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Saturday, April 30

W-M, Heppner split baseball doubleheader

HEPPNER — Weston-McEwen and Heppner split a Special District 6 baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon.The TigerScots won the opener, 13-4, but dropped the second, 13-3, to the No. 7-ranked Mustangs. Weston-McEwen is No. 5, and the teams are tied for sec

Mac-Hi falls to Baker

MILTON-FREEWATER — Oregon's No. 1 4A team and GOL leader Baker came to town and beat up on Mc-Hi in a baseball doubleheader here Saturday.The Pioneers stuck with Baker until the top of the sixth in game one, eventually ceding 11-2, and lost the second gam

Umpires' poor calls conjur up memories of Maddux

WALLA WALLA — I've never been much in favor of instant replay.Even in the NFL, where it has been a widely accepted technological staple for many years, I find it more of a nuisance than anything else.With so many commercials already in place to interrupt

Pomeroy splits twinbill with Gar-Pal

GARFIELD — Pomeroy coaxed 21 walks in a Southeast 1B baseball doubleheader en route to a split with Garfield-Palouse Saturday. The Pirates won game one, 13-9, behind a three-run homer off Justin Ruark and lost game two, 13-4.In the first game alone, the P

Wa-Hi girls top Eastmont in tennis action

The Blue Devils top 3A Eastmont, 4-3.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi captured three of four singles matches in non-conference girls tennis action here Saturday.The Blue Devils hung on to the advantage to squeak out a 4-3 decision over Eastmont.'After losing a couple of close ones recently, it was great

Warriors drop improbable pair

WWCC has a 10-run lead over CBC after two innings in game one, but loses 18-16, and drops the nightcap 8-3.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College built a 10-0 lead over Columbia Basin after two innings of the opening game of an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.What happened after that was nothing short of imp

Mac-Hi softball splits with GOL-leading Baker

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi gave first-place and undefeated Baker all and more than it could handle in Greater Oregon League softball action here Saturday.The Pioneers handed the Bulldogs their first league loss as Kaitlin Erm tossed a six-hit complete game

Schools look for trifecta at sports awards

Mac-Hi, Weston-McEwen and Whitman have a shot at three of the five trophies at this year's ceremony.

WALLA WALLA — Will this be the year of the Blue Devils?Mac-Hi's Pioneers, perhaps? Or Weston-McEwen's TigerScots? Or how about Whitman College?These are the schools who are in position to pull off the trifecta — a hat trick, if you will — during the 35th

Pomeroy track competes

KAMIAH, Ida. — Pomeroy got first-place performances from the boys 4X100 relay team and from Derek Anderson in the shot put at the Nez Perce/Lewis-Clark track and field games here Saturday.The efforts led the Pirates to a third place finish in the 11-team

W-P sweeps Dayton in SE2B baseball

DAYTON — Waitsburg-Prescott topped Dayton in a Southeast 2B baseball doubleheader sweep Saturday, improving to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in Southeast 2B play.W-P won 14-0 and 8-7, knocking out 14 hits in the first-game win.Zach Bartlow pitched the complete-gam

Wa-Hi wins CBBN 4A baseball championship

Wa-Hi loses its first league game of the year, but grabs the title with the nightcap win over Wenatchee.

WENATCHEE — The first goal of Wa-Hi's 2011 baseball season was to win the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A regular season championship.Check that one off.Wa-Hi dropped a 17-15 wind-driven decision to Wenatchee here in Friday's opener, but responded behind Jake

Mac-Hi has good weekend on the track

Mac-Hi's boys are fourth and girls fifth Saturday, while the boys win Friday at Jo-High.

UNION — The Mac-Hi track teams fared well here Saturday at the Pepsi Invitational.The Pioneer boys place fourth and the girls fifth.Both the girls and boys relay teams performed the best of all the Pioneer competitors.In the girls division, the relay team

Dayton hands W-P first league softball loss

DAYTON — Dayton and Watsburg-Prescott split a softball twinbill, 8-6 each, Friday afternoon.The second-game loss was W-P's first league loss of the year.'W-P jumped on us early both games,” Dayton assisant coach Desirae Jones said. 'We had an extra-inning

Sports Daily Bulletin

Athletes can participate in Eastern WA Senior GamesWALLA WALLA — Any athlete who turns 50 by the end of this calendar year is able to participate in the Eastern Washington Senior Games May 27-29, hosted by the YMCA.There will be nine events at the games,

Wrath win opening softball tourney

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Wrath opened its girls fast-pitch tournament season here at the Mill Creek Sports Complex in the Sports Plex Invite Tournament.The Wrath opened with a win over the Pendleton Raiders 3-2, suffered a 3-2 loss to the Tri-Cities

Missionaries fall to Pirates in penultimate doubleheader

Whitman drops to Whitworth, 10-2 and 14-1. The teams end their season today.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Whitworth broke open a close first game with a four-run seventh inning and rode that momentum to a doubleheader sweep of Whitman College Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.Whitworth finished off a 10-2 victory in the opener and

Sweets announce promo schedule

The Sweets have several promotional events, beginning with opening weekend June 3.

WALLA WALLA — Pink is back, Sweet Lou has his own bobblehead night, and fireworks will once again light the night sky at Borleske Stadium as the Walla Walla Sweets have announced the release of their 2011 promotional schedule.'With the weather warming, pe

Whits compete in 111th Ojai Valley tennis tournament

Andrew La Cava and Conor Holton-Burke represent Whitman at the California tournament.

OJAI, Calif — Whitman's Andrew La Cava and Conor Holton-Burke competed here in the 111th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.La Cava earned his way to Saturday's round of 16 with two match wins in the NCAA Division III singles bracket on Friday. La Cava

Warriors hold on to first in NWAACC

The Warriors go 3-for-4 in East Region play Friday and Saturday.

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College's softball team kept its hold on first place in the NWAACC Eastern Region standings by winning three of four league games over the weekend.The Warriors swept Spokane Saturday, 11-2 and 5-4, after splitting a pair at

Wa-Hi no-hits Davis to take Big Nine fastpitch sweep

Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler show their dominance in the circle in the 20-0 and 24-0 victories.

WALLA WALLA — The No. 1- and No. 2-ranked (by earned run average) pitchers in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A softball lived up to their billing here Friday.No. 2-ranked Hope Klicker lowered her 1.36 ERA in game one as Klicker faced the minimum in pitching a f

Friday, April 29

Charity Maxine (Conover) Mercer

September 7, 1917 – April 26, 2011

Eleanor J. Mitchell

September 2, 1919 – April 27, 2011

Death Notice - Wanda Mae Young

April 26, 2011

Death Noticed - Michael Troyer

April 29, 2011

William Boule'

Sept. 4, 1958 – April 15, 2011

HEALTH & FITNESS - Exercise pays in fight against diabetes

I don't think it's any secret exercise and I have not been going steady most of my life.I was the pudgy kid in the class from fourth grade on. Not the chunkiest most years, but never far from the top. In sixth grade I suffered humiliation when a peer was

Etcetera - 04/29/11

Burbank author Ann Correll celebrated the nationwide release of her juvenile fiction story "Ears to Hear," and her novel "The Battle for Andy."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B editorial unnecessarily inflammatory

Thursday's U-B editorial regarding city directors' salaries was erroneous and unnecessarily inflammatory.As a public servant I have ample respect and tolerance for a vibrant, free press. It is understood and expected that editorials are opinionated. Howev

IT'S A DIRTY JOB

At ground level, the clouds of farmland shroud fields and equipment in the foothills of the Blue Mountains southeast of Walla Walla Wednesday afternoon.

Police: Driver blacked out before downtown crash

WALLA WALLA -- The driver of a vehicle that struck a downtown building late Tuesday afternoon felt dizzy and blacked out before the crash, police said.

Speakers named for Whitman College baccalaureate

WALLA WALLA -- Speakers chosen for Whitman College's baccalaureate include professor Walt Wyman and bookstore director Douglas Carlsen.

'Alice in Wonderland' opens tonight at Little Theatre of WW

WALLA WALLA -- "Alice in Wonderland," a play by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus, adapted from Lewis Carroll opens tonight at Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 Sumach St. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Memory loss natural, but may be prevented

Many medical professionals agree that some memory loss is a common part of the aging process. If you have you ever had difficulty recalling people, objects, places or events, you have experienced memory loss. It is only when memory loss affects an individ

SUPERIOR COURT - Juvenile Cases

Codi M. Powers, 16, 21 E. Walnut St., was sentenced April 22 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor. The sentence included five days in the Juvenile Justice Center, six months community supervision, 20 hours community service, $100 to cr

Free dump day offered to Humbert customers in Athena

ATHENA -- A pink slip will be a good thing Saturday for customers of Humbert Refuse and Recycling.

Milton-Freewater EMS gets reprieve

A six-month deal will preserve the status quo until city residents can vote on a tax district.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Umatilla County Commissioners have agreed to maintain local ambulance services for Milton-Freewater services by offering the current provider financial support for six months.

Port of Walla Walla aims to link with Pasco to boost Burbank Business Park

The Pasco City Council wants to ensure Burbank's park wouldn't compete with them.

BURBANK -- As the Port of Walla Walla looks across the river for wastewater treatment services for its proposed Burbank Business Park the agency must address a small wave of concerns that arose this week from the Pasco City Council

Warplane to return to Walla Walla

And this year, a B-25 will accompany a B-17 that made a visit to the area in 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A piece of aviation history harkening back to the community's days as a World War II air base will make a return flight to the community in June.

Airline: More passengers needed to, from Walla Walla

Alaska Airlines wants an average of six more passengers on each flight in and out of the city.

Walla Walla's air carrier needs a few more passengers for takeoff.

Roller derby bout set for Saturday at Walla Walla YMCA

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls Crushtown Mafia will take on the Couer d'Alene Snake Pit Derby Dames in a roller derby bout Saturday evening.

Sweet Basil to slice into new space

The owners of downtown pizzeria Sweet Basil will be slicing into a wall on the south side of the business late this weekend as the business expands into neighboring space.

ROCK DOC - Agricultural research costly but worth the bucks

One of my mother's friends was raised decades ago on a few acres at the end of gravel road in Idaho. As she puts it, her family's basic challenge was eating what it produced before other critters did. In other words, it was useful to consume the eggs in t

SUPERIOR COURT - Criminal Cases

Allison L. Bryant, 26, Pasco, was charged April 25 with second-degree taking motor vehicle without permission, driving while under influence of intoxicating liquor, and second-degree driving while license suspended or revoked. Bryant is accused of intenti

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in assaults

Nicholas T. Hunter was accused of attacking two people and leading police on a vehicle chase in February.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of beating his girlfriend, hitting another person and leading police on a vehicle chase in February pleaded guilty Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to two felonies.

Blood drives set for weekend of Mother's Day at Walla Walla churches

WALLA WALLA -- A pair of blood drives will be held in the city the weekend of Mother's Day.

Whitman College's Renaissance Faire turns 40 on Saturday

The annual period gathering features vendors, performances and plenty of costumes.

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College Renaissance Faire celebrates its 40th year Saturday on campus.

'Fiddler on the Roof' takes the Wa-Hi stage

WALLA WALLA -- Reciting lines in English while using Russian accents, at the same time learning a good deal of Yiddish, and getting numerous sociopolitical history lessons on pre-revolutionary Tzarist Russian oy vey!

BOOK NOTES - Book explores ethical boundaries of medicine

In 1951 George Gey (pronounced Guy) was successful in growing the first "human" cells in his laboratory at John Hopkins University Hospital. The cells belonged to a black woman named Henrietta Lacks who was being treated for cervical cancer. Because of th

Walla Walla's first public school teacher portrayed

Walla Walla's first public school teacher, Sarah G. Miner, offers a glimpse into the early school life of Walla Walla during a Living History performance 2 p.m. Sunday, at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.Miner, played by retired teacher Barbara Dan

NAMI seeks donations for fundraiser

NAMI and the Rising Sun Clubhouse seek donations for their fundraiser yard sale to be held May 27-29. Items to be donated may be brought to the clubhouse, 35 W. Chestnut St. on Wednesdays or Fridays until the date of the sale. If home pickup is needed, ca

Schiff's watercolors at DéBouché

"Signs of Spring," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by artist Marilee Schiff, will show for the entire month of May at DéBouché, 10 E. Main. For more information, call 520-0348.

Asian Studies Art Gallery hosts calligrapher's work

"The Playful Brush: Calligraphic Works by Fujii Yoshiyasu," will be on exhibit at the Asian Studies Art Gallery, Olin Hall East 110, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave until May 6. The gallery is open 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

US Army Field Band to perform

The U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus perform 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall, 345 Boyer Avenue. This is a free concert of classical, semi-classical, popular music selections, choral arrangements, novelty numbers, military marches and

PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devils manhandle Ike in boys tennis

Wa-Hi's boys improve to 4-1 in Big Nine 4A play with the 7-0 tennis rout of the Cadets Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team topped Eisenhower, 7-0, on the Blue Devils' tennis courts Thursday afternoon to improve to 4-1 in Big Nine Class 4A play and 8-1 overall.The Blue Devils are tied with Richland for second place in the Big Nine, one lo

Irish girls golfers 2nd

ASOTIN — DeSales' girls placed second in a six-way Class 2B all-girls tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Course here Thursday.Ashton Montgomery placed third, shooting a 103, and Alyssa Lyons shot a 124 for DeSales' score of 227.St. John-Endicott sisters Micha

Stanfield hands Mac-Hi baseball loss

STANFIELD — Mac-Hi lost a single baseball game to Stanfield here Tuesday.The Pioneers had seven hits, while the Tigers knocked out 13 in the 11-3 loss.'We obviously didn't hit the ball and that's one of the thing's that's affected us lately,” said Mac-Hi

Wa-Hi track teams come in second at Big Nine meet

Wenatchee tops Wa-Hi in boys and girls action in Richland.

RICHLAND — Wenatchee's boys and girls both topped Wa-Hi in a four-way Columbia Basin Big Nine track and field contest at Fran Rish Stadium Thursday afternoon.Wenatchee topped Wa-Hi, 75-70, in boys action, and the girls won 91-59.'We had a great talk after

Wa-Hi girls edged by Eisenhower tennis

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team lost a close match to visiting Eisenhower here Thursday.The Blue Devils fell, 4-3, with Ike players taking three of four singles matches.'As they always do, they battled hard and never gave up,” said Wa-Hi coach Kev

Walla Walla city attorney: Octopus can stay through appeal process

Tim Donaldson says the city won't force removal of the mural, though fines will accrue, as the case continues.

WALLA WALLA -- Although Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff lost his lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla on Thursday, his giant purple octopus can stay in place for the time being.City Attorney Tim Donaldson said the mural on the toy store at 7 E. Main S

Thursday, April 28

County commissioners agree to maintain ambulance service in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Umatilla County Commissioners have agreed to maintain local ambulance services for Milton-Freewater services by offering the current provider financial support over six months.The settlement was reached Thursday following a discussion b

Timing of pay hikes for top city officials outrageous

The local economy has not yet recovered from the Great Recession and city government remains financially pinched.

The city of Walla Walla -- like every local government in Washington state (and maybe the nation) -- has had to watch every dime as the Great Recession has eroded its tax revenue. City services have been reduced as many employees have seen their wages fro

Free dump day for customers of Humbert Refuse and Recycling

ATHENA _ A pink slip will be a good thing Saturday for customers of Humbert Refuse and Recycling.Humbert is offering free dump day both Saturday and Sunday at the 79378 Gerking Flat Rd. west of Athena.

Commissioners wise to seek clarity tax-hike proposal

Raising the sales tax is a big decision and details are needed on how the money will be used.

Walla Walla County commissioners wisely asked for detailed information about how the money from a proposed one-tenth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax would be spent.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 04/28/11

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

Etcetera - 04/28/11

Sara Archer, Blue Mountain Humane Society's executive director, gave a presentation recently to assembled members of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, according to a report from Rotarian Robby Robbins.

DJ's to close after 30 years in business

A business known for its work on pipes, drains and faucets is closing up shop this week after 30 years of operation.

Walla Walla Community College ranked in elite of community colleges

The school is in the running with other top schools for a major cash prize.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College has been ranked among the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute.

Milton-Freewater ambulance service shifted to Athena, Walla Walla

The county has approved a six-month deal that takes the local provider out of the picture.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Starting Sunday, residents in a medical emergency will receive ambulance service from Walla Walla or Athena.

Purple octopus has to come down

In a decision released this morning, Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht rejects Bob Catsiff's claims that the city sign code is unconstitutional.

WALLA WALLA -- The purple octopus has to come down.That's the crux of a ruling by Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht, who has rejected claims by downtown toy store owner Bob Catsiff in his lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla.Cat

J.W. Mike Thomas

1919-2011

Mitzi Bierwagen

March 9, 1922 - April 23, 2011

Mary Schuetze

Sept. 06, 1925 - March 27, 2011

Death Notice - Eleanor Mitchell

Sept. 2, 1919 - April 27, 2011

Death Notice - Maybelle Bradley

April 28, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Keene

April 27, 2011

Death Notice - Pauline Webb

April 27, 2011

Death Notice - Earl Smith

March 17, 1932 - April 27, 2011

Milton-Freewater hosts Junior Show next week

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Junior Show is set with events next week involving more than 435 area youth.There will be a Style Review at 7 p.m. Monday at Mac-Hi's auditorium.May 6 and 7, there will be a showing of animals from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.From

Wa-Hi boys swing to tennis victory

The Blue Devils top Moses Lake, 5-2, losing two in singles but sweeping doubles for the Big Nine victory.

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team posted a 5-2 team win over Moses Lake Wednesday afternoon.The win improves the Blue Devils to 7-1 overall. They're 3-1 in Big Nine play, and see Eisenhower today and 4A state champion Wenatchee May 7.'Moses Lake had b

Whitman baseball fans encouraged to go green

WALLA WALLA — Fans of Whitman College baseball are encouraged to wear green on Saturday as the environmental sustainability movement provides the backdrop for a noon doubleheader between the Missionaries and Whitworth University at Borleske Stadium.In bet

Mac-Hi's Varady scores 97 for third place at Hermiston Invite

HERMISTON — Mac-Hi golfer Allison Varady scored a 97 for third place at the Hermiston Invitational golf match.'Allison had a good day on the course, especially after missing the last week of the season because of illness,” said coach David Gubbels. 'I'm p

Blue Devils girls tennis team hands Moses Lake 6-1 loss

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi handed Moses Lake for a 6-1 girls tennis loss Wednesday afternoon.The Blue Devils swept in singles, with the only team loss coming at No. 3 doubles.'The girls played well as a team and individuals,” said Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck. 'It was

Warriors beat up Bigfoot in baseball sweep

WWCC sweeps Spokane, 6-1 and 7-5, and holds fourth place in the NWAACC East Region.

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College swept through Spokane in an NWAACC baseball doubleheader Wednesday.The Warriors topped the Bigfoot, 6-1 and 7-5.'We approached the two games like this was the start of the playoffs,” said WWCC coach Dave Meliah. 'I

UFC Hall of Famer Shamrock in town

WALLA WALLA — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame inductee Ken Shamrock is coming to town for a three-hour mixed martial arts seminar and to host the UFC 129 pay-per-view event at the Red Monkey Lounge Saturday night.Shamrock, known as ‘The

Touchet tops Dayton in nonleague softball

DAYTON — Touchet picked up a single softball victory over Dayton Wednesday afternoon.The Indians' Nicole Brown pitched the complete game, allowing the Bulldogs just four hits.'Nicole pitched an excellent game and our girls struggled with her at first,” sa

Wednesday, April 27

State should sell two planes used by governor

While having the planes is nice, it's just not a priority given the current economic situation.

Does Gov. Chris Gregoire need access to two state-owned airplanes?A number of state senators don't believe she does and would like to sell the two planes -- eight-seat Beechcraft King Airs -- as a way to help balance the state budget. They view the planes

JUST BEAMING IN THE RAIN

Just beaming in the rain of first game action Tuesday afternoon against visiting Chiawana, Wa-Hi's Janelle Hartford had plenty to smile about---even with bouts of steady drizzle---as the Blue Devils trounced the Riverhawks with the mercy rule in 5 innings for both their games.

SUPERIOR COURT - Criminal Cases

Michael A. Thornton, 23, 417 N. Palouse St., was charged April 25 with second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief. Thornton is accused of wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over scrap metal, and knowingly and maliciously d

Holocaust survivor to speak Monday at Whitman College

WALLA WALLA -- Holocaust survivor Robert Holczer will speak Monday at Whitman College as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Wa-Hi seniors named Gates Millennium Scholars for 2011

WALLA WALLA -- Two Walla Walla High School seniors have been named Gates Millennium Scholars for 2011.

Sorority's car wash fundraiser to benefit aviary

A car wash fundraiser from a Whitman College sorority will help keep the Pioneer Park Aviary afloat.

Vehicle crashes into downtown business Tuesday evening

WALLA WALLA -- A vehicle plowed into the front of a downtown building Tuesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on Walla Walla's Main Street.

