Stories for March 2011


Thursday, March 31

Marquee:The art of braiding rawhide

Tim George's creation are a durable testament of time and craftsmanship.

After five years of peering through a magnifying glass to examine the illustrations in a 1962 American Quarter Horse Journal, Tim George finally hung up his magnifying glass and closed the photos of Luis Ortega's artistic rawhide designs.

Mysteries enjoyed far away and long ago, too

It takes a bit of research to find mysteries by foreign authors that have been translated into English. Although the setting may be Japan, China, Russia, or Brazil, the book is often written by an American or British author.

New at the 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.

Power restored in Plaza Way neighborhood

A crane knocked out power for about 1,100 customers this morning.

WALLA WALLA -- Power has reportedly been restored to about 1,100 homes and businesses in the Plaza Way neighborhood after a nearly hourlong failure that started late this morning, officials said.

Colter to be portrayed at Fort WW Museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents the first Living History performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Museum's Grand Hall.


Surrounded by shades of grey on a dreary day, a woman in bright orange stands out against the backdrop of the foothills of the Blue Mountains while running along the edge of Cottonwood Road Tuesday morning in the rain.

Good project equals good product

Curious wine shoppers may be noticing a proliferation of wine "projects'' -- not made by actual wineries -- whose bottles are filling retail shelves and restaurant wine lists.

Idalee Hutson-Fish and former student Nate Freeman have teamed up to craft the choreography for the dance production.

Whitman College's dance production of the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" will present the classic tale through contemporary as well as classical styles.

Parks and Rec, WWCC to host soccer academy

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation and Walla Walla Community College soccer program are teaming up to offer a spring soccer academy. The Warrior Soccer Academy is set to begin the week of April 18 at Walla Walla Community College. The Academy'

Pendleton Mustangers to begin Sunday events

PENDLETON -- The Pendleton Mustangers Riding Club annual spring series of playdays has begun and will be at 10 a.m. Sundays in April.

Troopers to toughen up on motorists in emergency zones

Officers on Friday will start ticketing scofflaws around parked emergency vehicles.

Drivers who don't slow down or move for emergency vehicles on the side of the highway could find themselves pulled over and facing a fine of their own starting Friday.

Emergency Services - 03/31/11

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jennifer and Donigar Watkins.Linda and Kenneth Beckmann.Michael and Peggy Colson.Dana Rosenbach Jones and Mark Thomas Jones.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Anna K. Meza, 16, 2817 Scholtz Lane, was sentenced March 25 on one count fourth-degree assault.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Christopher Ray Cummings, 47, transient, was sentenced March 25 on one count each first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree malicious mischief.

Talks set for weekend on end-time Bible prophecy

TOUCHET -- Touchet Adventist Church, 368 Larrabee Road, will host Steven Binus, for a series of talks on end-time Bible prophecy.

New Home Construction Open House at 5 tonight

Thinking about building a new home or having one constructed? Everything from floor plans to financing options will be featured this evening in a two-hour open house event at Williams Team Homes real estate office.

Etcetera - 03/31/11

Walla Walla siblings Conner and Alicia Boucher recently served as pages together in the Washington House of Representatives. Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, sponsored the pair.

Boise Paper donation revs up WWCC wind program

Amid tightening support from the state, Boise Paper in Wallula has given a program at WWCC a boost.

WALLA WALLA -- Some old industrial electrical equipment will see new life in the classrooms of the new wind technology program at Walla Walla Community College, as well as other electrical classes.Hauled into the wind technology work space Wednesday on fo

Photo Gallery: Pitching, hitting pace Warriors past Sasquatch

The WWCC baseball team opens NWAACC East Region play with 9-2 and 4-2 victories over Spokane.

WALLA WALLA — If you get good pitching and good hitting, you get positive baseball results.Walla Walla Community College got both here in opening NWAACC East Region action Wednesday.The results followed as the Warriors swept Spokane 9-2 and 4-2.'Spokane i

Wa-Hi boys rout Chiawana in tennis play

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team recorded a 7-0 shutout of visiting Chiawana here Wednesday.The victory improves the boys to 4-0.At No. 1 singles, Wa-Hi senior Cameron Davis avenged a loss last year at the top spot to Chiawana's Jason Toyoda 6-2, 6-

Wa-Hi girls shut out Chiawana tennis team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's girls picked up a Big Nine tennis victory over visiting Chiawana here Wednesday, 7-0.'The girls continue to impress me with their efficiency and maturity on the courts,” Blue Devils coach Keven Peck said. 'Our singles players Claire

DeSales bats make some noise in win over La Grande

The Irish smack 12 hits in the 11-6 win over the Tigers.

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales Irish rattled the bats here Wednesday afternoon to the tune of 11 runs to beat the La Grande Tigers by five runs, a score of 11-6 at Ray Lane field.The Irish belted out 12 hits and gathered five walks to go with three bean balls.

Carnival of Speed returns to Milton-Freewater

The 75th Carnival of Speed welcomes 19 track and field teams to town Friday.

MILTON FREEWATER — The carnival is coming to town.The Carnival of Speed, that is.About 350 athletes from 19 schools in Oregon and Washington descend on Mac-Hi's Shockman Field Friday for the 75th Carnival of Speed track and field event.But while the atten

City must help citizens comply with mandates

Following the new state backflow rules could be tricky and costly.

City of Walla Walla officials need to take the lead in guiding citizens though the process of complying with state mandates on preventing backflow from irrigation and other systems from contaminating the water supply.Earlier this year, the city sent out h

Elinor Fix

1929 - 2011

Leisa Deschaine

June 14, 1957 - March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Fennimore Bradley

Sept. 22, 1927 - March 26, 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Hometown Heroes honored at breakfast

The Blue Mountain chapter of the American Red Cross honored local residents at its "Hometown Heroes" annual breakfast this morning.

Emergency Services - 03/30/11

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

Business showcase set in Milton-Freewater

Nearly 30 businesses will be on hand for the event Thursday evening.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Nearly 30 businesses will showcase goods and services and city and Chamber of Commerce officials will be on hand in a community event Thursday designed for networking and relationship building.

Professor testifies on China's overseas propaganda efforts

WALLA WALLA -- Ashley Esarey, a politics professor at Whitman College, was invited by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission to testify earlier this month concerning "China's Foreign Policy Narratives."

Club honors Waitsburg residents for community service

WAITSBURG -- Two Waitsburg residents were awarded Community Service Awards at the Commercial Club annual meeting.

Workshop on immigration law focuses on crime victims

HERMISTON -- Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, with Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District, will presents "Intro to Immigration Law: with a focus on Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes" on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at

Sheriff to wrap up round of round tables Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will be hold the fourth of four Sheriff's Round Table meetings Thursday.

Dog tales featured in new book

Wine, dogs and a new book commemorating both will be center stage Saturday at the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Shop.

Etcetera - 03/30/11

Walla Walla Elks Veterans Committee members will host a baked potato dinner fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. April 2 at the Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St.

College Place man drives off armed intruder

A masked man with a knife injured the resident, who drew a gun and ordered the burglar to leave.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A young, masked man armed with a knife chose the wrong residence to burglarize Tuesday evening when he found himself at the end of a gun aimed at him by the victim. Andy Porter said he was in his apartment on Puff Lane when he was confron

Nurse with Milton-Freewater practice honored for lifesaving heroics

Sarah Scarborough was named this year's Good Samaritan by the American Red Cross.

WALLA WALLA -- The theme for the American Red Cross' Hometown Heroes annual breakfast is "Ordinary heroes doing extraordinary things."Like barging into the locker room of the opposite sex to save a life, for example. "Now that's an act of bravery," said C

Fireworks a hot topic at sheriff's meeting in Burbank

Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner is in the midst of a series of public sessions around the area.

BURBANK -- There were fireworks at the Sheriff's Round Table on Tuesday,But the talk was how to ban them in Burbank, or as one person commented, "How do we justify each Fourth of July when we get this town blown to pieces?"The question of banning firework

Painted Hills make a soulful impression

Painted Hills, the Palisades and even a Shoe Tree are unique features of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Time ticked deeper into the afternoon as we sped along Oregon Highway 26, between the Sheep Rock Unit and Mitchell.Tick-tick-tick. ...Nevertheless, at 2:39 I stopped the truck on an incline to gawk at the shoetree.Ah, the essence of reality: A tree in the

Whitman Cycling Club to race at Tour of Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The Tour of Walla Walla presented by Banner Bank has announceed that the nationally ranked Whitman Cycling Club will be racing in the Tour of Walla Walla.'We are looking forward to racing in front of a home crowd,” said Roxanne Pierson, pres

Rain postpones sporting events

WALLA WALLA — Rain swept through the Walla Walla Valley Tuesday, taking with it many area sporting contests.In confirmed postponements, Wa-Hi softball and tennis were both wiped out and rescheduled for today. The softball team hosts Kennewick at 4 p.m. an

Wa-Hi losses boys soccer shootout against Davis, 1-0

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi fell to Davis, 1-0, in a shootout here Tuesday in Big Nine boys soccer.Davis goalkeeper Alexes Garcia made five in the victory, while the Pirates went 3-2 on the shootout.Wa-Hi keeper Andrew Glaeser made seven saves on the day, but the thre

Tour of Walla Walla cycling event looks for volunteers

WALLA WALLA — The Tour of Walla Walla presented by Banner Bank is looking for people interested in volunteering for the cycling races April 15-17-.The Tour is a four-stage race which expects about 600 riders from the U.S. and Canada to compete in the thre

Blue Devil hardballers split in Kennewick

Wa-Hi rallies to the 7-6 win the opener, but the Lions respond with a 10-8 victory in the nightcap.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi split a nonleague baseball doubleheader with Kennewick Tuesday afternoon.The Blue Devils picked up the 7-6 first-game win, but dropped the nightcap 10-8.In both games, the Blue Devils fell behind early, but rallied back.The rally worked

Blue Devils girls second at rainy, windy Wildhorse Invite golf tourney

MISSION, Ore. — Wa-Hi's girls weathered rain and wind to bring home second place from the Wildhorse Invite Tuesday.The Blue Devils shot a season's best 423, behind just Lewiston at 342, at the 11-team tournament.Lewiston's Amy Hasenoehrl shot an 82 on the

Pomeroy boys top three-way golf tourney against St. John-Endicott, T-O-R

ST. JOHN — Pomeroy's boys golf team came out on top of a three-way tournament with St. John-Endicott and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia despite windy conditions Tuesday.The Pirates had a team score of 230 on the day. St. J-E had a 266 and T-O-R had a 304.St. Joh

17th annual Onionfest Ultimate Frisbee tourney this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College is hosting the 17th annual Onionfest Ultimate Frisbee tournament this weekend with more than 20 teams from around the Pacific Northwest participating.Games begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday the Whitman College soccer fields

Young Touchet baseball team falls to Liberty Christian, 8-1 and 13-3

RICHLAND — The youth of Touchet's baseball team showed in 8-1 and 13-3 losses to Liberty Christian in nonleague play here Tuesday.The Indians committed three errors in each game.'The first game, we hit the ball OK,” Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said, 'but w

Freestyle skiers Plake makes Bluewood appearance

DAYTON — Glens Plake, one of the most distinctive figures in American Freestyle skiing and extreme sports, and his wife, Kimberly, brought their Downhome Tour to Bluewood on Sunday.Plake interacted with local skiers, teaching ski tricks and games that eve

BART skiers finish EEYSL season strong

WALLACE, Idaho — After more than 14 weeks of training and racing, it is likely that the athletes and parents of the Bluewood Alpine Race Team's (BART) youth ski league team are a little relieved that the season is over.Not so for the coaches, who wish tha

Softball game called with TigerScots leading Waitsburg-Prescott, 9-4

PRESCOTT — A nonleague softball game was called due to rain in the fifth inning with Weston-McEwen ahead of Waitsburg-Prescot, 9-4, here Tuesday.The game likely won't be completed, W-M coach Jeff Griggs said.The TigerScots jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and th

Whitman's Otto NWC Student-Athlete of Week

WALLA WALLA — Whitman senior Elise Otto was named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for women's tennis.Otto plays her final home match of her Missionary career on Saturday. This is her fourth student-athlete award in four seasons at Whitman

Walla Walla Native Plant Society to celebrate appreciation week

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Native Plant Society is celebrating Native Plant Appreciation Week, from May 1-7, with several events.A hike at Rempel Natural Area at Fort Walla Walla Park will be from 1-3 p.m. on April 30. Meet at the Rempel Trailhead off the

Indians pick up softball wins over Pats

RICHLAND — Touchet picked up two nonleague wins over Liberty Christian in a softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.The Indians won the first game, 14-6, and picked up the second, 19-11.Touchet coach Gary Dorman split the 19 eligible Indians players into

Irish boys, girls win first DeSales Wine Valley Invitational golf tournament

WALLA WALLA — DeSales golfers won the boys and girls rounds in its first DeSales Wine Valley Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Course Tuesday.Ryan Baumgart was the medalist for the boys with a 76 on the par-72 course, while Ashton Montgomery hit a 54 on th

Whitman, Parks and Rec hosting track clinics, meet

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College athletes, in conjunction with the city of Walla Walla's Parks & Recreation Department, are hosting a two-day track and field clinic for youth ages four to 12 April 5 and April 7.The clinic runs from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. both days

Atkinson leads Wa-Hi boys to sixth at Wildhorse golf invitational

MISSION, Ore. — Wa-Hi's boys golfers battled adverse conditions and finished sixth at the Wildhorse Invite here Tuesday.Dean Atkinson's 80 led the Blue Devils.Pendelton's Scott Newman carded a 3-under-par 69 for low score.Richland won the team competition

Cathy Marie Nelson

April 16, 1947—March 22, 2011

Helen Cline

July 12, 1913 - March 25, 2011

Carol Angell

March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Burdette Huwe

March 28, 2011

Death Notice - Wilma Breedlove

March 28, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Harris Sr.

Oct. 1, 1916 - March 25, 2011

Tuesday, March 29

County seeks M-F-area residents for ambulance committee

Umatilla County Commissioners are looking for residents in the Milton-Freewater school district area who are willing to serve on an Ambulance Advisory Committee.Applications to fill five to seven seats are due April 15. An application can be found in .pdf

Double-digit power rate increase is too much

A 12-percent increase to Pacific Power rates will take a toll as folks have not fully recovered from the Great Recession.

The 12 percent increase in electricity rates approved last week by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is outrageous.A double-digit rate increase is simply not reasonable given the current economic climate. The Great Recession has force

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let the cops police!

Last week's U-B editorial regarding oil speculators was a great call to action for Congress to use its power to reign in high oil costs. It refers to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the cops on Wall Street, but the CFPB is under attack.The CFP

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Editorial on prison safety missed mark

The U-B Editorial Board's opinion column in Thursday's paper has woefully missed the mark.Its solution for 'officers and prison system management to work together to implement ... security measures that ... enhance security” is truly naive. Don't you thin

WALLA WALLA TABLE - Building a better pantry

What's for dinner? It's one of the most common questions asked around my house and I bet around yours too. The usual response, at my home, is "I dunno, what do we have?"Well, with a well-stocked pantry or "larder," you'll always know that you have somethi

TECH FRIENDLY - Everyday technology questions answered

Technology changes so fast -- that statement itself seems clich?© in a world where our children (of almost any age) know more about the latest online tip or new electronic gadget than we adults do.It can be overwhelming and once you start to feel "be


Computers, monitors and television sets contain toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium and mercury and cannot be disposed of in the trash.If they are no longer usable, they can be dropped off without charge at a special electronics recycling station i

ETCETERA - Children's book by ex-Walla Walla woman wins silver award

A book by former Walla Wallan Carol Muzik, an artist and illustrator who lives on Coeur d'Alene Lake in Idaho, won a Mom's Choice Silver Award in the Animal Kingdom category for juvenile picture books. Her book is listed under the Children's Picture Books

DOLLARS AND SENSE - Teach kids the financial ABCs

It might be surprising to know that our children are not likely to develop basic financial literacy skills in school.There just isn't enough time in the school day for teachers to tackle it.According to the American Banker's Association, the average high

Hospital volunteer marks 97th birthday, life of service

Long-term Walla Walla General Hospital volunteer Wilmer Bryan just celebrated his 97th birthday on Valentine's Day.At the hospital that day, he got a card signed with plenty of good wishes from his co-workers. Bryan enjoys his volunteer efforts, he's hard

Walla Walla County undersheriff: Mental-health problems tax county jail

WALLA WALLA -- It's not the job of Walla Walla County Jail employees to provide mental-health services, nor is it their area of expertise.

CP Council honors trio of police officers

COLLEGE PLACE -- Three members of the city Police Department were recognized Monday for their work to make the city streets safer.

M-F home badly damaged by Friday fire

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A house fire spread through a home in the 300 block of Eighth Avenue on Friday, damaging about 65 percent of the roughly 1,200-square-foot structure and displacing the family that lives there, an official said this morning.

DeSales wins state Knowledge Bowl title

WALLA WALLA -- Members of DeSales Catholic High School's Knowledge Bowl team are state champions once again.

Mental-health care proves a hot topic

The need for increased funding is critical, a county official says.

If the crowded hallway at the Walla Walla County commissioners' quarters wasn't enough to alert him, the chambers that quickly needed additional seating signaled to Daryl Daugs he had a hot topic on his hands.

Walla Walla County sales tax hike plan gets mixed reception

A public hearing gave residents a chance to chip in on a proposed hike to pay for mental-health services in the county.

WALLA WALLA -- If a public hearing Monday is any guide, views are sharply divided on the idea of a tax increase to aid mental health and substance abuse services.

Emergency Services - 03/29/11

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

Walla Walla man in 'party house' sentenced to jail, treatment

Frank J. Avbel admitted having sex with a teenager at his home in September.

WALLA WALLA -- A man received a suspended prison term Monday afternoon, but was sentenced to a jail stint and sex-offender treatment for having multiple sexual encounters with an underage girl last year.Frank J. Avbel, 24, of 306 Craig St., was sentenced

New trial set for locked-up sex predator

Committed since 2006, John W.J. Keeney has submitted an evaluation that the state says entitles him to a new trial.

WALLA WALLA -- A man found to be a sex predator and ordered held indefinitely for treatment after a series of local sex crimes in the 1990s is scheduled to undergo a new trial starting in late June to determine if he should be released.A Walla Walla Count

Evelyn Mae Anderson

August 23, 1925 - March 28, 2011

YMCA taking registrations for several spring programs

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla YMCA has several spring programs coming up.Youth fly fishing classes for ages 11-14 will be taught in sessions April 18, 20, 25 and 27, or May 9, 11, 16 and 18. The class will teach about the sport of fly fishing, types of fly ro

Xplosion U-12 softball team goes 5-1 at weekend tourney

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion 12-and-under fastpitch softball team went 5-1 last weekend at the Umpire Blue tournament in Tri-Cities against teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.The Xplosion beat Washington Force99, 5-3, Pendleton Pride, 17-10

M-F golf course closed Friday; hosting Sunday tourney

The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will close at noon Friday for a Mac-Hi tournament. The course will also host a Golf Club Kickoff Tournament Sunday. Members in good standing with the club are eligible to play on graduated tee times in the four-p

TigerScots rally but W-P takes win

Waitsburg-Prescott picks up a 6-4 nonleague baseball victory.

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott plated two first-inning runs and two more in the third to jump out on Weston-McEwen here Monday.The TigerScots rallied with a four-run fifth inning to tie it up, but W-P put two more runs on the board in the sixth to take the

Dunovant wins women's side of NWAACC match

WWCC's Dona Dunovant leads Warrior golfers at the NWAACC match in Richland.

RICHLAND — Walla Walla Community College golfer Dona Dunovant held on to win the women's side of an NWAACC golf match hosted by Columbia Basin College at Canyon Lakes here Monday.Dunovant finished 75-88—163 to finish atop the field.The Warriors' men's and

Marjorie Johnson

Aug. 2, 1932 - March 26, 2011

John Levens

June 22, 1923 - March 19, 2011

Lela Key

Dec. 4, 1942 - March 25, 2011

Verline Marll

March 25, 1928 - March 24, 2011

Gale Davis

April 21, 1933 - March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Hilliard

April 17, 1934 - March 28, 2011

Death Notice - Jeannette Miller

Feb. 12, 1925 - March 27, 2011

Monday, March 28

Time to put an end to 'title only' bills in Legislature

The practice allows lawmakers to keep the public in the dark regarding the specifics of legislation.

