Stories for December 2011


Saturday, December 31

Family, friends remember Carter's kindness

MILTON-FREEWATER - Everyone knew Rob Carter, friends and family of the Milton-Freewater native said Saturday.Carter, 58, died Friday doing just what he was known for - cherishing and protecting those he loved. When a gunman entered Carter's business shop,

Shooting suspect remains at large

George West Craigen was released from the Umatilla County Jail on Nov. 6 after posting bail.

MILTON-FREEWATER - The search continues for George West Craigen, 49, who is wanted in connection with the Friday shooting of Cecil "Rob" Carter, 58.Carter was shot in the office of his plumbing contractor business located near his home.The search, however

Employee: Carter tried to protect her

Cheryl Doyle was wounded, but Carter was fatally hit while shielding her with his body.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Cheryl Doyle saw him approaching through the window at C. Rob Carter Plumbing."Oh my God," she heard herself say. "George is here."Within seconds, she said, George W. Craigen, 49, lifted a handgun up to the window at the Stephens Road o

WWCC award wins top story of 2011

Good news floated to the top two positions are readers voted on the Top 10 stories of 2011.The national recognition of Walla Walla Community College and the city winning "Friendliest Small Town in America" made strong impressions on voters.Some of the sto

Whitman men ride late surge to victory over Calvin

LYNDEN, Wash. — Outscoring the opposition 34-16 over the final 12 minutes, Whitman College wrapped up its non-conference slate with an 84-67 men's basketball victory over Michigan's Calvin College in a Friday night neutral-site game at Lynden High School.

Trio of Pioneer grapplers win at Free Berry

PENDLETON — Three Mac-Hi wrestlers placed at the Free Berry tournament Thursday in Pendleton which included 14 schools.Ryan Bullock, at 152 pounds, continued his undefeated season with four wins, one by technical fall and two by pin. Bullock placed first

Braves build early lead, beat Blue Devil boys

KENNEWICK — Kamiakin used a 21-6 second-quarter run to build a 35-12 halftime lead here Friday in boys non-conference basketball action.Wa-Hi never recovered as the Braves went on to post a 65-36 win.'We had 12 turnovers in the first half and missed some

Turner leads Dayton boys to Christmas Classic championship

DAYTON — The Bulldogs' Garett Turner pumped in 47 points in two victories at the Dayton Christmas Classic here Thursday and Friday against Kiona-Benton and Lacrosse-Washtucna, to take home the first-place trophy.The score against Ki-Be was 67-49, and vers

Warriors go young, pound Portland

WALLA WALLA — With three sophomores sitting on the bench due to injury or illness, Walla Walla Community College turned to its freshmen Friday night to post a lopsided victory over Portland during NWAACC women's basketball action in the Dietrich Dome.Forw

Grieving Pioneer girls take Grant Union to overtime, fall 56-52

IRRIGON, Ore — With heavy hearts, the Mac-Hi girls basketball team gave Grant Union all they could handle here Friday before dropping a 56-52 decision in overtime.Assistant coach McKenzie Carter's father, Rob, was killed Friday morning before the team dep

Warrior men end year on high note

The WWCC men edge Linn-Benton, 83-78, at the Clackamas Crossover.

OREGON CITY, Ore — Walla Walla Community College ended 2011 on a high note here Friday morning with an 83-78 win over Linn-Benton to earn fourth place at the Clackamas Crossover men's basketball tournament.Peninsula downed host Clackamas 85-65 to claim th

Mac-Hi boys come close, but can't pick up victory at Heppner Invitational

HEPPNER — The Mac-Hi boys basketball team came up just short in double overtime here Friday afternoon in the Heppner Invite, losing to Culver 69-68.On Thursday, Heppner senior Cody Orr schooled Mac-Hi to the tune of 42 points as he led Heppner to a 58-40


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.

Waitsburg-Prescott boys trio leads way to 86-62 win over St. John-Endicott

WAITSBURG — Three Waitsburg-Prescott boys basketball players scored in double-figures and the team outrebounded St. John-Endicott, 46-21, in a 86-62 victory Friday. Zach Bartlow lit up the scoreboard with 31 points, Dustin Wooderchak had 21 and Billy Brow

Illness costly for Waitsburg-Prescott girls in 45-29 loss to St. John-Endicott

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott shook off some illness and some holiday blahs to post a 45-29 non-conference girls basketball victory over St. John-Endicott here Friday.'We've been pretty sick,” W-P coach Jerry Baker said. 'We had a few days off and it was

Dayton girls celebrate New Year's Eve early with first win of season

DAYTON — New Year's Eve came a day early for the Dayton girls.The Bulldogs celebrated their first win of the season here Friday in non-conference girls basketball action.The Bulldogs led from the get-go as Dayton led 14-5 after one and went on to post a 5



Family pools funds to cheer up VA patients

An offhand remark by military veteran Darrell Loney set in motion random acts of kindness in his offspring.The grandchildren of Patti and Darrell Loney of Touchet jumped on the idea and pooled their Christmas money to buy presents for veteran patients at

It's better to be candid than to pretend

As I was thinking about how there seems to be a preference in the church to be nice, rather than to be candid, I read a letter to Dear Abby from a woman who wanted to end a friendship.She had felt hurt by something a woman in a pair of friends had said to


Pioneer United Methodist offers free soup Mondays

ENGAGEMENT Pritcher-Ross

Carol Pritcher of Walla Walla announces the engagement of daughter Miranda Pritcher to Jason Ross, both of Augusta, Ga.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

World moves closer to peace on Earth

Despite constant bombardment of reports of violent acts, the number of deaths and incidents are dropping.

People have always been stumped by the question of whether the glass is half full or half empty.Pessimists assure us the glass is half empty. Optimists claim the glass if half full. Realists want to know what the glass used to hold - has the level gone up

Addiction is disease that takes control of its victims

‘Addicts take pains to obtain prescription drugs," as reported in the Dec. 4 edition of the U-B, for one simple reason: they need the drugs to function normally.

Search continues for shooting suspect

Officials have identified George West Craigen as a 'person of interest' in Friday's slaying.

The search continues for a man wanted in connection with a Friday shooting death in Milton-Freewater.

Friday, December 30

Person of interest sought in connection to Milton-Freewater homicide

FROM A UMATILLA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE:Numerous law enforcement agencies are continuing attempts to locate a person of interest connected with a Friday morning homicide in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Anyone with information is asked

'Person of interest' in slaying has lengthy criminal history

Law enforcement officers are engaged in a massive manhunt for George West Craigen.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A man who eluded police for 20 years is now at the center of one of the largest police searches to hit the area, after an early morning shooting that left a Milton-Freewater man dead.

Resolving to reflect

Christmas shoppers and other downtown visitors were reflective as 2011 came to a close.Several who were interviewed last month said the year was kind to them and they looked optimistically toward the future.They also seemed filled with the holiday spirit

Tips offered for safety during manhunt

The Washington State Patrol offered some common-sense advice for residents.

A short (mostly common sense) tip sheet from the Washington State Patrol on staying safe while officers hunt for the suspect:

Search continues for suspect in fatal shooting

A suspect has yet to be officially identified in the slaying of Cecil 'Rob Carter.”

MILTON-FREEWATER — Dozens of officers from six law enforcement agencies from both sides of the state line are searching for a suspect in this morning's shooting death of a Milton-Freewater man.

Misused antibiotics spell trouble

Since we are in the cold season, it's be a good time to consider the topic of antibiotic resistance.Antibiotics are an effective treatment for bacterial infections. They are not helpful in treating viral infections like the common cold.There are several r

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Taxpayers tapped out; fund pool privately

Worn out Taxpayers:My wife and I attended a City Council meeting a few weeks ago. This meeting was an open discussion in regards to the proposed Aquatic Center. Approximately $6 to $7 million is the amount proposed to be funded by the taxpayers.

Emergency services - 12/30/11

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

New eatery to open at Walla Walla Community College after break

The new Titus Creek Café will feature a variety of dishes prepared by students in the school's Culinary Arts program.

Etcetra - 12/30/11

A couple who asked for anonymity stopped by the Walla Walla Public Library in November, and donated $50 to a staffer."They said that someone gave them $50 and told them to use it if they needed it and if not to pass it along to someone who could use it,"

Trial delayed for man accused of fleeing work crew

WALLA WALLA -- This week's trial for a County Jail inmate accused of running from a work crew van last summer has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Daniel D. Dodd, 42, of 109 Pacific Ave., initially was set for trial starting Wednesday o

Traffic Safety Super Star award winners announced

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force will present Traffic Safety Super Star Awards to this year's winners during an awards luncheon Jan. 19.The winners are: Good Samaritan Award, Patti and Darrell Loney; Busi

New Year's Eve party to benefit Relay for Life

WALLA WALLA -- Team Ocañaz of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will hold a New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St. The party will include Tejano music by Grupo Mizmo and a guest DJ, a champagne toas

Opportunity missed for safety of pilots, truckers, public

While there were some improvements, sleepy pilots and truckers will still be a hazard.

Public safety is one of the few things everyone agrees is a major responsibility of the federal government. Yet twice in the last few weeks when it had an opportunity to make things safer -- for truckers, pilots, passengers and anyone on the road -- it pu

Walla Walla Sears set to close

The local store is on a list of Sears and Kmart stores around the country slated for closure.

WALLA WALLA -- Sears Holding Corp. announced Thursday it will close its Walla Walla store. The closure is part of a nationwide strategy to raise cash by eliminating its "marginally performing" stores. The Rose Street location is one of 79 Sears and Kmart

Garfield hospital levy may go on ballot

POMEROY -- Garfield County Public Hospital District board members will meet at 3 p.m. today to consider a resolution to seek a 1-year $750,000 maintenance and operation levy to be collected in 2013. If approved, the levy will be on the Feb. 14 ballot.Esti

Man killed in Milton-Freewater area shooting

Cecil 'Rob' Carter died this morning; a hunt for the suspect is under way.

A shooting west of Milton-Freewater left a man dead and officers searching for a suspect this morning. The shooting at 52856 Stephens Road fatally injured Cecil 'Rob' Carter, whose home and business are at the address.Carter was taken to Providence St. Ma

Irish handle TigerScots for title

DeSales' girls win their Christmas Classic finale, 59-46, over Weston-McEwen Thursday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' inside-outside tandem of Abby Crowley and Annie Higgins proved to be too efficient for Weston-McEwen in the girls championship game of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic Thursday night on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center

Tigers shoot down TigerScots

Weston-McEwen's boys hit just 34 percent from the charity stripe as Stanfield wins, 59-55.

WALLA WALLA — You've got to make your free throws. That basketball philosophy proved true as Weston-McEwen's boys shot 34 percent (5-of-17) from the line and Stanfield shot 80 percent (24-of-30) as the Tigers took a four-point win in overtime, 59-55, at t

Irish break away from Patriots for 56-25 victory

DeSales hits 8-of-12 shots from the field in the second quarter to cruise to the Christmas Classic final win.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' boys basketball team made 8-of-12 shots from the field in the second quarter that broke open a tight game and held Liberty Christian to eight baskets on 54 attempts Thursday afternoon in a 56-25 victory during the final session of t

Shorthanded Knights girls fall to Powder Valley at Helix tournament

HELIX — Walla Walla Valley Academy post player Megan Gregg was missing from the Knights' lineup due to illness, and that contributed to Powder Valley picking up 16 points off offensive rebounds in a 42-29 victory over WWVA to close the Helix Christmas Tou

Dayton girls open tourney with loss to Kiona-Benton

DAYTON — Kiona-Benton built an 11-point first-quarter lead, fended off Dayton in the second period and then pulled away again in the third to notch a 52-33 girls basketball win in the first round of the Dayton Christmas Tournament here Thursday.

Warrior men down Blue Mountain at Clackamas

OREGON CITY, Ore. — Coach Jeff Reinland has come to grips with his belief that this year's Walla Walla Community College men's basketball team isn't among the best shooting teams he's had in his 19 years in charge of the program.But the Warriors shot well

Helix boys fall to WWVA, down Bickelton; Knights finish second at tournament

HELIX — Helix's boys opened their Christmas Tournament with a 94-37 defeat at the hands of Walla Walla Valley Academy on Wednesday, before turning the tables on Bickleton on Thursday for a 54-49 overtime victory for third place.

Irrigon girls take 51-23 victory from Pioneers

IRRIGON, Ore. — Mac-Hi suffered a 51-23 defeat at the hands of Irrigon here Wednesday in a girls non-league prep basketball game.

Nellie Munden

May 7, 1929 - Dec. 21, 2011

Alvin Adams

Aug. 8, 1920 - Dec. 19, 2011

Death Notice - Clyde Kelly

Dec. 14, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2011

Death Notice - Donna Sharp

May 9, 1926 - Dec. 26, 2011

Power failure affects 1,800 in College Place, Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- A power failure has blacked out 1,800 homes and businesses in College Place and Walla Walla this morning.Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said the power went out at 7:21 when a circuit breaker opened at the utility's Bowman substation. Th

Trial delayed for Walla Walla man accused of fleeing work crew

WALLA WALLA -- This week's trial for a County Jail inmate accused of running from a work crew van last summer has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Daniel D. Dodd, 42, of 109 Pacific Ave., initially was set for trial starting Wednesday

Walla Walla meth lab trial delayed

Clifford E. Chew is accused of manufacturing drugs at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn.

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 later in January. The proceedings for Clifford E. Chew, 57, were set to begin Tuesday in Wa

EYE TO THE SKY - Coming up in January: passing a big neighbor

If you look to the south-southeast just after dark, about halfway up from the horizon you will see what looks like a very bright star. It is on the border between the constellations of Pisces and Aries. But this is not a star; it is the planet Jupiter. Ea

Thursday, December 29

Walla Walla Council OKs budget

The spending plan includes drawing down the county's reserve funds.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners approved the county's 2012 budget Tuesday but expressed worries about what next year will bring. Commissioners also turned down a late request by the Sheriff's Office for an additional $100,347 that Sheriff

Emergency services - 12/29/11

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

Numerous stolen items recovered in Umatilla County

The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying the owners of multiple items believed stolen. In a press release issued Wednesday, the office reported numerous items, including a snowmobile, a gun and fuel tanks, have been recovered du

Walla Walla Sears slated for closure

WALLA WALLA — One of the two remaining vestiges of the Blue Mountain Mall is slated for closure.The number of workers affected is unknown. A local Sears official deferred all questions to the parent company's corporate office. Calls to the corporate offic

Plan would split county between districts

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County could be split between two congressional districts under a redistricting plan released Wednesday.The proposed plan by former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and Tim Ceis, former Seattle deputy mayor, would put the western half of

Not quite wired for policy problems

I have been worried for a long time that I may never be able to land that cushy government job I have been after because a) I don't have the mind for it, and b) I have a hard time sleeping at work.My friends have often told me I wouldn't actually have to

Wednesday high nearly record; Bluewood shuts

The ski area hopes to open this weekend, as snow is in the forecast

WALLA WALLA -- Balmy temperatures in the region claimed a casualty today, shutting down Ski Bluewood for at least the rest of the day amid temperatures in the 30s. That's a far cry from the springlike high temperature in Walla Walla on Wednesday of 60 deg

New Years closures

The New Years Day holiday is Sunday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

ETCETERA - 12/29/11

Every member of DeSales Catholic High School's junior class participated in the annual Junior Encounter, according to a report by Jenny Escobar, director of DeSales Campus Ministries.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Firefighters, community rally to help family in need

As many U-B readers know, on Dec. 21 the city of Walla Walla Fire Department with assistance from Fire District 4 responded to a structure fire on Figueroa Street. A family of three lost almost all of its personal belongings, as well as Santa's stash of g

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tipsy Taxi service available through New Year's Eve

I appreciate the Union-Bulletin for its recent article and editorial publicizing the efforts of the Tipsy Taxi designated driver program to make sure people make it home safely from their holiday celebrations.Although we got off to a slow start this year,

Clarifying ruling could muddy waters

The courts have ruled the law currently doesn't limit the amount of water used for livestock.

Isaac Newton discovered that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. While Newton was talking about physics, he could have been talking about life and politics.In 1945 the state Legislature passed a law allowing some wells to be drilled

Kimberly Turner

Aug. 3, 1967 - Dec. 25, 2011

Walla Walla Community College men fall at Clackamas

OREGON CITY, Ore. — Walla Walla's inability to convert at the free-throw line was the most telling statistic here Wednesday as the Warriors dropped an 89-84 decision to Everett in the first round of the men's Clackamas Christmas basketball tournament.

Blue Devil girls split in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — The Wa-Hi girls split a pair of games here Tuesday and Wednesday during tournament basketball play at Wenatchee High School.Lake Stevens upended the Blue Devils 53-34 in Tuesday's first round of play before the Walla Wallans bounced back to wi

Weston-McEwen girls crush Valley Christian; boys fall

The TigerScot girls advance to the Christmas Classic title game against DeSales tonight.

WALLA WALLA — The Weston-McEwen girls crushed Valley Christian, 62-36, but the TigerScots boys lost in a close one against the same Panthers, 48-38, in Wednesday action at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic basketball tournament at Whitman College's Sher

Walla Walla Valley Academy girls overwhelm Helix

HELIX — Walla Walla Valley Academy bumped its girls season basketball record to 4-2 here Wednesday as the Knights overwhelmed Helix 63-20 in the first round of the Helix Christmas Tournament.

Pirates grapple to second place in Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. — Tory Knebel won the Pullman Christmas Tournament for the fourth year in a row here Wednesday as his Pomeroy Pirates placed second at the 17-team tourney.Cheney won the event with 152 points, Pomeroy had 126 and Prairie 113.The Pirates' Ja

DeSales girls get past Stanfield

The Irish face Weston-McEwen for the D.A. Davidson title tonight after the girls down the Tigers, 32-28, Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls basketball team earned a berth in tonight's championship game of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic with a 32-28 victory over Stanfield on Wednesday night at Whitman College's George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.The I

James Turner

May 1, 1926 - Dec. 24, 2011

A Little Luck

leads to a clear picture of a ruby-crowned kinglet on a recent frosty December walk along Mill Creek.

The temperature may have reached into the 20s around noon on a recent mid-December weekday.An extended period of air stagnation, with its freezing fog and light snow, had decorated the flora along Mill Creek with dazzling designs, especially between Tausi

Berna McCormack

Dec. 12, 1928 - Dec. 20, 2011

Two by two

Two friends and their dogs enjoy a morning walk between rain showers and between striped lines on the trials surrounding Bennington Lake on Wednesday morning.

Anne Elizabeth Roosma Clark Greenway

January 22, 1921 – December 27, 2011

Death Notice - Anthony Gillen

May 23, 1953 - Dec. 26, 2011

Vicki Dodge

Nov. 9, 1956 - Dec. 15, 2011

John Adams

Jan. 22, 1920 - Dec. 18, 2011

Wednesday, December 28

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: 10:30 a.m. ThursdayWhere: Hospital Learning Center, 66 North Sixth St. What: Special meeting

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 2 p.m. Where: Port of Walla Walla administrative office, 310 A St.

Walla Walla homeowner with shotgun repels burglary suspect

WALLA WALLA -- A homeowner wielding a shotgun chased off a pair of burglars this morning after being woken by noises at roughly 12:40 a.m. Roy Schellenberg, 71, reportedly armed himself after hearing noises coming from the stairwell of his home at 605 Cat

Walla Walla couple arrested after methamphetamine investigation

WALLA WALLA - City police arrested a married couple early this morning following a SWAT raid on the couple's rented apartment at 123 E. Sumach St.Baldwin Hong, 46, is being held on investigation of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine within 1,000 feet o

Open house to honor retiring Health Department official

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Public Health Department will throw open its doors Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to honor Barry Jenkins, director of environmental health, who is retiring after 36 years.The festivities will be in the county commission

Pataha Flour Mill to hold New Year's Eve praise gathering

PATAHA -- Pataha Flour Mill, near Pomeroy, will have a year end Pataha Valley Praise Gathering at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The theme will be "Times and Seasons," featuring vocal and instrumental numbers, including "In Times Like These," "He's Got the Whole Wor

Emergency services - 12/28/11

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

Coroner: Walla Walla jail inmate's death appears to have been natural

Officials are waiting for toxicology test results to make a final determination.

WALLA WALLA -- Tony Gillen died of apparently natural causes Monday morning in the Walla Walla County Jail, Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said today.Greenwood said officials are still waiting for the toxicology report to make a final determ

Milton-Freewater woman in vehicle ramming pleads guilty

Griselda Salinas-Garduno was accused of crashing her SUV into a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman accused of driving an SUV and ramming a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend after reportedly chasing him in the Eastgate area in September pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to a reduced charge.Griselda Salinas-Garduno, 28, entered t

Etcetera - 12/28/11

Walla Walla Gun Club became a full-fledged member of Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association. For several years the WWGC held the Camas Prairie Handicap trapshoot, but was not officially in the organization and thus unable to participate in all the team fu

Walla Walla gang member charged in stabbing

Jesse Corona is accused of injuring two people over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- A gang member suspected of stabbing a member of his own gang in the neck during an altercation last weekend has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Jesse Corona, 19, of 115 N. Fifth Ave., is accused of two counts of

Impaired-driving arrests down over holidays

Oregon and Washington state police reported declines in arrest totals.

Fewer drivers in Washington and Oregon were arrested for driving while impaired this holiday season, police in both states have reported.Washington State Patrol troopers arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the recent

Recycling plastic bags may be better than ban

The ban doesn't get rid of the bags, as some businesses will still be allowed to use them and consumers can still buy them.