Fire damages new police station

WALLA WALLA -- A spark from a welding torch ignited a fire at the new police station under construction at 54 E. Moore St. Tuesday afternoon, officials reported.

Emergency Services - 04/27/11

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 - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - COLUMBIA SCHOOL BOARD

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

Milton-Freewater man shot by hunting partner

Justin Warne was taken to the hospital after being hit during a turkey hunt.

WESTON -- A Milton-Freewater man was accidentally shot in the back of the head and shoulders Tuesday night during a turkey hunting excursion in the Oregon mountains, officials said.Justin Warne, 41, was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center Tu

Tillamook Head's Clatsop Loop Trail a walk near William Clark's footsteps

Editor's Note: Part 2 of this report from the Oregon Coast appeared in this section last week.CANNON BEACH, Ore. — Nora the Schnauzer and I angled northward on a level stretch of the Clatsop Loop Trail, a few yards from the summit of Tillamook Head at Eco

PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devils sweep past Riverhawks softball

Wa-Hi's softball team hands Chiawana 19-0 and 15-0, five-inning losses Tuesday at Murr Field.

WALLA WALLA — Chiawana picked up the brunt of Wa-Hi's frustration after its first regular-season Columbia Basin Big Nine softball loss since 2009 occurred last Friday.This time, it was the Blue Devils handing out disappointment as they sent the Riverhawks

Reinland leads Lewis-Clark State to Frontier golf title

MISSOULA, Mont. — Wa-Hi alum Drew Reinland golfed his way to the Frontier League Championship at the Larchmont Golf Course here this week.Reinland hit a 71-72-67—210 in three days for Lewis-Clark State, leading his team to the championship and qualifying

Irish manhandle Jags, 28-3 and 22-2

PASCO — DeSales picked up two lopsided baseball victories in Southeast 2B play Tuesday.The Irish swept Tri-Cities Prep, 28-3 and 22-2, in two five-inning games.'They have a young team and they're not very experienced,” DeSales coach Kim Cox said of the Ja

Pilot Rock takes 6-1 softball game from W-M

PILOT ROCK — Weston-McEwen dropped a single softball game to Pilot Rock in Special District 5 play Tuesday.The TigerScots lost, 6-1, but had missed opportunities to win.They opened with a Morgan Entze triple, then Molly von Borstel got to second on a fiel

Woo Crew members impress at national snowboard competition

The local Bluewood skiers are led by Sarah Koehler's run to third at Copper Mountain, Colo.

DAYTON — Woo Crew members Blake Morasch, 15, of Walla Walla, and Jaymin Morgan, 16, of Kennewick, finished well ahead of their pre-race rankings and their fellow competitors from across the nation at the 2011 United States of American Snowboard Associatio

Mistakes kill Bulldogs in 7-6 loss to Touchet

DAYTON — Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes — Dayton made them here Tuesday in a 7-6 non-league prep baseball loss to Touchet.'Three of our errors, two walks and a hit batsman accounted for six of their runs,” Bulldogs coach Sal Benavides said. 'It seems like w

DeSales' 50 hits leads to softball rout of T-C Prep

PASCO — DeSales knocked out 50 hits in a Southeast 2B softball doubleheader against Tri-Cities Prep Tuesday, en route to 27-0 and 21-7 victories.Ashlyn Lyons had eight strikeouts in the first game and 15 in the second, keeping the Jaguars hitless in game

Waitsburg-Prescott dominates District 7 track foes

COLFAX — Seth Deal doubled in the distance races here Tuesday as Waitsburg-Prescott moved outside the box and dominated five District 7 schools in a boys Class B track and field meet.Led by Deal's first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,000 meters plus vi

Davis shuts out Wa-Hi boys, 1-0, in Big Nine soccer

WALLA WALLA — Davis goalkeeper Alexes Garcia recorded nine saves to make Ricardo Badillo's first-half goal stand up as Davis shut out Wa-Hi, 1-0, in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A boys soccer play Tuesday.The Blue Devils travel to Moses Lake at 1 p.m. Saturda

Walla Walla Native Plant Society plans week of events

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Native Plant Society is taking part in Washington's Native Plant Appreciation Week next week with three events.From 1-3 p.m. Saturday, there will be a hike at Rempel Natural Area at Fort Walla Walla Park. This is an 80-acre natur

Wa-Hi closes in on Big Nine title

The Blue Devil baseball team sweeps Davis to improve to 10-0 in league and secures at least a tie for the Big Nine Class 4A title.

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's sweep of Davis here Tuesday, 6-5 and 5-2, leaves the Blue Devils needing one victory at Wenatchee Friday to secure sole possession of first place in the Big Nine 4A.Wa-Hi, now 10-0 in league and 14-4 overall, plays host to a district tour

Pomeroy golfers second at Columbia Point

RICHLAND — Pomeroy's golfers placed second at a four-way pod match at Columbia Point here Tuesday.The Pirates carded a team 350 from the tope four golfers on the 18-hole, par-32 course, while Tri-Cities Prep won at 345. Liberty-Christian was third at 374

DeSales boys win Wine Valley match

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' boys won a four-team golf match at Wine Valley Golf Club Tuesday.DeSales' Ryan Baumgart shot at 75 on the par-72 course, with teammates Bryce Scott carding an 83 and Jerod Konen 89 for the Irish's 247 team score. Andrew Hayunga had

Mac-Hi boys net victory over Umatilla

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi's boys dominated Umatilla's tennis team with an 8-1 win, while the Umatilla girls picked up a 15-1 victory.Mac-Hi's boy's doubles teams swept Umatilla, while the only singles loss came at No. 3. Alexis Robles, Braden Harwood and Taylor B

Whitman to host girls youth basketball clinics

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's basketball program is hosting youth skills clinics on three consecutive Sunday afternoons in May.The clinics, slated for 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, and May 8 and 15, are for girls in grades 4 through 12.The clinics take

Death Notice - JW Thomas

July 27, 1919 - April 25, 2011

Death Notice - Phyllis Ward

Sept. 2, 1934 - April 26, 2011

Death Notice - Maxine Mercer

Sept. 7, 1917 - April 26, 2011

Death Notice - Earl Smith

March 17, 1932 - April 27, 2011

Edwina Turley

Dec. 23, 1924 - April 21, 2011

Shirley Remboldt

July 21, 1952 - April 18, 2011

Head to Farmer's Market

It's May and warm weather activities are getting started all over the area. Putting a long winter aside, there's the promise of family fun at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market. The market opens for its new season May 1 and will run Saturdays and Sunda

WALLA WALLA TABLE - Quick, easy family fare

Picking up where I left off with our last article on grocery shopping, what does $80-$100 get you for the week?Depends on what you have in your pantry and what you have purchased for the week. My week's worth of groceries actually stretched into almost tw

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Reading last page of book not a crime

I regularly indulge in a dreadful habit.Actually, I am a teeming mass of bad habits, but it's best to address just one at a time so that you won't be overwhelmed and give up on me.This one involves picking up a book, reading through the first several chap

Green tip of the week - 04/26/11

Natural lighting is an important tool in attaining sustainability.Natural lighting is beneficial to health, reduces energy consumption, improves work performance and contributes to pleasing interior design.

FACES AND PLACES - Spring Service Day a win-win endeavor

On April 17, students, faculty and staff of Walla Walla University, Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College joined together for the third annual Spring Service Day.Coordinated by Ellie Veverka at Walla Walla University, Lina Menard at Whitman Co

ETCETERA - National Guard volunteers spiff up Mill Creek Recreation Area

Jeremy Nguyen, a park ranger at Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake, shot several photos of an April 17 National Guard "Guard the Environment" event at Bennington Lake.Members of the Washington National Guard held the environmental service day in the U.S.

Get a handle on retirement savings

If you are like many Americans, you have that one burning question on your mind: "Will I be financially stable when I get ready to retire?" A good place to start in answering "yes" to this question is with an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan.A 401(k) can be

Tuesday, April 26

Public safety benefit of drug, cellphone turn-in program

This coming Saturday's Prescription Take Back Day is good for the environment, but it's even better for the safety of the public.The program allows people to bring to the Walla Walla Police Department prescription drugs no longer needed or with expired us

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rep. Nelson's tuition stand disappointing

It is with great disappointment Nancy and I learn of Oregon state Rep. Dave Nelson's position on the House bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a university education at "in-state" tuition rates. After speaking with many Republican friends and neigh

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Some history was forgotten

An answer to the class-war letter by Bruce McCutcheon:I read his letter and I would like to add my comments as he seems to have forgotten some important history.Bush and the Republicans inherited a recession started in the Clinton years when the hi-tech b

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Directors get raises, employees get cuts

Let's see. A 7.1 percent salary increase for the city's directors while the Department of Human Services and the County Health Department employees were mandated to take one furlough day each month (starting in November 2010) resulting in stated 3 percent

United Way's strong showing speaks well of Walla Walla Valley

The local charitable organization surpassed its fundraising goal even with the recession.The goal for the local United Way campaign -- $420,000 -- was lofty considering the ongoing slow climb out of the Great Recession.

Tax plan sent back for more work

Commissioners asked for a strategic plan related to a requested sales tax increase.

WALLA WALLA -- A proposed sales tax increase to aid mental health and substance abuse services was sent back for more work Monday. Walla Walla County commissioners directed Daryl Daugs, head of the county's Human Services Department, to produce a strategi

Tax time rolls around for Walla Walla County landowners

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County landowners need to remember that Monday is the deadline for property tax payments.Payments need to be postmarked by that day, said Walla Walla County Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner. Payments can also be made in person at the

'Mom Prom' to benefit The Mom's Network

For the women who kiss boo-boos, treat stains, cut the crusts off the bread and wipe runny noses: A dose of Dance Fever.Mothers across the Walla Walla Valley are invited to attend "Mom Prom" this Friday at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St.Attend

Sex offender dies at commitment center

William A. Harris, who was suspected of being a sexually violent predator, suffered from liver cancer.

WALLA WALLA -- A man convicted of child molestation in Walla Walla County and suspected of being a sexually violent predator has died at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.William A. Harris was being held at the center pending a civil commitme

Emergency services - 04/26/11

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

Church to sponsor 5K fun run/walk Sunday morning

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 715 S.E. 12th St., will sponsor a 5K Fun Run/Walk that begins Sunday at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Meet at the corner of Larch Avenue and 12th Street. For more information, call 509-52

Relay for Life kickoff set for this evening in Dayton

DAYTON -- Relay for Life of the Blue Mountains will kick off its fourth fund-raising season tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Seneca Community Building at the east end of Washington Street.

Firewood cutting permits go on sale Friday for forests

Firewood cutting permits for the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests will go on sale Friday.Permits will be available at U.S. Forest Service district offices and at local vendors in various communities. Firewood cutting season will begin Sunday

Atkinson golfs to third for Wa-Hi in Richland

RICHLAND — Dean Atkinson's 80 was good for third place and led Wa-Hi's boys at a Big Nine pod match at Meadow Springs Country Club here Monday.Richland's Matt Rezendes and Cole Lorenzo tied for medalist honors with 2-over-par 74s.'Dean had a really good d

Wa-Hi's Anderson commits to WWCC women's hoops

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi post player Gabby Anderson has committed to play women's basketball at WWCC next year.Anderson verbally committed to the Warriors after practicing with the team this spring.'We are excited to have a commitment from Gabby. She is a tale

Dunovant wins for Warriors

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College's Dona Dunovant followed her opening-round 76 at Coeur d'Alene Municipal Sunday with a 76 on the Liberty Lakes course Monday to with the Bigfoot Invitational.'Once again Dona finds herself atop the leaderboard,” WWC

Weston-McEwen baseball team tops Pendleton JV

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen picked up a 13-5 win over the Pendleton JV in nonleague baseball action Monday.The TigerScots improved to 9-5 overall with the win.'We've had some bys and some rainouts, so it was good to add this game,” said coach T.J. Haguewood.Ma

Wind another foe for Wa-Hi girl's golf team

Blue Devil freshman Jessica Huntsman finishes fourth in the Big Nine girl's golf pod match.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's girls golf team hosted a Big Nine pod match at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Monday, and competed against more than their league foes.'We had wind gusts up to 30 mph, rain — it was nasty,” Blue Devil coach Mike Patterson said.Wa-Hi f

Barbara Wolfe

1917 - 2011

Frederick Miklancic

Nov. 4, 1934 – April 21, 2011

Lucille Roberts

June 18, 1918 - April 23, 2011

Monday, April 25

MAKING A STAND FOR SUMMER

Springing in to summer, Marrissa Stewart, 13, and her younger brother Mark LaPointe, 7, sell cups of lemonade for 50-cents from their front yard on Chestnut Street Friday afternoon. A 5:30 the two had made $8 but recounted a day when Mark setup a stand fr

WALLA WALLA SUPERIOR COURT - JUVENILE CASES

Angel Cabellero, 16, 420 School Ave., was sentenced April 14 on one count contempt-truancy. The sentence included nine days in the Juvenile Justice Center, 12 months community supervision, 20 hours community service, $100 to crime victims compensation fun

WALLA WALLA SUPERIOR COURT - Criminal Cases

Brandice M. Sundquist, 33, 105 Newell St., was charged March 30 with escape from community custody. Sundquist is accused of discontinuing making herself available to the Department of Corrections for supervision between Dec. 22 and March 3.

Dog dies, home badly damaged in Milton-Freewater fire

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Authorities today are investigating a fire that damaged a home Friday.

Airplane lands on Whitman Drive after engine quits

COLLEGE PLACE -- A pilot survived a dead-stick landing on Whitman Drive Sunday, but a "low-flying aircraft" sign didn't.

Charges filed in College Place home invasions

Adam A. Hermanns and Antonio S. Contreras, both of whom are felons, are accused in incidents in College Place.

WALLA WALLA -- Two felons have been charged in Superior Court with committing a home invasion on Southeast Fourth Street in College Place early this month.Adam A. Hermanns, 23, and Antonio S. Contreras, 24, were charged Friday afternoon with one count eac

Emergency Services - 04/25/11

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 - Pomeroy School Board

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Where: Elementary Room 109

Dunovant leads WWCC golfers at Bigfoot Invite

Dona Dunovant enjoys the best golfing weather so far this spring as she tops the women's leaderboard in Coeur d'Alene.

COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho — The best golfing weather of the spring didn't lead to the best scores, at least for some of Walla Walla's contingent, during the first round of the Bigfoot Invitational at the Coeur d'Alene Municipal Golf Course Sunday.The exceptio

Walla Walla 12U Xplosion softball team goes 2-0 over weekend

WALLA WALLA — The 12U Walla Walla Xplosion fastpitch softball team picked up two victories Saturday at the Mill Creek Sportplex.The Xplosion defeated the Pendleton Pride, 4-2, before handing the Washington Force a 7-6 defeat.The 12U Xplosion are now 11-3

Barton's even-par can't keep Whitman men from slipping to fifth

Brian Barton shoots a 72 Sunday, but Whitman's men slip to fifth at the NWC golf championships.

KENNEWICK — Despite an even-par 72 from Brian Barton, Whitman College slipped from fourth to fifth as the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Championship Tournament concluded its two-day run here Saturday at Canyon Lakes.Whitman posted a 313 team score for i

WWU fastpitch takes two from EWU club team

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University won two fastpitch softball games over Eastern Washington University's club squad here Friday, 8-0 and 8-1.

Corps to host 'industry day' for potential vendors

WALLA WALLA -- People who want to do business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have a chance to learn how Thursday. The Walla Walla District office will host an "Industry Day" the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Inter

Jo Ann Stanford

April 22, 2011

Death Notice - Mitzi Bierwagen

March 9, 1922 - April 23, 2011

Death Notice - Huston Jernee

May 20, 1931 - March 25, 2011

Death Notice - Jack Babbitt, Sr.

June 22, 1934 - April 21, 2011

RG Seibold

Sept. 13, 1920 - April 3, 2011

Catherine Woodard

Nov. 8, 1918 - March 22, 2011

Judith Springer

Jan. 7, 1942 - April 16, 2011

Mary Schuetze

Sept. 06, 1925 - March 27, 2011

Jerome W. Vaughn (JW)

Sept. 27, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Edwina Turley

Dec. 23, 1924 - April 21, 2011

ENGAGEMENT - Pringle-VanDonge

Bob and Janet VanDonge announce the engagement of son Ben VanDonge to Kate Pringle, all of Walla Walla.The bride-elect is the daughter of Scott and Susan Pringle of Redmond, Wash. She graduated in

UPDATE - Family sues Odd Fellows Home over death

Aida Anbra Zalloua died after falling from a window in an upper-floor room.

WALLA WALLA -- A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court alleges a local assisted-living facility neglected to care for a patient, resulting in action that ultimately caused her death. On Friday an administrator at Washington Odd Fell

Saturday, April 23

$n$ Pomeroy golfs past St. John-End.

POMEROY — Pomeroy defeated St. John-Endicott here at Crystal Springs Golf Course Saturday in boys golf action.The Pirates shot 430 to outdistance St. John Endicott, which finished with 516.Pomeroy eighth grader Tyson Fieder took medalist honors with a 78

WWCC splits with Big Bend baseball

WALLA WALLA — Mike Paulson and Anthony Garza combined on a seven-hitter Saturday as Walla Walla Community College nipped Big Bend, 2-1, in the second game of an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field.The visiting Vikings pounded out

Touchet pitching and hitting lead to softball sweep

TOUCHET — Touchet got pitching in game one to defeat Garfield-Palouse 8-1, and Indian bats erupted in game two as the Indians won 15-5.The sweep improves the Indians to 2-1 in district nine softball play.Nicole Brown fanned 11 Vikings in pitching a comple

W-P, Liberty Christian split baseball doubleheader

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott and Liberty Christian split a Class 2B District 9 baseball doubleheader here Saturday.Each team collected 13 hits in the opener, but W-P came out on top, 11-9. Zach Bartlow and Dalton Estes had three hits apiece in the game w

Warriors sweep, lead NWAACC East

WWCC sweeps Yakima in softball action Saturday, moving to 12-0 at home in league play.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College followed up its Friday NWAACC Eastern Region softball sweep of top-ranked Wenatchee Valley with a pair of wins against league foe Yakima on Saturday at Warrior Field.WWCC, ranked third in the latest NWAACC poll,

Whit women get highest golf finish in school history

George Fox wins the NWC, but Whitman places second at Richland's Columbia Point.

RICHLAND — A young Whitman College women's golf team wasn't able to catch nationally-ranked George Fox in Saturday's closing round of the Northwest Conference championship tournament, but the Missionaries capped the best season in school history by holdin

Mac-Hi boys win, girls second at invite

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi's boys were first overall and the girls second by one point here Saturday at the River's Edge Invitational track and field meet.On the boys side, Pancho Saldana finished first in discus with a mark of 119 feet, five inches. He was first

Irish tracksters run strong against big schools

The boys are 14th and the girls place 12th at the Prosser Invite.

PROSSER — DeSales track and field athletes competed against 15 other schools, including several 4A powers, in the Prosser Rotary Invitartional track and field meet at Art Fiker Stadium Saturday.A pair of DeSales athletes claimed second places and several

Dayton falls to T-O-R baseball team

DAYTON — Dayton dropped a baseball doubleheader to Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia in Southeast 2B league play Saturday.T-O-R picked up the first game, 16-11, and though the Bulldogs carried a 5-0 lead into the fourth inning of game two, they couldn't hold on in

Babe Ruth baseball hosting tryouts next Sunday

WALLA WALLA — The 2011 Walla Walla Valley Babe Ruth baseball is having tryouts for players ages 13-16 from 1-3 p.m. next Sunday at Tietan Park.Applications, medical release forms and more information may be found at websites www.home.wallawallavalleybaber

American Legion summer baseball hosting tryouts

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla American Legion is holding baseball tryouts for summer league teams at 3 p.m. May 1 at the WWCC baseball field.Players are 15 and older can try out for the Bears, Bruins or Griz. They'll be evaluated by the legion coaches and

Wa-Hi boys win two in Kennewick

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi improved its boys tennis season record to 6-1 here Saturday with wins over Kennewick and Southridge.The Blue Devils beat the Lions, 6-1, and the Suns, 7-0.'This was a great day for the Blue Devil tennis boys,” Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings sa

Mac-Hi splits with La Grande in softball Friday

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi failed to get the clutch hit in Greater Oregon League softball action in a 3-2 loss to La Grande in the first game of a doubleheader here Saturday.The Pioneers figured it out for game two as Mac-Hi pounded out 22 hits and defeated the T

Richland bites Wa-Hi with first regular-season loss since '09

Wa-Hi wins the opener, 7-2, but drops the nightcap, 6-4, in its first regular-season loss since 2009.

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's last regular-season softball loss came May 1, 2009, against Kamiakin.Until this weekend.On Friday, the Blue Devils fell to Richland in the second game of a Columbia Basin Big Nine doubleheader, 5-4, despite home runs by Andrea Hamada, A

Dayton, T-O-R split softball doubleheader

DAYTON — Dayton and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia split a softball twin bill here Saturday.The Bulldogs dropped the first game, 8-6, but got a grasp on T-O-R pitcher Briann Maley for a 15-11 nightcap win.'We didn't get our bats alive in the first game until the

TigerScots adjust speed in softball split

Weston-McEwen loses the opener 3-1, but bats adjust for the 7-6 nightcap win.

