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Sunday, July 31

Walla Walla protesters want action on debt limit

About 30 concerned citizens gathered in front of Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers' office on Tuesday to protest the Republicans' attempts at derailing efforts to raise the debt ceiling. 'It's clear McMorris Rodgers and other Republicans are more interested in

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Column by pastor welcome and refreshing

I want to acknowledge the U-B for printing a recent column by Pastor Mark Koonz on our looming national debt. It is welcome and refreshing when our clergy help us connect the dots between our actions and their moral implications.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Monacelli has been great resource

I have personally worked with Richard Monacelli professionally and my experience has been outstanding.As a small-business owner, I have relied on Richard as a resource and benefited from his extensive experience and level of business education.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Monacelli has 27 years experience

Vote for Rich Monacelli for Walla Walla Port commissioner, District 2, on Aug. 16.Voting for Rich is voting for 27 years of experience in economic development, which includes being a professional economic development practitioner, business development cou

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Corkrum has shown work ethic

For over a decade I have been a member of the Walla Walla Yacht Club. During that time I have known Barlow Corkrum and found him to be honest and responsible.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rev. Koonz correctly identifies culture of debt

A recent letter criticized the Rev. Mark Koonz's religion column, "Nation's debt a significant justice issue," as being too political and right wing.While ignoring the fact the column space has been hijacked many times to justify left-wing political agend

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Monacelli delivers honest answers

Why I am voting for Richard Monacelli as Port commissioner, District 2 ...I became acquainted with Richard Monacelli about 10 years ago when he was working in the position of small business adviser for the Port of Walla Walla. I was referred to him by ano

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Lies about Social Security are unacceptable

Social Security represents the best of the American dream - the idea that my lifetime of hard work will let me live comfortably in old age. "It's not a handout." It's money I earned and deserve to have when I decide to retire.Americans believe in this pro

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Farmers need large vehicles to farm

On July 15, I discovered a notice on our door informing us that someone had filed a complaint about the number of "junk vehicles" on our property — a successful, multigenerational family farm.I called the code compliance officer for the Walla Walla Joint

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - City Council doesn't make decisions in vacuum

The candidate debate sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and recorded by the U-B for viewing on its website was very enjoyable. Besides having my opinions and ideas examined, I was happy to hear the opinions of the other primary candid

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - School district maintenance is lacking

After living here for so many years and having my children and grandchildren go through the school system, I can't say enough positives about their education and experience in the schools.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We need to balance budget

As we watch the fiasco that is the debate over raising the debt limit, with one side wanting to stop it and the other side wanting to raise it, the president makes speeches on TV.Now all these speeches seem to point the blame at the conservatives or what

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's pay our bills — raise taxes

If you want highways. If you want parks. If you want water, sewer and trash pickup. If you want police, fire and ambulance. If you want education. If you want the armed forces. If you want air travel. If you want to take care of the elderly.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla friendly, but boring for children

For the first time in almost 12 years, my daughter is envious of my youth. Driving through town, I was telling my children what buildings used to be what.Twenty years ago we had three movie theaters, two malls, the Center for Sharing, three public pools,

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time for elected officials to grow up

This is in response to the Union-Bulletin editorial of July 21, "Statesmanship needed in debt-limit debate."Here's today's joke: What's the difference between a playroom full of fighting screaming children and the government of the United States? Not a go

Tires slashed on seven vehicles on Thursday night

WALLA WALLA - Seven vehicles had their tires slashed Thursday night, with five cases occurring at a downtown motel.Tires were slashed on five vehicles at the Travelodge Walla Walla, 421 E. Main St., sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., according to a W

Free lunch for youths begins this week in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER - Children and teens in Milton-Freewater can receive a free lunch starting this week as part of the Summer Food Service Program.Youths ages 1 to 18 can eat a free lunch between Aug. 1-17 at Central Middle School's cafeteria, 306 S.W. Seco

Sweets' win puts WCL playoffs in reach

Andrew Mendenhall's two-run double caps a three-run, eighth-inning rally.

WALLA WALLA — If the Walla Walla Sweets reach the West Coast League playoffs, they may look back at their 4-3 triumph over the Kelowna Falcons on Saturday night at Borleske Stadium as a game that helped them achieve that goal.Andrew Mendenhall's two-run d

Saturday, July 30

Baumgart places fourth, leads local golfers at WJGA

Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart, the only local still playing, finishes in fourth place in the WJGA state tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Tyler Salsbury and Catherina Li made their lead after two rounds stand up in final round action here at the 35th annual Washington State Junior Golf Association State Championships.Salsbury started play Friday at the Walla Walla Country Club

Smokin' Senior

Walla Walla swimmer Suzie Aldrich smashes through the record books at the Washington Senior Games earlier this month.

For Suzie Aldrich, it's about being a Ponderosa Pine.That means rising tall to her full height of 6-foot-1, holding her head back and walking with pride.If she's a little intimidating, that's OK.An interesting mental image for a swimmer, to be sure. But i

Wa-Hi hosting conditioning camp for prep athletes

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi is hosting on a general conditioning program for local preps athletes.The program is open to athletes for all fall sports and is offered at no cost and is run by Wa-Hi football coach Eric Hisaw.Sessions will take place this week on Mon

Missionary swimmers honored for academics

An individual and both the men's and women's teams are honored for their 201-11 grades.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College sophomore Katie Chapman has received Honorable Mention Scholar All America recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).The Whitman women's and men's swim squads also earned Team Scholar All Am

Three vie for seat on Port of Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson will face two familiar challengers in the race to defend his District 2 seat in the August primary election.One, real estate investor Barlow Corkrum, was his opponent for the same seat six ye

Walla Walla Camp Fire leader to step away

Executive Director Karen Wolf announced her intention to leave Sept. 9.

WALLA WALLA — Camp Fire USA's Walla Walla Council will soon have one less spark.On Friday, Executive Director Karen Wolf announced her intention to leave Sept. 9 from the nonprofit organization that provides summer day camps and afte

Former Walla Walla County Commissioner Chuck Maiden dies

WALLA WALLA - Lifetime supporter of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds and three-term Walla Walla County Commissioner Chuck Maiden, 84, died Friday.Maiden served as District Three commissioner from 1991 to 2002 and was known by colleagues as a conservativ

Milton-Freewater man assaulted Friday in suspected attempt to steal vehicle

WALLA WALLA - A Milton-Freewater man was assaulted Friday night in an incident that Sheriff's deputies believe was an interrupted attempt to steal a vehicle.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report, David Martinez had driven his son and a friend

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 07/31/11

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

COURT REPORT - 07/31/11

Superior Court

CRIMINAL CASESWalla Walla CountyOn July 21, the court dismissed charges against Shawn A. Crump, Walla Walla, as there was insufficient evidence to prove the crime for which he was arrested.On July 21, the court dismissed a charge of theft of a motor vehic

What have we got here?

About 50 velomobile cyclists came through town on Saturday for a quick stop during their 28-day cross-country trip from Portland to Washington, D.C.

PANORAMA - Business boom

The number of places to go in Waitsburg for a bite to eat and a beverage will nearly double next week when three new business open downtown. The grand openings will coincide with a vintage car show in Preston Park.A fourth business having nothin

PASTOR COLUMN - Be sure priorities are in order — God first

We should all be aware of the importance and benefit that comes from God's Word, the Bible. We are told that the Bible is the Word of Life, or by reading and believing and receiving this Holy Word, we obtain life - eternal life.We have various places that

ETCETERA - Whitman alum goes green on Broadway

Whitman College alumnus Patrick Page has gone green on stage twice now: first as the Grinch in 2006-07 and currently as the villain Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."Now in his late 40s, the Spokane native grabbed at the chance to play Spide

CHURCH BULLETIN - 07/31/11

Unity Church of Peace to learn of Hildegard of BingenWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will present Marty and Laurie Manahan at 10 a.m. today. They will introduce Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century visionary, playing her music and discussi

SENIOR CENTERS - 07/31/11

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

Challenge to will of voters is legitimate approach

Laws, whether approved by voters or the Legislature, must be constitutional. That includes the voter-approved two-thirds requirement to raise taxes.

Do Washington voters want to limit the state Legislature's ability to raise taxes?Absolutely. On four separate occasions voters have approved ballot measures mandating lawmakers obtain a two-thirds majority to approve tax increases.

Local protesters want action on debt limit

About 30 concerned citizens gathered in front of Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers' office on Tuesday to protest the Republicans' attempts at derailing efforts to raise the debt ceiling. "It's clear McMorris Rodgers and other Republicans are more interested in

Friday, July 29

Death Notice - Charles Maiden

Sept. 19, 1926 - July 29, 2011

Richard Berg

July 27, 2011

Debra Basulto

April 22, 1961 - July 26, 2011

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Pack your bags without packing on pounds

You have finally gotten into the habit of a regular exercise program and now it is time for your vacation.

STD drugs won't be found online, over counter

Caveat emptor. These are Latin words that means "let the buyer beware."

Compassion Corps seeks volunteers for support program

WALLA WALLA -- Compassion Corps is starting its second year and looking for more volunteers for a support program.

Four physicians join Providence Medical Group

Four new physicians will join Providence Medical Group in August, according to Kathleen Obenland, director of public relations

Dental X-rays low on totem pole of radiation worries

Want to know how to make your dentist nervous? Tell him/her you refuse to have dental X-rays.

Public House 124 now open

In case you missed it -- and judging from the line outside the place Thursday night, few people did -- new downtown gathering place Public House 124 has officially opened for business.

Skull found off Tiger Canyon Road

Hikers discovered the remains last month and apparently thought at first it was from a Sasquatch.

WAITSBURG -- Authorities are investigating a human skull that was discovered by two hikers in the Umatilla National Forest earlier this month.

Best seat in the house

Your insides might protest, but a flight with an Air National Guard aerobatic pilot is far from ordinary.

PASCO -- "Looks a lot different from this perspective, doesn't it?" Lt. Col. John Klatt asked.

Trial postponed in Burbank marijuana grow

Timothy G. Casey is accused of manufacturing and possessing drugs with intent to sell on his property.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a Burbank man suspected of growing marijuana on his property is being postponed three months in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

State issues boil order for Burbank area

The state Department of Health has issued a boil water order to the Sun Harbor Water District No. 3 Water System, beginning this morning.

Walla Walla High School administrator named Pioneer principal

Mira Gobel, a longtime art teacher and associate principal, will take over for Dana Jones.

WALLA WALLA -- Longtime Walla Walla Public Schools educator and leader Mira Gobel has been named the new principal of Pioneer Middle School.

Emergency Services - 07/29/11

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

City government should follow same zoning rules as citizens

A proposal to exempt the city from its own zoning process -- termed lengthy and costly by officials -- is outrageous.

The city of Walla Walla has a proposal before the City Council to change the zoning rules so city officials could rezone its property -- city-owned property -- without going through the same process as citizens. Why?

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

Walla Walla home struck by bullet

Nobody was reported injured in a pair of shootings in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater.

WALLA WALLA -- A shooting between two vehicles resulted in a bullet striking a house near the intersection of East Tietan and South Howard streets.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Bonnie S. Reyes, 16, 86 Harrison Place, Burbank, was sentenced July 22 on one count contempt-truancy.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Aaron M. Field, 27, 85144 Hurst Lane, Milton-Freewater was sentenced July 22 on one count each violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-possession of methamphetamine and third-degree driving while license suspended.

Trial again delayed in threat, stalking case

Kathy A. Hendrickson is accused of crimes allegedly committed in 2008.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending emails threatening to kill local judges in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Eagle Scout collecting goods for Humane Society

WALLA WALLA -- On Saturday, Eagle Scout Mark Schmidt will be collecting items for the Blue Mountain Humane Society at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 1821 S. Second Ave.

Salsbury stands alone atop WJGA leaders

Enumclaw's Tyler Salsburg shoots a second straight 3-under par on Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Tyler Salsbury of Enumclaw shot a second straight 3-under-par 69 Thursday at the Walla Walla Country Club to take sole possession of first place in the boys 16-17 age division of the Washington Junior Golf Association Championships.And he fo

Love is Gone at the Sweets

The eighth-inning rally song has players, Sweet Lou and fans punching along to the same notes.

As the ball games wind down at Borleske Stadium, with just an inning or two to go, music suddenly fills the air.And with the familiar tune echoing across Walla Walla, fists are pumping, then whirling madly.First, it's the Sweets players, lined up against

Three-run first cues Walla Walla victory

The Sweets top Bend, 3-1, and are one game behind Bellingham to snag the final East Region playoff seed.

WALLA WALLA — The game of baseball can work in mysterious ways.A night after the Bend Elks road two first inning runs to a 2-1 victory, the Walla Walla Sweets road a three-run first to a 3-1 victory over the Elks on Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.Pitc

WWCC staff named NWAACC softball coaching staff of year

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Head coach Mike Staudenmaier and assistant coaches Jessie Buehler, Katie Buehler and Tressa Robins of Walla Walla have been named as this year's NFCA NWAACC National Coaching Staff of the Year.The 2011 NWAACC East Region champions went

Walla Walla selected to host 2012 WCL All-Star Game

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla was selected to host the 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game.The game will be at Borleske on July 24, 2012.'We look forward to building on the incredibly successful event that Corvallis staged this week, and will welcome the bas

Death Notice - Mary Lou Kauffman

Aug. 16, 1931 - July 24, 2011

Death Notice - Clyde Dyar

July 27, 1922 - July 26, 2011

Thursday, July 28

Mira Gobel named new Pioneer Middle School principal

WALLA WALLA — Long-time Walla Walla Public Schools educator and leader Mira Gobel has been named the new principal of Pioneer Middle School.The Walla Walla School Board approved Gobel to the post during a special board meeting held Thursday afternoon.

Pomeroy woman injured in Wednesday crash on Highway 12

POMEROY -- A Pomeroy woman remained hospitalized today at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after a car crash Wednesday.

Sex offender wanted in Walla Walla arrested in Arizona

PHOENIX -- A convicted sex offender wanted in Walla Walla has been arrested in northern Arizona.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tell state and federal representatives to govern

Whatever happened to "government of the people, by the people, and for the people?"

Congress must take action to avoid default

Republicans in the House, who are in a position to accept victory, should do so and spare the nation deep economic pain.

Congress has until Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling so the U.S. can pay its bills. If the capacity to borrow money isn't increased the nation will be in default on its loans for the first time in its history.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Judith and Donald Brooks.

Emergency Services - 07/28/11

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

Change to rezone rules moves ahead

The City Council signed off on drafting of an ordinance that would give the city greater latitude to change zoning of its lands.

WALLA WALLA -- A proposed amendment that would grant planners greater authority to rezone city property narrowly passed City Council on Wednesday night.

Walla Walla's 'Vineyard Van Gogh,' completes mural for local hotel

Walla Walla's "Vineyard Van Gogh" has completed a one-of-a-kind mural encapsulating life in the Walla Walla Valley for the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Etcetera - 07/28/11

The Walla Walla resident was born was born in Belgrade Mont., the third of 12 children. She grew up on a ranch outside Whitehall, Mont. Her rich childhood was a balance of hard work and fun times, said daughter Raylene Floyd.

National woes shake up Walla Walla chapter of American Red Cross

Changes for the Blue Mountain chapter include fewer hours for its executive director and higher prices for its classes.

WALLA WALLA -- A national financial problem with the American Red Cross is having a local impact.

