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Monday, February 28

Fire District 6 board to hold meeting Tuesday to discuss truck bed bids

TOUCHET — The Fire District 6 board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss bids for a truck bed.Board members will meet at 7 p.m. at the district's main fire house, 117 First St., in Touchet.

Despite the hype, Washington state's tax burden below national average

A nonpartisan study found Washingtonians' tax burden is 9.3 percent of income compared to the national average of 9.8 percent.

Are taxes in Washington state too high?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A few thoughts on civil servants' union

I find it amusing that the U-B ran an article about the civil servants' union the day before a scheduled day off for the same. As someone who spent many years working in the private sector I have a few thoughts about the civil servants' union.

First responders see, feel overwhelming fallout from suicides

WALLA WALLA -- Barry Blackman remembers the first suicide he attended nearly 20 years ago. In detail.

Paper aims to balance need to know, privacy

Suicide. Few words can rip out the heart of a family like this one. Death is always an emotional time, but the turmoil and mental anguish surrounding this act hits family members and friends like a Mike Tyson blow to the midsection. They can't breathe. Th

Subject tough to report on, but demands action

There are some stories that can make a reporter want to run in the opposite direction.

JUST A FEW MORE LOGS TO SAW BEFORE SCHOOL

Michael Hearly, 7, gets a few last moments of shut-eye on his ride to Berney Elementary School on the back of Mark Ponti along with his mother Melissa Rainwater Monday morning.

Dayton Chamber of Commerce benefit set for March 11

DAYTON -- The Dayton Chamber of Commerce's 2011 fundraising event, the Blue Mountain Brix & Brew Benefit Auction, is March 11 at the Seneca Activity Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Author of book on postal history to speak at meeting

WALLA WALLA -- Local Chapter 0237 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Golden West Estates clubhouse, 1425 Jasper St.

Benefit art show by Kids Place preschoolers set for Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- A benefit art show of paintings and portraits by 1- to 5-year-olds who attend The Kids Place preschool will open with an artists' reception from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday at Brasserie Four, 4 E. Main St.

Tickets for spring variety show on sale Tuesday in Dayton

DAYTON -- Tickets for "Reviewing Broadway" the Touchet Valley Arts Council Productions' spring variety show, go on sale Tuesday at the Liberty Theater.

Green waste collection annual start up set for Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- Effective March 1, customers with subscription green waste containers can place their container out for collection on their regular garbage day.

Public work session set on plans for high schools in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday to review and discuss the results of a recent community survey.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Edward W. Terry, 25, 607 Wagon Road, Dayton, pleaded not guilty Feb. 3 to a charge of second-degree theft.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Veronica L. and James O. Ogden.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Kyle L. Zenk, 15, 320 West St., Waitsburg, was sentenced Feb. 4 on one count third-degree theft.

Car chase leads to Walla Walla man's arrest

WALLA WALLA -- A high-speed chase led a sheriff's deputy through wheat stubble on the north end of town in pursuit of a suspect.

On the agenda - COLUMBIA SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: District administration room, 755 Maple St.

Emergency Services - 02/28/11

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

Etcetera - 02/28/11

Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored Touchet High School seniors Emily Huesby and James Paul "JP" Riggs and Walla Walla Valley Academy seniors Erika Romero and Kate Sweezey with Youths of the Month Awards for February. They were recognized by club at a Fe

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

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

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater City Council

When: Monday 7 p.m.Where: 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., Public Library Albee Room.

In the minutes - DAYTON CITY COUNCIL

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

Riddle bounces TigerScot girls in first round of playoffs

The TigerScots fall to the Irish, 62-49, in the first round of the state playoffs to see their season end.

RIDDLE, Ore. — Weston-McEwen couldn't solve Riddle's torrid outside shooting in an explosive first quarter here Saturday night as the TigerScots saw their girls basketball season come to an end.The Irish, ranked No. 4 in the most recent Oregon Class 2A co

In the minutes - COLLEGE PLACE

When: Monday. Meeting starts 7 p.m. Where: College Place City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Dayton, Waitsburg-Prescott, WWVA lead SE2B all-league honorees

WALLA WALLA — Dayton had three players named to the Southeast 2B boys all-league first team.Garrett Turner, Hayden Fullerton and Kroft Sunderland all earned first-team for the Bulldogs.League champion Waitsburg-Prescott had Zach Bartlow and Kris Cady name

Four Waitsburg-Prescott girls on SE2B all-league first team

WALLA WALLA — Waitsburg-Prescott's Genesis Pearson, Ronnie Hulce, Megan Withers and Kristin Potter lead the list of Southeast 2B all-league first-team members.DeSales' Erin Giusti and Annie Higgins also earned first-team honors, along with Dayton's Nicole

Junior Show's Annual Green Pancake Feed March 11

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Junior Show's Annual Green Pancake Feed is slated from 5-7 p.m. March 11 in the Milton-Freewater Community Building.Prices are $7 for adults, $20 per family, $5 for children 4-12 and ages 3 and under eat free.For mo

Whitman men third, women fourth at NWC swim championships

Katie Chapman is the first Missionary to win three individual races at the championships.

GRESHAM, Ore. — There was plenty of joy and just a touch of heartache as the Whitman College swim teams swept through the 2011 Northwest Conference Championships with a final wave of success Sunday night at Mt. Hood Community College.Sophomore Katie Chapm

Quick trip to Phoenix has ups, downs

WALLA WALLA — A don't-spare-the-horses road trip to Phoenix recently to attend a family funeral won't go down as one of our more enjoyable getaways.And the funeral had nothing to do with it. Joe Donaldson lived 86 mostly adventuresome years and was fondly

Whitman picks up first baseball victory of season

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Jake Nelson tossed six innings of two-run ball and his teammates scored four times with two outs in the sixth inning as Whitman College notched its first baseball victory of the season Sunday morning, beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-

Milton-Freewater Little League sets tryouts this weekend

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Little League is having tryouts this weekend at Yantis Park.

Tri-City Head 97 softball team to have March tryouts

KENNEWICK — The Tri-City Head 97 14U softball team is holding spring tryouts in March,For more information, contact Pat Mullaly at 509-586-1211 or email at tricityheat_97@yahoo.com.

ENGAGEMENT - Huffman-West

Colette Onstot of Milton-Freewater announces the engagement of daughter Jodi Huffman to Steve West, of Northeasern Oregon.

ENGAGEMENT - Litland-Stanley

Tom and Becky Stanley of Walla Walla announce the engagement of son Louie Allen Stanley to Lindsay Anne Litland, both of Lebanon, Ore.

Film, talk to focus on Klamath River crisis

WALLA WALLA - How a major conflict on Oregon's Klamath River has been resolved will be the topic of two presentations this week at Whitman College.The first event will be Monday with the showing of "Upstream Battle," a new film about the landmark settleme

‘Soup and Pie' luncheons to run through March

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., will hold its 41st annual "Soup and Pie" luncheons fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on four Tuesdays in March in Campbell Hall at the church.Lunch is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 11. On the me

College Place opens kindergarten registration

COLLEGE PLACE - Kindergarten registration for College Place Public Schools will be held from March 21 to April 1.Families with children who will be 5 years old before Aug. 31 of this year may register for kindergarten at Davis Elementary, 31 S.E. Ash St.

Death Notice - Jose Miramontes

Mar 9, 1910 - Feb. 25, 2011

Death Notice - Evelyn Richardson

Feb. 25, 1930 - Feb. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Randolph Trobaugh

May 24, 1954 - Feb. 26, 2011

Death Notice - Leocadia Contreras

Dec. 9, 1954 - Feb. 27, 2011

Sunday, February 27

Local residents invited to tour Lincoln Health Center on Monday

WALLA WALLA - Local residents are invited to tour the Lincoln Health Center today from 4-6 p.m.The center, at 534 S. 3rd Ave., offers health services to students of Lincoln Alternative High School, located next door. Center staff and board members will be

Nate was here ... but too briefly

Father vows to use his experiences to help other survivors of suicide.

'John, he's gone.”The words coming over the phone from his daughter-in-law a nation away were hardly comprehendible, John Paulson recalled. At that moment, he struggled to remember how to breathe.It was July 20, three days before Nathanael Paulson would h

Walla Walla-area suicides hit crisis level

Coroner Richard Greenwood decided to take action after there were as many suicides in one month as in all of 2010.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood, along with Deputy Coroner Allison Barnett, hardly knew where to turn.It was the end of January and the five suicides they'd officially attended had already reached the total for all of 2010.Both

Department wants increase in mental health services

The Walla Walla County Department of Human Services is planning to approach county commissioners soon to discuss new ways to bring additional mental health services to Walla Walla County, said Executive Director Daryl Daugs.'We are seeing higher levels of

Two losses and done for W-P girls

W-P took its second loss of the season to Lake Roosevelt in 43-34 state elimination game.

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott's shooting failed to match the temperature outside at University High in elimination 2B regional girls basketball action Saturday.Outside, the temperature reached the low 20s, but W-P only hit 9-of-52 shots from the field, a f

Pirates plunder Missionaries

Whitworth tops Whitman 74-50 in a rematch for the crown and an automatic tourney berth.

SPOKANE — Whitworth broke open a close game with a pair of second-half scoring sprees and downed Whitman College 74-50 in the Northwest Conference playoff championship game here Saturday night.Whitworth, improving to 26-1 on the season, gets the NWC's aut

Mac-Hi wrestlers have solid weekend at state tourney

Four Pioneers place in the top six at the Oregon 4A state tournament.

PORTLAND — Mac-Hi had a quartet of wrestlers place in the top six here Friday and Saturday during the Oregon Class 4A state championships at Memorial Coliseum.Junior Ryan Bullock and senior Jesse Sargent, at 135 and 130 pounds, respectively, claimed third

Whit men's tennis rolls over Pioneers 9-0

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's tennis team ran its early season Northwest Conference record to 4-0 with a 9-0 shutout of an outmanned Lewis & Clark squad Saturday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.Whitman, ranked No. 19 nationally in NCAA Di

Missionary sets school record with first-place finish

Katie Chapman sets a school record with 57.75 in the 100 yard butterfly.

GRESHAM, Ore. — It's not easy to do in a big pool of water, but sophomore Katie Chapman continued to set the Whitman College swim world ablaze with another school record and first-place performance in Saturday morning's preliminaries of the Northwest Conf

Pomeroy girls done after loss in state playoff round

The Pirates fall to Columbia-Hunters in a loser-out round.

EAST WENATCHEE — Pomeroy's girls basketball season ended at Eastmont High Friday night.The Pirates lost to Columbia-Hunters 54-32 in a loser-out state playoff match, ending the season at 18-5 overall.'Although this wasn't the way we wanted to end our seas

Missionary's Peterson named to All-NWC women's first team

Junior Jenele Peterson led Whitman with 13.6 points per game.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College junior Jenele Peterson made the First Team and teammates Rebecca Sexton and Kelly Peterson received Honorable Mention when the All-Northwest Conference basketball teams were announced Friday.Jenele Peterson, a 5-foot-7 point

Area athletes on state champ Celtic soccer team

WALLA WALLA — Four area athletes played on the BU18 Celtic Premier soccer team out of the Tri-Cities that advanced to the state finals after defeating Harbor FC B92 Premier, 2-1, last Saturday, to face Seattle United B92 Tango on Sunday.Celtic won the cha

Men's, co-ed adult softball league meeting Thursday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is having an informational meeting for teams in men's or co-ed adult softball leagues. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall, corner of Third Avenue and Rose Street.The meeting will cover league f

Sunday and Monday's Local Sports Schedule

RadioTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m. KUJ (AM-1420) and KGDC (AM-1320).Mondaynone CalendarTodayCOLLEGE BASEBALL — Whitman at California Classic, vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 10 a.m.; vs. Pomona Pitzer, 2 p.m.COLLEGE SW

Fund set up for Sparks' state team hockey trip

WALLA WALLA — A fund has been set up at the local Gesa Credit Union to accept contributions to help fund former Walla Walla resident David Sparks' trip to Pittsburgh, Penn., with the Team Washington hockey team.Sparks, who lived here until he was 11, is p

Registration open for city adult soccer leagues

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for teams to participate in the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation's adult soccer leagues.Anyone 16 and over is eligible to participate. Men's, women's and co-ed divisions are being formed with teams playing an eight-game

Saturday, February 26

Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputies to shift to 12-hour schedule

The schedule has been used in other areas of the country with some success.

WALLA WALLA - Sheriff's deputies will start 12-hour shifts next month under a new plan that promises more coverage, more days off with family and overall better morale."We are not committed to any one schedule. We just want something that works. And I thi

Saturday fire forces Walla Walla family from home

WALLA WALLA - A fire caused more than $100,000 in damage and left the family forced to live elsewhere.The fire broke out at 222 Stanton St. just after noon Saturday. According to a sheriff's deputy who arrived first, flames were visible when he arrived.

$N$ ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

Too cold for a teddy bear picnic, but tea will suffice

The Fifth Annual Teddy Bear Tea held Saturday is a fundraiser by the Walla Walla-Columbia County Retired School Employees Association. It supports its college scholarship program for future educators. Last year the event raised more than $2,000 and funded

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 02/27/11

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

ETCETERA - Vandal fever strikes when son gets UI football scholarship

Vandal fever has invaded the home of former Walla Walla residents Kurt and Kim Guglielmelli Klingenberg, now of Carnation.It's all about the black and gold for the Klingenbergs as their son Jared Klingenberg, 18, has signed a letter of intent to play foot

You can't run from the weather

Caught in one of the recent dustings of snow, a jogger and dog plow through the dry, fluffy specks falling at Tietan Park with little indication whether they were running with the snow or from it.

Registration to open for tours of Hanford

Two different tours will be offered. One will be driving tours; the other tours will be of the historic B Reactor.

Registration for tours of a Cold War hot spot is fast approaching.Starting this spring, the U.S. Department of Energy will once again offer tours of the Hanford Site near Richland. Created in 1943, the reservation was the site of plutonium production for

Waitsburg-Prescott boys outrun Brewster in second half

Waitsburg-Prescott outscores the Bears 34-23 in the second half to take the 63-50 regional tournament victory.

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott outscored Brewster 34-23 in the second half here Friday in a Class 2B boys regional basketball game.W-P used its second-half performance to break open a 29-27 game at the half and post a 63-50 win. The win earns W-P a trip to

Waitsburg-Prescott girls suffer first defeat of season at regionals

White Swan downs previously unbeaten W-P, 75-53, in the first round of the state tournament Friday.

SPOKANE — A swarming, attacking and aggressive pack of Cougars dropped Waitsburg-Prescott from the unbeaten ranks here at University High School Friday night in a Class 2B girls basketball regional championship game.White Swan's pressing, trapping defense

TigerScot boys advance at state tournament

Weston-McEwen downs East Linn Christian, 72-62, Friday night and faces BMC rival Enterprise Wednesday in Pendleton.

LEBANON, Ore. — One year ago, Weston-McEwen beat Heppner for the Blue Mountain Conference's district basketball championship and earned the home-court advantage in the first round of the boys Oregon Class 2A state playoffs.It was to no avail, however, as

Whitman swimmers open NWC Championships

The Missionary men are in third and the women fourth after the first day of the meet.

GRESHAM, Ore. — The highlights were many for the Whitman College swim teams as day one of the Northwest Conference Championships came to a close Friday night at Mount Hood Community College.Sophomore Katie Chapman won the 200-yard individual medley (IM),

Audience to get opportunity to cowboy up

The Walla Walla Choral Society will take a musical romp through the Old West.

Cowboys, cowgirls and the American West will be the centerpiece of two upcoming performances by the Walla Walla Choral Society.Concerts over the next two Tuesdays will feature a western theme under the direction of Christine Janis.

Accident leads to oil-spill cleanup

WALLULA JUNCTION - A collision between two semis Thursday morning brought in Department of Ecology crews to clean up 200 gallons of diesel oil near the Columbia River.Just before 9 a.m. at mile post 1 of State Route 730, Irene C. Romero, 43, of College Pl

Making names of campaign donors public doesn't curb free speech

The US Supreme Court got it right in upholding Washington state's law mandating disclosure of campaign donations.

The constitutionally protected right of free speech allows all of us to express our views without government censorship.It has also been established by the courts that funding political campaigns is a form of protected speech. In a sense, you let your mon

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 02/27/11

Time for a few more tough decisionsESHB 1086 (the Washington state budget bill) is now available for examination. Some questions and suggestions came to mind after a quick glance, and considering some proposed changes that will negatively impact retirees

PANORAMA - Paying it forward pays off

I couldn't believe it. It was one of those things I've heard about in church, when someone receives a totally unexpected blessing.There, in my hands, was a letter from my dentist, forgiving me for the $500 debt I owed.I'd felt guilty and ashamed of my fin

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus seen in Egypt's nonviolent revolution

One remarkable aspect of the recent revolution in Egypt has been its emphasis on nonviolence. The leaders' approach shares much with those of Ghandi in India, Lech Walesa in Communist Poland, and Martin Luther King, Jr., in the United States. It certainly

CHURCH BULLETIN - 02/27/11

M-F First Christian Church plans missions benefit dinnerMILTON-FREEWATER - A North African dinner featuring Moroccan dishes will be served at noon today at First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St. Donations will benefit the Company Kids Safari short-term m

Photo Gallery: Waitsburg-Prescott boys oust Brewster

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott outscored Brewster 34-23 in the second half here Friday in a Class 2B boys regional basketball game.W-P used its second-half performance to break open a 29-27 game at the half and post a 63-50 win. The win earns W-P a trip to

Photo Gallery: Waitsburg-Prescott girls stumble at regional

SPOKANE — A swarming, attacking and aggressive pack of Cougars dropped Waitsburg-Prescott from the unbeaten ranks here at University High School Friday night in a Class 2B girls basketball regional championship game.White Swan's pressing, trapping defense

SENIOR CENTERS - 02/28/11

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A list of activities, classes and programs is in the monthly newsletter. The members

Grandmothers Roundtable to present views of government

The Grandmothers Roundtable will present "Three Views of Government: Democrat, Republican and the Tea Party Movement in a forum at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.Martha Clinehens, a founder of the local tea

Friday, February 25

Pauline Durand

Jan. 27, 1918 – Feb. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Angeline Striegl

Oct. 20, 1915 - Feb. 25, 2011

HEALTH & FITNESS - Plants can clean air in home

It is common knowledge that we need fresh clean air to breathe and we usually think of outdoor air for that. Air pollution is a serious health hazard and this article is to alert you that our homes and offices can also be the source of air pollutants.

Program to help parents with students

PENDLETON -- Oregon's Parent Training and Information Center will present "Preventing Behavioral and Academic Failure & Understanding State Assessment Systems: What are schools doing now, and what should parents know?"

HEALTH & FITNESS - Meditation can ease stress, increase happiness

Happiness is "a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure or joy."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Food column missed its own point

On Feb. 8 the Union-Bulletin's Weekly printed a column by Damon Burke. He notes he is beginning a regular column on food, focusing on "home grown and regionally-focused;"

Huge online retailer can't escape tax obligation

Texas is right to force Amazon.com to collect sales tax.

When folks who live in Washington state buy something from Amazon.com, they pay state and local sales tax because Amazon has a physical presence in the state. In fact, Amazon is headquartered in Seattle.

Students noodle around with bridges

The task was to build a bridge with pasta that was as light and strong as possible.

WALLA WALLA -- When it comes to building bridges, it's all in the right pasta. At least, it is when the bridges are part of a design contest held to mark National Engineers Week.

Emergency Services - 02/25/11

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

In the minutes - Starbuck School Board

Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With Dedloff and Janes absent Thursday the board:

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM

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

ROCK DOC - Biology teachers may be failing our students

The pubic is bombarded with news reports saying young people in the U.S. aren't learning enough about science, especially compared to kids in Asia.

Etcetera - 02/25/11

The soup chefs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church are gearing up for the 41st annual Soup & Pie luncheons, slated for four Tuesdays in March.