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen split a Special District 5 softball twinbill with Irrigon at Memorial Field here Saturday.The Knights (8-5 overall, 1-3 league) picked up the opener, 3-1, but the TigerScots (12-4, 4-1) exacted their revenge with a 7-6 nightcap win.

W-P softballers sweep Liberty Chrisitan

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott put on an offensive display in sweeping a Southeast 2B twinbill from Liberty Christian here Saturday.W-P pounded out 18 hits to post an 18-0 win in the opener and continued to pound the softball with 14 more hits in completin

Split squads do well for Blue Devil tracksters

Wa-Hi sends athletes to Coeur d'Alene and Hermiston for weekend meets.

COEUR d'ALENE — Wa-Hi tracksters split their squad, competing in the 17-team Coeur d'Alene Invitational and at the Hermiston Kiwanis Invite Saturday.In Coeur d'Alene, the Wa-Hi girls took home fourth in the team standings and the Blue Devil boys claimed a

Indians hardballers split with Gar-Pal

TOUCHET — Garfield-Palouse and Touchet split a Southeast 1B baseball twin bill here Saturday.The Indians picked up the 15-1, five-inning opening win, but lost to the Vikings, 16-12, in the nightcap.Nate Ortiz pitched the complete-game opener for the India

Pioneer hardballers swept by La Grande

La Grande wins the GOL face-off 8-2 and 7-4.

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi slipped to 0-6 in Greater Oregon League play with a doubleheader loss to the home Tigers, 8-2 and 7-4, in Friday Greater Oregon League baseball action.Carson Miller showed why he is 'one of the top pitchers in the GOL,” according to Mac

Wa-Hi girls lose two matches to Kennewick, Southridge

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi dropped two girls tennis matches here Saturday.Kennewick won three-of-four singles matches to edge Wa-Hi 4-3.The Blue Devils only managed one win Saturday afternoon against Southridge. The Suns took the match 6-1.'Today was a tough one,”

Warriors slap Knights with NWAACC East sweep

Wenatchee had a one-game lead over WWCC in the Eastern Region before the Warriors took two from the Knights, 2-1 and 5-3.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Wenatchee Valley came to Warrior Field Friday for a community college softball doubleheader against Walla Walla with the NWAACC's top ranking and a one-game lead in the Eastern Region standings over the Warriors.WWCC's Dara Kosanke

Mac-Hi wins, Weston-McEwen fourth at Umatilla Invite

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi placed first and Weston-McEwen was fourth here Saturday during the Umatilla Invitational tennis tournament.The Pioneers accumulated 35 points and the TigerScots racked up 14.W-M's Daniel Winn finished second in the boys singles competiti

Meeting to focus on Columbia County's economy

The Port of Columbia, Dayton Chamber and others will answer questions.

DAYTON — After learning some shocking news from the Port of Columbia's State of the Economy Presentation held in January, a follow-up session is planned to discuss ways to combat the bad news.The disappointing facts showed Dayton&rsq

Application deadline approaches

Applications for funding for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production to implement resource conservation practices is are due May 20.The funding is offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natur

Letter gets Votendahl in hot water

As a part-time judge, he was prohibited from endorsing a nonjudicial candidate.

WALLA WALLA - A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court alleges a local assisted-living facility neglected to care for a patient, resulting in action that ultimately caused her death.On Friday an administrator at Washington Odd Fellow

Meetings to address stormwater fee

County officials have said the fee is necessary to meet new mandates.

WALLA WALLA - A stormwater management fee that has become a stormy topic will be the subject of two meetings this week.Walla Walla County commissioners have scheduled the meetings to answer questions and concerns about stormwater assessment statements tha

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 4/24/11

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 School District honors school volunteers

Eight people received 2010-11 Art Regier Volunteer of the Year awards.

WALLA WALLA - Eight community residents were recognized Tuesday by the Walla Walla School Board for their outstanding contributions as volunteers to Walla Walla Public Schools.Superintendent Mick Miller introduced the recipients of the 2010-11 Art Regier

City of Walla Walla adjusts salaries using ‘cost of labor'

The system, which is commonly used in the private sector, looks at what competitors are paying employees who perform the same services within the same competitive market region.

WALLA WALLA - An across-the-board 7.1 percent salary increase this year for the city's department directors has some crying foul, especially after police, fire and other city employees gave up benefits and raises for the next two years to make up for budg

Lightning strike blasts Milton-Freewater tree

MILTON-FREEWATER - Along with sleet, rain and cold, a storm Thursday also delivered a good jolt of lightning near Milton-Freewater."It sounded like a cannon went off," said Jim Frank, who was sitting in his home in the 53000 block of Stiller Lane when a l

Commissioners to resume sales tax talks

Although commissioners can take action at the meeting, they don't feel they are ready to issue a decision.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla County commissioners will resume discussion of a proposed sales tax increase Monday.The proposed one-tenth of 1 percent increase would be used to increase funds for mental health and substance abuse services. Commissioners are sc

Dog lovers expect howling good time at next weekend's show

WALLA WALLA — The second round of national "Prescription Take Back Day" will have a new ring to it locally.The public can come to the Walla Walla Police Department on Saturday and turn in prescription drugs no longer needed or

OMSI immerses Grove students in world of science

OMSI's traveling program visits schools in Eastern Oregon and Idaho.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Getting to take a hammer to a water balloon was just one of the perks during an assembly last week at Grove Elementary put on by the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry.Grove is among several Eastern Oregon and Idaho schools that partic

Marina, campground owner says facilities are open

STARBUCK - Lyons Ferry Marina and the Starbuck/Lyons Ferry Marina KOA Campground are not closed, owner Jim MacArthur said last week.Confusion in the public's mind that the Lyons Ferry Park across the Snake River from the marina is the same facility as the

Cost-of-labor approach can be complicated

Local union for city workers doesn't agree with approach.

WALLA WALLA - The city's current switch from cost of living to cost of labor does have its merits, said labor analyst and practice leader James Stoeckmann of WorldatWork."I think municipalities are more inclined to become enlightened to that approach, and

Pomeroy woman dies in double fatality accident

CLARKSTON - A Pomeroy woman was one of two people killed in a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 12 near Clarkston on Friday.According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred at 9:09 p.m. three miles east of Clarkston.Police said an eastbound Je

Burbank accident injures Pasco man

BURBANK - One person was injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision on the Snake River Bridge.According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred at 8:33 p.m. in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 12 on the bridge.Police said a car driven by St

PANORAMA - In Pacific City gray clouds can often have silver linings

About the only guarantee for weather on the Oregon Coast is that there is weather.It is folly to expect sunshine, and even more foolish to expect dry days.Over the past 30-some years, our family has occasionally made spring break excursions to the coast,

ETCETERA - TV station airs feature on 30-year WW youth soccer coach

Roy Anderson has volunteered for 30-plus years as a soccer coach with the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department. Also a watercolor artist, he changes his players' lives, one soccer portrait at a time, said reporter Jennifer Wilson in a March 29 feat

PASTOR COLUMNS - Mary Magdalene saw the end of the world

It is interesting to fantasize about the end of human history.Maybe a giant meteor will destroy life on Earth after some of us migrate to Mars. Movies such as "2012" entertain us. Nuclear holocaust scares us.I want to tell you about four women who lived n

PASTOR COLUMNS - Christ is risen! O taste, see that the Lord is good

For Christians, Easter is the high point of the year. The joyous affirmation, "Christ is risen!" calls forth the response, "He is risen, indeed!" Along with the regulars on Easter Sunday, there are others in attendance: those who want to please family mem

CHURCH BULLETIN

Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. today at Pioneer Park

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

AARP Driver Safety Program announces new class schedule

The AARP Driver Safety Program has a new class schedule for April and May. The class fee is $14. If you are an AARP member you receive a $2 discount.Check with your insurance agent about receiving a discount on your auto insurance for taking the class. Ca

Groundbreaking signals federal government kept its promise

The nation owes veterans access to quality health care.

Generally, ground-breaking ceremonies for government projects are more fluff than substance.But when dirt was ceremoniously turned by dignitaries on Tuesday at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center it was an important moment.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 04/24/11

Americans want tax fairness, not tax cutsWhy are politicians so terrified of the T-word? Even the original tea partiers weren't opposed to the idea of taxes - they were opposed to the lack of representation.And though Ronald Reagan - the man the tax conse

Blue Devils win baseball showdown with Bombers

The teams entered Friday's twin bill tied atop the Big Nine, but Wa-Hi sweeps Richland to take a two-game league baseball lead.

WALLA WALLA — Champions just win.Wa-Hi defeated Richland, behind Drew Christina's three-hitter, in a pitchers' dual, 2-0, in the opener of a Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball twin bill at Murr Field Friday.The Blue Devils completed the sweep with an 11-

WWCC slaps Wenatchee Valley with NWAACC East softball sweep

Wenatchee had a one-game lead over WWCC in the Eastern Region before the Warriors took two from the Knights, 2-1 and 5-3.

WALLA WALLA — Visiting Wenatchee Valley came to Warrior Field Friday for a community college softball doubleheader against Walla Walla with the NWAACC's top ranking and a one-game lead in the Eastern Region standings over the Warriors.WWCC's Dara Kosanke

Friday, April 22

WEATHERING 'SPRING'

Caught in the cold and sleet of a late afternoon storm at Bennington Lake, a bicyclist protects his face from the icy onslaught as he crests the top of a hill and tries to weather spring's unpredictable weather.

EOU president, community leaders to host reception

PENDLETON -- Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies and community leaders will host a reception Thursday to provide an update on EOU.

City to hold meetings on condition of streets

WALLA WALLA -- The city is holding a series of town hall meetings dealing with the number one complaint by residents.

Exchange Club Easter egg hunt set for Saturday in Pioneer Park

WALLA WALLA -- The annual egg Easter egg hunt put on by Exchange Club of Walla Walla wil be 9 a.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park.

Re-enactment of last week of Jesus' life planned

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 715 S.E. 12th St., will offer Scripture-narrated re-enactments of the last week of Jesus' life, called "Journey to the Cross," today, Saturday and Easter Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. each day.

Affordable insurance makes rodeo a go at Dayton Days

DAYTON -- Dayton Days promoters have found an insurance policy within their financial reach, so plans are moving forward, to hold the Memorial Day weekend with rodeo and parade, Columbia County Fair manager Shane Laib said this morning.

The Columbia County Fair Board is running the event this year.

Events May 28-29 will include a jackpot rodeo at 1 p.m. Saturday, a parade Saturday morning, queen's luncheon to follow the parade, and Pro West rodeo at 7 p.m. Sunday events will include 10 a.m. slack timed events, and Pro West rodeo at 7 p.m.

Prescott School District plans cuts to several positions

PRESCOTT -- The impact from state budget cuts, plus an anticipated loss of enrollment puts the Prescott School District in the unpleasant position of planning to reduce two certificated positions and eight hours of classified time, Superintendent Bill Jor

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Ricardo L. Butler, 15, Juvenile Justice Center, was sentenced April 13 on one count first-degree child molestation.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Lacey D. Vigil, 38, 243 N.E. Myra Road, College Place, was charged April 11 with two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree theft.

Emergency Services - 04/22/11

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

Legal Briefing - Roadkill roast? Think twice, Chef Boyardee

Dear John, If I accidentally hit a deer with my car and it dies, am I allowed to take it home and eat it? I believe that it would be a complete waste of the animals life to just leave it by the side of the road. If I at least use its body for nourishment,

Calls pour in over new Walla Walla County stormwater fee

The county's new $36 stormwater fee has led to a deluge of complaints from county residents.

WALLA WALLA -- A new stormwater fee has kicked up a storm among Walla Walla County residents.

Suspects held in home invasions

The incidents include one in which the suspect was turned back by an armed resident.

WALLA WALLA -- Officials believe they have solved two home invasion crimes that occurred in College Place in recent weeks.

Famed martial arts fighter to give seminar, meet fans

Ken Shamrock, a legendary American mixed martial arts fighter and former professional wrestler, will visit Walla Walla next weekend for a training seminar and a mix-and-mingle event with fans.

Rodeo a go for Dayton Days

Organizers decided to move forward after a financially feasible insurance policy was found.

DAYTON -- Dayton Days promoters have found an insurance policy within their financial reach, so plans are moving forward, to hold the Memorial Day weekend with rodeo and parade, Columbia County Fair manager Shane Laib said this morning.

More carbs at dinner may help with weight loss and cholesterol

Eating a low-calorie diet in which carbs have a heavier presence at dinner may offer a host of healthful benefits, a study finds.

Training set for volunteers at Cancer Resource Center

WALLA WALLA --The American Cancer Society will hold a training session for new Cancer Resource Center volunteers on Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the Marian Room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Caffeine benefits a paper tiger?

To wrap up this look at caffeine, let me generalize a bit.

Zero in on breathing to open door to still mind

Meditation is a journey inside to our deepest, most sacred space. It's the place where we find our true selves and can feel the presence of spirit in our lives.

Soda trumped by newer drinks in tooth-eating contest

Move over Coke, you've got competition.

Drug take-back set for April 30 in Walla Walla

Participants can drop off unused prescription drugs, as well as turn in old cell phones.

WALLA WALLA -- The second round of national "Prescription Take Back Day" will have a new ring to it locally. The public can come to the Walla Walla Police Department on April 30 and turn in prescription drugs no longer needed or with expired use-by dates.

Trial postponed in Walla Walla man's rape case

Philip S. Ingram is accused of assaulting two girls New Year's Day.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls at the apartment where he lived New Year's Day has been postponed.Phillip S. Ingram, 19, had been scheduled for trial this Tuesday in Superior Court on charges of second-

Trial dates moved to June for Walla Walla teens in rape case

Cager M. York and Daijohn A. Gonzalez are accused of attacking a 15-year-old last spring.

WALLA WALLA -- June trials are scheduled for two teenagers accused of raping a 15-year-old girl last spring while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road.Cager J. York, 19, of 2363 S. Wilbur Ave., now is set for trial June 20 in the adult division of Superior Co

Trial date moved for man in Walla Walla pursuits

Elliott W. Barnes faces charges in connection with three chases in recent months.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly led law enforcement officers on three vehicle pursuits in past months.Elliott W. Barnes, 26, of 1702 Old Milton Highway, now is set for trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court startin

Arthur Spoo

Oct. 24, 1918 - April 19, 2011

Barbara Robbins

Jan. 21, 1949 - April 20, 2011

College Place School Board OKs cuts

About eight jobs will be lost, either through layoffs or non-renewals.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place School Board approved a Modified Educational Program Thursday night that will authorize cuts to staffing and some programming in the upcoming school year.The cuts include about six layoffs and two short-term contracts th

Thursday, April 21

Lawsuit claims wrongful death at Odd Fellows

WALLA WALLA - A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court alleges a local assisted-living facility neglected to care for a patient, the result of which ultimately caused the woman's death.Zahi Zalloua and Mounir Zalloua say in a court d

Early businessman will be portrayed

The Living History performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Way, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. One of Walla Walla's early businessmen, Sigmund Schwabacher, will be portrayed by Steve Rubin.

MARQUEE - WWU takes on 'My Fair Lady'

Cockney accents are echoing through Walla Walla University's Village Hall this week in preparation for opening night of the spring production of 'My Fair Lady” Saturday.This charming, family-friendly play tells the tale of Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl l

WWU to hold car show

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University holds its 13th Annual Homecoming Car Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the corner of Fourth Street and College Avenue. Any vehicle is welcome to enter, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The publi

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550.

Walla Walla Choral Society to present 'Jubilate Deo'

COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla Choral Society presents, 'Jubilate Deo” directed by Christine Janis, 3 p.m. May 1 at Walla Walla University Church, Fourth Street and Bade Avenue.The concert will feature 'Litanies,” an original work by accompanist, local m

Entries open for Waitsburg Parade, set for May 21

WAITSBURG — Entries are now being taken for the Waitsburg Parade.Entry forms and information are available from Gail Wolfe, parade chairwoman, at (509) 540-0974. The deadline for entries is May 18.

Re-enactments of Jesus' last week to be presented

COLLEGE PLACE — The Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at the corner of Larch Avenue and 12th Street, will present scripture-narrated re-enactments of the final week of Jesus' life.Tours will leave the parking lot approximately every 20 minutes

Waitsburg-Prescott tracksters take top spots

W-P's boys and girls win a District 9 2B track meet at Martin Field Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys and girls rode a slew of first-place finishes to win a District 9 2B track meet at Martin Field Wednesday.Kristin Potter won the 100 meters in 13.50, the 200 in 28.12 and the 400 in 1:04.47, and Ronnie Hulce topped

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 Bailey absent, and Huether absent for part of the meeting the board Wednesday:

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

Emergency Services - 04/21/11

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

Theresa M. and Robert W. Card.

Camper trailer fire was disposal attempt, official says

A fire in an unoccupied camper trailer Tuesday proved to be a cautionary tale on burning regulations, fire officials said.

Farm families to be honored for conservation work

Earth Day celebrations include awards for work done to preserve habitat along Dry Creek.

WALLA WALLA -- Earth Day will be a special day for two Walla Walla farm families.

FDA pops bubble on sanitizers

The products claim to help fight antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleaned up some unproven claims being made by makers of hand sanitizers and antiseptic products.

Ducky Derby hatches 'Where's Ducky? contest

You may have noticed from the giant inflatable poultry making the rounds on the rooftops of local businesses that Ducky Derby season has officially commenced.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Luis A. Chavez, 25, 27 Campo Loop, Apt. B, was charged April 19 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one count of failure to transfer title within 45 days.

Etcetera - 04/21/11

This event is a marvel to behold: after the horn blows the local Easter egg hunt wraps up in a heartbeat. So ensuring your little hunters are on time, or even early is highly recommended.

Lyons fast-pitches Irish to sweep Indians

DeSales pitcher Ashlyn Lyons allows Touchet just four hits in the doubleheader.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales won a pitching duel in the opener here Wednesday of a non-league softball doubleheader with Touchet.Ashyln Lyons outdueled Nicole Brown as the Irish took the opener, 3-1.The Irish took advantage of 10 walks and pounded out eight hits

DeSales hosts alumni softball game Saturday

WALLA WALLA — DeSales High School is hosting the first DeSales Softball Alumni game on Saturday at the high school. The game begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a barbecue sponsored by the Booster Club.All former Irish softball players are invited.

DeSales' nine-hit attack overpowers Touchet hardballers

The Irish have four doubles in the 12-2 baseball win.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales rapped out nine hits, including four doubles, in posting a five-inning, 12-2, win over Touchet here Wednesday in non-league baseball action.'We're just trying to get better at swinging the bat,” Irish coach Kim Cox said. 'I see a lit

Yaks sweep Warriors in baseball action

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College fell to 9-5 with a doubleheader loss to Yakima Valley here Wednesday.The NWAACC-East Region leading Yaks improved to 13-1 in league play with their 12th straight win, going 10-4 and 12-6 over the Warriors. They're No

W-P keeps Tri-Cities Prep scoreless in two

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott handed Tri-Cities Prep two shutouts in Southeast 2B softball action here Wednesday.W-P's Jennifer Nichols and Kazmira Grende pitched the shutouts, leading W-P to 10-0 and 11-0 victories to improve them to 6-0 in league play o

Prison inmates charged in 2009 riot at Washington State Penitentiary

Three inmates are accused in connection with a melee involving about two dozen prisoners.

WALLA WALLA — Three prison inmates are facing felony charges for crimes they allegedly committing during a riot at the Washington State Penitentiary more than two years ago.The charges against Lamark A. Walker, Daniel F. Salas and Mark J. Viena were filed

Walla Walla teen charged with driving getaway car in beer heist

Carlos Uriel Ramirez Lopez is accused of rendering criminal assistance in connection with a robbery of the Zip Zone Conoco.

WALLA WALLA — An acknowledged local gang affiliate has been charged in Superior Court with driving the getaway car after a robbery of the Zip Zone Conoco in February.Carlos Uriel Ramirez Lopez, 16, of 368 Myrtle St., was charged Tuesday in the court's Juv

Marc Spence

April 21, 1958 - April 19, 2011

Thomas Field

May 9, 1944 - April 6, 2011

Helen Harrington

May 31, 1927 - April 17, 2011

Death Notice - Fred Miklancic

Nov. 4, 1934 - April 21, 2011

Death Notice - Bernard Stevenson

Dec. 8, 1916 - April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20

UNDER THE SPEEDO LIMIT

Running well under the 30 mph "Speedo" limit sign at the N. Palouse, E. Main and Boyer Avenue intersect, participants in this year's Speedo run charge forward in enthusiastic---but scantily clad---fashion as they begin their run through downtown Walla Walla. The speeding Speedos carried on a spring tradition for WWU students. Even on a slightly chilly Tuesday afternoon.

On the agenda - CP SCHOOL BOARD

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: District board room, 1755 S. College Ave., above Sager gym.

