Stories for April 2012


Thursday, April 26

Dixie man pleads guilty in sex abuse on bus

WALLA WALLA — A Dixie man pleaded guilty this morning to causing a developmentally disabled young woman to have sexual contact with him two days in January while riding a Columbia County Public Transportation bus.

Tuesday, April 24

East Alder Street Closed

East Alder Street from McCabe Street to Bridge Street will be closed Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for water service repair work. Emergency vehicles will not have access.

Superior Court Criminal Cases

Walla Walla County

Heather R. Clark-Whiteley, 26, Richland, was charged March 29 with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, third-degree possessing stolen property, and third-degree theft. Clark-Whiteley is accused of unlawfully possessing a stolen Honda Accord; knowingly possessing, receiving, retaining, concealing or disposing of a stolen license plate; and wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over miscellaneous merchandise belonging to Walmart on March 28. Joan P. Witherrite, 19, 574 Iverson Road, Burbank, was charged March 29 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Witherrite is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine, unlawfully possessing less than 40 grams of marijuana, and using drug paraphernalia on March 29. Tina M. McKillip, 34, address not confirmed, was charged April 4 with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree assault. McKillip is accused of assaulting a person on March 7 and assaulting two other people on March 31. William H. Smith, 30, address not confirmed, was charged April 9 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Smith is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine and less than 40 grams of marijuana on April 7. Nicholas A. Tucker, 27, no permanent address listed, was charged April 10 with residential burglary and third-degree theft. Tucker is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime, and wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over a digital camera on April 9. Sabrina M. Wise, 37, 230 W. Whitman Drive, No. 2, College Place, was charged April 10 with second-degree burglary, second-degree possessing stolen property, second-degree vehicle prowling, and third-degree theft. Wise is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a building with the intent to commit a crime; knowingly receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property; unlawfully entering or remaining in a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime; and wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over miscellaneous items on April 8. Anthony L. Tiedemann, 24, 971 Hobson St., was charged April 13 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Tiedemann is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia on April 12. Cesar E. Ruiz, 27, 614 S.E. Mockingbird Lane, College Place, was charged April 16 with two counts of residential burglary, one count of resisting arrest, and two counts of indecent exposure. Ruiz is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in two dwellings with the intent to commit a crime, intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent officers from lawfully arresting him, and intentionally exposing himself on two occasions on April 13. Dyllin J. Trottier, 19, 40 E. Walnut St., was charged April 16 with residential burglary, third-degree theft, and third-degree malicious mischief. Trottier is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime, wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over jewelry, and knowingly and maliciously damaging property on April 13.

Wednesday, April 18

Local projects are worthy of state funding

The five local projects approved as part of the capital budget are a wise use of public money.

All levels of government -- from local to federal -- must be extremely careful how our tax dollars are spent.

$n$ Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Heather R. Clark-Whiteley, 26, Richland, was charged March 29 with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, third-degree possessing stolen property, and third-degree theft.

$n$ In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Sentence recommendation is an outrage

Perhaps it is time for a new prosecuting attorney in Walla Walla County.

Letters To The Editor - Local officials don't get it

Do local officials -- Port Commission, school boards, county commissioners, city councils -- understand what situation our economy is in? Evidently not, because I haven't heard one of them suggest our economy is not in the right shape to pressure citizens

Etcetera - 04/18/12

Exotic chocolate, small plates and desserts whipped up by Brasserie Four, T. Maccarone, Olive, Walla Walla Bread Company, Frosted, Arrowhead Chocolates and Whitehouse Crawford will benefit the Health Center at Lincoln.

$n$ On the agenda - VALLEY TRANSIT

When: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.Where: Valley Transit board room, 1401 W. Rose St.

$n$ Emergency Services - 04/18/12

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

WWU engineering school to host open house to mark 65th year

COLLEGE PLACE -- To mark its 65th year, the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering at Walla Walla University will host a public open house April 27.

Commissary on-site sale coming to Pendleton Armory

PENDLETON -- Eligible commissary shoppers who missed the recent sale at the Walla Walla armory have another chance this weekend to take advantage of one of their most important military benefits.

Quarter horse show set at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds

WALLA WALLA -- The Northwest Quarter Horse Association will hold its the 65th annual quarter horse show at the Walla Walla County fairground, 363 Orchard St., Thursday through Sunday.

College Place voters sign off on high school

The measure gained 61 percent approval in Tuesday's count and the margin is likely to hold up in further counts.

COLLEGE PLACE -- College Place voters have narrowly approved a measure to rebuild Davis Elementary and establish a public high school.Preliminary results from the Walla Walla County Auditor's Office show nearly 61 percent of voters in favor of the $38.5 m

Fundraiser set for injured Milton-Freewater woman

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Organizers hope a fundraiser for Ashley O'Neil and her family will help the family with medical, transportation and other unexpected expenses.The young woman from Milton-Freewater was injured in a crash March 30 when the car she was dr

Washington State Penitentiary prepares to open units

Added inmates and added jobs are in the offing as the penitentiary prepares to open units old and new.

WALLA WALLA -- A major change at Washington State Penitentiary that started this year will soon take another step forward.When the prison's now-closed Unit 5 reopens in July, it will push the prison's minimum-security population from some 700 beds to abou

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Rain finally stops Blue Devils

Alyson Ambler tosses a one-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Moses Lake in the opener, but rain suspends the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Mother Nature did what Moses Lake could not do here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine softball twin bill action.The Chiefs could not stop the Blue Devils as Wa-Hi pounded out 11 hits and Alyson Ambler tossed a one-hit, mercy-rule six inning

Mac-Hi wins mudfest with TigerScots

Weston-McEwen and the Pioneers leave a muddy field after the fifth inning with Mac-Hi up, 8-3, Tuesday.

ATHENA — A rain-soaked, muddy field caused the game between the Weston-McEwen and Mac-Hi baseball teams to be called after five innings here Tuesday afternoon, with the Pioneers winning the game officially, 8-3.The TigerScots had opportunities to score an

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Blue Devils sweep Moses Lake on road

MOSES LAKE — After picking up its first league loss when it split with Chiawana Friday, the Wa-Hi baseball team responded by sweeping Moses Lake, 8-4 and 10-7, in a Big Nine Class 4A road doubleheader Tuesday.A two-out, two RBI single from Jarrod Needham

DeSales remains undefeated with 12-2 victory over La Salle

YAKIMA — DeSales ran its season baseball record to 8-0 here Tuesday at Zirkle Field as the Irish used timely hitting, near-perfect defense and steady pitching to defeat LaSalle 12-2 in a non-league game.It's the first time DeSales has been undefeated this

McKeown's big day helps Touchet past Dayton, 7-6

TOUCHET — Coltor McKeown's 2-for-4 day at the plate, including a pair of RBIs and a clutch double in the bottom of the seventh inning, helped lead the Touchet Indians to a 7-6 Southeast 1B-2B inteleague baseball victory over visiting Dayton Tuesday.Touche

Lyons sisters team to lead DeSales past Colfax

COLFAX — The Lyons sisters teamed up in the circle to lead DeSales to a sweep of Colfax, 9-2 and 16-14, here Tuesday.Ashlyn Lyons started the opener, striking out nine Bulldogs and giving up three hits. She also helped her cause with three hits in the gam

Dayton belts Garfield-Palouse softball team

GARFIELD — Dayton's Samantha Harting hit home runs in both games here Tuesday as the Bulldogs pelted Garfield-Palouse 11-7 and 20-10 in a non-league prep softball doubleheader.The second game was called after five innings when darkness and the 10-run merc

Irish pick up wins at Canyon Lakes

KENNEWICK — DeSales rolled to another golf victory over Southeast 2B opponents Liberty Christian and Tri-Cities Prep at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course Tuesday, racking up a low score of 240 with three golfers on the boys' side and a 182 with two golfers on

Blue Mountain pops WWU

COLLEGE PLACE — Blue Mountain Community College outhit the Walla Walla University softball team 18-1 and the Wolves gave up eight errors as BMCC routed the hometeam Wolves, 16-0, in five innings Tuesday.WWU's Jaci Shankel recorded the lone hit for the Wol

Pirate golfers check out Palouse Ridge

PULLMAN — Class B prep golfers from Pomeroy, St. John-Endicott, Asotin and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia checked out Palouse Ridge Tuesday and came away impressed with the par-72 layout that will serve as the course for next month's sub-district tournament.“It

Blue Devil boys' tennis falls to Bombers

WALLA WALLA — Richland swept singles play and also claimed the No. 1 doubles match Tuesday afternoon at Wa-Hi as the Bombers defeated the Blue Devils 5-2 in a Big Nine Conference boys tennis showdown.Both teams entered the match with unblemished Big Nine

Richland edges Wa-Hi girls' tennis team

WALLA WALLA — Richland and Wa-Hi split Tuesday's girls' tennis match down the middle — with Richland sweeping the four singles matches and Wa-Hi the three doubles matches — as the Bombers picked up a 4-3 victory in Big Nine Class 4A play.Wa-Hi's No. 2, Ra

Waitsburg School Board delays decision on staff cuts

Falling enrollment is pushing the board toward needing to reduce staff.

WAITSBURG -- At the conclusion of a meeting attended by 30 people, most of them staff of the Waitsburg School District, School Board members postponed making a decision on cutting staff until May 1. Declining enrollment and cuts in state funding have resu

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Carpenter: Tears of joy from start to finish

There were tears of joy at the start.There were tears of joy at the finish.And there was a little bit of heat on Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Naylor improves ranking at national competition

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — WOO Crew team member Alex Naylor of Dayton improved his national standing, finishing seventh in a field of 18 invited men in the Men's 16-18 year-old Skier Cross, earlier this month. The WOO Crew is a team of local competitive sno

Reapers hand North Idaho 80-15 rugby rout Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman Reapers rugby club hosted North Idaho College on Saturday under beautiful skies and with the support of a raucous crowd, coach Eric McAlvey reported.The Reapers used the support to run away with an 80-15 victory.

Death Notice - Mary Rogers

May 22, 1927 - April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17

Waitsburg passes street work measure

City voters have approved spending money to fix up area roads.

WAITSBURG — City voters have passed a sales tax increase for street work.

College Place school bond narrowly passing

A measure that would result in the city having its own high school is on track to pass.

COLLEGE PLACE — Voters tonight appear on track to pass a bond measure that would lead to the city having its own public high school.

Dwight Treganowan

March 7, 1929 - April 5, 2012

Thelma Loney

Jan 6, 1916 - April 15, 2012

Death Notice - Thelma Loney

Jan. 6, 1916 - April 15, 2012

Woman sentenced in injury wreck

WALLA WALLA — A woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol and struck two people riding a motorcycle in College Place last September was led from a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to start serving a sentence of a year-and-a-day in prison. Cally Ann Schneider, 58, was ordered to serve the low end of the standard range for two counts of vehicular assault. The maximum she could have received based on the range is 14 months. In handing down the sentence, Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation. Schacht gave Schneider credit for the nine days she spent in the County Jail from when she was arrested after the crash until bail was posted. Schacht also placed her on 18 months of community custody, a form of probation, after her release from prison. She also will have to pay nearly $2,800 in costs and fees, in addition to an as-yet undetermined amount of restitution to the victims. In a statement to Schacht before he imposed the sentence, Schneider offered her sincere apologies to those she injured and said she thanked God they are both alive. Her attorney, Gail Siemers, added that Schneider has a “very bad alcohol problem,” is taking steps to address it and will “wholeheartedly” pursue treatment — which is a requirement of the sentence. “She’s cried buckets over this because she feels so horrible,” Siemers said. “She’s repenting over and over again in her mind.” Although Schneider — who has no previous felony convictions — has had to relocate her mother for care, and has lost her home and her job at the Whitman College library, she is determined to rebuild her life, Siemers concluded. Schneider, of 204 S.E. Fourth St. in College Place, pleaded guilty Jan. 17, admitting she drove a sport utility vehicle while under the influence when the wreck occurred at South College Avenue and Sunny Drive about 3:55 p.m. Sept. 18. A police officer who arrived at the scene saw that the SUV had struck the motorcycle and gone over the top of it, according to a police report filed in court. A female witness reportedly said she saw the SUV veer into the oncoming lane of travel and, afterward, saw two riders of the motorcycle rolling on the street. The riders, Alan J. Parker and Sanjuana Y. Page, suffered various injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment. After the crash, the officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Schneider. She submitted to a portable breath analysis, which resulted in a reading of .209 — more than twice the legal limit in Washington state. Terry McConn can be reached at or 526-8319.

ROAD CLOSURE - East Alder Street

East Alder Street from Roosevelt Street to McKinley Street will be closed Wednesday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for water service repair work. Emergency vehicles will not have access.

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Help is there, but first you have to want it

'I don't need any help; I am doing fine," the husband said.Turning to walk out the door, he cracked his head on the door jam.'So I bump into things, but so do many with good eyesight," he said to his wife while rubbing at the pain on his head. 'Besides, w

SKINNY THOUGHTS - Blunt letter prompts a person inventory

As the saying goes, 'Haters are going to hate, and lovers are going to love."I received an email about a month ago from a reader. I'm not sure if it was considered hate or love mail, but the writer recommended a blog focusing on mental health and self lov

Working the family dream

A family sets down roots as new Valley produce farmers.

