Stories for September 2011


Friday, September 30

Tri-Cities vocal group to perform silver anniversary concert

COLLEGE PLACE -- In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will perform "Songs of the Saints" here Sunday. The concert, which will come after a Friday performance in Richland, will include well-known hymns and original pieces

$n$ Neighbors of creeks asked to help with assessment

WALLA WALLA -- City residents with portions of Stone, Garrison, Yellowhawk or Mill creeks running through or adjacent to their property will soon receive a letter from the city's stormwater engineer/coordinator asking for their assistance in completing a

$n$ YWCA Ice Chalet plans free skate for Sunday afternoon

WALLA WALLA -- YWCA Ice Chalet will celebrate its grand opening with a free skate Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

$n$ WWU to host annual 'longest table' on College Avenue

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host "the longest table," an outdoor meal for nearly 1,500 people, on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

$n$ Saturday car wash to benefit CCY basketball team

WALLA WALLA -- A car wash to benefit the newly formed Community Center for Youth basketball team will be held Saturday from noon-3 p.m. at Ralph and Mike's Service, 1745 E. Isaacs Ave.

$n$ Ingle Chapel to screen 'The Perfect Game' tonight

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Ingle Chapel's will show the movie "The Perfect Game" for free tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Early Italian heritage on tap Sunday at museum

Early Italian settlers Pasquale Saturno and Frank Orselli will be portrayed by members of the Living History performance, company 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.Among the earliest Italians to settle in the valley was Frank Orselli

Virtuoso Irish fiddler to play in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Kevin Burke, a musician widely regarded as the world's finest living Irish fiddler, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., in the Pearson Auditorium.Cal Scott, The Trail Band guitarist, mandolini

Dayton on Tour celebrates history, art

Tickets for the bus tour are $15 apiece and for the concert cost $10.

DAYTON -- A celebration of history and art, with a selection of good food and an evening of eclectic music are all highlights of Dayton on Tour Saturday. The Historic Depot Art Exposition and Art Walk includes the work of more than 20 artists who work in

$n$ Professor commissioned to write short story for radio show

WALLA WALLA -- Juan Martinez, visiting assistant professor of English, has been commissioned by the weekly public radio show "Selected Shorts" to write a story for the upcoming "Best American Short Stories 2011" event, which will take place Oct. 12.

Step on it! Grape stomp applications due Oct. 4

Teams will be comprised of three people, who will be expected to stomp 50 pounds of grapes, barefoot, in 3 minutes flat.Applications are being taken for Italian Heritage Association's annual competition grape stomp. The stomp will be noon Oct. 9 at the Wa

'Eclectic cowboy' to present honky tonk history

PENDLETON -- Lonnie Shurtleff, "the eclectic cowboy," will present The History of Honky Tonk from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard. This is a free public program presented in conjunction with Tam?°stsli

$n$ Emergency Services - 09/30/11

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

Symphony opens with 'Let 'er Pluck Rodeo'

PENDLETON -- "Let 'er Pluck Rodeo" opens the Oregon East Symphony season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion St. Post Round-Up, the opening concert of the symphony's 26th season will bring toe-tapping music that appeals to the cowb

BOOK NOTES - Kidder, an author to believe in -- no kidding

Earlier this year I wrote about books that were purported to be true, but turned out not to be as factual as the author claimed. I think I've found a nonfiction writer I can believe in - one who will write the truth and not falsify or fabricate facts to m

Ann Rene Joseph to sing at First Thursday concert

Ann Rene Joseph, a former resident of Walla Walla, performs at the First Thursday Concert, 12:15-12:55 p.m., Oct. 6 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.Joseph will sing a variety of classical, popular, gospel, folk, patriotic and contemporary

Nathan Riley to discuss works at Palus Museum

DAYTON -- "Contemporary Metal Sculpture and Photographic Imagery of Rural Columbia County" opens Saturday at the Palus Museum, 426 E. Main St. Feature artist Nathan Riley will be present 1-4 p.m. to discuss his metal sculptures and photography.Riley's pho

October Sky Lights star-gazing event Saturday

RICHLAND -- LIGO Hanford Observatory, 127124 N. Route 10, will host October Sky Lights, a public star-gazing event, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Community members of all ages may attend the free activity. The Tri-City Astronomy Club will provide hosted telesc

'It's for the Birds' sale this weekend

The Pioneer Park Aviary yard sale "It's For The Birds" will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pioneer Park Aviary, Whitman and Division streets. Proceeds will go toward keeping the Aviary operational for 2011-2012. The aviary sale will accept pr


Leaving what seemed like a trail of burning dust, a horse and rider move along a fence line near highway 12 west of Walla Walla Thursday evening as the autumn-hued sun fades into the horizon.

$n$ Etcetera - 09/30/11

Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary continue fundraising efforts.

City wise to move forward with hiring new fire, police chiefs

In the meantime, the Council should also explore merging the Fire Department with Rural Fire District 4.

Does it make sense to merge the city of Walla Walla's fire department with Rural Fire District 4?

$n$ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Corkrum interview worrisome

Port Commissioner Mike Fredrickson and Port Commission candidate Barlow Corkrum were individually interviewed recently on KUJ radio.

$n$ Fire damages garage at Walla Walla home

WALLA WALLA -- A garage fire Thursday afternoon had firefighters worried at least one person was trapped inside, but it turned out to be a repairman trying to put out the flames, officials said.

Key layoffs cost local operation 8 jobs

The company's restructuring included a 3.5 percent reduction in its total work force

WALLA WALLA -- Key Technology Inc. has laid off eight of its Walla Walla employees as part of a global restructuring strategy announced this morning.

Permit period opens for chain-up helpers

The state will let only a limited number of people volunteer to assist in foul weather on I-84.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to wrestle tire chains onto an 18-wheeler during a snowstorm, here's your chance.

$n$ Milton-Freewater man credited with opening world to Oregon apples

Glen Gibbons Sr., longtime general manager of Blue Mountain Growers, died Wednesday.

Glen Gibbons Sr., one of the major figures in Milton-Freewater's fruit industry, died Wednesday at his home.

$n$ Yard sale to benefit city's aviaryPioneer Park Av

WALLA WALLA -- Peacocks and pie plates, pheasants and furniture, swans and snowshoes, but no early birds for the first Pioneer Park Aviary Yard Sale.

$n$ Task force stares down prison cuts

The group worked Thursday to brainstorm ways to deal with the potential loss of 170-plus jobs at the penitentiary.

WALLA WALLA -- How to delay or defray looming job cuts at Washington State Penitentiary took center stage Thursday at the latest meeting of a local task force.

$n$ New system spreads info on meth-ingredient purchases

Until now, that information hasn't been available to share between retailers and law enforcement.

While pharmacies in Washington have internally tracked the purchase of certain over-the-counter medications that can be used for making methamphetamine for several years, a new electronic tracking system will allow pharmacies to instantly share that data

$n$ An idea that will make you say 'hmmm'

A number of months ago I became aware of studies in regards to humming that I found intriguing.

$n$ SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: It's action time in fight against juvenile obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years. In 2008, more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.


April 25, 1929—September 28, 2011

Lee J. Meidinger

June 20, 1918 – September 28, 2011

$n$ Sports are fun all on their own, no fame required

A couple of weeks ago I discovered what magical fun it was to update the U-B's Facebook and Twitter accounts while our reporters were out covering football games on a Friday night. It felt 'live”, and in my excitement I got carried away and may have gone

Pioneers hand Umatilla loss

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Pioneers defeated visiting Umatilla in four sets Thursday night, winning sets one and two before dropping the third and coming back to win the fourth.The Pioneers won the first set 25-16, the second 25-20, lost 25-14 in the third an

$n$ Undefeated Riverhawks handle Blue Devils

PASCO — Wa-Hi dropped a Big Nine Class 4A volleyball match to Chiawana here Thursday, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.

$n$ DeSales pulls out five-set win over Walla Walla Valley Academy's Knights

COLLEGE PLACE — DeSales pulled out a five-set Southeast 2B volleyball victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here Thursday, 25-23, 25-10, 17-25, 24-26, 15-6.

$n$ Waitsburg-Prescott takes care of Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott beat Liberty Christian in three sets Thursday, taking the match with scores of 25-17, 25-23 and 25-13.

$n$ Weston-McEwen wins fourth Blue Mountain Conference match

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen picked up its fourth Blue Mountain Conference volleyball victory of the season in three sets over Union here Thursday.The TigerScots won 25-14, 25-20, 26-24.

$n$Indians suffer three-set loss at Tekoa-Oakesdale

TEKOA — Tekoa-Oakesdale handed Touchet a three-set Southeast 1B volleyball loss Thursday.T-O won the match 25-18, 25-10, 25-19.

$n$ Dayton's Bulldogs scratch out victory over Tri-Cities Prep

DAYTON — The Bulldogs battled through a five-set match against Tri-Cities Prep Thursday, losing sets one and three before securing the victory with a win in set five.The match was a featured many highs and lows, with the Bulldogs losing set one 25-17, wi

$n$ Flu bug hits Pirates as Pomeroy falls to St. John-Endicott

POMEROY — Influenza was not kind to the Pomeroy Pirates Thursday.The Pirates had several players missing from their match with St. John-Endicott thanks to the virus and lost in three — 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22.

$n$ Waitsburg-Prescott shuts out Knights

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott's soccer team improved to 5-0-1 on the season with an 11-0 shutout of Walla Walla Valley Academy Wednesday.

Death Notice - Maureta Davis

May 30, 1948 - Sept. 29, 2011

Velma Hurley

Sept. 25, 2011

Thursday, September 29

VA meeting tonight to discuss use of historic officers' quarters

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 tonight in Bldg. 78 at The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.The topic of discussion is the proposed use of certain historic officers' quarters to house homeless veterans or other appropriate housing pro

Hood Park campground, boat ramp set for closures

BURBANK -- The campground at Hood Park will close for the season Friday. Access to the boat ramp at Hood Park will be closed Tuesday due to construction on State Route 124.

Walla Walla County commissioners may hold executive session

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners may hold an executive session to discuss personnel issues Friday morning.

Wa-Hi coach among hundreds to support Coach to Cure MD

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School's varsity football coach, Eric Hisaw, along with coaches from more than 500 universities and high schools around the country, will join Coach to Cure MD in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Whitman astronomy department to hold open house Friday

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College astronomy department will hold an open house Friday from 7-9 p.m.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Theresa and Thomas Mattis.

Top priority in prison cuts must be safety

The worst case has grown worse for Walla Walla, which means 173 jobs could be lost if the Legislature cuts the Corrections budget by 5 to 10 percent.

If 173 jobs are lost at the Washington State Penitentiary later this year as is being considered under budget-cutting plans, it will be very difficult for those out of work and a blow to the local economy.

Emergency Services - 09/29/11

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


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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton. Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday, the board voted as follows:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Taxing super rich would be a start

I must respectfully disagree with my friends and others who argue taxing the rich will discourage job creation. It's not rich people per se who create jobs: Demand creates jobs.

Cutbacks seen among Walla Walla Valley's top employers

WALLA WALLA -- Many of the largest employers in the county are getting the job done with fewer workers than in previous years, according to the latest data from the Port of Walla Walla.

Etcetera - 09/29/11

The Walla Walla High School Music Department Suds-a-thon cleaned up, according to Norb Rossi, director of choral activities. "It was a beautiful day (for the car wash)," he said. "We were very busy and made about double what the usual take has been on tha

DeSales remodel to be aided by sausage festival weekend benefit

Pro-ceeds from this weekend's Walla Walla Sausage Festival will help take a bite out of construction costs for a gymnasium remodel at DeSales High School.

Merger plans crop up in discussion of chief hirings

A contract to recruit new fire and police chiefs led to a discussion of talks about combining rural and city fire departments.

WALLA WALLA -- A City Council member criticized a $48,000 contract to recruit new police and fire chiefs, noting that in recent months the city Fire Department and Walla Walla County Rural Fire District 4 have informally discussed a merger.

Deployment ceremony set for Saturday in Milton-Freewater

Members of the 1186th Military Police Company are bound for Afghanistan.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A deployment ceremony will be held Saturday to honor local Oregon Army National Guard members bound for Afghanistan.


Morning cofee in tow, Brent Dunn follows his shadow to the office Thursday morning on South Second Avenue.

Chase after wreck leads to arrest

Rueben J. Lopez allegedly fled after a car he was riding in was involved in a hit-and-run crash.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who was wanted on a warrant was apprehended this morning following a hit-and-run collision and a short foot chase in the western part of the city, police said.The wreck between two moving vehicles occurred about 7:25 a.m. at Chase Ave

George Martin Gwinn

June 24, 1918 - September 23,2011

Pearl Irene Fetroe

November 8, 1911 – September 24, 2011

Donna Luverne Price Keeney

July 31, 1932 – September 24, 2011

Bartlow's full plate

Waitsburg-Prescott's Zach Bartlow balances excellence on the football field with academics, student government and community service.

WAITSBURG — If you want something done at Waitsburg High School, go ask the kid whose plate is already full.Zach Bartlow is not only a three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) varsity letterman who maintains a 3.9 GPA and is active in National Hono

DeSales girds for Waitsburg-Prescott rivalry game

WALLA WALLA — When DeSales entertains Waitsburg-Prescott Friday night at Ty Baffney Field, it will be a renewal of the Southeast 2B-11 League's most heated football rivalry.Currently speaking, that is.And it's a rivalry that leans in Waitsburg-Prescott's

Devils to take on undefeated Davis

Wa-Hi will 'need to play with confidence” as the biggest test of the season approaches against Davis.

WALLA WALLA - If there was ever a high school football matchup that looked like a mismatch on paper, Friday night's Big Nine Conference 4A contest between Wa-Hi and Davis - scheduled for 7:30 at Borleske Stadium - appears to be just that.The Blue Devils a

Death Notice - Lee Meidinger

June 20, 1918 - Sept. 28, 2011

Death Notice - Iva Weaver

April 25, 1929 - Sept. 28, 2011

WWU Senior Showcase to feature local fastpitch players Friday

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's Softball Senior Showcase features local fastpitch players for its tournament Friday.Play begins at noon Friday at Hebbel-Yanke Softball Field, followed by a home run derby and skills competition. The second game is

Death Notice - Bruce Maxson

Aug. 5, 1921 - Sept. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Glen Gibbons Sr.

Sept. 28, 2011

Buckaroos boot way past Pioneer girls, 4-1

PENDLETON — Karissa Carrilo's goal 20 minutes into Tuesday's non-league girls soccer match here staked Mac-Hi to a 1-0 lead.But it was all Pendleton after that as the Buckaroos rallied for a 2-1 halftime lead and a 4-1 victory.

John Wright

July 4, 1925 - Sept. 27, 2011

WWCC nets win over Chukars

ONTARIO — Walla Walla Community College picked up its fourth NWAACC Eastern Region volleyball victory with a three-set win over Treasure Valley here Wednesday.The Warriors downed the Chukars 25-17, 25-23, 25-21.'The best thing about this Treasure Valley t

Dorothy Murray

Jan. 14, 1918 – Sept. 21, 2011

James Angus Sr.

Feb. 1, 1923 - Sept. 27, 2011

$n$ Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal places second at St. John's cross country meet

ST. JOHN, Wash. — Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal finished second, 14 seconds behind Asotin's Chase Teigen, at the District 9 league cross country meet here Wednesday.Deal finished the 2.95-mile course on the St. John golf course in 15:51.Deal's teammate E

Patrick Carman to be at Book and Game Company for book release

WALLA WALLA — Local author Patrick Carman is mixing the release of his latest book with a chance to support local schools.Carman's new book, 'Floors,” builds on his track record of imaginative, suspenseful books for young readers. The story focuses on the

Wednesday, September 28

Washington State Penitentiary job cuts in offing

WALLA WALLA -- Washington State Penitentiary officials are bracing for the elimination of more than 170 jobs in the coming months as the state tries to deal with a $1.4 billion decrease in projected tax revenue collection over the next two years.

Emergency Services - 09/28/11

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

Etcetera - 09/28/11

The Milton-Freewater Rotary Golf Tournament brought in $2,100 for its scholarship fund, tourney chairman Mike Swinnerton reported at a recent club meeting.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pondering reaction of the rich to taxing the rich

Picture this illusion if you will: Sixty-five guests of Microsoft gazillionaire Jon Shirley, all who paid $38,500 for the privilege of hearing Barack Obama close up and personal in Seattle this past weekend.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B focused on main point of sheriff's meeting

In response to the letter Reporting of sheriff's presentation unfair.

Effort to curb Medicaid ER abuse is prudent

A few people are making multiple trips to ERs for nonemergencies. It's costing taxpayers millions and it must stop.

Unnecessary, frequent and expensive visits to hospital emergency rooms have been a drain on the state budget.

'Green' fee waived for military people at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Active-duty military personnel representing the red, white and blue can visit Fort Walla Walla Museum without paying any green.


A lone bicyclist takes a scenic loop around a corner of Reser Road near the foothills of the Blue Mountains between the folds of post-harvest fields Tuesday afternoon.

Controlled burn to affect Grande Ronde River use

Rafters and anglers along the Grande Ronde River will be limited to camping opportunities on the east side of the river due to a controlled burn Thursday and Friday.

Veterans encouraged to sign up for electronic patient access

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center is encouraging veterans to sign up for electronic patient access via the "My HealtheVet" program.

Forest restrictions eased due to cooler weather

PENDLETON -- Restrictions on activities in the Umatilla National Forest have been lifted due to cooler weather.

Tires to spare? Collections set in county

Three events will be held in October for residents to drop off old tires for free.

WALLA WALLA -- People who want to retire their old tires will get their chance in October.

Small business center in works for Walla Walla

A successor to the defunct Walla Walla Area Small Business Center is expected to open in November.

WALLA WALLA - The return of a small business development center is in the works for the city.

Walla Walla General Hospital honored for pneumonia care

The hospital was recognized by a national nonprofit for its consistent, quality care.

WALLA WALLA -- With its first-ever recognition of top-performing hospitals, The Joint Commission has named Walla Walla General Hospital in its national listing of facilities excelling in pneumonia care.

Blue Devils spike Cadets in four

Wa-Hi wins a crucial third set to take the match's momentum en route to the 25-13, 21-25, 27-25, 25-10 Big Nine volleyball victory.