On the agenda - Valley Transit

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

Money Smart course to be offered in May

A little time understanding financial fundamentals could pay off for attendees of next month's Money Smart program.

Legislature should have been able to adjourn on time

Lawmakers have no excuses not finishing their work. They knew they faced a formidable task in balancing the budget.

When state lawmakers headed to Olympia in early January for the annual session of the Legislature, they knew they had some very tough decisions ahead.Every single one of the 147 elected lawmakers understood just how difficult it was going to be to craft a

Emergency Services - 04/20/11

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

Chapel plans special service, breakfast for Easter

WALLA WALLA -- New Beginnings Chapel, 822 W. Main St., will have a special service at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Easter service set for Sunday morning in Pioneer Park

WALLA WALLA -- The Easter Resurrection Sunday morning sunrise service will be from 7-8 a.m. in front of the gazebo at Pioneer Park on April 24.

Local Job's Daughters to hold fundraiser pancake breakfast

WALLA WALLA -- The members of Walla Walla Job's Daughters are holding their inaugural "Breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny" fundraiser Saturday.

Dayton hospital auxiliary to hold annual bake sale

DAYTON -- The Dayton General Hospital Auxiliary will hold it's once-a-year bake sale Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the hospital lobby. Donations for the sale will be accepted starting at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the sale.

Unity Church of Peace to hold 'Just Remember' service today

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will hold a service entitled "Just Remember" today from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Octopus gets day in Walla Walla court

A decision is expected soon in the case of the toy store octopus.

WALLA WALLA -- It's either a case of Walla Walla city government overreaching its authority or a downtown toy store owner who doesn't want to follow regulations.

Groundbreaking turns page for Walla Walla VA

Two new units will be built on the sprawling campus, bringing new life to the historic facility.

WALLA WALLA -- One of Walla Walla's historic spots opened a new chapter of its life Tuesday.

New meat processor planned in Dayton

Jim and Connie Westergreen own Dayton Cut and Wrap and are working to buy the former Thundering Hooves.

DAYTON -- By September, Jim and Connie Westergreen hope to be in their new meat processing plant on Cameron Street.

Walla Walla County jobless rate falls slightly

The county's rate ticked down to 8.3 percent from 8.4 percent the previous month.

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate took a seasonal turn for the better in March.

Etcetera - 04/20/11

This is for all those women who have saved their prom and bridesmaid dresses and any other dressy gowns of note.

A stormy Oregon Coast provides colorful tide pools

CANNON BEACH — After a full day and night of black clouds and torrential rain, a faint morning light seeped through the window of the inn.The clock said 6:42 a.m.I hustled into the clothes and rain gear. I hooked a camera over a shoulder and snapped Nora

PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devils pull out win over Bombers

Salvador Esquivel's penalty-kick goal in overtime lifts Wa-Hi's boys to the 1-0 Big Nine soccer victory over Richland.

WALLA WALLA — It took 89 minutes of play, but Wa-Hi emerged victorious over league-leading Richland in Big Nine boys soccer action Tuesday evening.Wa-Hi's Salvador Esquivel booted a free kick from the east side of the pitch, getting just enough hook to p

Dayton softball tops Mac-Hi JV

DAYTON — Dayton hosted Mac-Hi's JV team in a nonleague softball game Tuesday afternoon.The Bulldogs won, 6-0, off a complete-game effort by Kayla Turner.Turner struck out five and allowed just three hits in the win.

Reich's second no-hitter in row leads TigerScots past Pilot Rock

Dallas Reich strikes out 14 while blanking the Rockets, 7-0, for the Special District 6 victory.

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's Dallas Reich pitched his second Special District 6 no-hitter in a row here Tuesday afternoon as the TigerScots posted a 7-0 win over Pilot Rock.Reich, who had pitched a no-hitter last Saturday against Sherman County, went the dist

Bomber boys hand Blue Devils first tennis loss of season

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi fell to Richland in Big Nine boys tennis action Tuesday.The Blue Devils lost, 5-2, in their first team loss of the season. They're 4-1 on the year in Big Nine play.'Richland showed its team strength and depth today,” said Wa-Hi coach Ted

W-M makes quick work of Heppner

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen topped Heppner in a single game in Special District 5 softball play Tuesday, 10-0, in six innings.'It turned out pretty well for us,” said W-M coach Jeff Griggs.Haley Freske pitched the complete-game shutout, allowing Heppner just t

Wa-Hi smacks Chiefs behind 10 HRs

The Blue Devils offense explodes and the pitching shines in 14-2 and 17-0 softball wins over Moses Lake.

MOSES LAKE — Undefeated Wa-Hi had everything working here Tuesday as the Blue Devils swept a Big Nine Conference softball doubleheader from Moses Lake, 14-2 and 17-0.Wa-Hi improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Nine's Class 4A standings. Moses Lake d

Pomeroy golfers second at four-way pod match at Columbia Point

RICHLAND — Pomeroy's golfers came in second at a four-way pod match at Columbia Point here Tuesday.The Pirates carded a team 190, behind Tri-Cities Prep's 177, on the nine-hole par-37 course.Liberty Christian marked a 194 and St. John-Endicott had a 209.T

Blue Devils hand Chiefs pair of Big Nine losses

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi played two different games against visiting Moses Lake, but managed to pull out victories in both here Tuesday.The Blue Devils (6-0 in Big Nine play) won the opening pitcher's duel 2-1, while their bats came alive in the 9-8 nightcap w

Wa-Hi girls pick up 5-2 win over Richland, remain unbeaten

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team picked up a 5-2 victory over Richland Tuesday afternoon.'Richland is a good team and very deep,” said Wa-Hi girls' coach Keven Peck. 'The scores don't really reflect how hard our girls worked to get the win. There were

Baumgart leads DeSales boys to District 9 win at Quail Ridge in Asotin

ASOTIN — Ryan Baumgart carded a 78 to pace the DeSales boys golf team to another District 9 win at Quail Ridge Tuesday.DeSales' girls placed second with a 225 on the par-71 course.The boys had a team score of 349 in the win. Asotin had a 354 and Dayton's

Tri-Cities Prep hands Pomeroy baseball two SE1B losses, 10-0 and 13-0

PASCO — Pomeroy dropped a Southeast 1B baseball doubleheader to Tri-Cities Prep here Tuesday, losing two five-inning games via the mercy rule.The Pirates lost the first game, 10-0, and the second, 13-0, to fall to 2-9 in league play.Trevor Spets pitched t

DeSales rides Mata's arm to 8-0 shutout of visiting La Salle

WALLA WALLA — DeSales rode Victor Mata's complete-game four-hitter and balanced offense throughout to hand La Salle an 8-0 non-league baseball defeat at Ray Lane Field Tuesday.'Vic had a pretty good outing with nine strikeouts and he walked just two guys,

W-M, Helix, Wa-Hi JV sends athletes to Pendleton meet

TigerScots Betsy West and McKayla Carlin, and Helix's Tyler Holland join Wa-Hi JVers with first-place finishes at the meet.

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen and Helix both sent their varsity teams to the 12-school Pendleton junior varisty track meet here Tuesday, with the W-M girls finishing fifth and Helix's girls 11th, while W-M's boys were 11th and Helix's boys were 12th.The Tiger

Wa-Hi girls golfers third at Big Nine pod match

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls golfed to third place at a seven-team Big Nine pod match at Three Lakes Golf Course in Wenatchee Tuesday.The Blue Devils carded a team 412 with three personal bests on the day, said team captain Larissa Mercado.'Our team's really

Gary R. Bohlman, M.D.

May 9, 1946 - January 17, 2011

William Graham

Sept. 12, 1956 - April 16, 2011

Death Notice - Lloylynn Ogan

Jan. 19, 1952 - April 18, 2011

Tuesday, April 19

Arguments heard in Inland Octopus case

Judge Donald W. Schacht didn't rule at the hearing, but promised a written decision soon.

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court judge heard legal arguments Tuesday afternoon in the lawsuit by a downtown toy store owner who's trying to save his giant, purple octopus mural on constitutional grounds.Judge Donald W. Schacht didn't rule at the hearing, bu

Beloved cat inspires local author's stories

For anyone who's ever loved an animal, the bond you share with your furry friend is something to cherish. The new book 'Squeaky's Farm, Our Lives in Rural Spain” by local author Carolyn Parker, exudes this love. The book honors the adventures of her cat,

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Writer finds himself amused

I woke with a start. The bedside clock glowed 4:07 a.m.. There was somebody in the room. I could feel it. I leapt from my bed. A half-drunk Viking lay sprawled in my reading chair, mumbling in a Norwegian accent."What the...!" I struck a threatening karat

GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK - 04/19/11

Walking, or the art of traveling by foot, is a human's natural means of transportation.Walking is free and it's good for your health. It gives you a cardiovascular workout, reduces stress, aids in maintaining a healthy weight, adds zest to your life, prov

ETCETERA - 'Amazing Race' fan creates Walla Walla edition for friends

'Amazing Race' fan creates WW edition for friendsDanny Butler isn't one to while away his free time playing video games, according to parents Dan and Angie Butler.Inspired by CBS TV's "The Amazing Race" reality game show, of which the Walla Walla High Sch

Hills of black gold: Walla Walla compost

One doesn't often think of the landfill as a place for inspiration.But talk to Donna Tisher and Brandon Leno about their work at the Walla Walla Regional Composting Facility at the Sudbury Landfill and they practically wax poetic about the clean green bus

State plan to limit unnecessary ER visits is sound

Although, the list of nonemergency conditions Medicaid wouldn't cover needs to be reviewed.

Social services, and health care in particular, are at the root of the state's budget troubles.Spending for social services would increase about 13 percent over the next two years in the budgets proposed by the House and Senate. And that increase will lik

LUNAR ILLUMINATION

Tuesday's slowly sinking moon provides some lunar illumination to a dark morning sky and a window in the spire of St Patrick Church. April 19, 2011

On the agenda - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

Man ruled insane at time of shooting at College Place officer

Jay D. Jeffrey, who shot at a College Place police officer, will undergo an evaluation to determine what's next.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who shot at a College Place police officer nearly a year ago was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a hearing Monday afternoon.

Waitsburg woman sentenced in theft from bank

Michelle M. Paul was ordered to serve on a work crew for stealing more than $9,000.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who stole more than $9,000 from the Eastgate branch of Community Bank last June was sentenced Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Emergency Services - 04/19/11

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

Walla Walla County commissioners discuss sales tax hike

No action was taken on a request to raise the tax to pay for social services.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners Monday discussed, but took no action, on a proposed sales tax increase.

Demolition application in for building on Dalles Military Road

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency has received an application for a permit to demolish structures at 1110 Dalles Military Road.

City, county housing authorities to hold joint work session

WALLA WALLA -- The city and county housing authorities will hold a joint work session Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Columbia Room at the Walla Walla County of Department of Human Services, 1520 Kelly Place.

Whitman College names alumna commencement speaker

WALLA WALLA -- Meda Chesney-Lind, a 1969 graduate of Whitman College and professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will be the speaker at the college's commencement May 22.

Forum set for Wednesday at The Center at the Park

WALLA WALLA -- A forum to raise awareness about programs such as Meals on Wheels and daily lunches at The Center at the Park will be held at the center Wednesday from 1-4 p.m.

Downtown pizzeria plans expansion

Sweet Basil Pizzeria is rolling out plans for an expansion.

Spring weather unkind to Touchet hardball

The Indians lose the first game and are unable to finish the second.

OLTON — Touchet played its first Southeast 1B baseball game of the season Monday, falling 7-3 to Colton while being interrupted by a snowstorm.The snow prevented the nightcap from being finished.'We stopped several times with a snow blizzard coming throug

DeSales' Fazzari selected District 9 Athletic Director of the Year

WALLA WALLA — DeSales athletic director Greg Fazzari was honored last week at the State Athletics Directors Conference as District 9 Athletic Director of the Year.The conference was last Tuesday in Spokane, Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrat

Good weather leads to good golfing for Wa-Hi boys

Wa-Hi's boys' golf team has three players in the 70s at Sun Willows.

ASCO — Wa-Hi's boys finally enjoyed a little good weather and three Blue Devils shot in the 70s at the third Columbia Basin Big Nine pod match of the season at Sun Willows Monday.'It was our best outing of the year,” Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said. 'When you

Indians snowed out after softball loss

Touchet drops the first game, 6-1, and a snowstorm ends the second after one inning.

COLTON — Nothing says spring softball season like a snowstorm.After two snow delays, Touchet's softball team managed to wrap up its first Southeast 1B game of the year with a 6-1 loss, and the second game was called after just one inning with snow piling

Death Notice - Shirley Remboldt

July 21, 1952 - April 18, 2011

Death Notice - Esther Fields

Oct. 1, 1919 - April 18, 2011

Darlene Bline

April 14, 2011

Monday, April 18

Teacher layoffs must be tied to performance

While nobody likes the idea of laying off teachers, the money is not available to prevent it from happening.

As the House and Senate work to come to agreement on a final budget this week, it's become obvious layoffs are going to occur. The state has a $5.1 billion gap between projected revenue and projected expenses. Not everything can — or will — be funded.Educ

Emergency Services - 04/18/11

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

Local roots propel brothers in Iraq

Touchet natives Zac and Daniel Stoddard took different routes to Joint Base Balad, but now serve in the same unit during their deployment.

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- They were always clearly identifiable, the older sibling and his kid brother, and though they traveled down separate roads to Iraq, they stand as a sound example of the eternal bond generated during childhood that survives and pr

UPDATED - Hikers find site of old air crash near park outside Milton-Freewater

Three people hiking near Harris Park came across the wreckage of a small plane Saturday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Remains of a crashed plane found near the South Fork of the Walla Walla River dates from decades ago, a Umatilla County official said Monday afternoon.The crash site was found by hikers Saturday below a ridgetop west of Harris Park. Jan

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jarred B. Billow, 35, 23 N. Blue St. was sentenced April 12 on one count each second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft.

Colleg Place Planning Commission to discuss parking code

COLLEGE PLACE -- The city Planning Commission will discuss the city's parking code assessment when it meets Tuesday.

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

When: 6:15 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Board Room

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. A public I-728 information session will be held about 7:15 p.m. during the regular meeting.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

In the minutes - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Athena-Weston schools look to part with Quonset huts

The district has four run-down huts that once served the FFA program.

ATHENA -- The Athena-Weston School District will sell some old military Quonset huts that have sat unused on district grounds for years. The four rounded structures are made of metal, and once served the district's FFA program. They rest in the Land Lab a

Etcetera - 04/18/11

April is Parkinson's month and Walla Wallan Wilma Blanchard Schmerer aims to raise $2,000 to help find a cure.

Warriors post 2-3 record at NWAACC softball crossover

WWCC edges Clackamas, 5-4, on Saturday, and pounds Olympic, 17-7, during the crossover.

SELAH, Wash. — Freshman Katie Martell hit safely in all five games and sophomore Alexis Bobadilla slugged three home runs here over the weekend as Walla Walla posted a 2-3 record in an NWAACC crossover softball tournament hosted by Yakima Valley.The Warri

Wa-Hi seventh at windy Tri-Cities Invite tennis tournament

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's mixed doubles tennis team of Drew Swenson and Rachel Schueller finished a team-high second at a windy Tri-Cities Invite here Friday and Saturday.Boys singles player Ruben Kuznetsov finished third, Parker Postlewait was fifth, the boys

Whitman men win NWC tennis title, return to nationals

The Missionary tennis team advances to the DIII national tournament for the fifth straight year.

WALLA WALLA — Overcoming a determined Willamette effort in singles, the Whitman College men's tennis team continued its Northwest Conference domination with a 5-0 victory over the Bearcats in Sunday's finals of the conference playoffs.Whitman, now 16-6 on

Whitman leads can't hold up against Willamette

SALEM, Ore. — Early 4-0 and 6-3 leads fell by the wayside as Whitman College dropped a 14-9 Northwest Conference baseball game to Willamette here Sunday afternoon.After Willamette scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to catch Whitman at 7-7, the Missio

Teresa Freeman

Feb. 19, 1923 – April 14, 2011

Death Notice - Paul Olson

Feb. 23, 1920 - April 16, 2011

Death Notice - Arthur Schreiber

July 16, 1931 - April 16, 2011

Death Notice - Helen Harrington

April 17, 2011

Sunday, April 17

ENGAGEMENT - Johnson-Anderson

Jesse and Phyllis Johnson of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Jamie Renee Johnson to Mark Victor Anderson, both of Walla Walla.The bride-elect graduated in 2007 from Touchet High School and 2009 from Walla Walla Community College with an as

ENGAGEMENT - Claiborne-Grove

Tabitha Shereen Claiborne and Jason Lee Grove of Walla Walla announce their engagement.The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark Claiborne of Walla Walla and Sherry Claiborne of College Place. She is a 2001 graduate of Walla Walla High School and attended F

WEDDING - Huwe-Eslick

Gretchen Huwe and Jason Eslick of College Place wed Feb. 16 on the beach at Sandals Grande Hotel in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Sea.The bride is the daughter of Doris Huwe and the late Steve Huwe. She graduated in 1994 from Dayton High School and in 1997

WEDDING - Kelso-Halseth

Emily Kelso and T.J. Halseth of Walla Walla wed March 18 at Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland.The bride's brother, Ryan Kelso, performed the ceremony.

Breakfast in Weston to benefit Women in Ministry

WESTON - An all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast will be April 30 at Memorial Hall.The breakfast, from 8-11 a.m. costs $7; $3.50 for children 8 and younger.Proceeds will benefit programs of Women in Ministry at Weston Community Church.

WWU to hold homecoming car show April 24 in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE - Local and regional car enthusiasts will be at Walla Walla University for the 13th annual Homecoming Car Show on April 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the corner of Fourth Street and College Avenue.All vehicles are encouraged, with cars, trucks,

WWCC to hold Earth Fair on Friday for Earth Day

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College will hold an Earth Fair on Friday for Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the Warrior's Knee and in the Dining Room/Patio area.Campus and community groups and organizations are invited to contribute programs,

Cowboy poetry night set for Monday at M-F library

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., will host live cowboy poetry Monday at 6 p.m.The featured poet is Coyote Joe Sartin. Admission is free.For more information, call 541-938-8246.

Easter egg hunt set for Saturday at Pioneer Park

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Exchange Club will hold its 52nd annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Pioneer Park.In addition to huge amounts of candy, the Easter egg hunt prizes (21 in all) include three bicycles. Children will hunt

Saturday, April 16

Dayton softball team sweeps DeSales

WALLA WALLA — Dayton got what it needed when it needed in Southeast 2B girls softball action Saturday.The Bulldogs answered every Irish attack in the opener to pull out a 7-4 win.Dayton scored four times over the first three innings of the nightcap and ma

Warriors get offensive explosion

WWCC comes back from a baseball sweep to top Blue Mountain Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - On Thursday, Walla Walla Community College was swept in East Region NWAACC baseball action by Treasure Valley, 11-5 and 4-3.How would the Warriors respond Saturday against Blue Mountain Community College here at the Tausick Way field?'We can

Blue Devils pull off Seattle softball sweep

The Wa-Hi softball team defeats Holy Names and South Kitsap in games at UW's field.

SEATTLE — The University of Washington softball field looked like home to Walla Walla this week.Wa-Hi's softball team played two nonleague games with west side opponents, topping Holy Names 7-1 on Friday and South Kitsap 4-0 on Saturday.'It was great,” sa

Irish sweep through Bulldogs baseball team

WALLA WALLA — DeSales topped Dayton in a Southeast 2B baseball sweep here Saturday.Solid pitching in both games helped push the Irish to 9-3 and 12-1 wins.'Our pitchers threw pretty good,” said DeSales coach Kim Cox.Victor Mata pitched the first six innin

Dayton golf match turns into scramble

DAYTON — An 18-hole match turned into a nine hole scramble between Tri-Cities Prep and Dayton, when both teams were unable to golf complete teams Friday at Dayton.'We have always wanted to try something different in Dayton,” said Dayton coach Mike McGhan.

Pirate golfers win on Saturday

POMEROY — Pomeroy topped St. John-Endicott in a two-team match at the Crystal Springs Golf Course on Saturday.Pomeroy scored 407 and St. John-Endicott carded a 580, as five players golfed the par-62 course.Pomeroy's Joel Myers was the medalist, marking a

Whitman men's tennis team advances to today's finals

Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava lead the charge for the Missionaries.

WALLA WALLA — A sweep of the opening round of doubles propelled the Whitman College men's tennis team to a 5-0 semifinal victory over Pacific University here Saturday on the Whitman outdoor courts in Northwest Conference playoff action.Top-seeded Whitman,

Missionaries Otto, Roberg All-NWC tennis first team

WALLA WALLA — For a second straight season, Whitman College senior Elise Otto and sophomore teammate Alyssa Roberg are joining one another on the All-Northwest Conference First Team for women's tennis.Otto, now a four-time first-team selection, also was n

Saturday's Prep Baseball scores

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen swept Sherman County in a Blue Mountain Conference Special District Six baseball doubleheader Saturday.TigerScots' pitcher Dallas Reich struck out 10 and threw a complete six-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win, then picked up the save i

Mac-Hi tracksters finish in the middle at invite

LA GRANDE — The Mac-Hi boys and girls track team finished in the middle of the pack at the La Grande Invitational at Eastern Oregon University on Friday.Mac-Hi's boys finished eighth of 12 teams, while the girls finished seventh out of 13.'We escaped with

Whitman baseball team stays close but fades in sweep

The Missionaries are within striking distance of Willamette but fade before the night's end.