It's difficult to make a reasoned argument against banning plastic shopping bags that would carry enough weight to sway supporters of the bans. But it is hard to swallow being forced to buy cloth bags and having to remember to take them with you when you

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - There's nothing to fear from sharia law

It seems odd that otherwise rational people could be afraid that sharia law, if it ever became part of our legal system, would allow men to murder their wives and daughters. Yet, a letter to the U-B suggests some of us are afraid of that. To my knowledge,

TigerScots handle Patriots at D.A. Davidson

Weston-McEwen's rebounding leads the girls to a 59-50 win over Liberty Christian, and Dallas Reich leads the boys to a 65-54 win.

WALLA WALLA — The Weston McEwen girls outrebounded Liberty Christian 50-19 — with 27 offensive boards — to win 59-50 Tuesday night at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic hosted by Whitman College.And the TigerScot boys kicked off the Classic in grand styl

POLICE - Victim assaulted during Walla Walla home invasion burglary

A 71 year old man was assaulted when he interrupted a burglary inside his residence last night in the 600 block of Catherine St. 911 received a call from the victim at about 12:40 a.m. reporting there were 2 suspects inside his home.The victim awoke when

Pirates post pins in Pomeroy

POMEROY — Six Pomeroy wrestlers posted pins here Tuesday night and a seventh won by decision in the Pirates' tuneup before hosting their Christmas Tournament today.Clayton King at 106 pounds, Kyle Hyer at 132, Nick Tewalt at 152, Tory Knebel at 170 and Mi

Dayton girls stumble against alumni

DAYTON — Dayton's alumni welcomed the Bulldog girls back from the holiday break by handing the current squad a 31-19 defeat here Tuesday.

Irish girls win, boys fall at Christmas Classic

DeSales' girls rout Echo, while the boys stumble in a loss to the Cougars at Whitman College.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls and boys basketball teams were on opposite ends of one-sided scores against Echo during the opening session of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic that wrapped up Tuesday night at Whitman College's Sherwood Center.The I

Irrigon rolls past Mac-Hi boys

IRRIGON, Ore. — Mac-Hi managed just nine points in the second half here Tuesday night as Irrigon raced to a 78-28 boys non-league prep basketball victory over the Pioneers.

Dayton boys down Bulldog alumni

DAYTON — Hayden Fullerton and Garett Turner combined for 38 points here Tuesday night as Dayton upended its alumni team 59-45 in a boys prep basketball game.

POLICE: Two arrested after Walla Walla SWAT raid

The Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team served a search warrant at the rental property at 123 E. Sumach early this morning and arrested two subjects on drug charges. Debra Lynn Hong, 38, and her husband Baldwin G. Hong, 46, were taken into custody at about

Tuesday, December 27

WSP: Fewer DUI arrests this holiday season

OLYMPIA — Fewer drivers were arrested for driving while impaired this holiday season, the Washington State Patrol has reported.Troopers across the state arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the recent Christmas holiday

Examples show where funds should go

Even top priority areas shouldn't be given a blank check and allowed to overspend.

In Monday's editorial it was suggested governments need a different budgeting approach. Instead of trying to keep everything on life support, agencies and programs should be prioritized. Funding should match the priority.

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse

Emergency services - 12/27/11

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

Milton-Freewater food drive sets record in boxes, homes served

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The community outdid itself this year in donations to the Milton-Freewater Ministerial Association's Community Christmas Basket Food Drive.Many new organizations contributed food, money and muscle in getting out a record number of boxe

Hospice forming adult, child grief support groups

WALLA WALLA --Walla Walla Community Hospice will begin new grief support groups for adults and children in January. The adult group will begin Jan. 4 and meet every Wednesday through March 7, from 10-11:30 a.m, at the hospice office, 1067 Isaacs Ave., Wal

Parks & Recreation offers writers' workshop

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Parks & Recreation is offering a writers' workshop starting in January. Classes are held at Carnegie Center, 109 S. Palouse St. Pre-registration is required -- visit or the office at 55 Moore St.The Writers' Coa

SIMPLY YOGA - Yoga pose offers antidote to stresses of busy holidays

During October and November, we've done our yogic best to keep stress at bay. We have swayed like trees in the breeze and gone upside down to battle the extreme conditions of the holiday season.Now, as we hit the season's crescendo, maybe the best defense

ROCK DOC - Cookie-cutter science shows adeptness of the human brain

One of the best parts of baking for me as a kid was the process of "helping" my mama roll out and cut cookie shapes for the oven.At this age I know that I actually hindered her work and she was just being kind in letting me participate. But at the time I

SOS: Last stop for care for many

The Valley's only free clinic is seeing a rise in patients cut from Medicaid rolls.

I recall when one of our physicians spent over an hour providing compassionate care for a battered woman who left her abusive home with only the clothes on her back.Last month we had an insulin dependent diabetic who had lost her job and health benefits,

D-PADS AND DICE - Game for cosmic rule full of twists, turns

It's sort of a misnomer to call Cosmic Encounter a board game. In a real way, it's a dozen or more related games in one box. The hundreds of setups that can emerge from playing despite simple rules is impressive.In the game you play an alien form that wan

HOME PLACE - Kindred spirits grow as sisters of the pen

Alrighty now, we're two days past Christmas. Our decorated living rooms are beginning to look like a long weekend's over-extended party. The food we delighted in Sunday is now jammed to the rear of the fridge and apparently breeding.

ETCETERA - Ex-WW woman's military husband home in time for son's 10th birthday

CNN offshoot HLN/Headline News featured Walla Wallans Fred and Johnna Brown's daughter and son-in-law Lisa Ann and Nathan List and family in a story Dec. 13 about Nathan's homecoming. The Lists currently live in Warner Robins, Ga.HLN for years has honored

'Keep it Home' a success, will be repeated in 2012

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Keep It Home For the Holidays" campaign has been deemed a success worth duplicating. The campaign designed to encourage people to shop locally was so well received that the Chamber plans to bring the program b

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Choice of musicals keeps people away

I am writing in response to your recent editorial on the Summer Musical at the amphitheater.You gave several reasons why the attendance has been dropping but did not give what may be the main cause. I believe the reason for the drop in attendance was the

Walla Walla County Jail inmate dies

Tony Gillen was arrested on Christmas on investigation of drunken driving.

WALLA WALLA -- A Kennewick man arrested Christmas Day on investigation of driving under the influence died in the Walla Walla County Jail sometime before 7:20 a.m., Monday, officials said.Tony Gillen, 58, was reportedly driving home Sunday night after vis

High and dry (or low and wet) ...

How did the Climate Prediction Center do this year? It's a mixed bag.

WALLA WALLA -- Each month NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues a temperature and precipitation outlook for the Walla Walla area. So how have the predictions stacked up against reality?Well, as the following shows, the crystal ball was sometimes a littl

Monday, December 26

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Agriculture nourishes local arts

I was very favorably impressed with the artistic quality of the recent performances of the Messiah and the Nutcracker by Walla Walla Symphony and the Mid-Columbia Ballet.Because the Tchaikovsky piece was performed twice on the same date, vitality and endu

Don't just cut spending, prioritize it

Be willing to eliminate programs or agencies so essential areas can be preserved.

It's traditional at the end of the year to look back to see what has been accomplished and what didn't get done.Government at all levels — city, county, state and nation — can say with some relief that they survived. In tough economic times that is an acc

Etcetera - 12/26/11

The Seattle Times Editorials/Opinion page came out with congratulatory remarks for Walla Walla Community College on Dec. 14. And U.S. Sen. Patty Murray also commended the college at her website and in a Tweet.Their comments were in response to WWCC being

Walla Walla police make arrests following Christmas Eve fight

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla police arrested Jesse Corona, 19, on investigation of two counts of first-degree assault following a fight between members of the same gang on Saturday.Police arrested Corona at roughly 6 p.m. Christmas Eve following an investiga

Emergency services - 12/26/11

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

On the agenda - WALLA WALLA COUNTY

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

Blue Mountain Humane Society processes 1,000th pet adoption of 2011

WALLA WALLA — Sometimes more is better.At 4 p.m. Friday, the Blue Mountain Humane Society processed its 1,000th pet adoption of 2011, reaching a longed for goal of having a comma in their annual adoption statistics. The previous record for pet adoptions i

Emergency dispatchers see many changes to job

It isn't easy to give up a job you've done for 25 or 30 years.For Virginia Boyd of Pomeroy, saying goodbye to her coworkers and the cramped basement office she shares with the jail kitchen is bittersweet.She knows that at 69 it's 'time to go home” to take

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

Bruising Barberich

Walla Walla football standout Brennan Barberich has been selected to play in an all-American game during Fiesta Bowl week in Phoenix.

WALLA WALLA — Brennan Barberich, a 13-year-old standout on the Garrison Middle School football team at running back and linebacker, is a bruising, powerful running back. But sometimes it can be hard to know just how good one is at the middle school level.

WWCC hoop coaches welcome holiday hiatus

WALLA WALLA — As far as Jeff Reinland and Bobbi Hazeltine are concerned, the Christmas season's basketball interlude couldn't have come at a better time.For Reinland, Walla Walla Community College's men's coach, the necessity of the break is perhaps the p

D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic slated this week at Whitman

Weston-McEwen and DeSales boys and girls take on visitors at the three-day tournament.

WALLA WALLA — The D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic is coming to Whitman College's Sherwood Center this week, with host DeSales and Weston-McEwen representing the Walla Walla Valley.The three-day tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as Liberty Christian

TigerScot girls run out of steam at Optimist

LA GRANDE — Weston-McEwen's girls finally ran out of steam in the championship game of the Optimist Tournament here Friday night.The TigerScots, after routing Joseph, 82-18, to open the tourney Wednesday before rallying past Union, 50-48, on Thursday, fel

Sunday, December 25

POLICE: Christmas Eve gang fight sends two to hospital

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE: A fight between two gang members who belong to the same gang led to one being hospitalized for a stab wound to his neck, near the base of the skull. The suspect, identified as Jesse Corona, 19, 115 N 5th Ave, was taken into cust

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No need for more government in private lives

I recently read the legal briefing column by John Hartzell (Walla Walla Valley Weekly, Dec. 13) about the mom who wanted to know if she was legally allowed to record her 9-year-old son's visit with Santa at the mall. I was surprised that Hartzell seriousl

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port of Walla Walla needs new executive director

The Walla Walla Port commissioners acted wisely to eliminate Executive Director Jim Kuntz's $25,000 deferred compensation package. In my opinion, the additional compensation beyond his base salary was deceptive and excessive.Clearly, the total compensatio

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Merchants choose to give exemption

Let's put the sales tax exemption on the doorstep it belongs. It is the merchant's choice to exempt our dear Oregon patrons.RCW 82.08.0273 section 4A, states that the vendor may choose to extend this exemption. The key word is "choose." There is nothing t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Nothing wrong with saying Merry Christmas

I don't know Larry Nye, but I certainly agree with his letter on saying Merry Christmas. I grew up saying Merry Christmas, and nothing has changed, as I continue to say Merry Christmas.I had someone tell me the other day they sat down and counted how time

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - DSHS staff should face abuse, neglect charges

In the great state of Washington we have an agency whose sole purpose is to protect our elderly and our infirm. It determines the amount of help each one needs, as well as investigates any charges of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.This is its jo

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Buying government debt not way to protect reserves

Since 1789, the U.S. has accumulated 8,000 tons of gold. U.S. gold reserves are currently valued at about $400 billion.The U.S. government spends that much money in just six weeks (this fact doesn't even phase most Americans).

Friday, December 23

Walla Walla man in serious condition after Highway 125 accident

WALLA WALLA -- A local man is in serious condition after an early morning accident Friday.

It takes whole room to raise a village

There are nearly 50 miniature buildings with people, animals, trees and even a pond for the deer.

WALLA WALLA - Christmas is a time of tradition, and on the west side of town the Hopsons are continuing a tradition that started more than 25 years ago."They had no idea it was going to grow like this," Sandi Hopson said, while standing in the midst of a

Union-Bulletin will publish Christmas paper

The U-B typically does not publish on Christmas. The exception is when Christmas falls on a Sunday because readers and advertisers do not want to forgo the Sunday paper with all of its special features.Sunday paper was published Saturday afterno

GUEST: It's a wonderful life in Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla has a lot to be thankful for. I was musing last night, which is always trouble, but I started counting how fortunate we are to live in Walla Walla and the Valley.So let me start my list which is in no way all-inclusive.We have citizens who are

List provides driving tour of Christmas lights

WALLA WALLA — A harrowing traffic accident couldn't stop a local Christmas tradition from taking place this year.For a number of years, Liz Pierce of the Home Loan Center has compiled, printed and given away her best Christmas lights

Teen sentenced in assault of girl

Daijohn A. Gonzalez had originally been accused of second-degree rape.

WALLA WALLA — A teenager who pleaded guilty this month to assaulting a girl in the spring of 2010 while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road was sentenced Friday to time he'd already served.Daijohn A. Gonzalez, 19, of 316 S. 10th Ave., w

2011 Pictures of the Year - Matthew Zimmerman

A photograph's worth is an oft-debated topic. Common reparte keeps value at about 1,000 words. Words well composed or haphazardly piled no one knows. Assuredly, like words, some photos are easily lost and forgotten while others remain breathtaking.

ETCETERA - Unexpected act of kindness a gift to local family

This tale is all kinds of moving. Michelle Nichols Carpenter, a fifth-grade teacher in Walla Walla, found her family and specifically their beloved dog, on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.Michelle and Michael Carpenter's 5-year-old boxer/lab

PASTOR COLUMN - God used star to draw Magi in nick of time

When we read Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus, we learn about the visit by the Magi, or "wise men." There were more than three. They probably traveled from somewhere near Persia in a large group for safety, with armed servants. But we think of three, because there were three gifts.


First Thursday concert Jan. 5 at St. Paul'sSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St. presents the First Thursday concert, 12:15-12:50 p.m. Jan. 5. Debra Bakland of Canadian University College, LaCombe, Alberta, performs on the piano with Lyn Ritz of


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 complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare prog

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

This famous editorial, ‘Is There a Santa Claus?' first appeared in The New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897. It was written by Francis Pharcellus Church.

We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Christmas Light Directions

Start out going west on Rose Street (going from Walla Walla to College Place).Across from the mall take a right on Offner Road.Left on Drumheller Street (beautiful house on the left).

Tipsy Taxi makes holiday season safer for everyone

If you have been drinking or if you are too tired to drive, call 522-8299.

For many people, the Christmas spirit involves imbibing spirits from a little bubbly or some wine, beer or harder liquors. The spirit of the season -- and at times drinking more than we should -- carries through New Years.

Donations sought to assist family

Businesses and residents have been banding together to help a family displaced by fire this week.

Newspaper will publish on Christmas

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin typically does not publish on Christmas. The exception is when Christmas falls on a Sunday.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Juan Marcos Esquivel, 16, 516 Whitman St. was sentenced Dec. 16 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Blaine M. McCubbins, 25, 629 S. College Ave., College Place, was charged Dec. 21 with second-degree assault -- domestic violence. McCubbins is accused of inflicting injury on the mother of an unborn child on Dec. 20.


Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Blaine Bickelhaupt. With Kime and Naylor absent Tuesday, the board:

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: A list and a prayer for Christmas

The Christmas season is different to each and every person, in each and every country and in each and every time in a person's life.

Walla Walla Corps office wins national awards

Tracy Wickham won an individual award and the whole office shared another.

WALLA WALLA -- Record-setting work by members of the local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters has garnered two national awards.

Doc's concern about supplements centers on safety, outcomes

Earlier this month, a letter to the editor took issue with a column I wrote in November about supplements.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Mary and Roger Rowe.Dirk and Kathleen Nelson.

Feedlot wins water rights case

The state Supreme Court ruled a company has no limit on how much groundwater it uses.

The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that groundwater used for livestock is exempt from the requirement to apply for a water permit.

Annual Walla Walla County comp plan cycle opens

A highlight of the county's planning process will be a possible expansion of the urban growth area.

WALLA WALLA -- The amendment cycle for changes to Walla Walla County's master development plan is now open.

Rallying to spread Christmas cheer

Local businesses have worked to brighten the holiday for area families.

WALLA WALLA -- Bobbie Jo Lawrence opened her front door Thursday evening to two strangers armed with wrapped packages and a turkey dinner.

False starts normal for those who quit smoking

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of columns about smoking cessation from medical professionals at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

I am the community resource nurse for Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. A component of my job is to educate the population about cancer risk and exposures.

With not enough doctors, physician assistants fill the bill

As more and more patients continue to enter the health care system, already crowded waiting rooms in doctors' offices will soon overflow.

Letters To The Editor - Proving, disproving global warming not possible

Mr. Singleton finally wrote a letter regarding global warming that ended properly. He wrote, "prove it." Here is my reply.

Emergency Services - 12/23/11

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

James Lyford

May 3, 1921 - Dec. 22, 2011

Vernon Robinson

Jan. 16, 1947 - Dec. 16, 2011

Reich leads W-M boys to title tilt

LA GRANDE — Dallas Reich double-doubled with 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Weston-McEwen boys overcame a slow start in the second round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament to take a 63-49 victory over Imbler Thursday night.With the win, the TigerScots

Knights jump on W-P girls early

Sunnyside Christian outscores W-P, 15-2, in the first quarter to sprint to the 51-36 victory Wednesday night.

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — The Waitsburg-Prescott girls were shell-shocked after one quarter of play Wednesday night.Forward Starmee van Belle scored 23 points and grabbed 23 boards in a 51-36 victory for Sunnyside Christian over W-P that began with a 15-2 shelli

TigerScot girls rally past Union into Optimist title game

LA GRANDE — A day after sprinting to an 82-18 victory over Joseph in the opening round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament, the Weston-McEwen girls faced a much tougher test against Union Thursday.Scoring just 12 points in the first half, the TigerScots

Death Notice - Margarete Schoesler

Dec. 1, 1926 - Dec. 22, 2011

Death Notice - James Lyford

May 3, 1921 - Dec. 22, 2011

Thursday, December 22

Hamley's second annual masquerade ball Dec. 31

PENDLETON -- Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon, 8 S.E. Court Ave., will hold its second annual New Year's Eve masquerade ball, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. The event will have live music by Tyler Bushman in the Cattle Baron

Art therapy for the soul: Art for art's sake

WALLA WALLA — When an individual has suffered torn ligaments or a broken back, a trip to the physical therapist often follows. Many children visit speech therapists to aid them in overcoming a debilitating stutter. Yet, as important as these forms of trea

Tejano music by Grupo Mizmo on tap for New Year's gig

Team Ocanaz, a local American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, will host a New Year's Eve bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St. Tejano music will be played by Grupo Mizmo and a guest DJ.Realife Photography will be available

'Let's do the time warp again': Sapolil to screen 'Rocky Horror'

Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., time warps the weekend with a 9 p.m., Friday showing of the 1975 cult classic movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show.Andy Alexander will DJ dance tunes following the movie, until 1 a.m. Character costumes are optional. The cover

Wildhorse hosts two New Year's Eve bashes

PENDLETON -- Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Boulevard, will have two New Year's Eve events.At the "Cold As Ice Bash," Notorious 253 plays rhythm and blues in the Wildfire Sports Bar, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.The annual Wildhorse New Year's Eve party

Western nights-themed New Year's event at The Oasis

MILTON-FREEWATER - Money For Nothing will play at The Oasis, 85698 Highway 339, during its New Year's Eve Bash.The Western nights theme will start at 8 p.m. Reservations will not be taken for the evening and the cover charge is $10 per person. For more in

Bowlaway to host Thunder Alley New Year's events

Bowlaway Lanes, 411 Ash St., will have two Thunder Alley events on New Year's Eve. The family-oriented event will be 6-9 p.m., with laser lights, party lighting, music, snacks, prizes and more. Tickets are $15 per person.At 9 p.m., warm-up practice begins

Public wins in tough Port commission race

Many of the issues Barlow Corkrum brought up have been addressed.

Americans, including those of us in Walla Walla, are fixated on winning and losing. If you don't win the Super Bowl, you are a loser. If you don't win the election, you are a loser. We glorify winners.But you don't always have to win an election to win.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Wednesday:DETENTION: Discussed juvenile detention contract but postponed action until the prosecutor reviewed wording in the contract .SECURITY: Approved FY11

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:

Court report - Superior Court


Walla Walla County Christopher A. Brotherton, 31, 1048 Francis Ave., was charged Dec. 9 with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Designs sought for Balloon Stampede poster

WALLA WALLA -- Calling all artists: The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking designs for the 38th annual Balloon Stampede poster."Splendor in the Sky" is the theme for the 2012 event. Artistic proposals must be submitted by Jan. 20 to the Wal

Barrel Full of Money fundraiser nets food bank more than $2,000

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance's first Barrel Full of Money fundraiser netted more than $2,000 for the local food bank. The two-month fundraising campaign culminated Wednesday with the presentation of a $2,032.86 check to Kathy Covey, community serv

'Layaway angels' touch down in Walla Walla

The national phenomenon seen in Kmart stores is bringing a brighter Christmas to Walla Walla.

Cyndi Pence didn't immediately recognize the voice as that of a "layaway angel." The call came to the Walla Walla Kmart on Tuesday. "I've been reading about people coming into the stores and paying off layaways," the woman on the other end of the phone be

Meeting wraps up careers for long-serving Walla Walla Council members

WALLA WALLA -- Council Members Dominick Elia and Fred Mitchell attended their last City Council meeting on Wednesday.Each leaves with an impressive 20 years of service on the Council.

New status offers flexibility to Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership

The group will now be able to provide compensation to water rights holders who agree to use less than their full allotment.