If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.Those words — attributed to German aristocrat and statesman Otto von Bismarck well over a century ago — are being taken seriously today by the Washington state Legislature.Some la

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Students want Walla Walla to love Aviary

My seventh-grade advisory class at Pioneer Middle School and the Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary are joining forces to make a stand for our community. We are holding an event to help the community fall in love with the Pioneer Park Aviary.On April 16, from

DeSales Knowledge Bowl team state champions again

WALLA WALLA — Members of DeSales Catholic High School's Knowledge Bowl team are state champions once again.The team took home the first-place trophy following the state's small schools tournament at Central Valley High School in Spokane on Saturday. Eight

Etcetera - 03/28/11

Three local students joined fellow Whitman College Symphony and Chamber Singer members in a concert of music at the annual Whitman Winter Concert. The music had not previously been performed in 300 years.

Walla Walla police detective: Sexting can spell big trouble

Children who send and receive explicit images by cellphone expose themselves to a variety of risks, a city police detective says.

WALLA WALLA -- Children, the Internet and the freedom to roam.

Assault, shots fired reported at party in Burbank

A party in Burbank that attracted a reported 200-odd people led to a late-night altercation, officials said.

BURBANK -- Sheriff's deputies today are investigating an alleged assault at a large party here Sunday.

Emergency Services - 03/28/11

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

David L. Tucker, 48, 404 Willard St., Waitsburg, was charged March 24 with tampering with a witness -- domestic violence, violation of a protection/no contact order -- domestic violence, and telephone harassment -- domestic violence.

Shindig kicks off Columbia County Fair

Saturday's event included introducing hosts and announcing entertainment plans for the fair in September.

DAYTON -- With smiles to match their sunshine-yellow shirts, the four members of the 2011 Columbia County Fair Court were introduced Saturday during the fair kickoff. The Columbia County Fair dates are Sept. 9-11.For the first time since 1980, two court m

Peggy Ann Thompson

November 11, 1967–March 25, 2011

George Fox complete Whitman baseball sweep

WALLA WALLA — After holding off Whitman College 12-5 in the completion of Saturday's rain-suspended second game, George Fox completed its weekend sweep with a 10-2 Northwest Conference baseball victory over the Missionaries Sunday afternoon at Borleske St

WWCC's Scothorne, Dunovant lead at CBC golf match

WEST RICHLAND — Walla Walla's Josh Scothorne and Dona Dunovant are the men's and women's individual leaders, respectively, halfway through an NWAACC golf match that is being hosted by Columbia Basin College.Scothorne, a freshman, matched par-72 here Sunda

Assault and robbery of two men reported Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Police today are investigating an assault and robbery early Saturday.The two victims, an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, told police they were confronted about 12:30 a.m. by three unknown individuals at Chase Avenue and W

Irish hand T-O-R SE2B baseball losses

ROSALIA — DeSales took a pair of Southeast 2B District baseball games from Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia here Saturday, 4-1 and 11-6 in nine innings.Victor Mata slammed a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the opener to snap a 1-1 tie and later added a si

Warriors wrap up baseball preseason

Green River takes the 3-1 baseball victory, but WWCC coach Dave Meliah is happy as NWAACC East play begins Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Green River scored solo runs in the first and second innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead and took a 3-1 baseball victory over WWCC on the Warriors' field Sunday.'We got a lot of pitchers in the game and I was pleased with how they threw,” WWCC

Wa-Hi boys tennis shut out Pasco, whip Kamiakin

Wa-Hi's tennis team picks up its first win over Kamiakin in five years Saturday, shortly after shutting out Pasco.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's boys picked up a big tennis victory over Kamiakin, 6-1, Saturday after handing Pasco a 7-0 thumping.

Xplosion finish undefeated at Richland softball tourney

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Xplosion '00 finished with a 5-0 record in the Umpire Blue Girls Fastpitch Tournament held at Columbia Playfields here over the weekend.The Xplosion finished with the best record out of six teams in the 10-and-under division.

Bennington Lake refill begins for recreational use

WALLA WALLA -- Bennington Lake is going up. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations staff has begun diverting water from Mill Creek into the lake to prepare for the upcoming recreation season.The lake was partially drained in the fall for maintenance.

Wa-Hi girls tennis team handles Pasco, Kamiakin

The Blue Devils shut out the Lions before taking a 5-2 tennis victory from the Braves in a two-match road trip Saturday.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team started its trip to the Tri-Cities with a 7-0 shutout of Pasco Saturday before heading to Kamaikin to down the Braves, 5-2.

Dance and auction set to benefit Community Center for Youth

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Blues Society is sponsoring a "Golden Oldies" dance and auction Saturday from 7-10 p.m. to benefit the Community Center for Youth at St. Patrick Church's Blanchet Hall, 408 W. Poplar St.Participants will dance to live music

Traffic resumes on Columbia-Snake River system

The lock at Lower Monumental Dam opened Friday, finishing work on the regional navigation system.

The Columbia-Snake River navigation system is back in business.Traffic on the river system, which runs from Portland to Lewiston, Idaho, resumed at 11 p.m. Friday with the reopening of the navigation lock at Lower Monumental Dam on the lower Snake River n

Walla Walla High School third in state in dance competition

The team finished just shy of second-place Eastlake with 447 points out of a possible 500.

YAKIMA -- The Walla Walla High School dance team captured third place in the dance category at the 4A WIAA state Dance & Drill Championships held Saturday in the Sundome.The Blue Devil dancers finished just 1.5 points (out of a possible 500) behind se

College Place schools to see staff cuts

About nine workers are expected to be affected by layoffs and non-renewals.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Projected cuts to education funding from the state for next year will result in staffing cuts that were revealed during the College Place School Board's meeting earlier this month.College Place Public Schools Superintendent Tim Payne went

Florence Lynn Boyd

March 17, 1919 – September 23, 2010

Death Notice- Barbara Davey

July 31, 1940 - March 27, 2011

Death Notice - Lela Key

March 25, 2011

Death Notice - Leisa Deschaine

March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Pansy Johnson

May 20, 1923 - March 28, 2011

Death Notice - Gale Davis

March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Marjorie Johnson

Aug. 2, 1932 - March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Carol Angell

Oct. 10, 1933 - March 26, 2011

Death Notice - Donald Lehmann

Dec. 25, 1924 - March 27, 2011

Death Notice - Mary Schuetze

Sept. 6, 1925 - March 27, 2011

Rev. Father Edward F. Caffrey

Nov. 2, 1930 - March 20, 2011

Janet Helen Renz

July 23, 1925 - March 15, 2011

Opal Gentry

July 13, 1921 - March 22, 2011

Sunday, March 27

Washington Post tech writer to speak at Whitman

WALLA WALLA - Cecilia Kang, a 1994 Whitman College graduate and national technology writer for the Washington Post, will present "Clicks and Views: The transforming media landscape" on Thursday.Kang's talk, which will be at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, nea

Sheriff's Round Table set for Tuesday in Burbank

BURBANK - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold the third of four Sheriff's Round Table meetings Tuesday in Burbank.The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia High School commons room, 787 Maple St.

Open house set to bid farewell to Walla Walla Symphony CEO

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Symphony will host an open house from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at its office, 131/2 E. Main St., Suite 201.The event is a farewell to departing Chief Executive Officer Michael Wenberg, who is leaving the area. Cake and punch will b

Hewitt to hold tele-town hall meeting Tuesday evening

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, is inviting residents of the 16th Legislative District to participate in a telephone town hall meeting related to the 2011 legislative session. The event will take place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday.

ENGAGEMENT - Mayberry-Smith

Mike and Patty Mayberry of Touchet announce the engagement of daughter Lacey Ellen Mayberry to Micah "Guy" Colin Smith. Both are of Lewiston.

ENGAGEMENT - Power-Barry

Gale and Michele Power of Bethel, Alaska, announce the engagement of daughter Whitney Alyse Power, Bethel, to Nathan Dean Barry of Portland.

ENGAGEMENT - Bonson-Maas

Bryan Randal Maas and Becky René Bonson, both of College Place, announce their engagement.

Saturday, March 26

$n$ Warriors pick up 2 of 3 East wins

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College opened NWAACC Eastern Region softball play this weekend with two wins in three road games.The Warriors, No. 5 in the latest NWAACC poll, split a doubleheader with fourth-ranked Wenatchee on Friday, dropping the opene

Wa-Hi losses boys soccer match to Richland

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's boys soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Richland here Saturday, 2-1 in overtime as the Bombers scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick.

Bad starts catch up to W-P hardballers in Asotin

ASOTIN — Bad starts led to an Asotin sweep of a Southeast 2B doubleheader here Saturday in baseball action.The Panthers scored two first-inning runs in the opener and Waitsburg-Prescott couldn't catch up to Panther southpaw Jackson Webb as Webb threw a sh

Bruins pop Whits before rain falls

George Fox sprays 21 hits in a 15-2 NWC baseball win over the Missionaries, but rain suspends the nightcap in the sixth inning.

WALLA WALLA — George Fox sprayed 21 hits around Borleske Stadium in rolling to a 15-2 victory over Whitman College in the opener of Saturday's Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader.The Bruins led 11-1 in Saturday's second game, before heavy rain forc

Pioneer softball team mercy-rules foes

PILOT ROCK — Mac-Hi kicked off tournament action here Friday with mercy-rule victories over Echo-Stanfield, 15-2, and Pine Eagle, 11-0.A Saturday matchup with the host Rockets was called off due to rain.

Athenas hand Whitman women 9-0 tennis defeat

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won its 10th straight match with a 9-0 victory over the Whitman College women's tennis team here Saturday.CMS, now 10-1 on the season, is ranked No. 21 nationally in NCAA Division III. Saturday's loss ended Whitm

PHOTO GALLERY - Weather can't dampen Wa-Hi track action

Multiple Blue Devil athletes win events — and even more finish in the top three — as Wa-Hi hosts Pendleton Friday.

WALLA WALLA — The rain sprinkled down and the wind blew hard for much of the afternoon, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the Wa-Hi track team as it hosted the Pendleton Bucks at Martin Field Friday afternoon in a non-league affair.The meet pitted 170

Wa-Hi splits wild twin bill with Southridge

The weather plays a part as the Blue Devils win the opener, 7-3, before the Suns take the 15-9 victory in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — In a non-league baseball doubleheader here Friday at Murr Field, Southridge, Wa-Hi and the weather gave the hearty fans a little bit of everything.Good pitching produced a 7-3 Blue Devil win in the opener. Good hitting — an 18-hit Southridge

WWCC wins opener of baseball invite before rain starts

The Warriors down Southwestern Oregon, 9-5, before rain postpones the East Regional Invitational.

WALLA WALLA — Kyle Sani, Mike Paulson and Justin Windsor socked two hits apiece Saturday to help lead Walla Walla Community College's baseball team to a 9-5 victory over Southwestern Oregon in a rain-shortened opening session of an East Region Invitationa

TigerScots ride Freske's arm to Union Tourney wins

UNION — Weston-McEwen rode the pitching of Hayley Freske to two non-league softball wins here at the Union Tournament Saturday.Freske pitched a complete game with 14 strikeouts as the TigerScots defeated Central-Linn, 4-3, in the opener.Freske came back w

Missionary women fall to Redlands

REDLAND, Calif. — Playing its second nationally ranked opponent in as many days, the Whitman College women's tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to the University of Redlands Friday afternoon.Redlands, ranked No. 28 in NCAA Division III (No. 6 in the West

Jags win District 9 golf tourney at Touchet Valley

DAYTON — Tri-Cities Prep took home both the boys and girls team titles here at the Touchet Valley Golf Course Friday in District 9 golf action.The Jaguars shot 179 in boys competition to defeat DeSales, which finished eight shots back at 187.DeSales' Ryan

Students in sister city exchange program arrive

The students will spend this week traveling the region.

WALLA WALLA - Almost 20 teenage students and their adult guides arrived from Sasayama, Japan, on Thursday, as part of the sister city exchange program that has taken place here since the 1970s.Sasayama, which is approximately 380 miles from Sendai, Japan,

Valley Transit union OKs contract

There were no raises and health-care deductibles and co-pays increased.

WALLA WALLA - Almost 18 months after their last contract expired, Valley Transit union employees recently approved an 18-month labor agreement that precludes any salary increases, while hiking their health-care deductibles and co-pays.The contract signed



Touchet hires new superintendent

Sue Bell has ties to the Walla Walla Valley.

TOUCHET - Touchet School Board members signed a three-year contract with new Superintendent Sue Bell at their meeting Thursday.Bell was selected from among three candidates who were interviewed earlier this month.Bell said she is excited about her new job

Columbia County Fair Board to run Dayton Days

Only the horse racing will be missing from the annual event.

DAYTON - Friday's deadline for funding for horse racing in Waitsburg and Dayton passed without money coming forth, so the Columbia County Fair Board has the green light to run Dayton Days Memorial Day weekend.Columbia County commissioners last week approv


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

Pacific Power to jolt rates by 12 percent

The UTC received 297 public comments on the rate-increase proposal — 291 were opposed.

WALLA WALLA - Electricity rates for Pacific Power customers will jump 12 percent on April 3.State regulators approved the increase in electric rates Friday to Pacific Power's 130,000 customers.The decision equates to a roughly $11.26 jump in the monthly b

Proposed tax hike to get hearing

Commissioners will discuss a sales tax hike of one-tenth of one percent for mental health and substance abuse services.

WALLA WALLA - A proposed tax hike to aid mental health and substance abuse services will be the subject of a public hearing Monday.Walla Walla County commissioners will take comments on raising the county sales tax by one-tenth of one percent. The money r

Something's fishy in Great Explorations conference

Roughly 300 girls took part in the program to encourage them to pursue science, math, technology and engineering.

WALLA WALLA - The smell of fish was strong in the Whitman College lab, as biologist Joelle Pomraning walked up and down the aisle, getting a dozen young girls ready to dig into the dead perch in front of them."Who wants to start cutting fish? All hands up

Bank merger possibility floats through area

Officials from neither Banner nor Sterling would comment on the actual possibility of a merger.

WALLA WALLA - Speculation about a merger between Banner Corp. and Sterling Financial was fueled last week after an economic development official raised the issue in a crowded public meeting.Bank executives have said the mention by Port of Walla Walla Exec

PANORAMA - Fun within the frame

uite a few years ago a Japanese film crew came to the wheat fields surrounding Weston to shoot a segment for a popular soap opera in Japan. One of their most awe-inspiring experiences was being witness to the immense amount of open space we have in the Va

ETCETERA - Conservation group aims to aid Pioneer Park Aviary

Jim Sonne, president of Pheasants Forever Chapter 258, emailed that this year's Feb. 26 banquet is the most successful one to date.He credits members, new members, volunteers and donors for making it happen. The food by Graze Catering was outstanding, Jim

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus, religion never did mix, still don't

Some people might say that Jesus was a religious man who started a new religion, called Christianity. A closer reading of the Gospels indicates that such a comment is wrong on both counts. Jesus was neither religious nor did he intend to start a new relig


Touchet Seventh-day Adventist plans health expo


Eagle Meadows to host


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Work starting on next phase of US Highway 12 is welcome

It's another step in getting the four-lane highway from Walla Walla to Tri-Cities completed.

All the doom and gloom of the Great Recession has had folks wondering when - or if - the improvements to U.S. Highway 12 would continue.


Fort Walla Walla Museum valuable to communityRecently I spent time at the Fort Walla Walla Museum doing research at the library, and because of the assistance of James Payne, the executive director, I was able to achieve my goals, even to surpass expectat

Friday, March 25

State regulators approve 12 percent rate hike for Pacific Power

State regulators today approved a 12 percent rate hike for Pacific Power customers. The increase -- about two-thirds of what the utility had requested from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission -- means a typical customer using 1,300 kilowatt-

Meditation can offer route to inner peace

Meditation is not just sitting silently in a lotus position with your hands folded in your lap.

You need tests, but you have to ask

By late January, I was attending my fourth session at Walla Walla General Hospital's prediabetes education center and feeling a little farther along in the journey.


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


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

M-F Garden Club to hold annual plant sale April 16

MILTON-FREEWATER -- For 75 years the Milton-Freewater Garden Club has had a hand in beautifying gardens through their annual plant sale.

Unity Church of Peace holds rummage sale today, Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St. near the Walla Walla Regional Airport, will have a rummage sale and canned food drive today and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Corrections union protests omission from federal probe

The union says investigators never talked to it during a probe of Officer Jayme Biendl's murder.

The union representing Department of Corrections employees is protesting being left out of a federal investigation into the murder of a corrections officer.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Vanessa Avalos, 22, 514 N. Sixth Ave., was charged March 24 with residential burglary -- domestic violence, third-degree theft -- domestic violence, second-degree theft, and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Etcetera - 03/25/11

Blue Mountain Shrine Club will conduct a screening clinic for children from birth and l8 years old to determine if they can be cared for at a Shrine hospital.

High-speed chase leads to arrests

Two people at a house where the pursuit ended were arrested on unrelated felony warrants.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A high-speed chase through Walla Walla and Umatilla counties left deputies questioning several occupants of a nearby residence, as they tried to determine who was their suspect.

Walla Walla woman pleads guilty in assault, theft at store

Vanessa M. Drake stole items and struck a security officer.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who stole items from Macy's store and struck a security officer in the face in July pleaded guilty this morning to two felony charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.


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

Emergency Services - 03/25/11

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

New guides, maps out for visitors to Valley's wineries

A couple of new guides on the market will help visitors find their way through the wineries of the Valley.

Weston-McEwen Lions to provide screenings for senior citizens

ATHENA -- The Weston-McEwen Lions Club will provide free health screenings for senior citizens at the Athena Elementary School, 375 S. 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 9.

Blue Mountain Shrine Club to offer screenings for children

The Blue Mountain Shrine Club, in conjunction with Shriners Hospitals for Children, is sponsoring a free health screening for children, 1-4 p.m. April 9 at the Adventist Health/Medical Group facility, 1125 S. Second Ave.

Coffee: Good or bad? Untangling the truth

Is coffee good or bad for you? In recent years there have been reports that it may decrease the incidence of Parkinson's disease and the development of type 2 diabetes.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Colorful food paints a healthier picture

Each March, the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month.

PHOTO GALLEY - Wa-Hi girls and boys defeat Davis in tennis match

Blue Devil girls hand the Big Nine rival Pirates a 5-2 tennis defeat. Wa-Hi boys tennis team kicks off the season on the right foot with the victory over Davis. More details in today's newspaper and in our online sports section.

Lincoln students to perform 'Hip Hop Anansi'

The play is a new take on an old, African folktale

WALLA WALLA — An African folktale about a trickster spider is the focus of the latest play put on by students of Lincoln Alternative High School.After performing 'Anon(ymous)” last year through the school's The LIFT program, students are now presenting 'H

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.

Spring Farming Days begins April 2

POMEROY — The annual two-day Spring Farming Days will be held April 2-3 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The free event starts 9 a.m. each day. The Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum is the event sponsor.Featured events will be horse and mule farmi

WWU presents Distinguished Scholar lecture

Walla Walla University's annual Distinguished Scholar lecture will be 7:30 p.m. March 31.The lecture will be held in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Walla Walla University campus, 204 S. College Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Astronaut, Whitman College alumna to speak

NASA astronaut and Whitman College alumna Dorothy 'Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenburger speaks on the topic 'Dream BIG, Work Hard,” at noon Saturday in Cordiner Hall, Whitman College campus, 345 Boyer Ave., as keynote presenter for the Great Explorations: A Scien

Wildhorse celebrates 16th Anniversary

PENDLETON — March marks the 16th anniversary for Wildhorse Resort and Casino, and the occassion will be celebrated with fireworks and concerts on Saturday.The Wildhorse anniversary fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. It is considered the largest fireworks sho

Bluegrass concert will benefit Walla Walla Aviary

WAITSBURG — Bluegrass Is for the Birds!, a benefit concert for the Walla Walla Aviary, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Waitsburg High School Auditorium, 421 Coppei Ave.There will be performances by The Ryegrass String Band, The Blue Mountain Troublemake

Blue Devil boys pound Pirates in Big Nine tennis action

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team defeated Davis, 6-1, here Thursday.'The boys came out ready to compete after three and a half weeks of practice in their first match of the season,” Blue Devils coach Ted Cummings said. 'With the inspiring words and

Wa-Hi girls hand Davis 5-2 tennis defeat

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi girls tennis team defeated Davis 5-2 here Thursday.'I was really impressed with our level of play today,” Blue Devils coach Keven Peck said. 'We haven't had much consistency in our practice routine due to weather conditions. I thought

Bulldogs handle Wa-Hi JV in softball playite Waitsburg-Prescott in state grid semifinal

DAYTON — Shelby Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate, including a solo home run, and Kayla Turner went the distance in the circle as Dayton defeated Wa-Hi's junior varsity squad, 5-3, here Thursday.