Like the tomato vines at their family farm, Jeff and Amy Dietrich's vision to have a place where they and their children could raise their own food keeps growing, ripening and bearing fruit.And now their cornucopia is spilling into many of Walla Walla's r

ROCK DOC - Science improves on the staff of life

About 10,000 years ago Earth's climate lurched from bitter Ice Age conditions to the much balmier time in which we live today. We don't fully understand what caused that great climate shift, but we know it was near the time of that great temperature trans

In My Experience - Laws, coffee offset lapse in judgment

So I answered the phone. On the other end I heard a super-friendly voice of someone who spoke like we have been buddies our whole lives.He was pitching a product and service that I had already been thinking a lot about for my part-time business. The voice

ETCETERA - WW writer's latest works to appear in 'Chicken Soup' books

Journalist Joan Lunden notes in the introduction to "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding," that 46 million Americans are in the position of providing care for others. But because many don't yet identify

Letters To The Editor - Democratic Party going in wrong direction

The Democratic Party is simply not the same as it used to be. There's been a big change, and not for the best.

Council blew it in raising police chief's pay retroactively

Retiring Police Chief Chuck Fulton did an outstanding job, but the Council went too far in raising his pay as a gift.

Retiring Police Chief Chuck Fulton did an outstanding job, but the Council went too far in raising his pay as a gift.Chuck Fulton was an outstanding police chief for this city for nearly three decades. Fulton's service and dedication -- 28 years as chief

Milton-Freewater woman picks up pieces after fire destroys home

Jewell Berndt lost virtually everything, including a beloved cat, in a fire Friday afternoon.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- This was a good morning for Jewell Berndt, despite everything she's been through in the past few days.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Michael I. Mercado, 20, 530 S.W. Fourth St., College Place, was charged April 2 with residential burglary and attempted residential burglary.

Ballots due in CP bond election

COLLEGE PLACE -- Today is the last day to cast votes for a bond proposal that would rebuild College Place Public Schools and establish a new public high school. The $38.5 million proposal requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Emergency Services - 04/17/12

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

Mac-Hi teacher Chris Meliah wins Inspirational Teacher Award

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A McLoughlin High School teacher is among 11 educators to receive Inspirational Teacher Awards from Eastern Oregon University.

WWCC Board of Trustees to meet Wednesday in Clarkston

CLARKSTON -- The Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday on the college's Clarkston Campus. The board meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will include lunch.

Sweet Putt to get the ball rolling on autism research

Those who tee up at The Sweet Putt on Wednesday will be taking a swing on behalf of autism research.

Battery malfunction prompts courthouse evacuation

DAYTON -- A backup power supply battery malfunction in the Columbia County Courthouse prompted officials to evacuate the building Monday morning after the battery began emitting fumes.

Trial date set in child porn case

Rostislav V. Bondarenko is accused of possessing and dealing in child pornography.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to sharing child pornography over the Internet in 2010.Rostislav V. Bondarenko, 25, is set for trial in Superior Court starting June 26 on charges of first-degree possessing and firs

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in counterfeit $20s case

Justin C. Kirk used fake bills at a pair of businesses in November, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- A suspect in the passing of counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Justin C. Kirk, 31, of 1167 School Ave., entered the guilty plea to the charge of forgery

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for MFYSA slated Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Youth Sports Association (MFYSA) is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at the M-F Junior Showgrounds.The all-you-can-eat dinner and silent auction benefits the Youth Sports Complex program. Cost is

Huntsman's day paces Wa-Hi girls in Wenatchee

Wa-Hi sophomore Jessica Huntsman's 76 earns her medalist honors.

WENATCHEE — The Wa-Hi girls' golf team broke the 400 barrier for the second straight week Monday, carding a 397 en route to another third-place finish in the latest Big Nine golf pod match.Powering that low score was sophomore Jessica Huntsman's 76 on the

Blue Devil boys sixth in Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's Dean Atkinson shot an 82, good for 12th place, to lead the Blue Devils to fourth place at a Big Nine pod match at the Moses Lake Golf Course Monday.Atkinson's round was seven shots off medalist Brenden Cox's 75.

Bulldogs pick up softball victories over Panthers

Dayton's games are moved to Asotin, but the Bulldogs still pick up 10-9 and 16-6 Southeast 2B wins Monday.

ASOTIN — Dayton gave away the home-field advantage but secured a pair of softball victories here Monday, defeating Asotin 10-9 and 16-6 in a Southeast 2B District doubleheader.The twin bill actually began last Thursday in Dayton, but the first game was st

Walla Walla's Carpenter achieves her dream in Boston Marathon

Walla Walla runner Michelle Carpenter finishes the Boston Marathon on a hot day that depleted the field of almost 27,000.

BOSTON — Walla Walla runner Michelle Carpenter achieved her dream as she finished the Boston Marathon Monday.Carpenter finished the historic race in 4:37:35, good for 15,217th place overall, 5,818 among female runners and 3,234 in her division.Athena's Er

Warrior men win at Wine Valley

The WWCC men take advantage of a drier course than the women had to win the NWAACC match.

WALLA WALLA — An alternately rainy and dry day led to mixed results for the Walla Walla Community College men's and women's golf teams at the Wine Valley Golf Club Monday.The women had earlier tee times and were caught in the worst of Monday's spotty weat

Xplosion '98 finishes 5-1, fifth at Ice-Breakers Fastpitch tournament

TRI-CITIES — The Walla Walla Xplosion '98 softball team went 5-1 at the NSA Ice-Breakers Fastpitch Tournament last weekend in the Tri-Cities. The Xplosion placed fifth place overall out of 32 teams in their 14-and-under division.Xplosion '98 beat the Idah

Monday, April 16


Community support essential to good rural health care

Such support has allowed Garfield County Hospital and Dayton General Hospital to come up with money needed to operate and expand.

Access to affordable health care is among the top concerns for all Americans.

Etcetera - 04/16/12

Gardeners may wish to hit Walla Walla High School FFA's plant sale, which will be from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 30-May 3 on the lawn outside the CTE building at Wa-Hi. The best parking is on Abbott Road.

Survey part of air service plan

Local leaders hope to bolster traffic at the airport as a cut in flights looms.

WALLA WALLA -- A new survey of consumer travel habits is part of the latest strategy to help stabilize air service in Walla Walla, officials say.

More bars coming soon to Dayton

Inland Cellular has dialed up its service in the Touchet Valley.

Letters To The Editor - City should pick its battles

I find it hard to believe the city (or whoever it is) takes such dramatic action against the mural painted above Inland Octopus,

Letters To The Editor - Rural Library District must change direction

I am very concerned about the Rural Library District's struggle with paying the Walla Walla Public Library each year for county residents to use the city's library.

Commissioners to interview Loney replacement candidates

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners Wednesday will interview candidates to replace an outgoing commissioner.

Rural library district meeting set for Wednesday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Rural Library District board will take a step closer to potentially building a new library in the "suburban Walla Walla area" at a meeting Wednesday.

County administrator discussion of pushed to next week

WALLA WALLA -- A planned continuation of a discussion about creating a Walla Walla County administrator has been delayed.

Public invited to Kids Read author event at Edison

WALLA WALLA -- Community members are invited to meet authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tony DiTerlizzi at Edison Elementary School on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

College Place Planning Commission to meet Tuesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Proposed changes to the city code will be before the city Planning Commission Tuesday.


When: Tuesday, 8 p.m. Where: Preston HallWhat: Special Meeting

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 04/16/12

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

WW Parks and WWCC team up for Warrior Soccer Acad.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation and the Walla Walla Community College soccer program are teaming up to offer the Warrior Soccer Academy, set to begin this week at WWCC. The academy's objective is to provide skill level and age appropriate t

WWU softball team splits Western Washington trip

Walla Walla University's Nicole Beeks pitches every inning but one on the weekend as the Wolves face Edmonds and Skagit Valley.

LANGLEY, Wash. — The Walla Walla University softball team split a roadtrip in Western Washington this weekend; first sweeping Edmonds Community College Friday in mercy-rule fashion then falling in a pair of mercy-rulings Sunday against Skagit Valley Colle

Blue Devils finish 7th at Tri-Cities Invite

Wa-Hi's John Meliah and Chantel Desjarlais win the No. 2 mixed doubles title.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's No. 2 mixed doubles team finished first over the weekend at the Tri-Cities Invitational tennis tournament.The duo of John Meliah and Chantel Desjarlais teamed up to defeat doubles pairs from Wenatchee, Kennewick, Borah, Idaho, and Me

WW Valley Babe Ruth to hold tryouts April 22, 28.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Babe Ruth Baseball is having tryouts for ages 13-16 from 1-3 p.m. April 22 and 28 at Tietan Park.For more information, see website, on Facebook, or contact Troy Larsen at 509-240-2258

WWCC carries 11-shot lead into day 2 of NWAACC tourney

WALLA WALLA — Freshman Daryl Spivey carved out a 1-under-par 71 Sunday at the Wine Valley Golf Course as Walla Walla Community College took advantage of pleasant weather conditions to post an even-par team total of 288 and fashion an 11-shot lead at halfw

Bearcats bomb Whitman with 3 triples

Willamette hits three triples en route to an 11-4 victory over Whitman Sunday at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — Making good use of the spacious outfield at Borleske Stadium, the Willamette Bearcats belted four triples in the first six innings and rolled away to an 11-4 Northwest Conference baseball victory over Whitman College Sunday afternoon.Tyson G

Death Notice - David Cook

Jan. 30, 1930 - April 13, 2012

Death Notice - Louis Donnelly

June 20, 1955 - April 13, 2012

Death Notice - G. Rodney Hansell

Dec. 8, 1924 - April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 15

Registration for Dayton kindergartners scheduled

DAYTON - Kindergarten Roundup and Registration at Dayton Elementary School is set for April 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Children who will be 5 years old by midnight Aug. 31 are eligible to register for kindergarten.Families may enjoy dinner, register their

Vendors gather to hold Waitsburg's Shopping Bag

WAITSBURG - Waitsburg's Shopping Bag at Town Hall will hold the second event of the month Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.More than a dozen vendors will offer items ranging from antiques, crafts, jewelry, handbags, and new and vintage merchandise.Breakfast and

Gala to benefit WWU group's work in Honduras

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla University chapter of Engineers Without Borders announces its fourth annual Hope for Honduras Gala on April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Whitman College Reid Campus Center Ballroom.The gala, benefiting children's education in Honduras

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Hey, stop driving while on your cellphone

This is for my fellow citizens who cannot seem to help themselves when it comes to driving and cellphone usage:This is for the older gentleman on Alder Street who almost hit me with his giant truck while he was talking on his cellphone and didn't notice t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Another look at global warming

While following with interest the opposing views to Steve Singleton's stance on global warming - or, as it is being repackaged by the hard greens, "extreme climate change" - I was drawn to the bevy of facts presented by Mr. John Masla posted on the U-B we

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Stop cockroaches from driving up gas prices

According to financial experts (as reported on the U-B business page April 6) the current high gas prices are caused by "cockroaches" gambling that higher gas prices will make them richer, similar to the speculation that destroyed the housing market a few

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Praise for Jeff Horner and Don Davis

Jeff Horner and Don Davis have given decades of pleasure in this newspaper.For example, throughout the gray month of March, Mr. Horner's photographs burst into bloom on the front page as if to keep our spirits up. His camera celebrates our town and Valley

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Help from Sheriff's Office appreciated

I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office for its recent assistance and rescuing of me.The deputies, along with the dispatchers of 911, were very professional, caring and reassuring during my or

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reasons to vote no on College Place school bond

There are three reasons why I'm not supporting the College Place high school bond.Our seniors.Our poorOur dysfunctional government.In this economic environment, our seniors our earning less than half of 1 percent interest on their savings. For every $100,

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why kids should attend Meadow Brook

Kids should attend Meadow Brook School because the classes are small and you can learn without many kids talking. If you have trouble with math or reading there are teachers who are willing to help you get better.At Meadow Brook the teachers use "interven

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - College Place high school is not needed

By now most of the ballots have already been mailed in. For those still deciding, here are some thoughts.We already spend more than 50 percent of our property taxes on our schools. The argument that if we don't vote for this new bond we're ignoring our ch

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Community needs another high school

Another public high school is needed in our greater College Place/ Walla Walla community.Currently, public school families have two choices: Lincoln High School, a small alternative high school, or the 1,900-student Walla Walla High School.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Taxes are too high

Let's face it, all these proposals, ideas, plans, hiring consultants and creating new positions (which aren't a necessity at this time) and during this disaster of an economy amount to one thing - new (or more) taxes!There have been letters (and talk arou

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Increase in taxes too much

Pecksniffian opinions over the past several months have been numerous, pugnacious and odious to say the least! Many opinions resemble that of the blatherskites in our nation's political arena.The meretricious proposals, can by any measure of the means, be

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Looking at science and evolution

We all agree that knowledge derived through the scientific method should be objective and not contaminated by pre-existing personal paradigms.Steve Luckstead asserts that all scientific propositions are tentative. He then qualifies that statement with "so

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We are all taxed out

You've got to be kidding - $770,000 to hire someone for a month.Now I know why this used-to-be-great country of ours is so broke. This is insane!All taxpayers, I believe, are entitled to a line-by-line accounting of this ridiculous fee. How can you justif

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Something for Romney to ponder

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican presidential candidate, he should read Aesop's Fables. He might find this one of interest.The Sun and the North Wind, observing a man, wrapped in a heavy cloak, climbing a steep hill, engaged in a contest to make him

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Abolish the insidious EPA

When anyone praises wind farms (Wind energy can be well-controlled, April 1,) I sadly shake my head.Not only because they degrade nature's scenic beauty (soon even The Gorge?), kill hundreds of thousands of birds (up to 440,000 per year, including endange

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - When is US going to say enough?

