Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31


EATING LOCAL - Building a better salad; Ideas to toss around

Last week I started a new job, teaching a cooking class to teens. When asked what they would like to learn to make, one of the girls said she'd like know how to make a salad, beyond lettuce and tomato.That got me thinking. What is a salad? And how can we

LEGAL BRIEFING - 'Finders, keeper' rule an issue when items sail over the fence

Dear John,My neighbor's kid has developed a habit of throwing his toys over my fence. I don't want to be one of those scary neighbors depicted in movies who has a 'ball graveyard" in his backyard.However, I get tired of allowing the kid into my backyard t

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Home repair genius not going down the toilet

Every time I flush the downstairs toilet, I think affectionately of my Norwegian Artist.It's not that he's getting into installation art or anything, it's that he knows the basics of fixing a toilet, which, while it may not rank with six-pack abs or rippl

Canned food drive set for Saturday in M-F area

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Weston-McEwen Lions Club is having a canned food drive on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Milton-Freewater Safeway, 455 N. Columbia St.Donations will help replenish local food banks, which can see heavier use at this time of year

Mom's Network offers family friendly workshops

WALLA WALLA — The Moms' Network will hold three new workshops at the YMVA for local parents, starting in February.Each will provide information and ideas plus create an open forum to discuss parenting issues and 'realistic issues," said Beth Swanson, foun

Walla Walla man acquitted after luring trial

Fortino Venegas Garcia was accused of trying to get a teenager into his pickup last fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of telling a 15-year-old girl he doesn't know to get into his pickup in Eastgate last fall has been acquitted of a luring charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Walla Walla rock 'n' roller is here to stay

Guitarist Craig Tarwater's back in town, showing he can still really shake it down.

So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star.Maybe guitar lessons from someone who's shared the stage or recorded with music legends such as the Byrds, Jackie DeShannon, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly, The Doors and Buffalo Springfield will do the trick.Walla Wall

The Brik was brimming with people Monday night.

Walla Walla's new restaurant has opened for business at 1415 Plaza Way, the former spot of Lorenzo's pizzeria.

On The Agenda - Dayton School Board

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

On The Agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

When: 6 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Hospital Learning Center, 66 North Sixth St.


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


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

In The Minutes - WW COUNTY

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


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

Heavier truck loads will strain bridges

Allowing another 17,000 pounds will also take a toll on roads and could put motorists at risk.

When a bridge in Minnesota collapsed five years ago sending 13 people to their deaths and injuring 145 more, the nation was shaken.

Performer Jared Blake to appear at Walla Faces, Elks Lodge

WALLA WALLA -- Country singer, songwriter and guitarist Jared Blake, from the television show "The Voice," will make two appearances locally.

Applicants sought for conservation district board seat

WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are being sought for an opening on the Walla Walla County Conservation District board.

State Rep. Terry Nealey to hold telephone town hall Wednesday

State Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, will hold a telephone town hall meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire and police finalists named

New leadership will soon be in place for the city fire and police departments.

WALLA WALLA -- City officials announced the six finalists for the current fire chief vacancy and the soon-to-be-open police chief position.

Redistricting in works for county commission

The exercise is carried out every 10 years, after each national census.

WALLA WALLA -- Lines on Walla Walla County's political map are likely to shifting soon thanks to the 2010 Census.

Garfield County hospital levy seen as key to operations

Officials say that without additional funding, the district may have to suspend operations.

POMEROY -- Garfield County Public Hospital district directors and administrators are hoping the one-year, $750,000 levy on the Feb. 14 ballot will help turn the tide eroding the district's financial stability.

Letters To The Editor - Self-regulation has not worked

On Jan. 21 I was listening to The Prairie Home Companion. One of the guest performers was Leo Kottke. He sang a song he identified as having been written by a farmer in Maine in 1932, the refrain of which was:

Letters To The Editor - Hmmm, what will our 'diversity' bring?

We have become a nation of diversity. Being a diverse nation it is imperative we embrace the laws of faiths and the freedoms enjoyed by all persons in the name of First Amendment guarantees in our Constitution.

Letters To The Editor - Money now is oil

World War II, World War I and the Napoleonic conflagration -- the big recent wars of the West -- were provoked by the jealousy of the other Western powers at the success of England's imperialism. The British East India Company was precursor to Big Oil, ru

Letters To The Editor - Sharia law could be a threat

Whether or not I always agree with them, Paul McCaw's opinions usually supply food for thought. That said, I would like to chew a bit on his claim that Sharia law is not a potential threat.

Letters To The Editor - School teachers do great job

I am 10 years old and am in fourth-grade at Green Park. I have a fabulous teacher, Ms. Tobin. I also get to go to the Explorer Program at Sharpstein twice a week. My teacher there is the amazing Mrs. Cortinas.

Hearing set for man in Dayton burglary, weapons case

Eric Vanzandt, jailed since Sunday, faces a variety of charges.

DAYTON -- A bond hearing for Eric Vanzandt, 28, is scheduled today in Columbia County Superior Court.

Walla Walla man sentenced to prison in chase

Daniel D. Brasel fled officers last month after fleeing a traffic stop. His license had been suspended.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon to nearly two years in prison for leading authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county last month.

Inmate pleads guilty to stabbing officer

Marcus Van Cleary faces up to five more years in prison for the attack last March.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary inmate could be ordered to serve an additional five years in prison for stabbing a correctional officer with a ballpoint pen last March.

Bulldog girls fall to Waitsburg-Prescott

Waitsburg-Prescott cruises past Dayton, 55-35, as W-P's Kristin Potter hangs 19 on the Bulldogs.

WAITSBURG — Kristin Potter led the Waitsburg-Prescott girls to a 55-35 victory over the Dayton Bulldogs Monday night in Southeast 2B League play.

Waitsburg-Prescott boys shock No. 5 Dayton

Waitsburg-Prescott holds the Bulldogs to just 18 percent from the field as it hands Dayton its first loss.

WAITSBURG — Senior Zach Bartlow led the Waitsburg-Prescott boys with 11 points Monday night against the Dayton Bulldogs in Southeast 2B play, as W-P handed Dayton its first defeat of the season, 51-44.

Touchet girls steamrolled by defending champions Colton

COLTON, Wash. — Colton's girls basketball team has won the state Class 1B championship four out of the last five years.

Colton overwhelms Touchet boys, 68-32

With the postseason approaching, the Touchet boys are one spot out of the playoffs.

COLTON, Wash. — Touchet fell to No 1. Colton Monday evening, scoring just 13 baskets en route to a 68-32 thrashing in Southeast 1B boys basketball.

Milton-Freewater Little League monthly meeting, signups set

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Little League is holding its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mac-Hi cafeteria.M-F LL will also be holding signups Feb. 10 and 21 at 6 p.m. in the Mac-Hi cafeteria.

Death Notice - Neil Witt

Jan. 1, 1938 - Jan. 31, 2012

Charlotte Cannon

May 24, 1907 - Jan. 24, 2012

Death Notice - Emma Carson

July 28, 1916 - Jan. 31, 2012

Monday, January 30

Letters To The Editor - Society wrong to move against free thought

I hope every Christian who reads Lydia Whipple's letter in the Jan. 23 U-B writes an affirmation. I hope the U-B is swamped with thousands -- no, tens of thousands -- of letters and emails.

Letters To The Editor - Do schools provide superior education?

Slogans are such mindless things."Vote 'yes' for our children!" proponents of the four-year school levy chant, as if voting no were an expression of disinterest or unconcern.

Letters To The Editor - Levy support example of Walla Walla's generosity

Residents of Walla Walla continue to amaze me as they continually put others before themselves. I serve on four local nonprofit boards and these organizations are showered with support at every turn.

Letters To The Editor - Why are needs of some ignored?

I'm in a quandary. Today I sat at my computer writing a letter for my sister. This letter is to help her apply for special needs assistance for her daughter with nonprofit organizations.

New athletic league for Wa-Hi, Tri-Cities makes sense

It's unfortunate the Big 9 has broken up, but the cost of travel throughout Eastern Washington is no longer affordable.

The grab for cash in major college football has resulted in the makeover of several big-time athletic conferences. Football powers are jockeying to be in the best position to compete for the national championship and make millions of extra dollars for the


Stumped, a boxer peers over a metal fence at eye level from its perch atop two tree stumps in a yard on Melrose Street.

Etcetera - 01/30/12

An accident on Fishhook Park Road in Walla Walla County Jan. 25 that nearly whipped an overturned semi-truck load of apples into applesauce will benefit the Tri-Cities Union-Gospel Mission.

Contra dance set for Wednesday at Whitman College

WALLA WALLA -- The first Wednesday contra dance will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, at Reid Campus Center, Whitman College, Boyer Ave.


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

Uniform bill heads to full House

The proposal would allow correctional officer uniforms to be made in the private sector.

OLYMPIA -- A bill to allow correctional officers' uniforms to be made by the private sector instead of by inmates has passed its first hurdle.


When: 8:30 a.m. TuesdayWhere: Vista Hermosa Retreat House, 1111 Fishhook Park Rd.What: Board work session


Michael A. Gonzalez, 15, 220 Garden Drive, was sentenced Jan. 20 on one count violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act -- possession of less than 40 grams marijuana.


Uhyawna C. Lopez, 26, 527 E. Rose St., was charged Jan. 26 with intimidating a witness and complicity to fourth-degree assault. Lopez is accused of intimidating a witness and being an accomplice to an assault of the person on June 20.

Baker leads Waitsburg-Prescott girls past Asotin

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott girls basketball team member Dionna Baker scored 21 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead her team to a 52-48 win over Asotin in Southeast 1B action Saturday night.

Pomeroy boys edged by Garfield-Palouse

POMEROY ­— The Pomeroy boys, led by Riley Bott's 16 points Friday night, were unable to surpass Gar-Pal and lost 51-48 in a Southeast 1B league basketball game.

Salish Kootenai downs Walla Walla University women in Hoops Classic finale

COLLEGE PLACE — Sharma Frazier and Chantel Jenkins each scored 28 points as Salish Kootenai won the Walla Walla University women's Hoops Classic over the host Wolves, 74-70, here Saturday night.

Waitsburg-Prescott boys steamroll Asotin

WAITSBURG — The Waitsburg-Prescott boys basketball team steamrolled Asotin in Southeast 2B action, 62-50, here Saturday.W-P (5-2 in SE2B play, 8-7 overall) nailed six 3-pointers as a team.

Pomeroy girls split weekend games

OAKESDALE — The Pomeroy Pirates split a pair of Southeast 1B girls basketball games over the weekend.Pomeroy nipped Garfield-Palouse on Friday, 43-41, behind 22 points from Torrie Koller, and lost Saturday at Tekoa-Oakesdale, 68-42.

Whitman swimmers swamp Puget Sound

Galen Sollom-Brotherton wins three events as the Missionaries split a double-dual.

SPOKANE — With Galen Sollom-Brotherton winning three events for the men and Helen Jenne taking two for the women, the Whitman College swim teams wrapped up the regular season with a split in a Saturday afternoon double-dual meet in Spokane.Both Whitman te

Ontario girls down Mac-Hi

ONTARIO, Ore. — Ontario's girls handed Mac-Hi a 59-16 Greater Oregon League defeat here Saturday night.Jessica Lang led Ontario with 24 points, with Riley Helmick putting up 12.The Pioneers were led by Makia Carlson's five points, and Cheyenne Kessler and

Eastern Washington holds off Whitman men's tennis team

CHENEY — A short-handed Whitman College men's tennis team gave NCAA Division I Eastern Washington all it could handle here Saturday before dropping a 5-2 decision.

Death Notice - Dorothy Book

Dec. 18, 1922 - Jan. 28, 2012

Death Notice - James McGill

Oct. 15, 1942 - Jan. 29, 2012

Death Notice - R. Doug Winn

April 21, 1922 - Jan. 30, 2012

Death Notice - Roy Shoemaker

Nov. 8, 1937 - Jan. 27, 2012

Death Notice - Bob Sams

June 26, 1949 - Jan. 26, 2012

Sunday, January 29

Share of Registered Voters Voting in November Elections

The right to vote is a basic right granted by our Constitution. The degree to which citizens freely exercise this right is viewed as a litmus test of a democratic society. A plurality, ideally a large plurality, should characterize any election in or

CPAP support group to meet Thursday at medical center

WALLA WALLA - An informational presentation for people who use continuous positive airway pressure - or CPAP - machines during sleep will be on Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., in the Mother Joseph Room across from the cafeteria on Level 1 of Providence St. Mary Me

Workshop series to focus on strengthening families

WALLA WALLA - A series of workshops geared for parents and focused on strengthening families is being offered by the Moms' Network starting in February.The first workshop, "Resilience Trumps Trauma," will be held Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla YMCA.

Volunteers sought for Wa-Hi senior presentation panel

WALLA WALLA - Volunteers are needed to serve on the Walla Walla High School senior presentation panel for the class of 2012.Volunteers will listen to graduates as they share their personal stories, successes and struggles, academic accomplishments, commun

Teens stranded in Blue Mountains after truck gets stuck

WALLA WALLA - Two teens were stranded in the Blue Mountains most of Friday night after their pickup got stuck.Lane A Pickel, 19, of Walla Walla had been driving up Mormon Grade Road with a female friend, 17.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Couple ready for gay marriage in state

We're not sure how long ago we first met, but we sure remember when we married! It was August of '05, Vancouver, Canada.Day's later when we crossed back into Washington state our marriage simply vanished. To heck with Canada, eh? No way!In our home framed

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Romney's business expertise needed

On this day of the so-called "State of the Union" address, or better known as "the latest campaign speech," I am trying to get my head around the dilemma in which Mitt Romney finds himself.His financial position shows me he has been a very successful busi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Continue strong support for education

Ten years ago Abe Roberts hired me as a social studies teacher at Wa-Hi. Walla Walla is a special place that became home for me and my family.I have worked with many wonderful students, parents, teachers and administrators since then who understand the im

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Don't leave valuables in plain view

A person may think I would be surprised, shocked or appalled at the number of thefts of items from vehicles over the past many, many years from reading the emergency reports list in the paper. But I'm not.Owners or drivers who leave items in their vehicle

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Christians need to stand up

I am writing in support of Lydia Whipple's letter to the editor about Christians needing to stand up. I so totally agree that a small segment of our society is being allowed to dictate to the Christians.Somehow, this country has become so afraid of offend

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dayton students are worth it

With nearly 25 percent of the Dayton School District's budget having to be covered by the local citizenry, the state clearly has not met its constitutional mandate to fund basic education. With that in mind, I am voting "yes" in support of Dayton's Feb. 1

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Democracy in serious danger

I'd like to add my thoughts to two excellent earlier letters concerning the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC and the matter of "corporate personhood."The effect of Citizens United and the rise of "super pacs" has taken a wrecking bal

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Help light the fire in minds of children

According to Robin Cook, "Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself."Public education continues to be a challenge especially as we prepare our students to enter a global world. But we need to meet this opportunity

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Religion best kept in the home, churches, etc.

I would like to respond to the letter of Jan. 23 by Lydia Whipple. I understand her concern, but I just have a couple of questions.First of all, I consider myself a Christian, and I have no problem with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (although that the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Leave LaVerne Filan alone

I appeal to a higher law and law-giver. Man's environmental and related laws do not supersede the laws of the law-giver.LaVerne Filan is a true American who believes the Bible is true and the U.S. Constitution bears the fingerprints of its designer for th

Blue Devil girls down Panthers

Mikayla Ferenz scores 17 and Wenatchee runs cold in the fourth quarter as Wa-Hi hangs on to win, 47-38.

WALLA WALLA — In a battle for second place here Saturday in girls Columbia Basin Big Nine girls basketball action, Wa-Hi scored three triples, the only treys of the game, in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 47-38 win over Wenatchee.The win improves the

Wa-Hi boys drop fourth straight to Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Junior Tanner Cranor led the Wa-Hi boys with 14 points and 11 rebounds here Saturday night, but the double-double was not enough to prevent the Blue Devils from dropping their fourth straight game.The hometown Panthers trailed by four entering

Ontario takes a bite out of Mac-Hi, 65-30

ONTARIO, Ore. — The Ontario Tigers took a bite out of the Mac-Hi boys Saturday night, 65-30, Saturday night in Greater Oregon League basketball.The Pioneers (0-4 GOL,0-16 overall) made 11 total field goals to Ontario's 29.

Warrior women outlast Big Bend

Leslie Stillar and Hailey Felgenhauer combine for more than half of WWCC's offense in the 85-76 victory over Big Bend.

WALLA WALLA — Starters Leslie Stillar and Hailey Felgenhauer combined for 47 points, and Alex Pfefferle came off the bench to add 16, as Walla Walla Community College held off a stubborn Big Bend squad for an 85-76 victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's

Touchet outlasts Garfield-Palouse, 34-31

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians outlasted Garfield-Palouse, 34-31, in Southeast 1B boys basketball Saturday night.

TigerScots maintain lead in BMC with wins

ENTERPRISE — Weston-McEwen maintained at least a share of the Blue Mountain Conference lead with two victories over the weekend.The TigerScots beat Heppner Friday, 62-48, and overwhelmed Enterprise, 55-19, Saturday night.W-M is now 8-1 in league and 14-5

Disastrous second half sinks TigerScot girls

ENTERPRISE — Weston-McEwen tied Saturday night's match with Enterprise at halftime, 17-all, but 41 second-half points later, the TigerScots fell, 58-39.

Wa-Hi swimmers wrap up 4A championship with split

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys wrapped up the Big Nine Conference's 4A championship and finished second overall in the league after defeating Richland and bowing to Hanford on Saturday at Harvey Pool.

Pomeroy grapplers roll in T-C prep meet

PASCO — Pomeroy wrestlers dominated a meet at the Tri-City gym Saturday morning in its last meet before beginning postseason play.Tory Knebel (170 pounds) pinned his only two opponents, Heppner's John Propheter and Colfax's Justin King.

Sherman County overwhelms Helix, 58-26

HELIX — The Sherman County Huskies took a bite out of the Helix Grizzlies, beating them, 58-26, in Big Sky League girls basketball.

WWCC shoots past Big Bend

After struggling offensively in Wednesday's loss at Spokane, the Warrior men open the flodgates in a 75-69 victory over Big Bend.

WALLA WALLA — Jay Payne scored 20 points, Mac Stannard added 14, and Michael Crane and Dylan Radliff chipped in with 10 points apiece Saturday night to lead Walla Walla Community College to a 75-69 victory over Big Bend in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's b

George Fox dominates Whitman

The Warrior women slip to 6-4 in the NWC after falling to undefeated George Fox, 82-51.

NEWBERG, Ore. — Third-ranked George Fox uncorked a 14-2 run midway the first half and rolled away to a 82-51 women's basketball victory over Whitman College Saturday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

Asotin cruises past Dayton Friday, 55-32

ASOTIN — Nicole Lambert's nine points highlighted Dayton's efforts Friday night against Asotin, but the Bulldog girls fell to Asotin, 55-32, in Southeast 2B basketball.