WALLA WALLA — The air was thick with tension in the Wa-Hi gymnasium Tuesday night as the Blue Devils took on the Cadets of Eisenhower in a Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A volleyball matchup.Eisenhower clung to a one-point, 25-24 lead in the third set as the Ca

Northwest Nazarene hands Whits 3-0 loss

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College put plenty of players on the pitch, but no goals on the scoreboard in a 3-0 non-conference men's soccer loss to Northwest Nazarene Tuesday evening at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Pioneer boys pound Buckaroos

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi boys soccer team put a hurting on visiting Pendleton Tuesday, routing the Buckaroos 6-0 as the Saldana brothers combined for three goals — four, including the unrelated Alex Saldana.The Pioneers scored two goals in the first

Chiefs swim past Blue Devil girls, 110-73

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake's girls got past Wa-Hi at their Big Nine swim meet here Tuesday, 110-73.'Because we were at their pool, we started with an automatic 15-point deduction due to our lack of diving program and facilities, and we were unable to make up

Pirates take five-set Southeast 1B victory from Indians

Pirates take five-set Southeast 1B victory from Indians

TOUCHET — Pomeroy entered the hostile environs of Touchet's gym, and emerged with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 26-18, 15-5 Southeast 1B volleyball victory Tuesday night.'It's always a hard place to play,” Pirates coach Bruce Crossfield said. 'They get good, lou

Waitsburg-Prescott downs Jags in four sets

PASCO — Waitsburg-Prescott took down rebuilding Tri-Cities Prep in four sets Tuesday, beating the Jaguars 25-10 in set one before winning 25-18 in set two, and then losing set three, 21-25, after replacing many of the starters with backups.W-P refocused

Dayton outduels DeSales

WALLA WALLA — Dayton and DeSales dueled it out in Southeast 2B volleyball play Tuesday, with the Bulldogs taking the match in four sets by the narrowest of margins. Dayton took the first set 25-23; DeSales the second, 25-19; and Dayton the final two at 25

OUTDOORS - Taking the Blitzen River Valley Auto Tour Route

The Blitzen River Valley Auto Tour Route makes 19 stops around Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Since we had visited the Malheur Lake Overlook in the spring, I turned right instead of left at the Malheur National Wildlife headquarters.Yet, the interpretive guide for the Blitzen River Valley Auto Tour Route lists the overlook as the first of the tour

Wishes and Dreams Charity Golf Classic set at M-F Muni

MILTON-FREEWATER — The fifth annual Children's Wishes and Dreams Charity Golf Classic is Sunday morning at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.The four-person scramble tees off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per person, which includes gr

ETCETERA - Venerable classic cars cruise onto Fort's museum grounds

Venerable classic cars cruise onto Fort's museum groundsTwelve old-time cars motored up early on Sept. 9 as participants in this yea

Carnegie's Picture Lady program gets new name

The community's Picture Lady program of the Carnegie Art Center is getting a new name.The program that brings art instruction to area elementary school students will now be known as the Carnegie Picture Lab, said Mari Sanders, community outreach coordinat

Walla Walla soldier draws on 'Oz' to ready recruits

While serving as an Army drill sergeant, the 1988 Wa-hi grad devised a diehard metaphor to prepare recruits for hard times

When more than 16,000 Amy recruits underwent Donovan K. Abraham's training at Fort Knox, Ky., the story of a 13-year-old girl and her odd assortment of cohorts is what he used to teach them about what it takes to be a soldier and the military's 'warrior e

A recipe for kitchen remodeling

Home remodeling projects are rarely easy or without stress — on wallets or domestic relations.Ty and Diane McEuen handled both when they remodeled the kitchen in their 1960s-built Walla Walla home.They added heated floors, efficient storage, a fireplace,

LEGAL BRIEFING - Mad at Congress? Law bans recals, but you can vote

Dear John,I am so blasted mad at Congress. That argument over the debt ceiling and the downgrade of America's credit rating is a disgrace.When so many people are out of work, I think the focus should be on working together to create jobs, not partisan bic

Death Notice - James Angus Sr.

Feb. 1, 1923 - Sept. 27, 2011

HOME PLACE - E-card humor goes to the dogs

Anyone who has read this column for long understands that three years ago I left rational behavior behind and became one of those ridiculous people who can't seem to be sane about pets.Of course, our family did get the best dog in the universe whe

Death Notice - Robert Hassell

Jan. 18, 1925 - Sept. 28, 2011

EATING LOCAL - Farm dinners – something new to rave about in local food scene

Farm dinners? I hadn't heard about them either, until about a year ago. And it was one of the reasons that brought me to Walla Walla. To tell the story right, I have to start at the beginning, with a Bacon Affair.While living in Los Angeles, a friend told

Death Notice - Helen Moran

Dec. 13, 1919 - Sept. 27, 2011

Death Notice - Violet Greiner

Sept. 25, 2011

Death Notice - Patrick Swanson

Sept. 25, 2011

Death Notice - Lyle Judd

Sept. 4, 1916 - Sept. 18, 2011

Death Notice - Leann Thompson

June 20, 1963 - Sept. 24, 2011

Trudy Shaw

Nov. 12, 1963 - Sept. 15, 2011

Evelyn Howard

July 24, 1924 – Sept. 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 27

Sheriff's round table meeting set for Thursday in Burbank

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

Police implement online service for collision reports

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department has implemented a new online service for accessing traffic collision reports.

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Eloisa Ponce Rodriguez-Briones, 32, 1310 S. Ninth Ave., Milton-Freewater, was charged Sept. 23 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Emergency Services - 09/27/11

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

US wine buyers visit Walla Walla

More than 40 of the nation's leading wine buyers trekked through Walla Walla on Monday as part of the fourth annual Road Trip Washington Wine program.

Drug trial again delayed for airport janitor

Elias Alonso now faces trial next month in connection with methamphetamine found at the airport.

WALLA WALLA -- There's been a another delay in the trial for a longtime janitor at the Walla Walla Regional Airport who was arrested in December after suspected methamphetamine was found in the terminal.

Destruction of chemical weapons a huge success

It is unfortunate 650 jobs in the Hermiston area will be lost, but the dangerous weapons were destroyed safely. That's good for the nation and the world.

The destruction of dangerous chemical weapons at the Umatilla Chemical Depot has been a huge economic boon to Eastern Oregon.

Local prison task force to meet

The group will meet at the airport to discuss possible job losses at the penitentiary.

WALLA WALLA -- A community task force to preserve jobs at Washington State Penitentiary will meet Thursday.

Trial date set for College Place woman accused of vehicular assault

Cally Ann Schneider was allegedly driving drunk when she struck a motorcycle, injuring two riders.

WALLA WALLA -- A driver of a sport utility vehicle who allegedly was drunk and struck two riders on a motorcycle in College Place this month is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 2 and 3 on two counts of vehicular assault.

Woman charged with assault after chase

Griselda Salinas-Garduno is accused of ramming a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman has been formally charged with driving an SUV and ramming a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend after allegedly chasing him in the Eastgate area last week.

Hearing checks set in E. Oregon schools

The screenings are set for Friday as well as in October at local schools.

Children in Eastern Oregon schools will receive free hearing screenings through an effort of the InterMountain Education Service District and local districts.

Inmate stabbed at state penitentiary

The attack occurred about 8 p.m. on Monday, an official said.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Police today are investigating a stabbing at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Driver in Walla Walla lingerie store robbery sentenced to jail

Fredrick J. Mitzel Jr. received a nine-month sentence for his role in the July 30 heist.

WALLA WALLA -- The getaway driver in the robbery of Taboo Lingerie this summer was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to nine months in the County Jail.

Sheriff proposes traffic branch

A four-member bureau would be dedicated full time to nabbing scofflaws on county roads.

WALLA WALLA -- A proposal for a new division of sheriff's deputies dedicated to enforcing traffic laws was greeted with cautious optimism Monday, along with a number of questions.

Trial date set in bicyclist's death

Melvin J. Bohleen pleaded innocent to vehicular homicide in connection with Sara S. Eustis's death in May.

WALLA WALLA -- A motorist who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist on Middle Waitsburg Road in May pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to a criminal charge of vehicular homicide.

Warriors slog through wet conditions to pick up win

WWCC's Sunday lead stands and Spivey ties for win as poor weather forces officials to cancel second round in Ocean Shores Tournament.

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College won the Ocean Shores NWAACC Golf Tournament after severe winds and soggy conditions caused officials to call Monday's golfing after only six holes.Due to the nature of a shotgun-start, with golfers start

Whitman's La Cava slugs way to championship

Whitman's Andrew La Cava took the USTA/ITA title after he defeated fellow Missionary Conor Holton-Burke Monday.

WALLA WALLA — Two Whitman College tennis heavyweights, Andrew La Cava and Conor Holton-Burke, went toe to toe for what seemed like 15 rounds in Monday's singles final of the USTA/ITA Pacific Northwest Fall Championships on Whitman's outdoor courts.Both pl

Death Notice - John Wright

July 4, 1925 - Sept. 27, 2011

Monday, September 26

Emergency Services - 09/26/11

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

Etcetera - 09/26/11

Aaron Gardner graduated from the 16-week training program at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy in Salem.

On the agenda - COLLEGE PLACE

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Inept leadership needs to change

After reading a letter by John McKern that was published in the Sunday U-B I felt motivated to express my own feelings.

PETA protest of sport fishing is absurd

Those who fish take incredible steps to make sure fish habitats are well-maintained.

It's difficult to argue against the basic goal of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. After all, nobody is in favor of cruelty to animals.

Army Corps unsure how military spending cuts could hit Walla Walla area

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has warned that cuts of as much as $1 trillion in defense spending over 10 years may drive up the nation's unemployment rate, now 9.1 percent, by as much as one percentage point.

Applebee's, law officers team to aid Special Olympics

Walla Walla-area law-enforcement officers spent Thursday evening clearing tables and delivering beverages at Applebee's in a fundraiser that earned more than $1,100 for Special Olympics Washington.

Walla Walla Valley an island of high gas prices

Walla Walla gas prices are still near $4 while the U.S. average heads closer to $3.

Soaring gasoline prices are in the rearview mirror in much of the nation.

Corps cuts local park operations

WALLA WALLA -- Parks and recreations areas operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are facing cutbacks due to budget cuts, and the Corps is seeking volunteers to help with routine maintenance.

Death Notice - Pearl Fetroe

Aug. 11, 1911 - Sept. 24, 2011

Death Notice - Donna Keeney

July 31, 1932 - Sept. 24, 2011

Logger women make lone shot hold up against Whitman

Puget Sound takes one shot on goal — and scores — in the 1-0 victory over Whitman.

WALLA WALLA — Puget Sound's one and only shot on goal was all it needed to sneak past Whitman College 1-0 in Northwest Conference women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Puget Sound runs away from Whitman men

WALLA WALLA — Following a competitive first half of soccer that ended with zeroes on the scoreboard, Whitman College revved up its offense in the first minute of Sunday's second half, sending Riley Hernandez charging up the right side of the field with th

Missionaries maintain men's tennis dominance

WALLA WALLA — NCAA Division III schools in the Pacific Northwest have been hosting their own USTA/ITA Fall Championship tournament since 2006, and Whitman College tennis players have won the men's singles title every year since then.

Mac-Hi girls open Greater Oregon League soccer season on bright note

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi opened defense of its Greater Oregon League girls soccer title on a successful note here Saturday with a 10-0 victory over visiting Baker.

Warriors lead at fall season golf tourney

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — Walla Walla slogged and sloshed its way to a 305 team score and a one-stroke lead here Sunday halfway through the first NWAACC tournament of the fall golf season.

PEG Cross Country Scramble raises money for scholarship fund

MILTON-FREEWATER — Beau Chester, Ben Currin, Carl Wheeler and Jeff Bishop teamed up for a score of 55 here Sunday and a one-shot victory in the gross division of the PEG Cross Country Scramble golf tournament at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course.

Death Notice - George Higgins

Dec. 25, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2011

Death Notice - Ronald Brand

May 14, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2011

Death Notice - George Gwinn

June 24, 1918 - Sept. 23, 2011

Sunday, September 25

Missionary women boot past PLU, 2-0

WALLA WALLA — A pair of goals in the first 25 minutes of play propelled Whitman College to a 2-0 Northwest Conference women's soccer victory over Pacific Lutheran Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.Whitman, now 3-1 and all alone in first pl

10 Whit men get through first rounds

Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava lead the Missionary contingent at the USTA/ITA Pacific Northwest Fall tennis championships.

WALLA WALLA — Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava led a group of 10 Whitman College tennis players through the first two rounds of singles as the USTA/ITA Pacific Northwest Fall Championships got underway Saturday on the Whitman campus.Holton-Burke, the

Lutes rally to 3-2 win over Whitman men

WALLA WALLA — A 2-0 halftime lead went for naught as Whitman College fell victim to a determined Pacific Lutheran comeback that carried the Lutes to a 3-2 overtime victory in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athle

Warrior net sweep of Wenatchee Valley

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College raised its NWAACC Eastern Region record to 3-1 Friday night with a sweep of Wenatchee Valley, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16, at the Dietrich Dome.The Warriors improved to 16-5 overall.'We carried some momentum from the b

Warrior women whip Clark College

The Warriors explode in the second half with five goals, and also win Friday against Pierce.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College had no problem with Clark College Saturday in women's NWAACC East Region soccer action.The Warriors got off to a 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes and then the flood gates opened as the Warriors scored five ti

WWCC men fight to a draw Saturday, win Friday

The Warriors end the first half of the season unbeaten after drawing against ranked Clark.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College and Clark battled to a 1-1 tie Saturday in NWAACC East Region men's soccer action.'It was a good college soccer game,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. 'They (Clark) are one of the four or five best teams in the NWA

Waitsburg-Prescott hands Trout Lake two soccer defeats

PRESCOTT — Saturday's prep soccer match between Waitsburg-Prescott and visiting Trout Lake looked a lot like Friday's meeting between the same two clubs.Francisco Gonzalez and Lino Diaz registered hat tricks for the second consecutive day as Waitsburg-Pre

Blue Devils drop pair of volleyball matches

W-P wins Friday's match 9-0 and Saturday's match 8-0 to remain undefeated on the soccer season.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi dropped a pair of Big Nine Conference 4A volleyball matches to the Panthers here Saturday.The Blue Devils lost 29-27, 19-25, 25-17, 26-24 in the opening match and 25-16, 25-19, and 25-23 in the nightcap.Wa-Hi's statistical leaders in th

$n$ Pepperidge Farm recalls sesame sticks

Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, officials said Friday.

$n$ Registration open for Quest, Lifelong Learning classes

WALLA WALLA - "Education for Recreation" is the theme of the Quest and Lifelong Learning adult education programs at Walla Walla Community College and registration is now being taken for classes in both programs.

Mac-Hi cross country finishes third at Hell's Gate Invite

LEWISTON — Mac-Hi's boys varsity cross country team finished third at the Lewiston Invitational at Hells Gate State Park Friday.'We had a great day,” Pioneers coach John Milleson said. 'The temperature was unbearably hot — 95 degrees. The temperature took

Teaching not quite dodging bullets, but you'll sweat some

Since I was young, I had always imagined myself in one of three potential careers: a fighter pilot, a pastor or a teacher.It was hardly Sophie's choice, but a tough decision had to be made.Choosing to become a minister would have been too safe - had I pic

Pirates fall to Wildcats in heartbreaker, 54-52

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Pirates lost a heartbreaker, 54-52, to the Colton-Liberty Christian Wildcats in the closing seconds of Friday night's Southeast 1B action at Lybecker Field.Running back Tory Knebel amassed 298 yards and four touchdowns in the loss, b

Saturday, September 24

Indians remain red-hot in rout of Knights

Touchet scores early and often in the 52-8 win over Sunnyside Christian.

TOUCHET — After last weekend's brief, autumn-like respite high up in the Wallowa Mountains, summer was back in full force here Friday afternoon on the first calendar day of fall.But the searing sun and temperatures that ticked into the lower 90s had no ad

Exotic critters meet the public

An open house with furry and frieldy alpacas and llamas continues today at Wheatland Alpacas.

LOWDEN - Three dogs, a rooster, 18 chickens and a handful of goats couldn't compete with 19 alpacas and four llamas this weekend at Wheatland Alpacas' open house on Stovall Road.Co-owners Cecilia McKean and Jan Kruper are holding their eighth annual open

Blue Devils sink against Wenatchee

Wa-Hi can't match the Panthers in a 182-104 Big Nine swim loss Saturday at Harvey Pool.

WALLA WALLA — Wenatchee bested Wa-Hi, 182-104, in a Big Nine Conference 4A girls swim meet Saturday afternoon at Paul Harvey Pool.'They've historically been a really strong team, especially in terms of sprint freestyle, and this year is no exception,” Wa

Seth Deal bests 154 runners, places first at Connell Invite Saturday

CONNELL, Wash. - Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal placed first among a field of 154 runners here Saturday during the Connell Invitational cross country meet.Deal finished the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 51 seconds."It was a new course this year, so

Fundraiser set for Frenchtown Historical Foundation

A fundraiser next month for the Frenchtown Historic Site promises a cultural experience with food, dancing and merriment.Members of the Frencthown Historical Foundation and local tribes will speak at the Frencthown Rendezvous, which also includes a salmon

Wa-Hi girls miss opportunities, fall to Panthers

The Blue Devils suffer defensive breakdowns and missed scoring opportunities in the 3-2 loss Saturday.

WALLA WALLA – Missed scoring opportunities, defensive breakdowns and yellow cards can sometimes be expected from a young team in soccer.All of those occurred here Saturday afternoon as the Wa-Hi girls team fell to the Wenatchee Panthers by a score of 3-2.

City, rural libraries gain new directors

Beth Hudson has taken over the reins at the Walla Walla Public Library.

WALLA WALLA - The two largest library organizations in the Valley have new directors.Walla Walla Public Library filled the vacancy created when past library director Martha Van Pelt left in July 2010.The Walla Walla Country Rural Library District also hir

Waitsburg-Prescott football stomps Riverside

W-P looks good in the 49-14 win, and scores on its first six drives.

WAITSBURG — There was no slow start here Friday in Waitsburg-Prescott football action.W-P scored touchdowns on its first six offensive possessions and lived up to its state 2B No. 3 ranking with a 49-14 win over the Riverside Pirates. Last week, W-P trail

Rare disease steals a local life

A rare, incurable brain disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, recently took local caterer Gayla Bishop from her family.

He had 53 years, Wilton Bishop said. "And I'd give anything to have 53 more."It was nearly seven weeks ago that Wilton - known as "Bish" his whole life - lost half of his heart when his wife succumbed to brain disease not long after symptoms began.

New amenities spruce up Walla Walla Public Library

The library now has coffee for sale and a reading garden.

WALLA WALLA - A cup of coffee and a garden reading area two new additions to the Walla Walla Public Library.Last weeks, library officials installed a Kreuig single-serve coffee maker, which is a test to see if a full espresso bar might be merited for the

New formula for library funds eyed

A proposal would increase the share the Rural Library District pays for city library operations.

WALLA WALLA - City officials are again working out a yearly reimbursement contract with the Walla Walla County Rural Library District, but this year the city is pushing for a per-capita formula that would provide more library funding, which could lead to

Wa-Hi football gets blown out by Chiawana

Riverhawks RB Jordan Downing rushes for 238 yards and QB Joey Zamora throws four touchdowns in the rout.

PASCO — Fourth-ranked Chiawana scored touchdowns on five of six first-half possessions and amassed 517 yards of offense during a 56-24 victory over Wa-Hi in Big Nine 4A football action Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium. Running back Jordan Downing rushe

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Representatives must start acting sensibly

This is how it looks to me.Congress was set up to be a deliberative body, to deliberate issues affecting the people of the United States However, "delib

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: How many more will die?

My thoughts on 9/11. Why am I feeling this way today? Is it the weather? Or the day? 9/11.Yes, the day or night is 10 years old, and I feel older, too. I was there in D. C. I heard the sirens that wailed and wailed, and watched as the city was evacuated.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Ichiro's true accomplishment

For 10 years, with a kind of sidereal consistency, Ichiro's production at the plate and in the outfield has warranted him every accolade baseball has to offer.His entry into Cooperstown is a lock.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Walla Walla better served in 4th District

I love visiting Walla Walla and especially enjoy reading the Union-Bulletin, but Sunday's "Our Opinion" piece suggesting that Walla Walla remain in the 5th Congressional District surprised me. You state that Walla Walla (population 32,000) is second to Sp

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Racist comment ruined local car event

There are times when a situation occurs where you have to follow your heart and do what you feel is right and so, with some sadness, I write this letter. Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend is becoming quite the event and my son was excited to enter my grandmoth

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: GOP puts politics above the nation

If you are like me, you are sick and tired of the political nonsense going on in Washington, D.C.It is my understanding that when senators, representatives and the president take office, they must swear an oath to uphold the Constitution and govern the co

Military spending must be part of deficit reduction

The defense budget is so large — over $700 billion a year — it's a place where the government must look for savings

As the Super Committee prepares to get started on finding a way to trim $1.5 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years, it is important to focus on the federal agency that consumes the single largest percentage of federal spending, the Departmen

$n$ Armentrout-McDaniels

Scott and Kathy Armentrout announce the engagement of daughter Kimberly Armentrout to Joshua McDaniels, all of Walla Walla.

$n$ Criss-McGregor

Jeffrey and Brenda Criss of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Amber Marie Criss to Brandon McGregor, both of La Grande.

$n$ Hart-O'Rourke

Bruce and Wanda Hart of Prescott announce the engagement of daughter Tiffanie Lynn Hart to Kevin Daniel O'Rourke, both of Spokane.

$n$ Neal-Hively

Kimberly Neal and Andrew Hively married July 30, 2011, at Blue Creek Meadows, Walla Walla. The Rev. Skip Pritchard officiated.