Walla Walla Dance Festival to take stage at Cordiner Hall

The newest arts festival to be introduced to Walla Walla will take the stage Friday at Whitman College's Cordiner Hall.The Walla Walla Dance Festival will feature a host of top professional performers who will explore the full range of dance from classica

Shakespeare Walla Walla teams up with Cougars

William Shakespeare wasn't from Walla Walla, and he wasn't a Coug, but that's not stoppng either group from partying in his name next week. Washington State University alumni, fans, friends or bandwagon jumpers can come together to celebrate Shakespeare i

Book tells how our National Forests came to be

If you are planning a camping trip this summer to one of our National Forests, be sure to thank Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot and John Muir, who were instrumental in creating these national treasures.Reading Timothy Egan's "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevel

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

Coyote Kings with Mush make the cut

It's not every day coyotes get to run with the big dogs, but it's slated to happen in August for one Walla Walla band. Coyote Kings with Mush, which delivers a mix of new blues, rock and roots music, won the first leg of Washington state International Blu

Rock campers to perform Friday at Main and Fourth

If you're ready to roll, there will be plenty of rock to go along. On Friday at 6 p.m. Walla Walla Symphony's third annual Rock 'n' Roll Camp will present the culmination of a week of creation, composition and practice at a free community concert.About 80

'Bottle Shock' to be shown at Three Rivers Winery

The film "Bottle Shock" will be shown 8 p.m. Friday at the outdoor amphitheater of Three Rivers Winery, 5461 Old Highway 12. Admission is $8 per person, and popcorn is included. Children under 5 get in free.

Two Living History portrayals slated for Fort Walla Walla Museum this weekend

The Living History Company at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents two living history portrayals this weekend. On Saturday at 2 p.m. the legacy of the Hudson's Bay Company is seen through the eyes of Sam Black, who was master of Fort Walla Wal

Elks score early to close out Sweets

Bend uses a two-run first and allows the Sweets just four hits in the win.

WALLA WALLA — A two-run first inning proved to be enough for the visiting Bend Elks on Wednesday night during a 2-1 victory over the Walla Walla Sweets in the opener of a three-game West Coast League baseball series at Borleske Stadium.A quartet of Bend p

Judith Wahl

Nov. 5, 1950 - July 25, 2011

Lois Saranto

Sept. 18, 1921 – July 23, 2011

Karl Freddie Feigner

March 19, 1949 to July 20, 2011

Jerolyn Bishop

Nov. 29, 1951 - July 4, 2011

Ambler named to MaxPreps All-American team

Wa-Hi softball player Alyson Ambler is named to the team for her 2011 first-base play for the Blue Devils.

WALLA WALLA — Summer's in full swing but awards keep pouring in for Wa-Hi softball player Alyson Ambler.Ambler was selected a MaxPreps Underclass All-American first baseman earlier this month, joining top upcoming seniors from across the country for her p

Par-busters converge at WJGA

Players in the top two age groups are eligible for the tournament's overall championship.

WALLA WALLA — There were plenty of par-busters on display here Wednesday during the opening round of the 35th annual Washington Junior Golf Association Championships.Playing in near-perfect mid-80s weather conditions, a trio of players from west of the Ca

Schille falls on the 20th hole of championship match play

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Leslie Folsom from Rainier Golf and Country Club defeated Walla Walla's Joan Schille on the 20th hole in the championship flight of match play at the Washington Women's Golf Association State Championship at Twin Lakes Golf and Countr

Contra dance will be held Wednesday in Pioneer Park

A traditional old-time contra dance will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Pioneer Park Gazebo, Alder and Division streets.Contras, squares and other dances will be taught, so no experience is necessary. Live music will be provided by the Wednesday Night Ban

Meet a few birds of prey and throw atlatls at Whitman Mission

On Saturday 1-3 p.m., Blue Mountain Wildlife is bringing live birds of prey to Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.This popular event includes owls, falcons and maybe even an eagle or two. There will be an opportunity to get a

Classic cars to be displayed in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The One of a Kind Classic Auto Cruise will be 7 p.m. Aug. 5 on Coppei Avenue.An ice cream social will follow. The One of a Kind Classic Auto Show and Swap, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 6, will also be on Coppei Ave.The classic automobiles will be on

Wednesday, July 27

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Charge of partisan politics is unfair

Mr. Webster charges me with partisan politics. If concern about our nation's debt is partisan politics and talk about justice shouldn't be on the religion page, then we are all in trouble.

Walla Walla shows it's serious about mall site clean-up

The city attorney's decision to hand-deliver the legal papers to the property owners makes it clear that action will be taken.

Walla Walla City Attorney Tim Donaldson sent a clear message to the owners of the rubble that was once the Blue Mountain Mall -- the city is dead serious about forcing a clean-up of that property.

Etcetera - 07/27/11

Ashley Zuhlke, a graduating senior from Columbia High School in Burbank received a $500 scholarship from Zonta Club of Walla Walla on July 13.

On the agenda - Columbia County Public Hospital District

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

On the agenda - PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: School Library

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 1:30 p.m., following a noon work session and 1 p.m. tour of Reiff Manufacturing.Where: Regular session at the Port administrative office, 310 A St.; work session at Dominick's on the Runway.

On the agenda - WALLA WALLA SCHOOL BOARD

When: Thursday, 1 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Myra Road grade project OK'd

The plan does not include an overpass or jug handle.

WALLA WALLA -- What started out in 2007 as a grade-lowering on Myra Road for less than $2 million, then ramped up over the next three years with the addition of an overpass and jug-handle style interchange to a $5.7 million proposal, finally received appr

Walla Walla utility customers to foot bill for project

The city's $300,000 share of a Myra Road project will come from utility customers.

WALLA WALLA -- A $2.8 million grade-lowering project on Myra Road will cost utility customers $300,00 to replace water and sewer lines that currently may not need replacing.

Milton-Freewater Drive-In to celebrate 50th anniversary

The M-F Drive-In Theater will cruise back in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday.

In the minutes - WW County

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jorge Arturo Garduno Batalla, 25, 417 Cedar St., was charged July 25 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Batalla is accused of unlawfully possessing cocaine and driving unde

Emergency Services - 07/27/11

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

Walla Walla jobless rate spells trouble

Walla Walla's unemployment picture suggests hard times could be in store come fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A weaker unemployment rate posted for Walla Walla in June could be a forecast for even tougher times this fall, a regional labor economist said Tuesday.

Cougar football season brings mixed feelings

The wheat fields across the region are turning gold, and the sky's rich blue is bordering on the nearly cloudless state it takes in Eastern Washington's late summers.For some, this means harvest.Not me.No, for me, the impending season has always meant Cou

Washington junior state golf tournament tees off

WALLA WALLA — The Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships take over three local golf courses beginning today and running through Friday. Festivities began earlier this week.

Lyons has hole-in-one on Vet Memorial's sixth hole

WALLA WALLA — Lucas Lyons aced Veterans Memorial Golf Course's sixth hole on July 18.

Halseth records second hole-in-one at M-F Muni

MILTON-FREEWATER — T.J. Halseth had a hole-in-one on No. 12 at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course Tuesday.

Taking the Zumwalt Prairie tour

Three access points allow pedestrians to enter the Zumwalt Prairie throughout the year.

The Zumwalt Prairie Auto Tour takes all day, especially during the spring when fields of green, patches of wildflowers, and duets of song birds divert your attention.As you tool north along Zumwalt/Buckhorn Road, calendar-like scenes of the craggy, snow-c

Schille wins match play at state golf championships

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Walla Walla's Joan Schille defeated Loriann Johns from Fircrest Golf and Country Club, 4 and 3, during championship flight match play competition of the Washington State Women's Golf Association State Championship at Twin Lakes Golf a

Stanford aces Milton-Freewater Muni's 11th hole

MILTON-FREEWATER — Steve Stanford hit a hole-in-one on the 122-yard, par-3 11th hole at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course during the Kiwanis Klassic Saturday.

Gwinn records ace at Wildhorse Resort

MISSION, Ore. — Walla Walla golfer Steven Gwinn aced the 16th hole at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course June 21.

Mary Castoldi

May 23, 1915 - July 24, 2011

Claude Brodhead

Sept. 16, 1929 - July 23, 2011

John DeWolfe

Dec. 9, 1946 - July 14, 2011

Death Notice - Judy Wahl

Nov. 5, 1950 - July 25, 2011

Tuesday, July 26

Tumac sells Kubota line, keeps John Deere

WALLA WALLA -- Tumac Outdoor Equipment has sold its Walla Walla Kubota dealership to a Yakima company, officials said.

WW asks court for OK to clean up neglected mall

The suit is the latest step the city has taken to clean up the property through its formal code-enforcement process.

WALLA WALLA -- The city of Walla Walla is asking a Superior Court judge for a warrant to enter and clean up the decimated Blue Mountain Mall property.

Dayton-based REA eyes long-vacant WW Port building

The acquisition paves the way for Dayton-based Columbia REA to expand its Walla Walla and College Place presence.

Electric cooperative Columbia REA plans to buy the Port of Walla Walla's Melrose Street building complex in a roughly $5.3 million deal that would re-energize the vacant property.

Walla Walla General starts $15M expansion

Walla Walla General Hospital has broken ground on a $15 million expansion expected to improve patient care through a larger emergency center and other conveniences.

What's Going Up? - 07/26/11

What: Dayton's Blue Mountain Station.

Health care reform is coming and businesses need to be prepared.

That was the theme of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center on July 19th.

Ronald Leinbach

May 11, 1916 - July 23, 2011

Virginia Huggins

March 1, 1919 - July 22, 2011

ETCETERA - Local man's 'Paisley Garden' quilt a contest semi-finalist

Jess Berry hopes his "Paisley Garden" quilt will flourish as a champion amongst its competitors.The Walla Walla man's meticulously hand-quilted and appliqued work is a finalist in the Pacific West Quilt Show that will run Aug. 26-28 in the Greater Tacoma

WALLA WALLA TABLE - No need to also swelter in the kitchen during those hot days

Who wants to cook -- especially when it's 100 degrees outside? Not that we have been having a heat wave (I'm not complaining, 85 degrees is fine by me), but when it's still light out till 9 at night and warm, who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen

FACES AND PLACES - Logo contest seeks entries for native plant restoration project

The 2011 class of the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program is holding a contest to find a logo for its ecosystem restoration project.

WAY OUT HERE - Learning the spirit behind 'allegiance'

So as I was watching the U.S. women's soccer team play for the World Cup championship -- sitting here in the Rusty Nail Saloon at my Walkers Ranch home in western Walla Walla County -- I felt an overwhelming surge of pride.

Walla Walla couple takes to road in classic American trailer

I'm no stranger to the trailer park.Somewhere outside Boulder, Colo., was the typical square, wood-frame-with-siding, plain-jane trailer where I spent my early years. Not really mobile, it had the traditional airplane-like staircase going to the "front" d

HOME PLACE - Picking up pieces to restore a child's life

I'm sitting here at my desk with my daughter's list in front of me. It's been in line-of-sight for days and days, willing me to unfold the truth.Her printing is beautiful -- rounded letters sit neatly on the notebook paper's lines, nearly romantic in thei

Business Monthly Bio - Kimberly Miner

Business: Photographer, owner of Kimberly, InkHometown: Walla Walla.

Walla Walla County homeless numbers hold steady

The annual survey finds some demographic shifts, but exactly the same number as last year.

WALLA WALLA -- The latest Homeless Point in Time survey delivered a classic "good news, bad news" message.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla needs fun, safe pool

Walla Walla is a great place to be, live, visit and raise a family.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ignorance of history distorts debate

Thomas Jefferson lived in debt most all his life because he was a reckless spender and an irresponsible debtor.

Long sentence for cybercrimes is justified

Lives can be ruined. It's time people understand that computer hacking is not a joke.

The only thing unfortunate about a California judge's decision to sentence a cyberstalker to more than four years in prison is that his sentence isn't longer.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Vicki Villalobos Armenta and Bruno F. Armenta.

Emergency Services - 07/26/11

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

On the agenda - WW Council

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

Walla Walla drug dealer sentenced to prison

Terry L. Knapp pleaded guilty this month to dealing marijuana out of his home near Sharpstein Elementary School.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was ordered Monday afternoon to serve a two-year prison term for selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School last spring.

Prescott man sentenced in high-speed chase

Sterling T. Stapleton received 50 days of house arrest for the chase earlier this year near Waitsburg.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon for leading a county sheriff's deputy on a vehicle chase near Waitsburg earlier this year.

Trial date set for man in child porn, rape case

Jesus Torres Almeida is accused of possessing images and having sex with a 13-year-old.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl last summer and possessed child pornography on his cellphone this month pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to 10 felonies.

Walla Walla City Council to consider change in rezoning rules

The proposal would let the city rezone portions of its property without going through the comp plan process.

WALLA WALLA -- A proposal to grant the city greater authority to rezone its public property without comprehensive plan review will be discussed and possibly voted on at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

SUN-RIPENING WHEAT

Sun-ripening wheat matures in a field off Lower Waitsburg Road just before dusk. A cooler, cloudy summer has thwarted the normal hot, sunny June and July days this year and resulted in a wheat harvest delay.

Students dive into science at summer camp

Assumption Catholic School's Super Summer Science Camp opens the world of science to youngsters.

WALLA WALLA -- Jordan Duehn grabbed her dissection scissors, and with the skill and enthusiasm of an older scientist, began to take Coda the carp apart.

What's cookin'? Fresh produce!

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market is taking a hands-on approach to cooking with fresh seasonal produce.

Death Notice - Lois Saranto

Sept. 18, 1921 - July 23, 2011

Death Notice - Debra Basulto

April 22, 1961 - July 26, 2011

Death Notice - Claude Brodhead

July 23, 2011

Death Notice - William Wagoner

March 15, 1947 - July 23, 2011

Monday, July 25

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Ryan W. Dupree, 22, 115 N. C St., Prescott, was charged July 19 with second-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Dupree is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a building with the intent to commit a crime, and wrongfully obtaining or exertin

Stricter rules for obtaining driver's licenses an improvement

But Washington state needs to do better. It is one of just two states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain licenses.

Washington remains one of just two states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain valid, unrestricted driver's licenses.

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Paul Mobley will bring fresh perspective

I am writing in support of Paul Mobley for Walla Walla City Council. Paul is my uncle, so of course I am biased, but I also respect him as a person and know his long-term friendships and family relationships will give him a varied perspective in fair and

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Effect on environment should be considered

Consistent with my belief in sustainable living I make the effort to reduce buying products with too much packaging, reuse and recycle all waste materials generated in and around my home.

Walla Walla Valley farmers working on a fresh twist for garbanzos

Walla Walla Valley farmers are feeding a new market for beans that are most typically encountered dried or canned.

WALLA WALLA -- A group of local farmers is supplying a fresh twist on a traditional crop.

Horse show to benefit regional cancer center patient fund

WALLA WALLA -- The American Wranglers 4-H Club is hosting the Pink Ribbon Classic Benefit Horse Show on Saturday and Sunday.

Walla Walla, College Place councils to hold joint meeting on Myra Road work

WALLA WALLA -- The city councils for College Place and Walla Walla will hold a joint meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the Myra Road project.

Walla Walla County Rural Library board to meet Tuesday

TOUCHET -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Touchet Library, 161 Hansen Road.