Gar-Pal pounds Touchet girls, 77-39

TOUCHET — Makaila Cheshire led the Touchet girls with six points but the Indians were unable to keep up with Garfield-Palouse and lost, 77-39.

Whitman's Michaels explodes for 40 in win over George Fox

NEWBERG, Ore. — With his side trailing 42-41 early in the second half, Whitman College senior David Michaels outscored the other guys 17-3 over the next seven minutes, powering the Missionaries to an 82-62 victory over George Fox Saturday night in Newberg

Saturday, January 28

Dancers get the Jump on halftime

Allison Garza and the rest of the Walla Walla High School dance team perform during halftime of the boy's basketball game Friday evening. For game results, see sports.

Section of Mullan Road to be recognized

The efforts are part of the activities planned by the Walla Walla Sesquicentennial Committee.

WALLA WALLA - City Council last week approved a preliminary landscape design that could one day improve several blocks of 13th Avenue in a move to honor a road long forgotten.The Mullan Road once connected Fort Walla Walla to Fort Benton, Mont., more than

Internet forces Christian bookstore to close

The business had been in downtown Walla Walla for nearly four decades.

WALLA WALLA - After 37 years of supplying red letter Bibles and other Christian supplies, it was being in the red that finally closed the doors of one of downtown's retail stores."Basically, last year I worked for nothing. I worked all year long. I call i

GUEST - Catholic schools emphasize faith, academics, service

This week, Assumption and DeSales Catholic Schools will join nearly 7,000 other Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate Catholic Schools' Week.Walla Walla Catholic Schools does so with a sense of pride as part of an educational success story throu

Finalists to be named for new police, fire chiefs

The public will have an opportunity to meet the top three candidates for each position on Thursday.

WALLA WALLA - On Thursday the public will get to meet the top three candidates being considered for police chief and fire chief.In recent weeks, city officials have reviewed 67 applicants for fire chief and 70 for police chief.


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

COURT REPORT - 1/29/12

On Jan. 24 the court dismissed two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act from 2009 against Matthew R. Fagalde, 23, no address, in the interest of justice.Bobbi S. Harter, 32, 145 W. Broadway, Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Jan. 23 o

ETCETERA - Young CP poet writes his way into publication

An avid biography reader, Nicholas Cueto, son of Faye and Rey Cueto of College Place, wrote a poem about one of his book's subjects and it was published in "Acclaimed," through The America Library of Poetry.The 12-year-old Rogers Adventist School sixth-gr

Engagement Remington-McKinney

Walla Wallans Brandon McKinney and Kasey Remington announce their engagement.

Engagement Moyer-Hinch

Roy and Vickie Moyer of Milton-Freewater announce the engagement of daughter Kaelyn Moyer to John Hinch of Cheney, Wash.

ANNIVERSARIES Jeff and SueAnn Paff

Jeff and SueAnn Paff of Walla Walla will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Jan. 31, 2012, with family.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

GUEST - College presidents urge approval of school levy

WALLA WALLA - In the coming weeks, voters will decide the fate of our public schools replacement levy. If passed, the levy will continue important funding for programs and teachers not supported by the state of Washington - athletics, music, performing ar

Airline pilots don't need to carry guns

A proposal has been made to allow pilots to holster a loaded gun. The current law that allows them to have a gun only in the cockpit is enough.

Airport - and airplane - security in this country is very good. Thorough searches are conducted of passengers and their luggage.In addition, undercover sky marshals are aboard random flights as a way to further suppress hijacking attempts.And many pilots

Wendy's Eastgate restaurant closes

Signs posted at 516 N. Wilbur Ave. said the eatery was closed for maintenance.

WALLA WALLA — Wendy's fans across the region are asking “where's the beef” after the sudden closure of several of the fast-food chain's operations last week, including the one in Eastgate.A spokeswoman for the

Friday, January 27

PANORAMA - A break in plans

WALLA WALLA - Brennan Barberich worked hard to go to the Junior Academic All-American Game.He held bake-sales, washed cars and held fundraisers. He also worked out with his father, Brent Barberich, to improve his conditioning, and has attended several foo

PASTOR COLUMN - Marriage was instituted by God; man can't alter it

In my last article, "Re-examine the meaning of right, wrong" I argued that the only way to decide what is right is to measure it against the objective truth of the Bible. Comparing an idea with a body of truth seems to have considerable merit. Take the id


First Presbyterian to dramatize Sermon on the Mount todayWALLA WALLA - First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave. will offer a dramatic presentation of the Sermon on the Mount by Dr. Paul McLain at 10:31 a.m. today. Cast includes congregation and commun

Tri-Cities schools start new league, Wa-Hi joining

The new league looks to have bylaws and a name established within a month.

RICHLAND — The as-of-yet-unnamed Tri-Cities (and Walla Walla) league is a go.Officials from the Tri-Cities decided to move ahead with a new league centered on the three cities Friday morning after pulling out of negotiations to save the former Columbia Ba

Lynne G. Masters (Grossman)

January 16, 1952 – December 22, 2011

Joyce Marie Boldman

March 27, 1932 ~ January 24, 2012

Betty Geissel

June 21, 1919 - Jan. 24, 2012

Gene Mayberry

Oct. 10, 1934 - Jan. 17, 2012

Rex Gwinn

May 12, 1933 - Jan. 22, 2012

Mitchell Hamper

Aug. 18, 1961 - Jan. 24, 2012

Shirley Ossipoff

April 23, 1937 - Jan. 7, 2012

Death Notice - Danny Fisher

Nov. 5, 1949 - Jan. 25, 2012

FROM THE STORAGE ROOM - Three years down the road and the horizon is bright

Today. This was the day, the one when we said goodbye to my David.Could you ever imagine, back then when you read this, we'd be three years down the road? Me, neither.But here we are and it's pretty weird to me, the one who thought I'd never make it a wee

Mardi Gras gets local with 'Walla Crawl'

Walla Walla may not be home to Bourbon Street, but it will be celebrating Mardi Gras with some New Orleans flare.

Letters To The Editor - Let's continue to support education

Vote yes for kids. There are many programs and people in the Walla Walla Public Schools that depend on school levy tax dollars, and I am proud Walla Walla has a long history of supporting local levies.

Letters To The Editor - Support urged for Dayton schools

Historical records indicate Dayton was among the first of Washington's communities to support public education and has continued to do so by supporting local school levy measures. There exists in the community an understanding that a strong and vibrant sc

Letters To The Editor - Funding of bus garage still a concern

Thus far the Walla Walla School Board has refused to publicly acknowledge its misguided management in connection with the Edison bond.

Letters To The Editor - School offerings must remain extensive, varied

When my wife and I moved to Walla Walla we were impressed by the intense community pride and civic engagement on the part of many, many residents.

Juvenile crime records should not be sealed automatically

Many juvenile crimes are serious and violent. The public has a right to know what occurred.

Some crimes committed by teenagers can be considered youthful indiscretion resulting from their immaturity. This is why our justice system looks at crimes committed by juveniles through a softer filter. Society, as it should be, is generally more forgivi

Forfeits hurt Pioneer grapplers in duals

Mac-Hi's wrestlers dominate the matches they compete in, but drop dual-match scores to Ontario and Riverside with forfeits.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi mauled its opponents on the mats Thursday night in the Mac-Hi gymnasium, winning 5-of-6 matches against Ontario and 5-of-8 against Riverside. But, thanks to five forfeits in each dual, the Pioneers ended up with two losses in the

Bulldogs down Knights, remain undefeated

Dayton is now 14-0 with the 68-41 win over Walla Walla Valley Academy.

DAYTON — It took eight minutes for Dayton's boys to brush off some rust, but the Bulldogs did and picked up right where they left off two weeks ago with a 68-41 Southeast 2B victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy Thursday night.

Pirates roll through Colfax match

COLFAX, Wash. — Pomeroy rolled through an eight-team wrestling meet Thursday night, facing little resistance as they cruised to a 22-4 record for the night.Tory Knebel (170 pounds) pinned Justin King of Colfax and R.C. Carstensen of Almira-Coulee-Hartline

Wolves open Classic with win

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's women's basketball team tipped off its annual Hoops Classic with an 86-59 victory over Northwest Indian College here Thursday night.Karly Joseph hit 9-of-20 field goals and was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line as s

Wa-Hi swimmers plow through season of firsts

Austin Garrett leads a Wa-Hi boys swim team towards the state meet in a season with many firsts.

WALLA WALLA — It's been a year of firsts for the Wa-Hi boys swim team.It starts with first-year head coach Katharine Curles. Curles is a 2007 Whitman graduate who swam the backstroke and freestyle for the Missionary swim team. She is not new to the Wa-Hi

New Tri-Cities league topic of meeting today

Walla Walla Public Schools superintendent Mick Miller is attending a meeting today regarding the formation of a new athletic league that Wa-Hi is likely to join.

WALLA WALLA — For weeks, the future of the Columbia Basin Big Nine (CBBN) was uncertain.The Big Nine was embroiled in heated debate over an 8-7 vote on Dec. 15 by the leagues' principals to abolish the current divisions based on classification and establi

Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo players to play for Sweets

WALLA WALLA — Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo freshmen Colton Haynes and Matt Imhof are headed to Walla Walla to play for the Sweets this summer. A 2011 graduate of Mission San Jose High School, Imhof was a three-time varsity letterman in baseball. During his se

Virginia Grace Braden

March 24, 1918 ~ January 24, 2012

Death Notice - Arthur Russell

Aug. 5, 1918 - Jan. 26, 2012

Thursday, January 26

Driving Blind spans rock to hip hop at Sapolil

One-of-a-kind rock meets hip hop when Driving Blind, featuring Joaquin, plays at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Driving Blind is the winner of the music contest, The Cut 2011. Joaquin is runner-up. Admission is $3 or two f

Students' original one-act play contest queued for Harper Joy

Whitman College's One-Act Play Contest, will be in the Freimann Studio Theatre, in the Harper Joy Theatre, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave. Feb. 8 through 12.There will be 8 p.m. performances Feb. 8-12 and 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 11-12.Students submit origina

19th century British botanist's tales shared at 5th annual Ground Hog Sausage festival

DAYTON -- A British botanist's journey through the Northwest nearly 200 years ago will be part of the Blue Mountain Heritage Society's fifth annual Ground Hog Sausage Fest on Saturday.Portrayed by retired Lewis & Clark Trail State Park ranger Gary Lentz,

Hawaiian music highlights Milton-Freewater senior center fundraiser

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Music by James "Kimo" Ahia and memories of the Hawaiian islands will be performed at Milton-Freewater Senior Center, 311 N. Main St."Songs of Hawaii" will be presented from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday.The fundraiser will benefit the senior ce

Violinist featured at St. Paul's First Thursday event

Violinist Josh Melander will perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., during its First Thursday concert from 12:15-12:50 p.m. Feb. 2.Melander studies violin with Susan Pickett of Whitman College. He will present works by Vivaldi, Franck

Camp Fire USA's BeneVint wine auction set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Camp Fire USA's BeneVint 2012 wine auction will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Charles Smith Wines tasting room, 35 S. Spokane St. Dessert and wine will be served, and live music provided by Jacob's Weekend.The auction will support Camp Fi

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

Walla Walla Dance Company to present 'The Adventures of Alice' at Cordiner Hall

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Dance Company, under the direction of Nancy Wells, will present "The Adventures of Alice" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. The performance will include more than 100 local dancers, ages 3

BOOK NOTES - Readers recommend nonfiction book favorites

Cleaning out my column's mail bag continues this month with nonfiction recommendations I've collected over the year.If you were fascinated by the rescue of the Chilean miners, Keith Ekblaw recommends "33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Re

Local author to sign book at Book & Game

WALLA WALLA -- Author Libby Swenson of Walla Walla will be onhand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St., to sign her book, "Stepping Stones, Ordinary Moments Crating a Path to Prayer."Inspired by Scripture and sacred songs

Oldies Night at the Library recalls Buddy Holly

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Remembering Buddy Holly is the theme of Oldies Night at the Library at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Albee Room of the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave. The program will include recordings by Holly, Ritchie Valens and the

WallaDance 2012 registration under way for March event

Organizers have opened registration for the WallaDance 2012 contra dance weekend March 30-31.Contra dances will be on Friday and Saturday nights, with Saturday workshops, lunch, dinner and a wine tasting on the schedule.

OES's regional Young Artist Competition coming up Feb. 25

PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony announced its 2012 Young Artist Competition, which takes place every second year here. The competition gives the region's young musicians the opportunity to prepare and perform for a panel of professional adjudicators

Saturday dinner to benefit St. Basil Academy of Classical Studies

St. Basil Academy of Classical Studies will host its annual benefit dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Assumption Parish Hall, 2066 E. Alder St.Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. In addition to the meal, there will be silent and dessert auctions

Power House to host 'The Four Tenors'

"The Four Tenors," directed by Sunny Thompson, will be presented in February at Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.Billed as the best of Broadway, classical, country, pop and rock the performance includes renditions of the music of Josh Groban, Michael

Letters To The Editor - Institution of marriage will be compromised

James Madison authored the following words. "We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves to sustain ourselves ac

Letters To The Editor - Language does matter in legislation

The U-B Jan. 20 took the editorial position that the word "marriage" should be stretched to include any "committed, long-term legal relationship."

Letters To The Editor - Teachings in the Scripture don't evolve

Once again we are told that society has changed and we must change with it.

Letters To The Editor - Lawmakers shouldn't waste time on uniforms

I believe it was irresponsible for our own Rep. Maureen Walsh to introduce House Bill 2346 without looking into all aspects of the correctional officer uniform issue. It would be nice if our elected officials get the facts straight before they react.

Letters To The Editor - Buy uniforms from private sector

Response to U-B editorial of Jan. 19:Once again the Union-Bulletin editorial staff has missed the point and failed as a genuine news gathering and reporting agency. The first point missed was quoting an "outsourced" news article that failed to gather the

Registration open for Women in Ag conference

WALLA WALLA -- Registration is now open for the Women in Ag conference, an event organizers say will offer "inspirational stories, practical advice on how to improve management skills and networking opportunities with other women entrepreneurs."

State, federal grants awarded to Walla Walla-area agencies

The $2.4 million in grants were distributed through the Department of Human Services.

A number of community agencies have been awarded more than $2.4 million in grants from federal and state government. The grants were decided upon in a competitive process through the Walla Walla Department of Human Services.

Fourth quarter profitable for Banner

Banner Corp., the Walla Walla-based holding company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, reported a profitable fourth quarter in 2011, according to its latest earnings report.

Contract related to power deal OK'd

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council unanimously approved a $75,000 consulting contract on Wednesday with a utilities engineering firm that will help city staff negotiate a complicated energy deal that could earn the city close to $1 million dollars a year.

New trial date set for man charged with threats

Adam D. Snyder now will face a jury in March.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court trial scheduled this week for a man accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating has again been postponed.

Trial delayed in gang-related shooting

Joseph D. Dejesus is accused of shooting at rival gang members and injuring one of them in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting at several rival gang members and injuring one following a confrontation in the 300 block of North Sixth Avenue in October.


Amanda N. Hopson, 23, address not confirmed, was charged Jan. 23 with four counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one count of third-degree driving while license suspended.

Celebration of life set for late Whitman professor

WALLA WALLA -- A celebration of the life of the late Whitman College professor George Ball will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall, along Park Street on the college campus.

Benefit dinner set for St. Basil Academy of Classical Studies

WALLA WALLA -- The annual benefit dinner for St. Basil Academy of Classical Studies will take place Sunday at 5 p.m. at Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St.

Pataha praise gathering will have winter theme on Saturday

PATAHA -- The Pataha Flour Mill, near Pomeroy, will have the winter theme of "Whiter than Snow" for its Pataha Valley Praise Gathering, which will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.

Church Women United to hold annual planning meeting

WALLA WALLA -- Church Women United will hold its annual planning meeting 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church, 66 S. Palouse St. The meeting includes the annual report. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 509-529-1165.

AARP Tax Aide volunteers to be available to help with filings

AARP Tax Aide volunteers will provide free assistance with the preparation of 2011 tax returns and electronic filing during the tax season Feb. 1-April 15, said David Frasco, district coordinator for Walla Walla.

Load restrictions on roads in effect due to weather

WALLA WALLA -- Load restrictions are now in effect on all Walla Walla County roads.

Local businesses donate wares for auction to 'BeneVint' Camp Fire

What happens when wineries get together for a good cause? In the case of Charles Smith Wines, you get a "BeneVint."

Elections get under way in region

Ballots are in the mail in Garfield County and go out in Walla Walla and Columbia counties Friday.

Ballots are in the mail in Garfield County, and will be sent Friday in Columbia and Walla Walla counties for the Feb. 14 special elections.

Emergency radio system fix in works

The network, which is widely agreed to be badly in need of an update, was built in the 1990s.

WALLA WALLA -- Officials and emergency responders have started brainstorming ways to find fixes, both short and long-term, for Walla Walla County's emergency radio network.

Etcetera - 01/26/12

Impressions expressed in other places about our wine industry just keep on keeping on.

Reception set at Plaza library for retiring district director

WALLA WALLA -- A "drop by" reception in honor of retiring Walla Walla Rural Library District Director Punkey Adams will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Plaza Library Branch, 1640 Plaza Way.

Pair's drive-by shooting trial delayed

Daniel Ramos-Lara and Francisco Casillas Jr. are accused in connection with a shooting near Howard-Tietan Park last summer.

WALLA WALLA -- Two men now are scheduled to face a jury in April for their alleged roles in what police say was a gang-related, drive-by shooting at Howard and Tietan streets last summer.


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

Approve measure to improve Walla Walla's awful streets

The additional 0.2 percent sales tax will be mandated by law to go only toward improving the city's streets.

Walla Walla's streets are lousy. The condition of the city's streets are not acceptable by any standard.


Five-year-old Sophia Salazar found herself running out of snow as she reached the bottom of a plowed pile of snow from one of the parking lots at Edison Elementary late Wednesday afternoon. Piles of snow cleared from parking lots are one of the few remaining footholds of the recent winter storm and Salazar, her brother Canon and grandmother Avela Salazar took advantage of the remnants for a few final runs.

Cinema at the Cellars takes over Sapolil Tuesdays

WALLA WALLA — Two men stand ready for a hillside duel, a shot is fired and a widow walks through her garden as the opening scenes roll on the 1975 critically panned Stanley Kubrick film 'Barry Lyndon" during a blustery Tuesday at Sapolil Cellars.Within mo

Local hairstylists to begin head-to-head competition in Feb.