$n$ Dick and Ada Taylor

Richard Arthur "Dick" and Ada Elizabeth Taylor of Walla Walla celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary here on Sept. 18, 2011.

ETCETERA - DeSales alumna bound for Germany, China

An essay composed by Kaelen Park is one of 125 selected by the Daimler Corporation for an upcoming conference.The 2006 DeSales Catholic High School alumna graduated in 2010 in international business and Chinese from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. K

Church Bulletin - 09/25/11

WALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will learn about the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at 10 a.m. today. Laurie and Marty Manahan will speak. Call 509-520-1915 for details .Trinity Baptist Church to host prayer event Tu

Touchet Valley pastors will sponsor men's retreat Oct. 15

DAYTON - The first Touchet Valley Men's Retreat, sponsored by the Touchet Valley pastors, will be Oct. 15 at Camp Touchet. from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Transportation available from Redeemer Lutheran Church, 601 S. 3rd S

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus' wonderful heart a safe haven for us

The entire family built the birdhouse together and all went well.Brother and sister quibbled over who would paint the propped-open door. Mom and Dad shared different opinions as to where the house should be placed on the porch. But all in all, it was a

PANORAMA - Retired librarian helps dust off how local history ads up

At the Independent Garage, they conquered death, while over at Shimy's, they disco-danced into the night.The Kandyland Cafe offered "good cooking, deft service and reasonable prices," while at Washington State Penitentiary auditorium, "Cell-Abrasions" was

Friday, September 23


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


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

In the minutes - 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:

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Community made United Way kickoff a success

I wish to offer gratitude to the community for helping us kick off this year's United Way campaign with another fabulously fun day at the YMCA.

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:

Consumers can 'Drink Pink' rose for cancer awareness

A downtown Walla Walla tasting room is putting its own twist on the "Think Pink" theme that typically ushers in October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Emergency Services - 09/23/11

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

Etcetera - 09/23/11

Walla Walla High School Choir members expect to clean up when they hold a Sudsathon car wash from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Free airplane rides offered for young people Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Young people who want to learn about aviation can take to the skies for free Saturday.

Deeper cuts to state prisons dangerous

Public safety would be put at risk in this community and across the state.

When the state Legislature convenes near Thanksgiving Day, it won't feel like a time to appreciate all we have. The focus will be on what we don't have -- as in not enough money to keep state government functioning for the next two years.

State funds buoy local watershed partnership

The Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership received operating funds as well as money to pay for stream-gauging projects.

WALLA WALLA -- A local organization charged with creating new ways to manage water is slated to receive a state grant to keep up its work.

Milton-Freewater woman arrested after altercation, car chase

Griselda Salinas Garduno was arrested for investigation of assault after the Thursday morning incident that stretched from Rooks Park to Isaacs Avenue.

WALLA WALLA -- Deputies arrested a Milton-Freewater woman after she allegedly used her SUV to ram her ex-boyfriend's car after a high speed chase from Rooks Park to Isaacs Avenue on Thursday morning.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Y's SNL program 15 and going strong

Back in the mid-'90s, there were many needs in the Valley, especially for pre-teens.

Film could be a game-changer for your health

In May 1983 when we arrived at the little mission hospital on the Navajo Reservation in Monument Valley, I was surprised and dismayed to learn Navajos had type 2 diabetes four times as frequently as Anglos -- white people.

Stroke education program set for Tuesday at medical center

WALLA WALLA -- Providence St. Mary Medical Center will present a stroke education program Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the hospital's Providence Room on Level 1.

Mobile lab a classroom for health-care pros

One could be excused for secretly thinking about horror movies. Science fiction, at the least.

Alpaca farm to host open weekend for visitors

Wheatland Alpacas will host an open-farm weekend. Owned by Jan Kruper and Cecilia McKean, the farm will host visitors on Saturday and Sunday at 2010 Stovall Road.

Pepperidge Farm recalls sesame sticks

Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, officials said today.According to the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the 10.2-ounce

DeSales prevails in five-set barn-burner with Waitsburg-Prescott

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott fought hard, but DeSales was victorious in a five-game volleyball match between the Southeast 2B rivals Thursday.W-P won the opener 25-18, but fell 25-15 and 25-16 in games two and three. A 25-23 barn-burner in Waitsburg-Pre

Short-handed Walla Walla Valley Academy defeats Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — A short-handed Walla Walla Valley Academy squad traveled to Liberty Christian Thursday night and came home with a five-set Southeast 2B League victory.The Knights earned the win 25-23, 25-11, 17-25, 20-25 and 15-9.

Whitman to host Northwest Fall tennis championships

More than 60 men's tennis players gather at Whitman for the tournament this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — More than 60 NCAA Division III tennis players representing all nine Northwest Conference schools gather at Whitman College this weekend for the USTA/ITA Men's Pacific Northwest Fall Championships.The Whitman tournament, one of nine NCAA DIII

Tekoa-Oakesdale hands Pomeroy Southeast 1B defeat

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Pirates fell in four hotly contested Southeast 1B games to Tekoa-Oakesdale Thursday.The Pirates lost game one 26-24 after giving up a hefty lead.'It just as easily could have gone the other way,” Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said.

Weston-McEwen takes out Enterprise in three sets

ENTERPRISE — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots took down Enterprise in Blue Mountain Conference play Thursday, defeating the Outlaws in three games, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-23.In game one, the TigerScots led from the beginning and did not look back. Game two was m

Milton-Freewater Municipal to close Monday, Tuesday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will be closed Monday and Tuesday for aerification of the course's greens.The process will start Sunday at 1 p.m., so any golfers looking to golf Sunday will need to reserve tee-times by callin

Touchet suffers three-set defeat to Garfield-Palouse

PALOUSE — Touchet dropped a Southeast 1B League volleyball match to Garfield-Palouse here Thursday.The Vikings downed the Indians, 25-22, 26-24 and 25-21.

Mary Treganowan

Jan 29, 1934 - Sept. 20, 2011

Death Notice - Vivian Miller

Oct. 13, 1918 - Sept. 22, 2011

Death Notice - David Darrington

Dec. 1, 1950 - Sept. 17, 2011

Thursday, September 22

AAUW's tour of eye-catching kitchens to benefit education projects

WALLA WALLA -- Eight remodeled kitchens in homes dating from the late 1800s through the 1990s will be featured when the Walla Walla Branch of American Association of University Women hosts its ninth annual Kitchen Tour fundraiser from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 2.R

Walla Walla writer's memoir due out Nov. 1

"Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything," by Karen Fisher-Alaniz, Nov. 1 publication, Sourcebooks.History landed in Karen Fisher-Alaniz' lap when her then 81-year-old father Murray Fisher gifte

Bird walk set at Whitman Mission

Master birder Mike Denny will guide participants on a bird walk at Whitman Mission National Historic Site from 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesday.These walks are popular and well attended, said Renee Rusler, a ranger at Whitman Mission.

Walla Walla Symphony season to fete conductor's silver anniversary

The Walla Walla Symphony's first Symphony Series concert starts a year-long celebration of Maestro Yaacov Bergman's 25th season with the Symphony.The first concert, "Brahms Festival," is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St. A half-hour "Insi

Literary thriller author to sign books

Nathan Everett, the Seattle-area author of "The Gutenberg Rubric," will appear at a book signing from 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Book & Game Company, 38 E. Main St."The Gutenberg Rubric" is a literary thriller that follows unlikely heroes across two continents

Free passes available for Museum Day event

Fort Walla Walla Museum will again participate in Smithsonian magazine's annual Museum Day event on Saturday.Museum Day involves hundreds of museums nationwide.

Rotary to dish brunch, dinner for benefit

WALLA WALLA -- Rotary Restaurant Day will be 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Jacobi's Cafe, 416 N. Second Ave.For this event, Rotary Club of Walla Walla will take ove

Symphony Benefit Soiree chamber music opens Oct. 8

The Walla Walla Symphony opens its Benefit Soiree chamber music series at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, in the acoustically superb St. Paul's Epsicopal Church, 323 Catherine St. The series features a pre-concert reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine, coffee


Two men work to lay the framework for a new roof over a massive expanse of wood rafters atop a historic barn at 1322 Last Chance Road Thursday morning.

Etcetera - 09/22/11

Even as I write, parttime area resident Richard Byerley may be en route to or already climbing Africa's highest peak.

Emergency Services - 09/22/11

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take a vacation at home

With the economy as it is I'm sure there are many families who may have given up on taking a vacation this year. We find ourselves in this dilemma.

Should electoral votes be allocated by congressional district?

It is being considered in Pennsylvania. The idea might have merit in Washington state.

Next year's presidential race is just getting started but it's already garnered a lot of public attention. Folks, whether Republicans or Democrats, are focused on the White House in 2012.

Lawsuit filed in cyclist's death

Melvin J. Bohleen of Dayton also faces a criminal charge in connection with the death of Sara L. Eustis.

WALLA WALLA -- A motorist who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist on Middle Waitsburg Road in May now faces a second legal challenge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Reward offered in chickpea blaze

WALLA WALLA -- Arson is the most likely cause of a fire earlier this month that damaged 3 million pounds of chickpeas and two warehouses for close to $400,000 in damage.

No resolution, but FBI takes over Sheriff's Office investigation

The probe of financial improprieties began in October 2009. No change has been reported in the case other than the shift to the federal level.

WALLA WALLA -- A two-year investigation into the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved, but a new lead agency has taken over.

Evidence suppressed, but meth lab case continues

Dena R. Turner, accused in a case connected to the Vineyard Inn, saw some of the evidence against her thrown out.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court judge Wednesday decided to suppress certain evidence against a woman charged in connection with the alleged discovery of a large methamphetamine lab at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn last spring.

Corps seeks hand with plantings

WALLA WALLA -- Volunteers can join forces with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday to help turn a new trail into a tree-lined path.

Evaluation ordered for man in gun-pointing

Paul Anderson allegedly aimed a loaded handgun at a city police officer earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a police officer earlier this month.

O'Flaherty plays part in Braves' bodacious bullpen

WALLA WALLA — Eric O'Flaherty received some well-deserved recognition earlier this month in Sports Illustrated.O'Flaherty, Wa-Hi Class of 2003, is pitching out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen and has emerged as a member of the most dominant triumvirate of r

Blue Devils prep for Chiawana

The Devils will need everything they can muster when facing the reigning Big Nine 4A champions.

WALLA WALLA — Starting a season 0-3 would mean a steady drop in morale for a lot of high school football teams.Despite setbacks to Hermiston, Southridge and Wenatchee, that doesn't appear to be the case at Wa-Hi.'These kids are awesome. They're great,” Wa

Warriors top Columbia Basin in four

PASCO — Walla Walla Community College defeated NWAACC Eastern Region foe Columbia Basin in four sets here Wednesday, 21-25, 28-26, 26-24 and 25-18.'Winning a conference match on the road against a very determined opponent is great,” Warriors coach Tim Too

Waitsburg-Prescott picks up win over Pioneers

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott picked up a four-set non-league volleyball victory over visiting Mac-Hi here Wednesday night.W-P downed the Pioneers 25-15, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-11.

Whit women's cross country team moves up in rankings

WALLA WALLA — Last week's second-place showing in a 17-school field at the Sundodger Invitational has vaulted the Whitman College women's cross country team up the regional and national rankings.

Emilie Gilbert earns Student-Athlete of the Week

WALLA WALLA — Emilie Gilbert, after leading Whitman College to a second-place finish at last Saturday's Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's cross country.

Leonard Alexander Pruss

September 9, 1920 - September 21, 2011

John William 'Bill” Thompson

May 23, 1930 ~ September 17, 2011

Delpha Daggett

Oct. 14, 1936 - Sept. 21, 2011

Rosie Pesciallo

Jan. 3, 1918 - Sept. 17, 2011

Alex Mendez Sr.

March 5, 1961 - Sept. 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 21

Pendleton officer wounds man who pointed pistol

PENDLETON -- Police in Pendleton say an officer shot a distraught man in a pickup truck who pointed a gun at him.

'Saddle up for St. Jude' benefit event planned

WALLA WALLA -- A benefit riding event, "Saddle up for St. Jude," will be Oct. 1 at Bennington Lake.

Curious George theme for Early Learning Fair at library

WALLA WALLA -- A curious monkey will be the featured guest of a free literacy event at the Walla Walla Public Library Saturday.

Blue Mountain Land Trust adds Walla Walla man to board

WALLA WALLA -- Tim Foster of Walla Walla has been named to the Blue Mountain Land Trust Board of Directors.

Residents invited to tour Wa-Hi, Lincoln on Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- Area residents may tour Walla Walla High School and Lincoln Alternative High School on Thursday as part of the district's Superintendent's Patron Tour program.

Sheriff's round table meeting set for Thursday in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will hold a Sheriff's Round Table meeting Thursday in Waitsburg.

Emergency Services - 09/21/11

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

Grants available to boost tourism

Events that attract visitors into the community could get a financial boost from Tourism Walla Walla.

Lifting ban on gays in military is right move

The U.S. military has had gay soldiers serve with bravery and honor throughout the nation's history.

The ban on gays in the U.S. military ended Tuesday. And it was greeted with little concern by soldiers, sailors, Air Force personnel and Marines.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fort WW Museum a treasure

While visiting your beautiful community last month, my husband, Dan, and I spent a delightful afternoon exploring the Fort Walla Walla Museum. (After all, there are only so many wineries you can visit in a day).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cowboy Church was highlight of fair

The highlight of the fair 2011 was for me the Sunday event of the Walla Walla Cowboy Church.

Walla Walla School Board eyes move of preschool program

The program is housed in Blue Ridge Elementary School but could move into a modular building on the campus.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will be studying whether to move its public preschool program out of Blue Ridge Elementary in the coming year.

Whooping cough case confirmed in Umatilla County

Umatilla County Public Health Department announced today a confirmed case of pertussis, or "whooping cough."

Local jobless rate higher

Walla Walla County's unemployment for August inched up from a year ago but remains relatively low compared to the rest of the state, according to figures released Tuesday from the Employment Security Department.

J.W. 'Bill' Thompson remembered as 'good fellow'

J.W. 'Bill' Thompson had a hand in most every civic affair at one time or another.

WAITSBURG -- The community of Waitsburg lost a good friend Saturday, said several people who knew him well.

Citizens Police Academy enrollment opens

The free, 11-week program familiarizes participants with police work and the legal system.

The Walla Walla Police Department is enrolling local residents for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy.

Child porn, rape trial date moved

Jesus Torres Almeida had been set to go to trial this week on a variety of charges.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl in the summer of 2010 and possessed child pornography on his cellphone in July of this year.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Travis A. Shandy, 25, 156 Cherry St., Burbank, was charged Sept. 12 with residential burglary and second-degree theft. Shandy is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime, and wrongfully obtaining or exert

Wa-Hi bedevils Davis for Big Nine 4A volleyball victory

The 25-16, 25-8 and 25-11 victory is the first Big Nine 4A win for the Blue Devils.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi bedeviled Davis in Big Nine 4A volleyball action Tuesday night, sending the Pirates back to Yakima in only three games, 25-16, 25-8 and 25-11.The win was the first conference victory for the Blue Devils, putting Wa-Hi at 1-2 in confere

Pioneers play Pirates to 1-all tie

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi girls soccer team wanted revenge for a 5-0 whipping at the hands of Riverside last Wednesday, and Tuesday's rematch at home was its chance.In typical soccer fashion, it was a 1-1 draw. Although it wasn't for lack of trying, M

OUTDOORS - Steens Mountain views are jaw-dropping

Amazing views are afforded from Steens Mountain despite smoke from recent wildfires

The day after Labor Day, smoke from Central Oregon wildfires limited the view from the East Rim of Steens Mountain.Yet, my jaw dropped.So did Darlene's.'Wow!” she said, although she remained several feet from the precipice.Nora, with toenails overhanging

Garfield-Palouse hands Pomeroy its first volleyball defeat of season

PALOUSE — Pomeroy suffered its first volleyball loss of the season, a 25-16, 11-25, 25-18, 25-23 Southeast 1B defeat to Garfield-Palouse here Tuesday.Delaney Monahan recorded 11 blocks and seven kills in the Pirates' loss.McKenzie Uto had six digs and Hay

Touchet falls in five to visiting Lacrosse-Washtucna

TOUCHET — Visiting Lacrosse-Washtucna took a Southeast 1B volleyball match from Touchet Tuesday night, 25-14, 17-25, 25-16, 18-25 and 15-6.Kristen Warner had seven kills, one stuff and a save in the five-set match for the Indians.

Dayton handles young Liberty Christian squad

DAYTON — Dayton's Bulldogs took down Liberty Christian in three sets Tuesday, routing the young Patriots 25-9, 25-21 and 25-14.The main goal for Dayton coach Shannon Turner was improvement on her side of the net.

Irish suffer first Southeast 2B volleyball loss in four sets to Asotin

ASOTIN — The DeSales Irish faced their first real test Tuesday, losing against the Panthers of Asotin in four games in the Southeast 2B volleyball matchup.The Irish lost game one 25-19 and were pounded 25-11 in game two before coming back to put up a 25-1

Pioneers fall to Baker Bulldogs in three sets

BAKER — Mac-Hi's volleyball team lost to Baker Tuesday night, falling to the Bulldogs in three sets, 25-17, 25-15 and 25-13.Coach Kayla Rodighiero said she felt her team tried hard, but just could not pull together.

Death Notice - Trudy Shaw

Nov. 12, 1963 - Sept. 15, 2011

Case of whooping cough confirmed in Umatilla County

Umatilla County Public Health Department announced today a confirmed case of pertussis, or "whooping cough."

Dorothy Miller

April 19, 1936 - Sept. 14, 2011

Dale Cox

Feb. 2, 1944 - Sept. 18, 2011

Death Notice - Leonard Pruss

Sept. 9, 1920 - Sept. 21, 2011

Death Notice - Mary Treganowan

Sept. 20, 2011

Rivera sets major league saves record with 602nd

NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd save, pitching a perfect ninth inning to preserve the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivera retired

Tuesday, September 20

Reading garden brings outdoor setting to library

The new Reading Garden at the Walla Walla Public Library, which offers a relaxed, outdoor setting to patrons, is now open.Made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Sherwood Foundation, $1,000 from Friends of the Library, and patron donations, the garden tr

Snake River Dam lock schedule changes for recreational boaters

WALLA WALLA -- Recreational boaters can now lock through dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers almost any time during daylight hours.

Flu shot clinics set for Friday, October at VA Medical Center

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center has scheduled flu shot clinics on the following dates:

Driver in surgical boot crashes into Urgent Care

WALLA WALLA -- A driver wearing a surgical boot on his foot confused the accelerator with the brake Monday and drove his vehicle into the Walla Walla Urgent Care Center.

WALLA WALLA TABLE - School also a chance to broaden lunch-from-home horizons

After reading the last installment of the Walla Walla Table, a friend commented that she loved the article but now felt guilty about what she had been doing for her kid's school lunches. This is always my fear, that someone will feel that I am calling the

Reno man sentenced in fatal crash in Garfield County

POMEROY -- A 25-year-old Reno man plead guilty last week in a plea agreement to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in Garfield County Superior Court.

