tournament single-elimination game here Monday.The Warriors lost, 8-5, to Everett in the thrice-delayed game. They were originally supposed to play a double-elimination, but wea

Walla Walla Grizzlies split season-opening baseball doubleheader

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Grizzlies salvaged one victory in a pair of American Legion baseball doubleheaders to open the 2010 season over the weekend at the Walla Walla Community College field on Tausick Way.The Grizzlies downed Moses Lake 21-13 in th

Early morning fire destroys backyard shed at Walla Walla home

WALLA WALLA — An early morning fire today destroyed a backyard shed and part of a fence, officials said.The fire was reported about 7:37 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Orchard Street, reports the Walla Walla Fire Department. Walla Walla County Fire Di

Walla Walla Community College seeks information on suspected bomb threat

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College is seeking information on a suspected bomb threat made on the campus Monday.The threat, discovered in a second-floor bathroom by a custodian about 3:30 p.m., was written in the bathroom and stated that a bomb wo

DEATH NOTICE - Jeff Stubblefield

May 23, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Alta Sargeant

Aug. 6, 1914 - May 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Jose Coronado

May 22, 2010

Monday, May 24

Union-Bulletin nets four SPJ awards

SEATTLE (AP) -- A Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reporter took first place and three other staffers also placed in the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists' Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition.The competition is open to print, broadcast

Walla Walla to bid farewell to Dave Warkentin

Say "farewell" to Dave Warkentin.If you want your chance to bid adieu to the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO, drop by the Chamber office Wednesday between 2 and 5 p.m.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Trouble far from over in Thailand

I climbed on a C-130 in Saigon, Vietnam on Dec. 10, 1966, after a second tour and remember looking skyward and saying "Thank God, I will never get shot at in Southeast Asia again." I may have been a little premature with that statement.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Decision not to move to Walla Walla clarified

I just wanted to clarify my decision not to move to Walla Walla to take the position of head football coach at the high school. My family and I did everything we possibly could to make the move work.

Generosity of Valley residents is once again on display

Two recent food drives netted well over 10 tons of food for the needy.

The people of the Walla Walla Valley are very generous.

One last moment for soon-to-be Whitman College alumni

Soon-to-be alumni scope out the program, during Sunday's commencement exercises at Whitman College. The speaker for this year's ceremony was Juan Williams, a journalist who is a political commentator for NPR and Fox News.

Parent company closes Milton-Freewater's Dollar Store

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Pam Wildman wasn't surprised shoppers balked a few years ago when some items at the Dollar Store were marked over a buck. Especially in a community with an eye for bargains and a shrinking selection of retailers.

Smoking inside homes on decline

From 2000 to 2008, the number has dropped 61 percent in Washington. That's more than twice the drop in adults who smoke.

New research released last week by Washington state Department of Health shows the number of people smoking inside homes in the state has declined by 61 percent since 2000. The drop is more than double the overall decline in adult smoking during the same

Q&A: Whitman grad Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger talks about education and spaceflight

WALLA WALLA -- Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger propelled her career to the highest reaches, all the way to space, by challenging herself in school and letting her curiosity be a guide. Metcalf-Lindenburger graduated from Whitman College in 1997, earning a geo

Lewiston Eagles take twin bill from Walla Walla Black Sox 13-and-under squad

WALLA WALLA — Lewiston's Eagles pounded 17 hits and took advantage of eight Walla Walla Black Sox errors in a twin-bill-opening, 27-10, 13-and-under baseball victory at Howard Tietan Park Sunday.

Walla Walla Community College golfers catch break in Bremerton

The WWCC men are in second place after the first round of the NWAACC golf championships.

BREMERTON, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College's men's golf team picked an opportune time to catch a few breaks here Sunday during the first round of the 36-hole NWAACC Championships at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex.With Jeff Neher, Marcus Kilthau and

Changing times not always for the better

Ever feel like the world has passed you by?I sure have.Maybe it's because I don't text and I don't tweet. I do have a cell phone — with my own personal number, even — but you can almost always find it on a counter at home where it's being charged for no a

Walla Walla Community College softball team again washed out at NWAACC tourney

PORTLAND — A third day of washouts here Sunday at Delta Park forced the NWAACC to revise its softball championship tournament schedule.The tournament, which was scheduled to begin Friday with a double-elimination format, has been scaled back to single eli

Black Sox U14s ride pitching to baseball shutout of Ephrata

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Black Sox 14-and-under squad rode strong pitching to two shutout victories over Ephrata at Ray Lane Field Sunday, 10-0 and 8-0.The Black Sox's Spencer Locati went the first four innings of the opener to get the win. He was re

Waitsburg-Prescott boys win fourth straight district track title

Local Distict 9 teams qualify track and field athletes for this week's state meet in Cheney.

CLARKSTON — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys tracksters took the District 9 2B track and field title for the fourth consecutive year.The girls placed second.The district meet, held at Clarkston High School, was also the qualifying meet for the 2B state champions

Whitman's Christoph Fuchs earns second ESPN The Magazine honor

WALLA WALLA — Christoph Fuchs, a senior on the Whitman College men's tennis team, has been voted for a second consecutive year to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District At-Large First Team.Fuchs, who helped Whitman win its third straight Northwest Conf

Blue Devils' Davis ends run at regional tennis tournament

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi's Cameron Davis concluded his tennis run in the Class 4A postseason at the Regional tournament at University High here Saturuday.Davis lost to Hudson Barnhart of Wenatchee, 6-0, 6-1, before falling to Eisenhower's Nathan Mount, 6-1, 6-1.

Trio of Mac-Hi players earn all-Greater Oregon League baseball honors

MILTON-FREEWATER — A trio of Mac-Hi baseball players have earned all-Greater Oregon League first-team honors.Catcher Riley Croghan, designated hitter Nick Watts and outfielder Lupito Salazar are the Pioneers named to the first unit.

Wa-Hi to host youth volleyball camp July 6-8

WALLA WALLA — A volleyball camp for girls grades 5-12 will be at Wa-Hi from July 6-8.For more information, contact Audra Cummings at 526-6962.

Yamhill-Carlton downs Mac-Hi in state softball playoff

YAMHILL, Ore. — Mac-Hi's state softball playoffs ended with a 5-1 loss to Yamhill-Carlton here Friday, 5-1.Yamhill-Carlton scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to hold the 3-0 lead before the Pioneers scored their run in the sixth. T

Emergency Services - 05/24/10

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 man arrested in attempted ATM card theft

Andrew S. Loughlin allegedly tried to take a bank customer's card while the customer was at a drive-up ATM.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was arrested Saturday after attempting to take an ATM card from a bank customer, authorities said. Andrew S. Loughlin, 25, of 201 McAuliff St., was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on suspicion of second-degree attempte

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

Volunteer campsite hosts sought for Umatilla National Forest

People are needed at sites outside Tollgate, Granite and Ukiah.

PENDLETON -- Volunteers are being sought to spend all or part of the summer as hosts at three Umatilla National Forest campsites in Oregon.

Commercial mushroom permits available

The permits cover mushroom gathering in national forests for anyone picking more than a gallon in Oregon or five gallons in Washington.

PENDLETON -- Permits for commercial mushroom gathering in the three Blue Mountain forests are now available.

DEATH NOTICE - Walter Wyman

Nov. 19, 1916 - May 23, 2010

Sunday night fire in Walla Walla injures child

A child playing with a lighter is believed to have started a fire that injured another child in an apartment on Maple Street.

WALLA WALLA -- A child playing with a lighter is believed to have started a fire Sunday night that injured another child and caused significant damage to an apartment unit.Walla Walla firefighters, assisted by College Place Fire and Walla Walla County Fir

Debra Tewalt

June 6, 1957 - May 13, 2010

Brian Howard

Jan. 10, 1980 - May 4, 2010

Myron Meiners

July 2, 1939 - May 14, 2010

June Hunter

July 21, 1922 - May 11, 2010

Betty Everman

July 8, 1925 – May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 22

Wa-Hi's formula whips Gonzaga Prep in softball

Alyson Ambler's pitching combines with small ball and spotless defense in the 7-0 regional win Friday.

SPOKANE — Alyson Ambler, plus small ball, plus stellar defense, proved to be the formula for success in Wa-Hi's Class 4A fastpitch regional opener on the University High School campus here Friday.Ambler threw a one-hit shutout from the circle, Wa-Hi went

DeSales regional baseball champs, into state semifinals

DeSales defeats Mary Walker, 18-1, and Kittitas, 5-2, Saturday at Borleske to earn the title and the semifinal berth.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales pitcher Victor Mata did his best 'Iron Man” impression Saturday afternoon during Class 2B Region IV baseball action at Borleske Stadium.The junior right-hander tossed 10 innings on the day as the Irish claimed the regional championsh

Gabbert Mignon Borleske winner

Corina Gabbert's soccer success earns her Whitman's top female athlete award.

WALLA WALLA — Corina Gabbert, one of the most talented goal scorers in the history of the Whitman College soccer program, is the 2010 winner of the Mignon Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top female athlete on campus.The trophy, which i

Blue Devils avenge loss, win regional softball title

Wa-Hi beats Richland, which handed the Blue Devils their lone loss, in the regional title game Saturday.

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi came into the Friday-Saturday class 4A girls fastpitch regional tournament as defending regional champions, and boasting a 22-1 record, but smarting from its only loss of the year — a 2-1 district championship loss to Richland.Wa-Hi raised

Whitman College's Matt Solomon wins Borleske Trophy

Matt Solomon follows another strong tennis season with the school honor.

WALLA WALLA — Matt Solomon, a two-time Northwest Conference Player of the Year in men's tennis, is the 2010 winner of the R.V. Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male athlete at Whitman College.The trophy, which is awarded by a vote o

WWCC softball players earn All-American, league honors

WALLA WALLA — Three Warriors put Walla Walla Community College at the top of the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NWAACC All-Americans team.Catcher Shaila Rivers, outfielder Natalie Leyland and utility Alexis Bobadilla were all selected.

Five Blue Devils, girls 4x400 relay qualify for state

Garrett Gerling and Jamie Weisner put in the best performances for the Blue Devils at the regional meet.

YAKIMA — Walla Walla High School sent 11 boys and 12 girls to the GSL/CBBN Regional Track Meet here Friday and Saturday at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima. After the dust settled Saturday evening, five Blue Devils individuals and one relay team remained in cont

NWAACC softball championships postponed due to weather

PORTLAND, Ore. — The NWAACC softball championship here has been postponed twice due to weather, including high winds and rain.The tournament was slated to open Friday morning. All of those games, including WWCC's 11 a.m. match with Everett, have been move

Walla Walla girls' basketball camps slated this summer

WALLA WALLA — Girls who want to learn and improve their basketball skills will have a chance to from area college coaches in July summer camps.Bobbi Hazeltine, Walla Walla Community College women's head coach, and Michelle Ferenz, Whitman College's head c

Haley Freske leads Weston-McEwen past Elgin-Imbler in softball action

Haley Freske gives up three hits in the complete-game, 10-1, state softball playoff victory Friday.

ATHENA — Haley Freske of the Weston-McEwen TigerScots pitched a three-hit complete game, giving up just one run, striking out seven and walking only one to lead her team past Elgin-Imbler, 10-1, here Friday afternoon at Memorial Park in a loser-out Class

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - Walla Wallans keep NASCAR rollin'

About two years ago I was channel surfing when I caught my favorite wave — ESPN — and saw a NASCAR crew chief being interviewed. Now, I generally would move on as car racing isn't, well, baseball or football.But on this day I noticed the crew chief's name

Walla Walla homeless numbers go down

No one seems to know why the number dropped to 521, down from 547 in 2009 and 583 in 2008.

WALLA WALLA — There is some good news from the front for those battling the homeless situation on Walla Walla.According to Walla Walla's Homeless Alliance, point-in-time survey data released Wednesday show a drop in numbers in several categories.No one is

Touchet School District budget woes continue

TOUCHET _ It was bad news followed by more bad news at the Touchet School Board meeting Thursday, as Superintendent Dan McDonald told the board the district is again short over $17,000.A large property owner was late paying taxes, resulting in the school

Waterbrook Winery squeezes in Fly Fishing Fair

Participants were hooked by the pairing of reds, rods and reels.

WALLA WALLA — The centuries old adage, 'A flask of wine, a book of verse and thou ...,” had to be rewritten to something more like a taste of wine, a wooly bugger and us and the kids, as Waterbrook Winery hosted its second annual Fly Fishing Fair on Satur

Walla Walla Fly Fishers club grows to 40 members

WALLA WALLA — The local chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Walla² Fly Fishers, is no longer a small-fry club with 12 founding members, which it had when it was officially started in January of 2009.Club President Scott Peters said the group now has

Sendoff planned for outgoing Walla Walla Chamber head

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a 'Meet & Greet” on Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. at its office at 29 E. Sumach St. to bid farewell to current President/CEO Dave Warkentin, who has accepted a position in Arizona.

Walla Walla School Board to discuss excess funds from Edison project

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public meeting and work session Wednesday to discuss what to do with excess bond proceeds from its Edison Elementary School construction project.The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in the district's boar

Ft. Walla Walla Museum to host Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

WALLA WALLA — Fort Walla Walla Museum, an official stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, will host the Washington State Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation on Saturday. As part of the day's activities, Executive Director

Walla Walla Park & Recreation Department to offer summer recreation programs

WALLA WALLA — The Park & Recreation Department is now enrolling for its summer programs, which include several new youth activities this year.Among the new sports programs a week-long Whitman College Multi-Sports Camp, where kids can learn about basketbal

PANORAMA - Festive flowers mix with the expected hodgepodge in Walla Walla's alleyways

In some ways, alleys are the opposite of sidewalks.Even in an outwardly upscale neighborhood, a walk down the alley is often a study in rundown outbuildings, invasive weeds, garbage, rusting lawn furniture and more invasive weeds. That's half the fun of w

ETCETERA - Biggs earns big award for his acting, vocal talent

Former area resident Brandon K. Biggs received a 2010 Yes I Can! Award in Arts from the Council for Exceptional Children. At 18, he 'performs so beautifully onstage, no one would suspect he has a visual impairment,” according to a CEC article about his aw

PASTOR COLUMN - There is no evil — there is only God, and love or fear

When we study the writings of the old time metaphysical or mystical teachers, we find that they taught there was no evil. That particular teaching has created a great deal of controversy over the years.My dictionary defines evil as: 'something that brings

Unity Church of Peace to host Reel Spirit for teens Friday

WALLA WALLA — Unity Church of Peace will host Reel Spirit, a class for teens, at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 8 O'Connor Lane.The group meets for pizza, a movie and a metaphysical discussion the fourth Friday of each month.Barbara Eckhardt and Matt Quistberg facil

New Hope Christian Church plans singles group Thursday

WALLA WALLA — New Hope Christian Church hosts a Christian singles group from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of Central Christian Church, 66 Palouse St. Child care is available. For more information, call Kent Mayberry at 509-529-5522.

Walla Walla Healthing Rooms open for prayer Thursday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Healing Rooms offers prayer for healing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer House, 1018 Whitman St., across from Pioneer Park's aviary.Anyone who would like to be prayed for may come to the sitting room.For more information,

SonBridge Community Center hosts ‘Wisdom for Women'

COLLEGE PLACE — SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St., hosts 'Wisdom for Women on Wednesdays: Do you want to be a wise woman?” a lunch-hour seminar held 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays through June 23. Participants can join any time.Each week focuses on a

ENGAGEMENT - Nicole Sawatzki and Mark Hodgson

Nicole Sawatzki and Mark Hodgson of Walla Walla announce their engagement.The bride-elect is the daughter of Tom Sawatzki and Gay and John Buissink, all of Walla Walla. She is a 2006 graduate of Walla Walla High School. She graduated in 2010 from Washingt


Jim and Jeanne Beirne of Walla Walla celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and plan a family gathering in Durango, Colo. in September.The couple met when, as director of a freshman class melodrama ski

Letters to the editor - 5/23/10

I am guessing that Ralph Nader would be pleased to know he shared the front page with Citizens for Good Governance and Futurewise.These diligent watchdogs have been successful, once again, in their efforts to protect the environment and promote smart grow

Let's start helping Walla Walla's children very early

Most of us have the deep intuition that our youths are our future. We also know, especially from the business paradigm, that the earlier and larger the investment in a given enterprise the greater the later reward.The expression 'getting in on the ground

Washington needs to run elections more like Oregon

Most of the ballots are counted on Election Day in Oregon.