One local hairstylist will be a cut above the rest in a 'beauty battle" that starts next month, organizers say.'Lather, Rinse, Defeat" will return to the community on Mondays in February. The beauty industry competition — modeled after reality television

Warriors go cold in Spokane

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College fell to Spokane Wednesday night, shooting just 31.9 percent from the field in a 84-74 loss.Dylan Radliff led the Warriors (3-2 NWAACC East, 12-6 overall) with 24 points on the night, but did so on a six-of-21 perfor

Stillar leads WWCC women past Spokane, 63-47

SPOKANE — Leslie Stillar proved the old phrase 'you can't go home again" wrong Wednesday night.In her homecoming to Spokane, the 5-foot-6 sophomore from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., scored 28 points on six 3-pointers, went 9-of-15 overall and held Spokane Fall

Eagles outfly Indian girls

Three Touchet players score in double figures, but St. John-Endicott wins the game 83-53.

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians girls basketball team put 53 points on the board and had three girls in double figures scoring-wise, but were unable to keep up with the St.John-Endicott Eagles Wednesday, losing 83-53 in Southeast 1B action.'St. John-Endicot

Big Nine to break apart

Another week, another twist for the Columbia Basin Big Nine's fate.The longtime athletic league joining Class 4A and 3A schools in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Sunnyside, Yakima, Moses Lake and Wenatchee is no more.Richland superintendent Jim Busey, Kenne

Touchet can't keep up with St. John-Endicott

The Eagles jump out to an early lead and run to a 61-31 SE1B victory Tuesday.

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians boys basketball team started off cold from the field, scoring only 12 points in the first half, to lose to the St.John-Endicott Eagles, 61-31, in Southeast 1B play Wednesday.The Indians were outscored by the Eagles 36-12 in t

Wolves women to open Hoops Classic tonight

The Classic has games involving Walla Walla University, Salish Kootenai and Northwest Indian College slated.

COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla University women's basketball team is hosting its annual Hoops Classic this week. The Classic features three matches between WWU, Salish Kootenai and Northwest Indian College.

South Wasco boys run past Helix

MAUPIN, Ore. — South Wasco opened up a 27-13 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 76-34 Big Sky victory over Helix here Wednesday night. The Grizzlies were led by Zack Sundin's 13 points.South Wasco's Tygh Weyland put up 22 points in the victory.

Redsides stifle Grizzly girls

MAUPIN, Ore. — The South Wasco Redsides limited Helix to just 17 points in Big Sky League girls action Wednesday night, beating the Grizzlies, 48-17.

Whitman's Michaels NWC Athlete of Week

WALLA WALLA — For the second time this season, Whitman College senior David Michaels has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's basketball.Michaels, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Whitman to a pair of big NWC road victories last we

Pomeroy boys fall to Asotin

ASOTIN, Wash. — Pomeroy battled through a see-saw match with Asotin Tuesday night, but ultimately came out on bottom, 60-58, in a Southeast 1B-2B interleague boys' basketball match.Pomeroy (4-5 SE1B, 6-9 overall) fought from behind most of the night after

Coralie Gies


Lenore Franz Smith

October 5, 1918 – January 23, 2012

Death Notice - Joyce Boldman

March 27, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2012

Death Notice - Mitchell Hamper

Aug. 18, 1961 - Jan. 24, 2012

Wednesday, January 25


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

Yes vote urged for Walla Walla school levy

The levy funds, which account for 20 percent of the district's budget, are critical to ensure students receive a well-rounded education.

We strongly urge approval of the Walla Walla Public Schools' Educational Programs and Operations Levy on the Feb. 14 ballot.


When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: District boardroom


When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: School LibraryWhat: Work session from 6:20 to 7:20 p.m., followed by regular meeting.


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

On The Agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday at 2 p.m. following a 1 p.m. work session.Where: Port of Walla Walla administrative office, 310 A St.

Walla Walla County Conservation District annual meeting set for Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Conservation District will hold its annual meeting and supervisor election Thursday.

Umatilla County commissioner announces state Senate run

PENDLETON -- Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Hansell announced Tuesday he will run for state Senate in District 29. Hansell seeks to replace Sen. David Nelson, who is not seeking re-election.

Clarkston pair rescued after week-plus in mountains of Garfield County

Jonathan Moore and Sarah Warden were stranded Jan. 15.

POMEROY -- Two Clarkston residents spent more than a week in the Blue Mountains after their two-wheel drive pickup became stuck in the Willow Springs area Jan. 15.

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Negative current rules rate hearing

The public hearing focused on a request from PacifiCorp for higher rates.

WALLA WALLA -- No sparks flew, but the current was mostly negative Tuesday at a hearing on a proposed electricity rate increase.

Etcetera - 01/25/12

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club observed its 83rd anniversary as a chartered unit of the international service group. Walla Walla Rotary Club sponsored Milton-Freewater Rotary when it became the 11th club chartered in its district, on Jan. 11, 1929. The club

Man pleads guilty, is sentenced in counterfeit $20s case

Skyler I. Glasby was sentenced to 60 days in jail, with credit for 56 days he's already served.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of passing counterfeit $20 bills at businesses in November has pleaded guilty in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Court to hear Octopus case in March

The Court of Appeals in Spokane will hear the case in mid-March.

WALLA WALLA -- Oral argument in the Inland Octopus lawsuit is scheduled for March 15 before a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals in Spokane.

Jobless rate up, still lower than state

December 2011's rate of 7.4 percent is the same as last December's, but the city has fewer jobs now.

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate climbed in December but remained an enviable number compared to other Washington counties.

Average bill would rise $4.65 a month

The rate increase being requested by Pacific Power was filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in July. The commission regulates private, investor-owned utility companies in Washington.

Letters To The Editor - Drive speed limit to and from Bluewood

You pay money for gear, for gas, for a lift ticket and for food during the day. Let's face it, skiing and snowboarding are not the cheapest hobby. But for people coasting down the mountain from Bluewood after an activity-filled day, it is very expensive.

Letters To The Editor - Take stand against discrimination

It is time for our elected officials to take the courageous and correct stand and vote "yes" for SB 5793, the same-sex marriage bill.


Staying dry under the awning in front of Olive Marketplace & Cafe Tuesday afternoon, a photographer watches a rainy world unfold before her camera while her search for photos becomes a rainy day photo within itself.

Blue Devils' rally not enough vs. Bombers

Wa-Hi's boys go on a 20-11 fourth-quarter run, but drop the Big Nine game to Richland, 71-66.

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils outscored Richland's Bombers 20-11 in the fourth quarter, but the rally fell just short in a 71-66 Big Nine loss Tuesday night.Nick Peasley led all scorers with eight points during Wa-Hi's fourth-quarter rally, includin

Wa-Hi swimmers improve to 6-0

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's boys swimmers improved to 6-0 with a 116-67 victory over West Valley here Tuesday.The performance included victories for Blue Devils' 200 medley relay in 1:52.37; Patrick Giedeman in the 200 free in 1:51.59 and 100 back in 59.70; Jona

Bartlow leads Waitsburg-Prescott past WWVA

Zach Bartlow's 22 points helps Waitsburg-Prescott's boys pick up the 58-50 Southeast 2B victory over the Knights Tuesday.

WAITSBURG — Zach Bartlow led the Waitsburg-Prescott boys with 22 points en route to a 58-50 Southeast 2B basketball victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here Tuesday night.'We played two good quarters." coach T.J. Scott said. 'We followed our game plan

Bombers drop Wa-Hi girls

RICHLAND — It was bombs away Tuesday night, as the Richland Bombers launched 22 3-pointers at the Wa-Hi girls in a 54-51 Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A victory in Richland.Just seven of said 3s landed on target, but it was enough to edge out the Blue Devils (

Knights can't keep up with W-P girls

Dionna Baker's 15 points lead the home team to a 54-27 Southeast 2B victory.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott senior Dionna Baker scored 15 points to lead W-P's girls to a 54-27 triumph over Walla Walla Valley Academy in Southeast 2B play here Tuesday night.Emily Field led the Knights' scoring with 10 points and also grabbed four re

TigerScot boys hand Pilot Rock first BMC loss of season, 61-51

PILOT ROCK, Ore. — Three TigerScots recorded double-doubles Tuesday night as the Weston-McEwen boys gift-wrapped Pilot Rock's first Blue Mountain Conference loss with a powerful front court, 61-51.

Pioneer boys show positives, drop GOL match with La Grande

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi's boys had some positive performances, but dropped their Greater Oregon League basketball game to La Grande here Tuesday night, 69-35.The Pioneers trailed 13-8 after the opening eight minutes, but La Grande rode a 10-0 second-quarter ru

Ruark's, Uto's efforts fall short as Pomeroy girls fall to Asotin, 57-43

ASOTIN — Pomeroy's Savannah Ruark scored 12 points and McKenzie Uto 11, but it wasn't enough for the Pirates as they fell to Asotin Tuesday, 57-43, in Southeast 1B-2B interleague play.The Pirates (3-6 SE1B, 5-10 overall) made a 24-point, fourth-quarter ra

Knights of Columbus Free-Throw contest set Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The annual Knights of Columbus Council 766 Free-Throw Championships will be at the DeSales High gym from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The free event is for boys and girls ages 10-14.For more information, contact Doug Venneri at 525-4131 or 386-54

Weston-McEwen girls' nice first half falls apart in Pilot Rock

PILOT ROCK, Ore. — A promising first half led to disaster Tuesday night for the Weston-McEwen girls, as they watched a narrow 21-20 deficit to Pilot Rock dissolve into a 58-39 Blue Mountain Conference loss.

Walla Walla Sweets sign southpaw Virant

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed Hunter Virant, a 6-foot 3-inch, 175-pound southpaw from southern California, for the 2012 West Coast League season. Virant will join the Sweets after his graduation from Camarillo High School and prior to a

A Desert Refuge

Frogs and flowers are absent, but there are other attractions on a venture to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge near Othello.

We visited Frog Lake on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, about 14 miles out of Othello, on a warm mid-January day.We didn't see or hear any frogs for a couple of reasons. We visited the lake in January, and, well, the lake had no water.By the way, '

Richard Gullixson

Oct. 6, 1918 - Jan. 19, 2012

Edna Minnie Suffield

May 4, 1916 - January 22, 2012

Death Notice - Betty Geissel

Jan. 24, 2012

Death Notice - Albert Hansen

Aug. 22, 1931 - Jan. 24, 2012

Pauline Ledford

Sept. 15, 1924 - Jan. 19, 2012

Jeannette Gagnon

May 23, 1953 - Jan. 22, 2012

Death Notice - Coralie Gies

Nov. 27, 1932 - Jan. 19, 2012

Tuesday, January 24

State, federal grants awarded to Walla Walla agencies

The $2.4 million in grants were distributed through the county Department of Human Services.

A number of community agencies have been awarded more than $2.4 million in grants from federal and state government. The grants were decided upon in a competitive process through the Walla Walla Department of Human Services.The winners cover a wide range

D-PADS AND DICE - Daring world of The Mouse Guard offers fun, intrigue

The Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game is about stories. It acts as a sort of catalyst for tales of heroes, adventure, and unsurprisingly, mice.The board game is based on a series of comic books telling the story of The Mouse Guard. The Guard protects the lands

LEGAL BRIEFING - Your sidewalk; your snow shovel

Dear John, With the recent snow, I had to go out and shovel the sidewalk in front of my house. It is an annoying chore that gets more difficult for me every year. Why doesn't the city have to come out and shovel it? Don't they own the sidewalks?

VFW takes on vet homelessness

The slogan 'Support Our Troops" to Walla Walla's Veterans of Foreign Wars post means more than send-off ceremonies when men and women go to war and welcoming back those who return. It also means continuing to be at their side long after sounds of battle h

HOME PLACE - Some wedding tasks, gasp, just take the cake

It is officially time to panic, according to people who have been married before. More recently and in a more detailed way than me, I mean.In 1974, I got married in a 10-minute ceremony in an apartment living room. My mother-in-law made our wedding cake f

ETCETERA - Walla Walla couple bring mobility to young people in Central America

22222What he's referring to is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Eight years ago, while in Hanoi with Wheels for Humanity, he and the group distributed donated wheelchairs to needy children, giving them increased mobility and a

Clarkston pair rescued after week-plus in mountains of Garfield County

Jonathan Moore and Sarah Warden were stranded when their pickup got stuck Jan. 15.

POMEROY -- Two Clarkston residents spent more than a week in the Blue Mountains after their two-wheel drive pickup became stuck in the Willow Springs area Jan. 15.Jackson Russell, a logger employed by Mark Swanson Logging of Clarkston, was plowing snow in


Even with sunny warm temperatures melting masses of snow and ice away Monday, it was a traction devices advised morning for Whitman College Book Arts Professor Mare Blocker as she negotiated the piles of plowed snow along streets during her 1 mile trek to work. Blocker commented that students occassionally kid her about her dual hiking pole assistants but with winter weather being as slippery as it has in recent days, every extra bit of traction certainly helps.

Letters To The Editor - History defines 'marriage' as between man, woman

When I see a car drive by with "Just Married" written on the windows or see a bride dressed in a beautiful wedding gown, I smile and know a man and a woman are making a commitment to each other that will most likely result in procreation.

Letters To The Editor - Inmates should not have access to uniforms

Your Our Opinion editorial piece, "Continue to have inmates make prison officer uniforms" (Jan. 19), correctly recognizes the need to improve the poor quality of uniforms for officers at the Department of Corrections, but it misses the point in suggesting


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

Man pleads guilty to rapes

A prosecutor has recommended a sentencing alternative for Jesus Torres-Almeida that would include the time he's served in jail and treatment if he's amenable.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to having sexual intercourse with two underage girls he befriended in the late spring or the summer of 2010.

Seasoning company announces recall

A Washington state company is recalling some of its products, the U.S. Drug and Food Administration said today.

Milton-Freewater levies back in Army Corps of Engineers program.

Repairs on the Milton-Freewater levees have resulted in part of the system regaining protection from the agency.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Repairs on the levees protecting the city have allowed portions of the system to regain protection from flood damage.

On The Agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. Where: Elementary Room 109

On The Agenda - Walla Walla Council

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


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


Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button, Jim Cooper and Delphine Bailey. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Craig George. With George absent Monday the council:

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 Nyhagen absent Monday, the board voted as follows:

Trial postponed yet again in meth lab case

Clifford Chew's trial was initially set for summer, but now will face a jury in late February.

WALLA WALLA -- A man scheduled to stand trial starting today for allegedly operating a large methamphetamine lab at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn now is slated to face a jury late next month.

Waitsburg gets clean bill of health in state audit

WAITSBURG -- The State Auditor's Office's Dec. 28 accountability audit report for the city shows the city's internal controls are adequate to safeguard public assets, and that the city complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and proc

New technology does not usurp our basic rights

The US Supreme Court wisely ruled police must obtain a warrant to attach a GPS device to a suspect's vehicle.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled unanimously Monday police must obtain a search warrant before attaching a GPS tracking system to a suspect's vehicle.

Death Notice - Charlotte Cannon

May 24, 1907 - Jan. 24, 2012

Death Notice - Virginia Braden

March 24, 1918 - Jan. 24, 2012

George Ball

May 23, 1915 - Jan. 1, 2012

Jean Davis

April 12, 1927 - Jan. 16, 2012

Death Notice - Ada Shiffer

Nov. 29, 1925 - Jan. 22, 2012

Wanda Walker

March 23, 1923 - Jan. 14, 2012

Death Notice - Edna Suffield

May 4, 1916 - Jan. 22, 2012

Monday, January 23

Local eateries focus of new blog, web page

Have an appetite for local fare? So do three foodies who recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to dining.'Eating Walla Walla" is not only a conversation piece about food in general and showcasing what's offered throughout the Walla Walla Valley spec

Political parties must accept state's top two primary

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed the parties' challenge. Let this be the last word. Washington's top two primary is constitutional.

It is time for the state's two major political parties -- Democrats and Republicans -- to accept that they no longer control taxpayer-funded primary elections.

Letters To The Editor - Christians need to stand up

We are Christians. I heard yesterday about a 10-year-old girl in New England who says she is an atheist. She didn't like having a poster on the wall of her school that referred to God.

Etcetera - 01/23/12

Walla Wallan Norm Osterman took his concerns to the nation's capitol along with thousands of other Occupy protesters who flooded Washington, D.C., from across the country.

Public hearing set on proposed hike in power rate

The hearing is set for Tuesday evening at City Hall.

WALLA WALLA -- Pacific Power customers will have a chance to comment on proposed electric and gas rate increases Tuesday.


James T. Rodgers Jr., 23, no permanent address listed, was charged Jan. 19 with second-degree burglary, first-degree vehicle prowl, third-degree theft, and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.

Local actors make pitch to join theater company

Two hours' traffic on Saturday afternoon could land local thespians in a new acting company.

WALLA WALLA -- The lobby of the Power House Theatre was a virtual green room Saturday as local actors prepared for one of the community's biggest auditions.


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

Upper Mill Creek Road work nears wrap-up

Last week's storm wrought havoc in the area, and a few customers remain without power.

WALLA WALLA -- About 20 homes and residences in the Upper Mill Creek Road area remained without electricity this morning following an ice storm late last week.

Milton-Freewater fire leaves family in dire need

Last week's blaze at a rental home destroyed everything the Shannon family owned.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- She left for work at a home for disabled adults last Wednesday in her painting clothes, Christa Shannon explained today.

Death Notice - Bonnie Snodgrass

April 8, 1942 - Jan. 21, 2012

Death Notice - Lenore Smith

Oct. 5, 1918 - Jan. 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It's time for campaign insurance

It's a campaign year and advertising's already blitzing. The candidates and their super PACs are spending millions trying to influence you and me.So our challenge will be to live in relative peace while these tea pot skirmishers whistle all around us. For

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It's time to elect new politicians

Americans seem to have very short memories. Back in 2008 I don't remember any business owners or CEOs saying they no longer cared about profits. In fact, the message I got from businesses, small and large, was that there would be no change. In the future

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Reform of our political system is needed

Washington is broken. Three problems cry out for solution: the absence of responsible government; the role of money in politics; and extreme polarization.All the other great democracies have governments that take credit when things go well, accept the bla

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla needs a true hobby store

I wish to comment on a subject that is truly dear to my heart, and that subject is "Hobbies".I have been a hobbyist now for a little over 60 years; I am now 73.Now as everyone knows, hobbyists need hobby stores Aside from the Inland Octopus, it seems that

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Religion will again be an issue

With presidential politics now in full swing, the phrase "separation of church and state" will be shoved down our throat again and again. That statement has always bothered me because it's a lie, deceptive propaganda.If you take a true definition of the c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Salmon would do worse without Idaho dams

Reed Burkholder from Boise wrote to the U-B again advocating removal of the lower Snake River dams. He claimed that with six wilderness areas, 12 wild and scenic rivers, and two national recreational areas there would be abundant salmon if the "Corps-engi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support school levy and street repairs

Like is the wrong word to attach to taxes.Personally, I like policemen and firemen. I appreciate the idea that we share the cost of a garbage truck, driver and place for it to go. I like the idea that together we share the cost of schools for our children

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Future of our children is valuable

Having lived for more than 20 years in this community, 10 as superintendent of the Walla Walla Public Schools, I have experienced a community that truly cares about its children. This makes me proud.Every four years it is necessary for the school district

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We must prepare for attack by Iran

There is a possibility the United States will be attacked by Iran within the next two years. The Iranian leaders say they will conquer us and there is nothing we can do about it.The attack would most likely be in the form of electro-magnetic pulse bombs.I

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Make choice to benefit our children

I know we are all more than a little weary of thinking about money, both personally and civically.Nickeled and dimed, nickeled and dimed, nickeled and dimed.The thing about us voters though is that we are adults. We are grownups. We have been through the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support for schools makes Walla Walla attractive

When my husband and I first researched Walla Walla for his new job, one of the good things we discovered was this community had strong support for its public schools.

