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Wednesday, August 31

Firefighters battling two major wildfires in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — Firefighters were called out to battle two major wildfires in Walla Walla County this afternoon.One blaze was reported in the vicinity of Harvey Shaw Road and Sudbury Road and the second was in the vicinity of Woodward Canyon Road and Nelms

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US must correct reckless spending

I am not a trained economist and do not have a MBA degree, but have survived the Great Depression, the ups and downs of the economy for the past 80-plus years and have taken classes in the School of Hard Knocks.

The Fair is festival that brings this community together

For well over a century the Fair has marked the end of harvest and provided an opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Walla Walla has a great many community activities and festivals, but none is more anticipated and revered than the Fair.

WWU to host visitors for Seventh-day Adventist conference

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host more than 1,000 visitors to the Walla Walla Valley from Sept. 7-11.

Walla Walla County furlough day set for Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Many Walla Walla County offices will be closed Friday for an unpaid furlough day.

Veterans focus of congressman's visit to M-F on Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Returning veterans will be the focus of a visit Thursday by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden.

Construction set to begin on Main Street in M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Construction is set to begin today on Main Street between South Second and Southeast 14th avenues.

Corrections officer assaulted at Washington State Penitentiary

WALLA WALLA -- A corrections officer received minor injuries Tuesday night when he was assaulted by a Washington State Penitentiary inmate.

With 'heavy heart' Willow gallery closes its doors

Downtown gallery Willow closed its doors early this week after a three-year run at the corner of Second Avenue and Rose Street.

Emergency Services - 08/31/11

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 - 08/31/11

Roxanne Hinkle's daughter Melanie Hinkle and her dogs endured the five-day haul from Alaska to Bellingham aboard an Alaskan ferry.

Scourge of aviary still in business

After about two months without casualties, it appears the killer of local birds is back at work.

WALLA WALLA -- There's no rest for the winged.

Leadership shift on at prison

Superintendent Steve Sinclair has been named to a statewide post and will start that job next month.

WALLA WALLA -- Leadership at Washington State Penitentiary will change hands next month.

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days kicks off today

Tonight's three-band concert is the centerpiece of the first day of the 145th Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Time to saddle up, gather the family and make plans to attend the oldest fair in the state of Washington.

State releases annual test results; local outcomes mixed

No school in Walla Walla met federal Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks.

WALLA WALLA -- The latest scores from the state's standardized exams continue to show a mixed bag of results overall, with some schools and grades showing vast improvements in some areas, and a need to refocus efforts in others.

Waitsburg meets AYP

Other small schools in the area fell short in one or more areas but exceeded state averages.

Waitsburg School District met the Annual Yearly Progress goals in all areas.

Races set as primary certified

No outcomes changed as final counts were made around the region.

WALLA WALLA -- With certification of the Aug. 16 primary election set for today in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties, no changes are in the air in the region's races.

Penny Stanley

July 5, 1949 - Aug. 25, 2011

Warrior women hope encore is third-straight soccer title

The WWCC women's soccer team hopes 13 freshmen can help it to another title.

WALLA WALLA — When a team ends its season with a championship of any kind, some may immediately ask, 'What will you do for an encore?”In the case of the Walla Walla Community College women's soccer team, their encore was claiming a second consecutive NWAA

Walla Walla Youth Football League needs 12-15 more players

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Youth Football League needs 12-15 additional third and fourth grade players to complete its four local junior varsity rosters for the 2011 season.The league needs to sign these additional players by Friday or it will play 9-m

Big team, big expectations for Warrior men

Some of the region's top freshmen join WWCC's men's soccer team, which finished out of the playoff race last season.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's men's soccer program will do all it can this season to put the 2010 campaign in its rear-view mirror.WWCC won the NWAACC championship in 2008 and was runner-up in 2009 before finishing out of the postseason pi

Frontier Days Rodeo off to a fast start

Visiting cowboys lead the way in the slack competition on Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Jhett Johnson lived up to his Christian name and Turtle Powell surmounted his during the Frontier Days Rodeo slack competition Tuesday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.Johnson, who is from Casper, Wyo., and Powell, Stephenville, Texas, turned

Death Notice - Budd Williams

Aug. 30, 2011

Edward Ahrens

June 7, 1922 - Aug. 28, 2011

Katherine Farnes

Dec. 6, 1909 - Aug. 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 30

Farmers' Market serves up cooking classes

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market is taking a hands-on approach to cooking with fresh seasonal produce.A series of cooking classes using local items will run every other Saturday through the duration of the market, said Manager Beth-Aimee McGuire.

DUI enforcement blitz runs through Monday

Walla Walla Valley law enforcement agencies have beefed up patrols to curb drunk drivers in the annual 'Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” patrols, which runs through Sept. 5.Last summer during the three-week emphasis, officers in Walla Walla, Garfield and Asoti

ROCK DOC - What happens to water when we're done with it at home

Out of sight, out of mind.What many folks can't see they can indeed overlook. And all too many have never seen what happens to water that flows down the kitchen sink.

THE WEEKLY - Stitching together visual music

Flutist and quilter Meredith Mitchell keeps her fingers busy in two arts that demand precision.

Call what Meredith Mitchell creates symphonies for the eyes.The former music teacher at Walla Walla's Edison Elementary School and flutist with regional symphonies nowadays keeps her creative instincts – not to mention her fingers – busy making richly tex

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Internet service calls breed web of woes

You'll be happy to know that there's absolutely nothing wrong with my Internet connection, even though it cuts out a dozen times a day, sometimes, and on other days it merrily chugs along.

Muddy Frogwater Festival awards posted

The Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce announced the following winners of Aug. 13-14 Muddy Frogwater Festival competive events:

EATING LOCAL - Sharing meals together nurtures more than just the body

The weekend before last I pulled my family out of bed early for a pancake breakfast at the Muddy Frogwater Festival in Milton-Freewater. We arrived at the park with the sun starting to peak over the hills. There was a variety of people gathered, from seni

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Sight or no, life is a learning experience

For the blind, finding one's way may take practice but is very workable.A mechanic needs training before to work on your car's engine. The auto body repairman needs training if he is to do good work. It takes training to become a good computer repairman,

Eastgate store to offer many things Halloweenesque

An Eastgate storefront that went dark a few years ago is about to become goulish and spooky, too.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Summer fun at the pool

Recently I took my grandson to the pool. It was a wonderful sunny day and I was happy to spend some quality time with him.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why are we able to live as free people?

I read with great interest the letter sent in by Paul Jenson and felt a need to respond.

Emergency Services - 08/30/11

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

Whitman outdoor program chief to lead expedition in Tibet

Brien Sheedy, director of outdoor programs, has accepted an opportunity to guide a mountaineering expedition to Cho Oyu in Tibet. He will be there through mid-October and reports that campus community members can follow the expedition online via the Alpin

Parent Toddler Relationship classes set at WWCC

WALLA WALLA --Families of toddlers can take advantage of Parent Toddler Relationship classes held at the Parent Child Center of Walla Walla Community College.

United Way offers free calendars for parents of tykes

Families of preschool-aged children can pick up free calendars that offer daily tips and activities for getting ready for kindergarten, thanks to United Way of Walla Walla County.

Firefighters close in on reservation wildfire

PENDLETON -- Firefighters were gaining an upper hand Monday on a wildfire on the east boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Post Office must find ways to cut costs

A study suggests reducing the delivery speed could save $1.5 billion a year. It's worth trying.

The U.S. Postal Service has evolved since it was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1775 by decree of the Continental Congress.

Trial dates set for Walla Walla man in rape cases

Joshua A. Rutherford is accused of second-degree rape and third-degree rape of child.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to two rape charges.

Walla Walla man charged in attempted robbery downtown

Benjamin Garcia Jr. is accused of trying to rob The Medicine Shoppe last week.

WALLA WALLA -- A man suspected of trying to hold up The Medicine Shoppe downtown last week has been formally charged in Superior Court.

Nurse charged in drug thefts

Carrie C. Daudt is accused of stealing drugs meant for ICU patients.

WALLA WALLA -- A registered nurse working at Providence St. Mary Medical Center this year allegedly stole liquid narcotics from the facility for her own use.

Firefighters working to contain pair of Garfield County fires

POMEROY -- More than 200 firefighters continue to work on containing two separate fires in Garfield County today.

Teens get taste of college at Whitman

Whitman College's annual enrichment program brought about two dozen teens to campus.

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College opened its doors to a group of area teens this summer as part of the annual Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment program.

Ruling may set stage for mall sale

The city had asked a judge for the summary judgment after owners defaulted on assessments.

WALLA WALLA -- A judge has granted the city of Walla Walla a summary judgment of foreclosure on the Blue Mountain Mall property after owners defaulted on assessments from road improvements linked to the property more than 20 years ago.

Oregon fires smoke out Walla Walla Valley

That smell of wildfires you might have noticed isn't exactly local.

WALLA WALLA -- Yes, there's smoke on the water and fire in the sky. But it has nothing to do with a vintage rock song.

Missionary men aim high in soccer goals

Last year's team won a six straight at the end of the season and finished second in the NWC.

WALLA WALLA — After falling one victory short of a Northwest Conference title in two of the last three years, the Whitman College men's soccer team is poised for another run at the top spot this fall.Whitman finished last season with a flurry, winning a s

Missionary men win preseason tuneup over College of Idaho, 2-1

WALLA WALLA — In a tune-up for the start of its fall season, the Whitman College men's soccer team slipped past visiting College of Idaho 2-1 Monday night on the strength of goals by junior Jed Jacobson and sophomore Cooper Schumacher.The game, played at

Whit women picked fourth in NWC

Seven seniors return to the soccer team, which finished seventh last year.

WALLA WALLA — With a roster anchored by a bevy of returning veterans, the Whitman College women's soccer team is poised to leapfrog its way up the Northwest Conference standings this fall.'There is no way we're not going to have a significantly better sea

Death Notice - Dorothy Anderson

Dec. 13, 1920 - Aug. 28, 2011

Ruth Peterman

Nov. 16, 1925 - Aug. 27, 2011

Timothy King

Jan. 14, 1954 - Aug. 27, 2011

Esther Holly Kirkland

Nov. 17, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2011

Edwin Irvin Kessler

February 18, 1925 – August 27, 2001

Monday, August 29

Firefighters gain upperhand on wildfire east of Umatilla Indian Reservation

PENDLETON — Firefighters were gaining an upper hand today on a wildfire on the east boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.The Elephant Rock Fire was considered 60 percent contained and mop-up was continuing, said Dwight Robanske, public information

CORRECTION - 08/29/11

A story in Sunday's Union-Bulletin about two College Place men hit by a truck while bike riding listed an incorrect age for one victim. Geoffrey M. Stuart is 35. We regret the error.

NOSEY CO-PILOT

Co-piloting from his owner's lap, a small chihuahua surveys the intersection of South Ninth Avenue and West Poplar Street as the duo rolls through on Monday morning.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ricardo L. Guttierez, 15, 118 Dehaven St., Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Aug. 19 on one count each possession of a stolen motor vehicle and second-degree possession of stolen property.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Steven L. Francis, 51, 1804 Isaacs Ave., No. 3, was charged Aug. 25 with stalking.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Financial Literacy Month was a bust

Last March President Obama put out a proclamation stating that April 2011 would be National Financial Literacy Month. Here's the first sentence of the proclamation: "Americans' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires th

City Council makes right call to fix zoning problems

It would have been a mistake to allow city government to circumvent its own zoning rules.

The Walla Walla City Council wisely rejected a proposal that would have allowed city government to circumvent the rezone rules so city property could be rezoned without going through the same process as citizens.

Oldest Christian Church given even older Bibles

One of the volumes now at the Dixie First Christian Church apparently dates to the late 18th century.

DIXIE -- History of early Southeast Washington and biblical knowledge fairly seep from the pages of two old Bibles that have come to rest in what's said to be the oldest Christian Church in Washington, the Dixie First Christian Church.

Experts to answer questions Tuesday about VA services

WALLA WALLA -- On Tuesday, experts will be on hand at the The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center to answer questions about VA Caregiver Support Services.

Storm sparks Garfield County fires

More than 100 lightning strikes were recorded and a series of fires scorched about 5,000 acres.

POMEROY -- Thunderstorms that moved through northern Garfield County Sunday afternoon brought 125 recorded lightning strikes and left behind at least 10 fires that burned about 5,000 to 6,000 acres of tall grass, brush and crops.

Emergency Services - 08/29/11

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 - 08/29/11

Many schools take advantage of free admission through December for class visits to Fort Walla Walla Museum. "It can be a great supplement to classroom teaching of regional heritage," said Paul Franzmann, museum communications manager.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

Fire near Weston contained

WESTON – Firefighters had a 300-acre fire about seven miles southeast of here contained today, according to Oregon State Forestry Unit Forester Dennis Perelli. Cause of the fire is under investigation, Perelli said. The fire started Saturday evening along

Missionaries complete sweep of British Columbia hoops tour

NANAIMO, British Columbia — The Whitman College men's basketball team completed its five-game victorious sweep through British Columbia with a 91-76 triumph over Vancouver Island University Saturday night in Nanaimo, B.C.

Death Notice - Jeanne Alkins

April 12, 1922 - Aug. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Edward Ahrens

June 7, 1922 - Aug. 28, 2011

Death Notice - Edwin Kessler

Feb. 18, 1925 - Aug. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Margaret Hoyt

Sept. 23, 1924 - Aug. 26, 2011

L. Joanne Fitzgerald

Aug. 26, 1925 - Aug. 25, 2011

Sunday, August 28

Plant-based diet appears to boost eye health

COLUMNIST'S NOTE: My thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who sent the following message: "Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, assigned to Peanuts comic strip is incorrect. 'We have met the enemy and he is us' originated with Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo, and was on an Eart

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Prison celebration and tour impressive

On Aug. 17, relatives and friends of staff had the opportunity to attend the celebration marking the 125th anniversary at the Washington State Penitentiary. Excellent speeches shared the history of th

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - How about a big, cooling fountain for Walla Walla?

I've lived in this area since the 1950s and during those years spent many a day swimming at local swimming pools.I know we have not been successful in efforts to build a new pool and that many families travel to Milton-Freewater or Pendleton to swim and c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Coordinate taxes to reduce waste

The clarification offered by another letter writer is the exact scenario I was talking about in my previous letter.Am I the only one who prefers our city not hound us for more money, but endeavor to convince the state and federal governments to revamp the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why is first solution to raise taxes?

R.I.P. — common sense has passed! (Part 3)I'm constantly amused by the local, state and federal politicians with the lack of common sense used for decisio

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time for Obama to experience unemployment

Every day, Barack Obama provides more proof of his arrogance. While he continually blames George W. Bush and the entire Republican Party for our economic mess, Obama claims he knows how to make things so much better. I think not!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Penitentiary is well-run institution

I started working at the Washington State Penitentiary in 1948 and retired as associate superintendent in 1975.I then acted as a consultant to help design and build prisons all over the nation. I also served two years as national president of the Correcti

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Chris Plucker for City Council

I met Chris Plucker four years ago when I coordinated Fourth of July in the Park for the Union-Bulletin. Chris, a UW student, and his brother had started a patriotic run from Touchet to Walla Walla the year before to raise awareness and funds for veteran

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Put octopus fines toward a new pool

Here's an idea: Why doesn't the city of Walla Walla take the fines that have been adding up from Inland Octopus toy store owner Bob Catsiff and put that amount toward the building of a new community swimming pool?

Sex-crime suspect released from jail without arraignment

MILTON-FREEWATER (AP) - State prosecutors' failure to arraign a sex-crimes suspect within 36 hours of his arrest forced his release from jail.The East Oregonian reports Manuel Camarena-Villanueva, 26, allegedly confessed to inappropriately touching the bo

Tickets available for Milton-Freewater Democrats Fall Barbecue

MILTON-FREEWATER - Tickets are now available for the Milton-Freewater Democrats annual Fall Barbecue.

Walla Walla man assaulted after halting vehicle prowl

WALLA WALLA - A man was assaulted Thursday night while investigating what was apparently somebody trying to take items from his vehicle.According to a Walla Walla Police report, Michael C. Pleyo, 21, of 1122 Francis St., went to his vehicle around 9 p.m.,

Two College Place bicyclists escape major injuries after being hit by truck

WALLA WALLA - Two College Place men were struck by a truck while riding their bicycles Friday.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report, Geoffrey M. Stuart, 35, of 822 S.E. Vintage Way and Jonathan A. Stuart, 23, of 104 N. College Ave., were wes

PHOTO GALLERY - Final farewell for The King and His Court

Eddie Feigner's The King and His Court called it a career Saturday night at a busy Borleske Stadium. Though Feigner died in 2007, his four-man softball crew continued to play until Saturday's final performance.Wa-Hi's Alyson Ambler was joined by Walla Wal

Saturday, August 27

Ringing of wedding bells is a reminder of tax time

TAX TIPS

With the summer wedding season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service offers the soon-to-be married and the just-married seven invaluable tax tips to consider, including reviewing their changing tax status.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 08/28/11

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

Group finds: Build it (pond) and they will come

Birds and other animals have already discovered three ponds that were made last October.