Mac-Hi softball gets some revenge on Yamhill-Carlton

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi got a little revenge on Yamhill-Carlton's softball team here Thursday, downing the Tigers 8-3 a year after Yamhill-Carlton defeated the Pioneers twice.'It was a great game for us,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christianson said. 'We had a

Chapman downs Whitman women's tennis team

The No. 15 school in the nation takes the 7-2 tennis victory from the Missionaries on Thursday afternoon.

ORANGE, Calif. — Chapman University, sporting a No. 15 national ranking in NCAA Division III, handed the Whitman College women's tennis team a 7-2 setback Thursday afternoon in Orange, Calif. After starting their season with matches against three athleti

Jaguars hand Indians two baseball losses

PASCO — Touchet dropped two baseball games to Tri-Cities Prep Wednesday.The Indians fell 13-6 and 15-2.

Death Notice - Opal Gentry

March 22, 2011

Linda Bishop

Dec. 17, 1946 - March 23, 2011

James W. Middleton Jr.

June 13, 1926 - March 18, 2011

Louis Silva

Feb. 17, 1929 - March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 24

Safety of corrections officers has to come first

Corrections officers should work with prison system management to implement changes that will improve safety.

Prison safety has become, as it should be, a top priority in Washington state.The murder of Jayme Biendl, a corrections officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex, has exposed flaws in security.State officials, inside and outside of the Department of Corr

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Sharon and Joseph Newbrey.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Corey A. Inlow, 15, 92 Clallum Ave. Richland, was sentenced March 18 on one count fourth-degree assault. The sentence included seven days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for seven days served, nine months community supervision, 20 hours community s

Buddha finds home in Walla Walla

A 14-foot statue of the Buddha has taken up residence at a guest house on Hobson Street.

WALLA WALLA -- Buddha arrived via flatbed. Facing rear on the back of a trailer, the giant likeness of the founder of Buddhism appeared to be blessing traffic as a truck carried it through town late Wednesday morning on the way to Hobson Street.

Walla Walla County jobless rate on downward swing

The county's rate stands at 8.4 percent, down from 9.1 percent last year and below the statewide rate.

WALLA WALLA -- The county and state are seeing slightly better numbers in employment rates, state employment security officials said this morning.

Emergency Services - 03/24/11

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


When: 7:30 p.m. today after 6:30 work session on athletic leagues, travel.Where: School Library

Etcetera - 03/24/11

Walla Walla High School, in coordination with WSU Gear Up, presented the Advancement Via Individual Determination recognition night dinner and awards ceremony March 3 at the Wa-Hi Commons.

Horizon adds second flight into WW Saturdays

Horizon Air will be making a second landing in Walla Walla on Saturdays.

Pioneers pick up softball sweeps of Willamina

Mac-Hi tops defending 3A state champs Willamina 6-0 and 8-2 for the sweep.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi swept away Oregon's reigning 3A champions in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.The Pioneers defeated Willamina's Bulldogs, 6-0 and 8-2, behind a complete-game efforts by Kaitlin Erm and Shawney Garcia.Erm pitched a shutout in ga

Pendleton Mustangers open spring season Sunday

PENDLETON — The Pendleton Mustangers begins their annual spring series at 10 a.m. Sunday.The Mustangers' riding arena is located east of Pendleton on Mission Road. Competitors of all ages are welcome to participate in the many events that are offered, ran

W-P's Seth Deal leads local runners at 2B track meet

Pomeroy is third and DeSales ties for fourth at the nine-school meet.

CLARKSTON — Seth Deal swept the distances races and Eshom Estes won one event and placed second in two others here Wednesday to power Waitsburg-Prescott's boys to a first-place finish in a Class B track and field meet at Clarkston High School.Deal claimed

Irish golfers place second at match

KENNEWICK — Bryce Scott shot a medalist-winning 41 and teammate Brian Baumgart was close behind with a 43 here Wednesday as DeSales finished second in a four-school, 36-hole golf match at Canyon Lakes.The Irish finished with a 192 total for their four bes

Indian softball bats down Patriots

PASCO — Touchet's bats were alive in two five-inning softball wins over Tri-Cities Prep Wednesday afternoons.The Indians swept through, winning 17-1 and 11-0.'We hit the ball a lot better (Wednesday) than we did the day before (in 6-1 and 7-2 losses to Da

Search for missing State Patrol rifle sparks uproar

A letter sent by a patrol detective to gun dealers has led to accusations the agency is overstepping its authority.

A search for a missing Washington State Patrol rifle has sparked a statewide outcry by gun dealers and gun-rights advocates.The controversy followed a March 9 letter sent to gun dealers throughout Washington state by WSP Detective Juli Gundermann. The let

Officers, injured man identified in Tollgate shooting

Officials say Michael T. Summers was shot three times after failing to lower a rifle aimed at officers.

TOLLGATE -- Names have released of those involved in Tuesday night's shooting of an armed man by law enforcement in rural Umatilla County.The shooting occurred about 7:28 p.m. when Oregon State Police Trooper Ryan Sharp and Umatilla County sheriff's Deput

Judy Moss

Feb. 14, 1947 - March 21, 2011

Astronaut, a Whitman grad, to speak at college Monday

WALLA WALLA -- NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, a 1997 graduate of Whitman College, will speak Monday night at her alma mater. Metcalf's talk, "The Road from Walla Walla to Low Earth Orbit," will be at 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, near the in

Death Notice - Linda Bishop

March 23, 2011

WWU talk to address route to preserving natural world

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University's annual distinguished scholar lecture March 31 will feature William Cronon, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The title of his presentation is "Saving Nature in Time: The Environmental Past and the Hu

Death Notice - Olive Wahl

April 23, 1922 - March 24, 2011

$n$ Switch to organic yields trials, rewards for farm

The Williams' Hudson Bay Farm -- the Hudson Bay Trading Company's farm during the mid-1800s -- has recently gone organic.Approximately six years ago, along with our wives, Penny Hawkins and Melinda Eden, we made the decision to convert our farm to organic

Death Notice - Betty Nettles

March 23, 2011

Trial date moved for man in beating, threats in Walla Walla

Joseph A. Davis is charged with assault and intimidation in connection with the November incident.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set in Superior Court for a man accused of beating his girlfriend, and threatening to stab and kill her and two other people during a disturbance in November.Joseph A. Davis, 21, had been scheduled for trial this T

Death Notice - Verline Marll

March 24, 2011

Death Notice - Janice Lewis

Oct. 17, 1942 - March 23, 2011

Death Notice - Ken Hayes

Nov. 1, 1936 - March 18, 2011

Trial date moved for Walla Walla man in rape case

Juan P. Arevalo is accused of attacking a woman in a parking lot in October.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man who allegedly raped a woman in the city early in October has been postponed in Superior Court.Juan P. Arevalo, 55, of 511 N. Sixth Ave., now is scheduled for trial May 17. The proceedings had been set for this Tuesday.Ar

Wednesday, March 23

Del Monte recalls cantaloupes possibly contaminated with Salmonella

Officials warned consumers today about potentially contaminated melons sold in several states, including Washington and Oregon.Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. of North America, known as 'Del Monte Fresh,” is voluntarily recalling 4,992 cartons of cantaloupe

On the agenda - Columbia County Public Hospital District

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

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Elementary Room 109


When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Board Room

Scholarships available for attendees at church conference

WALLA WALLA -- There are a limited number of scholarships available for women who wish to attend but cannot afford to pay the $45 fee for the Delight Women's Conference from Thursday through Saturday at Life Church, 116 S. Third Ave. The conference gets u

Second Sheriff's Round Table set for Thursday in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will be hold the second of four Sheriff's Round Table meetings Thursday in Waitsburg.

WWU professor's film to be shown at Smithsonian festival

COLLEGE PLACE -- A Walla Walla University communications professor's award-winning documentary on indigenous peoples in Suriname will be shown next week at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Native American Film and Video Festival in N

Light turns green for work on US 12 in Burbank

A project getting under way will nix two stoplights on the highway.

BURBANK -- Construction of a new overpass and interchange are under way in Burbank in the latest $22.3 million phase of improvements for U.S. Highway 12.

CORRECTION: Etcetera - 03/23/11

Despite the devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that swept inland in northern Japan on March 11, a group of undeterred guests from Japan will visit here as scheduled, said Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affil

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Emergency Services - 03/23/11

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

Seattle actor, a 1977 Whitman College graduate, dies

Mark Chamberlin, who died Tuesday, appeared in many plays in the city as well as on Broadway, in films and on TV.

SEATTLE -- Seattle stage actor and Whitman College graduate Mark Chamberlin died Tuesday after a weekend bicycle accident.

Columbia County library sees increasing use

The upward spike has come since the rural library district took over operation of the Dayton facility.

DAYTON -- By the numbers, the Columbia County Rural Library is doing well.

Armed man shot by officers near Tollgate

A man wanted on a federal parole violation allegedly aimed a rifle at the officers before they shot him.

TOLLGATE -- An armed, wanted 52-year-old man was critically injured Tuesday evening in a shooting that involved an Oregon Stat

Dayton picks up softball sweep

Errors hurt Touchet as the Indians fall to the Bulldogs, 6-1 and 7-2, Tuesday afternoon in Touchet.

TOUCHET — Dayton's softball team picked up a doubleheader win against Touchet Tuesday afternoon.Although the Indians competed with their at-bats, errors — many of them forced off solid Bulldog hits — kept Dayton ahead for 6-1 and 7-2 wins.'Dayton put the

Indians hold off Bulldogs in baseball battle

TOUCHET — Touchet came out on top of a single baseball game with Dayton Tuesday afternoon.The Indians won, 7-4, in their first game of the year.The Indians opened the first inning with a single run, which Dayton answered in the top of the second.Then Touc

Crooked roads less traveled

Scenic adventure is found along backroads on a visit to all three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Many crooked roads lead to the widely separated three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument of Eastern Oregon.A small map in the pamphlet 'John Day Fossil Beds” displays a few of the oft-traveled ones.The less-traveled one we chose promised

Blue Devils sweep Suns in softball twin bill

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi kicked off its Columbia Basin softball season with a pair of victories over Southridge here Tuesday, 10-0 and 6-4.Alyson Ambler went the distance in the circle for the Blue Devils in the opener, striking out 10 Suns batters while walking

Elgin edges Weston-McEwen for Riverside baseball tournament championship

RIVERSIDE — Elgin topped Weston-McEwen in a battle for the Riverside baseball tournament championship here Tuesday.The Huskies won, 8-7, aided by five TigerScots errors.'W need a clean game,” said W-M coach T.J. Haguewood. 'If we'd had a clean game (with

Cummings optimistic for Wa-Hi boys' tennis season

The Blue Devils open the 2011 season hosting Davis Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team returns 10 of its top 12 players from last season, and that has coach Ted Cummings excited as the Blue Devils kick off 2011 Thursday against Davis.'I'm very optimistic about the upcoming season,” Cummings said. 'Our

Walla Walla Blues 14U baseball team to have tryouts

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Blues 14-and-under baseball team is having tryouts Sunday and April 3 for the upcoming summer season.Tryouts will be from 1-3 p.m. at Wa-Hi's junior varsity field. Players need attend just one tryout. Players from throughout

Irish improve to 3-0 with victories over Hermiston squad

HERMISTON — DeSales' baseball team improved to 3-0 on the season with two victories over a Hermiston squad mixed with varsity and JV players here Tuesday, 12-0 and 17-3.In the opener, Vic Mata struck out 10 and gave up only two hits through five innings o

Wa-Hi splits baseball doubleheader at Hermiston tourney

HERMISTON — Wa-Hi split two baseball tournament games here Tuesday afternoon.The Blue Devils lost the eight-inning opener to Reynolds High School, 3-1, and picked up a shortened 18-5 win over Milwaukie to close the day.Wa-Hi and Reynolds, a Troutdale scho

Whitman's Moshevich again named NWC athlete of week

WALLA WALLA — For the second time in as many weeks, Whitman College senior Etienne Moshevich has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.The award, announced Tuesday, recognizes Moshevich's contributions to three Whitm

Pomeroy boys golfers second at Quail Ridge

CLARKSTON — Pomeroy's boys finished second at a Class 2B golf match at Quail Ridge here Tuesday.Host Asotin, led by medalist Jon Eaton's 37 on the par-36 course, won the match with a five-player score of 221.Pomeroy was next at 223, followed by Tekoa-Oake

Weston-McEwen goes 1-3 at Riverside softball tourney

RIVERSIDE — Weston-McEwen picked up one win and lost three games in a softball tournament here Monday and Tuesday.The TigerScots lost to Clatskanie, 2-0; La Grande, 6-5; and Willamina, 2-1.La Grande is a Class 4A school and Clatskanie and Willamina are bo

Hanford eyes use of plutonium fuel

The more-hazardous fuel has been a particular concern in Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant.

The operator of Washington's only nuclear-power plant is considering use of the plutonium fuel that has raised special concerns about one of Japan's damaged nuclear reactors.Officials at the Columbia Generating Station, on the Hanford nuclear reservation,

Clayton Prusia

February 25, 1917 - March 17, 2011

Ruth 'Betty” McCrea

August 11, 1919 – March 20, 2011

Death Notice - Cathy Nelson

April 6, 1947 - March 22, 2011

Death Notice - Catherine Woodard

Nov. 8, 1918 - March 22, 2011

Death Notice - Mae Shaw

Dec. 21, 1914 - March 22, 2011

Nellie Davis

July 23, 1906 - March 20, 2011

Death Notice - James W. Middleton Jr.

June 13, 1926 - March 18, 2011

Tuesday, March 22

10 tax return tips farmers can use

With the federal tax return deadline of April 18 less than a month away, there are several tax issues to consider if you have a farming business. The IRS has compiled a list of 10 things that farmers may want to know.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jeremy S. Brown, 18, 516 S.W. First St., College Place, was charged March 18 with first-degree burglary -- domestic violence, harassment, and fourth-degree assault -- domestic violence.

Emergency Services - 03/22/11

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

Reiki offers alternative healing method

Need to relax? The Walla Walla Volunteer Reiki Organization has begun holding free Reiki healing sessions the last Saturday of each month at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 800 Sprague Ave.Corbi Copeland, one of the founders of the volunteer group, said

Open house set at Ice Harbor Dam

Want to see how hydropower works? Here's your chance.

BURBANK -- People who want to get a look inside a working hydropower dam will have their chance April 2.

Walla Walla gang member's robbery trial set for May

Corey J. Reece is accused of robbing the Zip Zone Conoco of beer last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A local gang member accused of arming himself with a handgun and robbing the Zip Zone Conoco of beer last month is scheduled for trial May 17 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

On the agenda - WW Council

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

Ex-jewelry shop to become 'Green Spoon' eatery

Someone's In The Kitchen is whipping up plans for its new casual eatery on Main Street.

Trial date set for Walla Walla man in high-speed chase

Eduardo Miranda Salazar is accused of fleeing police while under the influence in January.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to criminal charges stemming from a vehicle chase in January that ended in a crash in the west end of town.

Thrift store diva creates fashion

Fabulous finds at local thrift stores provide raw material for teacher's unique and inspired designs.

There are treasure hunters among us. What they seek isn't measured in currency and, in fact, has often lost its value in the eyes of a previous owner. These are thrift store divas, who live for the discovery and repurposing of fashion "gold" found in the

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - A tale of two colds: his and hers

Lately The Norwegian Artist and I shared a cold together.I mean, he had his, and I had mine, but we did it as a married couple.And, as is the case with most things that married couples collectively accomplish, The Norwegian Artist was very male about the

FACES AND PLACES - Plan your own thrift store hunt

The thrill of the hunt. The search for treasure. Seeking the elusive designer label -- for less than 10 bucks. Walla Walla shoppers have many opportunities for great bargain shopping. There are no less than five thrift and consignment stores within walkin

ETCETERA - Organizers: Volunteers make Teddy Bear Tea a success

A team of volunteers made the fifth annual Walla Walla Retired School Employees Association Teddy Bear Show and Tea a great success, according to organizers.There were 265 people in attendance at the Feb. 26 event.The association annually awards two $1,00

Wa-Hi girls finish third at pod match

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman finished third to lead the Blue Devils at the first Big Nine pod match of the season at Meadow Springs here Monday.Richland's Kristin Strankman medaled with a 76 on the par-72 course.Rounding out Wa-Hi's scoring golfers

Blue Devils handle the weather in a Big Nine boys golf pod match

Two Blue Devils golfers tie for sixth at the dreary Big Nine boys pod match Monday at Veterans.

WALLA WALLA — Rain nearly canceled a Big Nine boys golf pod match at Veterans Memorial Golf Course here Monday.Instead, the 42 golfers played through it, and were greeted with wind at the end.'It was pretty miserable with the first six or seven holes, the

Missionary women swing into spring break win

Whitman's women's tennis team tops Salisbury University, 7-2, in California.

CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Whitman College women's tennis team got its spring break trip off to a late yet successful start on Monday with a 7-2 neutral-court victory over Maryland's Salisbury University in Claremont, Calif.The match, originally slated for 1

Black Sox 14U baseball team holds tryouts this Sunday

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Black Sox, a 14-and-under select baseball team, will be holding a tryout noon Sunday at DeSales High School.Players should bring a glove and other baseball equipment and be prepared to hit, throw, catch and run. The team is o

Jesus De La Rosa

Aug. 31, 1964 - March 18, 2011

Ralph New

July 7, 1931 - March 17, 2011

Death Notice - Richard Jones

April 23, 1948 - March 19, 2011

Death Notice - Betty Wise

Feb. 26, 1919 - Feb. 10, 2011

Death Notice - Rose Stevenson

June 13, 1944 - July 2, 2010

Death Notice - Clara Hall

Feb. 28, 1915 - March 20, 2011

Monday, March 21

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Keep 'Sound Mind, Sound Body' column

Elizabeth Kovar's column, "Sound Mind, Sound Body" is (was) one of the best columns in the Union-Bulletin.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Our students are the future

Kudos to Mr. Steve Luckstead for the excellent thought-provoking letter, "Legislature must fund education obligation," in the March 13 edition of the Union-Bulletin.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reduce recycling and garbage pickup

I remember when recycling was being discussed by the Walla Walla City Council. There was much discussion about the need for the 96-gallon containers.

Brakes must be put on oil speculators

Allowing oil futures to be purchased mostly on credit is bad for consumers and the economy.

Oil speculation -- not supply and demand -- has been driving up the price of gasoline almost daily. Gas is hovering around $3.70 a gallon as oil bounces around $100 a barrel.


A super "perigee moon" -- the biggest in almost 20 years---glows lunar large above Walla Walla Saturday night. The event is rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years. Due to its elliptical orbit, the moon is closest to the earth at perigee and furthest away at apogee. At perigee it is about 31,000 miles closer than at apogee. The last time this event occurred was in 1993. If you missed it Saturday, the next show will be in 2029.

Residents invited to discussion on downtown Weston revitalization

WESTON — Area residents are invited to a discussion on revitalizing downtown Weston Tuesday evening.A group of graduate students from Portland State University are working with the City of Weston to gather ideas and collect opinions for a community vision

Backflow prevention spawns compliance puzzle in Walla Walla

The City Council is looking at ways to ensure homeowners install systems to prevent water supply contamination.

WALLA WALLA -- Recent attempts to increase the pressure on residents who either are not installing or not regularly checking their water backflow assemblies had City Council members questioning staff over the best way to implement the state mandated publi

Etcetera - 03/21/11

If you've cruised by the Camp Fire USA Walla Walla Council office recently at 414 S. Park St., you may notice it was gutted and the front of the building was missing.

Lock opening again delayed

Weather problems have led to a later opening date for the lock at Lower Monumental Dam.

KAHLOTUS -- Weather has caused another delay in the opening of the navigation lock at Lower Monumental Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced.