So, according to the news, the Obama administration knew about the Las Vegas trip of GSA for 11 months Is that a shock, considering we have paid for 16 vacation trips of Michele Obama?I don't know about you people, but I think those people in GSA need to

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obama out to destroy America

In 2008, we had a national presidential election. Even though quite a few of us citizens did not vote for the present president, he gained the office.

Weston-McEwen sweeps Sherman County

ARLINGTON, Ore. — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots baseball team garnered two Oregon Special District 5 victories against Sherman County Saturday by scores of 2-1 and 13-7.The TigerScots (5-0, 9-2) were lead by Reich with a complete-game victory on the mound

Touchet beats up elderly, 5-3

TOUCHET — The Touchet baseball team took the lead in the sixth inning, and didn't give it up, Saturday against the Touchet Alumni en route to a 5-3 victory over the elder squad.'It was a really good, close game," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said.

W-M girls win Dick Horyna Invitational

STANFIELD, Ore. — The Weston-McEwen girls track team placed first Friday at the Dick Horyna Invitational.W-M's Madison Carlin placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. Teammate and sister McKayla Carlin placed third in both events. McKayla also p

Blue Devil bats wake after first league loss

Will Parnicky pitches a five-inning, two-hitter in game two to pick up a 12-2 win in the nightcap against visiting Chiawana Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — It was feast or famine for Wa-Hi here on Friday the 13th in a Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball doubleheader.The Blue Devils were blanked by Chiawana southpaw Spencer Bennion through the first five innings of the opener and the Riverhawks

W-P boys second at Moscow Twilight

MOSCOW, Idaho — The Waitsburg-Prescott boys' track team took home second at the Moscow Twilight track meet Friday. The girls took 10th out of 11.Both teams were without some of their star competitors due to other commitments.

Estes hits game winner for Waitsburg-Prescott

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott's Dalton Estes hit a game winning RBI during extra innings Saturday against Dayton to win the

Grangeville jumps on Pirates.

GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville's baseball team took an early lead Saturday against the Pomeroy Pirates and won 13-9 and 9-3.'Grangeville jumped out to a big lead," Pomeroy coach Dave Boyer said.'(We) brought in our relief eighth grade pitcher Hayden Heytvelt

Whitman's Michaels' team loses in PIT semifinals, 93-73

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — With the opposing team getting double-digit scoring from six players, a Portsmouth Partnership squad that includes Whitman College senior David Michaels dropped a 93-73 semifinal decision Friday night at the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invita

DeSales, Wa-Hi JV split

The Irish, playing for the first time in just over two weeks, pick up an 11-6 victory in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Saturday's abundant rays of sunshine shone brightly on both DeSales and Wa-Hi's junior varsity during a high school softball doubleheader at Murr Sports Park.The junior Blue Devils prevailed in game one, 5-3, and the Irish, playing for the f

Mac-Hi swept by Baker

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi baseball team fell to Baker, 5-3 and 6-1, in a Greater Oregon League Conference match-up Saturday.'Defensively, we've been doing a fine job," Mac-Hi coach Mike Garcia said.

Waitsburg-Prescott eeks out wins over Dayton

PRESCOTT — The Waitsburg-Prescott softball team swept a doubleheader against the Dayton Bulldogs, 4-3 and 7-4, Saturday.W-P had just enough hitting to win game one.

WVC sweeps Warrior softball team

The losses drop WWCC into second place in the NWAACC East Region standings.

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla Community College dropped into second place in the NWAACC Eastern Region softball standings here Saturday after dropping both ends of a league doubleheader to Wenatchee Valley.The Knights won the

Blue Devils place 7th of 60 at Pasco Invite

Blake Gerling wins the 300 hurdles with the fastest time out of any Washington classification this season.

PASCO — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils' boys placed seventh overall in a meet consisting of more than 100 teams at the Pasco Invite Saturday.'It was a really good showing by the boys," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. 'If everything had gone as planned, we could have

Pomeroy's Meyers cards 71 to lead Pirates

ST. JOHN, Wash. — Pomeroy's Joel Meyers carded a one-over par 71 here Saturday and captured medalist honors at a District 9 golf match at St. John Golf Course.'That is the best score of his high school career," Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. 'It was nice

Whitman win streak ends at 19

LEWISTON, Idaho — A 19-match winning streak authored this spring by the Whitman College men's tennis team came to a close late Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 loss to NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho.After polishing off an undefeated Nor

WWCC pitchers lead Warriors to shutouts

PENDLETON — Walla Walla Community College pitchers combined to shut out Blue Mountain in both ends of an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader here Saturday.Kasey Knigge tossed five-and-two-thirds innings of three-hit ball and Connor Lawhead allowed

Moyes homers twice, Whitman splits with Willamette

WALLA WALLA — Willamette was leading the Northwest Conference in home runs headed into Saturday's first game at Borleske Stadium, but it was Whitman College uncorking the long ball en route to a 4-2 Northwest Conference baseball victory.Sophomore Kyles Mo

Weston-McEwen drops pair of extra-inning games

ECHO, Ore. — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots lost two extra-inning heart-breakers to the Echo-Stanfield softball club in Oregon Special District 5 action Saturay; 7-6 in 10 innings in the opener and 4-3 in eight innings of the nightcap. The TigerScots rallie

DeSales scores early, often in league sweep, 11-0, 10-0

WALLA WALLA ­— The DeSales baseball team took early leads in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday against St. John-Endicott-Washtucna and cruised to 11-0 and 10-0 wins.Logan Hoeft of DeSales struck out seven players, gave one hit and walked three others t

Mac-Hi boys 4th, girls 6th at La Grande

LA GRANDE — The Mac-Hi boys' track and field team placed fourth and the girls placed sixth on Saturday at the La Grande Invitational. Mac-Hi's Nathan Dombrosky placed second in the 100-meter dash (11.35 seconds) and first in the 200 dash (22.75), while fe

Wa-Hi softball team dominates Chiawana

PASCO — Alyson Ambler homered twice, one in each game of a doubleheader, and pitched nine innings to lead the Wa-Hi softball team to 9-0 and 21-1 wins in Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference games here Friday. The Blue Devils pounded Chiawana with 33 hits a

Saturday, April 14

Man arrested for indecent exposure, threatened police

COLLEGE PLACE - On Friday, police arrested a man for exposing himself to two women and threatening officers with a pry bar.Officers with the College Place Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of SE Elm Street at 8:53 a.m. for a male who expo


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

Customers snap up alligator ribs at Feast

Five new restaurants participate in the fifth annual Feast Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA - At the fifth annual Feast Walla Walla, five new restaurants joined in to serve their dishes to some 450 paying guests. Andrae's Kitchen, A Wing and A Prayer, Frosted - A Cupcake Shop and the Weinhard Cafe all had booths at this year's Feast.Wat

Wedding registry zaps enthusiasm

Last week, I shared how my fiancée Lauren helped my family and me through one of the lowest points of our lives, the death of my father last Christmas.Through that experience, I discovered there was no one in the world better at lifting my spirits during

Police join investigation of apartment fire death

Fire investigators still don't know what caused the fire, and the police are checking some unusual details.

WALLA WALLA - The investigation continues into the death of a 27-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire Thursday.Yvonne Clauson was found laying on the ground a few feet from the entrance to her living room, facing away from the door to her smoke-fi

Wilcox Furniture to give keys to Walker's

The Oregon retailer had served the area for more than six decades.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Wilcox Furniture, the Oregon retailer whose inventory has been a fixture in homes across the region for more than six decades, will close its doors this summer and reopen as Walker's Furniture outlets.Owners of Wilcox announced Friday t

Kids Read exposes students to authors

Storytellers this year are Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tony DiTerlizzi.

WALLA WALLA - More than 3,000 children from area schools will head to Cordiner Hall on Monday and Tuesday to take part in the fifth annual Walla Walla Kids Read.Created and funded by best-selling author and local resident Patrick Carman, the Kids Read eve

PROTECTING OUR LOCAL WATERS - Keeping storm drains clean keeps pollution out of water

Protecting and rehabilitating our water resources is a multi-faceted endeavor and takes a coordinated effort among many different partners.Within the Walla Walla Watershed there are local governments and agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, tribal



Dixie students spruce up hydrants

DIXIE - Dixie Elementary students were painting the town red Friday.And blue. And green. And yellow.Students took to the street to decorate nine of the town's fire hydrants with colorful designs, using paints donated by Home Depot and Joanne Hesser-James,


Registration for Dayton kindergartners scheduled


Starting Monday, a section of Brown Road located one-tenth of a mile east of State Route 125 will be closed starting for about two weeks. The closure is to remove an existing timber bridge and replace it with a new culvert. A bypass will be provided for l

ETCETERA - WWU engineering students help rebuild school in Honduras

While in Honduras in March, Walla Walla University students began rebuilding a school in Nueva Suyapa.To raise funds for this effort, the Engineers Without Borders WWU chapter will host its fourth annual Hope for Honduras Gala at 6 p.m. April 29 in the Wh

Anniversary Everett and Patsy Carson

Everett Leon and Patsy Lorene Carson of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family on Thursday.

$n$ Engagement Hoon-Van Ausdle

Terry and Denise Hoon of Dayton announce the engagement of daughter Brooke Ashley Hoon to Joseph Dru Van Ausdle, formerly of Pomeroy. Both are of Colton, Wash.

Engagement Elmquist-Ruiz

Former area resident Jose Alfredo Ruiz and Katherine Irene Elmquist of Issaquah, Wash., married there on April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich of Generational Hope Christian Center officiated.

Engagement Landoni-Rue

Kenney and Koleen Landoni of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Tabitha Londoni to Jeremy Rue, both of Happy Valley, Ore.

Engagement Smith-Anderson

Former Walla Wallan Dan Anderson and Megan Smith, both of Kirkland, Wash., announce their engagement.

Engagement Smith-Adams

Glen and Adelle Smith of Waitsburg announce the engagement of daughter Angela Smith to Jacob Adams, both of Prescott.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Pro athletes should be honored to be Olympians

Pro basketball stars created a stir when they said Olympians should be paid.

Over the years the Olympic Games, like so many public events, have become very commercialized. The luster of the games has dimmed.Still, the Olympics remain the biggest stage to bring the world's greatest athletes together to compete for their countries.

Sheriff’s Office overruns budget

WALLA WALLA — After a discussion Monday, Walla Walla County commissioners agreed on a fix for overruns in the county Sheriff’s Office 2011 budget.

Friday, April 13

Church Bulletin

Unity Church of Peace to explore myths behind fear

Jesus is alive, now he wants you to live

Did Easter awaken anything spiritual in you? Were you moved to any new epiphany? Upon rereading how the crowd clamored, "crucify him, crucify him!" were you unnerved, shaken?

Notes of a lifetime

A doctor by day, Walla Walla obstetrician Jake Kaminsky is treated no differently in Wilma Wilson's living room than any other student."It's not perfect," he says with a grin, cradling his prized banjo in his lap after playing "Folk Dance" in lesson No. 6

John Manuel

Nov. 7, 1927 - April 10, 2012

Candi (Petree) Allen

April 28, 1969 - April 9, 2012

Mildred Hayes

April 17, 1928 - April 12, 2012

Leonard Carner

Sept. 28, 1915 - March 27, 2012

Lucille Christopher

March 12, 1921 - April 7, 2012

Bereavement conference set at medical center

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community Hospice and Providence St. Mary Medical Center will co-hosts the Hospice Foundation of America's annual bereavement conference, "End of Life Ethics" on April 24, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

St. Mary to offer free knee-injury prevention screening

Providence St. Mary Outpatient Rehabilitation will offer a free knee-injury prevention screening on April 29, for female athletes at the YMCA's Healthy Kids, Safe Kids Day.

'I'm just living with mental illness'

Jim Tade keeps himself two feet in with society in spite of his diagnosis of acute paranoid schizophrenia.

WALLA WALLA -- "It was back in the Navy when I lost my mind and hung myself. The night cook found me in the berth compartment and cut me down."

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Play time a vital part of life for us all

In today's goal-oriented society, the notion of play can seem a frivolous pursuit for those past elementary school age.

Etcetera - 04/13/12

Walla Walla Catholic Schools are turning the spotlight on the arts, said Nancy Metro, director of admissions and community relations. DeSales High School will host Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival's Children's Concert in June.