WALLA WALLA - Blue Mountain Land Trust held a field trip Saturday to show off three new ponds, all three of which seemed to be experiencing a population boom of dragonflies."They are a good sign of a healthy system," said Mike Denny of the Walla Walla Cou

Hawk takes to sky after being nursed to health

Blue Mountain Wildlife has seen an increase in injured birds this year.

WALLA WALLA - Blue Mountain Wildlife released a rescued Swainson's hawk on Saturday, and set the animal free in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Land Trust field trip to the wild area where the hawk might live for the next few months."We probably had hi

Sheep get sheared in preparation for sale at fair

TOUCHET — By 7 a.m. Friday theTOUCHET - By 7 a.m. Friday the line of haltered sheep and young owners stretched from the Touchet School shop door to the street, while sheep shearer Greg Cortaberria of Hermiston readied a long burlap bag to hold th

Catholic schools add laptop computers

A capital campaign is funding technological upgrades at the two schools.

WALLA WALLA - Assumption Catholic School recently acquired 40 laptop computers to create a mobile computer lab to be used by students, while DeSales Catholic High School students received 20 laptops for their computer lab.The computers were secured as par

ROAD CLOSURES - 08/28/11

COLLEGE PLACE - The intersection of Whitman Drive and College Avenue will be closed to traffic over the next two weeks during water, stormwater, and sewer construction associated with the Whitman Central Corridor Project. Recommended bypasses are: Blalock

New century saw a boom in paving in Walla Walla

Even at the start, the path to paving had its bumps

This is the second installment of a three-part look into the history of street building in Walla Walla.WALLA WALLA - Some authors describe the 20th century's first couple of decades - following the development of rail lines and deployment of steamboats -

Song connects band to different listeners

Some have said The Band Perry's music is the only thing they have in common with a son or daughter.

WALLA WALLA - If you haven't heard of this year's headliner for Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days, you can be forgiven up to a point.After all, landing "The Band Perry" was a stroke of incredible luck, said Fair General Manager Cory Hewitt. The group's bre

LoCash Cowboys have high fun appeal

The Nashville-based band is known for its crazy energy that engages fans in a number of ways.

WALLA WALLA - They're not related, explained Preston Brust, his voice rising in delight at the little joke. "Women seem to love that idea. I tell them we're not really brothers, but they don't hear it."Brust, one-half of the up-and-coming countr

IN THE MINUTES

STARBUCK SCHOOL BOARD

Yes, it is rocket science

Mitzy Rodriguez couldn't help laughing as the rocket she and her classmates had worked to build finally took to the air. In an empty field on the Fort Walla Walla grounds, a rocket made from a 2-liter bottle and filled with some water exploded from its ba

ETCETERA - Local lawyer rides a spell with cross-country cyclist

Avid cyclist Tom Scribner recently connected with Bruce Weber who is blogging about his cross-country bicycle trip for The New York Times at nytimes.com/intransit.Since Tom's pretty familiar with the terrain hereabouts, he proposed to ride along with Bruc

PASTOR COLUMNS - Follow the True Vine, let him prune you

What did Jesus Christ mean when in one of the last parables he shared referred to himself as "The true vine"? I have lived in Walla Walla for 10 years and continue to be impressed with the rich soil and amazing agriculture of this area. I grew up in Easte

CHURCH BULLETIN 08/28/11

Unity Church of Peace to present psychic, healer todayWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will presents Teresa Goretzka, local healer and psychic, speaking on "Living In Your Spiritual Nature" at 10 a.m. today.

$n$ CELEBRATIONS

Sept-Keithley

Dave and Stephanie Sept announce the engagement of daughter Cassandra Ann Sept to Kenneth Raymond Keithley. All are of Walla Walla.

SENIOR CENTERS - 08/28/11

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Candidate's hate-filled ideas must be rejected

A candidate for the Kennewick City Council advanced in the primary despite calling for the execution of illegal immigrants.

It's difficult to say which is more concerning - that a candidate for a City Council position in Kennewick would seriously advocate the death penalty for illegal immigrants or that 26 percent of voters actually supported that candidate.

Discovery Channel fails to discover all views on creating of the universe

Last week The Discovery Channel debuted the first segment of its new Curiosity series with a most provocative episode titled, "Did God Create the Universe?"I know that many people believe this issue was settled 3,500 years ago in Genesis. But the Bible is

Friday, August 26

Yaneli Sanchez Hernandez

03 de mayo de 2011:24 de agosto de 2011

LaVonne Filla

Aug. 23, 1939 - Aug. 24, 2011

Jolan Wilson

Jan. 18, 2004 - Aug. 22, 2011

Quincy truck driver in stable condition after overturning rig

WALLA WALLA — A Quincy trucker is in stable condition after overturning his rig this morning while attempting to turn off U.S. Highway 12.Washington State Patrol reported that Jose A. Cuevas, 34, was driving a 2002 International semi and trailer at 10:50

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Ryan L. Farr, 29, Washington State Penitentiary, 1313 N. 13th Ave., was charged Aug. 24 with escape from community custody. Farr is accused of willfully discontinuing making himself available to the Department of Corrections for supervision between April

Comments sought on Mill Creek office plan

WALLA WALLA -- Comments are being sought on a proposed project for a new office and maintenance buildings at the Mill Creek Flood Control Project.

In the minutes - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Thursday the board:

BAGS FULL OF CELEBRATION

Maggi Banderas, left, of Whitman College's Residence Life and Housing Department shuts the rear hatch of her balloon-filled Mini Cooper while Alex Bruner, 11, waits to load his mom's small Mazda 3 with a big bundle of brightly-hued helium balloons in the

Retiree group to hear report on statewide meeting

WALLA WALLA -- Local Chapter 327 of the national Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 1 in the clubhouse at Golden West Estates, 1425 Jasper St.

Fire danger prompts tighter forest restrictions

PENDLETON -- As of today, chain saws and firewood cutting will be prohibited in Umatilla National Forest.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Local swim lessons were top notch

I am pleased with the summer swimming sessions held at Whitman College's Harvey Pool. The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation program held throughout the summer was top notch.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Close dangerous roads to cyclists

The tragedy that took a woman's life on the Middle Waitsburg Road in May of this year carries a life sentence for Mel Bohleen.

Etcetera - 08/26/11

Students from six area communities made the Washington State University president's honor roll for the 2011 summer semester

Emergency Services - 08/26/11

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

Use of state property by religious groups must be all or none

Washington state is taking a 'nuanced' approach that might well fuel a lawsuit.

It has long been accepted that religious groups can use public buildings as long as the government does not favor one religion over another. If one religion can use a public school building or a park for an event, then the opportunity must be open to all.

Walla Walla rates in foodies' small town Top 8

Walla Walla has made another list of top foodie destinations. The community made the cut on "8 of the Best American Small Towns for Foodies," on "BootsnAll," a "one-stop indie travel guide."

Gilbert Auto Honda dealership celebrates grand opening

It is one of the first auto businesses to open on Commercial Drive in College Place.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A new name in the local auto game will make its official entrance today through this weekend.

With hurricane inbound, Walla Walla Corps workers head to N. Carolina

WALLA WALLA -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team from Walla Walla is headed toward a hurricane.

Walla Walla man charged in Wednesday rape

Donald R. Lackey is accused of attacking an acquaintance that evening.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man was formally charged Thursday afternoon in Superior Court with raping a female acquaintance at a local residence this week.

Rite links ancient customs, today's veterans

Tribal members were at the VA Medical Center on Thursday to bless the site of a new sweat lodge.

WALLA WALLA -- No matter that Thursday's sun was already searing the ground and burning skin by 10 a.m., Armand Minthorn was prepared for the job he was in Walla Walla to do.

Port faces steep hike in insurance

Three major claims in three years pushed the agency out of its current coverage pool.

WALLA WALLA -- Two major fires and wind damage totaling $2.5 million in claims over the last three years wreaked havoc on the Port of Walla Walla's insurance.

Missionary men claw past British Columbia

David Michaels scores 19 points in Whitman's 82-72 victory in Vancouver.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Whitman College outscored the University of British Columbia 26-14 over the final 10 minutes to snare an 82-72 men's basketball exhibition victory Thursday night in Vancouver.The triumph, fueled in part by 19 points, seven steals and fiv

Death Notice - Yaneli Hernandez

May 3, 2011 - Aug. 24, 2011

Death Notice - Lavonne Filla

Aug. 23, 1939 - Aug. 24, 2011

Death Notice - David Koshmeder

March 7, 1931 0 Aug. 23, 2011

Death Notice - Penny Stanley

May 7, 1949 - Aug. 25, 2011

Thursday, August 25

Arrest made in attempted robbery in downtown Walla Walla

Police say in a press release they have nabbed a would-be robber.

Walla Walla Police arrested Benjamin Garcia Jr, 32, 719 N. 8th Ave, after a report of an Attempted Robbery of the Medicine Shoppe at 15 S. Colville. Officers were dispatched to the prescription drugstore at 12:28 Thursday afternoon after a report of a su

Huge chinook run expected in Snake River

The river is expected to be open on its entire length to fishing next month.

WALLA WALLA -- If predictions pan out, salmon fishermen may soon be in hog heaven.Wildlife officials are expecting the largest return of fall chinook salmon to the Columbia and Snake rivers in years. The large return should allow fishing along the entire

Walla Walla Corps team heads to hurricane area

WALLA WALLA — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team from Walla Walla is headed toward a hurricane.The 12-member team from the Walla Walla District office left for Fayetteville, N.C., early today to help deal with power failures anticipated as Hurricane Iren

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.

Rockin' the Lowboy to feature 10 local bands

The Walla Walla Valley is quickly becoming known for many things other than its traditional sweet onions and wheat fields. The growing wine industry and the increase in the number of downtown tasting rooms have brought a bevy of musical accompaniment. Esp

BOOK NOTES - Books for those who have too many books

I must confess I am a bibliophile -- I love books. I'm not a collector of rare books, first editions or even new books (gently "used" books are just fine for my shelves) -- I'm a collector of books that I enjoy. If I find an author I like, I try to collec

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days will kick off Tuesday

Fair ScheduleTuesday, Aug. 30 7 a.m. -- Rodeo Slack in ArenaWednesday, Aug. 31 11 a.m. -- Frontier Days Officially Opens; free gate until 3 p.m.) Davis Shows & Carnival

Re-enactment features pioneer priest

Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company performance will celebrate the arrival of a pioneer Catholic priest at at 2 p.m. Saturday and commemorate the 175th anniversary of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman's arrival on Sunday at the museum, 755 Myra Road.

Summer events at mission come to a close

The summer of special events at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, ends this weekend with two voices from the past.On Saturday, explorer and naturalist David Douglas will be portrayed at the park.

Three new exhibits will be featured at Sheehan Gallery

The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, 814 E. Isaacs Ave., will present three exhibits Aug. 31-Oct. 12."Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," is curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland. Herrick created we

A FAIR SUNRISE

It was a fair sunrise Thursday morning as a golden sun erupts into the sky above the Fairgrounds. This year's Fair is just around the corner with prep work already in full swing for next week's opening.

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: District boardroom

Emergency Services - 08/25/11

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More spending needed for recreation areas

My wife and I decided to go camping and fishing at the river not long ago. At the last minute we learned that Central Ferry Park was closed. I knew Lyon's Ferry Park closed years ago.

Jump in local air travel is good for the community

Having commercial air service in and out of Walla Walla is a key to maintaining the Valley's economic health.

Reliable and affordable commercial air service is critical to keeping the Walla Walla Valley's economy thriving.

Robbery attempted in downtown Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Police are investigating an apparent attempted robbery at the Medicine Shoppe, 25 S. Colville St., early this afternoon.Police said a male approached the back door of the pharmacy about 12:30 p.m., donned some type of mask and entered.

Etcetera - 08/25/11

The descendants of early settlers convened in Pioneer Park for a Pfaffle-Krumbah family reunion Aug. 20, reported Walla Wallan Shirley Pfaffle Fowler.

New trial date set in Zip Zone robbery

Local gang member Corey J. Reece is accused of using a handgun to rob the store of beer.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a local gang member accused of arming himself with a handgun and taking beer from the Zip Zone Conoco in February.

Trial delayed for correctional officer accused of threat

Officials say Adam D. Snyder threatened to kill his estranged wife and a man she'd started dating.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court trial set this Tuesday for a Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating has been postponed to Oct. 24.

Man arrested in rape

WALLA WALLA -- Bail has been set at $75,000 for a man who allegedly raped a female acquaintance at a local residence Wednesday.

Fish viewing set at McNary dam

Visitors will be able to take a gander at passing fish on Saturday mornings through Oct. 29.

UMATILLA -- After years of limited access, McNary Dam's fish viewing room and navigation lock will be reopened this weekend for regular Saturday tours.

Walla Walla City Council drops proposed change to comprehensive plan rules

The Council rejected a proposal that would have given the city broader authority to rezone its properties.

WALLA WALLA -- The city on Wednesday officially withdrew its proposal to give it the authority to rezone any of its public property to commercial, residential or other zones without regard to its own comprehensive plan guidelines.

City embarks on 'marathon' transformation

A contract approved Wednesday is aimed at bettering city management and operations.

WALLA WALLA -- In a move to improve quality and perhaps one day win one of the most prestigious business awards in the nation, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a contract with a consultant who will help officials review and improve opera

Kids get day in sun at market

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market will offer kids a farm-filled adventure Saturday.

Prugh ends what he started at Northwest Open Invitational

WALLA WALLA — Corey Prugh led from beginning to end, picking up the Northwest Open Invitational with a 10-under-par 206 victory on Thursday.Prugh, an assistant golf professional at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, carded a 68-68-70 over three days

The King and His Court to play finale at Borleske

Walla Walla native Eddie Feigner formed the exhibition softball squad in 1946, and it plays its final game Saturday night at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — The final performance of The King and His Court traveling four-man softball team is coming to Borleske Stadium Saturday night.Walla Walla native Eddie Feigner started his legendary team, as highlighted in the recent ESPN.com article by Jim C

Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball fall program slated Sept. 6-Oct. 9

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball Fall Ball is set to run from 6-7:15 p.m. p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1-3:30 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 6-Oct. 9 at the Wa-Hi junior varsity baseball field.

Pacific Little League's Fall Ball signups this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Pacific Little League's area-wide Fall Ball baseball registration continues from noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Veterans Medical Center Fields.Major Division is for ages 8-12. Little League age is determined by the 2012 Little League

David J. Ritchie

May 11, 1922 - Aug. 12, 2011

Virginia 'Gini” Ball

December 15, 1925 – August 22, 2011

Death Notice - Joanne Fitzgerald

Aug. 25, 2011

Death Notice - Katherine Farnes

Dec. 4, 1909 - Aug. 24, 2011

Charles Burnham

Sept. 9, 1926 - Aug. 23, 2011

Delbert Hansen

Jan. 4, 1917 - Aug. 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 24

Man arrested after Milton-Freewater aquatic center incident

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A city man has been arrested on suspicion of inappropriately touching children at the city Aquatic Center.

Incumbent adds to slim lead in Pomeroy Fire District 2 race

POMEROY -- Pomeroy Fire District 2 incumbent Ed Bishop picked up 16 votes to take a three-vote lead for fire commissioner position 3 when votes were tabulated Friday. Bishop had 208 votes

On the agenda - Columbia County Public Hospital District

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: Dayton General Hospital

On the agenda - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

When: 7:30 p.m. ThursdayWhere: School Library

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 1 p.m. following a noon work session.Where: The regular meeting is at the Port of Walla Walla administrative office, 310 A St.; work session is at Dominick's on the Runway.

On the agenda - Starbuck School Board

When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.Where: Starbuck School

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Salmon count is highest since counting began

Several years ago I wrote a paper about dam removal and salmon runs on the Columbia River.

Harvest cuts into jobless figures

The local rate fell to 6.9 percent, down from June but up a hair from July 2010.

The summer harvest season took a slice out of unemployment in July, according to the latest figures from the state Employment Security Department.

Etcetera - 08/24/11

Italian Heritage Association honored Walla Wallan Jim Bock with the John P. Destito Jr. Non-Italian award. Presented by IHA member Carmy Buttice, the award was created in his memory in 1992 by John Destito's four sons and widow. It recognizes community me

Penitentiary is good fit for Walla Walla for 125 years

The community wanted the prison 125 years ago and it wants to keep it here today.

Last week Washington State Penitentiary employees -- their friends and families -- gathered on the grounds to celebrate the institution's 125th anniversary. The prison has been located in Walla Walla longer than Washington has been a state. The territor

Foundation commits $1 million for E. Africa

PRESCOTT - The Vista Hermosa Foundation has committed $1 million in emergency relief funds to address the urgent needs of people in East Africa, according from a news release from the Foundation. The contribution will be split evenly between Catholic Reli

Emergency Services - 08/24/11

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

Dunham Cellars to host weekend shindig

Dunham Cellars is uncorking a weekend-long celebration of wine, food, art and music.

Quake should be a potent reminder

My friend Sharon Rogers lives in suburban Virginia. On Tuesday she and her husband were leaving their house to go to a late lunch when she felt something like thunder sweeping over the neighborhood.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Suspect charged in downtown robbery

Officials say Devon A. Fisher took items from a teenager after another man punched the boy.