El Corazon Winery offers Tiger's Blood

What does a Walla Walla winery have in common with Charlie Sheen? Apparently they both have tiger's blood.

Emergency Services - 03/21/11

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

First of four Sheriff's Round Table meetings set for Tuesday

TOUCHET -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold the first of four Sheriff's Round Table meetings Tuesday in Touchet.

Warriors split Eastern Regional Invitational baseball tournament

The Warriors downed Clark, 11-8, in the finale Sunday after falling to Shoreline, 4-2, for the tournament split.

WALLA WALLA — Chance Kopacz stroked a double and two singles Sunday afternoon at Warriors Field as Walla Walla defeated Clark 11-8 in the final game of an Eastern Regional Invitational baseball tournament.The victory made it an even split for the Warriors

Irish open baseball season on right foot with 10-0 win over Lake Quinault

WALLA WALLA — Four DeSales pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as the Irish opened their 2011 baseball season with a 10-0 victory over visiting Lake Quinault at Ray Lane Field late Saturday afternoon.

WWCC fastpitch team finishes 2-1-1 at preseason tournament

RICHLAND — Walla Walla Community College's softball team went 2-1-1 at a preseason tournament here Saturday and Sunday.The Warriors opened with an 8-0 shutout of Shoreline Saturday morning, and then played Douglas to a 9-all tie later in the day.

Death Notice - Ruth McCrea

Aug. 11, 1919 - March 20, 2011

Death Notice - John Levens

June 22, 1923 - March 19, 2011

Death Notice - Jesus De La Rosa III

Aug. 31, 1964 - March 18, 2011

Sunday, March 20

Early release of inmates not magic answer to save money

Washington state's prison population is more violent than most states. Any plan for early release must put public safety first.

Keeping criminals behind bars is expensive — most estimates are $30,000 a year or more per inmate. Yet, it's part of the price to taxpayers for keeping society safe.But as the gap between tax revenue and projected expenses continue to grow in Washington s

Indians and Irish invade Warrior turf

The Wa-Hi softball team hosted Touchet and DeSales for three three-inning games in a jamboree at Murr Field Saturday.The games almost didn't go off as planned, when wet spring weather forced Wa-Hi grounds crews to lay down 2.5 tons of moisture-absorbing P

Warriors earn Friday softball split with Saints

Mount Hood pulls out the 3-2 win in extra innings of the opener before WWCC takes the nightcap, 10-6.

WALLA WALLA – Mount Hood Community College pushed a run across in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Walla Walla Community College, 3-2, in the opener of a non-division NWAACC softball doubleheader.The Warriors responded with a 10-hit second-game atta

Warriors bats alive, but split on the day

The WWCC baseball team falls to Olympic but tops Clackamas in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College split a pair of NWAACC baseball games Saturday during the opening session of the East Region Invitational at Warrior Field.The Warriors lost to Olympic, 7-5, before downing Clackamas, 9-1, in a game called in th

Whitman offers youth baseball camp March 22-24

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College baseball program is hosting a Spring Training Camp for players ages 8-18.The camp takes place at Borleske Stadium from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. March 22-24 and it is $75 per player.The camp is designed to help young players get read

Wildcats sweep Missionaries to remain on top of NWC

Linfield sweeps Whitman 15-7 and 8-0 in a Saturday doubleheader.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Linfield remained atop the Northwest Conference baseball standings with a 15-7 and 8-0 doubleheader sweep of visiting Whitman College here Saturday afternoon.The Bruins improved 7-1 in the NWC (13-4 overall) while dropping Whitman to 2

W-P softball pitches to sweep of St. John-Endicott

PRESCOTT — Jennifer Nichols and Kazmira Grende pitched Waitsburg-Prescott to a sweep of a non-league softball doubleheader here Saturday.Nichols struck out 10 and pitched a complete-game one hitter to lead W-P to a 7-0 win over St. John-Endicott in the op

Matt Watson leads Blue Devils to 11-3 win

Matt Watson leads Blue Devils to 11-3 win

MOSES LAKE — Matt Watson got the Wa-Hi baseball season off on the right foot here Friday in non-conference baseball action.Watson blasted a three-run home run and drove in five runs to lead the Blue Devils to an 11-3 win over Moses Lake.The Chiefs threw J

W-P baseball team pounds out 20 hits to sweep St. J-E

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott came through in the clutch to win the opener here Saturday in non-league baseball action. W-P unleashed an 11-hit offensive show in the second game to complete a sweep of St. John-Endicott, 7-5 and 18-0.St.J-E rallied with a

UCLA's Williams returns for second Sweets season

WALLA WALLA — Kevin Williams, the lone rising freshman on the inaugural Walla Walla Sweets team, is returning to southeastern Washington for the second season of Sweets baseball.Williams, a 6-foot, 185-pound infielder, was selected in the 41st round of th

Helix, Weston-McEwen tracksters compete

The TigerScots and Grizzlies were at the Umatilla Icebreaker on Saturday.

UMATILLA — Helix and Weston-McEwen competed in the Umatilla IceBreaker track and field meet Friday, and both schools sent successful athletes home.The TigerScots boys team placed 12th with six placers and 11 points. The W-M girls team posted an eighth-pla

Short-handed Pioneers split in softball games

Mac-Hi wins the opener but can't handle to offensive battle in a nightcap loss to Molalla.

MOLALLA, Ore. — Mac-Hi traveled, missing several key parts due to injury and other commitments, and managed to split a non-league softball doubleheader here Saturday.Shawney Garcia pitched a complete game five-hitter and struck out 10 in leading the Pione

Hulce paces W-P track team at Invite

Ronnie Hulce places first in the high jump at the Papa Wells Invitational Saturday.

YAKIMA — A thirty-four team track and field Papa Wells Invitational took place here Saturday with Waitsburg-Prescott taking part.The only individual winner for W-P was Ronnie Hulce, who finished first in the girls high jump (4 feet, 10 inches). Hulce was

Liberty Christian baseball team topples weather-weary Dayton

RICHLAND — Liberty Christian's Patriots took a baseball doubleheader from Dayton Saturday, sweeping through 12-1 and 20-10.The Bulldogs made eight errors in the two games, but turned three double plays.'We just haven't had the weather to get outside,” Day

Wolves split on road softball trip

WWU tops Boise State's club Thursday, but falls to Treasure Valley Friday.

CALDWELL, Idaho — After Walla Walla University's softball team swept Boise State's club team Thursday in Boise to start a southern Idaho road trip, the Wolves ran into hot-hitting Treasure Valley Community College team that pounded out 25 hits to sweep a

Saturday, March 19

City of Walla Walla explains how funds will be used

The WW Police Guild and a citizens committee had raised concerns about fixing the basement.

WALLA WALLA — A dispute over how much police bond money can be used to fix up the basement of City Hall once police move out was settled last week, with the city giving assurance of what the money can and cannot be used for.Last month memb

Walla Walla woman sentenced in tax fraud

Melissa N. Sherrill will serve 16 months in prison followed by a three-year term of court supervision.

A second Walla Walla resident has been sentenced for her role in a tax fraud scheme that reportedly involved the identities of numerous local people.Melissa N. Sherrill, 34, has been ordered by a federal court to serve 16 months in prison follow


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.

Kids create author's characters

Teachers and students have prepared for the Kids Read event with lessons and projects on the author's works.

WALLA WALLA — When children's book author Jon Scieszka takes to the Cordiner Hall stage on Monday, he will be surrounded by some familiar characters.A stinky cheese man, a misunderstood wolf, a squid, an octopus, and some lively truc

Community Violence Prevention Conference to help battle violence

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College will host the 2011 Community Violence Prevention Conference on March 29 and 30. All conference events are free and open to the public.Guest presenter Dorothy Edwards of “greendot etcetera” will sp

Program hopes to stop violence

Green Dot uses the power of peer pressure to change a culture.

WALLA WALLA — If Barbara Maxwell could choose the color of hope, it would be green.Maxwell, an associate dean at Whitman College, is helping bring “Green Dot” founder Dorothy Edwards to Walla Walla as the featured speaker for t

Voices from the WW Valley — Gary Buttice

Gary Buttice, 69, left Columbia Basin College in the early 1960s to work as a welder on Ice Harbor Dam. Three dams and 50 years later, Buttice is among a few who remember the recording-breaking 115-degree heat, toil and camaraderie among the workers wh

Balloon Stampede memorabilia, logo unveiled during GroBiz

WALLA WALLA — Memorabilia for this year's 37th Annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede debuted at GroBiz on Saturday.This year black is back, as a black T-shirt design was added to the traditional vibrant spring colors that serve as the

GroBiz heads event toward new horizons

Organizers shake things up to pump new life into the Expo.

WALLA WALLA — Of the several major changes to the chamber's trademark event formerly known as the Business Expo & Home Show, it was probably the new name and layout that was most noted by spectators at Saturday's all-day event at

Blue Mountain Community Church to commission senior pastor

WALLA WALLA — Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave., will commission the Rev. Jim Snyder as its new senior pastor at 10:15 a.m. on March 27.Snyder has served as senior pastor at Sacred Journey Church in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to t

NAMI meeting to focus on research, funding

COLLEGE PLACE — The monthly general meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St. The session will start with a potluck at 6:30 p.m.Prior to the meeting, Anne

PANORAMA - The new bluegrass kids

The beat goes on as a new "generation" of bluegrass musicians hones its skills in the footsteps of the Blue Mountain Troublemakers.The new group named themselves the Rezonators.On March 27, they will take the stage along with their mentors, the Troublemak

Festival accepts Pioneer students' film

A video produced by Pioneer Middle School students Brian Mott, Malcolm Gabbard and Nate Brewer has been accepted in the documentary category by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth recently.Their 7-minute-long video, "Black Door Art Gallery," is

St. Patrick still has a lot to teach us

I have the privilege of serving as pastor of two Catholic parishes named after saints who appeal even to those who do not buy into the Catholic notion of saints: St. Francis of Assisi, attractive to many for his association with animals and peace; and St.


Unity Church of Peace to celebrate spring equinox


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Early release of inmates not magic answer to save money

Washington state's prison population is more violent than most states. Any plan for early release must put public safety first.

Keeping criminals behind bars is expensive - most estimates are $30,000 a year or more per inmate. Yet, it's part of the price to taxpayers for keeping society safe.


School district survey questionedAfter reviewing the recent publication of the Educate, Listen and Plan initiative survey results for Walla Walla School District improvements, I wonder just what substantive value it has contributed to the decision-making

Photo Gallery: WWCC splits softball twin bill with Saints

Mount Hood pulls out the 3-2 victory in eight innings of the opener, but the Warriors answered with a 10-6 victory in the nightcap Friday in non-league softball play.

Friday, March 18

Phyllis Graves

March 2, 1927 - March 16, 2011

Donna Alexander

April 6, 1939 – March 17, 2011

Death Notice - Clayton Prusia

Feb. 25, 1917 - March 17, 2011

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:

Consultant: Keys to business success already on hand

Brad Worthley, who speaks today at GroBiz 2011, says business owners often make decisions based on fear, not on what's best.

WALLA WALLA -- Looking for the key to unlock business success? A consultant and author in Walla Walla today for the GroBiz 2011 Business Conference & Trade Show says most business owners already hold it.

Visual aids can help explain changing seasons

There's good news all around us. On Sunday we'll be hitting the first day of spring, known to us geeks as the spring equinox. That's the point when those of us living on the northern half of the Earth finally start to see daylight overwhelm the darkness o

Competition puts knowledge to the test

DeSales sends six students next week to the state Knowledge Bowl competition.

WALLA WALLA -- So you know Iran was formerly Persia. That a yurt is a portable, Mongolian dwelling. Or that the pad of flesh located high on an animal's paw is called a dewclaw.

Opening act named for Walla Walla fair concert

LoCash Cowboys will open for The Band Perry during the August show, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- Country rock duo LoCash Cowboys will be the opening act at the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days 2011 concert.

Trucks by the hundreds roll through for wind project

About 1,350 oversize loads will creep along local highways through June.

POMEROY -- The first of approximately 1,350 tractor-trailer oversize/overweight "superloads" began delivering wind turbine components earlier this week.

Legal Briefing - Losing lunch could put you on queasy legal footing

Dear John, I have a question for you that I am embarrassed to ask, but here goes. I was out last Friday and, well, became ill. I ended up vomiting on the sidewalk in front of somebody's house. I didn't know what to do, so I just left it there. Did I break

Emergency Services - 03/18/11

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

Dunham Cellars feted for donations to Komen cancer research fund

A Walla Walla winery that's dedicated a portion of its sales to cancer research was feted last weekend by the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Break in routine necessary but also scary

Mike was happy. He leaned in toward me, eyes wide, smile wide, arms wide. I leaned in until our foreheads were but inches apart and he erupted in laughter, giddy, giggling laughter.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Time to revisit resolutions to lose weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 66 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese.

Etcetera - 03/18/11

Local firefighters made respectable showings in the individual and team competitions during the 20th annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge March 6 in the Columbia Tower in Seattle.

Bacteria do dirty work to produce bad breath

Ever been backed into a corner by bad breath?

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

John T. Schaefer III, 37, 205 Bush St., was charged March 16 with assault -- violation of protection order, and second-degree malicious mischief -- domestic violence.

PHOTO GALLERY — W-P tops TigerScots in baseball cross-border battle

ATHENA - Waitsburg-Prescott came away with a border-battle win over Weston-McEwen, winning the season-opening baseball game 7-4.Temperatures were cold for players and fans, which caused more errors on the field, said W-M coach T.J. Haguewood.The TigerScot

Wa-Hi softballers eager to take field

The Blue Devils host DeSales and Touchet for a season-opening jamboree Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Thursday's weather had to make Wa-Hi softball coach Jerry Humphreys very happy.After several weeks of alternate rain, wind and cold, Thursday's light clouds and breezes finally brought a chance to hit the field and play.And the 2011 Blue Dev

Weston-McEwen softball team tops Waitsburg-Prescott, 15-14

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen picked up a 15-14 home win in an offensive softball battle with Waitsburg-Prescott on a blustery Thursday afternoon.Molly vonBorstel pitched the complete-game effort for the TigerScots, allowing 11 hits.'The temperature dropped by t

Local track and field teams solid at Bucks Classic

Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi and WWVA track and field teams compete in Pendleton.

PENDLETON — Local runners had a solid day at the Buck Classic track invite in Pendleton Thursday.Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi and Walla Walla Valley Academy all sent runners to the early-season meet.For Wa-Hi, several athletes had lifetime bests and picked up top finish

W-P takes advantage of TigerScots' baseball errors

ATHENA — Waitsburg-Prescott came away with a border-battle win over Weston-McEwen, winning the season-opening baseball game 7-4.Errors hurt the TigerScot effort, said W-M coach T.J. Haguewood.'It was definitely a first game,” he said. 'I think we came out

Grangeville picks up opening win over Pomeroy baseball team

POMEROY — Pomeroy lost its opening-round baseball game to Grangeville, 11-3, Thursday afternoon.The Pirates scored three times off four hits, but made four errors in the effort.'The weather hasn't been real good to get a lot of practice in, but it hasn't

Pirate golfer medals as Pomeroy wins season-opening jamboree

CLARKSTON — A Pomeroy golfer medaled and the Pirates came away with first place at a nine-hole jamboree at Quail Ridge golf course here Thursday.Joel Meyers carded a 40 on the par-36 course, while the Pirates scored 181 with their first four golfers.'This

Mac-Hi girls get two doubles wins, team falls to Pendleton 9-2

MILTON-FREEWATER — Doubles teams Cat Garza and Brittany Kelp and Glenda Lamas and Estefani Lamas posted wins for Mac-Hi in its opening match of the year here Thursday.The Pioneers lost the match to Pendleton, 9-2, off a singles sweep.In doubles play, Kelp

Grangeville softball team makes quick work of young Pirates

POMEROY — Grangeville made quick work of a youthful Pomeroy softball squad here Thursday, taking 35-7 and 31-5, three-inning non-league victories.'We're young and we're inexperienced,” Pirates coach Rob Monahan said. 'We started five freshmen and an eight

Irish second as Baumgart medals at District 9 Invite at Golfland

PASCO — DeSales' Ryan Baumgart carded a one-over 28 to medal at a nine-hole District 9 golf invite at Golfland here Thursday.Baumgart's score helped the Irish boys to a second-place finish with a four-player team score of 131, 10 strokes behind Tri-Cities

Stranded mare rescued from island

After a day-plus marooned in the Walla Walla River, a local horse is back in greener pastures.

Lady Max is back home.Stranded on a small island in the Walla Walla River since Wednesday morning, the 32-year old Appaloosa mare was led back to safety Thursday afternoon.

Death Notice - Donna Alexander

April 6, 1939 - March 17, 2011

School Board makes right call in delaying vote on Wa-Hi bond proposal

More time is needed to determine what this community wants and is willing to fund.

The Walla Walla School Board made a wise decision to delay its decision on revamping Wa-Hi.The project is important and will be expensive. It must be done right.Superintendent Mick Miller has done a solid job reaching out to the community over the past fe

Thursday, March 17

Second act named for Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert

LoCash Cowboys will open for The Band Perry at the August show.

Country rock duo LoCash Cowboys will be the opening act at the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days 2011 concert.The Nashville twosome of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust were announced this afternoon as the opener for the Fair's headlining act, The Band

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time for Washington to embrace a coal-free future

They call Washington the Evergreen State, but there's nothing green about the 10 million tons of carbon dioxide spewing each year from the TransAlta Coal Plant.

Federal education law is still failing schools, students

It's time for Congress to gut the 'No Child Left Behind' law and start over.

The nation's secretary of education, Arne Duncan, told Congress last week that the "No Child Left Behind" law is broken. President Obama essentially said the same thing Monday.

Etcetera - 03/17/11

Collaborating with illustrator Lane Smith, children's author Jon Scieszka authored the very popular children's books "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and "Math Curse."

Gems inspire latest round in 'Lather, Rinse, Defeat' contest

A diamond and pearl pendant served as inspiration in the latest round of Walla Walla hair competition "Lather, Rinse, Defeat."

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jesse and Cynthia Goodwater.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Mario Jay Upham, 31, 1085 N.E. Lake St., Pullman, was sentenced March 14 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of more than 40 grams marijuana.

Emergency Services - 03/17/11

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

Indians roll to softball rout of Patriots

Nine- and six-run rallies spark Touchet's 17-2 season-opening softball victory over Liberty Christian Wednesday.

TOUCHET — Touchet rode two big rallies to pick up a 17-2 mercy-rule win over Liberty Christian at Joe Weber Memorial softball field here Thursday in its first game of the season.The Indians got on the scoreboard in the second inning, bringing in two runs

Whit women third at SoCal Dutch Invite

BEAUMONT, Calif. — The Whitman College women's golf team, unable to maintain its first-round momentum, slipped from first to third in the final team scoring as the 36-hole SoCal Dutch Invitational finished its two-day run Wednesday afternoon at the Oak Va

Whitman's Duckworth rookie of year

WALLA WALLA — Whitman freshman Josh Duckworth was selected NCAA D-III West Region Rookie of the Year.Duckworth, a 6-foot-2 guard from Los Angeles, was Whitman's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game, during the 2010-11 Missiona

Mac-Hi's plight depicted in OSAA program

WALLA WALLA — Sitting court side in the Pendleton Convention Center a couple of weeks ago and awaiting the tipoff of Weston-McEwen's first game at the boys Class 2A state basketball tournament, I spent a few minutes browsing through the Oregon School Acti

WWWBA bids adieu after 65 years

Past bowlers — and fond memories — are honored as the women's association prepares to combine with area men and youth.

WALLA WALLA — For the women of the Walla Walla Women's Bowling Association (WWWA), the last 65 years have been full of fun on the lanes and on trips across the country.And though there's uncertainty about the future, there's no doubt that women's bowling

Pioneers click in baseball win over 'Dogs

Mac-Hi keys on fewer errors, more strikeouts and more walks in the 8-2 baseball win.

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi opened the baseball season on a strong note, picking up an 8-2 win over Umatilla's Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon.The Pioneers, led by Alex Ortiz who hit a two-run homer in the seventh and pitched the first three innings of a one-hit game,

Missionary men fall short of Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Whitman College men's tennis team finished off its Spring Break trip in thrilling yet heart-breaking fashion Wednesday afternoon, staging an impressive comeback in singles before dropping a razor-thin 5-4 decision to Cal Luther

Daniel Shofner

May 7, 1959 - March 9, 2011

Connie Sherer

Oct. 29, 1940 - March 15, 2011

Mae Battle

June 28, 1925 - March 5, 2011

Diary serves as foundation for novel set in 1930s Walla Walla

Writer Frances Pott's father was a tuberculosis victim who spent 17 months in the Blue Mountain Sanatorium.