The race for Umatilla County commissioner between incumbent Larry Givens and challenger Glen Diehl was a squeaker. Givens won the contest by just 146 votes out of more than 11,000 cost.'It's a win, we'll take it,” Givens said just after the votes were cou

Wither the weather, and why? May gardeners wonder

This year's garden may bloom when it's eventually planted, a bit later than ususal

Many of the 55 and older crowd are involved in gardening, and aside from freezing to death while weeding, this year, the garden may not have its usual robust late-May growth and blooms.Your gardening efforts are not all in vain; it's warming up, finally.

Friday, May 21

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Teamsters defend workers, public safety

It is inaccurate for the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board to suggest that labor unions are not cognizant of the gravity of the state's budget crisis and to imply they are not looking out for the best interests of state employees ('State union leaders can't

Be picky when deciding what initiatives are worthy of ballot

Keeping lousy proposals from getting on the ballot is a way to make certain they don't become law.

The initiative process serves an important role in state government. It serves to keep elected officials focused on representing the people.After all, if citizens aren't happy with what lawmakers are doing — or not doing — they can file initiatives, gathe

Hail peppers downtown Walla Walla

Hail peppers downtown streets and brings out makeshift hats for protection from the little balls of falling ice as sunny skies rapidly turned gray and cool Thursday afternoon.

Etcetera - 05/21/10

Lora Edelman, owner of Curves of Walla Walla, said the business will sponsor a yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 2855 Plaza Way. Some highlighted items include varied Christmas decorations, games, golf clubs, a day bed frame, miscella

Emergency services - 05/21/10

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

In the minutes - College Place School Board

Board member are Doug Case, chair; Marci Knauft, vice-chair; Todd Stubblefield, Brian Maiden and Troy Fitzgerald. With all present Thursday, the board:BILLS: Approved payment of payroll for $553,944.26; bills from general fund for $470,430.38; and associ

Walla Walla Water Watcher

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

Walla Walla High School names assistant football coach to interim role

Mike Gobel will be the Blue Devils' head coach next season after Matt Hamlin withdrew from the position.

WALLA WALLA -- Longtime Blue Devil assistant football coach Mike Gobel will be Walla Walla High School's interim head coach next season after Matt Hamlin withdrew from the position Thursday."The program is in good hands," Wa-Hi athletic director Don Wilki

Tribes add to Columbia County holdings

A series of land purchases brings the total to 10,000 acres in Columbia County.

DAYTON -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will own over 10,000 acres of land in southern Columbia County when a recent series of purchases is complete, Columbia County commissioners learned.Commissioners met with representatives

Dutch Bros. Coffee fights Muscular Dystrophy

A cup of coffee never provided so much relief.Dutch Bros. Coffee raised more than $110,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its companywide annual fundraiser late last month.The Grants Pass-based coffee chain, hosts the fundraiser in honor of

ROCK DOC - Blast at mountain followed by eruption of life

The time has surely flown by for me.Thirty years ago I was a very young woman, really just a kid, living downwind of Mount St. Helens on the beautiful Sunday on which she tore herself apart. This was in the days before the Internet and even before 24/7 ca

Three arrested in Walla Walla heroin bust

Police say Tyler R. Richards and Anastasia Boykova have been dealing drugs from a Whitman Street residence for months.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man and woman were arrested Thursday on suspicion of dealing heroin from a residence a short distance from an elementary school, authorities said.The arrests of Tyler R. Richards, 24, and Anastasia I. Boykova, 22, followed several w

Walla Walla bankers meet with Treasury chief

A gathering of community bankers this week in Tacoma included the heads of Baker Boyer Bank and Banner Bank.

When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner talked this week with community bankers from Washington state, two voices from Walla Walla were in the room.Megan Clubb, Baker Boyer Bank president, and Mike Jones, Banner Bank president, were among a group of bank pre

DEATH NOTICE - Edward Valencsin

March 1, 1935 - May 20, 2010

Lee Parr Memorial Golf Tournament postponed

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Lee Parr Memorial Golf Tournament at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to weather conditions and low turnout. The tournament will be rescheduled later this year when

Jeff Cirillo brings words of wisdom to youth baseball, softball benefit

Former MLB player and Walla Walla Sweets part-owner Jeff Cirillo is speaker at Saturday's local youth baseball and softball benefit.

WALLA WALLA — Jeff Cirillo took a life lesson from his experiences playing youth baseball.'I have a mantra of, ‘Finish what you start,'” the former Major League All-Star and part-owner in the Walla Walla Sweets, said. 'Whether it be baseall, dinner, homew

Waitsburg-Prescott's Lehr wins district discus title

The defending state champion wins district with a throw of 163-3, and competes in the shot put today.

CLARKSTON — Ten Waitsburg-Prescott track and field athletes qualified for the Class B state meet here Thursday during the first day of the two-day Southeast B District meet at Clarkston High School.Defending state discus champion James Lehr led the way fo

Hamlin withdraws as new Wa-Hi football coach

WALLA WALLA — Matt Hamlin has withdrawn as new head football coach at Wa-Hi, Walla Walla Public Schools communications director Mark Higgins confirmed this morning.

Milton-Freewater Blazers to have Home Run Derby Fundraiser Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Blazers, a new 16-to-18-year-olds baseball team here, is holding a Home Run Derby Fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Legion Field.

Dayton's softball season ends at hands of Vikings

Gar-Pal rides a five-run second inning to a 6-3 district softball playoff victory over Dayton Thursday.

DAYTON — Dayton's softball season ended in a 6-3 district playoff loss to Garfield-Palouse here Thursday.The Bulldogs, the No. 3 seed heading into district play, finished the season 11-9 overall. They swept the Vikings in a doubleheader earlier this month

Blue Devils named to All-Big Nine track and field teams

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi took some wins at the All-League level and awarded some of their own Thursday.Blue Devils selected for the first team All-League were Jamie Weisner, in girls javelin; Brandon Porter, in boys javelin, and Garrett Gerling, in boys 110 me

Thursday, May 20

MARQUEE - Wilson keeps the music playing in Walla Walla

Over the years, and despite a tough market, music promoter Jay Wilson has worked to bring audiences and bands together.

Jay Wilson is a familiar face around town. He is also one of Walla Walla's busiest people. When he is not promoting or booking the next artist, he is downtown, going from business to business, putting up posters or giving out stacks of event tickets.

WWCC students present works at 35th annual juried art show

Walla Walla Community College will present its 35th annual juried art show Friday through June 8.

Sink your teeth into Sam McLeod's latest, 'Big Appetite'

"Big Appetite: My Southern-Fried Search for the Meaning of Life," by Sam McLeod, 254 pages, $23 hardcover, Touchstone

Program helps trace German ancestry

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., will present a program to assist those seeking to trace their German ancestry at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Albee Room.

New at the library

Is it really possible to love one's enemies? That's the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel and glass high-rises of Saudi Arab

Hand Picked Selections proffers artisanal choices

I've always liked the name Hand Picked Selections. Dan Kravitz, who introduces himself as CEO (Chief Enological Orator) of the wine-import company he founded 25 years ago, visited Seattle recently, and we had a chance to chat and sip through a couple doze

Carson signs book geology guide, 'East of Yellowstone'

Bob Carson, a professor of geology at Whitman College, will sign copies of his newly released book at 4 p.m. Friday at Whitman College Bookstore, 280 Boyer Ave.

Substance Dance presents 'Against the Grain'

Substance Dance will present "Against the Grain" Saturday at the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Theatre.

Wenberg releases third book, 'Stringz'

As executive director of Walla Walla Symphony, and a trombone player in his own right, Michael Wenberg is used to making music.

Walla Walla Community College puts needs of students first

College officials are working to find opportunities for students displaced by budget cuts.

Budget cuts are never easy and rarely kind.


Busking near the corner of South First Avenue and Main Street, Nick Moyer plays his squeezebox through a list of songs he enjoys. The Whitman College junior said he is enjoying his last few days in Walla Walla before attending Columbia University as part of a mechanical engineering partnership program. "I just take songs I like and arrange them," Moyer said. "It's a lot funner than a real job."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Wa-Hi's 'Wizard of Oz' professional production

I've seen many Broadway-type shows in New York and around the country. Walla Walla High School's production of the "Wizard of Oz" was no "high school" performance. The singing, the acting, the enunciation, the orchestra, the dancing, the costuming, the st

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - War tax would reduce tolerance for military action

Patrick Henry recently wrote an excellent letter in which he pointed out the great majority of Americans have no stake in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in fact, the wars are only rarely on the minds of most Americans.

Bicycle shops fuel Bike to Work Friday

Local bicycle shops are offering a sweet reward for commuters who pedal to work Friday.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Maurice and Breijanna McDaniel.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Sabrina K. Greenelsh, 16, 1003 W. Alder St., was sentenced May 14 on one count contempt (truancy).

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Scott A. McIntosh, 40, address not confirmed, was charged May 14 with escape from community custody. McIntosh is accused of willfully discontinuing making himself available to the Department of Corrections for supervision between Feb. 12 and March 19.

Walla Walla, College Place post office food drive delivers big

Local postal workers brought in a record haul of food on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA -- It was, by any standard, a landslide, said Toby Swank with the Walla Walla Post Office.

Walla Walla man sentenced in March police chase

Alejandro Martinez had already served most of the 90-day sentence he received.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced this morning to 90 days in jail for leading police on a vehicle chase in the area of Ninth Avenue in March and striking a fire hydrant.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to drug charge linked to deadly fire

Jared Allen faces about nine years in prison after his guilty plea this morning.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to manufacturing methamphetamine, which started a fire in a recreational vehicle that killed three women -- including his daughter -- in February 2009.

Walla Walla YMCA plans 5K/10K runs for this weekend

The YMCA is springing into summer with a 5K/10K run this weekend.

Bryant Avenue stretch set for makeover starting Monday

A portion from Howard street to a cul-de-sac to the west will be overhauled starting Monday.

WALLA WALLA -- The next round of work to replace aging water and sewer lines in the city will begin Monday.

Emergency Services - 05/20/10

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

In the minutes - Dayton School Board

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

In the minutes - Columbia County

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

Storm dumps rain, knocks out power

But little damage was reported in Wednesday's storm, which featured nearly a half-inch of rain and a 56 mph wind.

WALLA WALLA -- A fast-moving storm that blasted through Wednesday caused several power failures, but little other damage.

On the agenda - College Place School Board

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

Gail Bennett

March 31, 1931 - May 16, 2010

Mary Stewart

July 14, 1915 - May 19, 2010

Audrey Retan

Jan. 31, 1927 - May 17, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Jerald Ivie

March 19, 1942 - May 14, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Veulah Morse

March 24, 1926 - May 19, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Gunnar Jensen, Jr.

Sept. 9, 1979 - May 14, 2010

Congressional Medal of Honor winner portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Fort Walla Walla's only Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Michael McCarthy, will be portrayed by Walla Walla author and restaurateur Bob Bennett 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Etcetera - 05/20/10

Children's Home Society of Washington raised $6,200 for a local child abuse prevention program, said Kelly Bray, marketing communications manager.

Warriors whoop it up at sports awards

The WWCC women's basketball team is well represented as it wins three of the five Blue Mountain Sports Awards Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Mountain Sports Awards were all about the Warriors Wednesday night.The Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team won in every category it had nominations in.Head coach Bobbi Hazeltine was selected Coach of the Year, Kati

Honor-laden Blue Devils head to softball regional

Six Wa-Hi softball players are on all-Cascade Division teams, and the coaching staff earns Staff of the Year accolades as well.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi heads into this weekend's Class 4A softball regional tournament in Spokane with a 22-1 record, a No. 2 seed and a lineup loaded with Big Nine Conference all-Cascade Division talent.The Blue Devils have been awarded six first-team selec

Wednesday, May 19

Try out state via online travel forum

In the market for a summertime adventure? You won't have to go far to find one.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Leveling of local church is sad

I was in town a few weeks ago, and was proud to see how Walla Walla has grown and prospered since I moved away several years ago. However, I was saddened to see that 930 W. Poplar, the former home of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (aka The Banks' Church), had

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pay for performance? How about politicians?

I am not disgusted with the Democrats, nor am I disgusted with the Republicans. I am disgusted with their inability to solve problems.

'Tweaks' to Social Security must be made

The sooner Congress takes action the easier it will be to erase the projected shortfall.

The projected shortfall for the nation's Social Security system -- $5.3 trillion over the next 75 years -- would seem to be overwhelming.

Walla Walla veteran's long road leads to D.C.

Once homeless, Mike Brown will testify Thursday at a congressional hearing on efforts to end homelessness among veterans.

Thursday is bound to be a historic day all the way around, Mike Brown figures -- and one he couldn't have seen coming during his Dumpster-dining days.

State, former Walla Walla optometrist settle lawsuit

Kelly Cochrane, who previously practiced in Walla Walla, had sued the state over a public records request.

WALLA WALLA -- A Pasco optometrist who formerly practiced in Walla Walla has settled a lawsuit against the state Department of Health pertaining to his claim of a public records request violation.

Eve V. Hussey

July 7, 1916 ~ May 14, 2010

Walla Walla University marks half-century for student missions

The school's program has grown from just one missionary a year to 70-115 annually.

For half a century, local college students have traveled around the country and the world to reach out to those in need. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Walla Walla University Student Missions Program.

In the minutes - Garfield County

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

Evelyn Loundagin Harris

Nov. 21, 1914 — March 12, 2010

Superior Court Report - CRIMINAL CASES

Jorge Eduardo Meza, 19, 523 W. Alder St., was charged May 17 with four counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Milton-Freewater School District to hold budget committee meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School District will hold a budget committee meeting Thursday.

On the agenda - Valley Transit

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

Emergency Services - 05/19/10

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

Forest Service to auction far-off getaways

Four houses and a Forest Service compound are available in Unity, Ore.

BAKER CITY, Ore. -- Looking for a faraway place? Here's your chance.

Commissioner squeaks by challenger in Oregon primary

Larry Givens and Bill Hansell have retained their positions in Umatilla County.

One of two Umatilla County commissioner races went to the wire Tuesday during Oregon's primary election.

Etcetera - 05/19/10

Oregon Army National Guard 1st Lt. Nicolas "Nic" Mason of Milton-Freewater returned from Iraq on April 21. He was a member of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Headquarters Company 141, Convoy Security Battalion.

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

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

OUTDOORS - Adventures up the South Fork Walla Walla River Canyon

From high on Lincton Mountain Road a few weeks ago, I looked through a long camera lens at a waterfall across the South Fork Walla Walla River Canyon.Judging from ponderosa pine trees near the falls, which may grow over 200 feet tall, I deduced that the w

Walla Walla Valley Academy's Opara among state's top Class B runners

But he won't be running at the state Class B track and field meet due to religious prohibitions during sabbath.

COLLEGE PLACE — Chinonso Opara knows how to adapt.It's a lesson the Walla Walla Valley Academy senior learned a long time ago.Chinonso was 6 years old when his parents, Dr. James and Ngozi Opara, moved their family to the Walla Walla Valley from their nat

Dayton golfer Molly Payne qualifies for 2B state tourney

Molly Payne's 197 is good for third at the district tournament at Columbia Point as she is lone area representative to next week's state competition at Tri-Cities Country Club.

RICHLAND — Dayton's Molly Payne was the only area girl to qualify for the Class 2B state tournament after District 9 golf play at Columbia Point Tuesday.Payne placed third, shooting 95-102—197.Tri-City Prep's Samantha Pegram was medalist, shooting 99-95—1

Blue Mountain Sports Awards questions answered tonight

Outstanding prep students join five sports categories being awarded at 7 p.m. tonight at the 34th awards at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.

WALLA WALLA — All of the questions will be answered tonight at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge during the presentation of trophies at the 34th annual Blue Mountain Sports Awards.Blue Mountain Youth Recognition Evening, co-sponsored by the Walla Walla Union-Bul

Pioneers hosting weekend golf tournament for team

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Lee Parr Memorial Tournament, a four-person scramble at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, will benefit the Mac-Hi golf program. The shotgun start begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Entry fees are $60 per team plus green fees, a

Golf tourney raises $3,000 for TigerScots football

MILTON-FREEWATER — A golf tournament here Sunday raised more than $3,000 for the Weston-McEwen football program.The money will be used in summer football camps.The lowest gross team scored a 49. Team members were Jeff Michael, Mark Richey, Phil Ruffcorn a

Wa-Hi's Peck, Cummings advance to tennis regionals

Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings team up to take second at the district tournament Monday.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls doubles tennis team of Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings placed second in the Big Nine district tournament here Monday.Cummings and Peck lost to district champions Demie Warner and Ali Welch of Kamiakin, who are also defending sta

Pugh wins cutting horse division at Western Nationals

Walla Walla's Kay Lynn Stevens Pugh rides Cat With A Hat to the Novice/Non Pro victory in Ogden, Utah.