WALLA WALLA -- A new standing for a local watershed group may open new opportunities for water rights holders.The Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership has been awarded the status of a "Qualified Local Entity" under the Columbia Basin Water Transac

Woman struck in College Place Walmart parking lot dies

Nellie Munden, 82, died several hours after the crash, officials said.

COLLEGE PLACE -- An Milton-Freewater woman died several hours after being struck by a car in the Walmart parking lot at roughly 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.Nellie Munden, 82, was leaving the store near the General Merchandise door and was walking between rows

No new news on Sheriff's Office investigation

WALLA WALLA -- An investigation into the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains open.Now ongoing for more than two years, the probe began in October 2009 when then-Sheriff Mike Humphreys requested the Washington State Patrol look into possible financ

Emergency services - 12/22

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 - 12/23/11

Sandra Richie and Naomi Fulgham for the past two winters have spearheaded a project that brings warmth to those in need in the Walla Walla Valley.

Christmas closures

The Christmas holiday is Sunday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

Uninvited guest eludes authorities in Columbia County

A burglar who has been staying in unoccupied homes remains at large.

DAYTON -- An opportunistic burglar is been making himself at home in vacant or unoccupied houses in Dayton.He's managed to elude property owners, real-estate agents and law enforcement for several months while sometimes using the houses for shelter, accor

Closed doors a boon in fire, Walla Walla fire chief says

Interim city Fire Chief Bob Yancey said the closed door gave a couple more time to escape a blaze.

WALLA WALLA -- Keep your bedroom doors closed at night. That's the message Interim Fire Chief Bob Yancey sent out in a news release after a house fire Tuesday morning on Figueroa Street.Antonio Campolio and Vanessa Ferraro, who rent the house, were both a

Trial delayed in Walla Walla luring case

Fortino Venegas Garcia is accused of ordering a girl into his pickup in the fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial set to begin this week for a man who allegedly ordered a 15-year-old girl he doesn't know to get into his pickup in Eastgate in the fall has been postponed.Fortino Venegas Garcia, 44, of 2300 Mill Creek Road, now is scheduled for tr

Indians' fast start dooms Mac-Hi

Touchet uses a 22-8 first-quarter run to roll to the 55-41 win over the Pioneer boys Wednesday night.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 22-8 first-quarter run sank host Mac-Hi into a 14-point deficit early against Touchet in boys basketball play here Wednesday night as the Indians downed the Pioneers, 55-41.

Blue Devil boys bounce Bulldogs

Rob Ferenz leads Wa-Hi with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 78-68 win over Hermiston.

WALLA WALLA — Taking a break from Columbia Basin Big Nine play, the Wa-Hi boys earned their first win in three games with a 78-68 victory over visiting Hermiston Wednesday night.Rob Ferenz led the Blue Devils with 24 points and 10 rebounds on the night —

Pioneer girls turn over Indians

Mac-Hi's new defense does the job, forcing 27 Indians turnovers, in the 44-13 victory Wednesday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's girls implemented a new pressing style of defense, forcing 27 Touchet turnovers, and cleaned up their offensive style of play to win, 44-13, in nonleague basketball action here Wednesday.

Whitman men drop decision to Wheaton

A back-and-forth game ends with the Missionaries on the short end of a 60-50 score Wednesday.

SAN ANTONIO — A strong second-half rally went for naught Wednesday afternoon as Whitman College dropped a back-and-forth 60-50 decision to Wheaton (Ill.) in men's basketball action at the Trinity National Invitational Tournament.Whitman, which blitzed Bue

W-M girls shut down Joseph at Optimus Tournament

LA GRANDE — The Weston-McEwen girls held Joseph to just two points in the first half of their 82-18 victory over the Eagles Wednesday night in the first round of the La Grande Optimus Tournament.

Waitsburg-Prescott boys' offense falters in loss to Knights

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — The Waitsburg-Prescott boys fell to Sunnyside Christian Wednesday night after scoring only three points in the first quarter and falling behind 22-9 at the half. W-P recovered in the second half, actually outscoring the Knights 27-24, b

Grangeville has no trouble with Pomeroy girls

POMEROY — The Grangeville, Idaho, Bulldogs romped past Pomeroy Tuesday night, building a 38-7 lead through the first half before coasting a to a 64-27 victory over the Pirates in an interstate match.

TigerScot boys down Joseph at Optimus

LA GRANDE — Weston-McEwen's Dallas Reich scored 29 points to help lead the TigerScots to a 64-58 victory over Joseph Wednesday night in the first round of the Optimus Tournament in La Grande.

Death Notice - Lynne Masters

Jan. 16, 1952 - Dec. 22, 2011

Death Notice - Berna McCormack

Dec. 12, 1928 - Dec. 20, 2011

Wednesday, December 21

Local crime prevention effort is working

And the community was recognized for it as the National Night Out at Jefferson Park was given a national award for the fifth straight year.

Fighting crime isn't always about busting down doors and taking the bad guys away in handcuffs.

Letters To The Editor - Decline in salmon was noted long before dams

I sense a renewed interest in salmon and the four Lower Snake River dams.

Walla Walla man charged in connection with chase

Police say Daniel D. Brasel led them on a 25-minute chase Monday night.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly led authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county this week has been formally charged in Superior Court with two crimes.

Walla Walla County budget talks continue

Commissioners heard a request for an hike in the Sheriff's Office budget for four programs.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners continued their discussion of the 2012 budget Monday.

Community Bank's change will benefit area communities

Community Bank's annual Change for Charity Drive will make a more than $15,000 difference in local communities.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

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:

Bank chief elected to Fed board

Megan Clubb is one of two new members on the bank's board of directors.

WALLA WALLA -- The president and chief executive officer of Baker Boyer Bank has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Milton-Freewater City Council cancels Monday meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater City Council meeting Monday has been cancelled.


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

Emergency Services - 12/21/11

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

Morning fire hits home on Figueroa

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla couple escaped an early morning fire on Figueroa Street after their dogs woke them up.

Whitman men race past Buena Vista in San Antonio

The Missionary men jump out to early leads and never are threatened at the Trinity University National Invitational Tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College raced past Iowa's Buena Vista University by a 75-38 margin Tuesday afternoon in San Antonio, for its fourth straight win since a home loss to George Fox Friday, Dec. 2, and improved to 7-2 on the season.Whitman nailed five of

Walla Walla Valley Academy shines over Touchet

Daniel Lomeland scores 34 points and grabs 12 rebounds as Walla Walla Valley Academy takes a 67-37 boys basketball victory over Touchet.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Daniel Lomeland was truly a Knight in shining armor during boys high school basketball action here Tuesday night.Lomeland scored a game-high 34 points and snared a contest-best 12 rebounds as WWVA improved its

Hobbes to return as Walla Walla Sweets radio broadcaster

WALLA WALLA — Tristan Hobbes will return for his second season as the play-by-play radio broadcaster for the Walla Walla Sweets in 2012.

Walla Walla Valley Academy girls manhandle Indians

Emily Field's 15 points lead the Knights to the 49-23 victory over Touchet.

COLLEGE PLACE — A balanced attack led Walla Walla Valley Academy past the girls of Touchet Tuesday, as the Knights had three players in double figures in a 49-23 rout of the Indians.Emily Field led the Knight scorers with 15 points and she played a critic

Pomeroy's Knebel extends win streak to 11 matches

Tory Knebel wins his lone match Tuesday, a 2-1 decision over Colfax's Justin King.

POMEROY — Tory Knebel extended his unbeaten record to 11-0 while teammates Austin Reisdorph and Wyatt Jenkins suffered their first losses of the season here Tuesday as six small schools gathered for a mixed bag of prep wrestling competition.Knebel, Pomero

Muskrat Love

What are thought to be beavers turn out to be muskrats in an algae-covered pond off Frog Hollow Road while tooling around the Valley.

I slowed, stopped and idled the truck backward.'Beavers?” I asked.'Yes,” Darlene said.'Well, maybe,” she added, a tad less sure about 'two beavers” swimming in an algae-covered pond beside Frog Hollow Road. I stopped parallel to the pond and leaned to pee

Sharon Stephens

Sept. 24, 1946 - Dec. 16, 2011

Philip Wilder

Jan. 19, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2011

Death Notice - Margaret Rusanoff

June 22, 1927 - Dec. 20, 2011

Blue Ridge Elementary off state's list of lowest-achieving schools

Among the highlights of the school's academic progress: The district's top science scores for fifth-graders.

WALLA WALLA -- Academic changes at Blue Ridge Elementary School have led to gains in achievement that have bumped the school off the list of the state's lowest-achieving schools.On Monday the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released a

Tuesday, December 20

Green Gable Inn to clear cupboards

What do you do with a fridge full of food and a kitchen remodel on the horizon? How about feed the masses?

On The Agenda - Dayton School Board

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

On The Agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse

On The Agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Sound and fury of a windstorm creates images of nature

After zipping up my coat we headed out for my guide dog Randy's first morning relieving. Not a bird did I hear singing from tree or shrub, but that didn't mean the world was silent. There was a roar, almost like a freight train as the wind howled through

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 George, Herrin and Graham absent Monday the council:

EATING LOCAL - Think locally for your foodie-to-foodie holiday shopping list

Christmas is time for extravagant meals, festive desserts, dressing up in your holiday best and sharing with those you love. No matter if you're staying close to home or heading out of town, it's nice to think local for holiday shopping.Every family has i

WALLA WALLA TABLE - A primer on 'prime rib': It may not be as primo as you think

With a June report in which the FDA acknowledged that broiler chickens sold in stores for human consumption contained arsenic, a known a known cancer causing substance that was in a food additive poultry farmers had used since the 1940s, you have to ask y

'Elf dust' for holiday photos

It's the holidays and you know what that means.Parties, teas, more eating out and those cookie swap events. Lots of late nights, cups of cheer and frost-crinkled skin.And then, as nearly every woman — and a lot of honest guys — can tell you, comes the dre

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Occupy Everything! (and fix dishonesty)

My poor Norwegian Artist.The man spent the entire afternoon downloading a graphic design and photo software program to his computer, only to find that to open the program and actually use it he needed another download.

Letters To The Editor - Rude language shouldn't be in paper

I have been observing with concern the increasing use of offensive and uncivilized language in the political arena, especially in public discourse, blogs and emails. I had taken comfort that the printed media usually takes a objective view of issues and

Letters To The Editor - Acts of kindness make Walla Walla wonderful

On Friday morning, the last day before holiday break, a young man came to Lincoln High School bearing gifts -- 17 backpacks filled with food, handwarmers, toiletries, blankets and sleeping bags for our students.

US military exit from Iraq was well timed

The Iraqis, at some point, had to be given control of their country. Iraq is now as stable as it is going to be.

Last week's official exit of U.S. troops from Iraq is the right move for the U.S. and Iraq.

Walla Walla County commissioners urged to opt into stewardship program

Speakers at a Monday meeting favored a program related to agricultural areas.

WALLA WALLA -- A program aimed at balancing the needs of farmers with protection of critical areas garnered mostly positive reviews Monday.

Trial date set in robbery attempt

Bernard D. Falconer is accused of trying to rob Fat Cat's Tavern earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of trying to rob a downtown tavern this month is set for trial Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Trial date set in Washington State Penitentiary stabbing

Daniel E. Johnson is accused of second-degree assault in connection with a September attack.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary inmate pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to stabbing a fellow prisoner at the institution in September.

For the Grinch in a pinch ...

We've done the hard part, so all you have to do is cough up a buck or so for that semi-perfect last-minute item.

Once again, as a component of being a full-service community newspaper, the Union-Bulletin has done a little last-minute Christmas shopping for all of you procrastinators.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in early February fight

The prosecution recommends community service be ordered for Birzavit Carmona-Hernandez.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of participating in a reported gang-related fight in early February pleaded guilty to a felony charge Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Make-A-Wish seeks volunteers in Walla Walla area

WALLA WALLA -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington, a nonprofit that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enhance the human experience with hope, strength and joy, is looking or volunteers.

ETCETERA - Walla Walla couple's grandson goes nose to nose with Hillary Clinton

Two London-based newspapers ran photos of Walla Wallans Jonathan and Melissa Webster's 3-year-old grandson in their online editions in early December.The 3-year-old son of Andrew Webster-Main, formerly of Walla Walla, came eye-to-eye with U.S. Secretary o

Walla Walla man sentenced in injury crash

Rozas Alaniz Jr. was ordered to serve 15 months in prison in connection with a hit-and-run crash.

WALLA WALLA -- The driver of a vehicle who caused an injury crash in the city this fall and ran from the scene was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to 15 months in prison.

Change in the weather allows burn ban to expire

WALLA WALLA -- A burn ban covering all of Walla Walla County will expire today due to a change in weather conditions.

It's tough to find time to keep romance fires stoked

I proposed to my wife on Christmas Day. So, along with the other obligatory family activities that surround the holiday, we try to rekindle the passion. As if there isn't enough stress already.

Emergency Services - 12/20/11

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

Car chase ends in arrest Monday

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man faces felony charges and $50,000 in bail after leading city police on a 25-minute car chase Monday.

Irish offense handles Pioneers

All eight DeSales players score at least seven points in the 61-33 victory over Mac-Hi Monday night.

WALLA WALLA — All eight of the DeSales varsity boys basketball players scored seven or more points in beating the Mac-Hi Pioneers, 61-33, here Monday night.'We run a fairly complicated offensive system that gets everyone involved,” DeSales coach Allyn Gri

Kiona-Benton not kind to visiting DeSales girls

BENTON CITY, Wash. — The Kiona-Benton Bears weren't kind to the DeSales Irish girls Monday night.Ki-Be devoured the Irish, 59-48, with shooters Cierra Torp dropping in 26 points (including five 3-pointers) and Bailey Schroeder draining another 19 on the I

Wa-Hi grad Grove joins camp coaches

WALLA WALLA — Former Wa-Hi and Washington State University standout Jason Grove has joined the staff of the Whitman College Winter Baseball Camp.Grove is a 1997 graduate of Wa-Hi, where he excelled in football and basketball as well as baseball. He then w

Blue Devils swim past Eastmont

Wa-Hi wins seven of 11 top spots in Saturday's 106-64 victory over the Wildcats at Harvey Pool.

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi boys' swimming team dominated Eastmont at Harvey Pool Saturday, taking seven of 11 top spots, including first and second place in the 50-yard freestyle, the 500 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke and the 100 bre

Death Notice - Ricky Schneider

March 28, 1950 - Dec. 16, 2011

Monday, December 19

Letters To The Editor - Why not celebrate Christmas in public?

I don't get it! I'm not supposed to say "Merry Christmas" in public because I might "offend" someone.

Funding for initiatives must be considered before approval

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pitching a constitutional amendment that would require initative proposals to identify their funding source.

The initiative process serves an extremely important function in Washington state. It ensures that when elected officials do not -- or will not -- follow the will of the people the voters can go around the Legislature to make laws on their own.

Raising voices, raising spirits

A caroling choir from the Christian Aid Center has several gigs lined up.

WALLA WALLA -- The audience at Quail Run Retirement Center last week couldn't help but hear Ken Steinhorst's confident voice as the CAC Men's Choir presented "Silent Night."

Etcetera - 12/19/11

Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla awards, formerly called Town-Gown awards, went to Whitman Colllege faculty members Tana Park and Patrick Henry.

Nominations sought for Athena's First Citizens

ATHENA -- Nominations for First Citizens are due by Jan. 6.

Teens safe after night in mountains

Umatilla County Search and Rescue teams located four teens today who had gone missing overnight in the Umatilla National Forest.

Emergency Services - 12/19/11

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

Clark turns tables on Warrior women

The Penguins lost to the WWCC women earlier this month, but pick up the 70-59 win Sunday for the crossover tournament title.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark used its home-court advantage to turn the tables on Walla Walla here Sunday in the championship game of an NWAACC crossover women's basketball tournament.The Penguins, who had lost to the Warriors 84-66 when the teams met Dec. 4 i

Death Notice - Philip Wilder

Jan. 19, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2011

Death Notice - Alvin Adams

Aug. 8, 1920 - Dec. 19, 2011

Death Notice -Robert Shafer

Sept. 22, 1931 - Dec. 14, 2011

Death Notice - Claire O'Connor

Feb. 20, 1924 - Dec. 15, 2011

Allen Hoffman

Aug. 25, 1921 - Dec. 13, 2011

Genevieve Rolph

Dec. 20, 1938 - Dec. 15, 2011

Alvin Hutchens

July 15, 1918 - Dec. 14, 2011

Dayton girls fall to Asotin, Waitsburg-Prescott

DAYTON — Dayton's McKayla Bickelhaupt pumped in 18 points and dished out four assists in Friday's loss against Asotin, 61-52, then on Saturday night, Dayton fell, 38-23, to Waitsburg-Prescott. The top scorer in this game was Bickelhaupt again, this time w

Lewis-Clark State downs Missionary women

Whitman's women can't keep up with the high-powered Warriors in Lewiston on Sunday, falling 79-60.

LEWISTON — Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 4 nationally in NAIA Division I, ran its season record to 11-1 with a 79-60 non-conference women's basketball victory over Whitman College Sunday afternoon.LCSC's big three — seniors Jasmine Stohr, Kirsi Voshell an

Pomeroy grapples to victory at Cathlamet tourney

CATHLAMET, Wash. — Pomeroy's wrestlers won the Down River Challenge here Saturday behind a trio of first-place finishes for Pirate grapplers.Wyatt Jenkins at 160 pounds, Tory Knebel at 170 and Austin Reisdorph at 195 all won their weight divisions.Knebel

Walla Walla Community College men fall to Bellevue

The Warriors fall in the NWWAACC Crossover title game in Seattle, 88-50.

SEATTLE — Walla Walla closed out the pre-Christmas portion of its basketball schedule on a sour note here Sunday as Bellevue spanked the Warriors 88-50 in the championship game of the Seattle NWAACC crossover men's basketball tournament.

Hollis Franklin

Aug. 7, 1922 - Dec. 1, 2011

Carol Brooks-Jackson

July 19, 1956 - Dec. 13, 2011

Sunday, December 18


Members of the Touchet School Board are Jody Kromm, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Tuesday the board:OATH OF OFFICE: Administered oath of office to newly-elected board member Jody K. Kromm.


Members of the Prescott School Board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With all present Tuesday the board:

In the minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all present Wednesday commissioners:LEASE RENEWALS: Signed lease renewals with Brian Ward and Desperado Cowboy Bullets. Unanimous.

$n$ On the agenda - DAYTON CITY COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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


When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: District conference room, 755 Maple St.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Perhaps sheriff should focus on three-year plan

When the Walla Walla County commissioners required Darrel Daugs to go back to the drawing board multiple times to justify his requests for additional funds to assist the mentally ill, they undoubtedly established a gold standard for budget requests.The sa

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time to knock off the trash talk

This is my first opportunity to answer the allegations by a couple letter writers who have obviously joined the "good ol' boys and girls" committee to mislead folks who read opinions in the U-B.I also realized (since returning home) that some folks who ar

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff Turner doing great job

I was appalled and incredulous after reading the headline of the U-B on Dec. 8. This was written in a prejudicial and unfair manner. This attack on Sheriff Turner's integrity is outrageous in its entirety.After reading the article five or six times I coul

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fort Walla Walla Museum asset to region

On a recent business trip to Walla Walla, my husband and I visited the Fort Walla Walla Museum. It is a special jewel; so full of interesting history and information about the region.We were amazed at the mule team farming technique. The historic village

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Show at Power House Theatre a success

I'm writing this on behalf of Mark Anderson and Dennis Ledford, who are managing members of the Power House Theatre along with me."Marilyn: Forever Blonde!" at the Power House Theatre was a huge success! During the four-week run 4,200 people attended the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Washingtonian does his part for Oregon

It was over a month ago when my letter was posted regarding the sales tax issue. I was really pleased there was some conversation about the repeal on the referendum of the sales tax for Washington residents only.Of course, then I read the heartwarming (al

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Does global warming exist? Prove it

On Dec. 7 my letter "Why are we subsidizing wind generation?" was printed. Its first sentence read, "Almost every newspaper one picks up today carries an article supporting the false hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming." The next day, three article

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The salmon are being saved

I am glad Bert Bowler reads the U-B in Boise., an environmental web service in Boise, called me just before his letter appeared criticizing the U-B editorial on Judge Redden's removing himself from the breach the dams lawsuit. Bluefish wanted

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - God gets us through trying times

I want to commend Lorne Blackman for writing the eloquent letter concerning whom we should thank for all the blessings and benefits we have in this Valley and in this country. I also noticed the lack of reference to God as the giver of all the goodness we

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The Port commissioners' fairy tale

I have to wonder how stupid the Port of Walla Walla commissioners think the public is.They make a press release stating they have reduced the salary of the executive director position by $10,000. His salary prior to now has been $134,726. Now his salary i

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Common sense dictates dams remain

Once again someone wanting to remove the four lower Snake River dams has missed the mark. I am referring to Bert Bowler's Dec. 9 letter to the editor.Judge Redden's narrow view on the issue was not helping solve the problem. Don't be fooled by the mislead

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - ‘Real change' needed in November

What is it going to take for middle America to demand a stop to the government's confiscation of wealth through the debasing of the dollar? Bernanke's irresponsible use of the printing press as a way to monetize the debt is nothing more than an act of sho

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We get a great spinning machine

No amount of regulation will ever eliminate greed or replace holding any elected officials accountable when they display that instead of what the electorate anticipated in view of their various job descriptions.When so many real estate deals fell through

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's hope voters see clearly

Well, it is almost voting time again and I sure hope the voting public can see far enough down the road to see where the United States of America is headed under the present presidential administration we are now forced to choke down. I hope the voting pu

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Look around and smile

As this year of 2011 comes to an end we need to reflect on what has transpired over the last 11 months.I'm asking anyone I have offended to forgive my actions or words. And for those I have encouraged in some manner, I'm glad I was able to do so.