Wolves may be in parts of area

Tracks have been found eight miles east of Milton-Freewater.

WALLA WALLA -- Are there wolves roaming the Bennington Lake area?

New Milton-Freewater shop to sell books, baked goods

A new business that opened today in Milton-Freewater offers food for the body and soul.

Special meeting to discuss hours for Sheriff's Office

WALLA WALLA -- A pilot project for 12-hour shifts in the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will be discussed today.

Lewis-Clark end Whitman women's season

The Missionaries watch a six-point second-half lead evaporate in a 60-51 loss to Lewis & Clark.

PORTLAND — With a six-point lead slipping away in the second half, the Whitman College women's basketball team saw its season come to a close with a 60-51 Northwest Conference first-round playoff loss to Lewis & Clark Thursday night.Whitman, which won the

Whitman men power past Lewis & Clark, into NWC title game

Whitman's men trail most of the game, but lead when the clock hits zero to down Lewis & Clark, 79-76, and advance to the NWC title game.

WALLA WALLA — Despite trailing throughout most of the game, Whitman managed to grab a 79-76 first-round Northwest Conference playoff win over Lewis & Clark Thursday night at Sherwood Center.The Missionaries trailed by 10 at the half and 12 early in the se

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Jack L Starr

Death Notice - Irene Bothwell

June 14, 1915 - Feb. 23, 2011

Thursday, February 24

12-hour shifts for Walla Walla Sheriff's Office to be discussed at Friday meeting

WALLA WALLA — A pilot project for 12-hour shifts in the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will discussed Friday.County commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. with Sheriff John Turner and representatives of the Commissioned Deputy Sheriffs Association for a p

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rich can pay a little more

Why is it just the poor who pay the price whenever budget cuts roll around? The programs that are cut are always the ones that serve the neediest.

Legislature must put end to double-dipping

A proposal by Walla Walla's Sen. Mike Hewitt and Sen. Lisa Brown would save the state millions by essentially closing the retire-rehire loophole.

Double-dipping has been a problem in state government for years.

FLURRY VISION

Walking to her car after work in downtown Walla Walla on Wednesday afternoon, Stephynie Gordon shields her eyes and face from blowing snow during a short flurry gusting through the area. Snow flurries are predicted throughout Thursday with 2-4" of accumulation possible.

Walla Walla Symphony takes applications for CEO position

Walla Walla Symphony takes applications for CEO position The Walla Walla Symphony is accepting applications for its Chief Executive Officer position. The job is being vacated with the departure of Michael Wenberg. Details and applications are available at

MARQUEE - Piece of history will come to life at Whitman College

WALLA WALLA — In 2009, Whitman College professor Jeremy Mims found himself in a historical adventure akin to a scene from the movie 'National Treasure.”'It is really cool to be in new territory, and very exciting for the students to be the first to perfor

Jubilee Youth Ranch benefit Saturday

A benefit concert for Jubilee Youth Ranch will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday in Cordiner Hall, Whitman College campus, 345 Boyer Ave.The concert features actress, singer and entertainer Rebecca Holden, with appearances by Cale Moon, April DeCock and Bob Silve

Winona LaDuke to speak at Tamastslikt

PENDLETON -- Native activist Winona LaDuke will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard LaDuke is an environmentalist, economist and writer. She will relate her experiences to those of the Confederat

Dayton family copes with child's severe epilepsy

It is hoped that eventually diet will keep it in control without needing drugs.

DAYTON -- Until about 18 months ago, Jayden was a typical preschooler, busy mastering riding his bike, playing with his little sister, kicking a soccer ball. The stuff of a 4-year-old's life.

Annie, get your gun

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Registration is now open for a ladies-only shooting clinic this spring.

Correctional officer faces charges

Adam D. Snyder is accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer has been charged with committing four crimes, including threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating.

Etcetera - 02/24/11

Imagining what patriot Paul Revere's experiences were and writing a memoir of his life, including his Midnight Ride, garnered four local students top honors in a history essay contest.

Emergency Services - 02/24/11

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

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 Huether absent Wednesday:

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Food giveaway for needy to be Tuesday

Distribution of food for those needing assistance will be Tuesday at the Walla Walla Housing Authority gym, 501 Cayuse St., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Council hires firm to deal with methane gas

The city is working on how the clean-up and the study will effect landfill and sanitation rates.

WALLA WALLA -- City Council approved a $287,000 contract to hire an environmental firm to determine the best way to prevent methane gas in Sudbury Landfill from contaminating local groundwater.

Fair Board agrees to run Dayton Days

DAYTON -- For 2011, the Columbia County Fair Board will manage Dayton Days Memorial Day weekend, Fair Manager Shane Laib said.

Thursday's Local Sports Schedule

RadioTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Gonzaga at St. Mary's, 8 p.m. KTEL (AM-1490).FridaynoneCalendarTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Lewis & Clark at Whitman, 7 p.m.COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL — Whitman at Lewis & Clark, 7 p.m.FridayPREP BOYS BASKETBALL — W

Blue Devils hand out season awards to boy's swimmers

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys swim team handed out season awards Tuesday night, with state fifth-place finisher in the 200 individual medley Jonathon Klem earning Most Valuable swimmer.Most Improved went to Josh Bumgarner, Most Promising Swimmer is Wiley Tow

Playoffs next after WWCC women take down Wolves

The Warrior women, already a tourney seed, top Blue Mountain 67-57 to close the regular season.

PENDLETON — Even though Walla Walla Community College didn't need to win its final regular-season NWAACC women's basketball game, the Warriors still traveled to Blue Mountain seeking a victory.Blue Mountain took a one-point lead at the half, 27-26, but th

Warrior men lock up playoff berth

WWCC defeats Blue Mountain 91-82 in the final regular-season game.

PENDLETON — Walla Walla Community College topped Blue Mountain 91-82 in its final men's NWAACC regular-season match, and with the win locked the fourth and final Eastern Region playoff seed to the championships in March.'It was a really good game,” said W

Wednesday, February 23

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Build new public high school on mall site

I previously recommended the Walla Walla School District put a five-year moratorium on any new building bonds.

TSA pat-down policy needs infusion of common sense

The TSA should be able to find ways to make certain passengers don't have any weapons and preserve their dignity in the process.

Few people are completely comfortable with the Transportation Safety Administration's more aggressive approach to personal pat-downs at the nation's airports.

On the agenda - Walla Walla City Council

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

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Two local residents elected to serve on board of Blue Mountain Land Trust

WALLA WALLA -- Two local residents have been elected to the Blue Mountain Land Trust board.

Foundation to support local causes

The Rob B. Schmidt Foundation was started in January.

WALLA WALLA -- The generosity of a Walla Walla businessman will continue in his memory through a new foundation intended to benefit local causes.

Walla Walla family contacts student in Egypt

Sara Badwy learned to speak her mind while attending Walla Walla High School.

WALLA WALLA -- When foreign exchange student Sara Badwy came to Walla Walla from Egypt, it was to learn about America, and in the process perhaps she learned how to speak her mind like an American.

Wa-Hi debate team earns state berth

Fourteen students qualified for state competition.

WALLA WALLA -- Several students in the Walla Walla High School debate team will travel to Tacoma next month to compete in state championships.

VA to hold Black History Month program on Thursday

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will celebrate Black History Month on Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Building. 78.

Emergency Services - 02/23/11

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

Man charged in beating, chase

WALLA WALLA -- A man was charged Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court with using a bat to beat his girlfriend and hit another person last weekend, then leading police on a vehicle chase.

Man faces charges in police chases

Elliott W. Barnes is accused of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle three times.

WALLA WALLA -- A man arrested for allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed vehicle chase this month pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon to committing that crime and charges related to two previous pursuits in which he wasn't apprehended.

Local barista's 'The Peanut Butter Thing' garners 2nd in mocha challenge

A drink from Walla Walla barista Aaron Leen has received the stamp of approval, so to speak, from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

Etcetera - 02/23/11

A former Walla Walla resident now living in La Grande dropped by the Feb. 8 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club to talk about his work.

$n$ Critters on film

You don't need much more of a reason for a back-road drive around the area than to pick up a camera and capture some critters in photos.

Pals Darlene and Nora the Schnauzer accompanied me on a mid-morning drive along the back roads toward Touchet to hang with wild critters.If you dawdle along during these waning winter days and observe carefully, you may see any number of raptors (red tail

New Zealander with Walla Walla connections describes earthquake

A little before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, Melissa Chrisp was preparing for her next class at Canterbury University when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the area near Christchurch, New Zealand.Chrisp, 21, who has spent time visiting and volunteering in

Lyle Luellen

Sept. 27, 1938 - Feb. 19, 2011

Cheryl Stonecipher

Oct. 17, 1946 - Feb. 18, 2011

Shelly Jones

Nov. 17, 1950 - Feb. 10, 2011

Marilyn Bown

March 30, 1947 - Feb. 20, 2011

Donna Winter-Zipf

Jan. 8, 1956 - Feb. 2011

Death Notice - Clarence Miller

Dec. 4, 1946 - Feb. 21, 2011

Tuesday, February 22

Art fosters creativity, community

Prospect Point families enjoy art night and brighten Valentine's Day for Wheatland Village residents.

The process of creating art and sharing it with others can build community and relationship in wonderful ways.Students and parents at Prospect Point Elementary had an opportunity to experience and contribute to that process at an evening Family Art Night

ETCETERA - Father-Daughter Ball a sweetheart of a dance

Granted this successful Father-Daughter Valentine Ball took place on Feb. 5, but I just had to run it when there was room to feature some of the many photos taken during the event at Garrison Middle School.The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department s

FACES AND PLACES - Salon makes ecology beautiful

Amy Vories has spent more than a decade as a hairstylist in the Walla Walla Valley.And for all that time, she has hated the lingering smell of the chemical processing she performed every day.'Perms were terrible – I could still smell them on me three days

Green tip of the week - 02/22/11

Riding a bicycle is the most energy-efficient of all modes of transportation. A bike is also good for health, it's inexpensive, emits no pollution, is easy to park and is a more social mode of travel than driving an automobile. You can even put it on the

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Seriously – Is my health insurance company really my family?

One of the most memorable offerings that I received this Valentine's Day was a gigantic red and white card, teeming with colossal, poofy, happy hearts and a warm, loving message signed, 'Your Extended Family.”

The Weekly Rave - 02/22/11

During the holidays I lost a much-loved family ring. I had made many stops in downtown Walla Walla and College Place and a basketball game at Whitman College. When I got home the ring was GONE! I searched at home, went back to Whitman, searched the street

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Wolf danger!

If you enjoy walking the trails about Bennington Lake; have on your person something to protect yourself!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Undocumented workers fill labor need

Your Feb. 14 editorial in support of legislation that would deny undocumented workers the ability to obtain a driver's license is short sighted.

End automatic pay raises for Congress now

The members of Congress should vote on pay raises that would take effect following the next election.

The members of Congress -- like all public officials -- deserve reasonable compensation.

From printed page to movie screen

Two of Patrick Carman's books have been purchased to be made into movies.

WALLA WALLA -- A story by Patrick Carman could be coming to a big screen near you.

Emergency Services - 02/22/11

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

On the agenda - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

News flash: It's still winter -- at least this week

WALLA WALLA -- Button up, winter isn't done with us yet.

Dorothy Rose Clemetson

March 16, 1928 – Feb. 19, 2011

Mary McDonald

Aug. 19, 1950 - Feb. 18, 2011

Treys can't lift WWU men past La Sierra

COLLEGE PLACE — Despite nailing 12 3-pointers, Walla Walla University's men dropped their final game of the season Saturday to La Sierra, 92-82.Josh Henderson, Jordan Stimmel, Tristan Greenidge, Taylor Lewis and Jason Abdul-Karim all hit two treys in the

Whitman men's tennis team blanks Bearcats

SALEM — In a rematch of last spring's Northwest Conference men's tennis championship final, Whitman College cruised to a 9-0 victory over Willamette here Monday.Whitman, ranked No. 19 nationally in NCAA Division III, is off to a 3-0 start in conference pl

Mildred Palmer

July 7, 1922 - Feb. 17, 2011

Marvin J. Vandersloot

November 23, 1935 – February 15, 2011

Frank Laufer

Aug. 26, 1929 - Feb. 13, 2011

Karl Steven Quentin Sawatzki

1956 – 2008

Emergency services - 02/21/11

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Tuesday, 10 a.m.Where: Commissioners Room, Courthouse

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

Etcetera - 02/22/11

If you are thinking about coming to the Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter 258 banquet, now is the time to send in the registration forms, said Jim Sonne, president. The event's coming up Saturday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Cente

Whitman basketball playoffs set Thursday

The Missionary men and women both face Lewis & Clark, with the men at home at 7 p.m. Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Thursday's first-round playoff opponents and locations are set for the Whitman College basketball teams, and the men's squad will be hosting its game after all.Meanwhile, based on Saturday night's end-of-the-regular-season games, the Whitman

Schiller makes it count for Whit women

Lizzy Schiller wins a three-set decision over Willamette's Emily Bee in her first NWC tennis match, and lifts Whitman to a 5-4 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Lizzy Schiller made her first Northwest Conference tennis match a memorable one, winning a tense three-set decision in singles to lift Whitman College to a 5-4 victory over Willamette Sunday at the Bratton Tennis Center.With the team score e

Whitman men mix lineup to take two tennis victories

NEWBERG, Ore. — Mixing a few more players into its singles lineup for its second match of the day, the Whitman College men's tennis team rolled over George Fox 9-0 Sunday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.That victory followed an 8-1 win over Pacific in Forest Gr

Monday, February 21

Walla Walla man arrested after assault, chase

Officials say Nicholas T. Hunter got into an argument with his girlfriend, then attacked her and another woman before fleeing.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly using a bat to assault his girlfriend and another person at his home, then leading police on a vehicle chase.

Columbia School Board to hold special meeting Wednesday

PASCO -- The Columbia School Board will hold a special board meeting Wednesday for the purpose of approving payment of bills before the end of the month. The meeting will be at 12 p.m. at Round Table Pizza in Pasco, 3201 W. Court St. Board meetings are op

Author to present talk Wednesday on spirituality

WALLA WALLA -- David James Duncan, author of "The Brothers K" and "The River Why" will present a public talk, "The Wild Without, and the Wild Within: toward a spirituality that serves the living world," on Wednesday at Whtiman College.The free talk is at

New discoveries, ideas in Maya research to be discussed

WALLA WALLA -- Marcello Canuto, associate professor of anthropology at Tulane University and director of the Middle American Research Institute, will present "The Classic Kingdoms of the Maya: New Discoveries, Novel Ideas" on Feb. 24 at Whitman College.Ca

Snowboarder found after search Saturday at Bluewood

A Tri-Cities-area snowboarder who was reported missing late Saturday afternoon is safe after a lengthy search into the night, officials said.The 29-year-old had been last seen in a back country area of Ski Bluewood around 2 p.m. and was reported missing a

Half-way up? Or half-way down?

Half-way up? Or half-way down? A mixed flurry of temps throughout the recent days have kept drivers and their doggie co-pilots only half-way there---and undecided whether to take it further down or raise it up and stay warm. Weather half-up or half-way

Six presidents have visited Walla Walla County over the years

Editor's note: This is a reprint of an August 2003 story that appeared in advance of a visit to the region by then-President George W. Bush.President Dwight D. Eisenhower slept here. And so did President Rutherford B. Hayes.President George W. Bush, howev

Harrison or Hayes? A presidential blip

WALLA WALLA -- If you visited the county's historical website in search of visiting presidents, you may have found one that was resurrected 39 years after dying, or perhaps one that was prematurely made president eight years too early.It just depends on w

Walla Walla High School concert to benefit ailing choir parent

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School choirs will present an "Almost Spring Concert" Thursday, with the goal of raising money to support a choir parent battling cancer.The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi auditorium, 800 Abbott Road, and is free an

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Mike and Carol Lundell

Mike and Carol Lundell of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Oregon coast. The couple met through friends, and married Feb. 14, 1986, in Walla Walla. Carol's maiden name is Ashworth.

ENGAGEMENT - Cooper-Johnson

Tom and Genny Cooper of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter LynLee Anna Cooper, Spokane, to Sean Michael Johnson of Okinawa, Japan.

Sunday, February 20

Pioneers wrestle to third-place finish at districts

ONTARIO — Mac-Hi finished third here in the 8-team district wrestling tournament. More importantly, the Pioneers got nine wrestlers through to the state tournament.Crook County claimed the district title and Ontario was second.Four wrestlers in each weigh

Shawn Kemp to participate in 'Snow Hoops' at Bluewood

DAYTON — Six-time NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp, former national ski champion and 3BA International's co-founder Brenda Ford and the new owners of Dayton's Ski Bluewood, Mike and Kelly Stephenson, are teaming up to host the first ‘Snow Hoops' Feb. 26 at Ski Blu

Missionaries drop chilly doubleheader

The College of Idaho picks up 9-2 and 5-0 wins over Whitman's baseball team.

WALLA WALLA — The lack of a few big hits at key times continued to plague the Whitman College baseball team as its dropped a pair of non-conference games to College of Idaho Saturday in cold, bone-chilling conditions at Borleske Field.College of Idaho, r

W-M girls win third at districts

PENDLETON — It's on to the State 2A tournament for the Weston-McEwen girls basketball team after a hard-fought defensive struggle with Heppner that ended with a 34-25 win over Hepper and third-place finish in the district tournament.The win sets up a to b

Two California standouts coming to Sweets this year

WALLA WALLA — Pomona College and Pitzer College, who combine for athletics to form the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, will send two standout ballplayers to Walla Walla this summer. Nick Gentili and James Campbell have signed contracts to play West Coast League b

Select baseball team holding meet and greet for parents

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Select baseball team is hosting a parent's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Walla Walla Community College's gymnasium. The meeting is for parents of prospective players and coaches. For more information, contact head coach

Knebel grabs wrestling title for Pomeroy

TACOMA — It was a triumphant night for Pomeroy's wrestling team at the B-level Mat Classic, with junior Tory Knebel taking home a state championship at 160 pounds, while sophomore Wyatt Jenkins (171) finished second and junior Jacob Moore (140) and sophom

Warriors win, lock playoff seed

unity College had three women in double figures, 14 team assists and some clutch free throws to grab a 63-56 win over Big Bend in NWAACC women's basketball action Saturday night at the Dietrich Dome.The win locks the Warriors into the NWAACC playoffs Marc

Wa-Hi girls falter in second half against Chiefs

The Blue Devils' season ends as Moses Lake breaks a halftime tie and wins the district game, 57-30.

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's girls played 'one of the best halves we've played all season,” coach Jill Meliah said of the first half against Moses Lake in the Big Nine District tournament against Moses Lake Friday night.The Blue Devils and Chiefs were knotted at

Klem places fifth to pace Wa-Hi at state swim meet

Jonathon Klem places fifth in the 200 IM, while the Blue Devils finish 23rd out of 47 teams.

FEDERAL WAY — Wa-Hi swimmers placed 23rd out of 47 competing teams at the 4A state competition at the King County Aquatic Center this weekend.Jonathon Klem led the Blue Devils with a fifth-place finish in the 200 Individual Medley, finishing the race in 1

Panthers handle Bulldogs in SE2B boys' district battle

Asotin's Ben Servatius scores a game-high 29 points in the 60-53 win, while Dayton's season ends.

WALLA WALLA — Ben Servatius scored a game-high 29 points to lead Asotin to a 60-53 victory over Dayton in the final game of the Southeast 2B District 9 boys basketball tournament at Whitman College's Sherwood Center Saturday night.Asotin earned the distri

Pirates torpedoed by Colton, but grab District's No. 2 seed

COLFAX — The good news for the Pomeroy girls basketball team is that they survived and earned a No. 2 seed to Friday's regional play at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee.The bad news for the Pirates is that Colton sank their ship in the District 9 1B

Irish girls fall to Asotin and out of play in SE2B finale

The Panthers pick up a 51-37 win off DeSales' poor field-goal shooting Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — Asotin took advantage of a quick start and DeSales' poor field-goal shooting, coasting to a 51-37 victory in the finale of the Southeast 2B District 9 girls basketball tournament on Whitman's George Ball Court at Sherwood Center Saturday nig

WWCC men suffer defensive lapse in loss

Four Warriors score in double-digits but it's not enough in the 90-83 loss to Big Bend.