WALLA WALLA -- A suspect in the robbery of a 16-year-old boy downtown this week has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Meth lab trial delayed

A prosecutor says he'll seek an exceptionally long sentence for Clifford E. Chew if he's convicted.

WALLA WALLA -- A man scheduled for trial next week for allegedly operating a large methamphetamine lab at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn now is slated to face a jury in the fall.

It's a round-about road to Paradise

On the way to fish the Naches River west of Yakima last week, I suggested we take the opportunity to visit Paradise.That's Paradise as in Mount Rainier National Park.Some suggestion, but we had not done so since the 1970s or '80s.Anyway, Darlene agreed.'W

Prugh extends Northwest Open Invitational lead

Spokane golfer Corey Prugh takes a three-shot lead into today's final round at the Northwest Open invitational.

WALLA WALLA — Corey Prugh, PGA Assistant Professional from Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, extended his lead headed into today's final round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club.Prugh posted a second straight 68 Tuesday for

Death Notice - Charles Burnham

Sept. 9, 1926 - Aug. 22, 2011

Rosemary Anderson

April 18, 1920 – Aug. 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 23

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button, Jim Cooper and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Graham absent Monday the council:

In the minutes - College Place Council

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Efficiency doesn't slow consumption

Zoey Rogers (Perspective section column -- "New fuel standards will reduce reliance on oil," Union-Bulletin on Sunday) misapprehends the effect of efficiency on consumption.

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Woman injured in Monday afternoon rollover wreck

A woman was injured Monday afternoon in a rollover wreck at Middle Waitsburg and Chase roads, officials said.

Ice cream social fundraiser set for Walla Walla resident

WALLA WALLA -- An ice cream social will be hosted Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College baseball-soccer fields on Tausick Way.

Teen robbed at downtown park; suspect arrested

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old boy was robbed Monday while walking past Heritage Park on Main Street, police said.

WAY OUT HERE - Wily 'tricksters' strike the ranch – again

Something we've always had to deal with way out here at Walkers Ranch in western Walla Walla County is coyotes. There's a large tree farm nearby that provides a lush home for the rogues to roam free and undisturbed.

VFW chief armed for service

From her Iraq war tour to her tenure commanding Walla Walla's VFW, Elaine Vandiver lives to serve.

Some people are born to serve. Others grow into it.Elaine Vandiver is a bit of both.

HOME PLACE - Two lives, two hearts and life's great circle

Jan. 26, 2010 —'I wonder if I'll ever date again, if I would have the courage to let someone into my life that way. If I'm attractive enough, how I feel about dating while I have kids at home, if anyone else will ever make me laugh ‘that way.' Or if that

LEGAL BRIEFING - Gay marriage a core issue for many

Dear John,It seems like every time I listen to or read the news there is an article about gay rights or gay marriage. I just don't get what all the fuss is about. Why should I care about what two people do in their bedrooms? Why can't the homosexuals keep

D-PADS AND DICE - A video game for players with a clue

In the early to mid '90s, point-and-click adventure games ruled the computer gaming landscape. The best combined clever writing, superb art direction and logic-focused puzzles to create a quirky and unique genre that slowly decayed into mediocrity in the

ETCETERA - Walla Walla cyclists see two seas, log 4,330 miles

"If one wanted to restore their faith in humanity, touring on a bicycle would be a good start," said Greg Van Donge who just competed a cross-country cycle with fellow Walla Wallan Randy Rogers.In the planning stage for three to four years, the trip unfol

Emergency Services - 08/23/11

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 man sentenced in child porn case

Larry R. Mackler failed to take responsibility at his sentencing and received a sentence of more than seven years.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography at his home last fall was sentenced Monday afternoon to more than seven years in prison after not taking responsibility for the crimes.

Woman, child with College Place roots killed in crash

Two members of a family from College Place died Monday in a crash during a police pursuit in Coos County, Ore., local and Oregon officials said today.

NFL has stake in college football's future and image

Given that, the NFL commissioner made the right call in punishing Terrelle Pryor for college infractions.

Should a professional sports league impose penalties on its players -- its employees -- for rule infractions while in college?

Prugh leads Northwest Open Invitational by one

Corey Prugh leads a trio of golfers by one shot. The tournament continues today and Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Corey Prugh of Manito Golf and Country Club took a one-shot lead over a trio of competitors after the first round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club Monday.Prugh shot a 4-under-par 68 to have the edge on Brandon Kear

Walla Walla YMCA taking registrations for fall programs

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is taking registrations for sports and recreation activities in September and October.

Whitman opens basketball tour with victory

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — The Whitman College men's basketball team opened its five-game swing through British Columbia with a 90-67 exhibition victory over Thompson Rivers University Monday night in Kamloops.Junior wing Peter Clark, who drilled six 3-

Walla Walla's Baumgart ties for 12th at amateur golf championship

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart tied for 12th place in stroke play at the 57th Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys' Amateur Championship tournament held at Sunriver Resort, Aug. 15-19.

Death Notice - Delbert Hansen

Jan. 4, 1917 - Aug. 22, 2011

Maurice E. Johnson, Sr.

December 18, 1928 – August 21, 2011

Virginia Ball

Dec. 15, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2011

Willard Welch

June 30, 1925 - Aug. 16, 2011

Monday, August 22

Demolition permit application received for Edith Avenue house

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency has received an application for a permit to demolish structures at 506 Edith Ave.

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

Etcetera - 08/22/11

There's no place like home: Jill Zagelow subscribes to "Where to Retire" magazine, with the idea that maybe it will reveal the perfect place to relocate for her and husband Bob.

Emergency Services - 08/22/11

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

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office investigation remains unresolved

WALLA WALLA -- There have been no new developments in an investigation involving possible financial improprieties at the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Resurfacing of highway was a waste

All three of the people -- Sen. Mike Hewitt, Rep. Maureen Walsh and Rep. Terry Nealey -- who represent this locality in Olympia voted for the Transportation Budget (House Bill 1175).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Many reasons to support aquatic center

I am hopeful an aquatic center for Walla Walla will have overwhelming support.

Slow down! Area schools open Tuesday

Since 2009, five children on their way to school have been hit by cars.

A new school year starts Tuesday, which means it's time to slow down -- s-l-o-w way down -- in school zones.

Man arrested after fatal crash on Highway 730

The crash Sunday killed one man and injured two others, including the driver.

HERMISTON -- One man was arrested following a fatal crash early Sunday on Highway 730 west of Wallula junction.

Safety in spotlight as school opens in Walla Walla

Four reports of vehicles striking children last year have spurred efforts to make school time safer.

WALLA WALLA -- Area students head back to school starting Tuesday, which means hundreds of children will be walking or biking to and from school. At the same time, traffic around and near schools will likely intensify as families drop off and pick up chil

Local air travel on upswing

Monthly records have fallen as percentage increases in air travelers hit double digits.

WALLA WALLA -- Passenger enplanements at the Walla Walla Regional Airport have climbed every month this year, ascending to record-breaking highs even compared to years when there were more flights, the latest figures show.

Missionary netters tabbed for fourth in Northwest Conference

Whitman's preseason ranking is the highest for a Missionary volleyball team since 2007.

WALLA WALLA — A Northwest Conference preseason coaches poll has pegged a resurgent Whitman College volleyball team to place fourth in the upcoming season.It is the highest preseason ranking for Whitman since 2007, when the Missionaries also were picked fo

Poll has Whitman men on NWC's inside soccer track

The preseason NWC poll has the Missionaries one of four teams atop the conference.

WALLA WALLA — If a preseason poll of coaches is any indication, Whitman College is one of four teams with the inside track on this fall's Northwest Conference men's soccer championship.Whitman, which was second in the conference race last fall for the sec

Virginia Tarwater Thomas

March 21,1917 - August I5, 2011

Death Notice - Maurice Johnson, Sr.

Dec. 18, 1928 - Aug. 22, 2011

Death Notice - Virginia Ball

Dec. 15, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2011

Saturday, August 20

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More alcohol might create problems

A few words of deep fears concerning the City Council vote to bring in "distilleries to the Walla Walla area."While it is true that the wine industry is bringing much needed money into the Walla Walla area, it also will be the cause of many serious person

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The road is not a safe place to play

When I first glanced at the picture of the cyclist in Tuesday's paper, I noticed he wasn't wearing a helmet. I'm sensitive about helmets.When my brother was hit by a car he was thrown off his bike and clear of the car, which saved his life. But he suffere

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The Emperor has no clothes!

Many liberal politicians, and some in the mainstream media, are calling the recent downgrading of the U.S. debt rating the "tea party downgrade." The tea party is about as much at fault in the matter as the little boy who shouted, "The Emperor has no clot

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take down yard sale signs after the sale

We all like yard sales. What I hate is all the leftover signs people don't take down after their sale.If you are looking for a sale and there are three old signs, you have to figure out the old ones between the new ones.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rural roads not always safe for bikers

I live in Prescott, about 18 miles north of Walla Walla. Saturday morning, after visiting the Farmers' Market and making a few other quick purchases, I started home about 10 a.m. or so, on the Middle Waitsburg Road.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Don't burden taxpayers with new school

It has been brought to my attention that a rebuilding of Wa-Hi has been proposed. I have seen a drawing of the proposal and there is one little thing that was missing from the drawing - the price! What it will cost the property owner?This possible increas

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Did Obama really have a plan?

I caught the last few minutes of our fine president's speech today on his jobs (or lack of) tour and was quite impressed that he appears to be visiting areas that have an unemployment rate of around 6 percent or 7 percent.He was very predictable in his bl

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Repaving of highway not funded by city

I believe someone owes Ms. Eddy a clarification.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Thoughts on leadership

When accepting a position of leadership you accept whatever comes with that position.First, you will find you did not do it like good old Zeke did it.Second, your ability to make a decision will be questioned, either you wi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No swimming pool is weak link in community

As a Realtor in Walla Walla, I often have the opportunity to give potential residents the tour of our fair city.It is with great pride that I show them the beautiful downtown, the hospitals, the campuses, the wineries, the airport, the schools and the lis

Social media must be used responsibly

Those who use Twitter to incite volence or criminal activity should be held liable.

Free speech, a cherished right in this country, does not mean we can express ourselves without consequence.

$N$ Carson-Green

Jessica Carson and Albert Green IV, both of Milton-Freewater, married June 18, 2011, at Barkwell Farms. The Rev. Steve Lyons officiated.

Hubert and Lois Russell

Hubert and Lois Russell of Dayton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple wed Aug. 11, 1946, in Pomeroy. Lois' maiden name is Leseman.

PASTOR COLUMN - God's family is always growing

Once upon a time, God chose a people to be set apart, and made a covenant with them. They would be God's people, and God would be their God. God gave Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky. They were God's people, chosen and precious, set

Church Bulletin - 08/21/11

Central Christian to facilitate CROP Hunger Walk meetingWALLA WALLA - Central Christian Church, 66 S. Palouse St. will hold a CROP Hunger Walk information meeting 7 p.m. Mond

ETCETERA - Centenarians celebrate 202 years between them

Between them, Nellie Briggs and Anne Zimmerman have lived 202 years. The longtime Walla Walla Valley residents celebrated their birthdays with a party on Aug. 3 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center.Nellie was born July 26, 1909. In the early 1940s, she coo

Emergency Services - 08/21/11

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

Officials seize more than 31,500 marijuana plants

DAYTON - Seizure of marijuana plants on two consecutive days in two different locations resulted in two arrests and removal of approximately 31,565 marijuana plants.Thursday's harvest of 25,765 plants from the Eckler Mountain ar

Fort Walla Walla Museum to celebrate Women's History today

WALLA WALLA - The fairer gender will be celebrated at Fort Walla Walla Museum today as part of Women's History.Girls 12 and under will be admitted free. Those older than 12 will be charged at 77 percent of the usual rates to reflect the difference in earn

A few things can bug you about South

Each evening as I turn on my reading lamp in my bedroom in North Georgia, I hear what I like to describe as the insect apocalypse rattling against my window.The sound of literally hundreds of moths and beetles hurling themselves against the fragile, illum

New clinic leader hopes for more community ties

Family Medical Center's services are supposed to include everyone, Seth Whitmer says.

WALLA WALLA - Seth Whitmer is familiar with having a bit of luck.He met Megan, his wife of nine years, when she was at a college party he attended - with another girl, he said. "But she was beautiful. It was love at first sight."

Ed Bishop takes lead in Pomeroy fire commission race; Derek Shawley holds slim lead for second

POMEROY - Pomeroy Fire District 2 incumbent Ed Bishop picked up 16 votes to take the lead for fire commissioner position 3 when votes were tabulated Friday.A total of 610 votes were counted, with 31 additional ballots counted since the last count Tuesday

Last slot on Council ballot still in doubt

Dominick Elia and Paul Mobley are separated by only 30 votes with 100 ballots still to be counted.

WALLA WALLA - With 100 ballots still left to be counted and only 30 votes difference between them, either Dominick Elia or Paul Mobley could end up being eliminated as a candidate for City Council Position 7.

New additions mix with traditions at Muddy Frogwater

The festival continues today and includes the corn roast and watermelon feed.

The 31st Annual Muddy Frogwater Festival saw many of the traditional crowd pleasers, like the community talent.Not including first-time talent show contestants, there were also a few other first appearances for the three-day event that draws upwards of 5,

History's name game

What's in a name?A lot, perhaps, if it's the street where you live.It signifies the location of your residence.

Infrastructure program gained traction in '09

The work now being done to replace pipes and streets is seen as a start on the work needed around the city.

WALLA WALLA - Infrastrucure (noun): (1) the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization); (2) the permanent installations required for military purposes; (3) the system of public works of a country, state or region.

Road grumbles have long history here

Grousing about the condition of our city's streets is a favored pastime around town.Although people occasionally hearken to the "good old days," a look at the history of paving in Walla Walla suggests the old days weren't much better, and at times were wo

Even the journey of a thousand miles

The road from yesterday to now has been long and winding.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first installment of a three-part look into the history of street building in Walla Walla.WALLA WALLA - Building and maintaining roads and streets into and through this community appear to have grated on residents since the city

Project focuses on leaky pipes, not rocky roads

Any improvement in the streets is just a bonus to the work of the Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Program.

WALLA WALLA -- When it comes to paying for infrastructure, roads take off in a completely different direction than the water and sewer lines they cover.In general, our roads are paid for by taxes and fees, whether they come from the feds, the state or the

Port of Walla Walla ballot still undecided

Mike Fredrickson and Rich Monacelli are still far behind Barlow Corkrum in the primary, but Fredrickson's lead has grown to 18.

WALLA WALLA - The gap between incumbent Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson and challenger Rich Monacelli grew slightly with the latest tally of votes, but may still be too close to call.As of the most recent count Friday posted by the Walla

Friday, August 19

In Walla Walla, one Council race tightens; one settled

Incumbent Dominick Elia remains in close contention with Paul Mobley for the Position 7 seat.

WALLA WALLA — With 100 ballots still left to be counted and only 30 votes between them, either Dominick Elia or Paul Mobley could end up eliminated as a candidate for City Council Position 7.

Port of Walla Walla commissioner gains ground on challenger

Mike Fredrickson and Rich Monacelli remain far behind Barlow Corkrum, but Fredrickson's lead over Monacelli has grown with 100 ballots yet to count.

WALLA WALLA — The gap between incumbent Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson and challenger Rich Monacelli grew slightly with the latest tally of votes, but may still be too close to call.

Leon Singleton

August 15, 1911 - August 15, 2011

John Samuel Destito

June 21, 1954 - August 13, 2011

Barbara Levin

June 26, 1922 - Aug. 13, 2011

Vada Heimbigner

May 12, 1913 – Aug. 14, 2011

Barbara Proctor (Levin)

June 26, 1922 - Aug. 13, 2011

David O'Neill

March 12,1920 – July 22, 2011

Jon Krumbah

Nov. 13, 1969 - July 30, 2011

Gilbert Auto Honda opening slated

The new Gilbert Auto Honda facility is apparently revving up for an opening.

Emergency Services - 08/19/11

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

Driver charged in bicyclist's death

WALLA WALLA -- A motorist who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist on Middle Waitsburg Road in May was charged today in Walla Walla County Superior Court with vehicular homicide.

The Sweets deliver a great season and a lot of fun

The West Coast League team, which started the season in the cellar, played for the championship.

It was an amazing season. The Walla Walla Sweets, a team lingering in the cellar early in the year, caught fire in the last few weeks of the regular season to earn a spot in the playoffs.

Vaccine risks pale next to illness risks

In the modern age of medicine, one fact is difficult to dispute: Using vaccines to prevent disease is hugely successful.

New doctor joins Adventist Health-Medical Group

WALLA WALLA -- Adventist Health-Medical Group has welcomed family practice physician Carolyn O'Connor to its growing team of physicians.

New OB/GYN doctor joins Women's Clinic staff

WALLA WALLA -- Dr. Bryony McCollaugh has joined the Women's Clinic staff at Walla Walla Clinic.

Jobs shift as prison unit shuttered

The 35 workers affected will shift to other posts.