WALLA WALLA — A young Whitman College baseball team was within striking distance, trailing just 6-4 headed to the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of Saturday's Northwest Conference doubleheader with Willamette in Salem, Ore.But the Bearcats

Three Whits, plus coach, net All-Conference honors

WALLA WALLA — Add Conor Holton-Burke to the list of Whitman College tennis aces who have earned Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors during the past decade.Holton-Burke, a junior, won this spring's top award for men's tennis by amassing the most

W-P wins boys title at Undeberg Invite

Seth Deal paces W-P, which tops 24 other schools in the meet.

MEDICAL LAKE — Waitsburg-Prescott took home the boys team title with 98.5 points to outdistance second-place Lakeside's 84 points here at the sixth annual Undeberg Invitation Track and Field meet. The meet drew 25 teams, primarily class A and B schools, a

Blue Devils down Riverhawks, 29-3, in baseball sweep

Wa-Hi has 24 hits in the Friday sweep, while Chiawna manages just six.

PASCO — Wa-Hi pounded out 24 hits, scored 29 runs, and limited Chiawana to three runs and six hits in sweeping a Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball doubleheader here Friday.An eight-run third-inning uprising in the opener propelled the Blue Devils to a 1

Wa-Hi track competes at Pasco Invite

Athletes from 100 schools compete at the 50th annual invitational.

PASCO — Wa-Hi tracksters joined about 2,000 participants from more than 100 schools at the 50th annual Pasco Invitational Saturday.'We had a really good day,” sadi Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw. 'We just didn't bring home any team hardware.”Aaron Nelson had the

Saturday's prep softball scores

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott kept its Southeast 2B softball record perfect in a Saturday sweep of Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia.W-P won 11-6 and 13-3 to improve to 4-0 in league play.W-P got a lot of help from the T-O-R pitching staff, as the Nighthawks walked

Tour of Walla Walla heads for the hills

Today's final stage is a 91-mile course with steep drops and climbs.

WALLA WALLA — The fourth and final stage of the Tour of Walla Walla takes place today, and with it more than 500 cyclists will race up and down the steep roads west of Waitsburg.In previous years, the Kellogg Hollow Road Race had been the

Sales tax to be discussed

The plan would impose a one-tenth of 1 percent increase to benefit mental health and substance abuse programs.

WALLA WALLA — A proposed sales tax to boost mental health and substance abuse treatment funds will be back on the table Monday.Walla Walla County commissioners will resume discussion of the issue at 11 a.m. at the county Public Health and

WWCC to look at tuition hike

WALLA WALLA ­ — The cost of attending community college will continue to rise in the coming year, if tuition increases being proposed by the state Legislature are implemented — and Walla Walla Community College would be among the instit

Man shot on side of road

TOUCHET — A drive-by shooting was reported early Saturday morning west of Touchet.According to a Sheriff's Office report, Jose Antonio Ruiz Aguirre, 49, of Milton-Freewater, was on the side of the road at around 2 a.m. Saturday near

IN THE MINUTES

POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

Firefighters ride in Tour of WW to generate awareness

Emergency personnel who spent months at Ground Zero after 9/11 are suffering health problems.

WALLA WALLA — The struggle to survive, even 10 years after the 9/11 attack, is why a small but national group of firefighters is riding in the Tour of Walla Walla this weekend.Formed in 1996, the Firefighters Cycling Association at best wa

Liberty Theater to anoint new manager Wednesday

Reid Helford, dressed as a king, will give his scepter to Kirsten Schober, dressed as a queen.

DAYTON — Liberty Theater manager Reid Helford and his successor, Kirsten Schober, plan to have a costumed ceremony for the passing of the scepter as part of the farewell celebration for Helford on Wednesday.Helford, who has managed the the

A-W School Board OKs cost-savings plan

The cuts include eliminating one position and cutting hours and programs.

ATHENA ­— The Athena-Weston School Board approved a series of cost-saving measures Thursday that will carry the district through the coming year.Working off expected cuts to education funding from the state, the board voted during a sp

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 04/17/11

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

Police warn of fraud

WALLA WALLA - Police have responded to several reports of telephone scams preying on the elderly.

Local colleges participate in Spring Service Day

Participants can choose from more than 30 community service projects.

WALLA WALLA — More than 450 college students and community members wearing brown T-shirts volunteered for Spring Service Day in community service projects throughout the area this weekend.Today marks the third annual Tri-College Spring Ser

Blue Mountain Station takes root

It may be the world's first natural and organic specialty food park.

DAYTON - The threat of rain sent the Blue Mountain Station groundbreaking ceremony inside the Harvest Christian Church on Friday, but it didn't dampen enthusiasm for the project.

Concert packs a lot into its name

WALLA WALLA — “I don't know who started first because there is a bicycle race that kind of surrounds us,” Hot Poop owner Jim McGuinn said jokingly.He was referring to the Hot Poop-sponsored all-day concert that also coinc

ON THE AGENDA

Ww COUNTY

Ruling allows janitor accused of crime to keep unemployment

The Port of Walla Walla contends the former employee should not get benefits.

WALLA WALLA - A former Walla Walla Regional Airport employee who was fired from his job after reportedly placing methamphetamine in a storage room at work should not receive unemployment insurance benefits, the Port of Walla Walla contends.A recent decisi

PANORAMA - Paving the way

Ever since the wheel was invented thousands of years ago, people have looked for smooth, even surfaces on which to roll.And eventually they decided to construct paths, roads and highways to accommodate their wagons, buggies and automobiles.<

ETCETERA - Locals make possible student's trip to Kenya to volunteer

Not to discount the trials and rigors endured by other continents, but Jake Morgen has had a special place in his heart for the people and cultures in Africa because of "everything the continent has endured over the years."The Walla Walla High School seni

CHURCH BULLETIN

Unity Church of Peace to present special speaker today

First Holy Week as unpredictable as today's events

Unpredictable. The new normal, or at least it should be. The world around us and the world itself seem to be changing at a pace that is difficult to comprehend. The economy, global unrest, natural disasters, climate - all things seem to be in flux. Just when one seems to have a grip on things, they change.

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Washington should lift out-of-state sales tax exemption

The impact on shopping would be minimal and the money is needed to balance the state budget.

As state government looks at trimming spending on education and social services in an effort to bridge the $5.1 billion gap between projected revenue and projected spending, protesters outside the Capitol in Olympia are calling for an end to tax breaks.Th

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 04/17/11

Regarding the "editor's notes" that have preceded several articles on caffeine recently.First, let me say I don't know the actual author. Never met him. Don't know anything about him. So this letter is not directed at him or his point of view in any way.

Friday, April 15

LOIS ELAINE BRIGGS

July 25, 1923—April 5, 2011

Death Notice - William Boule

Sept. 4, 1958 - April 15, 2011

Death Notice - Ardith Yeager

Nov. 23, 1919 - April 8, 2011

Richard Shaver

Feb. 5, 1920 - April 6, 2011

Shirley Friedrichsen

Jan 18, 1931 - March 13, 2011

Pacific Power's rate hike shouldn't go any higher

The power company's appeal to boost the increase beyond 12 percent should be denied.

Pacific Power — a for-profit company — clearly faces financial challenges in delivering electricity to its customers. The company's costs are up as it must, for example, invest in new renewable energy such as wind power as has been mandated by several sta

Happiest of homecomings

Five-year-old Camrin Colunga's face lights up like Fourth of july fireworks as he first hears his mom, Shayna Colunga, call out "Look up Camrin" to get his attention and then spots his dad, U.S. Army Sgt. Pedro Colunga standing next to his mom and little

In the minutes - WESTON COUNCIL

Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Lynn Delph, Juan Avila and Dennis Snider. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Alex J. Barnett, 19, 41 Second St., Touchet, was charged March 29 with residential burglary and second-degree malicious mischief.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Celebrate autism? Actually, yes, let's

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time when we encourage early identification and intervention and work to increase tolerance and acceptance. This April, I am going to take it a step further, and celebrate autism spectrum disorders.

Local Corps of Engineers employee wins national award

WALLA WALLA -- A local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers member has been singled out for a national award.

Tea party plans rally on courthouse steps this afternoon

WALLA WALLA -- The local tea party will hold a rally on the steps of the Walla Walla County Courthouse today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The theme is "One Nation, One Flag." The Rev. Wayne Parryman will be the keynote speaker.

Tax day demonstration planned at downtown Walla Walla park

WALLA WALLA -- A "Make Them Pay" demonstration aimed at Bank of America is planned for Monday, which is tax day, at Heritage Square Park downtown.

Church to host special speaker Sunday morning

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will hear a special speaker, Pat Richmond, at 10 a.m. Sunday.

School District seeks input on strategic plan

WALLA WALLA -- Community input is being sought by Walla Walla Public Schools as it continues work on its strategic plan.

Whitman College Wind Ensemble to give free concert today

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert today at 7:30 p.m.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Community health improvement plan in works

Local input is sought on public health issues affecting the county.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County wants you.Specifically, the county public health department, in collaboration with community partners, is developing a community health improvement plan.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Risks loom when it comes to caffeine

Claims about caffeine's potential benefits for health include, among other things, that it can help prevent type II diabetes.

Walla Walla VA to break ground on clinic, recovery unit

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will break ground Tuesday on an outpatient clinic and residential recovery unit.

College Place yard debris pickup set for next week

Collections will run all week for the annual spring cleanup in the city. Crews will pick up bundled, bagged boxed or otherwise contained items.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The annual city of College Place spring yard debris cleanup will begin next week.

In the minutes - WAITBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Brice Paxson, Jubilee Youth Ranch, Prescott, was sentenced April 1 on one count third-degree theft.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Suzette and Jamie Kennedy.Paul and Lori Cardenas.

Area near Sudbury Road landfill eyed for business park

Hundreds of acres are available for potential development, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- Preliminary plans for a potential new industrial park near the city landfill could be the start of a trash-to-treasure business story.

Walla Walla man's child pornography trial moved to June

Larry R. Mackler is charged with possessing the materials at his home in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been scheduled for a local man accused of possessing child pornography at his home.

Walla Walla teen accused of assaults pleads guilty

Christian J. Ramos faces up to 60 days in detention in connection with an altercation in September.

WALLA WALLA -- A youth accused of committing two separate assaults last year pleaded guilty Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to reduced charges related to one of the attacks.

History fest to unfold at Fort WW Museum

A glimpse of 150 years of local history can be seen for free at Fort Walla Walla Museum this weekend during the operation's annual admission-free open house.

PHOTO GALLERY - Warrior favors lead to Chukars' sweep

Treasure Valley picks up 11-5 and 4-3 wins over WWCC on Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Treasure Valley used solid at-bats, defense and pitching to push past WWCC twice in NWAACC baseball action Thursday afternoon.The East Region-leading Chukars swept, 11-5 and 4-3. They knocked out 22 hits on the day, notching 15 runs on two h

Etcetera - 04/15/11

Ryan Baumgart got an up-close experience of state government in action while serving as a page in the Washington State Senate during the second week of March.

Death Notice - Robbin Anderson

Nov. 15, 1954 - April 14, 2011

Death Notice - Teresa Freeman

Feb. 19, 1923 - April 14, 2011

Death Notice - Ronald Stephens

April 1, 1947 - April 10, 2011

Marie Stiller

Feb. 27, 1931 - April 10, 2011

Missionary men host NWC tennis playoffs this weekend

The Whitman men's tennis team seeks its fifth-straight trip to the NCAA D-III nationals.

WALLA WALLA — The four-time Northwest Conference champion Whitman College men's tennis team shoots for a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Division III national championships when it hosts the NWC playoffs this weekend.Whitman earned the right to host the p

Sports awards slated for May 11

The Blue Mountain Sports Awards will honor area student-athletes for their work.

WALLA WALLA — Athletes coaches and teams from throughout the region will once again be honored during the 35th annual Blue Mountain Sports Awards held May 11 in conjunction with annual Blue Mountain Youth Recognition Evening.The event, which is cosponsore

Whitman's Otto wins NWC award for second time

WALLA WALLA — For the second time in three weeks, Whitman College's Elise Otto has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's tennis.Her latest NWC award, announced Thursday, is the fifth time she has received the award in he

Irish golfers push through wind

RICHLAND — DeSales' golfers managed to come out with two wins in a dual with Liberty Christian despite strong winds at Columbia Point here Thursday.'We're getting sick and tired of the wind,” said DeSales coach Lon Olson. 'It's gone from nice to windy and

Pomeroy golfers pick up surprise win

CLARKSTON — Pomeroy left the Quail Ridge Golf Course here late Thursday afternoon thinking it had lost a boys dual golf match to Asotin 446-442.But after checking scorecards on the way home, Pirates coach Jim Greene discovered that his team had won the ma

Friday and Saturday's Sports Schedules

TodayCOLLEGE SOFTBALL — WWCC at Yakima, 4 p.m.COLLEGE TENNIS — Whitman at NWC Championships, Spokane.PREP BASEBALL — Wa-Hi at Chiawana, 4 p.m.PREP SOFTBALL — Wa-Hi vs. Holy Names at UW, 4 p.m.PREP TRACK — Mac-Hi at La Grande Invite, TBA; W-M, Helix at Hur

Thursday, April 14

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550.

House, Senate cut state budget yet still spend more

The cost of social services has skyrocketed, forcing lawmakers to trim other parts of the budget such as higher education.

The state House approved its version of the state budget for the next two years.It's calling for reducing spending by $4.4 billion and agreeing to privatize liquor stores as a way to fill the $5.1 billion gap between projected revenue and projected expens

Helpline's Soup-port fundraiser Wednesday

Helpline, an emergency social service agency for Walla Walla County, will host its fifth annual Soup-port luncheon fundraiser at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 415 W. Alder St.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

William J. Lewis, 37, 49 Iris Lane, was charged April 6 with harassment -- domestic violence. Lewis is accused of threatening to kill a person on April 5.

Blue Mountain Station groundbreaking set in Dayton

The 'eco-friendly natural and organic specialty food park' is being built at US 12 and Wagon Road.

DAYTON -- Friday is a red-letter day for the Port of Columbia.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Emergency Services - 04/14/11

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

A buck, and then some, go farther with opening

Dollar Plus + opened for business today, bringing back a bargain option in Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The doors to the community's new dollar store hadn't even ceremoniously opened this morning before the first customers began ambling through the aisles of groceries, greeting cards and household goods.

Hot Poop to host daylong live concert

Hot Poop will be offer a healthy dose of music for those suffering from "vinyl fever" this weekend.

Etcetera - 04/14/11

Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will host a Sweetie Pie Social Sunday at the Plaza Theater in Waitsburg, said Darlene Filla, returning chorus director.

Entries open for Waitsburg Parade, set for May 21

WAITSBURG -- Entries are now being taken for the Waitsburg Parade. Entry forms and information are available from Gail Wolfe, parade chairwoman, at (509) 540-0974. The deadline for entries is May 18.The parade will take place May 21 with a celebration in

Screening, kindergarten roundup set for Tuesday in Touchet

TOUCHET -- The School District's Child Find screening day and kindergarten roundup is Tuesday.The Child Find screening is from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the school multipurpose room. Child Find is for children birth to 5 years old living in the Touchet S

Lenten concert set for Sunday afternoon at Pataha Flour Mill

POMEROY -- Baritone/organist Mark Newman of Clarkston will join tenor/pianist Jon Van Vogt of Pomeroy for a special Lenten/Easter concert Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert will be held in the Houser Room at Pataha Flour Mill.The event will celebrate the acquis

Congressional art competition open to high school students

A congressional art competition is open to high school students across the country, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.The contest is a nationwide endeavor for students to showcase their artistic abilities while competing for th

Walla Walla County residents to see stormwater fee

An extra $36 will be charged annually for all residential parcels in the unincorporated parts of Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA -- News flash: There is no way to make "National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System stormwater permit" sound sexy. But that's why county residents are going to be getting a new bill in the mail soon.The fee, $36 a year for all residential

Help sought to catch Walla Walla County sign vandals

More than 20 signs were removed or broken over the weekend on Blue Creek Road, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- Public help is being sought to help solve a spate of vandalism on Blue Creek Road last weekend.On Sunday evening, more than 20 road signs were removed or broken along the roadway, said Wayne John, chief of road operations and maintenance fo

Walla Walla University organizing Peacemaking Weekend events

Talks, music, a panel discussion and a film will be part of the weekend.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A first of its kind Peacemaking Weekend is being held at Walla Walla University starting Friday afternoon.Associate professor of history Monty Buell will present "Conflict Over Natural Resources" Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Land Title Plaza i

Luis Enrique Reyes Munoz

March 26, 1946– April 9, 2011

Server purchase sparks Walla Walla City Council debate

In the end, councilors approved the purchase of a new server for emergency dispatch.

WALLA WALLA -- Council members debated the proposed purchase of a $45,000 computer server for emergency dispatch, questioning who will own the valuable equipment after the dispatch center moves from Walla Walla to College Place.In the end, Council voted 6

Tour of Walla Walla bike races just around the bend

The annual tour of Walla Walla gets under way in the Waitsburg area Friday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA -- Bicycle races are coming our way.The annual Tour of Walla Walla will be in and around Walla Walla and elsewhere starting Friday, so motorists will need to be on guard for traffic interruptions.According to organizers, the races on Friday af

Milton-Freewater group works for place to play

MILTON-FREEWATER — There's no place to play in Milton-Freewater.Oh, there are ballparks and football fields and gyms, but there's not one concentrated location, complete with parking, for the kids and families in town to escape to for baseball, football o

Buchan: Baseball's early returns hard to evaluate

WALLA WALLA — The marathon is on.And baseball fans from Bremerton to Boston couldn't be happier. Even those huddled under blankets or hidden beneath umbrellas in the stands of many big league ballparks around the country where spring stubbornly refuses to

PHOTO GALLERY - Rain doesn't wash out District 9 track meet

Pomeroy, Waitsburg-Prescott and DeSales track athletes bring home firsts at the meet at Martin Field Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales, Pomeroy, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia and Asotin ran, jumped and threw through sun and a monsoon to compete here at Martin Field in District 9 track action Wednesday.'It was so beautiful when we got here, I don't know

Mac-Hi hands Umatilla 11-4 baseball loss on Tuesday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi extended its season record to 6-2 here Tuesday with an 11-4 non-league victory over Umatilla in prep baseball play.The Pioneers will take an 0-2 Greater Oregon League record to Ontario on Saturday for an 11 a.m. doubleheader.Tro

Wednesday, April 13

Allowing private funding of horse racing is great option

Horse racing in Walla Walla, Waitsburg and Dayton is an important part of community festivals.

It's a positive development that horse racing could return to Eastern Washington.Race organizers now have the option of finding the private funding to underwrite the annual spring races in Walla Walla, Waitsburg and Dayton. The spring race meets are an en

In the minutes - A-W SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Preston Winn, chair; Duane Smalley, vice-chair; Trenda Nichols, Sterling Allen, Rod Bonifer and Joshua Henningsen. With all present Monday, the board:

In the minutes - M-F SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Roger Dumbeck, Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Pat Richardson, and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Cp 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:

Wa-Hi club, credit union to sponsor blood drive

WALLA WALLA --Students from Walla Walla High School's Crest Club are working with GESA Credit Union to sponsor a blood drive Friday.

Walla Walla Rural Library District board to meet Thursday

PRESCOTT -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Prescott Parks and Recreation Office in the Lions Hall, 103 D St.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

CP auto mall to gain new neighbor in HAPO credit union

HAPO Community Credit Union has purchased property on Commercial Drive for a new College Place branch, officials announced Tuesday.

Etcetera - 04/13/11

Donors of $1,000 or more to Rotary International's Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus or the Humanitarian Grants Program, are named Paul Harris Fellows.

Electric rates may get second look

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission is being asked by two parties to reconsider a Pacific Power rate increase.

WALLA WALLA -- Don't get too comfortable with those new electricity rates just yet.

Emergency Services - 04/13/11

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

Students bring civil war lessons to life at Walla Walla school

Students wrapping up a unit on the Civil War re-enacted the Battle of Gettysburg, with a few modern twists.

WALLA WALLA -- The Battle of Gettysburg was brought to life -- with toy swords and lightsabers -- on the Garrison Middle School field Tuesday.

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 White absent Tuesday the council:

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Regular session is 6 p.m. Thursday following a 5 p.m. work session and an estimated four hours of site tours at various tenant properties and businesses.Where: Regular session at the Port office, 310 A St.; work session at Dominick's on the Runway.

On the agenda - WW Council

WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m.WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers, 15 N. Third Ave.