US Rep. Greg Walden to hold telephone town hall Monday

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will hold a telephone town hall discussion Monday from 9-10 a.m.Walden will answer questions from residents of Oregon's Second District on a variety of topics, including ways to get job creation going in Southern, Central an

Authors to give readings at Village Hall on Wednesday

COLLEGE PLACE - Award-winning Northwest authors Daniel Orozco and Jess Walter will read selections from their works on Wednesday at Village Hall. The 7 p.m. event, sponsored and hosted by Humanities Washington, is free and open to the public.

Wa-Hi edges Chiefs

The Blue Devil girls struggle against a hapless Moses Lake squad, but come away with a victory.

WALLA WALLA — Saturday's Big Nine Conference girls basketball game between Wa-Hi and Moses Lake in the Blue Devil gym did not figure to be much of a contest.The Blue Devils entered with just one loss in conference play while the Chiefs had just one Big Ni

Area sports frozen by winter weather

WALLA WALLA — Inclement weather caused multiple cancellations, postponements and rescheduling of sporting events over the weekend, as local schools struggled to adapt to an ever changing weather outlook.Those changes are listed below. More information wil

DeSales girls dominate T-C Prep

PASCO — Annie Higgins canned three field goals from downtown in route to 15 points to lead the DeSales Irish girls to a 52-27 victory over Tri-Cities Prep in Southeast 2B league action Saturday night.'Our defense was absolutely spectacular," DeSales coach

Reich shoots lights-out, scores 27 as Weston-McEwen crushes Elgin, 53-46

ELGIN — Weston-Ewen's boys basketball team, led by Dallas Reich who shot 6-of-11 from 3-point range and finished with 27 points, defeated the Elgin Huskies, 53-46, in Blue Mountain Conference competition Saturday.The TigerScots led by 12 at the half, but

Whitman rides second-half run to victory

The Missionary women open the second half on fire en route to a 66-49 win over Willamette.

SALEM — A 23-5 run to start the second half carried Whitman College to a 66-49 women's basketball victory over Willamette Saturday afternoon. Winning its seventh straight game, Whitman ran its record to 6-2 in the Northwest Conference and 10-7 overall.

Whitman men roll up Willamette, 98-65, for fifth straight victory

SALEM — Stringing together a 27-5 run over an eight-minute span that started late in the first half, Whitman College rolled to a 98-65 Northwest Conference men's basketball victory over Willamette here Saturday night.

Winter weather no problem, Warrior women beat Wenatchee, 66-41

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College shook off the wintery doldrums and took care of business here Saturday in NWAACC women's East Region basketball action.The Warriors roared to 36-20 halftime advantage and finished the task with a 66-41 win.

Moses Lake handles Wa-Hi boys, 64-48

Moe Handcox leads the Blue Devils with 11 points, but Wa-Hi can't find a rhythm in the loss.

MOSES LAKE — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils fell to Moses Lake, 64-48, in Big Nine Conference boys basketball action Saturday afternoon.Moe Handcox led Wa-Hi scorers with 11 points on two 3-pointers. Nick Peasley hit twice from downtown in scoring eight points.

Pomeroy girls plunder Lacrosse-Washtucna in 45-20 victory

POMEROY — Pomeroy took a step toward ensuring its post-season life here Saturday in Southeast 1B girls basketball action.The Pirates took a 9-3 lead after one and extended that margin to post a 45-20 win over Lacrosse-Washtucna.

WWCC men sharp from field, hit 50 percent to crush Wenatchee, 78-60

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College hit 30-of-60 shots, 50 percent, from the field and had four players in double digits as the Warriors defeated Wenatchee Valley College 78-60 here Saturday afternoon in NWAAC East Region men's basketball action.'

Two Pirates take championships at classic

KITTITAS — Tory Knebel won his fourth consecutive Coyote Classic championship Saturday to lead the Pomeroy Pirates at the classic.Knebel won all three of his matches to take the 170-pound title. Knebel ran his season record to 28-1 with the three wins.

Weston-McEwen girls fall to Elgin, 44-41, TigerScots pick up second loss of season

ELGIN — Weston McEwen's Marlene Bodmer led her team with eight points and eleven boards in a losing effort Saturday night against the Elgin Huskies, 44-41, in Blue Mountain Conference girls' basketball action.The loss drops W-M's conference record to 5-2

Pomeroy boys ride 3-pointers to victory over Lacrosse-Washtucna, 57-42

POMEROY — Eight team 3-pointers in the game and a good second half propelled the Pomeroy Pirates over LaCrosse-Wastucna, 57-42, in Southeast 1B play Saturday night.'In the second half we played well and wore them out with our full court press," Pomeroy co

Saturday, January 21

Ice turns roads into skating rinks

US Highway 12 was closed for about three hours while emergency responders helped drivers stuck in ditches.

TOUCHET - From sliding to slushing: The weekend's weather started with dozens of motorists spilling off the glassy roadways and ends with melting mounds of welcome slush.A warm-weather system that swept through the area Saturday brought much-needed relief

Kids build castles at the Walla Walla Public Library

Kids work on a colorful castle Saturday during "Block 'n' Roll" at the Walla Walla Public Library. The event, held every Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m., involves hundreds of blocks that kids - and their imaginations - can turn into creative structures, devic

City to pay claim in asbestos-related case

The workers compensation claim amounts to close to half a million dollars.

WALLA WALLA — City officials agreed to pay close to half a million dollars in what is believed to be the first asbestos-related case against it.Earlier this month, City Council unanimously approved following the city attorney's recom

Details on area's gang sweep remain unclear

WALLA WALLA — Details on Thursday's multi-agency gang sweep that resulted in numerous arrests across Eastern Washington are still unclear, as the documents in those cases remain tied up in federal court.On Friday, an FBI spokesman st

Assault linked to gang retaliation

WALLA WALLA — An assault at Walla Walla High School last week was most likely a gang-related retaliation for an earlier assault that occurred at a youth function at St. Patrick's Church.On Jan. 13, Walla Walla County Sheriff's

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 Fritze absent Wednesday:

ETCETERA - Pilot swoops in for Zonta's Amelia Earhart fete

Educator Donna Hanebut spoke to members of Zonta Club of Walla Walla about her experiences as a woman pilot and science and space educator on Jan. 16.Every January, members of Zonta around the world commemorate Amelia Earhart Day, and remember the pioneer

Engagement Cobb-Montgomery

Walla Wallans Matt Montgomery and Tiffany Cobb announce their engagement.

Engagement Harding-Gaffrey

Joseph and Talyn Harding of Milton-Freewater announce the engagement of daughter Heather Jolynn Harding of Walla Walla to Matthew J. Gaffrey.

Engagement Logsdon-Dunleavy

Former area residents Jared Dunleavy and Amanda Logsdon, both of Hermiston, announce their engagement.


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

GUEST - A road forward

The lousy conditions of Walla Walla's roads are a real problem that needs a real solution. A two-tenth of one percent tax increase will target $1 million year at street repair.

WALLA WALLA - On Feb. 14 voters will be asked to approve a two-tenths of a cent increase in the sales tax (raising it from 8.7 percent to 8.9 percent) for the purpose of creating a dedicated fund - about $1 million a year - to repair and maintain our city

Now is not wise time to consider state bank

The state doesn't have the capital to start a bank. Plus, the private sector already offers plenty of options for student and local government loans.

Washington state has plenty of money woes to worry about. It does not need to create its own state-run bank to add a few more.Yet, state lawmakers are giving the idea serious consideration, although their reasons seem to be more political than practical.T

Friday, January 20

PANORAMA - Found in Passing

That street corner you round everyday. The public art you pass that's been there for years. Buildings and signs you've seen so many times you can read them seemingly without even a glance. There's comfort in the familiar.Our town, our neighborhood and our


First Presbyterian in CP to host Ryan Stevenson in concertCOLLEGE PLACE - Recording artist Ryan Stevenson will appear in concert from 7-8 p.m., Feb. 8 at College Place First Presbyterian Church, 325 N.E. Damson Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more inform

PASTOR COLUMNS - Cherishing family relationships key to happiness

Most in this community are blessed with a place they call home. We carry keys that open doors to our homes. When we use the key to our home and enter, we find protection from the weather. We also find conveniences such as kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, e

Death Notice - Richard Gullixson

Oct. 6, 1918 - Jan. 19, 2012

Walla Walla High School sports cancellations

Boys and Girls BasketballFriday, Jan. 20: Boys and girls basketball games with Richland are canceled and have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24.Boys basketball at Walla Walla - Tuesday, Jan 24 game times (make-up with Richland):Frosh "A" and "B" at 4

Letters To The Editor - Safety of officers is of most importance

I read with interest the article in the U-B about state Rep. Maureen Walsh "looking into outsourcing the prison officer uniforms" due to poor sewing and not using the best buttons.

Letters To The Editor - Pass 'simple bill with a lot of common sense'

It was reported Tuesday that state Rep Maureen Walsh as well as 29 others were sponsoring a bill that would allow private companies to sell uniforms to the officers at the Washington State Penitentiary.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Give yourself boost with a few steps

It is that time of year again when we all make our New Year's resolutions.

Bleeding in pregnancy not always miscarriage

'Am I having a miscarriage?"

Are your teeth doomed by your genetic makeup?

'Doc, last night I dreamed all my teeth fell out!"

Washington should make gay marriage legal

After five years with legal domestic partnerships it is time to call the relationships what they are -- marriages.

Nearly five years ago Washington state enacted a law allowing gay couples to enter into legal domestic partnerships. A few years later it expanded the domestic partnership law that gave gays all the rights of a married couple. The only significant differe

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office investigation remains unresolved

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

Les Schwab to help keep Sweets on road

Local Les Schwab Tire Centers will be powering the Walla Walla Sweets' baseball team's 2012 road trips.

Walla Walla man second charged in counterfeit case

Justin C. Kirk is accused of passing fake $20 bills in the fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A second suspect has been charged in Superior Court with passing counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November.


Clifford D. Fauver, 45, no permanent address listed, was charged Jan. 17 with seven counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Weston city clerk terminated

No reason was given for the city letting go of Denise Sampson.

WESTON -- Weston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to terminate city clerk Denise Sampson.

Etcetera - 01/20/12

U-B reader Cindy Widmer catches the news on TV, too, and thought she saw our photographer Matthew Zimmerman Banderas' photo that ran Wednesday on page 1 also featured Thursday on MSNBC's Today show.

Evaluation ordered for Walla Walla man in work crew escape

Daniel D. Dodd will undergo the mental-health evaluation at the request of his lawyer.

WALLA WALLA -- A mental health evaluation has been ordered for a County Jail inmate accused of running from a work crew van last summer.


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


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

Woman dies after crash on US 12

Cathy J. Barton of McCall, Idaho, died after her vehicle was struck by a jackknifing semi Thursday afternoon.

POMEROY -- A McCall, Idaho, woman died after her vehicle was struck by a jackknifing tractor-trailer Thursday afternoon about 8 miles west of Pomeroy on U.S. Highway 12.

Relief in forecast for icy Walla Walla Valley

Another storm is expected, but so are warmer temperatures.

WALLA WALLA -- Schools were on two-hour delays and drivers daring the roads faced a crunchy, slippery commute this morning as the area began digging out from an all-day ice storm.While no roads were reported blocked in Walla Walla or College Place, road c

Weather keeps residents inside in rural areas

'If you don't have to go somewhere, don't. If you have to go somewhere, don't.'

Like a fancy cake, Garfield County is covered with alternating layers of ice and snow, causing communications officer Lynn Lyle to advise residents: "If you don't have to go somewhere, don't. If you have to go somewhere, don't."With the exception of one f

Wolves consumed by Firestorm, just

Walla Walla's Mark Moore misses a last-second shot as the Wolves fall to Arizona Christian, 79-77.

COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla University Wolves had their chance to beat the Arizona Christian University Firestorm Thursday night at the Wolves Den. They had 1.9 seconds remaining, the ball under their basket to be in bounded and were down by two point

Christine V. Howell

May 9, 1951 - January 12, 2012

Galen Pfaunmiller

Jan. 15, 1947 - Jan. 15, 2012

Death Notice - Sipriano Michel

July 2, 1957 - Jan. 18, 2012

Death Notice - Pauline Ledford

Sept. 15, 1924 - Jan. 19, 2012

Death Notice - Gladys Thompson

Dec. 10, 1914 - Jan. 19, 2012

Thursday, January 19

Silversmiths find a silver way of life

PENDLETON — At the top of a series of rolling hills, the home and shop of Zan and Patience Traughber overlooks Pendleton and the wheat fields surrounding this small city that is tucked into the northern corner of Eastern Oregon.On this early January day,

Whitman College Fridays at Four series recital performance to be held Jan 27

WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College presents a Fridays at Four series recital entitled Music From Warmer Climates: Classical Guitar Music From Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, and Cuba, with Paul Grove.The performance is 4 p.m., Jan. 27, in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Con

WWU to host evening with authors Dan Orozco, Jess Walter Wednesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will present an evening with authors Dan Orozco and Jess Walter, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at Village Hall, 204 S. College Ave.Orozco teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho. He is a former Stegner Fellow

Walla Walla Dance Co. to present 'Adventures of Alice'

The Walla Walla Dance Company, under the direction of Nancy Wells, will present "The Adventures of Alice" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., on the Whitman College campus.In a delightfully different take on a well-loved tale, Alice, pl

Evening of Elegance slated for hospice fundraiser

WALLA WALLA -- Tickets are available for the annual Evening of Elegance to benefit Walla Walla Community Hospice. The fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. The evening includes wine and hors d'

Kid's art-making activity set

PENDLETON -- In conjunction with the current Tamastslikt exhibit, Artworkz, a regional open junior art show and competition, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard, will offer a fun art-making afternoon for children from 1-4 p.m. Saturd

Whitman art students juried work shown

Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave., will present the fifth-annual juried winter student art salon opening celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday in Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall on the Whitman College campus.Artwork created by studio art students is displayed. The ex

Wash. high school seniors eligible for photo award

The Professional Photographers of Washington said applications are being accepted for the 2012 Student Photographer of the Year award, which is open to all high school seniors in Washington state, graduating in the year 2012. One student will receive the

POLICE: Federal indictments served during early morning raids

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE: Numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies served pre-dawn warrants this morning at 2 locations in Walla Walla, one outside Weston, OR, as well as 3 storage units in Milton-Freewater, OR, in search of narcotics

Death Notice - Ricky Schneider

March 28, 1950 - Dec. 16, 2011

Blue Mountain Credit Union names new head

COLLEGE PLACE -- A longtime Blue Mountain Credit Union employee who has served in all functional roles at the operation, including as acting manager over the last three months, has been selected as its new president.

Letters To The Editor - Governmental threats not appreciated

The Walla Walla School District in the 2012 levy information packet wrote the following two statements.


Council members are Steve Heimbigner, Doug Venn, and Gene Alandi, Val Jacobson and Darlene DeCoria. Mayor is Libby McCaw. With all present Jan. 9 the council:


Council member are Kevin House, Orville Branson, Marty Dunn, Karl Newell and Scott Nettles. Student representative is Fletcher Baker. Mayor is Walt Gobel. With House and Gobel absent Wednesday the council:


Johnny Gonzalez, 18, 1166 W. Elm St., was sentenced Dec. 30 on one count riot. The sentence included 15 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, 12 months community supervision, 30 hours community service, $100 to crime victims compensation fund, $110 in cour


Gretchen E. Hormel-Tomkins and Paul W.P. Tomkins.


John T. Schaefer III, 37, 205 Bush St., was sentenced Jan. 17 on one count assault -- violation of protection order.

Charges issued for suspect in Milton-Freewater shooting

George W. Craigen, jailed in Walla Walla, will face a dozen charges connected to the death of Cecil 'Rob' Carter.

PENDLETON -- A Umatilla County Grand Jury heard testimony Tuesday from five witnesses regarding the slaying of Cecil "Rob" Carter.

Thrive by Five Washington awards grants locally

Area children will benefit from a $78,000 grant from Thrive by Five Washington awarded to local early learning efforts.


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

Grand opening of new Sterling branch on Fri.

Sterling Savings Bank will host a grand-opening celebration of its newest branch Friday.

Continue to have inmates make prison officer uniforms

And if quality is a concern, take action to make sure material and workmanship are improved

Working as an officer at a maximum security prison such as the Washington State Penitentiary is dangerous work. And it's become potentially more dangerous recently as state budget cuts have reduced staff at state prisons.

Etcetera - 01/19/12

Qualis Health in Seattle selected Whitman College graduate Tina Schwien for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Advisors Program.

Blue Mountain Audubon Society meeting cancelled due to weather

WALLA WALLA — A Blue Mountain Audubon Society meeting set for today at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Hall at Whitman College has been canceled on account of the weather.

Fee waiver OK'd for WWCC Running Start

The waiver is available for low-income students in the college prep program.

WALLA WALLA -- Qualifying students will be able to seek a fee waiver to participate in Running Start programs at Walla Walla Community College. On Wednesday, the WWCC Board of Trustees approved a fee waiver for income-eligible Running Start students.

'Iron Horses' photo exhibit to be shown at Dayton Depot

The work of Charlene Collins Freeman will be on display starting Saturday.

DAYTON -- The Dayton Historic Depot Museum will be the site of two railway-related exhibits beginning Saturday.A photographic exhibit "Iron Horses" by Charlene Collins Freeman launches with an open house and artist's reception at the Depot. In addition to

Milton-Freewater home destroyed by fire

Nobody was home at the time, but a family pet is reported missing after the blaze.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A double-wide manufactured home belonging to the Milton-Freewater Unified School District is a complete loss from a fire Wednesday.The Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department responded to a call at 2:27 p.m. with 14 firefighters and fiv

Milton-Freewater family's venture answers a call

A Milton-Freewater family hit by a personal tragedy works toward a positive turn for the community.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- She's not sure how this venture will turn out, Mari Meza said Wednesday, but she is sure she is supposed to be doing it.Earlier this month, the Milton-Freewater woman and her family opened Heart, Soul Mind, an enterprise that, so

Tebow's QB play remindful of tough guy Kapp

WALLA WALLA — I promised myself I wasn't going to weigh in on the Tim Tebow debate simply because I don't believe the sports page is the proper forum in which to argue positions on religion.If there are others in the media ­ ­— and there certainly are — w

Wa-Hi with Tri-Cities in Columbia Basin Big Nine decision

Whichever way the CBBN might go, Wa-Hi remains linked with schools in the Tri-Cities, officials say.