OGDEN, Utah — It was no surprise that Walla Walla's Kay Lynn Stevens Pugh and cutting horse Cat With A Hat won the $5,000 Novice/Non Pro division with 219 points after also winning the go-round with 217 points at the National Cutting Horse Association's W

Walla Walla Fusion U14 softball teams win Sun Basin

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Fusion, a U14 softball team, placed first in the Sun Basin Tournament here last weekend.The Fusion defeated the Moses Lake Ice, 11-3 and had 17 hits, for the title in Sunday's championship game.On Friday, the Fusion eliminated

Mac-Hi's Hair ties for 70th at state golf tournament

EUGENE, Ore. — Mac-Hi's lone golfer to qualify for the state Class 4A tournament, Matt Hair, finished in a tie for 70th after the competition last weekend at Emerald Valley Golf Course. Hair shot 99-93—192.'It's great that he was able to end his high scho

Wa-Hi senior Sovich completes first 50-mile endurance ride

The Wa-Hi senior finishes the Mount Adams 50-mile Endurance Race Saturday.

TROUT LAKE — Wa-Hi senior Annie Sovich finished the Mount Adams 50-mile Endurance Race here Saturday aboard Ernie Schrader's Arab mare, Riyadh.It was her first race at 50 miles.Schrader, also from Walla Walla, rode his horse, Captain Calypso, to a first-p

Sharpstein Elementary School principal named

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla High School administrator will be leaving the high school next year to lead Sharpstein Elementary School.Matt Bona, who has spent four years as an assistant principal at Wa-Hi, will take over at Sharpstein from Laure Quaresma s

Tuesday, May 18

Spokane principal chosen to lead Deer Park School District

The principal of a Spokane elementary school has been chosen to lead the Deer Park School District.Becky Cooke, currently principal of Prairie View Elementary in the Mead School District, will take over for Superintendent Mick Miller, who is leaving Deer

Richard L. "Dick" Perier

Aug. 5, 1931 - May 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Gail Bennett

March 21, 1931 - May 19, 2010

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B mischaracterizes Arizona law

In its May 12 editorial, "Immigration reform could be fueled by Arizona law," the U-B correctly noted that 80 percent of Americans want U.S. immigration laws to be enforced and the tide of illegal immigration stopped. However, the editor goes on to make

FEATURED PHOTO - May showers in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - May showers bring May flowers? Tuesday tried catching up for what April was supposed to do but faltered, as a misty, coastal-like drizzle greeted umbrella-topped travelers on their morning treks.

State union leaders can't ignore reality

Union leaders must work with state officials to keep costs under control for long-term prosperity.

Labor unions representing state workers continue to ignore the economic realities brought on by the Great Recession. As a result, they are hurting their own members over the long run and weakening the state of Washington.

Walla Walla banker to meet with US Treasury's Geithner

Baker Boyer Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Megan Clubb was one of about a dozen community bankers scheduled to meet today with U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Emergency Services - 05/18/10

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

Perseverance seen as key to women's suffrage effort

A speaker at Walla Walla University said the road to voting rights was an up-and-down effort in Washington.

COLLEGE PLACE -- "Sometimes it takes a lot of perseverance to change the things that need changing," said Shanna Stevenson in her presentation on women's suffrage yesterday at Walla Walla University.Stevenson, coordinator for the state Women's History Con

State unemployment rate drops

And Walla Walla County's rate dropped to 6.5 percent in April.

The state's unemployment rate dropped last month for the first time in three years, and Walla Walla County's went with it, according to numbers released this morning from the state Employment Security Department.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in chase

Alejandro Martinez crashed into a fire hydrant during a chase in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man faces a standard-range jail sentence of two to five months for leading police on a vehicle chase in the area of Ninth Avenue in March and striking a fire hydrant.

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping woman in Walla Walla

Juan C. Villegas was accused of abducting an acquaintance and attacking her in 2006.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Superior Court to kidnapping a woman in 2006.

Trial date set in College Place car chase that ended in Oregon

Virgil D. O'Neel allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in March 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to leading a College Place police officer on a chase into Oregon in March of last year.

Walla Walla Community College to cut pair of programs

The cuts are part of an effort to fill a gap left by a cut in state funding.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College will cut two programs next year, resulting in two layoffs, in response to a $1.1 million reduction in state funding.

Etcetera - 05/18/10

The Tualatin, Ore., Chamber of Commerce honored former Walla Wallan Paul Sivley as its Business Leader of the Year 2010. The growth of his business, civic involvement and activism within the Chamber and business community were determining factors, Paul

BMSC youth soccer tryouts slated Sunday and June

WALLA WALLA — Tryouts for Blue Mountain Soccer Club (BMSC) teams will be Sunday or June 6 from 2-4 p.m. at Whitman College Athletic Complex, on E. Sumach St. next to DeSales High School. Participants need only attend one of the tryout dates.Teams are form

DeSales grad Hamada helps Texas Tech softball team into NCAAs

LUBBOCK, Texas — DeSales graduate Ashley Hamada is starting right-fielder on Texas Tech's softball team that is playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years Friday at Stanford.Hamada, who was named to the All-Big 12 first team following t

Blue Devil girls golfers end season in Yakima

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's girls failed to qualify any golfers to the state tournament at district play at the Elks Golf Course here Monday.Richland's Kristin Strankman was medalist with a 76 on the par-74 course. The sophomore led a five-player Bomber contingent a

Wa-Hi's Davis fifth at district, advances to state

WENATCHEE — Cameron Davis placed fifth for Wa-Hi in Big Nine singles tennis action here Monday and will advance to regionals Friday and Saturday in Spokane.Wenatchee won the competition with 39 points. Wa-Hi was seventh with 8.5.Davis won two of three mat

Six Walla Walla-area District 9 golfers to state

Three DeSales players, two from Pomeroy and a lone Dayton Bulldog advance to next week's state tourney.

RICHLAND — DeSales placed second in District 9 golf play at Columbia Point here Monday, and six local golfers are advancing to the state tournament next week.The Irish had a team score of 54 points, six behind Asotin's winning 60. Pomeroy was third with 3

Wa-Hi golfer Reinland advances to state golf tournament

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland will represent the Blue Devils at the state tournament at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick after the District tournament here Monday.Reinland placed third, carding a 71 on the Three Lakes course and 72 on the Highlander course f

Blue Devils baseball team hands out season awards

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi handed out baseball team awards Monday evening.In awards voted on by Blue Devil players, senior Ryan James was named team captain, junior Jake Campeau pitcher of the year, junior Matt Watson was offensive player of the year and senior

Monday, May 17

Walla Walla man gets jail sentence in gun case

WALLA WALLA -- A man with a previous felony conviction was sentenced Monday afternoon to four months in the County Jail for having a handgun in a van pursued by police in March.Ricardo Morales Jr., 19, of 607 E. Sumach St., was ordered to serve the low en

DEATH NOTICE - Audrey Retan

Jan. 31, 1927 - May 17, 2010

Skating trek carries Walla Walla University student across state

At the beginning of last summer I read an article about two guys who rode their skateboards from one end of Argentina to the other, carrying everything they needed in backpacks and camping or staying in hostels the whole trip. I was inspired and before I


Shadow and light, inside, outside, silence and sound. Music from two saxophone players takes the form of a warm orange glow emanating silently from the windows of practice rooms at Whitman's Hall of Music as the day slowly fades to night and light from the inside begins to illuminate.

Mac-Hi students recognized for work on Marie Dorion Park

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Several McLoughlin High School students were recognized on Friday for their work to spruce up Marie Dorion Park, including the addition of new historical placards which they made.

National Weather Service to hold open house Saturday

PENDLETON -- The place where thunderstorms, ice, heat and hail are a daily topic will hold an open house Saturday.

Walla Walla School District to celebrate community partners at reception

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School District will celebrate its community partners during a public reception Tuesday prior to the regular School Board meeting.

Port to hold meeting on redevelopment of fiber farm

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla will hold a special Port Commission meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Port of Walla Walla Office, 310 A St.

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: School library

BIRTHS - Jace Axel Puller

To Whitney and Larry Puller, Walla Walla, a son, Jace Axel Puller, 8 pounds 9 ounces, May 11, 2010.

Otis R. Richardson

To Mike and Merilee Richardson, Walla Walla, a son, Otis R. Richardson, 6 pounds 6 ounces, May 1, 2010.

Emergency Services - 05/17/10

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

Washington State Patrol: No grace period for cell restrictions

State police say they'll enforce the ban on texting and talking without a hands-free device from day 1, on June 10.

Drivers who continue to text, or chat on phones without hands-free devices, will face a stiff fine starting June 10.

Walla Walla pilot awarded FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

David Cheney, who owns Martin Airfield, got his start in flying in the 1940s and continues today.

COLLEGE PLACE -- More than six decades of safe flying, including teaching others to fly, were celebrated on Saturday, as former Eastern Oregon farmer David Cheney, 81, was award the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mac-Hi Choir knocks it out of the park

The Crimson and Black Choir of McLoughlin High School under the direction of the very capable Melissa Cunnington hit another home run for Mac-Hi and the Milton-Freewater community at the Spring Concert on May 13.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Arctic drilling is too risky

I have been watching with horror as one of the worst oil spills in American history continues unabated, and millions of gallons of crude oil now threaten our nation's vital Gulf Coast ecosystem.

High court's ruling in favor of inmate misses points

The inmate, even if he was allowed to argue before the court, would not have gotten the personal information about DOC employees he sought.

The state Supreme Court apparently couldn't, as the old saying goes, see the forest through the trees.

Etcetera - 05/17/10

Blues Therapy, a local radio show co-hosted by Bigg- daddy" Ray Hansen and Armand "The Doctor" Parada will celebrate its seventh anniversary in June.

Walla Walla native Wicher back in pads for 'priceless' opportunity

As much as she missed her playing days with the Sacramento Sirens, it took something extra special to get Walla Walla native Julie Wicher back into a football helmet and shoulder pads.The opportunity to play for USA Football's 2010 Women's National Team i

Poor start costly in two losses for 13U Walla Walla Black Sox in Lewiston

LEWISTON — Walla Walla's 13-and-under Black Sox summer baseball team got off to a bad start here Sunday and never quite recovered as it was swept by the Lewiston Eagles, 8-5 and 5-4.The losses dropped the Walla Wallans to 1-3 on the season. The same two t

Mac-Hi split softball twin bill with La Grande

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Mac-Hi and La Grande divvied up a Greater Oregon League softball doubleheader here Saturday, with the Pioneers eking out a 4-3 victory in the first game and the Tigers riding a seven-run fifth inning to an 8-4 triumph in the nightcap.The

14U Walla Walla Black Sox win summer baseball season openers

The summer baseball season begins with a 5-4 win over Wenatchee before a 14-5 victory over Yakima Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — Adam Mathews smashed a triple and two singles Sunday afternoon at Ray Lane as the Walla Walla Black Sox 14-and-under summer baseball team pounded out a 14-5 victory over the Yakima Stingers.It was the second outing of the day for the Inland

Cameron Davis lone Blue Devil to advance to second day of district tennis tourney

Wa-Hi's Cameron Davis was the lone Blue Devil to advance to the second day of district play after action here Saturday.Davis defeated Moses Lake's Mikael Mulugeta, 6-3, 6-2, and Wenatchee's Ballard Pitts, 6-2, 6-0, before losing to Davis' Abe Chang, 7-5,

Place, show tickets pay at Days of Real Sport horse races

WAITSBURG — Cautious bettors who stick to place and show tickets could have struck it rich Sunday at the Waitsburg Days of Real Sport pari-mutuel horses races.If, that is, they handicapped Handsome Lover to run second in the day's sixth race, a field of e

Sunday, May 16

International Learn To Fly Day takes off in College Place

The day included an opportunity to buy or sell planes at Martin Field.

COLLEGE PLACE — At airports across the nation and the world, pilots and flight instructors held a variety of flight-oriented activities in hopes of encouraging non-pilots to take part in the International Learn To Fly Day.'We just want to spread the word

Eve Hussey

July 7, 1916 - May 14, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Glenn Runyan

Feb. 15, 1922 - May 13, 2010

Martin F. Thorson

Nov. 25, 1943 — May 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Ruby Nell Mulkey

Aug. 7, 1919 - May 14, 2010

Richard Ponti

June 4, 1940 - May 6, 2010

Paul Smith

1930 — 2010

Court Report - Superior Court

Criminal Cases

Devon R. Millar, 18, 124 Murphy St., Waitsburg, was charged May 11 with two counts of accomplice to third-degree assault and one count of accomplice to fourth-degree assault. Millar is accused of aiding and abetting a person in the assaults of three peopl

Saturday, May 15

DeSales claims district baseball title; Waitsburg-Prescott third

DeSales, Asotin and Waitsburg-Prescott played a Saturday district tripleheader for the regional seed placings.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales, Asotin, and Waitsburg-Prescott will represent District 9 in Class 2B regional baseball tournaments next weekend after finishing first, second, and third, respectively, in a district tripleheader Saturday at Borleske Stadium.The Iris

WWCC softball team takes No. 2 seed after split with CBC

WWCC took the 11-7 opener, and CBC won the nightcap, 2-1.

PASCO - Walla Walla Community College and Columbia Basin took to the softball diamond here Saturday with second place on the line in the regular season finale for both teams.Walla Walla, holding a one-game lead over CBC, needed just a split to lock up the

Wa-Hi softball's 22-game win streak ends in championship game

WENATCHEE — The good news is that Wa-Hi needs two more wins to make back-to-back trips to the class 4A girls fastpitch state tournament.The bad news is that the Blue Devils' 22-game win steak came to an end here Saturday in the district championship game.

Touchet's softball team loses, but state hopes still alive

WASHTUCNA — Colton punched its Class 1B fastpitch state tournament tickets here Friday with a 3-2 extra-inning win over Touchet.The Indians fall into a loser-out battle Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Medical Lake. The winner earns a state berth and the loser g

Wa-Hi soccer team drops to Ferris in loser-out match

SPOKANE — The Wa-Hi boys soccer team is done for the year after losing to Ferris, 1-0, in a regional loser-out playoff game here Saturday.The Saxons' Taylor Siok scored the deciding goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Touchet's baseball season ends to Colton

COLFAX — Touchet ran into a hot-hitting Colton here Saturday in loser-out Class 1B baseball playoff action.The Wildcats pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of four Indian errors to defeat the Indians, 15-9. The loss ends Touchet's season with an 18-2 m

Wa-Hi grad makes NCAA Division III qualifying throw

SALEM, Ore. — Willamette University thrower Josh Clothier, a junior and 2007 Wa-Hi graduate, recorded an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark on Thursday as the Bearcats hosted three area teams at the Charles Bowles Track.Clothier achieved a pers

Blue Devils tracksters march on to regionals after Richland qualifier

Garrett Gerling and Jamie Weisner led the Wa-Hi teams to fifth place finishes Friday.

RICHLAND — Garrett Gerling posted two wins and Brandon Porter grabbed one win to lead the Wa-Hi boys to a fifth place team finish at the district track and field championships here Friday.Jamie Weisner took first in the girls javelin and added two second

Running for the Boys tops 8-card horse races in Waitsburg

Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing continues today in Waitsburg.

WAITSBURG — Running for the Boys topped the winnings here Saturday in pari-mutuel horse racing. Running for the Boys, ridden by Connie Doll, won the Ken Smith Memorial purse of $1,007.50, a 300-yard Quarter horse allowance race. The payout for a win was $

Split gives WWCC baseball playff berth

WALLA WALLA — WWCC split a doubleheader with Yakima Valley here Saturday, winning the first 7-3 and losing the second 8-3.The split evens WWCC's record at 14-14 in the East Region and earn a 4th place finish in the NWACC.

Mac-Hi baseball team drops Sat. twinbill to LaGrande

LAGRANDE — The Mac-Hi baseball team lost a twinbill to LaGrande, 10-2 and 10-0.Ryley Croghan pitched a complete game for the Pioneers in game one. Patrick Sheets caught.Croghan gave up 10 runs, but Mac-Hi made four errors in the game.

Blue Devil boys middle school basketball camp June 21-24

WALLA WALLA — The annual Blue Devil Boys Middle School Basketball Camp will be offered in June.This camp runs from June 21-24 at the Wa-Hi gym from 9-11 a.m. and will be conducted by Wa-Hi boys head coach John Golden, his staff and players. It is open to

Blue Devil boys elementary basketball camp is June 14-17

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Devil Boys Elementary Basketball Camp will be held on June 14-17 at the Wa-Hi gym.This annual camp is offered to any boy who will be entering grades 3, 4, or 5 next fall. The camp runs from 9-11 a.m. and will be conducted by Wa-Hi b

Weston-McEwen takes No. 3 softball seed after districts

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen earned the No. 3 district seed here Saturday in district softball playoff action.The TigerScots dropped a battle with No. 2 Pilot Rock, 5-2, to open the day, but bounced back to knock off Heppner, 11-0, to claim the No. 3 seed.