Pomeroy drops Southeast 1B-opening twin bill to Colton, 11-6 and 12-7

POMEROY — Pomeroy dropped its Southeast 1B baseball opening twin bill in front of a hometown crowd Tuesday night.The Pirates lost two games to Colton, 11-6 and 12-7.'Both the games were kind of strange,” said Pomeroy coach Dave Boyer. 'It wasn't like eith

Wednesday & Thursday's Local Sports Schedule

CalendarTodayPREP TRACK — Pomeroy, Asotin, DeSales, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, Waitsburg-Prescott at District 9 meet, Martin Field, 4 p.m.; Dayton, Walla Walla Valley Academy at Colfax, 4 p.m.PREP TENNIS — Eisenhower boys and girls at Wa-Hi, 2 p.m.ThursdayC

Dayton sweeps Tri-Cities Prep to open Southeast 2B league action

PASCO — Dayton swept through Tri-Cities Prep to open its Southeast 2B league baseball schedule Tuesday.The Bulldogs picked up both games in five innings by the same score, 17-6.Although the two wins lock the Bulldogs in at 2-0 to start league, they weren'

TigerScots first at Stanfield track meet

Tyler Holland, Jacob Christopher and McKayla Carlin all garner top honors as W-M and Helix athletes compete in Stanfield.

STANFIELD — Weston-McEwen's and Helix's track and field teams competed at Stanfield on Tuesday with six other teams from the region.The TigerScots had 24 top-10 finishes, as well as three athletes take first place in their events.For the boys, W-M's Tyler

DeSales boys golfers win at Veterans Memorial

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' boys came out on top of a four-way golf match at Veterans Memorial here Tuesday.The Irish boys won with a team score of 356 on 18 holes, led by Ryan Baumgart's medal-round of 78.Dayton's boys were second at 278. Tri-Cities Prep was

PHOTO GALLERY - Pioneers' softball path leads past Irish

Mac-Hi's softball team takes the 12-5 victory as DeSales takes the field for the third time this season.

WALLA WALLA — Two teams at different points of their development moved along their paths here Tuesday in non-league girls softball action.Mac-Hi, the experienced team with five seniors, came in looking to improve on a 10-3 record and build for the Greater

DeSales' lead disappears in loss to Coyotes

BURBANK — DeSales built an early 2-0 lead here Tuesday afternoon but squandered one scoring opportunity after another after that as Columbia-Burbank rallied for a 4-2 non-league prep baseball victory.'We had lots of opportunities,” Irish coach Kim Cox sai

Auction set Friday for new W-P football field press box

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's football team is having an auction to raise money for a new press box at its field from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Waitsburg Elementary School multi-purpose room.A spaghetti feed will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $5 for adults, $3

Occasional squalls at Cannon Beach have visitors seeking shelter

Editor's Note: Part 2 of this rainy foray to the Oregon Coast will appear in this spot next Wednesday.CANNON BEACH, Ore. — A gray sky, a cold wind and a misty curtain failed to quell Nora the Schnauzer's enthusiasm for the wide expanse of sand.I unsnapped

Schrader's first highlights horse endurance race

WASHTUCNA — The 2011 American Horse Endurance Race season got started in the Northwest region March 26 with the first race of the year at the 'Home on the Range” ride near Washtucna. Six local horses and riders competed at distances of 25, 50, and 75 mile

MAE V. GONZALES

January 11, 1920 - April 8, 2011

Delbert Brown

Dec. 23, 1931 - April 10, 2011

Ralph St Michel

March 30, 1919 - April 4, 2011

Celia Tomlin

Aug. 2, 1942 - Dec. 27, 2010

Theresa Miner

June 28, 1961 - Dec. 29, 2010

Walter Rayborn

May 29, 1927 - April 6, 2011

Death Notice - Laurence Stone

Dec. 18, 1948 - April 12, 2011

Tuesday, April 12

Library offers internet, books, classes, downloads

It's National Library Week and a great time to visit your public library.Public libraries have always been a community's source for information and research.

Parents key to helping teens grasp danger of alcohol, drugs

A new report makes it clear today's teenagers don't see consuming five drinks a day as a 'big deal.' That's dangerous.

The Internet and all those electronic devices make it much easier for children today to be exposed to adult subjects such as alcohol and drug abuse at a much earlier age.Sure, kids in the past told stories (usually well seasoned with hyperbole) about drin

Gardeners: Watch your backs

Gardening is a passion for many, young and old. After a long winter, it's encouraging to see the first flowers come up. Bulb flowers are some of the earliest bright colors in a garden. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lily of the valley and iris offer a trem

WALLA WALLA TABLE - What to know before you go grocery shopping...

Every week most of us make the trip to the store to buy groceries from the SUPERMARKET. I am intentionally putting that in all caps to make a point.The supermarket is aptly-named and is NOT a grocery store.What is the difference you ask?

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - The multitasking Norwegian

Multitasking is such a big thing with some people.I mean, I think it's impressive if a person learns another language like whatever it is that they speak in Uzbekistan -- but for some of those who operate on 36-hour cycles instead of 24, listening to Uzbe

GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK - 04/12/11

Spring is here. Time to get out the mop. Here are some green cleaning tips.Skip the air fresheners. Chemical fresheners can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.Use vegetable-based cleaning products instead of harsh chemical cleaners. Vegetable-bas

Green commute competition on

Valley residents are encouraged to make their commute green in honor of Earth Week, April 17-23.

Sustainable Walla Walla is a community group working to help Walla Walla become a greener, more resilient community.The group envisions an economy and community for the Walla Walla area which is sustainable through mutual cooperation, conservation of reso

$n$ CP Lions craft new event, by hook, health and treasure

College Place Lions Club members have hatched a Hooks, Health and Hoards of Treasure event. It will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23 at College Place Lions Park, 801 Larch St., said Crystal Walk, club president.Lions and other volunteers staff three events for t

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Blind pet teaches lessons

This is not my normal column and I hope this is okay as I am stepping out just a little to share with you a couple letters I received recently. They may explain more regarding blindness and whether to help or not to help a blind person."One thing I've not

Meeting set on repaving of Main Street in Athena

ATHENA -- A public meeting Wednesday is the first in a series of gatherings to provide information on the repaving of Main Street scheduled for summer of 2012.

Birch Street businesses report Sunday night break-ins

WALLA WALLA -- Two businesses in the same office complex were hit by thieves Sunday night, police said today.

On the agenda - WESTON CITY COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main

Forum for female veterans set for Thursday in Walla Walla

Topics include available services, mental and physical health and sexual assault and domestic violence.

WALLA WALLA -- Issues and challenges impacting women veterans will be the subject of Thursday's event at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

Emergency Services - 04/12/11

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 - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

Farmers Market sprouts in Milton-Freewater

Interested in being a vendor at the new farmers market on the grow in Milton-Freewater?

Walla Walla Gun Club lays out plans for move

The Walla Walla Gun Club aims to build rifle and pistol ranges first when it starts its move later this year.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Gun Club will be building itself a new home, but don't expect to see dirt flying immediately.At a meeting Monday, club members and interested residents talked about plans to move the club from its current location on Middle

Second brother in Walla Walla 'party house' sentenced

Allan F. Avbel received a jail term followed by three years of sex-offender treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- The second of two brothers who had sex with an underage girl at what police called a "party house" last fall has received a suspended prison term, but will continue serving a jail stint and undergo sex-offender treatment.Allan F. Avbel, 23,

Walla Walla-area woman charged in weekend stabbing

Vanessa M. Drake is accused of second-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a man in the back.

WALLA WALLA -- A local woman was formally charged Monday afternoon in Superior Court with stabbing a man outside her residence last weekend. Vanessa M. Drake, 29, of 261 Newtown Road, is accused of second-degree assault -- domestic violence. Officials sai

Walla Walla youths charged in gang-related fight

WALLA WALLA -- Three youths have been charged in Superior Court with participating in a reported gang-related fight in early February.Johnny Gonzalez, 17, of 1166 W. Elm St., was charged Thursday with second-degree assault and riot. Two other juveniles, A

DeSales hosting first softball alumni game April 23

WALLA WALLA — DeSales softball is having its first Alumni Game at 11 a.m. on April 23 at the high school field.The game will be followed by a Booster Club barbecue. All former Irish softball players are invited to play or watch.For more information, conta

Dunovant second for Warrior women in NWAACC golf tourney

WWCC's Dona Dunovant finishes two strokes behind the tournament winner, Spokane's Alexa Bell.

PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College's Dona Dunovant battled Spokane's Alexa Bell through the final round of an NWAACC neutral site golf tournament at Heron Lakes' Great Blue course Monday, with Bell taking the two-stroke victory.'Those pesky triple b

Wa-Hi hosts summer volleyball camp for girls

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi is hosting a summer volleyball for girls grades 5-12 June 28-30 at the Blue Devil gym.The camp will be conducted by Eastern Oregon University coaches and players, and will provide individual instruction and scrimmages each day.Fee for

Wa-Hi boys finish third at Big Nine pod golf match

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's boys golfers finished third at a Big Nine pod match hosted by Davis at Yakima Country Club Monday.Richland won the windy match with a team score of 313, followed by Moses Lake at 338, Wa-Hi 340, Wenatchee 344, Chiawana 362, Davis 373 and

Wind shortens Wa-Hi girls match

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's girls endured wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour and finished fourth at the second Big Nine pod match of the season here Monday.'Due to extensive winds the match was shortened to nine holes,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. 'Branc

Xplosion 12-U finishes 4-2 at Tri-Cities tourney

PASCO — The Walla Walla Xplosion 12-U finished 4-2 at the NSA Ice Breaker Fastpitch Tournament last weekend.The Xplosion opened with a 5-4 loss to Woodinville Region Friday, then dropped again to the Oregon Blaze Saturday, 7-0.But it proved to be their fi

Explosion ‘00 softball team finishes tourney 5-1

PASCO — The Xplosion ‘00 softball team finished the NSA Ice Breaker Fastpitch Tournmanet 5-1 last weeekend. They were tied for the best record out of eight teams in the 10-years-old and younger ‘B' division.The Xplosion opened the tournament with a 14-2 v

Pomeroy boys swing to first

TEKOA — Pomeroy's boys golf team placed first at a four-team match at the Tekoa Golf Club Monday.The Pirates had a team score of 232 on the nine-hole, par-35 course. Riley Bott led the contingency with a 44, while teammates Joel Meyers, Austin Starin, Tan

MAE V. GONZALES

January 11, 1920 - April 8, 2011

Death Notice - John Sherin

April 3, 1924 - April 11, 2011

Death Notice - Marie Stiller

Feb. 27, 1931 - April 10, 2011

Death Notice - Elmer Lampson

April 9, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Dunwoodie

Feb. 24, 1925 - April 4, 2011

Glenna Howard

May 31, 1935 - April 7, 2011

Douglas Haer

Feb. 27, 1952 - April 4, 2011

Frances Hopwood

July 11, 1919 - April 6, 2011

Claire Wagoner

Feb. 28, 1921 - April 7, 2011

Robert Seney

April 5, 1920 - April 9, 2011

Monday, April 11

Coroner shows leadership in tough issues

Richard Greenwood has helped the community deal with a rash of suicides and is finding final resting places for unclaimed remains.

Leadership is not often a term used in describing county coroners.In the short time Richard Greenwood has been in office in Walla Walla County, he has demonstrated leadership above and beyond the normal scope of coroner duties on two sensitive issues.

Pink Ball mixes fun, fundraising with runway show

The inaugural Pink Ball raised funds for cancer patients with a runway show Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA -- More than 300 women with great hair and great makeup, and one with a great array of giraffe spots on her torso, spent their Saturday night showing off what they do best, while raising money to help cancer patients make ends meet.

Green lunches to celebrate Earth Day in Walla Walla

Customers can order online or send in a check. Ordering deadline is April 15.

WALLA WALLA -- When eating lunch becomes a way to be environmentally responsible and support a nonprofit organization, it's win-win.

Buddha's Guest House opening also a fundraiser

Curious to see the giant Buddha statue that came to Walla Walla a few weeks ago via Portland and now adorns the back yard of a new vacation rental?

Church to hold rummage, baked food sale this week

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Wesley United Methodist Church, 816 S. Main St., will hold a rummage and baked food sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Proceeds will benefit church programs.

Campaign highlights parents' teaching, caregiving

A new statewide education and awareness campaign launches today to reach families of young children.

Bridge inspection to restrict travel Tuesday near Burbank

BURBANK -- Traffic on U.S. Highway 12 near the Snake River Bridge will be restricted to a single lane in both east and westbound directions Tuesday.

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

On The Agenda - M-F SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 04/11/11

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

Etcetera - 04/11/11

The Walla Walla High School Concert and Combined Women's choirs garnered superior ratings during the Large Choir Contest at Chiawana High School the week of March 21.

Woman arrested in stabbing Sunday morning

Vanessa M. Drake allegedly attacked a man picking up belongings at a Newtown Road residence.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman was being held today in connection with a stabbing incident reported early Sunday.According to court records, the incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the 200 block of Newtown Road.The victim, Reuben Wentz, told Walla Walla Cou

Dunovant leads WWCC golfers in Portland

PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College's women's golfers are in second place, and the Warrior men tied for third, after the first round of an NWAACC neutral site tournament at Heron Lakes Golf Course Sunday.Sunday's round was played on the par-72 Greenb

Whitman men win NWC tennis title

The Missionaries hand PLU an 8-1 tennis defeat Sunday to take over sole possession of their fourth straight title.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's tennis team grabbed sole ownership of its fourth consecutive Northwest Conference championship on Sunday, scoring a decisive 8-1 victory over visiting Pacific Lutheran. Playing on its outdoor courts, Whitman finishe

Rally again falls short for Whitman hardballers

For the second time in three weekend games, the Missionaries' late rally isn't enough in a 7-6 baseball loss to Pacific Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — For the second time in three games this weekend, Whitman College saw its ninth-inning rally fall a run short on Sunday as Pacific escaped with a 7-6 Northwest Conference baseball victory at Borleske Stadium.Pacific, winning all three weekend

Barton leads Whitman men's golfers to second in Kennewick

KENNEWICK — Brian Barton shot a 3-over par 75 and led the Whitman College men's golf team to a second-place finish at Saturday's Whitman Invitational at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.

Xplosion goes 5-1 at Ice Breaker Fastpitch tournament

TRI-CITIES — The Walla Walla Xplosion '00 finished with a 5-1 record in the NSA Ice Breaker Fastpitch Tournament held in Tri-Cities over the weekend. The Xplosion finished tied for the best record out of eight teams in the 10-and-under B division.

Whitman's Zajicek ties for fourth at Richland golf tourney

RICHLAND — Katie Zajicek, one of three first-year golfers playing for Whitman College, shot 81 to pace the Missionaries at the Whitman Invitational Saturday afternoon at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. Zajicek tied for fourth place in the individu

Feast Walla Walla bursting at seams

Last year's attendance was just over 400, but this year the foundation had 532 tickets sold by 3 p.m.

WALLA WALLA - Three new food vendors and 40 extra feet were probably the most notable changes for this year's Feast Walla Walla.But the biggest change was the record-breaking number of customers who filled a massive tent that spanned almost from crosswalk

Death Notice - Delbert Brown

Dec. 23, 1931 - April 10, 2011

Death Notice - Mae Gonzales

Jan. 11, 1920 - April 8, 2011

Death Notice - Luis Reyes

March 26, 1946 - April 9, 2011

Saturday, April 9

Whit women squeak past UPS

TACOMA — Already locked into third seed for next week's Northwest Conference playoffs, the Whitman College women's tennis team juggled its line-up again here Saturday and squeaked past Puget Sound, 5-4.Downing the Loggers for the second time this season,

Mac-Hi bounces back from baseball sweep

The Pioneers are swept by Baker Friday but pick up a nonleague win on Saturday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi bounced back from being overpowered by Baker in Friday's Greater Oregon League openers to pull out an 11-10 non-league win over Elgin here Saturday.Baker slugged nine home runs in downing the Pioneers 23-6 and 21-0 in Friday's GO

Dayton, Colton split baseball pair

COLTON — Dayton rallied for three eighth-inning runs to claim a 9-6 first-game win here Saturday in nonleague baseball action.Dayton made some lineup experiments in game two and Colton came back to down the Bulldogs 22-5.In the opener Dayton, with a three

Whitman women's lacrosse to host tourney next weekend

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College's women's lacrosse team is hosting a tournament next Saturday and Sunday at the Whitman Soccer Complex.Teams attending are from the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Western Washington University, Gonzaga Univer

Whits drop baseball doubleheader to Pacific

The Missionaries lead 4-0 after seven innings in the nightcap but can't hold on for the win.

WALLA WALLA — Ahead 4-0 after seven innings in the nightcap of a Northwest Conference baseball twinbill, Whitman College ran afoul of one bad inning and dropped a 5-4 decision to Pacific University Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.Pacific, which hel

W-M goes long ball to sweep Dufur

DUFUR — Weston-McEwen pounded out 28 hits here Saturday to sweep a Special District Six baseball doubleheader.The TigerScots rapped out three home runs and collected 15 hits to win the opener 12-4 over Dufur. W-M collected 13 more hits in posting a five-i

Mac-Hi boys win Riverside track and field invite

The Mac-Hi girls pick up third to lead local teams.

BOARDMAN — The Mac-Hi Pioneers boys track team headlined the local finishers with a first place finish at the Riverside Invitational track meet here Saturday.The victorious Condon/Wheeler girls were followed by Mac-Hi in third and Weston-McEwen in fifth.M

Warriors' six-game win streak ends at CBC

WWCC loses the baseball opener but picks up the nightcap in a split with CBC.

PASCO — Walla Walla Community saw its six-game NWAACC East Region baseball winning streak come to an end here Saturday in the opener of an East doubleheader.Columbia Basin Community College limited the Warriors to a first-inning run and blanked the Warrio

Whit men clinch share of NWC title

The Missionaries have the top seed in the NWC playoffs next weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's tennis team clinched a share of its fourth consecutive Northwest Conference championship and nailed down the top seed in next week's playoffs by rolling over Puget Sound 9-0 Saturday afternoon on the outdoor courts.

Waitsburg-Prescott splits hardball pair with Burbank

W-P picks up the first game but drops the second — both by scores of 6-3.

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott split a pair of baseball games with Burbank Saturday afternoon.W-P's Zach Bartlow pitched the complete first game, which W-P won 6-3.Burbank answered with its own 6-3 victory in the nightcap, scoring runs in five of the seven

Work on Old Milton Highway to start Tuesday

The first phase of construction will last from April to May.

WALLA WALLA — An old highway is going to have a new look soon.Construction crews are scheduled to start Tuesday on the realignment and reconstruction of Old Milton Highway between Highway 125 to the bridge over the Walla Walla River. The p

ON THE AGENDA

M-F City Council

M-F to consider daytime curfew for kids

The goal of the ordinance would be to reduce crime and encourage youths to stay in school.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A curfew ordinance that would keep kids off the street during school hours will be reviewed by City Council on Monday night.While the ordinance is geared toward giving officers the mechanism to question kids who are not

Home sales down, but signs are looking up

Sales have been steady without last year's government credit, inventory is decreasing, prices are stabilizing and interest rates are low.

WALLA WALLA — Home sales in the Walla Walla area were down the first quarter of the year, but real estate experts believe spring could add a little bounce to market activity.Bolstered last year by the government's Buyer Tax Credit pr

Grocery co-operative outgrows its space

The business hopes to raise funds to move to larger surroundings.

WALLA WALLA — A grocery cooperative that specializes in home-grown products may be taking root in a bigger space.The Walla Walla Daily Market Cooperative, the community's member-owned alternative to chain grocery stores, is slated to

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley — Kurt Schoen

Kurt Schoen, 46, made his first guitar 10 years ago for his young daughters by stretching a rubber band across a Kleenex box. The second guitar cost him his fly-fishing line; by the third, he needed some real guitar strings.A decade later, Schoe

Three new food vendors join Feast

Phoumy's Thai Cuisine, South Fork Grill and Graze — A Place To Eat added to the menu.

WALLA WALLA — Three new food vendors took part in this year's Feast Walla Walla.Phoumy Hormratsamy, owner of Phoumy's Thai Cuisine, 1528 E. Isaacs Ave., said that in her 22 years of owning and running a restaurant in the Tri-Ci

Middle school students offered chance to see college campus life

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College is accepting applications from local middle school students interested in experiencing campus life for three days over the summer.The Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment program covers the cost for loc

Work to delay mill creek road traffic

A road project at Mill Creek Road and Meiner Road will delay traffic starting this week.

Council to consider if dog ordinance needs more teeth

Police Chief Chuck Fulton is expected to present a report during a Council work session Monday.

WALLA WALLA — A dog attack in February that left one Whitman College student injured and several neighbors fleeing an aggressive pitbull is one reason Council members will review the city's dangerous dog ordinances at a public work session

CORRECTION - Emergency services - 04/10/11

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

Staudenmaier picks up 400th win in WWCC sweep Saturday

The Warrior softball team sweeps Blue Mountain to give coach Mike Staudenmaier his 399th and 400th win with WWCC.