WALLA WALLA — As the Tri-Cities go, so goes Walla Walla Public Schools, Superintendent Mick Miller said Wednesday.According to reports Tuesday, the Columbia Basin Big Nine (CBBN) decided to delay a final decision on reworking the divisions of the Big Nine

Pirates go 14-for-15 against L-R, T-C Prep

POMEROY — Tory Knebel, Austin Reisdorph, Kyle Hyer and Ryan Smith won two matches each and Pomeroy wrestlers were victorious in 14-of-15 matches overall here Tuesday night against wrestlers from Lind-Ritzville, Tri-Cities Prep and Wa-Hi's junior varsity t

Les Schwab increases partnership with Walla Walla Sweets

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets log over 4,500 miles a year on the road traveling throughout the picturesque Pacific Northwest in their quest for a West Coast League championship. Starting in 2012, those trips will be powered by Les Schwab Tire Cente

Walla Walla Community College games postponed to Feb. 25

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's men's and women's basketball games at Yakima Valley scheduled for Wednesday night have been postponed due to inclement weather.

Gang enforcement raid sweeps through Walla Walla, region

Federal and local law enforcers carried out the sweep starting at 6 a.m. today.

WALLA WALLA -- Local law enforcement agencies and federal agents turned out early today as part of a widespread raid on suspected gang members locally and elsewhere.The sweep began at 6 a.m. today in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, the Tri-Cities, Spokane,

Billie Baker

April 23, 1944 - Dec. 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 18

Milton-Freewater School District building burns

MILTON-FREEWATER - A double-wide manufactured home belonging to the Milton-Freewater Unified School District is a complete loss from a fire that began shortly after 2 p.m.School district officials confirmed that a 1978 mobile home at the McLoughlin High S

Wineries pour funds into local charities' coffers

Walla Walla Valley wineries opened their hearts, checkbooks and talent in 2011, contributing an estimated $1.9 million to charitable causes.

Effort to limit AG's power driven by politics

The attorney general's power is set by the state constitution. The AG answers to the voters, not the governor or the Legislature

The attorney general of Washington state is independently elected by the people to represent the state in legal matters. That office, like the governor's office, is supposed to operate independently and not bow to the political whims of the Legislature or

Letters To The Editor - Consider the words of George Eliot

If we were fortunate enough to attend a school district such as Walla Walla's, we all had a chance to read George Eliot's "Silas Marner" in high school.

Letters To The Editor - Invest in Walla Walla's next generation

As a not-so-recent graduate of our Walla Walla Public Schools, I'd like to share with you my personal reason for voting yes in the upcoming levy.

Town hall-style meetings set to discuss city streets

WALLA WALLA -- The city will hold two town hall-style meetings this week to talk about streets in town and proposed ways to fix them.

Water plan vital to agriculture to be reviewed Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Water quality as it relates to agriculture will be the topic of a meeting here Thursday.

College Place Citizens Committee for Schools to meet Thursday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Citizens Committee for Schools will hold its second meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sager Middle School library, 1755 S. College Ave.


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

Man faces prison time in chase

Daniel D. Brasel pleaded guilty to leading authorities on a chase last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man faces about two years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon to leading authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county last month.


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

Etcetera - 01/18/12

A grant awarded in July 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education will benefit sixth- and seventh-grade cohort students from Walla Walla and College Place participating in the Washington State University Harvest of Hope III GEAR UP through 2017.

Trial set for man tied to shooting suspect

WALLA WALLA -- A man who was caught allegedly giving a homicide suspect from Umatilla County a ride on Jan. 1 has pleaded innocent to two criminal charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.


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

Woman pleads guilty in wreck

Cally Ann Schneider was driving under the influence when she hit two people on a motorcycle in September.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol and struck two people riding a motorcycle in College Place last September pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court to two counts of vehicular assault.

Prescott park and recreation board seeks applicants

PRESCOTT -- The deadline for submitting a letter of interest to serve on the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District Board is Feb. 6. Applicants must live in the Prescott School District, which has the same boundaries as the Park and Recreation distr

Storm a boon for Walla Walla-area stores

WALLA WALLA -- The tally of cars in ditches on the morning commute was a sure sign for Steve Gerling that the masses would be calling for reinforcements.

Walla Walla home hit by fire

WALLA WALLA -- A fire damaged a single-family home in Walla Walla Tuesday.

Slush, muck on ground, en route

It wasn't exactly Snowmageddon out there, but maybe a touch of Slopageddon.

WALLA WALLA -- Late this morning, snow gave way to cold rain as the first of a series of storms made its way through the Walla Walla Valley.

DeSales girls hammer Walla Walla Valley Academy

The Irish girls shut out the Knights in the first half and cruise to a 51-14 SE2B victory Tuesday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales pitched a first-half shutout here Tuesday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action.Annie Higgins drained a trey 15 seconds into the game and the Irish were off and running. DeSales blanked Walla Walla Valley Academy 27-0 over the firs

Missionaries get 25-year-old monkey off backs

Whitman's men down Whitworth on its home court for the first time since 1986.

SPOKANE — Jumping back into Northwest Conference title contention, Whitman College peeled a 25-year-old monkey off its back with a come-from-behind 77-66 men's basketball victory over Whitworth Tuesday night in Spokane, Wash.

Whitman women hand Whitworth 78-70 defeat

The Missionaries have now won six straight games after the Northwest Conference win Tuesday.

SPOKANE — Overcoming a 12-point deficit early in the second half, Whitman College ran its winning streak to six games with a 78-70 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over Whitworth here Tuesday night.Whitman, a winner in eight of its last 10

Walla Walla Valley Academy boys hold off DeSales

Walla Walla Valley Academy enjoys the last run as the Knights hand DeSales the 65-58 Southeast 2B defeat.

WALLA WALLA — In Southeast 2B boys basketball action here Tuesday, Walla Walla Valley Academy and DeSales combined for six ties and 11 lead changes before the Knights emerged with a 65-58 win.'Basketball is a game of runs," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said.

Palouse Falls frozen?

Surely not, but they do come to a stop through the magic of a camera's fisheye lens.

An irksome rumor circulated in my domestic circle during the final freezing days of 2011. It claimed that Palouse Falls had frozen solid.Imagine.I scoffed, of course. Yet, my conduit insisted her source had seen a photo of the frozen falls.Ha!Ooops!A patr

Grant Mclean Stiles

March 30, 1916 - Jan. 15, 2012

JoAnn Johnson

Nov. 8, 1940 - Jan. 12, 2012

Milford Abel

March 4, 1923 - Jan. 13, 2012

Iona Nordman

Aug. 30, 1942 - Jan. 13, 2012

Emma Russell

May 11, 1913 - Jan. 5, 2012

Leo Lucero

July 24, 1955 - Jan. 13, 2012

Tuesday, January 17

ETCETERA - Camp Fire USA staffers strive to benefit area kids through programs

Ever wonder what it is the staff is orchestrating for the benefit of local children at the Camp Fire USA Walla Walla Council office at 414 S. Park St.? I had an item recently that shared some of the youth organization's activities, but here're even more d

EATING LOCAL - Eating lighter over the darker season brightens health

The weather is wintery, but with the decadent holidays behind us and New Year resolutions written, people are thinking of eating lighter and healthier. This means cutting out high-fat food and replacing it with lighter versions.For many, vegetables are th

School levy, street sales tax up for vote

WALLA WALLA — Voters will decide two local tax measures for schools and streets in Feb. 14 elections. Ballots will be mailed Jan. 27The Walla Walla Public Schools District is asking district voters to continue funding for existing programs in a new four-y

A LITTLE LIBRARY - Artistry, magic, mystery combine in 'Chalk'

My newest picture book selection came about because of my husband's childhood passion for dinosaurs.He has been sweetly indulgent of my new habit of bringing home tall stacks of picture books to read for this column. Sometimes he even reads them with me.

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Fortune cookies tell it like it is, baby

Fortune cookies speak to me.In a long standing tradition of some three months, I and members of my tribe enjoy Chinese takeout from the eminently authentic Safeway deli on our weekly foray from our place near Dayton to the Big Town of Walla Walla.

A long Walla Walla love affair

Gene and Betty Soper also share a love of horses, music and helping others.

At 87 and 91, respectively, native Walla Walla Valley residents Gene and Betty Soper love horses, humor and all things western.And after 45 years of marriage they sometimes say the same things simultaneously:'A farm girl that married a city boy," they bot


Taking a hiatus from wintery roads, a white truck leans in to a bank along the shoulder of Foster Road after sliding off the slick compacted snow and ice. The brief hiatus between storms is predicted to end tonight with a strong winter storm bringing snow follwed by possible freezing rain.

Letters To The Editor - Walla Walla streets bad enough to make you nauseous

I wasn't nauseous during the first 36 hours of my ordeal with gastroenteritis (that's pronounced "diarrhea") a few days ago.

Letters To The Editor - Good schools require community support

Please join me in voting "yes" for kids on Feb. 14. We all benefit from the availability of good educational opportunities in our town, whether we have children in school or not.

State should streamline its business tax collection system

Large cities are concerned they will lose tax revenue. The concern should be addressed but the ultimate goal must be to serve the public.

State lawmakers should move forward with Gov. Chris Gregoire's plan to streamline and simplify business tax payments despite concerns by Seattle and other large cities that they will lose millions of dollars.

Wa-Hi grad Isley honored for coaching career

OLYMPIA -- In 35 years of coaching wrestling at Olympia High School, Rockey Isley has done a fair share of celebrating, teaching, and, most importantly, shaping young athletes' lives.

Bill focuses on prison officer uniform source

State Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, wants to see an end to inmates producing the uniforms.

OLYMPIA -- A local lawmaker has proposed to let prison officers wear privately-made uniforms instead of those made by inmates.

Missing skier in Spout Springs area found safe today

UNION COUNTY, Ore. -- This morning search and rescue teams from four eastern Oregon counties located a Milton-Freewater man who was reported missing Monday.

Family emergency cuts short county commission meeting

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners were forced to cut short their meeting today.

Little Goose Dam crossing closed through Thursday

STARBUCK -- The vehicle crossing at Little Goose Dam will be closed to traffic today through Thursday.

Better late? Winter storm en route

The other side of the state is already fully engaged; forecasters expect several inches of snow here, too.

WALLA WALLA -- A winter storm may finally deliver the first significant snow of the season starting tonight.


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


CeSage M. Oster, 15, 275 Woodward Ave., Apt. D, was sentenced Dec. 30 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor. The sentence included 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for 30 days served, 12 months community supervision, 98 ho

Search under way for missing Milton-Freewater skier

UNION COUNTY, Ore. -- Search and rescue teams from Union County, Umatilla County and Wallowa County continued searching for a Milton-Freewater area man reported missing on a ski trip Monday night.Kent Bigler, 59, was reported missing by his wife at nearly

Turner's Time

Dayton senior guard Garett Turner is part of an undefeated Bulldogs squad ranked fifth in the state and has its sights set on the state championship.

DAYTON — 'Gym rat" is a term of endearment used by basketball coaches to describe that player they have to chase out of the gym after practice and during school breaks. It is a player that lives, breathes and sleeps basketball.Dayton's four-year starting

Walla Walla Wrestling Club to have open mat nights

WALLA WALLA — The first open mats for the Walla Walla Wrestling Club will be on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25 from 5:45-7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Big Gym Wrestling room.

Wolves men drop West Coast Baptist

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men hit 44 percent of their field goals to hand visiting West Coast Baptist College an 80-68 defeat Monday night.Mark Moore led the Wolves' effort, hitting 8-of-17 shots and was 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to pu

Walla Walla University president to step down

John McVay plans to work at the school as a professor of theology after leading the university since 2006.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University President John McVay will resign his position effective July 1, the university announced Monday.McVay, who has led the school the last six years, said he is leaving the leadership post to return to the classroom."It

Iona Nordman

Aug. 30, 1942 - Jan. 13, 2012

Louis Keiler

Nov. 10, 1918 - Jan. 2, 2012

Death Notice - Wanda Walker

March 3, 1923 - Jan. 14, 2012

Death Notice - Grant Stiles

March 30, 1916 - Jan. 15, 2012

Death Notice - Jean Davis

April 12, 1927 - Jan. 16, 2012

Death Notice - Gene Mayberry

Oct. 10, 1934 - Jan. 17, 2012

Sara Heggen

July 3, 1983 - Jan. 12, 2012

Christine Howell

May 9, 1951 - Jan. 12, 2012

Death Notice - Galen Pfaunmiller

Jan. 15, 1947 - Jan. 15, 2012

Monday, January 16

Wing settles in at its new Main Street nest

A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering is spicing up Main Street.Pitmaster Timm Johnson and his wife Teri are swinging open the doors of their first ever brick-and-mortar location today after building up a following through their catered events and the Wal

Superior Court - Criminal cases, Walla Walla County

Kay L. Sharpe, 57, 1419 S. Fourth Ave., was sentenced Jan. 1 on one count violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-possession of methamphetamine. The court dismissed one other count. The sentence included $200 in court costs, $62 in sheriff fees,

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Jacob A. Whitney, 17, 246 Eagan St., Apt. 1, was sentenced Dec. 23 on one count each third-degree theft and minor in possession and or consuming liquor. One other count was dismissed. The sentence included 50 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit fo

Etcetera - 1/16/12

University of New Haven senior Samantha Gormsen of Pomeroy made the dean's list at the West Haven institution for the fall 2011 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the li

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Carter's death prompts questions

My husband has been bugging me to write this letter about the death of his good friend Rob Carter and how his murder could have been prevented. I told him that it won't bring Rob back and the people responsible don't care. He told me that a lot of people

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Levy money spent in community

On Feb. 14 I urge voters to send a valentine to the children of Walla Walla and vote "yes" on the school replacement levy.The levy provides so much enrichment for our students and if it were to disappear we would really be selling the future our children

Childhood adventures in junk spill over into adulthood

When I was young I spent a lot of time rootling around in my great-grandfather's barn. It was musty, creaky, filled with odds and ends of old equipment and tools.In other words, a major health hazard. And these days my parents would probably get fined for

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, commissioners will meet Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Tuesday meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and recesses at noon. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m.. Wednesday workshop begins at 9 a.m.

Dayton woman escapes injury in collision on State Route 17

WALLA WALLA — ­Laura Ferguson, 45, of Dayton escaped injury after her car was struck by another vehicle on State Route 17 north of Mesa in Franklin County.Jose Cruz Calvillo, 24, of Othello, was driving north in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup according

Emergency services - 1/16/12

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

AARP Driver Safety Program scheduled for Walla Walla area

WALLA WALLA — AARP Driver Safety Program classroom courses have been scheduled for January, February and March at various locations in Walla Walla, College Place and Dayton. AARP membership is not required. The eight-hour course is taught in one day or ov

Schools of Art


Wolves women handle Northwest Indian

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University used huge advantages in rebounds, turnovers and assists here Sunday afternoon and blew out Northwest Indian Reservation 99-34 in a women's collegiate basketball game.

La Sierra gets past Walla Walla University men

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men got 18 points from Mark Moore and 13 from Bryce Doherty, but La Sierra had three players score in double digits to garner an 86-67 victory Sunday afternoon.La Sierra held a 49-32 halftime edge and outscored the

MLK play at Assumption teaches lessons about civil rights

WALLA WALLA — After growing up in the prime years of the American civil rights movement, Beth Call was looking for a way in the mid-1980s to teach her fourth-graders about that era.'They have this passion for justice when they see how things were so unfai

Sunday, January 15

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Removal of Snake River dams a fallacy

In a recent letter to the editor, Reed Burkholder called for the removal of the four Snake River dams in order to save wild salmon. Obviously, Mr. Burkholder and those of his ilk have no clue as what has been done on the Snake and Columbia rivers by the U

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Can we learn today from Henry Ford?

On Jan. 5, 1914, Henry Ford distributed $10 million of company profits to his workers. Then he doubled the minimum wage his company paid.The nation was shocked; Ford was not known for his compassion.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cost of health care is too high

There is an elephant here. Everyone knows it's here and everyone knows how big it is, but it seems we believe that if we ignore it, it will go away.The reality is that elephant is stepping all over us. The elephant I'm referring to is the cost of health c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Local levy funding is important

For decade's voters in Walla Walla have supported the Walla Walla Public Schools by voting "yes" on the district's Educational Programs and Operations Levy.I am strongly encouraging voters to continue this tradition and legacy by voting "yes" on Feb. 14.T

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for school levy

I have two teenaged daughters who are happy, healthy and doing well in school. They are both looking forward to college educations and careers. I give a lot of credit for that to the Walla Walla School District and that's why I urge you to vote "yes" for

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - When are taxes raised and cut?

I enjoyed the gentleman's letter about defining road signs. Well I would like to extend that to some of the propaganda that comes in my mailbox or is sometimes written in the U-B.What is a tax a cut and when is it an increase? Now, if this tax was institu

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Vote ‘yes' for kids

It has been said that the health of a community can be measured by how well the community supports its schools. I have always been very proud of this community and have had the honor to serve our children and families for the past 26 years.The support our

PANORAMA - Schools of art

As children filter through Edison Elementary's main hallway, many instinctively raise their hands to brush fingertips across the soft, rounded glass pieces of a flowing mosaic mural.'Kids love to touch it, and that's OK," said Josh Wolcott, Edison princip

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tax increase for roads needed

This past summer the American Society of Civil Engineers released "Failure to Act - The Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends in Surface Transportation Infrastructure."The report, conducted by the Economic Development Research group of Boston, stat

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cut budget to fix streets

I do not claim to know very much about constructing a city budget. I do know that there are only two ways to compensate for a reduction in income: Increase income or reduce expenses.Most of the citizens of our fair city do not have a way to increase incom

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Help pass along legacy of learning

At the beginning of every new calendar year, I always pause to reflect on the people and/or events that have made the biggest impact on my life. Though my family has always been a constant source of support and inspiration, the individuals who opened my e

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Flag article was unnecessary

Well the newspapers have done it again!The right of free speech - "5 myths about the American flag."We have gangs and other people who have nothing to believe in, so take the flag away by this article.Soldiers die for it - Americans are proud of it, child

DeSales girls blank W-P in second quarter, win 41-30

Waitsburg-Prescott can't recover Friday night after giving up an 11-0 second-quarter run to the Irish.

WAITSBURG — DeSales blanked Waitsburg-Prescott in the second quarter here Friday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action. W-P led 13-10 after one, but the Irish defense forced nine W-P turnovers, Annie Higgins drained two treys and the Irish went on an 11

Wa-Hi boys squeak by Riverhawks

The Devils pound Chiawana in the paint as Rob Ferenz and Kyle Jameson score 17 and 15 points, respectively.

PASCO — Three Wa-Hi Blue Devil boys scored in double figures as the Devils snuck by the Chiawana Riverhawks, 59-56, Saturday night in Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference action.Point guard Josh Eggers dropped in 11 points and had four assists. Rob Ferenz s

Warrior men plunder Treasure Valley

Walla Walla Community College builds an early leads then cruises as Dylan Radliff scores 25 points and Dallen Bills notches a double-double.