WALLA WALLA -- A medium-security unit in the Washington State Penitentiary's East Complex is being closed to meet reductions in the Department of Corrections budget.

New WSU wine center planned in Richland

The $7.4 million center will be paid for by assessments on grape and wine production.

A new $7.4 million Wine Science Center in Richland will prepare the next generation of winemakers and viticulturists with help from the fruits of the current ones.

Etcetera - 08/19/11

This goes out to our area's aspiring young writers: Veterans of Foreign Wars is offering a $30,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C., as the top national prize in its annual essay contest.

Reservation holds shocks in diabetes' prevalance

In May of 1983 my wife and I arrived at a small mission hospital at Monument Valley in southern Utah in the Navajo Nation. We had been told it was the most traditional of any place on the res.

Lasers add to dentists' arsenal

Lasers seem to be popping up everywhere these days, from light shows at Disney World to the most delicate procedures in eye surgery.

Washington State Penitentiary inmates sentenced in 2009 riot

Both men received added time behind bars for their roles in the melee.

WALLA WALLA -- Two prison inmates have been sentenced for crimes they committed during a melee at the Washington State Penitentiary in 2009.

Letters to the editor — Help College Place make decision on a high school

The College Place School Board has decided to consider a high school for its school district.

LEDGES AND LADDERS

Climbing ladders from ledge to ledge on downtown facades, two men work to affix a sign to a window above Providence Fine Living on Main Street Friday morning.

Alaska's water fine for local swimmer

Swimmer Suzie Aldrich breaks three Alaskan records and wins all during the International Senior Games.

WALLA WALLA — Suzie Aldrich smoked her way through some Alaska swimmers.The 68-year-old swimmer participated in the Alaska International Senior Games Aug. 14 in Fairbanks, Alaska, winning throughout.'I broke all their state records,” Aldrich said proudly.

Extra outs doom Sweets in championship

Corvallis downs Walla Walla, 11-4, for a 2-0 championship series sweep.

CORVALLIS — You can't give a championship team extra outs.Walla Walla gave Corvallis two extra outs in the first three innings on Thursday at Oregon State University's Goss Stadium. The Knights made the Sweets pay. Those two extra outs led to three Corval

Death Notice - RoseMary Anderson

April 18, 1920 - Aug. 19, 2011

Lola Boyd

Dec. 7, 1918 - May 28, 2011

Thursday, August 18

MARQUEE - Musicians come together to help Walla Walla children

In every neighborhood of the Walla Walla Valley there are children who need a little extra support and love in their life -- kids who want help with their homework or simply a friend to play with. Friends of Children of Walla Walla, a local non-profit age

Whitman Mission hosts last summer bird walk

Looking for birds? Join noted birder Mike Denny for the last Summer Bird Safari at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Painting will be raffled off at Muddy Frogwater Book Sale

MILTON-FREEWATER -- One lucky person will win an original oil painting at the conclusion of the 19th annual Muddy Frogwater Book Sale Sunday.The Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library partnered with local artist Cesca to conduct the raffle as a fu

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.

Artist to be at work at Willow

Two artists will be at work Saturday at Willow art gallery, 2 E. Rose St. Leslie Williams Cain will work on a pastel painting, answer questions and discuss her works from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.From 2-4:30 p.m. Anne Bullock will work on her next Ititamat Series

Salmon barbecue benefits Meals-on-Wheels program

The annual Wild Alaskan Salmon barbecue gala dinner sponsored by Senior Round Table Meals-on-Wheels will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave.

Learn to bead and weave at mission

The 75th anniversary celebration at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, continues this weekend with opportunities to learn how to bead and how to weave a basket.

Red Hot Blues Sisters to perform at Sapolil Cellars on Saturday

Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., will host an evening of blues standards and original blues by the Red Hot Blues Sisters from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $10.Founded by melodic blues guitarist Teri Anne Wilson and powerful vocalist Suze Sims,

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Steven J. Caldwell, 17, 2305 S.E. 130th St., Portland, was sentenced Aug. 11 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jose A. Oliva Garcia, 20, 1032 College St., Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Aug. 10 on one count each reckless driving and third-degree driving while license suspended.

Etcetera - 08/18/11

Quilts crafted by Mary Crowther, Walla Walla, and Marlene Oddie, College Place, made it through to round two in the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011 contest.

College Place School Board to meet at Walla Walla fire station

WALLA WALLA -- The College Place School Board will hold a regular meeting today at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Fire Department station at 200 S. 12th Ave. in Walla Walla. Board meetings are open to the public.

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With Jones absent Wednesday, the commission:

Emergency Services - 08/18/11

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

Borleske hosts last picture show in outdoor series

This weekend will be the last chance to take in an alfresco flick at Borleske Stadium.

Ultimately, having UW coach at No. 1 on pay list makes sense

Football (and basketball) are moneymakers. However, having the governor at No. 956 on the list is a head scratcher.

The annual list of Washington state's highest paid government employees is always an attention-getter. It's a time for folks to let off a little steam about bloated government or that our priorities are upside down.

Walla Walla garage destroyed by fire

WALLA WALLA - Flames devoured a detached garage at 15 N. Madison St. late Wednesday afternoon. The blaze, reported at 5:44 p.m., gutted the structure belonging to Shane Hinshaw, destroyed two vehicles inside and burned the fence. The Walla Walla Fire Depa

Trial date set in drug case for former manager of Walla Walla motel

Dena R. Turner is accused of aiding and abetting another person's meth lab.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a woman charged in connection with the alleged discovery of a large methamphetamine lab at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn in May is set to begin Sept. 20 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Dena R. Turner, the motel's manager a

SWAT exercise drills for school shooting

Training in Burbank brought together officers from around the region.

BURBANK -- The students were on their noon break Wednesday when it happened."We were having lunch and a gunman came in and then the SWAT team," one witness said. "And we screamed and ran."

Alumni dig deep for memories at DeSales

Members of Desales' class of 1961 took a crack at relocating a time capsule they buried their senior year.

WALLA WALLA -- A black-and-white picture taken 50 years ago and captured in the DeSalian yearbook shows a teenage Dan Donovan, shovel in hand, marking the site of his class's time capsule dig.The picture proved to be the only clue Wednesday morning as mem

New fence at prison looks like -- but didn't cost -- a million bucks

The new cross-buck fence at the penitentiary may look spendy, but teamwork kept the cost down to only a few thousand dollars.

WALLA WALLA -- As part of its 125th anniversary, the most-visible part of the Washington State Penitentiary has a new look that celebrates its history, at a considerable savings to taxpayers.A new grand entrance and white cross-buck fence running along 13

Eastern Washington wheat harvest a mixed bag

Some wheat farmers are seeing huge yields, while others are getting more typical results.

WALLA WALLA -- After a delayed start, the wheat harvest is in full swing throughout Walla Walla County.After being pushed back by cool temperatures and wet spring weather, farmers have been at work to make up for lost time, reaping hundreds of acres acros

Walla Walla man charged with rapes of teens

Joshua A. Rutherford allegedly committed sex crimes in 2009 and 2010.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man faces two rape charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Joshua A. Rutherford, 19, was booked into the County Jail on Tuesday.

M-F Muni's Pheasant's Forever tourney canceled

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Pheasant's Forever tournament at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course has been canceled due to lack of turnout.The tournament, which was scheduled for Friday, will not be rescheduled. The course will run on regular tee times.F

Road Runners hosting Labor Day run Sept. 5

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Walla Walla Road Runners will hold their 35th annual Labor Day one-mile runs on Sept. 5The runs will begin at 9 a.m. on the 400-meter all-weather track at Shockman Field near Mac-Hi.The event consists of three one-mile runs — for ru

Football frenzy in preparation for season

First-year Wa-Hi football coach Eric Hisaw joined the drills Wednesday during the Blue Devils' first official workout of the fall.Hisaw welcomed 105 players — 'give or take” — to the field during the first day of daily doubles. Wa-Hi will practice from 7:

Gary Jensen

May 31, 1937 - Aug. 13, 2011

M. May Harting

Jan. 2, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 17

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - New leadership needed at Port

As a person of integrity with strong personal values, Barlow Corkrum knows that accountability and transparency are key to good governance. With a master's degree in management and years of private business experience, he is well prepared to make thoughtf

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Transporting fish improves survival

Judge Redden has ruled again. The federal agencies have not done a good enough job with the biological opinion for operating the dams. They have two years to try again. In the meantime his spill-to-kill-fish plan continues.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We must look at the whole picture

Rev. Koonz generated varying responses in his religion column regarding the debt crisis, and he is right -- we are stealing from future generations and it is a spiritual issue.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Well, Husky coach doesn't make $2 million

It was such a comfort to me to find out the educational establishment in the great state of Washington has its priorities straight.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Make school year accident free

School begins Tuesday. About 6,000 students will return to Walla Walla Public Schools. This will increase car/pedestrian/bicycle/bus traffic in the vicinity of all schools.

Ex-Athena officer sentenced to prison

Mark Benton Ashcraft recieved a nearly 10-year term for sexual crimes.

PENDLETON -- Former Athena police officer Mark Benton Ashcraft was sentenced Tuesday to almost 10 years in prison for sexual crimes.

Kromm, Godinez move on in Touchet School Board race

TOUCHET -- Jody K. Kromm and Jose Godinez were the clear winners in the primary race for Touchet School Board position 5, and will face off in the November general election.

Challenger leads incumbent as both move on in hospital race

DAYTON -- Columbia County Public Hospital District commissioner race results show challenger Colleen Sproul outdistancing incumbent Blaine Bickelhaupt by a 43-vote margin, 530-487. Challenger Garry Snyder was a distant third, with 268 votes in Tuesday's p

Race too close to call for Garfield County fire commissioner

POMEROY -- Final outcome of the primary race for Garfield County Fire District 1 commissioner position 1 probably won't be known until the end of the month, although ballots will be counted again Friday, county auditor Donna Deal said this morning.

Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market to add third day on Main Street

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market is spreading its bounty.

Field fires burn in region

Area firefighters dealt with a one-two punch of dry weather and working farm equipment in two fires on Monday.

Walla Walla City Council race a nail-biter

Incumbent Dominick Elia is holding on to a second place finish in his race with Mary Lou Jenkins and Paul Mobley. Jerry Cummins and Dick Swenson appear headed to a showdown in November after the other

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council Position 7 race is turning out to be a tight one, with candidate Paul Mobley needing to close a small gap of votes or lose his chance to run in November.

Etcetera - 08/17/11

Brenden Koch has been chronicling Walla Walla Sweets baseball games, often catching the action while in the stands at Borleske Stadium.

Pair arrested in Weston burglary investigation

WESTON -- Two city men have been arrested after a burglary involving firearms, according to the city's police spokesman.

College Place must make decision on high school before Wa-Hi vote

A plan to renovate Wa-Hi can't be formulated until it is known whether College Place's 400 students are in or out.

This community's high school is in need of a massive renovation.

Port of Walla Walla race a blowout for Barlow Corkrum

Barlow Corkrum scored a runaway win, but who will finish second is too close to call.

WALLA WALLA -- A three-time candidate for the Port of Walla Walla Commission District 2 seat was the runaway leader in Tuesday's primary election, leaving the incumbent and another challenger in a too-close-to-call race to advance to November's general el

Emergency Services - 08/17/11

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

Pen rings in 125th year

Today's ceremony celebrated the historic mark for a facility that originally held 93 inmates.

WALLA WALLA -- Washington State Penitentiary's employees, friends and families today celebrated a milestone in the institution's long history.

Turnout around 30 percent in Walla Walla County

The Walla Walla County auditor says the number is an improvement over typical 'odd-year' primaries.

WALLA WALLA -- A higher-than-typical number of contested races on the primary ballot didn't necessarily bring out more voters than usual.

Walla Walla school budget OK'd

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved the district's 2011-12 school year budget during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Knights smoke Sweets in Game One

Corvallis downs Walla Walla, 14-3, in the first game of the WCL Championship Series on Tuesday at Borleske.

WALLA WALLA -- Baseball is a fickle game.Walla Walla came into its first-ever West Coast League Championship series riding an emotional high after sweeping East Division regular-season champion Wenatchee in two straight in the division series.How fast for

Tuesday, August 16

Race appears set for Columbia County hospital board

Challenger Colleen Sproul and incumbent Blaine Bickelhaupt lead in the primary.

Challenger Colleen Sproul and incumbent Blaine Bickelhaupt will most likely face off in the Nov. 8 general election for Bickelhaupt's seat on the board of the Columbia County Hospital District.

Kromm, Godinez appear winners in Touchet primary

The pair have comfortable leads over the third-place finisher.

TOUCHET -- Jody Kromm and Jose Godinez appear on track to contend for the Touchet School Board position

Incumbent hangs on to second place in Port of Walla Walla race

Mike Fredrickson is just 11 votes ahead of Richard Monacelli, and both trail Barlow Corkrum.

WALLA WALLA — First-term Port of Walla Walla commissioner Mike Fredrickson was in danger of losing his seat in the Tuesday's primary as he held onto an 11-vote advantage over third-place candidate Richard Monacelli in early returns. Both trailed real-esta

Race tight in Walla Walla City Council primary

While Position 4 appears set, the seat held by Council member Dominick Elia is a close affair for all three candidates.

WALLA WALLA - A tight City Council primary race could see an incumbent finishing second or even ousted.

Maud Eleanor Dalrymple Reoch

January 17, 1918 – August 11, 2011

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - New washer makes life less agitating

You'll never guess what I'm doing right now. I mean, as opposed to sitting at the keyboard writing to you.I'm washing a load of towels. In the washing machine.

ETCETERA - AMVETS prepare for fair parade, flag days

Making our town even friendlier, AMVETS Jonathan Wainwright Post 1111 of Walla Walla will fly flags downtown on fair parade day, Sept. 3; Labor Day, Sept. 5; Patriot Day, Sept. 11; and POW/MIA Day, Sept. 16.

EATING LOCAL - Healthful diet doesn't require healthy wallet

When I read a recent article telling me a healthy diet is expensive and difficult to achieve, the nutritionist and healthy food advocate in me has to stand up and respond.The Union-Bulletin on Aug. 4 ran a front-page story by The Associated Press about a

Historic barn rehabilitation grants available

The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation has applications available for Heritage Barn Rehabilitation grants.Grants assist rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated heritage barns across the state.

Improv workshop planned at Power House Theatre

Walla Walla's Power House Theatre will host an Adult Improve Workshop Aug. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m.Cost is $20 per person. Up to 20 people age 18 or older may register; RSVP's may be sent via e-mail by 9 a.m. Aug. 20 to Claire Slattery at claire@PHTWW.com.

Rising Sun Clubhouse to hold fundraiser this week

Sometimes more is more.On Friday and Saturday, Rising Sun Clubhouse plans to prove it with a triple-threat fundraiser — yard sale, car wash and baked goods sale.

ROCK DOC - And the wheat grows on, despite climate

These are the good times.I was driving through the country recently, looking at deer happily chowing down in wheat fields. Every place is a drive-through if you're a herbivore at this time of year.

THE WEEKLY - A road from terror to trust

A Walla Walla woman applies experience as a PTSD social worker to restore the life of an abused dog.

Sometimes life gives second chances — even to dogs.To see Louie, a 6-year-old vizsla, joyously bounding around, one would be hard pressed to know he spent the first four years of his life in terror.His new life now revolves around Teresa Pavish-Paradiso,

BOSTON IN A BASKET

A Boston terrier gets a plush, leopard print front-row seat on its ride to work Tuesday morning in a basket attached to the bicycle of its owner cruising across the intersection of South First Avenue and Alder Street.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Buying fresh, nutritious food is good investment

I've read with interest the recent U-B articles and opinions about healthy eating habits, and the barriers to eating well.

$n$ Deadline to vote arrives; watch U-B website for results

WALLA WALLA -- If you haven't cast your vote for today's primary election, time is running short.

Trial date set for men in lingerie shop robbery

Antonio Birrueta Jr. and Fredrik J. Mitzel Jr. are accused of participating in a robbery last month.

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects in the robbery of Taboo Lingerie last month pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to felony charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Emergency Services - 08/16/11

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 - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - CP SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Marci Knauft, Doug Case, Todd Stubblefield, Brian Maiden and Troy Fitzgerald. With all present Monday, the board:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Man sentenced to jail in College Place home invasion

Antonio S. Contreras received an 11-month term.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who took part in a home invasion on Southeast Fourth Street in College Place last spring was sentenced Monday afternoon to 11 months in the County Jail.

Sen. Murray and debt panel must put nation ahead of party politics

It won't be easy. The national spotlight will be on Murray, who was picked as one of the panel's co-chairs.

In the past it would have been a political plum to be selected to lead a congressional committee charged with deciding how to reduce the country's debt by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.mWhere: Commission Room, Courthouse

On the agenda - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

When: Today, 4 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Anti-drunken driving patrols kick off Friday

Local law enforcers will be out in force for enhanced patrols through the day after Labor Day.

WALLA WALLA -- Drinking and driving is always a serious issue, but local law officers are soon going to turn up the heat.

Vista Hermosa students study at Stanford

The group was participating in a Johns Hopkins University talent-search program.