Mac-Hi tracksters prepping for state next week

The Pioneers participated in the Hermiston Twilight competition Thursday.

HERMISTON — Mac-Hi's track and field teams tuned up for next week's District meet with stellar performances at the Hermiston Twilight competition here Thursday.'It was an outstanding meet for us,” Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said. 'The kids had some outsta

Mac-Hi boys place second at tennis districts

KENNEWICK — The Mac-Hi boys tennis team placed second in Special District Tennis Tournament here Friday and Saturday.Five Mac-Hi boys are heading to state in Portland.The doubles team of Anthony Martinez and Ricky Angel are district champs.The doubles tea

WWCC softball player Natalie Leyland signs at Seattle U.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College softball player Natalie Leyland signed to play at Division 1 Seattle University Friday.The Warrior outfielder is a sophomore from Richland.Leyland also has been selected to play in the Softball World Championshi

Walla Walla's Center for Youth comes of age with new location

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the center was swamped with 123 kids who attended the dance.

WALLA WALLA — About an hour after opening the doors at the first Community Center for Youth dance at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Friday, staff members grew anxious as they realized their numbers were already well past recent figures and approaching t

‘Eyes in the Woods' offers Walla Walla residents opportunity to protect wildlife

The organization aids officials by volunteering time to protect and conserve wildlife and land.

WALLA WALLA — Residents of Walla Walla have the opportunity to protect local wildlife and public land by participating in Eyes in the Wood's Crime Observation and Reporting Training on May 25 and June 19.Eyes in the Woods is an organization in Washington

Learning Center for kids, families to sprout in The Center at the Park

Offering activities geared for children in the same location as programming for seniors could have a positive outcome.

WALLA WALLA — Long geared as a social spot for older residents, the city's Center at the Park will soon be opening its doors to the area's youngest.The move will build on momentum that has helped make The Center at the Park and its adjacent Jefferson Park

Ducky Derby is all it was quacked up to be

A ducky purchased by Shannon Smith was the fastest swimmer, netting her the first prize.

WALLA WALLA - About 800 people lined the banks of Mill Creek on Saturday to watch 17,000 yellow ducks float down the river in hopes of winning this year's Walla Walla Exchange Club Baker Boyer Ducky Derby.Thanks to some extra sponsors this year, they also

Garfield County judge reprimanded for sexual comments

A Garfield County judge has been reprimanded for offensive sexual comments made out of the courtroom to two female attorneys who appeared before him in court, according to a news release.The state Commission on Judicial Conduct approved a stipulated order

Walla Walla Lyme disease victim aids other local victim

While the disease is uncommon in the Northwest, two local women are battling it.

WALLA WALLA — One Walla Walla woman aims to make a difference in the life of a fellow sufferer of Lyme disease after her life was lifted up by the generosity of others.Paula Klipfel has been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Last year Klipfel was chose


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

On the agenda - Walla Walla 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 8 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Walla Walla class designed to help people understand credit

WALLA WALLA — Credit, credit cards, credit histories and credit awareness will be the topic of a free family-focused class and dinner Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at First Congregational Church.'Get Smart About Credit! — A conversation for families” is a specia

ETCETERA - ‘Hamburger' has direct ties to Walla Walla

In 1882, a group of 16 German families from Russia arrived in Washington Territory, according to information I gleaned on the North Dakota State University Libraries Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.Their historical migration aims to one root of th

PASTOR COLUMNS - Jesus shows us what's really important

Every five seconds a child dies of malnutrition. Did you see that in the headlines recently?The news media is to focus on important issues, and historic events do appear in the headlines. "Obama elected president" and "Health-care reform passes." But afte


Women's Ministries will


Ky Lee and Tambri Hafen

Tambri Linda Hanson of Centerville, Utah, and Ky Lee Hafen, of Richland, were married May 14, 2010, in a ceremony at the Salt Lake Latter Day Saints Temple, Salt Lake City.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Eagle Meadows to host ‘Furry Friends Dog Show'

The event will be from 2-4 p.m. May 27 at 550 E. Whitman Drive, College Place.

Dogs give us love and their wonderful antics make us laugh.Laughter makes life better and research is showing what we already knew: it's good for us!

PANORAMA - The accidental sheperds

‘They're like puppies, said Cheryl Cosner, hands on hips and her grin bright. 'Like bad, little puppies, with no mother to teach them manners.”Naughty or not, the seven 'bummer” lambs are more than ready for company and proffered fingers to suck on.

Walla Walla Council wise to toss landfill bids

It makes sense to reopen the bid process. It should result in a significant savings for taxpayers.

The Walla Walla City Council made the right call last week to reopen to the bidding process for a $1.5 million project to close a portion of the landfill. This move could save the taxpayers at least $80,000.Earlier, we had urged the Council to accept the


Someone asked me recently, "What is the Grandmothers Roundtable studying?"We have been informing ourselves about the health of the current business community. I might ask, is the patient ailing, dying or living? What are the symptoms?Some would say we are

Friday, May 14

Pair chosen for Whitman College trustee board

Ryan Crocker and Andrew Ferrari will take the place of James Hayner and Dave Wyckoff.

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College's Board of Trustees have elected alumni Ryan C. Crocker of Texas and Andrew U. Ferrari of Virginia to serve as new trustees.


Bill Betts looks over his shining red 1911 Ford Model T after taking it for a short drive earlier this morning on Old Milton Highway and Taumarson Road. Betts said he is preparing this Model T for the "Learn to Fly" day at Martin Airfield this Saturday with other antique cars and some antique planes. "It's pretty but it's not as easy to drive as a regular Model T," Betts said of his Torpedo model that was, "the sports car of 1911 and 1912." When describing his hobby building and restoring historic cars, Betts said, "I've got a Model A and another Model T. It's a disease. It's incurable."

Walla Walla judge right to exclude evidence from search

Judge Schacht properly ruled that Walla Walla police conducted an unconstitutional search.

The state Constitution's protection against invasion of privacy must be taken seriously.

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Higher prices could be just outcome

This is in response to two articles on immigration in the Union-Bulletin on May 10: Ruben Navarrette's piece titled "GOP should start with a little respect", page A4 -- and an AP article on page A5 titled "Farmers: Immigration reform needed for ag workers

$n$ Etcetera - 05/14/10

Wow. A diaper and wipe drive sponsored by Big John's Pizza in Pendleton April 19-25 was a resounding success, said owner Andy McAnally in a release.

Budget cuts change routine for boat registration

The state has switched from letters to postcards, so vessel owners will need to either go online or register in person this year.

WALLA WALLA -- Due to budget cuts, the annual registration renewal for watercraft owners could be either easier or harder this year.

Fire that injured Milton-Freewater woman probed

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Oregon State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of an April 30 house fire that critically injured a local woman.

College Place teen to serve about two years for robbery

Robert L. DeLeon had pleaded guilty to robbing a truck driver last winter in Eastgate.

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old youth who earlier pleaded guilty to robbing a delivery truck driver last winter in Eastgate was sentenced this morning in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court.

$n$ Emergency Services - 05/14/10

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

$n$ In the minutes - Port of Columbia

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

$n$ In the minutes - CP SCHOOL BOARD

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

It's all smiles for Wa-Hi softball team as they defeat Pasco

Wa-Hi kicks off the district softball tourney with its sixth straight shutout, 10-0 over Pasco, and heads to Wenatchee Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Big Nine Conference Cascade Division champion Wa-Hi dominated visiting Pasco from start to finish Thursday during district tournament softball action at Murr Sports Park.The Blue Devils collected 10 hits, played errorless ball, and got a one

$n$ Warriors hardballers lose two to Spokane

WALLA WALLA — WWCC's baseball team dropped a pair of games to Spokane here Wednesday.The Warriors lost the first game, 9-1, and the second, 8-3. Their record is even at 13-13 in East Region and 21-21 overall.

Wa-Hi's new football coach to meet with players, parents

WALLA WALLA — Matt Hamlin, Wa-Hi's new football coach, will be available to meet players and parents at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wa-Hi gym.Hamlin will discuss spring practices, summer camp and his plans for the future of Blue Devil football.The event is fr

$n$ Whitman tennis falls to No. 3 CMS

Matt Solomon is the lone Missionary men's tennis player still competing after the 5-0 loss Thursday.

CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Whitman's men's tennis team's season ended Thursday with a 5-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), the third-ranked team in the country, in a regional semifinal of the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.CMS, now 2

$n$ Horse racing back in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG — Two days of pari-mutuel horse racing commences here Saturday at Waitsburg's annual Days of Real Sport celebration.Saturday's card calls for eight races, with the Ken Smith Memorial — a Quarter Horse Allowance at 300 yards — headlining the card

$n$ YMCA's Spring Into Summer run slated May 22

WALLA WALLA — The YMCA is hosting a Spring Into Summer run at Bennington Lake May 22.The 10K or 5K event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. Youth must participate with adults and leashed d

DEATH NOTICE - Richard Ponti

June 4, 1940 - May 6, 2010


March 6, 1953 - May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13

In the minutes - College Place

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 on Monday voted as follows:

In the minutes - Athena-Westin School Board

Board members are Trenda Nichols, Duane Beers, Duane Smalley, Preston Winn, Sterling Allen, J.R. Lieuallen and Rod Bonifer. With all present Monday, the board:

In the minutes - Columbia School Board

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

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:

MARQUEE - Acro Knights set to soar with 'Star Wars' theme

On Sunday, the Acro Knights of Walla Walla Valley Academy will reinterpret the classic "Star Wars" story through gymnastics, dancing and plenty of pyramids -- all for a good cause. The money raised at their annual home show will help send the acrobatic st

New at the library

On June 25, 1876, in the Valley of the Little Big Horn River, the combined forces of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors responded to the surprise attack on their quiet village by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry.

Pendeleton Center for the Arts calls for photo entries

PENDLETON -- The Pendleton Center for the Arts is calling all photographers to participate in this year's Open Regional photography exhibit and vie for more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Entries must be delivered to the Arts Center, 214 North Main St., on S

Motown standouts perform at Backstage Bistro

Backstage Bistro, 230 E. Main St., will present "Funk-Soul-Motown," 9-11 p.m. Friday, for one night only.

Dance recital on Sunday

Danza Classica, the Dance Center recital, will be 3 p.m. Sunday in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.

Walla Walla High principal among finalists to lead Deer Park, Wash., district

If chosen, Darcy Weisner would replace Mick Miller, who is leaving Deer Park to become superintendent here.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School Principal Darcy Weisner is among three finalists for the superintendent position for the Deer Park School District.If chosen, Weisner would replace Mick Miller, who is leaving Deer Park at the end of the current scho

Oasis Idol is back tonight

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oasis Idol returns tonight and runs through May and most of June at The Oasis, 85698 Highway 339.

Venture beyond textbook, lectures and sample it yourself

Learning about wine, and developing your own preferences, does not have to be work.

'Godspell' close to director's heart

WALLA WALLA -- Live music, cast members and an intriguing plot will come together beginning tonight in Walla Walla Community College's production of "Godspell" for audiences enjoyment and involvement.

Wilderness priest pays a visit to Fort Walla Walla Museum

Enterprises engaged in by the region's earliest pioneers were as varied as the individuals themselves. On Sunday a "man of the cloth" appears at Fort Walla Walla Museum to describe life as he knew it in the mid-1800s. Visitors are encouraged to question a

Etcetera - 05/13/10

In an awards ceremony during the Earth Fair April 24 in downtown Walla Walla, Coffey Communications won grand prize for the local organization with the highest percentage of members commuting green to their workplace on Earth Day. Coffey's 104 employees

Court: Inmate entitled to argue for release of personnel files

A sharply divided state Supreme Court has ruled that a prison inmate was wrongly denied the opportunity to argue for release of personnel files of Washington State Penitentiary employees. He had sought the information in 2004 through a public-disclosure r


Bright purples and golds from iris planted in an alley off Howard Street shimmer in the morning sun as a couple enjoys the sunshine and warmth on a morning walk together.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Transport program saved the fish

Federal dam operators have reluctantly agreed to follow Judge Redden's mandate to spill water for fish in spite of predictions that 2010 will be a drought year exceeded in recent history only by 1977 and 2001. The Independent Scientific Advisory Board doe

Figuring what candy will be taxed isn't all that sweet

The new law doesn't mandate a tax on candy made with flour so, legally, such candy is a cookie.

The new taxes approved by the Legislature are merely duct tape, an unattractive way to hold together a state budget about to burst apart.

Emergency Services - 05/13/10

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

College Place airfield to host 'Learn to Fly' day

Introductory flight lessons, seminars and a 'hangar sale' are in the works for Saturday in College Place.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Flight lessons, a display of vintage aircraft and other events will be on tap Saturday at Martin Airfield.

Walla Walla City Council throws out Sudbury Landfill closure bids

The City Council opted to settle a debate about which bid to accept for closure work by starting from scratch.

WALLA WALLA -- The controversy over which bid to pick for the Sudbury Landfill closure project ended Wednesday night with Council voting 6-1 to reject all bids in an attempt to prevent a lawsuit that could stall work for months.

Nonprofits face deadline to retain status

New reporting rules mean smaller agencies need to file paperwork with the IRS or risk losing their tax-exempt status, which would cut off charitable donations.

Before you write that next donation check to your favorite nonprofit agency, you may want to do a little background checking.

Man sentenced to 100 months in Walla Walla Hampton Inn robbery

Gary L. Stevens pleaded guilty today to robbing the Hampton Inn at gunpoint in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced this morning to more than eight years in prison for robbing the Hampton Inn at gunpoint in March.

Man pleads guilty in knife incident outside Walla Walla store

Steven R. Hall pleaded guilty to an assault charge in connection with the incident in April 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A man arrested more than a year ago after wielding a knife outside a local Safeway store pleaded guilty this morning to a reduced charge of third-degree assault.

Superior Court - Dissolutions

Patrick C. and Linda Kilmer O'Connor.Janelle and Brian Woody.Maria J. and Alberto C. Garcia.Alyse Marie and Jason R. Aldred.Nancy and Michael Foster.

Superior Court - Juvenile Cases

Rico Ramos, 16, 617 S.E. Mockingbird Drive, College Place, was sentenced May 7 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of drug paraphernalia. The sentence included 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for 14 days s

Superior Court - Walla Walla County

Larry Ryan Damm, 22, 137 Sheridan St., was sentenced May 10 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

Prescott Lions Club to celebrate 50th anniversary

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Lions Club will celebrate the club's 50th anniversary May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Lions Hall. Cookies, coffee and punch will be served.

Prescott Community Club summer breakfasts kick off

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Community Club begins its summer monthly breakfasts Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lions Hall, 101 D St.

Summer lock schedule starts Saturday

Changes in navigation schedules will take effect on Columbia and Snake river dams.

Navigation locks at Columbia and Snake river dams will switch to summer schedules Saturday.

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 - Waitsburg School Board

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

In the minutes - STARBUCK COUNCIL

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

Waitsburg-Prescott Class 2B track and field athletes to district

Waitsburg-Prescott has 11 individual winners as area track athletes qualify for districts at Martin Field.

WALLA WALLA — Waitsburg-Prescott had 11 individual winners here at Martin Field in Class 2B district qualifying track and field action. The top eight move onto district action at Clarkston next Thursday, with the top three there moving onto the state meet

One Blue Devil on all-division first team

Junior Matt Wilson was selected for the first team after the Wa-Hi baseball season ended Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi landed just one first-team spot on the all-Big Nine Conference Cascade Division baseball team that was released Wednesday.But with seven players honored overall — five of whom will return next season — Blue Devils coach Keith Gradwohl

Touchet ousts Tigercats with ease

The Indians advance to play Friday for a guaranteed spot to state after the 12-0, shortened victory over Lacrosse-Washtucna.

TOUCHET — Nicole Brown posted a one-hit shutout here Thursday as the Touchet Indians tossed fourth-place Lacrosse-Washtucna from the playoffs in a 12-0 mercy-rule-shortened Southeast 1B softball playoff drubbing.Brown gave up a single to the second batter

Whit's Solomon chosen for DIII singles championship

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College tennis standout Matt Solomon is one of the 32 players from around the country invited to the NCAA Division III National Singles Championship Tournament.The singles tournament is slated for May 28-30 at Ohio's Oberlin College.