On the agenda - Columbia County

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


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

ROCK DOC - Japanese seniors define heroism, sacrifice in nuke cleanup

Occasionally I'm guilty of just a tiny bit of cynicism about people and their motivations. And sometimes I grow weary of news reports about the nasty behaviors of which some folks are capable. But any and all residue of my negativity evaporated instantly


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Lions Club Community Building, FairgroundsWhat: Special Meeting

Emergency Services - 09/20/11

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

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Star quality shines from the inside out

Lately the folks at Pandora Radio, through one of their pop-up windows, have been trying to set me up on a date with hot guys in their 50s, all of whom look like Richard Gere.You'd think that, nailing my age more accurately than most of my friends, these

The long, visionary road to Randy

That I can move about independently in my rural Walla Walla County neighborhood with the help of my guide dog is owed to horrors of a long ago war and a young Tennessean who, like me, had been frustrated with his limited mobility due to blindness.A Vander

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

D-PADS AND DICE - Simple video game offers monster fun

Chantelise has an unusual history for a computer game. It was originally made by a small team of independent game developers in Japan. While Japanese-made games are pretty common in the world of home game consoles, PC games getting brought to the U.S. are

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 Thursday the board:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

ETCETERA - Color me green: Mr. Yuk poster contest open to kids

Most children recognize the Mr. Yuk symbol. You know, that round, lime-green face with the eyes squinched tightly shut and the protruding tongue.The Washington Poison Center theme for the 2012

Relay for Life to kick off Thursday evening at Jacobi's

WALLA WALLA -- The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Walla Walla will officially get under way Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Spaghetti feed Wednesday to aid July fire victims

WALLA WALLA -- Friends and family of two fire victims will host a spaghetti dinner Wednesday to help raise money for medical bills.

Walla Walla School Board to hold work session this afternoon

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session today at 5 p.m. in the district's board room, 364 S. Park St

Camp Fire USA to hold ribbon cutting for renovated building

WALLA WALLA -- Camp Fire USA's ribbon cutting for its renovated building at 414 S. Park St. in Walla Walla is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Sheriff's round table meeting set for this afternoon in Touchet

TOUCHET -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office will be hold a Sheriff's Round Table meeting today in Touchet.


Out for his Monday morning commute, a man barefoot boards on Roosevelt Street Monday morning while listening to an iPod.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More on passing of 'common sense'

R.I.P. -- "common sense" has passed (part 4).

Proposed project to renovate Walla Walla Aviary makes sense

The public has shown through its donations it supports the Aviary. Soliciting private donations and using insurance funds for the renovation is the right approach.

When budget troubles threatened to force closure of the Pioneer Park Aviary in late 2010 the community offered support with more than words. Folks opened their wallets.

College Place woman charged in wreck that injured motorcyclists

Cally Ann Schneider was allegedly drunk when she crashed into a motorcycle Sunday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA -- A driver of a sport utility vehicle who allegedly was drunk and struck two riders on a motorcycle in College Place last weekend has been formally charged with two counts of vehicular assault.

Teen pleads guilty in connection with assault, theft

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla teenager pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a criminal charge related to the assault of a man and the theft of his property in Eastgate in May.

Trial date set in killing

Angela D. Effinger's first-degree murder trial is set for late next month.

WALLA WALLA -- Trial is set to begin Oct. 24 for the suspect in this month's slaying of an 18-year-old woman in the vicinity of the former Blue Mountain Mall.

Wrath, Reign to have softball tryouts Sunday at DeSales

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Wrath and Reign are having softball tryouts at noon Sunday at the DeSales High field.Players age 14 and under are needed to form two teams of 11 that will play around Washington and Oregon next summer.For more information, co

Miton-Freewater Municipal to host P.E.G. X Country Scramble Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course is hosting the P.E.G. Cross Country Scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday.It is a four-person scramble and the holes will be re-organized for the event. The cost will be $25 per play

Knights net volleyball win over Jaguars

PASCO — The Walla Walla Valley Academy volleyball team picked up its first victory Monday, taking down the Jaguars of Tri-Cities Prep 26-24, 26-24 and 25-21 in Southeast 2B conference action.'It was good to get that first win,” WWVA coach Scott Schafer sa

Betty Elizabeth Hess

October 17, 1919 – September 9, 2011

Monday, September 19

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for law enforcement

U-B coverage of the Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation meeting made me sad because it was incomplete and misleading.Washington, D.C., shows us what happens when partisan politics are put before public good. This shouldn't happen in Walla Walla County. No de

State lawmakers must make more painful cuts

The revenue forecast the budget was built on was simply too optimistic. Reality has hit hard.

Here we go again. Washington state's budget has another huge hole.


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

Etcetera - 09/19/11

Blue Mountain Chapter 258 Pheasants Forever is holding its third annual youth hunt Saturday and Sunday.Organizer Jim Sonne said 150 birds have been planted for the two-day hunt. Open to young people ages 10 to 15, a license and hunter-safety course is req

Grandview company recalls fresh cheese due to possible contamination

A Grandview, Wash., company is recalling is recalling all 16-ounce packages of "Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese" with a date stamp of Sept. 14, 2011, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

College Place SUV-motorcyle crash injures two

COLLEGE PLACE -- Two people were injured and one person was arrested following a collision Sunday involving a sports utility vehicle and motorcycle.

Waitsburg festival celebrates in style

Fashion, food and song all had a touch of history and tradition for the town.

WAITSBURG -- For decades, pigeon-breasted blouses, buffalo and barbershop quartets have been a big part of the Waitsburg Historical Society Pioneer Fall Festival.

Oregon man diagnosed with plague

The rare case is a first for Umatilla County in recent memory, a health official said.

Umatilla County health officials Friday confirmed a case of septicemic plague in an adult male county resident.

Perkins' goals hold up in Missionaries' win

Chris Perkins scores twice as Whitman's men's soccer team gets past Pacific, 2-1.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Chris Perkins scored a pair of goals, the second with less 25 seconds left in overtime, to vault Whitman College to a 2-1 men's soccer victory over Pacific University Sunday afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore.

Waitsburg-Prescott plays St. George's to tie

SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott overcame a one-goal margin and relinquished a one-goal spread in the final eight minutes and settled for a 2-2 tie with St. George's in co-ed high school soccer action here Saturday.

Whitman women blitz Boxer booters

The Missionaries put six shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, with Amy Hasson's fourth kick finding the net in the 1-0 victory.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — With goalkeeper Emily Davis making eight saves and Amy Hasson booting her sixth goal of the season, Whitman College slipped past Pacific 1-0 here Sunday.Whitman improved to 2-1 in the NWC and evened its season slate at 3-3.Pacific dro

Death Notice - Dale Cox

Feb. 2, 1944 - Sept. 18, 2011

Death Notice - Alex Mendez Sr.

March 5, 1961 - Sept. 16, 2011

Death Notice - Roger Nelsen

July 28, 1931 - Sept. 17, 2011

Death Notice - Bill Thompson

May 23, 1930 - Sept. 17, 2011

Death Notice - Rose Pesciallo

Jan. 3, 1918 - Sept. 17, 2011

Wa-Hi's Wolpert fifth at Sundodger

SEATTLE — Wa-Hi's J.P. Wolpert placed fifth in the boys five-kilometer race during the Sundodger Invitational cross country meet at Lincoln Park here Saturday.Wolpert finished the course in 15:23.09 to help the Blue Devils place ninth in a 24-team boys fi

Sunday, September 18

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Enduris seemed to be avoiding paying claims

There have been two articles recently in the U-B reporting on the Port of Walla Walla and its need to find a new insurance carrier.The first article Aug. 26 (relating to the Aug. 25 bimonthly Port meeting) left much to be told about the reason(s) for the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cost of war is large driver of nation's rising debt

The price of war is 30 percent of our nation's debt. So says syndicated columnist (and former New York Times reporter) Joel Brinkley in the Des Moines Register on Sept. 4.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - America was attacked

When someone claims that George Bush sleeps "just as peacefully as when he was in the White House, starting wars" (Let's remember all victims of Sept.11, printed Sept 6), I feel a response is warranted .Starting wars? America was attacked more viciously o

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Less revenue will not help the poor

Contrary to what Martin McCaw wrote, I have never attended a tea party meeting. But I will speak to any Green Party, tea party, Democratic or Republican group that invites me. And I will argue across party lines that our nation has a huge problem with deb

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take time to read Constitution

Sept. 17 through 23 commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. On Sept. 17, 1789, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time and signed four hand- written pages that began with the words we shou

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla impresses visitor

I was recently in Walla Walla to see my husband's parents and enjoy your beautiful state. While there, I was continuously impressed with how friendly everyone was. Whether store or restaurant staff, or people who lived in the area, everyone was ni

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US got nothing for raising debt limit

Based on the polls, most Americans wanted the debt ceiling raised. The politicians obviously wanted the debt ceiling raised since the majority of them voted for it. Most of the media pundits wanted it raised as well. The majority got what they wanted, the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Smoke damage was widespread

The smoke damage from the Blue Moiuntain Seed Inc. fire goes further than the neighbors.My upstairs bathroom two blocks away smells like smoke still. My neighbor's brand new car bought a day before the fire smells like smoke, too. Imagine paying for a bra

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Think more openly about other cultures

Ten years ago on Sept. 11 I was attending grade six in College Place. This year on Sept. 11 I was flying into a major city in the Middle East. I was 11 then. I am 21 now.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's hold officials accountable

Congress has returned from summer recess and it is time for action. Current spending authority expires Sept. 30.All spending authority is initiated in the House of Representatives.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - What about cemetery with the lone pine?

After reading the interesting article "Caring for Hallowed Ground" in the Sept. 11 newspaper, I should like to comment on a similar piece of ground that apparently through time has become unhallowed where the retir

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - City must plan better for future

The last three Sunday issues of the U-B described the history that has led to our current road situation. One aspect of that history should be noted - the absence of a long-range city strategy for dealing with infrastructure.

Umatilla tribes to add officer with grant money

PENDLETON (AP) - The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will get another police officer, family counselors and better services for abused women with a $1.6 million federal grant. The East Oregonian reports the grant was part of $118 mi

Bomb squad exploded suspicious device

WALLA WALLA - A possible explosive device discovered off Stateline Road by a jail inmate on work crew was exploded by bomb squad personnel on Thursday.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report, the discovery

Saturday, September 17

Waitsburg-Prescott's Deal runs to win in Clarkston

CLARKSTON — Waitsburg-Prescott junior Seth Deal continued his stellar cross country season by winning the Seaport Invite hosted by Clarkston High School at Beachview Park here Saturday.Deal finished the 5,000-meter course in 15:43 for the victory. Last ye

Missionary harriers second at Sundodger Invitational

SEATTLE — Enjoying what coach Scott Shields called a 'wonderful day,” the Whitman College women's cross country team ran to a second-place finish among 17 schools in the 6,000-meter open race at the Sundodger Invitational at Seattle's Lincoln Park.

Pirates win wild game with Cove Leopards, 48-34

Pomeroy and Cove combine for more than 800 yards of offense in the Pirates' 48-34 win.

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Pirates won a barn-burner Friday night over the Leopards of Cove, combining for more than 800 total yards of offense in the 48-34 victory.

PHOTO GALLERY - Panthers hand Blue Devils 28-17 loss

Wenatchee scores 19 first-quarter points, and 16 more in the fourth, for the Big Nine Class 4A victory at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — Wenatchee backup quarterback Dillon Sugg completed just one of his first eight pass attempts Friday night in the Panthers' Big Nine Conference 4A football opener with Wa-Hi at Borleske Stadium.But a pair of fourth-quarter tosses more than ma

Waitsburg-Prescott shows chinks in armor, still rout Elgin

Waitsburg-Prescott follows a 6-all tie after the first quarter with 24 points in the second and rolls to a 50-28 win Friday.

ELGIN, Ore. — A slow start, turnovers and sloppy defense marred what should have been another complete victory for Waitsburg-Prescott, which easily outclassed the 23-man team from Elgin, but still gave up 245 yards on the ground, in a 50-28 victory over t

Indians cage Cougs for most of 50-28 win

Touchet holds Wallowa to six points over three quarters of the victory that wasn't as close as the final score.

WALLOWA, Ore. — One hundred and fifty-two points in two games is a big number, even in 8-man football.So it's easy to understand why Touchet spent so much time working on its defense this past week as the Indians prepared for their Friday afternoon non-le

Ball control? Forget about it, Irish say in rout of Cougs

White Swan runs more plays and has the ball twice as long, but DeSales takes the game, 42-16.

WHITE SWAN, Wash. — Ball control is overrated — at least it was here Friday in non-conference football action.White Swan ran 90 plays from scrimmage and controlled the ball for about 33 of the 48 minutes. DeSales, on the other hand, only ran 32 plays fro

Waitsburg-Prescott falls in semis of Weston-McEwen volleyball tournament

ATHENA — Waitsburg-Prescott went 3-1-1 at the Weston-McEwen volleyball tournament Saturday, taking second in pool play before falling to Elgin in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament.

Bulldogs set tone early, hand Pioneers 56-7 defeat

Mac-Hi avoids the shutout when Nathan Dombrosky scores on a 17-yard, fourth-quarter run.

NYSSA, Ore. — The host Nyssa Bulldogs blocked a first-quarter punt and ran it in for a touchdown, setting the tone for a 56-7 romp over injury-riddled Mac-Hi in non-conference football action here Friday night.

WWCC volleyball squad second at own NWAACC Crossover

WALLA WALLA — Fifth-ranked Walla Walla Community College posted a 5-1 record over the weekend and finished second in an NWAACC Crossover volleyball tournament that ended Saturday at the Dietrich Dome.

Weston-McEwen second at own volleyball tourney

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen finished second in its annual invitational volleyball tournament here Saturday, sponsored by its athletic booster club.The TigerScots were nipped in the championship match by Elgin, 28-30, 25-15, 18-16.Eight teams participted in the

Dayton volleyball falls in W-M semifinals

ATHENA — Dayton's volleyball team finished second in pool play at Weston-McEwen's tournament Saturday, but lost to the host TigerScots in the battle to play for the championship.Dayton opened pool play with a 22-25, 25-21 victory over Heppner, with the Bu

Wa-Hi girls swim past Braves at Harvey Pool

Emma Timm-Ballard has a state-qualifying swim as the Blue Devils hand Kamiakin the 173-111 defeat.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi handed Kamiakin a Big Nine girls swimming defeat at Whitman College's Harvey Pool Saturday, 173-111.'We had a fabulous meet today,” Blue Devils coach Katharine Curles said. 'Our girls swam great. We were missing many of them due to ill

Mac-Hi boys fourth at Catherine Creek Scamper

UNION — The Mac-Hi boys varsity team took fourth overall at the Catherine Creek Scamper Friday, with senior Lucas Simpson leading the way for the Pioneers with a 12th-place finish out of 80 runners on the varsity course.

WWCC men pick up pair of soccer wins

COOS BAY, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College's men's soccer team ventured into the Beaver State this weekend and picked up two victories against NWAACC South Region opponents.The Warriors blanked Southwestern Oregon, 5-0, here Saturday after taking care

Whit men earn NWC soccer win over George Fox

NEWBERG, Ore. — After failing to find the net with its first 24 shots, the Whitman College men's soccer team scored twice in less than three minutes to win its Northwest Conference opener, 2-1, against George Fox here Saturday afternoon.Whitman, now 1-1-2

Missionary women frustrated by Bruins soccer team

NEWBERG, Ore. — It was a frustrating Saturday afternoon on the pitch for the Whitman College women's soccer team as it outshot George Fox 17-8 but dropped a 2-1 Northwest Conference decision.Whitman, which was unable to capitalize on an 8-1 edge in corner

Downtown building gets facelift, new purpose

The Dunnings hope to return retail to the Whiteside Building and possibly have living space upstairs.

WALLA WALLA - Memories of the Whiteside Building came back to Ron and Dana Dunning with every sweep across the facade Friday."I used to dance there when it was The Zodiac," Dana reminisced as she stood across the street from the 1890 property watching wor

Group hopes to ‘Paint the Town Pink'

The downtown event is a fundraiser for local cancer patients.

WALLA WALLA - Visitors to downtown Walla Walla can get some pink treatment Friday and raise money and awareness for local cancer patients.A portion of First Avenue, near Main Street, will be shut down from noon until 5 p.m. for "Paint the Town Pink," the


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


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

Mill Creek makeover to improve fish habitat

The main purpose of the Mill Creek flood channel will remain the same.

WALLA WALLA - Work on two of three Mill Creek construction projects is moving along at a rapid flow, as contractors work to meet a two-month deadline to finish more than $500,000 in fish habitat improvements by the end of October."Fish managers believe th

Families iron out Walla Walla miniature golf course

The business will tee off with an indoor course and then expand outside.

WALLA WALLA - The owner of a former miniature golf course in Walla Walla is taking another swing at it with plans to open a one-of-a-kind, indoor/outdoor family-friendly course on Wellington Avenue.

ETCETERA - Museum receives $2,000 donation from Pacific Power

Pacific Power doesn't just switch its generosity on and off the way we use lights at home. It has maintained a constant presence in the region for many years by supporting institutions that provide great service to the residents of the various communities


Steve and Andrea Stevens

F.M. "Steve" and Andrea Stevens celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 16 with family and friends at Ocean Shores, Ore.


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

Walla Walla should remain in 5th District

And we would like to see Walla Walla continue its association with the Tri-Cities area with legislative representation.

Do you want to see Walla Walla County remain in the 5th Congressional District, now represented by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, or would you like to see it moved to the 4th Congressional District, which is now the turf of Doc Hastings?

PASTOR COLUMN - Can't wait to see what God will do next!

I want to share a few thoughts with you about what God has done for us at Living Waters Missionary Baptist Church. The one thing we thought about when starting this building project is, "how much is it going to cost?" Well that's what I want to share with

Church Bulletin - 09/18/11

First Congregational Church begins adult forum on religionWALLA WALLA - First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., begins a forum, "Religion for the 21st Century," 8:45-9:45 a.m., today. The Rev. Dorothy Knudson will lead each Sunday. The forum wil

$n$ PANORAMA - Where Braden Road Bends

Forty years ago, the location must have seemed even more remote.The Church of God (Seventh Day) sits at the corner of Old Milton Highway and Braden Road, looking very much on this bright day like a Monopoly property set on a green felt triangle.

Friday, September 16

Norman Mayberry

Dec. 26, 1932 - Sept. 12, 2011

Case of plague confirmed in Umatilla County

Umatilla County health officials today confirmed a case of plague in an adult male county resident.He may have been infected while hunting in Lake County, noted Sharon Waldern, clinic supervisor for the county's public health department. 'Lake County had

Birth control pills recalled

On Thursday Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary and nationwide retail-level recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today.

Emergency Services - 09/16/11

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff's job is to submit budget

I was offended by the tone of the recent front page article, "Sheriff seeks huge budget hike."

United Way donation supports our community

United Way of Walla Walla County kicks off its 2011-12 campaign on Sunday with Family Fun Day at the YMCA.

Donating to United Way of Walla Walla County is a way neighbors can help neighbors.

Dayton Council to hold closed session at special meeting

DAYTON -- The Dayton City Council will hold a special meeting Monday beginning at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Saturday workshop to teach backyard chicken raising

WALLA WALLA -- Backyard chicken ranching will be the topic of a workshop Saturday by the Sustainable Living Center.

For dentists, it is father to son, part two

MILTON-FREEWATER -- At 86, Ivan Wheeler is witness to a legacy he could have never predicted when he began his dental practice nearly 60 years ago.

Etcetera - 09/16/11

A Big Blue Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2 will bring Walla Walla High School students and staff together to build positive relationships, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported online.

New owner takes reins of downtown scrapbook shop

An ownership change marks the turning of a proverbial change at Walla Walla scrapbook store Scrapbook Elements.

Gran Fondo set for seventh edition next weekend

WALLA WALLA -- The seventh annual Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Gran Fondo -- the "Great Ride" -- will take place Sept. 24.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Heart troubles nothing to take lightly

Ever hear the metaphor, "as serious as a heart attack?"

TigerScots put early bite on Bulldogs

Weston-McEwen QB Dallas Reich runs for three TDs and passes for two more as the TigerScots hand Dayton a 43-0 football defeat.

DAYTON — Weston-McEwen's Michael Guerrero recovered a perfectly executed pooch kick on the TigerScots' opening kickoff here Thursday in non-conference football action, and W-M never looked back. Weston-McEwen was led by the three rushing touchdowns and tw

Wa-Hi boys, girls harriers 4-2 in Yakima

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's boys and girls cross country teams each posted 4-2 records here Thursday during the first of two Big Nine Conference Class 4A meets.The Blue Devil boys defeated Chiawana, Richland, Davis and Moses Lake while losing to Eisenhower and Wenat

Weston-McEwen hands Irish, Imbler volleyball defeats

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's volleyball team hosted DeSales and Imbler for non-league matches Thursday night, with the defending Oregon Class 2A state champion TigerScot handing Imbler a 25-12, 26-24, 26-24 defeat before taking care of the Irish, 25-7, 25-8,

Pomeroy picks up second SE1B victory with win over Lacrosse-Washtucna

WASHTUCNA — Pomeroy picked up its second Southeast 1B volleyball victory in as many tries with a three-set win over Lacrosse-Washtucna here Thursday, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19.