WALLA WALLA — Dylan Radliff scored a game-high 25 points and teammate Dallen Bills posted a double-double — 22 points and 17 rebounds — to help lead Walla Walla Community College to an 84-70 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's b

Wa-Hi girls fall to Chiawana, 63-49

PASCO — Chiawana used a 21-7 second-quarter run to break from a 14-12 lead and take a 35-19 lead to intermission, digging a hole for Wa-Hi that it could not dig out of and handing Wa-Hi its first Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls basketball defeat as the R

Waitsburg-Prescott boys bury Irish, 80-40

A week after falling to Asotin, Waitsburg-Prescott demolishes DeSales, shooting 53 percent from the field.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott dropped a Southeast 2B league encounter at Asotin last Saturday, but a week of practice paid dividends here Friday in boys basketball action. W-P connected on 11-of-15 shots from the field to score 31 second-quarter points,

Whitman women down Pacific

WALLA WALLA — Living up to its billing as the top free throw shooting team in the Northwest Conference, Whitman College knocked down eight straight freebies inside the final minute to seal a 65-58 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over Pacif

Familiar sound foretells baseball's return

WALLA WALLA — Pling!The sound was unmistakable. And inviting.Pling! I was jogging on Tietan Street. The sun was arcing low along the southern horizon and it's brilliance was almost blinding. But my ears were not deceived.Pling!

Weston-McEwen girls take care of business against Heppner

HEPPNER ­— The Weston-McEwen TigerScots' Marlene Bodmer hit from downtown five times en route to 19 points to lead her team to a 55-40 victory over the Heppner Mustangs in Blue Mountain girls basketball action here Saturday night.Bodmer added eight boards

Devils run wild over Ike, Davis

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi swept a Columbia Basin Big Nine double-dual swim meet here Saturday at Whitman's Paul Harvey pool, swimming past Eisenhower 136-31 and outswimming Davis 129-40.'The guys swam great," Blue Devil coach Katharine Curles said. 'They finish

Colton crushes Pomeroy girls, 76-12

COLTON, Wash ­— McKenzie Uto led the Pomeroy Pirates with five points and four rebounds as the Colton Wildcats dominated Pomeroy, 76-12. 'We just got outplayed by a significantly better team," commented Pomeroy coach Nettie Severs. 'There just weren't a l

Rosalia girls overwhelm Touchet, 67-29

ROSALIA, Wash. ­­— Touchet's Josie Christopher and Kristen Warner each scored ten points, but could not stop Rosalia's MacKenzie Reddish, who scored 19-points and grabbed eight rebounds leading to the Spartan's 67-29 victory.'They got on us fast in the fi

Desales girls double-up on Dayton

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales Irish girls basketball team hit 11-of-24 three-point attempts and beat the Dayton Bulldogs, 60-31.'We came out and went 7-of-7 from behind the arc in the first quarter and that was pretty much the game right there," DeSales coach

Touchet boys fall to Rosalia, 61-33

ROSALIA — The Touchet Indians fell 61-33 Saturday night to Rosalia. 'The first quarter was pretty respectable, just 11-6, Rosalia," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said, 'and then we got into some foul trouble by reaching in without moving our feet. We also did

Reich's 24 points lead Weston-McEwen boys past Enterprise

ENTERPRISE — Dallas Reich led the Weston-McEwen boys Saturday night with 24 points with Ron Terjeson adding 16 points and 10 rebounds as the TigerScots beat Heppner, 59-47. Cody Orr and Justin Pranger both scored 16-points for Heppner and bringing in more

Colton destroys Pomeroy boys, 81-52

COLTON — Pomeroy's boys basketball team fell to the Colton Wildcats, 81-52, Saturday. Pomeroy's Riley Bott pumped in 16 points and Tanner Feider had 12 in the loss. Pomeroy had eight 3-pointers to Colton's six in the shootout. The Pirates record is now 3-

Whitman dismantles Pacific Saturday, 81-66

WALLA WALLA — After breaking free from an early 4-4 deadlock, Whitman College unholstered a variety of weapons and slowly but surely dismantled Pacific in a wire-to-wire 81-66 men's basketball victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.Whitman led by as ma

Dayton boys roll, defeat SE2B rival DeSales

WALLA WALLA — Garret Turner and Kroft Sunderland led the Dayton Bulldogs to their 11th win of the season Saturday night against DeSales, 60-36.Travis Haen scored 12 points for the Irish with Jeremiah Cox and Nick Wales contributing seven each.

WWU shoots NW Indian College off the court

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University shot visiting Northwest Indian College out of the gym here Saturday in women's basketball action.The Wolves hit 46-of-85, 54 percent, from the field and scored a 114-40 victory.

Ontario hands Mac-Hi boys GOL loss

MILTON FREEWATER — Mac-Hi scored 19 points in the fourth period here Saturday in Greater Oregon League boys basketball action, but it was too little, too late, as Ontario pulled out a 61-40 win.'I'm trying to get these guys to attack the basket and not wa

Waitsburg-Prescott boys rally to beat Tri-Cities Prep

WAITSBURG — Tri-Cities Prep's 6-foot-5 Jameson Peterson almost proved to be too much for Waitsburg-Prescott to handle here Saturday in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.Peterson scored a game-high 17 points before fouling out, but W-P overcame a 16-8 fi

Whitman swimmers crush Willamette Saturday

SALEM — Helen Jenne and Ashley Jay for the women, and Chris Bendix and Karl Mering for the men, won two races apiece to power the Whitman College swim teams to lopsided dual meet victories over Willamette here Saturday afternoon.

Knebel picks up win, Pirates cruise at Royal Rumble

ROYAL CITY, Wash. — The Pomeroy Pirates wrestling team brought home two champions and a third place from the Royal Rumble, comprised of 14 teams, in Royal City Saturday.Tory Knebel and Wyatt Jenkins won three matches apiece to place first. Austin Reisdorp

Ontario girls romp in 66-8 thrashing of Mac-Hi

MILTON-FREEWATER — Forty three turnovers and only eight points spelled trouble for the Mac-Hi girls basketball team here Saturday night; they lost 65-8 to the Ontario Tigers in a Greater Oregon League match-up.Caitlin Erm scored all but one of the Pioneer

Tri-Cities Dust Devils hire broadcaster Chris King

PASCO — The Tri-City Dust Devils have announced that Chris King will be the team's radio play-by-play announcer for the 2012 season.King is a Washington State University graduate and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Boise State University women

PBR returns to Yakima SunDome Saturday, Feb. 11

YAKIMA — The Professional Bull Riders announced that the top bull riders and bulls will return to the Yakima Valley SunDome on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for the Touring Pro Division event begin at $20 and are on sale at the Yakima Valley S

Saturday, January 14

Talent show rakes 'em in at Mac-Hi

The fundraiser for the the school's Key Club brought in a big crowd and an unexpectedly large chunk of change.

It may have been a surprise to everyone when McLoughlin High School's large foyer was jammed with people.It was chilly Thursday evening, and people were anxious to be out of the cold and to watch the school's Key Club talent show, ap

MLK holiday marked by lectures, events in area

Speakers, activities and outreach are planned around the area throughout the week.

A series of lectures and events is being coordinated this week to mark the Martin Luthern King Jr. holiday.Local AmeriCorps members have traditionally used the holiday commemorating the civil right's leader to coordinate community service projects. The ML

Power House reaches out for local talent

Auditions this weekend seek to match local talent with several shows planned for this year.

WALLA WALLA - Have the acting chops for Shakespeare? How about a voice that can shine as an opening act?Shakespeare Walla Walla is holding auditions next weekend that could land local thespians and other performers a spot on the Elizabethan stage.

Leadership shifts at Red Cross chapter

WALLA WALLA - The Blue Mountain chapter of the American Red Cross has made a change in leadership, officials said.

Rally, music kick off school levy effort

WALLA WALLA - Local school bands will perform this afternoon to help raise awareness and support for the upcoming replacement levy vote.On Feb. 14, voters will decide whether to renew a 4-year school replacement levy that makes up 20 percent of Walla Wall

Unprovoked assault reported at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA - A Wa-Hi student, 15, was assaulted Friday morning in what the youth reported was an unprovoked attacked that may have been a retaliation for an assault earlier in the week.According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report, the youth, 15, wa


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

Winter's abyss

A BMX rider circles close to take a look at the ice-shrouded reflective abyss of a puddle in a parking lot off East Isaacs Avenue last week. After a bout of unseasonably warm weather, temperatures have dropped Walla Walla back into winter's abyss lately.

Mentoring can give keys to life success to our children

Mentoring is alive and well in the Walla Walla Valley.More mentoring programs than ever before are available for children and youth in our area, and the Walla Walla Mentoring Coalition would like to tell you more about what we have to offer.Did you know t

State Grain Commission head to retire

SPOKANE -The chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission has announced his retirement.In a release, Tom Mick said he will retire at the end of June. He has been at the head of the grain commission for 25 years."Working for Washington wheat

ETCETERA - Dixie native's husband to bring comedy act to Hermiston Jan. 28

Dixie native Kirsten Kaaen Brannon's husband, Nathan Brannon, will bring his take on the world to the Melonville Comedy Festival at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Hermiston Conference Center. He will perform alongside nationally touring headliners Roy Wood Jr. and

PASTOR COLUMN - Sacrifical love is always in season

Years ago, I hosted a slumber party for my niece and nephews. There were wrestling matches, snacks and times we laughed so hard our eyes watered and we couldn't catch our breath. Good times made even richer in hindsight.At the time, we were landscaping in


Unity Church of Peace plans several events this weekWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St., will host Pat Richmond speaking on "Mayan or Chinese Calendar - Your Choice," at 10 a.m. today.Tuesday: Unity offers Meditation for Inner Harmony, 7 p.m.We

ANNIVERSARY Bert and Pat Kerckhof

Bert and Pat Kerckhof of Dayton will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Tuesday with family.


David Paul Prock and Sheila Ann Hagar, both of Milton-Freewater, announce their engagement.


Michael Hoyer of Portland and Tina Deccio of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Laura Deccio to Jason Alter of Walla Walla.


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

Perhaps now is time to give charter schools a try

Different approaches to education are needed, particularly now in these tough economic times.

Washington state has a lot of concerns about education - from preschool through graduate school. Money is tight, which has forced the state to cut funding for high education and hold the line - as in tread water - in its funding for K-12.As a result, lawm

GUEST - Levy supports children of Walla Walla in many ways

Walla Walla Public Schools will have an Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy on the ballot in February.Before you decide to vote yes or no, it is important to understand how a school levy supports the children of Walla Walla. A school levy

Friday, January 13

Dividing Big 9 by geography makes sense

Travel costs would be reduced for most schools. Yet, the plan to go to a North and South division threatens the league's future.

Athletics are an important part of the high school experience.

Brad Pitt picks L'Ecole

What does Hollywood's most famous power couple sip during date night? Walla Walla wine, of course. At least for one of them.

Letters To The Editor - Levy funds vital for bountiful harvest

The yard signs are blooming, and we have the opportunity to tend to our most valuable crop, our children. The school replacement levy is coming to a vote on Feb. 14.

Dayton man faces third trial since June

Edward W. Terry faces more than seven years in prison if convicted as charged.

DAYTON -- A city man is awaiting his third trial since June and faces a lengthy prison term if convicted as charged.


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


Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Lynn Delph, Julie Schuld, and Juan Avila. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

Etcetera - 01/13/12

Originally, Umatilla County Undersheriff Terry Rowan and Lt. Glenn Diehl intended to speak with members of the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club on Jan. 3 about county activities with drug interdiction and routine operations, said Robby Robbins, club reporter,

Wine Alliance, airline join scores of businesses in tourism promotion

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, along with Alaska Airlines and 107 local businesses, announced a major first-quarter incentive program designed to attract visitors to the Walla Walla area.

Fern Irene Wilson

Sept. 3, 1920 - Dec. 4, 2011

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Whole grains: good or evil?

A friend approached me the other day with surprising news: " Whole grains are actually bad for you!" What?!

Clear, cold water our Valley's greatest treasure

Here we are at the very beginning of a New Year and we all have great expectations for something much better than the past year.

David Lee Burgess,

8/25/1934 – 12/26/2011

VA aid to be subject of free session at Park Plaza

Park Plaza retirement center, 1400 Dalles Military Road, will present a free information session about gaining and using Department of Veterans Affairs' "Aid and Attendance" benefits.

Hotel to present Health Wellness Expo on Jan. 21

WALLA WALLA -- The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center will present its first Health & Wellness Expo on Jan. 21 from 1-5 p.m.

Local cardiologist joins Providence Medical Group

WALLA WALLA -- Long-time local cardiologist Suwong Wongsuwan and nurse practitioner Sara Hellberg have joined Providence Medical Group.

Air travel near record in '11

Passenger numbers at the Walla Walla Regional Airport were at their second-highest level last year.

WALLA WALLA -- It was a high-flying year for air travel in 2011.


Alejandro Lomeli, 15, 415 Cedar St., was sentenced Dec. 29 on one count third-degree theft.

Kirkman House Museum in midst of top-to-bottom cleaning

WALLA WALLA -- The Kirkman House Museum may be closed for public tours until March 1, but activity continues.


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

Airline puts emphasis on passenger arrival time to WW airport

WALLA WALLA -- Few inconveniences of flying can top arriving at your destination without your luggage.

Richard Crandall

Dec. 4, 1957 - Jan. 11, 2012

Death Notice - Leo Lucero

July 24, 1955 - Jan. 13, 2012

Mariners Caravan rolls into Sherwood Center

Mariners pitchers Blaker Beavan and Tom Wilhelmsen join ex-catcher Dave Valle to meet fans Thursday evening.

WALLA WALLA — The 2012 edition of the Mariners Caravan came rolling into Walla Walla Thursday afternoon, bearing prizes and players for a short question-and-answer session and autograph signing at Whitman's Sherwood Center.The Caravan is organized by the

Walla Walla Sweets sign right-hander Brandon, infielder Vilter

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed two more players for the 2012 season of West Coast League baseball. Nick Vilter, a freshman from UC Riverside, and Zach Brandon, a sophomore at Linfield College, will join the Sweets next summer.

Moses Lake pins Wa-Hi grapplers

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi wrestlers were pinned in eight of 14 matches against the Moses Lake Chiefs, and were beaten by decision on another two matches as the Blue Devils fell in the Big Nine dual match, 58-15.Wa-Hi managed four victories, three by decision an

Pioneers, Pease part ways after 14 years

Mac-Hi's football team is moving ‘in a different direction' after coach Chuck Pease's contract isn't renewed.

MILTON-FREEWATER — After 14 years on the Mac-Hi varsity football coaching staff — four as the head coach — Chuck Pease is no longer the head football coach at Mac-Hi.The school district elected not to renew Pease's contract Nov. 17 after he was given the

Whitman men net win over Hawaii Pacific

The Missionaries' week-long trip to Hawaii begins with a 5-4 victory over the nationally ranked Division II team.

HONOLULU — The Whitman College men's tennis team kicked off the competitive portion of its week-long trip to Hawaii with a 5-4 Wednesday victory over a nationally ranked NCAA Division II team.Playing at Honolulu's Central Oahu Regional Park, Whitman took

Melvin Wendt

Sept. 2, 1924 - Dec. 6, 2011

Cecilio Nunez

Jan 1, 2012

Death Notice - JoAnn Johnson

Nov. 8, 1940 - Jan. 12, 2012

Thursday, January 12

Head of Washington Grain Commission announces retirement

SPOKANE —The chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission announced his retirement today.In a release, Tom Mick said he will retire at the end of June. He has been at the head of the grain commission for 25 years.'Working for Washington whea

BofA: Activate new debit cards by Wednesday

Bank of America customers who haven't already activated their new debit/ATM cards may have trouble making purchases on their old ones.

Letters To The Editor - Christmas lights stay on until the Epiphany

In response to the letter in regards to "time to take down Christmas lights."

Letters To The Editor - Rob Carter exemplified love

After hearing of the tragic death of Rob Carter last week I feel the need to share some thoughts.

Etcetera - 01/12/12

Descendants of Walla Walla pioneers Mary Jane Fitzsimmons McGuire, born June 30, 1825, in Pennsylvania, and John Garrett McGuire have a mystery on their hands.

Walla Walla Library wants readers to be 'Booked for Winter'

WALLA WALLA -- "This Western Life" is the theme for this year's "Booked for Winter" adult reading program at the Walla Walla Public Library.The program, which is back after a year off, is meant to get people out of their homes during the winter months and

Quick-witted dueling pianists to take requests at Red Monkey

WALLA WALLA — To dueling pianists Kirk Garrett and Troy Baldwin, 'Streisand" and 'Manilow" are fightin' words.Those and other equally famous names inevitably have cheering sections at the duo's all-request live shows. But for every 'Copacabana" faithful t

MLK Jr. events slated at WWU

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Ave., on Monday honors Martin Luther King Jr. with two presentations by author and scholar Donna Beegle.

Dance Center of Walla Walla to perform 'Pinocchio' Saturday

The Dance Center of Walla Walla will present a performance of 'Pinocchio" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., on the Whitman College campus.The story about the adventures of a puppet learning to be a real boy, is choreographed by Idale

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

Audubon field trip will search Walla Walla Valley for raptors

The Blue Mountain Chapter Audubon Society will host a field trip Jan. 21 to look for raptors in the Walla Walla Valley.The group will meet at 9 a.m. to carpool from the Harper Joy Theatre parking lot on the Whitman College campus off Park Street They plan

Local author to sign copies of children's book at Berney Elementary School

WALLA WALLA -- Local author Debra R. Williams will sign copies of her children's book, "Meet the Clock Family" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Berney Elementary School, 1718 Pleasant St.When Tick, Tack, and Tock need a present for their mother's birt

Creatures may be smarter than we want to believe

Worry is a hobby of mine. It's a good hobby that requires only a little effort, and I can practice anywhere. An added bonus is that modern science provides me plenty of things to worry about.

WWFAM hosts traditional old-time contra dance Jan. 21

The Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music traditional old-time contra dance will be 7:30 p.m.  Jan. 21 at the Unity Church building, 810 C St.Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught by callers Howard Ostby, Dan Clark and Barbara Clark. No e

Jim Barrow chosen mayor

Two new Council members were sworn in Wednesday as well.

WALLA WALLA -- A new mayor was voted in, and four members were sworn in at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

Walla Walla's past comes to life for sesquicentennial

A quintet of historical figures showed up for Wednesday's Council meeting.

WALLA WALLA -- A madam, a road builder, a stage coach driver, a council member and a mayor -- all instrumental figures from the city's founding days -- were brought back to life Wednesday by the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company.


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

PE programs are important part of education

But Congress should not be driving an expansion of PE. School curriculum decisions must be left to local school boards.

Physical education classes are important. They serve to build a foundation for life-long health as students play games and exercise and learn the importance of staying active.