Big dreams for Wa-Hi softball

Wa-Hi's softball team finished an undefeated regular season ranked No. 1 in state, No. 44 in the country according on ESPN Rise, and begins its march toward the state championship with a district play

WALLA WALLA — If the Wa-Hi Blue Devils had a point to prove, they've proved it.The softball team has an undefeated record, with many of the games ending early with the Blue Devils ahead by at least 10 runs.That 17-0 record secured the Blue Devils their fo

Betty Mayberry

Oct. 14, 1924 - May 7, 2010

Wednesday, May 12

Bertha Maud Calkins

June 22, 1913 – May 6, 2010

Delbert Sands

Aug. 30, 1923 – May 4, 2010

Dorothy Kostechka

Aug. 21, 1921 - Nov. 28, 2009

Diaper drive under way to aid mommies

Being a mom is a dirty job, and a local organization is helping mothers with one of the messiest parts.

Fire damages downtown Walla Walla boutique

WALLA WALLA -- A downtown business was partially damaged early Tuesday in a small fire, authorities said.

Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce CEO to move on

Dave Warkentin will take up a post in a Phoenix suburb after eight years in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Warkentin will leave his post at the end of the month for a new job in Arizona.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Yes, immigration policy hypocritical

In last Sunday's paper, David Ridenour says our immigration policy is hypocritical. He's right; however, the inconsistency is not just in the law as he states.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - County should pick up yard waste

Why is it that the county of Walla Walla doesn't have any kind of trash/leaf pick-up like the city does? Are we a forgotten race out here?

Immigration reform could be fueled by Arizona law

The place to start is with making it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get jobs.

A majority of Americans -- nearly four out of five -- agree that more needs to be done at our borders to keep out illegal immigrants.

Mike Ehredt's cross-country trek honors fallen in Iraq

Mike Ehredt, an Army veteran, is planting a flag a mile during a 4,000-plus mile run in honor of service members who have died in Iraq.

TOUCHET -- As cars and trucks roared by behind him, Mike Ehredt planted a small American flag beside U.S. Highway 12 Tuesday.

Etcetera - 05/12/10

Author Vincenza Scarpaci will discuss her book, "The Journey of the Italians in America," during a free community presentation at 7 p.m. May 27 at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.

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 Tuesday the board:

Jesse James Wood

To Heather and James Wood, Milton-Freewater, a son, Jesse James Wood, 7 pounds 8 ounces, May 10, 2010.

Evolet Karime Olmos

To Monica Ceja and Juan Olmos, College Place, a daughter, Evolet Karime Olmos, 7 pounds 6 ounces, May 10, 2010.

Deondray Dashawn Fowler

To Mary and Carl Fowler, Dixie, a son, Deondray Dashawn Fowler, 7 pounds 9 ounces, May 7, 2010.

Simeon Andrei Adams

To Gianna Elise and Franklin Andre Adams, Walla Walla, a son, Simeon Andrei Adams, 8 pounds 9 ounces, May 6, 2010.

Jaden Daniel Gooding

To Earl And Sonja Gooding, Walla Walla, a son, Jaden Daniel Gooding, 6 pounds 14 ounces on May 8, 2010.

Superior Court - Criminal Cases

Francisco Uribe, 20, 327 N.W. Sixth Ave., Milton-Freewater, was charged May 10 with alien in possession of a firearm, and minor in possession/minor in consumption of liquor. Uribe is accused of knowingly carrying or having a revolver in his possession whi

'College Bound Day' set for May 22 in Tri-Cities

PASCO -- A free event geared at middle and high school students seeking resources on getting into college is being hosted May 22 at Columbia Basic College.

Oregon attorney general to visit Milton-Freewater on Friday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oregon State Attorney General John Kroger will be on hand to discuss the state's business climate in a visit to the Community Building on Friday at 8 a.m. Business owners and residents are invited to come and share their thoughts and

Walla Walla County Rural Library District board to meet Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Rural Library District board will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

College Place School Board to hold meeting on grant application

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place School Board will hold a special meeting today at 5:30 p.m.

Emergency Services - 05/12/10

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

In the minutes - Prescott Council

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

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board

Board members are Don Miller, chair; Duane Geyer, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, George Gillette, Sharee LaRue-Wright, Tim McElrath, and Ken Sloan. With Gillette and LaRue-Wright absent Tuesday, the board:

OUTDOORS - Great wildlife and photos are a short drive from Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — My wife Darlene, Nora the Schnauzer and I have logged many interesting wildlife sightings in the area this spring.And we have photos.Within about 30 miles of home we've seen bluebirds, quail, pheasants, herons, a family of red foxes, cottont

Bulldogs give Blue Devils the boot

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Ricardo Saldana scored a goal four minutes into the game, but the Blue Devils were unable to score after that as Pasco scored three times to win the district playoff game, 3-1, at the Whitman College field.'We played horrible,” Wa-Hi

La Grande ekes out non-league softball victory over DeSales

LA GRANDE — DeSales dropped a non-league softball game to La Grande, 5-4, here Tuesday.'It was a real good ball game,” said DeSales coach Ken Cox.The Irish were down two heading into the top of the seventh, but managed to score the tying runs.

Mac-Hi's Hair qualifies for state golf tournament at Wildhorse match

PENDLETON — The season ended for most of the Mac-Hi golf team at Wildhorse Resort here Tuesday.The Pioneers finished the district championship with a combined two-day score of 945, good for fourth place in the Greater Oregon League, and most of the team h

Blue Devil girls edge Davis, now head to tennis district tournament

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi girls tennis team took a 4-3 win off Davis here Tuesday.The Blue Devils improved to 11-3 on the season, locking in fourth place in the Big Nine.'(Tuesday) was another big win for the girls,” said Wa-Hi girls coach Kevin Peck. 'Davi

Dayton trio, DeSales duo to golf district tournament

RICHLAND — Two DeSales girls and three from Dayton qualified for the district golf tournament here Tuesday.Ashton Montgomery shot 110 and Kelly Martin 125 at Columbia Point, a par 72 course. The cutoff for district play was 125.'They're both freshmen, so

Wa-Hi boys finish off Pirates in tennis match

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys finished off Davis and league play in a postponed Cascade League tennis match here Tuesday.The Blue Devils won 6-1.

Mercado, Korsmo named to All-NWC baseball team

WALLA WALLA — Blaine Mercado and Erik Korsmo, Whitman College battery mates on several occasions this spring, have been voted by coaches to the All-Northwest Conference baseball team.Both Mercado, a senior out of Wa-Hi, and Korsmo, a junior from Clyde Hil

Weston-McEwen holding golf fundraiser for football team Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Golfers can play to support the Weston-McEwen football team at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course Sunday.The TigerScot Masters Golf Tournament has a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The tournament raises money for TigerScot fo

Waitsburg-Prescott advances with 12-1 baseball win over Pats

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott took a loser-out baseball game from Liberty Christian, 12-1, here Tuesday.'We had solid pitching, timely hitting and we played great defense,” said W-P coach Dustin Snedigar. 'I think everyone contributed.”Dru Somers had a ve

Whit men head to NCAA DIII National Championships

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's tennis team, making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament, is headed to southern California for the start of regional play.Whitman, 20-4 on the season and ranked No

Pomeroy ends season with pair of losses at Garfield-Palouse

GARFIELD — Pomeroy ended its softball season with a pair of losses to Garfield-Palouse here Tuesday, 7-4 and 23-9.'Our pitcher (HayLee Kohler) had the flu and still pitched reasonably well in game one,” Pomeroy coach Rob Monahan said.The Pirates trailed 3

DeSales splits close softball games at Sunnyside Christian

SUNNYSIDE — Sometimes, one run is enough to win a softball game.Sometimes, it's not.For the DeSales girls, it was one of each here in a non-league twin bill Tuesday.

Plant society sets field trips to Harris Park, Tiger Saddle Area

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is have a field trip to the South Fork Walla Walla River Trail 3221 at Harris Park next Wednesday.A carpool meets at Whitman College's Harper Joy parking area at 8:30 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing, and b

DEATH NOTICE - Betty Mayberry

Oct. 14, 1924 - May 7, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Edagene Huber

Aug. 9, 1925 - May 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Martin Thorson

Nov. 25, 1943 - May 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Wilma Cleveland

April 8, 1932 - May 9, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Olivia Silveria

Oct. 23, 1921 - May 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - June Hunter

July 21, 1922 - May 11, 2010

Tuesday, May 11

Stanley Maiden

Dec. 20, 1924 - May 9, 2010

State workers shouldn't look for pay hikes soon

Those who believe higher wages are on the agenda are ignoring reality.

Is Washington state becoming Greece?It's not that the state capital is Olympia that has us wondering, but the sense of entitlement too often coming out of that Greek-named city.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Get 'rest of story' on Park Manor

In reference to article dated May 4 concerning Park Manor. As a patient presently at Park Manor, I would like to comment with "the rest of the story."

Tall Tales of Pioneer Park

Among the towering and flowering trees of Pioneer Park friends or passers-by share stories or a simple hello on a bright spring morning. After alternating days of sun and rain warmer weather is predicted for the end of the week.

Etcetera - 05/11/10

Tierra Kessler, a student at Touchet High School, and John Hockersmith, Waitsburg High School, were among 10 recipients of Gesa Credit Union 2010-2011 scholarships.

Whoopemup shows some leg -- frog, that is

Feel like frog legs? Hop on over to Whoopemup Hollow Caf?©, which has added new items to its menu, changed its hours and is on the verge of its fifth anniversary.

Judge rules police search unlawful

Unless the ruling is appealed, charges in the Walla Walla Worm Ranch burglary will be dismissed.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court judge has ruled that a police search resulting in discovery of six guns stolen in a burglary at the Walla Walla Worm Ranch in December was unlawful and violated the two defendants' constitutional right to privacy.

Crash injures Lewiston man

PRESCOTT -- A Lewiston man was seriously injured this morning in a single-vehicle collision along State Route 124.

Wa-Hi's girls golfers finish regular season in 10th place

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls golfed to a 12th-place finish at the Wenatchee Country Club here Monday.Eastmont hosted the 15-team Big Nine match. Richland won with a team score of 356, and the Bombers had medalist Kristin Strankman, who shot an 82 on the par

DeSales softball team undefeated in league after sweeping Dayton

DeSales' softball team is 12-0 in Southeast 2B play after 14-1 and 11-10 victories Monday.

DAYTON — DeSales and Dayton wrapped up regular-season softball play here Monday.The Irish walked away from the twin bill with two victories, 14-1 and 11-10.The victories move them to 12-0 in league and 14-4 overall, and secures the Irish the No. 1 seed in

DeSales' Baumgart leads golfers pack at sub-district match

RICHLAND — DeSales' Ryan Baumgart ran away from the field with a round of 75 on the par-72 Columbia Point course at the Southeast 2B Sub-District match Monday.Baumgart led four Irish golfers advancing to next Monday's district match on the same course. Of

Questions surround Blue Mountain Sports Awards finalists

The finalists for the 34th Blue Mountain Sports Awards bring up some questions that will be answered at the ceremony May 19.

WALLA WALLA — The first round of voting is complete and finalists for this year's 34th annual Blue Mountain Sports Awards have been determined.Winners will be announced during ceremonies scheduled May 19 at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge that are held in conj

Wa-Hi boys golf to 7th at Inland Empire tourney

SPOKANE — The Wa-Hi boys golf team prepared for next Monday's District tournament by finishing tied for seventh at the 25-team Inland Empire tourney at Spokane Country Club here Monday.Drew Reinland shot a 77 to lead the Blue Devils, five strokes off meda

Mac-Hi golfers through GOL district first round

PENDLETON — Mac-Hi golfers headed to Wildhorse for the first day of Greater Oregon League district play Monday.Four boys and one girl played for the Pioneers. Only the boy's scores were available at press time.Mac-Hi had a team score of 476 on the par 72

Walla Walla Community College's Dunovant wins SW Oregon golf invitational

BANDON, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College's Dona Dunovant overcame a one-stroke deficit to win the Southwestern Oregon Invitational by four after the second round at Pacific Dunes Monday.Dunovant finished 81-78—159 to defeat Green River's Caral Martins

Monday, May 10

Car-truck collision in College Place closes 12th Street

COLLEGE PLACE — A car-truck collision closed one of the city's main east-west streets this afternoon.The 12:45 p.m. accident at 12th Street and Birch Avenue injured one person and closed 12th Street until shortly after 3 p.m.The injured person was taken t

Walla Walla man pleads innocent to shooting guns, assaulting girlfriend

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of shooting guns inside his home and assaulting his girlfriend during an argument in late February pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to five felony charges.Eric D. Hight, 43, of 104 Fire Station Lane, is scheduled for trial Ju

Driver sentenced to jail in Walla Walla crash injuring two passengers

WALLA WALLA -- The driver who caused a car crash that injured two passengers last fall on Bryant Avenue was sentenced Monday afternoon to six months in the Walla Walla County Jail.Raphael L. Torres, 24, of Boardman, Ore., was ordered to serve the low end

DEATH NOTICE - Stanley Maiden

May 9, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Elizabeth Weldon

Sept. 13, 1926 - May 8, 2010

SIMPLY DIGITAL - Bug's eye view opens new world of photography

The vineyard photography class at Walla Walla Community College had already been on three field trips to local vineyards and tonight I was eager to have the students explore a passion of mine, the world of macro (close-up) photography.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Nursing personnel put jobs at risk

The U-B article May 4 about the nursing home having received a G-rating from the state because of harm done to a patient illustrates one scenario showing why there is a shortage of nursing personnel.


Tim Gale, pilot of Checkmate, and his crew watch other balloons light up during the annual Nite Glow on Saturday. The annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede wrapped up with Sunday flights. A slideshow of photos submitted by readers and users of can be viewed at

Rep. Dicks is solid choice to lead House Appropriations

We expect him to continue to reform the appropriations process.

If U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks takes over as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which now seems almost certain, the Pacific Northwest is sure to benefit.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 'Wizard of Oz' is enjoyable production

We had the privilege of attending the Walla Walla High School musical "The Wizard of Oz". Brian Senter and all the cast and crew are to be commended for the exceptional production.

Real love means learning how to say 'I'm sorry'

Dear Mom:Sometimes I think life would be a lot easier if people in my family knew how to apologize. Don't get me wrong, we have a lot of good times together and are there for each other, but it seems like whenever we run up against any little conflicts, w

Valerie Dague

July 15, 1940 - May 5, 2010

Walla Walla company gives federal moth program a home

A USDA effort to control apple moths in California will use shelters built by Reiff Manufacturing of Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- An apple moth control program in California has found a home thanks to a Walla Walla company.

Walla Walla Symphony's rock camp on a roll

A summer program gives musicians age 12-18 a weeklong immersion in rock 'n' roll.

WALLA WALLA -- It's time for Rock 'n' Roll Camp, take two.

Walla Walla YWCA to host leadership luncheon

The keynote speaker of the annual event is a photojournalist who documents women's lives around the world.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla YWCA will host its 11th annual leadership luncheon on Wednesday at noon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Emergency Services - 05/10/10

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

On The Agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Regular session is 9 a.m. Tuesday following an 8 a.m. work session.Where: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at Sterling's Restaurant, 1425 W. Pine St.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater Council Canceled

The regularly schedule meeting for City Council tonight has been canceled.

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

Etcetera - 05/10/10

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1357 is sponsoring the "Flags for Veterans," for their Girl Scout Silver Project, said member Julia Jacobs.

Accolades continue to add up for Walla Walla sports legend

Jeanne Helfer, formerly Eggart, will be inducted in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Hall of Fame Wednesday after a storied athletic career that began in Walla Walla.

The more she protests, the less she is heard.Or so it seems.Spokane's Jeanne Helfer - formerly Jeanne Eggart, the girl who turned Walla Walla upsidedown with her high school athletic exploits back in the 1970s - is adamant about her disli

Walla Walla Community College men second at Southwestern Oregon golf invite

BANDON, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College's men had three golfers card 74s on the par-71 Pacific Dunes course to boost the Warriors into second place at the Southwestern Oregon Invitational here Sunday.Mike Noreen, Jeff Neher and Daniel Morgan were fiv

First Dick Monahan Memorial Quarter Horse Allowance is a ‘Smash Hit'

Easily A Smash Hit wins the Dick Monahan Memorial Quarter Horse Allowance Sunday at the fairgrounds and pays well all around.

WALLA WALLA — Easily A Smash Hit was all of that and more Sunday during the first running of the Dick Monahan Memorial Quarter Horse Allowance at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.The Mark Kaylor-trained Quarter Horse won the 250-yard dash with Ruben Camacho in

Whitman College cyclists wrap up national championship

Whitman College is USA Cycling's Division II champion for the second straight year following competition in Madison, Wis., over the weekend.