Asotin takes close, three-set victory from Waitsburg-Prescott

ASOTIN — Waitsburg-Prescott suffered a narrow 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 defeat at the hands of Asotin here Thursday in a Southeast 2B District volleyball match.

Colton victorious over Touchet in three sets

TOUCHET — Colton came to town and took home a 25-17, 25-9, 25-16 Southeast 1B volleyball victory from Touchet Thursday night.

Abel Joseph 'AJ” Trejo

September 2, 1986 – September 13, 2011

Death Notice - Benny LeFore

Sept. 15, 2011

Montana Edgar

Aug. 3, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2011

C. Neil Wallace

Dec. 23, 1952 - Sept. 12, 2011

Freda Wilder

Aug. 26, 1926 - Sept. 11, 2011

Thursday, September 15

Emergency Services - 09/15/11

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 - WW Council

Walla Walla City Council members are Jim Barrow, Conrado Cavazos, Jerry Cummins, Dominick Elia, Shane Laib, Fred Mitchell and Mayor Barbara Clark. Cavazos and Mitchell were absent at the Wednesday meeting. The Council voted as follows:

Tax collections for online sales must be fair

Congress needs to establish a clear policy so brick-and-mortar merchants aren't the only retailers collecting sales tax.

When Walla Wallans buy books, sporting goods or anything else online from Washington-state based they must pay sales tax. The law clearly states customers must pay state sales tax if the online retailer has a physical presence in that state.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Point of Sheriff's Foundation meeting missed

It is clear to me the Union-Bulletin and the county commissioners missed the point of the first public meeting of the newly formed Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation last week.

Etcetera - 09/15/11

Two local students are among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a release from National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials in Evanston, Ill.

Fundraiser tea with full luncheon is planned for Sept. 24 in M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- P.E.O. Chapter EV of Milton-Freewater will hold a fundraiser tea with full luncheon in two seatings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sept. 24, at a home at 604 S. Main St. Tickets for the event are $10, and reservations must be made by Sept. 19.

Pioneer Fall Festival set in Waitsburg

Jane Butler will be honored as Pioneer of the Year at the celebration Sunday.

WAITSBURG -- Longtime Waitsburg resident Jane Butler will be honored as Pioneer of the Year at the Pioneer Fall Festival on Sunday at the Bruce House Museum at Fourth and Main streets.

Kirkman House Museum to host Sheep to Shawl Fall Fest

From its beginning on the hoof to a vast array of end products, the Kirkman House Museum's Sheep to Shawl Fall Festival will show the journey of wool in demonstrations.There will also be food, contests, artisan vendors' goods and a chance to win a one-of-

Living History Co. to discuss events of 1850s

WALLA WALLA — Things were different in this region 155 years ago. In 1856, there was no community of Walla Walla, missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman lay in their graves for nearly nine years and while pioneers were already populating the region, the

Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music contra dance slated

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music's first contra dance of the season is 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It will be held at the Unity Church building, 810 C St. The dance is open to the public.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

Lewiston man in hospital after Wednesday crash

WALLA WALLA -- A Lewiston man remained hospitalized this morning after a Wednesday afternoon crash on State Route 124 west of Waitsburg.

Enrollments mostly steady in rural schools

But Dayton at least is in nail-biting mode as enrollment is below the number the budget is based on.

Most schools in the area's rural regions are holding steady on enrollment, compared to beginning enrollment in 2010.

Garfield County Fair opens Friday

POMEROY -- "Bales, Pails, and Wagging Tails" is the theme of the three-day Garfield County Fair, which opens Friday.

County may see split in districts

One of four commissioners would split the county between a pair of congressional districts.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County may wind up with a split personality under one of four proposed redistricting plans unveiled Tuesday.

Reward offered in tree poisonings in Weston park

WESTON -- Officials are offering a $1,000 reward in the hope of finding whoever poisoned nine of the stately trees that have provided decades of shade and respite in Weston City Park.


If the dog days of summer are gone don't tell these guys! Two yellow labs play in a finely plowed field of hay seed Thursday morning while their owner, Bruce Depping, moves irrigation pipes by hand to keep his crop watered.

Fifth annual Business Awards Showcase awards local businesses, young entrepreneurs

Businesses that focus on service, ingenuity, sustainability and social awareness were feted Wednesday in a celebration at Baker Boyer Bank.The fifth annual Business Awards Showcase, presented by Baker Boyer Bank, and produced by the Walla Walla Valley Cha

$n$ Dayton rallies against Walla Walla Valley Academy

A day after suffering its first loss of the season, the Bulldogs hand the Knights a four-game defeat.

COLLEGE PLACE — Dayton rebounded from its first volleyball loss of the season here Wednesday night at the expense of Walla Walla Valley Academy.But it took the Bulldogs some time to get going.Still stinging from Tuesday's three-game home loss to Asotin, D

$n$ Youth costs Mac-Hi girls in loss to Riverside

BOARDMAN, Ore. — Youth and inexperience derailed Mac-Hi here Wednesday afternoon as the Pioneers dropped a 5-0 girls soccer match to Riverside.'We lost five middles and one defender to graduation,” Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. 'We're trying to plug

$n$ Wrath 14U fastpitch team having tryouts

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Wrath 14U fastpitch softball team is having tryouts at noon Saturday at the DeSales softball field.Any players under the age of 14 may try out. For more information, contact Mike Postlewait at 509-540-6229.

WWCC battles past Yaks

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College evened its NWAACC volleyball record at 1-1 with a hard-fought, three-set victory over Yakima at the Dietrich Dome Wednesday.

‘Resilient' Blue Devils face Panthers

Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw is impressed with his squad's practice in preparation for Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi may be 0-2 in the early stages of the 2011 high school football season, but you wouldn't have known it if you had been on the Walla Walla High School campus this week for any of the team's practice sessions leading up to Friday's Big N

Waitsburg-Prescott's Deal wins all-league cross country meet

DAYTON — Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal ran a mile-and-half Wednesday before the District 9 all-league cross country boys race here Wednesday.Deal then when out and won his race, completing the 5,000-meter course in 16:58.79.And afterwards, he went for an

Swan lifts Whitman women past Whitworth

Hallie Swan scores the game-winning goal with 40 seconds left in the Missionary women's 3-2 NWC victory over the Pirates.

WALLA WALLA — A superlative scoring effort by Hallie Swan in the last minute of play lifted Whitman College to a 3-2 Northwest Conference soccer victory over Whitworth University on a warm Wednesday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.The game, which

Death Notice - Dorothy Miller

April 19, 1936 - Sept. 14, 2011

Death Notice - Mary Peterson

March 20, 1949 - Sept. 14, 2011

Death Notice - Neil Wallace

Sept. 12, 2011

David Vaughn

Oct. 3, 1961 - Sept. 5, 2011

Jon Krumbah

Nov. 13, 1969 - July 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 14

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Events help Walla Walla economy

I have been looking all day for the map on the web and the Wheeling Walla Walla Weekend website. No where is there a map for the citizens of Walla Walla to find out where the route is to watch other than the printed Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (couldn't fi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Chris Plucker will move WW in positive direction

In the upcoming election for Walla Walla City Council, we have a wonderful opportunity to elect a fresh face with a proven track record of integrity and commitment.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Lasting memory of helping 9/11 families

I was working for a life insurance company in Nashville, Tenn., on 9/11. Part of my job was setting up the initial death claims that came in.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff Turner did not hijack meeting

This letter is in response to a misleading article in Thursday's paper titled "Sheriff seeks huge budget hike."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Statistics show WW County crime is down

Reading quotes from Sheriff John Turner and recent letters to the editor, one would think more danger lurks around every corner in our county than ever before.

Prescott Community Club to hold monthly breakfast

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Community Club will hold its monthly breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Lions Hall, 101 S. D St.


Behind layers of shades, and protected from the afternoon sun, a painter climbs a step ladder to add a fresh coat of paint to a column on the exterior of the Banner Bank Corporate Center. Rising late season temperatures are supposed to dwindle toward the end of this week.

On the agenda - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

When: Thursday, 5 p.m.Where: Dixie School

On the agenda - CP SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 09/14/11

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


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

WWCC well deserving of national honor

The school was named one of the top 10 two-year colleges in the nation.

Walla Walla Community College has been recognized as one of top 10 two-year colleges in the nation.

Interior design shop to close doors Nov. 1

A downtown Walla Walla store known for its interior design and home decor selection will be closing its doors this fall.

Etcetera - 09/14/11

Despite running out of chicken toward the end of its annual barbecue fundraiser at the Muddy Frogwater Festival & Corn Roast, Milton-Freewater Rotary Club brought in about $2,200 from the feed to augment its scholarship funds.

State tourism chief to visit Walla Walla

Suzanne Fletcher, who heads the state's new tourism agency, is on a statewide tour to assess needs.

WALLA WALLA -- The executive director of the state's new tourism agency will make a stop Friday in Walla Walla on a statewide trek to assess tourism needs throughout Washington.

Bail set at $50,000 for man in gun-pointing incident

Paul Anderson of Benton City, Wash., is accused of pointing a gun at a police officer Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA -- Bail was set at $50,000 this morning for a man accused of pointing a handgun at a police officer Tuesday.

Trial date set for man in penitentiary riot

Cornelius L. Martin is accused of participating in a major brawl at the penitentiary in 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary inmate accused of participating in a melee at the prison in 2009 pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to two felony charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Pendleton man dead in crash

A rollover crash killed one man and critically injured another on Highway 11.

Growth seen in area school enrollments

The numbers in local districts are a bit ahead of last year.

Enrollment figures for the 2011-12 school year show some signs of growth in area districts.

Waitsburg-Prescott opens soccer season with shutout of Moses Lake Christian

PRESCOTT — Lino Diaz scored a pair of goals and Oscar Gonzalez was credited with two assists here Tuesday as Waitsburg-Prescott launched its soccer season with a 3-0 victory over Moses Lake Christian.

La Verne takes out Missionary volleyball team

Whitman slips to 1-5 on the season with the three-set loss in Spokane.

SPOKANE — After a late rally in game one fell just short, Whitman College lost its way in dropping a 25-22, 25-13, 25-12 non-conference volleyball decision to the University of La Verne Tuesday afternoon.

Pioneer power dominates Grizzlies

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi knows its service game is key to its success, and showed it Tuesday night against Helix.The Pioneers handed the Grizzlies a 25-12, 25-11, 25-13 loss at the Mac-Hi gym behind Kaitlin Erm's 13-for-15 serving with six aces.

Pomeroy finally opens season with SE1B victory over Rosalia

POMEROY — Pomeroy won its delayed season-opening volleyball match against Southeast 1B foe Rosalia here Tuesday, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-5.

Dayton doesn't take care of ball in loss to Asotin

DAYTON — After a satisfying victory over Southeast 2B District rival Waitsburg-Prescott last week, Dayton wasn't nearly as sharp here Tuesday as the Bulldogs fell to Asotin 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 in another district counter.

Touchet's Indians loses to St. John-Endicott in four sets

ST. JOHN, Wash. — Touchet lost a Southeast 1B volleyball match to St. John-Endicott here Tuesday, 25-20, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-17.

U-19 Gladiators win Eastern Washington District 6 soccer tournament

PASCO — The Blue Mountain Soccer Club Boys U-19 Gladiators won the Eastern Washington District 6 tournament here last weekend.On Saturday, the Gladiators beat 3-Rivers Larsen of Pasco, 6-2, and the Pullman Pumas, 5-2.

Blue Devils drop volleyball match to Bombers

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi dropped a Columbia Basin Big Nine volleyball match to Richland here Tuesday night, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21.

Irish improve to 2-0 in Southeast 2B District play with win over Liberty Christian

WALLA WALLA — DeSales bumped its Southeast 2B District volleyball record to 2-0 Tuesday night in the Irish gym with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 victory over visiting Liberty Christian.

Waitsburg-Prescott sends WWVA home with three-set defeat

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott sent Walla Walla Valley Academy home with a three-set Southeast 2B District volleyball loss here Tuesday.The home team won 25-16, 25-12, 25-21.

Death Notice - Richard Rodrick

Feb. 21, 1963 - Sept. 12, 2011

Death Notice - Norman Mayberry

Sept. 12, 2011

LeRoy Selby

Jan. 1, 1915 – Sept. 11, 2011

Audrey Brewer

Dec. 15, 1992 - Sept. 6, 2011

Robert Boettcher

Dec. 23, 1923 - Sept. 8, 2011

ETCETERA - Traffic Safety Task Force plans several community events

Several entities are teaming to ensure safety among the youngest commuters in our community, according to an item in the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.Safe Kids and the Traffic Safety Task Force will join with the YMCA and Dayl Graves I

Walla Walla group plans eco-friendlier plant sale

The Walla Walla Native Plant Society will sell plants Sept. 24 at Blue Mountain Humane Society, 7 E. George St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Native and other drought-tolerant plants will be available. One example is native col

WAY OUT HERE - Vagabond veggies make for cheap eats

Living way out here at Walkers Ranch we're surrounded by farms. There is everything from apples, cherries, grapes and blueberries to corn, onions, potatoes, wheat and alfalfa. Plus there are poultry, goat and cattle ranches, not to mention our own chicken

ROCK DOC - Research brings variations of Black Death out of the dark

Once I had a case of influenza so bad I missed close to a month of graduate school. I ran a fever and coughed until it felt like my whole world was turned upside down. Because I'm a geologist, not a medical doctor, I nicknamed that bout of illness 'the pl

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - TV screen falls flat as waiting-room diversion for kids

I just spent 90 minutes in a 12-by-15 room with a bored 2-year-old.It's not enough that there were no toys and books; the space also lacked padded walls, which I would have used if the Toddler did not.

Meals on Wheels – and feet, too

Walla Walla General Hospital's Meals on Wheels has been a local mainstay for 40 years.

It takes two, baby.And many other volunteers in the kitchen to get them loaded up and on the roadThat's the human recipe for success of Walla Walla General Hospital's home-delivered Meals on Wheels program.When people are recuperating at home they need he

A LITTLE LIBRARY - 'Sick Day' a feel-good read

I drove my co-worker home in the middle of the morning today. She had come into work with a cold and had muddled through some of her most urgent tasks.Sometimes it's hard to take a sick day. My stressed-out, slow-moving mind usually protests: 'I'm too bus

EATING LOCAL - With summer waning, fresh fall produce takes center stage

Stepping outside this morning, ready to walk the kids to school, I felt a chill in the air and had to run back inside to get a jacket.The first day of fall is right around the corner, and with it comes cooler weather and a new season of produce. Every yea

Tuesday, September 13

Rollover crash on Highway 11 claims life of one, critically injures other

A rollover accident has claimed the life of one man and critically injured another.Oregon State Police are investigating a single-vehicle fatal traffic crash discovered early today by a passing motorist along Highway 11, about five miles north of Pendleto

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for Mike Fredrickson

Having been a commissioner myself with the Port of Walla Walla for many years, I was very disappointed with the letter recently submitted to this column by a runner-up for the position presently held by Port Commissioner Fredrickson.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Donation to Sheriff's Foundation encouraged

First, I would like to acknowledge Liz Tate for her incredible insight, initiative and dedication to this worthy case.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We can pay now or pay more later

Many residents would like to believe we live in a nice, quiet bedroom community that makes lists such as "nicest small town in America." The fact is we have an ever expanding drug and gang problem.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reporting of sheriff's presentation unfair

The first core value recently claimed by the U-B is "We value accuracy." Why then, does it make such a slanted statement as, "At what was supposed to be a meeting to introduce the Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation, Sheriff John Turner instead unveiled his

New tire store set to open in Milton-Freewater

A new tire store is gearing up for an October opening in Milton-Freewater.

Pair plead guilty in Walla Walla lingerie shop robbery

Two College Place men face prison and jail time in connection with the heist in July.

WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects in the robbery of Taboo Lingerie this summer pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Superior Court to participating in the heist.

State auditor announces plan to retire in 2012

Brian Sonntag will have served 20 years in the office when he steps down next year.

State Auditor Brian Sonntag has announced he will retire next year.

Man arrested in gun-pointing incident

Police say Paul Anderson of Benton City appeared to be hallucinating at the time of the incident.

WALLA WALLA -- A Benton City man was arrested this morning after alledgedly pointing a loaded gun at a Walla Walla police officer.

Pioneer Middle School gains boiler funds

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School District is among 62 in the state to receive urgent repair grants from the state.

Funds OK'd for cleanup of Walla Walla County site

Hexavalent chromium is among the chemicals targeted for cleanup at the former Schwerin Concaves.

WALLA WALLA -- Funds to clean up a contaminated site in Walla Walla County are in the pipeline.

Walla Walla aviary renovation plan gains steam

The $345,000 proposal got a supportive endorsement from a city board Monday.

WALLA WALLA -- A much less costly plan to renovate Pioneer Park Aviary gained considerable ground Monday, as the design was publicly reviewed by city officials for the first time at a City Council work session and a later meeting of the Parks and Recreati

Walla Walla rural library branch open house set for Sunday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District's will host an open house for its new Plaza Shopping Center branch Sunday.

Baked goods, books on tap at Lions Hall breakfast

PRESCOTT -- Books and baked goods will be on the menu, sort of, for the Prescott Community Club's Lions Hall breakfast Saturday and Sunday.

Bridge tournament set for Friday to Sunday at church

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Duplicate Bridge Club holds its 52nd annual American Contract Bridge League Sectional Tournament on Friday to Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St.

VA to host POW and MIA Recognition Day on Friday

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center will host a POW and MIA Recognition Day on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at the parade grounds, followed by a 10:45 a.m. ceremony and reception honoring missing military p

Gospel music concert set for Thursday at CP church

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 715 S.E. 12th St, hosts a gospel music concert 6:30 p.m. Thursday, featuring Dona Klein, the organist from Kenneth Cox Ministries, and her sister Marily Overbaugh, pianist, of College Place.

Walla Walla Corps worker decorated in Afghanistan

A worker from the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been decorated with the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal.

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

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


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

On the agenda - WW Council

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

PHOTO GALLERY - Using his head

Walla Walla Valley Academy's Nathaniel Palmer (left) comes up with a header above the reach of Dayton's Courtney Fuller (No. 13) during their soccer match Monday night in College Place. The host Knights held a 2-0 halftime lead, and posted five more goals

Walla Walla School District to receive urgent repair grant

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School District is among 62 in the state to receive urgent repair grants from the state.Walla Walla will receive $100,000 to replace a boiler at Pioneer Middle School.

Milton-Freewater man involved in head-on collision has died

A Milton-Freewater man has died from a head-on collision that occurred Friday morning near Harvey Shaw Road, two miles north of Walla Walla.Charles N. Wallace, 58, was a passenger in a 2008 Honda Civic, driven by Eric W. Banks, 52, of Walla Walla. Both me

POLICE: Benton City man arrested after pointing gun at police

Officers responding to a 'man with gun” call this morning arrested a Benton City man after he pointed a gun at one of the officers.

Death Notice - Jack Alsup

April 29, 1955 - Sept. 11, 2011

Death Notice - Betty Jackson

Sept. 9, 2011

Arnold Jones

Dec.5, 1917 - Sept. 8, 20

Walla Walla Community College named top-10 college nationwide

The school is in the running for the top prize -- including nearly $1 million -- from the Aspen Institute.