Teenager's killer guilty of murder

Angela D. Effinger pleaded guilty in Audrey Brewer's stabbing death, but didn't admit committing the crime she was charged with.

WALLA WALLA -- The suspect in September's slaying of an 18-year-old woman in the vicinity of the former Blue Mountain Mall faces more than 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Whitman singers to perform in concert

The free show Saturday will include about 40 singers from Sharpstein Elementary School.

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers at Whitman College will present their spring concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and features about 40 fourth- and fifth-grade singers from Sharp

Fisheries group seeks greater voice for region

Years ago when seemingly inexhaustible numbers of salmon returned to the mighty Columbia River each year, fishery managers had a relatively easy task when it came to setting seasons and catch limits.

Starting tonight, First becomes Feast

First Avenue between Main and Alder Streets will be shut down at 5 today in preparation for the foodie festival known as Feast Walla Walla.

Penitentiary unit to reopen

The move, which is being made to relieve overcrowding in the state system, will mean at least 20 jobs created, the superintendent said.

WALLA WALLA -- A closed unit at the Washington State Penitentiary will be reopened to help relieve overcrowding in the state prison system.

Artistic merits of giant octopus not the issue

The Appeals Court ruled only on whether the mural, as a sign, violates the law. It does.

The giant purple octopus mural over the Inland Octopus toy store on Main Street is as polarizing today as it was in 2010 when it was painted. Some folks love it, some hate it.

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Kaye Carlson and Donna Hunt. Mayor is G. Paul Miller. With all present Tuesday:

In the minutes - STARBUCK COUNCIL

Members of the Starbuck City Council are John Wood, Veronica McCoy, Keith Wharton, Richard Ells and Sue Wharton. Mayor is Darcy Linklater. With all present Tuesday the council:

Dayton man not guilty in cyclist's death

A jury on Thursday acquitted Melvin J. Bohleen of vehicular homicide in the death of Sara S. Eustis.

WALLA WALLA -- A man driving on Middle Waitsburg Road last May who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist was acquitted Thursday afternoon of the crime of vehicular homicide.

Letters To The Editor - Loney needs to be recognized

While waiting for a flight last weekend from Seattle to Walla Walla, I had the opportunity to chat with Gregg Loney, who was on his way back home from his vacation residence in Arizona to complete his last month as a Walla Walla County commissioner.

Letters To The Editor - Keep dogs on leash at Murr Sports Park

I want to praise the one -- one! -- guy who followed the leash law while walking his beautiful husky at Murr Sports Park this morning.

Cause of Thursday's fatal fire unknown

WALLA WALLA -- Investigators were unable to determine a cause for a fatal fire that killed a woman Thursday.

Emergency Services - 04/13/12

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

M-F Ambulance District assessing options

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Ambulance District, which was approved by voters in November, assembled Thursday night to begin a series of meetings to look at ambulance service options.

Fabric Faire to raise money for Mac-Hi senior party

ATHENA -- Fabric by the pound, soup and pie, mini-workshops and children's activities are part of the Fabric Faire on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, at the corner of North Fifth and College streets.

Racing the rain

Wa-Hi's track and field team hosted Eastmont for a non-scoring meet at Martin Field Thursday. Blue Devil coach Eric Hisaw said an absolute downpour drenched the meet before the weather cleared, and then another hit later in the event.

Pioneers pick up five wins in rain-shortened match against Ione

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi tennis team won five matches in a rain-shortened match against Ione Thursday.On the girls side, Pioneer Makenzie Fite defeated Juliane Carlson, 8-5.

Whitman to host ‘Veterans Appreciation Day' Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College will host 'Veterans Appreciation Day" this Sunday at Borleske Stadium as the Missionary baseball team plays Willamette in the third game of a three-game weekend series.Walla Walla's AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post No. 1111

Wa-Hi girls knock off spring break dust in 6-1 win over Ike

YAKIMA — The Wa-Hi girls tennis team defeated Eisenhower, 6-1, Thursday in Yakima in its first action back from spring break.'Every player put in good performance today," Wa-Hi coach Kevin Peck said. 'There was some dust to knock off after spring break, b

Touchet, Pomeroy reschedule SE1B games

TOUCHET — Next Tuesday's Southeast 1B District baseball and softball doubleheaders scheduled here between Touchet and Pomeroy have been rescheduled.The games have been moved to May 8, with both baseball and softball twin bills slated to begin at 3 p.m.The

WWU's second Senior Showcase this week

The event is a chance for Wolves coaches to take a look at high school basketball talent.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University is holding the second annual Senior Showcase this week, an all-star basketball games/camp featuring close to 40 male and female athletes from the Walla Walla Valley and beyond.Besides an exhibition of local talent, t

Blue Devils shut out Cadets

YAKIMA — Spring break didn't slow the Wa-Hi boys tennis team down.The Blue Devils, who are 6-0 in the Big Nine Conference, defeated league rival Eisenhower 7-0 Thursday evening in what was almost a complete sweep.

Huntsman, Dunovant card 82s to lead Wa-Hi girls to third at Chiawana Invite

RICHLAND — Jessica Hunstman and Kendall Dunovant carded an 82 on the par-72 Columbia Point Golf Course to lead the Wa-Hi girls to a third-place finish at the Chiawana Invite Thursday.Richland won the Chapman-style scramble, which counted to top two scores

Michaels helps in PIT win

David Michaels scores 10 points, grabs six rebounds and nabs three steals in the opening Portsmouth Invite win Thursday.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Whitman College senior David Michaels and his Portsmouth Partnership teammates won their opener Thursday night at the 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va.With Michaels contributing 10 points, six rebounds and

Atwood leads Blue Devil boys to fourth place

WALLA WALLA — Nick Atwood shot his best 18-hole score of the season here Thursday at the Pendleton Country Club to lead Wa-Hi to a fourth-place finish in the annual Pendleton Invitational golf tournament.Atwood toured the par-72 course in 10-over-par 82 a

Baumgarts again lead Irish golfers

RICHLAND — The DeSales golf team continued its run of success at at Southeast District 9 match at the Columbia Point Golf Course Thursday, taking home first place in both boys and girls categories.DeSales scored 332 on the boys side, 41 strokes ahead of P

Death Notice - Lucille Christopher

March 12, 1921 - April 7, 2012

Death Notice - Dean Goetz

Nov. 6, 1946 - April 11, 2012

Death Notice - Armando Salcido Sr.

1948 - April 8, 2012

Thursday, April 12

Man acquitted in cyclist's death

Melvin J. Bohleen of Dayton was found not guilty by a jury Thursday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA — A man driving on Middle Waitsburg Road last May who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist has been acquitted of the crime of vehicular homicide.

New College Place shop revs into bloom

A new destination for floral finds has sprung up in College Place.

Murderer pleads guilty

Angela Effinger faces more than 10 years in prison for killing Audrey Brewer

WALLA WALLA — The suspect in September's slaying of an 18-year-old woman in the vicinity of the former Blue Mountain Mall faces more than 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Steve and Cindy Harris.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

William A. Gunnyon, 47, 524 Liberty St., was sentenced March 27 on two counts violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. The court dismissed four other counts.

Letters To The Editor - Keep Community Council moving forward

What do the following have in common?

Compromise budget, as expected, is not perfect

Gov. Gregoire should not hesitate to call lawmakers back to Olympia if there is a significant change in revenue or spending projections.

The holes in the current state budget have been patched. The Legislature's work is done -- for now. It won't be known for several months whether the budget approved Tuesday after lengthy bipartisan negotiations is sustainable.

Emergency Services - 04/12/12

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

Local projects get boost in state budget

A state veterans home landed more than $14 million in the capital budget approved Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- A nursing home for veterans, education centers and a rail portal in Walla Walla County all came out winners in the state budget approved Wednesday.

Railex: Final plans not yet set for expansion

Funding efforts for an expansion at Railex are moving full-steam ahead through state and local agencies, though company officials say no solid plans have yet been solidified.

Wa-Hi FFA to host F.A.R.M. Day on Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla FFA will host a F.A.R.M. (Forestry Agriculture and Resource Management) Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Walla Walla High School FFA barn.

Walla Walla County Democrats to host caucuses Sunday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Democrats will host precinct caucuses on Sunday at Walla Walla High School.

Athena library group to hold annual meeting today

ATHENA -- The Athena Library Friends Association will meet at 7 p.m. tonight for their annual membership meeting. There will be a tour of the library to view new furnishing.

Dayton robotics team lands funding for championship

DAYTON -- An $8,500 contribution from Washington FIRST Robotics put the Dayton High School robotics team a bit closer to competition in St. Louis, Mo., later this month.

Etcetera - 04/12/12

Reservations may be made for the annual Fort Walla Walla Museum awards banquet, which will be there on April 18.

Umatilla County again No. 2 in Oregon ag sales

Sales were up 27 percent in 2011 from 2010 and added up to more than a half-billion dollars.

SALEM -- Umatilla County farmers and ranchers shared in the bounty of a record-setting year for agricultural sales in 2011, newly released statistics showed.

High school skills center gains funding

The Legislature's capital budget includes more than $10 million for a technical skills center to be built on Isaacs Avenue.

WALLA WALLA -- Construction of a regional technical skills center will begin later this year after the approval of $10.35 million from the state for the project. The money was approved Wednesday by the state Legislature.

Inland Octopus appeal rejected

WALLA WALLA — The giant purple octopus mural has to go. That's the upshot of a ruling by a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals regarding the controversy that has divided this community since 2010. In an opinion filed this morning, the judges b

Woman found dead after Walla Walla apartment fire

Yvonne Clauson was discovered by firefighters responding to an apartment blaze on North Spokane Street.

WALLA WALLA — A city woman died Wednesday afternoon after a fire in her North Spokane Street apartment, officials said.Yvonne Clauson was pronounced dead at Walla Walla General Hospital after the 27-year-old was discovered by fire crews in her apartment.C

Trial opens in cyclist's traffic death

Melvin J. Bohleen of Dayton is charged with vehicular homicide in last spring's death of Sara S. Eustis.

WALLA WALLA -- An eight-woman four-man jury has been selected to decide the fate of a motorist facing a felony charge for striking and fatally injuring a bicyclist on Middle Waitsburg Road last May.The trial of Melvin J. Bohleen, 73, of 300 Cherry St., Da

College Place sets spring yard debris pickup

City crews will make the rounds this week to retrieve yard debris.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The annual spring yard debris cleanup will begin next week.City crews will make pickups between Monday and Friday. All debris must be bundled, bagged, boxed or otherwise contained and no item should be over 65 pounds.

Drug impairment focus of training at Walla Walla Police Department

Officers from agencies around the region this week learned more about recognizing signs of non-alcohol impairment.

WALLA WALLA -- Law enforcement officers from nearly 10 regional agencies attended an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training course hosted by city police this week."They're learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug impairment,"

'Sheena" Jean Margaret Reichow

February 20, 1919 ~ April 9, 2012

William Berry

May 12, 1960 - April 3, 2012

Death Notice - Armavo Salcibo

1949 - April 8, 2012

Death Notice - Mildred Hayes

April 17, 1928 - April 12, 2012


E. Alder will be closed from S. Wilbur to Sinclair, 8 am to 5 pm on Thursday, April 12. No emergency vehicles.

Wednesday, April 11

Corps seeks volunteers for parks

STARBUCK, Wash. - Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy spring at recreation facilities on Lake West managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

It's full steam ahead at Forward's new Main Street locale

Downtown clothing retailer Forward has made a great leap to its new location at 51 E. Main St.

Letters To The Editor - Do what's best for all school children

If you are a parent, grandparent or supporter of children attending one of the private Christian schools in or around College Place you may question whether you need to be involved in the vote for a new public school plant system.

Letters To The Editor - Mullan Road conference in WW

I appreciate the excellent article about our Mullan Road conference, which appeared a couple of days ago in the Union Bulletin. Over the years Mullan Road enthusiasts have met in cities near portions of the road from Spokane to Fort Benton, at the eastern

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

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

Etcetera - 04/11/12

The federal Corporation for National and Community Service named Whitman College to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth time.

On the agenda - PORT OF WALLA WALLA

When: 7 p.m. Thursday following a 6 p.m. work sessionWhere: Port of Walla Walla administrative office, 310 A St.

Emergency Services - 04/11/12

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

Inmates lend hand in creek project

Minimum-security inmates are working to root out invasive species and restore native plants in Yellowhawk Creek.

WALLA WALLA -- Some people from the inside have been getting time on the outside by putting a new look on two local streams.

In the minutes - A-W SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Preston Winn, Duane Smalley, Trenda Nichols, Scott Rogers, Rod Bonifer and Joshua Henningsen and Eric Quaempts. With all present Monday, the board:

In the minutes - CP COUNCIL

College Place City Council members are William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Mayor Rick Newby, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and David Beamer. With Larry Dickerson absent Monday, the board voted as follows:

Mac-Hi production of comedy set to open Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- McLoughlin High School's drama club will perform "Usher, a Totally Teen Comedy," Thursday to Saturday at Mac-Hi.

Psychotropic drugs add to the dangers of war

Soldiers being treated for mental health concerns can't be easily monitored in a war zone.