WALLA WALLA — Despite having four men in double digits, Walla Walla Community College couldn't top division-leading Big Bend in a 90-83 NWAACC East Region loss Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome. Ryan Schultz led the Warriors with 19 points, while Dustin

WWU women close season with loss

COLLEGE PLACE — Johnson & Wales lived up to its No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Independent schools with an 84-50 win over Walla Walla University in women's non-conference basketball action Saturday at the WWU women's basketball tournament. Johnson & Wales fini

Saturday, February 19

Pioneers close season with GOL loss to Baker

Mac-Hi coach Casey Richards is excited about the future after her first season with the Pioneers.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's girls basketball season came to an end with a 50-19 loss to Greater Oregon League foe Baker Friday night.'We've come a long way from the beginning of the season,” Pioneers coach Casey Richards said. 'I think we've really improv

Riverhawks out-duke Blue Devil boys, 58-55

The teams enter the fourth quarter tied, and when the dust settled Chiawana advances at the Big Nine District Tournament.

PASCO — After 24 minutes here Friday in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A District Tournament boys basketball playoff action, Chiawana and Wa-Hi battled to a standoff as the Riverhawks and Blue Devils entered the last period even at 42.Eight minutes decided who

Wa-Hi girls falter in second half against Chiefs

The Blue Devils' season ends as Moses Lake breaks a halftime tie and wins the district game, 57-30.

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's girls played 'one of the best halves we've played all season,” coach Jill Meliah said of the first half against Moses Lake in the Big Nine District tournament against Moses Lake Friday night.The Blue Devils and Chiefs were knotted at

TigerScot girls lose to Enterprise, 44-41

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen's girls basketball team lost to Enterprise in the first round of Blue Mountain Conference district play Friday night.Enterprise, the No. 2 team in the BMC, topped W-M, the No. 3 team, 44-41.The TigerScots had a 24-17 lead heading

Equipment in farm museum outgrows its building

POMEROY - You can't compare thimbles to combines. When Gary Cole, representing the Southeast Washington Ag History Museum, pitched the need for a second (large) building to house its farm machinery he told commissioners, "We're collecting farm machinery.

Groundbreaking set for Blue Mountain Station on April 15

DAYTON - A date has been set for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Mountain Station, according to the Blue Mountain Station eNews.The groundbreaking will be April 15.A call for bids was advertised Wednesday on phase 1 of construction of wh

Chase ends with tasering

WALLA WALLA - A high-speed chase that involved three men fleeing from the sheriff ended with two suspects tasered and all three arrested.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report, Sheriff John Turner noticed a vehicle approaching his unmar

Athena honors First Citizens, Young Adults

ATHENA - First Citizens and Young Adults were recognized during the Jan. 24 Athena Chamber of Commerce award banquet.Dick Scheibner and Everett Pixler were named First Citizens. Young Adult honors went to Daniel Winn, Amanda Kuehn and Renee Bauman.Scheibn

Armed robber walks out of store with beer

WALLA WALLA - A masked gunman robbed the Zip Zone, 110 N. Ninth Ave., on Friday just after 1 a.m.According to Walla Walla Police, the suspect entered the store wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, walked directly to the cooler, took two 12-packs of beer and

Watershed council to discuss issues

The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council is sponsoring a public meeting about local water issues.Questions about what a watershed is, what a watershed council does, and the status of the local surface and ground water will be addressed. An update on the le

Firefighters take competition one step at a time

About 20 local firefighters are getting ready for the largest firefighter competition in the world.

WALLA WALLA - If you happen to take the stairs at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and encounter a huffing, puffing firefighter in full turnout gear heading up the stairs, don't panic. The building isn't on fire.The firefighter is likely one o

Consultant: Signs only part of what area needs

Most communities have overhauled their sign systems in phases.

WALLA WALLA - A Pennsylvania consultant hired to analyze Walla Walla's sign system is recommending a "wayfinding" overhaul that would go far beyond roadside postings.In a presentation Thursday, John Bosio said the opportunities to engage and direct visito

Union explains stand on concessions

Union members believe they have already made enough sacrifices.

WALLA WALLA - Representatives of the city's largest employee union said they needed to set the record straight regarding concessions they refused to make to help the city out in the current city budget crisis.In an article published Feb. 13 in the Union-B

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Josefina Cruz

Josefina Cruz, 77, was born in a small village in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, where her family lived without plumbing or electricity.She fondly recalls fetching water from a well to bring back to the house and grilling insects with peppers and vegetable

The thrill of the game

Irish fans rallied around the DeSales High School boys' and girls' teams during games against the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals on Friday at George Ball Court.

Panthers boys knock out Knights

Asotin's boys win the SE2B District loser-out game against WWVA, 67-63, to advance to play Dayton Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy lost a loser-out Southeast 2B District tournament game with Asotin Friday night at Whitman College's Sherwood Center.Asotin, the district's No. 2 seed, topped No. 3 WWVA, 67-63.'We played well,” said WWVA coach Sco

Waitsburg-Prescott fights off pesky Irish girls, 40-36

A game-ending 7-1 run lifts W-P to the District 9 title as DeSales faced an elimination game Saturday night against Asotin.

WALLA WALLA — Megan Withers converted a three-point play with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter Friday night to commence a game-ending, 7-1 run that lifted undefeated Waitsburg-Prescott to a 40-36 victory over DeSales in the championship game of the Class 2

Waitsburg-Prescott boys take No. 1 to Spokane after win over Dayton

Zach Bartlow scores 21 points to lead W-P to the District 9 championship and a top seed to the regional tournament.

artlow scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half Friday night as Waitsburg-Prescott claimed the Class 2B District 9 boys basketball title with a 69-56 triumph over stubborn Dayton on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center on the Whitman Colleg

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

PANORAMA - Fine dine in Umapine

Step over the complacent black-and-white cow dog on the front porch, mosey past windows licked with steam and push open the door.First rattle out of the box, the scent of citrus-glazed salmon wraps you in an aromatic hug. On an evening when frost in the c

ETCETERA - Federal task force includes local attorney

A Walla Walla man has been tapped to participate on a new federal task force. M. Brent Leonhard, deputy attorney general with Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, Ore., has been ap

PASTOR COLUMN - When change swirls about you, look to God

The only constant is change" is a well-known statement. All of us experience change in our lives; at times the change is welcome, at times it is not. At times we seek change, at times we resist it and at times it just happens, to us or around us.

CHURCH BULLETIN

St. Patrick Roman Catholic

Those with low to modest income should file for tax credit

The efforts of the Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition help boost the amount of local money garnered last year from the tax credit by $1.3 million.

The Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition has done an impressive job helping individuals and the community.The Coalition, composed of well over two dozen people representing a wide range of local businesses and organizations, is focused on helping area res

Missionary men's hoops cool off at Pacific

Whitman follows its victory over No. 1-ranked Whitworth on Tuesday with a 59-55 loss to Pacific, leaving its postseason seed in the air.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — After rampaging for 16 wins in its 18 previous games, including a dramatic victory over No. 1-ranked Whitworth on Tuesday, the Whitman College men's basketball team ran into a speed bump Friday night, dropping its regular-season final

Whit women clinch NWC playoff berth

The Missionaries down Pacific 67-44 Friday and are the No. 4 seed in the conference playoffs.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Outscoring Pacific University 26-2 over the last 14 minutes of the first half, the Whitman College women's basketball team cruised to a 67-44 victory Friday night in Forest Grove, Ore., to nail down the fourth and final Northwest Conf

Whits baseball drop pair of baseball games to Coyotes

The Missionaries host College of Idaho for a chilly twin bill Friday, but fall 15-9 and 9-1 at Borleske Stadium

WALLA WALLA — A young Whitman College baseball team pounded out its share of hits but came up short in both ends of a Friday twinbill, losing 15-9 and 9-1 to College of Idaho a chilly Borleske Field.Morning snow flurries delayed the start of game one unti

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 02/20/11

Where's the outrage?The news from Egypt has occupied our media during the past month, so it is "somewhat" understandable why we might not hear about a relatively insignificant story - corruption in Honduras.Honduras is a neighboring country - a country th

Photo Gallery — W-P girls hold off Irish for district title

WALLA WALLA — Megan Withers converted a three-point play with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter Friday night to commence a game-ending, 7-1 run that lifted undefeated Waitsburg-Prescott to a 40-36 victory over DeSales in the championship game of the Class 2

Photo Gallery — W-P boys win district championship

WALLA WALLA — Zach Bartlow scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half Friday night as Waitsburg-Prescott claimed the Class 2B District 9 boys basketball title with a 69-56 triumph over stubborn Dayton on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center o

Friday, February 18

Masked robber steals beer from Zip Zone

WALLA WALLA — A masked robber wielding a gun got away with two 12-packs of beer from a local convenience store early today, authorities said.The Walla Walla Police Department reports that about 1 a.m., a suspect wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt wa

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - What, no call for knife ban?

I'm waiting for the calls to ban knives or, at the very least, restrict ability to purchase or gain access to them.Had Maksim Gelman used a gun instead of a knife in his recent killing spree in New York, cries to ban guns would have been heard loudly and

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Prison support staff important

I am writing this letter to bring attention to the fact there are more than just correctional officers who work at the Washington State Penitentiary. The correctional officers are the most visible employees people see and speak about in most instances.But

Putting letter Z on license plates isn't cure for DUIs

Drunken driving, despite the tougher penalties imposed over the past 20 years, continues to be a serious problem. More can — and should — be done to curb this dangerous behavior that puts innocent lives at risk.But a proposal by state Rep. Norma Smith, R-

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

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

In the minutes - College Place School Board

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

Emergency services - 02/18/11

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

FEATURED PHOTO - Taste of winter

While enjoying a meal of seasonal fruits, a curious cedar waxwing peers. The birds are named for the red tips that resemble sealing wax on their wings.

Gastroenterologist named national fellow

WALLA WALLA -- Dr. Harald Schoeppner, a gastroenterologist at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, has been named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, the nation's oldest medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal tra

Antioxidants A dose of information

In recent years there has been lots of information in various news media about antioxidants and their importance in maintaining health. At the risk of making the subject appear simple this article will discuss why we need antioxidants, what are the best s

Etcetera - 02/18/11

Whoa, Nellie! It's true: enter this raffle and you could win a registered American paint horse.The Winget/Rose Ranch donated nearly 3-year-old "Sock Exchange Girl" for a fundraiser that will benefit Pilot Rock Elementary School's playground equipment fund

Whoopemup to whip up Mardi Gras fare for Fat Tuesday

The Waitsburg restaurant known for its Southern comfort food is gearing up for a Mardi Gras celebration March 8.The owners at Whoopemup Hollow Café, 120 Main St., will be serving up oysters on the half shell, quail gumbo, crab and frog's legs étouffée and

Simple steps, good habits pay off for kids' teeth

February is National Children's Dental Health month and is a good time to remind parents of some practical tips to keep their kids teeth healthy.One of the habits that causes the most difficulty for younger children is parents sending them to bed with a b

Diabetes awareness easier than you think

Let me just say something -- if you need to learn about prediabetes and diabetes (and apparently none of us can cross it off the list), start as early as possible.The amount of information is prodigious, printed in thick brochures and on highly-colored in

Autism can turn a person inward for rewards

I could watch Annie all day, she is absolutely fascinating. Sitting in the cafeteria, she has a bright smile and her dancing eyes appear to be focused on interior visions. If you attempt to follow her eye gaze, you see only the southeastern corner of the

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY - Functional training can aid in sports

As spring approaches, many people dust off the tennis racquets and golf clubs for another season of recreational or competitive play.During the off-season, it is vital to keep bodies active for the summer sport; however, people need to functionally train

ROCK DOC - Fossil finds in a boom time, for good and ill, in China

The rates of China's economic growth are often reported in a wide variety of sectors.But China is experiencing another bonanza, too. It doesn't get the headlines commanded by economic figures, but it catches the attention of geologists and anyone with an

Milton-Freewater residents honored at banquet for service

Organizers of the 63rd annual awards banquet here Thursday dubbed their community the "City of Champions" in a celebration that honored local residents at the top of their game. About 15 community residents were lauded Thursday night in front of a sold-ou

Change in wind for Milton-Freewater ambulance

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Ambulance service for several thousand residents is threatened after the area's provider gave notice it will soon end service because of continued years of operating at a loss."We have asked the county for years to help fund us so we c

$n$ 'Yotes boys' run comes to an end in Zillah

Goldendale defeats Burbank, 68-44, in the SCC district tournament.

ZILLAH — Burbank's boys lost a 68-44 loser-out contest to Goldendale in South Central Conference Class 1A district tournament action Thursday night at Zillah Middle School.The two teams were tied at 15 after the first quarter, but the Timberwolves pulled

$n$ Weather delays Whitman baseball doubleheader

WALLA WALLA — Wet weather this morning has pushed back the start of a baseball doubleheader between Whitman College and College of Idaho.The first game of the today's twinbill at Borleske Stadium will begin at 2 p.m. instead of its original noon start.Gam

$n$ Wolves' rally falls short at WWU tourney

COLLEGE PLACE — Johnson & Wales University won the battle on the boards and took the game from Walla Walla University 59-51 in WWU women's tournament play Thursday night.Johnson & Wales is the No. 1-ranked NAIA independent school and has already clinched

$n$ Friday and Saturday's Local Sports Schedules

RadioTodayPREP BOYS BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi at Chiawana, 4:45 p.m. KTEL (AM-1490).PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — DeSales vs. Waitsburg-Prescott, 6 p.m. KHSS (FM-100.7).PRO BASKETBALL — NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, joined in progress KTEL (AM-1490).Sat

$n$ Weather pushes Wrath softball tryouts to Feb. 26

WALLA WALLA — Winter weather returned to push back softball season another day.The Walla Walla Wrath 14-U fastpitch team delayed Saturday's scheduled tryouts to Feb. 26 due to predicted snow and cold conditions.Tryouts are now at noon on Feb. 26 at DeSale

Della Passmore

May 1, 1933 – Feb. 16, 2011

Effie Irene Reid

Jan. 8, 1920 - Feb. 11, 2011

Jerome Vaughn

Sept. 27, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2011

Thursday, February 17

Jubilee Youth Ranch concert Feb. 26

If there was ever a chance to get your "country" on for a good cause, it's coming up. Jubilee Youth Ranch and Ed Dailey will present "Legends of Country" benefit concert 5-8 p.m. 26 at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.The event will include act

Pheasants Forever banquet slated

Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain 258 will hold its annual fundraising banquet starting at 4 p.m. for social hour and 6 p.m for dinner on Feb. 26 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center, 363 Orchard St.On the menu is a prime rib and salmon di

Concert to raise funds for infant care

It will take a big night to help out the region's tiniest residents, Heather Usko believes.The AmeriCorps member has designed her service project around helping Kadlec Regional Medical Center expand and upgrade its neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.

MARQUEE - The beat goes on for Park Plaza Senior Choir

Evelyn Gibson knows validation when she hears it.'At my church, we don't clap for anything. And they clapped and clapped.”The occasion was the first public performance of the Park Plaza Senior Choir, of which Gibson is a founding member. The venue was Chr

Teddy Bear Show and Tea fundraiser to be held Feb. 26

The Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association will host its fifth annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea with visiting doll exhibits, including Raggedy Ann and Andy, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the St. Francis Social Hall, 722 W. Alder St. Thi

Engineers Week Banquet to feature Rohr as speaker

COLLEGE PLACE -- The annual Walla Walla University 2011 Engineers Week Banquet will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Reid Campus Center, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave.Special speaker for the event is William Rohr, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in reconstr

New at the library

This turn-of-the-century prairie adventure begins when Rachel, working in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with her employer's son. He agrees to marry her, but only if she gives up her 160 acres from the Homestead Act to double his share. She agrees

Officials: Milton-Freewater ambulance service could end May 1

Ambulance service for Milton-Freewater could end May 1, officials said today.Milton Freewater Emergency Medical Services notified Umatilla County Board ofCommissioners that it will no longer provide ambulance services for the city of Milton Freewater and

Presidents' Day closures

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

Sam Erwin Memorial Breakfast set for Saturday, Sunday

PRESCOTT -- The annual Sam Erwin Memorial Breakfast will be Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lions Hall in Waitsburg.The menu is pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, bacon or sausage link, eggs and beverages. Cost is $5.99 for all you can eat.Pro

Gardena Farms Irrigation District Board to meet Friday

TOUCHET -- The Gardena Farms Irrigation District board will meet at 4 p.m. Friday in the district office, 5239 White Road, in Touchet.The meeting will be to consider entering into a water banking agreement with the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partner

Emergency services - 02/17/11

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

Walla Walla man charged in January chase

The pursuit ended when Eduardo Miranda Salazar lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a building on 13th Avenue, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been charged in Superior Court with leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase last month in the west end of town that resulted in him crashing into a building, officials said. Eduardo Miranda Salazar, 19, of 809 N. Ninth Ave., is

Construction to close portions of Mill Creek trail

The segments that will be out of commission are near Rooks Park and the Mill Creek Dam.

WALLA WALLA -- Construction will close parts of the Mill Creek Trail near Rooks Park and the Mill Creek Dam starting today. The closure is due to work to install a system to monitor water seeping through a diversion dike at Mill Creek. The work is part of

Etcetera - 02/17/11

More than 100 students from Yakima, Pasco, Moses Lake, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Walla Walla participated in the Walla Walla Debate tournament hosted Feb. 5 at Lincoln High School.The students could enjoy food, karaoke and video games, Jean said. "It was

Whitehouse-Crawford mooooved to bring back popular burger night

So many people turned out for Whitehouse-Crawford's first ever burger night last month that operators are serving up seconds. "Burger Night 2.0" takes place next Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. The event is a casual affair at the ups

Walla Walla chef again in running for prestigious award

Chris Ainsworth is among 20 semifinalists for a James Beard Foundation award.

Walla Walla chef and restaurateur Chris Ainsworth has made the cut of top chefs from across the Northwest. For the third consecutive year, Ainsworth has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award, known in culinary circles as the "Oscars

Washington state Poison Center warns of 'bath salts'

The relatively new and dangerous drug is starting to show up in Washington, officials say.

The Washington state Poison Center is warning people about a new designer drug called "bath salts." "Washington state was late in experiencing this nationwide trend but cases are on the increase," noted Dr. William Hurley, medical director of the center.

Dayton's 'Dogs to play for boys district title

Dayton hands Asotin a 56-49 district semifinal defeat Wednesday, and faces W-P on Friday.

ASOTIN — The third time was the charm for Dayton here Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the Southeast 2B District boys basketball tournament.Now Bulldogs coach Roy Ramirez is hoping for a repeat performance Friday at Sherwood Center on the Whitman

Area grapplers head into big weekend tourneys

Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi and Pomeroy are attending state and district competitions.