Members of the Waitsburg School Board are Ross Hamann, Marilyn Johnson, Christy House, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With all present Wednesday the board:


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


Joshua A. Waggoner, 31, 186 Springdale Road, was charged Jan. 10 with six counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Waggoner is accused of unlawfully owning, possessing or controlling six firearms on Jan. 7.

BART skiers compete at Mount Spokane

SPOKANE — Mount Spokane hosted the first event of the season for the Emerald Empire Youth Ski League (EEYSL) last weekend, the first competition for most of the Bluewood Alpine Race Team (BART) members this season.The racing featured Giant Slalom races bo

Warrior women reign on Blue Mountain

Walla Walla Community College ekes out a 61-60 victory over BMCC and its former Warrior coach.

PENDLETON — Walla Walla Community College's women found themselves trailing Blue Mountain 60-57 with 1:11 remaining in the game in NWAACC East Region play Wednesday night.But when the clock ticked to zero 71 seconds later, the Warriors found themselves on

WWCC men down Blue Mountain

The cold-shooting Warriors ride the charity stripe to a 66-63 victory over Blue Mountain.

PENDLETON — Despite another off night shooting, Walla Walla outscored Blue Mountain by 10 points from the free-throw line and pulled out a 66-63 victory in a men's NWAACC Eastern Division basketball game here Wednesday.'We were a little bit better than we

Walla Walla School Board to hold meeting public preschool program

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board will hold a special board meeting this afternoon to discuss the district's public preschool program.The meeting is scheduled for Friday at noon at Blue Ridge Elementary, 1150 W. Chestnut St. Blue Ridge is the sit

Death Notice - Richard Crandall

Dec. 4, 1957 - Jan. 11, 2012

Gerald (Jerry) Lightfoot

April 5, 1940 - Jan. 6, 2012

College Place School Board to hold first meeting of Citizens Committee tonight

COLLEGE PLACE — The College Place School Board will hold the first meeting of the Citizens Committee tonight to begin discussion on an April bond measure.The meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the Sager Middle School library, 1755 S. College Ave. Board

Linda Hermann

May 22, 1964 - Jan. 4, 2012

Wednesday, January 11

Ex-prison pharmacist indicted in drug fraud

Nathaniel A. Baker of Walla Walla allegedly obtained controlled substances by fraud.

WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary pharmacist has been arraigned on a federal indictment accusing him of fraudulently acquiring drugs at the prison from 2010 into the spring of last year.

On The Agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 7 p.m., after a 6 p.m. work session.Where: Both sessions at Port's administrative office, 310 A St.


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


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


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


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

Citation for infamous junk pile in court

The county is seeking to have Alton LaVerne Filan and his mother, Doris, clean up the line of items just outside Waitsburg.

WALLA WALLA -- A man cited for having a massive junk pile on property just outside of Waitsburg has filed an appeal in Walla Walla County Superior Court.


Bruce L. and Pauline K. Merson.

Etcetera - 01/11/12

A small forest of close to 40 decorated and themed mini Christmas trees have become Junior Club of Walla Walla's best Festival of Mini-Trees ever, said club member Colby Burke. The trees were displayed in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conferen

Letters To The Editor - Umatilla County sheriff appreciates support

Unfortunately, the Milton-Freewater community lost a well known and well respected citizen to homicidal violence on Dec. 30.

AmeriCorps Team plans three projects for MLK Jr. Day

WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Mountain Action Council AmeriCorps Team will tackle three projects this year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Checks stolen from Touchet company prompt investigation

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of stolen checks from Cubby Enterprises Inc. in Touchet.

FCC oversight of broadcast TV no longer necessary

The array of channels is now so huge that the market serves to solve the problem, and even more choices are on the way.

Is it still necessary for the U.S. government -- the Federal Communications Commission -- to watchdog broadcast TV to ensure works and images don't offend the public's sensibilities?

Suspect in car chase remains at large

Officials say Jeremy F. Beamer led officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday.

A 32-year-old man who led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase into Oregon remains at large as of this morning, officials said.

Touchet girls earn redemption on Pioneers

TOUCHET — The Touchet girls earned a little redemption here Tuesday night, picking up a 53-44 victory over visiting Mac-Hi — the Indians' first victory over another team besides Helix — and recovering from a 44-13 beating suffered at the hands of Mac-Hi a

Touchet boys hand Mac-Hi 42-32 defeat

TOUCHET — The Touchet boys picked up a non-league victory over visiting Mac-Hi Tuesday, pulling out to a 37-16 lead before withstanding a late Pioneer rally and winning, 42-32.Eric Hines led the Indians with 18 points and three 3-pointers. Will Huesby chi

Wa-Hi girls down Ike

YAKIMA — The Wa-Hi girls raced out to a 37-12 lead over Eisenhower at halftime Tuesday night and didn't slow down, shooting 43 percent from the field and holding Eisenhower to just 19 percent shooting (11-of-58) in a 60-34 road win over the Cadets.The Blu

Bulldog boys have no trouble with T-O

Dayton runs to a 50-9 halftime lead en route to a 79-13 win over the Nighthawks.

DAYTON — The Dayton boys basketball team picked up a dominating victory Tuesday night, crushing the visiting Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks 79-13, including a 13-0 third-quarter shut out.Garett Turner led the Bulldogs to the 66-point victory with 18 points on

Blue Devils trip Cadets

Eisenhower's consistency isn't enough as Wa-Hi's boys win the Big Nine game, 50-32.

WALLA WALLA — Eisenhower was the more consistent team here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine boys basketball action.The Cadets scored eight points in each quarter to finish with 32 points.

Dayton girls rally past Tekoa-Oakesdale, 55-53

Shelby Smith's 19 points lead the Bulldogs to the victory Tuesday night.

DAYTON — The Dayton girls, led by Shelby Smith's 19 points, picked up a 55-53 victory over the visiting Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks Tuesday night when Dayton's McKayla Bickelhaupt made a game-winning bucket with 3.6 seconds left on the clock.Bickelhaupt ad

Moore's 31 leads WWVA boys past Liberty

COLLEGE PLACE — Matt Moore scored 31 points, and Daniel Lomeland 16, as the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights beat Liberty Christian 67-49 Tuesday night.'It was a close first half," WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. 'Both teams founds ways to score and we on

Mariner's Caravan rolling into Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The 2012 Seattle Mariners Caravan makes a stop at the Sherwood Center on the Whitman College campus Thursday, bringing along pitchers Blake Beavan, Tom Wilhelmsen, former Mariners catcher Dave Valle and the Mariner Moose for an autograph ses

Whitman swimmers split against Redlands

The Missionary men take a 105-99 victory, but the women fall, 111-94, during semester-break training.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College swim teams, in southern California for a week of semester-break outdoor training, splashed to a split decision against the University of Redlands.The Whitman men's team ran its dual meet record to 4-0 with a 105-99 victor

Knights girls rally to SE2B win over Pats

COLLEGE PLACE — Amy Arnzen and Kristi Buell scored five points each in the final four minutes here Tuesday night as Walla Walla Valley Academy rallied for a 28-24 victory over Liberty Christian in a girls Southeast 2B District basketball game.It was the f

A filtered view

of a sunset comes through a new neutral-density filter delivered for Christmas.

A secretive Santa's elf slipped a gray, graduated neutral-density filter into my stocking where I found it on Christmas morning.It screws onto the end of a camera's lens.The dark half of it, normally turned to the top, resembles sunglasses.With this filte

Lois Wagner

April 5, 1926 - Dec. 27, 2011

June Timmons

July 10, 1917 - Jan. 7, 2012

Carolyn Frazier

June 8, 1944 - Jan. 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 10


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


Members of the Dixie School Board are Javin Berg, Judy Skillings, Richard Berrier, Kelly Dabulskis and Gene Wilks. With all present Monday the board:

On The Agenda - 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 all present Monday, the board voted as follows:

Organizers: For Balloon Stampede to succeed, help we need

The unseasonable weather may have you thinking of spring. And that's just perfect for coordinators of the annual Balloon Stampede, who are seeking volunteers for the May event.

JROTC drill and rifle meet set for Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Devil cadet battalion will host a JROTC drill and rifle meet Saturday at Walla Walla High School.

Letters To The Editor - Marquee should focus on all things Walla Walla

I have to express my disappointment and pure disgust over the cover image and corresponding story about Hugh Hefner in the Marquee.

Dinner-dance to benefit longtime Walla Walla ballroom instructor

Several life-threatening health conditions have wreaked havoc with Walla Wallan Russ Chandler's ability to work and be active in the community.

Letters To The Editor - Hmmmm, Christmas lights still up?

It's time to take down your Christmas lights. Just saying ...

State needs dedicated fund for education

Unfortunately, it will have to wait until the economy improves.

Last week's state Supreme Court ruling affirming the state is falling short of its constitutional duty to fund basic education isn't likely going to result in any additional funding for schools. But it will probably keep school funding from being reduced

A DIFFERENT VIEW - A view to last for a lifetime

It was a crisp autumn day as I walked up the lonely gravel road years ago near Colville. The sun shone brightly on the hillside; no smog dulled the atmosphere.A chill hovered in the narrow valley, and I zipped up my wind breaker as I walked through the sh

ROCK DOC - Body dishes up a 'double whammy' in constant battle against the bulges

If you've made a New Year's resolution to eat right and trim down, be forewarned that medical science shows your brain has it in for you and will actively promote your failure on two different fronts.That's not good news, of course, but you should know ab

WAY OUT HERE - Flames fuel a secret language for the soul

Way out here at Walkers Ranch we have a fire pit we like to use quite often. We feel privileged we're able to simply walk out back and enjoy a nice campfire whenever we want.Campfires are medicine for the soul — mesmerizing, even intoxicating.

D-PADS AND DICE - Like life, game grows complex as you play

We stumble into the new year, still slightly bleary from all those parties, broke from Christmas, but ready to take whatever's coming. To grow and become a better person, to be unafraid of the challenges ahead even if we know not what they are yet.This is

LEGAL BRIEFING - Parenting plans mandatory; best ones unneeded

Dear John,My son's ex-girlfriend won't let him see his toddler. She uses the child as a pawn to manipulate him into doing what she wants. My son wants to see his daughter, so he usually gives in to her mother's unreasonable demands. Is there anything my s

Walla Walla's library is a community gathering place

Books? Of course.Music CDs and movie DVDs? Check.Computers? Got those, too.

HOME PLACE - Ashes to ashes, but then where?

It's been a somber time in my little hometown.On Dec. 30, a frosty Friday morn, a man most of us knew and from whom many of us craved plumbing expertise was gunned down in what everyone says to be cold-blooded murder.

Trial date set for man accused in stabbing

Jesse Corono is suspected of attacking a member of his own gang in December.

WALLA WALLA -- A gang member suspected of stabbing a member of his own gang in the neck during an altercation last month pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to two felony charges.


Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, , Terry Herrin, Charlie Button, Jim Cooper and Delphine Bailey. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Craig George. With all present Monday the council:

New trial date set for man in luring

Fortino Venegas Garcia is accused of trying to get a teenager into his pickup in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial for a man who allegedly ordered a 15-year-old girl he doesn't know to get into his pickup in Eastgate last fall has been rescheduled in Walla Walla County Superior Court.


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 School Board

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


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


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


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

On The Agenda - WW Council

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

Woman sentenced in Eastgate-area chase

Griselda Salinas-Garduno pleaded guilty to driving an SUV recklessly in September.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who pleaded guilty to endangering her ex-boyfriend by driving an SUV recklessly in the Eastgate area in September received a suspended sentence Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

Rape trial delayed for Walla Walla man

Joshua A. Rutherford is accused of attacking girls in 2009 and 2010.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a local man facing two rape charges.

Death Notice - Keith Ringering

April 10, 1960 - Dec. 21, 2011

Mary Gillard

Aug. 4, 1920 - Jan. 8, 2012

Patricia Hanford

1936 - Oct. 28, 2011

Milton-Freewater Little League meets Wednesday at City Hall

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Little League is having a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of Milton-Freewater City Hall.

College Place School District to discuss bond at meeting tonight

COLLEGE PLACE -- The state's education agency has approved a request from College Place Public Schools to establish a high school district, opening the path for a bond proposal to rebuild and restructure the city's public schools.The College Place School

Monday, January 9

Katherine (Kay) Monahan

May 23, 1951 – December 21, 2011

Dorothy Blanc

Jan. 4, 2012

Death Notice - June Timmons

July 10, 1917 - Jan. 7, 2012

Death Notice - Shirley Ossipoff

April 23, 1937 - Jan. 7, 2012

Death Notice - Mary Gillard

Aug. 4, 1920 - Jan. 8, 2012

Archaeologists to meet growing need in Valley

Fort Walla Walla Museum's new Heritage Research Services department helps preserve cultural and historical artifacts.

WALLA WALLA - A small group of archaeologists will dig up new ground for Fort Walla Walla Museum.Starting this year, the museum kicks off its Heritage Research Services department, which will offer certified archaeological services for publicly and privat

Tots given record number of toys

Local residents and businesses helped make it a merry Christmas for nearly 1,200 local kids.

Reservation-based tech firm reaches 300 employees

UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION -- Cayuse Technologies has reached an employment milestone, growing to 300 workers in the five years since it opened, operators announced late last week.

Economy key as session opens

Walla Walla-area lawmakers will have commerce on their minds as the Legislature opens a 60-day session today.

In the Walla Walla Valley and the surrounding region, the stability of local commerce becomes even more important during the holiday season. But it takes more than the recently wrapped up two months of festive shopping and gift-giving to create a solid bu

Speaking of heritage, happy 150th birthday WW

Walla Walla will officially be 150 years old Wednesday.

On Jan. 11, 1862, the Washington Territorial Legislature approved the city's charter.

Etcetera - 01/09/12

By purchasing a Bulb-In-A-Can, contributors helped the Books for Babes program grow, too.

On The Agenda - Pomeroy Council

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

Letters To The Editor - Yes, we do need better civics education

For seven years I taught a course called Management and Society at an East Coast university. It was almost 20 years ago, but that's beside the point.

State taxpayers should not fund party elections

The political parties wanted control of their elections. The court gave it to them. Party elections are no longer the state's responsibility.

Washington state taxpayers have no obligation to fund elections for the state's major political parties.


Going from branches to toy by making good use of a fallen twig from trees surrounding Tietan Park, a dog walker has some recycling fun with the timeless game of "fetch the stick" on a sunny, Sunday afternoon walk.


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


Dale G. Wheeler, 32, 1269 Melrose St., was charged Jan. 3 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Walla Walla Valley Academy boys down Tri-Cities Prep behind Lomeland's 22 points

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Daniel Lomeland canned four 3-pointers and scored 18 in the first quarter to get the Knights off to a 28-14 lead over Tri-Cities Prep. Lomeland finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Backing Lom

Wa-Hi boys swim past Wenatchee

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Wa-Hi culminated a successful week in boys swimming action Saturday, as the Blue Devils swam past Wenatchee 97-83.'What a great meet," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. 'The two meets we had this week, Moses Lake Thursday and Wena

Dayton girls outrun Liberty Christian

DAYTON — Liberty Christian never caught up with the Dayton Bulldog girls Saturday night and lost, 53-31.Shelby Smith led the Bulldogs to their third straight victory this season, scoring 12 points.

Walla Walla University men pick up pair of wins

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men's basketball team picked up a pair of victories on its home court over the weekend.The Wolves handed New Hope Christian a 101-87 defeat Friday before edging Portland Bible College, 82-77, on Saturday.

Missionary tennis team heads to Hawaii

The Whitman men kick off pursuit of their fifth straight conference title with matches this week.

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's tennis team gets an early jump later this week on pursuit of its fifth straight conference championship.While the rest of the Northwest continues its shiver through the dead of winter, coach Jeff Northam and 11 of h

Wa-Hi girls pound Panthers

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls earned a hard-fought road win here Saturday night.The Blue Devils got 10 points from Maddy Sirmon and nine from Torri Crawford in a 49-44 Big Nine Conference victory over the Panthers.

Boys basketball signups open

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is still taking registrations for 1-8-grade boys basketball.

YMCA registration for Adult Basketball League open

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is taking team or individual registrations for the Adult Basketball League, which begins Jan. 22.

La Grande jumps on Pioneer girls early to take 75-15 GOL victory

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi fell behind 18-2 in the first quarter and relentless La Grande never let up as the Tigers buried the Pioneers 75-15 here Saturday night in a girls Greater Oregon League basketball game.

Sunday, January 8

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9 a.m. for an executive session with open session scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop begins at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Leg

On the agenda - College Place Council

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

On the agenda - Dixie School Board

When: Monday, 6 p.m.Where: Dixie School

On the agenda - Dayton Council

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: City Hall, 111 S. First St.ORGANIZATION: Elect mayor pro-tempore.

On the agenda - Columbia School Board

When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: District conference room, 755 Maple St.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. An executive session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater City Council

When: Monday 7 p.m.Where: 8 S.W. Eighth Ave, Public Library Albee Room.

ON THE AGENDA - Walla Walla School Board

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday to discuss alternative learning options for secondary students.The work session is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. in the district's board room, 364 S. Park St., and is open to the

Library Users Coalition to hold public meeting Tuesday

WALLA WALLA - The newly formed Walla Walla City-County Library Users Coalition will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire District 4 Station, 2251 Howard St.Open to the community, this group will discuss unifying library services for the ben

Whitman alumnus Ted Willhite appointed to state board

OLYMPIA - Ted Willhite, a Whitman College graduate who now lives in Twisp, has been appointed to the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the appointment Thursday.A trial lawyer with 40 years experience in the civi

Registration now open for dog training clinic

WALLA WALLA - Registration is now open for a dog obedience clinic starting later this month.Interested people need to sign up by Jan. 17. Class brochures and registration forms are available at the WSU Extension office, 328 W. Poplar St. or online at wall

Free leadership development seminar set in Dayton

DAYTON - Jenny Scott of Northwest Leadership Strategies will present a free leadership development seminar Jan. 20 at the Delany Building. The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.The seminar is open to any community member who currently serves on a

Company recalls cakes because of plastic chips

Rich Products Corporation recalled its quarter-sheet "Vanilla Flavored Pre-Soaked Sponge Cake Artificially Flavored," product code 00405 on Thursday because small plastic fragments from the packaging were found on top of the product. The size of the fragm

Local holiday DUI campaign nets 27 arrests in county

WALLA WALLA - A holiday enforcement campaign resulted in the arrest of 27 drivers on investigation of driving under the influence in Walla Walla County, state officials said today.The arrests occurred between Nov. 24 through Monday, said Kristina Moy of t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's work together for our community

It would be hard to argue with recent U-B editorials advising that when local governments need to reduce spending, the cuts should reflect priorities. I'd like to suggest a way to determine those priorities, though, which I think will serve all of us bett

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Red Cross works because of generous support

The American Red Cross, Blue Mountain Chapter, recently held the 5th Annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. I appreciate all the businesses and individuals who participated and donated their time and money to s

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - C02 is beneficial to the planet

I appreciate Dick Swenson's letter for helping to make my point about global warming hysteria (Proving, disproving global warming not possible, Dec. 23).Indeed, no one can prove man's contribution of carbon dioxide - or even naturally occurring CO2 for th

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Convenient way to rate football team quality

A bit of reassurance for the year-end sports schedule. Maximum number of bowl games in a mathematical equation: (Number of college with football teams) divided by 2. Eventually the sponsor pool will be down to names like "Marty's Quik Stop" and "Bessie's

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Justice system tough to understand

Foremost, I am shocked and so sorry to hear of Rob Carter's violent death. I echo our town's grief.I am trying - but I need help - understanding our justice system's logic in the events that allowed this.George Craigen was apparently on the lam 20 years f

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Yenney hits mark on need for pool

Two things that caught my eye in recent newspapers.One was Pat Yenney's guest column on the Walla Walla pool issue. Right on Pat, I couldn't have said it any better.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Hey, why not remove Idaho dams?