More than 80 years have passed since Oct. 29, 1929, cast a mantle of despondent gloom on the world. On that grim Black Tuesday, the stock market crashed and burned, shattering the lives and livelihoods of millions.The ensuing Great Depression gripped the

Wednesday, March 16

UPDATE - Horse stranded on island in Walla Walla River

A mare that apparently slipped into the river swam to safety but is stuck at least until morning

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 32-year-old Appaloosa mare has been stranded on a small island in the Walla Walla River since this morning. The mare most likely slipped off the bank and swam to safety, said Del Henry, the mare's owner.


With traffic zipping past in a steady stream, a lone pedestrian turns his umbrella to the driving rain and makes his way along Alder Street Tuesday afternoon. The persistant---but on again, off again---rainfall caused postponement of the Touchet versus Liberty Christian baseball game (others?) until Wednesday with the hopes of a dryer afternoon.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Alejandro A. Ureno, 30, 114 S. Water St., Weston, was sentenced March 7 on one count each violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-delivery of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a school bus route designated by the school district, second-degree pos

Emergency Services - 03/16/11

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

History professor's book takes close look at Brent Scowcroft

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College history professor David Schmitz has written his ninth book, "Brent Scowcroft: Internationalism and Post-Vietnam War Foreign Policy," a biography of the advisor to Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Whitman professor co-edits essays on Pynchon novel

WALLA WALLA -- A novel with a city's worth of characters now has a book with a village's worth of literary voices to guide the way.

Biology professor honored with 'Women of Discovery' award

WALLA WALLA -- Kate Jackson, an assistant professor of biology at Whitman College, has been selected to receive a 2011 "Women of Discovery" award, presented by WINGS WorldQuest,

Business owner continues fight against bone marrow cancer

WALLA WALLA -- Jim Andrews, owner of The Auto Man car repair business, is continuing in his battle against bone marrow cancer.

Parent Toddler Relationship class registration open

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College is now enrolling parents for the spring quarter Parent Toddler Relationships classes, which begin March 30.

Free financial literacy seminar set at Walla Walla High School

WALLA WALLA -- Students and parents are invited to a free financial literacy seminar to be held at Walla Walla High School Monday night.

On the agenda - CP SCHOOL BOARD

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

Home Loan Center 'going along ... just fine'

Since the sudden closure of Walla Walla-based mortgage lender NetMore America two weeks ago, the phones at Home Loan Center have been ringing with calls from people all wondering whether that operation will be changing, too.

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

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

Etcetera - 03/16/11

McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble Wins First Place at 40th Annual Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival

Trial delayed for former Walla Walla Regional Airport janitor

Elias Alonso faces drug charges in connection with the discovery of meth in the janitorial room.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a longtime janitor at the Walla Walla Regional Airport who was arrested in December after suspected methamphetamine was found in the terminal.

World according to Nora the Schnauzer

Nora has a little different take on the wildlife adventures she takes with Don Davis, aka Bossy.

I got mail!An e-mail, addressed to me: Dear Nora!Bossy read it to me.Woof!The e-mail said: 'Every week we look forward to the description of your travels and the pictures your human takes while following you.”The 'human” must be Bossy. I call him that, af

Whit women card record low, lead at California invite

The Missionary women card a 332, the lowest team score in program history, to lead after the first day at Oak Valley Country Club.

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Posting the lowest team score in program history, Whitman College women's golf squad carded a 332 total on Tuesday to grab the first-round lead at the SoCal Dutch Invitational here at Oak Valley Golf Club.Headed to today's second and fi

Whit senior selected NWC student athlete of the week

WALLA WALLA — Etienne Moshevich, a Whitman College senior, is this week's Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.The award recognized Moshevich's contributions to three Whitman matches last Friday and Saturday at the Stag-Hen In

Whit hardballers awarded NWC student-athletes of the week

WALLA WALLA — For the first time in recent memory, two Whitman College athletes have been named Northwest Conference Student Athletes of the Week for men's baseball.Jay Richards, a senior infielder who sparked Whitman to a doubleheader sweep of Lewis & Cl

Death Notice - Phyllis Graves

Mar. 2, 1927 - Mar. 16, 2011

Death Notice - Betty Holley

Aug. 19, 1952 - Mar 15, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Lauless

Dec. 24, 1920 - March 15, 2011

Death Notice - Herbert Kroschel III

May 6, 1969 - Feb. 20, 2011

Ada Price

July 16, 1923 - March 14, 2011

Helen Chase

Cheryl Shannon

March 2, 1945 - March 10, 2011

Vernon Kenney

March 5, 1920 - March 12, 2011

Angeline Farrens

July 13, 1921 – March 14, 2011

Vote on Walla Walla High School bond to wait

The superintendent says May is too soon to ask voters to pay for an overhaul of the high school.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will wait a bit longer before asking voters for a bond to fix Walla Walla High School.After weeks of discussions and studying whether to seek a bond during a special election in May, Superintendent Mick Miller r

Tuesday, March 15


Buying food produced locally and growing some of your own food avoids the costs of transportation, allows you to monitor the conditions under which your food is produced, and contributes to both community sustainability and food security.

Take a seat with the regulars

I have a habit. According to me it's a good habit, not a bad one. I do a lot of my writing in Walla Walla's numerous coffee shops. I tend to float around, enjoying a change of scenery every now and again. I'm an equal-opportunity coffee drinker.

THE WEEKLY - Doctors prescribe books

The Reach Out and Read program and local Early Learning Coalition provide free books for families.

Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do to help their children be ready for success in school.

Center offers a tasty Strawberry Waffle Supper

The Strawberry Waffle Supper, a tradition at the Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., draws in plenty of guests.

Fred: Part II, on what we can do

I have some news about Fred.

Mountain cats, chipmunks ... and wolves? Oh, my!

What better way to catch the comings and goings of wildlife than by using a slew of trail cameras?

Plumbing work sparks College Place apartment fire

Officials say two units in an apartment building have been rendered uninhabitable.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A fire Tuesday morning that damaged an apartment building is being blamed on a plumber's propane torch. The blaze sparked by pipe work at 731 S. E. Larch Ave. rendered two units uninhabitable. The blaze began about 10 a.m. between the cei

Spin-In season kicks off at Kirkman House Museum

WALLA WALLA -- The Kirkman House Museum this weekend opened the doors to its Textile House for what is believed to be the ninth Spin-In season, as six spinning enthusiasts met Sunday to turn wool into skeins of yarn.

Thundering Hooves shutters operations

WALLA WALLA -- Thundering Hooves, the pasture-finished, organic beef operation that became a model of sustainability and staple of the Walla Walla locavore movement, has closed amid financial tumult.

Officials: Radiation risk here minimal

Local health officials have received calls from people worried that trouble in Japan will spill over here.

WALLA WALLA -- People calling public health offices concerned about possible radiation poisoning from Japan's disaster can be reassured there is no present danger to Washington state, officials said today.

College Place Council discusses business registration plan

The measure was sent back to staff for more work. It would create a registry of businesses operating in the city.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Although no one stepped forward to comment on a proposed business registration plan Monday, City Council members had plenty to say about the idea.

Deadline approaches to file for School Board races

Thursday is the last day for eligible residents to seek one of three positions on the Milton-Freewater School Board.

Trout stocking set for today at Jefferson Park

WALLA WALLA -- Rainbow trout -- 1,100 of them -- will be planted in Jefferson Park Pond today, according to a news release from the city. These fish are raised at the Lyons Ferry Fish Hatchery and provided for youth fishing by the Washington Department of

Emergency Services - 03/15/11

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

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - Cp council

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

In the minutes - WW County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

South Fork to dish Japanese cuisine for disaster relief

South Fork Grill is cooking up fundraising plans for earthquake and tsunami relief.


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


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


When: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.Where: Board room, 500 Tausick Way.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Myranda R. York, 21, 616 S. Palouse St., was sentenced March 7 on one count second-degree possession of stolen property.

Road Closure - 03/15/11

Park Street, between Main and Baker streets, will be closed on Wednesday.


With a patchwork of emerging color from the Blue Mountains as backdrop, a blue-gloved and bundled-up jogger traverses the rolling morning countryside along Cottonwood Road.

Whitman men's tennis team falls to UT-Tyler

The Missionary men's tennis team loses a 6-3 decision on spring break Monday.

POMONA, Calif. — A promising start in doubles turned sour in singles as the Whitman College men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to the University of Texas-Tyler on Monday in a spring break match in Pomona, Calif.Whitman, ranked No. 6 in the West Regi

Wa-Hi girls survive gusty Moses Lake golf course

One Blue Devil has a season-best score for fifth place, while another cards a lifetime best.

MOSES LAKE — Two Wa-Hi girls golfers had good days despite gusty weather and fast greens at the Moses Lake Invite here Monday.Blue Devil Jessica Huntsman finished the day with an 89 for fifth place. Her score was a season-best, said coach Mike Patterson.L

Whit women's tennis team wins again

The Missionary women top Texas school Hardin-Simmons to win their fourth tennis match in four days.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Winning its fourth match in as many days, the Whitman College women's tennis team rolled over Hardin-Simmons from Abilene, Texas, 8-1 Monday afternoon at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash.Whitman, now 7-4 on the season, played three

Not-so-new coach takes over Pioneers baseball team

Although Michael Garcia is new to the Mac-Hi baseball scene, he's coached in town for 16 years.

MILTON-FREEWATER — At Mac-Hi, everything old is new again — in a way of speaking.Michael Garcia has taken over the Pioneers' baseball team in the 2011 season, and though Garcia is new to black and red, he's not a new face to many of the kids.Garcia has co

Esta Slater

June 30, 1921 - March 11, 2011

Susan Dickinson

July 22, 1925 - March 11, 2011

Hewitt's effort to bring back horse racing is the right move

The horse races are a big part of community events in Southeastern Washington.

Sure, Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt is doing a bit of home cookin' with his effort to push through legislation to restore spring horse racing in Walla Walla, Waitsburg and Dayton, but that's his job.Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, is not just the minority l

Monday, March 14

Opening of Lower Monumental Dam lock pushed back

KAHLOTUS -- Final adjustments to a new lock gate at Lower Monumental Dam have pushed back the date of its reopening, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said.

Mac-Hi class of 1971 to hold meeting to prepare for reunion

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The McLoughlin High School class of 1971 is having an organizational meeting for its 40-year class reunion on Sunday, 4 p.m., at Corky York's home, 129 Orchard St. For more information call 541-938-6056.

Local lawmakers to hold telephone town hall Thursday

Two local state legislators will hold a telephone town hall Thursday.

Rural library district meeting set for Tuesday afternoon

WALLA WALLA -- An update on a study on countywide library services will be before the Walla Walla Rural Library District board Tuesday.

Veterans sought to participate in survey at VA campus

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center is asking veterans to participate in a survey Tuesday.

M-F woman, two others injured in Franklin County crash

A Milton-Freewater woman was one of three people injured Saturday in a one-car accident in Franklin County.

Walla Walla man injured after car runs off US Highway 12

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was injured Sunday after his car ran off U.S. Highway 12 about three miles east of Wallula Junction.

Zerba Cellars wins regional award

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A Walla Walla Valley winery has been named the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

Emergency Services - 03/14/11

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

Walla Walla Community College teacher on opera: 'Everyone has it in them'

For the second year in a row, WWCC students will perform an opera created by their instructor.

WALLA WALLA -- Voice students, music students and art students will collaborate this week to put together an original opera at Walla Walla Community College.

On the agenda - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Kyle Eugene Fairley, 19, 429 E. Sumach St., No. 2, was sentenced March 7 on one count third-degree assault.

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Etcetera - 03/14/11

Walla Wallans Robert and Linnea Keatts have visited our sister city in Japan a number of times over the years and have been concerned about the welfare of all Japanese citizens, including the people they've befriended in Sasayama.

Walla Walla man recalls Japan quake

Doug Cheney was at Narita Airport near Toyko when last week's quake struck.

When a massive earthquake struck Japan on Friday, Doug Cheney of Walla Walla was walking toward an airport gift shop to get a souvenir for his wife.

Warriors split softball twin bill in Pasco

The WWCC team downs CBC before falling to Wenatchee.

PASCO — Walla Walla Community College rode Alexis Bobadilla's nine strikeouts to a 9-1 softball victory over Columbia Basin in the first game of a twin bill rescheduled from the rained-out Inter-Regional Tournament in Vancouver, Wash., on Sunday.The Warri

Scherer's first collegiate win helps Whitman women down George Fox

Hadley Scherer posts her first collegiate tennis win as the Missionaries win, 8-1.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — With first-year Missionary Hadley Scherer posting her first collegiate victory, the Whitman College women's tennis team rolled over George Fox 8-1 Sunday night at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore. The Northwest Conferen

Walla Walla Community College sweeps baseball twin bill

WWCC takes a 12-2 victory from Blue Mountain before downing CBC, 5-4, in the mini-tournament finale Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla notched two more community college baseball victories Sunday at the Warriors' Tausick Way diamond, running its season record to 7-1.The Warriors scored three times in the first inning in a 12-2 victory over Blue Mountain for one

Mac-Hi softball team reloads, eyes GOL softball title

Mac-Hi returns seven players from last year's team that advanced to the state Class 4A softball tournament.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Seven Mac-Hi softball players are returning to the field with last year's first-round loss in the Class 4A state softball tournament still on their minds.This season, they plan to return and go farther.'When everyone comes together, I e

Pioneers rally spoils Missionaries' perfect baseball weekend

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College came within three outs of completing a three-game baseball sweep of Lewis & Clark on Sunday, but the Pioneers rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to steal a 5-3 Northwest Conference victory at Borleske Stadium.Whitm

Walla Walla University softball team plays better in losses

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University hung with Eastern Oregon University in both games before dropping both ends of a softball twin bill here Sunday, 11-0 and 9-7.'We looked good until about the sixth or seventh inning of both games,” Wolves coach Mike

Wa-Hi's Nelson runs to seventh place at New Balance Nationals

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi track athlete Aaron Nelson won the first heat and finished seventh overall at the New Balance Nationals in New York on Friday.Nelson was 5 seconds off an All-American time on the 5,000-meter indoor track.To see a video of Nelson's perf

Whitman women golfers second in Beaumont

BEAUMONT, Calif. — The Whitman College women's golf team kicked off the spring portion of its schedule on Sunday with a second-place showing in a five-school battle hosted by the University of Redlands at the East Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.

Death Notice - Vernon Kenney

March 5, 1920 - March 12, 2011

Death Notice - Helen Chase

June 20, 1923 - March 13, 2011

Death Notice - Lucille Henderson

Aug. 8, 1930 - March 13, 2011

Death Notice - Alvin Williams

May 5, 1942 - March 14, 2011

Death Notice - Angeline Farrens

July 13, 1921 - March 14, 2011

Death Notice - Esta Slater

June 30, 1921 - March 11, 2011

Robert Lewis

June 21, 1912 -March 11, 2011

College Place to look at master licensing service

COLLEGE PLACE - A hearing Monday will focus on creation of a master licensing service for businesses in the city.The Council will take comments on the proposed business registration ordinance. The program would be done in partnership with the state Depart

Free seminar set for March 22 on veterans benefits

WALLA WALLA - A free seminar on veterans benefits will be held March 22 at 2 p.m. at Park Plaza retirement community, 1400 Dalles Military Road.The seminar will shed light on the little-known Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance program, which provide

Spring bingo family fun night set in Dayton

DAYTON - The spring bingo family fun night is March 19 in the Dayton Elementary School multipurpose room.Doors open at 3 p.m., with bingo from 4 to 8 p.m.Sponsors are American Legion Post 42, VFW Post 5549 and the Blue Mountain Heritage Society. Proceeds

Sunday, March 13

Pitchers help Warriors rack up two nonleague wins

The Warriors defeat Blue Mountain 8-0 and Columbia Basin 7-3 despite soggy conditions.

WALLA WALLA — Top-notch efforts by pitchers Tyler Roberts and Brett Watson helped put Walla Walla Community College in the win column against a pair of NWAACC Eastern Region foes in a pair of nonleague games Saturday at soggy Warrior Field.Roberts threw s

PHOTO GALLERY — Just gotta rodeo

The 29th annual Riding Against Child Abuse College Rodeo continues at noon today with the finals. The rodeo, which has about 150 college athletes from two- and four-year colleges in Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho, has raised more than $300,000 for

PHOTO GALLERY - Whitman baseball team sweeps Lewis and Clark

Whitman tops Lewis & Clark 9-3 and 6-1 in the NWC twinbill.

WALLA WALLA — With Justin Weeks and Jake Nelson throwing complete games, Whitman College swept aside Lewis & Clark 9-3 and 6-1 in a Northwest Conference baseball twinbill Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.Whitman improved to 2-3 in the NWC and 3-13 o

Atkinson leads Blue Devil golfers at Kennewick Invite

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's Dean Atkinson carded a 72 to lead the Blue Devil boys at the 49th annual Kennewick Invitational at Tri-City Country Club Friday.Nic Atwood shot a 78, Travis Morrison an 30, Gunnar Leighty 89 and Houston Rice was disqualified for a Wa-H

Hisaw brings energy to Wa-Hi gridiron

WALLA WALLA — No truer statement has ever been made than when Wa-Hi track — and new head football — coach Eric Hisaw said, 'I think I have more energy than a normal person.”Hisaw is entering his 14th season as track coach at Wa-Hi; he is a collegiate bask

Missionary women down Lutes Friday

WALLA WALLA — With first-year players Maggie Eismeier, Olivia Bates and Leah Siegel winning their first collegiate matches, Whitman College tallied a 6-3 Northwest Conference tennis victory over Pacific Lutheran Friday afternoon on the outdoor courts at W

Wa-Hi's Anderson, Babbitt earn Big Nine NECA/IBEW

WALLA WALLA — The Columbia Basin Big Nine announced the winter winners of the NECA/IBEW CBBN Award.Wa-Hi girls basketball player Gabby Anderson and wrestler Nason Babbitt received the recognition.The National Electrical Contractors Association and the Int

Wa-Hi baseball team opens season with jamboree split

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi played two three-inning games Saturday morning in a jamboree against Big Nine 3A teams Southridge and Sunnyside.The Blue Devils tied Southridge 1-1 and beat Sunnyside 5-0.'It was a nice opening experience for us,” Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradw

Missionary men's tennis team wins at Stag-Hen

CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Whitman College men's tennis team burnished its national standing on Saturday with a 5-4 victory over No. 9 Trinity (Texas) in a battle of ranked teams at the Stag-Hen Invitational.Whitman, ranked No. 19 to start the week, claimed

Blue Devils open track season with big wins

The girls win the Sweeney Invitational and the boys place third on Saturday.

EWISTON — Wa-Hi's girls came out on top in the first track and field meet of the year at the Sweeney Invitational here Saturday.The Blue Devil boys were third. Nine schools were at the meet.'It was an awesome meet for us,” said Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw. 'It

Whit men drop Swarthmore, fall to Kenyon

The Missionaries open their spring break tennis trip with a 6-3 win over Swarthmore and an 8-1 loss to Kenyon College.

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Playing its second match of the day, the Whitman College men's tennis team scored a 6-3 victory over Swarthmore College Friday afternoon at the Stag-Hen Invitational at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif.Whitman, ranked No. 19

Whit women's tennis team wins

Whitman's Lizzy Schiller picks up a three-set victory to propel the Missionaries to a win over Pacific.

Forest Grove, Ore. — Just call her the closer.Three weeks after gutting out a three-set singles victory to clinch a 5-4 Northwest Conference victory over Willamette, Whitman College junior Lizzy Schiller did it again on Saturday against Pacific University

Final meeting for Women's Bowling Association set

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla USBC Women's Bowling Association is having its 65th annual, and final, meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Walla Walla Country Club.All women's bowlers are invited to the event, which begins with appetizers and a no-host bar a

Saturday, March 12

Colon cancer declines over last five years

Early detection of colon cancer can lead to a greater than 90 percent chance of a cure.