Emergency Services - 07/25/11

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

Walla Walla Griz season comes to end in Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — Walla Walla's Griz won the first American Legion A district tournament game, 7-6, against Moses Lake's Sun Devils here Sunday to force a second game.The winner of that game advanced to the state tournament, and despite having the bases loaded

Walla Walla Sweets rally past Klamath Falls, 7-4

Walla Walla scores three ninth-inning runs to take the West Coast League victory Sunday.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — In what has been an up and down summer, the Walla Walla Sweets' rally on Sunday in Klamath Falls could be a turning point. Trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, the Sweets scored the final five runs, including three in the top of the nin

Walla Walla Bruins one district win from state tournament

The Bruins hand the Richland Knights a 6-1 defeat Sunday, and need to defeat the Knights once more tonight to secure a state tourney berth.

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Bruins moved within one victory of the American Legion AA state tournament with a 6-1 win over Richland's Knights here Sunday.The Bruins again face Richland at 5 p.m. tonight at Richland High School, needing one victory over the

On the agenda - College Place Council

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse.

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

Death Notice - Mary Castoldi

May 23, 1915 - July 24, 2011

Death Notice - Ronald Leinbach

May 11, 1916 - July 23, 2011

Death Notice - William Wagoner

March 15, 1947 - July 23, 2011

Death Notice - Virginia Huggins

March 1, 1919 - July 22, 2011

Sunday, July 24

ENGAGEMENT - Johnston-Wunsch

The parents of Lacey Dawn Johnston of Athena and Charles "Chad" Benjamin Wunsch of Madras, Ore., announce their engagement.

ENGAGEMENT - Johnston-Rhodes

The parents of Laura June Johnston and Jacob "Jake" Taylor Rhodes announce their engagement.

ENGAGEMENT - Wilson-Riener

Kendall Jane Wilson and Daniel John Riener, both of Lewiston, along with their parents, announce their engagement.The bride-elect is the daughter of Michael and Karlyn Wilson of Walla Walla. She graduated in 2007 from Walla Walla High School and 2011 from

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Ray and Delores Reynard

Walla Wallans Ray and Delores Reynard celebrated their 50th anniversary July 8 with a special dinner at the Modern Restaurant attended by their children, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and their son-in-law's parents. The Reynards owned a local busines

Washington state could be political battleground in '12

The GOP is looking to make gains in the Evergreen State despite Democrats' dominance in recent years.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee traveled to Washington last week to fire the first shot in what he believes will be a battle for the Evergreen State's electoral votes in the 2012 presidential race.Hmmm, the last time the state supported

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Yes, thoughtful approach is appreciated

I, too, appreciate the thoughtful approach the Walla Walla County commissioners are taking in regard to delaying the decision on the sales tax hike to fund the Department of Human Services with approximately $800,000 a year.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - President praised for challenging opposition

Recently U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers sent a brief survey to her constituents. I could not respond to it because, as usual with her surveys, it offered only responses that don't reflect my opinion.She asked, "Should Congress vote to raise the debt ceiling?"

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Corkrum brings fresh approach

Have you noticed the fresh, clean signs supporting Barlow Corkrum for Port commissioner? The signs are a reflection of all that Barlow represents: openness, transparent meetings with minutes and accountability with a fresh approach to representation of ou

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US can't keep borrowing

When the debt ceiling is raised, the place the politicians will go to borrow the money is the U.S. government bond market.In August, the government is estimated to take in $170 billion in tax receipts and their bills for that month will be $300 billion. J

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Perhaps this is time for new Council members

With election time nearing, it seems city officials have come up with a long overdue means of starting to clean up the Blue Mountain Mall property.But it seems odd there may be a pot of gold somewhere to finance this endeavor. After all, we've cut personn

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We can't continue same tired policies

I find it somewhat amusing how anyone of the working/middle class can still associate themselves with the Republican Party. Since 1979, wages have steadily gone down, tax burdens have steadily raised. And these poor misinformed people still cling to the l

Saturday, July 23

Griz 10-run Shockers in win

Three Griz collect two hits each in the 13-3 tournament win over Hermiston's Shockers.

WALLA WALLA — A trio of Walla Walla Griz collected two hits apiece and pitcher Zach Zehner recorded his seventh win of the summer during a 13-3, loser-out victory over the Hermiston Shockers in single A district baseball action Saturday afternoon at Walla

Pacific All-Stars finish third at state

Walla Walla falls to Bonney Lake/Sumner, 13-7, on Friday.

HENEY — The Walla Walla Pacific 10-11 All-Stars finished third in the Little League State Tournament Friday after losing 13-7 to Bonney Lake/Sumner in a play-in game for the championship.The Pacific boys went out with bats blazing, scoring six runs in the

Bruins move on at AA regional

The Bruins rally and go to eight innings in the win over West Valley.

RICHLAND — The West Valley Bees led throughout an American Legion AA district matchup Saturday.But then came the bottom of the seventh, when Walla Walla's Bruins scored three runs to tie it and one more in the eighth for the 6-5 win.'The kids really clutc

Morgan answers WJGA call as state director

WALLA WALLA — When the Washington Junior Golf Association determined that Walla Walla would be the site of its 35th annual state championship tournament, designating someone locally to serve as tournament director was a piece of cake.Carol Morgan, who has

Washington junior golfers heading to local courses

The addition of Wine Valley makes Walla Walla a prime location for the three-course WJGA tournament.

WALLA WALLA — It takes three conventional-length golf courses to adequately host the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships, which explains why Walla Walla has never served as the tournament site.Because up until a couple of years ago, Wal

Gems end Sweets' nine-game streak

Klamath Falls scores a season-high 10 runs in the 10-7 victory Saturday.

KLAMATH FALLS — The Klamath Falls Gems scored a season-high ten runs and got shutdown relief from Patrick O'Rourke to defeat the Walla Walla Sweets 10-7 on Saturday night at Kiger Stadium.It started off as a slugfest, with the teams combining for 15 runs

City of Walla Walla serves mall owners with lawsuit

Walla Walla Town Center LLC will have those 20 days to respond to the Superior Court filing.

WALLA WALLA - Owners of the obliterated Blue Mountain Mall property were officially served Friday with an abatement suit from the city of Walla Walla, starting a 20-day clock for owners to respond or possibly make way for the city to get access to and cle

Wheat harvest runs behind normal

Cold, wet weather has pushed harvest back about two weeks.

WALLA WALLA - Cold weather makes some things hard to start and the 2011 wheat harvest is no exception.Cool temperatures, along with wet spring weather, has pushed back harvest locally and regionally, but the extra rain may boost yields in some areas.In Wa

Christian Aid Center hopes for remodel

The aging kitchen is desperately in need of updating, agency officials say.

WALLA WALLA - Nothing much matters to Angel Torres other than getting some scrambled eggs and hash browns. Maybe a little oatmeal to top that off.Angel, 5, is eating breakfast with his mom, Petra, and baby sister, Luna Estrella. The trio is sitting at the

‘Friendliest small town' publicity has mayor's phone ringing for interviews

Clark will answer questions on The Gayle King Show on Monday.

WALLA WALLA — Being named America's friendliest small town in Rand McNally's Best of the Road competition “is really getting attention to our city,” said Walla Walla Mayor Barbara Clark. “It isn't just a local

Corps volunteers help tornado victims in Missouri

Corps volunteers help tornado victims in Missouri

WALLA WALLA - Four volunteers from Walla Walla County are helping residents near Joplin, Mo., recover from a recent tornado.The four are all employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District office, said Corps spokesman Stephen Doherty.Car

Grant to help special-needs children in Milton-Freewater, Athena-Weston

PENDLETON - A $2,000 grant from Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston will benefit special-needs children attending schools in Eastern Oregon.The InterMountain Education Service District, which serves the Milton-Freewater and Athena-Weston school districts,

COURT REPORT - Superior Court

Timothy N. Hopwood, 48, 205 Woodland Ave., No. 9, was charged July 8 with seven counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Hopwood is accused of unlawfully delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop on May 5

PANORAMA - A Peacock paints

Many artists struggle with understanding that effective marketing is — at the least — just as important as creating the art itself.Virginia Peacock gets it.At 11:15 a.m. this day, Peacock is intent on untangling and racking up

ETCETERA - Lioness Club's new slate of officers steps up

New officers will fill leadership roles with Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club, starting this month, reported Veva Hepler, secretary.Taking the lead as president is Sandi Conley. She will serve with LaVonne Reser, first vice president; Phyllis Whidden, seco

PASTOR COLUMNS - In running your race, don't drop baton

I watched, with pride, as the announcers spoke about the strength of our country's 2008 women's 4x100 meter relay team. They were the easy favorites to win the Olympic race. Their performance matched the predictions - from the starting gun, they went out

CHURCH BULLETIN

Unity Church of Peace to hear from speaker on vestments

SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Friday, July 22

Donald Richardson

July 31, 1928 - July 5, 2011

Death Notice - David O'Neill

March 12, 1920 - July 22, 2011

Death Notice - Richard Coyle

July 21, 1950 - July 21, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - ID is important when dogs are lost

This is an open letter to people who do not put identification on their dogs.

CP firefighter to burn structure in training exercise

COLLEGE PLACE -- City firefighters will burn a structure at 6 E. Whitman Drive on Sunday as a training exercise. According to Fire Chief John Boose, the burn will start at about 8 a.m. and is planned to be finished by 2 p.m.

Etcetera - 07/22/11

Members of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1961 will have plenty of catching up to do, what with their 50th reunion fast approaching.

New trial date set in assault, burglary

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

No cause yet on bake shop fire

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Investigators have yet to determine the cause of this week's fire at the Decadence bake shop.

Stolen truck parked near police station

COLLEGE PLACE -- Two people were arrested Thursday after allegedly parking a stolen truck next to the city Police Department.

9th US Circuit Court is too large as well as out of touch

The San Francisco-based court should be broken up so the Northwest has its own court.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, at times called the "Nutty Ninth" by those who bristle at its often out-of-touch decisions, has once again made headlines for being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court 78 percent of the time ove

Trial delayed in meth lab case

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Is it OK to steal?

It seems lately that stealing is OK. In fact, it appears to be encouraged since it doesn't seem to be discouraged.

Emergency Services - 07/22/11

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

Sculpture adds to theater's transformation

Air conditioning and improved sight lines are also included as theater prepares its next production.

WALLA WALLA -- For the second act at the Power House Theatre: air conditioning, improved sight lines, a new art installation and continued improvements all around.

Long road home for Eggers

Wa-Hi grad Chad Eggers returns to his hometown as an intern mechanic with motocross syndicate Team Tedder.

WALLA WALLA — How long does it take three guys to drive from Rochester, Minn., to Walla Walla?If they're toting motorcross gear and heading to Mom's home cooking, it's not as long as it might otherwise be.It took Chad Eggers and his fellow motorcross mech

Walla Walla Bruins sweep Pasco

PASCO — The Walla Walla Bruins swept through East Pasco to finish the regular season on Thursday, winning 11-1 and 10-9 in American AA Legion baseball and securing sixth place in the league.The Bruins put East Pasco away 11-1 in five innings in game one,

M-F All-Stars win Junior state softball title

TURNER, Ore. — Milton-Freewater's 14U Junior softball team won the Oregon Junior Softball championship, 4-0, against Forest Grove on Thursday.The win moves them into August's Western Regional Tournament, where they'll open against Hawaii on Aug. 4 in Mara

Walla Walla Parks and Rec taking late signups for Fall Youth Soccer

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is now taking late registrations for Fall Youth Soccer. Registration continues on an as-available basis and is subject to a $10 late fee. Practices begin the week of Aug. 15. Games begin the week of Sept. 5.

Walla Walla Pacific one win from rematch with Mercer Island

Walla Walla's 10-11 All-Stars romp past Chehalis, 15-4, Thursday and face Bonney Lake/Sumner tonight to advance to the title series.

CHENEY — Just one more win.That's all the Pacific Little League 10-11s need at the state tournament to play into the championship round and a rematch with Mercer Island.After a 15-4, four-inning win over Chehalis Thursday, Pacific plays Bonney Lake/Sumner

Hailey Pearce

Sept. 5, 1985 - July 18, 2011

Thursday, July 21

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Attention to details lacking

Who is on duplication watch at the U-B these days.

Statesmanship needed in debt-limit debate

Yet, today's members of Congress seem more interested in partisanship.

What this country needs now is for the members of Congress to act like statesmen rather than politicians.

Door Number Two an eclectic shop of funky fun

What will you find if you walk through Door Number Two on downtown Walla Walla's Colville Street?

Etcetera - 07/21/11

Joe Drazan has put together "Walla Walla, 1866-1920," a new CD from the Kirkman House Museum.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

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 Martin absent Wednesday:

Emergency Services - 07/21/11

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

And the winner is ... Walla Walla!!

Rand McNally's Best of the Road competition today named Walla Walla the friendliest small town.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla was named America's friendliest small town in Rand McNally's Best of the Road competition this morning.

Umatilla County declared disaster due to crop failures

Nearby counties, including Walla Walla, will also qualify for assistance.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- It's official. This year has been a disaster for many local growers.

Broken gas line forces evacuation of area

WALLA WALLA -- Residents of a new housing development south of town were evacuated from their homes for a short time Wednesday afternoon after a two-inch, main gas line was ruptured.

First flood, then fire plague bake shop

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A custom bake shop that's been out of commission three months for flood repair won't reopen Monday as planned because fire damaged the business Wednesday night.

Group releases study on local gang problem

The committee's research suggests more community awareness is needed.

WALLA WALLA -- The battle to curb the local gang problem should be fought on a variety of fronts.

New director of special education named for Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board has named a new director of special education.

Police taser, arrest two truck-theft suspects this morning

COLLEGE PLACE — Two people were arrested Thursday after allegedly parking a stolen truck next to the city Police Department.College Place police Chief Dennis Lepiane said the incident began about 5:20 a.m. when police received a broadcast that a pickup s

Kids dig into summer school

Green Park's program gets students into hand-on situations, such as a visit to compost facilities.

WALLA WALLA -- Weaving between rows of warm, dark earth, a group of Green Park Elementary students were on a mission.

Walla Walla Griz to host Hermiston in district tournament Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz A American Legion baseball team is hosting Hermiston in the first round of the district tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Walla Walla Community College.The Griz are the No. 2 seed into district, while Hermiston is the No.

Pitching paces Walla Walla Sweets past Portland Lobos

A trio of Walla Walla relievers combine for five scoreless innings to close out the 6-2 victory over the Portland club Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Relievers Tyler Billen, Geoff Soja, and Simon Anderson combined to throw five scoreless innings Wednesday night to help lead the Walla Walla Sweets to a 6-2 victory over the Portland Lobos in a West Coast League non-counting baseball contest

Walla Walla trio qualify for WJGA state tourney

Nicholas Atwood, Jessica Huntsman and Emily Baumgart are in next week's state tournament.

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Three Walla Walla golfers qualified for the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships and two others are alternates as the WJGA's District 4 Tournament concluded at Suncadia Resort near here on Tuesday.The state tournament w

Walla Walla Pacific outlasts West Seattle at state tournament

Walla Walla's 10-11 All-Stars overcome four West Seattle homers for the 11-9 win at the state tournament.

CHENEY — An offensive battle greeted Walla Walla Pacific's 10-11 All-Stars in the state tournament Wednesday.But Walla Walla got it done, pulling out an 11-9 victory over West Seattle in the contest, which saw the West Seattleites hit four home runs, incl

Whitman women's soccer players off to England

Missionaries coach Heather Cato is taking 19 players for eight soccer games in England.