Holiday light displays to be judged in Athena

ATHENA — Judges will make the rounds of holiday light displays from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday.Winners in traditional, religious, Chevy Chase and business categories will win "Chamber Bucks" that can be spent at Athena businesses. The business winner will receiv

Rural library district to give books to kids

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District will give away free books this week to any child who visits the Plaza Library, 1640 Plaza Way.Books available include "The Santa Claus 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean Poster Book," "Roberto Clement

Movie, reception planned for New Year at Liberty Theater

DAYTON - You can toast to the New Year on East Coast time (9 p.m.) at the Liberty Theater on Dec. 31, following a presentation of the 2011 movie "Footloose."Tickets for the movie, champagne toast and reception are $20 and can be purchased at the nonprofit

Commissioners to host open house Tuesday for employees

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla County commissioners will be tendering some holiday cheer for county workers Tuesday.The commissioners will host an employee appreciation open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Blue Devils' defense shuts down Bombers

Wa-Hi's girls open the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A season with a 40-23 victory over Richland Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi turned up its defensive intensity here Friday to open the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls basketball league season.The Blue Devils held Richland to 14 percent shooting from the field to overcome 23 turnovers and post a league-opening

WWCC women in Clark title tilt

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Leslie Stillar's 24 points and eight 3-pointers proved to be the difference Saturday night, as Walla Walla Community College advanced to the championship round of the Clark College Women's Basketball Crossover Tournament after laying wa

Chiefs edge Blue Devils in OT

Moses Lake prevails, 56-54, after Wa-Hi's boys force overtime Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of Big Nine Conference opening losses for the Wa-Hi Blue Devils leaves their conference record at 0-2 and 3-5 overall. The closer of the two games was an overtime affair Saturday night at home against the Moses Lake Chiefs, 56-54.

Warrior men win ‘Battle in Seattle'

Walla Walla Community College downs Seattle Community College, 84-81, Saturday to advance to the Crossover Tournament's championship game today.

SEATTLE — It was war at the 'Battle in Seattle” Saturday night, with the Walla Walla Community men exchanging shots with Seattle Community College in the Seattle CC Crossover Tournament. The Warriors won.WWCC's Hunter Hahn scored 26 points off the bench o

Whits finish off Northwestern College

SPOKANE — Overwhelming Minnesota's Northwestern College 23-4 run to start the game, Whitman College kept up the pressure and finished off a 93-67 men's basketball victory Saturday night in Spokane.Whitman, improving to 6-2 on the season, led 52-25 at half

Wa-Hi opens Big Nine 4A play 2-0

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's girls enter the holiday break with a 2-0 Columbia Basin Big Nine record after holding off Moses Lake, 44-39, here Saturday night.'Moses Lake is always a tough place to play, so to come out of there with a win is great,” Blue Devils co

Knights hold off Whitman women

WALLA WALLA — With five players scoring all but two of its points, Warner Pacific held off Whitman College 72-61 in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon in Sherwood Center.Warner Pacific, picked by a preseason coaches poll to finish

DeSales hands Tri-Cities Prep, Liberty Christian pair of losses

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales Irish ran away with a pair of Southeast 2B girls basketball victories this weekend, first defeating visiting Tri-Cities Prep, 61-36, Friday night, then steam rolling Liberty Christian, 62-19, Saturday night.On Saturday night, the

Wa-Hi grapplers spoil Mac-Hi tourney

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi Christmas tournament was spoiled by the visiting Wa-Hi Blue Devils, who pulled off a team win of just four points here Saturday.Wa-Hi totaled 259 points and Mac-Hi had 255. Chiawana was third with 254, while Heppner and Irrig

Dayton fights to weekend sweep over W-P, Asotin

DAYTON — The Dayton Bulldogs boys basketball team fought to a sweep in the weekend series of two 2B games. Dayton beat Waitsburg-Prescott, 53-50, Friday night and pummeled Asotin, 57-42, Saturday night.

Pomeroy girls overcome injuries, beat LaCrosse-Washtucna

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Pirates got off to a great start Friday night against LaCrosse-Washtucna, leading 13-4 in the first quarter. But in the second quarter, senior point guard and team scoring leader HayLee Koller hurt her knee. Another Pomeroy senior, S

TigerScots manhandle Union, hold off Elgin for Blue Mountain Conference wins

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen picked up a pair of Blue Mountain Conference girls' basketball wins this weekend, first downing Union, 56-35, Friday night in a game where it led 31-13 at the half, then withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by Elgin Saturday night to

Touchet falls to LaCrosse-Washtucna, Colton

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians battled to a 16-9 halftime score against LaCrosse-Washtucna here Saturday night and lost 36-27. Despite 15 points and 16 boards for Kristen Warner, the Indians were unable to find their first league win.

Carlson's 15 points, 17 boards not enough for Mac-Hi against Riverside

BOARDMAN, Ore. — Mac-Hi's Makia Carlson scored 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the Pioneer girls against Riverside Friday night, but it wasn't enough, as Mac-Hi fell to the Pirates, 54-47, after turning the ball over 33 times.Kaitlin Erm dra

Waitsburg-Prescott takes out Walla Walla Valley Academy

COLLEGE PLACE — Waitsburg-Prescott defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy Saturday night, jumping out to a quick 25-12 lead at the half and cruising to a 48-29 win.

Pomeroy uses long ball to down LaCrosse-Washtucna

LACROSSE — The Pirates bombed away from downtown, hitting seven 3-pointers and accounting for 21-of-69 points from behind the arc Friday night versus LaCrosse-Washtucna.Pomeroy won the game 69-60 over its opponent. Mitch Ruchert had 27 points, while three

TigerScots pick up pair of Blue Mountain victories

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen picked up two Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball victories over the weekend, downing Union Friday night, 62-46, before taking care of Elgin, 60-29, Saturday night.'We're happy to get a 2-0 start to league,” W-M coach Brian Pic

Riverside runs to early lead, thumps Mac-Hi, 74-19

BOARDMAN, Ore. — A Riverside Pirates' 22-3 first-quarter opening run wasn't kind to the Mac-Hi Pioneers and it didn't get much better from there here Friday night. Mac-Hi eventually lost, 74-19, on the road against the Pirates.

Helix Grizzlies pick up victory over Long Creek

HELIX — The Helix Grizzlies' Zach Sundin and Dusty Bennett were the all-stars that led Helix to a 64-27 bashing of Long Creek Friday night. Bennett and Sundin combined for 25 points and filled up the rest of the stat sheet. Five assists for Sundin, four f

Touchet falters twice, loses to Colton, LaCrosse-Washtucna

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians boys basketball team faltered twice over the weekend in 1B state of Washington action, losing 72-37 to Colton and 57-48 against LaCrosse-Washtucna.The boys were missing 6-foot, 3-inch Will Huesby and point guard Vicente Flore

Helix tumbles to Imbler, Arlington

HELIX — The Helix Grizzlies fell to 1-6 Saturday as the shorthanded girls fell first to Arlington, 30-22, then Imbler, 53-24.The Grizzlies only had three varsity players available for the weekend's action as four were out due to either injury or illness.

Saturday, December 17

Customers find new course fits them to a tee

An indoor miniature golf course that also has arcade games and air hockey opened Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - It didn't take long before the first customers began to show up Saturday. Moments after the "open" flag was hung outside the community's new miniature golf and game center, patrons began trickling in for their first round at The Sweet Putt 4

Schools cook up new cafeteria menus

The goal is to help students make healthy food choices.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools are serving up less fast foods, and more in-house cooked meals as part of changes implemented this school year to its cafeteria menu choices.With school nutrition a hot national topic, parents throughout the countr

Milton-Freewater, motel reach agreement on taxes

The Morgan Inn will make monthly payments of the transient tax and will include back taxes.

MILTON-FREEWATER - The city has tentatively resolved a delinquent tax issue with the Morgan Inn.City Manager Linda Hall said the motel, owned by Randy Grudzinski, had stopped paying the city's transient tax earlier this year and had accumulated a debt of


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

Tipsy Taxi totes tipplers safely home

The free service runs from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. through New Year's Eve.

WALLA WALLA - Equipped with sweatshirts, a map, schedule, vomit/urine bag and a practically new 2010 Kia Sedona with 16,000 miles, Ramona Kemph and Cheryl Rickertsen were ready to keep city streets safe."This is when the college kids come back," Kemph sai

Commissioners seek comment on Voluntary Stewardship Program

The program tries to balance protection of critical areas on ag lands while letting farmers farm.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla County commissioners are seeking comments on a proposed program that deals with a potentially contentious land issue.Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on the Voluntary Stewardship Program, which intends to balance t

VA makes both history, health care priorities

Turning old buildings into health-care facilities and housing for homeless veterans will a challenge.

WALLA WALLA - If it's possible for history and quality health care to function together, local veterans officials are determined to make it work.At a recent meeting at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Veterans Affairs Medical Center, experts in health care and

ETCETERA - 10-year-old Walla Walla boy continues treatment for cancer

Ten-year-old Devin Bailey continues to receive chemotherapy and steroid treatment at a Spokane hospital. He's lost his hair, again, and misses being in school and spending time with friends, said his grandmother, Nana Phyllis Bishop.The son of Lisa Donald

ANNIVERSARY Tom and Anita Baker

Tom and AnitaBaker of Waitsburg will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at 8 tonight at Waitsburg Presbyterian Church. They married Dec. 23, 1951, in Denver.

ENGAGEMENT Gifford-White

Russ and Sherry White of Walla Walla announce the engagement of son Devin White to Lauren Gifford, both of Idaho Falls.

WEDDING Carambot-Seibold

Jamie Lynne Carambot and Brandon Taylor Seibold wed Oct. 2, 2011, at the Seibold family home in Walla Walla. Elder Daniel Knapp Sr. officiated.

Congress must get serious about reducing nation's debt

Last week the Senate rejected two balanced-budget amendments on party-line votes. Balancing the budget must be put ahead of partisan politics.

Congress has got to get federal spending under control.The national debt is $15 trillion and the federal government is spending about $1 trillion a year more than it takes in.Every member of Congress knows this can't continue. Yet few have the political c

Friday, December 16

Pictures of the Year 2011 - Jeff Horner

Photographs live long lives.They linger in our collective subconcious, gather quiet dust in the corner of a drawer or hang - slightly crooked - on a cluttered wall of fame.In a crowd of moments, carried forward with the flow of time, the good ones make us

Our endeavor must be to strive for perfection daily


PASTOR COLUMN - Let Christmas be born in your heart

Afew years ago, about this many days before Christmas, someone stole the baby Jesus out of the Nativity scene in front of our house.As you can imagine, this was an unhappy occurrence for our family, and particularly for my two boys. They were ready to org


Life Church to hold service at Sager Gym for Big Give todayCOLLEGE PLACE - Life Church of Walla Walla will hold its service at 10 a.m. today at Sager Gymnasium, 1755 S. College Ave., to facilitate its Big Give.The congregation will give away 123 bicycles

Etcetera - 12/16/11

Deployed troops will get some holiday cheer courtesy of Abajian Motor Sales.

Emergency Services - 12/16/11

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

Downtown luminaries to send message of hope

WALLA WALLA -- Children's Home Society will light downtown sidewalks with luminaries on Monday from 4-7 p.m. to embrace children who have been emotionally, physically, sexually abused or neglected and sending the message there is hope and support for fami

Burn ban to continue through next week in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA -- Despite a fleeting glimmer of blue skies Thursday, a burn ban for all of Walla Walla County will continue through next week.

Port audit by Department of Revenue results in bill

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla's first audit from the state Department of Revenue resulted in an unexpected tax bill.

Nicotine alters brain to trick you into keeping up the habit

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of columns about smoking cessation from medical professionals at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

As an oncology social worker, I am reminded daily of the havoc cigarettes wreak on the human body.

Letters To The Editor - Is Santa Claus really Satan?

It's once again that time of year where Christmas is all around us, and yet it never fails to unnerve me as to how we so forget the true meaning of it.

WWCC Foundation's summer musical will be missed

It looks as if lack of funding will keep the amphitheater dark this summer. The decision was difficult but necessary.

The Walla Walla Community College Foundation's outdoor summer musical at the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater is a 30-year summer tradition. It's tough when traditions vanish.

Light industrial park planned near landfill

Port of Walla Walla commissioners got a sneak peek of a vision for a business park near the Sudbury Road Landfill on Thursday.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Program aims to keep you off the injury list

It's snowing in the mountains, and for many that means it's time to hit the slopes. For others, it means basketball season is finally getting under way.

St. Mary cancer center earns accreditation, commendation

WALLA WALLA -- Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center has earned a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, according to Providence St. Mary's director of public affairs, Kathleen Ob

Walla Walla County salmon projects land $1.1 million in grants

The money was awarded by the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

WALLA WALLA -- Two Walla Walla County groups are slated to receive $1.1 million for salmon recovery projects.

Port sound system plan moves ahead

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners have heard the message about recording their public meetings loud and clear. Now they're making plans for an audio system that will make it possible in the first quarter of the year.

Drug offender sentencing alternative revoked for man in chase

David A. Pickett was ordered back to prison after failing to follow through with drug treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who led patrol officers on a vehicle chase in June 2010 is being sent back to prison for violating conditions of his drug-offender alternative sentence.

Walla Walla's Lincoln High drops 'alternative' from moniker

The change is part of a shift done for budgetary reasons, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- The city's second public high school is going by a new name.

List reveals hidden dangers of too-noisy toys

Aside from being just plain annoying, those noisy toys your children receive this Christmas may produce unsafe levels of sound.

Realism gains an edge with new front teeth

Perhaps it was a case of foreshadowing, but when I was young, I liked a Christmas song by Arthur Godfrey: "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth."


Framed in the tinsel and lights of downtown street lamppost and a line of decorative candy canes in front of the Walla Walla Bread Company, a pedestrian adjusts her scarf as light snow begins to fall on a Christmas land-like Main Street late Thursday morning.

Walla Walla library contract approved

The deal reached Thursday means county residents will have access to the city library in 2012.

WALLA WALLA -- County residents will have access to the city library next year.The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board on Thursday approved a 2012 contract, 4-1.The contract was a counteroffer from the city earlier this month. Board member Ste

Big city birthday

A Walla Walla native is surprised with a trip to Chicago to see the Bears for his 30th birthday.

WALLA WALLA — For his 30th birthday Sept. 15, Travis Grove, a Walla Walla native and Wa-Hi class of 2000, got a dream present.After opening 29 presents, his wife, Jodi, took their 10-month-old daughter, Kensley, upstairs and changed her into a Chicago Bea

Pirates grapple in Heppner

HEPPNER — Pomeroy's wrestling team warmed up for Saturday's Cathlamet Tournament by taking on grapplers from Heppner and Irrigon here Thursday.

Walla Walla YMCA still registering youth for basketball league

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is still taking registrations for the Youth Basketball Leagues.Basketball leagues are for boys in first-eighth grades. First and second-graders play 3-on-3, third graders plays 4-on-4 and fourth grade and up play 5-on-5.

Sweets add UC Irvine fielders Paulino, Cooper

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets continue to add depth to their 2012 roster with the addition of UC Irvine freshmen outfielders Kris Paulino and Ryan Cooper.

Walla Walla Parks youth indoor soccer leagues forming

WALLA WALLA — Late registrations for Walla Walla Parks and Recreation's Youth Indoor Soccer continue on an as-available basis.Registration for grades kindergarten-eighth grades is $55, and $20 per third child and any additional children. Scholarships are

WWU Wolves' second-half comeback falls just short

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men made a second-half comeback that fell just short against Pacific on the Wolves' court Thursday night, 63-61.

Death Notice - Genevieve Rolph

Dec. 20, 1938 - Dec. 15, 2011

James Webster

Nov. 23, 1937 - Dec. 8, 2011

Mary O'Rell

Aug. 14, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2011

Death Notice - Allen Hoffman

Aug. 25, 1921 - Dec. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Dale Hutchens

July 15, 1918 - Dec. 14, 2011

Thursday, December 15

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - WESTON COUNCIL

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


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

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

Fill up on Bacon & Eggs at former gas station

The opening of a new restaurant promises to be worth the wake.

ON THE RIGHT NOTE - Holiday music countdown

Holiday music countdown: Canadian Bublé croons Christmas tunes1. Michael Bublé "Christmas," Reprise. It's not often that America welcomes winter wind from Canada. Exceptions are made when it's classic Christmas crooning channeled con Connick Jr. (Harry) o

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 or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Featured books include:

'The Nutcracker' brings magic to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A holiday classic will take the stage Saturday at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.'The Nutcracker” will be performed by the Walla Walla Symphony orchestra accompanied by the Mid-Columbia Ballet. In addition, 40 students from The

Walla Walla dance students to perform 'Pinocchio' Jan. 14

Tickets are on sale now for The Dance Center of Walla Walla's Jan. 14 presentation of "Pinocchio" at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.Based on the original book by Carlo Collodi, the performance was conceive

Audubon bird count takes flight Saturday

The 112th annual Audubon Christmas bird count starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants will meet in the Harper Joy Theater parking lot, Whitman College, off Park Street, for instructions and carpooling. Local teams will survey a 15-mile circle around Wa

Book mines treasures of Minam River, its history and people for armchair travelers

"Into the Minam: the History of a River and Its People," $19.95 through Reflections Publishing Co. at skovlin@gmail.comThe only access to the Minam River in Northeastern Oregon's wilderness has been by small airplane, horseback or on foot. Jon M. and Donn

'Christmas with the Sheriff' Saturday at Pataha Flour Mill

POMEROY -- Pataha Flour Mills, 50 Hutchens Hill Road, holds the annual "Christmas with the Sheriff" at 7 p.m. Saturday. The concert and sing-along features retired Garfield County Sheriff Larry Bowles and the musical Bowles family of Pomeroy, which includ

Letters To The Editor - 'Top 10' news story ballot insensitive

This is a comment on your "Walla Walla U-B top 10 stories ballot."

Kids' gingerbread house-building sessions Wednesday at YWCA Dec. 21 event

The annual Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house-making event will be Wednesday at YWCA of Walla Walla, 213 S. First Ave., Three sessions will be held, 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Parents of children 5 years old and younger must stay for the duration of

Whitman Latino project wins grant

'The State of the State for Washington Latinos' is an annual, research project.

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College's yearlong community-based research project on "The State of the State for Washington Latinos" has been awarded an $11,000 grant by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the college announced today.

Etcetera - 12/15/11

Former Walla Walla High School classmates of Alma Morrow Cox, a 1963 alumna, are rallying around their friend after her Pasco home was damaged in a fire in early November.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Royalann R. and David C. Evans.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Sara C. Volk, 13, 5 S. Blue St., was sentenced Dec. 9 on one count disorderly conduct.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Derek D. Klein, 30, Puyallup, Wash., was sentenced Dec. 12 on one count fourth-degree assault.

Breakast with Santa fundraiser set for Saturday in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- A "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Walla Walla Masonic Center from 8:30-11:30 am. Breakfast will be served for $5 per person or $20 per family. Kids will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Pictures with

Church to hold service at Sager to facilitate bike giveaway

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla's Life Church will hold its Sunday morning service at Sager School's gymnasium, 1755 S. College Ave., to facilitate the church's annual Big Give.

Moms' Network plans 'Reading Room' for Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Stories, crafts and treats are on the agenda Saturday for a toasty family-friendly event organized by The Moms' Network.

Celebration set for tonight for state champ W-P

WAITSBURG -- A community celebration to honor the Waitsburg-Prescott state champion football team will begin at 6:30 tonight at Town Hall.

Christmas musical narrative to be performed at church

WALLA WALLA -- Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., will present "The Gift of Christmas" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Christmas with the sheriff set at Pataha Flour Mills

PATAHA -- Pataha Flour Mills, near Pomeroy, will hold its annual Christmas with the sheriff (retired) Saturday at 7 p.m.

Cookbook signing set for Saturday in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Shannon Smith-McKeown will sign copies of her latest cookbook, "Eat Eat Walla Walla," on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at My Grandmother's Garden/Ferraro Italian Specialties, 2946 S. Third Ave.

Candlelight service, solstice ceremony set for Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace will present its annual candlelight service Friday at 7 p.m.

College Place Lions Park restrooms to be closed for winter

COLLEGE PLACE -- The public restrooms at Lions Park will be closed for the winter after Friday.

Next two Walla Walla school years to start after Labor Day

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board has approved school-year calendars for the next two academic years, with school starting after Labor Day each year.

Blue Mountain Action Council chief named to state Housing Finance Commission

WALLA WALLA -- Blue Mountain Action Council's leader, Steve Moss, has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Emergency Services - 12/15/11

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

Downtown businesses hit by burglaries

WALLA WALLA -- No suspects have been named in a string of burglaries at 11 downtown businesses Tuesday night. The Walla Walla Police Department is continuing an investigation into the incident, reported at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Is driving while on cellphone worth the risk?

The NTSB recommends an outright ban on all cellphone use by drivers. It won't happen because too many believe the convenience is worth the risks.

Most people know it is extremely dangerous to text, email or chat on a cellphone while driving. Yet few are willing to put away their electronic devices, particularly their cellphones, when they get behind the wheel.