MADISON, Wisc. — With the women winning their team time trial (TTT) and the men placing third, the Whitman College cycling team wrapped up it second consecutive Division II national title on Sunday as USA Cycling's Collegiate Road National Championships e

Black Sox bounce back to salvage baseball split with Pendleton

WALLA WALLA — The Pendleton Dust Devils won the opening game of a 13-and-under youth baseball twin bill with the Walla Walla Black Sox at Ray Lane Field Sunday, 14-9, but the home team rallied with four runs in the eighth inning of the nightcap to earn th

Lydia (Linda) Palmer

Feb. 5, 1906 - May 6, 2010

Sunday, May 9

DEATH NOTICE - Bertha Calkins

May 22, 1913 - May 6, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Marjorie Clutter

April 1, 1926 - May 6, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Harold Clark

Dec. 7, 1949 — March 1, 2010


April 8, 1933 - May 6, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Audrey Wright Anderson

Nov. 6, 1920 — April 29, 2010

DeSales hardballers hand Liberty Christian two losses

The Irish take the two wins from the Patriots, improving to 11-1 in league play before next Saturday's district playoffs.

WALLA WALLA — Victor Mata threw a complete-game five-hitter and struck out 11 while Pat Richard collected three hits as DeSales posted a 7-3 victory over Liberty Christian in the first game of a Class 2B baseball doubleheader Saturday at Ray Lane Field.Ri

Wa-Hi drops soccer game

The Blue Devils' 1-0 loss to Davis moves them to another seeding game against Pasco Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi soccer lost, 1-0, to Davis at the Whitman Sports Complex here Saturday in round one of the district seeding tournament for regionals.The Blue Devils outshot the Pirates 16-15 overall, but the Pirates had the only goal that counted in t

DeSales drops defensively-challenged Liberty Christian

The Irish allow Liberty Christian five hits in two games for the wins Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales swept a pair of Southeast 2B softball counters against Liberty Christian here Saturday on strong back-to-back standout pitching performances by Ashlyn Lyons and Amanda Warnick.Lyons tossed a two-hitter in the 6-1 opener, while Warnic

Mac-Hi faces too many Tigers in baseball games

ONTARIO — Ontario took control late in both games here Saturday in Greater Oregon League baseball action.The Tigers won the opener, 12-3, and took the nightcap, 9-7.

Weston-McEwen sweeps to play in seeding game next Saturday

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen secured the No. 3 seed into next Saturday's district playoffs here Saturday in girls softball action.The TigerScots, behind Hayley Freske's work in the circle, swept Stanfield-Echo 3-0 and 7-1.Freske struck out nine in posting a thr

Waitsburg-Prescott takes two against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia's softball team

TEKOA — Waitsburg-Prescott tallied twin wins here Saturday in Southeast 2B softball action. W-P downed Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, 6-4 and 14-3.Kazmira Grende surrendered four runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking only one in the early game.

Dayton sweeps Garfield-Palouse in softball doubleheader

GARFIELD — Dayton swept a softball doubleheader away from Garfield-Palouse, 10-0 and 11-9, Saturday afternoon.Dayton's Kayla Turner pitched a six-inning shutout and allowed one hit in game one. Turner struck out five and walked none.

Saturday, May 8

Too much wind, low visibility keep hot air balloons grounded

Balloon Stampede directors expect today's weather to fair better for the 6:30 a.m. launch scheduled at the fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — Too much wind, too little visibility and too much drizzle deflated the aspirations of 39 pilots who had high hopes of taking off at Saturday morning's Balloon Stampede.The worst part about it for Pacific Peaks Balloon pilot Jim Smith of Tiga

Walla Walla City Council to sift through contract to close landfill

A relatively new process will replace the need for a liner by utilizing the natural process of evapotranspiration.

WALLA WALLA — On Wednesday, City Council members will again discuss whether they should award a $1.5 million contract to Boss Construction Inc. or consider that company's bid as insufficient and pay $100,000 more for the next highest bidder.But even at $1

Milton-Freewater to pour $3 million into roads, sidewalks

Six projects will make up the improvement work and will be funded by the state Department of Transportation.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Construction crews are gearing up for $3 million in roadwork, the likes that hasn't been seen in the city for years, according to City Manager Linda Hall.'It is not common at all and we are very fortunate to have such a large amount com

Walla Walla City attorney remains firm against accepting low bid

The bid was the lowest by $100,000 but failed to include $25,000 in optional discretionary work.

WALLA WALLA — A 12-page memo from City Attorney Tim Donaldson affirmed his stance that City Council members should not accept the lowest bid for the Sudbury Landfill Area Six closure project to ensure bidding fairness, to avoid the possibility of future l


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

Don't give up; you can quit smoking

Around New Year's, you threw away the cigarettes and decided it was the time to quit. But now, a few months later, you've given up or feel you are weakening.With the May 1 tax increase, the average cost per pack is now more than $8, and quitting is a deci

Spelling bee winners

The winners for this year's annual Altrusa Spelling Bee are:

Harvesting sky filled with balloons

Hot air balloons take to the skies Friday morning above an old red and white barn off Reser Road. In addition to the balloon pilots and visitors in town, about 125 people came to Walla Walla late last week for the Heritage Barn Conference. The event, whic

Novelty napkin holders may bring luck to lunch

The horseshoes-turned-napkin holders are put together by WWCC Farrier Science Department

The dining tables at the Odd Fellows Home on Boyer Ave., now sport novelty napkin holders, thanks to the creative inspiration of Charlene McCaslin. She credits the welding and production work to Walla Walla Community College's Farrier Science Department,

Local doctors provide relief to residents of Yap island

Quelling the fears of patients needing knee surgery were only some of the obstacles.

When Elizabeth stood up straight for the very first time in five years, she exclaimed, 'I feel so tall,” and then she started to cry tears of joy and appreciation. Never had she imagined this would have been possible.Elizabeth suffered from severe arthrit

Pocket iNet to offer fiber optics in downtown Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — After receiving a franchise from the city last month, Pocket iNet is now offering fiber optic connections downtown.Company President Todd Brandenburg said this is the first time since his company started providing Internet service a decade a

Fort Walla Walla Museum provides look at Walla Walla's Chinese heritage

The Living History performances are held at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

Today, Fort Walla Walla Museum presents a Living History performance that helps tell another side of the story of days from the past that influence modern times. The region's Chinese heritage is explored at 2 p.m. in the museum's pioneer settlement.Galen


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A stretch of 13th Avenue will be closed for six weeks starting Monday when crews begin work on the latest phase of a massive improvement project on the roadway.



Pathfinders to canvass area for BMAC Food Bank donations

Between 700-800 Pathfinders will be out in the community in black and tan uniforms on May 15.


Unity Church of Peace holds Reiki healing circle today

PASTOR COLUMN - Blind man demonstrated the glory of God

In the gospel reading set for today, John 9:1-39, St. John presents us with an enigmatic encounter between Christ and a blind man. Christ, walking with his disciples, stops in front of a blind man. He gazes at him intently, so much so that his disciples t

PANORAMA - Many in Walla Walla High School Rodeo Club raised on rodeo

Rodeo is a different world.The tools of the sport include leather, rope, bridles and bits.In rodeo, the 'athlete” can refer to horse or rider — and the objection could be tying a calf, hanging on to a bull or rounding barrels and poles.



Dave and Stephanie Sept announce the engagement of daughter Tara Sept to Alex Escalante, son of Juan and Julie Escalante. All are of Walla Walla.

Lessons must be learned from oil disaster in Gulf of Mexico

Offshore oil drilling must be made safer for workers and the environment.

The huge oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, which was gushing 210,000 gallons a day last week, is an environmental disaster.This disaster has been growing since the oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, sank into the Gulf over two weeks ago killing 11 workers.


I-1058 will help save the Constitution in minds of our children

Pulitizer Prize –winning historian David McCullough issued this warning: 'We are raising a generation of people who are historically illiterate and ignorant of the basic philosophical foundation of our constitutional free society…”The 'root” of the proble

Friday, May 7

Early detection key to surviving skin cancer

May is National melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention month. The Department of Dermatology at the Walla Walla Clinic in conjunction with the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center would like to educate you regarding signs you can use to detect


Greenpark Elementary School students and their parents scramble closer, one even crawling across the ground to watch and wave as the Checkmate balloon takes off from the Greenpark field Friday morning.

Blazing Guitars smokin' with new hours, services

Blazing Guitars is fine-tuning its operation at 33 S. Colville St. with new hours and services, according to an announcement from the downtown Walla Walla guitar shop.

COURT REPORT- Juvenile Cases

Codi Power, 16, 31 E. Walnut St. was sentenced April 30 on one count contempt-truancy. The sentence included 10 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, six months community supervision, 20 hours community service, $100 to crime victims compensation fund, $11

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Caleb L.J. Scott, 18, 1606 E. Alder St., Apt. A, was charged May 3 with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, reckless endangerment, and third-degree driving while license suspended. Scott is accused of willfully failing or refusing to stop his v

Emergency Services - 05/07/10

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Change even Marx, Lenin believe in

On the afternoon of April 14 I was putting final touches on the protest sign (my first) that I would carry on the Courthouse lawn tea party the next day.

Entry forms available for Waitsburg's Days of Real Sport parade

WAITSBURG -- Entry forms are available for Waitsburg's Days of Real Sport parade, which will be May 15. Entry forms are due by May 12.

PFLAG to sponsor family event at park Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla chapter of PFLAG -- Parents, Family, Friends of Lebians and Gays ¬?-- will sponsor a family event at Pioneer Park's Whitman Shelter on Saturday, rain or shine.

WWCC president honored by WSU alumni group

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College President Steven L. VanAusdle was presented with the Washington State University Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award on Monday.

Textbooks hearken to earlier age

Fifteen textbooks steeped in history have made their way from Walla Walla to Stanford University.

WALLA WALLA -- Over a dozen century-old books, once owned by the president of a regional utility, just parted the city.

Walla Walla-area Postal workers aim for milestone with food drive

Nationwide, the annual food drive is shooting to pass 1 billion pounds collected over nearly two decades.

Walla Walla-area postal workers hope to collect more than your outgoing mail this weekend.

Major work in offing on Mill Creek Road

A bridge and the intersection with Five Mile Road will be the focus for $8.7 million in federally funded improvements.

WALLA WALLA -- An intersection and bridge on Mill Creek Road are en route to some major improvements.

Taser shot in Philly sends a message

Using a Taser should be rare, but people cannot be allowed to run onto fields. A tragedy could occur if one of those running onto a field targeted a player.

Ironically, the debate over what is appropriate force to subdue someone who runs onto a playing field began in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

Richard Mason

March 16, 1937 - May 2, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Janet Jones

Oct. 17, 1942 - May 5, 2010

Mac-Hi turns pink against Wa-Hi in non-league softball play      

The Blue Devils complete a 20-0 regular season with the 12-0 victory over the Pioneers as the teams raise breast cancer awareness.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Hope Klicker had three hits and threw no-hit ball for three innings here Thursday night as Wa-Hi completed a perfect 20-0 regular season with a 12-0 victory over Mac-Hi in non-league softball action before an overflow crowd at Yantis Pa

Eisenhower tennis team edges Wa-Hi boys

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi boys dropped a tennis match, 4-3, to Eisenhower here Thursday.They maintained a 6-5 winning record despite the loss.Blake Rowley, Jack Crouter and Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi's No. 2, and 4 singles players, all posted wins for the Blue Devi

$n$ Pirates top five-team golf match at Columbia Point

Pomeroy's Trevor Koberstein cards a 76 for low score as he helps the Pirates to the victory.

RICHLAND — Pomeroy won the boys' side of a five-way golf match here Thursday.The Pirates had a team score of 467, along with medalist honors for Trevor Koberstein, who shot a 76 on the par-72 Columbia Point course.DeSales came in third with a team score o

$n$ Mac-Hi downs Riverside in tennis match

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi defeated Riverside in a Greater Oregon League tennis match here Thursday.The girls won 5-2, while the boys won 2-0.

Pari-mutuels join the Balloon Stampede at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Horse racing is on tap at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — After weeks of unsettled spring weather, the weekend forecast looks just right for balloons — and horse racing.Walla Walla's Spring Meet — two days of pari-mutuel horse racing — is on tap Saturday and Sunday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds an

Wa-Hi girls take pair tennis wins from Southridge, Eisenhower

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team downed Eisenhower, 4-3, Thursday, a day after taking a win from Southridge Wednesday by the same score.The matches were part of five matches in five days. Several matches were rained out and rescheduled, leading to

Thursday, May 6

Trial delayed in attack on Center Street

Fernando Saenz Jr. and Jacihel Contreras face a trial date in August in connection with shootings and stabbings in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial initially set next week for two suspects in a bloody, gang-related attack outside a residence on Center Street in March is being postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Balloon Stampede schedule

Entertainment events are on the Serenity Point Stage

FRIDAY6:30 a.m. -- Balloon launch from schools: Assumption, Berney, Blue Ridge, Davis, Garrison, Green Park, Liberty Christian, Lincoln Alternative High School, Meadow Brook, Pioneer, Prospect Point, Sharpstein, Walla Walla High School and Walla Walla Val

Walla Walla teacher to take over as principal in Dayton

Andy Maheras will be the new principal, replacing Jude Cornaggia, who is retiring.

DAYTON — The Dayton School board selected Walla Walla High School social studies teacher Andy Maheras as their choice for the new secondary principal at Dayton High School.The board authorized Superintendent Doug Johnson to negotiate a contract with Maher

Etcetera - 05/06/10

A local girl and 14 other members of the Eastern Washington Elite Senior Dance Team took home silver and bronze trophies from Dance Worlds in Orlando, Fla., in late April.Emma Eskil, a sophomore at Walla Walla High School, competes on the team of all-sta

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rep. Greg Smith has integrity

Primary ballots will be coming soon, and most have the voter's pamphlets in hand. I write to share some information that may be helpful in deciding for whom to vote in the House District 57 race.In early February, Colleen MacLeod came to Wallowa County to

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Low bid -- so what?

I agree with the Walla Walla city attorney's recommendation to reject the Sudbury closure work low bidder for failing to include a required provision of the bid proposal.So what? asks the Union-Bulletin. Well, a legal contract requires, among other things

Gesa title sponsor of Balloon Stampede

Gesa Credit Union will be helping the 36th annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede with takeoff this year.The Richland-based credit union, which has two branches in Walla Walla, celebrated its position Wednesday as title sponsor for the local hot air balloon

Sunlight not necessarily best way to get Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Its deficiency was linked to rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, diseases now almost unknown in the developed world.The vitamin is added to milk, orange juice and other foods

State vaccine program gets reprieve

Insurance companies have come forward with funding for a program that buys vaccines for all children.

A state program that buys vaccine for all children -- not just those on state-paid health insurance -- in Washington has been saved, thanks to timely new funding from health plans.Some of the state's dollars for the Universal Vaccine Program, or UVP, were

Session planned on identity theft prevention

WALLA WALLA -- An information session on how to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft is being held Thursday at the theater of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veteran Affairs Medical Center. The meeting, which is open to the public, runs from 11

Burn ban in effect for Balloon Stampede

WALLA WALLA -- A burn ban will be in effect Saturday and Sunday for the Balloon Stampede.All burning, including agricultural and residential as well as special burns will be prohibited due aid safe flying conditions for balloonists. The ban will include o

Bursts of color bedeck downtown Walla Walla

A project bore fruit of a sort this morning as flower baskets were hung from light poles downtown.

WALLA WALLA -- In the early hours before the morning commute, two city employees hauled a ladder through downtown Walla Walla today stopping every couple of yards to hang decorative flower baskets on the city's light poles.More than two months after the s

Ralph Nader talks politics, environment at Whitman College

The former presidential candidate focused on the power and responsibility of individuals to make change happen.

WALLA WALLA -- Former presidential candidate, environmental and consumer protection advocate and author Ralph Nader encouraged students, faculty and community members on Wednesday night to increase their participation in the democratic process and become

Ella J. Sjoren

October 1, 1920 ~ May 4, 2010

Walla Walla County critical-areas rule found lacking

A state board has ordered Walla Walla County to redraw rules relating to potable water wells.