PRESCOTT -- Four Vista Hermosa Elementary School students spent three weeks at Stanford University recently, studying math and writing, and meeting students from around the U.S. and the world.

High school talk resurfaces in College Place

High school talk resurfaces in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE -- A conversation has started within College Place Public Schools about updating facilities and establishing a high school district.

Walla Walla Corps employees decorated for service in Afghanistan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday decorated two Afghanistan District employees from Walla Walla.

Major races not equating to major turnout

The Walla Walla County auditor says she expects turnout to reach 30 percent in the primary that closes today.

WALLA WALLA — A higher-than-typical number of contested races on the primary ballot isn't necessarily bringing out more voters than usual.

Walla Walla Sweets clicking as Corvallis heads to town

Corvallis comes to Borleske Stadium in the first game of the West Coast League championship series at Borleske Stadium tonight.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Sweets manager J.C. Biagi experienced his share of winning baseball games at DeSales' Ray Lane Field while playing for the Irish before graduating in 2000.This summer, Biagi has the Sweets doing their share of winning just over

Wine Valley Golf Club to host PNGA Men's Amateur next summer

WALLA WALLA — The 111th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) has selected Wine Valley Golf Club to host the 2012 amateur championship next July 9-14.

Pheasants Forever Golf Tournament at Milton-Freewater Municipal Friday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will close to public play for the Pheasants Forever Golf Tournament Friday.Public players must be off the course by 1 p.m. for the four-person scramble with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is

Registration for Walla Walla Crush Walk/Run open

WALLA WALLA — Registration for the seventh annual Walla Walla Crush 1-mile, 5K and 10K Walk/Run on Oct. 8 is now open.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No sales-tax hike for street repair

Call it a 'letter to the editor” or just a heated comment! How dare anyone even mention raising taxes for street repair after the unbelievable decision to repave the highway?!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support efforts of Walla Walla Shakespeare

As an employee of the Washington State University Alumni Association, I recently had the opportunity to work with Shakespeare Walla Walla to provide a truly memorable weekend, arranged through the organization, for a group of our WSU alumni.

Linda Plumbley

April 11, 1949 - Aug. 4, 2011

Olive Rae DeRuwe

Dec. 7, 1923 – Aug. 14, 2011

Sharon Herndon

Aug. 17, 1943 – Aug. 13, 2011

Judith Mitchell

Oct.14, 1940 - Aug. 12, 2011

Death Notice - Clarence Singleton

Aug. 15, 1911 - Aug. 15, 2011

Death Notice - M.May Harting

Aug. 15, 2011

Death Notice - Vada Heimbigner

May 12, 1913 - Aug. 14, 2011

Death Notice - John Destito

June 21, 1954 - Aug. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Virginia Thomas

March 21, 1917 - Aug. 15, 2011

Monday, August 15

Two Weston men arrested for attempted sale of firearms

Two Weston men have been arrested for attempted sale of firearms, according to the city's police department spokesman.On Friday officers responded a call about suspicious circumstances to the 200 block of North Franklin Street at the Pine Creek area.

Listeria fear leads to layer dip recall

The dip, sold under several labels, may contain tainted guacamole.

Possibly contaminated guacamole is being blamed for a recall of various layer dip products from Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park, Calif.The products, such as five- and seven-layer dips -- including some sold by Safeway under its Signature Caf?&copy

Enforcement sweep nets 118 speeders in region

WALLA WALLA -- One hundred eighteen drivers recently found out that speeding doesn't pay.

Deadline approaches for people to post primary election ballots

WALLA WALLA -- If you haven't cast your vote for Tuesday's primary election, time is running short.

Waitsburg trip a hot-ticket item at auction

A "Welcome to Waitsburg" trip is one of the hot-ticket items for this weekend's Auction of Washington Wines.

Etcetera - 08/15/11

The Milton-Freewater Rotary Club Golf Tournament will tee up on Sept. 11 at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, 301 Catherine St.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 08/15/11

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

State must be prepared to cut budget if economy slows

Agency chiefs must take seriously Gov. Gregoire's order to prepare for reduced spending.

The Legislature adjourned in late May after cutting nearly $5 billion in spending requests to balance the $32 billion two-year state budget. But last week Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered state agency directors to prepare for more cuts -- up to 10 percent.

Motorcyclist dies in US 12 crash

Kyle Eric Caldwell was killed Sunday after losing control of his bike, police said.

WALLULA — An Eatonville, Wash., man died after his motorcycle went out of control Sunday evening on U.S. Highway 12.

Broadhead wins fourth Walla Walla All-City Golf Championship

Rob Broadhead records a 3-under-par 69 in the Walla Walla All-City Championships final round at Veterans Memorial for his fourth trophy.

WALLA WALLA — Rob Broadhead made a seamless transition from the Walla Walla Country Club to Veterans Memorial Golf Course Sunday during the second and final day of the 61st annual Walla Walla All-City Championships golf tournament.

Walla Walla Sweets to face Corvallis Knights

The Knights shut out Bend, 3-0, Sunday to advance to the WCL championship series.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets host the Corvallis Knights Tuesday at Borleske Stadium to open the West Coast League championship series.Corvallis shut out the Bend Elks, 3-0, Sunday night in the decisive game of the WCL West Division playoff series.

Death Notice - Judy Mitchell

Aug. 12, 2011

Death Notice - Gary Jensen

Aug. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Barbara Levin

Aug. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Sharon Herndon

Aug. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Vesta Gage

Aug. 24, 2011 - Aug. 14, 2011

Sunday, August 14

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Does someone have to die?

Ask anyone who lives in the vicinity of Wilbur Avenue and Pleasant Street and they will tell you that the sounds of screetching cars, crinkling metal and sirens are nothing new. This intersection, which is used by students walking to Berney Elementary Sch

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - GOP has hoodwinked America

Well, the hoodwinkers of all hoodwinkers have done it again. Yup, hoodwinked the American people.By now you should know I'm talking about my friends the Republicans. They keep talking about the abysmal state of our economy and high unemployment, but guess

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - File under Freedom of Information Act

In response to Donna Maiden's letter about the so-called "junk vehicles" on her farm property, she actually can find out who the self-righteous tattletale is. All she has to do is file under the Freedom of Information Act. The name of the unknown person i

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A look at public religion, private religion

I believe the Rev. Koonz has done well by introducing a topic of public religion into what traditionally has been the purview of private religion in the Union-Bulletin's religion column.The word "religion" has many connotations, spiritual and non-spiritua

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We need to become more involved

When are "we the people" going to wake up to the fact that what the Founding Fathers envisioned for this country was maximum liberty and personal responsibility? They feared a centralized government because that, by its very nature, is an enemy to persona

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's look at Port's property guidelines

The Port is required by federal guidelines to set it's property rental rates at something I'll call "fair market value." That may not be the exact technical term but it efficiently explains the idea behind the determination.From what I understand that bas

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Salmon runs much too large for dams

If you want to diss Judge Redden (U-B Aug. 8), fine. If you want to line up with Doc Hastings, fine.But don't tell me we have had record salmon runs lately. Before the dams, we had 90 million

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Keep Fredrickson's experience on Port

Mike Fredrickson has been a Port of Walla Walla commissioner since 2006. During his tenure the Port has received several awards and special recognitions, inludeding being named "Port of the Year" by the Washington State Public Ports Association.In giving

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fredrickson has proven track record

Vote to re-elect Mike Fredrickson for Walla Walla Port commissioner, District 2, on Tuesday. Mike has a proven track record of leadership with the Port and in private business.Mike understands the issues and makes decisions based on enhancing economic dev

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Much work needs to be done

It's readily apparent after watching Washington's three-ring circus for the past month that we have reached our economic crossroads. The current plan adopted will not solve our looming financial crisis — even in 10 years. Standard & Poor's indicates it ma

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Monacelli will bring accountability

When filling out your ballot on or before Tuesday, be sure to vote for Richard Monacelli for Port commisioner, District 2.Richard brings with him 17 years of experience in growing this community from directing the Walla Walla Are Small Business Center. Ri

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - All food is fine - in moderation

The U-B is to be commended for its recent focus on healthy living and it is correct in its editorial entitled "Challenges to healthy eating are more than monetary."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sweets' Tristan Hobbes is great announcer

Walla Walla has had a wonderful summer for baseball. Our Sweets have made it that much more enjoyable for everyone who has made it out to Borleske to watch these young college men play the game so many of us love.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Setting the record straight on local YMCA

Regarding Sheila Hagar's article "Walla Walla YMCA takes new tack to stay relevant."It's apparent the Walla Walla YMCA has been "more than an institution" since long before Mr. Grant arrived. The YMCA has maintained a rich and "cause-driven" history and h

Friday win puts Sweets ahead in WCL Playoff race

Ryan Richardson throws through seven innings in the Sweets' 9-4 playoff win over Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla put it all together in its first ever West Coast League baseball playoff action here Friday.The Sweets pounded out 14 hits, got seven innings of one-run baseball from starting pitcher Ryan Richardson and played solid defense to e

Wine Valley lives up to press clippings

WALLA WALLA — I remember the day well.It was late November, post-Thanksgiving, and the temperature was unseasonably warm, hovering near 70 degrees.Bright sunshine painted long shadows across the first fairway as two of my Union-Bulletin colleagues and I s

Sweets beat Wenatchee, into WCL Championship series

Walla Walla tops Wenatchee, 5-4, to head to Tuesday's championship series opener at Borleske.

WENATCHEE — Trailing 4-0 and facing arguably the best pitcher in the West Coast League, the Walla Walla Sweets just kept on fighting Saturday night.That fight paid off in a five-run rally, and eventual 5-4 win, for a sweep of the Wenatchee Applesox and tr

Saturday, August 13

Actress transforms into Marilyn Monroe

Sunny Thompson will perform ‘Marilyn: Forever Blonde' in October at the Power House Theatre.

WALLA WALLA - The actress exudes va-va-voom as she walks through the Sixth Avenue doorway of the Power House Theatre.Wearing a flowy, off-the-shoulder, navy dress, wedge sandals and a braided hat with a brim so wide it surrounds her entire frame, the woma

Fans eager for Sweets to extend season

High school football waits in the wings as baseball occupies the stadium.

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets baseball team had its first playoff game Friday night, kicking off what fans hope will be a tradition for the West Coast League's newest franchise."I am excited they are doing well. They are doing well," two-year seaso

Collge Place School Board to hold special meeting

COLLEGE PLACE - The College Place School Board will hold a special board meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m. Board meetings are held in the district's conference room, in the Sager Middle School gym, 1755 S. College Ave., and are open to the public.During the meeti

Show to be staged at VA

WALLA WALLA - The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a stage presentation of "EVERYDAY PEOPLE!" on Wednesday at noon in Building 78 on the VA campus.A luncheon will follow and the public ma attend.The show is put on

Meeting to look at safety of Bennington Lake Dam

WALLA WALLA - The safety status of Bennington Lake Dam will be the subject of a meeting Wednesday at the lake.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Bennington Lake boat ramp parking lot.The safety rating fo

Biking Viking scatters boy's ashes during travels

While in Walla Walla, Anders Forselius left some of Alex Blackburn's ashes at Cougar Crest Winery.

WALLA WALLA - Anders Forselius loves baseball, runs marathons like they are weekly trips to the grocery store, is on a journey to scatter the ashes of a friend's child across the world, and calls himself the Biking Viking.Tall, blond, with a heavy Swedish

Job in South is an experience

In literary studies, when a character travels south, it often means the person is a troublemaker, looking to run away from his or her problems.I left Walla Walla last summer and moved to North Georgia after a high school offered me a job teaching English.

Brushing the brush

Demonstrating the opposite of treetop-level flying, a rider does a bit of bottom-branch bicycling while ducking the low ceiling branches of trees bordering Howard Tietan Park.

Shakespearean play

Hamlet was right."The play's the thing."Groups of area youngsters discovered that first-hand last month when they participated in Acting Up with Shakespeare.The week-long sessions, offered by the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department in partnership

ETCETERA - Salmon feed to benefit senior nutrition program

Senior Round Table, which brings area communities the Meals on Wheels nutrition program, will host its eighth annual Bristol Bay wild Alaskan red salmon barbecue dinner.The fundraiser will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at The Center at the Park/Walla Walla Senior Ci

PASTOR COLUMN - God's grace is indeed amazing

Our friends who meet for worship on the corner of Alder and Clinton have certainly chosen a good name for their church: "Amazing Grace, Church of the Nazarene." God's grace is nothing less than amazing.

CHURCH BULLETIN - 08/14/11

Walla Walla Roman Catholics welcome three new priestsWALLA WALLA - St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church hosted a tri-parish barbecue reception Aug. 7 for three priests recently assigned to St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi and Assumption of the Blessed

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Albert and Alice Pontarolo

Albert and Alice Pontarolo of Walla Walla celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary here on Aug. 11.

SENIOR CENTERS - 08/14/11

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A list of center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in

Sales tax for Walla Walla street work worth considering

But any sales-tax increase must be structured so it can only be used for street work.

Let's start with the obvious. Walla Walla's streets are lousy and nobody wants to pay for taxes.Yet, given the sorry state of government finances at the federal, state and local level (perhaps even worse than the city's streets), nothing extra can be done

PHOTO GALLERY - Sweets defeat Wenatchee 9-4 in first playoff game

Making their first playoff appearance in team history, the Walla Walla Sweets played confidently on Friday night, picking up 14 hits and defeating the Wenatchee Applesox 9-4 at Borleske Stadium.More game details in Sunday's Union-Bulletin and here online.

Friday, August 12

Death Notice - Gerald Montgomery

March 1, 1936 - Aug. 12, 2011

William R. Dicus

March 11, 1931 -Aug. 7, 2011

Jack Upchurch Sr.

Feb. 1, 1930 - Aug. 7, 2011

Robert William Gylling

July 6, 1927- Aug. 5, 2011

William Beck

April 8, 1940 - July 13, 2011

Death Notice - David Ritchie

May 11, 1922 - Aug. 12, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mary Lou Jenkins good role model

My aunt, Mary Lou Jenkins, is running for Walla Walla City Council, Position 7.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Corkrum will bring back dignity to Port

We are deeply concerned about the manner in which the Port of Walla Walla conducts its affairs.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port and Fredrickson have accomplished much

I support Mike Fredrickson's re-election to the Walla Walla Port District as commissioner for District 2.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Monacelli is strongest in strong field

The voters of Walla Walla County are fortunate to have three candidates for Port of Walla Walla Commission, District 2, who are seemingly qualified and capable.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Jenkins will bring new voice to Walla Walla

Eight years ago we moved to Walla Walla to be here for the birth of my first grandchild. We had visited here many times before and thought it would be a great place to retire.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The elephant in the room

There is an elephant in the room. It's big, it's growing, and no one wants to discuss its presence.

Keeping Peach Basket Classic downtown a good move

This year's 3-on-3 tournament had a record number of teams and ran very smoothly. It was a success in several ways.

The YMCA Peach Basket Classic, which for the 18th straight year transformed downtown Walla Walla into a street basketball mecca, was a great success this year.

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 and Johnson absent Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

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:

In the minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

Etcetera - 08/12/11

As current president of the Italian Heritage Association, John Hopkins is overseeing plans for the 2011 IHA Days Festa, which will be Oct. 8-9.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jeffrey G. Guier, 48, Pasco, was charged Aug. 10 with assault -- violation of protection order. Guier is accused of violating a no-contact order and intentionally assaulting a person on Aug. 8.

Fundraiser set after illness lays College Place man low

Dorlin Haste, owner of Digger D Excavating, was diagnosed with a rare fungal illness in the spring.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Dorlin Haste is home.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Overtraining: two steps forward, three back

You wake up in the morning and decide that today you are going to double your workout efforts.

With health choices, we all share blame for debt woes

So who is to blame for our country's economic mess?

City of Walla Walla action on mall OK'd

WALLA WALLA -- The city of Walla Walla has been granted access to the ravaged Blue Mountain Mall property for cleanup.

Interested parties can check out new independent living facility Monday

The doors to Walla Walla's new independent living facility aren't open yet. But a door to its onsite leasing trailer will be next week.

Emergency Services - 08/12/11

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

Renovations moving ahead at Pomeroy school

The Junior-Senior High School will undergo a major makeover starting this month.

POMEROY -- The Pomeroy School Board unanimously approved a series of resolutions at a special meeting Thursday that finalizes a project to modernize the Junior-Senior High School.The board selected low bidder Leone and Keeble Inc. of Spokane as general co

Death Notice - Maud Reoch

Jan. 17, 1918 - Aug. 11, 2011

Death Notice - Rozella Cawthra

April 3, 1930 - Aug. 11, 2011

Thursday, August 11

Walla Walla band Soul Status to perform at Hot Poop on Friday

Walla Walla pop rock band Soul Status will give a free performance at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hot Poop in downtown Walla Walla.This will be Soul Status' last public performance before some members move on to college. The local teenage band will releasd their

Jacob's Weekend has big dreams

WALLA WALLA -- The two Jacobs were known at Walla Walla High School as best friends in the hallways and on the baseball diamond. But when the bell rang and practice ended, what many of their more distant peers may not have known about Jacob Thomason and J

Filmmaker to give talk on cowgirls movie

PENDLETON -- Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., hosts filmmaker Steve Wursta in a free public program 3 p.m. Sunday, as he discusses the 2010 film documentary, "From Cheyenne to Pendleton, the Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl." He wi

Three new exhibits open at Pendleton Center for the Arts

The Pendleton Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of three new exhibits this month with a public reception 5:30-7 tonight. The community event is free..In the main East Oregonian Gallery, artist Doug Kaigler will unveil a series of sculptural w

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 08/11/11

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.