The war in Afghanistan has cost many American lives and the death toll continues to mount. U.S. taxpayers are spending about $1 billion a month to wage war in Afghanistan.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to two rapes

Joshua A. Rutherford faces 26-34 months in prison for crimes in 2009 and 2010.

A local man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to two rape charges for crimes that occurred in 2009 and 2010. Joshua A. Rutherford, 19, entered a guilty plea Monday to a third-degree rape charge for having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl without her consent in the summer of 2009. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree rape of a child for having sex in the summer of 2010 with a girl who was 14 years old.

Walla Walla woman charged in wreck that injured kids

Michelle G. Maurer was allegedly under the influence when she was in a crash last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman previously charged with trying to burn down the residence of her estranged husband and his girlfriend now also faces trial for allegedly being under the influence of medication when she caused a traffic crash that injured her two children last month. Michelle G. Maurer, 36, is set for trial May 16 and 17 in Superior Court on two counts of vehicular assault, which are felonies, and a charge of third-degree driving while license suspended, a misdemeanor.

Walla Walla woman charged in wreck that injured kids

Michelle G. Maurer was allegedly under the influence when she was in a crash last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman previously charged with trying to burn down the residence of her estranged husband and his girlfriend now also faces trial for allegedly being under the influence of medication when she caused a traffic crash that injured her two ch

W-P salvages softball split with Pirates

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott struck for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning here late Tuesday afternoon to defeat Riverside 15-10 and salvage the second game of a non-league prep softball doubleheader.The visiting Pirates won the first game 9-8,

Warriors fire on all cylinders vs. Hawks

Walla Walla sweeps the softball twin bill, 8-0 and 5-1, Tuesday evening.

WALLA WALLA — Dara Kosanke tossed a five-inning no-hitter, and Kate Hawk and Mercedes Pearson belted solo home runs, to help lead top-ranked and NWAACC Eastern Region-leading Walla Walla Community College to an 8-0 victory over league rival Columbia Basin

Pioneers withstand late Vikings run

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi withstood a five-run, sixth-inning rally to take an 8-7 victory over Class 3A Umatilla Tuesday night in non-league baseball play.The Pioneers built an 8-2 lead off runs in the first, third and fourth innings, including a three-run homer

Touchet's late run not enough in 12-7 loss to Dayton's Bulldogs

DAYTON — A late four-run rally wasn't enough for Touchet to overcome an 8-3 deficit heading into the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night in Dayton, as the Bulldogs went on to post four more runs in the bottom of the inning and come away with a 12-7, Sou

Mac-Hi, Helix split tennis matches

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi girls and boys had varying results when they faced Helix in a non-league tennis match Tuesday.The Pioneer girls defeated Helix 4-0, with Estefani Lamas' lone loss in an 8-1 victory against Helix's No. 1 Deidra Nitz being Mac-

Whitman's Holton-Burke NWC Athlete of Week

WALLA WALLA — For the third time this season and fifth time in the past two years, Whitman College senior Conor Holton-Burke has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.Holton-Burke, the reigning NWC Player of the Year

TigerScots improve to 7-1 in BMC with 12-2 win over Pilot Rock

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen improved to 7-1 in the Blue Mountain Conference and 12-2 overall here Tuesday afternoon with a 12-2 prep baseball victory over Pilot Rock.The TigerScots managed just five hits in the game, but took advantage of six Rocket errors, fi

Baumgart leads Irish boys to win

WALLA WALLA — Ryan Baumgart overcame a two-stroke out-of-bounds penalty and five bogeys Tuesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Golf Course as he matched par-72 and led his DeSales boys golf team to a comfortable first-place finish over three visiting squa

Bartlow leads Waitsburg-Prescott to 8-2 victory over Riverside

PRESCOTT — Zach Bartlow pitched a complete-game two-hitter and helped out with a pair of hits of his own here Tuesday as Waitsburg-Prescott upended Riverside 8-2 in a non-league prep baseball game.The victory evened W-P's season record at 4-4. Waitsburg-P

Pirate boys win in Tekoa

TEKOA — The calmest weather of the spring greeted prep golfers from Pomeroy, St. John-Endicott and host Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia here Tuesday for an 18-hole match at the Tekoa Golf Club.And the Pirates responded with a 438 boys team score to win handily ov

Buckaroos return favor to Pioneers in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Last time the third-ranked Class 5A Pendleton Buckaroos played 19th-ranked Class 4A Mac-Hi, the Pioneers upset the Bucks 10-6.On Tuesday, Pendleton returned the favor, beating Mac-Hi 4-0 in Milton-Freewater behind a shutout two-hitter f

Wa-Hi girls low score not enough at Yakima pod match

YAKIMA — The best team score in more than a decade for the Wa-Hi girls golf team wasn't enough to net the Blue Devils first at the Yakima Elks Golf Course at a Big Nine conference pod match Tuesday.The Blue Devils' 389 fell behind Richland's first-place 3

Rusty Irish manhandle Coyotes

DeSales and Burbank square off after spring break, and the Irish shake off the baseball rust with a 16-6 victory Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Tuesday's game at Borleske Field was not one for the hitting — or pitching, or fielding — purist.Both DeSales and Burbank were playing their first games back from spring break and it showed. The teams combined for 15 walks, four hit batters

Straughan brothers power Colton to SE1B sweep of Pomeroy

POMEROY — Brothers Jake and Josh Straughan turned in stellar pitching performances here Tuesday and Colton's bats provided plenty of offensive support as the Wildcats swept a Southeast 1B District baseball doubleheader from Pomeroy, 11-1 and 23-0.Both gam

VGBRA to host 34th Barrel Daze event this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association (VGBRA) is hosting more than 1,400 barrel racers from all over the country for the 34th Barrel Daze Friday through Sunday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.Racers are competing for more than $175,000 in ca

WWU to host second Senior Showcase Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University is hosting the second annual Senior Showcase sponsored by Banner Bank Saturday night.The showcase is composed of a slam dunk competition at 5 p.m., followed by a girls all-star game at 8 p.m. and a boys game at 9:30.

Jaw dropping

Views of Palouse Falls are awesome after high volumns of water cause a spectacle.

As March slipped into April, an unusually high volume of water plummeted 185 feet at Palouse Falls.Its roar and clouds of mist caught my fancy.So much so that after Nora the Schnauzer and I saw it on a Wednesday, we inveigled Darlene into going with us on

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to two rapes

Joshua A. Rutherford faces 26-34 months in prison for crimes in 2009 and 2010.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to two rape charges for crimes that occurred in 2009 and 2010.Joshua A. Rutherford, 19, entered a guilty plea Monday to a third-degree rape charge for having sexual intercourse with a 17-year

Ruth Mae Gibson

August 23, 1920 - April 7, 2012

Death Notice - Donald Campbell

Jan. 13, 1940 - April 10, 2012

Death Notice - John Manuel

Nov. 7, 1927 - April 10, 2012

Merri Bussell

Dec. 17, 1951 - April 5, 2012

Death Notice - Delbert Richardson

Oct. 4, 1944 - March 16, 2012

Sharon Osborn

Aug. 25, 1952 - April 4, 2012

Death Notice - Lena Hause

June 10, 1923 - April 10, 2012

Arvilla Richardson

April 20, 1932 - April 9, 2012

Tuesday, April 10

Wa-Hi senior gains admission to West Point prep

Richard Jimenez has been singularly focused since eighth grade. The Walla Walla High School senior aims for a military career and as such secured an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point, N.Y.

Openess to differences is compost for the mind

You know, if you limit your conversation to non-controversial topics, you'll never talk at all.

A case for constructive outrage

An Oregon writer explores the depths of child abuse and learns we all have a role in preventing it.

When I called Karen Spears Zacharias last week, I was at page 189 of "A Silence of Mockingbirds."

Game baffles, in a good way

I've heard arguments about whether games can be art. I've heard arguments about whether people should make intentionally "art house" style games.

WW Cougar Club ramps up activities to build WSU fan base1

Cougars in Walla Walla are amping up their roar.Washington State University Cougars, that is, and fans.

Original early bird, or feathered dino?

I've never met Ryan Carney of Brown University, but he is my kind of man. On his arm he has tattooed the image of a feather of the dino-bird known as Archaeopteryx. The feather is a famous feature of the animal that lived in the late Jurassic in what's no


Perched for a little spring preening, a yellow headed blackbird ruffles its feathers in the breeze at Wine Valley on a warm spring afternoon.

Top authors to share works in annual Kids Read event

There's a theme in Walla Walla this time of year, particularly if you're an elementary school student. Everywhere you look there are books.

Residents 'saved by the belt' in wrecks sought

Have you been involved in a traffic collision and were "saved by the belt"? If so, the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force would like to hear from you.

Man charged in child porn case

Rostislav V. Bondarenko was arrested after a lengthy investigation.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who reportedly is a Walla Walla University student has been charged in Superior Court with sharing child pornography over the Internet in 2010.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

David Woodrow-Salazar, 18, 415 N. Fifth Ave. was sentenced March 16 on one count violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Woman sentenced to prison in September injury wreck

Cally Ann Schneider was ordered to serve just over a year in prison for hitting two people on a motorcycle while she was driving drunk.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol and struck two people riding a motorcycle in College Place last September was led from a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to start serving a sentence of a year-and-a-day in pri

Three vie for seat on commission

Eric Carpenter, Jim Johnson and Mark Spinks will be considered by county commissioners to fill Gregg Loney's seat.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Republican Party's central committee Monday chose three nominees to replace an outgoing county commissioner.

Letters To The Editor - Support urged for CP high school

After spending more than 28 years in the classroom of a small high school,

Letters To The Editor - Cast your vote on school bond

Last week I mailed my yes vote for the College Place school bond. The new and upgraded facilities in this proposal will deliver more cost effective buildings and provide a total K-12 school identity for the College Place area.

Letters To The Editor - City's backflow prevention program troubling

I just received a notice from the city of Walla Walla regarding a change in the date for required testing of the backflow prevention system for my irrigation. While I have no argument with the fact that this test is necessary to ensure a safe and clean wa

Lawmakers must pass no-trick budget

Tough cuts need to be made to ensure the state budget is sustainable.

Will the state Legislature approve a budget before the clock strikes midnight, which ends the 30-day special session called by the governor to give lawmakers more time to iron out their differences? Or will someone simply stop the clock so legislators can

State board issues split decision on county water rules

WALLA WALLA -- A state board has issued a split decision on a challenge to regulations intended to protect Walla Walla County's drinking water supplies.

On the agenda - WESTON COUNCIL

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

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.What: Special Meeting

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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


When: 5:30 p.m. WednesdayWhere: City Hall, 215 S. Third St.


When: 8 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Preston Hall

In the minutes - WW County

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

In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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

Emergency Services - 04/10/12

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

Fraud prevention seminar aimed to help seniors, care providers

WALLA WALLA -- The Police Department is holding a fraud prevention seminar for seniors and senior care providers on April 23.

Wa-Hi 5th in CBBN pod match at Wine Valley

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys hosted a Big Nine pod match at Wine Valley Golf Course for the first time Monday, with accolades heard all around after the round.'It's a great, great golf course," Blue Devils coach Jim Smith said. 'They were very hospitable. W

Dayton robotics team makes world championship

But the team of four has a steep fundraising goal if they're to attend the competition later this month.

DAYTON — Four Dayton High School students and their coach went to Cheney last week to find out what FIRST Robotics Competition was all about.

Victoria Bennett

Feb. 18, 1920 - April 2, 2012

Death Notice - Sheena Reichow

Feb. 20, 1919 - April 9, 2012

Death Notice - Arvilla Richardson

1932 - April 9, 2012

Death Notice - Candi Allen

April 28, 1969 - April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9

Cocktail peanuts recalled over contamination fear

A lot of Planters Cocktail Peanuts is affected by the voluntary recall.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one production of Planters Cocktail Peanuts sold in 12 ounce canisters with a code date reading 09-Jan-14, UPC 2900007212).

Woman arrested in string of vehicle prowls

Sabrina M. Wise is suspected of rifling through a half-dozen cars over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The sounds a number of residents may have heard this weekend weren't the Easter Bunny, city police said.


Patrick Jones, 9, and his dad, Mark, jog between rows of flowering pear trees as they head out for their almost daily run around about a 4-acre section of their 100-acre property on Powerline Road. Spring has sprung in the valley, adding more color to their journey.

Here are some health-care plans that might happen

As Bush vs. Gore or Citizens United cases suggest, the Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare may become another political circus. Now we can all play What's Next?

Letters To The Editor - City, county libraries need to get on same page

My grandchildren (ages 5 and 6) visited during Oregon's spring break. Part of their regular visit is a trip to the library -- I like the small one on Plaza Way: fewer distractions and easier to find a selection.

In the stars

DIXIE -- Eleven-year-old Devon Adams has come a long way since he was whisked by helicopter from Walla Walla to Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, a baby born 2 months early, with a terrifying list of problems and a dubious prognosis.

Simple moves can prevent radon deaths

It's time for the government to accept its responsibilities and eliminate these needless deaths and illnesses.