WALLA WALLA -- A state board has ordered Walla Walla County to redraw its Critical Areas Regulations in regard to protection of potable water wells.The ruling by the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board sided with a two groups who challenge

Taking flight over Walla Walla in a hot air balloon

My alarm is yelling at me at 5:45 a.m., and I am very confused. It takes me a moment to realize the alarm is my ally, that it is waking me up at this heinous hour because on this magical morning, I am going to ride in a hot air balloon.The image that come

Ronald Rigsby

April 30, 2010

John Stirn

Dec. 18, 1922 - May 5, 2010

LaVerne Demaris

May 25, 1917 - April 26, 2010

Balloon Stampede to paint the weekend skies

True to this year's theme, about 40 hot-air balloons should soon start "Lighting up the Skies."

Author signs book about friendship with eagle

Unlike most book authors, Jeff Guidry is right up front when he says he hopes his book makes a lot of money.

Celebration to be held for Milton-Freewater park's new look

Marie Dorian Park in Milton-Freewater will soon present a fresh greeting to visitors, thanks to a joint effort between the city, Milton-Freewater Area Historical Society, McLoughlin High School and Umatilla County Cultural Coalition.

ArtWALK begins season Friday

Friday marks the return of the ArtWALK, an event where downtown art venues open their doors to the public for visitors to explore the local art scene.

Children's reading circle at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, continues its new children's reading circle program, Tales o' the Trail, at 1 p.m. Sunday. Volunteer Catherine Anderson will read aloud from "Apples to Oregon" by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Nancy Carpenter.

Oldies Night at the Library Friday in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., hosts Oldies Night at the Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Albee Room.

New at the library

R. Doubting Thomas Perdue -- tough Aussie, former P.I. and jailbird -- is in trouble, and it can only get worse. Tom's Feng shui consultancy implodes when someone drives a Mack truck through his heritage office. Fatal things keep happening to his phones.

Wildhorse golf scramble to benefit kids' programs

PENDLETON -- Wildhorse Resort & Casino will host the Wildhorse Golf Club Scramble on May 8. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

Milton-Freewater schools present final band concerts

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Milton-Freewater School District will present its final band concerts of the year.

Barchus' art at Kirkman House

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

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' set in post-apocalyptic future

The warmer days of the year might not be upon us just yet, but dozens of students at Walla Walla University have found that the best way to celebrate spring and the soon-coming months has been with the help of William Shakespeare, particularly the bard's

Wines of Substance is hot, affordable

The aptly named Wines of Substance received a fine accolade this winter when Wine Business Monthly named it one of the year's top 10 "Hot Small Brands." Substance is a Walla Walla wine project, laudable on many levels, conceived by Jason Huntley and Jamie

Artist explores the links between mothers, sons

Marie Watt, a Seneca artist from Portland, finds value in the connections of community and storytelling and chose to dedicate her most recent projects to these connections.

Emergency Services - 05/06/10

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

Brock Doyle Ashley

To Luke and Ashley Ashley, of Walla Walla, a son, Brock Doyle Ashley, 9 pounds 12 ounces, April 23, 2010.

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 - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

WWCC Warriors pull off baseball split with Chukars

Treasure Valley steals the opener, 4-3, but WWCC's baseball team withstands obstacles to win the nightcap, 5-3, Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College split with Treasure Valley here Wednesday in NWAACC East Region baseball action.Despite outhitting the Chukars 10-5, the Warriors dropped the opener 4-3, but bounced back to withstand cold, rain, and 10 Chukar h

Waitsburg-Prescott tops at Southeast 2B track meet

Chinonso Opara tallies three wins for WWVA, as well as a second place in his first long jump competition.

CLARKSTON — Waitsburg-Prescott came out on top of a nine-school Southeast 2B track meet here Wednesday.The boys won with a team score of 117 and the girls won with 109.For the boys, Asotin placed second, Walla Walla Valley Academy third, Pomeroy fourth, T

DeSales' Lyons named 2B WIAA Athlete of Week

WALLA WALLA — DeSales softball players Ashlyn Lyons has been named Class 2B WIAA/Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week for the week of April 26-May 1.Lyons was the winning pitcher in two games that week, allowing two earned runs and recording 12 strikeo

Wa-Hi's boys shut out Suns, continue tennis win streak

Every Blue Devil picks up a victory in the 7-0 win over Southridge Wednesday.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team took a 7-0 tennis tournament victory from Southridge here Wednesday. The win moves the Blue Devils to 6-4 overall.'We've got a little win streak going in the Big Nine, with a chance of a third straight with a win over

Blue Devil Athletic Development program to run June 29-Aug. 6 at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Devil Athletic Development program (BDAD) returns again this summer.The summer strength training, agility and speed enhancement program started in 1994. It runs Monday through Thursday, June 29-Aug. 6. The high school sessions are 8

Wa-Hi boys run to Big Nine title; girls second

The Blue Devil boys win their fifth title in a row, while the girls get some help to grab second.

PASCO - The Wa-Hi boys track team secured the regular-season Columbia Basin Big Nine title in a meet here Wednesday. The girls finished second for the season."We had a really solid meet today," said Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw. "It was a phenomenal regular sea

DEATH NOTICE - Lydia Palmer

Feb. 5, 1906 - May 6, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Valerie Dague

July 15, 1940 - May 5, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Brian Howard

Jan. 10, 1980 - May 4, 2010


Jan. 2, 1932 - May 5, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Donna Schmidt

March 20, 1938 - May 5, 2010

Wednesday, May 5

Deloris Margie Irving

11/4/1922 – 04/29/2010

Marvin A. Tucker

March 1, 1909 — April 20, 2010

Audrey Anderson

Nov. 6, 1920 — April 29, 2010

Jeweler Port Martin's life, work recalled

Port Martin, a lifetime Walla Wallan who helped build the jewelry store founded by his father into a downtown gem, died last week.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It is the kids who have lost

When I moved to Prescott 32 years ago, it was 1978, and the river flowed down through this little valley. It was kind of froze up that Jan. 4, but it was flowing underneath the ice.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Wow, Arizona law is embarrassing, right?

Are the people of Arizona out of their minds? What in the world are they doing trying to arrest illegals?

Congress makes right move to freeze its pay

Workers across the nation had their pay frozen. So, too, should the members of Congress.

The members of Congress have decided to forgo a pay raise next year. And while the gesture is mostly symbolic -- and political -- it is nevertheless appropriate.

A Day To Explore

WALLA WALLA -- Close to 320 seventh-graders from Walla Walla, College Place, Prescott and Touchet spent Tuesday exploring Whitman College as part of a GEAR UP program.

College Place man charged in shooting, standoff

Jay D. Jeffrey has been ordered to undergo a sanity and competency evaluation after a standoff that ended Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA -- A College Place man arrested at his residence early Tuesday for allegedly shooting at a police officer was formally charged later that day in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Trial delayed for Walla Walla man in gang melee

Mario R. Aguayo is charged with riot and second-degree assault in connection with the fight in June.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial set next week for a man charged in connection with a gang-related melee outside St. Patrick Catholic Church last June has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Milton-Freewater Dollar Store heads toward shutdown

The parent company of the local store has filed for bankruptcy and liquidation is under way.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Pam Wildman wasn't surprised that shoppers balked a few years ago when some items at the Dollar Store were marked over a buck. Especially in a community with an eye for bargains and a shrinking selection of retailers.

Washington State Penitentiary task force eyes next move

Funding for new facilities 'is not a done deal,' a lobbyist says.

WALLA WALLA -- Washington State Penitentiary won major gains in this year's state budget battle, but more work lies ahead members of a task force agreed this week.

Etcetera - 05/05/10

Question: Former Walla Wallan Randall Johnson. Answer: Who is the local contestant who won a couple of rounds of Jeopardy!?

Sex predator case civil trial delayed

Kenneth Longsdorff, convicted over the years of four sexually violent crimes, faces indefinited lockup.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set to determine if a man convicted in the past of four sexually violent crimes should be locked up indefinitely as a sexually violent predator.

Oregon House candidate to speak at luncheon at The Oasis

The Milton-Freewater Democrats will sponsor a no-host luncheon Thursday, 11:30 a.m., at The Oasis restaurant at Stateline Road and Old Milton Highway.

Athena Elementary School walkathon set for Thursday

ATHENA -- The Athena Elementary School walkathon will be Thursday from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

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:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

Emergency Services - 05/05/10

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

GEAR UP gives middle-schoolers a taste of college life

Local seventh-graders got a taste of the college life during a daylong visit to Whitman.

WALLA WALLA -- As their biology lesson ended, a group of middle-schoolers made their way out of the laboratory, but not before Mary Burt sent them off with a quick reminder.

OUTDOORS - Excursion to Oregon Coast isn't complete without Cape Kiwanda climb

This is part three of Don Davis' reports on the Oregon Coast. The previous two appeared in the last two weeks.

OREGON COAST — Most climbers choose the steep South Face Route to the summit of Cape Kiwanda.They prefer the direct approach, although it often demands the hands-and-toes crawl.Then they resemble beetles creeping up a brown wall.Nora the Schnauzer and I c

Wa-Hi softball best of times continue against Falcons

Wa-Hi's softball team scores 30 runs, and allows none, in a twin bill sweep of Hanford to remain undefeated.

WALLA WALLA — The best of times and the worst of times were on full display Tuesday afternoon during a Big Nine Conference softball doubleheader at Murr Sports Park.The best for the four-time Cascade Division champion Wa-Hi Blue Devils, who celebrated Sen

Blue Devils split baseball games with Hanford

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi wrapped up the regular season by splitting a pair of baseball games with Hanford here Tuesday, moving into fourth place in the Cascade Division of the Big Nine.Wa-Hi lost the first game, 4-2. The Blue Devils then won the six-inning, mercy

Touchet takes two softball games from Waitsburg-Prescott

TOUCHET — The regular season ended on a positive note for Touchet's softball team. The Indians took two wins off Waitsburg-Prescott here Tuesday.Touchet won the five-inning, mercy-rule first game, 20-5. The Indians won the second 11-5.

Touchet baseball sweeps Waitsburg-Prescott

TOUCHET — Once-beaten Touchet ran its season baseball record to 18-1 here Tuesday by sweeping both ends of a non-league doubleheader from Waitsburg-Prescott, 4-0 and 2-1.One of the games was originally scheduled a week earlier in Prescott but had been rai

DeSales hands Dayton pair of baseball losses

DeSales clinches a regional tournament berth with the 20-3 and 8-3 victories in Dayton Tuesday.

DAYTON — DeSales clinched a place in the regional playoffs with two baseball wins over Dayton here Tuesday.The Irish defeated the Bulldogs, 20-3 and 8-3, in the doubleheader.DeSales put the 10-run, five-inning mercy rule first game away early, posting fou

Wa-Hi hires Matt Hamlin as new football coach

Matt Hamlin is a 1999 Wa-Hi grad, and most recently was an assistant at Skyview High.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi grad and three-sport athlete Matt Hamlin has returned as Blue Devils head football coach.Hamlin was hired Tuesday night, replacing Marc Yonts.Hamlin graduated from Wa-Hi in 1999, and earned all-state honors in football as a wide receiv

Pomeroy ends baseball season with split with Lacrosse-Washtucna

POMEROY — A couple of youthful baseball teams with an eye on the future wrapped up their 2010 seasons here Tuesday by splitting a non-league doubleheader.Host Pomeroy claimed the opener 24-11 in five innings, just the second victory of the season for the

Errors add up as Pomeroy drops softball pair to Lacrosse-Washtucna

POMEROY — Pomeroy's softball team lost a pair to Lacrosse-Washtucna here Tuesday.The Pirates dropped the first game, 11-15, and the second, 14-11.Errors were the problem, said coach Rob Monahan.

Wa-Hi girls take tennis match victory over Chiawana

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team sent Chiawana home with a 6-1 loss Tuesday.'It was nice to play tennis in tennis weather for a change,” Blue Devil coach Keven Peck said. 'By the end of our first sets, the wind had calmed down and the sun had come

Weston-McEwen 10-runs Umatilla twice in non-league sweep

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's softball bats came alive in the nightcap of a twin bill against Umatilla as the TigerScots completed a sweep of the Vikings here Tuesday.W-M tallied four hits in the opening 10-0 victory, before gathering 11 in the 13-2 second-gam

Wa-Hi boys win regular-season soccer finale in shootout

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi wrapped up its regular-season Wa-Hi boys soccer campaign here Tuesday with a 2-1 shootout victory over West Valley.The victory gives Wa-Hi a final 12-2 Big Nine Conference record. By winning the Big Nine championship, the Blue Devils will h

Wa-Hi boys handle Chiawana on tennis courts

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team took a 6-1 victory from visiting Chiawana Tuesday.Blake Rowley had a three-set battle with Jose Mendoza at No. 2 singles to open a string of six Blue Devil victories.

Mac-Hi, DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott golfers play ‘fun' match

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi hosted a golf mixed dual with DeSales at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course Tuesday.'Thankfully the weather cooperated with us,” said Mac-Hi coach Elizabeth Ellis.

DEATH NOTICE - Ella Sjoren

Nov. 1, 1920 — May 4, 2010


Dec. 18, 1922 - May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 'Don't ask, don't tell' must go

My father told me that, soon after he got off the boat in New York Harbor in 1914 at the age of 18, he saw signs that read: "Job Opening: Dogs and Irish Need Not Apply." I grew up with an absolute horror of prejudice, which seemed to me the worst possible

Crackdown on cell-phone abuse coming

Starting June 10, law-enforcement officers can issue $124 ticket for those driving with a hand-held cell phone. This fine should change behavior.

Earlier this year the Legislature made a wise decision to make it a primary offense to drive while using a hand-held cell phone to talk or to be reading, writing or sending text messages.

On The Agenda - Waitsburg City Council

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


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

Underage alcohol use in spotlight in Columbia County

Results of a 2008 Healthy Youth survey show worrisome numbers, attendees at a town hall-style meeting learned.

DAYTON -- The "Message in a Bottle" is not a good one for Columbia County youth.

Grant request denied to turn Elks Lodge into social service center

The county had sought a $1 million grant to help pay for the building at East Rose and Palouse streets.

Red Cross blood drive slated May 12 at Milton-Freewater Senior Center

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The American Red Cross plans to sponsor a blood drive on May 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Milton Freewater Senior Center, 311 N. Main St.

National Day of Prayer to be observed in WW, Dayton

WALLA WALLA -- A community observance of the National Day of Prayer be at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave. in Walla Walla.

Port of Columbia board to discuss railroad right of way

DAYTON -- Port of Columbia commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Port main office, 1 Port Way.

Humanities lectures focus on rhythms, beats of world

COLLEGE PLACE -- The rhythms and beats and West Africa will be discussed at two Inquiring Mind humanities lectures at Walla Walla University.

Emergency Services - 05/04/10

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

Woman sentenced in Walla Walla wreck that hurt pedestrian

Aminda Paez-Diaz was sentenced to home monitoring and time on a work crew for a crash in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who pleaded guilty to driving a pickup that struck a pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October was sentenced Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Wind kicks up dust, but not much havoc

Monday's storm knocked down tree limbs and two power lines locally.

A powerful spring storm packing winds stronger than 60 mph blew down trees in Western Washington, kicked up dust storms in Eastern Washington and at one point knocked out power for more than 40,000 utility customers across Washington and into north Idaho

City man charged in threat on wife faces new charges

Carl E. Adams Jr. is accused of breaking a no-contact order and witness tampering.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of holding his wife at knifepoint and threatening to kill her last month now is accused of two additional crimes.

Maturity finally brings true babe magnet -- a Corgi

His name's YODA," Annie said, all puffed up with satisfaction. "Just look at those ears."

Walla Walla nursing home cited for injury to patient

A resident suffered burns after he apparently fell out of bed and was lying with his shoulder against a wall heater.

WALLA WALLA -- A nursing home has been cited by the state of Washington for its care of a patient.

Walla Walla man accused in chase pleads guilty to gun charge

Ricardo Morales Jr. faces four to 12 months in jail after his guilty plea.

WALLA WALLA -- A convicted felon accused of leading police on a vehicle chase in March pleaded guilty Monday to having a handgun in the van he was driving.

College Place standoff starts with shots, ends peacefully

Police say Jay Jeffrey fired at an officer before holing up in his home until 4:20 a.m. today.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A standoff that started Monday night with a man shooting at an officer ended peacefully early today.

Etcetera - 05/04/10

Hoe, hoe, hoe. Volunteers are needed for a landscaping project May 22-23 at Sharpstein Elementary School. They want to transform a section of lawn at the southeast corner of the school into a natural, native landscape.

Mark Laughery

July 28, 1941 - April 30, 2010

Verlena Lambert

Aug. 8, 1953 - April 30, 2010

George Jones

Oct. 1, 1930 - May 1, 2010

Suspect sought in robbery in College Place

City police say a man robbed a video game store across from Wal-Mart on Thursday.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Police are asking the public's help in finding a person who robbed a video game store last week.