WALLA WALLA — J.D. Smith, a grant writer at the Walla Walla Symphony who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, urges early testing.Smith is one of approximately 150,000 people in the United States who has colorectal cancer. Doctors di

Banner cuts compensation for top executives

Banner reported a net loss of $61.9 million in 2010, up from the net loss of $35.8 million in 2009.

WALLA WALLA — Compensation for Banner Corp.'s executive team has decreased over the last two years as the parent of Walla Walla-based Banner Bank made adjustments through the fall of the economy.Banner spent about $1.96 million on it

School district to dedicate support services facility

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Public Schools' new support services facility will open its doors to the public Friday during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.The dedication and ribbon cutting of the facility, located at 1174 Entley St., will begin



$n$ Columbia School Board to meet Monday

BURBANK - The Columbia School Board will hold a regular board meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the district board room, 755 Maple St.

Albino deer visits Walla Walla yard

Donna Surry found a surprise waiting for her in her yard on Mojonnier Road in Walla Walla when an albino deer wandered by last week. "It's awesome," she said of the deer that have congregated by her home.

Police Guild wants bond funds restricted to new police facility

The city wants to use some funds to renovate the old police department in City Hall.

WALLA WALLA — Members of the Walla Walla Police Guild and Walla Walla Area Crime Watch committee are asking the city to “keep its word” to use new police bond funds only for police facilities projects.In a letter dated Feb. 23,

St. Patrick's Day celebration planned

A St. Patrick's Day celebration will take place Thursday at Blanchet Hall in St. Patrick Catholic Church.It will feature traditional Irish pasties and John Lesko's 'Famous St. Patrick's Day Chili.” Coleslaw and cupcakes round out the meal. Hot dogs and Je

Did you remember to set your clocks?

Daylight Saving Time began today at 2 a.m. All clocks should have been advanced one hour.Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the U.S. during World War I and World War II to save energy. It was extended by four weeks in 2007. It ends the first Sunday in

College Rodeo ropes in audience

The competition resumes today at noon at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — Crowds for this year's Riding Against Child Abuse Walla Walla Community College Rodeo could end up being larger than any in the last three decades.On Saturday morning, Dick Cook of the Walla Walla Council for Prevention

Tax district may be answer to M-F ambulance service problem

The earliest voters could decide on the district would be November.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The formation of an new ambulance taxing district is now being considered by Umatilla County officials.But even if such a district is formed, it wouldn't be in place soon enough to provide funds for the area'

Take me out to the scoreboard

Enjoying partial sun behind the manually operated scoreboard at Borleske Stadium, from their lookouts in the 9th and 10th innings two women watch the Whitman College baseball game against Lewis & Clark on Saturday afternoon.

College Place expects school layoffs

Specifics on the number of staff to be impacted are not yet nailed down.

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place Public Schools is bracing for severe cuts to education funding in the coming year that are expected to lead to layoffs within the district.Superintendent Tim Payne, working with the College Place School Board,


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

$n$ Mariners spring training is right around the corner with Moose sightings in Walla Walla, caravans, questions and answers and autographs . . . The signs of spring

The Seattle Mariners Caravan made a stop on the Whitman College campus Jan. 13, with veteran announcer Rick Rizzs, pitchers Shawn Kelley and Luke French, and the Mariners Moose making an appearance in front of hundreds of M's fans.Mariner

Etcetera - 03/13/11

Gayle Sanders has seen a lot of action in 25 years of service on Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Chapter 13's banquet committee. The chapter is observing its 25th annual banquet and Gayle is the only committee member in Walla Walla to serve on it all 25 yea

PASTOR COLUMN - Surrender to the God of peace and hope

Surrender ... it sounds like what you do when a gun is pushed into your back. I know my hands would reach for the sky.Maybe it's not a literal gun. Maybe it is the pressure of circumstances pressing into the vulnerable areas of finances, relationships or


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers


Center at the Park director concerned about legislation

State shouldn't even consider borrowing to plug budget hole

Reducing spending is the prudent course of action. It's best for Washington's future.

Washington state's government is facing a fiscal crisis. The amount of projected revenue (mostly tax collections) looks to be far short of covering all the state's wants as well as some needs. As a result, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature have to t

Head Start program critical to future of our children

Over 200,000 of America's most vulnerable children may soon lose access to vital programs that increase their chances for success in school - and in life.Head Start, one of America's best researched and most effective social programs is under attack. The


Friday, March 11

Dorothy I. Dutton


Jenny Paietta

Aug. 2, 1921 - March 9, 2011

Herbert Kroschel III

May 6, 1969 - February 20, 2011

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Larry L. Odoms, 69, 1008 Parallel St., Milton-Freewater, was charged March 9 with first-degree possessing stolen property and second-degree trafficking in stolen property.

In the minutes - ATHENA COUNCIL

Members of the council are Eric Pickard, LaVerne Mitchell, John Shafer, Deborah Hayward and Carol Speed. Mayor is Charles Vickery. With Shafer, Speed and Mitchell absent Thursday the council did not have a quorum, but:

Pony Club rally set for Saturday at Wa-Hi commons

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Pony Club members will be joined by fellow horse lovers from around the region at a rally Saturday at Walla Walla High School commons.

Testing upcoming for potential Sheriff's Office employment

People interested in qualifying for employment with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office as deputies or correctional officers at the jail must first take a written exam and physical aptitude test administered by

Man arrested on Whitman County warrant returned to Dayton

DAYTON -- A man arrested in late November on a Whitman County warrant was returned to Columbia County on Thursday to face eight charges he incurred after he escaped from the Whitman County Jail in Colfax.

Emergency Services - 03/11/11

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

Boxing club to hold open house Saturday in Walla Walla

Rick's Boxing Club does not charge youths, but does require decent grades, studying and community service.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A free boxing club known for reaching out to youths to fight off gangs and other negative influences is holding an open house Saturday.

Liquor charges dropped after tactic questioned

An investigation found underage aides carried wine into businesses.

WALLA WALLA -- Three wine businesses cited recently by the state Liquor Control Board for selling alcohol to a minor will have their violations reduced to a written warning after an internal investigation revealed a questionable enforcement tactic, an off

Giant quake in Japan should be wakeup call at home

Geology has surely been in the news lately, with the price of petroleum moving relentlessly upward, a threat to global economic recovery because oil is so central to industrial society the world around.

Habitat waiver request splits Council

The city had been asked to let the housing group off the hook for about $4,000 in water and sewer fees.

WALLA WALLA -- A request for a fee waiver by Habitat for Humanity had the City Council caught between a rock and a soft spot, as Council members argued against waiving a $4,121 connection fee tied to public enterprise funds or doing "the right thing" for

Go Sweets! Signups taken for 'Sweet Lou's Bing Bang Rally Gang'

Young baseball fans can join the official kids club of the Walla Walla Sweets, which launches Saturday morning at the Walla Walla YMCA.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: In parting, remember to get healthy, stay healthy

As I write my last article, I can not help but emphasize that diet and exercise is the new medication.

Uncooperative bowels may benefit from simple measures

Having trouble with constipation?

Pair of surgeons join physician group at WWGH

WALLA WALLA -- Dr. Scott Newbold, formerly of Surgical Specialists, has also joined the Adventist Health at Walla Walla General Hospital. His office location on the WWGH campus, existing staff and contact information all remain the same.

Hundreds killed in tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widesprea

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

Ob-gyn joins Adventist Health at Walla Walla General Hospital

WALLA WALLA -- Ob-gyn Dr. Stephanie Nainani, who previously worked for Mayo Health System in Minnesota where she was a practicing physician at Albert Lea Medical Center, has joined Adventist Health at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Etcetera - 03/11/11

Mike Agidius, band director, Milton-Freewater School District

Deep Wa-Hi team ready for hardball season

Wa-Hi has 13 returning baseball players to ‘one of the deepest' Blue Devil teams coach Keith Gradwohl has coached.

WALLA WALLA — Just four new players join 13 returning athletes on Wa-Hi's baseball team, which finished 10-11 overall last year, losing in the first round of the district tournament to Wenatchee.That strength and experience has led Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradw

Missionary men aim at top-three finish in NWC golf

Senior Brian Barton is back to lead the seven-man Whitman golf team.

WALLA WALLA — With a seven-man roster boasting a track record of shooting in the 70s, the Whitman College men's golf team is taking aim this spring at a top three finish in the final Northwest Conference standings.'Finishing in the top three has been our

Huge turnout has Blue Devils sprinting into spring

The Wa-Hi track team expects to best last year's top Big Nine finishes.

WALLA WALLA — There are high expectations for the Wa-Hi track teams this season after the Blue Devil boys won their fifth straight Big Nine title and girls were second last year.Wa-Hi opens the season Saturday at the Sweeney Invite in Lewiston, and early

Sweet launch official kid's club with Saturday signups

WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla Sweets' official kid's club launches with signups from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walla Walla YMCA. Sweet Lou's Bing Bang Rally Gang is presented by Sweet Basil Pizzeria.

BMGSA to have softball mini-camps Saturday, March 19

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association (BMGSA) is have mini-camps for girls ages 5-12 Saturday and March 19 at Pioneer Park's softball fields.Times of the camps are by age, as of Jan. 1, 2011.

Marie Hart

Jan. 4, 1922 - March 8, 2011

Thursday, March 10

Most Walla Walla County offices closed Friday for furlough day

WALLA WALLA — Most Walla Walla County offices will be closed Friday for an unpaid fulough day.The closures will include the Treasurer's Office, Auditor's Office, Assessor's Office, county commissioners, Public Health and Human Services.Property tax paymen


It appeared to be raining color Wednesday morning as brightly-hued, plastic eggs hanging from a tree on Palouse Street mixed with falling precipitation to add droplets of vibrancy to a near colorless sky.

Applicants still sought for Walla Walla County Planning Commission seat

County residents are encouraged to apply by March 24.

WALLA WALLA -- A deadline has been extended to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Walla Walla County Planning Commission.

Roundtable set on financial education in congregations

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition will hold a roundtable meeting on financial education Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Blanchet Hall from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Students put sustainability at fore

Sustainability at Walla Walla University is increasingly becoming a more conscious effort on campus. Students have led the focus on sustainable living, and have made or are in the process of making many improvements to campus sustainability.

Common ground sought for brain, classroom rules

A noted brain scientist issued calls for action to educators at a forum Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- Area educators received the equivalent of a vitamin B-12 shot Wednesday morning, with Dr. John Medina supplying the injection.

Annual Feast Walla Walla gets dual boost

The food and wine event downtown will have a larger tent and coincide with a wine weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- Organizers of Feast Walla Walla, the community's annual celebration of food, wine and art, are already savoring a couple of additions for this year's event: A bigger tent to house the festivities, and the pairing with a wine weekend that co

Hanford tour a hot ticket

Registration for tours of B Reactor become available just as Tuesday comes into being. Past demand has been fierce.

WALLA WALLA -- Chances to tour a Nuclear Age birthplace will be up for grabs Tuesday. But be ready to lose some sleep to snare a ticket.

Etcetera - 03/10/11

Karen D. Patton of Walla Walla received her juris doctor degree at the Feb. 26 commencement ceremony for Concord Law School of Kaplan University, a fully-online law school in Los Angeles. The graduating class included 78 graduates of the juris doctor prog

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Fausto Diaz-Lara. 19, 53066 Appleton Road, Milton-Freewater, was sentenced March 3 on one count each third-degree assault, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Emergency Services - 03/10/11

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

Bank may become new tenant at Ninth and Rose

Sterling Savings Bank is apparently planning a new Walla Walla branch at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Rose Street.

Fowler to perform at Marcus Whitman Friday

Damon Fowler may be billed as a blues artist on the Blind Pig record label -- home to musical legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Magic Slim -- but it would be a mistake to nail down Fowler's style so narrowly.

WWCC coach looks to beef up, balance women's roster

WALLA WALLA — When freshman scoring leader Alex Pfefferle blew out her knee in the quarterfinals of the NWAACC Championships women's basketball tournament Sunday night in Kennewick, Walla Walla coach Bobbi Hazeltine instinctively looked to the end of her

Warriors ride into college rodeo this weekend in Walla Walla

The WWCC rodeo team hosts its only home rodeo of the year this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — Come Friday, the large indoor arena at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds will be transformed into a busy and bustling rodeo scene, full of college students and their horses, livestock and rodeo fans.This weekend is the 29th annual Riding Against C

Death Notice - Cheryl Shannon

March 2, 1945 - March 10, 2011

Death Notice - Daniel Shofner

May 7, 1959 - March 9, 2011

Death Notice - Jenny Paietta

Aug. 1, 1921 - March 9, 2011

Death Notice - Melvin Derby

May 27, 1923 - March 8, 2011

Death Notice - Rosemary Hayes

Feb. 14, 1938 - March 07, 2011

Earl Urbanek

Jan. 23, 1943 - Jan. 16, 2011

Wednesday, March 9


Still not greener on the other side, a lone horse stands along a fence line off Grant Road while a grey morning lights the Blue Mountains and its emerging, brown fields from the receding snow of winter.

$n$ In the minutes - STARBUCK COUNCIL

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

$n$ In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

$n$ In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

In the minutes - WW County

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

A-W School Board to discuss finances in public work session

ATHENA -- The Athena-Weston School Board will hold a public work session Thursday at 5 p.m., which will be followed with an executive session.

M-F students raise nearly $1,200 for heart association

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Freewater Elementary School students raised close to $1,200 for the American Heart Association in January, while also staying physically active.

Candidates emerge for Council, mayor races in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- One day before the deadline for filing to run, two candidates are slated to run for mayor, and a slate of incumbent City Council members was nominated by the Truth and Trust caucus.

Port makes changes to personnel policies

WALLA WALLA -- The Port of Walla Walla is making changes to its personnel policies through updates to the economic development agency's employee manual.

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Regular session is 6 p.m. Thursday following a work session at 5 p.m.0Where: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at Dominick's on the Runway.

$n$ State corrections chief looks to department's future

Eldon Vail, during a visit to Walla Walla, reflected on an officer's death, budget cuts and the road ahead.

WALLA WALLA -- At the start of a tough year, Eldon Vail could still find some things to smile about Tuesday.

Stylists abuzz over 'Lather, Rinse, Defeat' fundraising campaign

A classic beehive created serious buzz during the first-round of Walla Walla's four-week hair-styling competion "Lather, Rinse, Defeat."

Walla Walla County jobless rate edges upward

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate climbed to 8.5 percent in January as part of a typical post-holiday uptick, Employment Security officials said.

Emergency Services - 03/09/11

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

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Late lawmaker honored by state Senate

Former Senate Majority Leader Jeanette Hayner took over the chamber's lead role in 1981.

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate this week honored former senate majority leader and 16th District legislator Jeannette Hayner, who died late last year.

Etcetera - 03/09/11

The Walla Walla High School JROTC Blue Devils Cadet Battalion selected Cadet Cpl. Zachary Chlipala as its Cadet of the Month for February.

$n$ A trip hunting for herons ends at Palouse Falls

A search for great blue herons at Lyons Ferry turns into a trip to the scablands of Palouse Falls.

On the first of March, half-a-dozen great blue herons surrounded nests in tall trees near Rooks Park and Whitman Mission.That means, according to the rules of inductive reasoning, that herons all around the area have succumbed to the nesting urge.If true,

$n$ Whitman's Roberg NWC Student Athlete of Week

WALLA WALLA — Alyssa Roberg, a Whitman College sophomore, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's tennis.The award, announced Tuesday, was for matches last weekend, when Roberg won twice at No. 1 doubles and twice at No

$n$ Young Whitman women's golfers set sights high

The Missionaries have four first-year players and two sophomores on the team this year.

WALLA WALLA — One year after placing fifth in the final standings, a young Whitman College women's golf team has designs this spring on advancing at least one or two steps up the Northwest Conference ladder.Whitman, along with Whitworth and Linfield, are

$n$ WWCC women have tears — and smiles — after loss to Yakima

There's a mix of emotions after Yakima knocks off the WWCC women, 53-40, for the NWAACC title.

KENNEWICK — Tears of disappointment flowed in the Walla Walla locker room here Tuesday night in the Toyota Center in the painful moments that followed the Warriors' 53-40 loss to Yakima in the women's NWAACC Championships title game.In the hallway outside

$n$ Walla Walla Native Plant Society to meet tonight

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is having its Second Wednesday program at 7 p.m. today at the Whitman Hall of Science's Room 142.Heidi E.M. Dobson, biology professor at Whitman, will speak on how to collect and press plants, as well as

$n$ Jesters open rugby season with loss to Yakima Griffins

WALLA WALLA — The Jesters U19 rugby club hosted the Yakima Griffins last Saturday in a social match, with the visitors showing why they are a perennial league favorite by jumping out to a commanding 34-3 lead at the break.Points for the Jesters were score

$n$ Rose aces Walla Walla Country Club's 13th hole

WALLA WALLA — Al Rose had a hole-in-one on Walla Walla Country Club's 13th hole on Sunday.Rose used a 7-iron for the 140-yard ace. It was his second hole-in-one, and it was witnessed by playing partners Jeff Callow and Norm Lucarelli.

Barbara A. Kenney

January 31, 1921 – March 4, 2011

Robert (Bob) Schumacher, Jr

6/3/1944 - 2/28/11

Ray Beringer

April 23, 1926 - March 5, 2011

Leonard Mayfield Sr.

Oct. 6, 1934 - March 2, 2011

Sandra Brinson

March 6, 1939 – Feb. 28, 2011

Tuesday, March 8

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Most public servants are hard workers

I don't often write letters in response to letters to the editor. But I feel compelled to make an exception for Charles Spencer's Feb. 28 letter ("A few thoughts on civil servants' union").

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Some tax increases inevitable

Those who blame Social Security entitlements for adding to the deficit are mislead, or at worst, deceitful.

City shouldn't raise rates for recycling

A more prudent course of action might be to reduce the frequency of collection without a fee hike.

Recycling is generally a very good thing. It reduces the waste in landfills.

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

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


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


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

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Potluck dinner for Christian singles set for Friday

WALLA WALLA -- New Hope Christian Church will hold a St. Patrick's potluck dinner for Christian singles at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The dinner will take place in the basement of Central Christian Church, 66 Palouse St.

Award-winning poet to read from work Thursday at Whitman

WALLA WALLA -- Erika Meitner, an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, will read selections from her award-winning poetry Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre at Whitman College.

Scholars to discuss past, present Buddhist preachers

WALLA WALLA -- The Asian Studies program at Whitman College invites two scholars of Buddhism to campus to discuss "Buddhist Preachers Past and Present." The talks will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, near the intersection of Otis Street and

Hearing set on possible tax hike in Walla Walla County

The increase was requested to assist mental-health and substance-abuse services in the county.

WALLA WALLA -- The public will be asked to weigh in this month on a proposed tax hike to aid mental health and substance abuse services.

Emergency Services - 03/08/11

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

WWCC Rodeo raises money, awareness of child abuse

It's time for the annual Walla Walla Community College Rodeo, Riding Against Child Abuse, March 11-13 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, a fun family event that combines community awareness and education.The rodeo draws about 200 contestants from all

Walla Walla man sentenced in attack at Kmart

Stephen D. Miller, who pleaded guilty to assault, will be subject to community supervision and return to mental-health counseling.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man with mental-health issues was sentenced this morning in Superior Court to time-served for inexplicably attacking a woman at Kmart in December.

Trial date set for man in assaults, chase

Nicholas T. Hunter is accused of attacking his girlfriend and another woman, then fleeing police last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man is scheduled for trial April 25 in Superior Court on charges accusing him of beating his girlfriend, hitting another person and leading police on a vehicle chase last month.

Parks & Recreation - 03/08/11

School's Out Craft Studio (Ages 5-10)Spend your school vacation doing something crafty! Children will get to choose from a large variety of miscellaneous art supplies and recycled materials to create special projects. Supplies included in the class cost.

Trial date set for correctional officer in harassment, stalking

Adam D. Snyder is accused of threatening his estranged wife and a man she started dating.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to committing four crimes, including threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating.

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Where Obama and Selleck agree

For all that we focus on food in this country -- whether it's Michelle Obama's crusade to improve the public school lunch program or the new and improved recommendations on salt intake -- we devote very little attention to the actual enjoyment of eating.L

Plot thickens in liquor board compliance checks

The buzz about the Washington State Liquor Control Board's compliance checks at local wineries about 10 days ago has a new twist.