WALLA WALLA — It's time for the best wrestlers in the area to either finish their year or reach the biggest stage in the state.Wa-Hi has two alternates headed to this week's Mat Classic in Tacoma, while Mac-Hi will send 26 grapplers to districts in Ontari

Whitman women to host kids' tennis camp

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's tennis team, in cooperation with the U.S. Tennis Association, is hosting a Campus Kids' Day on Sunday to cap its first weekend of home matches.Whitman welcomes NAIA tennis powerhouse Lewis-Clark State to campus fo

Pacific, Valley Little Leagues holding sign-ups at K-Mart

WALLA WALLA — Pacific and Valley little leagues are having sign-ups at the Walla Walla K-Mart as well as in Touchet and the Pacific fields in the next weeks.Sign-ups at K-Mart are from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and next Thursday, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturda

Pioneer boys stumble against La Grande

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Mac-Hi started at a near standstill here Tuesday night and finished in nearly the same fashion as La Grande bullied the Pioneers 75-29 in a boys Greater Oregon League basketball game with postseason implications.The Tigers, who officiall

Three Blue Devils honored in Big Nine boys basketball

WALLA WALLA — Three Wa-Hi seniors received Big Nine honors for their boys basketball play this season.Senior guard Seth Alden was named second team All Conference and senior Matt Watson was voted to the Honorable Mention team. Senior guard Alex Ceron was

Thursday's Local Sports Schedule

RadioTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Washington State at Arizona, 5:30 p.m. KGDC (AM-1320); Washington at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. KUJ (AM-1420); Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 6 p.m. KTEL (AM-1490).FridayPREP BOYS BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi at Chiawana, 4:45 p.m. KTEL

Warrior women down Sasquatch

The Warriors' playoff hopes depend on the result of Saturday's game with Big Bend.

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College picked up a big win over top-ranked Spokane in NWAACC women's basketball Wednesday night.The Warriors topped the division-leading Sasquatch 83-69. Spokane was also ranked second in the NWAACC.'I didn't expect to go

Waitsburg-Prescott boys continue roll with win over WWVA

W-P defeats WWVA 59-43 in the district tourney Wednesday night.

WAITSBURG — It was a rough night for the Walla Walla Valley Academy boys, but the dominant force that is the Waitsburg-Prescott boys continued to roll with a 59-43 win in Southeast 2B district play.W-P (19-1 overall, 12-0 in league) built a five-point lea

Free throws costly for WWCC men at Spokane

The Warriors go 6-for-20 from the line in the 80-77 loss.

SPOKANE — The charity stripe wasn't so kind to Walla Walla Community College in an 80-77 loss to Spokane in NWAACC men's basketball action Wednesday night.The Warriors (6-6 in league, 13-10 overall) shot 6-for-20 from the line in the three-point loss.'We

GALLERY — W-P boys defeat WWVA in district play

WAITSBURG — The Waitsburg-Prescott boys defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy 59-43 on Wednesday night. W-P is 19-1 overall and 12-0 in league and leads the Southeast 2B district race. Both teams will continue in the tournament Friday at Whitman College as

Six Blue Devils swimming to state

Two individuals and a relay team are at the Class 4A state swim meet, while two others are alternates.

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Devils are taking state by storm at this week's Class 4A State Championship swim meet.Six Wa-Hi swimmers hit the road this morning for the competition, which begins Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.Of the six,

Jaye H. Evans

Jan. 16, 1935 – Feb. 12, 2011

Frances Strode

April 22, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2011

Letty Morrissette

Jan. 11, 1955 - Feb. 14, 2011

Death Notice - Mildred Palmer

July 7, 1922 - Feb. 17, 2011

Death Notice - Douglas Treib

April 15, 1952 - Feb. 15, 2011

Frank Kent

Oct. 13, 1926 - Feb.10, 2011

Wednesday, February 16

CLARIFICATION - Storm washes away rain deficit in Walla Walla

Almost an inch of rain fell Tuesday, bringing February nearly up to normal.

WALLA WALLA -- A dry month turned wet in a hurry Tuesday.A cold front that stalled over southeast Washington brought a steady, drenching rain to Walla Walla as well as many other areas in the region.According to the National Weather Service, a total of .9

Emergency services - 02/16/11

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

In the minutes - Dixie School Board

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

Plans to point way to improving Walla Walla Valley signage

Consultants will share recommendations for regional 'wayfinding' signs at a meeting Thursday morning.

WALLA WALLA -- A consultant's recommendations could point the way for a new sign system in the Walla Walla Valley. A presentation from consulting firm Merje on Thursday morning will provide recommendations for a more effective "wayfinding system" for the

Wa-Hi, Waitsburg High win state acclaim

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School is one of two high schools in the state to receive the 2010 Washington Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap.Wa-Hi will be recognized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 27 at a

Trial date set in sex predator confinement

Maverick A. Lanning, convicted of a variety of local sex crimes, faces indefinite lockup.

WALLA WALLA -- A fall trial date has been set in Walla Walla County Superior Court for a man the state Attorney General's Office wants detained indefinitely as a sexually violent predator. Maverick A. Lanning is scheduled for the civil commitment trial st

Etcetera - 02/16/11

A recent Community Center for Youth Gang Prevention Night was a complete success according to Johnny Johnson, CCY program manager. The 11/2-hour program saw 44 middle school participants from around the school district, the Feb. 11 Walla Walla Public Scho

'Lather, Rinse, Defeat.' a local spin on TV's 'Shear Genius'

A reality television program that challenges hair stylists to cut, color, curl and comb their way to the top of the pack has inspired a similar beauty battle at the local level.Hairstylists throughout the area will go head-to-head in a four-week competiti

Walla Walla County comp plan cycle opens

The process is a chance to change the planning document and rules governing development.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County is now accepting applications to amend its Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 31 to the Joint Community Development Agency, 55 Moore St.The county will not acc

Tourism 'Meet & Greet' to be Thursday in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- An opportunity to discuss tourism opportunities in Waitsburg, Dayton, Dixie, Prescott, Starbuck and the Touchet Valley will bring together business owners and stakeholders and those interested in tourism Thursday at Ye Town Hall in Waitsburg.

Anthony Lakes adventure

From a furry friend in the restroom to flopping on the snow, a Nordic ski trip to Anthony Lakes is fraught with frustration.

In less than an hour at the Anthony Lakes Nordic trails, I felt like going home.After the 131-mile Saturday drive from Walla Walla, I spent 12 excruciating minutes at the only one-holer in sight. I shifted from foot to foot, clinched my jaws and willed fo

11th annual Blue Devil girls fastpitch softball clinic set

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi Blue Devil softball program is having its annual Skills Clinic on March 5 for girls in grades 1-9 at the Wa-Hi gymnasiums and softball fields.Check-in for the morning session for pitchers and catchers begins at 8:30 a.m., with the

Whit's Duckworth NWC student-athlete of week

WALLA WALLA — Josh Duckworth, a freshman guard on the Whitman College basketball team, was named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for men's basketball Tuesday afternoon.The award was based on his play last weekend, when he helped the Missi

Knights outlast Patriots, face W-P tonight

RICHLAND — Walla Walla Valley Academy lives to play another day in the Southeast 2B District tournament, picking up an 84-78 overtime victory over Liberty Christian Tuesday night.Daniel Lomeland led the Knights with 28 points on the night, while Matt Moor

Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales to meet for district title

WAITSBURG — It's 20 times out and 20 victories in a row for the Waitsburg-Prescott girls basketball team after a 57-29 Southeast 2B District tournament win at home versus Liberty Christian Tuesday night.The victory punches W-P's ticket to a District champ

Whitman women hold own destiny

The Missionaries down Whitworth, 74-61, and they can wrap up a playoff spot with a win Friday at Pacific.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman's 74-61 win over Whitworth in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Tuesday night keeps the Missionaries' postseason hopes alive.Whitman is 8-7 in NWC play and 14-10 overall, while Whitworth fell to 11-13 and 7-8. The game b

DeSales girls take down Asotin

ASOTIN — It was a big night for the DeSales girls basketball team as the Irish rolled past Asotin and into the Southeast 2B District championship against Waitsburg-Prescott at Whitman College at 6 p.m. Friday.The Irish handed the Panthers a 56-32 defeat T

Pirates can't Duck Missionaries

The nation's No.1-ranked Whitworth squad falls victim to a red-hot Whitman men's team as the Pirates take the 82-79 loss.

WALLA WALLA — As the second half opened in Northwest Conference men's basketball action Tuesday night, Whitworth, the No. 1-ranked Division III team in the nation, looked ready to pull away from rival Whitman with an 11-2 run to lead 66-45 with 17 minutes

Quick start doesn't hold up for Mac-Hi girls

LA GRANDE — It was a night where Mac-Hi's girls basketball team looked like it might score its first win of the season after one quarter, but then things fell apart for the Pioneers in a 67-27 loss to La Grande on the road.'It wasn't the greatest game we

Touchet fall to Gar-Pal boys

COLFAX — Touchet's boys' basketball season came to an end with a 72-57 loss to Garfield-Palouse at the Southeast 1B District Tournament here Tuesday night.Matt Kates scored 18 points, and Jake Hodnefield 17, for the Indians in the elimination defeat.'I wi

GALLERY — Whitman women top Whitworth

The Missionaries down Whitworth, 74-61, and they can wrap up a playoff spot with a win Friday at Pacific.

Pomeroy boys can't top SJE

COLFAX — It was a rough night for the Pomeroy boys basketball team as the Pirates fell to St. John-Endicott in overtime, 61-54, on Tuesday in a Southeast 1B District tournament elimination game.The Pirates held a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quar

PHOTO GALLERY - Whitman men stun Whitworth with 82-79 win

Crazed Whitman fan frenzy erupted Tuesday night at George Ball Court as the Missionary Men's basketball team knocked off nationally top-ranked and previously undefeated Whitworth University by a score of 82-79. More details in today's Union-Bulletin.

Keith K. Riggin,

June 22, 1951 - February 13, 2011

Susan Harmon

May 11, 1960 - Feb. 12, 2011

Mariya Semenko

Feb. 14, 1938 - Feb. 4, 2011

Robert Perkins

Nov. 15, 1937 - Feb. 10, 2011

Jeanne Moramarco

Dec. 10, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Frances Strode

April 22, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2011

Death Notice - Thomas Hickman

Nov. 21, 1944 - Feb. 15, 2011

Tuesday, February 15

Wa-Hi receives 2010 Washington Achievement Award

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School is among two high schools in the state to receive the 2010 Washington Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap.Wa-Hi will be recognized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 27 at a c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - First two amendments most important

There has been through the years questions as to the need for some of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Local police, fire unions do right thing

Agreeing to forgo pay raises allows the city government to better weather the recession and reduce the need for layoffs.

Although the Great Recession is over (at least according to the economic experts), times are still tight -- particularly for government.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reader opinion contest a mistake

Friends, you have been bamboozled. The CEO of Inland Power of Spokane is now on public record as follows:

Volunteer finds ways to feed spirit

Idealism and a great sense of humor helps Gail McGhee through life's ups and downs.

To each spouse their own space

It's been seven years since Annie and I moved to Walla Walla to become farmers. We soon found out I wasn't much of a farmer.

Writer's reminiscenses make 'Good Old Days' magazine

Walla Wallan Polly Livengood has been honing her storytelling skills through writing classes at The Center At the Park in order to relate her life story.

Work out winter wiggles

Ten terrific activities to do inside when the weather's chillly.

Punxsutawney Phil may not have seen his shadow, but we still have plenty of chilly winter days ahead in the Walla Walla Valley.

Mom weighs in on house hunt

My daughter and son-in-law are house-hunting in Portland. They've taken a few steps down this path before, but this time, it looks like it's set in stamped concrete. Or faux brick, something like that.

Mentors don't need strong-arm tactics

Whitman students have served as mentors to local youths since 1994.

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College first-year student Shunei Asao put up a good fight, but ultimately lost the arm-wrestling match against 11-year-old Miya Freeman.

Corps looks for park operators

A team is exploring a range of options for Central Ferry and Lyons Ferry parks.

The future of Central Ferry and Lyons Ferry parks is being evaluated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Corps officials would like to hear from potential park operators.

Walla Walla Children's Museum to feature Lego Map Game

A traveling Lego Map Game coming to the Walla Walla Children's Museum this weekend will help kids get a big-picture view of the country courtesy of AAA.

'Party house' man pleads guilty to rape

WALLA WALLA -- A second man accused of having sex with an underage girl at what police called a "party house" last fall has pleaded guilty in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

New trial date set in assault charges

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been scheduled for a youth accused of committing two separate assaults last year.

Precept Wines buys Canoe Ridge

The company reportedly plans to reopen the tasting room.

WALLA WALLA -- One of the largest wine companies in the Northwest has purchased Canoe Ridge Vineyard and reportedly plans to reopen the Walla Walla winery's shuttered tasting room this spring.

Emergency Services - 02/15/11

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

Touchet School to hold Literacy Night

TOUCHET -- Special guest readers, games and reading and math literacy activities are part of the fun at the Touchet School Literacy Night on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in the secondary building.

On the agenda - WAITSBURG CITY COUNCIL

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

College Place debates business registration plan

Council members agrees to hold a public hearing before an ordinance is enacted.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A plan to track the who, what and where of those doing business in the city got worked over in a workshop Monday.

TV/Radio Local Calendar

TelevisionTodayPRO HOCKEY — Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens, 4:30 p.m. (VERSUS).COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Mississippi State at Kentucky, 4 p.m. (ESPN); Texas Tech at Missouri, 4 p.m. (ESPN2); Michigan State at Ohio State, 6 p.m. (ESPN).UEFA SOCCER —

Wrath fastpitch team holding tryouts Saturday at DeSales

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Wrath 14-U fastpitch travel team is having tryouts at noon Saturday at the DeSales High School softball field. The team will play in seven tournaments starting in April, concluding with the Washington ASA state tournament in

Dayton girls out with loss

RICHLAND — Dayton's girls ended their basketball season with a 58-41 loss to Liberty Christian in a Southeast 2B district play-in game Monday night.Nicole Lambert and McKayla Bickelhaupt each scored 12 points for the Bulldogs, while Jayven Moore had 19 to

Knights sizzle from downtown in big win

WWVA romps to a 61-48 win off 10 3-point goals and contends for a district seed tonight.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys were sizzling from downtown, hitting 10 3-pointers, en route to a 68-41 romp over Tri-Cities Prep to finish fifth in the Southeast 2B League Monday night at DeSales High School.The Knights now travel to

Odds are O'Flaherty will have big year in 2011

WALLA WALLA — If you're into gambling, you might want to put some money down on the likelihood of Eric O'Flaherty having a big year pitching out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen in 2011.The odds, it seems, are in his favor. As in odd numbered years, that is.

Bulldogs grab third seed for districts

Dayton's boys defeat Liberty Christian 65-40 in Monday's district seeding game.

WALLA WALLA — Dayton junior guard Garett Turner turned up the heat on Liberty Christian by scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 boards to lead the team. Two other Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Kroft Sunderland scoring 12 points and grabbing six boa

Ted Froese

July 8, 1923 – Feb. 11, 2011

Dr. Elmer Bryson

March 28, 1913 - Feb. 5, 2011

Death Notice - Claude Williams

Nov. 15, 1924 - Feb. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Keith Riggin

June 22, 1951 - Feb. 13, 2011

Monday, February 14

Walla Walla winery Canoe Ridge purchased by Seattle's Precept Wines

Walla Walla winery Canoe Ridge has been purchased by Seattle's Precept Wines, officials announced this morning.Precept, the second largest and reportedly fastest growing wine company in the Northwest, said it has acquired Canoe Ridge and Sagelands from Di

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - WW School District must restore trust

Our new school superintendent should put a moratorium on any new Walla Walla School District bonds for at least five years. Maybe time will restore trust in our school administration under new leadership.

Undocumented immigrants shouldn't obtain driver's licenses

Yet, they can in Washington state. It's time to change the law.

Washington is one of just two states -- the other being New Mexico -- that allows illegal immigrants to obtain valid state driver's licenses.

PHOTO GALLERY - Roller derby is where the action is

Twisted Vines' jammer Brun Hellda (11) takes a low shoulder from Maidens of Mayhem blocker Spodie Lyncher (36) as the two round a corner together during a jam Saturday evening at the Vines' inagural bout, against the Lilac City Roller Girls. The Lilac Cit

Nixyaawii boys explode in fourth quarter to down Echo

MISSION, Ore. — Limited to 33 points through the first three quarters here Saturday night, Nixyaawii exploded for 29 points in the fourth quarter and 16 more in overtime to salvage a 78-71 victory over Echo in a boys Big Sky Conference Eastern Division ba

Whitman baseball team ends trip 0-4

Whitman's baseball team finishes the Arizona Desert Classic 0-4 after the 15-2 loss to Cal Lutheran Sunday.

ANTHEM, Ariz. — A young Whitman College baseball team continued to take its lumps with a 15-2 loss to Cal Lutheran in a Sunday morning game at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.Cal Lutheran, which improved to 2-4 on the season, had lost its three

Lewis-Clark State nets win over Whit men

Lewis-Clark State hands the Missionaries a 6-3 defeat Sunday in Lewiston.

LEWISTON — Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 16 nationally in the NAIA, needed all of its considerable international experience to get past Whitman College by a 6-3 count in a men's tennis match here Sunday.

Walla Walla University opens softball season with winless road trip

PORTLAND — Walla Walla University opened its softball season dropping with a pair of five-inning losses at Pacific University in Forest Grove Friday, and another five-inning defeat at Lewis & Clark Sunday before nearly pulling out the four-game finale in

Professor to give talk on Mexican cultural nationalism

WALLA WALLA -- University of Arizona professor William H. Beezley will present "Indians, Anthropologists and Calendar Girls: Mexican Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism" on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Whitman College in Olin Hall, Room 130.

Rural Library District to discuss new branch library

WALLA WALLA -- A new branch library in Walla Walla will be among items on the agenda Tuesday for the Walla Walla County Rural Library District board.

Legal Briefing - Am I on the hook if I get cold feet before wedding?

Dear John, I am considering asking my girlfriend to marry me this Valentine's Day.

Emergency Services - 02/14/11

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

On the agenda - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

When: Monday, 6 p.m.Where: Dixie School

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Dancing keeps couple in step

Rod and Marilynn Johnson are waltzing toward their 50th anniversay.

WALLA WALLA -- The benefits of dancing are said to be many.

Etcetera - 02/14/11

To quote Little Richard, "a whop-bop-a-loo-whopa-a-loo-bam-boom, tutti frutti, oh Rudy ..."

E. Jane Nash

July 5, 1922 - Feb 10, 2011

Death Notice - Evelyn Loftus

June 9, 1920 - Feb. 13, 2011

Death Notice - Shane Squier

Dec. 9, 1973 - Feb. 10, 2011

Franklin Kent

Oct. 13, 1926 - Feb. 10, 2011

Frank Laufer

Aug. 26, 1929 - Feb. 13, 2011

Norma Pardue

May 8, 1939 - Feb. 13, 2011

Sunday, February 13

Helix girls end season with loss to Sherman Co.

MORO — Helix's girls ended their 2010-11 season on a sour note with a 44-34 loss to Sherman County here Saturday night.The Grizzlies ended their year 2-12 in the Big Sky Conference and 6-18 overall.Chyanne Hack led Helix with 22 points and Claire Ely adde

Warrior women dominate second half

The WWCC women pick up a 72-41 victory over Wenatchee Valley Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — In a tale of two halves, Walla Walla Community College's women dominated Wenatchee Valley 72-41 for an NWAACC Eastern Region basketball win Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome.The Warriors, ranked fifth in the latest NWAACC poll, remained ti

Blue Devil girls can't handle Riverhawks

Fourth-ranked Chiawana hands Wa-Hi a 67-25 defeat in the Big Nine girls District tournament.

PASCO — Wa-Hi ran out of gas and ran into the state's fourth-ranked Chiawana Riverhawks in the second round of the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls basketball district tournament in Pasco Saturday.The Blue Devils have been to Yakima, Wenatchee twice, and

WWVA wins season finale

COLLEGE PLACE — It was a happy season end for WWVA's girls basketball team as the Knights dropped Mount Ellis 40-27 at the Friendship Tournament.'Defensively, this was a great way to close the year,” said WWVA head coach Monty Buell. 'We worked toward per

Ontario rolls past Mac-Hi

MILTON-FREEWATER — A turnover-plagued night burned Mac-Hi in its 16th overall and eighth consecutive loss, as the Pioneers fell 72-21 to Ontario.'Our turnovers clearly hurt us big time,” said Mac-Hi head coach Casey Richards. 'The first quarter didn't hel

Dayton edges TCP

PASCO — Dayton topped Tri-Cities Prep 49-47 in its Southeast 2B girls regular- season finale Saturday night.Nicole Lambert's 13 points paced the Bulldogs. Tri-Cities Prep led 9-6 after the first, and it was knotted at 18-all at the half.