WALLA WALLA — Some individuals and teams dodge and parry their way to victories over their opponents in the athletic arena.Others are aggressive with the intent to destroy and demolish.The NWAACC Eastern Region-leading Walla Walla Community College softba

Warriors overcome big errors to sweep Chukars softball on Friday

The WWCC softball team makes 10 errors on the day but still defeats Treasure Valley twice on Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Despite making a bevy of errors on the day, the WWCC softball team pulled out a sweep over its guests from Treasure Valley, winning the first game 11-9 and the second 9-8.The Warriors made 10 errors on the day and allowed seven unearned runs

Event designed to get kids, families active

On Saturday, the Walla Walla YMCA will team up with the Tour of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Sweets Baseball and local community health professionals to encourage all kids and parents in Walla Walla County to come to the Y for a play date and commit to bei

Photo Gallery: Wa-Hi hardballers crush Cadets

WALLA WALLA — It is hard to lose if the other team does not score.Wa-Hi's pitching blanked Eisenhower, 9-0 and 9-0, here Friday in the opening of Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball action.Drew Christina shut out the Cadets on two hits and struck out 16 i

Blue Devil baseball shuts out Cadets — twice

Strong Wa-Hi pitching keys two 9-0 Big Nine baseball victories over Eisenhower Friday at Murr Field.

WALLA WALLA — It is hard to lose if the other team does not score.Wa-Hi's pitching blanked Eisenhower, 9-0 and 9-0, here Friday in the opening of Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball action.Drew Christina shut out the Cadets on two hits and struck out 16 i

Whitman women net No. 3 seed to NWC tennis playoffs

TACOMA — A short-handed Whitman College women's tennis team scrambled past Pacific Lutheran 7-2 here Friday afternoon, clinching the No. 3 seed in next week's Northwest Conference playoffs. Beating the Lutes for the second time this season, Whitman improv

The Tour of Walla Walla celebrates its 15th year in 2011.

On the road again

It's tour time again in Walla Walla.

WWU Engineers Without Borders to host annual gala

Members of the Walla Walla University Engineers Without Borders chapter designed and oversaw the construction of five classrooms at an elementary school in Luis Garcia, Honduras.

Compassion can be a call to action

Compassion - what is it, and how do we do it? Compassion is a function of the heart and mind. It is understanding another person and his or her situation from his or her point of view. It is listening and observing with 100 percent of your being, with your heart, without judgment - using no filters, no colored glasses, no perspectives, and no agendas. Compassion is the vehicle by which we encounter and truly comprehend the interconnectedness of all things. It is the core of our unity.

CHURCH BULLETIN

First Assembly to host Northwest U. president

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Court gives prosecutors too much protection

They shouldn't have carte blanche to twist facts and hide evidence to get a conviction.

The Supreme Court clings to precedents like a toddler clings to a blankie. But at some point, the child grows up. It's time for the Supreme Court to do the same.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Commissioners should put

Friday, April 8

Executive privilege keeps public in dark

The Freedom Foundation points out executive privilege isn't one of the more than 300 exemptions in the state's Public Records Act.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is wielding what she believes to be a shield that will keep the prying eyes of the public out of some things she and her staff are doing. This powerful shield is called 'executive privilege.”For some reason, people in power seem to thi

Theresa Miner

June 28, 1961 - Dec. 29, 2010

Douglas Haer

Feb. 27, 1952 - April 4, 2011

Barbara Wilcox

June 9, 1954 - April 2, 2011

Smith's downtown tasting room a vision realized

Smith's new home for several of his labels harkens to Walla Walla's past.

WALLA WALLA -- The worldwide headquarters of Walla Walla's "rockstar winemaker" weren't so much built up as they were stripped down.

Robotics challenge set for Sunday at WWU

COLLEGE PLACE -- Area residents are invited to the Walla Walla University campus on Sunday to watch teams of young students take the FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Challenge.

Engineer selected for Walla Walla County 911 center move

The shift from downtown Walla Walla to College Place is planned for later this year.

WALLA WALLA -- Plans to relocate Walla Walla County's Emergency Dispatch Center took a step forward today.

Emergency Services - 04/08/11

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

Echos of defunct meat company sound with successor

Blue Valley Meats, which is run by people previously associated with Thundering Hooves, is headed toward opening a shop in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- The management team that previously ran Walla Walla's shuttered pasture-raised meat operation Thundering Hooves has started its own sustainable meats company and will sell off the remaining Thundering Hooves inventory as its first order of

Could Cayuse provide foundation for another major wine weekend?

Local officials see potential for Cayuse Winery's release weekend to join the Valley's other three major wine-oriented gatherings.

WALLA WALLA -- As Cayuse Winery releases its new spring vintages this weekend, many visitors from out of town will come to Walla Walla for the release party and to pick up the wine they have ordered.

Tru Cellars reopens as area's first sparkling winery

The brown paper is coming off the windows at Tru Cellars today.

Legal Briefing - Search without consent: Who's in trouble?

Dear John, The other day, my wife and I got into a fight. It was pretty serious. She ended up calling the police. I was pretty scared, but I decided to wait for them to arrive by sitting on the porch.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Awareness of others fosters desire to serve

As I contemplated a fresh approach to encourage readers to get involved in National Volunteer Month -- which is April -- I also prepared for a workshop aimed at increasing staff awareness of volunteerism in our organization.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Caffeine studies show long-term effects from drug

Let's take a closer look at a variety of studies of the effects of caffeine, starting with a handful of animal studies.

HEALTH & FITNESS - Relaxation first step in meditation

People often ask what they should do to be able to meditate.

Pre-diabetes education an information flood

That's not be the official motto of the American Diabetes Association, but someone might want to think about adopting it.

ROCK DOC - Gizmos to save power not always a hot ticket

Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry sprang up. Drivers could buy magnets to attach to fuel lines to allegedly boost a car's gas mileage by 20 or even 30 percent.

Etcetera - 04/08/11

Walla Walla High School student-athletes received recognition from the National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. The seventh annual reco

Mac-Hi posts tennis sweep on Helix

The Pioneer girls win 3-2 and the boys win 3-0 to top the Grizzlies.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's boys and girls picked up tennis victories over Helix Thursday night.The Pioneer girls won 3-2 and the boys won 3-0.'It's always great playing Helix because their players will play and play,” said Mac-Hi coach Michelle Snyder. '

Bat attack sparks Blue Devils win

Wa-Hi knocks out 13 hits in the 7-1 win over Pendleton Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi rode the pitching of Alyson Ambler and a 13-hit attack — led by the three apiece by Hope Klicker and Trae Payne — to a 7-1 victory over Pendleton in non-conference softball action Thursday afternoon at Murr Sports Park.Ambler struck ou

Virginia M Figgins

March 14th, 1922 ~ April 4th, 2011

Norma Anderson

Jan. 11, 1924 - April 4, 2011

Death Notice - Claire Wagoner

Feb. 28, 1921 - April 7, 2011

Death Notice - Glenna Howard

May 31, 2011 - April 7, 2011

Thursday, April 7

Art preservation is an art unto itself

Pieces in Tamastslikt Cultural Institute's collection receive tender loving care to ensure history survives.

MISSION, Ore. — At age 35, Randall Melton understands his past is also his future.Melton is the collections curator of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, situated where the high desert of Eastern Oregon becomes one with the Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Ind

CHANNELING SPRING

Wings spread wide riding the air currents from the channel, a pigeon looks for a perch above rushing Brown tinged melt water in the Mill Creek Channel at Land Title Plaza Tuesday afternoon. Water levels are high after heavy rains and warming weather signaling spring is in the air.

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

The Gourds to stop in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- As far as country music goes, The Gourds are a big name.

In the minutes - ATHENA COUNCIL

Members of the council are Eric Pickard, LaVerne Mitchell, John Shafer, Deborah Hayward and Carol Speed. Mayor is Charles Vickery. With all present for a special meeting Tuesday:

Harris Park trail maintenance day set for April 16

MILTON-FREEWATER -- For this year's Earth Day, the Walla Walla Watershed Basin Council is sponsoring a local SOLV IT project, maintaining the Harris County Park trail, on April 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Northwest Justice Project lawyer to speak to grandparents' group

WALLA WALLA -- Jill Peitersen, an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project, will discuss non-parental custody issues when she addresses the Walla Walla Grandparents and Family Caregivers Support Group on Thursday, April 14.

Judge's presentation to focus on developments in court system

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Municipal Judge Sam Tucker will make a presentation on developments in the court systems. The presentation is to be made Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Albee Room of the Milton-Freewater Public Library.

Doctor to address state insurance bill at luncheon

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Dr. Frank Erickson of Pendleton, will present his views on HB3510 at the monthly meeting of the Milton-Freewater Democrats Wednesday.

Friday 'Zumbathon' to raise funds for Japan recovery

WALLA WALLA -- Area residents of all ages are invited to participate in a "Zumbathon" Friday at the YMCA to raise money for relief efforts in Japan.

Etcetera - 04/07/11

Devin Bailey has endured more than his fair share of challenges during his brief lifetime.

CP School Board to hold special meeting on facilities

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place School Board will hold a special board meeting Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss facilities and a Modified Educational Program.

Instructors sought for WWCC 'Kids College'

WALLA WALLA -- Instructors are being sought to teach during the Walla Walla Community College's "Kids College."

Farming could return to land by Walla Walla Gun Club

Cleanup could be required down the line depending on what the property ultimately is used for.

WALLA WALLA -- In the fields where clay pigeons and shotgun pellets have landed, wheat could potentially sprout again.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Pamela J. and Steven D. Goucher Sr.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Luis Aguilar, 14, 67 Ross Way, Wallula, was sentenced April 1 on one count fourth-degree assault.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Cassandra Morriera, 19, 1205 Parallel Road, was sentenced April 4 on one count second-degree possession of stolen property.

Emergency Services - 04/07/11

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

Walla Walla County emergency management chief moves on

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County's Emergency Management director is moving on.Gay Ernst, who has assumed the post three years ago this month, said she will be resigning effective April 29 to pursue work as an emergency management consultant.

Walla Walla County commissioners to discuss 911 relocation

Commissioners will discuss architectural and engineering services for the planned move.

WALLA WALLA -- Relocation of Walla Walla County's 911 center will be the topic of a special meeting Friday.Walla Walla County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. to discuss selection of a contractor for architectural or engineering services for the project.

Mountain man to visit Fort WW Museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents a living history presentation, 2 p.m. April 10 in the pioneer village. Mountain man Joe Meek will be portrayed by Mike Bates. Meek met Marcus and Narcissa Whitman at the 1836 Horse Creek rendezvous as the W

UW needs better ideas than cuts of in-state students

Surely with all that brain power, UW could find a few more possible solutions.

The University of Washington is supposed to have some of the brightest minds in this country on its faculty, administration and board of directors. So why is it that when money gets tight the answer always seems to be 'generate more revenue” and not much

Death Notice - Stephen Richards

Feb. 16, 1957 - April 5, 2011

Fred Little

June 7, 1913 - April 5, 2011

Norma Pence

April 11, 1930 - April 2, 2011

Charlotte Randall

Jan. 7, 1922 – April 2, 2011

Josephine O'Neill

July 16, 1928 – April 3, 2011

Sean Padriac O'Brien

Sept. 7, 1942 – April 4, 2011

Warriors overcome injuries for sweep

WWCC tops Wenatchee in the first game and loses three players to injuries in the 4-3 nightcap win.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College went to the long ball and a deep bench to sweep Wenatchee Valley Wednesday in an NWAACC East Region baseball doubleheader.The Warriors pounded three home runs to take the opener 6-1. WWCC lost three players to i

$n$ Whit's Holton-Burke nets NWC award for men's tennis

WALLA WALLA — For the second time this season, Whitman College junior Conor Holton-Burke has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.His latest award, announced earlier today, recognizes his play last weekend, when Whi

Whit's Zajicek NWC player of week for women's golf

WALLA WALLA — After Katie Zajicek won medalist honors at last weekend's Northwest Conference Spring Classic, it came as no surprise today when the first-year Whitman College golfer was named NWC Student Athlete of the Week for women's golf.Zajicek was one

Dayton, Pomeroy split doubleheader

POMEROY — Dayton and Pomeroy split a pair of nonleague baseball games Wednesday.Pomeroy picked up the first game, 15-14, off seven Bulldog errors, while Dayton won the nightcap, 11-2.'We left a lot of big runs on base in the first game,” said Dayton coach

Wednesday, April 6

National Science Foundation grant aids plant gene research

WALLA WALLA -- A pair of Whitman College researchers have received National Science Foundation funding to help continue their investigation of two previously uncharacterized plant genes.

Whitman professor presents research in Portland, Spain

WALLA WALLA -- A Whitman College religion professor recently presented her work near and far.

Mars mission investigator to discuss history of planet

WALLA WALLA -- Peter Smith, the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science at the University of Arizona, will present "The History of Mars as Revealed by Space Missions in the Last Decade" on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Hall of Science Gaiser A

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 Reeves absent Monday:

In the minutes - WW County

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

Emergency Services - 04/06/11

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 Gun Club plans move to new range

A club officials says the group's plans include any cleanup of the current range required by its lease.

WALLA WALLA -- A club that has provided generations of local shotgunners with a place to compete has announced plans to move.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Ronald Emil Fletcher and Ida Mae Martin Fletcher.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Whitney R. Robinett, 19, 401 N. First St., Dayton was charged March 9 with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Robinett is charged with possessing a controlled substance, methamphetamine in Columbia County on or about March 8.

Unclaimed remains of veterans leave Walla Walla for final home at veterans' cemetery

The remains of 11 veterans, unclaimed until now, left the county Coroner's Office today for a veterans' cemetery.

Earl Foster left Walla Walla today, for a trip that has taken 59 years to complete.

Free social media seminar set for Monday in Dayton

DAYTON -- A free Social Media Seminar will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Dayton Library in the Delany Room, 111 S. Third St.

Uptown Wine Walk downtown to support aviary

Downtown Walla Walla's uptown wineries have banded together in a fundraiser for the community's feathered friends.

Engineer to discuss groundwater monitoring in West Africa

COLLEGE PLACE -- Stephen Silliman, a civil engineering professor at University of Notre Dame, will present "Sustainable Groundwater Quality Monitoring in Rural Benin" on Wednesday at Walla Walla University.

Turbines going up on Southeastern Wash. windfarm

Puget Sound Energy says the first of 149 wind-powered turbines was installed Friday at the Lower Snake River Wind Project in Garfield County in Southeastern Washington.

Etcetera - 04/06/11

The Walla Walla High School auditorium stage will feature candidates vying for the 2011 Mr. Wa-Hi Pageant title when the event holds forth there at 7 p.m. April 21 at 800 Abbott Road.

Officials: Walla Walla boy injured after running into traffic

Raul Meglar suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was hit in a crosswalk Tuesday night.

WALLA WALLA -- A 12-year-old Walla Walla boy was struck by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday night after he ran into a crosswalk with oncoming traffic approaching, officials said.Raul Meglar, 12, of Lado Viejo Road, tumbled about 25 feet into the intersecti

Bill opens gate to local horse races

Eastern Washington's struggling horse tracks can now seek private funds to support operations, if they can find them.Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5747 into law Tuesday. Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, was the bill's prime sponsor.The bill chang

Move over when passing emergency vehicles on highways

A new, tougher law took effect Jan. 1. State troopers have started issuing $248 tickets to those who violate the law.

It should be obvious to any driver — move over and slow down when passing an emergency vehicle that is parked on the side of the highway with lights flashing.Yet, it doesn't always happen. In fact, problems created by speeding motorists driving too close

TigerScots pick up 10-inning softball win

ENTERPRSIE — Weston-McEwen won a 10-inning marathon against Enterprise/Joseph here Tuesday, 5-4.The TigerScots plated three 10th-inning runs, and watched the Cubs score twice in the bottom of the inning before W-M closed it out.'We went down with 12 kids,

Madness of March drives us basketball bonkers

WALLA WALLA — Another March Madness is in the record books.And this year's wild scramble for men's NCAA basketball supremacy was one of the craziest on record, with the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs and No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth advancing all the

Blue Mountain Babe Ruth holds signups Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Blue Mountain Babe Ruth baseball signups are at 6 p.m. Thursday at the hitting facility by McRae-Ireland Field.For more information, contact Tina Kain at 509-876-1259 or via email tkain@q.com.

Mac-Hi hits big to top W-M

The Pioneers top the TigerScots, 22-10, off 20 hits on the day.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi unleashed 20 hits — including a pair of home runs by Jake Morris and a third off the bat of Troy Kessler — as the undefeated Pioneers pounded out a 22-10 nonleague baseball victory over Weston-McEwen here Tuesday at McRae/Ireland

Three homers not enough for Wa-Hi hardballers in loss

The Blue Devils fall to Pendleton, 6-3.

PENDLETON — Wa-Hi hit three solo homers but it wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss to Pendleton in nonleague baseball action Tuesday.The Blue Devils couldn't put together hits for a rally on the day but played solid ball besides, said Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradwohl.'

The Yak ran high

on a recent angling adventure in the Ellensburg Canyon.

The Yak ran high, but it had leveled off and its color had improved.That's what the lad at Red's Fly Shop in Ellensburg Canyon said.OK.I stopped there to renew my fishing license because it would be convenient, although half-a-dozen days remained in March

Donald Weis

April 6, 1913 - March 31, 2011

Reginaldo Gonzalez

Oct. 26, 1951 - April 3, 2011

Miriam Perkins

Nov. 7, 1961 - March 30, 2011

Death Notice - Walter Rayborn

April 6, 2011

Death Notice - Fred Little

April 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 5

Walla Walla students interview author Jon Scieszka

Berney 5th graders Rheis Hair, Alleah Sedwick and Tori Matlock from Deborah Schade's class sat down with Walla Walla Kids Read visiting author Jon Scieszka for a student-led interview.JS: Now where do you get your ideas?

Adult Day Care Available

The Adult Day Center located at the Center at the Park provides a safe alternative for a loved one who requires caregiving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., allowing caregivers to take what can sometimes be a much-needed break.At the Adult Day Center, Program

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Yup, it's the new glasses

It's been 36 days since I started my diet. You may not have noticed, but I've lost some weight. Yesterday I put on a pair of jeans I last wore 17 years ago. I went straight to the mirror."Looking good," I said.Annie was in the kitchen baking cherry-walnut

HOME PLACE - A journaliDisneyland for journalists? Here I come

You know how when good things happen to you -- all in a row -- you feel maybe God got you mixed up with someone else?Recently I've had a few awesome things come my way I am pretty sure I don't deserve.We'll start with the first one. So, turns out I am une

GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK - 04/05/11

Plug your electronics into a power strip, and turn it off at night to save electricity. Most electronic devices, including your TV, have an "always on" component that continues to use electricity as long as they're plugged in. Plugging several devices int

Roses are dead, violets are blue

Spring is here; that is, the wet and cold version. There have been a few moments of sun. Moments that have looked more like scenes from Exodus:"And the clouds parted bringing rays of sun down upon the people of the valley, And the people went forth from t

ETCETERA - 4-Hers pitch in for the birds at Pioneer Park Aviary

Local 4-H groups contribute to the area through a variety of community service projects and in this regard Ranch and Home 4-H Club is no different. Its members, who range from ages 8 to 13, chose to help the Pioneer Park Aviary, said Donna Chapin, mother

LOOK BOTH WAYS

Demonstrating the problem of not looking both ways before crossing, a duck stops dead in his tracks and waits for traffic to pass in one lane of Boyer Avenue Monday afternoon but fails to notice the oncoming traffic in his own lane. Luckily the alert driver in the duck's lane slowed then turned off on a intersecting side street, avoiding a potential fowl encounter with the unsuspecting bird.

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. Where: Learning Center, Hospital

Food co-op transitions to new locale

Walla Walla's food co-op will soon be on the move.

Rural Green Youth Enterprise director to speak in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- Rural Green Youth Enterprise director Leroy Cunningham is featured speaker at tonight's Waitsburg Commercial Club meeting.

Northwest University president to visit First Assembly of God

WALLA WALLA -- First Assembly of God, 1919 Fern Ave., will host the Rev. Joe Castleberry, president of Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., who will preach at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Incumbents returned to office in Waitsburg election

WAITSBURG -- The incumbent City Council and mayor prevailed in the city election Monday.

Downtown Dayton playground project receives grant from utility

DAYTON -- The downtown Dayton playground project is $3,500 closer to the $50,000 fund-raising goal, with receipt of a grant fro the Pacific Power Foundation.

Emergency Services - 04/05/11

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

Overnight hunt snags College Place fugitive

A man captured by law enforcement officers is a person of interest in recent home invasions in College Place.

Through tenacity and teamwork, law enforcement officials brought one fugitive's run to a close early this morning.Adam Hermanns, 23, last known to live in Waitsburg, was arrested at about 3 a.m. through a combined effort from the Walla Walla County Sherif

FDA to roll out improved recall site

The agency's website covers recalls of food and other products.