From angst to ash

The Blue Mountain Humane Society celebrated getting out of debt with a mortgage burning Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA -- In a back yard on the east end of Walla Walla on Wednesday evening, flames leaped in an outdoor fire pit, shooting sparks into a frost-peppered night.

Port of Walla Walla chief's pay cut

Jim Kuntz will receive about $10,000 less in 2012 than this year. His base salary rises, but his 'deferred compensation' is eliminated.

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners voted this morning to reduce the annual salary of the economic agency's executive director for 2012.In a unanimous decision, the three commissioners adopted a $150,000 salary for Executive Director Jim Kunt

Death Notice - Helen Drake

Dec. 14, 2011

Death Notice - Carol Narvaez

Oct. 31, 1949 - Dec. 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 14

Whitman College community project awarded grant

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College's year-long community-based research project on 'The State of the State for Washington Latinos” has been awarded an $11,000 grant by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the college announced today.Professor Paul Apostolid

Spate of downtown Walla Walla business burglaries reported

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla police said this afternoon that 11 businesses in one downtown office building were broken into sometime overnight on Tuesday.Officers were dispatched at 7 a.m. today to a building in the 00 block of E. Main Street and discovered


Amongst piles of fallen leaves in a vineyard just north of Stateline Road, a frosty red, white and blue morning greets a lone worker as he prunes a row of icy vines.

Emergency Services - 12/14/11

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


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


When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: District boardroom

Barrel of cash fundraiser to be corked Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Friday will be the last day to drop donations into the barrels and other containers set up through town as collection spots for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

Sheriff's round table meeting set for Thursday in Burbank

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold a Sheriff's Round Table meeting here Thursday.

Port commissioners to have quorum at reception

The Port of Walla Walla commissioners have been invited to attend the economic development agency's annual holiday reception today.

County commissioners to hold informal meeting Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners will meet informally at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Trio of agencies to share in funding from Abajian

WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and Rising Sun Clubhouse will each get $5,000 from the Abajian Foundation of Sharing.

College Place councilman signs off after 32-year run

Scott Duncan's last meeting Monday wrapped up his second stint on the Council he first joined in 1978.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The City Council bid goodbye this week to one of its longest-serving members.

Etcetera - 12/14/11

Wartime veterans and surviving spouses of veterans can learn about little-known benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs' Aid & Attendance program during a free seminar at Park Plaza retirement community, 1400 Dalles Military Road

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 - STARBUCK COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Walla Walla woman chosen for ed group

Nicole Gonzales will serve as a parent ambassador to a state early learning group.

Nicole Gonzales of Walla Walla was recently named parent ambassador for the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs.

It's tee time at The Sweet Putt

The indoor portion of Walla Walla's new miniature golf course will open Saturday, said co-owner Juli Dunn.

Applicants sought for Walla Walla County Water Conservancy Board

WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are sought to serve as alternates for two positions on the Walla Walla County Water Conservancy Board.

County commission OKs tax levies

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners Monday approved resolutions to set the county's property, road and emergency medical services tax levies.

BMAC chief named to state Housing Finance Commission

WALLA WALLA -- Blue Mountain Action Council's leader, Steve Moss, has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Plight of local Helpline shelter is sign of the times

Yet, problems such as homelessness and drug addiction are not going away. Private donations are needed.

The Great Recession, despite claims by economists it is on its way out, still has enough residual bite to cause pain for many people in this Valley.

Letters To The Editor - Oregonians do pay some taxes in Washington

In regards to the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board's recommendation (Nov. 28) that the state of Washington consider imposing a sales tax on all visiting Oregonians, I would like to suggest the Editorial Board review your state's current taxing status.

Letters To The Editor - A libertarian Christmas

Are you fed up with all this humbug lauding generosity and compassion in the spirit of Christmas? Are you sick of reading U-B letters urging us to donate to the YWCA, Helpline, Catholic Charities and the Rescue Mission?

Dayton boys run right past Pomeroy, 82-38

DAYTON — The Dayton boys basketball team gained a 40-point lead at the end of the third quarter over the Pomeroy Pirate boys Tuesday night, and cruised to an 82-38 victory.Garett Turner led the scoring for the Bulldogs with 33 points. Turner attempted 27

Buckaroos dismantle Blue Devils

Pendleton grabs 12 steals and forces 23 Wa-Hi turnovers as the Bucks run to a 60-32 boys basketball victory Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Led by guard Deon Davis' 17 points — and more importantly five steals — the Pendleton Buckaroos dismantled the Wa-Hi boys Tuesday night, racking up 12 steals and 23 turnovers en route to a 60-32 victory.The Blue Devils were in a hole from th

Touchet boys take care of Helix

Three Indians score in double figures as Touchet takes the 58-38 win on the Grizzlies' court Tuesday.

HELIX — The Touchet Indians slayed the Helix Grizzlies in boys non-league basketball action here Tuesday night, 58-38.The Indians had three players score in double figures: Eric Hines with 10 points, Zach Carson with 12 and Connor McKeown with 16 points.

Pirates pillage Bulldog girls

Pomeroy sprints to an early lead and never relents in a 58-27 thumping of Dayton Tuesday night.

DAYTON — The Pomeroy Pirate girls basketball team came to win Tuesday night against the Dayton Bulldogs, and that is exactly what they did. Taking a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, the Pirates played hard until the very end to beat the Bulldogs, 58-27.Hay

Slow start leads to W-P boys loss to Riverside.

BOARDMAN, Ore. — A slow start didn't help Waitsburg-Prescott's cause in Riverside, Ore., Tuesday night, as the boys fell to Riverside 77-52.Riverside took a 15-4 lead in the first quarter before W-P regrouped to score 23 in the second. Riverside matched W

Warner's 15 points lead Indians past Grizzlies, 35-16

Kristen Warner also rips down 18 rebounds for the double-double during Tuesday night's victory in Helix.

HELIX — Touchet's Kristen Warner ripped down 18 boards and scored 15 points for the double-double and lead her team to a 35-16 victory over the Helix Grizzlies here Tuesday night in girls basketball action.'Kristen Warner had a ton of boards and she is ca

Wa-Hi girls shut down Pendleton, 46-34

PENDLETON — Wa-Hi limited Pendleton to 11 second-half points here Tuesday night and pulled away to a 46-34 girls non-league prep basketball victory over the Buckaroos.The Blue Devils led 26-23 at halftime.

Waisburg-Prescott girls roll over Riverside

BOARDMAN, Ore. — Waitsburg-Prescott dominated Riverside in every fact of the game here Tuesday night in rolling to a 61-25 girls non-league prep basketball victory.'We were a little sloppy in our last game, so this was a good way to bounce back,” said W-P

WWVA boys' rally falls short to Asotin

COLLEGE PLACE — A 27-14, fourth quarter comeback, wasn't enough for Walla Walla Valley Academy to overcome the 52-29 lead Asotin had built through the first three quarters of Tuesday's match as the Knights fell, 66-56, to the Panthers.

WWVA girls falter in second half against Asotin

COLLEGE PLACE — Asotin shut down Walla Walla Valley Academy in the second half here Tuesday night and came away with a 34-20 girls Southeast 2B District basketball victory.The Knights, who won their first two games of the season, appeared to be on their w

Pirate grapplers wrestle well in Pasco

PASCO — Pomeroy wrestling won 18-of-25 matches at the Tri-Cities Prep Mix'n Match Tuesday, against Chiawana's junior varsity, Waitsburg-Prescott and Lind-Ritzville.'It thought we did really well.” Pomeroy coach Brian Slaybaugh said. 'Our kids are kind of

Winter in Wallowa

Snow, buffalo, deer, bronze statues, delicious food and beautiful sights fill a trip to Wallowa Lake.

We started out before noon to check snow conditions on Weston Mountain at Morning Creek, Woodland Campground, Andies Prairie and Summit Road.We ended up at Wallowa Lake as the sun sank behind Chief Joseph Mountain.Then we dined at Heavenly's Restaurant an

Gordon Ellis Bergevin

September 10, 1930 – December 10, 2011

Betty VanZandt

July 6, 1928 - Dec. 7, 2011

Cora Hart

July 13, 1915 - Dec. 9, 2011

Merle Hess

April 18, 1932 - Dec. 12, 2011

Lois Rambo

March 5, 1916 - Dec. 10, 2011

Viola Lenz

March 24, 1916 - Dec. 11, 2011

Death Notice - Dorothygene Scroggins

Aug. 8, 1932 - Dec. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Allen Hoffman

Aug. 25, 1925 - Dec. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Carol Jackson

July 19, 1956 - Dec. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Helen Gradwohl

Aug. 17, 1921 - Dec. 14, 2011

Free art show Thursday at Lincoln High School

WALLA WALLA — Community members are invited to a free art show Thursday featuring works by Lincoln Alternative High School students.The show will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 421 S. Fourth St., and will feature works from pottery, art and

Tuesday, December 13

Wilfred 'Bill” L. Santo

January 7, 1918 – December 11, 2011

Moore Sports Washington Basketball Club holds camp

COLLEGE PLACE -- A basketball camp for players sixth through eighth grades is being held by Moore Sports Washington Basketball Club from Dec. 19-23.

Hoping for a home for the holidays

It's the holiday season and thoughts often turn toward home and family. And toward pets, too.For a lonely, frightened animal in the Blue Mountain Humane Society shelter, ears perk up, noses twitch and hope fills broken hearts when potential new owners pas

Walla Walla parent named to early learning group

Nicole Gonzales is the first person represent Walla Walla with the state association in many years, an official says.

WALLA WALLA -- Nicole Gonzales of Walla Walla was recently named parent ambassador for the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs.Gonzales is one of 22 parents selected statewide, with only three f

ROCK DOC - Ash and 'lahars' a double threat from Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is a stunning sight — beautiful, covered in snow and ice in winter and summer.Like most other Cascade peaks, Rainier also is a deadly volcano. It hasn't erupted since 1894, but that's not long ago to a geologist — we are sure it will be hear

LEGAL BRIEFING - Santa, soldier dad raises quandary for mom

Dear John,Every year, I take my son to see Santa. I take video of him sitting on Santa's lap, telling him what he wants. It is adorable to see him change over the years. I know he will love having these recordings when he is grown up and has a family of h


A horse and barn in a field off Powerline Road early Monday afternoon are framed in icy spikes as heavy frost clings to the metal rectangles of a fence.

Book signing set for local author

Walla Walla author Karen Fisher-Alaniz will be at Mr. Ed's family restaurant at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 to autograph copies of her book 'Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything.”

Emergency Services - 12/13/11

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

Suspect in casino burglary nabbed

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Dustin A. Harshman, 28, was jailed Saturday in Walla Walla after having been arrested in Tennessee in connection with a burglary of the Blue Mountain Casino early last year.

US, Japan tension high in Dec. 6, 1941, U-B

Older homes reveal all kinds of surprises if a person knows where to look.Over time, Tom Osborn has been replacing the double-hung windows in his Milton-Freewater home, built in the early 1940s, with energy-efficient vinyl ones.During this process, he's r

On The Agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commission Room, CourthouseWhat: Special meeting


When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: 1 Port Way

WAY OUT HERE - Steel rails stitch together past, present, future

One of the things we love about living way out here is that there are railroad tracks that pass by our Walkers Ranch. They're about a third of a mile away — close enough to feel like it's 'our” train, but far enough away that it doesn't sound like it's go

D-PADS AND DICE - Fight the empire – or be the empire

Big is the word that floats to the top of my consciousness when I think of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.When you start the video game, it's hard to tell just how big it is since it pipes you through a choreographed sequence designed to establish the major


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

HOME PLACE - A whole lot to do before saying 'I do'

Now let's see. I last left column readers at elk camp, as I recall. Needless to say, a lot of life has been happening since then.Things like Camo Man and I finally setting a wedding date.After weeks of fretting about when.Should we try for this year? Too

On The Agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday. An executive session kicks off the meeting at 8:15 a.m. Regular session is 9 a.m.Where: Port administrative office, 310 A St.


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

In the minutes - PRESCOTT COUNCIL

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


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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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


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

Application fee eyed for nursing program

WWCC trustees will consider instituting a $30 fee for applicants starting Jan. 1.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees will consider approving a new application fee for students interested in entering the college's nursing program.

Port chief's salary on commission's agenda

WALLA WALLA -- The executive director's salary will top a packed Port of Walla Walla agenda Thursday.

Trial dates set for men nabbed after Walla Walla standoff

Joseph D. Dejesus and Skyler Glasby face a variety of charges unrelated to a standoff that started Nov. 29.

WALLA WALLA -- Two men involved in a standoff at the end of November were arraigned Monday in Walla Walla Superior Court.

Gang member sentenced in store robbery

Corey J. Reece was ordered to serve 22 months for robbing the Conoco Zip Zone of beer.

WALLA WALLA -- A local gang member was sentenced to 22 months in prison Monday for robbing the Conoco Zip Zone of beer in February.

Letters To The Editor - Build a privately funded aquatic center

The question has been brought up again about an aquatic center. This has been voted down two times by the voters of Walla Walla.

Letters To The Editor - Hmmmm, what is best way to stimulate economy?

Myth: The $535 million sent to Solyndra was lost.

WWCC a winner before being named a top 5 school

The college has done an outstanding job of meeting the needs of the community.

Folks in this Valley should be thrilled Walla Walla Community College was honored Monday as one of the five best two-year schools in the nation. It affirms what many already know -- WWCC has extraordinary programs that change lives for the better.

DeSales girls lose to Crusaders

YAKIMA — A scoreless second quarter ended up being the big difference as DeSales' girls dropped a non-league basketball game to Riverside Christian here Monday, 39-30.The Irish trailed the Crusaders, 12-8, after the opening quarter, but Riverside Christia

Laurel Silvestri

Julia Rader

Jan. 16, 1969 - Dec. 5, 2011

Death Notice - Lois Rambo

March 5, 1916 - Dec. 10, 2011

Death Notice - Philip Popp

April 6, 1942 - Dec. 11, 2011

Death Notice - Leadra Allessio

Dec. 08, 2011

Death Notice - Gordon Bergevin

Sept. 10, 1930 - Dec. 10, 2011

Death Notice - David Bishop

Dec. 29, 1925 - Dec. 12, 2011

Walla Walla Regional Airport scales found to be accurate

WALLA WALLA — Travelers checking in at Walla Walla Regional Airport this holiday season can stop worrying about their weight. Or at least the weight of their baggage anyway.Weights and measures inspectors from the Washington state Department of Agricultur

Monday, December 12


Time for snow, frost, ice---and the start of the work week---Monday morning as Pam Kinsella makes her way along a Main Street sidewalk en route to a quick stop at Starbucks before heading to her job at Banner Bank.

Whitman and Walla Walla help each other remain strong

Whitman College has started a $150 million fundraising campaign. The effort will makes the college and the city even stronger.

Whitman College has recently embarked on a $150 million fundraising campaign. The college's Now Is The Time campaign, the first major fundraising effort in a quarter of a century, aims to bolster Whitman's academic excellence, scholarship support and fin

Letters To The Editor - Commissioners' behavior a poor reflection

We must not allow the unprofessional conduct of our local elected officials, in this case, the Board of County Commissioners at the Dec. 5 public hearing on the 2012 budget, to taint the long-standing cooperative spirit of our beautiful and productive Wal

WWCC named to top 5 list

The Aspen Institute will award the local school $100,000.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College today was awarded $100,000 as one of America's best community colleges, out of an original field of 1,000 schools.

Blue Window Vintage offers old, new clothing

What's old is new again at a downtown store specializing in vintage clothing.

Emergency Services - 12/12/11

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

On The Agenda - Starbuck Council

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Hall

On The Agenda - WW School Board

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. after 5 p.m. executive session.Where: School District office, 364 S. Park St.

Holiday events planned at Liberty Theater in Dayton

DAYTON -- Two holiday events are scheduled at the Liberty Theater this month.

Friends of Prescott Library to hold Christmas bake sale

PRESCOTT -- Friends of the Prescott Library will hold a Christmas bake sale Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Prescott Lions Hall.

Wa-Hi FFA students hold holiday wreath sale

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School FFA students are holding a holiday wreath sale.

College Place planners to hear about new major road project Tuesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The city Planning Commission will hear about funding for a major new road project Tuesday.

Burn ban extended through at least Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- A burn ban for Walla Walla County has been extended through Thursday.

Etcetera - 12/12/11

Santa is warming up his ho-ho-hos for a visit to the Weston Public Library, 87 School St.

Touchet girls show improvement in dual losses

ENDICOTT — St. John-Endicott went on a 26-5 second-quarter run against Touchet here Saturday in Southeast 1B girls basketball action and went on to post a 69-54 win.In Friday action, the Indians dropped a home game to Rosalia. Rosalia opened with a 20-2 r

Pomeroy girls suffer pair of basketball defeats

POMEROY — After being buried by an avalanche of 3-point baskets on Friday night, turnovers derailed Pomeroy here Saturday as the Pirates suffered a pair of Southeast 1B District girls basketball defeats.Colton sank nine shots from outside the arc in Frida

Pirate boys fall to Colton, Rosalia

POMEROY — Pomeroy's boys dropped a pair of basketball games over the weekend, 81-44 to Colton Friday night before playing Rosalia to a 68-61 defeat Saturday.Friday night, Colton outrebounded the Pirates, 40-24, and shot almost 50 percent for the game in t

Sunday, December 11

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff's budget request is sound

A lot of bricks have been thrown at Sheriff Turner recently for requesting an increase in the department budget. From my perspective it would be professionally irresponsible for Sheriff Turner not to request what he and his command staff, with a combined

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take a stand on FDA plan

This letter is partly in response to Dr. Don Casebolt's article on Nov. 25 regarding supplements, but mostly to alert people of the impending ban the FDA has put on all supplements developed or added to after 1994. This ban will go into effect beginning 2

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Handling of city standoff disappointing

I was very disappointed with the actions of the Walla Walla Police Department during the recent standoff for many reasons.During this standoff, I was informed Quail Run was in lockdown (my father resides there). When I called dispatch at approximately 10

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Keep up good work on Aviary

The Pioneer Park Aviary finances are still on an uphill struggle but at least now it's up hill.Our donation jars are not doing much but every little bit is needed. Great friends, Pat and Louise Lynch, have mad

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - How can WSU pay coach $2.25 million a year?

So help me understand.The state of Washington is currently slashing budgets and cutting the salaries of government workers to balance the budget. Washington State University is cutting staff, raising fees and other costs to students because they received

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A riddle and food for thought

Riddle: What do Mitt Romney, Barney Frank, Michael Dukakis, Teddy Kennedy, and John Kerry have in common?Food for thought: All five were elected to public office by electorate of a state considered by many to be the most liber

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - State budget cuts are hurting seniors and disabled

I find it necessary to write because the state government has done it to us again. Why do the higher-ups almost always feel that they need to start cutting services from the bottom?It's usually the people on the bottom who need the services the most becau

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - President Obama seems determined to kill America

Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is a friend of America needs to wake up - now!Obama seeks to destroy the things that have made America strong. In a recent speech he delivered in Kansas, Obama said "rugged individualism" doesn't work. He said capitalism doe

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Milton-Freewater will be big winner in Washington's tax plan

Taking away Oregonions' sales-tax exemption in Washington state and raising the sales tax rate will be the best news that the city of Milton-Freewater has had in years.The city will be able to finally expand the city limits to the state line. Target, Cost

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A brief history lesson on how newspaper was distributed

Rest assured this letter is noncontroversial.When I was a young lad back in the '20s and '30s, the U-B (and other papers) were house delivery unlike they way they are put in tubes near mailboxes today.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Will our culture survive experiment with morals?

This letter is in response to redefining marriage and making judgments.Participating in dangerous actions and activities will hurt us. A child playing on a busy highway rarely has happy consequences - and so we counsel against it. To promote it would be t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Comment offered on pastor's column

After reading Pastor Bob Grimm's column in the Nov. 28 paper about the "Plank and Speck" in the eye and a subsequent discussion with my wife the question was asked, "Who has the plank?" She quickly responded, "We all do." That presented a whole new though

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Buy products made in the United States

I heard an interesting factoid this past week I thought I would pass along. According to ABC News, "If everyone who is shopping this Christmas season would spend $64 on products that are "Made In America," we, as consumers, could create 200,000 jobs."Now

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Roundabout discussion revisited

Andrew Pryor struck the right nerve in excessive costs for Myra Road intersection designs at its south end.The special joint council meeting of Walla Walla and College Place notables and a design firm last July 26 (available

ETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The 21st century Golden Rule

For 30 centuries the Golden Rule was: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This volatile century demands more of all of us. We are in one of the deeper periods of financial turmoil than this country has experienced since its inception.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Some thoughts on Oregon and sales tax

Regarding the sales-tax avoidance by our Oregon neighbors, consumers buying commerce in Oregon are paying into a fiscal budget. In Oregon it is called income tax, and every business has that tax figured into its overhead, which is passed onto every custom

Wa-Hi pressures way to 56-28 defeat of Suns

Devil 3-pointers free up post Torri Crawford to score 9-of-15 in the paint.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's pressure defense propelled the Blue Devil girls to a 39-11 halftime lead here at Southridge Saturday night.Wa-Hi finished the job and posted a non-conference 56-28 girls basketball win over the Suns.The Blue Devil full court press got

Devils overcome slow start, beat Southridge

Wa-Hi improves to 3-2 after splitting with Hanford and Southridge.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys basketball team divided a pair of games against Big Nine Conference 3A opponents over the weekend.The Blue Devils slipped past Southridge, 44-41, on Saturday night in the Wa-Hi gym after losing at Hanford, 63-39, on Friday night

Warriors conquer Mt. Hood, 84-46

A day after falling to the defending NJCAA champs North Idaho, WWCC responds with a 84-46 walloping of the Saints.