Walla Walla Community College men finish fourth, women fifth at golf match

The Warriors' Dona Dunovant finishes at 164, one stroke behind women's medalist Caral Martinson of Green River.

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Dona Dunovant finished second to lead the Walla Walla Community College contingent at the Centralia Invitational at the par-71 Riverside Golf Course here Monday.Dunovant shot 80-84—164 to finish one stroke behind Green River's Caral Mar

Wa-Hi girls tennis team places fifth at Yakima Invite

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team matched up against seven schools from across the state in the Yakima Tennis Invite here Saturday.The girls placed fifth with a team score of 37 in windy conditions.Issaquah won with a team score of 52. Seattle Prep was s

Meliah, Wilson put in best show for Wa-Hi boys, placing fourth in tennis invite

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team finished fifth in the Yakima Invitational tennis tournament here Saturday.The Blue Devils entered three players in singles plus three doubles teams.Wa-Hi's best showing came from the duo of John Meliah and Danny Wilson, w

Monday, May 3

College Place Police seek info on GameStop robbery

COLLEGE PLACE -- City police are seeking information on a robbery that occurred last week at a local store.Police Chief Dennis Lepiane said the robbery happened about 1 p.m. Thursday at the GameStop store, 1605 Meadbrook Blvd., which is in the strip mall

High winds cause Dayton to close schools early

DAYTON _ High winds were the reason Dayton School District closed school and cancelled activities at 1:15 p.m. today.The afternoon forecast calls for a southwest 40-mph wind, with gusts as high as 60 mph.Gusts of 43 to 48 mph around 11:30 a.m. blew down s

Grant to convert Walla Walla Elks Lodge into social services center turned down

WALLA WALLA — A hoped-for grant to convert the city's Elks Lodge into a social services center has been turned down.The state Community Development Block Grant was central to a plan for Walla Walla County to purchase the downtown building. County official

DEATH NOTICE - George R. Jones

Oct. 1, 1930 — May 1, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Port Martin

May 13, 1916 — April 30, 2010

WWCC riders, ropers continue march to Nationals with three Sunday champions

A strong weekend showing at the Pioneer Posse Grounds keeps the WWCC rodeo teams on task.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Walla Walla Community College cowboys and cowgirls kept their drive for another trip to the National Collegiate Rodeo Finals alive here Sunday in rodeo action at the Pioneer Posse rodeo grounds.

LETTERS FROM AFGHANISTAN - End of time in Afghanistan bittersweet

The sounds, smells, and images of Afghanistan will forever be ingrained in my memory. A piece of me will surely stay here following my departure from these soils. Never will I forget all that has happened here over the course of the past year.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obama should admit wrong doings

Oh my, it looks like I've made Richard C. Hoffman angry. In his letter of April 26, Hoffman made it clear he doesn't like the way I responded to David Schmaltz's glowing testimonial for Obama and Company.

Departure of UW's president should be concern to state lawmakers

The cuts to higher education have forced tuition up and a change of direction for public colleges.

Budget cuts at a time of reduced tax revenues are prudent for state government.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It benefits all to retain Rep. Smith

You may have read the negative ad Colleen MacLeod is running against Rep. Greg Smith. It states Greg voted to raise your taxes. That statement is correct if you are one of the 32-100 people out of 57,000 in the district who earns over $250,000 of taxable

Cool, damp April cuts into dry spell

But although the month had its share of rain, it still fell a bit short of normal.

WALLA WALLA -- April showers were in abundance last month, but the total still came up a tad short.

Four music professors wrap up Whitman College careers

Four Whitman professors will bid farewell to the school this year and next, marking a watershed for the school's music program.

WALLA WALLA -- Almost a century of cumulative Whitman College music teaching will come to an end this year and next, as four key music professors, each with at least two decades of teaching at the campus, will end their careers at Whitman.

SCIENCE MATTERS - Mathematics: Road map of science

Most scientific endeavors require the application of some kind of mathematics. Foremost, it is important for modeling a wide variety of phenomena. And, where observations are quantifiable (measurable), it is used to characterize data.

Country legend Merle Haggard mixes old, new in Wildhorse show

Country music legend Merle Haggard played old favorites and new hits in a Saturday afternoon show at Wildhorse.

PENDLETON -- Wheeling oxygen tanks, leaning on walkers and wearing rodeo princess hair -- sometimes all at once -- they were determined to get down the long hall at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

STREET SMARTS - Police get added teeth to deal with distracted drivers

Erica Forney was just 9 years old in 2008 when she was struck head-on by a 5,000-pound SUV while riding her bike.

Etcetera - 05/03/10

Laurence Brennan, a fifth-grader at Oak Point Intermediate School in Eden Prairie, Minn., is on a mission. He adopted Washington state as a class project.

Emergency Services - 05/03/10

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

Michael Shawn Moody, Jr.

To Nichole Carron and Michael Shawn Moody, College Place, a son, Michael Shawn Moody, Jr., 8 pounds 5 ounces, April 28, 2010.

Superior Court Report - CRIMINAL CASES

Ronald M. Valdez, 45, 330 S. Fourth Ave., No. 4, was charged April 29 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Valdez is accused of unlawfully delivering methamphetamine on March 12.

Beverlee "Jean" Sonnentag

September 1, 1925 ~ April 10, 2010

Rae Harmon

March 16, 1918 - April 27, 2010

Bannie Bowman

June 14, 1933 - April 25, 2010

William Nightingale

1928 - 2010

Carl Henderson

April 14, 1925 - April 21, 2010

Louis Ruzicka

June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2010

Kenneth Baird

Oct. 30, 1930 - April 15, 2010

Yvonne Walker

Sept. 14, 1938 - April 28, 2010

Sunday, May 2

Irish triumph over the Indians

DeSales pitchers give Touchet no hits in the non-league game, the Indians' first loss.

TOUCHET — The 1B 2009 state runner-up squared off here against the 2009 state 2B runner-up in non-league baseball action Friday.DeSales, the 2B runner up, walked away with the 3-0 win.

DeSales, Touchet split Friday softball doubleheader

The Irish won the first game, 3-1, and Touchet won the second, 10-7, in non-league action.

TOUCHET — DeSales and Touchet split a softball doubleheader here Friday.The Irish won the first game, 3-1, and the Indians took the second, 10-7.DeSales' Ashlyn Lyons pitched a complete game, striking out five girls and giving up six hits. Lyons was also

Wa-Hi Big Nine soccer champs

The boys soccer team blanks Richland, 1-0, on Saturday to win its first-ever Big Nine championship.

RICHLAND — Marcos Medina tallied 10 minutes into the second half and it proved to be enough as Wa-Hi clinched its first-ever Big Nine boys soccer championship here Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Richland.

Pomeroy gives up unearned runs in Saturday loss

POMEROY — A quartet of unearned runs in the second inning did in the Pomeroy Pirates here Saturday during an 8-3 non-conference loss to Grangeville.The contest was called after four innings due to inclement weather.

Pomeroy wins 12-9 in storm-shortened game

POMEROY — Pomeroy pushed across 12 runs before the spring weather hit here Saturday in girls non-league softball action.The Pirates defeated Grangeville, 12-9, in a storm-shortened opener of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was postponed due to t

Baseball win gives Wa-Hi playoff berth

The Blue Devils moved to sixth place in the division after splitting with Kamiakin Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi squandered a pair of late leads Friday during a Big Nine Conference Cascade Division baseball doubleheader with Kamiakin at Murr Sports Park.The Blue Devils blew a 5-1, seventh-inning advantage in the opener, but scored a run in the la

WWCC softball team moves to second place

WWCC sweeps Treasure Valley Friday and picks up two more wins on forfeit Saturday.

WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla Community College women played 14 innings of softball the hard way in an NWAACC East Region softball doubleheader here Friday against Treasure Valley.Walla Walla rallied from a one-run deficit to tie the first game in the bot

Local track teams shine at Jo-HIGH Invite

OSEPH — Mac-Hi's boys finished first and Weston-McEwen's girls placed second here Friday during the annual Jo-HIGH Invitational track and field meet.The Pioneer boys prevailed in an eight-team field while the TigerScot girls were runner-up among 10 teams

TigerScots drop two Saturday softball games to Pilot Rock

PILOT ROCK — The error bug got Weston-McEwen in the opener of a Special District Five softball double header here Saturday.The Pilot Rock bats took care of the second game as the Rockets swept the twin bill, winning 2-0 and 18-3.

Purdin pitches, pops W-P to sweep Gar-Pal

Waitsburg-Prescott has won its last five baseball games.

PRESCOTT – Joe Purdin pitched six innings of no-hit ball and accounted for four RBIs as the Waitsburg-Presccott junior helped his team to a baseball doubleheader sweep of Southeast 2B opponent Garfield-Palouse here Saturday. W-P won the pair, 5-2 and 11-1

Helix victorious over Riverside in dual tennis match Friday

BOARDMAN — Helix downed Riverside 5-1 in a dual tennis match held here on Friday.The Grizzlies got singles victories from Tylor Bushman, Dakota Brown, and Deidra Nitz.

Sweets release promotional schedule; tickets now on sale

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets released their 2010 promotional schedule, which is full of events aimed at families. Every night of the West Coast League season will see a promotion or special event. The highlight of the promotions includes three sch

Waitsburg-Prescott sweeps in wild weather

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott swept a doubleheader from Garfield-Palouse in 2B girls softball action here Saturday, 17-2 and 20-0, in five-inning, 10-run mercy-rule shortened games — amid rain, hail, sun and wind.'By far, that is the best defensively and

Whitman drops two baseball games to Whitworth in NWC Saturday play

SPOKANE — After getting roughed up 15-2 in game one, Whitman College put up a better fight in Saturday's nightcap, falling 8-4 to complete a Northwest Conference baseball twinbill.The two teams play a single game at noon today to complete their weekend se

Touchet schedules golf tournament to benefit children

TOUCHET — The fourth annual Children's Wishes and Dreams Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. June 6 in Touchet. There is only one tee time, which is expected to fill quickly, according to organization president Peggie Vandenberg. A total of 36 players can partic

Weston-McEwen drops two Saturday baseball games against Pilot Rock

PILOT ROCK — Weston-McEwen dropped both ends of a Special District 6 doubleheader to Pilot Rock, 6-4 and 5-3, here Saturday.The losses dropped the TigerScots to 2-8 in the district and 3-15 overall.

Weston-McEwen takes tennis victories Saturday

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen got the best of Umatilla in boys and girls tennis play here Saturday.The TigerScot boys prevailed 3-2, with Daniel Wynn claiming first singles and Pierson Pahl and Josh Lambert hooking up for a rain-interrupted victory in the only d

TigerScots hosting golf tournament for football team

ATHENA — The TigerScot Master's Golf Tournament to support Weston-McEwen's football team will tee off at 12:30 p.m. May 16 at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.The four-person team scramble is $60 per player, which includes a gift and barbecue featur

Mac-Hi drops two games to Baker in Saturday action

BAKER — Mac-Hi couldn't stay away from the big inning here Saturday in a Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader.Baker hung a 10-spot on Mac-Hi in the fourth inning of the opener and went on to post a 17-7 win.

Wa-Hi softball clinches division title Friday

The still-undefeated Blue Devils sweep Kamiakin to take the Cascade Division softball title.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi remained undefeated and clinched the Cascade Division softball title at Lawrence Scott Park here Friday.The Blue Devils put pitching and hitting together to sweep Kamiakin, 9-2 and 5-0, to improve to 12-0 in the division and 17-0 overall

WWCC takes fourth place in NWAACC after Saturday split with Blue Mountain

PENDLETON — Fast starts proved to be the difference here Saturday in NWAACC East Region baseball action.Walla Walla Community College jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings in the opener and coasted home with an 11-0 win.

Dayton sweeps Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia despite early errors

DAYTON — Dayton came back from early errors to sweep Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia in a softball doubleheader here Saturday.The Bulldogs won the first game, 8-7, and the second, 13-4.

Dayton drops two as the visitor on its home field

DAYTON — Dayton had to play visitor on its own field here in southeast 2B action Saturday.Weather forced Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia to move its home doubleheader to Dayton.

Saturday, May 1

Trip to China food market brings to new meaning to sweet and sour

When it comes to cooking, I'd like to think I'm somewhere between the skill levels of my mother and my father. I'm not yet able to whip up a three-course meal of any number of ethnic cuisines before 3 p.m. on a Sunday like my mum, but my culinary knowledg


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

Edison Big Truck Rally has too much (rain), not enough (trucks)

WALLA WALLA — After the success of the first Edison Big Truck Rally in 2008, PTA officials held a second rally on Saturday.This year's fundraiser probably won't raise as much money due to fewer trucks, more rain and less children.

Author, speaker brings Christian message to Walla Walla University

COLLEGE PLACE — Revolutionizing Christianity through the power of self-sacrificial love was the message that best-selling author, international speaker, university professor and ordained pastor Tony Campolo had for a capacity congregation on Friday night,

Wellness Gathering to focus on healing

MISSION — Healing is the theme for this year's Wellness Gathering on Monday and Tuesday on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Guest speakers will focus on healing from depression and grief.The free event starts with a youth day and family event at Nixyáawii

Marchers want immigration reform

Many marchers said they were protesting Arizona's new state law.

WALLA WALLA — Close to 400 people gathered at Jefferson Park on Saturday morning, then marched down Ninth Avenue, up Main Street and finally down Palouse Street, to fight for immigration reform and to gain the support of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.'

Battle against Parkinson's takes sweet turn

For every $10 donation to her Team Fox account, Wilma Schmerer will bake her famous Cinnamon Swirl Cake and deliver it to the local donor.

WALLA WALLA — While April, the official month for awareness of Parkinson's disease, is past, Wilma Schmerer is paying no attention to the calendar — she's a little too busy in the kitchen.Now into May, the Walla Walla businesswoman has found a way to let

Tourists pour into Walla Walla Valley for Spring Release weekend

The festivities continue today and some wineries will be open early and late on Monday.

WALLA WALLA — Forget about the music, the barrel-making demonstrations and the outdoor massages in the middle of a vineyard.At Tamarack Cellars owner Ron Coleman said the draw is what's in the barrels.

Weather postpones closure of 13th Avenue

WALLA WALLA — Inclement weather delayed the closure of 13th Avenue between Dell Avenue and Rees Street last week, and a new closure date has been set for May 10.This week, minor work will occur in the area of 13th Avenue and Abadie Street. Traffic on 13th

Former patient stars at veterinary open house

Tank's appearance was a way for his owners to express their gratitude to the donors who helped pay for his treatment.

WALLA WALLA — The Associated Veterinary Medical Center of Walla Walla hosted an open house Saturday that featured ponies for riding, lambs for petting, barbecued pork for eating and a very special canine guest named Tank Bond.Tank, a shepherd/chow mix, wa

A taste of Americana

Walla Walla Choral Society will perform in a concert called Stephen Foster: A Taste of Americana. It will be at 3 p.m. today in the Walla Walla University Fine Arts Center, College Avenue and Fourth Street in College Place. Tickets are $10; 12 and under are free.

ETCETERA - Time magazine's cover story features Wa-Hi grad

The April 15 Time magazine's cover features "A Captain's Story/In the heart of Taliban country, the commander of a U.S. rifle company made it his mission to reopen a school in Afghanistan. Here's what he learned, by Joe Klein," the cover copy reads.

PASTOR COLUMNS - Confronting misconduct increases integrity

Misconduct on the part of clergy has been receiving a lot of press lately. As a pastor, it sickens me to think that any colleague would do something so harmful to a parishioner, especially a child.Although the misconduct currently hitting the news involve


Touchet Valley Unity issues a call to prayer for Wednesday


James and Margaret Reister

James and Margaret Reister, formerly of Walla Walla and now of Albany, Ore., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family celebration at home hosted by daughters Susan Ruckert and Carolyn Reister and sons Edward and Jeff Reister.



PANORAMA - Online Services add Multi to the Media

For more than 140 years the Union-Bulletin and its ancestors have circulated local news the way you might be reading it today.Reporters still write stories like this one, editors edit them and pressmen produce a newspaper, which is dropped off on your fro

Take care of your bones — you'll need them

Osteoporosis can develop gradually and you might not be aware you have it.

The bone-thinning disease osteoporosis can gradually take away a person's quality of life and most are not even be aware of its threat. Statistics cited at said millions of Americans, 80 percent of them women, have some form of the disease.Dr. R



Names of those who sign petitions should be released

The people's business must be done out in the open.

When someone signs a petition requesting an issue be put on the ballot it must be verified the signer is legally registered to vote. That's the law — and it's a good one.And since the gathering of names on petitions is a public process, it would seem peti


Farmers' Market supports junior vendors