Beginning Monday consumers can search for food and other product recalls easier and quicker on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website than previously possible, according to the FDA.The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January

Walla Walla woman sentenced in assault, theft at store

Vanessa M. Drake received 30 days on a work crew for the crimes last summer.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who pleaded guilty to an assault and theft at a local department store was ordered Monday to serve 30 days on the Department of Corrections work crew.Vanessa M. Drake, 29, of 901 W. Poplar St., was sentenced by Walla Walla Superior

Jean Miller

February 12, 1925 ~ March 27, 2011

Death Notice - Douglas Haer

Feb. 27, 1952 - April 4, 2011

Death Notice - Josephine O'Neill

July 16, 1928 - April 3, 2011

Death Notice - Lois Briggs

July 25, 1923 - April 5, 2011

Death Notice - Virginia Figgins

March 14, 1922 - April 4, 2011

Charles Phillips

Jan. 2, 1930 - March 27, 2011

Ronald Farley

Nov. 20, 1939 - April 3, 2011

Wilma Breedlove

Dec. 30, 1919 - March 28, 2011

Lawmakers can't use gimmicks to balance budget

State Treasurer Jim McIntire has wisely made the point that tricks will only create future financial problems for the state.

State lawmakers must now face the stark, painful reality of Washington's budget mess. The projected revenue over the next two years — estimated to be about 14 percent higher than the past two years — is still not nearly enough to cover the anticipated (or

Sweets host Business After Hours April 12 at Borleske Stadium

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla businesses will be able to get a sneak peak at the third phase of stadium improvements at Borleske Stadium when the Sweets host the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the

Milton-Freewater Youth Sports Complex fundraiser slated April 16

MILTON-FREEWATER — A $6 all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed to benefit the Milton-Freewater Youth Sports Complex is slated from 5-8 p.m. April 16 at the Junior Show/Posse Grounds.All proceeds go to building of the complex, an effort to construct a youth baseba

Monday, April 4

Emergency Services - 04/04/11

Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media. Theft and vandalism re

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Hall

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall, 215 S. CurrantWhat: Special Meeting

Spring off to a wet start in Walla Walla Valley

March was wetter than usual, but mild, with no temperatures below freezing.

WALLA WALLA -- If you mix spring and winter, do you get "sprinter?"

Six injured in Saturday crash on Highway 12

The wreck occurred in the evening about six miles east of Pomeroy.

POMEROY -- A Pomeroy man was listed in fair condition this morning at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center after a crash Saturday.

FDA recalls can be searched online

Beginning today consumers can search for food and other product recalls easier and quicker on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website than previously possible, according to the FDA.

New Milton-Freewater grocery a Super boost for city

Milton-Freewater's Super Mex adds a local option for groceries and Mexican specialties as well as a draw to keep shoppers here.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- You wouldn't know from the enthusiastic energy at new store Super Mex on Saturday that the crush of customers packing avocados the size of small squash, bottles of fruity-flavored Jarritos, fresh meat and bulk laundry detergent to the

Road to bipedalism, tool use long, twisty

When did human ancestors begin to use tools? It is important to first understand a pitfall in thinking about how human traits were acquired. The problem arises from statements such as, "Walking upright on two legs (being bipedal) freed up the hands of hom

Etcetera - 04/04/11

Junior Club of Walla Walla is readying for its second annual Bunco fundraiser.

Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash pleads guilty

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Marsha-Gaye M. Hogg of College Place.

WALLA WALLA -- A driver who struck and fatally injured a man at a bus shelter last year has pleaded guilty to two of four charges against her.

Norene Hahn

Sept. 19, 1935 - March 31, 2011

Death Notice - Vern Brashear

Jan. 14, 1928 - April 2, 2011

Death Notice - Ralph St. Michel

March 30, 1919 - April 4, 2011

Death Notice - Norma Pence

April 11, 1930 - April 2, 2011

Death Notice - Charlotte Randall

Jan. 7, 1922 - April 2, 2011

Death Notice - Miriam Perkins

Nov. 7, 1961 - March 30, 2011

Zajicek leads Whitman women to school history

LACEY, Wash. — Katie Zajicek and her teammates made some school history on Sunday as Whitman College captured its first-ever individual and team victories at one of the three primary Northwest Conference golf tournaments.Zajicek, a first-year golfer, shot

Third inning sparks PLU baseball win over Missionaries

TACOMA — Pacific Lutheran bunched four hits into the third inning, scoring three times, and rode that outburst to a 5-1 Northwest Conference baseball victory over Whitman College here Sunday afternoon.The Lutes, who took two of three games from Whitman ov

Whitman men shave 26 shots off team golf score

LACEY, Wash. — The Whitman College men's golf team finished the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on a strong note Sunday, shaving 26 shots off its team score from the day before.

Whitworth women hand Missionaries 6-3 defeat

SPOKANE — After staking itself to a 2-1 lead in doubles, Whitworth retained command in singles and finished off a 6-3 Northwest Conference women's tennis victory over Whitman College here Sunday afternoon.With two matches left in the regular season, Whitm

Whitman men roll to 9-0 win over Whitworth at Bratton Center

WALLA WALLA — In one of two men's tennis battles waged between the schools on Sunday, Whitman College rolled to a 9-0 victory over visiting Whitworth in a match played inside the Bratton Tennis Center.With both teams having enough players to start two mat

Whitman men garner tennis win over Whitworth

WALLA WALLA — In one of two split-squad matches on Sunday, the Whitman College and Whitworth men's tennis teams played most of their front-line players on the Missionary outdoor courts, where it was the home team prevailing 8-1.Whitman, which pocketed a 9

Is $93,000 too much for a cancer drug?

Medicare will pay for the drug, which might prolong life about four months, because it can't legally consider cost.

Medicare, the government-run health insurance program open to those 65 and over, is legally prohibited from considering price when determining whether to pay for a new drug or treatment.So it's hardly a surprise Medicare officials last week gave the green

Software problem causes wrong data on county website

WALLA WALLA - Problems with a software package used by Walla Walla County caused incorrect information about stormwater assessment amounts to appear on the county's website last week.Property owners reported seeing the incorrect amounts on property record

Preschools at WWCC set open houses for mid-April

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Parent Cooperative Preschools at the Walla Walla Community College Parent Child Center are hosting an open house and fall pre-registrations April 11-15.The open houses are scheduled for:

Group to hold candlelight vigil to remember day of King shooting

WALLA WALLA - Across the nation, members of Service Employees International Union will hold vigils Monday to remember the day Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed 43 years ago on April 4, 1968.Locally, the members of SEIU will hold a candlelight vig

Museum director to speak at retirees meeting Thursday

WALLA WALLA - Local Chapter 0237 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Thursday in the clubhouse of Golden West Estates, 1425 Jasper St.The guest speaker is James Payne, executive director of Fort Walla Walla Museum. The museum's

Saturday, April 2

Warriors outslug Big Bend for baseball twin bill sweep

The WWCC squad is tied atop the NWAACC East standings with Treasure Valley after 11-8 and 15-13 victories Saturday.

MOSES LAKE — Walla Walla Community College outslugged Big Bend, 11-8 and 15-13, in a wild NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader here Saturday.The Warriors, who improved to 4-0 in league and are tied atop the East standings with Treasure Valley, got

TigerScots split with Horizon Christian

BOARDMAN — Weston-McEwen's baseball doubleheader with Horizon Christian on Saturday was moved to the campus of Riverside High School due to poor field conditions on the TigerScots' diamond. Each team departed the neutral site with one victory. W-M won the

DeSales' Baumgart medalist at M-F Muni

MILTON-FREEWATER — La Grande's boys and Baker's girls were team winners here Friday during a four-way high school golf match at the Municipal Golf Course.La Grande posted a 259 score on the boys side, well ahead of second-place Baker with 317. DeSales was

Mac-Hi boys, W-P girls top 75th Carnival of Speed

Mac-Hi's Emily Childers and W-P's Ronnie Hulce share female honors at the annual extravaganza.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's boys and Waitsburg-Prescott's girls claimed team titles here Friday afternoon and two local athletes — Waitsburg-Prescott's Ronnie Hulce and Mac-Hi's Emily Childers — shared the honor of top female with 30.5 points apiece durin

Warrior fastpitch keeps on rolling

The WWCC softball team completes a weekend sweep with two wins over Spokane on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College kept rolling here Saturday in NWAACC East Region softball action.The Warriors, coming off a Friday sweep of Big Bend, 3-1 and 9-0, had to work extra innings to defeat Spokane 7-6 in the opener, and the Warriors

Blue Devil tracksters third at Eastmont

EAST WENATCHEE — The Wa-Hi boys and girls track teams each placed third in a field of seven — and both just out of the reach of second place — at the Eastmont Invitational here Saturday.The boys finished just one-half point out of second place and the gir

Whits split baseball twin bill with PLU

TACOMA — Erupting for four two-out runs in the eighth inning, Whitman College squeezed past Pacific Lutheran 4-2 in the opener of a Northwest Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon.The Lutes bounced back to win the nightcap 7-0.The two teams play the

Whit women one shot off Spring Classic golf lead

LACEY, Wash. — With first-year Missionary Katie Zajicek leading the way, a young Whitman College women's golf team was one shot off the lead after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at The Links at Hawks Prairie.With the f

Mac-Hi pounds Pilot Rock baseballers

MILTON-FREEWATER — A pair of five-inning mercy rule baseball games left the Mac-Hi Pioneers with 20-1 and 18-6 wins over Pilot Rock Saturday.Dylan Garcia homered for one of Mac-Hi's 21 hits in the opener. Garcia contributed four hits, as did Troy Kessler.

Otto sparks Whit women's tennis win over Pacific

WALLA WALLA — Senior Elise Otto made her final home match a memorable one, sharing in a big victory at No. 1 doubles and winning a three-set marathon at No. 2 singles to spark Whitman College to 7-2 Northwest Conference triumph over Pacific Saturday in th

Mac-Hi continues softball dominance

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi girls softball team continued its dominance of the preseason schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Molalla, 5-0 and 3-1, here Saturday.Cheyenne Kessler was the swinging star with a grand slam in the first inning of the opener

Irish split baseball twin bill with Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — The DeSales Irish baseball team split a Southeast 2B doubleheader with Liberty Christian here Saturday. The Irish lost the first game, 8-7, in eight innings and won the second game handily, 11-3. Vic Mata pitched a complete game in the opener,

Whitman men fifth at Spring Classic golf tourney

LACEY, Wash. — With high winds making life difficult for the golfers, and knocking out power to the clubhouse, the Whitman College men's team was in fifth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at The Links at Hawk

TigerScots take softball sweep of Riverside

BOARDMAN — Weston-McEwen improved its overall softball record to 6-3 here Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Riverside, 21-0 and 24-6.Claire Ely and Karly Graves had four hits apiece to pace a 22-hit attack in game one while Amanda Kuehn, Christan Chas

Upcoming video

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley will resume next week with Kurt Schoen, a guitar maker who has made custom instruments for "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski and band members of Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Black Crows, Lenny Kravitz and ZZ Top.

Last of firefighters to battle fatal '74 blaze retires

Capt. Greg Van Donge served on the Walla Walla Fire Department for more than 37 years.

WALLA WALLA - A Walla Walla firefighter who was the last serving link to one of the department's darkest days is retiring,Capt. Greg Van Donge marked his final day with the city of Walla Walla Fire Department last week, capping a career that spanned more

Road closed until 2012

BURBANK - Starting Monday, Fifth Street between Grain Terminal Road and Poplar Street will be closed until summer 2012. Drivers will need to follow signs detouring them around the closure. The closure is due to the construction of a new interchange on U.S

Despite wind, Ultimate Frisbee players give it a fling

The final day of the Onionfest Tournament will take place today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitman Soccer Complex.

WALLA WALLA - A gusty wind blew over the wet and mushy greens of the Whitman Soccer Complex, leading members of the coed team from the University of Idaho to consider the defensive tactics that would work best on a blustery Saturday morning."A lot of zone

City official to go to Afghanistan

Public Works Operations Superintendent Tom Purcell leaves April 26.

WALLA WALLA - For the second time in a year, a top city official is heading to Afghanistan to help support infrastructure there.Public Works Operations Superintendent Tom Purcell will leave for an assignment with the Department of Defense as an advisor to

Do ya think I'm saxxy

From the stoop of his residence at the corner of East Alder Street and East Poplar Street, Peter Qualtere-Burcher serenades the neighborhood with his saxophone on an early spring evening. Qualtere-Burcher is a junior music major at Whitman College and sai

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

Photo Gallery: 75th Carnival of Speed

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's boys and Waitsburg-Prescott's girls claimed team titles here Friday afternoon and two local athletes — Waitsburg-Prescott's Ronnie Hulce and Mac-Hi's Emily Childers — shared the honor of top female with 30.5 points apiece durin

Their Future Pictured

The music is skipping a bit and the youngest guests are squirmy, but it's the perfect day for some.It is, after all, the day Alex marries Squirrel in a storybook setting of pink and white, tears and smiles.

WWU prof's work leads to two books on Christian reformist

Greg Dodds gave a presentation in Amsterdam on his contribution to "Around Erasmus: A European Humanist and His Early Modern Readers." The Walla Walla University history professor is one of eight writers who are co-authoring content for the edited volume.

Baha'is study writings of Manifestations of God

Thou art He, O my God, Who hath unlocked the gate of heaven with the key of Thy Name, and hath summoned all mankind to the ocean of Thy presence."These words were written by Bahá'u'lláh in reference to the scriptures which were revealed to Him from God. I

CHURCH BULLETIN

First Congregational Church sets rummage sale this weekWALLA WALLA - First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., will hold its rummage sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.

Tax hike for WW County social services is big decision

It feels like an issue that should be decided by voters.

Is now really the best time to raise taxes?It doesn't feel like it. Money is tight in the Walla Walla Valley - and across the nation - as the impact of the Great Recession has yet to lift.Last month it was announced that electricity rates are going up 12

Views to be sought on Wa-Hi project drawings

Over the first 10 weeks of this year, I have had the opportunity to meet with scores of groups and individuals regarding Walla Walla Public Schools facilities. I cannot thank people enough for giving me the opportunity and for their comments.Our informati

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Attack on public employees cowardlyWhen I moved to the Walla Walla Valley, I was stunned by how regularly the local papers opposed teachers' associations. At the time, the profession was filling with Korean War vets who had taken advantage of the GI Bill,

Local ‘asset building' coalitions a wise investment

By bringing together banks and credit unions, human service agencies, businesses and education institutions, here in Walla Walla and statewide, more than 20 local coalitions across Washington have been helping Washington families improve their financial k

Friday, April 1

Alvin 'Al” J. Wahl

November 23, 1919 – March 30, 2011

Bob Harris

Oct. 1, 1916 - March 25, 2011

Barbara Ann Davey

July 31, 1940 - March 27, 2011

Marie Johnson

April 10, 1923 - March 27, 2011

Colleen Lordemann

July 14, 1940 - March 24, 2011

Joint venture

The consolidation of Walla Walla County's Community Development Center and the City of Walla Walla's Development Services Department is intended to save money, while providing the same services.

If you blinked for a moment at the end of last year, you may have missed the design of one of the biggest mergers in the history of the community's planning and building services.

What's Going Up? - 04/01/11

Renovation of the 414 S. Park St. building of Camp Fire USA of Walla Walla.

L'Ecole No. 41 wines get new, more classic look

The wines of L'Ecole No 41 are getting a new look.

County's unemployment rate drops to 8.4 percent

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate dropped in February to 8.4 percent, down from January's 8.7 percent and the 9.1 percent of a year ago, labor officials announced.

Feast Walla Walla features couple of additions

WALLA WALLA -- Organizers of Feast Walla Walla, the community's annual celebration of food, wine and art, are savoring a couple of additions for this year's event: A bigger tent to house the festivities, and the pairing with a wine weekend that could prov

Zerba Cellars named Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year

A Milton-Freewater winery with a taste for grapes and an eye for marketing has been named Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

Light turns green for work on US 12 in Burbank

BURBANK -- Construction of a new overpass and interchange are under way in Burbank in the latest $22.3 million phase of improvements for U.S. Highway 12.

Pacific Power electricity rates to jump 12 percent

WALLA WALLA -- Electricity rates for Pacific Power customers will jump 12 percent starting next Sunday.

Horizon Air adds Saturday flight to Seattle

Horizon Air is making a second landing in Walla Walla on Saturdays.

Thundering Hooves organic beef business closes

WALLA WALLA -- Thundering Hooves, the pasture-finished, organic beef operation that became a model of sustainability and staple of the Walla Walla locavore movement, closed down in March amid financial tumult.

GroBiz '11 'good start' for Chamber of Commerce event

The debut of a trademark event for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce has been dubbed "a good start" by organizers.

Business Monthly Bio - John Sasser

Business/Job title: Owner of Integrity Design & Copyworks, 214 E. Rose St.

Pioneers ride rallies past Rockets

Mac-Hi's softball team uses two walk-off hits to grab two victories from Pilot Rock Thursday, 9-8 and 3-2.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- It started out badly for the Mac-Hi softball team versus Pilot Rock here Thursday afternoon.

JUST BREEZING ALONG

Two dogs share an open window to a windy day while crossing 9th Avenue on a blustery Thursday afternoon.

Health survey: Walla Walla County middle of pack

Annual rankings place Walla Walla County at No. 17 out of 39 in the state.

The second annual County Health Rankings study was released Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Emergency Services - 04/01/11

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

Oregon ups biodiesel proportion in state's fuel blend

SALEM -- Diesel fuel in Oregon is going to get greener.

Blue lights to turn on Saturday for World Autism Day

Saturday is World Autism Day and "Autism Speaks," a national non-profit, is encouraging businesses and residents across the world to "Light it up Blue" for autism awareness.

Power back on after failure in Plaza Way neighborhood

WALLA WALLA -- Power was reportedly restored Thursday to about 1,100 homes and businesses in the Plaza Way neighborhood after a nearly hourlong failure that started late in the morning in the 1700 block of Fairway Drive, officials said.

Walla Walla County sheriff wraps up first round of gatherings

Sheriff John Turner plans to kick off another series of round tables in June.

WALLA WALLA -- Hopes for the future and concerns about the present were among the issues Thursday at a Walla Walla County Sheriff's round table meeting.

Lawn-care season brings on Tumac green-tag sale

What better way to celebrate a special on John Deere products than a green-tag sale?

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Cut your stress by adding to your toolbox

'Don't chain your worries to your body. The burden soon becomes heavy and your health will give too much of itself to pick up the extra load." -- Astrid Alauda, "Dyspeptic Enlightenment"

Caffeine industry efforts mirror Big Tobacco's

One of the things I was somewhat surprised to learn when working to get the ban on smoking alluded to in last week's article was that the tobacco industry had managed to manipulate the dissemination of scientific knowledge and to influence the course of s

Ex-Chamber director again on move

Dave Warkentin, who left Walla Walla last year, quit a similar post in Arizona to take a high-tech job.

Dave Warkentin, the former chief executive officer of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, has resigned his new post as the head of the chamber in Chandler, Ariz., after nine months on the job, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.

Death Notice - Norene Hahn

March 31, 2011

Death Notice - Donald Weis

March 31, 2011

Death Notice - Alvin Wahl

Nov. 23, 1919 - March 30, 2011

Betty Nettles

March 11, 1940 - March 23, 2011

Burdette Huwe

March 4, 1927 - March 29, 2011

Elinor Six

1929 - 2011

Enthusiasm abounds at Whitman youth baseball camp

WALLA WALLA — There was no shortage of enthusiastic youngsters and good times when the Whitman College men's baseball program hosted its second annual Spring Training Camp at Borleske Stadium.A total of 55 young ballplayers from ages 8-13 descended on the

Dayton takes softball twin bill from Jaguars

DAYTON — Dayton won a pair of softball games originally scheduled for last Saturday in Pasco over Tri-Cities Prep here Thursday, 10-0 and 10-0.'We were able to hit the ball pretty good,” Bulldogs assistant coach Desirae Jones said. 'Prep has a young pitch

Irish golfers take honors at Columbia Point

RICHLAND — DeSales had a couple of medalists at a District 9 golf match at Columbia Point Thursday.Ryan Baumgart carded at 40 on the par-37, nine-hole round, and Irish teammate Kelly Martin had a 57 to lead the girls.Tri-Cities Prep scored a 183 to win as

Pioneers ride rallies past Rocket softballers

Mac-Hi's softball team uses two walk-off hits to grab two victories from Pilot Rock Thursday, 9-8 and 3-2.

MILTON-FREEWATER — It started out badly for the Mac-Hi softball team versus Pilot Rock here Thursday afternoon.But that just made it even sweeter when the Pioneers rallied for two walk-off victories over the Rockets, the reigning Class 2A state champions.

WWVA's Roosma highlights six-team track meet in Dayton

DAYTON — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Casey Roosma turned in a pair of first places to highlight a six-team Southeast 2B District 9 track meet here Wednesday.Roosma won the girls 200 meters in 28.27, as well as the 100-meter hurdles in 17.93.

Waitsburg-Prescott tops SE2B District 9 track meet

COLFAX — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys and girls topped a five-team Southeast 2B District 9 track meet here Wednesday.The W-P boys score of 122.83 had little competition from Garfield-Palouse/Colton, which totaled 67.33. DeSales was third at 54, Pomeroy fourt