WALLA WALLA -- Steve VanAusdle walks outside the Center for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College, and stops to admire some wine grapes growing on the vines outside its entrance.The vines are used for instruction and training, but also

Fatality on Highway 11 near Pendleton

Oregon State Police have reported a fatal traffic accident on Highway 11 about five miles north of Pendleton, apparently just past

Monday, September 12

State Auditor Brian Sonntag announces retirement

OLYMPIA -- State Auditor Brian Sonntag has announced he will retire next year. Sonntag said in an email Monday that he made "a difficult decision not to seek re-election" in the past week. He will leave office when his term expires at the end of 2012."It

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Debra and Van R. Seney.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ashley Schirmer, 16, 314 Fourth St., Apt. B, College Place, was sentenced Sept 2 on one count violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-possession of hydrocodone.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jeffrey L. Muse, 54, 1210 Wallula Ave. was sentenced Sept. 6 on one count harassment.

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

On The Agenda - Milton-Freewater SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 09/12/11

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

Deep cuts to higher education take huge toll

The closing of the Women's Center at Walla Walla Community College and its IMPACT! program are examples.

Washington state's colleges and universities have seen their public funding decline at a rapid rate in recent years.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff's programs need to be updated

Gangs are openly shooting each other in the streets. We have a drug problem that sees no end. Young people are stabbing each other. We have had drug arrests at our high school. People are afraid to venture out at night.

Etcetera - 09/12/11

Mark your calendars for games, activities and an afternoon of good times during Family Fun Day Sept. 18. The annual kick off to the United Way campaign, the event will be at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St.

In Walla Walla, somber remembrances of 9/11

Events around the city marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

WALLA WALLA -- Emergency service personnel commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a silent procession Sunday morning.

Waitsburg City Hall to be closed all day Wednesday

WAITSBURG -- City Hall will be closed all day Wednesday because City Hall staff is attending training in Spokane.

Man in critical condition after motorcycle wreck near Dayton

DAYTON -- An Oak Harbor, Wash., man was in critical condition today after a motorcycle crash Friday east of Dayton.

Bake sale today, Wednesday to benefit Audrey Brewer's family

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla YMCA is having a bake sale today and Wednesday to benefit a Walla Walla family.

ATF investigates chickpea fire at Walla Walla firm

Evidence at the scene and witness accounts suggest an explosive may have been involved .

WALLA WALLA -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating Friday night's fire at a chickpea processing plant.

State's redistricting plans to meet public

The state's work to redraw voting districts as a result of population growth is headed toward fruition.

WALLA WALLA -- The shape of things to come, politically speaking, will be unveiled Tuesday.

Umatilla duo wins Couples Best Ball

WALLA WALLA — Low gross of field went to Umatilla's Josh Williams and Mandy Bedolla with a 131 at the Couples Best Ball Tournament at Walla Walla Country Club over the weekend.

16 teams in M-F Rotary Occupational Hazards golf tourney

MILTON-FREEWATER — Sixteen teams raised money for the Milton-Freewater Rotary Scholarship Programs at the M-F Rotary Occupational Hazards Golf Tournament at M-F Municipal Golf Course Sunday.

Wenatchee Valley drops Walla Walla University's men's soccer team

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla University's men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Wenatchee Valley Community College here Sunday.

Lonai leads Mac-Hi harriers in Hermiston

HERMISTON — Mac-Hi's Josie Lonai turned in a time of 21:38 to finish sixth at the Brooks Runners Soul XC Fest cross country meet here Saturday.

James McAuslan

Nov. 11, 1919 - Sept. 9, 2011

Margaret Petrie

May 26, 1915 - Sept. 5, 2011

Elsie Hannan

Aug. 16, 1931 - Sept. 10, 2011

Death Notice - Freda Wilder

Aug. 26, 1926 - Sept. 11, 2011

Death Notice - Gerald Selby

Jan. 1, 1915 - Sept. 11, 2011

On the agenda - Columbia School Board

When: Monday, 7 p.m. An executive session begins at 6:30 p.m.Where: Administration board room, 755 Maple St.

On the agenda - Dayton City Council

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

On the agenda - College Place

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

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

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

On the agenda - Athena City Council

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

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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

WEDDING - Richter-DeVoir

Samantha Michelle Richter and Jason Allen DeVoir of Dayton married Aug. 6, 2011, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dayton. The Rev. Greg Bye officiated.

Sunday, September 11

College Place School Board to hold meeting on facilities planning

COLLEGE PLACE - The College Place School Board will hold a special board meeting Monday to discuss facilities planning.

Land trust names retired ranger as conservation director

WALLA WALLA - Tom Reilly has been named conservation director of the Blue Mountain Land Trust, according to a news release.Reilly, who worked for the U.S. Forest Se

Garfield fire chief appointed to hospital board

POMEROY - Garfield County Fire Chief Kris Darby was appointed to another role last week when the Garfield County Public Hospital board chose him to join their ranks.Darby fills a vacancy left last month when Roger Dumdeck resigned from Position 2. Althoug

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Followers of Allah can't make their case

The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 causes me to reflect on things.After that horrible day I read the Koran, read pro- and anti-Muslim books and reflected carefully on world news.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dick Moeller has been a great Fair Board member

On Sunday night the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board recognized a retiring member for his outstanding service.Dick Moeller couldn't have been more deserving! I have worked with Dick each year as a District 4 EMT for the rodeo.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bring horse racing back to fair

My family and I boycotted this year's Fair & Frontier Days due to the loss of the horse races. I personally feel it was a big mistake to stop the races here in Walla Walla.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Churches should work together to help needy

The letters to the editor concerning the column by Rev. Koonz miss the main point. The main point is what Jesus didn't say.In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus emphasized the importance of helping those in need. In verse 40 he says, "And the king will say, ‘I assure

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Comment offered on Texas governor

The apoplectic governor of Texas, Mr. Perry, recently announced that the citizens of Texas would treat Mr. Bernanke "really ugly" if he visited the Lone Star State.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - How about special section for other students

I just finished looking through my evening paper, including the 24-page section dedicated to high school football.Football is a great game, enjoyable to watch, and the players work hard. Athletes learn many lessons that they take with them into the rest o

Saturday, September 10

Waitsburg-Prescott harriers strong in Hermiston

HERMISTON — The Waitsburg-Prescott cross country team put a strong showing in at the Brooks Runner Soul XC Fest Saturday, with junior Seth Deal sixth overall in the varsity 5k with a time 16 minutes 29 seconds.

Irish come close, but Colfax prevails

The two-time state Class 2B runner-up Bulldogs stave off DeSales' late push to win the game, 20-13.

COLFAX — For a fleeting moment, it looked as if DeSales was going to pull off a last-second touchdown and have a chance to go for the win here Friday against two-time state Class 2B runner-up Colfax in non-conference football action.

TigerScots run past Pioneers

Weston-McEwen running back Elliot Salter racks up 194 yards and four touchdowns in the 39-0 victory over Mac-Hi.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Weston-McEwen running back Elliot Salter sprinted to four touchdowns in a 39-0 TigerScots win over Mac-Hi at Shockman Field Friday night.Salter scored on three long plays from scrimmage, and also had a long punt return.

Indians get physical in rout

Touchet coach Gary Dorman is pleased with his squad's aggressive play in a 50-8 win over Condon-Wheeler.

TOUCHET — Like so many season-opening football games, Touchet's non-leaguer here against Condon-Wheeler of Oregon's Class 1A Special District 3 was somewhat ragged around the edges.There were the usual missed assignments on both sides; five Condon-Wheeler

Warrior men coast past South Puget Sound

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College shook off a slow start, netted six first-half goals, and coasted to a 7-0 victory over South Puget Sound in NWAACC men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.The Warriors are now 4-1 on the season a

Waitsburg-Prescott rides Rockets in wild 60-14 romp

PILOT ROCK, Ore. — There are two figures which defined Friday night's matchup between Waitsburg-Prescott and Pilot Rock: 10.6 and 2.72.W-P gave up only 2.72 yards-per-play, while averaging more than a first down every time they touched the ball, in the 60

Suns burn Blue Devils in 42-22 win

Southridge quarterback Matt Mendenhall lives up to his billing, throwing for five first-half TDs in the victory.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi head football coach Eric Hisaw described Southridge quarterback Matt Mendenhall as 'the real deal” and added he 'may be the best we see all year” in the days leading up to Friday night's clash between the two Big Nine high schools at Lam

Blue Devil girls nipped by Chiawana booters

PASCO — Paige Pontarolo narrowly missed a hat trick, scoring two goals for the Wa-Hi girls soccer team and had one called back on an offsides infraction in a 4-3 loss to the Chiawana Riverhawks here Saturday.The Blue Devils led 2-0 at halftime, on a Madel

Conley proof positive patience pays off

WALLA WALLA — When T.J. Conley steps on the field tonight for the first time at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it will be the culmination of a lifelong dream.Also the product of dedication and determination. But most of all the power of patienc

Whitman men battle Bethel to 2 OT draw

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Whitman College rallied from an early two-goal deficit and finally settled for a 2-2 double-overtime draw with Bethel University here Saturday afternoon.

WWCC women shine in win over Lane

‘This is the best I've seen them look,' coach Chad Bodnar says following the 4-0 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Forward Kaylie Winston scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead two-time defending NWAACC champion Walla Walla Community College to a 4-0 victory over Lane in women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.The win, comin

Missionary women drop 2-0 decision to Royals

ST.PAUL, Minn. — After failing to score on four shots and two corner kicks in the first 15 minutes, Whitman College yielded goals late in each half in dropping a 2-0 women's soccer decision to Bethel University Saturday afternoon.

Whits 0-4 at Molten volleyball tournament

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Whitman College's volleyball team played the Whitworth Pirates for the second time on Saturday, losing both matches, and finished 0-4 in the Molten Colorado College Classic tournament.

Warriors net second at Spokane tourney

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team fared well, going 4-2, in the tournament held here Friday and Saturday against 'very tough competition,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said.

Debs, Sweeney set pace for Whit women golfers

MISSION, Ore. — First-year golfers Sarah Debs and Kelly Sweeney set the pace for the Whitman College women in a three-way golf match at the Wildhorse Resort course.

Weston-McEwen second at Happner Tournament

HEPPNER, Ore. — The Weston-McEwen volleyball team came up just short of winning the Heppner Tournament Saturday, falling to Dufur in the championship match by scores of 16-25, 25-16 and 13-25.

Wa-Hi harriers first in Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG — The Wa-Hi cross country team ran to a first-place finish in both the girls and boys events here at the Ellensburg Invitational Saturday afternoon in a 2.35-mile race.In a field of 13 teams, the top three team finishers for the boys were Wa-Hi

DeSales fall to St. John-End in W-P volleyball invitational

WALLA WALLA — The Irish of DeSales battled all the way to the championship game of the Waitsburg-Prescott Invitational before losing to St. John-Endicott Saturday, while W-P took third after going 4-2 in bracket play.

Missionary Welch medalist at Wildhorse

MISSION, Ore. — Whitman sophomore Andrew Welch fired a 1-over par 73 to capture medalist honors in a three-school golf match on Saturday at the Wildhorse Resort course.

Crowley leads Blue Devil girls swimmers

PROSSER — Wa-Hi's Abby Crowley led the Blue Devil girls swim team at the Eastern Washington Jamboree here Saturday.New Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said the meet 'was a non-score meet, just a preview for the season and it was great!”


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

Caution urged with pre-college test guides

WALLA WALLA - Kari Savelesky recently got a phone call about college testing materials for her high school daughter, and almost immediately felt uneasy.The persistent salesperson tried different approaches to sell Savelesky about $150 worth of pre-college

Fire destroys warehouses of chickpeas

Anyone with information on the cause of the fire is asked to call 527-4429.

WALLA WALLA - Flames shot more than 50 feet in the air, as three fire departments fought a fully engulfed mountain of legumes on Friday night.

$n$ Two Walla Walla servicemen in Afghanistan share 9/11 memories

Ten years ago today as hijacked jetliners tore into the World Trade Center, Christopher Johnson was running in Idaho and Russell Wolfkiel was in Japan almost ready for bed.Today, both are in Afghanistan fighting the war on terror.

Custom car earns owner another Wheelin' Walla Walla ‘Best of Show'

Chip Chipman won 30 of the 32 car shows he entered last year.

WALLA WALLA - The 16th Annual Wheelin' Walla Walla Best of Show was won for the second straight year by a Salem man who specializes in fiberglass custom replicas.Chip Chipman will tell you he never expected to win two years straight, as he sat in the shad

Pioneer Park Aviary may get renovation

On Monday, the department will present a plan to repair and improve the facility.

WALLA WALLA - The Pioneer Park Aviary could get a $850,000 renovation, due in part to the enormous support the public has shown this year in fundraising efforts.To date, approximately $70,000 of the $110,000 has been raised to keep the aviary running thro

Firefighters receive thanks as part of 9/11 remembrance

WALLA WALLA - Volunteers from local assisted living centers spent their day thanking local firefighters for their dedication and sacrifices, as part of the 9/11 anniversary this weekend."It went pretty good, considering there was a fire last night and the


York Street between Gose Street and Electric Avenue will be closed beginning Monday through Oct. 27 due to a new water line being installed. Emergency services, utilities and local residents will have access.

ETCETERA - Ex-Walla Walla woman named Aluminum Association president

The Aluminum Association named former Walla Wallan Heidi Biggs Brock its new president. She will step into the post on Oct. 1, according to a release from the association, based in Arlington, Va.She will succeed Steve Larkin, who has served as the associa

Prison officials wise to block inmate use of Facebook accounts

Keeping a lid on inmate communication is essential to maintaining order in prisons.

The Washington state Department of Corrections officials are wisely taking action to get Facebook to take down inmates' personal pages.The move is essential to help maintain order in the state's correctional institutions. And, more importantly, it serves

PANORAMA - Caring for Hallowed Ground

Where Second Avenue turns into South Howard Street lie 63 acres of tree-shaded grass, cool even on the hottest of days.Looking east toward the Blue Mountains and south at rolling wheat fields, this spot, with its back to town, is a place for those gone an

PASTOR COLUMN - Hardships may result in better lives

The current economic realities of our state and nation are resulting in the slow but sure reduction and even elimination of many social welfare programs.Though initially this will create a hardship in the lives of many, ultimately, it could have a positiv

PASTOR COLUMN - What have we learned from tragedy of 9/11?

Ten years ago today I bolted from the bathroom to my wife's call. The television was tuned to the morning news as we prepared ourselves for work. Across the continent, television cameras were focused on the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York Cit

Church Bulletin - 09/11/11

First Presbyterian to hold special communion serviceWALLA WALLA - First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave., plans commemorative prayer and communion at 9 a.m. today in the chapel for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.A service to kick off the church's fall

Fire engulfs mountain of legumes

WALLA WALLA — Flames shot more than 50 feet in the air, as three fire departments fought a fully engulfed mountain of legumes on Friday night.The fire at the Blue Mountain Seed, Inc., 203 E. Oak St., was called in around 11 p.m.Two buildings, each approxi

Friday, September 9

Oriette A. Watson

May 1, 1925 – September 8, 2011

Toama LaRae Brunton

January 4, 1975 – September 5, 2011

Roy Batey

July 23, 1923 - Aug. 27, 2011

Henrietta Chun

July 4, 1916 - Dec. 15, 2010

Frances Huntington

June 11, 1917 - Sept. 3, 2011


A downy woodpecker clings to the underside of a tall flowering weed stalk searching for a meal Wednesday afternoon.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sheriff's Office needs funding now

The tremendous following of concerned citizens who support Sheriff Turner and the Sheriff's Office is evidence that Walla Walla County residents place a high value on safety and accountability.

$2 million boost to Sheriff's Office is unaffordable

A dramatic increase in funds from the county's current expense fund is simply not possible in the current economic climate.

Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner's request for a $2 million increase in his department's budget -- a 35 percent increase in the Sheriff's Office overall budget -- is unaffordable.

Fair attendance down; stays longer

Nearly 100,000 people attended the fair this year, the general manager said.

WALLA WALLA -- Attendance was down but people stayed longer at this year's Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

9/11 remembrances set around Valley

WALLA WALLA -- A number of 9/11 anniversary events are scheduled for this weekend, including several ceremonies sponsored by local assisted-living communities that will be held at area fire stations.

Authors named for Walla Walla Kids Read 2012

The co-creator of 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' and an author of historical picture books will come to the city in the spring.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Kids Read 2012 event will feature noted children's books authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tony DiTerlizzi.

Three injured in wreck

WALLA WALLA -- A head-on collision just after 7 a.m. today sent three people to the hospital and closed off Highway 125 for part of the morning.

Walla Walla man sentenced in sexual assaults

Phillip S. Ingram will serve at least 10 years -- and up to life in prison -- for assaults on a 13- and 14-year-old.

WALLA WALLA -- A 19-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage girls he had just met at his residence in the Eastgate area New Year's Day.

Program ties students, community at outset

About three dozen first-year Whitman students gathered Thursday to report on their experiences in a service program in the city.

WALLA WALLA -- Few students can say that at the start of their freshman year in college they are already deeply invested in the community in which their school is located.

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 09/09/11

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

Drunken-driving enforcement campaign nets 30 arrests

The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

WWCC Foundation receives grant for communication link

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College Foundation has received a $5,000 grant that will go to establishing a communication link between Wallowa Resources Stewardship Center and the college's Water & Environmental Center, according to a news rele

Walla Walla Joint Development Agency now open during noon hour

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency is now open during the noon hour.

Fire that damaged Dayton home under investigation

DAYTON -- The cause of a early-morning fire at 1013 S. Third St. is under investigation, Dayton Fire Marshal Jeremy Phinney said this morning.

BMAC official part of panel eyeing homelessness solutions

WALLA WALLA -- Kathy Covey of Blue Mountain Action Council recently participated in a 20-member national panel honing work force solutions to homelessness.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Ronald L. Wilson, 47, 205 Woodland Ave., Apt. 7, was charged Sept. 6 with two counts of harassment -- domestic violence, and one count of fourth-degree assault -- domestic violence. Wilson is accused of knowingly and unlawfully threatening to kill a perso

Qigong breathing discipline relaxes body, mind

Qigong is one of the oldest exercises in Chinese history. Qigong is a variety of breathing exercises sometimes practiced with simple movements and visualizations. It is at the core of many martial art practices, including Tai Chi, but it is also practiced

Etcetera - 09/09/11

Lifelong Valley residents Francis and Nadine Christiano are downsizing to live in smaller digs. This can be a challenge for most of us because of the decades of accumulated stuff.

Doctor's lesson an important one for life

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis died Aug. 13, 1865, in a mental hospital in Vienna, Austria. Every woman who has given birth should, in a sense, feel thankful for his work.

Wine Valley hosts Couples Best Ball this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Wine Valley Golf Club is hosting a Couples Best Ball Tournament this weekend.Fifty-three couples were entered in the tourney earlier this week. It tees off with shotgun starts Saturday and Sunday.

Asotin takes home volleyball win from WWVA

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy jumped right into District 9 Southeast 2B volleyball schedule, with Asotin taking home a 25-9, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18 victory Thursday night.

Swimming Full Circle

New Wa-Hi head swim coach Katharine Curles goes from swimming on Whitman's team to heading the Blue Devil program.

WALLA WALLA — Katharine Curles is excited.The new Wa-Hi swim coach has been preparing her Blue Devils girls team for its first competition for several weeks, and Curles gets to see that preparation in action Saturday when the squad heads to Prosser for t

Whitman men fall to Augsburg, 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Whitman College's Leland Matthaeus hit the crossbar early in the second half and Sean Williams did the same late in the game, but the Missionary men were unable to dent the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss to Augsburg College here Thursday.Fo

Missionary women play well, but shut out by Augsburg

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Dominating on the field but not on the scoreboard, the Whitman College women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Augsburg College here Thursday.Whitman outshot the Auggies 22-9, and rolled up a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks, but

Dayton Bulldogs lock up Outlaws

Dayton goes 2-0 on the season with the football victory over Enterprise Thursday night.

DAYTON — Dayton's Hayden Fullerton plowed in from the 4 with 1:09 to play to ice the Bulldogs' 26-14 non-conference football victory over Enterprise here Thursday.For a team that won exactly one regular-season game over the last two years, Fullerton's div

DeSales Irish net opening volleyball victory

WALLA WALLA — DeSales opened its Southeast 2B League volleyball schedule with a 25-17, 25-8, 25-16 victory over Tri-Cities Prep at the Irish gym Thursday.