WALLA WALLA — The best coaches go the extra mile to get players ready for a new season.In her case, Heather Cato is going about 4,700 extra miles (one way) to get her Whitman College women's soccer team ready for its fall campaign.Cato, on the cusp of her

Lucile Davis Olesen

Sept. 16, 1911 - July 1, 2011

Genevieve Rockey

July 24, 1916 - July 18, 2011

Death Notice - Hailey Pearce

Sept. 5, 1985 - July 18, 2011

Death Notice - Oliver Flaskerud

Aug. 17, 1926 - July 20, 2011

$n$ Students from Walla Walla Suzuki Institute to perform

Students from the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute will perform today at Land Title Plaza, at First Avenue and Main Street, at 12:30 p.m.About 30 children, ranging in age from 5 to 16, will play violins and cellos under the direction of leader Ben Gish until

Wednesday, July 20

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B's pastor column misused for political views

It was a flagrant misuse of the U-B's religion page and pastor column to have allowed Rev. Koonz to publish his totally partisan political views on the national budget debate in that position. His biased and uninformed political statement (is there anythi

Emergency services - 07/20/11

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

On the agenda - COLLEGE PLACE SCHOOL BOARD

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

Walla Walla winemaker to be honored by state hall of fame

Myles Anderson, the Walla Walla winemaker who launched the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will be inducted next month into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will h

Etcetera - 07/20/11

This Saturday, professional dancers Peter de Grasse and Allison Keppel will give a rare, open rehearsal of the piece they will present on July 29 at Walla Walla Summer Dance Festival's premiere.The free sneak peek will be 2 p.m. at Power House Theater, 11

Eliminating tax deduction for charities would be a mistake

The impact on nonprofit organizations, already struggling with the lousy economy, could be devestating.

One of the many ways being considered as part of the plan to eliminate deficit spending and reduce the national debt is to do away with the income tax deduction for charitable contributions.While we accept the reality that new revenue will be needed and s

Do's and Don'ts discussed in Walla Walla council race

WALLA WALLA -- Questions about what the Walla Walla City Council should -- or shouldn't -- be doing dominated the first two-thirds of a candidate forum Tuesday at Whitman College.Six candidates vying for two seats on the Walla Walla City Council aired the

Port candidates square off in Walla Walla forum

Experience and change was touted by the three commission candidates

WALLA WALLA -- With a primary election less than a month away, contenders for a Port of Walla Walla commission seat took the stage Tuesday. Barlow Corkrum, Michael Fredrickson and Richard Monacelli discussed topics ranging from preserving air service to s

Rollover crash of pickup injures driver and passenger

DAYTON - Washington State Patrol reported a single-vehicle rollover in Dayton occurring at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.Driver Eduardo Sosa, 21, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Hwy. 12 when his 2004 Chevrolet pickup left the road and rolled, due to inattention, off

Marijuana grow site busted near Dayton; 2,000 plants yanked

DAYTON -- About 2,000 marijuana plants with a street value estimated at $3 million were pulled Monday from a grow site in the upper Tucannon River drainage. A multi-agency team including the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and the Wa

Late snow means a high-range rescue in the Blues

A trio of Good Samaritans stops to help Don, Darlene and Nora the Schnuazer after their rig is stuck in a snow field on the way to Table Rock.

Propped on both elbows under the pickup, I paused to huff-and-puff. My grip relaxed on the near useless, short-handled shovel.I backed into the sunlight and stood on the slippery, slanted, hard-packed drift.'It's high-centered,” I called ominously to Darl

Lobos double Sweets on hits, runs

The WCL Portland team knocks out 12 hits to Walla Walla's six in the 4-2 victory.

WALLA WALLA — The visiting Portland Lobos doubled the Walla Walla Sweets in the two most important offensive categories Tuesday night during West Coast League baseball action at Borleske Stadium.Hits and runs.Portland outhit the Sweets 12-6 and, more impo

Six Sweets heading to All-Star game as East Region selections

Three Sweets pitchers and three position players will represent Walla Walla on Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Fan choice Brett Watson will join pitchers Ryan Richardson and Tim Culligan and position players Alex Stanford, Elliot Stewart and Andrew Mendenhall for the West Coast League East Division All-Star squad.The six selections are the fourth mos

Walla Walla Pacific drops into consolation round with loss

The third inning is costly as Pacific's 10-11s fall to Mercer Island, 6-4.

CHENEY — Mercer Island came out on top of Walla Walla Pacific in a 10-11 Little League All-Stars state tournament game Tuesday afternoon.Pacific scored first, but ran into trouble in Mercer's five-run third inning, when the District 9 champions put up fiv

Local horsemen compete in Oregon endurance ride

Dean Hoalst and Ernie Schrader competed at Bandit Springs in June.

WALLA WALLA — Local riders Dean Hoalst and Ernie Schrader competed in endurance races at Bandit Springs in the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon June 9 and 10.Hoalst rode in the 80-mile race, with horse Pay Attention. He was riding near the front w

Elsie P. Nelson

June 7, 1914 – July 15, 2011

Ellamae Texley

June 10, 1926 - July 17, 2011

Blanche Palmer

Sept. 16, 1925 - July 5, 2011

Eleanor Lytle

Dec. 27, 1920 - July 8, 2011

Ethel Dahl

May 9, 1918 - July 16, 2011

Death Notice - Harold Lambert

April 25, 1927 - July 19, 2011

Tuesday, July 19

EATING LOCAL - Summer stirs Walla Walla Valley produce passion

Summer is in full swing in the Walla Walla Valley, and with it comes a variety of tasty locally-grown produce. Ever since I was a child growing up in Maple Valley I've looked forward to this time of year, not only for the break from scho

ETCETERA - Walla Walla couple awarded medals for meritorious service

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North celebrated the accomplishments and meritorious service of military service members and civilians, including Barbara and Phillip Benge of Walla Walla. The July 3 award ceremony was at AED

Tourists pour in for wine events

Increasing events at wineries are becoming a bigger boost to the area's total economy.

In one corner, next to a red 1906 Schacht Model K "High Wheeler" automobile, are mannequins adorned in 1940s daywear. A black dress with a terra cotta sash for her; a brown, double-breasted herring bone suit for him.Outside on the patio is a 1928 Chevrole

ROCK DOC - Ag engineering saving labor - and lives - in the orchard

It's one thing to pick a bag of apples from an old tree by the side of a gravel road. It's quite another to spend all day in an orchard trying to earn a living climbing ladders and harvesting box after box of fruit. All agricultural work is both demanding

A DIFFERENT VIEW - No need for eyesight to enjoy local birds

I wake to the song of a robin perched high in the maple tree just outside our bedroom window. Then from high in the locust tree floats out the lovely trill of the meadowlark.While taking my guide dog out for his morning relieving I listen to a myriad of b

DOLLARS AND SENSE - Disciplined plan key to funding retirement

Will I run out of money in retirement?If you can't answer this question, then the answer is yes, you are likely to find yourself unable to fund the retirement you envision. Unless your retirement income is largely pre-established and guaranteed - like def

Walla Walla native dies after a two-vehicle crash

Hailey Pearce, a 2004 Wa-Hi graduate, was a volleyball coach at Eastern Oregon University.

A Walla Walla native died Monday after a two-vehicle crash near Ritzville, Wash., according to the Washington State Patrol. Hailey Pearce, 25, of LaGrande, was heading south on Highway 395, about 24 miles south of Ritzville, at just after 3 p.m., said T

Single-vehicle rollover reported in Dayton

Washington State Patrol is reporting a single-vehicle rollover in Dayton occurring at 10:15 a.m. today.

End of Flu Shot Roundup bad for public health

Yet, the local Health Department had no choice but to end the program. The money to fund it is no longer available.

The current budget crisis facing federal, state and local governments has forced the cancellation of this year's "Flu Shot Roundup" at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. This is more than unfortunate -- it's sickening. Or, at least, it could be sickening to

In the minutes - WAITSBURG CITY COUNCIL

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

Columbia County commissioners to hold special meeting

DAYTON -- The Columbia County commissioners will meet in a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the Fair Board to discuss concerns regarding the Columbia County Fair.

Emergency Services - 07/19/11

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 'Hope and change' now 'bait and switch'

President Obama tells seniors their Social Security checks won't be issued if Congress doesn't vote to raise the debt ceiling. Pay for the military could also be affected.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let Corkrum rebuild Port of Walla Walla

Barlow Corkrum has been a neighbor for many years.

Fight between campers ends in stabbing

A fight among two campers led to a stabbing and an arrest, officials said.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to sale of marijuana

Terry L. Knapp delivered marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has pleaded guilty to selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School last spring.

Performer loses luggage from moving vehicle

WALLA WALLA -- Friends and fans of rock singer Dilana have rallied to help in the search for her lost bag, which fell out of the back of a rented SUV early Sunday morning on the east-bound ramp at Second Avenue and U.S. Highway 12.

Cleanup work to close Mill Creek Dam areas

WALLA WALLA -- Starting this week, some areas around Mill Creek Dam will be closed as workers clear debris from the dam's forebay.

Charges filed in child pornography, rape

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl last summer and possessed child pornography on his cellphone last week has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with 10 felonies.

Fundraiser to help former area man needing liver transplant

Dennis Nostrant owned and operated the Sports Center Tavern in Dayton and lived near Waitsburg.

WAITSBURG -- Accidents by their very nature happen when you least expect them. But for Dennis Nostrant, a long-ago motorcycle crash in Kennewick was especially ill-timed.

Two sides to Walla Walla Bears in split with Packers

Walla Walla ends the opener against Wenatchee early, 15-5, but then stumbles in an 8-2 loss.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears alternated between brilliant and frustrating in a doubleheader against the Apple Valley Packers of Wenatchee Monday nightThe Bears first sent the Packers packing with a 15-5 mercy-rule victory, and then trudged through

Ninth-inning heroics as Walla Walla Sweets sweep Kitsap

Chance Kopacz's walk-off double lifts Walla Walla to a 2-1 victory over the BlueJackets Monday.

WALLA WALLA — It is becoming clear that Walla Walla Sweets right fielder Chance Kopacz thrives when hitting in clutch situations. In the ninth inning on Monday, he scored Zach Wentz from second with a walk-off double to the wall in left, lifting the Walla

Walla Walla Bruins look to ‘flush it and move on'

WALLA WALLA — The Kennewick Dusters swept a doubleheader from the Walla Walla Bruins at Walla Walla Community College's field Monday.The Bruins lost the first game, 8-5, and the second, 20-7.'It was one of those days where you just flush it and move on,”

Fans vote Walla Walla Sweets pitcher Watson into All-Star Game

WALLA WALLA — After three weeks of voting, Walla Walla Sweets fans selected left-handed pitcher Brett Watson to represent the team at the upcoming West Coast League All-Star Game hosted by the Corvallis Knights at Goss Stadium in Corvallis at 7:15 p.m. ne

Death Notice - Elsie Nelson

June 7, 1914 - July 15, 2011

Joanne Schaeffer

Aug. 23, 1922 - July 15, 2011

Death Notice - Genevieve Rockey

July 24, 1916 - July 18, 2011

Monday, July 18

Light bulb debate should be about, well, quality of light

Compact fluorescent bulbs don't all offer the same quality of light as incandescent bulbs.

The Great Light Bulb Debate of 2011 (carried over from 2007) has been framed as a classic liberal vs. conservative battle, yet the sides for and against banning the incandescent light bulb don't necessarily follow party lines.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Whitman Hotel toppling is first of many problems

I have done some homework and here it is.

On the agenda - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - COLUMBIA SCHOOL BOARD

When: 7 tonight. A budget hearing will be held from 7:15-7:45 p.m.Where: Administration board room, 755 Maple St.

Walla Walla School Board to hold work session before meeting

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday before its regular monthly meeting.

Providence St. Mary's new robot needs name

Providence St. Mary Medical Center is celebrating its new step into social networking by inviting the public to help name the hospital's new robot.

Port of Walla Walla, Council candidates to debate

The free event will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Maxey Auditorium.

WALLA WALLA -- A debate featuring candidates in the upcoming primary election will be held Tuesday at Whitman College.

Wynns judged best team in 'Best of the Road'

Winning communities in each of the contest's categories will be named Thursday.

WALLA WALLA -- The Wynns have won.The road warrior couple who recently visited Walla Walla in a cross-country journey to find America's friendliest town has been named the winning team in Rand McNally and USA Today's "Best of the Road" competition.

Emergency Services - 07/18/11

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

Carvers take leap away from frogs

The Logs to Frogs event was almost devoid of the amphibians.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Seventh Annual Logs to Frogs chain saw carving competition drew close to 200 spectators to the closing auction on Sunday.

Walla Walla Sweets score early in win over Kitsap

Walla Walla plates two first-inning runs, and three more in the third, in the 6-2 win over the BlueJackets.

WALLA WALLA — Having two runners on base in the early innings is nothing new for the Walla Walla Sweets. Scoring them is. They did on Sunday as Kevin Williams tripled home two in the first and Scott Gottschling cleared the bases with a triple in the third

Walla Walla Pacific 10-11s remain undefeated at state

Walla Walla overcomes Glenwood's seven-run third inning to reach the semifinals with the 12-9 victory.

CHENEY, Wash. — Walla Walla Pacific emerged as one of four remaining undefeated teams here Sunday at the Washington Little League 10-11 state baseball tournament.The Walla Wallans overcame a seven-run pratfall in the third inning in which they committed t

Death Notice - Rufus Tyler

June 25, 1923 - July 17, 2011

Death Notice - Joanne Schaeffer

Aug. 23, 1922 - July 15, 2011

Barbara Fine

Dec. 24, 1931 - July 13, 2011

Carmen Buff

Oct. 13, 1926 - July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 17

Walla Walla Sweets' Richardson outduels Kitsap

Ryan Richardson outduels Kitsap's Richie Mascheri as Walla Walla hands the BlueJackets the 3-1 West Coast League defeat.

WALLA WALLA — Baseball fans who appreciate pitching would have loved the opening act of a three-game West Coast League baseball series between the Walla Walla Sweets and Kitsap BlueJackets Saturday night at Borleske Stadium.

Area AAU basketball team misses out on trip to nationals

WALLA WALLA — Ray Steele has been coaching AAU youth basketball teams on and off for better than three decades.For a variety of reasons, he readily admits, not the least of which is what he views as exposure to college coaches that many players might othe

Walla Walla Pacific 10-11 All-Stars shell Riverview, 13-3

Pacific now faces Glenwood at noon today in the next round of the double-elimination state tournament.

CHENEY — The Walla Walla Pacific 10-11 All-Stars shelled the boys of Riverview Saturday in the opening round of the Little League state tournament, winning by a lopsided score of 13-3.The win advances Pacific to the next round of the double-elimination to

Baldeck tops boys 15-17s at Banner Bank Invitational

Clarkson's Michael Baldeck shoots a 4-under 68 Friday, while Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart takes the girls 12-14 division.

WALLA WALLA — On a hot, windless day when four players broke par and a fifth matched even par-72, Clarkston's Michael Baldeck came out on top during the final round of the 19th annual Banner Bank Junior Invitational golf tournament that finished up Friday

Lighting a fire

Walla Walla's Reid Reininger earns a bronze medal in patterns at the 2011 International Taekwon-Do Championships last month, and sets his sights on a second-degree black belt.

WALLA WALLA — A block, a punch, a kick.Those three actions, plus another 41 moves performed sequentially with precise, crisp action, were enough to put a local Taekwon-Do martial artist on the podium at the 2011 International Taekwon-Do Championships in B

Quick start paces Walla Walla Pacific 9-10s in win over Capital

The Walla Walla squad sends eight batters to the plate and scores twice to open the game, and takes the 10-8 victory to play at 9 a.m. this morning.