Every year more than 21,000 Americans die from a disease caused by radon, a colorless, odorless gas that silently seeps into buildings through cracks in walls and foundations.

Etcetera - 04/09/12

Pining a bit for Walla Walla in spring, Rich Beaulaurier turned Mapquest loose in a fancy to come back and see the trees in bloom here.

Emergency Services - 04/09/12

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 - Pomeroy Council

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Hall

On the agenda - Starbuck Council

When: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Hall

In the minutes - M-F SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. An executive session is scheduled at 8:30 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

Spring into rich season of photography

It's time to spring into action with your digital camera as the days are getting longer and the landscapes are in full bloom.

Ex-WW business loses discrimination suit

The Cash Store violated US and Washington laws when it fired an employee with bipolar disorder, a federal judge ruled.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in a case involving a former Walla Walla business, won one of its first disability discrimination lawsuits taken to trial concerning bipolar disorder.

Park Plaza offers free rides for seniors to Wildhorse

WALLA WALLA -- Park Plaza, 1400 Dalles Military Road, invites area seniors to join its bus to Wildhorse Resort & Casino near Pendleton on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.

Walla Walla Cubs to have final tryouts Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball is holding final tryouts at the Wa-Hi junior varsity field for the 15-and-under travel team the Cubs at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Whitman men pick up two more tennis victories

SALEM — After losing just two games in a sweep of doubles, Whitman College cruised through singles with six straight-set wins to post a 9-0 Northwest Conference victory over Linfield Sunday morning in McMinnville, Ore.Later in the day, Whitman ran its spr

Death Notice - Paul McCaw

Feb. 15, 1934 - April 6, 2012

Death Notice - Ruth Gibson

Aug. 23, 1920 - April 7, 2012

Sunday, April 8


Wildcats bite Bulldogs, 16-6, 10-0

Eleven errors cause trouble for Dayton as it suffers two mercy-rule losses to Colton.

LEWISTON, Idaho — Dayton dropped a pair of softball games to the Colton Wildcats in disastrous fashion Saturday, dropping the first game 16-6 and taking a 10-0 loss in the nightcap of a Southeast 1B-2B interleague softball doubleheader.It didn't help that

Whitman beats an ailing Willamette to retake 2nd place

The Missionaries beat Willamette 8-1 and advance past Whitworth in the Northwest Conference standings.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College regained sole possession of second place in the Northwest Conference women's tennis standings with an 8-1 victory over an ailing Willamette team on Saturday on Whitman's outdoor courts.Whitman, now 13-4 on the season, improve

Reich homers as Weston-McEwen sweeps Horizon

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Weston-McEwen got off on the right foot to open the Special District Six league baseball season here Saturday.The TigerScots' Jared Bond doubled in the tie-breaking run in the top of the sixth. Nick Pease culminated the two-run sixth w

Warrior aces shut down Columbia Basin

WWCC pitcher Drew Christina pitches a complete-game shutout in the 1-0 nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Pitching was the vehicle Walla Walla Community College drove to an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball sweep of Columbia Basin on Saturday at Warrior Field.Left-hander Drew Christina threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout in the nightcap, a gam

Pacific sweeps Missionaries in baseball doubleheader

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — With its bats falling silent, Whitman College dropped 5-0 and 9-2 baseball decision on Friday at Pacific.Winning its eighth and ninth straight games, Pacific strengthened its hold on first place in the Northwest Conference, improving

Whitman women's tennis falls to 1st-place Linfield

WALLA WALLA ­— Doubles was again the key as Linfield solidified its hold on first place in the Northwest Conference women's tennis standings with 5-4 victory over Whitman College Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.Linfield improved to 10-0 in t

Dayton rallies to pickup win in nightcap of split with Colton

DAYTON — Mental mistakes and a costly injury spelled the first defeat of the season for the Dayton baseball team Saturday.The Bulldogs lost game one 14-6 and recovered to win the nightcap, 12-11.

Wa-Hi pitches, hits well in sweep of Ike

The Blue Devils get a complete game from freshman Adam Mathews as they cruise to 11-1 and 13-2 victories Friday.

YAKIMA — Two complete-game pitching victories for Wa-Hi propelled the Blue Devils to 11-1 and 13-2 wins Friday afternoon against Eisenhower. 'We had great pitching and we pounded the baseball," Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradwohl said. 'An outstanding outing for L

TVCC ends WWCC winning streak at 14

Dara Kosanke wins three games in the circle as the Warriors win three of four in the weekend road trip.

ONTARIO, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College pushed its winning streak to 14 with a 4-3 win in Saturday's opener against Treasure Valley, but dropped the nightcap in a NWAACC east region softball doubleheader.The No. 1-ranked Warriors saw their win strea

La Grande takes the cake at Mac-Hi Invite

MILTON-FREEWATER — The defending Oregon state 4A golf champions proved they are ready to defend their state title here at the Milton-Freewater course in non-conference boys golf action Friday.La Grande took the team title with a score of 283 to defeat the

Whitman strands 12 in 6-5 road loss to Pacific

Whitman loses its fifth one-run game of the season and slides to 4-14 in the NWC.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Whitman College sprayed 14 hits around the park but also stranded 12 runners in dropping a 6-5 Northwest Conference baseball decision to Pacific on Saturday.Pacific solidified its hold on first place in the NWC standings, improving to

Saturday, April 7

If you combine failed programs, do you get success?

I am a dedicated journalist, and therefore I am highly concerned about public safety because, a.) I am a member of the public, and b.) exploiting people's natural impulse to fear everything around them makes writing a column pretty easy.

Father's death drove home fiance's love

Last week, I shared how Lauren became my fiance almost immediately after she coerced me into uncomfortably approaching a celebrated former member of Monty Python in order to introduce ourselves during a romantic lunch date.

Green Travel saves gas, environment

Sustainable Walla Walla

Hooray! Aren't you glad the price of gas has gone up?Did I get your attention?At least the rising prices have made us more aware of the need to be conservative in how we travel. I imagine you no longer splurge with “jack-rabbi

Stormwater runoff flushes pollution into streams

Protecting our local waters

This is the first installment of Protecting Our Local Waters, a four-part series written by local government, education and nonprofit professionals in recognition of National Stormwater Awareness Month, observed each April.The purpose of observi


Motivational speaker to discuss ‘Celebrating the Possibilities'

Mullan Road to be subject of conference

WALLA WALLA — A historic road in Walla Walla's past will be the focus of a weekend conference.The Mullan Road Conference will be held Friday through Sunday at various locations in Walla Walla.The event is being organized by th

Dayton FBLA hope to take over state competition

Twenty-nine of the 32 student qualifiers plan to attend the April 16 conference in Seattle.

DAYTON — Dayton High School's Future Business Leaders of America will be well represented April 16 at the state FBLA competition in Seattle after 32 of 34 members qualified in regional competition in February.Twenty-nine of the 32 qu

FBLA enjoys success at Dayton

DAYTON — The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Dayton High School is integrated into business education classes taught by Rob Moore, who is in his 25th year at the school.The FBLA chapter was in place when Moore started at the


Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crimes may request through law enforcement agencies that their names not be released to the media.



GOP to pick nominees to replace Loney

Those names will then be submitted to the county commissioners.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Republican Party members will meet Monday to select nominees to replace outgoing county Commissioner Gregg Loney.The party's central committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport t

Library surveys public's opinions

Library officials hired a consultant to conduct and analyze a satisfaction survey.

WALLA WALLA — Library officials are developing a strategic plan to solve the facility's challenges and set long-range goals. An online satisfaction survey this month will help.“With this strategic planning process, we'll

City works to develop mission statement

The Council will hold a three-hour work session Wednesday in hopes of creating a mission and values statement.

WALLA WALLA — City officials are developing a mission and values statement.Earlier this year, city officials agreed to pay local consultant Susan Newton $2,500 to guide the city through the process of creating the statement, which will be

Dream MTV job turns WW woman into ‘Hunger Games' tribute

This is about a local girl who's gone off to the Big Apple for great adventures, but first some background: The wildly popular, dramatic, high-action book and subsequent film, "The Hunger Games" deals with starvation, abject poverty and how war affects the citizens in the 12 districts of Panem.

Engagement Baker-Shell

Craig Baker and Debi Baker announce the engagement of daughter Robyn Joi Baker to Curtis Lee Shell, all of Walla Walla.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Court goes too far with strip search ruling

There are far less intrusive methods that have been used very successfully for decades.

Our justice system is based on the presumption of innocence. Our laws and practices bend over backward to protect those who have not been convicted of a crime. The belief, expressed in many variations, has been: "Better 10 guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer."


Save money to build school rather than pass bond

A father-daughter duo enjoy life on the lanes

WALLA WALLA - When Kim Holderman came back to Walla Walla after three years on the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour, she was beat. Physically and mentally.

What a difference a day can make!

The sun crawled through a crease in the clouds to peek at a somber planet. Agony was painted all over the dashed hopes of the people who lived there. Hadn't it been just a week before when children shouted his praises and people paved the route for his celebrated his arrival in Jerusalem with palm branches and even their own garments? How could it all go wrong so quickly? Now that their leader had been executed, their dreams for a better world lay in ashes. Where would they turn? Who would understand their feelings?

Church Bulletin


Friday, April 6

Letters To The Editor - Building high school in College Place makes sense

I am voting "yes" on the bond proposal for College Place School District for the following two reasons:

Letters To The Editor - Site for parking garage may not be appropriate

I'm wondering if anyone has brought up the idea of a preliminary survey and engineering study at the proposed site of the parking garage? I believe all that has been presented is a concept as to how it will look.

Forum set for women veterans, families, friends at VA

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Veterans Affairs Medical Center will present a forum for women veterans, their families, friends and interested community members on Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Walla Walla campus.

'It's like you're in a black hole'

Nina Ross, likely familiar to many who drive past Second and Chestnut, struggles with PTSD, depression and anxiety.

WALLA WALLA -- Nina Ross knows what the two teens are doing when they park themselves down the block.

Town makes vehicles 'no cellphone' zones

Chapel Hill, N.C., is embarking on a social experiment worth watching. It became the first town to pass a total ban on cellphones for motorists. Just in time for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the law makes even hands-free phones illegal.

Halting penny production makes sense

It costs the US Mint 2.4 cents to make each penny. Eliminating the penny would save $118 million a year.

If someone were to offer us a penny for our thoughts, we'd tell them to follow Canada -- and Australia, Brazil and Sweden -- and ditch the penny.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Coaching: to nurture or berate

I snickered, shrugged it off and continued to play my indoor soccer game as the dad in the stands became more livid. I always had a thick skull and supportive parents so I was not that concerned.

Red meat poses risk, processed or not, researchers say

Red meat is bad for your health. So say the folks at Harvard Medical School.

A rose by any other name? The truth about root canals

In a recent State of the Union address, President Obama said something that made any drowsy dentist watching lurch out of their La-Z-Boy.

Crime-free rental program draws a 'packed' house

The city police program helps give tenants and landlords tools to fight crime on their property.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department graduated a larger than usual class from its Crime Free Property Management seminar Wednesday night.

Etcetera - 04/06/12

For all those applying for American Association of University Women-sponsored scholarships, completed applications are due to the group on April 20.

Volunteers, skaters to go from Feast to breast this weekend

More than 30 people will travel across the Cascades next weekend to help with Feast Walla Walla.

Memories, photos sought for dam's 50th anniversary

BURBANK -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking historic photos and written memories from local residents to help celebrate the upcoming anniversary of Ice Harbor Dam's construction.

Investigation still active into WW County Sheriff's Office

WALLA WALLA -- An investigation involving the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains open.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Laronda and Fred Brashier Jr.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Andrew Rodriguez, 16, 1122 Francis Ave., was sentenced March 23 on one count contempt-truancy.

Penitentiary unit remains on restricted movement after fight

WALLA WALLA -- A portion of a close-custody unit at Washington State Penitentiary remained on restricted movement today following a fight Tuesday.

Emergency Services - 04/06/12

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

Egil Summers, Jr.

May 11, 1927 - April 2, 2012

Charles Ellis

July 24, 1949 - April 1, 2012

Kathryn 'Sunnie" Casebolt

June 22, 1924 March 24, 2012

R. Lauree Miller

December 16, 1921 – March 19, 2012

Chris Reiff

July 2, 1956 - April 1, 2012

Carol Zier

Dec. 24, 1917 - March 31, 2012

Marie Turnbow

Oct. 27, 1929 - April 2, 2012

In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Jenness Evanson, Bob Turner, Ray Hoffman, Kris Darby and Vonni Mulroney. With Maves absent Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

EWU student arrested in child porn case

Rostislav V. Bondarenko, who had been living in College Place, was arrested Thursday.

COLLEGE PLACE -- An Eastern Washington University student who had been living in College Place was arrested Thursday for investigation of possessing and dealing in child pornography.


More flakey weather in Walla Walla as one-inch-plus snowflakes fall on morning traffic crossing 2nd Avenue and Main Street during winter's brief but picturesque return Friday.