Sunday and Monday's Local Sports Schedule

RadioTodayNone ListedMondayCollege Basketball — Mark Few Show, Noon KTEL (AM-1490).CalendarTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Eugene Bible at Walla Walla University, 6 p.m.; Walla Walla Community College at Yakima, 8 p.m.COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Walla Wall

W-P boys top Liberty Christian, 79-68

RICHLAND — Dustin Wooderchak scored 14 of his 16 points in the first period in boys Southeast 2B season finale basketball action Saturday.Wooderchak's barrage jump-started Waitsburg-Prescott and propelled W-P to a 25-13 lead after one.W-P with stood a fur

Dayton boys beat Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO — Dayton overcame a sluggish start to go on a 19-3 second-period run and the Bulldogs went on to defeat Tri-Cities Prep 48-37 in boys Southeast 2B basketball action Saturday night.The Jaguars raced to a 12-7 lead after one before the Bulldogs got th

Whits lose first two at Desert Classic

The Missionary baseball team loses to La Verne and Concordia in Arizona.

ANTHEM, Ariz. — With sophomore Justin Weeks throwing five-plus innings of four-hit ball, Whitman College came within one or two big hits of bouncing all the way back from a 10-run baseball deficit on Saturday against Concordia University (Texas) at the Ar

Two Blue Devils given Big Nine honors for girls team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Gabby Anderson earned Big Nine Class 4A girls basketball all-conference second-team honors for her play this season.Blue Devil Torri Crawford earned honorable mention.First-team members include Chiawana's Hayley Hodgins, Shelby Ellsw

Missionary women tied for fourth

The women defeat Willamette 83-65 on Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's basketball team moved back into a tie for the fourth and final Northwest Conference playoff berth with an 83-65 victory over Willamette Saturday night in Sherwood Center.Whitman, now 13-10 on the season, squared i

Wa-Hi grapplers pick up 11th at regionals

SPOKANE — Two Wa-Hi wrestlers will head to the state tournament as alternates after finishing fourth at the regional tourney Saturday.Logan Reardon was fourth at 215 pounds and Gerald Maib fourth at 285 to head to Tacoma.Nason Babbitt placed sixth at 140

Burbank tops Connell in SCC district game

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Nathan Roberts scored 14 points here Saturday to lead Columbia-Burbank to a 51-47 victory over Connell in a South Central Athletic Conference district tournament boys basketball game.The loser-out win means the Coyotes will face Goldend

Knebel leads quartet of Pirate wrestlers to State

REARDAN, Wash. — Tory Knebel will lead a quartet of Pomeroy wrestlers to next weekend's high school wrestling championships after claiming the 160-pound title at the Class B East Regional tournament that wrapped up here Saturday.Knebel, a junior, earned t

Helix loses final game of season to Sherman County

MORO, Ore. — Helix's boys basketball team finished its season with a 62-43 loss at Sherman County in Big Sky action Saturday night.'It was our last game of the season and we came out and played hard,” said Helix coach Brooke Garton.Helix, which has no sen

Whitman tennis team restocks

Three seniors will lead the team, which has dominated the NWC over the last three seasons.

WALLA WALLA — One year after losing a big, uber-talented senior class to graduation, the Whitman College men's tennis team shows few signs of being any easier to beat than they were last spring.'This will be an interesting season for us because of the tur

Wa-Hi boys lose to Davis in second round of District action

YAKIMA — A trip to Davis didn't prove fruitful for the Wa-Hi boys in Columbia Basin Big Nine District action Saturday night.The Blue Devils (10-12 overall) lost 51-35 in the double-elimination second round, sending them to Chiawana next week for a loser-o

Mac-Hi boys lose to Ontario

MILTON-FREEWATER — Joseph Delgado scored a game-high 24 points to lead Ontario to a 58-36 victory over Mac-Hi in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball game here Saturday night.'He's really good,” Mac-Hi coach Sean Oliver said. 'He's a super-athletic kid

Whit men pick up seventh straight

The Missionaries defeat Willamette 119-77 and is tied for second in the NWC.

WALLA WALLA — Winning its seventh straight game for the first time since the 1985-86 season, the Whitman College men's basketball team continued to sizzle with a runaway 119-77 drubbing of Willamette Saturday night in Sherwood Center.Whitman, now 17-6 on

Win caps W-P girls' perfect season

The 53-36 win over Liberty Christian caps the undefeated regular season.

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls capped off an undefeated regular season here Saturday night with a 53-36 triumph over Southeast 2B League rival Liberty Christian.'It was a great win for us,” said W-P coach Jerry Baker, whose team went 12-0 in league

Saturday, February 12

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

Authorities warn of scam

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff's office reported several cases where residents were solicited to send in checks as part of a prize-winning process.The letters claim the checks are needed to record tax information or that the re

‘Bomb' turns out to be homemade hi-tech auto device

The device was damaged by a freeze so the owner had thrown it away.

WALLA WALLA — A bomb squad was called in from the Tri-Cities after an usual ammo box containing liquid filled jars with wires attached was found in a trash container.According to a Sheriff's report, at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Michael

Blue Devils boys again down Moses Lake Friday

Wa-Hi advances at district by downing Moses Lake, 49-34, for its third win over the Chiefs this year.

WALLA WALLA — With 5:50 to play in the third quarter Friday night in the Wa-Hi gym, the Blue Devils and visiting Moses Lake were deadlocked at 22-22 in their Big Nine Conference loser-out district tournament boys basketball game.With two victories over th

W-P boys take care of Tri-Cities Prep

Waitsburg-Prescott downs the Jaguars, 59-36, behind five starting seniors Friday night.

WAITSBURG — Southeast 2B League regular-season champion Waitsburg-Prescott celebrated Senior Night at Kison Court with a 59-36 boys high school basketball victory over Tri-Cities Prep here Friday night.W-P, No. 8 in the latest Class 2B state poll, improve

TigerScots wrap up BMC title with win over Stanfield

STANFIELD — Weston-McEwen locked up its Blue Mountain Conference title on Friday with a 74-72 over Stanfield.The TigerScots rallied from an early deficit to score the victory with just four seconds remaining on a Tyler Babb bucket.'This is the second year

W-P girls celebrate seniors with rout of Jaguars

Southeast 2B League champions W-P hands Tri-Cities Prep a 48-24 thumping Friday during Senior Night.

WAITSBURG — Senior Night.A time to reflect.A time to celebrate.A time to crush a league opponent.Megan Withers scored a game-high 18 points and Genesis Pearson added 12 points and 15 rebounds here Friday night to lead Southeast 2B League champion Waitsbur

Pirates squeak past Eagles for district win

Pomeroy's girls rely on defense to eke out a 49-47 district tournament win over St. John-Endicott.

POMEROY — It was another good night for the Pomeroy's girls basketball team as the team squeaked out a 49-47 district tournament win over St. John-Endicott at home.The victory moves Pomeroy within a win of earning a spot at the Washington State Class 1B s

Bruins handle Missionary women Friday

George Fox remains in a tie for first in the NWC after the 61-45 win Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — George Fox retained a share of first place in the Northwest Conference women's basketball standings and continued its recent mastery of Whitman College with a 61-45 victory over the Missionaries Friday night in Sherwood Center.The Bruins imp

WWVA boys lose to Auburn in Friendship Tourney Friday

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy suffered a 54-53 loss to Auburn Academy of Auburn, Wash., here Friday during the semifinal round of the annual Friendship Tournament at Walla Walla University.The Knights, who met Mount Ellis Academy of Bozeman,

Wa-Hi girls avenge losses to Panthers, advance at district

The Blue Devils fell twice in the regular season to Wenatchee, but win the loser-out game Friday, 46-39.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls basketball team lost to Wenatchee twice earlier this season.But when it counted on Friday night in the first round of the Big Nine Conference's district tournament, the Blue Devils (4-8 in league, 8-11 overall) were able to put u

WWVA girls lose to Auburn Academy in Friendship Tournament Friday

COLLEGE PLACE — Auburn Academy scored the go-ahead basket with less than a minute to play here Friday, and a trapping defense denied Walla Walla Valley Academy any shot at the basket as the Knights suffered a 33-31 defeat in the semifinal round of the gir

Helix boys fall to Ione Friday

HELIX — Ione pumped home 30 first-quarter points here in Big Sky boys basketball action Friday.Ione never let off gas as Ione defeated Helix, 104-41.'They are a good team,” Grizzlies coach Brooke Garton said. 'I was impressed with their sportsmanship, but

Whit men clinch playoff berth

The Missionaries are in the postseason for the first time since 1995 after the 79-58 victory over George Fox Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Winning a sixth straight game for the second time this season, the Whitman College men's basketball team clinched its first Northwest Conference playoff berth since 1995 with a 79-58 victory over George Fox Friday night in Sherwood Center.Wh

Ione tops Helix girls Friday night

HELIX — Chyanne Hack scored 18 points against the top team in the girls Big Sky Conference, but it wasn't enough, as Ione prevailed, 58-31.'They're (Ione) the top team in the league,” Helix coach Dean Fouquette said. '(They) are well-rounded, and at least

Irish follow formula to SE2B victory over Dayon, 65-37

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' formula for basketball success is simple: Knock down shots.The Irish did that Friday night in the DeSales gym, making 23-of-51 field-goal attempts overall (45 percent) and 6-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line (37 percent) in wrappin

Dayton boys top DeSales 53-40 Friday night

WALLA WALLA — Dayton didn't exactly take advantage of a plethora of chances at the free-throw line Friday night, but the Bulldogs doubled DeSales' output from the charity stripe and used that cushion to pull away to a 53-40 Southeast 2B District boys bask

Bed & Breakfast not a piece of cake

But that's not stopping Alexis Buckley, likely the area's youngest innkeeper, from reopening the city's oldest bed-and-breakfast.

WALLA WALLA - Of all the tasks of an innkeeper rebuilding a beloved bed-and-breakfast, the first meal of the day seemed like a piece of cake to Alexis Buckley.Next to overcoming a four-month closure, re-establishing the business with customers and the gen

City, cops agree on contract

The contract eliminates all raises for the next two years.

WALLA WALLA - City Council approved a two-year contract with the Walla Walla Police Guild, which eliminates all raises for 2011 and 2012, including cost-of-living, and no matching deferred compensation for the roughly 40 guild members.But the city's singl

Community Council seeks new study topic

It has tackled childhood issues, the local economy and gangs.

WALLA WALLA - The Community Council is looking for its next pressing issue to study and explore in an effort to improve the quality of life in the Valley.The organization is wrapping up research on its latest study - how prevention efforts could reduce ga

Won't you be my Valentine?

The Valentine's Day Sale at the Hampton Inn, 1531 Kelly Place, Walla Walla takes place today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free to the public.

Milton-Freewater Council to discuss wind farms

The Umatilla County Planning Department is currently reviewing development codes for wind farms.

MILTON-FREEWATER - City Council members will discuss their objections to proposed changes to county wind farm codes on Monday.Among the objections expected to be discussed are the socioeconomic effects of building wind towers along the base of the Blue Mo

Touchet school chief race narrows to three

The School Board will conduct interviews of the finalists early next month.

TOUCHET - Touchet School officials Wednesday announced the names of finalists for district superintendent.Last week the board reviewed applications and selected three finalists.Interviews of the candidates will be conducted in Touchet on March 9.The final

CROSSING PATHS AND SEASONS

Aerial and an array of terrestrial paths cross at twilight, as daylight fades to dusk on a day of seasonal intersections from winter to spring-like weather.

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

DeSales Knowledge Bowl team claims first place in match

WALLA WALLA — Students on DeSales Catholic High School's Knowledge Bowl team took first place Thursday at a Tri-Cities competition.DeSales' No. 1 team placed first with a score of 120, beating out second-place Kamiakin High Sch

PANORAMA - Snow business at Ski Bluewood

The hottest place in town for coffee may just be 21 miles away.And a full-service espresso bar isn't the only new thing at Ski Bluewood, but the easy chairs facing the slopes do make it a nice place to sip a latte.

NY Times article features Touchet family of e-readers

Touchet's on the East Coast radar because of a family of readers from the Walla Walla Valley town who made it into a Feb. 4 New York Times article, said Punkey Adams, executive director of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District, in an e-mailed alert.

Guess what? God is madly in love with you

With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, I recently polled a group of students about what they thought were the greatest love stories. Their answers included Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lady and the Tramp, Romeo and Juliet and a long list of other favorites. One bright young man even offered The Song of Solomon. Like most of us, they tended to equate romance with love.

ENGAGEMENT - Hicks-Garcia

Catherine J. Hicks of Walla Walla and Larry D. Hicks of Whitewater, Colo., announce the engagement of daughter Elisabeth R. Hicks to Juaquin A. Garcia of Walla Walla.

CHURCH BULLETIN

Church bulletin

SENIOR CENTERS

senior centers

Common sense should dictate what is posted on Facebook about workplace

If employees rant about their boss on Facebook they could be fired despite a recent legal settlement on the issue.

The Internet - and Facebook in particular - has dramatically changed social communication. It's also made communication a lot more complicated and, at times, caustic.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Renaming of old highway not done properly

Photo Gallery — Wa-Hi boys down Chiefs

Wa-Hi's boys basketball team advanced into the double-elimination portion of the district tournament with a 49-34 victory over Moses Lake Friday night at the Blue Devil gym. Wa-Hi played at Davis Saturday night.

Friday, February 11

Dorothy Erdman

June 24, 1927 – February 8, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Perkins

Nov. 15, 1937 - Feb. 10, 2011

Elsie Houchin

Oct. 30, 1915 - Feb. 10, 2011

Helen Kissinger

June 10, 1910 - Feb. 10, 2011

Irene Fisher

Oct. 6, 1917 – Feb. 8, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Keeping communities safe

As a member of the teaching staff at Washington State Penitentiary, I can attest to the shock, sadness and anger experienced by all of us at the death of Jayme Biendl at the Monroe prison.

Latest effort to change initiative system misguided

It is the people's initiative system. The government doesn't need to set up a system of filters for the initiatives as they make their way to the ballot.

Hospital offers free heart screenings with mobile clinic

WALLA WALLA -- Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women each year, taking the life of one in every three women.

Etcetera - 02/11/11

Get your dice-rolling technique down as members of Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist International will hold a bunco fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18.

'Great Grain Robbery' still in progress

About 40 years ago the Loma Linda University School of Public Health in southern California produced a film with the title "The Great Grain Robbery."

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Good sleep key to good health

After a long day of work or frolicking around town, nothing sounds more enjoyable than a good night of sleep. Not only that, research shows well-rested individuals are known to lead productive and healthy lives.

Walla Walla officer uses taser on aggressive dog

A pit bull attacked the officer Thursday evening on West Main Street.

WALLA WALLA -- A pit bull attacked an officer Thursday, resulting in the officer tasering the dog and later drawing his pistol on the animal after it recovered from the shock and continued to show aggression.

Walla Walla, Waitsburg, Dayton horse races nixed

The Washington Horse Racing Commission allowed only one track in Eastern Washington race dates this year.

Race cancellations felt deeply in area

Cancellation of horse racing this year at Dayton, Waitsburg and Walla Walla tracks was bad news for many today.

Fort Walla Walla Museum opens early

The museum has opened its doors early and plans to drop its previous annual break.

WALLA WALLA -- Fort Walla Walla Museum has opened its doors early for the season, a major step on the path to becoming a year-round attraction.

In the minutes - WESTON COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - WAITBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

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

Emergency Services - 02/11/11

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

Someone's In The Kitchen cooks up new eatery on Main Street

Someone's In The Kitchen is opening a new location on Main Street.

Offense sparks Weston-McEwen victory

The TigerScots top Irrigon, 73-52, for their 11th conference win.

ATHENA — It was another big offensive night for the Weston-McEwen boys basketball team as the TigerScots picked up their 11th Blue Mountain Conference win, dropping Irrigon 73-52.Tyler Babb paced W-M with 28 points in the game, which was closely contested

TigerScots girls hold on for overtime win

Weston-McEwen tops Irrigon, 51-50, in its second-to-last Blue Mountain game.

ATHENA — It was a dramatic if not enigmatic night for the Weston-McEwen girls basketball team, which scored a narrow, 51-50 home victory over Irrigon in a Blue Mountain Conference game Thursday.'It wasn't our prettiest game ever,” said W-M head coach Ambe

Friday and Saturday's Sports Schedules

RadioTodayPREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi at Wenatchee, 6 p.m. KTEL (AM-1490); Dayton at DeSales, 6 p.m. KHSS (FM-100.7).PREP BOYS BASKETBALL — Dayton at DeSales, 7:30 p.m. KHSS (FM-100.7).SaturdayPREP BASKETBALL — Wa-Hi boys/girls TBA, 5 or 7 p.m., KTEL (A

Touchet boys lose in first round

ST. JOHN — Touchet's boys basketball team finds itself with its back against the wall after a 62-46 defeat at the hands of St. John-Endicott in a road district game Thursday.The Indians (8-12, 6-9) next head to Colfax for an elimination game versus Garfie

Hoops on the rise as Whits push for playoffs

WALLA WALLA — When sophomore guard LuQuam Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury on the first day of practice back in mid-October, third-year Whitman College men's basketball coach Eric Bridgeland admits that he wasn't sure which direction it would

Mariya Semenko

Jan 4, 2011

Death Notice - E. Jane Nash

July 5, 1922 - Feb. 10, 2011

Death Notice - Helen Kissinger

June 10, 1910 - Feb. 10, 2011

Death Notice - Elsie Houchin

Oct. 30, 1915 - Feb. 10, 2011

Thursday, February 10

'A Baroque Soireé' Saturday

"A Baroque Soireé" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road, as part of the Walla Walla Symphony's Saturday Soirée Chamber Music Series.

Collett shows his paintings

PENDLETON -- The East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. is exhibiting the figurative work by Joseph artist Sam Collett.

New at the library

Lucy Jarrett returns from Japan to her family home in upstate New York only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Through an unexpected discovery in a locked window seat of the lake-side home, she glimpses a hidden and com

Chocolate and amore go with amaro

It was on a warm summer evening, sitting in my usual corner at Waitsburg's jimgermanbar, that I had my wine-and-chocolate epiphany.

Phi Beta Lambda sponsors Children's Valentine's Day

Walla Walla Community College Phi Beta Lambda is sponsoring a Children's Valentine's Day party 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in room 185 of the WWCC conference center, 500 Tausick Way.

Artists needed for open exhibit at Pendleton Center for the Arts

Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. is calling for artists to display their works at the Open Regional exhibit to be held April 14 through May 15. Drop off date for artwork is April 9.

Library offers Father/Child Book Club

BURBANK -- The Burbank Library, 875 Lake Road, is supporting a Father/Child Book Club beginning this month. The first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. February's title is "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Officer not murdered because she was petite

In response to Robert Coblens' letter to the editor -- Should petite women work at men's prison?

Putting state fee on electric cars is fair

Lawmakers are looking at adding a fee since electric-car owners don't pay the gas tax that helps fund roads.

Washington state lawmakers are heading in the proper direction in considering imposing a $100 annual fee on electric cars as a matter of fairness.

Romance reigns in the symphony's February concert

Romance is at the heart of Walla Walla Symphony's February concert, as several works from the Romantic Era will be performed next week on the day after Valentine's Day at Cordiner Hall.

Mr. Magic to perform Sunday

Inland Octopus, 7 E. Main St. hosts "Sundays at 4," a live entertainment series that will run at 4 p.m. starting Sunday through May 8.

Dance workshop Saturday

John Passafiume, director of the Whitman Summer Dance Lab, will offer a free workshop and lecture demonstration Saturday, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Chism Hall, Music Building on the Whitman College Campus, 345 Boyer Ave.

Trial moved in assault, threats case

Joseph A. Davis will go to trial on March 14.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set in Superior Court for a man accused of beating his girlfriend, and threatening to stab and kill her and two other people during a disturbance in November.