REDMOND — The Walla Walla Pacific 9-10 All-Star Little League team won a squeaker Saturday morning, besting Capital from the Olympia area 10-8. With the win, Pacific advances to the second round of the State tournament today at 9 a.m.Walla Walla started

Saturday, July 16

Dentistry With A Heart Day fills need

Thirty uninsured adults received free treatment.

WALLA WALLA — By 7:45 a.m. Friday, a dozen people had lined up in front of Walla Walla Dental Care, 2014 S. Howard St., in hopes of getting a tooth pulled, a cavity filled or just an end to pain — and all for free.“Dentistry Wi

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.

Unity Church of Peace to listen to the Rev. Robert Kaye on July 24

WALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will host the Rev. Robert Kaye at 10 a.m. July 24. He will speak on "Ritual - Why We Don Our Gay Apparel - History and Symbolism of Christian Vestments."

Chuck wagon cooks sink teeth into competition

Not only does the food have to be tasty, but the chuck wagon has to be authentic.

DAYTON — In their own way, you could say contestants of the first chuck wagon cook-off in these parts could be considered stubborn as mules.(Though there were many mule owners at Mule Mania who were quick to point out that mules aren&rsquo

Lack of money kills Flu Shot Round-up

The three-day clinic was a convenient way for residents to get the shots and to train local health-care providers.

WALLA WALLA — The lassos are being put away, at least for this upcoming flu season.For the past six years, the Walla Walla County Public Health Department has facilitated mass flu- and pneumonia-vaccination clinics — “Flu Shot

Mules, not riders, set pace at competition

Mule owners consider the animals' temperament more a matter of intelligence than stubbornness.

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 9.5px Imperial BT;">DAYTON — More than 100 mules and their owners took part in a variety of competitions and demonstration Thursday through Saturday at the fir

WWGH to present fresh look, renewed commitment

It will be the first major building upgrade since the facility was constructed in 1978.

WALLA WALLA — This is the year for significant change, said Monty Knittel, president and chief executive officer of Walla Walla General Hospital. And on Wednesday, action will be put to the words in a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m

Festival focuses on better not bigger

The Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival will continue today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — It's been four years since the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival moved downtown, and every one of those years has seen some type of reconfiguration as the coordinators for the 27-year-old event adapt to their still relatively n

Reaping a late season of raspberries

MILTON-FREEWATER -So far this year, it's been an odd spring and summer, as the raspberries can attest.The cool, wet spring has delayed harvests throughout the Walla Walla Valley, and many varieties of berries have been no exception.

WW man cited for local-, state-level contributions

Featured presenters at the Washington Asset Building Coalition meeting June 21-22 in the Yakima Convention Center included Noah Leavitt and Stephanie Silver, both of the Walla Walla area.

Nation's debt a significant justice issue

The Ten Commandments tell us not to steal. There are not many religions or worldviews that honor stealing. But the incredible greed and mismanagement of our generation is stealing much from our children and grandchildren, as well as endangering our own economic well-being.

CHURCH BULLETIN

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CELEBRATIONS

Jackson-Whitehead

Brenda Jackson of South Bend, Ind., and Bruce Whitehead of Syracuse, Ind., wed June 18, 2011, at Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, Walla Walla. The groom's father, the Rev. Larry Whitehead, officiated.

SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Governor appoints Fredrickson to state transportation task force

The group will develop a 10-year investing and funding plan to present to the Legislature.

WALLA WALLA — Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson has been appointed to serve on a statewide task force navigating investments and funding for the state's transportation system.Fredrickson is one of 27 people appointed

ON THE AGENDA

Columbia County

Commissioners wise to delay decison on sales tax hike

The specifics of the plan to fund psychiatric and substance abuse care must be considered, along with the county's finances.

Local government is hurting for cash and so, too, are the citizens it serves.

OUR READERS' OPINIONS

Aviary still needs support

Report released on incident involving former deputy

The Columbia County Sheriff said the report would have resulted in a suspension for Mark Franklin.

DAYTON — Six months after an incident involving four Waitsburg residents and an off-duty Columbia County Sheriff's deputy, results of an investigation conducted by an Asotin County deputy were made available last week.The Union-Bulle

Friday, July 15

Beverly Fouts

Aug. 29, 1929 - May 3, 2011

Craig Downing

Oct. 3, 1957 - July 13, 2011

In the minutes - WAITBURG SCHOOL BOARD

With Greg Zuger absent Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - WESTON CITY COUNCIL

With all present Wednesday the Council:

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Kyle L. Zenk, 16, 320 West St. Waitsburg, was sentenced July 1 on one count each first degree criminal trespass and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Make voice heard on redrawing of political boundaries

Walla Walla County could find itself in a different congressional district and in a legislative district that doesn't include the Tri-Cities.

The political landscape could literally be changing for Walla Walla as the Washington State Redistricting Commission prepares to draw new lines for the state's congressional and legislative districts.

Precautions can keep you safe while exercising in summer sun

It is finally summer in Walla Walla, and we are seeing an increase in the number of people exercising outside. Whether you are working in your garden, playing basketball, running, cycling or just playing with your kids it is important to know how to accom

Etcetera - 07/15/11

Presentations on bullying that JJ Harrison put on for Camp Fire USA children had a huge impact, said Kaitlin Kirk, communications coordinator with Camp Fire.

Sunscreens important to protect your skin

Sunlight causes premature aging of the skin, immunosuppression and skin cancer. There is a direct relationship between the amount of ultraviolet radiation that reaches the skin during our lifetime and the number and extent of some skin cancers.

Mental evaluation delays trial

WALLA WALLA -- A local woman scheduled to stand trial this week for allegedly stabbing a man outside her residence in April will instead undergo a mental evaluation to determine her competency and sanity.

New cupcake shop opens on First Avenue

A new cake and cupcake shop is the frosting on First Avenue.

Vouchers to help homeless veterans

WALLA WALLA -- Homeless veterans in Walla Walla got an extra boost of housing this week when U.S. Senator Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced 25 housing vouchers wort

'All clear' given to swimming in Bennington Lake

The latest tests show the bacteria has dropped to safe levels.

WALLA WALLA -- It's safe to go back in the water.

CP man arrested in child rape

Anyone who may know of victims is being asked to contact the police.

WALLA WALLA -- Police arrested a 21-year-old College Place man for alleged rape of a child and possessing pictures of nude children.

Emergency Services - 07/15/11

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

Second bomb reported in Weston

WESTON -- Police are investigating a second bomb-related case in the same neighborhood within the last two weeks.

Baumgart in pursuit of leaders at Banner Bank Invitational

Ryan Baumgart is one stroke back of the leaders after the first round of the Banner Bank Invitational Junior tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Eric Ansett of Spokane and Jeff Marcum of West Richland matched 1-under-par 71s Thursday at the Walla Walla Country Club to share the first-round lead in the 19th annual Banner Bank Invitational Junior golf tournament.Ansett and Marcum were

Bellingham Bells don't waste time in shutout of Walla Walla Sweets

Bellingham takes a little more than two hours to hand Walla Walla the 3-0 defeat.

WALLA WALLA — What took more than three hours to do on Wednesday, the Bellingham Bells did in just over two hours on Thursday, shutting out the Walla Walla Sweets 3-0 at Borleske Stadium.The Bells received outstanding pitching from their starter Andrew Pu

Walla Walla Bruins play Hanford Flames to twin bill split

Walla Walla wins the Junior Legion opener, 8-5, before Hanford scores six eighth-inning runs in the nightcap for the 12-10 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Sean Hollenbeck had three hits and Luke Reardon contributed a two-run, fifth-inning double as the Walla Walla Bruins built a pair of five-run leads and held on for an 8-5 victory over the Hanford Flames in the opening game of a Central Washi

Walla Walla Parks and Rec offers summer golf lessons next week

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is offering golf lessons at Veterans Memorial Golf Course this summer.Lessons for ages 16 and over will be from 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Cost is $50.Lessons for ages 8-17 years will be from 5-5:4

Ila Beckwith

Feb. 16, 1917 - July 11, 2011

Thursday, July 14

Safe to swim in Bennington Lake

Advisory against swimming in Bennington Lake has been lifted after tests for bacteria showed the results well below levels regarded as harmful.

WALLA WALLA - It's safe to go back in the water.An advisory against swimming in Bennington Lake has been lifted after tests for bacteria showed the results well below levels regarded as harmful.

Memoir of man's last days becomes story of commitment, love

"August Farewell: The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-Three-Year Romance," David G. Hallman, 180 pages, paperback, $16.95, amazon.com.

David G. Hallman initially intended to capture the final 16 days with his life's companion in a memoir before his memories became hazy.

Willow holds reception Saturday

The exhibit "media works: year 4" continues at Willow, 2 E. Rose St., with new pieces by Ian Boyden, Anne Bullock, Anne Hysell, Frank Janzen, Colleen Sargen and Leslie Williams Cain.

California winemakers overdosed on old oak

There is no doubt that I have developed a Northwest palate over the years. On a recent road trip through Sonoma and Napa, I came to an interesting conclusion. Just as my preferences have been shaped by Washington and Oregon wines, California winemakers ha

Library hosts weapons, armor demonstration

Visitors will have an opportunity to hold medieval weapons and wear armor. The Knights of Veritas will conduct the program.

Bands to perform free concerts in the Pioneer Park Bandstand

The Kirkman House Museum has partnered with the city of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation to host a series of summer concerts at the Pioneer Park Bandstand. The Table of Contents, playing Inland Northwest pop rock, will play at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Rotary Salmon Bake to be held at the fairgrounds

The salmon will be smoked over an alder wood fire.

Shakespeare Walla Walla to present three plays

Shakespeare Walla Walla opens its fourth summer season in Walla Walla in a festival format.

Horse whisperer to visit Dayton

DAYTON -- Dayton's Liberty Theater is bringing "Buck," an award-winning documentary, to its screen later this month. A special screening with an appearance July 28 by horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, the film's subject.

Eat solar-baked cookies at Whitman Mission

The 75th anniversary celebration continues at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, this weekend.

Annual Kids' Fishing Day is Sunday

The annual Kid's Fishing Day at Jubilee Lake will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday. The event is free and open to youths 14 years old and younger.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Scenic Area is not all roses

"Something Stinks in the Gorge" was the headline across the 10-by-20 foot billboard located two miles west of The Dalles alongside I-84 and visible from the eastbound lane.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - DAYTON CITY COUNCIL

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

Trial postponed again in home invasions

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man charged with two home invasions in College Place last spring has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Emergency Services - 07/14/11

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

Etcetera - 07/14/11

Four Gonzaga University students from this area participated in graduation exercises during commencement May 8 in Spokane's Veterans' Memorial Arena.

Man sentenced in theft, assault to time served

Matthew E. Poarch's attorney said the victim allegedly owed Poarch money.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who pleaded guilty last week to beating up an acquaintance and stealing items from him in early May was sentenced Wednesday to the time he had already served in the County Jail.

M-F to be abuzz with chain-saw artists

The annual Logs to Frogs competition will be held this weekend.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- You can have too many wooden frogs, it would seem.

Big issue, small crowd for redistricting forum

The commission's major task will be to create a new congressional district.

WALLA WALLA -- A big issue drew a relatively small crowd Wednesday night to Walla Walla Community College.

Kennewick Bandits pull out split with Walla Walla Bruins

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins' Central Washington Junior American Legion AA twin bill against the Kennewick Bandits started out well enough at the Walla Walla Community College field Tuesday.The Bruins handed the Bandits an opening 13-3 defeat in s

Timely hits elude Walla Walla Sweets in loss to Bells

Walla Walla gets 13 hits, but leaves 13 runners on base in the 5-2 loss to Bellingham.

WALLA WALLA — It often is not how many hits you get, but when you get them that counts.The Walla Walla Sweets pounded out 13 hits here Wednesday in West Coast League baseball action, but couldn't get the clutch hit in the right spot, and Bellingham came a

Death Notice - Craig Downing

Oct. 3, 1957 - July 13, 2011

Death Notice - Barbara Fine

Oct. 3, 1957 - July 13, 2011

Wednesday, July 13

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla has grand amount of talent

Where do those wonderful dancers and singers and acrobats hang out during the winter when they're not performing in Hairspray or one of the great musicals that Walla Walla gives birth to every summer? And the producers and the directors and the musicians

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tour of bomber tour was worthwhile

I took the tour of the restored B-25 bomber, "Maid in The Shade." I felt it was worthwhile.

PEA-PICKIN' WORK

Heat shimmers off a pea field on Foster Road, rippling a worker and the irrigation pipes atop his shoulder as he moves to lay the plumbing for a sprinkling of water late Tuesday afternoon.

Mules a passion for handlers at Dayton event

DAYTON -- Mules and their owners are gathering in Dayton this week for Mule Mania, a mule and donkey show, riding and driving competition and chuck wagon cook-off.

Action to clean up mall mess is welcome

The piles of debris and shells of buildings on the old Blue Mountain Mall property are a source of embarrassment.

City officials, like just about everybody else living in the Walla Walla Valley, have had enough when it comes to the rubble that was once the Blue Mountain Mall.

Walla Walla child-sex abuser gets long prison sentence

Carl Bell, 32, could be ordered to serve up to a life sentence.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man who pleaded guilty to five child-sex crimes that occurred last summer was sentenced Tuesday to more than two decades in prison.

Local meat processor wins national award

A Walla Walla meat processor's bacon won the hearts of the judges last month during the American Cured Meat Championships.

Emergency Services - 07/13/11

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

In the minutes - POMEROY CITY COUNCIL

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

Walla Walla family hopeful for new heart, renewed life

Dan Needham is waiting in Seattle for the possibility of getting a new heart.

WALLA WALLA -- Dan Needham has spent his adult life working with those who farm this land.

Death Notice - Eva Ayers

July 18, 1932 - July 12, 2011

Death Notice - Michael Anthony

Sept. 24, 1948 - July 11, 2011

William Crutcher

1930 - 2011

Buchan: Today reminds us why we love sports

WALLA WALLA — What if every day was like today?Major League Baseball stadiums all across the country sit empty during the final day of the mid-season All-Star break.The National Football League's first preseason games are still nearly a month away, and th

Tuesday, July 12

Man tries to escape from work crew, is found and arrested

After running from authorities near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Rose Street Tuesday afternoon, an orange-clad work crew member is arrested by an unidentified officer and Walla Walla Police Officer Dan Lackey (yellow) behind Walla Walla Farmer's Co-Op.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Community acts missing from park

I always enjoy Fourth of July in the Park, but this year several acts I enjoy were missing. Steppin' Country, City Clicker Cloggers and New Horizons are dance groups that have performed for our community for years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US not founded as Christian nation

Wishful thinking, not historical evidence, best describes statements made in a recent letter to the editor.

Medicare loophole must be plugged ASAP

The nation's nursing homes were able to collect $2.1 billion despite a change in the rules aimed at cutting costs.

When taxpayers are getting ripped off, whether it's $100 or $100 billion, officials have an obligation to put an end to it and recover the cash.

On the agenda - ATHENA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

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

On the agenda - WESTON CITY COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (following planning public hearing)Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main St.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

On the agenda - WAITSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Dubious silver lining in burnt orange car

For the first time in our lives, we own a car that is not silver. Now I'm not complaining about a line of used, drab, yawningly prosaic vehicles, because I am grateful for the ability to drive 30 miles on an errand as opposed to walking it.