Harvest Time Fine Arts Show show in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The annual Harvest Time Fine Arts Show will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 19 and 20 and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 S.W. Sixth Ave., in conjunction with the Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival. The sho

Cody Beebe & The Crooks play Three Rivers Winery

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will play 6:30 p.m., Aug. 19 at Three Rivers Winery, 5641 Old Highway 12.The seven-piece Seattle band blends rock, blues and country. Their debut recording, "Friends of the Old Mill," was released June 22, 2010. The band is current

Rock & Roll Camp to be held in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Registration for the sixth annual Rock & Roll Camp at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., is open now to all teens ages 13-18.The free day camp will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15-19. Musicians and non-musicians are encour

Living History Company portrays strong women

The Living History Company of Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will present a weekend in the company of women.Walla Walla's "New Orleans Lady" will return to the town she graced in the 19th century at 2 p.m. Saturday in the pioneer settlement. Port

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 - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Henry E. and Angela A. Langley.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Diego L. Ramos, 17, 434 Ankeny St. was sentenced Aug. 5 on one count disorderly conduct.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tarik West, 39, 1409 Melrose St., was sentenced Aug. 1 on four counts violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route as designated by the school district and one count violation of the Unifo

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ordinary people need to be heard

My aunt Mary Lou Jenkins is running for Walla Walla City Council. I believe she would be an excellent choice because she has been very active in numerous service organizations in our community.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Don't overlook play at Power House

If you just skimmed the news about the Walla Walla Shakespeare Festival, as I did at first, all you might notice about the play now running at the Power House Theatre might be "Whitman grad," "Spider-Man," and "Broadway."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mary Lou Jenkins gets new voter's vote

As Mary Lou Jenkins was putting up a yard sign for her City Council election at my grandmother's house, she asked me if I was a registered voter.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - You've been robbed and lied to

If someone broke into your bank and stole 10 percent of your total assets, you would want them behind bars and your money returned.

Let's wrap up probe of county Sheriff's Office

It's been nearly two years since the State Patrol was called in to investigate financial improprieties.

Was the crime of the century committed inside the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office?

Etcetera - 08/11/11

Sept. 10 will be an auspicious day for members of the McLoughlin High School Class of 1971. That's when they'll gather for their 40th reunion at the American Legion Building, 424 N.E. Eighth St., Milton-Freewater. Doors will open at 3 p.m., said classmat

Dayton Wine Works offers Aug. potluck winemaker dinners

A Dayton winery is adding a new twist to winemaker dinners.

Wa-Hi plans freshman orientation for Aug. 22 in gym

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School has planned a freshman orientation Aug. 22 in the school's large gym.

Milton-Freewater group seeks donations for sale to aid families of troops

MILTON-FREEWATER -- "Gently used items" are being sought for donation to a rummage sale to raise money to aid families of local Oregon Army National Guard members.

Touchet man to be jailed for travel benefit fraud

SPOKANE -- A Touchet man has been sentenced to six months in jail for travel benefit fraud.

Milton-Freewater man indicted in sex-abuse case

PENDLETON -- A Milton-Freewater man arrested last week for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in the city reportedly has been indicted by a Umatilla County Grand Jury.

Man hospitalized after wreck on US Highway 12

WALLA WALLA -- One man remained hospitalized this morning for treatment of injuries he suffered in a rollover crash about three miles east of here on U.S. Highway 12.

Emergency Services - 08/11/11

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

Trial once again postponed in break-in, assault

Patrick M. Walmsley is accused of burglary and assault in connection with a January incident.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and assaulted her in January.

United Way receives grant for food, shelter programs

WALLA WALLA -- United Way of Walla Walla County has been awarded $22,388 from Federal Emergency Management Administration. The money will go to area emergency food and shelter programs, according to Executive Director Liz McDevitt.

Vansycle Canyon fire under control

WALLULA -- The Vansycle Canyon Fire was declared "100 percent controlled" Wednesday and management has been handed back to local authorities.

Walla Walla City Council OKs distilleries in industrial zones

The Council voted 5-1 on Wednesday to allow the facilities in parts of the city.

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council approved an amendment Wednesday to allow distilleries in light and heavy industrial zones, a move that could one day result in a very small fraction of local wheat being made into vodka in the city.

Sweets wrap league play with victory

Walla Walla will begin a best-of-three playoff series with Wenatchee on Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Sweets pitcher Tyler Billen made his last outing of the 2011 West Coast League baseball season a memorable one for himself, his teammates and an announced Borleske Stadium crowd of 1,856.The 6-foot-4, 240-pound left-hander allowed just two r

Little League Fall Ball opens for registrations this month

WALLA WALLA — Qualifying children ages 8-11 years old ca2n register for Little League Fall Ball from noon-3 p.m. Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28.Players and their parents need to know the positions played, positions the player wants to learn, last season's team an

Coug hopes Ducks win all

EUGENE, Ore. — Thanks to NCAA investigations and a vacated BCS National Championship win in 2005, the Pac-10 has never won college football's the national championship.And much as it pains me to say it — a friend told me will now lose my Cougar Card — my

Viola Wheatley

Aug. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Ruth Rubertt

March 14, 1915 - Aug. 10, 2011

Frank Heacock, Jr

Sept. 11, 1924 – Aug. 5, 2011

Walter Williams

May 4, 1932 – Aug. 10, 2011

William R. Dicus

March 11, 1931 – Aug. 7, 2011

Gayla E. Bishop

Aug. 14, 1939 - Aug. 9, 2011

Wednesday, August 10

A BREAKFAST SWALLOW

A swallowtail butterfly swallows breakfast from a flower as the morning sun illuminates its multi-hued wings.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Politics is service, not self-service

Our country is called the United States; we should be united in our sacrifice to keep our country great. Instead, the poor are always sacrificed, either on the literal battlefield in places like Afghanistan, or on the virtual battlefield of the budget war

Emergency Services - 08/10/11

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

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Workout event to benefit students

The creators of Walla Walla's Cardio Strength Bootcamp are planning a workout event designed for the body and mind this month.

In the minutes - PRESCOTT COUNCIL

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

Etcetera - 08/10/11

Age hasn't slowed octogenerian Joanne Fitzgerald, although the pace of her transportation as grand marshal of the Muddy Frogwater Festival will travel at a walk.

Individuals feel brunt of state's promises not met

As the state shuts down scholarship programs, dreams of higher education evaporate.

The Great Recession that's hanging around like a annoying house guest is, to some degree, taking a toll on all of us.

Back-to-school event offers boost to kin caring for children

The local Kinship Navigator program is offering backpacks with school supplies that will be distributed today.

WALLA WALLA -- As a community, Walla Walla is above the standard in working to prevent child abuse and neglect, along with meeting the needs of kids who fall victim to the twin ills, said Leslie Hamilton, director of Catholic Charities' Kinship Navigator

Walla Walla man's rape case dismissed

Juan Arevalo had been charged with raping a woman in a parking lot in October.

WALLA WALLA -- The criminal case against a man who allegedly raped a woman in the city last October has been dismissed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Vansycle Canyon fire nearly contained

Officials say mapping with GPS showed the fire covered about 4,500 acres, less than previously thought.

WALLULA -- After burning for three days, the Vansycle Canyon Fire was declared 90 percent contained today.

Vets sound off at session

WALLA WALLA -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was in town Monday, wearing her trademark tennies and sporting a listening ear.

Vets highlight glitches in health-care system

WALLA WALLA -- At Monday's listening session with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and her staff for area veterans, a number of people espoused gratitude for the The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.

Fire danger prompts forest restrictions

PENDLETON -- Campfires and smoking have been restricted in the Umatilla County Forest due to the potential for wildfires. The restrictions go into effect Thursday, said Chris Johnson, deputy fire staff officer.

Roads near Wa-Hi close for major overhaul

Fern Avenue will be closed through the end of the month, and Reser Road will shut down for a longer period.

WALLA WALLA -- The start of a major road project Tuesday has closed two roads bordering Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point Elementary School.

Whitman Mission goes to the Birds

Raptors from Blue Mountain Wildlife are on hand to educate about the mighty predators.

Blue Mountain Wildlife director Lynn Tompkins saved Ula, a golden eagle, for last at the recent raptor presentation beneath Whitman Mission shade trees.The regal bird of prey drew the expected expressions of awe and admiration from the 50 or so children a

Wa-Hi seeks Hall of Fame nominees

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the 2011 class of inductees into the Wa-Hi Hall of Fame.Athletes are eligible for the Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame five years after graduating from Wa-Hi,

Kopacz delivers winning run for Sweets

Chance Kopacz's 10th-inning double brings home the 2-1 win over Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Chance Kopacz got a second chance here Tuesday in West Coast League baseball action.The former Walla Walla Community College Warrior made the most of his second shot and delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th inni

Washington Force 96 fastpitch holding tryouts Aug 21, 28

RICHLAND — The Washington Force 96 16A fastpitch softball team is having tryouts for the 2012 season Aug. 21 and 28 at Columbia Playfields Field No. 2 in Richland.Tryouts for all positions are from 3-5 p.m., with pitchers and catchers trying out from 5-6

Milton-Freewater All-Stars end season at regional final

The softball team heads home after a 5-3 defeat to Alaska Tuesday.

ARANA, Ariz. — The Milton-Freewater Junior All-Stars started their West Regional tournament rematch with Alaska, a 6-0 victor in a no-hitter against M-F Sunday, just the way they wanted Tuesday night.Milton-Freewater took a three-run lead in the top of th

Gary Hilliard Sr.

Dec. 3, 1940 - Aug. 4, 2011

Death Notice - Walter Williams

May 4, 1932 - Aug. 10, 2011

Gayla E. Bishop

August 14, 1939 – August 9, 2011

Charles Lund

Nov. 21, 1929 - July 31, 2011

William Barnett

Sept. 12, 1936 - July 31, 2011

Wendy Lou Winslow

July 14, 1959 - August 4, 2011

Henrietta Helen Coe Quinn Gavin

Oct. 19, 1927 - Aug. 5, 2011

Jon Krumbah

Nov. 13, 1969 - July 30, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Gylling

July 6, 1927 - Aug. 5, 2011

Death Notice - Mary Catsiff

Dec. 18, 1921 - Aug. 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 9

Flying low

A man pedals toward the intersection of Alder Street and Park Street, towing a radio flyer with three girls tucked-in on Thursday afternoon.

Challenges to healthy eating are more than monetary

Americans don't always want to spend the time to prepare healthy foods and like the taste of foods that aren't good for you.

A new study from the University of Washington has concluded that maintaining a healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines.

Walla Walla High School plans freshman orientation

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School has planned a freshman orientation Aug. 22 in the school's large gym.Incoming ninth-graders will begin the day with an orientation from 12-4 p.m. A parent information meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m., and a club fair

Reser Road project to begin Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — The start of a major road project Wednesday will close two roads bordering Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point Elementary SchoolFern Avenue between Carmella Street and Reser Road will be closed through the end of August. Only emergenc

On the agenda - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Lions Club Community Building, FairgroundsWhat: Special Meeting

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. (following 5 p.m. work shop regarding draft City Hall feasibility study)Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main St.

On the agenda - ATHENA PLANNING COMMISSION

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall, 213 S. Third St.

ETCETERA - Young swimmers save child's life in Lake Umatilla

A simple outing escalated from swimming into a life-saving event when Ariel and Bradley 'Bud” Sandau went to Irrigon, Ore., with mom Veronica Sandau, according to Brad Sandau, the kids' dad and Veronica's husband.The kids were accompanied by their materna

On The Agenda - Milton-Freewater SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tonight, 7 p.m. A board workshop will be held at 5 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Walla Walla's 'everywhere' duo

There's no rest for Wes and Shirley Miller, and that's how they like it.

Retirement is just another word for nothing left to do.In that regard, Wes and Shirley Miller will never retire, given their myriad interests and hours upon hours of volunteer work.'They're everywhere,” said Peggy Needham, director of the Retired Seniors

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button, Jim Cooper and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Graham, Herrin and Button absent Monday the council:

LEGAL BRIEFING - 'Harmless error' does not absolve credit debt

Dear John,A few months ago I got a new credit card. I started using it and charged a few hundred dollars before I noticed that they put the wrong middle initial on the card. My middle initial is ‘J' for Jane. The credit card company put ‘I'. Since the cre

A LITTLE LIBRARY - Kid's book on kindergarten rises above cliche plots

The strange thing about writing a once-a-month column is the sensation that time is passing far too quickly. One day, I'm celebrating the start of summer, and the next, I'm trying to get in the back-to-school spirit.The start of school can be difficult, a

HOME PLACE - Wrong prenatal choice; lifetime of consequences

Editor's note: This is the final column in a weekly series Sheila Hagar wrote about prenatal injury through drug and alcohol use.My daughter's words in block printing sum up the reason for this series of columns: 'If moms drink while pregnant, it causes b

WALLA WALLA TABLE - Everybody, let's get stoned...

No, you read the headline to this column correctly, but it's not what you're thinking. That's not my bag, baby.What I am talking about is the beautiful bounty of summer stone fruits that should be hitting your local farmers' markets soon.When I was a kid

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Emergency Services - 08/09/11

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

Irrigation district board meeting reset to Aug. 16

TOUCHET -- A meeting of the Gardena Farms Irrigation District #13 board set for Thursday has been changed due to a scheduling conflict.

'Morning Glory' to be screened Saturday at church

WALLA WALLA -- The movie "Morning Glory" will be shown Saturday from 6:30-9 p.m. at Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St.

Milton-Freewater Democrats to meet Wednesday at Oasis

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Democrats will hold their August meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The no-host luncheon will be at the Oasis Restaurant on Stateline Road.

Session set for today on Walla Walla glass recycling

WALLA WALLA -- The city Sustainability Committee will host an informational meeting on the current situation and challenges of the local glass recycling program Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Wheat stubble burns Monday night on Seven Hills Road

Firefighters with Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department responded to a wheat stubble fire on Seven Hills Road about 9:52 p.m. on Monday.

Man injured in two-car crash Monday on Highway 11

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A man was injured Monday in a collision on Highway 11.

Pickers' Paradise on Poplar tunes in to tight times

A new second-hand retail shop on Poplar Street promises loads of items for bargain-hunters.

New president named for Catholic schools

DeSales and Assumption Principal John Lesko will take over for David Schmitz, who held the position for five years.

WALLA WALLA -- DeSales and Assumption Catholic schools Principal John Lesko has been named the new president of Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

State glitch reveals confidential info in child support letters

Thousands of noncustodial parents received letters with the address of the parent who has custody, officials said.

Washington state's Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Child Support today announced it had inadvertently sent forms to noncustodial parents that include the address of the custodial parent of the child -- information considered confiden

Coming Wednesday: Sen. Murray hears from veterans

The senator held a listening session Monday in Walla Walla.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was in Walla Walla on Monday to hear what the issues and challenges are for area veterans. She heard about housing, healthcare and a lack of communication between agencies. See the story in Wednesday's Union-Bulletin.

Milton-Freewater School Board to discuss goals, self-evaluation

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School Board will hold a public workshop tonight at 5 p.m. in the McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.The board will be discussing board goals, a self-evaluation for the 2011-12 school year, reviewing

Session set on Walla Walla glass recycling

WALLA WALLA -- The city Sustainability Committee will host an informational meeting on the current situation and challenges of the local glass recycling program Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall,

Wheat stubble burns on Seven Hills Road

Firefighters with Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department responded to a wheat stubble fire on Seven Hills Road about 9:52 p.m. on Monday. The blaze burned about six acres of already-harvested land, officials with the department said. Fourteen firefighters

Corps raises safety rating for Bennington Lake dam

The dam had been rated in the least-safe category before the recent revision.

WALLA WALLA -- The safety rating of the Bennington Lake dam has changed for the better.Efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coupled with further studies of the dam have resulted in an improved risk classification for the structure, said Gina Baltru

Two inmates plead guilty in 2009 riot at Washington State Penitentiary

Daniel F. Salas and Mark J. Viena were accused of assaulting an officer during the fight.

WALLA WALLA -- Two prison inmates pleaded guilty Monday to crimes they committed during a melee at the Washington State Penitentiary in 2009.Daniel F. Salas, 33, entered a guilty plea in Superior Court to a felony-riot charge. In exchange, the prosec

Fire continues to burn in Vansycle Canyon

Officials believe the blaze near Hatch Grade Road was human-related.

WALLULA -- The Vansycle Canyon Fire in southwestern Walla Walla County continued to burn today as crews worked to contain the blaze.The fire, which started Sunday afternoon, remained at about 10,000 acres and was about 60 percent contained today, said Tom

Rose picked as worst in Walla Walla street survey

The street topped the list of lousy streets in a recent survey, with Alder, Howard and Isaacs also gaining numerous mentions.