Charge filed in high-speed chase

Elliott W. Barnes is accused of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly led law enforcement officers on a high-speed vehicle chase this week was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with a felony.

'Hobby' strings way into third generation

Now in its 60th year, Martin Archery is said to be the oldest family-run archery manufacturer in the business.

WALLA WALLA -- There may not have been a more fitting location for a tribute to the founders of Martin Archery Inc. than at banquet tables assembled for a potluck in the company's receiving department last week.

Murray criticizes delays on veteran caregivers

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has criticized delays in a program to train families to be caregivers for injured veterans.

Author Raj Patel shows food has hidden costs

If all the costs were considered, a hamburger would cost about $200.

WALLA WALLA -- A McDonald's Big Mac costs a hungry customer $1. Raj Patel, however, argues that a $1 hamburger should cost at least $200 if we valued the burger at its true cost.

Emergency Services - 02/10/11

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

Tickets on sale for M-F's annual awards banquet

The annual awards banquet that celebrates the Milton-Freewater's shining stars is quickly approaching.

Etcetera - 02/10/11

An event that appeals to teddy bear lovers of all ages will be offered by members of the Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association to raise funds for their annual scholarships.

Warrior women edged by Yaks

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College's women's basketball team wasn't able to pick up a victory over NWAACC East Region rival Yakima Valley here Wednesday, falling 59-51.'We haven't won there in a long time,” Warrior coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. 'I thoug

Whit men jump into regional rankings

The Missionaries have won 13 of their last 15 games, and are now No. 7 in the Division III West Region.

WALLA WALLA — For the first time since Whitman College shifted its national athletic affiliation to NCAA Division III in the mid-1990s, its men's basketball team has jumped into the regional rankings.The resurgent Missionaries, now 15-6 on the season, are

Pirate tough man

Pomeroy's Tory Knebel has been a wrecking crew on the wrestling mat this season, compiling a 34-2 record heading into the regional tournament, and has a state championship at 160 pounds in his sights

POMEROY — In a lot of ways, Tory Knebel is a bit like the Chuck Norris jokes that have circulated around the internet.'When the Boogeyman goes to sleep at night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”'When opposing wrestlers come to Pomeroy they check th

Whits fight for final playoff berth

The Missionary women are tied for fourth place in the NWC with Whitworth, and have two home games this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — With four games left in the regular season, the Whitman College women's basketball team is tied for the fourth and final Northwest Conference playoff spot as it prepares for a pair of home games this weekend in Sherwood Center. Whitman, 12-9

WWCC men fall to Yakima

YAKIMA — It may have looked like a blowout, but Wednesday's Walla Walla Community College men's basketball game was much closer than the 92-70 outcome appeared.'We hit a couple of dry patches,” said WWCC head coach Jeff Reinland. 'We were right there for

South Wasco hands Helix boys Big Sky defeat

HELIX — South Wasco came to town and left with a win over the Helix boys basketball team on Tuesday night.South Wasco won, 61-29, dropping Helix to 1-11 in Big Sky play and 1-21 overall.'We came out and played hard. We just couldn't quite get some of our

Dorothy F. Smith

September 18, 1909 – January 24, 2011

Ellis Brace

June 2, 1923—January 31, 2011

Loren Krause

April 14, 1921 - Feb. 7, 2011

Patricia Throne

Jan.23, 1958 - Feb. 6, 2011

Death Notice - Dorothy Erdman

June 24, 1927 - Feb. 8, 2011

Wednesday, February 9

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for HB 1442

I would like to express my support for HB 1442.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - News coverage urged on important legislation

To date, no articles have been written on the Washington state House Bill 1043 or the Senate companion, SB 5020. Since this affects many individuals who live and work in the state and in this region, I am wondering why there has been no news coverage on t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Picking Super Bowl winner was so easy

What was so difficult about predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl game?

Local prison workers reach out to fallen colleague

These actions show that corrections professionals look out and care for each other.

Thousands gathered Tuesday at an arena in Everett to honor Jayme Biendl, a corrections officer at the Monroe Corrections Complex who was killed in the line of duty.

What can the city do about the mall?

The U-B has agreed to publish a regular column by people involved in Walla Walla city government, to give officials the opportunity to reply to questions or concerns from the public about city operations, and to convey important information to residents.

Etcetera - 02/09/11

An annual bird count will take flight Feb. 18-21 and participants can help by observing their feathered friends without leaving home.

Local cooks square off in Julia Child cooking challenge

The competition is set for Thursday at 5 p.m. at Olive Marketplace and Cafe.

WALLA WALLA -- Aspiring local chefs will cook their best versions of Julia Child's renowned poultry dish coq au vin at Olive Marketplace and Cafe, all in support of charity.

Seats open for spring hunter safety course

WALLA WALLA -- If you're planning to participate in spring turkey hunting, but haven't taken the necessary hunter safety course, you're in luck. A class that will be held when local public schools are out of session early next month has openings.

Port commission cancels meeting set for Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla commission meeting originally scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.

The Moms' Network of Walla Walla starts Facebook page

WALLA WALLA -- An organization designed for local mothers to communicate and network has increased its online presence with a Facebook page.

Milton-Freewater School Board approves faith-based club

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A faith-based student club was narrowly approved Tuesday night by the Milton-Freewater School Board.

Principal named interim superintendent in M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Freewater Elementary Principal Jim Reger has been named interim superintendent of the Milton-Freewater School District.

Emergency Services - 02/09/11

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

School measures approved

Levies were approved by voters Tuesday in Columbia, Dayton and Pomeroy school districts.

Voters in Burbank, Dayton and Pomeroy approved measures seeking funds for school maintenance and operation in Tuesday's special election.

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

Ex-real estate magnate linked to Walla Walla mall in coma

Former real-estate magnate Michael R. Mastro was injured in a fall last week, an attorney said.

A bankrupt former Seattle real-estate magnate linked to the failed reconstruction of the Blue Mountain Mall is in a coma in Palm Springs, Calif., after suffering a fall last week, one of his attorneys said Tuesday.

Science lessons for teachers

A program at Whitman College gives local middle-school teachers a chance to enhance their classroom work.

WALLA WALLA -- Gail Redberg held a dime-sized magnet between her fingers, and slowly moved it over crumbled cereal flakes on a plate.

Walla Walla High School students take home wins at FBLA conference

Fourteen students took part in the competition Monday in Richland.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School students who are part of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter took home top prizes at a conference held in Richland on Monday.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Men can Jazzercise way to healthy hearts

Valentine's Day may be a time to celebrate love, but the entire month will be dedicated to the heart at Walla Walla's Jazzercise Center.

Packers victory pokes hole in AFC supremacy

WALLA WALLA — Before we box up Super Bowl XLV — that's No. 45 for those of you who are Roman numeral impaired — and store it in its proper place in the National Football League's archives, now is perhaps a good time to assess what can be learned from Sund

College Place man arrested after lengthy chase

A College Place man led Milton-Freewater police on a 30-mile chase early Tuesday before he and a passenger in his vehicle were arrested.

WWVA boys step closer to playoffs

The Knights hand DeSales a 40-30 SE2B defeat Tuesday, and are battling with Tri-Cities Prep for the final seed to the district tournament.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy closed out its Southeast 2B League boys basketball season with a 40-30 home win against DeSales, moving the Knights one step closer to a playoff berth.DeSales (0-11, 5-13) has one more game when the Irish play at

'Shoeing on Andies Ridge

Twenty-eight-degree temperatures freeze snow to make the snowshoeing trip easy for man and his best friend.

The crunching of my Tubbs snowshoes broke the silence as Nora the Schnauzer led our trek to Andies Ridge two Fridays ago.A recent rain hardened by a freeze had left the snow in perfect condition for her. She cavorted on the crust without sinking even a to

Irish girls handle Knights

DeSales sits in a tie for second place in the SE2B after the 50-21 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday night.

COLLEGE PLACE — Senior night wasn't as sweet as it might've been for Walla Walla Valley Academy, hosting DeSales in its final Southeast 2B League girls game of the season on Tuesday.The Irish (8-3 in league, 14-5 overall) picked up a 50-21 win on the nigh

Wednesday and Thursday's Local Sports Schedule

RadioTodayNone listedThursdayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — California at Wasington, 6 p.m. KUJ (AM-1420); Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m. KGDC (AM-1320); Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. KTEL (AM-1490).CalendarTodayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Eugene B

Recruits fill Whit dugout

Nineteen new faces open the season with the Missionaries Thursday in Arizona.

WALLA WALLA — New Whitman College baseball coach Jared Holowaty had relatively few arrows in his quiver last spring as he coaxed a handful of victories from a team that battled through most of the season with just 13 players.And the bare-bones roster Holo

Lady Rebels win hoops division in Clarkston

CLARKSTON, Wash. — The Walla Walla Lady Rebels eighth grade girls AAU basketball team finished first here over the weekend in its division of the Battle Basketball tournament.The Walla Wallans were undefeated during the pool-play portion of the tournament

WWVSB to have parents meeting on Feb. 22

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball (WWVSB) is having a parents meeting at Walla Walla Community College's Dietrich Dome at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.This will be a chance for parents of prospective players to meet with coaches and ask questions. Two or

Wolves men hand Multnomah Bible defeat

Tristan Greenidge has a double-double for WWU in the 90-62 victory Tuesday.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men's basketball team picked up one of its biggest wins of the year against Multnomah Bible College Tuesday night.The Wolves topped Multnomah, 90-62.'Our goal was to play efficient offense and get some good shots a

South Wasco hand Grizzlies home loss

HELIX — It was a rough night on the offensive end for the Helix girls basketball team as the squad struggled to find the bottom of the net in a 35-23 home loss to South Wasco Tuesday.'Neither team shot it very well in the first half,” said Helix head coac

Sweets hire Hobbes as radio broadcaster

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have hired Tristan Hobbes, a graduate student in broadcast journalism at Boston University, to be the play-by-play radio broadcaster for the 2011 season of West Coast League baseball.Hobbes, who is pursuing a concentra

Donald Ray Loomer

September 1, 1931-February 4, 2011

John Lowell 'Bud” DeVoir

July 18, 1926 – February 7, 2011

Wilbur Bline

Sept. 10, 1926 - Feb. 3, 2011

Emerson Wheeler Jr.

Nov. 8, 1929 - Feb. 5, 2011

Olivia Castillejo & Ava Sarah Wilson

Oct. 15, 2009 - Feb. 1, 2011 & Oct. 3, 2010 - Feb. 1, 2011

Tuesday, February 8

Ex-real estate magnate linked to Walla Walla mall in coma

Michael R. Mastro was injured in a fall last week, an attorney said.

A bankrupt former Seattle real-estate magnate linked to the failed reconstruction of the Blue Mountain Mall is in a coma in Palm Springs after suffering a fall last week, one of his attorneys said Tuesday.Michael R. Mastro, 85, fell last Tuesday at his ho

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

On the agenda - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Disagreement can be orderly and respectful

The Union-Bulletin carried an article Friday, "Driver's license proposal called racist, anti-immigrant," in which a legislative hearing on the new driver's license application proposal had to be brought to an abrupt halt, because of disorderly conduct.

State should OK user fee for parks

Charging $30 a year for a parking permit will allow state parks to remain open

The role of government is to provide services individuals cannot provide for themselves.

New tenant at Blue Mountain Mall

A group of deer, two shown here exploring a spacious room complete with graffiti art work and a leftover Christmas tree (on the ground in middle opening), have shown an interest in the Blue Mountain Mall real estate off Poplar Street Monday afternoon. The

Emergency Services - 02/08/11

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

Artist seeks to awaken people to nature

When the last spark of the setting sun turns the trees and hills to radiance, Leslie Williams Cain captures the moment with her art.Trees, hills and shadows all glow with the respect and love Cain has for the land. This developed in her early childhood, w

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 all present Monday the council:

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - WW County

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

WALLA WALLA TABLE - Make fresh, local food the focus

When we began talking with the U-B about doing a regular column in The Walla Walla Valley Weekly, we felt it was time that the Valley had its own, home grown and regionally-focused column on food and wine. Why, you may ask? Because our community is changi

FACES AND PLACES - Vision needed for historic building

The Whiteside Building at 51 E. Main St. has embodied the hopes and plans of many dreamers. A motel. A furniture store. The Zodiac Club. Sporleders Clothing. Walla Walla Clothing Company. Most recently, the building was subject to a detailed fa?ßade

Wa-Hi students compete in Science Bowl over weekend

Eight Walla Walla High School students competed with students on more than 63 teams from around the region in the 20th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl on Saturday in Portland.

Mill Creek levees pass inspection

WALLA WALLA -- The levee system along Mill Creek has been rated as "minimally acceptable" following an inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

ETCETERA - Wagon Wheelers fete 75th anniversary, ready for new year

As soon as the weather stays nice members of the Walla walla Wagon Wheelers will spruce up the Don Johnson Memorial arena so they can ride outdoors, said Carolyn Hansen via e-mail.Meanwhile, the Wheelers have been passing the winter months riding in the W

Local prison workers to help out in Monroe

Officers and staff from the penitentiary will spell colleagues on the west side so they can attend a fallen officer's memorial service.

WALLA WALLA -- Washington State Penitentiary officers are working on the state's west side today so others can attend a memorial for a slain colleague.

Driver arrested after pinball-like wreck

Police say Mitchell P. Deccio rear-ended one vehicle, then crashed into others while trying to leave the scene.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A College Place man was jailed Monday after allegedly causing a four-vehicle wreck.

Charges dismissed in connection with gang fight

Corey J. Reece, who was injured during a September fight, had faced malicious mischief and riot charges.

WALLA WALLA -- Criminal charges have been dismissed in a case against an alleged gang member accused of breaking several windows in vehicles and at a residence in September, reportedly leading to a retaliatory assault against him.

Valentine's Day: No need to panic

I don't mean to strike panic into the average male breast, but Valentine's Day is getting close.Isn't it funny how this holiday -- which incorporates lots of pink and red, boxes of chocolate, and naked babies with arrows -- is targeted toward participatio

Hotel to fete tasting rooms, gift shop Friday

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is uncorking plans for a celebration of new additions and a slight re-arrangement.

Trial date set for Prescott man in chase near Waitsburg

Sterling T. Stapleton faces a variety of charges in connection with an incident last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of leading a county sheriff's deputy on a vehicle chase near Waitsburg last month pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to four criminal charges.

Tuesday and Wednesday's Local Schedule

TodayMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL — Multnomah Bible College at Walla Walla University, 6 p.m.BOYS PREP BASKETBALL — DeSales at Walla Walla Valley Academy, 7:30 p.m.GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL — DeSales at Walla Walla Valley Academy, 6 p.m.WednesdayCOLLEGE MEN'S BAS

Blue Devils prep for postseason

Wa-Hi's boys and girls basketball teams and four wrestlers have playoff events this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys basketball team hosts Moses Lake at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the District Class 4A tournament.The Blue Devil girls squad heads to Wenatchee for a 6 p.m. District matchup Friday night.Friday's boys game is a Yakima Val

River View win ends Burbank girls' season

The 51-42 victory clinches the SCC's final playoff seed.

MATTAWA, Wash. — Burbank's girls ended their season with a 51-42 loss to River View here Monday night in a game deciding the South Central Conference East Division's fourth-place finisher and the final berth to the district tournament.The Coyotes finish t

Barbara Stradley

March 12, 1933 - Jan. 28, 2011

Donna Whitman

Jan. 28, 2011

Maria Garza

Aug. 8, 1937 - Feb. 4, 2011

Death Notice - Jeanne Moramarco

Dec. 10, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Jerome Vaughn

Sept. 27, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2011

Monday, February 7

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Community support for Aviary amazing

It's been only a few weeks since Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary was formed to attempt to save this wonderful regional asset we know as the Aviary. So how are we doing ? Although time is indeed short, response from our community has been nothing short of a

State shouldn't sell ad space on its websites

It is unfair competition against private-sector businesses, including newspapers.

As state lawmakers deal with a $5 billion revenue shortfall, most in Olympia are talking about deep cuts to state funding.

Emergency Services - 02/07/11

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

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Quovadis C. Myers, 13, 1036 N. Seventh St., Murphysboro, Ill. was sentenced Jan. 28 on two counts fourth-degree assault.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Manuel Ramirez, 19, 612 W. Poplar St. was sentenced Jan. 31 on one count second-degree burglary.

Walla Walla boards, committees seek to fill vacancies

WALLA WALLA -- Several city committees and boards now have vacancies.

Man convicted of assault on officer

Fausto Diaz-Lara faces up to a year in jail for the assault on a city police detective.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court jury has convicted a man of assaulting a police officer while trying to resist arrest last summer at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

On The Agenda - M-F SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. An executive session will be held at 6:15 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St. Executive session to be held in library.

Human origins far from simple

Understanding human origins is difficult for a number of reasons. Foremost, among them being the bewildering array of fossils that have been discovered and to which, it seems, specimens are continually being added.

Winter? Where? Don't look at January

There was a smattering of cold and snow, but the month was warmer and drier than normal.

WALLA WALLA -- As winter months go, January was a bit of a bust.

Voters in three school districts to decide levies

Columbia, Dayton and Pomeroy school districts all have proposals, and voting wraps up Tuesday.

Tuesday is election day for three area school districts, and also the last day to submit ballots for the special elections.

Organic Initiative funding to be subject of Thursday meeting

PENDLETON -- The Organic Environmental Quality Incentives Program that provides financial incentives for landowners to implement conservation practices on their land will be showcased in a meeting Thursday.

Meeting to help with answers to tough questions from kids

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Grandparents and Family Caregivers Support Group will tackle some of the challenging questions children can raise at its meeting this week.

Professors' research puts focus on Asian-Jewish couples

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College professors Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt are what they are researching: an Asian-Jewish married couple. Over the past two years, they have interviewed nearly 40 couples from across the country in which one of the partners is As

Filmmaker examines the ties that bind

Lisa Gossels' latest documentary follows the lives of six young women on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WALLA WALLA -- In 2002 Lisa Gossels began a journey that would lead the film maker more than 5,000 miles to work on a documentary that would take eight years to complete -- and in some ways still continues to be completed -- as she documented the lives of

Etcetera - 02/07/11

Walla Walla Community Hospice provides a number of services to area residents at no charge. In order to do so, the 30-year-old community service agency must raise money.

SOMETHING WE'RE MISSING

A line of Canada geese south of Walla Walla take to the warm skies of a recent sunset and flap their way further south toward Milton-Freewater. With spring still a little over month and a half away, the geese flying south in winter addage appears to go against the expected extended forecast of warming temperatures. Perhaps there's something we're missing.

Bubank girls hold Royal, roll into postseason on Saturday night

ROYAL CITY, Wash. — Burbank's swarming defense limited Royal to 6-for-41 shooting from the floor here Saturday night as the Coyotes rolled to a 57-18 South Central Conference Eastern Division girls basketball victory.More importantly, Saturday's win exten

Nixyaawii boys top Arlington, 67-53, Saturday night

MISSION, Ore. — Trailing by a point, 31-30, at the intermission, Nixyaawii rallied for a 67-53 boys Big Sky Conference basketball victory over Arlington here Saturday night.The Golden Eagles claimed a 45-42 lead after three quarters and then raced away fr

Four Wa-Hi grapplers qualify for regional meet

MOSES LAKE — Four Wa-Hi wrestlers qualified for regionals after the district tournament in Moses Lake this weekend.Gerald Maib, Nason Babbitt, Ryan Evans and Logan Reardon all cememented their regional seedings. Wil Babbitt will attend as an alternate. Th

Death Notice - Mariya Semenko

Feb. 14, 1938 - Feb. 4, 2011

Death Notice - John DeVoir

July 18, 1926 - Feb. 7, 2011

Death Notice - Emerson Wheeler

Nov. 8, 1929 - Feb. 5, 2011

Sunday, February 6

Exhibit of Valentine's Day cards up at Boldman House Museum

DAYTON - A special exhibit of 70 years of Valentine's Day cards are on display during February at the Boldman House Museum, 410 N. First St.The cards were sent and received by the Boldman family members from 1900 to 1970.It is open 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and

Whitman dean, professor focus on global perspective at meeting

Tim Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of faculty at Whitman College, organized and moderated a session focused on global education at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, held recently in San Francisco.His session, "

Reservations accepted for annual Valentine's Day dinner at mill

POMEROY - Reservation are now being taken for Pataha Flour Mill's annual Valentine's Day dinner Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m.The event includes dinner, pictures and music, all by donation. Proceeds go for mill preservation and maintenance. For reservations, call

Writer takes pre-emptive aim at disease

Can I just say something? I didn't make it to the YMCA and I feel bad about that.