A LITTLE LIBRARY - Visual storybooks key in child's library

A recent drive through the Columbia Gorge persuaded my husband and me that summer had finally arrived.I couldn't be happier. I have always felt a childlike delight in the coming of summer -- I can't help but think of days at the beach or lazy afternoons i

LEGAL BRIEFING - Sniff wine for flavor, not high

Dear John,I heard somewhere that it is illegal to sniff wine. It sounded too strange to be true, but I thought I would ask. If it is illegal, is this only for people below the legal drinking age?

ETCETERA - Wa-Hi alum named new manager of Las Vegas super mall

Walla Wallans Jim and Shirley Irwin's son Gerald "Jerry" Irwin received a congratulatory letter from Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.The U.S. Senate majority leader wrote to Jerry, who has been named senior general manager of the Fashion Show Mall by General Gr

THE WEEKLY - Living well and going strong, even at 94

Dr. Donald Smith delights in the magnificent iris he grows in his College Place garden. Quite like the retired orthopedic surgeon himself, the plants are colorful, very hardy and endure the years well. At 94, Smith, born 1916 in Canada, has spent much of

THE WEEKLY - Local history: It's a living thing

Volunteer actors breathe new life into the Valley's past.

To Paul Franzmann, history is not so much a timeline of major events as it is a compilation of people's hopes, dreams, fears and the day-to-day adventure of living."What is interesting about history is the people, the stories," said Franzmann, Fort Walla

In the minutes - College Place

With all present Monday, the Council voted as follows:

In the minutes - Walla Walla county

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

Emergency Services - 07/12/11

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

Two arrested in weekend altercation

WALLA WALLA -- Two Walla Walla men were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drawing a gun and knife in a fight, officials said.

Bennington Lake remains closed to swimming

WALLA WALLA -- Warnings against swimming in Bennington Lake remained posted today as officials continued testing for bacterial contamination.

Action delayed on tax increase for mental health services

Commissioners agreed to vote on the proposal in October.

WALLA WALLA -- The fate of a proposed sales tax hike to boost mental health services won't be known until October, Walla Walla County commissioners decided Monday.

Redistricting Commission to hold public forum

The state will gain another seat in Congress, requiring the formation of a 10th Congressional District.

WALLA WALLA -- A commission laying the groundwork to redraw the state's legislative districts will be in town Wednesday.

Girl puts 'aid' in lemonade' benefit

A Walla Walla girl diagnosed last spring with juvenile arthritis is using her entrepreneurial spirit to raise funds for the cause.

Trial set for teen charged with role in robbery

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla teenager pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to criminal charges related to the reported robbery of a man in Eastgate several weeks ago.

City of Walla Walla: Clean it up the mall or we will

A judge is being asked to grant a warrant to allow the city to enter and clean up the Blue Mountain Mall property.

WALLA WALLA -- The city of Walla Walla is asking a Superior Court judge for a warrant to enter and clean up the decimated Blue Mountain Mall property.

Death Notice - Eleanor Lytle

July 8, 2011

Death Notice - Carmen Buff

Oct. 13, 1926 - July 11, 2011

Jared Joy

Sept. 9, 1975 - July 4, 2011

Donald Lehmann

Dec. 25, 1924 - March 27, 2011

A neighborhood Ryder Cup rivalry

An event based on the Ryder Cup is won by Dayton/Columbia County over Waitsburg/Walla Walla County over the weekend.

DAYTON — The first Touchet Valley Ryder Cup Golf competition, hosted and organized by the Touchet Valley Men's Club, was held over the weekend at Touchet Valley Golf Course, with Dayton/Columbia County defeating Waitsburg/Walla Walla County, 27.5-23.5.The

Sweets' streak ended by Applesox

Walla Walla's four-game win streak is snapped by Wenatchee, 4-2, Monday night.

WENATCHEE — Ending their road trip where it began, the Walla Walla Sweets had their four-game win streak snapped by the Wenatchee Applesox, 4-2, at Paul Thomas Sr. Field Monday night.Trailing 1-0 entering their first at-bat, the Applesox went on to score

Annual Kiwanis Klassic Saturday at M-F Municipal

MILTON-FREEWATER — The 15th annual Kiwanis Klassic tees off with an 8:30 shotgun start Saturday morning at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.The two-person scramble has men's and mixed flights and is $25 per person plus greens fees. It includes a

Bruins sweep Walleyes

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Bruins swept a pair from the Moses Lake Walleyes Monday, taking 5-4 and 10-7 victories.The wins improve the Bruins to 25-11 overall and 11-5 in AA American Legion play.Luke Flippo hit a bases-loaded, RBI single in the fifth in

Sirmon, Angels96 win ASA state title

SELAH, Wash. — Walla Walla softball player Madelyn Sirmon racked up three RBI on four hits as the WA Angels96 won the ASA state championship with a 13-10 victory in 11 innings over WA Patriots96 here Sunday.Sirmon doubled in the fifth inning, and singled

Monday, July 11

Walla Walla man Tasered, arrested at scene of fight

WALLA WALLA — Two Walla Walla men were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drawing a gun and knife in a fight, officials said.

COOL PIPES

A Highland bagpiper pipes in cool shade beneath trees Saturday morning at the Caledonian Games in Athena while the surrounding fields heat up with sunshine and color.

DASH TO THE TOP

A series of yellow lane dividers mark the "dash" to the top of a hill for a lone bicyclist out for a nice weather ride on Foster Road.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Are we living as Christians?

Most Americans claim to be Christians but are we living as Christians?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - An opportunity to be friendly

We don't need visitors from out of town to decide whether or not Walla Walla is the friendliest place on the map.

On the agenda - DAYTON CITY COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy City Council

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

On the agenda - Starbuck City Council

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

On the agenda - ATHENA-WESTON SCHOOL BOARD

When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: Athena Elementary School, 375 S. Fifth St.

Emergency Services - 07/11/11

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

Long-term debt reduction critical to nation's future

A pending crisis has forced Congress to address the issue. Leaders must raise the debt ceiling and hammer out a plan to reduce the debt.

The out-of-control national debt -- now at $14.4 trillion -- is a very serious problem fueled by decades of the federal government spending much more than it takes in.

Fight leads to man's arrest for assault

COLLEGE PLACE -- One person was being held for felony assault today following an altercation at a residence Saturday.

Law enforcement to crack down on speeders

Law enforcement will be out on roads in Walla Walla, Asotin and Garfield counties for speeding patrols between Friday and Aug. 7.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Frank Jones and Judy Woodworth.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Katherine E. Hall, 39, 211 W. Morton St., was charged July 1 with unlawful issuance of bank checks. Hall is accused of making, drawing, uttering or delivering checks to Pizza Hut between Sept. 10, 2006, and Jan. 25, 2009, knowing at the time she didn't ha

Autopsy shows man died of ruptured spleen

The report determined Procoro Flores, 45, showed no signs of defensive or offensive wounds.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man found dead next to Garrison Creek died of a ruptured spleen, Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said today.

Lightning damages emergency dispatch communications

A new system will have to be purchased. The cost is expected to more than wipe out the agency's reserves.

WALLA WALLA -- WESCOM, the organization in charge of managing emergency dispatch communications throughout the county, will most likely see its entire reserves of $187,000 used up and still need an additional $75,000 because of lightning strikes at two co

Fate of a proposed sales tax hike to be decided in October

The money from the tax hike would fund at least two psychiatric nurse practitioners and one substance abuse specialist at the county level.

WALLA WALLA — The fate of a proposed sales tax hike to boost mental health services won't be known until October, Walla Walla County commissioners decided today.Commissioners voted to postpone action on the matter until their first meeting in October and

Housing complex to have affinity for retiree lifestyles

WALLA WALLA -- A more than $10 million residential development targeted to the 55-and-older crowd is under construction along State Route 125 and may be ready for move-in as early as December, operators say.

Autopsy shows Walla Walla man found near creek died of ruptured spleen

The report determined Procoro Flores, 45, showed no signs of defensive or offensive wounds.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man found dead next to Garrison Creek died of a ruptured spleen, Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said today. Procoro Flores of North 11th Avenue died on the bank of the creek Saturday, near the batting cages at Ga

Etcetera - 07/11/11

Through a rigorous selection process, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2011 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors in Ashland, Ore., invited a Walla Walla student to participate Aug. 1-13.

Pride Baseball powers past Walla Walla Bears for Invite title

Donnie Santos smacks two three-run home runs in Pride's 14-2 win over the Bears in the Sweet Invitational title game.

WALLA WALLA — Donnie Santos blasted a pair of three-run home runs to help power Pride Baseball to a 14-2 victory over the Walla Walla Bears in the championship game of the Walla Walla Sweet Invitational baseball tournament Sunday afternoon.The lopsided tr

Walla Walla Sweets win fourth straight

BREMERTON, Wash. — Powered by the middle of their lineup, the Walla Walla Sweets overcame three errors and nine walks to earn their fourth consecutive victory and sweep the Kitsap BlueJackets, 10-5, on Sunday at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Special Event Ce

Walla Walla Griz win Tri-City Badger Invite

RICHLAND — Walla Walla beat Benton City for the second time in as many days here Sunday at Liberty Christian High School, this time for the championship of the Tri-City Badger Invitational Junior American Legion baseball tournament.The Griz prevailed 4-2

Milton-Freewater All-Stars open state softball tourney with wins

GRESHAM, Ore. — The Milton-Freewater All-Star Little League 11-12 softball team opened state tournament play with two victories here Saturday and Sunday.Milton-Freewater shut out Brookings Harbor, 7-0, on Saturday behind the pitching of Mallory Copeland,

HOOPSTARS camp set at Dietrich Dome

WALLA WALLA — The HOOPSTARS Basketball Camp is coming to Walla Walla Community College's Dietrich Dome July 25-28.Girls in grades kindergarten through 6 meet from 9 a.m.–noon.Girls in grades 7-12 meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Walla Walla YMCA slates youth sports camps

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla YMCA is having youth sports camps in July.Rookie Basketball Camp for ages 4-5 began this morning and runs 9-9:45 a.m. through Friday. Cost is $32 for YMCA members, $45 for non-members.

Baumgarts second at WSJG tournaments

WALLA WALLA — Local golfers Ryan and Emily Baumgart had second-place finishes at Washington State Junior Golf tournaments recently.

Walla Walla Bruins nipped by Chehalis, 8-7, in tourney title game

LEWISTON — Despite a 2-1 record through the first three days of play at the Clancy Ellis Junior American Legion baseball tournament, the Walla Walla Bruins earned a berth in Sunday's championship game here at Harris Field based on fewest runs allowed.But

Andrea A. Sanchez-Gonzalez

November 10, 1944 – June 22, 2011

Helen Blaylock

July 17, 1943 - June 25, 2011

Death Notice - Procoro Flores

April 9, 1966 - July 9, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Howard

Aug. 12, 1919 - July 9, 2011

Death Notice - William Crutcher

May 25, 1930 - July 9, 2011

Margaret Hall

Aug. 19, 1914 - July 7, 2011

Richard Garver

Nov. 19, 1930 - July 7, 2011

June Summers

June 23, 1923 - July 3, 2011

On the agenda - College Place Council

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Harold and Bonnie Raugust

Walla Wallans Harold and Bonnie Raugust celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Denver with their daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons.The couple met at a house party in Milton-Freewater. and married June 20, 1951, at the home of Bonnie's parent

Sunday, July 10

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Socialism still a dirty word

From a reader's opinion titled "Socialism is not a dirty word," the author suggests that socialism is what builds highways and parks. The author is going to enjoy the National Scenic Trail and to get there he is going to use the U.S. highway system, and s

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Character measured by private acts

A recent letter lamenting the mania for scrutinizing the private lives of politicians to obtain political dirt made a valid point. But the author lost me when he implied that the "continuous marital infidelities" of JFK and MLK Jr. were acceptable because

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Hypocritical media and phony Christians

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released and his money and his potency and the unintelligence of his accuser have produced an inabrogable "reasonable doubt." He'll be exonerated, and his accuser forgiven because she is female.The hypocritical American med

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support for WWII aircraft appreciated

I would like to acknowledge the community of Walla Walla for hosting the CAF Arizona Wing's B-25 recently.The local support of visitors to our WWII aircraft was gratifying. Our commemorative Air Force crews supporting the B-25 were amazed at the response

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tax system must be equitable

There are several items that should influence our thoughts regarding the federal deficit.First, about 50 percent of the public pays no federal income taxes.Second, about 10 percent of the population pays approximately 75 percent of the income taxes. And f

Sweets win series with Kitsap

Walla Walla gets a 5-1 win Friday and 4-1 victory Saturday in its second series win of the summer.

BREMERTON — It took half the season, but the Walla Walla Sweets finally have their first winning streak of the summer.Trent Allianic gave up a run on six hits over eight innings and Scott Gottschling broke a 1-1 tie with two-run home run in the fifth to l

Fight for first awaits Bears at Sweet Invite

The Walla Walla Bears top Toyota Baseball, 3-2, to win a berth to the championship game today.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears earned a berth in the championship game of the annual Walla Walla Sweet Invitational baseball tournament after posting a 3-2 win over Toyota Baseball Saturday night at Borleske Stadium.Walla Walla will oppose Pride Base

Griz into today's championship

The Grizzlies outscore their opponents 31-8 in the first three games.

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Grizzlies advanced to the championship game in the Tri-City Badgers tournament Saturday after cruising through the opening rounds with a combined score of 31-8 in their first three games.The Griz opened play Friday night against

Saturday, July 9

Summer school helps Walla Walla kids catch up

The classes are the latest in a series of interventions to halt and reverse regression in student academic performance.

WALLA WALLA - The simple gesture of moving two room dividers at Blue Ridge Elementary - to create one vast open space from three classrooms - stirred nostalgic memories for Linda Boggs and Leah Cruddup.Boggs, assistant superintendent for Walla Walla Publi

Body found in creek near Garrison Middle School

WALLA WALLA - A body was discovered in Garrison Creek at the 1000 block of Ninth Avenue near the west border of Garrison Middle School.According to the Rosita's Restaurant employee who called 9-1-1, a small group of excited people came into the restaurant

E. coli closes Bennington Lake to swimming

Signs have been put up to warn people not to swim in or drink the water.

WALLA WALLA - Health officials are warning not to swim in Bennington Lake after moderately high E. coli samples were discovered there Thursday.Officials with the Walla Walla District of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put up signs around the lake on Thursday

Weapons played role in Scottish history, culture

Hidden knives were considered as traditional as kilts and bagpipes.

ATHENA - Scotsmen, with their kilts, bagpipes, drums, cabers and numerous patterns of family tartans, were a big part of the local Caledonian Games on Saturday.The Athena Caledonian Games usually draws thousands of local and regional visitors, who come to

Walla Walla commissioners to discuss mental health tax

WALLA WALLA - A proposed sales tax increase to aid mental health services in Walla Walla County will be back up for discussion Monday.County commissioners are scheduled to resume talks on the topic at their meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the county

Walla Walla County Health Department asks residents to participate in survey

Walla Walla County Health Department is asking for the public's assistance in planning for improving the health of the Walla Walla Valley.Beginning Monday, an online survey will be available on the Walla Walla County Public Health Department website. The

Weather chokes off cherry production

MILTON-FREEWATER (AP) - Production is down by about 60 percent for cherry growers in the Milton-Freewater area after an early winter and cold spring.The East Oregonian reports the worst hit trees were those older than 30 years or younger than 4 years old.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 07/10/11

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 crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media.