WALLA WALLA — Coming off a 71-65 loss to reigning NJCAA champion North Idaho Friday night, Walla Walla Community College had something to prove.The Warrior women did just that Saturday night, smashing the Mt. Hood Saints, 84-46.

Mac-Hi's Bullock perfect 5-0 at Muilenburg Tournament

Pioneer Ryan Bullock pins five to lead Mac-Hi to fourth at the Muilenburg Tournament.

LA GRANDE — Ryan Bullock earned an individual championship to lead Mac-Hi to a fourth place finish here in Friday-Saturday wrestling action at the Muilenburg Tournament.20 teams from all classifications wrestled, with class 6A Barlow from Portland winning

WWCC men split Running Vikes Tourney

The Warriors dominate Camosun, 87-56, Saturday after falling to North Idaho, 78-51, Friday.

MOSES LAKE — Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team earned a split in the annual Big Bend Runnin' Vikes Classic here Saturday with an 87-56 victory over Camosun.Jay Payne led four Warriors in double figures with 21 points and made 5-of-8 sh

Bartlow nets double-double to lead W-P over P. V.

Waitsburg-Prescott slices through Powder Valley in consecutive matches.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott swept a pair of non-league boys basketball games from Powder Valley over the weekend.W-P went on the road Saturday for a 60-48 triumph after winning at home on Friday night, 53-33.

Missionaries cruise past Santa Cruz, Lancaster Bible

Whitman College started on a 24-1 run over the Banana Slugs and never looked back, beating Santa Cruz 85-56.

WALLA WALLA — With juniors Mary Madden and Kelly Peterson providing an early one-two punch, Whitman College opened Saturday night's match with UC Santa Cruz on a 24-1 scoring spree and ran away with an 85-56 victory in the finale of the fifth annual Kim E

Knebel, Reisdorph, Jenkins take home titles for Pomeroy grapplers

POTLATCH — Tory Knebel claimed an individual title at 170 pounds while Wyatt Jenkins and Austin Reisdorph took home titles at 160 and 195 pounds, respectively, to lead Pomeroy to a top-five finish here Saturday during the annual Dick Griswold Memorial Wre

W-M dominates Riverside, 55-36

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen came out of the locker room firing here Saturday in non-conference girls basketball action.The TigerScots raced to an 18-2 lead after one and Riverside never recovered as W-M went on to post its first win of the year with a 55-36 tr

Reich's 20 points not enough to lead W-M over Riverside

BOARDMAN, Ore. — Weston-McEwen's Dallas Reich gave it his all here Saturday night.Reich scored a game-high 20 points for the TigerScots, but it was not enough as the Pirates rolled to a 61-36 victory.'Riverside is the biggest team we will play” Weston-McE

Touchet struggles in losses to St. John-Endicott, Rosalia

ENDICOTT — Touchet's boys basketball team dropped a pair of Southeast 1B basketball games over the weekend.The Indians bowed at St. John-Endicott, 62-37, on Saturday night after losing at home to Rosalia, 56-35, on Friday night,

Grizzlies romp past Ukiah, 66-17, in first win

LONG CREEK, Ore. — Helix sophomore Kristin Williams scored a game-high 18 points here Saturday to lead the Grizzlies to their first girls high school basketball win of the season — a 66-17 romp over Ukiah. Brittany Iles contributed 13 points, Nancy Lathro

Pioneers overwhelmed in loss to Pilot Rock girls

PILOT ROCK — The Pioneers trailed Pilot Rock by only four, 10-6, after one, but the Rockets kept expanding on the lead and finished with a 56-21 win.'We were down a lot the first time we played them,” Pioneers coach Nicole Christian said. 'We have to keep

Pilot Rock rockets past Mac-Hi, 73-37, Friday night, Pioneers 0-2

PILOT ROCK — Dillon Britton scored 18 points, and Demarcus Bowe 17, to lead the Rockets over Mac-Hi Friday night.The Rockets jumped to a 44-20 lead at intermission and extended the lead for a 73-37 win over the visiting Pioneers.

Saturday, December 10

Milton-Freewater motel in tax dispute with city

The Morgan Inn's manager confirmed the motel is collecting but not turning in the taxes.

MILTON-FREEWATER - City officials report a local business owes them $12,744 in taxes, but Morgan Inn manager Carrie Huskinson said the city's new transient tax has cost her at least that much in business."We feel the tax is discriminatory. We are the only

Baby Jesus missing, but humor not gone with him

WAITSBURG - 'Tis the season to be jolly, even occasionally on a police report.On Friday, a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report described the plight of a missing baby Jesus from the Presbyterian Church nativity scene.Earlier, the nativity doll had been mov


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

Program bonds Best Buddies

A Whitman student's efforts bring an international friendship program to the state for the first time.

Rachel Kutcher is so ready to get this party started.The 19-year-old McLoughlin High School student is a holiday vision in her twirly crimson skirt and candy-cane-striped top.Kutcher had stationed herself near the cookie table in the ballroom at the Reid

Wreaths honor veterans' memories

Walla Walla's first commemoration of Wreaths Across America day saw scores of wreaths laid at graves in Mountain View Cemetery.

WALLA WALLA - A ceremony that started 20 years ago at Arlington National Cemetery made its debut at Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday as Christmas wreaths were laid on the headstones of 137 veterans buried there.The event, known as Wreaths Across America

Stormwater rule changes subject of workshop on Monday

WALLA WALLA - Proposed changes to stormwater regulations will be the subject of a workshop Monday in Walla Walla.The state Department of Ecology workshop will begin at 9 a.m. in the conference room at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.The workshop will beg

Library changes already felt

The city's decision to leave a local consortium is cutting access to holdings throughout the area.

WALLA WALLA - City and county library patrons are already feeling the effects of a major change due to start in 2012.This week, the three library agencies that make up the WALNET Consortium - Walla Walla Public Library, Walla Walla County Rural Library Di

GUEST COLUMN - Campaign seeks to solidify Whitman's future in Valley

Recent-ly, Whitman College announced the launch of a major fundraising campaign, titled "Now Is the Time."It began quietly in 2007 with a vision to provide greater support in three areas that are critical to Whitman: advancing excellence in our academic p

ETCETERA - Green Park's Math-a-thon surpasses fundraising goal

The numbers added up when Green Park Elementary PTA exceeded its expectations by raising a record-breaking $13,914.29 during the fourth annual Math-a-thon. The goal was $11,500.Altogether, 233 students participated, a 50 percent improvement from the previ

ANNIVERSARY Rodney and Marilynn Johnson

Rod and Marilynn Johnson of Walla Walla will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a 2 p.m. reception today at Blue Mountain Community Church. At the request of the couple guests are asked not to bring gifts.

WEDDING Wilson-Riener

Former Walla Wallan Kendall Wilson and Daniel Riener, both of Lewiston, wed Sept. 3, 2011, at Red Barn Farms in Colton, Wash. The Rev. Lynn Nelson officiated.

Engagement: Graybill-Bolesta

Oscar and April Graybill of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Erin McFarland Graybill to Aaron Michael Bolesta, both of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Walla Walla needs an aquatic center

Last month, a plan was floated to build an $8 million facility. Before it goes to the ballot, those behind the plan must make sure it's a plan voters will approve.

The lack of a public swimming pool or aquatic center has been a source of irritation for many in this community since Veterans Memorial Pool was shut down a few years back. The cost of making repairs to that pool was too high to justify because it was not

Friday, December 9

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus is as relevant today as ever

The average person in the today's world has little regard for religion. "It is made up of obsolete traditions and has no relevance for me," is the response of many today.Frankly, I, too am not impressed by many expressions of religion. Some have been and

Good points on making knives

Building a knife can be as simple as cutting a knife shape out of a piece of metal, grinding it, and putting a handle on it. This method is generally called stock removal, and is a fast, efficient way to make knives.Forging is a more involved process in w

ANORAMA - Hot steel. Cool ... Blades

Bruce Bump sold his first knife for $25. In those days, Bump was still making a living as a motorcycle mechanic and building knives as a hobby."I think that's the way most knife makers begin," Bump said, alluding to his very low-key origins.

Foot-washing part of one Christian's spiritual journey

There are some strange things that I do in my life, unusual life choices made for spiritual reasons. I don't bow down and worship the sun or erect huge monolithic structures in the desert. However, the religious sacraments that I observe may seem just as


United Brethren Church Choir to sing ‘Jesus is Emmanuel'DAYTON - The Christmas Cantata "Jesus is Emmanuel" will be done by the United Brethren Church Choir at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. today at 106 S. Fourth St. in Dayton. No charge for admission.Milton Se

Death Notice - Charles Bristow

Jan. 12, 1923 - Dec. 8, 2011

Death Notice - James Webster

Nov. 23, 1937 - Dec. 8, 2011

Robert Chrisman

June 26, 1938 - Dec. 4, 2011

Matthew Minzghor Jr

March 20, 1941 - Dec. 6, 2011

James Moss

July 10, 1941 - Nov. 27, 2010

Death Notice - Rosemary Hutchinson

Sept. 17, 1945 - Dec. 1, 2011

Death Notice - Carrie Pierpont

Aug. 23, 1921 - Nov. 29, 2011

Grace Hendrix

Dec. 20, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2011

Peach & Pear's new product line is big teas

A downtown Walla Walla shop known for frozen treats is now offering something to warm your soul on a cold day.

Trial delayed for Dayton man in cyclist's death

Melvin J. Bohleen is charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a woman's death in May.

WALLA WALLA -- This week's trial for a motorist who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist on Middle Waitsburg Road in May has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court to allow the defense more time to prepare.

Thirty-four charities in running for cash prize

An item in Thursday's Strictly Business column about The Abajian Foundation of Sharing gave an incomplete list of the nonprofit organizations in the running to receive funds.

Flu shots keep more people well than just you

Most of us have been there -- the fever, body aches, congestion, headache. Having the flu is no fun. For most it is simply an inconvenience -- it makes us sick and then we get better within a few days.

Habit can send cancer patient's chances up in smoke

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of columns about smoking cessation from medical professionals at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

As a medical oncologist, one of the first issues I think about when counseling a patient with cancer concerning choices and prospects for treatment is whether that individual is actively smoking.

Could diet be a key to schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is one of the more severe forms of mental illness. The causes of this affliction are not fully understood. However, in recent years studies have suggested nutrition may play a role.

Man charged in correctional officer's slaying

PENDLETON (AP) -- Charging papers indicate an Eastern Oregon correctional officer who stopped to help a stranded motorist ended up in a fatal fight when the stranger tried to take the officer's truck.

Stagnant air prompts burn ban

WALLA WALLA -- A countywide burn ban is in effect today due to stagnant air conditions.

Retirement party set for Garfield County 911 coordinator

POMEROY -- A retirement party for 911 Coordinator Virginia Boyd will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 695 Main St. Boyd has worked for the Garfield County Sheriff's Office for 25 years.

In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Ray Hoffman, Kris Darby and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Emergency Services - 12/09/11

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

Etcetera - 12/09/11

Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary will flock to Land Title Plaza at First Avenue and Main Street downtown Walla Walla, on Saturday and Dec. 17 to continue fundraising efforts for the park aviary, said its caretaker Joanna Lanning.

Teen accused in rape pleads guilty to assault

Daijohn A. Gonzalez faces up to 30 days in detention for fourth-degree assault.

WALLA WALLA -- A second teenager accused of raping a girl in the spring of 2010 while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

City police urge caution in ice, fog

WALLA WALLA -- As fog and ice arrive in our area, the Walla Walla Police Department would like to remind the motoring public to be safe while driving in hazardous conditions.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Paging the holiday spirit, paging ...

As she walked down the skinny aisle of the airplane, I knew we were in for trouble.

Field burning a valued tool

It is not an uncommon sight in the fall or spring to see columns of smoke on the horizon in the Blue Mountain region. Longtime residents of the area familiar with farming practices know all the reasons for field burning but folks new to the area may not u

Meetings between Commission, sheriff should be public

It is the job of the sheriff to develop strategic plans while the Board of County Commissioners oversee the budget.

The budget discussion between Sheriff John Turner and the three county commissioners got heated this week when it veered off course.

Letters To The Editor - Editorial on Judge Redden perpetuated myths

Your editorial referring to Judge Redden stepping aside on salmon litigation perpetuates the many myths associated with the issue.


Shiann Dreadfulwater stays local with a move from WWCC to Whitman this Fall.

WALLA WALLA — Talk to Walla Walla Community College women's basketball coach Bobbi Hazeltine and it's obvious Shiann Dreadfulwater was a large part of the success Warrior basketball had in 2010-11.The Warriors finished last season as the runners-up in the

State title won't end Bartlow's coaching journey

WAITSBURG — When Jeff Bartlow took over the Waitsburg High football program in the fall on 1999, he had a couple of goals in mind.'When we got here 13 years ago, we wanted to win a state championship,” Bartlow said earlier this week, including his wife Lo

Richland Bombers pin Wa-Hi's ears back in prep wrestling

Wa-Hi's Anderson, Stalder and Roe provide the Devils' lone highlights in a 43-24 loss to the Bombers.

RICHLAND — Zach Anderson's victory by fall and a pair of decision wins by Anthony Stalder and Isaiah Roe were the highlights for Wa-Hi here Thursday on an otherwise forgettable night of Big Nine Conference wrestling against the Richland Bombers.

Canned food donations net $2 WWCC tickets

WALLA WALLA — This weekend at Walla Walla Community College's women's basketball games, a can of food gets you in for $2.The food goes to the Walla Walla Food Bank.At 6 p.m. on Friday, the Warriors host defending NJCAA National Champion North Idaho Colleg

Wa-Hi's Paige Pontarolo selected to all-Area team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi senior Paige Pontarolo has been selected to the girls soccer All-Area second team as a midfielder. Pontarolo was third in the Big Nine 4A for total goals scored.

Pirate girls to victory over visiting Asotin Tuesday

POMEROY — Asotin jumped to a 24-14 halftime lead and maintained a five-point lead throughout the fourth quarter to hand Pomeroy's girls a 53-48 non-league basketball loss here Tuesday.'We had a difficult time getting in sync on offense in the first half,

Pomeroy boys down Asotin Tuesday

POMEROY — Mitch Ruchert scored 18 points to lead the Pomeroy boys basketball team to a 60-47 non-league victory over Asotin here Tuesday.The Panthers hit 10 3-pointers to keep the game within grasp, but the Pirates outscored them 20-16 in the fourth quart

Thursday, December 8

Tips for people who are being robbed

The Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators offers these tips for people who are being robbed:

Ruling allowing compensation for bone marrow will save lives

The procedure for accessing bone marrow from donors involves only drawing blood.

It seems the law is always behind science.

He's here he's there: Visit St. Nick almost everywhere

Santa Claus is not just coming to town. He's making appearances all over the place.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Vincent and Kim Carron.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Alonso Castellon Arceo, 16, 1535 E. Alder St. was sentenced Dec. 2 on one count each minor in possession and or consuming liquor and third-degree theft.

Musical may be silenced

State budget cuts mean WWCC will not supply seed money for the annual production.

WALLA WALLA -- The lights may not light up, the popcorn could stay unpopped and the singers may not sing.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Danielle L. Roughton, 31, 743 Locher Road, Touchet, was charged Dec. 5 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and second-degree rendering criminal assistance.

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 Herrin absent Monday the council:

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

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:

Sheriff's integrity, honesty questioned by commissioners

A rift between county commissioners and the sheriff was laid bare at a session earlier this week.

WALLA WALLA -- Citing a lack of trust, Walla Walla County commissioners said this week they will not agree to Sheriff John Turner's call for one-on-one meetings with the sheriff and his staff.

Council rejects district's library offer

The Council approved a different potential contract that would need Rural Library District approval.

WALLA WALLA -- After a somewhat heated review of yet another proposed library contract, the City Council said no to the Walla Walla County Rural Library District's latest offer, which means county residents still face losing their borrowing privileges at

Local company picked for police station furnishings

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pick the lowest, and local, bidder, Total Office Concepts, for police station office furnishings, even though their vote meant going against the recommendation of an advisory committee.

Emergency Services - 12/08/11

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

Blue Ridge principal wins state honor

Kim Doepker is among 18 principals statewide recognized and is now eligible for further accolades.

WALLA WALLA -- Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Kim Doepker has been named one of 18 distinguished principals in the state for the 2011-12 school year.

Walla Walla leaf collection crews move on to Monday trash routes

WALLA WALLA -- Street Division crews have finished the second round of loose leaf collection in Tuesday to Friday's garbage collection areas as of today and moved into Monday's area. When that work is done, crews will make a final pass around the city.

Canvassing Board to certify Port race results

WALLA WALLA -- The county Canvassing Board will meet Friday to certify the recount results from the Port of Walla Walla commissioner race.

Armed robbers hold up Milton-Freewater shop

MILTON-FREEWATER - Armed robbers absconded with roughly $500 cash following a holdup at Sam's Stop and Shop, 1121 S. Main St., just after 1:30 a.m.Thursday.Two people entered the store wearing hoodies, sunglasses, masks and gloves, according to Police Chi

Letters To The Editor - Thanks should be to God, not people or institutions

On the U-B Panorama page of two Sundays ago, a random sampling of persons on the street expressed the things for which they were most thankful. At the end of the page, the author offered a statement of "collective thanks."

Home raided in connection with counterfeit $20 bills

One person has been arrested so far in this morning's raid at a residence on East Chestnut Street.

WALLA WALLA -- Police raided a home at 315 E. Chestnut St. at 6:30 a.m. this morning in connection with the recent appearance of counterfeit $20 bills in and around Walla Walla. SWAT team members used a "flash-bang" grenade to initiate the raid.

STEP women's shelter needs funding help

WALLA WALLA — With nearly 50 percent of its funding ending by 2012, the STEP women's shelter needs a hand.The shelter was established by Helpline, and opened its doors in June of 2009 to serve homeless women and some children. 'We serve about 10 a night,”

Walla Walla Council OKs budget

The spending plan passed unanimously Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- City Manager Nabiel Shawa got his Christmas present early."Last year I only got four votes on the budget and this year I am hoping for five or six," Shawa said, shortly before the City Council voted unanimously 7-0 to approve his 2012 budge

Walla Walla home raided in connection with counterfeit $20 bills

WALLA WALLA -- Police raided a home at 315 E. Chestnut St. just before 7 a.m. this morning in connection with the recent appearance of counterfeit $20 bills in and around Walla Walla.Christopher A. Brotherton, 31, was arrested on a felony warrant unconnec

Wednesday, December 7

Ho, ho, ho, Santa's not the top dog after all

By and large, I try to avoid paying much attention to polls, especially during election season.

Walla Walla's summer musical could be silenced by budget cuts

WALLA WALLA — The lights may not light up, the popcorn could stay unpopped and the singers might not sing.Walla Walla Community College Foundation's annual outdoor musical could possibly be be silenced by budget cuts this year, said foundation director Do

Dust splinters currently on menu at former Lorenzo's

You may have noticed something's cooking at the former Lorenzo's Pizza.

Ocean Spray announces expansion of Craisin recall

Ocean Spray has added five additional "Best By" code dates to its voluntary recall issued Nov. 25 of a limited number of production lots of "Original Flavor Craisins Dried Cranberries" in five, 10 and 48-ounce packages, sold in western states including Or

Winners chosen from weekend's Parade of Lights

WALLA WALLA -- A record number of participants wended their way through the 16th annual Macy's Parade of Lights last weekend.

Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary plan downtown fundraising

WALLA WALLA -- Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary will flock together at Land Title Plaza Saturday and Dec. 17 to continue fundraising efforts for the Aviary.

Job's Daughters to hold public installation of officers

WALLA WALLA -- Members of Walla Walla Job's Daughters will hold their semiannual installation of officers Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Walla Walla Masonic Center, 607 E. Main St.

Pataha Flour Mill to hold annual Christmas tea on Saturday

POMEROY -- The Pataha Flour Mill will hold its annual Christmas tea Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

Wreath-laying ceremony set for Saturday at cemetery

WALLA WALLA -- The Twin W Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol will conduct a Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery.

Port commission quorum expected at Bellevue event

Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller said today he expects the commission to have a quorum at the Washington Public Ports Association Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Wash., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Walla Walla man injured in wreck in Rochester, Wash.

Vincent Thorp, 19, of Walla Walla was injured in a two-vehicle collision near Rochester, Wash., that claimed the life of one man and injured two others.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Council eyes big-ticket items

WALLA WALLA - City Council will review and possibly decide the fate of four major financial decisions tonight, the largest of them being the 2012 budget, which includes a $24 million general fund.

Weston mayor sails through recall attempt

WESTON -- Weston Mayor Duane Thul easily weathered an attempt to recall him, with 137, or 72 percent of the 190 votes cast, opposing the recall.

Sheriff's Office investigation remains unresolved

WALLA WALLA -- A 2-year old investigation into the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is continuing, according to the FBI.

Etcetera - 12/07/11

I don't know if it's a prerequisite to extend one's pinkie when sipping tea from bone china, but you could have yours ready for a Victorian High Tea that's coming up Sunday.

Talk in Walla Walla to focus on civil rights education

A researcher who will speak at Whitman finds most states lack standards to ensure the movement is taught.

WALLA WALLA -- The civil rights movement brought freer access to the voting booth, diminished racial violence and helped desegregate classrooms, but that legacy appears in danger in those same schoolhouses today.

