News for Tuesday, September 20, 2011



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:

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

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.

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

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

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

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Betty Elizabeth Hess

October 17, 1919 – September 9, 2011