Weston-McEwen picks up volleyball wins; Helix swept

HELIX — Helix opened its volleyball season with three-set losses to visiting Riverside and Weston-McEwen here Thursday.The Grizzlies fell to Riverside, 25-13, 25-21, 25-11, and then to the TigerScots, 25-11, 25-23, 25-9.Weston-McEwen also handed Riverside

Death Notice - Arnold Jones

Dec. 5, 1917 - Sept. 8, 2011

Death Notice - Oriette Watson

May 1, 1925 - Sept. 8, 2011

Budd Williams

Aug. 30, 2011

Mary Keyes

Aug. 24, 1922 - Sept. 6, 2011

Head-on collision on Highway 125

WALLA WALLA — At around 7:15 a.m. today, Highway 125 at Harvey Shaw Road was the scene of what emergency dispatchers and personnel reported over radio as a head-on collision requiring the extrication of at least one individual and a possible closure.Furth

Thursday, September 8

Garden is tribue to late husband

Kathy McConnell's garden is a tribute to her late husband, Gary, who died of cancer in May. It is one of 10 featured in a tour Saturday.

WALLA WALLA -- Kathy McConnell stands framed inside the grape arbor her husband cultivated and loved, under a sky infused with the impossible blue-pink of summer evenings.

Etcetera - 09/08/11

Former area resident Rita Traut Blackman Kabeto will be in town for an 11 a.m. reading Saturday at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St.

Emergency Services - 09/08/11

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

New TSA 'Trusted Traveler' program could boost airport security

It could eliminate some of the hassles for frequent flyers and allow more focus on unknown travelers.

Most Americans fully understand and accept the need to be screened -- even searched -- at airports. We see the airport hassle as a fair trade to prevent tragic acts of terrorism such as the ones the nation experienced a decade ago on Sept. 11.

WWCC shuts down Women's Center

The cut also means the end of the college's IMPACT! program for displaced homemakers.

WALLA WALLA -- The Women's Center at Walla Walla Community College has closed, following a series of budget cuts that covered staffing.

Sheriff seeks huge budget hike

Sheriff John Turner called for $2 million more in annual funding. His department's budget last year was $4.6 million.

WALLA WALLA -- One of the first salvos in the Walla Walla County budget debate was fired Wednesday night.

Group in support of Sheriff's Office up and running

WALLA WALLA -- A citizen's group that aims to help the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is up and running and looking for volunteers.

Walla Walla man sentenced to at least 10 years in sexual assaults

WALLA WALLA -- A 19-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls he had just met at his residence in the Eastgate area New Year's Day.

Suspect charged in Walla Walla stabbing death

Angela D. Effinger faces 20 to nearly 27 years in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Audrey Brewer.

WALLA WALLA -- The suspect in this week's murder of an 18-year-old woman in the vicinity of the former Blue Mountain Mall has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Local club's gem and mineral show is sure to rock!

WALLA WALLA — There's rocky road ice cream, rock candy and even a Big Rock Candy Mountain. But how about rocks that look like ice cream, candy or even, well, bacon?Those treats and others will be on the menu this weekend as the Marcus Whitman Gem and Mine

3-day dance party at Walla Faces

WALLA WALLA — Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St., will present a three-day dance party Friday through Sunday.Friday and Saturday, the hours are 7-11 p.m.; Sunday will be from 3-6 p.m.

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.

Band rehearsals Tuesdays

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Bands rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. in the music building at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, every Tuesday. New band members are always welcome.For more information call 529-4229.

Author to read from ‘Soucouyant' at Whitman

WALLA WALLA — David Chariandy, author of the novel 'Soucouyant,” will visit Whitman College for a book reading at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in Olin Hall.He will read from both 'Soucouyant” and his forthcoming novel 'Brother.”

Awards presented in Harvest Time Art Show

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Harvest Time Art Show winners judge's choice awards have been announced.Winners are:

Preacher focus of historical presentation

WALLA WALLA — The story of Sgt. Alonzo Trevier 'A.T.” Jones will be told by Walla Walla University affiliates Alex and Heather Salzman as part of the Fort Walla Walla Museum's Living History performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.Jones was a complex, charismatic, i

PHOTO GALLERY: Dayton tops W-P in volleyball opener

The Bulldogs need five sets to top Waitsburg-Prescott in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday.

DAYTON — Dayton came out ahead of a five-set season-opening Southeast 2B District match with Waitsburg-Prescott Wednesday.W-P won the opener, 25-23, and the fourth set, 25-18. But Dayton picked up 25-17, 26-24, 15-11 victories for the win.'It was our firs

Blue Devils want big effort vs. Suns in Friday football

Wa-Hi and Southridge will meet Friday, with both football teams seeking their first win.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of hungry high school football teams will take the field Friday night at Kennewick's Lampson Stadium hoping to end the evening with their first win of the 2011 season.Wa-Hi and Southridge suffered season-opening defeats last week. The

Warriors lose NWAACC volleyball opener

WWCC loses its NWAACC volleyball opener in five sets to defending champion Blue Mountain.

PENDLETON — Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team fell to Blue Mountain in five sets to open NWAACC play on Wednesday.'When you travel to your first league match to the home of the defending NWAACC champion, you'd better bring your ‘A' game,” sa

Olivia R. Mendoza

May 15, 1916 – September 6, 2011

Judy Needles

May 5, 1948 - Sept. 2, 2011

Arthur Mercer

Aug. 31, 2011 - Sept. 24, 1939

Donald Bauman

May 6, 1933 - Aug. 30, 2011

Car fire on Whitman

City of Walla Walla firefighters from engine 11-1 start their hose as they approach a car fire on Whitman Street between Catherine and South First Avenue Wednesday afternoon. There appeared to be no injuries.

Wednesday, September 7

WWCC Women's Services affected by budget cuts

WALLA WALLA — The Women's Center at Walla Walla Community College has closed, following a series of budget cuts that covered staffing.College spokesman Clint Gabbard said state budget cuts led to the center's demise, as well as the elimination of the IMPA

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Justin M. Sprengel, 20, Kennewick, was charged Sept. 2 with second-degree theft of livestock, second-degree criminal trespass, making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, and driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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

In the minutes - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 09/07/11

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

Super Committee choice for top staffer is solid

The decision to look past politics in picking the top staff member is a sign committee members can work together.

Generally, it makes little difference to those of us who live outside of Washington, D.C. -- outside the Beltway, as they say in D.C. -- who is picked to serve as staff members for Congressional committees.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Red-light cameras don't tread on civil liberties

I write in response to your "Our Opinion" published in Sunday's U-B titled "Red-light cameras presume guilt--and that's wrong."

Trio builds bonds across faiths

A rabbi, imam and pastor known as the Interfaith Amigos will speak in the city this Sunday.

WALLA WALLA -- As millions of people reflect on a day of infamy that shocked the world 10 years ago, a rabbi, an imam and a pastor better known as the Interfaith Amigos will also reflect on a decade of working together to break down the walls that have fo

Church members to help out Sept. 17 in Weston

WESTON -- For their annual Make-A-Difference Day project Sept. 17, area members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will help the city work on some community projects.

Barn preservation workshop set at WWCC

WALLA WALLA -- The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will host a free workshop on barn preservation Sept. 14 at the Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College.

Trial set for October in rape case

Donald R. Lackey is accused of attacking a woman at a residence last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court to raping a female acquaintance at a local residence last month.

Trial date set in attempted robbery at Walla Walla store

Benjamin Garcia Jr. is accused of trying to rob The Medicine Shoppe last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man suspected of trying to rob The Medicine Shoppe downtown last month was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Bail set in stabbing death of Walla Walla woman

Angela Dawn Effinger is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court judge set bail today at $250,000 for the suspect in the stabbing death of a Walla Walla woman early Tuesday that reportedly stemmed from a relationship triangle.

Riverhawks' fast start dooms Blue Devil volleyball team

Chiawana wins the first two games, and despite Wa-Hi's victories in the following two games, the Riverhawks pull out the volleyball match.

WALLA WALLA — A slow start in game one resulting in a 25-15 loss, and a heartbreaking 25-23 loss in game two, dug an early hole for the Wa-Hi volleyball team Tuesday night at against Chiawana at the Blue Devil gym.'Games one and two, we just started way t

Warrior soccer road trip finally ends

The Walla Walla Community College men whip Everett, 5-0, while the women pull out a tie, to end the four-game road trip.

EVERETT — The Walla Walla Community College men's soccer team handed Everett a 5-0 shutout here Tuesday, while the Warrior women felt the effects of the first road trip of the season as they played the Trojans to a 1-all draw.Kyle Menchaca scored WWCC's s

Whitman's Potter named Northwest Conference student-athlete of week

WALLA WALLA — Whitman soccer player Kate Potter was selected student-athlete of the week for the Northwest Conference in women's play.Potter, a defensive player, helped in Whitman's 3-0 opening victory over Eastern Oregon University. She also assisted on

Mac-Hi boys enjoy 4-0 soccer romp over Lewiston

LEWISTON — Mac-Hi's boys soccer team opened its season with a 4-0 romp over Lewiston Tuesday.The Pioneers' goals were scored by Alex Saldana and Nefpali Cazarez, with two each.

Pioneers drop volleyball opener at Umatilla

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi's volleyball team lost its opener in straight sets to Umatilla Tuesday.The Pioneers fell 25-21, 25-23, 26-24.

Leburn Addington

May 12, 1928 - Sept.4, 2011

Death Notice - Mary Ellen Keyes

Feb. 24, 1922 - Sept. 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 6

WALLA WALLA TABLE - Things to gnosh on about school lunches

Now that the kids are back in class, so are school lunches.If you are a parent who makes your child's lunch, bravo to you. And if you are a parent who wants to ensure your child eats a well-rounded meal with actual hot foods and pays for school lunches, b

LEGAL BRIEFING - Parent, school liability for bullying has legal test to meet

Dear John,I am very upset and don't know what to do.My 10-year-old son comes home at least three times a week crying. He is being picked on at school and is occasionally being punched by bullies.

SIMPLY YOGA - On cats, kids and cocoons of comfort

I often wonder if the ancient yogis went around observing animals and children, named poses after them, and just reminded adults of what we've forgotten.

WAY OUT HERE - 9/11: That unforgetable life-changer

A few days in every generation stand out among the rest, days that are instantly burned into our minds and we never falter in response to the question: Where where you when ... ?I'm 40, so I recall the day Elvis died, the solar eclipse of 1979, the erupti

HOME PLACE - Just call her 'Grammie'; 'babykins' on the way

Many of you will remember reading about my oldest daughter, Jordan, over the years. I began writing "Home Place" when she was 12 and in middle school. I've talked about everything from missing her award ceremony to painfully missing her when she veered Ea

THE WEEKLY - Where gods and mortals meet

A College Place couple who met in Japan returned in August to climb Mount Fuji.

COLLEGE PLACE - To Ron and Kyoko Plucker, climbing Japan's iconic Mount Fuji took them far higher than the dormant volcano's 12,388-foot peak."I felt this emotional rush," said Ron Plucker, a retired Navy captain and aviator whose career put him in the va

ETCETERA - Hometown Harvest sharing project sprouts in WW

Backyard Harvest in Moscow, Idaho, planted a seed of sharing with Lindsey and Matt Williams, who nurtured the concept when they moved back to Walla Walla in December 2010 from Pullman.

D-PADS AND DICE - A board game that's anything but boring

So you have a party coming up and you need something to do.You're sick of trivia games, since all the questions have been answered. You're sick of Apples to Apples' slow slog to the end, when half of the players are trying to keep the guy one card away fr


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

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. Where: Learning Center, Hospital

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's remember all victims of Sept. 11

On Sept. 11 the nation will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States.

Emergency Services - 09/06/11

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday, 10 a.mWhere: Commission Room, Courthouse

Walla Walla woman stabbed to death at mall

Police say Angela D. Effinger murdered Audrey A. Brewer early today.

WALLA WALLA -- A city woman is being held today for investigation of first-degree murder, according to police.

Traffic snarls seen around Prospect Point, Wa-Hi

Police ask drivers to find alternate routes or carpool to help allay the problems as road work continues.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department is asking drivers for patience as construction near Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point Elementary continues.

Test results show great strides at some Walla Walla schools

Blue Ridge, in particular, has dramatic increases in students meeting standards. The hard work is paying off.

Walla Walla schools are, well, hovering around average in looking at the latest results of state-mandated tests released last week.

Whitman Physical Plant yard sale provides scholarship aid

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College Physical Plant will once again hold a "yard sale" on Friday, offering an eclectic collection of old furniture, equipment and miscellaneous items.

Meeting at regional airport to discuss Sheriff's Foundation

WALLA WALLA -- Members of the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Foundation will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss the organization's goals.

Diamond planet? Maybe, but don't get your hopes up for mining

The discovery of a (relatively) nearby planet-like object potentially made of diamond stirred imaginations recently.

WALLA WALLA -- It wasn't the first time a diamond of incredible size had been promised, only to find out that perhaps the media should have scratched the surface of the purported enormous rock.

Business Monthly Bio - Linne Wagner

Business/job title: owner of Wags to Whiskers

Death Notice - Frances Huntington

June 11, 1917 - Sept. 3, 2011

Death Notice - Toama Bruton

Jan. 4, 1975 - Sept. 5, 2011

Death Notice - Dora Downard

April 8, 1941 - Sept. 3, 2011

Death Notice - Judy Needles

May 5, 1948 - Sept. 2, 2011

Death Notice - Olivia Mendoza

May 15, 1916 - Sept. 06, 2011

Warriors pick up soccer victories

The WWCC women's soccer team shuts out Shoreline, 6-0, while the men win 2-0.

HORELINE, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College's women's soccer team won its third straight match to open the season with a 6-0 blanking of Shoreline here Monday.Also Monday, the Warrior men improved to 2-1 with a 2-0 shutout of the same Dolphins.Emily J

Milton-Freewater Muni hosting Rotary Scramble on Sunday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course is hosting the Milton-Freewater Rotary Occupational 4-person Scramble on Sunday.Registration is $30 per person plus greens fees, which also includes dinner after the tournament.The course close

WWU men off to 1-2 soccer start

OLYMPIA — Walla Walla University's men's soccer team is off to a 1-2 start to the season following a 2-0 loss to South Puget Sound Community College here Monday.The Wolves opened the season with a 4-2 victory over Simpson University in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Suspect in early morning homicide jailed

Police took Angela Effinger into custody this morning in connection with the stabbing death of Audrey Brewer.

WALLA WALLA — A mother of four is in the Walla Walla County Jail today after being arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, police said this morning.The Walla Walla Police Department report officers were sent to the Blue Mountain Mall parking lo

Monday, September 5

Lowden man burned while incinerating grass clippings

Todd Munden may have to remain in a Seattle hospital for as long as six weeks.

LOWDEN -- Todd Munden had performed the chore countless times before -- incinerate the piles of grass left after the weekly mowing of his yard in Lowden. On Sept. 2, however, the "honey do" job put the Milton-Freewater native in the burn u

Summer fails to top 100 degrees

This was the first time in 13 years that the hottest months haven't hit into the 100-degree range.

WALLA WALLA -- This summer is looking to fade away without a single 100-degree day.And if it does, it will be the first time in years that's happened.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Older people can still be very active

Some folks think that as we grow "old," like 70 or 80 or even older, life is over and we are resigned to a rocking chair or worse. I want to tell you it it doesn't have to be like that.I moved to Park Plaza Retirement Center over three years ago. I found

Fire destroys garage

WALLA WALLA -- A home's garage was destroyed by fire Sunday night, authorities said. The Walla Walla Fire Department was called to the 00 block of Lenore Street about 9:40 p.m. to find a fully involved garage fire, officials said. No injuries were reporte

Band to begin rehearsals

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Concert Band will begin rehearsals for its 22nd season under the direction of Ron McHenry.The first rehearsal will be 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the music room at Walla Walla Community Co

Development agency to meet

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency board will meet Tuesday.The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the agency offices, 55 Moore St., in Walla Walla.

Walla Walla School Board to meet Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the district's board room, 364 S. Park St.The board is expected to approve bills and payroll, any out-of-state travel requests, a personnel report and

On the agenda - Pomeroy City Council

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

Emergency services - 09/05/11

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

SCIENCE MATTERS - Public must understand nature of energy sources

How energy needs are met in the future will determine the health of our economy and quality of life for generations to come. Understanding the basics can help in understanding issues surrounding energy generation and the consequences of poor choices.There

ETCETERA - 09/05/11

Great news and such palpable relief for Roxanne Hinkle's frantic family.Daughter Melanie Hinkle and her mixed-breed Labrador/border collie Haze had recently arrived in Walla Walla from an arduous five-day sail aboard an Alaskan ferry and day-long drive fr

Death toll in Afghanistan highlights need to bring troops home

President Obama must establish a sense of urgency for turning control of Afghanistan over to the Afghan people.

Earlier this summer President Obama announced plans to withdraw 33,000 troops -- about a third of U.S. forces -- from Afghanistan over the next year. The president then indicated all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2014. At the time we made it c

'Little horse' Gold Dust closes rodeo with big ride

George Gillespie gets a wild ride from Gold Dust in the final bareback go Sunday to give him the top score.

WALLA WALLA — Sometimes it is the last two seconds of an eight-second ride that are the longest.California cowboy George Gillespie was in control of his bareback ride for six seconds here Sunday in the concluding go of the 2011 Frontier Days Rodeo.The las

WWCC women on a roll, men split headed to today's soccer matches

SEATTLE — The Walla Walla Community College women's soccer team seeks its third consecutive victory of the young season here today when the Warriors take on Shoreline Community College in a 1 p.m. match.The two-time defending NWAACC champion Warriors open

Hasson's hat trick powers Whitman women past Mountaineers

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College uncorked a total of 32 shots and Amy Hasson booted her first collegiate hat trick as the Missionaries skipped past Eastern Oregon 3-0 Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.The one-sided triumph kicked off Whitman's

Sunday, September 4

Pirates weather Mohawk's fast start, bring home 50-12 win

Pomeroy scores 30 third-quarter points to overcome Mohawk's 12 early scores for the victory.

Pomeroy overcame Mohawk's fast start, scored 30 third-quarter points and went home with a 50-12 season-opening football victory here Friday.'We had size on them,” Pirates coach Sanford Bates said. 'They had some speed, and in that first quarter they utuil

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tea-party evangelism

In Rev. Koonz' long article on the U-B's religion page, he stated that the greed and mismanagement of our generation amounted to stealing from future generations, which violates the Ten Commandments, as well as endangering our own economic well-being.He c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Maybe we need new faces, thoughts on Council

Almost everybody knows a "Yogi-ism" such as "The future ain't what it use to be." Most don't realize there is an element of truth in them.For example, "Things are t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Management of Port troubling

The article on the front page of the Aug. 26 U-B should reinforce the opinion of voters that it is time for new direction and leadership at the Port of Walla Walla.For the Port to be "uninvited" from the state insurance pool is outrageous. For clarificati

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rural areas have become dumping grounds

On and off over the past few weeks, I have been helping with the wheat harvest, hauling wheat from the fields to the grain elevator.In doing so, I have traversed quite a few of the roads to the east and southeast of town.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Thoughts while on Middle Waitsburg Road

Sometimes, with sun or with shadows blinding my old eyes as the Middle Waitsburg Road bounces about me in the dawn or the dusk, or with eyes distracted by a bicyclist wearing earth tones and I fail to see another cyclist also wearing earth tones edging ca

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - People should clean up after dogs

This is an open letter to all dog owners.Why is it you seem to think all public and private property is a bathroom for your little Foo Foo? Every day I watch dog owners walking their pets and allowing them to urinate on flowers and shrubs along their walk

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Drop gas prices or start drilling

Wake up call:With crude oil prices at the same level as 2003, why are we still paying close to $4 a gallon for gasoline and diesel?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why hasn't local band gotten any ink?

