Firework sales are officially on blastoff.
Starting today, vendors set up throughout the Walla Walla Valley can open their windows for fireworks sales.
Regulations for legal fireworks vary from city to city and county to county across the Valley. But in general, most places have kicked off their sales.
Eight stands are operating in Walla Walla County, including three in Burbank, two at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds property, one in the parking lot at Tumac Machinery, one at the New York Store, and one at Stateline and State Route 125. Others are peppered throughout the city and Milton-Freewater.
Fireworks can only be legally discharged in the city of Walla Walla from 9 a.m. July 4 to 12 a.m. July 5. Fireworks designed to produce loud noises or shoot up more than 20 feet or out more than 15 feet are prohibited. Those include: sky rockets, missile-type rockets; firecrackers or salutes and jumping jacks. Non-aerial common fireworks allowed are ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices and snakes designed to remain on or near the ground.
In Walla Walla County fireworks can be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 1-3 and on July 4 starting at 9 a.m. and running until 12 a.m. July 5.
The city of College Place also allows the discharge of fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 1-3 and on July 4 starting at 9 a.m. and running until 12 a.m. July 5. Fireworks can resume at 9 a.m. July 5 through 11 that night.
Candidates for public office will have a chance to sound off in a debate later this month.
The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the event July 19 in Maxey Auditorium on the Whitman College campus. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is a free opportunity for the public to learn more about the candidates.
Those expected to be in attendance include Port of Walla Walla Commission District 2 incumbent Mike Fredrickson and challengers Rich Monacelli and Barlow Corkrum; Walla Walla City Council Position 4 incumbent Jerry Cummins and challengers Dick Swenson and Jim Hackett; and Walla Walla City Council Position 7 incumbent Dominick Elia and challengers Paul Mobley and Mary Lou Jenkins.
Those are the three positions that will be part of the primary election in August. Other contested races have only two candidates and will be automatically advance to the November general election.
In an announcement today, Chamber officials said they believe the elections will have an impact on the organization's public policy efforts. Anyone with questions or interested in submitting questions for use at the debate can contact Damien Sinnott, the Chamber's vice president of public policy and business development, at 525-0850 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8321.