COURT REPORT - 07/10/11

ROAD CLOSURE - 07/10/11

Starting Tuesday through July 22, Boyer Avenue will be closed from Park Street to Otis Street. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the road will be closed overnight. The other days the road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This road will be closed due to

Pioneer Middle School principal leaves district

WALLA WALLA - Pioneer Middle School Principal Dana Jones is leaving the district after accepting a position in Longview, Wash.Jones is the new executive director of leadership and learning for the Longview School District. She has served as principal of P

Set adrift abroad

Other than Hawaii, Alaska's Inland Passage and a week in the Caribbean, my experiences as a world traveler were practically nil.Discounting those island stops at St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Kitts, several pleasant trips to British Colum

ETCETERA - With his last crop in, farmer, 85, celebrates retirement

It's not often one hears tell about someone who's worked for 75 years, let alone at the same occupation.Native Walla Wallan Ramon L. Walters is finally hanging up his tools of the trade. His family will honor the farmer for three-fourths of a century grow

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus is the key to unlock your destiny

Have you ever received those letters advertising a big car sale by featuring a car giveaway? You know, the ads that have a car key stuck to the big slick ad? It says, "Must have key to win." To be honest, I‘ve never taken one of those keys to the car lot

CHURCH BULLETIN - 07/10/11

Pioneer United Methodist welcomes new pastor today

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Gladden-Wheeler

John and Mary Stanciu of College Place announce the engagement of daughter Katie Rose Gladden to David Gordon Wheeler of Sandpoint, Idaho. His parents are William and Sherri Wheeler of Sandpoint.

SENIOR CENTER MENUS - 07/10/11

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities 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 programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. The annual center membership fee, $12 per person, includes a subscription to it. Spanish is spoken at the Center. Adult day care is provided at the Adult Day Center 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information call Mike Johnson at 527-0771.

Slashing state film incentives was good call

Washington is not in a financial position to outbid other states or countries to attract Hollywood filmmakers.

As state lawmakers looked for ways to trim about $5 billion in real and proposed spending, just about everything was on the chopping block - including the fun stuff.

High E. coli levels found at Bennington Lake

WALLA WALLA — Health officials are warning not to swim in BenningtonLake after moderately high E. coli samples were discovered thereThursday.

Friday, July 8

State still needs to keep lid on hiring

But letting the agencies hire within their budgets makes more sense than an across-the-board freeze.

It was clear from the start of the Great Recession that state government needed to reduce spending. Tax collections were not meeting projections and the red ink was rising.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Keep kids busy to keep them safe

Although it's only midsummer, it's already time to begin thinking of after-school activities for youths in our community. According to the Afterschool Alliance (afterschoolalliance.org), between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on school days are the peak hours for teen

The benefits of purple grape juice

Some 20 years ago it was noted that the French had a lower incidence of coronary heart disease in spite of eating a diet relatively rich in saturated fats.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cutting kids out of lavender market stinks

I was recently told my granddaughters could no longer sell their lavender at the Farmers' Market unless they had "business liability insurance with the WWVFMA listed as 'additionally' insured on the policy."

STAR Project director to speak at Miton-Freewater Democrats meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Glenna Awbrey, project director for the STAR Project will the guest speaker at the July meeting of the Milton-Freewater Democrats.

Weston Police Department lands $27,000 grant

WESTON -- The Weston Police Department will get a $27,000 grant to pay for equipment ranging from a speed display trailer to a padded combat training suit.

Pre-registration deadline nears for Palliative Care Forum

WALLA WALLA -- The second annual Palliative Care Forum will be at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center, beginning July 18 with a reception in Bldg. 78, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Emergency Services - 07/08/11

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

Former Walla Walla woman alleges priest sexually abused her

The abuse allegedly took place over two years in Walla Walla in the 1960s.

SPOKANE -- A woman who grew up in Walla Walla has filed a lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane for alleged sex abuse she suffered by a priest at church and boarding school during her youth.

Council race drops to three candidates

WALLA WALLA -- What was a four-way race for City Council is now down to three candidates running for the seat currently held by Dominick Elia.

Judges for 'Friendliest Small Town' size up Walla Walla

The winning city will be featured in USA Today's Travel page and in Rand McNally's 2013 Road Atlas.

WALLA WALLA -- A six-city tour to find the friendliest small town in America draws near to an end, but not before Jason and Nikki Wynn spend today taking in some of the best that Walla Walla has to offer.

College Place man battles rare 'Valley Fever'

The fungus changes when it infects a person and cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A College Place man is seriously ill with what is thought to be the area's lone case of coccidiodiomyosis, more commonly known as "Valley Fever."

Murder trial delayed until September

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a Walla Walla man accused of killing a rival gang member and shooting at others in a confrontation several weeks ago is now set to be held in September.

Candidate's withdrawal moves CP School Board election to November

COLLEGE PLACE -- One of three candidates vying for the same seat on the College Place School Board has withdrawn her candidacy, moving the election out of a primary vote.

Michael James Gisi

Sept. 17, 1920 - July 4, 2011

Death Notice - Margaret Hall

Aug. 19, 1914 - July 7, 2011

Death Notice - Linda Deaver

Oct. 18, 1912 - July 7, 2011

Bears open own tourney with five-inning victory

Jake Campeau gives up just three hits in the 11-0 victory over the Jerome Cyclones Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Jake Campeau tossed a three-hitter and struck out six Thursday night to lead the Walla Walla Bears to an 11-0 victory over the Jerome Cyclones in the opening session of the Walla Walla Sweet Invitational baseball tournament.Campeau's gem at

Sweets find success with 3-0 win

Brett Watson throws eight shutout innings for Walla Walla in the win over Bellingham.

ELLINGHAM — Brett Watson gave the Walla Walla Sweets exactly what they needed on Thursday night.The left-hander gave up six hits over eight shutout innings and the Sweets scraped together three runs in a 3-0 victory over the Bellingham Bells at Joe Martin

Pacific 10-11s win state Little League spot

Asotin County's 11-12s defeat Walla Walla Pacific to clinch the third ticket.

WALLA WALLA — District Five completed its state tournament slate in Thursday district championship Little League baseball action here at the Valley complex.In the 11-12 All Star district title battle, Asotin County completed its march through the loser's

Thursday, July 7

Woman who grew up in Walla Walla alleges sexual abuse by priest

The abuse allegedly took place over two years in Walla Walla in the 1960s.

SPOKANE -- A woman who grew up in Walla Walla has filed a lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane for alleged sex abuse she suffered by a priest at church and boarding school during her youth.The 57-year-old woman, identified in the suit as A.D.

Outdoor burn bans in effect today due to weather

WALLA WALLA — Outdoor burn bans are in effect today due to hot, dry weather.Umatilla County authorities have banned burning in all areas not covered by a fire district. The ban will continue through Sunday.All agriculture and outdoor burning in Walla Wall

Medicare must consider cost of treatment

As medical costs soar, fewer people have access to treatment as the funds are not available. Difficult decisions on what is affordable have to be made.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Local acts missing at Fourth of July in the Park

The entertainment at the Fourth of July in the Park was definitely not what we have enjoyed in past years.

Preparedness Fair to help people deal with disasters

Families face a number of disasters, man-made and natural, and preparedness is the key to success, said Marcia Akes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milton-Freewater.

Etcetera - 07/07/11

There is a tiny catch to this event, but it's well worth the donation for Masterpiece fans of "Downton Abbey," which will be offered for a second season this winter.

Account set up for fire victim

WALLA WALLA -- A bank account has been set up for donations to aid a man injured in a house fire Sunday.

Walla Walla man arrested in drug raid

WALLA WALLA -- A local man was arrested today during an early morning drug raid at his apartment.

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 07/07/11

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

Ex-inmate's suit moved to federal court

WALLA WALLA -- A civil lawsuit filed by a former Washington State Penitentiary inmate who was brutally assaulted by another prisoner at the institution will be adjudicated in federal court in Spokane.

New coupon site offers local deals

WallaWallaDeals.com also has apps for the Droid and iPhone.

WALLA WALLA -- Businesses hunting for customers and customers hunting for bargains now have a new place to meet.

Pacific Power coaches 'wattsmart' energy use

Turn off lights; turn on the savings.

Sweets just can't score in loss to Bells

Walla Walla manages just four hits in the 2-0 loss to Bellingham.

BELLINGHAM — You can't win when you don't score, and scoring has been a problem for the Walla Walla Sweets this summer.It was the problem again on Wednesday, as they collected just four hits and were shut out 2-0 by the Bellingham Bells at Joe Martin Fiel

Pacific 9-10s nab state berth to state Little League All-Stars

Pacific's 11-12s face Asotin County today in the third game for a berth to Vancouver.

WALLA WALLA — One state ticket was punched in District Five Little League action at the Valley Complex Wednesday.In 9-10 All-Star play, Walla Walla Pacific had to work overtime, but it defeated Asotin County 20-9 in seven innings to earn a ticket to the 9

Death Notice - Donald Richardson

July 5, 2011

Death Notice - Richard Garver

Nov. 19, 1930 - July 7, 2011

Death Notice - Timothy Miller

Aug. 4, 1956 - July 6, 2011

James Harry Clayton (Harry)

October 18, 1930 - July 1, 2011

Joe Bush

Oct. 19, 1950 – June 27, 2011

Ardis Borgers

Jan. 14, 1927 - June 24, 2011

Wednesday, July 6

Walla Walla fire victim improves

WALLA WALLA -- A man injured in a house fire Sunday has been upgraded to serious condition today.Zachary Collins, 23, remained in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he had been taken following the fire at 216 N. Park St.Collins

BEE-YOOTIFUL

Curled around the stamen of a flower, a green in color sweat bee collects pollen from blooming flowers as rising, more summer-like temperatures bring sweat throughout the Walla Walla Valley in a variety of ways.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Declaration of Independence a good reminder

I appreciate the U-B for so faithfully putting the Declaration of Independence in the paper on the Fourth of July.

Parents, not government, must monitor video games

Even if the high court struck down a ban on video games as unconstitutional, we believe that parental oversight is best approach.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Leaders must recognize US enemies

Recently, while in Budapest, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that U.S. officials "intend to build contacts with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood." Clinton's boss, Barack Obama, has made it clear that the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood i

Charge dropped against driver in Walla Walla robbery case

WALLA WALLA -- Officials have dismissed a criminal charge against a local teenager who was accused of being involved in a robbery of the Zip Zone Conoco in February.

Etcetera - 07/06/11

There's a new "kid" in town preparing to debut with a show July 29. The curtain raise on the first Walla Walla Summer Dance Festival at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.

Northwest Grain Growers gives $100K to charities, colleges

With another good financial year behind them, Northwest Grain Growers, Inc.'s board of directors recently voted to donate $100,000 of the cooperative's non-member profits to Walla Walla Valley charities and to colleges that help work with the farming comm

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla county

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

Lifestyle Eye Center envisions grand opening Thursday

A new eye center specializing in laser eye surgery will be the focus of a celebration Thursday.

Emergency Services - 07/06/11

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

Bothell tops Griz in Fourth of July tourney

SPOKANE — If turnabout is fair play, Prep Sportswear of Bothell exercised its option in the championship game of the University Titans Fourth of July Junior American Legion baseball tournament on Monday.The Bothell team pushed across the tying run in the

Two state tourneys and two second-place finishes for Xplosion ‘00 10U softball team

The Xplosion finished their season with the ASA state tournament last weekend.

WALLA WALLA — Softball in the Walla Walla Valley is still pitching strong, even as prep play takes a summer rest.The Walla Walla Xplosion ‘00 10U girls fastpitch team finished second at both state tournaments it participated in, including the 16-team Amat

Spending a day in Dona's shoes

WWCC golfer Dona Dunovant won the NWAACC title for the second year in a row — but golf isn't all this busy mom, student and actress is made of.

So you think you're busy?Try hustling around in Dona Dunovant's shoes for a day.That's shoes as in plural pairs.There's the shiny black work boots with the reinforced steel toes that offer some protection just in case she loses her grip on a 50-pound suit

Davis: A trip to Tollgate includes a visit with regional prep athletes

More than 100 high school athletes participate in a summer cross country camp at Tollgate hosted by Wa-Hi.

As a rule, four-footed critter tracks indent the dusty back roads in the Tollgate area: squirrels and deer, a scattering of opossums, raccoons, skunks and turkeys.The occasional cluster of elk. The rare black bear.And so on.During the fourth annual Tollga

Sweets outhit but can't outscore Bellingham Bells in loss

Walla Walla puts together 11 knocks in the 4-1 loss.

BELLINGHAM — Eleven hits is usually enough to win a ballgame, but when those 11 hits only equal one run it's a little tougher.That was the Walla Walla Sweets on Tuesday night. Walla Walla collected 11 hits but left 11 men on base and never recovered from

Busy week for hole-in-ones at M-F course

MILTON-FREEWATER — Three hole-in-ones were recorded last week at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.The first came June 29, when Ben Currin hit an ace on the 186-yard par 3 sixth hole. Currin used a 3-iron and it was his second hole in one in 17 y

Six Little League All-Stars survive another day

Final berths to the state tournament will be determined today and Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — It was win or go home in Little League District Five baseball tournament action here Tuesday.Asotin County kept its state hopes alive in 11-12 All-Star play. Asotin exploded for 13 hits and ended Touchet Valley's tourney run with a 17-2 win.

Anthony Ray Apodaca

March 16, 1957 – July 1, 2011

Lorna K. Johnson

December 30, 1939 ~ July 2, 2011

Erik Roy Lamb

Sept.26, 1967 - June 20, 2011

Barbara Folkenberg

Jan. 11, 1917 - July 1, 2011

James Harry Clayton (Harry)

October 18, 1930 - July 1, 2011

Death Notice - Jerolyn Bishop

July 4, 2011

Death Notice - Blanche Palmer

Sept. 16, 1925 - July 5, 2011

Tuesday, July 5

WAY OUT HERE - Hug my trees, hug my family

Well, here goes -- my first column for the Walla Walla Valley Weekly. I'm excited to have the opportunity to not only have a voice in the community, but also to get feedback from other folks in the area.I live way out here in the west county, near Ice Har

HOME PLACE - Mom revs up Dad's car passion with urn

So there was a little discussion at my house on the night before Christmas.My oldest daughters and I were hanging the stockings with care (including their own), knowing that Mom Nicholas would have to be there. In four hours or so.This was a special holid

ROCK DOC - Cow disease immunity might have gene links

You and I have our challenges and some real worries, too. There are bills to pay and doctors to visit, to say nothing of mulling over those strange sounds coming from the rear of the car.But I confess I thought the life of a cow was rather placid. Eating

THE WEEKLY - Audio and ebooks in new wave of library offerings

Vacation travelers and people on the go have even more reason nowadays to bring their reading along with them or squeeze it in during free time.The Walla Walla Public Library now offers free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from the Washington Anytime L

THE WEEKLY - Walla Walla library launches adult summer reading prorgram

Fifteen years ago I was in charge of starting a winter reading program in Walla Walla for adults called "Booked for Winter." It had a painfully embarrassing start as my expectations for attendance far exceeded the reality.I remember reserving the Walla Wa

THE WEEKLY - No rest for RSVP volunteers

The local volunteer agency is raising awareness amid funding cutbacks.

Walla Walla's RSVP, like many community assistance programs nationwide, is feeling an economic pinch.But it continues to count on its legions of volunteers with varied expertise and affiliated organizations to meet the needs of people in the community, an

Umatilla windmill rules strike right balance

It was critical to preserve the view of the Blue Mountains, protect the environment and still give property owners some flexibility.