Whitman's W club schedules golf tourney for April 29

Corey J. Reece faces robbery and firearms charges in connection with the incident last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A local gang member has been charged in Superior Court with arming himself with a handgun and robbing the Zip Zone Conoco of beer last month.


Consider using rechargeable batteries. Compared to disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries last longer, offer more power and reduce the need to buy new batteries. They can also be recharged using a solar power charger.Rechargeable batteries cost more

FACES AND PLACES - Downtown venues open mics

Amateur musicians have got it good in downtown Walla Walla these days. Opportunities abound for a 20-minute shot at small-town fame through a handful of Open Mic Nights.Open Mic is a live show where audience members may perform at the microphone. The perf

ETCETERA - College Place man finds egg-within-an-egg isn't a dime a dozen

CP man finds his egg-within-an-egg isn't a dime a dozen Here's something to Tweet about: I think an anonymous chicken's feat -- that of producing a whole egg inside another egg -- totally eclipses the column item about a potato that resembled Richard Nixo

Lineage shows progression toward humanity

How did the lineage of extinct human ancestors change over the course of millions of years? What changes made our predecessors more humanlike? When did those changes occur and why?

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

yleen K. Feekes, 45, 236 Malcolm St., was charged March 3 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Choose to live a full life

You have just returned home from your yearly visit to see the eye doctor and as you sit in your favorite recliner, you consider his words: "Your eyes have worsened. You are now legally blind. You better put your driver's license away."At this point there

GroBiz 2011 will take the place of the annual Business Expo

WALLA WALLA -- A new trade show event making its debut this month will put local products and services center stage. Literally."We're going to have a demonstration stage in the middle of the vendors," said Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce President

Warrior women ‘unbelievable,' return to title game

WWCC defeats Columbia Basin, 52-48, to reach the championship game today, when the women will defend their NWAACC title.

KENNEWICK — In the uproarious moments following Leslie Stillar's game-winning 3-point shot that beat Highline 55-52 here Sunday night in the NWAACC Championships quarterfinals, Walla Walla freshman Stillar spilled the beans about her team's mission.'We wa

Pierce, Peninsula battle for men's NWAACC title tonight

KENNEWICK — Pierce and Peninsula, which finished second in their respective divisions during the regular season, will battle here tonight in the Toyota Center to decide the winner of this year's men's basketball NWAACC Championships.The opening tip is set

Janet Moothart-Waechter

July 10, 1953 - March 6, 2011

Roberta Hutchins

Feb. 25, 1945 - March 6, 2011

Death Notice - Ella Mae Battle

March 5, 2011

Monday, March 7

Bringer of Life

Droplets of water cling to the unfolding color on a forsythia branch as recent rains and a gradual rise in temperature have served as a bringer of life to the grey dormancy of winter-weathered plants. The valley has a little over 2 weeks to break out in color with opening day of spring drawing near on the 20th of March.

Public benefits when both political parties included in decision making

Republican gains in the Senate have forced Democrats to include Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt in discussions.

When the balance of power is skewed too far in one direction -- either far to the political left or right -- it can result in lawmakers losing touch with voters.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's keep Aviary birds singing!

Many of the wonderful supporters of Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary have been anxiously awaiting the online version of the Adopt-a-Bird Program and asking when it would be available.

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

$n$ On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: 7 p.m. todayWhere: Elementary Room 109

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

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

Emergency Services - 03/07/11

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

DUI emphasis patrols planned for St. Patrick's Day

Law enforcement throughout Walla Walla and Asotin Counties will be on special watch between March 11 and 20 for drunken drivers partying during St. Patrick's Day celebrations, according to a news release.

Benefit book sale to be held at Burbank Library

BURBANK -- A book sale at the Burbank Library will be held March 18 and 19 at the library, 875 Lake Road.

Whitman professor to discuss research at scholarly gathering

WALLA WALLA -- Nohemy Solorzano-Thompson, associate professor of Spanish at Whitman College, will present her research on Chicana lesbian filmmaker Lourdes Portillo at the Roundtable of Latina Feminism organized at John Carroll University (Ohio) in late A

Talk to focus on representations of the Virgin of Guadalupe

WALLA WALLA -- A professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature from Kenyon College will speak Tuesday at Whitman College on the representation of the Virgin of Gualalupe in Chicana visual art.

Walla Walla school survey results available online

WALLA WALLA -- Results of the Walla Walla Public School's recent "Educate, Listen & Plan" survey are now available online.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tina L. Taylor, 41, 410 N. Third Ave., was charged March 2 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Taylor is accused of unlawfully delivering hydrocodone on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.

February on dry, chilly side in Walla Walla

Two days aside, the last full month of winter was on the arid end of the spectrum.

WALLA WALLA -- The last full month of winter didn't disappoint.

Builders ReSupply will host training

Want to learn to fix your own leaky faucet? Seal cracks and drafts? Maintain windows? Or even use basic tools?

Former Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner honored by state Senate

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate today honored former senate majority leader and 16th District legislator Jeannette Hayner, who died late last year. State senators approved the resolution to recognize Hayner, whose career with the legislature spanned 20 years.

Walla Walla captain lands gig on 'Deadliest Catch'

Scott Campbell Jr. just completed eight episodes for the Discovery TV show.

A life in the salmon and crabbing industry has catapulted a Walla Walla man in front of a film crew for the "Deadliest Catch" reality TV show. It's a job the Discovery Channel website bills as the most dangerous in the world.

Photo Gallery: WWCC women advance to NWAACC semifinal

Walla Walla Community College's Leslie Stillar hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to lift the Warriors past Highline, 55-52, Sunday night in the NWAACC Championships quarterfinals. The Warriors face NWAACC East rival Columbia Basin tonight at 8 p.m. in

PHOTO GALLERY - WWCC women into NWAACC semifinals

Leslie Stillar hits a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game as the Warriors down Highline, 55-52.

KENNEWICK — When Walla Walla super sub and scoring leader Alex Pfefferle limped off the court with a knee injury less than five minutes into Sunday night's NWAACC Championships quarterfinal basketball game here in the Toyota Center, fellow freshman Leslie

WWCC men can't get past Linn-Benton

The WWCC men suffer a cold shooting night, but still have a chance in the 76-69 loss to Linn-Benton.

KENNEWICK — 'We played as bad as we possibly could have,” Walla Walla Community College men's basketball coach Jeff Reinland said, 'and we still had a chance to win in the end.”The final score was 76-69 as Linn-Benton's Roadrunners rolled over the Warrior

$n$ Puget Sound hands Whitman 12-4 baseball loss

TACOMA — Senior Erik Korsmo slugged a three-run homer in the fourth inning, giving Whitman College a 3-2 lead, but Puget Sound scored seven runs in its next two at-bats en route to a 12-4 Northwest Conference victory here Sunday afternoon.

$n$ WWCC splits baseball twin bill with Clark

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College won the opener of a baseball twin bill against visiting Clark Sunday, 5-2, but the first weekend of play caught up to the Warriors in a 2-1 loss in 10 innings in the nightcap.The Warriors, now 3-1, got seven str

$n$ WWU softball team swept in Yakima

YAKIMA — A lack of offense and too many errors cost Walla Walla University in a pair of fastpitch losses to Yakima Valley Community College here Sunday, 8-1 and 17-1.The Wolves scored a run in the first inning of the opener, but the Yaks ended the game in

Death Notice - Barbara Kenny

Jan. 31, 1921 - March 4, 2011

Death Notice - Roberta Hutchins

Feb. 25, 1945 - March 6, 2011

Death Notice - Ray Beringer

March 5, 2011

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - David and Bernice Garza

David and Bernice Garza of College Place celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6.The couple were high school sweethearts in Texas. They married Feb. 6, 1981, in Robstown, Texas.

ENGAGEMENT - Gisi-Stangel

Kathryn Gisi and Eric Stangel of Walla Walla announce their engagement.The bride-elect is the daughter of Dennis and Chris Gisi of Walla Walla. She is graduated in 2001 from Walla Walla High School and studied business at Washington State University, Pull

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Roy and Florence Dashofsky

Roy and Florence Dashofsky celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Feb. 19 at their College Place home.The couple met through a friend and dated the summer before Florence's senior year of high school in Buckley, Wash. They ma

Delphian Club to celebrate 95 years of reading books

WALLA WALLA - The Delphian Club of Walla Walla will celebrate its 95th anniversary this month. According to event coordinator Shirley Farmer, the well-established reading group was originally called The Delphian Culture Club when it began in 1915.Research

Wheatland Village celebrate St. Patrick's Day with ‘green tips'

WALLA WALLA - Wheatland Village will celebrate the green on St. Patrick's Day with a special event.You can get informative and practical tips on sustainable or "green" living by the presenters at the session, Master Gardener Blayne Barnhart and Melissa Wa

Sunday, March 6

Warrior women top North's No. 1

The women play Highline at 6 tonight after defeating Skagit Valley, 60-42.

KENNEWICK — If there was ever any doubt in the minds of Walla Walla players, coaches or fans in the Toyota Center Saturday night, it was erased posthaste.Freshman post Tai Jensen rolled left for a layin, point guard Janae Klarich drained a 3-pointer and f

Bellevue bulldogs WWCC men

The Warriors lose to Bellevue, 70-61, and play again at 10 p.m.

KENNEWICK — Too much of post player Daniel Simon and a balanced scoring attack helped the Bellevue Bulldogs overpower the Walla Walla Community College Warriors here Saturday night, 70-61, in an opening-round NWAACC Tournament men's basketball game at the

Warriors sweep to open baseball season

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College commenced its 2011 baseball season Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Miles, Mont., at Warrior Field.Kyle Sani led a 15-hit Warrior attack in game one with four base knocks during WWCC's 14-3 victory.Brandon

Missionary hardballers drop NWC doubleheader

TACOMA — Whitman College dropped a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader to Puget Sound on Saturday in Tacoma, falling 6-4 in a nip-and-tuck game one before letting the Loggers take charge early in a 13-4 rout in the nightcap.Whitman held the upper h

WWCC softball team sends Everett home winless

The Warriors win the first game 12-1 on the mercy rule, then hitters battle to a 13-12 sweep.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's softball team capped an undefeated weekend Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Everett at Warrior Field.WWCC tore up the Trojans, 12-1, in the first game — called after four-and-a-half innings due to the mer

Nixyaawii girls win state champship

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Nixyaawii's girls came out on top of the Oregon 1A bracket, taking home the hardwear and state championship with a 75-50 victory over Hosanna Christian Saturday night.Hosanna Christian's Lions grabbed an early lead at 4-0 in the first f

Whit women go down swinging to Whitworth

The Missionary women's tennis team loses to Whitworth 6-3 on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Winning the last three decisions in singles, Whitworth broke a 3-3 deadlock and claimed a 6-3 Northwest Conference women's tennis victory over Whitman College Saturday afternoon on the outdoor courts at Whitman.Whitman is now 3-2 in the conf

Sports correction

CORRECTION: WWCC baseball player Tyler Roberts has signed a letter of intent with Campbellsville University, an NAIA school in Kentucky. The wrong player was cited in a March 4 article due to a reporter error. We regret the error.

Saturday, March 5

River locks scheduled to reopen

Dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers have been closed to shipping for months.

WALLA WALLA - A massive repair job will come to completion this month as the Columbia-Snake River navigation system goes back into operation.After months of repair and replacement work, navigation locks on the four Lower Snake River Dams will be the first

NetMore America Inc. switches directions

The local company is operating with a new partnership.

WALLA WALLA - NetMore America Inc., a mortgage lender started during the subprime crisis as the "next generation mortgage bank," is undergoing a drastic change in its model, founder Mark Freedle said Friday.Staffing at the firm he started in 2007 has been

Caregivers support group to discuss changes in programs

WALLA WALLA - With the budget changes in Olympia, temporary assistance for needy families and Medicaid programs for children have changed significantly, said Leslie Hamilton of the Walla Walla Catholic Charities office.The changes affect grandparents and

Bluegrass music takes root in Walla Walla Valley

The musicians hope the jam sessions where all acoustic string players are welcome will grow on people.

WALLA WALLA - From the mountains of Appalachia to the rolling hills of a-Palouse-a, a growing group of bluegrass performers is playing to keep its circle unbroken."Basically we are just trying to get some people together to help them learn how to play blu

Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Tim Dewald

Tim Dewald, 43, spent eight years living on the streets up and down the West Coast after returning from the Gulf War in 1992. Dewald suffered a severe injury to his shoulder while serving in the Army. He spent time at a rehabilitation clinic in San Diego.

Too much recycling may hike city's rates

Basin Disposal, Inc. said it is taking in 114 percent more material than originally projected.

WALLA WALLA - The company in charge of emptying the blue recycle bins across town says an excess of material requires an increase in rates of 32 percent.Basin Disposal, Inc. is currently in the process of asking City Council to approve a rate increase for

Children's Forum to focus on resilience

A brain researcher will delve into the topic in a talk Tuesday.

Dr. John Medina will serve as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Children's Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday.Medina, a brain research scientist affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the director of the Brain Center for Ap

Gang member arrested in robbery

WALLA WALLA - The Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team arrested a known gang member in connection with a convenience store robbery last month.Corey J. Reece, 24, of 923½ W. Chestnut St. was arrested Friday on investigation of robbery of the Conoco Zip Zone o




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.


Garfield County Public Hospital District

Joint development agency to meet Monday

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency board will meet Monday.Board members will meet at 4 p.m. at the agency offices in the city of Walla Walla Service Center, 55 Moore St.Items on the agenda will include a discussion of whether

Photo Gallery: Waitsburg-Prescott's run at state ends

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott played catch up all Friday morning here at the Spokane Arena in loser-out boys state Class 2B basketball action.W-P fought back from a 20-9 deficit but never overtook Lake Roosevelt.A decisive 9-0 Raider run in the opening min

Golden Eagles down Perrydale, to play for state title

BAKER CITY — Perrydale rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit to trail Nixyaawii's girls 39-38 entering the fourth quarter in Oregon state Class 1A semifinal play Friday night at Baker High School.

Warriors open softball season with mercy-rule wins over Storm

Host WWCC doesn't treat Chemeketa kindly in 10-2 and 9-1 victories to open the season Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College put up crooked numbers in the first three innings of both of its season-opening softball games with NWAACC rival Chemeketa on Friday afternoon at Warrior Field.WWCC built a 10-0 lead after three innings of the o

Lake Roosevelt ends Waitsburg-Prescott's state run

Lake Roosevelt has a decisive 9-0 fourth-quarter run to take the 57-49 victory Friday in Spokane.

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott played catch up all Friday morning here at the Spokane Arena in loser-out boys state Class 2B basketball action.W-P fought back from a 20-9 deficit but never overtook Lake Roosevelt.A decisive 9-0 Raider run in the opening min

Whitman women have little trouble with Puget Sound

Whitman's women's tennis team follows a 2-1 double lead with five singles victories in the 7-2 Northwest Conference win over Puget Sound Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Winning twice in doubles and five times in singles was the formula for a comfortable 7-2 Whitman College victory over Puget Sound in Northwest Conference women's tennis action Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.Whitman improved to

Whitman win tally two tennis wins

Thie Missionaries knock off Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran Friday.

TACOMA — After winning two of three matches in doubles, Whitman College swept the six decisions in singles to knock off Puget Sound 8-1 in Northwest Conference men's tennis action here Friday afternoon.Picking up its second victory of the day, the Mission

PASTOR COLUMN - Heavenly Father is only a prayer away

It is the right and privilege of every one of us to have communication with our Father in Heaven.This communication is called prayer. How beautiful are the words of this Hymn titled, "Did You Think to Pray?" As I read and ponder these words, they powerful


Redeemer Lutheran Church to present study of book of RomansDAYTON - Redeemer Lutheran Church, 601 S. Third St., will host one segment of an ongoing "fly over" of the Bible's New Testament book of Romans from 10-10:45 a.m. today.The study will be led by th

Congress can't ignore waste identified in new study

Yet, some lawmakers might want to do just that for the benefit of their district. This is why action needs to be taken in public.

News flash! A new study by a federal watchdog agency finds that overlapping and duplicative federal programs waste billions of taxpayer dollars each year.


McMorris Rodgers can do betterI like Cathy McMorris Rodgers and I get her newsletter. Recently I was sent a survey from her office by e-mail, asking for a vote on what to do about the budget crisis.There were only two choices on the survey - 1. vote for t

ETCETERA - 03/06/11

Whitman alumna/NASA astronaut returns to WW for speech

NASA astronaut Dorothy "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger will return to her old Walla Walla stomping grounds as the highlight of the March 26 Great Explorations adventure.As keynote speaker, Dottie will give a presentation called Dream BIG, Work Hard at noon


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

PANORAMA - Monumental from the start

As others labor to replace Lower Monumental Dam's lower lock gate, Dean Lodmell could be forgiven for taking a "been there, done that" view.Forty-nine years ago Lodmell was a young engineer happily tackling a big job. Fresh from being part of building Dod

Friday, March 4

Death Notice - Dorothy Dutton

Sept. 17, 1918 - March 2, 2011

Gerald Boldman

June 27, 1950 - Feb. 17, 2011

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Janice W. and Larry V. Long.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tara N. Whitmore, 22, 53368 W. Crockett Road, Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Feb. 28 on one count second-degree theft.

Emergency Services - 03/04/11

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

Milton-Freewater man sentenced in assault on officer

Fausto Diaz-Lara received a 90-day jail sentence in connection with the assault at last year's Fair & Frontier Days.

WALLA WALLA -- A man convicted of assaulting a police officer while trying to resist arrest at last year's Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days will serve another two weeks in the County Jail.

Octopus to get day in Walla Walla County Superior Court

A hearing has been set in the case of the giant, purple octopus mural downtown.

WALLA WALLA -- A court hearing has been set in the lawsuit filed by a downtown toy store owner who's trying to save his giant, purple octopus mural on constitutional grounds.

Trial again delayed in sex-abuse case

Carl G. Bell Jr. faces 15 felony charges including rape of a child.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a suspect charged with 15 felony counts in a sex-abuse case has been postponed a third time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Construction under way for new assisted living facility

A new assisted living facility is making its home behind the Plaza Safeway.

Researchers build case for whole grains

In a compelling and very interesting, at least to me, article in the February 2011 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine there is a report showing how a high intake of dietary fiber, which is found only in plants, significantly reduced the overall ri

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Path to fitness begins with single step

Implementing a fitness routine is challenging, and finding the motivation from within to adhere to a healthy lifestyle can be difficult for the young, busy and old.

Apple gene research could bear sweeter, crisper fruit

I often eat without thinking, either while listening to the news or writing. It's a poor habit for several reasons, one of which is my ever-growing waistline.

Carbs in crosshairs to help deny diabetes

Editor's note: Reporter Sheila Hagar is writing about prediabetes education and experiences from a personal perspective in a series of columns, of which today's is the second.

Etcetera - 03/04/11

The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force recently honored four local law enforcement officers for outstanding efforts to remove impaired drivers from our counties highways, roadways and city streets.

Fair royalty, concert musical act set

The Band Perry will be one of two bands to perform at the annual Fair & Frontier Days concert.

WALLA WALLA -- It was a royal night for fair and rodeo fans Thursday.

WSU star Klay Thompson cited for possession, suspended for UCLA game

SPOKANE — Washington State's Klay Thompson, the leading scorer in the Pacific-10, will not play in Saturday's game against UCLA after he was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession following the team's victory over USC. Coach Ken Bone made that decisi

W-P suffers quarterfinal knockout

W-P falls to Bear Creek, 58-47, in overtime, and plays a loser-out game against Lake Roosevelt this morning.

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott dug themselves a 12-1 hole to open play in Thursday's quarterfinal state 2B boys basketball action at the Spokane Arena against 21-4 Bear Creek.W-P fought all the way back to grab a 41-37 lead with 6:15 left in the fourth quar

Warriors focus on winning region

A strong sophomore class hopes to lead WWCC to the tournament.

WALLA WALLA — After going 1-for-3 at the NWAACC East Region tournament last year under first-year coach Dave Meliah, the Walla Walla Community College baseball team wants to finish a few games better this season.'We want to win the East Region title,” Mel

Nixyaawii girls advance to class 1A semifinals

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Nixyaawii's girls advanced to the Oregon Class 1A semifinals with a 55-49 victory over Mohawk here Thursday evening.Kanisha Perry hit 7-of-13 field goals to lead the Golden Eagles with 15 points, with Makayla McKay putting up 12, Jessic

WWCC's Watson joins Sweets for summer ball

WALLA WALLA — Brett Watson, a left-handed pitcher from WWCC, and Dan Sorine, a left-handed pitcher from Fordham University, have signed contracts with the Sweets to play West Coast League baseball this summer.The pair joins an already strong Sweets' pitch

Big range of teams, talent as WWCC men begin NWAACC tourney

The Warriors need to win four in a row for the first time this season to come out on top of the tourney.