Hot-shooting Riverhawks hand the Blue Devils a 75-65 Big Nine-finale loss.

The hot-shooting Riverhawks hand the Blue Devils a 75-65 Big Nine-finale loss.

WALLA WALLA — Chiawana's red-hot shooting burned Wa-Hi in the Big Nine 4A season finale for both teams.The Riverhawks won 75-65, shooting 63 percent from field goal range and going 9-of-14 from downtown in the contest. The Blue Devils shot 58.7 percent f

Touchet girls come up short on road

OAKESDALE — Touchet's girls held a five-point lead with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter, but relinquished the last nine points in a 42-38 loss to Tekoa-Oakesdale in the Southeast 1B Conference girls basketball regular-season finale for both schools here S

Blue Devils can't hold Chiawana in regular-season finale

PASCO — Wa-Hi's girls basketball team closed its regular season out on a tough note, falling at Chiawana, 66-25, on Saturday. The loss did not change the Blue Devils playoff positioning however, as Wa-Hi still sits fifth in the Big Nine and booked for a F

Waitsburg-Prescott boys clinch league with Saturday win over DeSales

Waitsburg-Prescott tops DeSales, 71-41, for the SE2B title.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott got 12 points from Zach Bartlow in the second period, breaking open a 13-10 game after the first quarter en route to a 71-41 win over DeSales in Southeast 2B boys basketball action Saturday.Bartlow's explosion cued W-P's 20-

Waitsburg-Prescott girls clinch win over DeSales from the line

W-P hits 12-of-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter in the 50-40 win over DeSales.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott hit 12-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter in Southeast 2B girls basketball play Saturday.The clutch free throws and a bucket from Dionna Baker was all W-P would score in the fourth, but it was enough to hold off DeSales

PHOTO GALLERY — WWCC men have big win over Treasure Valley

The WWCC men top Treasure Valley, 103-68, in NWAACC action Saturday night.

PHOTO GALLERY — WWCC women hand Chukars big loss

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College placed five players in double figures Saturday night and rolled to a comfortable 78-43 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball game in the Dietrich Dome.The lopsided triumph —

Helix girls basketball falls to Echo 32-23

HELIX — The host Grizzlies fell to 2-9 in the Big Sky Conference East Division and 6-15 overall after a 32-23 girls basketball loss to Echo here Saturday night.'We had a chance to beat them, but we couldn't get our scorers to score,” Helix coach Dean Fouq

Pomeroy girls hoops picks up 48-37 win

POMEROY — Pomeroy picked up its last regular-season win in Southeast 1B girls basketball, topping St. John-Endicott 48-37 and locking up second place in the league Saturday night.'It's a great win for us,” said Pomeroy coach Nettie Severs. 'They beat us p

Four Wa-Hi swimmers qualify for State meet

The boys finish fourth overall at districts in Ellensburg this weekend.

ELLENSBURG — Wa-Hi's boys finished fourth and qualified four of its athletes for state during the Big Nine Conference district swimming championships at Central Washington University on Saturday.Richland won the team title with 479.5 points, Moses Lake wa

Weston-McEwen girls hoops win defensive struggle 30-28

ELGIN — Weston-McEwen picked up a 30-28 win over Elgin in Blue Mountain Conference girls basketball Saturday. The win moves the TigerScots to 6-6 in league and 9-12 overall and into third place in their league.Elgin led 13-10 at the half, but Weston-McEwe

Warrior women easily handle Chukars

Five WWCC women score in double digits in their 78-43 win on Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College placed five players in double figures Saturday night and rolled to a comfortable 78-43 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball game in the Dietrich Dome.The lopsided triumph —

WWCC men grab easy win

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's men shot 53 percent from the floor Saturday night and posted an easy 103-68 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball game Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome.The Warriors, 5-4

Touchet boys lock No. 5 seed in SE 1B with win over T-O

OAKESDALE — Touchet's boys basketball team ran its winning streak to five games and locked up the No.5 seed in its conference with a 38-32 win over Tekoa-Oakesdale on the road Saturday night.The victory sets the Indians up for a road trip and game against

Whitman can't win pool battle of the Whits

WALLA WALLA — The Whitworth University swim teams finished their undefeated roll through the Northwest Conference dual meet season on Saturday, but their Whitman College hosts posted a few highlights of their own at Whitman's Harvey Pool.The final team sc

Warriors host softball camp late this month

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's softball team is hosting camps for ages 6-18 on Feb. 20. Donations for the camps are appreciated.The camp is limited to 60 members for each of two sessions. The first session for ages 6-12 runs from 9 a.m.-1 p

Pacific, Valley Little Leagues holding early-bird sign ups

WALLA WALLA — Pacific and Valley Little Leagues are have Early Bird Sign-ups beginning Wednesday at Shopko in Walla Walla.Registration is from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday; 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 9; and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 12. It may also be completed onl

Whit men continue roll with win

The Missionaries top Puget Sound, 70-62.

TACOMA — Free throws and defense were the difference as the Whitman College men's basketball team continued to roll with a 70-62 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound Saturday night.Making 31 of 35 free throws and knocking off Puget Sound for the

Helix boys hoops get routed by Echo 81-41

HELIX — The Grizzlies are now 1-11 in league and 1-20 overall after an 81-41 loss to Echo in a Big Sky Conference boys basketball matchup here Saturday night.Dusty Bennett led Helix with 11 points and Brendan Decicio added 10 points.

Pomeroy boys hoops fall 53-50 in home finale

POMEROY — St. John-Endicott spoiled Pomeroy's final home game of the season, picking up a 53-50 Southeast 1B boys basketball win Saturday night.Pomeroy led by as many as nine points in the third quarter but couldn't hold on.'We had some untimely turnovers

Weston-McEwen boys hoops beats Elgin 63-40

ELGIN — Weston-McEwen picked up a 63-40 win over Elgin in Blue Mountain boys basketball action Saturday.Dallas Reich had a double-double for the TigerScots, scoring 13 points and grabbing 15 boards. Tyler Babb led the field with 20 points and Miles Thul h

Pomeroy's Knebel locks district wrestling title

COULEE CITY — Pomeroy's Tory Knebel claimed an individual title at 160 pounds during the 2B-1B district wrestling championships Saturday.Knebel, who earned his sixth tournament crown of the season, defeated Reardan's Logan Zunker — last year's Class B sta

Missionary women fall in OT to Puget Sound

TACOMA — One night after winning a double-overtime thriller against Pacific Lutheran, the Whitman College women's basketball team wasn't as fortunate against Puget Sound Saturday night, falling 81-78 in overtime to the Loggers in Tacoma, Wash.The loss, th

Saturday, February 5

Wild Scallions hot for roller derby

The young skaters will debut publicly in a scrimmage on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - Crazy Mary may still need help lacing up her skates, but you wouldn't want to get in her way once she's on her wheels. With a streak of pinky-red hair and a set of multi-colored wheels, the skater known off the floor as Mary Bella Betts is i

Yellow Ribbon prepares military families

In August, the Oregon National Guard 1186 MP Company will be deployed to Afghanistan.

WALLA WALLA - Members of the Oregon National Guard 1186 MP Company held their regular drill on Saturday, but joining them for their monthly exercise were the loved ones they will soon leave behind."Just having him being overseas scares me," Michelle Perez

Voices of the Walla Walla Valley: Gerry Matthews

Gerald "Gerry" Matthews, 79, left Texas for New York City to pursue life as an actor. He performed as a comic actor in New York supper clubs and cabarets, which eventually landed him the role of the voice of Sugar Bear, a cartoon mascot of Post Super Suga

Decision on school bond expected next month

The board is looking at three likely proposals for a bond.

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board is about a month away from knowing what direction to take on a potential bond initiative to improve the district's two high schools.Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller has been conducting outrea

Reservations rolling in for Bowl-A-Rama

WALLA WALLA - Lanes are quickly filling for the annual Mother & Son Bowl-A-Rama, put on each year by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.On Friday, department staff said nearly half the lanes had been reserved; the event usually sells out each y

First Christian Church in Dayton still hopping after 125 years

The original building was constructed for $1,400.

DAYTON - In the early days of the First Christian Church of Dayton, frogs beneath the church sometimes added their chorus to the hymns of the faithful."It was difficult to tell which sang louder, the people or the frogs," someone recorded at the time.The

Juntos, public have ball with open gym

The organization is trying to provide alternatives to gang involvement.

COLLEGE PLACE - For one group of men, Sunday night means open gym and a chance for connection and support during a friendly game of basketball.Juntos has been working in the community for a few months to create connections with young men and boys and to p

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 01/06/11

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

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Garfield County Public Hospital District

PHOTO GALLERY — Visiting Pirates ruin Touchet girls' senior night Friday

TOUCHET — Pomeroy was able to overcome 31-percent shooting from the field, 24 turnovers and a second-quarter scoring drought of four-and-half-minutes to spoil Touchet's senior night celebration with a 36-28 victory in Southeast 1B District girls basketbal

PHOTO GALLERY — Hometown Indians defeat Pomeroy in Friday night battle

TOUCHET — A contest pitting a pair of teams with 4-9 Southeast 1B District records became a one-sided affair by the end of the first quarter here Friday night.The hometown Indians shot 47 percent in the opening period, led 18-6 after eight minutes, and cr

Whitman men stay hot in Friday night win

TACOMA — In a battle between two teams with wins in 11 of their last 13 games, it was Whitman College that stayed hot here Friday night with a 69-57 men's Northwest Conference basketball victory over Pacific Lutheran.Avenging a four-point loss to Pacific

Whitman women grab double-OT win over PLU Friday

TACOMA — On a night when Whitman College struggled at the free-throw line, sophomores Kelly Peterson and Mary Madden knocked down two freebies apiece in the final minute to carry the Missionaries to a 65-61 double-overtime women's Northwest Conference bas

Nixyaawii boys top Helix Friday night

MISSION, Ore. — A strong second quarter enabled Helix to wipe out most of a nine-point first-quarter deficit here Friday night, but Nixyaawii regrouped in the second half and pulled away to a 75-53 victory over the Grizzlies in a boys Big Sky Conference E

Mac-Hi girls lose to Baker Friday

BAKER CITY, Ore. — The Baker Bulldogs girls basketball team beat the Mac-Hi Pioneers 60-24 here Friday night in a Greater Oregon League match-up.Baker held the advantage in 3-point shooting and free throws.'We weren't getting any of the calls,” Mac-Hi coa

Dayton girls fall to Liberty Christian Friday

DAYTON — Plagued by a poor free-throw shooting performance and too many turnovers, the Dayton Bulldogs girls basketball team lost to Liberty Christian 63-54 here Friday night in Southeast 2B District game.'It was a great game,” Dayton coach Scott Hudson s

Mac-Hi boys buried by Baker Friday

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Will Barr dropped five 3-point baskets and scored 19 points to lead a balanced Baker offensive attack as the Bulldogs buried Mac-Hi 100-31 here Friday night in a boys Greater Oregon League basketball game.Barr was one of five Bulldogs i

Pomeroy girls spoil Touchet's senior night Friday

Pomeroy wins the Southeast 1B battle, 56-35.

TOUCHET — Pomeroy was able to overcome 31-percent shooting from the field, 24 turnovers and a second-quarter scoring drought of four-and-half-minutes to spoil Touchet's senior night celebration with a 36-28 victory in Southeast 1B District girls basketbal

Weston-McEwen picks up easy Friday win over Pilot Rock

ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots boys basketball team committed just seven turnovers and had 20 team assists — on 28 buckets — to win easily over the Pilot Rock Rockets here Friday night, 73-36, in Blue Mountain Conference action.'We had the most ove

Nixyaawii girls hand Helix Friday defeat

MISSION, Ore. — Nixyaawii picked up a Big Sky Conference girls basketball win against Helix here Friday night.The Golden Eagles won, 51-25, led by Kaisha Perry's 16 points.'Nixyaawii is one of the leading teams in the league,” Helix coach Dean Fouquette s

Dayton boys pick up big win over Liberty Christian Friday

DAYTON — Dain Henderson's 19 points paced Dayton's boys basketball team to its biggest win of the season here Friday night as the Bulldogs dropped Liberty Christian 50-47.The victory was the first over Liberty Christian in Dayton coach Roy Ramirez's tenur

Touchet boys win battle in Southeast 1B play Friday night

TOUCHET — A contest pitting a pair of teams with 4-9 Southeast 1B District records became a one-sided affair by the end of the first quarter here Friday night.The hometown Indians shot 47 percent in the opening period, led 18-6 after eight minutes, and cr

Asotin traps Irish early in 76-41 win Friday

ASOTIN — DeSales came out of the locker room in slow motion here Friday night and Asotin lapped the Irish before the first quarter ended en route to a 76-41 boys Southeast 2B District basketball victory.'We were very cold at the beginning of the game,” De

Weston-McEwen girls lose to Pilot Rock Friday

ATHENA — Tiffany Cain's strong all-around game wasn't enough to prevent a 51-35 defeat as Weston-McEwen bowed to Blue Mountain Conference rival Pilot Rock in girls prep basketball play here Friday night on the TigerScots' home floor.Cain finished the nigh

DeSales girls unable to hold early lead against Aostin

ASOTIN — DeSales took a seven-point lead, 24-17, into the break but was unable to protect it in the second half here Friday night in a girls Southeast 2B District basketball game.Asotin rallied to claim a 45-35 victory and raise its league mark to 7-3 and

PANORAMA - An experiment in what we see. Spot color

A photographer once came to me baffled."These power lines were not in my picture when I took the shot," he explained.I looked at the photo - a beautiful landscape with three hot air balloons rising against an emerald expanse of rolling fields and blue sky

ETCETERA - Ex-Wa-Hi athlete honors ‘brother's' memory with scholarship

Former Walla Wallan Jessica "Jessi" Walters Boschma sponsors a $500 scholarship for local students in memory of her "big brother," John Eagon.She plans to raise more funds for the award by running in the Coeur d'Alene marathon over Memorial Day weekend.Ap

PASTOR COLUMNS - Hope of heaven helps us serve God on earth

The other day a woman asked me, "What do you know about heaven?" Without pausing to think, I said, "Not much. I've never been there."I wasn't trying to be amusing or rude. I would have given almost the same answer if someone had asked me to tell them abou

SENIOR CENTER MENUS - 01/06/11

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centersActivities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare prog

CHURCH BULLETIN - 01/06/11

Stateline Adventist to host pancake, waffle breakfastMILTON-FREEWATER - Stateline Adventist Church Friendship Center, 53730 Stateline Road, will host a community pancake and waffle breakfast from 8-10 a.m. today.The meal, which is by donation, is a fundra

OUR READERS' OPINIONS - 01/06/11

NRA — help us please!Lately there's Tucson and the soccer mom who allegedly killed her kids for "being mouthy."Gun rights people are afraid of letting through the smallest, most insignificant reforms regarding gun ownership. They see them as a "hole in th

GRANDMOTHERS' ROUND TABLE - We voted for change! What are we hoping for?

Austerity is the situation for 2011.Many of us have had to change our lifestyles since the Great Recession began in 2008.Bankruptcy has claimed many businesses and families. Unemployment remains at almost 10 percent nationwide and may increase as governme

Friday, February 4

Friday's Prep Boys Scores

Boys Prep ScoresFriday, Feb. 4, 2011Weston-McEwen 73, Pilot Rock 36Dayton 54, Liberty Christian 47Touchet 56, Pomeroy 35

Friday's Prep Girls Scores

Girls Prep ScoresFriday, Feb. 4, 2011Nixyaawii 51, Helix 25Pilot Rock 51, Weston-McEwen 35Liberty Christian 63, Dayton 54Asotin 45, DeSales 35Baker 60, Mac-Hi 24

Lois 'Patsy” Griffen

August 15, 1927 – January 29, 2011

Death Notice - Maria Garza

Aug. 8, 1937 - Feb. 4, 2011

Chico Hicks

May 1, l912 - Jan. 21, 2011

Beverly Inglis

Sept. 4, 1933 - Jan. 29, 2011

Professor to discuss flora of Southeast Oregon

WALLA WALLA -- A College of Idaho professor will speak about "Fascinating Floras of Southeast Oregon" at a Wednesday meeting of the Walla Walla Native Plant Society.

Ex-Hanford engineer to take part in colloquium at WWU

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host an engineering colloquium with whistle-blower Walter L. Tamosaitis on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Banking regulator to take over at Banner subsidiary

The state's chief banking regulator, Brad Williamson, is resigning to become president and CEO of Islanders Bank, the small bank in San Juan County owned by Walla Walla-based Banner Corp.

Applicants sought for two Walla Walla County posts

Local woman elected to state Republican Party post

A local woman has been elected to a state Republican Party post.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jason A. and Loretta F. Bradley.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Christian W. Scott, 16, 125 Francis Drive, was sentenced Jan. 289 on one count each fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

Emergency Services - 02/04/11

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

Weather wreaks poetic destruction

Here's a classic poem that's dear to me, both for its manic intensity and its meaning in the natural world. It's so short you can memorize it right now and always have it at your disposal when you consider news of storms and their destruction.

Community Bank project near a wrap

Community Bank expects to polish off work on its new home in College Place next month.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Community Bank is putting the final touches on its nearly $3.5 million administrative office building on Commercial Drive.

Road names bedevil Walla Walla-area emergency responders

Dispatchers and first responders face a knowledge gap on the part of callers referring to the linkups of old and new Highway 12.

WALLA WALLA -- An old highway is still creating new worries for emergency responders.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Cesar Estevan Ruiz, 25, 614 S.E. Mockingbird Lane, College Place, was charged Feb. 2 with three counts of indecent exposure. Ruiz is accused of exposing himself on three occasions on Feb. 1.

American Red Cross blood drives to be held at two local churches

WALLA WALLA -- The American Red Cross will sponsor blood drives on Feb. 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 415 W. Alder St., 1-6 p.m.; and Feb. 16 at Eastgate Church, 380 N. Tausick Way, noon-5 p.m.

Etcetera - 02/04/11

The American Association of University Women was established in 1881 as a way to focus on political, social, educational and economic issues.

Caller scam aimed at area restaurants

A scam targeted at local restaurants may leave business operators with a bad taste in their mouths.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Vicious cycle traps the obese

Living in modern society is challenging, competitive and stressful.

Medical fraud pops up in supposed weight-loss drug

One of the things that really make me angry is medical fraud.

$n$ Friday and Saturday's Sports Schedules

RadioTodayPREP BOYS BASKETBALL — DeSales at Asotin, 7:30 p.m. KHSS (FM-100.7).PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL — DeSales at Asotin, 6 p.m. KHSS (FM-100.7).CalendarFridayCOLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL — Whitman at Pacific Lutheran, 8 p.m.; Walla Walla University at New Hop

Siding with the boss not an option Sunday

WALLA WALLA — For those of us devout in the religion of sports fandome, there are certain abiding principles that cannot be ignored.Chief among them — the first commandment, if you will — goes something like this:Thou shalt not show favor to thy boss' mos

Wa-Hi swimmers have all eyes on state

One Blue Devil is already heading to state and another hopes to punch his ticket with a qualifying time at districts this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — It's been a building year in many ways for the Wa-Hi boys swim team, but heading into this weekend's district meet in Ellensburg, the Blue Devils have at least one swimmer already locked in for state and the chance of another punching his ti

Wa-Hi grapplers off to district meet

The Blue Devils head to districts in Moses Lake this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi wrestling team is geared up for its trip to districts in Moses Lake this weekend, as 26 members of the team are slated for the seven-team showdown versus their Big Nine 4A rivals, before regionals in Spokane next weekend.Wa-Hi fini

Walla Walla Sweets looking for national anthem singers

WALLA WALLA — As the 2011 West Coast League season approaches the Walla Walla Sweets are once again seeking local and regional singing talent to perform the American and Canadian National Anthems at Sweets home games this summer.The American National Anth

Tour of Walla Walla slated, local signups open

The 15th annual bike race weekend is April 15-17, with 600 riders competing for a purse of $12,500.