Emergency Services - 12/07/11

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

Letters To The Editor - Generosity and compassion needed

Almost every newspaper one picks up today carries an article supporting the false hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming or AGW. This "green" hysteria and alarmism is what's dangerous - not carbon dioxide.

Gambling expansion a viable option in state's budget situation

However, it should not be the first option for dealing with the budget problems.

Expanding gambling has been proposed by Republicans in the Legislature as a way to raise new revenue to bridge the $1.4 billion gap between the projected revenue and the actual expenses of running state government.

Fredrickson wins recount

The incumbent Port of Walla Walla commissioner maintained a narrow lead over Barlow Corkrum in Tuesday's automatic recount.

WALLA WALLA -- Mike Fredrickson won a second term on the Port of Walla Walla Commission with a victory Tuesday in an automatic recount.

Irish steal show against Pioneers

DeSales' girls nab 18 steals while Mac-Hi turns the ball over 37 times in the Irish's 58-16 victory Tuesday night.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The DeSales girls basketball team stole the show against the Mac-Hi Pioneers here Tuesday night with 18 steals and 37 Pioneer turnovers. The Irish jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and won, 58-16.'We're a team that puts a l

Mac-Hi boys can't keep up with DeSales

The Irish take the road victory, 41-35, despite a pesky Pioneer presence.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The DeSales boys basketball team stormed into the Mac-Hi Pioneer gym and took a varsity basketball game by the score of 41-35, leading throughout the game.'It was our first win and a road win,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. 'But the

Bulldogs beat up Panthers

DAYTON — The River View Panthers boys basketball team gave it their all, but they just couldn't keep up with the Dayton Bulldogs, losing 49–33 Tuesday night.Dayton's big men Joey Schlachter and Kroft Sunderland played well in the paint, scoring four and s

River View girls win slugfest with Dayton

DAYTON — The Dayton girls basketball team hosted the River View Panthers Tuesday night in a physical game that resulted in 37 personal fouls.In the end, the Panthers bested the Bulldogs, 53-41.At the end of the of the first quarter, Dayton was down 14–5.

Indians hand Helix girls 47-29 non-league defeat Tuesday

TOUCHET — Touchet's girls opened their basketball season with a 47-29 non-league victory over visiting Helix here Tuesday night.'They came out in a press, and it bothered us some,” Indians coach Mike Guisti said. 'We had lots of turnovers in the first qua

Hiking the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Trail

Snow geese by the hundreds go completely unnoticed by Nora the Schnauzer while exploring the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Trail.

I heard geese honking.Nora the Schnauzer and I had trekked west from Government Beach on the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Trail for about five minutes.The geese honked in jarring, wrap-around sound.I surveyed the sky. Clear, icy blue.A perfect penultimat

Touchet boys manhandle Grizzlies, 71-31, to open season

TOUCHET — The Touchet boys basketball team opened the season with a 71-31 victory over visiting Helix Tuesday night, gashing the Grizzlies for 29 points in the first quarter to a build a 29-6 lead and put the match on ice.'It was just one of those games w

Waitsburg-Prescott girls overcome turnovers to take 59-39 win from Rockets

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott overcame 46 turnovers and first-game rust to come up with a 53-39 victory over visiting Pilot Rock, thanks to five 3-pointers from Krystal Harris Tuesday in Waitsburg.'It was definitely the first game of the year,” W-P coach

Late trey lifts Pilot Rock over Waitsburg-Prescott boys, 46-43

WAITSBURG — JaMarcus Bone hit a last-second 3-pointer from the corner to give Pilot Rock a 46-43 victory over Waitsburg-Prescott, which just finished the football season after winning the state championship on Saturday, Tuesday night in Waitsburg.W-P held

Braves ultimately too much for Blue Devil girls

KENNEWICK — Torri Crawford scored 26 points for the Blue Devil girls Tuesday night at Kamiakin, but it wasn't enough as the Braves were able to beat Wa-Hi's press to the tune of 24 third-quarter points and take a 60-53 victory from the Devils.'They placed

Beulah Riddle

Sept. 15, 1935 - Dec. 2, 2011

Collin Snider

May 31, 1993 - Dec. 2, 2011

Lloyd Benzel

Sept. 9, 1925 - Dec. 5, 2011

Delphine Buschini

March 18, 1929 - Dec. 3, 2011

Death Notice - James Gurley

Sept. 24, 1923 - Dec. 4, 2011

Death Notice - Matthew Minzghor

March 20, 1941 - Dec. 6, 2011

Death Notice - Melvin Wendt

Sept. 2, 1924 - Dec. 6, 2011

Tuesday, December 6

Fredrickson prevails in Port of Walla Walla recount

Incumbent Commissioner Michael Fredrickson edged Barlow Corkrum in Tuesday's recount, 6,884 to 6,830.

WALLA WALLA — Michael Fredrickson won a second term on the Port of Walla Walla commission with his victory in an automatic recount Tuesday.

EATING LOCAL - When cool rules outside, hearty veggies offer warmth, health

You've heard it before: Eat in season.That's all fine and dandy in the spring and summer, with a bounty of easy-to-prepare fruits and vegetables. But when fall and winter roll around it can be a challenge.

TOPS tackles weight gain – for life

Challenges of maintaining weight affect most people at some point in their lives, the holiday feasting season included.Whether you want to lose weight or add a little, it takes work and help from others.Dee Guglielmelli, a member of Taking Off Pounds Sens

Book on homeless prompts new lunch kitchen in Walla Walla

The hungry and the homeless have another place to see a friendly face and get a hot lunch.Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., has launched 'The Pioneer Kitchen” and will serve a free soup lunch every Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A LITTLE LIBRARY - Japanese picture book a labor of love

Just before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to order picture books for the Whitman College Bookstore's open house on Dec. 1.I paged through reviews of newly published works and brought in everything that seemed promising.When the box arrived, I opened

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Honk if you think like a Jane Austen driver

If Jane Austen were alive today, she would add a few more universal truths to the observation for which she's known — you know, the one about a wealthy man being in dire need of a wife.

Fitness from the inside out

Personal trainer Debra Shampine coaches more than just physical fitness.

A fitness professional, Debra Shampine said she's always enjoyed sports but was never 'the best athlete or anything like that.”'I just loved getting out there and running around. It was just fun.”So it should come as no surprise that Shampine owns Dynamic


Attired in red and white Santa hats or reindeer antlers, a group of young women sings carols walking along the decorated store fronts and lights of Main Street.

Thermodynamics law a window into matter, time

The development of steam engines during the industrial revolution went hand-in-hand with formulation of one of the most powerful laws of physics. The second law of thermodynamics provides insight into everything from the workings of refrigeration systems

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.Where: Learning Center, Hospital

Etcetera - 12/6/11

From soup to nuts, drinks to desserts and hugs and dishes, Walla Walla native Shannon Smith-McKeown's new old-timey cookbook, 'Eat Eat Walla Walla,” has something for discerning tastebuds of every ilk.Shannon's been collecting recipes for years. The 1979

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run injury wreck

Rosas Alaniz Jr. faces 13-17 months in prison in connection with the crash in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who caused a vehicle crash in the city two months ago and then ran from the scene pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to two criminal charges.

Taboo Lingerie shop robber sent to prison

Antonio Birrueta Jr. pleaded guilty in September to robbing the store in July.

WALLA WALLA -- The man who robbed Taboo Lingerie last summer was led from a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to start serving a prison sentence of a year and one month.

Teen arrested in Macy's burglary; another suspect escapes

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla police arrested a 14-year-old Monday on investigation of second-degree burglary.

Construction narrows US Highway 12 through Burbank

BURBANK -- Construction work will restrict traffic on U.S. Highway 12 through Burbank this week.

Oregon Wine Board names new executive director

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrowers Association today announced Tom Danowski has been chosen as the executive director of the state's largest organization representing Oregon's $2.7 billion wine industry.

Sheriff's round table meeting set for Thursday in Prescott

WAITSBURG -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold a Sheriff's Round Table meeting Thursday in Prescott.

Man charged in Fat Cat's Tavern robbery attempt

Bernard D. Falconer is accused of trying to rob the tavern last week.

WALLA WALLA -- A man arrested last week for allegedly trying to rob a downtown tavern was formally charged Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Trial date set in prison drug case

A former correctional officer is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana to an inmate.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man working last spring as a Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to criminal charges accusing him of intending to smuggle marijuana to a prisoner.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Council to eye police station furnishing bids

A local company's low bid could be trumped by a Tukwila firm's higher score.

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council is expected to decide Wednesday where it will buy more than a quarter-million dollars in office furnishings for the new police station, with the leading vendors from Walla Walla or the state's west side.

Power House Theatre named to state registry

Walla Walla's new Shakespearean theater has made the cut on the state's historic registry.

Program antes up to bolster local shopping

The Chamber will hold weekly drawings for those who turn in receipts and business cards from member stores.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is enticing consumers to keep their dollars in the community by offering a chance to get some of them back.

A Wing & A Prayer to open sit-down Main Street eatery

A downtown Walla Walla restaurant that's served Mexican and Asian food is in for a tangy tweak.

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Walla Walla County budget set to inch up

But commissioners plan to raise taxes in only one area: emergency medical services.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners moved ahead on the county's 2012 budget Monday, voting to have zero increases in property tax and road levy rates.

Emergency Services - 12/06/11

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

Letters To The Editor - Generosity and compassion needed

'Tis the season to be generous. Opposite the general notion that everything in this country is broken, the Walla Walla Faith Community has an ongoing goal of generosity and service throughout the year.

Agreement between Boeing and union workers is good for Washington

Boeing is a huge employer with an economic impact so great it is felt across the state.

The people of Washington state -- on both sides of the Cascades -- were big winners last week when The Boeing Co. reached an agreement with the machinists' union.

Dayton holds off Pomeroy boys' rally

POMEROY — Pomeroy battled back from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie Dayton here Saturday night and force overtime, but ultimately the Bulldogs pulled out the 79-67 victory.

Great Falls rolls over Walla Walla University, 67-35

COLLEGE PLACE — Visiting Great Falls followed Khayla Gladney's 14 points to a 67-35 women's basketball victory over Walla Walla University here Monday night.

Weston-McEwen's Morgan Entze named Oregon Class 2A all-star

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's Morgan Entze earned Oregon Class 2A volleyball all-state first-team honors as voted by the coaches of playoff teams.TigerScots teammate Molly von Borstel was named to the all-state third team.Player of the Year went to Portland Ch

Walla Walla Sweets to offer sports internship

WALLA WALLA — For the second consecutive year, the Walla Walla Sweets will offer aspiring sports professionals the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of a professionally-run sports organization. The internships, which start in late May a

Death Notice - Beulah Riddle

Sept. 15, 1935 - Dec. 2, 2011

Death Notice - Lloyd Benzel

Sept. 9, 1925 - Dec. 5, 2011

Laurita Forsyth

Oct. 3, 1941 - Nov. 7, 2011

Luetta Anderson

March 20, 1923 - Nov. 19, 2011

Thomas Smither

March 8, 1925 - Nov. 23, 2011

Walter Sinkbeil

Feb. 5, 1912 - Nov. 27, 2011

James Edwards Jr.

Dec. 29, 1939 - Nov. 22, 2011

Monday, December 5

Walla Walla County library board to discuss city contract

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will hold two work sessions and its annual meeting this week.Board members are expected to discuss a proposed contract with the city of Walla Walla during one work session and at the meeti

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Weston mayor

Once again the few loud ones with a personal agenda are costing the citizens/taxpayers of Weston money. I truly wish these people would get all the facts from both sides before they decided a recall is the only way to solve issues.This has become a person

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla takes care of its own

Once again the community of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Realtors Association need to be commended on coming forward in a time of need. The Realtors along with family, friends and complete strangers, came to our rescue. Each year the Realtors set a goa

Walla Walla rallies behind mechanic in his battle with cancer

WALLA WALLA -- The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a traditional time for Americans to count their blessings aloud and Jim Andrews may be among the clearest voices in this city.It was just at a year ago that the community at large became awar

Dry November to turn wet, snowy in December

WALLA WALLA -- November wasn't just dry. It was abnormally dry."This is the worst November for rain in quite a few years," said Steve Plucker, who farms land about 12 miles north of Touchet.Officially the month closed out with exactly 1 inch of rainfall a

ETCETERA - 12/05/11

There may be a trophy belt buckle in store for shooters with a clear, sharp aim during Walla Walla Gun Club's Annual Buckle Shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday.Trophy belt buckles will be awarded to the winner and runner-up, said club president Bob Bloch. There is a

Roberta Casseday

Oct. 15, 1919 - Dec. 3, 2011

Jean Ephlin

Dec. 3, 2011

Collin Snider

May, 31, 1993 - Dec. 2, 2011

Delphine Buschini

Aug. 18, 1929 - Dec. 3, 2011

Whitman's Mering swims to third school record in three days

For the third time in three days, Karl Mering puts his name in the record books at 1:52.18 in the 200 butterfly.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Freshman phenom Karl Mering etched his name into the Whitman College record book for the third time in as many days on Sunday as the 63rd annual Husky Invitational Swim Meet finished its three-day run at the King County Aquatic Center

Warrior women whip Penguins

The WWCC women ride a 26-4 first-half run to hand visiting Clark an 84-66 defeat Sunday in the Dietrich Dome.

WALLA WALLA — A 26-4 run over a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half catapulted Walla Walla Community College to a 35-14 lead and the Warriors never looked back in an 84-66 victory over Clark in NWAACC women's basketball action Sunday aftern

Sunday, December 4

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - New industry is needed

A long-standing cannery on Rose Street shut down some years ago.Did the Port of Walla Walla encourage it to stay, or at least to leave the buildings there and possibly buy

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Costs of intersection project on the rise

The costs of the Myra Road/Dalles Military Road intersection are inching up once again. The new design team from Vancouver has requested the Walla Walla City Council approve a $528,000 contract that allows the city manager to spend up to $547,000 without

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Deficit spending can't continue

I've met many people who don't know what the difference is between the national debt and the budget deficit.The debt is the amount of money that we have borrowed over the years and still need to pay back. Currently the debt is about $15 trillion, or rough

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Washington, Oregon highways run both ways

In the Nov. 28 "Our Opinion" column entitled "Budget cuts are no fun, but sales tax hike isn't answer," your editorial staff agreed with the idea to "repeal the sales tax exemption for residents who live in states without a sales tax, such as Oregon."The

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Make gay marriage legal in Washington

We are gathered here today to join together ... with other fair-minded Washingtonians to speak up for marriage equality.Both in Washington state and across the country, more than half the population believes gays should be allowed to marry and receive all

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take stand for democracy for the people

We are awash in political money. In fact, there has always been money in politics, but now it is a flood. Why?Because of several Supreme Court decisions, made over a number of years, which established that legal entities like corporations and labor unions

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letters writers should be open, honest

I am writing in regards to the letter from Janice Allen accusing Mr. Phillips of derogatory statements toward Mr. Votendahl. Mr Phillips made no derogatory statements directed at Mr. Votendahl nor Mr. Clark. He simply stated the truth.Those of us who have

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Planned Parenthood prevents accidental pregnancies

This is in response to two recent letters to the editor regarding Planned Parenthood and abortions.If you are truly against abortions, then you should support Planned Parenthood! Planned Parenthood does more than any other organization to prevent accident

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - FDA can't guarantee drugs are safe

Don Casebolt does not want you to take supplements and rely instead on the FDA for "safe and effective" drugs.Let's take a look at how the FDA and Big Pharma operate. In order to submit a drug for approval, a company must conduct research that includes an


Who decided the Postal Service should be run like a business?Not, I suspect, Benjamin Franklin, who thought it a terrific way to promote literacy, commerce and a sense of common identity in our young nation. Nor either, I suspect, the members of the Joint

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More government intervention wanted?

The Federal Reserve was established in 1913. In the first 98 years of its history, the Federal Reserve never had a press conference.It had no press conference during the Great Depression or during World War II. Why now in 2011, when most economists - and

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Financial boondoggles must end

The cause of the economic morass we are experiencing is complex and multi-faceted. The irresponsible misuse of credit, both public and private, is most likely at the top of the list.Conversely, we are yet to see the prosecution of the perpetrators of the

Wa-Hi 11th at Bob Mars wrestling tournament

KENNEWICK — The Pendleton Bucks took first at the Bob Mars wrestling tournament with 171 points in a 17-team tournament and Wa-Hi finished 11th with 67 points. Placing for third in his class for Wa-Hi was Wil Babbitt at 120 pounds with a 3-1 record. Antho

Whitman swimmer breaks records at Husky Invitational

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Make it two for two for Whitman College swimmer Karl Mering in his weekend quest to rewrite parts of the school record book at the 63rd annual Husky Invitational Swim Meet in Federal Way, Wash.Mering, a freshman, dispatched Whitman's

Devils second at swim invite

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's sophomore Patrick Giedeman placed second in three events Saturday to lead the Blue Devil boys' swimming team to a second-place finish out of 14 teams at the Walla Walla Invitational.Giedeman placed second in the 100-yard butterfly wi

WWCC women cruise through Warrior Classic unscathed

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Community College women cruised through both of their matches in the Warrior Classic in Walla Walla this weekend, first routing Seattle Community College 89-45 Friday, then beating Linn-Benton, 67-53, on Saturday for a sweep.

Lewis & Clark knock down free throws, Whitman

Sharp shooting from the free throw line propels No. 18 Lewis & Clark past the Whitman women.

WALLA WALLA — Lewis & Clark knocked down 17 of 25 second-half free throws and rallied past Whitman College 64-54 in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.Lewis & Clark, which trailed 21-10 with 5:25 left in the

Mt. Hood runs away from WWCC men

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College made a strong attempt at keeping Mt. Hood Community College from running away in the first half, but that effort failed during the second half, as the Warrior men fell to Mt. Hood, 72-59.Top scorers for the Warr

Kennewick beats Wa-Hi boys

Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt drains 30 points as the Lions edge out the Blue Devils, 71-63 Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of devastating scoring runs — 10-3 to end the first half and 18-2 to conclude the third quarter — doomed the Wa-Hi boys basketball team on Saturday night in the Blue Devil gym.So did Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt.The 6-foot-4 senior guard

Waitsburg-Prescott are state champions

Waitsburg-Prescott takes home its first state championship after defeating Morton-White Pass, 33-7, in the Class 2B title game.

TACOMA — Waitsburg-Prescott football nation donned T-shirts that read 'Who are we?” to open the Washington Class 2B state championship game here Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.Washington now knows who W-P is, as W-P posted a 33-7 win over Morton-White Pass t

Late rally fails for W-M at Umatilla

UMATILLA — The Weston-McEwen girls were down 11 points with only three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against Umatilla Saturday night and made a small comeback, but ultimately fell 43-47.Senior Morgan Entze led Weston-McEwen in their close game w

WWVA defeats Upper Columbia

WALLA WALLA — Emily Field led the Walla Walla Valley Academy girls basketball team to a 35-27 victory over Upper Columbia Academy Saturday Night. Field scored 11 points and had nine rebounds. Kristi Buell was close behind Field with nine points and nine r

Pomeroy beats Dayton, 54-20

POMEROY — Pomeroy's girls got the season off to a fast start, scoring 15 unanswered points in the first quarter and cruising to a 54-20 non-league basketball victory over Dayton Saturday.The Pirates were led by HayLee Koller, who put up 23 points and grab

Mac-Hi's Kaitlin Erm's 31 points not enough in losses

MILTON-FREEWATER — Kaitlin Erm led the Mac-Hi Pioneers' girl's basketball team with a total of eight 3-pointers in two losses this weekend, first on Friday against Grant Union and Saturday versus Pilot Rock.A combined 50 turnovers in the two games caused

Weston-McEwen takes down Umatilla

UMATILLA — After the long football run at Weston-McEwen, the boys turned back to basketball defeated Umatilla 68-59, having had just three full-team practices prior to Saturday's match. Dallas Reich double-doubled with a team-high 26 points, and added 11

Mac-Hi falls to Pilot Rock, Grant Union

MILTON FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's Ricky Sandoval led the Pioneers in points Saturday night against Pilot Rock in boys Class 4A basketball, but Pilot Rock left town with a 46-31 victory. Sabul Ortiz had three assists out of the game total of four, but Mac-Hi was

Wa-Hi girls leave tread marks on Pasco in 57-17 rout

The Blue Devils start 18-0 and don't look back in the run-away victory Friday night.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi placed 11 players in the scoring column Friday night during a girls high school basketball matchup with Pasco in the Blue Devil gym.The Blue Devils led 12-0 after one quarter and 18-0 by the 6:35 mark of period two in a 57-17 rout of t

Saturday, December 3

Man arrested in attempted robbery

WALLA WALLA — An attempted robbery at a downtown tavern led to one arrest after the suspect was spotted a few blocks away on Main Street.At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, police report that Bernard D. Falconer, 56, address unknown, entered Fat Ca

Applications open for Citizens Academy

Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning in February.

DAYTON — Applications are now open for a 16-week Citizens Academy offered by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.Only 15 spaces remain available for the Academy. Call 382-0911 to request an application form.Applicants must be

Work to close Lower Granite Dam lock

POMEROY — Starting Monday, construction work will close Lower Granite Dam's navigation lock during the day.The lock will be closed to all river traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closures will end Thursday.


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.



Standoff began with attempt to serve warrant

Rueben J. Lopez was arrested on investigation of failure to comply and harassment.

TOUCHET — A 14-hour overnight standoff south of the Whitman Mission National Historic Site had deputies working all Friday night to try to talk the man they were after out of his house.The standoff began at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, when deputie

Farmers' Market gets into holiday mode

Walla Walla Farmers' Market President Ron Courson played Santa on Saturday at the Fifth Annual Holiday Farmers Market.