Weston-McEwen splits with Mac-Hi JV softballers

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen started fast and finished with a flurry here Thursday afternoon as the TigerScots split a non-league softball doubleheader with Mac-Hi's junior varsity squad.The Morgan Entze and Molly von Borstel slugged solo home runs in the botto

Blue Devils outpace Greyhounds, 3-2

Wa-Hi striker Brian Lopez scores two goals in the victory before being sent to the hospital after a collision with the Pullman keeper.

WALLA WALLA — Senior striker Brian Lopez scored two first-half goals for the Wa-Hi Blue Devils and helped lead his team to a 3-2 victory over the Pullman Greyhounds here Thursday afternoon.Lopez tried for another goal in the second half but was taken out

Walla Walla American Legion tryouts set for April 15

WALLA WALLA — Tryouts for Walla Walla's three American Legion baseball teams have been scheduled for Sunday, April 15, at the Walla Walla Community College baseball complex on Tausick Way.The tryouts will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be the one and only

Whitman's Michaels goes to Portsmouth Invite

After a successful senior season, Whitman forward David Michaels earns an invitation to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

WALLA WALLA — An extraordinary senior basketball season at Whitman College has netted David Michaels a roster spot at the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.Michaels, an agile 6-foot-7 forward and the 2012 Northwest Conference Player of the Ye

Walla Walla Xplosion fastpitch team opens season 2-1

TRI-CITIES — The Walla Walla Xplosion '98, a 14-and-under girls fastpitch softball team, opened their tournament season with a 2-1 record in the Umpire Blue Invitational last weekend. The Xplosion '98 team opened the tournament by beating the Tri-Cities t

Homegrown Burbank country singer to play large venues this summer

Kate Turner came back to the area after a relationship across the country ended and is now working toward her dream.

WALLA WALLA — Saturday night in a winery on Main Street, 47 miles from her home town, Kate Turner sang like her dreams depended on it, which they do.

Death Notice - Dwight Treganowan

March 7, 1929 - April 5, 2012

Frank Bailey

Dec. 24, 1942 - April 3, 2012

Death Notice - Merri Bussell

Dec. 17, 1951 - April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5

Works on paper featured at Whitman

An exhibition by Mari Jalbing, "Explorations: Works on Paper," opened Sunday at Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave. The exhibit is placed on all three floors in Memorial Hall and will run through Sept. 1.

Wa-Hi alum's glass works displayed in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Glass of Eastern Oregon will open today at The Pendleton Center for the Arts East Oregonian Gallery, 214 N. Main St. The opening reception is tonight from 5:30-7.

Area galleries to show Artstream pottery; Triebwasser abstract art

Two local galleries will feature exhibits: "Artstream Nomadic Gallery 2012 Tour: North American Studio Potters," concludes today at Fouts Center for the Visual Arts on the Whitman College campus, 345 Boyer Avenue.

Artisan guild's spring art show, sale Sunday

POMEROY -- A spring art show and sale by the Blue Mountain Artisan Guild will be at the Garfield County Fairgrounds during the Spring Farming Days celebration from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in the Dick Brown Community Building. Admis

Pianist to perform twice with symphony

Former Whitman student and pianist Stephen Beus will perform twice this month with the Walla Walla Symphony.

Navajo blues-rock band The Plateros to play

The Plateros, a blues-rock band from the Navajo Nation, N.M., will present a free concert from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard.

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.

Letters To The Editor - Planets pass earlier than stated in column

A mistake this tiny does not detract in the least from Marty Scott's fun "night sky wanderers" column in the Union-Bulletin on March 30.

Election to fill post for month makes no sense

Spending nearly $1 million is foolish. There are no penalties in the Constitution for leaving the position open.

Letters To The Editor - Focus on value rather than cost of new schools

I'm eager to vote for the College Place School Bond.

Bookmaking artist's works on exhibit at BMCC

PENDLETON -- Roberta Lavadour's bookmaking skills will be on display in the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave.

Early area settler Sigmund Schwabacher portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum

WALLA WALLA -- Early settler Sigmund Schwabacher will be portrayed at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. The living history portrayal is by Steve Rubin.

Artists to exhibit multimedia works at Fenton/Stahl Gallery

WALLA WALLA -- From acrylics to pottery, photographs, glass and other media, the works of 16 area artists are being featured at Fenton/Stahl Gallery, 11 S. Spokane St.

Hits from 1985 to be played at Oldies Night

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oldies Night at the Library transports listeners back to 1985, the year New Coke flopped, "Miami Vice" was a hit and the 49ers won the Super Bowl.

Walla Faces to present two classical guitarists

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St., will present two internationally acclaimed classical guitarists in concert in the next two weeks.

Dance instructor's final Whitman production set

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman Dance Production, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, will present Intermezzo in evening of four dance works Friday and Saturday with additional choreography by Raffaele Exiana.

Bunco fundraiser set April 20

WALLA WALLA -- Junior Club of Walla Walla's annual Bunco fundraiser will be April 20 at the Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and play will begin 7 p.m.

'The Birthday Party' is slated for Freimann Studio Theatre

WALLA WALLA -- "The Birthday Party," a classic of the modern stage by playwright Harold Pinter, will open Wednesday, with the curtain at 8 p.m.

M-F Chamber to fete office heroes

Make a note: Administrative Professionals Day is coming up.

Penitentiary unit restricted after fight

WALLA WALLA -- One unit at the Washington State Penitentiary remained on restricted movement this morning after a large fight Tuesday.

Etcetera - 04/05/12

Members of Job's Daughters Bethel 52 racked up some awards from recent participation in Jobie Weekend, a semi-annual statewide conference.

Lights go down on long career for dance instructor

Whitman dance instructor Idalee Hutson-Fish caps her career at the college with a performance this weekend

WALLA WALLA -- When the lights go down on "Intermezzo" at Cordiner Hall on Saturday, Idalee Hutson-Fish bids her 30-plus-year career at Whitman College an official goodbye.

M-F labor deals include raises

Recently approved contracts cover police officers, dispatchers and city clerks.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Two recently approved labor contracts will continue the practice of yearly pay increases for city employees, as well as fund the Police Department to a level that will not require layoffs, City Manager Linda Hall said.

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 04/05/12

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

Lower Monumental Dam crossing closed through May

KAHLOTUS -- The vehicle crossing at Lower Monumental Dam will be closed through May 31 due to construction work.

WWU to host robotics challenge Sunday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host the North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge on Sunday. This year, 96 team members, 20 coaches, and 21 sponsors will take part. The competition begins 11 a.m. at the Alumni Gymnasium. Doors open at 8 a

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Michael J. and Cynthia Lorang.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Robert G. Sregzinski, 15, 405 W. Clay St., Dayton, was sentenced March 30 on one count disturbing school activities or meetings.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Erasmo Garza Jr., 53, 20 E. Chestnut St. was sentenced April 2 on one count stalking -- domestic violence.

Easter egg hunts to keep Saturday hopping

The hunt for eggs will be on this weekend.

Tease photo

TEST - Paywall story is fascinating beyond belief

Whatever you read, it will never be as fascinating as this

This is just where the tease goes. Nothing really that fascinating here.

Daran Dauble

May 29, 1946 - March 27, 2012

Death Notice - Mary Swanson

Aug. 5, 1921 - April 2, 2012

Prep runners rally for Carnival of Speed

MILTON-FREEWATER — Runners from all over Oregon and Washington are lacing up their track shoes and shining their shot in anticipation of the running of the 76th Carnival of Speed at Mac-Hi's Shockman Field on Friday.The event, which includes 21 schools fr

WWCC splits with Wenatchee Valley

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla Community College split an NWAACC East Region baseball twin bill with Wenatchee Valley here Wednesday, winning the opener 5-3 before dropping the nightcap, 5-2.The Warriors opened with a leadoff double by Neal Schuck. Schuck later

The Baumgarts' excellence fosters a sibling rivalry

Brother and sister Ryan and Emily Baumgart bring their love of golf to the links as they lead the DeSales Irish.

WALLA WALLA — Kristy Richard and Brad Baumgart had a dilemma that many parents face.How to ensure that their children, Ryan and Emily Baumgart, both golfers at DeSales this season, truly enjoyed their sport of choice.

Milton-Freewater Golf Course closed Monday, Tuesday for aerification

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will be closed Monday and Tuesday for greens aerifications, weather permitting.The process will likely be started Sunday afternoon. After 2 p.m., tee times may be diverted to the back nine. Cal

Milton-Freewater Golf Course closed Friday for Mac-Hi Invite

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will be closed Friday at noon for a Mac-Hi golf Invite. There may be availability for nine-hole tee times after 4:30 p.m. Call (541) 938-7284 for more information.

Whitman's Valentine named NWC PoTW after batting .615

WALLA WALLA — For the second time this baseball season, Whitman College freshman Peter Valentine has been named Northwest Conference Player of the Week for position players.Valentine, a first baseman, hit .615 with eight hits in 13 official at-bats as Whi

Washington State Penitentiary unit restricted after fight

A Tuesday evening brawl involved 14 inmates, officials said.

WALLA WALLA — One unit at the Washington State Penitentiary remained on restricted movement this morning after a large fight Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 4

Spirits up -- and down

as stormy weather continues during a visit to the Oregon Coast.

The visit took place March 11-18.That Storm Watch beachcombing stint at Newport, Ore., on Tuesday (March 13) spiked my spirits up.

April in the Walla Walla Valley is a rush of new life

April is the month of new life. All about you are plants, insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians showing vigor and enthusiasm over every hour they live -- each looking to procreate.

Marilea Fulton

Feb. 4, 1923 - April 1, 2012

Walter Powell III

Oct. 14, 1924 - April 2, 2012

Death Notice - William Berry

May 12, 1960 - April 3, 2012

Etcetera - 04/04/12

Tim Metler, owner of Beaumont Ridge Iris Garden and president of the Milton-Freewater Iris Society, will talk about the care and cultivation of irises during a meeting of the Walla Walla Chapter American Rose Society, said Genie Crowe, secretary.

Letters To The Editor - A 'perfect storm' created by political right

Step back and see what many influential right-wing Republicans believe in. It's not a pretty sight.

Easter Cantata to be presented at First Christian Church

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The musicians of the First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St., in Milton-Freewater, will present an Easter Cantata entitled, "Oh, What A Savior" at 6 p.m. Sunday.

M-F sunrise service set for 6:30 a.m. on Easter

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The community Easter sunrise service will be held 6:30-7:30 a.m. Sunday at American Legion McCrae Field, Southwest Second Avenue.

'Journey to the Cross' to be presented at CP church

COLLEGE PLACE -- From Friday to Sunday, College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist church will present "Journey to the Cross," 10 re-enacted scenes from the final week of Jesus's life. Tour guides will lead viewers through the scripture-narrated scenes l

Sunrise service set for 6:30 a.m. on Easter at Pioneer Park

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Ministerial Fellowship will sponsor a Community Resurrection Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on April 8 at Pioneer Park.

Citywide worship set for Friday evening at church

WALLA WALLA -- Grace Christian Center, 49 Wallula Ave., will host a spring citywide worship, beginning with a potluck meal Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Free parent education program offered in Dayton

DAYTON -- Blue Mountain Counseling is holding a 5-week program for parents called "Guiding Good Choices."

Emergency Services - 04/04/12

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


With a threatening snowline from the Blue Mountains, a yellow crop duster banks to the right as it lines up for a run over greening wheat fields east of Walla Walla Tuesday afternoon. Don't bank on spring just yet as the snow threat made its way to Walla Walla Wednesday morning after a warm Tuesday.

Plea deal reached in death threat case

Adam D. Snyder was working as a correctional officer when he was arrested in 2011.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Walla Walla's Adam West added to Hollywood Walk of Fame

Fans raised the fee for TV's original Batman, who grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Whitman College.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla native and Whitman College graduate Adam West, first made famous for his role as Batman in the seminal TV series of the same name, is receiving a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

Bulldogs cruise past Pirates

DAYTON — Dayton cruised to a pair of blowout wins over visiting Pomeroy Tuesday, with eighth-grader Joey Yenney recording six RBIs on four hits, including two doubles and a triple.Dayton won 13-3 in the opener and scored 10 runs in the first frame of the

Blue Devils go big, but fall to Moses Lake, 4-1

MOSES LAKE — Down 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining in its matchup with Moses Lake Tuesday, Wa-Hi decided, essentially, to go big or go home. They went home with a 4-1 loss in Big Nine Conference Class 4A soccer play.

Blue Devils send Cadets home winless

Wa-Hi's softball team takes two five-inning Big Nine games from Eisenhower, 11-0 and 16-2, Tuesday at Murr Field.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Alyson Ambler pitched a no-hitter in game one, and third baseman Andrea Hamada just the missed the hitting cycle in game two, against the Eisenhower Cadets in Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference softball action here Tuesday afternoon.

Buckaroos turn tables on Wa-Hi hardballers

After opening the season with a loss to the Blue Devils, Pendleton takes an 8-4 victory Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Taylor Lemke faced a critical situation when he stepped up to the plate for the Wa-Hi Blue Devils in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday. With the bases loaded and two outs, he represented the tying run in a 8-4 game against cross-border

Spirits up — and down — on the Oregon Coast

Stormy weather causes differing emotions on the Oregon Coast.