WALLA WALLA — The 15th annual Tour of Walla Walla bike race is scheduled for April 15-17 throughout the Walla Walla Valley.The Tour is a three-day, four-stage race for both men and women cyclists.This year, the Tour of Walla Walla expects 600 riders compe

M-F Little League baseball, softball signups slated

MILTON-FREEWATER — There will be Milton-Freewater Little League registration for baseball as well as softball from 6-8 p.m. next Friday at Ferndale School.New to the league this year, 4-year-olds may play T-ball if they were 4 the first of this year. Also

Knights boys down Jaguars, 60-52

PASCO — Walla Walla Valley Academy picked up a 60-52 road win over Tri-Cities Prep Thursday.'We played one of our best games of the season,” said WWVA assistant coach Paul Starkebaum. 'We really needed a win and the guys did what needed to be done.”James

MARQUEE - 12 Angry Men to open at Little Theatre of Walla Walla

A hot summer day plus a room full of jurors with a pending verdict is an equation for intensity in the upcoming production of '12 Angry Men.”The Little Theatre of Walla Walla will present '12 Angry Men” on Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. There w

Death Notice - Loretta Pantorilla

Feb. 13, 1936 - Feb. 3, 2011

Agnes Struthers

May 27, 1916 - Feb. 1, 2011

Larry Uribe

Feb. 14, 1945 - Jan.22, 2011

Thursday, February 3

Expert to put on workshop for photo preservation

PENDLETON -- Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard, will host a lecture and workshop by photographic archive expert Richard Engeman, "Taking Care of Your Photographs," from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17. This free session is open to the public.

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts seeks entries

JOSEPH -- The 29th annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is seeking entries for its visual arts show June 3-5 in Joseph. Most mediums are accepted, except film, performance or installations.

Students will perform benefit concert at Wa-Hi

Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road, will present the annual Conspiracy of Hope benefit concert featuring a variety of student performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 in the auditorium.

Crow's Shadow hosts artist James Luna

Luna is an award-winning artist who explores American Indian identities and stereotypes.

Seven Walla Walla women featured in art exhibit

RICHLAND -- The Northwest Sisters in Art Society exhibit will feature seven Walla Walla artists at the Allied Arts Association Gallery, 89 Lee Boulevard,

WWU celebrates African-American University Days

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host several public events Friday and Saturday celebrating the history of African-Americans.

Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls take on Lilac City

Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls "Luv Hurtz" will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Walla Walla YMCA, 340 S. Park St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Evening of Elegance fundraiser is Feb. 12

The Evening of Elegance event to benefit Walla Walla Community Hospice will be 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

Coffee Connection Café, Little Theatre of Walla Walla show Anderson's work

Coffee Connection Café, 57 E. Main St., is featuring a watercolor painting exhibition by local artist Roy Anderson. The theme is "Walla Walla Fishes."

New at the library

Married to his high school sweetheart and father to a young daughter, John Bevan finally had the family he lacked as an orphaned child. But all that disappears when a tragic car accident kills his wife and unborn baby.

PHOTO GALLERY - Moose on the loose in Walla Walla

A trio of the back-country behemoths spent the morning eluding officers and trundling through neighborhoods.

WALLA WALLA -- It was thought at first that the three moose that caused numerous road detours and closures today on the south end of town made their way down from the Blues sometime in the early mornings hours.It is also likely, Fish and Wildlife Officer

Truck fire partially closes I-84 near Pendleton

PENDLETON -- A fire which destroyed a semi-truck partially closed Interstate 84 near Pendleton Wednesday evening.

Crosswalk crackdown in works in Dayton

The Sheriff's Office plans to focus on drivers who ignore pedestrians' right of way.

DAYTON -- Drivers ignoring pedestrians in crosswalks could find themselves paying a $124 fine.

Applicants sought for two Walla Walla County posts

Residents are sought for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Planning Commission.

WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are being sought for vacancies on Walla Walla County's Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Planning Commission.

Emergency Services - 02/03/11

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

Trial date moved for man accused of shooting at College Place officer

Jay D. Jeffrey faces assault, endangerment and weapons charges.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial initially scheduled next week for a man accused of shooting at a College Place police officer in early May has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Wheat growers eye turmoil in Egypt

The country buys huge amounts of wheat, but isn't a predictable market for local growers.

Wheat growers know that in a world economy, what happens in Egypt doesn't stay in Egypt.

Camp Fire USA of Walla Walla works toward renovation

The nonprofit continues to raise funds for the next phase of its upgrade on Park Street.

WALLA WALLA -- Camp Fire USA of Walla Walla will kick off phase two of a three-phase facility improvement project this month.

Etcetera - 02/03/11

Former Walla Walla County commissioner and Superior Court clerk Pam Ray will step into the role of president in 2011 for the Fort Walla Walla Museum Board of Directors. Election of officers occurred at the board's January meeting, said Paul Franzmann, co

Gangs square off in Wednesday fight

At least a dozen participants reportedly fought.

WALLA WALLA -- Two rival gang factions squared off in a fight Wednesday afternoon at Ninth Avenue and Cherry Streets, police said.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jason A. and Loretta F. Bradley.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Joshua Donald Martindale, 19, 579 S. Gose St., was sentenced Jan. 31 on two counts forgery and one count third-degree theft.

$n$ GALLERY — W-P girls stay undefeated with win over WWVA

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls remained undefeated and picked up another Southeast 2B League basketball win Wednesday night. W-P (16-0 overall, 9-0 in league) topped Walla Walla Valley Academy, 64-23, behind 17 points from Ronnie Hulce and 15 from

$n$ GALLEY — W-P boys defeat WWVA, 69-49

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys basketball team continued its season-long roll Wednesday, pushing its winning streak to 15 games with a 69-46 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy in a Southeast 2B League game.Four members of the W-P squadron crac

$n$ WWCC men holds off Hawks

The Warrior men rally from a slow start to hand Columbia Basin a 70-64 NWAACC East defeat Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College couldn't find the bottom of the basket on its first five possessions in NWAACC men's basketball action against Columbia Basin Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.But on the sixth try, Aaron Corsi drove in and f

$n$ W-P boy's season-long roll continues

Waitsburg-Prescott's boys push their winning streak to 15 games with a 69-46 Southeast 2B victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys basketball team continued its season-long roll Wednesday, pushing its winning streak to 15 games with a 69-46 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy in a Southeast 2B League game.Four members of the W-P squadron crac

Ski Bluewood to have Super Bowl party, night skiing

DAYTON — Ski Bluewood is having a Football and Night Skiing Extravaganza Sunday for the Super Bowl.For one day only, night skiing will be offered under the lights until 9 p.m. on the Triple Nickel run.Two big screen televisions will set up, as well as one

$n$ W-M players sign to play volleyball at WWCC

ATHENA — Two Weston-McEwen volleyball players on Wednesday signed to play at Walla Walla Community College.Tiffany Cain and Renee Baumann will both suit up in black and gold next year after leading the TigerScots to a Class 2A state championship last seas

$n$ W-P girls down WWVA

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's girls remained undefeated and picked up another Southeast 2B League basketball win Wednesday night.W-P (16-0 overall, 9-0 in league) topped Walla Walla Valley Academy, 64-23, behind 17 points from Ronnie Hulce and 15 from

$n$ Warrior women hand CBC first loss

The WWCC women fluster Columbia Basin into shooting 32 percent from the field in the 65-49 victory Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — It's not easy to beat the same team three times in a single season — a lesson Columbia Basin College learned the hard way when Walla Walla Community College avenged two earlier losses with a 65-49 NWAACC East Division victory at the Dietrich

Lt. Colonel Philip Chernis

July 4, 1922 - Jan. 31, 2011

Norma Evers

Jan. 6, 1924 - Feb. 1, 2011

Wednesday, February 2

Emmy-winning filmmaker to visit Whitman College next week

WALLA WALLA -- Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Gossels will visit Whitman College early next week.

Online US Forest Service vehicle auction starts today

PENDLETON -- The U.S. Forest Service is auctioning 19 vehicles from the Umatilla National Forest office.

WWCC program to be discussed at retiree group meeting

WALLA WALLA -- The local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Golden West Estates clubhouse, 1425 Jasper St.

Suspects sought in break-ins at Walla Walla businesses

The Bull Pen and Reflections Salon reported similar break-ins Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- City police are looking for a suspect who broke into two local businesses and may be sporting a new hand wound.Break-ins at the Bull Pen and Reflections Salon took place in the Eastgate neighborhood either Tuesday night or early this mornin

Nysoe 'hits ground running' at Dayton Chamber

She brings a background in marketing, event planning and media relations to the job.

DAYTON -- Claudia Nysoe, Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce manager, says she "hit the ground running, and since then I've been trying to find out what we've been doing." Nysoe was hired by the Chamber in early January, and since beginning work Jan.10, she

In the minutes - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Officials: Heater cause of deadly fire in Milton-Freewater

A heater too close to flammable materials sparked the blaze, a fire marshal says.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Officials have determined the cause of a fire that killed two young children here Tuesday.A portable heater is being blamed for the blaze that quickly tore through an older, single-wide mobile home midmorning, killing Olivia Wilson, 16

It's showtime at Inland Octopus

Family-friendly entertainment is coming to a stage at Inland Octopus starting this month.

Emergency Services - 02/02/11

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

'Platoon' teaching comes to Walla Walla elementary school

Instead of a single teacher all day, a new system has young Blue Ridge students move from class to class.

WALLA WALLA -- At Blue Ridge Elementary, "platooning" is now part of the daily routine.

College Place man may face felony exposure charges

WALLA WALLA -- A College Place man with a history of exposing himself may face felony charges after knocking on doors at two different homes Tuesday and exposing himself to women.

WWU plans Black history events

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will present several events Friday and Saturday to recognize Black History Month.

Partial Super Bowl blackout lifts locally

A dispute between DirecTV and the local Fox affiliate's parent company won't stand in the way.

WALLA WALLA -- Super Bowl Sunday won't be a day in the dark for local football fans who've been blocked out of Fox broadcasts.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Brandon L. Belk, 28, 517 Holly St., was charged Jan. 31 with second-degree malicious mischief.

$n$ Tomac new Whitman District Ranger

BAKER CITY, Ore. -- Jeff Tomac has been selected as the new Whitman District Ranger on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Knights of Columbus award free-throw contest winners

WALLA WALLA -- The Knights of Columbus awarded winners at its annual Free Throw Shooting Contest Saturday.

Native plant society to have Second Wednesday program

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is having its Second Wednesday program at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in room 142 of Whitman College's Hall of Science.

Etcetera - 02/02/11

When the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers face off on Sunday, a family friendly venue for Super Bowl game viewing will be provided by Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287.

PHOTO GALLERY — Wa-Hi boys defeat Eisenhower 58-48

WALLA WALLA - Eisenhower opened the game on a 9-4 run and opened the second half on a 10-4 run here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A boys basketball play.The Blue Devils recovered from both sluggish starts and went on to down the Cadets, 58-48."It wa

$n$ Blue Devil girls clinch playoff berth with win over Ike

Wa-Hi manhandles Eisenhower, 67-44, Tuesday night in Yakima to secure a postseason berth.

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's girls picked up a 67-44 Big Nine Class 4A victory over Eisenhower here Tuesday night, and along with comes a playoff berth.'We earned ourselves a playoff game and we'll see what will happen,” said Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah.Wa-Hi is likely i

$n$ Wa-Hi boys win ‘grinder' over Ike

Wa-Hi overcomes a sluggish start and a couple of early deficits to hand the Cadets the 58-48 Big Nine loss Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Eisenhower opened the game on a 9-4 run and opened the second half on a 10-4 run here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A boys basketball play.The Blue Devils recovered from both sluggish starts and went on to down the Cadets, 58-48.'It wa

$n$ Wa-Hi's Nelson, Glaeser to sign with D-1 schools today

WALLA WALLA — Two more Wa-Hi Blue Devil athletes are pushing their athletic careers to the Division I college level.Wa-Hi track-and-field and cross country runner Aaron Nelson is signing a letter of intent to compete at the University of Washington.

$n$ DeSales boys behind quickly, fall to Sunnyside Christian

SUNNYSIDE — Sunnyside Christian's boys basketball team jumped to a big early lead against DeSales in a nonleague boys basketball game, and didn't let up en route to a 58-24 trouncing.

$n$ DeSales girls can't climb out of early hole at Sunnyside Christian

SUNNYSIDE — DeSales' girls basketball team took a trip away from league play and Walla Walla Tuesday, but it was anything but a vacation for the Irish, who fell 45-29 at Sunnyside Christian.

$n$ WWCC's Meliah joins Sweets coaching staff

Dave Meliah is a DeSales grad, former minor league player and current Warrior baseball coach.

WALLA WALLA — Dave Meliah, the second year head coach at Walla Walla Community College, has joined the Walla Walla Sweets' coaching staff for the 2011 West Coast League season. Meliah joins his Warrior assistant and the Sweets manager J.C. Biagi, as well

$n$ Pelicans may be clowns or klutzes

American white pelicans around Ice Harbor Dam bring the word ‘clownish' to mind — or are they just clumsy?

Unlike stiff-necked bald eagles, American white pelicans clown around.Well, they appear to, although perhaps not on purpose. Perhaps they just klutz it up.They display a thrilling grace in flight. They also impress when afloat, like regal sailing ships.Ye

Abe Roberts

Aug. 2, 1940 - Jan. 25, 2011

Death Notice - Norma Evers

Feb. 1, 2011

Weekly Bulletin - 02/01/11

Yoga classes offered for adults, kids, and families It's time for kids to try yoga and adults to try it for the first time or start a new routine. Parks & Recreation has yoga for the young and the young at heart. These classes are instructed by Anne Hair.

Cinderella dreams can come true

Sometimes, in a community like this, amazing things happen under the radar. People do selfless acts with zero expectation of publicity, praise or even a 'thank you.”It happens more than you could imagine in our pocket of the universe.That said, allow me t

Set down the snow shovel, it's time to plant your seeds

Okay, it is still below freezing and maybe you're not quite ready to put away the snow shovel, but believe it or not you should be planning your spring seeds.No, I'm not crazy.Let's assume you want a slice of fresh garden tomato on your Fourth of July ham

YWCA executive director visits Poland

Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, executive director at the local YWCA recently enjoyed a trip to Poland. She spent ten days there, networking with people involved in World YWCA and the YWCA of Poland.World YWCA is a network of about 150 countries across the glob

Tuesday, February 1

Young innkeeper takes over Walla Walla's oldest B&B

Alexis Buckley now runs Green Gables Inn bed-and-breakfast, a dream come true for the 25-year-old.

Of all the tasks of an innkeeper rebuilding a beloved bed-and-breakfast, the first meal of the day seemed like a piece of cake to Alexis Buckley.

Wenberg resigns as WW Symphony's CEO

WALLA WALLA -- Michael Wenberg, chief executive officer of the Walla Walla Symphony, has resigned his post after four years on the job.

Shakespeare group envisions year-round destination

WALLA WALLA -- A local theater group that's been putting on Shakespeare productions for three years has a special role in mind for the community: A year-round destination for fans of the famed poet and playwright.

Plans for new farmers market in M-F underway

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Plans for a new farmers market are taking root here.

Goodwill planning million-dollar expansion

WALLA WALLA -- Goodwill Industries is preparing for a roughly $1 million expansion of its downtown Walla Walla store, officials with the discount retailer said.

Horizon Air to become Alaska Airlines

The sun is setting on the Horizon Air brand.

Study: Valley needs cohesive signage system

WALLA WALLA -- Call it a sign of the times.With more visitors making their way to Walla Walla, the need for a better sign system to help them find food, lodging and entertainment destinations is becoming more clear, a consultant told tourism stakeholders

What's Going Up? - 02/01/11

What: An addition to the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College is being built.

Business Monthly Bio - Camille Barrett

Business/job title: Owner of Mann's House of Brides Hometown: Born and raised here.

'Sow Social' helps consumers find local deals

WALLA WALLA -- A pair of Walla Walla residents is bringing local business to the masses through a new group-buying site.

Bank seizes Whitman Cellars

Pine Street winery Whitman Cellars was seized by the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office in late January as the result of a lawsuit filed by Community Bank.

Trio Vintners reopens this month

WALLA WALLA -- Trio Vintners is slated to re-open this month under new ownership.

County loses about 350 jobs; unemployment still low

Walla Walla County ended 2010 with about 350 fewer jobs in the marketplace.

ETCETERA - Women's barbershop group entertains in harmony

Doing "Along Came Jones," WWCC theater arts instructor Kevin Loomer was "definitely a highlight of the show. Our guest performers were all outstanding.

Go-between delivers first love's lessons

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. It always reminds me of Amy Barnhart -- my first love.

Find best fit for volunteering

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill

Volunteering. A word, when I was growing up, that brought to mind candy stripers pushing magazine racks through the hospital or someone ringing a bell outside the supermarket during the holidays, asking for donations.

Trial date set for Walla Walla man in break-in, assault

Patrick M. Walmsley is accused of burglary and assault in connection with an incident last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and assaulted her in January pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to three crimes.

Walla Walla gang member sentenced in drug deals

Ricky J. Palomino was ordered to serve about 20 months in prison, followed by drug treatment while in community custody.

WALLA WALLA -- An admitted gang member was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to more than a year-and-a-half of incarceration for dealing drugs out of his home directly across the street from Garrison Middle School.

Emergency Services - 02/01/11

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Items, donations sought for Chamber auction, social

DAYTON -- Items to auction and cash are needed for the Chamber of Commerce annual live auction and beer and wine social.

Milton-Freewater men face unrelated sex charges

PENDLETON -- Two Milton-Freewater men are facing sex charges involving teenage girls in unrelated cases.

Farewell celebration planned at theater for Dayton couple

DAYTON -- A farewell celebration in honor of Sheila Zangar and Denis Buet will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater.

Contra dance series to kick off Wednesday at Whitman

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music are inaugurating a new series of First Wednesday Contra Dances at Whitman College, according to member and caller Dan Clark.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to sex with teen

Frank J. Avbel agreed to a plea deal that includes jail time and sex offender treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Superior Court to having multiple sexual encounters with an underage girl.

Philosophy professor to reveal Heidegger find in talk

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College philosophy department will present a lecture by assistant professor Julia Ireland, "Heidegger and the 'Inner Truth of National Socialism': A New Archival Discovery," today.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - WW County

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

M-F cultivates plans for farmers market

Plans for a new farmers market are taking root in Milton-Freewater.

On the agenda - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.Where: School LibraryWhat: Special Meeting

Vintner shifts focus to Corvus

Stephen Lessard's other venture, Whitman Cellars, defaulted on three loans and owes more than $2.6 million.

WALLA WALLA -- The winemaker and co-owner of the shuttered Whitman Cellars said he will plant his attention on his other winery, Corvus Cellars.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Brian C. Ingraham, 33, Kennewick, was charged Jan. 28 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Children perish in Milton-Freewater house fire

Morning blaze claims lives of young members of M-F family.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Two young children died today in a house fire in Milton-Freewater.Firefighters from Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department responded to a blaze in a single-wide mobile home at Locust Trailer Court, 1501 N. Elizabeth St. after a call to

Tyson Graves

Nov.19, 1976 - Jan. 24,2011

Death Notice - Ellis Brace

June 2, 1923 - Jan. 31, 2011