Generating energy with wind is ultimately a good thing. But that doesn't mean the giant windmills that generate power should be plopped anywhere there is a breeze.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Swimming provided fond memories

Patricia Yenney's Perspective page article (The city needs a pool, July 3) was a pleasant surprise. Particularly the photo of "the Nat" (Smith Natatorium) and its signature "toadstool" covered with kids.

Notorious offender returns to College Place

Convicted rapist lived in Western Washington after his release from community custody

COLLEGE PLACE -- One of the state's most notorious sex offenders has returned to the city.

Walla Walla man critical after Sunday house fire

WALLA WALLA -- A man was in critical condition today following a house fire Sunday morning.

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

Emergency Services - 07/05/11

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

Bird-killing critter prowling Walla Walla aviary

A raccoon is the prime suspect in the fowl killings at Pioneer Park's aviary.

WALLA WALLA — A ruthless, masked intruder has made life at the Pioneer Park Aviary questionable for some of the residents there, to say the least.It all began at the start of April, said Jim Dumont, director of Parks and Recreation Department for the City

New spot for chilly treats aims to be hot ticket

A new self-serve frozen yogurt shop should add some chill to a hot July.

Darrell O. Mock

April 21, 1921 - July 1, 2011

Death Notice - Lorna Johnson

Dec. 30, 1939 - July 2, 2011

Death Notice - James Clayton

Oct. 18, 1930 - July 1, 2011

Death Notice - Michael Gisi

Sept. 17, 1920 - July 4, 2011

Death Notice - June Summers

June 23, 1923 - July 3, 2011

Walla Walla wins a Sweet stunner over AppleSox

The Sweets top division-leading Wenatchee, 5-4, with two runs in the ninth.

WENATCHEE — The Walla Walla Sweets know what it feels like to be the team that gives up a one-run lead in the ninth. Now they know what it feels like to be the team that takes it.Walla Walla scored two runs in the top of the ninth to erase a 4-3 deficit a

Monday, July 4

On the agenda - Columbia County

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

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater SCHOOL BOARD

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

On the agenda - WALLA WALLA COUNTY

When: Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and recesses at noon. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m.. Wednesday workshop begins at 9 a.m.

Emergency services - 07/04/11

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

Jobless benefits increase

The Fourth of July will start with a slight bang for those receiving unemployment benefits. It's the first day of a new increase initiated by the state Employment Security Department.Starting today the minimum weekly unemployment benefit will go up $3 to

SCIENCE MATTERS - 'Theory' has specific meaning

It's no wonder the public is confused and often misled about the use of the word "theory" in science. Its meaning to the scientific community is significantly different from its colloquial usage.I recently witnessed this disparity while watching a detecti

Two injured in Walla Walla house fire

WALLA WALLA -- A house fire Sunday injured two people, the Walla Walla Fire Department reported today.The blaze in the two-story structure at 214 N. Park St. was reported at 6:45 a.m., said Capt. Todd Stubblefield. A man and a woman who escaped out a seco

Benton City man hurt as vehicle hits embankment near Prescott

PRESCOTT -- One person was injured Friday in a single-vehicle accident on State Route 124.According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred at 3:20 p.m. on the highway about three miles east of Prescott.A westbound vehicle driven by John A.

June weather wedded to wet, cold

The predictions are for July to get summer on track with hot and dry days.

WALLA WALLA -- June was a cool month, and we're not talking jazz. In fact, if you thought summer had taken a vacation, the National Weather Service might agree.Overall, June's daytime highs clocked in more than 5 degrees below normal (5.6 degrees if you w

Bruins win Firecracker

The Bruins have a 14-hit offensive onslaught in the 14-1 tourney championship win over the Boise Senators.

BOISE — Walla Walla backed Will Parnicky's steady pitching performance with a 14-hit offensive onslaught and the Bruins pounded out a 14-1 victory over the Boise Senators in the championship game of the Boise Firecracker Junior American Legion baseball to

Sweets can't hold lead in 13-inning loss to Wenatchee

The AppleSox pick up the 3-1 win in 13 innings.

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Applesox erased a 1-0 deficit with a single run in the ninth and Pat Valaika ended the game with a bases-loaded walk-off single down the right field line in the bottom of the 13th, pushing the Applesox past the Walla Walla Sweets

Bears place third at Yak tourney

YAKIMA - The Walla Walla Bears took third place in the Yakima Beetle Firecracker Tournament, posting a 6-1 win over Bellevue Honda on Sunday.Ryan James went the distance for the Bears, allowing only four hits over seven innings, and Jake Campeau and Conne

Buchan: Foolish pride dampens Atlantic crossing

WALLA WALLA — No question about it, foolish pride can be problematic.I found that out — again — not so long ago when my wife Margaret and I took an Atlantic Ocean cruise in which we sailed from the sultry shores of South Florida to the ancient city of Rom

Big comebacks at Little League tourney

Three local teams picked up wins Sunday to survive for Tuesday's round.

WALLA WALLA — Comebacks were the order of the day at the 2011 11-12 All-Star state tournament in second-round District Five Little League baseball action at Walla Walla Valley's fields.Walla Walla Pacific overcame a 7-5 Touchet Valley lead in the top of t

Sunday, July 3

ON THE AGENDA - Party politics is the problem

Recent submissions by Mr. Tsujimura and Mr. Singleton fall into the same line of reasoning that has been the impetus of my submissions. Once again, the case is made that if you aren't of the GOP/Tea Party way of thinking you are wrong no matter the subjec

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - In court of public opinion, adorable octopus is art

I'm old enough to remember a less "sue happy" era when everything was not rushed to a vague legal conclusion so someone could feel vindicated by the judgment. Back then, a businessman who showed innovation that drew attention that was unique to his busine

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The rights of freedom

I agree with the Austrian prime minister but we need to take it one step further. Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia Law should get out of America.We were founded as a Christian nation and you do not have the right to change what we have. We sp

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It's time to legalize marijuana in Washington

I disagree with the editorial about legalizing marijuana.If the reason for the legalization is that prohibition has failed, why continue with it?Frankly, I detect a bias in your editorial. You repeatedly refer to marijuana as "pot" and the phrase "hitting

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - News value of photo questioned

Are you serious? I cannot believe that a photographer took a picture of two people sitting on the trunk of a car. Front page newsworthy? Not even back page newsworthy.I'm talking about the June 9 front-page picture. Are you that desperate or just lazy. Th

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Change needed on Walla Walla City Council

We have fine citizens who make up our City Council. With well-meaning intentions they have served for many years, trying to do best for the people of Walla Walla.For the past few years, however, these public servants seem to have lost track of what the wi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Both hospitals strive to eliminate infections

I read with interest your article on Providence St. Mary Medical Center's efforts to reduce its hospital-associated infection rates. I commend it for doing so and wish it every success.It is not the only hospital in Walla Walla striving to lower or elimin

Saturday, July 2

Sweets pick up win Friday over Cowlitz

Walla Walla opens with a four-run first in the 7-1 victory.

WALLA WALLA — So close for so long, the Walla Walla Sweets took their first step towards coming together on Friday night, scoring four runs on four hits in the first, collecting five extra-base hits and defeating the Cowlitz Black Bears 7-1 at Borleske St

Second dooms Sweets vs. Black Bears

Although Borleske is sold out, the Sweets fall, 90, after a seven-run second inning.

WALLA WALLA — A seven-run second inning was all the Cowlitz Black Bears and starter Jeff Gold needed on Saturday night as they cruised past the Walla Walla Sweets 9-0 at a sold-out Borleske Stadium.The sellout was the first in franchise history and the 2,

Bruins hit way into today's championship

Walla Walla goes 3-1 Saturday to play for the tourney crown today.

BOISE — The Walla Walla Bruins went 3-1 on Saturday in the Boise Firecracker Tournament to win a place in this afternoon's championship game.The Bruins lost their opener to the Boise Gems, 8-1, but went on the sweep the Twin Falls Cowboys, 8-5, the Boise

Pitching dominates at District 5 Little League

The tournament continues today at the Walla Walla Valley Little League fields.

WALLA WALLA — Pitching dominated in opening round action of the District Five 11-12 Little League baseball tournament here at the Valley Complex.Isaiah Standard and Dexter Aichele combined to stop Asotin County on two hits. Walla Walla Pacific advanced to

Walla Walla Historic Auto Club remembers good, old days

Walla Walla Historic Auto Club is hosting its regional tour this weekend.About every three years the club holds a regional tour in Walla Walla, alternating locations each year with the Lewiston Crankers historic auto club and several auto clubs in the Spo

Fourth of July

The following is schedule for this year's Fourth of July in Pioneer Park from 10-6 p.m.:

Oregon bomb squad investigates report of explosion in Weston

WESTON - A police call for a fight ended with the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad called in to investigate several possible explosive devices.According to the Weston Police Department, on Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m. officers were called to the 200 block

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Thefts, Burglaries

Mercury rising

It was a case of Mercury rising - trying at least - on Thursday morning as Al Harper walked his two dogs under gray clouds in the east across the Blue Mountains while the shiney orb of the planet Mercury (foreground right) reflected a contrasting mix of clearing skies and open blue moving in with warmer temperatures from the west. The mercury in thermometers continues to climb toward summer highs even though the planet artpiece, a part of the line of sun and planets along the Fort Walla Walla Planet Walk near the amphitheater, remains frozen in its journey by a metal support.

Couple to determine if Walla Walla is ‘Friendliest Town' in US

Officials will hit social networks like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word of their arrival.

WALLA WALLA - It will start with a "hello."When you're in the running for the title "Friendliest Town" in America, you must begin your first impression with a proper greeting.That's what local officials intend to do when Jason and Nikki Wynn pull into Wal

Yum, yum, eat 'em up

Ralph Van Deurs competes Friday in The Burger Hut's first "Blair Burger Challenge" in Milton-Freewater. Participants had 15 minutes to eat three Blair burgers - a triple burger with cheese, ham and bacon, sauce and salad - and a pound of french fries. Those who succeeded got their $15 entry fee back, a T-shirt and a picture on the Main Street eatery's Wall of Fame. Van Deurs finished the first burger in 1 minute, 30 seconds. The second burger was gone after three minutes, 30 seconds. He finished the final burger after nine minutes, 10 seconds. The last of the french fries were gone at 13 minutes, 47 seconds. The event was inspired by the television show "Man Vs. Food," where host Adam Richman travels the country tackling food challenges in cities across America.

Program can help insulate older homes at low cost

The Sustainable Living Center has qualified 175 homes for the insulation retrofit program.

WALLA WALLA - Old-home owners who want to insulate to new-home standards might qualify for 90 percent of the work to be covered by rebates and other incentives.The Sustainable Living Center, Cascade Natural Gas and Pacific Power are all offering incentive

Mule Mania to stampede into Dayton

The event will coincide with the Dayton Alumni Weekend.

DAYTON - Area mule enthusiasts are teaming up with Coyote Mule Company, Columbia REA and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce to bring a new event to Dayton on July 14-17.Mule Mania will coincide with the Dayton Alumni Weekend, and mules will join alu

Red Cross to hold blood drive

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive July 12, 1-6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St.Any healthy person age 16 (age 16-17 with signed parental consent) or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blo

Port of Walla Walla cancels July 14 meeting

The Port of Walla Walla's meeting originally scheduled for July 14 has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.The three-member commission will meet July 28 with a 1 p.m. session at the Port office, 310 A St.

ETCETERA - Nothing blue about Blue Genes Family Reunion

I don't imagine too many clans have such fun with their family surname as folks sharing lineage in Jim Irwin's family tree. After all, when they get together, they bill gatherings as Blue Genes reunions.

May we trust God, love, respect America

As July Fourth is upon us, it is hard not to have a sense of patriotism and to feel good about our country. Even in tough times, even in the midst of political debate, one thing that we can all rally around is that we are Americans.

CHURCH BULLETIN - 07/03/11

Unity Church of Peace to hear Martie Quistberg today

SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Ghosts of the Civil War at Fort Walla Walla Museum

This weekend, Walla Wallans are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July, gathering with family and friends to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

COMMENTARY - The city needs a pool

Ever hear of Graybill's or the Natatorium? These are just a few of the swimming pools Walla Walla kids used to enjoy.

Special to the Union-BulletinAny day now it will be hot enough to go swimming. My favorite summer sport. But where will I go? Russell Creek dries up about the same time the thermometer reminds me that gettin' down and rollin' around in that wonderful cool

Slashing state tourism funds is shortsighted

Every state is competing for visitors and tourism dollars. Washington must promote itself, too.

Tourism continues to play a significant role in the Walla Walla Valley's economy.

Friday, July 1

Hugh Marion Coy

August 7, 1923 – June 25, 2011

Nancy Kay Cross

March 16, 1944 – June 27, 2011

Roberta Winchell

Oct. 31, 1936 - June 29, 2011

Return home isn't so Sweet in loss

Walla Walla falls to Cowlitz, 3-1, to lose nine of the last 10.

WALLA WALLA — The opener of a three-game West Coast League baseball series between the Walla Walla Sweets and Cowlitz Black Bears provided an interesting contrast on Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.A pair of teams headed in opposite directions.The Swee

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Citizens needs to be well informed

The recent articles, letters and opinions about the 9-1-1 call center and library funding illustrate that good background on issues is often lacking. This must be addressed by the Walla Walla City Council and the U-B.

Teen addiction ranked No. 1 public health woe

According to a study released this week by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 90 percent of American alcoholics and drug addicts began their habits before age 21, making adolescent substance abuse the biggest U.S. public health problem,

Trilogy House gets final touches before opening doors to recovering teen addicts

It looks like an ordinary house, seated on a modest lot on Poplar Street in Walla Walla. At seven decades old, it's more than earned the worn shingles and peeling facade.

Bruins open Firecracker with win

The team tops the Boise Capitals 4-1, and plays two more games today.

BOISE, Idaho — Moe Handcox pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Taylor Lemke backed him with a four-hit effort at the plate as the Walla Walla Bruins opened play in the annual Boise Firecracker Junior American Legion baseball tournament here Thursday

State workers should have accepted $10,000 reward

While it's admirable and selfless to turn down the cash, those who work hard and are innovative earn the extra pay.

The six state employees who turned down a reward of $10,000 each for saving taxpayers nearly $6 million showed uncommon character and a selfless approach to their work.

Etcetera - 07/01/11

Ach, aye, lads and lassies, all ye with Scottish ancestry or a love of all things Celtic from music, dancing and singing to the caber toss, stone put and Highland cattle and Clydesdale horses: you may wish to attend a couple of upcoming events.

Officials offer reminders on forest safety for the Fourth

A key tip: Fireworks are prohibited in the Umatilla National Forest

With the Fourth fast approaching, many are making plans to spend their holiday weekend recreating on the Umatilla National Forest, so officials are offering tips and information to help keep the weekend safe and enjoyable:

Emergency Services - 07/01/11

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jeremy Wayne Reavis, 31, 2815 E. Melrose St, No. 27, was sentenced June 20 on one count third-degree assault of a child.

Fireworks take a stand in area, open for sales

Firework sales are officially on blastoff.

Study points to dietary influence on Alzheimer's risk

First the bad news. When I began preparing to write this article I Googled dementia.

Take steps to keep shin splints at bay

A throbbing or aching in the front of the lower leg is usually called shin splints. Shin splints are also known as MTSS or medial tibial stress syndrome.

Member sought for state Board of Health

The member will represent 'consumers of health care.'

The state Board of Health is looking for a new member to represent "consumers of health care."

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.Where: City Hall Conference Room, 114 E. Main St.What: Executive Session

Joseph Bush

Oct. 19, 1950 - June 27, 2011