The visit took place March 11-18.That Storm Watch beachcombing stint at Newport, Ore., on Tuesday (March 13) spiked my spirits up.Way up.The rains and the blustery winds that dominated Tuesday night, Wednesday all day and all night, Thursday off and on an

Tuesday, April 3

So long Sears, but what's next for WW retail scene?

WALLA WALLA -- Sears will liquidate its Walla Walla store stock and abandon the building by the end of April, closing a major retail outlet that has served the Valley for more than 50 years.

Small business ownership 'the ride of a lifetime'

Owning your own company isn't for everyone.

Port hires project manager

WALLA WALLA -- A former chief operating officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District office will oversee Port of Walla Walla projects in a newly created part-time position.

Valley brewer expands line to bottle sales

WALLA WALLA -- Laht Neppur brewer Matt Black was on a new mission at the end of last year to build outside sales of the Waitsburg brewery's beers.

A true believer Michelle Liberty takes the helm of Walla Walla's lead tourism agency

WALLA WALLA -- Two weeks on the job as executive director of Tourism Walla Walla and Michelle Liberty has come up for air from executive meetings, marketing meetings, board meetings and meetings with other executive directors of other agencies by taking a

Jefferson Park Pond stocked for young anglers

Walla Walla's Jefferson Park Pond was recently stocked with catchable and jumbo-size trout.

Annual Mom Prom benefit to cut loose this month

The Moms' Network of Walla Walla will hold its second-annual Mom Prom April 21 from 7-11 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.

Watercolor, ukelele lessons offered at Carnegie

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation is offering watercolor painting and ukulele classes starting in April at the Carnegie Art Center, 109 S. Palouse St.

Sofa so good: Man and dogs' best friend is an old couch

I'm sittin' here watching my dogs sprawled out on the couches in the Rusty Nail Saloon and thinking about how those couches were once brand new and the center pieces of my parents' grand living room.


Wheeeeeeeee! A ladybug in flight tests her wings as she flutters from grass blade to grass blade at Rooks Park on Monday afternoon. After three or four of these short flights, the ladybug left grasstop level, soared skyward then lumbered out of sight.

Alzheimer guardianship a tough choice

Dear John,My father is 80 years old. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago. Since then, his condition has gradually worsened.

Jingle king's invite an Oscar Meyer winner

"Oh, I'd love to be an Oscar Meyer weiner, that is what I'd truly like to be-e-E. "'Cuz if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, everyone would be in love with me!" Sorry for the ear worm I've just planted in your head, but you all sang right along, didn't you? Even for the tone deaf like myself, it's a well-loved note of the past that never gets old. So guess why I started there? Go ahead, guess!

Hope with soap: Project raises bar on global sanitation problems

Little kids are amenable to learning new habits -- generally much more so than those of us who are set in our ways because this isn't our first rodeo.

Young musicians clamor for venues where they can learn and perform.

A blues guitar festival held March 17 in Walla Walla has sown seeds for even more music jams in the community -- and particularly one that would let young area musicians grow and multiply.

Helpline bowled over by aid from WW Sweets Roller Girls

SClBWalla Walla Sweets Roller Girls lent a hand for Helpline's upcoming SoupPort fundraiser by painting soup bowls at the Pottery Painting Studio in Carnegie Art Center.

On the agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday.Where: Hospital Learning Center, 66 N. Sixth St.

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

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

Letters To The Editor - Entrenched interests do play part in climate change

On Jan. 8 a letter by Steve Singleton entitled "CO2 is beneficial to the planet" was published. Singleton is right: greenhouses gases are beneficial to the planet, in moderation.

Cuts to air service are major concern for Walla Walla

The Valley needs at least two flights a day to accommodate those catching connecting flights in and out of Seattle.

The decision by Alaska Airlines to trim service in and out of Walla Walla two days of the week during the summer is very concerning. It opens the door to trim service further, which could eventually lead to local air service being halted.

Oregon OKs funds to cover wolf damage

Umatilla County will get $15,495 to offset livestock losses due to wolves.

WALLA WALLA -- Umatilla County is among eight Oregon counties to receive funds to deal with wolf attacks on livestock as part of a new state program.

Mentors amass to give career aid fast

What could you learn in 10 minutes with an executive or public official?

Waitsburg election results reported

Voters also said yes in an advisory vote on whether to raise the sales tax to help fund street repairs.

WAITSBURG -- The slate of candidates nominated by the Truth and Justice caucus held sway in the Waitsburg city election, according to preliminary results released about 30 minutes after polls closed Monday night.

Where do we rank in state?

WALLA WALLA -- Out of 39 counties in Washington state, Walla Walla County comes in at No. 18 in terms of the health outcomes of its population.


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

Emergency Services - 04/03/12

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.m.Where: Commission Room, Courthouse.

Charges added in chase, crash

WALLA WALLA -- One of two people involved in a high-speed chase in February that ended in an injury crash has been charged with two related felonies.

DeSales' Baumgart rallies for top finish at Wildhorse

Eighth-grader Emily Baumgart overcomes a slow start to win the Invite.

MISSION, Ore. — DeSales eighth grader Emily Baumgart earned top honors at the Wildhorse Invite here Monday, firing an 87 on the par-72 course.Baumgart started out 8-over after two holes, and then shot 7-over on the next 16 to medal.

Richard Norman Fullen

January 12, 1930 – March 28, 2012

Death Notice - Christopher Reiff

July 2, 1956 - April 2, 2012

Death Notice - Walter Powell

Oct. 14, 1924 - April 2, 2012

Death Notice - Marie Turnbow

Oct. 27, 1929 - April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2

Letters To The Editor - More on story about WWCC baseball players

I recently penned a letter to the editor that appeared March 25. It regarded another letter written by La Grande resident Cheri Fitzgerald in which she described a horrible fan experience at a women's softball game at Walla Walla Community College.

State lawmakers must take care tinkering with local tax money

Changing the accounting method might be harmless but also might cost local governments money. Local officials need to monitor the change closely.

As the state's legislative leaders continue to grunt and grimace over how to balance the current two-year budget, they are exploring "creative ideas."

Incoming! Yarn bombers hit Walla Walla

A combined project and prank adorned art in the city for April Fools' Day with knit decorations.

WALLA WALLA -- The cavalry stormed downtown around 7 a.m. Sunday bundled in coats and fingerless gloves, armed with canvas bags of yarn.

March weather a grab-bag

Sun, hail, snow, rain, warm, cold ... you name it, March probably had it.

WALLA WALLA -- Last month's weather was a joke.

Etcetera - 04/02/12

A grant proposal submitted by Pioneer Middle School's Dan Calzaretta garnered him a $10,000 CenturyLink technology grant. He is one of nine winning teachers or teacher teams to receive the grants.

Emergency Services - 04/02/12

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

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door for a limited number of last-minute tickets.

Walla Walla High School's JROTC will present the colors and a local performer will deliver the national anthem.

Waitsburg City Election ballots due this evening

WAITSBURG -- Ballots for Waitsburg City Election are due in City Hall by 8 p.m. tonight, or should be mailed with an April 2 postmark to be counted for today's election.

April 20 banquet to raise funds for Friends of NRA

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Valley Friends of NRA will hold its 18th annual fundraising banquet on April 20. The banquet starts at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St.

Science valid, even when unpopular

Sadly, science is coming under increasing attack from those who would like the world to be different from what science demonstrates it to be. In doing so, critics attempt to turn one of science's greatest assets into a liability.

Whitman slugs, pitches way to wins over Lewis amp; Clark

The Missionaries rebound from Saturday's loss to hand Lewis amp;amp;amp; Clark two defeats Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — A whole handful of freshmen and sophomores played key roles as Whitman College slugged and pitched its way to 7-5 and 11-2 Northwest Conference baseball victories over Lewis & Clark Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.The Whitman victories

Warriors manhandle Sasquatch softballers

SPOKANE — Little did the Spokane Sasquatch realize when they assumed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning here Sunday, it would be the high point of their day.After a scoreless second inning, Walla Walla rallied for four runs in the top of the thi

Whitman men second at Spring Classic

MISSION, Ore. — Staying in contention for a conference title, the Whitman College men's golf team finished a strong second as the Northwest Conference Spring Classic finished its two-day run on Sunday at Wildhorse Golf Course.Led by freshman Scott Martin,

Whitman women hold off Pirates for second spot at Spring Classic

MISSION, Ore. — While unable to catch George Fox for first place, the Whitman College women's golf team fought off a stiff challenge from Whitworth to take second on Sunday as the Northwest Conference Spring Classic finished its two-day run at Wildhorse G

No mercy between Walla Walla Community College Warriors, Vikes

Big Bend wins the opener of an Eastern Region baseball twin bill, 12-4, before Walla Walla takes the nightcap, 12-3, Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College and Big Bend took turns being unmerciful to one another during an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field.The Vikings scored eight runs over the final four innings of game o

Walla Walla University rallies to two softball wins

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University came from behind in both games to sweep a Washington State University club team 11-3 and 18-17 here Sunday in collegiate softball play.The Wolves fell behind 2-0 in the fourth inning of the opener but overcame that d

Scheduling next hurdle for Wa-Hi in new sports league

WALLA WALLA — Two months have gone by since the formation of the Mid-Columbia League, and Wa-Hi is still trying to play catch-up.The crux of the issue for the Blue Devils is scheduling. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the new league, and the messy

Xplosion '00 undefeated at Umpire Blue Invitational

TRI-CITIES — The Walla Walla Xplosion '00, a 12-and-under girls fastpitch team, opened their tournament season with a 6-0 record in the Umpire Blue Invitational over the weekend. Although there was no official placing awarded in this round-robin tourname

Death Notice - Marilea Fulton

Feb. 4, 1923 - April 1, 2012

Sunday, April 1

Whitman women's tennis team beats Whitworth

SPOKANE — Whitman rolled to a 6-0 lead on the way to a 6-3 win at Whitworth in a Northwest Conference women's tennis match on Saturday afternoon here at the Scotford Tennis Center.The visiting Missionaries improved to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the NWC, whil

WWCC softball team crushes Big Bend

MOSES LAKE ­— Walla Walla Community College banged out 30 hits here Saturday during an NWAACC Eastern Region softball sweep of Big Bend.The Warriors scored nine times in the fourth inning of game one and tallied 10 more runs in the fifth in a 23-1 romp.

Waitsburg-Prescott sweeps Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO — The Waitsburg-Prescott baseball team swept away the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars, 23-5 and 18-4, here in a double header — pounding out 29 total hits.'It was our best outing at the plate this season by far and we hit it really well," W-P coach Dustin S

Baker's 6 hits lead Waitsburg-Prescott past Jaguars

PASCO — The Waitsburg-Prescott softball team swept the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars, 12-10 and 12-6, Saturday afternoon in a Southeast 2B league matchup.W-P catcher Dionna Baker had six hits in the twin bill, including a triple which started a nine-run, sixth-

Five strokes separate top 4 teams at Wildhorse Golf Classic

WALLA WALLA — Pacific Lutheran might be the leader after Saturday's opening round of the men's Northwest Conference Spring Classic, but just five strokes separate the top four teams headed to Sunday's final round at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Mission, O

W-P boys win District 9 meet, DeSales takes 2nd

CLARKSTON — The reigning district champions, Waitsburg-Prescott boys' track team, won the Clarkston District 9 meet here Friday. The DeSales boys took runner-up and the Pomeroy Pirates were fourth. The Valley Academy Knights claimed fifth.On the girls'

Whitman women 2nd at Wildhorse Golf Classic

MISSION, Ore. — Led by Kelsey Morrison's 1-under par 71, George Fox has taken an eight-stroke lead over its nearest competitor after Saturday's opening round of the women's Northwest Conference Spring Classic here at the Wildhorse Golf Course.The Bruins c

Spring weather drowns out inaugural Mac-Hi spring break tourney

Of 16 games scheduled only five are played as Mac-Hi loses to Central, 5-1. The Pioneers had just one hit — a home run.

MILTON-FREEWATER ­— Inclement weather wiped out much of Mac-Hi's inaugural spring break crossover softball tournament that wrapped up here Saturday.Of the 16 games scheduled — eight each at both Yantis Park and Cannery Field — 11 were canceled because of

Wa-Hi boys, girls 1st at Eastmont meet

EAST WENATCHEE ­— Wa-Hi's boys and girls claimed team titles here Friday during the 25th annual Eastmont Invitational track and field meet.On the boys side, Blake Gerling and Kyle Jameson finished 1-2 in the 110 hurdles (15.17 seconds and 16.01) and 300 h

Tease photo

Whits nipped by Lewis and Clark

In a battle between two teams with a combined NWC record of 4-20, the Missionaries come out on bottom, 4-3.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman played catch up here Saturday in the opener of a Northwest Conference baseball twin bill with Lewis and Clark College, but the Missionaries couldn't get over the hump and the Pioneers emerged with a 4-3 win.The second game succumbed

Whitmen men win 87th NWC straight match

WALLA WALLA — Make it 87 straight Northwest Conference regular season victories for the Whitman College men's tennis team.Whitman, which has not lost in the NWC regular season since April of 2006, extended its dominance on Saturday with a 9-0 victory over