I was wondering why the Union-Bulletin has not printed a write up on the Walla Walla-based "Frog Hollow Band?"It is going to be playing for the Walla Walla Fair, Pendleton Roundup, Wildhorse Casino and a few other places here in the next few months. I wou

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - VA health system is abysmal failure

On Aug. 8, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and a number of her staff were in Walla Walla to listen to veterans and their concerns. One of those veterans was our son, David.He was to hear from her office by Aug. 6 about a decision on his disability claim - six year

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Chris Plucker has heart for helping others

When I first returned to Walla Walla after college, I had the privilege of working with a group of high school students. It has been with great delight that I have seen people in this group assume various leadership roles through the years.They have contr

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Put pot growers out of business - support I-502

Regarding the story in the U-B, "Officials seize more than 31,500 marijuana plants."Putting a stop to illegal outdoor cultivation of marijuana is one of the best reasons to sign the Initiative 502 sponsored by New Approach Washington.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Where did our jobs go?

What do the International Monetary Fund, United Nations and the Iraq and Afghan wars have in common? They did not pay into a reserve fund to operate on for so many years.Why should our government choose these things over our own citizens by raiding our So

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sweets organization commended

Church, state and natural disastersThe late summer hurricane season has arrived and we recently watchied the path of Irene as it made a swing up the East Coast.

Desales ride Lightning to season-opening football win

DeSales scores 26 first-half points and La Salle can't recover as the Irish take the football opener, 39-7, Friday.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales scored 26 unanswered points in the first half Friday at Ty Baffney Field in non-conference football action.La Salle never recovered as the Irish went on to post a 39-7 win.'I was pleased with how we came out of the gate,” Irish coach

'Dogs again bite Wa-Hi in football opener

For the third year in a row, Hermiston hands Wa-Hi a season-opening football defeat, this time 28-21 on Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi did enough things to both win and lose its season-opening high school football game with Hermiston Friday night at Borleske Stadium.On the positive side, running back Jonah Hoe rushed for 155 yards while quarterback Dakota Turner hooke

Cheesemakers overwhelm Pioneers, 32-13

Tillamook puts its superior size to good use in the victory in Milton-Freewater on Friday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Tillamook Cheesemakers overwhelmed the Mac-Hi Pioneers Friday night, running the ball 51 times for 303 yards in a 32-13 steam-rolling.Tillamook's offensive and defensive lines, led by Travis and Trent Harp (each at 6-foot, 5-inches

Waitsburg-Prescott football picks up where it left off

After finishing third in state last season, W-P pastes a 48-18 thumping on Davenport Friday night.

WAITSBURG — As season openers go, Friday's 48-18 win over Davenport wasn't bad for Waitsburg-Prescott, which finished third in the state last season.And it wasn't as close as the score might indicate. W-P roared to a 48-0 lead before junior varsity player

Fast start paces TigerScots past Umatilla, 43-20

Weston-McEwen scores on its first four drives to coast to the season-opening victory Friday night at home.

ATHENA – The Weston-McEwen TigerScots scored on their first four drives and led 37-7 halfway through the second quarter against the Umatilla Vikings here Friday night.The TigerScots' starting defense allowed just 27 Viking first-half yards and only one fi

Warriors finish second at volleyball tourney

WWCC's volleyball team places second in the Chemeketa Tournament.

SALEM, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College reached the championship match here Friday and Saturday in women's volleyball action at the Chemeketa Tournament.After posting four straight wins, the Warriors met East Region foe Blue Mountain Community College

Peebles holds bareback lead at rodeo

WALLA WALLA — In Saturday night rodeo action at the Southeast Washington Fair and Rodeo, Steven Peebles of Redmond, Ore., took over the bareback riding rodeo lead. Peebles rode to an 83 to take the lead. Casey Colletti posted a 79 and moved into a tie for

Whits sweep Wolves in Friday volleyball play

Whitman defeats Walla Walla University in straight sets to open the Missionary season.

WALLA WALLA — A short-handed Whitman College volleyball team rallied from deficits in games one and three to sweep aside Walla Walla University 29-27, 25-22, 28-26 Friday in Sherwood Center.Whitman's season-opening victory dropped the visiting Wolves to 2

Whit women run to top of cross country invite

Whitman twins Emilie and Katri Gilbert take the top spots at the Whitman Invite.

WALLA WALLA — The women ran wild for the Whitman College cross country team at the Whitman Invitational on Saturday, with twins Emilie and Katri Gilbert taking the top spots in the 6,000 meter race.The men were not as successful, with runners from Lewis-C

Mac-Hi harriers win at Pendleton Ice Breaker

PENDLETON — A senior and a freshman led the way for Mac-Hi here at the Pendleton Ice Breaker crosscountry meet Friday.Senior Lucas Simpson ran the 5,000 meter course in 18:41.95 to win the boys race by 25 seconds. Pendleton's Bill Weyekin finished second

Dayton shuts out Stanfield in football match-up

STANFIELD, Ore. — Dayton kicked off the season just fine without two of its leading starters in the lineup here Friday night.The Bulldogs matched their season's win total with a dominant 20-0 shutout of the Tigers.'I was happy with it,” Dayton coach Dean

Wa-Hi, Weston-McEwen struggle at volleyball invite

The Blue Devils go 3-3 in pool play, then 0-3 in bracket play, while the TigerScots go 0-3 in pool play at the volleyball invite on Saturday.

HERMISTON — Wa-Hi played in the Hermiston Invitational Volleyball tournament Saturday in a day that proved to be good on the volleyball hand, and somewhat frustrating on the other hand.'It was such a long day,” Wa-Hi coach Audra Cummings said. 'In the pre

Saturday, September 3

PANORAMA - Encore for a special night

The sound has drifted from the stage for several days now.The music is gone.In dry air at a rate of 768 mph, it should be somewhere out in space, or at least to Tennessee.Yet it lingers. In our heads and hearts the songs play on.

ETCETERA - Triple anniversary celebrates 165 years of marriage

Marriages require unceasing, dedicated commitment and hard work. Especially when striving to maintain a loving regard, keep day-to-day communication open and keep the sense of caring fresh and warm.Be they unions of five years or 65, these anniversaries a

PASTOR COLUMN - God is right there, watching our every step

Hot, California summer. Sitting on a slightly too tall, new bright-yellow, pseudo 10-speed bike. Standing on the tippy toes of my left foot, my right foot ready to push down on the pedal to see if I could really ride all by myself down our sandy driveway.


Cowboy Church today


Bob and Maejul Gannon

Bob and Maejul Gannon of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Oregon Coast, as a gift from their children. A barbecue for the Gannons was hosted at the home of their daughter and son-in-law.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Red-light cameras presume guilt — and that's wrong

Tim Eyman, the initiative king, is leading a fight to stop the growing use of red-light cameras in Washington state.

Walla Walla is often a bit behind when it comes to the latest trends.Well, in the case of the hottest craze in traffic control - red-light cameras - it's good to be behind the curve. It's possible this nefarious fad will fizzle before officials here opt t

Walden gets Milton-Freewater levee update

MILTON-FREEWATER - Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden got a close-up look at repair work on the city's troubled levee system last week.Walden visited the Nursery Bridge stilling basin site where work is under way to fix the structure's eroding concrete. While a

Area gets taste of Southwest chili roast

Albertsons will hold the roast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

WALLA WALLA - For those who love fresh roasted chilies but hate to clean them, the fourth day of the Hatch Community Chili Roast takes place today at Albertsons, 450 N. Wilbur Ave."Anyone that has lived in the Southwest is in love with this event," Yakima

2011 Fair & Frontier Days Parade winners

Kennewick man arrested in shooting of cows

BURBANK - A Kennewick man was arrested Thursday in the shooting of two cows about a mile east of Fishhook Park.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report, a witness was able to get a partial license plate number from a vehicle leaving the area.


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

Steps forward, steps back

Nature and cash both have thrown up obstacles in the quest for smooth roads in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - Street work in Walla Walla progressed into the 1920s with pavement spreading into residential areas farther from the central business district, accommodating motorized buses that took the place of electric street cars on Jan. 1, 1926.But mod

Picture this: Artist makes animals come alive

Jimmye Turner uses his drawings to help children learn.

WALLA WALLA - The thousands of Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days visitors came across hundreds of animals, mostly in pens, arenas or cages.Some, however, will be lucky enough to take home one of the hundreds of animals Jimmye Turner will create.Give Turner



Walla Walla speaks; U-B listens

Just a few months back the Union-Bulletin asked for your help and you delivered in a big way. Thank you, Walla Walla!We recently engaged in a strategic planning process aimed to ensure we remain the voice of the Walla Walla Valley well into the future, by

Why not pay for roads from the general fund?

WALLA WALLA - Earlier this year, when city officials held town hall-style meetings to address the lack of funding for street maintenance, one option was presented to the public that did not make it to the recent survey."Cut $1M from existing General Fund

Cash options boil down to taxes, fees

Residents were asked in a survey how they feel about four funding mechanisms. A sales tax won favor.

WALLA WALLA - In a recent survey, residents were asked what funding options they would consider to raise roughly $1 million each year for road maintenance.The 425 respondents had four choices to determine how they felt about each option: "definitely suppo

City pushes for chip sealing program

To take care of city streets on the desired schedule, the city would need an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million a year.

WALLA WALLA - Just like the thousands of structures that line their sides, roads also need regular maintenance.Neglecting to roof or paint a house will usually hasten deterioration. But at least with a house it is usually just the inhabitants' and neighbo

Tangled web lies beneath

Pavement covers all sorts of items, from water and sewer pipes to utility lines and unusual artifacts.

WALLA WALLA - If you could peel back a typical city street, what would you find in the earth below?Depending on the vintage of the street, you could expect to find water supply lines made of iron or even hollowed-out tree trunks wrapped with metal bands (

Port of Walla Walla lands insurance deal after being dropped

Port officials believe Enduris was upset because the Port was the first agency to ever challenge the risk pool's initial settlement proposals through arbitration.

WALLA WALLA - The Port of Walla Walla is paying nearly triple the cost to insure its property and equipment after being terminated from its risk sharing pool last week.Spokane-based government risk pool Enduris ended the Port's coverage at midnight Wednes

Friday, September 2

Like father, like Son

Wa-Hi's Moe Handcox, Jr., brings more to the gridiron than athletic abilities -- just like his father, Moe, Sr., who played at Kamiakin and Walla Walla Community College 20 years ago.

Fast-draw shooters take aim in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Within the blink of an eye, the six-shooters come out blazing. In less than a second it's all over. Welcome to the U.S. National Cowboy Fast Draw Championship, where the gunslinging gets serious but nobody gets hurt.An estimated 90 shooters w


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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Medicare is important to seniors

I am writing to express my deep concern about Republicans' votes to end Medicare and cut benefits we working seniors have earned.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Come to Sheriff's Foundation meeting

On behalf of the Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation Board of Directors, I would like to invite the public to attend a meeting concerning the Foundation's purpose on Sept. 7 at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Conference Room from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

State attorney general operates independently

The state's high court wisely affirmed that power this week.

The constitutional challenge by a group of state attorneys general to the national health-care law --known by some as "ObamaCare" -- is far from settled. It could be years before we know whether AGs are correct in their assertion Congress doesn't have t

Tai chi style offers aid for arthritis sufferers

Tai chi, an exercise that originated in ancient China, is known to increase flexibility, muscular strength and fitness. It has many other advantages that include encouraging correct body posture, integration of body and mind; and improvement of 'qi.' Acco

HEALTH & FITNESS - Honey may trump modern medicine

In June 2005 I received my copy of the Journal of Family Practice with an article that intrigued me.

Gang member's murder trial delayed

Benito Gomez is scheduled to be tried in December in the death of Julio Cesar Martinez.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a Walla Walla man accused of killing a rival gang member and shooting at others in a confrontation last spring now is set to be held in December.

Two write-ins from Prescott register for general election

A pair of write-in candidates have registered with the Walla Walla County Auditor's Office for November's general election.

Seat belt check finds room for improvement

Observations by a local task force noted a rate of use lower than the state average.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla drivers scored slightly below the state's seat belt use rate, but above national figures, according to a recent survey.

Dentist visit can help uncover sleep problems

There are certain health issues that may come to the attention of a dentist who would then refer them to a medical specialist.

Drug trial again delayed for ex-Walla Walla Regional Airport janitor

Elias Alonso is accused of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

WALLA WALLA -- There's been a third delay in the trial for a longtime janitor at the Walla Walla Regional Airport who was arrested in December after suspected methamphetamine was found in the terminal.

What's Going Up? - 09/01/11

What: Water, sewer mains, curbing and paving on Rose Street from Second Avenue to Palouse Street.

Fire, wind rain on Port insurance policy

WALLA WALLA -- Two major fires and wind damage totaling $2.5 million in claims over the last three years wreaked havoc on the Port of Walla Walla's insurance.

Wine Science Center to be built at WSU Tri-Cities

The facility also will be a gathering place for industry collaboration, international students and scholars.

A new $7.4 million Wine Science Center in Richland will prepare the next generation of winemakers and viticulturists with help from the fruits of the current ones.

Harvest lowers WW County unemployment

But jobs in key local, non-seasonal private and government sectors are starting to see losses.

The summer harvest season cut a swath in unemployment in July, according to the latest figures from the state Employment Security Department.

Bank of Whitman shuttered; Columbia Bank buys assets

WALLA WALLA -- Citing large loan losses, state regulators shut down Colfax-based Bank of Whitman in August and sold the assets in a transaction that enables the Walla Walla branch and seven others to reopen under new ownership, officials announced.

Local agency: Walla Walla tops state in visitor growth

Walla Walla is leading the state in visitor growth, according to new numbers posted by Tourism Walla Walla.

RANCH & HOME coming to Highway 11 near M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A Tri-Cities retail store that provides clothing, equipment and supplies to farmers, ranchers and homeowners will expand across the state line with a new outlet on Highway 11 between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewateer.

Waitsburg sees boom month in business openings

A coffee shop, bar, diner and a consignment shop make their downtown debuts.

The number of places to go in Waitsburg for a bite to eat and a beverage increased by three new downtown business openings in August.

WW Airport boardings sky high for year so far

WALLA WALLA -- Passenger enplanements at the Walla Walla Regional Airport have climbed every month this year, ascending to record-breaking highs even compared to years when there were more flights, the latest figures show.

PHOTOS: WWCC nets exhibition volleyball win over Missionaries

Area volleyball play tipped off with the Warriors facing crosstown foe Whitman on Thursday, with WWCC taking the three-set season warmup.

WALLA WALLA — Area volleyball got a head start on football as Whitman College hosted Walla Walla Community College in an exhibition match Thursday evening.The Warriors ended up with a 25-19, 26-24, 26-24 victory over the Missionaries.'This was a great way

Wa-Hi great Wooten dies at 72

Brent Wooten was a three-sport star at Wa-Hi, and played football at UW.

CHENEY — Former Wa-Hi three-sport standout Brent Wooten, who went on to star in football at the University of Washington and later served as head football coach and athletic director at Eastern Washington University, died here Monday after a lengthy illne

W-M open volleyball season with loss to Powder Valley

NORTH POWDER, Ore. — Weston-McEwen lost its volleyball opener to Powder Valley Thursday night, dropping in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20.'Powder Valley's good,” said Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White of the Class 1A-7 Old Oregon League opponent. 'Th

High hopes as Whit harriers open season

Second-year coach Scott Shields has a large turnout to oversee as the Missionaries host the Whitman Invitational Saturday at Fort Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — The reasons for optimism are many as Scott Shields trots toward his second season as coach of the Whitman College men's and women's cross country teams.Shields, in fact, has 40-plus reasons to be hopeful.That's the approximate number of runn

Whitman outshoots NW, can't find net

The Missionary men tally a 13-8 edge on shots, but still takes the scoreless tie.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Whitman College men's soccer team outshot Northwest University, 13-8, but failed to find the net in a 0-0 season-opening tie here Thursday afternoon.'They didn't want to play overtime,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said, so the game

Janet Grindstaff

July 6, 1939 - Aug. 26, 2011

Sarah Lyman

Jan. 2, 1911 - Aug. 31, 2011

WW Reads launches today

WALLA WALLA -- Today the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St., will launch its community-wide reading program, Walla Walla Reads.

Living History actor to portray cavalry soldier

WALLA WALLA -- The Living History Company of Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents a saga of immigrants and the early military history of the region in the museum's pioneer settlement.

New Warrior volleyball duo is two peas in a pod

A year after leading Weston-McEwen to the Oregon state Class 2A volleyball title, Renee Baumann and Tiffany Cain take their game to WWCC's Warriors.

WALLA WALLA — Athena and Walla Walla aren't too far apart geographically, but it's a huge step up for two former Weston-McEwen TigerScots.Renee Baumann and Tiffany Cain begin their freshmen years at Walla Walla Community College after helping lead the Wes

Thursday, September 1

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ryan X. Grayson, 13, 636 S. Palouse St., No. 3, was sentenced Aug. 25 on two counts third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Maira E. Nunez, 19, 1557 Truman St., was charged Aug. 29 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and minor in possession/minor in consumption of liquor.


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

Emergency Services - 09/01/11

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Social spending out of control

A recent letter identified excessive U.S. defense spending as "the elephant in the room," which no one has the political courage to confront. The writer makes a valid point.

Yummy ... two eateries add to downtown mix

A couple of new businesses in the works will bring a little rise-and-shine to downtown Walla Walla.

Hanford cleanup is a top budget priority

Turning the millions of gallons of radioactive waste into inert glass logs is a matter of public safety.

The 56 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste being stored in 177 underground containers at Hanford will eventually leak and reach the groundwater and the Columbia River. It will be a true disaster.

Extra security laid on for Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days

WALLA WALLA -- The heat is on at this year's Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Columbia River islands in wildlife refuge closed to public

As part of ongoing efforts to protect wildlife habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing public access to all Columbia River islands within the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release.

Bell Plain Complex Fire efforts wrapping up in Garfield County

POMEROY -- Responsibility for the Bell Plain Complex Fire was turned over to the Garfield County Fire District 1 at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Today the Type II Incident Management Team and mobilized resources from across the state are being released.

Three wildfires scorch lands in WW County

WALLA WALLA -- Three wildfires scorched several thousand acres in Walla Walla County on Wednesday.

Ex-penitentiary inmate arrested in riot

Cornelius L. Martin is accused of taking part in a riot at the prison in 2009.

WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary inmate accused of participating in a melee at the prison in 2009 has been returned to Walla Walla County to face the charges.

Today's gravel, tomorrow's roads

The sound of gravel crunching under tires and bouncing off the undersides of cars has become common this summer, particularly in the areas just outside the city limits.

Three acts rock Walla Walla's annual fair kickoff concert

Fair officials could not have ordered a more perfect evening for the traditional kickoff concert at this year's Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

Stanford leads Sweets on all-WCL teams

Alex Stanford earns West Coast League Most Valuable Player after his stellar season.

WALLA WALLA — Alex Stanford, the West Coast League's Most Valuable Player, leads six Walla Walla Sweets on the all-WCL teams for the 2011 season.Stanford is a first-team selection, while WCL honors were also bestowed upon second-team selections Andrew Men

Blue Devils face familiar opening nemesis on gridiron

Hermiston, which heads to Borleske Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, has defeated Wa-Hi to open the last two football seasons.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi opens its 2011 football campaign Friday night at Borleske Stadium against a non-league opponent that has been a nemesis the last two seasons.Hermiston began its 2010 schedule with a 32-17 home triumph over the Blue Devils.The Bulldogs

David John Ritchie

May 11, 1922 – August 12, 2011

Death Notice - Donald Bauman

Aug. 30, 2011

Death Notice - Sarah Lyman

Aug. 31, 2011

10th annual Pond and Garden Tour Sept. 10

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community Hospice will host its 10th annual Pond and Garden Tour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Death Notice - Mabel M. Serl

March 6, 1913 - Aug. 30, 2011

Natalia Zubriski

Aug. 25, 1984 - Aug. 22, 2011

Jeanne Alkins

April 12, 1922 - Aug. 27, 2011