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Once again the calendar has rolled toward the end of the year and it's time for the 18th annual ranking by readers of the Top 10 stories of the year.

Each year it gets harder and harder to keep the number of possibilities to a manageable level. This year there are 36 stories on the ballot. If there is a story you feel strongly about that isn't on this list, please add it to the bottom where it says "Other" and give it your ranking.

This ballot will appear several times between now and the noon deadline on Dec. 13. For your ballot to count, it must be from the newspaper (not a photocopy) and the stories must be numbered, not marked with an "X."

Rick Doyle can be reached at rickdoyle@wwub.com or 526-8306.

Your top story should be marked as "1." The second most important story would be "2," and so on through "10." All ballots must arrive at the U-B by noon on Dec. 13. We will tally the votes and your Top 10 will be featured in the Jan. 2 U-B. Please vote and drop your ballots off at the U-B office at First and Poplar or mail them to: Top 10, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, P.O. Box 1358, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

--------------- Changes are made in the roadside recycling program, including 96-gallon wheeled carts.

--------------- Weather patterns go crazy with little snow during the winter and longer, cooler spring followed by a short summer.

--------------- Several local groups raise money and/or provide materials and services to Haiti after a severe earthquake.

--------------- Radon is detected at higher level than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

--------------- Voters approve a three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase to keep Valley Transit rolling.

--------------- Baker Boyer Bank President and CEO Megan Clubb gets a seat on the Portland branch board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

--------------- Fires strike: A fire burns down Rogers' Bakery and Cafe, temporarily closing the business. Reiff Manufacturing's facility is damaged in fire.

--------------- The city implements an infrastructure plan that would replace all the underground water and sewer lines and repave the roads on a 93-year schedule. The first project on Morton Street is completed.

--------------- The retirement announcement of Mike Humphreys sets off a scramble of candidates to replace him as sheriff.

--------------- A birthday party at a home on Center Street erupts in gang violence with stab and gunshot wounds to five people.

--------------- New local leadership: Mick Miller is selected to become the new Walla Walla School District superintendent. Mark J. Grescovich is named president and CEO of Banner Bank. Randy Grant takes over helm of YMCA. David A. Caldwell takes over as new commander of the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

--------------- The Walla Walla Sweets embark on the inaugural season in the wood-bat league.

--------------- The Walla Walla Area Small Business Center falls victim to the state's budget problems.

--------------- Close to 400 people marched in Walla Walla to fight for immigration reform.

--------------- Jay D. Jeffrey is charged after a standoff at his College Place residence that started with the shooting at a police officer

--------------- The Walla Walla School Board uses leftover money from the Edison Elementary School project to mitigate radon at Blue Ridge Elementary School and for other district needs. State matching funds for the project were used for a support services facility.

--------------- Local officials air complaints again Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown. Brown denies the allegations, doesn't file for re-election but then declares as a write-in candidate.

--------------- The Union-Bulletin publishes a six-day series on the local gang situation called Gangs/A Legacy of Violence.

--------------- Residents who get their water from the Green Tank Irrigation District are ordered to boil their water during a attempt to nail down the source of contamination.

--------------- The newest section of U.S. Highway 12 is opened to traffic. It includes a roundabout. Problems with lack of signs and exits hurts wineries and businesses.

--------------- The 2010 Wine Blogger Conference is held in Walla Walla.

--------------- Trio Vintners becomes the first winery to graduate from the Port of Walla Walla's winery incubator complex.

--------------- Problems with levees around Milton-Freewater change area considered to be in a floodplain.

--------------- Problems getting passengers through the security check at Walla Walla Regional Airport resulted in several passengers being left behind on the Horizon flight.

--------------- Food Network Canada TV host Bob Blumer sets a Guinness world record for peeling onions during the Sweet Onion Festival.

--------------- The state Department of Health issues a report saying Providence St. Mary Medical Center was "sloppy" in a death ruled a medical homicide by Coroner Frank Brown.

--------------- A grassland fire at Eureka scorches more than 21,000 acres.

--------------- After a rash of students on their way to school being hit by vehicles, parents push for increased safety efforts from police and the schools.

--------------- Cal Coburn Brown is executed at the Washington State Penitentiary for the rape, torture and killing of a woman in a Sea-Tac hotel.

--------------- The IRS reports that the developers of the Blue Mountain Mall hid millions of dollars.

--------------- The city of Walla Walla and Walla Walla County agree to merge their development departments.

--------------- A giant mural of an octopus and a castle is painted above Inland Octopus toy store, starting a controversy over whether it is art or a sign.

--------------- The Washington State Patrol and Auditor's Office are looking into allegations of financial improprieties at the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

--------------- The Pioneer Park Aviary and the Public Library face the possibilities of subtantial budget cuts.

--------------- After a swastika is burning onto the grass at Heritage Square Park, residents put together a March Against Hate.

--------------- Ski Bluewood is sold and is expected to open this season.

--------------- Other: ______________________________________

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