WALLA WALLA -- According to a recent survey of 425 city residents, Rose Street did not come up smelling like its namesake when it came to driving.

Milton-Freewater All-Stars in rematch with Alaska

The All-Stars shut out Arizona, 3-0, to set up a regional title tilt with Alaska. M-F needs two wins over Alaska to advance.

MARANA, Ariz. — When Jayde Mandujano came to the plate with Milton-Freewater's Junior All-Stars up 1-0 in the fifth inning against Arizona Monday night, Arizona's outfield put a shift on the left-handed batter.Mandujano made the home team pay as she smack

Walla Walla Sweets lose battle, win WCL East war

Walla Walla falls to Wenatchee, 8-2, but Kelowna's win over Bellingham lifts the Sweets into the WCL postseason.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets lost the battle here Monday in West Coast League baseball action, but, with an assist from the Kelowna Falcons, the Sweets won the WCL East Division summer war.Walla Walla was undone by a six-run Wenatchee seventh as t

Walla Walla Youth Football League to have tryouts Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Youth Football League will hold tryouts Saturday at Drew Bledsoe Field on the Veterans Medical Center grounds.The league is for youngsters in the third through sixth grades as of this coming school year. The third and fourth

Sales tax for Walla Walla street work in winds

The City Council has started a process that could lead to a proposal being on the ballot for Valentine's Day.

WALLA WALLA -- City officials are looking at a 0.2 percent sales tax to raise almost $1 million per year for street repair. On Monday, after reviewing the results of a recent survey on funding street repairs, City Council members agreed to have staff move

Gene L. Mele

September 18, 1922 – July 29, 2011

Death Notice - William Christenson

Aug. 9, 2011

Death Notice - Gayla Bishop

Aug. 14, 1939 - Aug. 9, 2011

Death Notice - George Snow

Aug. 8, 2011

Rebecca Heart

Aug. 3, 2011

New president named for Walla Walla Catholic Schools

DeSales and Assumption Principal John Lesko will take over for David Schmitz, who held the position for five years.

WALLA WALLA -- DeSales and Assumption Catholic schools Principal John Lesko has been named the new president of Walla Walla Catholic Schools.Lesko takes over leadership from Whitman College history professor David Schmitz, who held the position for the fi

Monday, August 8

Walla Walla County fire has now grown to 10,000 acres

WALLULA — A blaze that started Sunday in southwestern Walla Walla County has now grown to 10,000 acres, state officials said today.Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief David Karnitz authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources this morning

Brush fire spreads to 3,000 acres around Hatch Grade

State resources have been mobilized to fight a major brush fire in the Hatch Grade Road area south of Wallula.'It went to state mobilization about 6:30 a.m. today,” said Patti Loney, a spokeswoman with Fire District 6 out of Touchet.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mary Lou Jenkins serves others

I met Mary Lou Jenkins through her participation as a member and volunteer at the Eagles. She has helped with children's functions, charity fundraising and has introduced many people to our club.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Enough already with behavior in Congress

I am a Christian, but if I were a Jew or a Muslim my message would be the same: In the name of God, stop it. Was the debt ceiling fiasco not enough?

CORRECTION: 08/08/11

Because of a reporter's error, City Council member Dominick Elia was reported in Monday's U-B as having a daughter. Elia has a son. We regret the error.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

Rash of car prowls reported Sunday in Dayton

DAYTON -- For the second time this summer, thieves were busy in Dayton with nine vehicle prowls reported Sunday. Stolen items included change and a GPS unit.

Two-car crash in intersection Saturday injures woman

WALLA WALLA -- One woman was injured Saturday in a two-vehicle crash at Wilbur Avenue and Pleasant Street.

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

Emergency Services - 08/08/11

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

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ricky W. Nelson, 17, 2415 Wallulla Road, was sentenced July 29 on one count each third-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowl and minor in possession and or consuming alcohol.

Breaching dams is not viable option for saving fish

Yet, a judge continues to push in that direction in rejecting the science-based plan proposed by federal officials.

Last week U.S. District Judge James Redden, once again, struck down the federal government's plan for saving salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Walla Walla YMCA takes new tack to stay relevant

Executive Director Randy Grant says the local, like the national organization, is working to broaden its appeal.

WALLA WALLA -- There's a particular buzz word in Randy Grant's vocabulary these days.

Milton-Freewater All-Stars run into Alaskan buzz saw, 6-0

MARANA, Ariz. — Milton-Freewater's Junior All-Stars had a response to Sunday's 6-0 loss to Alaska in the West Regional softball tournament.They wanted an hour-long practice this morning in preparation of tonight's loser-out game against Arizona.'They impr

Record field hoops it up at annual Peach Basket Classic

The 18th annual Peach Basket welcomes an all-time record 312 teams for this year's tournament.

WALLA WALLA — A group of 38 teams distinguished themselves from an all-time record field of 312 squads by claiming division championships Sunday during the closing session of the 18th annual Peach Basketball Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtow

Walla Walla Sweets rally past Cowlitz, 5-4

Walla Walla forces extra innings and scores the game-winner in the 10th inning Sunday.

LONGVIEW, Wash. — With a playoff berth on the line, the Wallla Walla Sweets rallied from 4-2 down to tie the game in the ninth inning, and Alex Stanford's home run in the top of the 10th gave them the only lead they would need in a 5-4 victory over the Co

Death Notice - William Dicus

Aug. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Elmer Bruce

July 1, 1919 - Aug. 7, 2011

Elizabeth Perry

Nov. 11,1918 - Aug. 4,2011

Sunday, August 7

Fire sparks in Hatch Grade area

WALLULA - A 1,000 acre fire off of Hatch Grade started Sunday around 3 p.m. Officials with Walla Walla County Fire District 6 said they have no idea when containment will occur, but also noted that so far no structures have been threatened.The Hatch Grade

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Those against federal spending should stop taking it

I have given a lot of thought to the country's debt and have come up with what I think is a win-win solution!I think everyone who is of the opinion that things such as Social Security, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 Housing, Medicaid, u

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It's time to speak up or just stand by

Citizens wake up, speak up! Please send a copy of this to your representatives.Perhaps Medicare and Social Security need revamping in that Medicare needs to clean out fraud and care of non-citizen immigrants and Social Security should refund past contribu

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Poor management has almost destroyed Walla Walla

The city of Walla Walla is 100 years behind where we should be. Poor management has almost destroyed Walla Walla.Our city streets are crumbling. A good portion of our water supply leaks into the ground rather than going into our homes. Has the city let ma

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Endangered Species Act not working

The program initiated under the Endangered Species Act to save the spotted owl from extinction has failed. To save the owl, logging in National Forests and private land was severely limited, many small lumber mills were closed and the economic havoc force

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The reality of Walla Walla air travel

For the past few years I have been the only resident of Walla Walla County (population 58,000-plus) to consistently attend the scheduled Port of Walla Walla meetings.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Big brother wants command of your land

Bureaucrats don't face producing profits to justify their existence. Demanding they do so would make them extinct.They spend what taxpayers earn without accountability. Heads seldom roll.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - False information was given after damaging vehicle

I hope this is read by the person who did major damage to our vehicle on July 27 at Borleske Stadium following the baseball game that evening.I'm sure there were many witnesses to this accident. So this person tried to put on a show that he or she is an h

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letter puts smile on face

I just want to give a great big kudo to Donna Maiden for her letter July 31. You have put a smile on my face! I couldn't have said it any better myself. You go girl!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - When will Obama administration take responsibility?

R.I.P. - Common sense has passed (Part 2)Now the Pelosi-Reid regime had dominance from 2006 through 2010. But it's still G.W. Bush's and the Republicans' fault? The only citizens who can believe that are those in government and union employees.When is the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Myra Road project typical government

If my memory serves me correctly (it does not always) I thought there was an article a couple of years back that said in order for Commercial Avenue to be tied into Myra Road that a person (Mark Gilbert) had to pay to lower the intersection of Myra and Da

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Drunken driver wants others to learn from tragedy he caused

It doesn't always happen to the other guy and it won't happen to you if you don't drink and drive.December, four years ago, I was driving home drunk when I hit a car head on. Vehicular homicide. Yes I killed an innocent person w

Saturday, August 6

Milton-Freewater Juniors victorious again at regional tourney

Milton-Freewater needs extra innings, but beats Northern California, 11-7.

MARANA, Ariz. — If Thursday's game was easy for Milton-Freewater's Junior All-Stars, Saturday's was anything but. The softballers battled through scorching Arizona heat en route to an 11-7, extra-innings, gut-check win over the All-Stars from Northern Cal

A Peachy Classic

The Peach Basket Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament continues on the streets of downtown Walla Walla today. Championship games are slated to begin at noon.

Watson paces Walla Walla Sweets in 5-1 win

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Staked to a 5-0 lead after four innings, Brett Watson did the rest, throwing a complete game to lead the Walla Walla Sweets to a 5-1 victory over the Cowlitz Black Bears on Saturday at Story Field.

Survey looks at residents' thoughts on city services

Swimming pool services don't match performance expectations.

WALLA WALLA — A recent survey reported swimming pool service is the one area the city is not keeping up with performance expectations at a significant level.But when it came to the most important services, the city also received mostly hig

Roller Girls help tip scales for merchants at Peach Basket

The skaters reminded people that businesses were open and kept doorways from being blocked.

WALLA WALLA — Downtown merchants faced off against 312 basketball teams at Saturday's 18th annual Peach Basket Classic.Earlier this year, a number of merchants asked that the weekend event, which draws close to 3,000 spectators and p

Sheriff's Office probe nears two-year mark

Officials say the Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the probe.

WALLA WALLA — As it approaches its two-year mark, an investigation into possible financial improprieties at the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved. However there has been one new development.Officials say the Fede

Extended filing period nets hospital board candidates

POMEROY — After a lackluster filing period for two open positions on the Garfield County Public Hospital Board, an extended filing period produced two candidates for Position 4, and no one for Position 3. Neither incumbent filed for re-election.<

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 08/07011

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

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Crack sealing set for Monday, Tuesday in Waitsburg

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

Hot times

Firefighters battled a wheat stubble fire north of Milton-Freewater for close to an hour on Friday. The fire started around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Stateline Road and Trolley Lane; firefighters cleared the scene at 3:15 p.m. No injuries or str

Regulators shut down, sell off Bank of Whitman assets

A Tacoma bank will reopen eight of Whitman's branches Monday, including Walla Walla's, but not the one in Pomeroy.

WALLA WALLA — State regulators shut down Colfax-based Bank of Whitman on Friday and sold the assets in a transaction that will enable the Walla Walla branch and seven others to open Monday under new ownership, officials announced.All depos

Cascade Natural Gas accepts $425,000 fine, won't pass it on to customers

A two-year investigation reportedly turned up 364 alleged violations of gas safety rules.

Cascade Natural Gas will pay a $425,000 fine for pipeline safety violations, but won't pass the penalty to customers through higher rates, under a settlement agreement with state regulators announced Friday.The Washington Utilities and Tra

Pacific Power, union reach agreement

PORTLAND — Pacific Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 659 have reached an agreement on a five-year contract, officials said.Members of the union, which represents about 490 Pacific Power employees, througho

Attack on inmate results in scratches; unit put on lockdown

WALLA WALLA (AP) — A Washington Corrections Department spokeswoman says one penitentiary inmate suffered two minor neck scratches when another inmate attacked him with a sharpened toothbrush.Spokeswoman Shari Hall says the Friday afternoon

School districts juggle options to balance budgets

Each district finds different ways to stretch funding and cut costs.

As Washington and Oregon lawmakers have slashed funding for state agencies and programs in the last few years, school districts have been particularly hard hit.The upcoming school year has been no exception, and the years of cutting and doing mo

Stories and photos

A lack of information can sometimes lead to a leap of the imagination.

At the end of the story, it's satisfying to find the questions answered, the mystery solved and the reason why the Black Ops helicopters were moving into the storm.In many respects, the end justifies the means. We stroll away from a life

Volunteers fit Walla Walla Community Hospice patients to a ‘T'

Call it luck, good karma or serendipity, but nice things sure do happen right in our community.

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Grace United Methodist to offer grief support group

Update your understanding of the Bible

Two of our modern professions have ancient roots: medicine and ministry. While we want our doctors to be up-to-date on the latest treatments, to be aware of innovations in health care, and to know the benefits, drawbacks and limitations of medications, we're not so clear about ministers. Both have made great strides since 1790, when modern biblical scholarship began. Nobody wants his or her doctor to offer the kind of treatment available then. Ministers ... not so clear.

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West-Queen

Seana West and Joshua Queen of Walla Walla married here on July 2, 2011, at Creekstone Gardens. Rikki Gwinn officiated.

Immigration policy must be set at federal, not state, level

Yet, states are writing their own laws out of frustration. Alabama has a tough new immigration law set to take effect Sept. 1.

President Obama has essentially ignored the thorny issue of illegal immigration despite indicating he would make immigration reform a priority.

Friday, August 5

Sweets' season a success as team makes playoff run

The West Coast League team continues to draw big crowds to Borleske Stadium as it brings the community together.

The crack of the bat continues to draw big crowds to Borleske Stadium as the Walla Walla Sweets are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Age's effects on balance raise risk of injury

As people age they may start to notice that many activities that were easy to do when they were younger are a little more challenging now.

Walla Walla County to shutter drinking water lab

The city lab will accept samples beginning in September.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Public Health Department will close its drinking water lab Aug. 31. Testing for coliform bacteria and nitrates will still be performed up until that date.

Heart disease should be a key concern

Most women seem more concerned about the possibility of dying from breast cancer than heart disease. But heart disease kills nearly eight times more women in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Richard Hoover

July 28, 2011

Raymond Munns

June 11, 1916 - July 29, 2011

Rufus Tyler

June 25, 1923 - July 17, 2011

Death Notice - Henrietta Gavin

Oct. 19, 1927 - Aug. 5, 2011

Death Notice - Frank Heacock, Jr.

Sept. 11, 1924 - Aug. 5, 2011

Wa-Hi to see leadership shifts

Two new assistant principals will join the administration.

WALLA WALLA -- New leadership will be in place at Walla Walla High School starting this fall.

Emergency Services - 08/05/11

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

John and Annmarie Freeman.

Piles of miles in quest for job

Matt Perkins took his show--and his family--on the road in a far-ranging search for a new job.

WALLA WALLA -- Six months after losing his job as a planner for the city of Walla Walla, Matt Perkins was convinced there had to be work for him somewhere in America. So last month he loaded up his wife and three young children on a cross-country quest to

Senator to hold session on vets' affairs

WALLA WALLA -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will hold a listening session on veterans' affairs Monday.

Sex-abuse probe results in Milton-Freewater man's arrest

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A city man has been arrested on investigation of first-degree sex abuse.

Andrae's Kitchen vies for spot on Food Network show

Gourmet mobile food vendor Andrae's Kitchen is in the running for a spot on the "The Great Food Truck Race - America's Favorite Giveaway."

Walla Walla Sweets gain ground in playoff hunt

Walla Walla pulls out a 6-5 win over Bend in the 10th inning to move two games ahead of Bellingham in the WCL East.

BEND, Ore. — It took over four hours, but the 6-5 extra-inning win for the Walla Walla Sweets was worth the wait on Thursday night. Walla Walla rallied to tie the game in the eighth, and Chance Kopacz's RBI double in the 10th proved to be the winning hit

YMCA loses one of its best in Dyar

WALLA WALLA — As a long-standing member of the YMCA, I have always admired the old-timers.Those septuagenarians and octogenarians — some, perhaps, older still — who show up daily to wage war against the never-ending onset of the aging process. Men and wom

Milton-Freewater All-Stars rout Hawaii to open regional

Milton-Freewater overcomes pre-game jitters to take the 18-0 victory Thursday night.

MARANA, Ariz. — Milton-Freewater's Junior All-Star softball team had not trouble in its first game at the West Regional tournament here Thursday evening, handing Waialua, Hawaii, an 18-0 thumping.Milton-Freewater next plays at 9 a.m. Saturday against the

Joy Masoner

June 16, 1944 - July 18, 2011

Margaret Seeliger Heumphreus

Aug. 10, 1911 - Aug. 2, 2011

Thursday, August 4

Section of U.S. Highway 12 to be closed due to construction

BURBANK – Road construction will close a section of U.S. Highway 12 in the Burbank area Friday night and again on Tuesday night.Westbound U.S. Highway 12 from State Route 124 to Humorist Road will be closed starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following d

School board approves leadership changes at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA — New leadership will be in place at Walla Walla High School starting this fall.The Walla Walla School Board on Thursday approved administrative changes and hires that will bring changes to Wa-Hi.

Folksinger, storyteller will perform at Dayton library

DAYTON -- American folksinger, storyteller and autoharpist Adam Miller will perform 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. Third St.

Sapolil to host two bands

Billy Roy Danger & The Rectifiers play 9 p.m.-midnight Friday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. The band is a four-piece roots and blues rock combo. The cover charge is $10.