WALLA WALLA — Top-ranked Tacoma, with its sparkling 23-2 record, and Eastern Division champion Big Bend, 21-4, are the logical favorites in the 16-team men's NWAACC Championships basketball tournament that gets underway Saturday in the Toyota Center in Ke

Pacific, Valley Little Leagues have upcoming tryouts

WALLA WALLA — PAcific and Valley Little Leagues are holding tryout this week and next for spring and summer action.Pacific's tryouts are 11:30 a.m. March 6, 12 and 13 at the VA Medical Center Fields.Valley tryouts for 11-12-year-olds are at 11 a.m. March

Jose Miramontes

Mar 9, 1910 – Feb 25, 2011

Steven Tomlinson

Nov. 12, 1954 - Feb. 27, 2011

Scott Palmer

March 12, 1946 – March 1, 2011

Death Notice - Wilma Glasgow

May 24, 1929 – March 2, 2011

Thursday, March 3

PHOTO GALLERY - Waitsburg-Prescott loses to Bear Creek

More information in Friday's Union-Bulletin and here online.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We're not broke yet

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire

Public colleges established so all have access to education

If tuition continues to rise at double-digit rates the middle-class will be squeezed out. The Legislature can't let this happen.

Higher education in Washington state isn't getting the respect it deserves nor the cash it needs from state lawmakers.

Walla Faces jazzes up on Sundays

WALLA WALLA — The tasting room known for its display of Candice Johnson's signature artwork — a vivid assortment of approximately 100 eight-inch-square, expressive, imaginary portraits of faces — has taken on yet another face of art.It is a form of art th

WallaDance contra dance weekend April 1-2

The deadline for early discount registration is approaching for the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music-sponsored WallaDance, a dance weekend April 1-2.Early registration is March 7. For information, go to, e-mail clarkd

Charnley Eveland to present life of early suffragist

COLLEGE PLACE -- Annie Charnley Eveland will present the life of Frances Cleveland Axtell (1866-1953) to the College Place Lions Club. The group will mark the 100-year anniversary of the right to vote for women in Washington state at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in

WWU Festival of One-Acts continues

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University's Festival of One-Acts, continues tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in Village Hall, 204 S. College Ave.The five-play lineup includes "The Philadelphia" by David Ives and directed by Jonathan Palmer, "That Midn

Oldies Night at M-F library Friday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oldies Night at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave will be 7:30 p.m. Friday. Forty songs from early rock and roll that became sources for later rock and roll music will be played.For more information, call 541-938-8

Sons of Norway Scandinavian breakfast buffet March 12

Sons of Norway, Bla Fjell Lodge's annual Norsk Frokost, a Scandiavian breakfast buffet, will be March 12 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave., with seatings at 8 and 10 a.m.The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-10. Children unde

Harris, Matschukat featured at Willow

Willow, 2 E. Rose St., will hold an opening night artists' reception for local artists Hans Matschukat and Elizabeth Harris from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The exhibit, "Collective Visions" will be on display until May 2.The following is an excerpt from a joint art

Whitman Orchestra and Chamber Singers to present Winter Concert

The Whitman Orchestra and Chamber Singers Winter Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman College Hall of Music, Chism Hall, 137 S. Park St. The concert is free.The orchestra will play Telemann's "Don Quixote Suite." The orchestra and Chamber Sin

New at the library - 03/03/11

Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is about to celebrate her son's release from army service when he is returned to the front lines. In order to avoid receiving any potential bad news at home, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee. Estranged from her hus

Walla Walla Symphony to perform 'The Four Seasons'

The Walla Walla Symphony will present "The Four Seasons" at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Cordiner Hall, Whitman College Campus, 345 Boyer Ave. Maestro Yaacov Bergman will conduct "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Serenade for Str

Weston-McEwen boys bow out of tourney with loss to North Douglas

PENDLETON — Breakfast basketball didn't taste any better here Thursday morning in the Pendleton Convention Center than Wednesday's afternoon snack as far as Weston-McEwen's boys basketball team was concerned.North Douglas ruined the TigerScots' appetite w

Etcetera - 03/03/11

A number of area students earned bachelor's degrees from Washington State University during the fall 2010 semester.

Young Edisons celebrated at Assumption Catholic School

Assumption Catholic School students show off their ideas at the school's first invention convention.

WALLA WALLA -- From a need to keep extra warm while on the couch came the Snuggie -- a blanket with sleeves that has become so commercially popular, there are now versions for children and pets, and many competitors.

Collection, pressing and labeling of plants to be discussed

WALLA WALLA -- A Whitman College biology professor on Wednesday will discuss how to collect, press and label plants so that the dried plants can become museum specimens in herbaria.

Bluegrass, antiques to be featured at Weston meeting

WESTON -- The Friends of Weston Library's annual meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at 108 E. Main St. It's open to the public.

Caucus set for Monday at Johnson home in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- A caucus to consider a slate of candidates for the upcoming annual city election will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the home of Larry and Deanne Johnson, 121 W. Fifth St.

Meeting set on project to convert PP&L building into theater

WALLA WALLA -- Shakespeare Walla Walla is bringing two nationally acclaimed Shakespearian innovators in performance, directing and theater design here to work on final design details for the restoration and conversion of the Old Pacific Power and Light Po

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office restructures administrative staff

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is restructuring its administrative staff, said Sheriff John Turner.

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:

In the minutes - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 03/03/11

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

Local, state and national suicide statistics

Since 2005, 52 people have died by suicide in the Walla Walla Valley. Of those, 17 were female.Ages range widely — four were teens, one 13 years old.In the next age group, young adults 40 and under, 12 residents have died by suicide. One person was 84.

Walla Walla prison lockdowns eased after stabbing

Movement is still restricted in the unit where inmate Marcus Van Cleary allegedly stabbed a correctional officer.

WALLA WALLA -- Restrictions at two of three Washington State Penitentiary units are being eased today after a stabbing Tuesday. Inmates in the prison's three close-custody mental health units were placed on restricted movement following an attack by an in

Warriors reload for softball season

A talented group of WWCC freshmen has the Warriors focusing on competing in the NWAACC tournament.

WALLA WALLA — A flurry of activity has surrounded the WWCC softball pitch over the last few weeks.The team and coaching staff, led by returning sophomore Alexis Bobadilla, have been prepping the field for Friday's season opener when the Warriors host Chem

PHOTO GALLERY - Outlaws catch up to TigerScots at state

Enterprise rallies in the fourth quarter to hand W-M's boys a 59-57 win Wednesday in Pendleton.

PENDLETON — Little things mean a lot — especially in a two-point basketball game.Weston-McEwen's TigerScots found that out the hard way here Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the boys Oregon Class 2A state basketball tournament in the Pendleton C

WWCC women ready to defend NWAACC title

The Warriors open defense of their championship at 6 p.m. Saturday against Skagit Valley at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

WALLA WALLA — Some things never change.And penciling Walla Walla into the women's NWAACC Championships basketball bracket each and every year certainly appears to be one of those constants.When Walla Walla takes on Skagit Valley Saturday night at 6 in the

Death Notice - Leonard Mayfield Sr.

Oct. 6, 1934 - March 2, 2011

Evelyn Richardson

Feb. 25, 1930 - Feb. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Robert Schumacher Jr.

June 6, 1944 - Feb. 20, 2011

Wednesday, March 2

Small changes help seniors age in place

There's no place like home.Aging in place keeps a senior in their own comfortable, familiar surroundings.Often the changes needed to improve the safety of the home are minor. If extra assistance is

Local chef, restaurateur semifinalist for award

Walla Walla chef and restaurateur Chris Ainsworth has made the cut of top chefs from across the Northwest.

Fort Walla Walla opens early, may go year-round

WALLA WALLA -- Fort Walla Walla Museum has opened its doors early for the season in a step toward becoming a year-round attraction.

Mariachi band to perform Friday night at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla High School Latino Club will host a concert Friday night with what is considered the state's best student mariachi group.

Emergency Services - 03/02/11

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Tyson G. Geissel, 32, 1065 St. John St., was charged Feb. 24 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Walla Walla wineries caught up in liquor sting

Eight of 14 wineries were cited for selling to minors in a state Liquor Control Board operation over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- Eight of 14 wineries were cited last weekend for selling or providing wine to minors during a compliance check conducted by the Washington state Liquor Control Board.

Dinner to showcase 2011 fair

Thursday's event will introduce royalty and unveil the entertainment for this year's Fair & Frontier Days.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Fair Board will kick off the run-up to the 2011 Fair & Frontier Days with a showcase dinner Thursday at the fairgrounds community center.

Tax hike sought for mental-health care in Walla Walla County

The county will be asked for a .1 percentage point increase.

WALLA WALLA -- Gaps in Walla Walla's social services are significant and well documented, the head of county human services has said in a letter headed to Walla Walla County's Board of Commissioners.

Picket calls for increased safety for officers at Walla Walla prison

Today's informational picket coincides with a serious assault on a staff member at the Washington State Penitentiary.

WALLA WALLA -- An informational picket by correctional officers today took on a new air of urgency after one of their number was stabbed at Washington State Penitentiary on Tuesday.

Etcetera - 03/02/11

The results of a recent fundraiser demonstrate that kids are a priority to Valley residents who opened their hearts and wallets to benefit programs for children.

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

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

It's show time! Milton-Freewater Drive-In to debut 50th year

Owners of the M-F Drive-In Theater are gearing up for the debut of their 50th season.

Registrations almost open for Crane Festival

The festival is March 25-27 and this year's theme is Ice Age floods.

OTHELLO -- Registrations open Friday for the 2011 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, which runs March 25-27 in Othello

WSP correctional officer stabbed

The officer was attacked Tuesday evening by an inmate armed with a ballpoint pen, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer was stabbed in the face Tuesday during an assault by an inmate.According to prison spokeswoman Shari Hall, the attack occurred about 6:45 p.m. in one of the prison's mental health and clo

Elk watch at Oregon's McKay Creek

A trip up Oregon's McKay Creek into elk country shows a healthy herd, despite wolf warnings.

An e-mail from Bearpaw Outfitters, titled Elk - Near Pendleton, Oregon (Feb. 17, 2011), claimed that within the next five years wolves will decimate the elk populations in Washington and Oregon as they have done in Montana and Idaho.Many people accept thi

Waitsburg-Prescott boys ride wins to state tourney

Waitsburg-Prescott's boys have won 21 straight game after a season-opening loss, and they face Bear Creek in the 2B state tournament Thursday.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys suffered a 47-45 season-opening loss to Oregon Class 2A foe Weston-McEwen in December, as the TigerScots hit a buzzer-beater for the victory.It was the only loss W-P has experienced this season as it's racked up 21 st

Local bowlers compete at city tournaments

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Bowling Association held its 74th annual city tournament last month. It also participated in the 16th annual Dave Jacobs Memorial Tournament.Several bowlers came away with top prizes at the City Tournament Feb. 12, 13,

Jesters open club rugby season at Pendleton

WALLA WALLA — The U-19 Jesters rugby club began its second season Saturday at the first East of the Cascades Rugby Tournament. The event was held in Pendleton, although host sites will rotate annually. The Bend Blues, Yakima Griffins, Schoolhose RFC (Wena

Two BART skiers qualify as Junior Olympic alternates

DAYTON — Two members of the Bluewood Alpine Race Team (BART) were selected as alternates at the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) in the Junior Olympics March 16-20 at Squaw Valley, Calif.Reid Reininger and Colleen Gibbons, both 13 years old and of

Hisaw named Wa-Hi football coach

Eric Hisaw has been involved with the Blue Devil grid program since 1997, and continues as head track coach.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's search for a new head football coach ended at Tuesday night's Walla Walla School Board meeting as Eric Hisaw was named to the position.'I'm excited about the opportunities and challenges of this position as it has been a dream of min

Greet tip of the week - 03/01/11

Going paperless or reducing paper usage can save individuals and businesses time, money and storage space, and can also help the environment. The typical U.S. office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.

The Landscape Planner vs. The Impulse Gardener

The average gardeners design their landscaping by first stopping for lattes.Then with coffee in hand, they wander around the garden nurseries looking for plants and trees they find striking.Their 5-year-old child pulling the red Radio Flyer wagon behind t

Let imaginations run wild at the Children's Museum

They say you can measure the strength of a community by the type of opportunities it provides for its children. If you have ever spent a morning or afternoon at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla, you would have to say that our community measures up pre

Eleanor Tuttle

July 20, 1924 - March 1, 2011

Try your hand at classic coq au vin

Coq au vin, literally "rooster in wine," is one of the great classic French dishes that many of us may have heard of or even tried, but few have attempted to cook.Well, if you have ever made chicken cacciatore, then you have made something really close.Se

Marissa Coelho

July 17, 1978 - Feb. 25, 2011

Leocadia Contreras-Peralta

Dec. 9, 1954 - Feb. 27, 2011

What to do about Fred?

What to do about Fred?We have to do something about Fred.I'm not sure how you, we, anyone can change things, but I know this is arguably the most caring community in the universe, so I am just going to lay it out there.Ten years ago, I introduced my neigh

Tuesday, March 1

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's celebrate Egypt!

What happened in Egypt since Jan. 5 is absolutely incredible. It counters just about everything we Americans believe about the Arab World!

High court ruling on medical pot won't provide enough answers

Congress needs to address the various concerns. Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court is set to rule on whether those using medical marijuana can be fired.

Lion blows through a day early

The saying about March applied more to the last day of February, which sported high winds and about a half-inch of rain.

WALLA WALLA -- February literally blew out of town Monday.

Caucus results due by March 10 in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- Nomination convention certificates (caucus results) and declaration of candidacy forms must be filed at City Hall by March 10.

Casino night set to raise money for Liberty Theater projector

DAYTON -- Roll the dice, spin the roulette wheel or bet on the cards to help the Touchet Valley Arts Council raise money to purchase a digital projector for the Liberty Theater.

Corrections workers plan informational picket Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- Local correctional employees will hold an informational picket Wednesday as part of a statewide "Fight for Safety" effort.

Touchet fire district board to meet Tuesday evening

TOUCHET -- The Fire District 6 board will hold a special meeting here tonight to discuss bids for a truck bed.

Walla Walla police nab burglary suspect 'undercover'

WALLA WALLA -- City police took to the streets to go undercover, in a manner of speaking.

Seattle's Precept Wines buys Canoe Ridge Vineyard

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

'Wayfinding' overhaul recommended for local signage

WALLA WALLA - A Pennsylvania consultant hired to analyze Walla Walla's sign system is recommending a "wayfinding" overhaul that would go far beyond roadside postings.

Bank of Whitman has 90 days to raise money or sell

The Bank of Whitman has received an order from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank requiring the Colfax-based bank to raise capital or sell itself.

Business Monthly Bio - Bob Dodgin

Business/Job title: Office Manager of Liberty Tax Service, local franchise owned by his wife, Sharon. Local offices are located at 705 West Rose St. and 1637 E. Isaacs Ave.

What's Going Up? - 03/01/11

What: The new Walla Walla Police Station on Moore Street, across from the City Service Center.

Taking measure of weight loss

It's that time of year again -- time to take stock, list my few remaining shortcomings, and resolve to do better.

Etcetera - 03/01/11

WW woman summits Kilimanjaro to benefit hospice

Milton-Freewater church launches free tutoring center

The center opened last month to offer Grove students a helping hand. The church's pastor aims to expand the program to cover Freewater and Ferndale as well.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- First Community Church has launched a free after-school tutoring center geared for local elementary school students.

Concert to benefit Touchet student

Josh Kraut, who suffers from a hereditary kidney disease, faces dialysis and a possible transplant.

TOUCHET -- A benefit concert to raise money to help Touchet High School senior Josh Kraut with expenses related to school and to treatment for a hereditary kidney disease will be Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Touchet High School multipurpose room.

Waitsburg City Hall to close Thursday afternoon, Friday

WAITSBURG -- City Hall will be closed Thursday afternoon and all day Friday due to City Clerk/Treasurer Randy Hinchliffe attending a class related to completing the city's annual report.

Tractor-trailer blown over on Highway 11

The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office reported a semi-truck was blown over on Highway 11 near Athena at 8:35 a.m. on Monday.

Meeting set for today on upcoming Cowboy Poetry Week

PRESCOTT -- Organizers of Cowboy Poetry Week in Prescott are spurring other communities in the area to join them in the celebration.


Board members are Sonny Townsend, Chuck Glessner, Garrett Stark, Connie Smith and Mike Scrimsher. With Glessner absent Monday, the board:

In the minutes - Cp council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. With Scott, Nyhagen and Steve Dickerson absent, the council on Monday:

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: 6 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Learning Center, Hospital


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

Man accused in chase pleads guilty to other crimes

Alejandro A. Ureno faces up to 10 years in prison in connection with drug and stolen property charges.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of leading police on a vehicle pursuit from the west end of Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater in December has pleaded guilty to unrelated crimes.

Emergency Services - 03/01/11

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.

Harvest Foods to offer Cabernet cow

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is offering a farm-to-table experience with a twist this week.

Fleet feet helped a 1970 Mac-Hi grad play with the big boys

Larry Spencer, a 1970 Mac-Hi grad, didn't have much size, but used his speed to stand out in high school and college sports.

WALLA WALLA — As an athlete, Larry Spencer's eyes were always a little bigger than his appetite.Or, to put it in his own words, 'I always wanted to play with the big boys,” the 1970 Mac-Hi graduate explained during a recent telephone interview from his ho

New U-B series to focus on legends of past

WALLA WALLA — When I decided to shift gears in January of 2010 and become a part-time member of the Union-Bulletin sports staff, I did so with several goals in mind.And one of the projects I promised myself that I would achieve was to cobble together an o

Weston-McEwen boys face familiar foe at state

The TigerScot boys play BMC rival Enterprise Wednesday in the first round of the state 2A tournament.

ATHENA — The Pendleton Convention Center is neither unfamiliar nor hostile as far as the Weston-McEwen boys basketball team is concerned.The old gym with the transplanted Phoenix Suns floor is located just 18 miles up the road. And the building that was o

Pomeroy's Koller, Martin on SE1B all-league team

POMEROY — Pomeroy's Kaylee Koller and Karlie Martin were named to the Southeast 1B All-League team.The Pirate duo are joined by Colton's Mollie Kramer, Haley Moser and McKenzie Heaslet; St. John-Endicott's Allie Winters and Gretchen VanLith; Rosalia's Bri

Warriors' Smith, Corsi all-NWAACC team members

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College men's basketball player Jason Smith has been named to the NWAACC first team for the second year in a row.Smith is joined by Aaron Corsi, who earned second-team honors.Both Warriors are playing in the NWAACC Soph

Burbank's Roberts, Woody on SCC East all-league team

BURBANK — Columbia-Burbank's Nathan Roberts and Tanner Woody were named to the South Central Conference East Division first team after helping the Coyotes to the postseason.Kiona-Benton's Christian Aquilar, Mabton's Kristian Carrasco and Jesus Heucias, an

Touchet duo, Pirate on SE1B all-league first team

POMEROY — Touchet's Jake Hodnefield and Matt Kates, and Pomeroy's Sean Beale, have been named to the Southeast 1B all-league first team.The three are joined by Garfield-Palouse's Blake Slocum and J.B Lange; Lacrosse-Washtucna's Jeff Zimmer; Tekoa-Oakesdal

Pamela Ann Clark Fann

September 23, 1956 – February 3, 2011

Death Nothice - Sandra Brinson

March 6, 1939 - Feb. 28, 2011

Reed Lafayette Clark, Jr.


Death Notice - Steven Tomlinson

Feb. 27, 2011

Medics face unknown at suicide scenes

Local professionals have seen an uptick on drug overdoses, including intentional ones.

WALLA WALLA -- The calls come in from the 911 dispatch, alerting his staff they are needed at a suicide or attempted suicide, said city Deputy Fire Chief Brad Morris.Police go in first to stabilize and clear the scene, then it's time for the paramedics to