Financial pressure forces cuts at St. Mary

Staff was reduced by 13 full-time positions, not quite two percent of the 783 full-time equivalent staff.

WALLA WALLA — One of the area's longtime employers has been forced to reduce its number of full-time jobs.Providence St. Mary Medical Center, the county's fourth-largest employer, told its staff this fall that the hospital&rsqu

Class shows how to blend wines

The participants were asked to experiment to come up with several varied mixtures of four different red wines.

WALLA WALLA — A blend of wines, food and entertainment are taking place this weekend, as the annual Holiday Barrel Tasting weekend takes place at dozens of local wineries.Along with events like horse carriage rides, catered dinners and liv

Addicts take pains to obtain prescription drugs

People have purposely injured themselves or faked thefts to get pain medications.

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla woman reported Nov. 27 that she was attacked by an unknown assailant while at work at the Red Monkey Lounge.During an interview at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, the woman admitted to police she had beat he

Fall lands worker at fire station in hospital

WALLA WALLA - A construction worker was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Saturday morning to be treated for injuries he received after a 16-foot fall on Friday morning. The name of the injured man was not available.The accident happened at the new Walla Walla County Fire District 6 station, 795 McKay Road. District 6 officials said the man worked for Fowler General Construction in Richland and was working on the roof at the time of the fall.

State: Owners must get rabies shots for pets

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be current on rabies vaccinations beginning Jan. 1.

WALLA WALLA — New year, new law, says the Washington state Department of Health.Beginning Jan. 1, pet dogs, cats and ferrets in the state must be current on rabies vaccination.Right now, cities and counties across the state have a m

Blue Devil girls enjoy scoring party against Pasco

Eleven Wa-Hi players get in the scoring column during rout of Bulldogs.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi placed 11 players in the scoring column Friday night during a girls high school basketball matchup with Pasco in the Blue Devil gym.The Blue Devils led 12-0 after one quarter and 18-0 by the 6:35 mark of period two in a 57-17 rout of t

For a local family, duty howls

Two close friends almost split apart by a far-away conflict are enjoying the holidays together, thanks to a Walla Walla family.The lucky duo are Keegan and Luke, whose owners, U.S. Army Capt. Ty Farmer and his wife, Capt. Erin Farmer, were deplo

11 Wa-Hi singers audition, 11 make all-state choir

Eleven Walla Walla High School students auditioned for Washington Music Educators Association All-State Choir and all 11 made the cut for the event this February in Yakima, said Norb Rossi, Wa-Hi choir director.

Make Christmas truly merry by giving

The Pastoral Association of Milton-Freewater meets once a month, on the second Wednesday. As we gathered for the November meeting, we were informed of a new ministry opportunity in Milton-Freewater.

The gift of love never goes out of style

We have entered the holiday season, a time for thanksgiving and focus on things that really matter. We give thanks and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


St. Patrick Catholic Church sets breakfast, fair trade goods sale


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Sex offenders can't be cheaply moved from McNeil Island

The state is under a court order to provide an adequate treatment facility for high-risk sex offenders who have already served their prison sentences.

Keeping 285 sex offenders confined on McNeil Isand costs taxpayers $42 million a year. That $147,000 per offender price tag is hefty for a number of reasons, including the island location that adds $6.6 million a year to the tab.

Friday, December 2

Robbery attempt suspect nabbed on West Main Street

Police say Bernard Falconer attempted to rob Fat Cat's Tavern on Friday afternoon

WALLA WALLA — An attempted robbery at a downtown tavern led to one arrest after the suspect was spotted a few blocks away on Main Street, police said.


The gift of love never goes out of style


Make Christmas truly merry by giving


For a local family, duty howls

Smoking damage appears as we age

Most people who start smoking do so when they are young and feel invincible.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Chocolate gets bad rap; it's healthy

Who doesn't like chocolate?

Lincoln High School health center gets new name

WALLA WALLA -- The health clinic located next to Lincoln Alternative High School has chosen a new name.

St. Mary sleep center to hold open house on Thursday

Providence St. Mary Medical Center will present an informational open house at its Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center on Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m.

Immunizations have proven to have great benefits

After a debate in Florida for Republican presidential candidates in which the issue of vaccination came up Michele Bachmann alleged that the HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation

Car windows shot out in northwest part of city

WALLA WALLA - While most area law enforcement officers were tied up Tuesday and Wednesday in a 21-hour standoff that resulted in the arrest of two known gang members, persons unknown appear to have shot out a number of car windows with an air rifle.

New trial date set for man in rape of acquaintance

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of raping a female acquaintance at a local residence last summer now is scheduled for trial April 23 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Sheriff's round table meeting set for Tuesday in Touchet

TOUCHET -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold a Sheriff's Round Table meeting Tuesday in Touchet.

Tri-State Steelheaders annual meeting set for Monday

WALLA WALLA -- The 2011 Tri-State Steelheaders annual meeting will be Monday from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Walla Walla Community College William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, Rooms 2023 and 2, 500 Tausick Way.

Lions Park RV wastewater dump to be closed for winter

COLLEGE PLACE -- The recreational vehicle wastewater dump at Lions Park will be closed for the winter starting Monday.

Ski Bluewood plans Saturday morning opening

DAYTON -- Ski Bluewood will open Saturday with about 40 percent of the runs available.

Emergency Services - 12/02/11

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

Letters To The Editor - Jeff Horner's photo gets WW noticed

Did you catch the information under Jeff Horner's photo titled "Burning Dust" in the Oct. 25 edition of the U-B's Walla Walla Valley Weekly?

Letters To The Editor - Judge Redden's replacement can't be worse

What a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were out of town through Sunday, and upon returning, my attention was drawn to the U-B's Thanksgiving edition. Specifically, I read a short front-page article announcing that Judge James Redden was withdrawing from the br

Hair salon's holiday toy drive cuts to the chase with complimentary trim

Give a toy. Get a trim.

Medical marijuana should be available as prescription drug

Gov. Chris Gregoire is right to push federal officials to make that happen.

Sixteen states -- including Washington and Oregon -- have legalized marijuana for use as a medicine.

Trial set in civil commitment case

The state seeks to lock up Ronald Valentine indefinitely as a sexual predator.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial has been scheduled for a man the state Attorney General's Office wants locked up indefinitely as a sexually violent predator.

WW gang member pleads guilty in Zip Zone robbery

Corey J. Reece faces 15-20 months in prison after pleading guilty Thursday.

WALLA WALLA -- A local gang member agreed to accept a prison sentence by pleading guilty Thursday afternoon to robbing the Zip Zone Conoco of beer in February.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Caitlin Guille, 13, 1108 W. Elm St., was sentenced Nov. 18 on one count each violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-possession of less than 40 grams marijuana and third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Frank G. Young Jr., 31, 326 S.E. Fourth St., Unit A, College Place, was charged Nov. 29 with second-degree malicious mischief. Young is accused of knowingly and maliciously damaging a window at the Walla Walla County Jail on Aug. 4.

Man charged in fake $20s case

Skyler I. Glasby of Dayton was arrested Wednesday after a 21-hour standoff in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- A suspect in the passing of counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses last month has been formally charged in Walla Walla Superior Court with four crimes.

Business a change of pace for owners, customers

A horse-and-carriage business will offer an unusual lift to barrel tasters this weekend.

PRESCOTT -- Jim Fenley likes to call his horse-and-carriage rides "the most fun you can have at 3 miles per hour."

Rural standoff ends in arrest

TOUCHET -- An overnight standoff south of the Whitman Mission National Historic Site ended with a suspect in custody this morning.

Standoff near Whitman Mission ends with suspect in custody

TOUCHET — An overnight standoff south of the Whitman Mission National Historic Site ended with a suspect in custody this morning.'This began as a warrant service last evening. … we had reason to believe he was armed,” Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turne

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 or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Featured books include:

Waitsburg-Prescott set for state title matchup with Morton-White Pass

Morton-White Pass stands in the way of W-P's undefeated season and first state football championship as they play Saturday in Tacoma.

WAITSBURG — The celebration for Waitsburg-Prescott after its 42-13 romp past previously undefeated Colfax in the state 2B football semifinals last Saturday in Pasco lasted a full day.Then, it was onto preparing for W-P's first championship game at 4 p.m.

Ski Bluewood to open Saturday for weekends

DAYTON — Ski Bluewood is opening for the season Saturday.Bluewood will be operating weekends only early in the season, with about 40 percent of the mountain open.For more information, see website

Whitman to host Winter Baseball Camp Dec. 28-30

WALLA WALLA — Baseball players between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to a Whitman College Winter Baseball Camp Dec. 28-30 at the Sherwood Athletic Center on the Whitman campus.Hours for the camp are 3-6 p.m. each day. The camp takes place in Sherwood's

Cadets march past shorthanded Blue Devil grapplers

Forfeits hurt the Blue Devils as they open the Big Nine wrestling season with a 53-21 loss to Eisenhower Thursday night.

WALLA WALLA — Counting two forfeits at 102 and 132 pounds, the Wa-Hi Blue Devils wrestling team fell to the Eisenhower Cadets here Thursday night by team scores of 53-21 in the opening match of the year and a Big Nine Conference match.'Those forfeits hurt

Infielder Zeile, catcher Morin join Sweets for 2012

WALLA WALLA — Two more players have signed contracts to play baseball in Walla Walla this summer. UCLA infielder Shane Zeile and University of Utah catcher Parker Morin join the Walla Walla Sweets for the 2012 season of West Coast League baseball.

College Place Volleyball Club to have tryouts Sunday

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place Volleyball Club is holding tryouts for girls ages 11-12 from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla University gymnasium.

Death Notice - Bernard Easley

Oct. 23, 1934 - Nov. 23, 2011

Laurel Silvestri

April 2, 1955 - Nov. 11, 2011

Thursday, December 1

Frampton concert tickets now on sale

Tickets for the Peter Frampton 35th anniversary tour concert to be held 7 p.m., March 24 in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., are now on sale.They are available through Tickets West online,; and locally at Walla Faces, 216 Main St. The cost i

LDS church plans Christmas music program

WALLA WALLA -- The public is invited to a community Christmas music program, "O Little Town of Bethlehem ... Yet in the Dark Streets Shineth .." at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1821 S. Second Ave.,at 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

German Christmas Sing-along Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The annual Deutsche German Christmas Sing-along will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Walla Walla University Fine Arts Center, Room 208, 300 S. College Ave. The event is open to the community. Treats will be served. A second sing-along will b

Annual WWU Christmas concerts Friday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University's Department of Music presents "Eternal Purposes," its annual Christmas concert in performances at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at the University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St.Music from Handel's "Messiah" will be featured and

Auditions slated for 'Steel Magnolias'

WALLA WALLA -- Auditions for The Little Theatre of Walla Walla production of "Steel Magnolias" are coming up.The cast needs two women in their mid- to late 40s; two women in their 20s; and two women in their 60s.Auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 a

J. Franklin Willis photo exhibit planned Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Williams Team Homes, 126 E. Alder St., will exhibit the photographic work of J. Franklin Willis from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.Willis uses his camera and electronic darkroom to preserve tranquil Walla Walla scenes, such as that shown at right, but

Whitman Dance Theater to perform 'Airport' Dec. 9-10

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman Dance Theater will present a performance of "AIRPORT!" at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., on the Whitman College campus. Choreographed by Vicki Lloid, "AIRPORT!" is a dance in nine movements for 20 dancers.It

'Peace, Love and Unity' archway welcomes visitors to community garden

A new art installation is now situated at the Rees and Sumach Community Garden, courtesy of Walla Wallan Ryan Gary's imagination and passion.He recently created and installed an archway of handmade ceramic tiles on a steel structure. The artwork is titled

Bluegrass jam moves to Dayton in Dec.

DAYTON -- The Bluegrass Jam normally held at Jacobi's Cafe will be at Skye Book and Brew, 148 E. Main St., Dayton, on Friday, for the month of December only.The jam will be 6:30-10 p.m. The event will return to Jacobi's in January. All bluegrass musicians

Fort Walla Walla Museum to ring in Christmas with new tradition

WALLA WALLA -- With strains of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" filling the air, Fort Walla Walla Museum will ring in the Christmas Season when The Oregon Trail Band plays there from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday.It's a new m

Fundraiser slated for Walla Walla Public Library Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Books and Baubles, a Friends of the Walla Walla Public Library's annual fundraiser, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the library, 238 E. Alder St. There will be autographed books, stocking stuffers, special roasted "librar

Concerto Aria competition slated tonight

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College Department of Music presents the Concerto Aria competition, at 7 p.m. tonight in the Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music; 137 S. Park St. 13 students will perform on a variety of instruments and the winners will perform in

What's Going Up? - 12/01/11

Walla Walla General Hospital has started a huge remodel and expansion project. Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, director of marketing for the hospital said the expansion will add about 15,535 square feet. The emergency room will be expanded in phases, the front e

Walla Walla Valley wineries hold Holiday Barrel Tasting

Area wineries will crack open barrels of their newest and future reds and whites Friday-Sunday for the annual Holiday Barrel Tasting. More than 70 of the Valley's wineries will be decked-out for the holiday season. Whether it is a locally catered spread,

Walla Walla Symphony to perform Handel's 'Messiah'

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Walla Walla Symphony's performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be 3 p.m., Dec. 11 at the Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St. Maestro Yaacov Bergman conducts with Sarah Parnicky, soprano, Beth Madsen Bradfo

December Business Monthly Bio - Ellen Saager

Business/job title: Owner and barber at Ellen's Cutting Edge, Walla Walla

Author to sign copies of cookbook Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Shannon Smith-McKeown will sign copies of her cookbook, "Eat Eat Walla Walla," from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman," 19 N. Second Ave.

Local author, single mother to sign books at Hastings

WALLA WALLA -- Local author Bodie Parkhurst will sign copies of her newly released book, "Benchmarks: A Single Mother's Journal," at 10 a.m. Saturday, in Hastings Entertainment, 617 S. Ninth Ave.

Feast of Carols to take place Sunday evening

WALLA WALLA -- The community's 26th Annual Feast of Carols and canned food drive will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, at Cordiner Hall, 46 S.Park St., on the campus of Whitman College.Several area choirs are scheduled to participate in the event. Those choir

Walla Walla IPZ report: Wine industry keeps local economy afloat in sea of national hard times

The statistics are as bleak as they are stark.

Burbank Business Park edges forward

BURBANK -- By this time next year a bank branch, dental office, dry cleaner, even a fast food restaurant could be staking claim on the empty lots lining U.S. Highway 12 between Humorist Road and State Route 124.

Downtown Walla Walla parking garage plan options weighed

Numerous scenarios on size, number of stalls an costs were presented to Port of Walla Walla officials.

BURBANK -- Design concepts for a parking garage in downtown Walla Walla range from a structure anywhere from three to five stories housing from 89 to 208 stalls, according to a presentation made in a Port of Walla Walla meeting.

Dayton's Tumac closes in changing landscape for farm equipment sales

DAYTON -- Tumac Machinery closed its Main Street store here in November, a casualty in a trend toward consolidation among agriculture equipment dealers.

Local 'mystery shopper' helps keep retailers on their toes

When shoppers go into stores, restaurants and theaters this holiday season, they'll hope for good service, clean facilities and to find whatever they came for.

BMAC gets $1.7M elderly housing grant

WALLA WALLA -- Blue Mountain Action Council received a grant of more than $1.7 million help build and operate 13 one-bedroom units for the elderly on two sites in Walla Walla.

Davidson to depart as Tourism Walla Walla chief

WALLA WALLA -- Tourism Walla Walla's first chief executive is stepping down this month.

College Place braces for iffy budget year

COLLEGE PLACE -- The City Council unanimously approved the city's 2012 budget, but looming cutbacks in state funding could eat into city finances next year.

Ex-Walla Walla woman writes how-to for executive job seekers

WALLA WALLA -- Former Walla Wallan Colleen Aylward, now a Seattle-area consultant for businesses and job seekers, has written a self-help book aimed at executives who've lost their jobs and are seeking re-employment in a vastly changed business landscape.

Police serve up tips for folks hosting holiday gatherings

Law enforcement agencies periodically beef up traffic patrols during the holidays, looking for revelers whose over-consumption of holiday cheer can result in tragedy.

Barrel tasting event boasts 50-plus activities

More than 50 events are on the agenda for a fun-filled Holiday Barrel Tasting weekend.

Possible Medicaid cuts worry hospitals

Hospitals are urging residents to contact their legislators to ask them to oppose the bill.

Two hospitals in Southeast Washington are among 38 rural hospitals in the state facing significant cuts to their revenue resources if the Legislature moves ahead with a bill that would eliminate the Medicaid Critical Access Hospital payment structure.

Oregon Board of Agriculture to meet Tuesday in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- The Oregon Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

'Last chance' pesticide recertification course set

WALLA WALLA -- People who need to have their pesticide licenses renewed will have their chance Wednesday.

Toy collections to be set up on parade route Friday

WALLA WALLA -- While getting bedazzled at the 6 p.m. Saturday Macy's Holiday Parade of Lights, parade-goers can contribute to the joy of area children.

Woman injured after car crashes into building on Rees Avenue

WALLA WALLA -- Police reported a building on Rees Avenue was heavily damaged Tuesday when a car ran into it.


Tuesday night's rain becomes a sea of light for Wednesday morning traffic during a 1/6 second exposure.

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board

Members of the Milton-Freewater School Board are Duane Geyer, Ken Sloan, Dennis Burks, Kelly Kessler, Michael Lesko, Tim McElrath and Don Miller. With Sloan absent Tuesday the Board:

Trial date moved in meth case

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Phillip A. Herring, 32, 526 W. Alder St., was charged Nov. 28 with two counts of third-degree assault and one count each of intimidating a public servant and third-degree theft. Herring is accused of assaulting two law enforcement officers, threatening an

Etcetera - 12/01/11

Shoppers in the market for a tree in the Athena area can also help the Weston-McEwen Lions Club raise funds during the club's annual Christmas Tree Raffle.

Chamber awards program 'thanks' local volunteers

WALLA WALLA -- "Thanks" was the word of the night Wednesday as local leaders paid homage to the volunteers who have left their mark on the community.Men and women whose behind-the-scenes service has touched the lives of children, adults, the homeless, the

Walla Walla standoff ends peacefully

More than 30 officers from several agencies were deployed in the area.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla police arrested Skyler Glasby, 23, and Joseph Dejesus, 20, shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, following a 21-hour standoff at a mobile home park on Plaza Way."We were able to arrest both subjects without incident. We did not have t

Caution urged when using home heating fires

Home heating fires can be a burning issue, so the Washington State Fire Marshal's Office has released information to assist in preventing them.

Emergency Services - 12/01/11

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

Temporary sales tax isn't answer to budget woes

The Legislature needs to get spending under control so it can be sustained with the available tax revenue.

The Legislature is back in Olympia attempting to -- once again -- find a way to balance a budget that's $1.4 billion out of whack because tax collections are falling short of the original revenue forecast.

Letters To The Editor - Proposed aquatics center misses mark

As a four-year swimmer for the Walla Walla Swim Club, a four-year varsity swimmer at Walla Walla High School, and as a lifeguard, you can guess that the article about a proposed aquatics park plan stimulated much excitement in myself and my swim team frie

Letters To The Editor - Oregonians shouldn't have to support Washington

So Oregon shoppers in Walla Walla are beating up the infrastructure and causing a drain on public services, and therefore should be paying Washington sales taxes?

College Place Volleyball Club to hold tryouts

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place Volleyball Club is holding tryouts for girls ages 11-12 from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla University gymnasium. If you are interested in having your child participate, or would like to find out more information abo

Hitting the Mats

Pioneer wrestler Ryan Bullock sets his eyes on the Class 4A state championship.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's Ryan Bullock was one match away from wrestling for the Oregon Class 4A state title last season when he fell in an overtime decision to eventual champion Tyler Stigall.'It was close,” senior wrestler Bullock said. 'It was tied i

Whitman basketball starts Northwest Conference play

The Missionaries host a pair of NWC powerhouses in George Fox and Lewis & Clark.

WALLA WALLA — The men's and women's basketball teams at Whitman College face a pair of early Northwest Conference tests this weekend in Sherwood Center.George Fox provides the opposition Friday night on George Ball Court with Lewis & Clark on tap for Satu

Pomeroy vs. Dayton match moved to Saturday

POMEROY — Dayton and Pomeroy's girls and boys basketball matches scheduled for tonight have been moved to Saturday due to WIAA practice requirements.Teams are required to have at least five practices before beginning play, which Pomeroy had not been able

Mac-Hi ready to hit the mats for 2011-12

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi is looking to reestablish its tradition as a wrestling powerhouse this season after placing 10th at last year's competition thanks to a string of injuries.The Pioneers return five wrestlers that competed at state last season, and

Pomeroy returns four state finishers from 2010-11

Pomeroy's wrestling team is poised to make a run for state — again.The Pirates return four wrestlers who placed at state last year, including state champion Tory Knebel, who won state last year in the 160-pound weight class and is top-ranked heading into

Junior heavy Wa-Hi looks to make state run

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi Blue Devil wrestling team features solid depth for the 2011-12 season as they return three wrestlers with significant experience and are looking to make a strong postseason run.'We have a lot of kids who it will be a test year for,

Head-on collision sends drivers to hospital

WALLA WALLA — Police are investigating a head-on collision that sent both drivers to the hospital this morning.The collision happened around 8:30 a.m. at 2120 S. Second Ave, where the road turns toward Howard Street. Airbags in both vehicles were deployed

James Anderson

July 7, 1916 - Nov. 29, 2011