Julia Russell shows pet portraits

Stephenson Wine Cellar, 15 S. Spokane, will host an artist reception for Julia Russell from 6-9 p.m. Friday.Russell's black-and-white portraits capture everyon's favorite family members -- their beloved pets. Russell's business is named Come See Spot Smil

Abby Mae & The Homeschool Boys to perform at Three Rivers

Abby Mae & The Homeschool Boys will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, at Three Rivers Winery, 5641 Old Highway 12.Catered dinners by Andrae's Kitchen will be available starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 a person for lawn seating, $30 for a table of four on the de

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 08/04/11

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 Symphony celebrates Bergman's 25th year as conductor

"Maestro's Silver Season" is the theme for the 105th season of the Walla Walla Symphony. The Symphony also will celebrate Maestro Yaacov Bergman's 25th season as conductor.

Photo exhibit documents lives of cowgirls

PENDLETON -- The photographic exhibition, "Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West," will open Aug. 12 at Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd.

MARQUEE - Opera camp to bring a classic tale to the stage

When you think about the opera, the classic image that usually comes to mind is of a large Nordic-dressed woman singing impossibly high-pitched notes in Italian. As the obscure, Venetian folktale unfolds over the course of four hours, aristocratic audienc

Crow's Shadow hosts flag workshop, reception

As part of the upcoming two-week residency with Marie Watt, Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts will host two free events.Artist Marie Watt (Seneca) will lead a free personal flag workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The class will be open to all and esp

Tung, Eells to be portrayed at museum

A Living History performance that presents the region's Chinese heritage will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.Immigrant Charles Tung's is a story of rising above prejudice to become a community leader. Tung, a leader of the lo

Congress needs to end partial FAA shutdown

The impasse in Congress has resulted in the loss of jobs and $30 million a day in tax revenue.

Do the members of Congress care about jobs (aside from their own)?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mary Lou Jenkins is positive role model

I participate in the Friends of Children of Walla Walla program and I am proud to have Mary Lou Jenkins as my adult friend. We have been together for over six years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - An eight-step plan for the nation

Here is Reiff's eight-step plan to make our country more financially viable:

Brief power failures hit Walla Walla, College Place

A power failure Wednesday night darkened sections of College Place and elsewhere.

Milton-Freewater camp spotlights liberty

An upcoming Vacation Liberty School in Milton-Freewater will emphasize the US Constitution, an organizer says.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Brian Calley wants for other children what he and his wife, Valerie, say they have instilled in their own family -- a sense of America's legacy of faith, hope and charity.

In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Roger Dumbeck, Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Ray Hoffman, and Vonni Mulroney. With Dumbeck absent Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

Emergency Services - 08/04/11

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 Valley Wine Alliance head on new state tourism board

The nonprofit was started after the closure of the state tourism office.

The executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance will represent the Valley on the state's new official tourism marketing organization, officials announced this week.Duane Wollmuth was named to the Washington Tourism Alliance's charter board

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Jesse A. Shearer, 17, 35 E. Chestnut St., was sentenced July 29 on one count minor in possession or consuming alcohol.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tyson G. Geiss, 33, 523 Hope St., was sentenced July 18 on one count possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.

Etcetera - 08/04/11

Since many of us are doing a lot online, why not shop for tickets to local productions?

Peach Basket Classic sticks with tradition

The Peach Basket Classic has welcomed 3-on-3 basketball teams to the streets of downtown Walla Walla since 1994, and volunteers are intent on keeping it a fixture in the Valley.

WALLA WALLA — When YMCA Physical Director Tom Kelleher — with an OK from Executive Director Ned Schafer — began formulating plans for a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in Walla Walla back in 1994, he had a couple of objectives in mind.'For one thing,

Blue Shoes reunion 'Peachy' idea for '86 Blue Devils

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Shoes are coming! The Blue Shoes are coming!It's a refrain that might not mean a thing to many of you out there in U-B Land. But if you happened to be paying attention to Wa-Hi boys basketball 25 years ago, it just might ring a bell

Walla Walla Sweets hold off Elks, step into second place

Ryan Richardson pitches six innings to lead Walla Walla to a 6-3 win in Bend as the Sweets take sole possession of second in the WCL East.

BEND, Ore. — With the taste of defeat still in his mouth, Walla Walla Sweets starter Ryan Richardson came back on short rest and pitched one-run ball for six innings and his Sweets teammates backed him with 13 hits in a 6-3 victory over the Bend Elks here

Charles 'Chuck” Maiden

September 19, 1926-July 29, 2011

Herbet Wing

Aug. 6, 1925 - June 24, 2011

Death Notice - Betty Perry

Nov. 11, 1918 - Aug. 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3

Power cut downtown Walla Walla after truck snags guy wire

WALLA WALLA -- The lights went out at downtown businesses for about 25 minutes this afternoon after a truck snagged a guy wire, Pacific Power officials reported. The electrical system shut down as a preventive measure, cutting power to 486 customers, said

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We need to be safe as well as friendly

My husband I very much enjoy this town and are glad we chose to move here four years ago. Not soon after that, though, did we become aware of the gang problems present.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Income redistribution doesn't work

Answering Bruce McCutcheon's letter, "Same tired policies."

Debt-ceiling compromise a step in right direction

Conservatives and liberals wisely came together to keep the nation from defaulting.

A crisis was averted as Republicans and Democrats in Congress reached a compromise on raising the debt ceiling Tuesday.

Etcetera - 08/03/11

It's been 30 years since the Walla Walla High School Class of 1981 last spent time at campus.

CMA award winner Susan Gibson to perform at Walla Faces

Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St., features Country Music Association award winner, Susan Gibson, performing 7-9 p.m. Aug. 11.

Depot Benefit Auction set for Saturday in Dayton

DAYTON -- Vacation and weekend packages, jewelry, art work, wine, Cougar football tickets, and much more will be offered to the highest bidder Saturday for the Evening at the Depot Benefit Auction.

Demolition permit sought for building on South Park Street

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency has received an application for a permit to demolish structures at 325 S. Park St.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Luciano Castorena Jr., 23, 122 N. Wilbur Ave., was charged July 28 with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Castorena is accused of unlawfully owning, possessing or controlling a firearm on July 26.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Walla Walla's visitor growth leads state numbers

Walla Walla is leading the state in visitor growth, according to new numbers posted by Tourism Walla Walla.

Emergency Services - 08/03/11

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

Port-owned water available for lease

The water comes from a right on a former poplar farm; permits will be good for up to 10 years.

Port of Walla Walla-owned water is available for lease through a pilot program from the Department of Ecology.

Three in race for Columbia County Public Hospital board seat

The Columbia County Public Hospital District operates two clinics, a hospital, nursing home, emergency room and physical therapy facility. Facilities include the Waitsburg Clinic.

Ranch & Home to expand to Milton-Freewater

The Tri-Cities retailer will move into the former Big Apple Grocery Warehouse this fall.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A Tri-Cities retail store that provides clothing, equipment and supplies to farmers, ranchers and homeowners will expand across the state line with a new outlet on Highway 11.

Hoofin' it to Hoffer Lakes

A trip to Hoffer Lakes on the west side of Anthony Lake provides cooler weather for a pleasant hike with Nora the Schnauzer.

Four-year-old Nora the Schnauzer cavorted like an excited puppy in spring time during our late July hike to the Hoffer Lakes.Her antics made me smile. I enjoyed seeing her have fun.Nora, like many (most?) dogs, tends toward sluggishness or lethargy, if no

James Averill

Sept. 8, 1943 – Aug. 1, 2011

Walla Walla Sweets take knocks in 8-1 loss to Bend

Bend puts up 15 hits in the victory, but Walla Walla remains tied with Kitsap for the final playoff spot.

BEND, Ore. — The Bend Elks picked up 15 hits on the night and starter Steven Ostapeck struck out five Sweets over seven innings in an 8-1 victory over Walla Walla at Vince Genna Stadium on Tuesday night.

Reapers rugby club finishes third at Tacoma tournament

TACOMA — The Walla Walla Reapers Rugby Club traveled to Tacoma July 23-24 for a summer 7's tournament.

Leighty aces Walla Walla Country Club's 17th hole

WALLA WALLA — Dan Leighty had a hole-in-one on Walla Walla Country Club's 17th hole on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 2

EATING LOCAL - Joys of eating from the ground up

My first carrot I can remember came straight out of the ground, dirt still clinging to the sides. I pulled it out of the garden myself, rinsed it off with the hose and munched on it as I browsed the rest of Grandpa's lush garden for other tasty snacks.My

HOME PLACE - Learning hard truths about fetal syndrome

"What's wrong with that girl," the woman asked with irritation. "Why, she's the biggest kid out there!"The occasion was a girls' softball game and "that girl" was my twin daughter who had just missed an easy pop fly. Born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disor

THE WEEKLY - Dig this: A WWU produce garden

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University has gone green with a new attraction popular among students and staff alike -- a community fresh-food garden.Jimmy Wilhelm, senior history major, started the project last school year and heads the committee that run

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - 'Can't' means find another way to do

Someone suggested to me once that when you use the word "can't," you append the word "yet" after it, as in: "I can't skydive ... yet.""I can't understand quantum physics ... yet."

THE WEEKLY - Once more for King and Court

The last members of The King and His Court will retire with a final game in Walla Walla.

It all started as a bet in a Pendleton bar in 1946.No way could a softball team beat a baseball team, a patron wagered Walla Walla Valley native Eddie Feigner.So began a more-than six-decade run of the legendary King and his Court four-man softball team,

THE WEEKLY - Walla Walla a 'yes and..' kind of town

No results pop up when you Google "Improv Walla Walla."But this town, perhaps unwittingly, has embraced the most important of all improv philosophies: Saying "Yes."

YOUR GARDEN - 'Tis the season to consider tree planting

To plant, or not to plant, that is the question.Whether 'tis nobler in the garden to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous August heat, or to take shovels and spades against a sea of troubles, and by opposing the heat plant anyway?

ETCETERA - Threads of quilting artist/writer's life released in book of poems

Kimberly L. Jackson, a reporter with The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., wrote in an online article in 2008 that 27.7 million people make up a growing subculture for the old-fashioned pursuit of quilting. That may be why this column and our newspaper recently

GOOD KNIGHT FOR BASEBALL

Behind the steel gray plastic of his knight's mask functioning as his catcher's mask, Cooper Anderson, 2, plays catch with his father in the stands during the Walla Walla Sweets' game against the Kelowna Falcons Monday evening.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port needs change of direction

Our support for Barlow Corkrum comes after careful consideration of the many issues facing the Port of Walla Walla.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Republicans not destroying Medicare

I saw the article and pictures of Democrats picketing Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office and have seen the signs that state: "Fire McMorris Rodgers, save Medicare."

Lawmakers should take same pay cut as most state employees

Yet, few -- despite the option to do so -- are taking a 3 percent or more cut.

Most folks working for the state of Washington will see their pay decrease about 3 percent this year as the Legislature slashed wages to make about $5 billion in cuts when anticipated tax revenue failed to meet spending projections.

Bystander rescues child after near-drowning in pool

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla-area boy is alive today thanks to the life-saving skills of a bystander, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

Scientific terms should be used properly, but oftentimes aren't

Many scientific terms are also used to describe everyday experiences. In doing so the scientific meaning of those words is often lost or distorted.

Man sentenced for home invasion

Adam A. Hermanns was ordered to serve more than 13 years for crimes committed in the spring.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who armed himself with a gun, barged into an occupied College Place residence and stole medication last spring was sentenced this morning to 13 1/2 years in prison.

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse

Emergency Services - 08/02/11

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

Road work to alter traffic near Walla Walla High School, Prospect Point

The project will rebuild portions of Reser Road and Fern Avenue.

WALLA WALLA -- A road project that will affect traffic to two Walla Walla area schools is poised to get under way.

College Place men charged in robbery of Walla Walla lingerie shop

Both suspects were nabbed almost immediately.

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects in the robbery of Taboo Lingerie were formally charged Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Summer on break much of July

Only a flurry of hot weather at the end of the month salvaged a respectable number of days over 90 degrees.

WALLA WALLA -- Summer laid a light hand on Walla Walla last month.

Garfield County sees one race in primary election

POMEROY -- Garfield County voters will have one local race in the Aug. 16 primary.

Wreck on US Highway 12 injures Kennewick man

A collision between a car and a semi truck sent one driver to the hospital and one vehicle to the tow yard Monday afternoon.

Vandalism spree reported in Weston

WESTON -- Someone appears to have been following a yellow brick road in the city.

Southwesterly winds blast for barbecue biz

West of the Blues Barbeque is headed to the southwestern part of the city this week.

Three in running for open Touchet School Board seat

TOUCHET -- The Touchet School Board position held by Sandra Bradley, who did not file to run again, is on the primary ballot, with a counselor, an academic advisor and a respiratory therapist vying for the top votes, and a chance to be on the General Elec

Tie for first flight low gross at M-F American Legion Two-man Scramble

MILTON-FREEWATER — There was a tie for first flight low gross honors at the Milton-Freewater American Legion Two-man Scramble at the Milton-Freewater Municpal Golf Course Saturday.The teams of Greg Corn and Dwight Maddess, and Martin Romero and Monte Smit

Walla Walla Sweets win, now eye playoff hunt

Kyle Anderson's pitching leads to the 3-1 win over Kelowna, and the Sweets are tied with Bellingham for a WCL playoff spot.

WALLA WALLA — Welcome to the nine-game summer season for the Walla Walla Sweets.The Sweets got seven innings of outstanding pitching from Kyle Anderson and scored enough runs to pull out a 3-1 win over Kelowna here Monday in West Coast League baseball act

Death Notice - Bill Barnett

July 31, 2011

Death Notice - James Averill

Sept. 8, 1943 - Aug. 1, 2011

Death Notice - Margaret Heumphreus

Aug. 10, 1911 - Aug. 2, 2011

William Wagoner

March 15, 1947 - July 23, 2011

Monday, August 1

A TASTE FOR SUN

A pollen coated honey bee displays its taste for sun, working its way through the stamen of a sunflower rising to meet the first sunrise of August.

CORRECTION: 08/01/11

CORRECTION: Due to an editor's error, Cathy McMorris Rodgers' name was misspelled in Sunday's Union-Bulletin in a caption on a photo of protesters in front of her office. We regret the error.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fort Walla Walla Museum is a gem

My wife, Karen, and I first had the pleasure of visiting Walla Walla with friends from Boise two years ago. While touring some of the many fine wineries in the area, we chanced to stop at the Fort Walla Walla Museum and ended up spending the entire aftern

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Candidate forum appreciated

How about those nine candidates at Maxey Hall last week? Three (count 'em) for each position! That's local politics in action!

Walla Walla, College Place city councils make right call on Myra Road

The two city councils found a way to get the project done for about $3 million less and with available money.

In comparison to the problems with many other streets in Walla Walla, or even College Place, lowering the steep grade at Myra Road just south of Dalles Military Road is not necessarily at the top of the priority list.

Etcetera - 08/01/11

Jacobi's Cafe will be the site for this year's Rotary Restaurant Day Sept. 25 at.

Man in College Place home invasions pleads guilty

Adam A. Hermanns faces more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of two home invasions in College Place last spring will be sentenced to prison for more than 11 years after pleading guilty this morning to committing one of the crimes.

Emergency Services - 08/01/11

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

In the minutes - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Thursday the board:

Numerous issues loom over crowded race for Walla Walla City Council seats

Two of the four positions open on the Walla Walla City Council have three candidates who are squaring off in the primary.

WALLA WALLA -- Budget cuts, layoffs, an aviary closure, cuts in library hours, even the far reaching tentacles of city hall versus the purple tentacles of a toy store: These are all issues that have candidates running for office in double digits, which ha

Walla Walla Sweets spoiled by Falcons

Walla Walla can't take advantage of Bellingham's loss as Kelowna rallies to a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

WALLA WALLA — The Kelowna Falcons will be more than happy to play the role of spoiler down the stretch. They played it well on Sunday, battling back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in 11 innings over the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium.After learning the

Whitman women off to good start in England

The Missionary soccer team splits its first two matches on its tour of England.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's soccer team is off to a good start on its trip to England, winning one of its first two games by a 2-0 shutout.Whitman notched its victory on Wednesday, blanking the Havant & Waterlooville Football Club (HWFC) by

Xplosion99 fastpitch team to have tryouts Wednesday, Aug. 10

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion99 fastpitch softball team is having tryouts for the fall 2011 season and spring 2012 season from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 10 at Pioneer Park.

Brit Knapp

Sept. 14, 1992 - July 26, 2011

Death Notice - Jazmine Walker

July 30, 2011

Two jailed after armed robbery at lingerie shop

A pair of College Place men allegedly robbed Taboo Lingerie on Saturday, but were quickly apprehended.

WALLA WALLA -- A weekend robbery didn't go as smooth as silk for two suspects. According to Officer Tim Bennett, Walla Walla Police spokesman, two men entered Taboo Lingerie, 513 N. Wilbur Ave., shortly before 5:40 p.m. Saturday and displayed a handgun.

Mary Lou Kauffman

Aug. 16, 1931 - July 24, 2011

Clyde Dyar

July 27, 1922 - July 26, 2011

Death Notice - Gene L. Mele

September 18, 1922 ~ July 29, 2011