I find it interesting that all the letters to the editor from Idaho - the last from Mr. Burkholder - about dam removal on the Snake River never seem to mention removal of the seven or so dams in Idaho. Maybe Mr. Burkholder would enlighten us.Staring with

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Road signs can be fun

Let's take a look at signs and put some humor in them.In some areas you will find the sign that reads "Slow Children." Now are they telling you their children are slow, or do they mean reduce your car speed?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sharia law remains a threat

A recent letter to the U-B stated that our Constitution protects our courts from Sharia law. Well, since political correctness and stupidity have taken over, our Constitution is under attack!Fox News reported in October 2011 that a Florida appeals court r

Devils explode in overtime

$n$ Wa-Hi comes from behind to force overtime at 42-all, then explodes for a 60-46 shocker over Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Josh Eggers led a late game charge — hitting all eight of his overtime free throws and adding two buckets — to push the Blue Devils past the Wenatchee Panthers, 60-46.The Blue Devils outscored the Panthers 18-4 in overtime and neede

Wa-Hi girls escape Wenatchee with 49-44 win

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls earned a hard-fought road win here Saturday night.The Blue Devils got 10 points from Maddy Sirmon and nine from Torri Crawford in a 49-44 Big Nine Conference victory over the Panthers.'This was a huge win for us," Wa-Hi coach Jil

Road to Boston turns into marathon

Four marathons.Six years.Twenty-seven pairs of shoes.Thirty-five pounds lost.Sixty-four weeks of training.Almost 10,000 miles.One simple run around the block.A whole lot of determination, love, and support. That's what has gotten me to Boston. I never kne

Whitman cruises past PLU in Tacoma

The Missionaries win a pair of games in Tacoma to improve to 2-2 in NWC play.

TACOMA — Point guard Jenele Peterson scored 15 points and handed out a career-high nine assists to spark Whitman College to a 64-48 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in Tacoma.Whitman, now 2-2 in conference and 6-7 overall, seized the upper hand

Missionary men edge PLU, 58-57

TACOMA — Ignas Pavilonis knocked down a 3-pointer and Matt Mounier added a free throw as Whitman College held off Pacific Lutheran in the closing seconds for a 58-57 Northwest Conference men's basketball victory Saturday night, while on Friday night, Puge

Walla Walla product interim coach for Ala. A & M

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former Walla Walla Community College and DeSales baseball star Michael Tompkins has been named the interim head baseball coach at NCAA Division I Alabama A & M University, the school announced Thursday.Tompkins, an assistant coach at th

Wa-Hi crushes Davis in 46-point drubbing

Torri Crawford scores 18 points in the post as the Blue Devil girls dominate Davis, 73-37.

WALLA WALLA — Torri Crawford scored 18 points while MiKayla Ferenz and Maddie Jacobson added 12 and 10, respectively, to lead Wa-Hi to a 73-37 victory over Davis in a Big Nine Conference girls basketball game Friday night in the Blue Devil gym.Crawford ma

Weston-McEwen girls remain undefeated after 51-50 nail-biter

STANFIELD, Ore. — After a 53-37 win over an Irrigon team that had only lost three times on Friday night, Weston-McEwen pulled out a nail biting 51-50 win over Stanfield here Saturday in girls Blue Mountain Conference basketball action.

DeSales girls fall to Asotin as the Panthers take control of the SE2B

ASOTIN — Asotin took control of the Southeast 2B girls basketball race this weekend. The Panthers defeated Waitsburg-Prescott 59-43 Friday night and handed DeSales its first league loss here Saturday, 40-28.Asotin got off to a hot start Saturday night as

Dayton boys stomp, mercy rule L-C, 90-43

Three Bulldogs score more than 20 points as Dayton crushes Liberty Christian.

DAYTON — Forget double digits, the Dayton boys had three players break 20 points, led by Hayden Fullerton's 30, as the Bulldogs trampled Liberty Christian Saturday night, routing the Patriots 90-43.'We ran the floor and pushed the ball really well and pla

Mac-Hi, Pomeroy grapplers post strong finishes at JoHi Invitational

JOSEPH — Pomeroy had seven wrestlers place in the top five of their respective weight classes, and that helped the Pirates achieve a second-place finish in the annual JoHi Invitational tournament that wrapped up here Saturday. Mac-Hi had five wrestlers fi

WWCC women struggle in 62-53 loss

The Warriors only trailed 33-30 at the half to Columbia Basin, but end up with a nine-point loss.

WALLA WALLA ­— Columbia Basin College proved why it is the No. 1 ranked women's basketball team in the NWAACC Saturday night, defeating Walla Walla Community College, 62-53.The Warriors took the lead only once during the first half, but the Hawks quickly

Mac-Hi boys fall to La Grande 3-point barrage, 65-29

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 3-point barrage did Mac-Hi in here Friday in its Greater Oregon League opener against La Grande.La Grande connected on nine shots from beyond the 3-point arc, four in a decisive 25-5 third-quarter run, and posted a 65-29 victory over

Wa-Hi grapplers place sixth at Classic

NACHES — Though it was without five regulars, Wa-Hi managed a sixth-place finish here Saturday at the annual Ranger New Year wrestling classic.East Valley of Yakima won the team title with 127.5 points. Goldendale was a close second with 123, and host Nac

Blue Devil swimmers make waves, defeat Wenatchee 97-83

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Wa-Hi culminated a successful week in boys swimming action Saturday, as the Blue Devils swam past Wenatchee 97-83.'What a great meet," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. 'The two meets we had this week, Moses Lake Thursday and Wena

Hulce's 16 points not enough for W-P girls in loss to Asotin

ASOTIN — Despite 16 points and nine rebounds from Ronnie Hulce, the Waitsburg-Prescott girls suffered their first Southeast 2B League loss of the season here Friday night.The hometown Panthers took advantage of cold W-P shooting to post a 59-43 victory.

WWU men pick up sweep

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University completed a weekend men's basketball sweep here Saturday night with an 82-77 victory over Portland Bible College.On Friday, the Wolves outlasted New Hope Christian, 101-87, in overtime.In Saturday's win, Mark Moore l

Waitsburg-Prescott boys slip up against Asotin

Waitsburg-Prescott whiffs on late 3's as they fall to the Panthers, 49-45.

ASOTIN — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys suffered a 49-45 defeat to the host Panthers in Southeast 2B League basketball action here Friday night.W-P slipped to 1-2 in league and 4-7 overall.'It came down to the end," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. 'We took 80 perce

WWVA girls drop fourth straight in loss to Tri-Cities Prep

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy dropped its fourth straight Southeast 2B League girls basketball contest here Saturday night.The Knights lost a 44-32 decision to Tri-Cities Prep to fall to 4-6 overall.Alex Cuevos and Carinne Barnett led the Jag

Technical starts WWCC off in hole, CBC wins 66-51

WALLA WALLA — The Warrior men couldn't keep up with the Columbia Basin Hawks Saturday at the Dietrich Dome and lost 66-51 in the NWAACC Eastern Region basketball opener for both schools.Before the game even started, the Warriors nabbed two points from a t

Pomeroy girls double up on Touchet in 54-21 victory

TOUCHET — Pomeroy jumped out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter here Saturday and cruised to a 54-21 Southeast 1B League victory over the host Indians.Both teams were defeated on Friday night. The Pirates were nipped by Tekoa-Oakesdale, 53-52, and the India

Will Huesby's 25 leads Touchet boys past Pomeroy, 57-47

TOUCHET — Will Huesby scored 25 points and Eric Hines registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as Touchet picked up its first league win in Southeast 2B league play here Saturday night with a 57-47 victory over Pomeroy.Huesby enjoyed much

Weston-McEwen boys survive double overtime to defeat Irrigon Friday

STANFIELD — The Weston-McEwen boys survived a double-overtime battle with Irrigon at home Friday night and emerged with a 79-71 win, but couldn't get a last-second shot to go Saturday as the TigerScots dropped a 63-60 decision to Stanfield.The weekend spl

Saturday, January 7

Walla Walla voters to decide school levy renewal

Levy dollars help cover the cost of expenses considered outside of basic education.

WALLA WALLA - Area residents are being asked to continue funding for existing programs of Walla Walla Public Schools through a four-year levy.The 2012 Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy maintains funding provided from the previous levy,

Marketers set for Walla Walla campaign

The goal is to increase hotel occupancy by more than 12.5 percent over 2011.

WALLA WALLA - Tourism Walla Walla plans to build on the momentum of a banner year with a new marketing plan for 2012.A partnership with a new advertising and public relations firm is expected to bolster the already busy tourism season and build visits dur

GUEST - Community colleges can help meet jobs challenge

It was an honor for me to represent Walla Walla Community College when the Aspen Institute named our college as one of the five "institutions of distinction" and awarded us a $100,000 prize. This was a great and defining moment for all of the more than 1,

Workshop to help students, parents apply for financial aid

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School seniors and their families can attend free workshops focused on understanding and filling out the federal financial aid application.

Carter funeral overflows with people, memories

Rob Carter was killed while trying to shield an employee from a gunman.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Rob Carter would have been mortified, family members believe.His funeral on Friday at Milton Adventist Church enjoyed a massive attendance that may have kept more than a few wondering who was left to run the town.

Hadden adjusts to life by the numbers

Three years after a devastating accident, the quadriplegic talks about the challenges of living here while being handicapped.

WALLA WALLA - There are things to measure in Nels Hadden's life.Three - Nearly three years ago Nels was on his way home from work and came upon a car flipped over on the side of the road. The field engineer for U.S. Cellular pulled over to help at the Joh

Sales tax would fix Walla Walla streets

If approved by voters, the two-tenths of a percent would raise roughly $1 million per year.

WALLA WALLA - Last month's official approval over ballot measure wording has paved the way for a two-tenths of a percent sales-tax measure that will go before voters on Feb. 14.On Dec. 20, attorneys approved the wording, which stipulates how roughly $1 mi

Pedestrian hit; vehicle flees

WALLA WALLA - A hit-and-run involving a pedestrian Friday left a 32-year-old woman injured and only a general description of the vehicle that hit her.According to a Walla Walla Police report, Juana Kellie of the 2800 block of Kendall Road was crossing Sou


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

ETCETERA - Sweet Adelines chorus to host open house

Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is joining choruses worldwide to Teach the World to Sing.Like elsewhere, the local chorus will host an open house on Monday with four weeks of free vocal lessons and then a free month of membership in F


Unity Church of Peace to hear talk on forgiveness today

WEDDING Gwinn-Zito

Former Walla Wallan Michelle Gwinn and Brad Zito, of Kirkland, Wash., married Nov. 11, 2011, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Sergio Vasquez officiated.

ENGAGEMENT Ekberg-Gerlitz

Former Dayton resident Ryan Gerlitz and Valoree Ann Ekberg of Redmond, Ore., announce their engagement.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. Th

Redistricting plan seems good fit for Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County now has two representatives looking out for its interests in Congress.

The final decision on drawing the new boundaries for Washington state's congressional and legislative district is in.And Walla Walla County - from a political perspective (and what other kind is there when dealing with congressional and legislative distri

Friday, January 6

PANORAMA- End of the Line

Abandoned rail tracks, especially the ones in Walla Walla that are more known for jolting suspensions than jolting memories, nowadays are considered official items of antiquity.This is because many of the tracks around town are more than 100 years old and

Church Bulletin - 1/8/12

Unity Church of Peace to hear talk on forgiveness todayWALLA WALLA- Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will hear the Rev. Joy Kachel at 10 a.m. Sunday. Kachel will speak on forgiveneness. speaking onFridays, Unity Church holds a "Centering Prayer" group m

PASTOR COLUMN - Get in the yoke with Jesus, one day at a time

The elderly lady stood by the street curb, gazing down the road. She was looking for the return of her husband, who had absent-mindedly begun the very long drive toward home without her.Someone nearby offered to help, but

George Ball

May 23, 1915 - Jan. 1, 2012

Katherine (Kay) Monahan

May 23, 1952 – December 21, 2011

Ayden Green

Dec. 29, 2011 - Dec. 29, 2011

Lynne Masters (Grossman)

Dec. 22, 2011


Port of Columbia commissioners are Earle Marvin, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all present Wednesday commissioners:


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


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

In The Minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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

Etcetera - 01/06/12

Gov. Sean Parnell, R-Alaska, reappointed former Walla Walla Valley resident Debi Keith to the Alaska Mental Health Board.


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

Colloquium to feature business strategy, philanthropy speaker

COLLEGE PLACE -- Colleen Stiles, founder of a firm that specializes in philanthropy and business strategy, will be featured in a colloquium hosted Sunday by the School of Business at Walla Walla University.

Cutting sugar can help in lowering cholesterol

If you're trying to improve your cholesterol levels, it is a good idea to cut down on added sugar in your diet. Here's why.

Sheriff's Office probe remains unresolved

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

County's environmental health functions relocated

WALLA WALLA -- The county's Public Health Department is relocating its environmental health functions to 314 W. Main St. on Jan. 16.

Trial postponed for nurse in drug theft

Carrie C. Daudt is accused of diverting narcotics.

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a registered nurse accused of stealing liquid narcotics from Providence St. Mary Medical Center last year for her own use.

Ski outlook rosy at white-clad Bluewood

The springlike weather hasn't dampened the energy at Ski Bluewood, operators say.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: In icy winter workouts, preparation pays

Your alarm goes off at 5 a.m. for your morning run, you get out of bed and check the weather: it is 20 degrees.

Lawmakers have to make basic education top priority

The high court affirmed that Thursday but it, as it should, left it to the Legislature to fulfill the obligation to fund education.

Thursday the state Supreme Court ruled the state of Washington is failing to meet its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education for all children.

Letters To The Editor - It's time for commissioners to meet with sheriff

It is time for the Walla Walla County commissioners to remember that Sheriff Turner is an elected official. The majority of the residents in the county elected him.

PacifiCorp seeks rate hike

An increase approved last year hasn't been enough, the utility's parent company says.

WALLA WALLA -- Plans are heating up for another increase in electrical rates.

Buchan: College coaching ranks has distinct WW flavor

WALLA WALLA — Peter Sirmon's decision to return to the Pacific Northwest as a member of the University of Washington football coaching staff is welcome news.Sirmon, a 1995 Wa-Hi graduate, is a good guy who gives all of us here in Cougar Country a reason t

Dayton girls pick up first SE2B victory of season over WWVA

The Bulldogs pull out a 40-33 victory over the Knights with a late 12-4 run.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Hannah Woolever hit a 15-foot jumper with 4:45 left here Thursday in Southeast 2B girls basketball action.Woolever's bucket gave the Knights a 29-28 lead over Dayton, but the Bulldogs responded with a 12-4 run

Wa-Hi's Garrett, Giedeman qualify for state swim meet

The Blue Devil boys outswim Moses Lake, 93-77, as the duo hit state qualifying marks.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Austin Garrett qualified for the state meet in the 50 freestyle and Patrick Giedeman did the same in the 500 Free during a Big Nine dual meet against Moses Lake at Whitman College's Harvey Pool Thursday.Garrett swam the 500 Free in 2


Since arriving in the Walla Walla Valley a decade ago, the Ferenz family has had a marked impact on Valley hoops.

WALLA WALLA — Many families have a 'thing." That is, they have something, be it a hobby, sport, profession or something else, that draws them together. The Ferenz's (Ferenzi? Ferenzites? Ferenzes?) family of Walla Walla have basketball — all five of them.

Undefeated Dayton cruises past WWVA

Bulldog boys shut down the Knights' offense as Dayton improves to 9-0 with a 69-44 Southeast 2B victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Defense Bulldog-style was the story here Thursday in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.Dayton unrolled its defensive intensity to post a 69-44 win over Walla Walla Valley Academy and improve to 9-0 on the season, and 3-0 in league play.

Shauna Eubanks

June 13, 1966 - Jan. 3, 2012

Death Notice - Gerald Lightfoot

April 5, 1940 - Jan. 6, 2012

Thursday, January 5

Walla Walla chamber fetes community stalwarts

WALLA WALLA - People whose behind-the-scenes service has touched the lives of others throughout the community were honored at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's 129th annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 30.

Agreement struck in Milton-Freewater transient tax flap

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The city has resolved a delinquent tax issue with the Morgan Inn.

Home rental market for investors on an upswing locally and nationally

Housing has become cheaper, but tighter bank lending conditions are offsetting the ability for many buyers to take advantage of the good conditions, according to Realtor Mag, the official online magazine of the National Association of Realtors.


What: Renovations at the historic Whiteside Building, 51 E. Main St., Walla Walla, owned by Ron and Dana Dunning

Business Monthly Bio: Darcey Benzel

Business:Owner of Green & Jackson Medical and Equipment Sales, 1365 Dalles Military Road.

WWCC: Sowing seeds for innovation

With a national award under its belt, WWCC's is showing why it's no coincidence the area has one of the lowest jobless rates in the state.

One would think winning the distinction of being among the top five of more than 1,000 community colleges in the nation would be enough of a glow to last for a while.

Port looks at concept for industry park near landfill

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners got a sneak peek of a vision for a business park near the Sudbury Road Landfill during a December meeting.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

Beware absent 'landlord' rental scam

Scammers are using Craigslist real estate listings to steal money from unsuspecting would-be renters, according to an online posting emailed by Windermere Real Estate broker Doug Simcock in Walla Walla.

Baker Boyer's Clubb elected to Fed

WALLA WALLA -- The president and chief executive of Baker Boyer Bank has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Sweet Adelines to offer free vocal lessons

Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International offers free vocal lessons at the Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St.Lessons will be on 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 9-30.The lessons are for women of all ages who enjoy singing.For more information, call 509-52

Business clippity-clops along in WW

Jim Fenley calls his and wife Amy's business "the most fun you can have at 3 miles per hour."

Hiring picture appears brighter at end of year

The job market outlook looked rosier in November and into early December.

Lloyd Jones band to play Sapolil

The Lloyd Jones Struggle will perform live at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., on March 2. Over the years, Jones and the band have consistently won awards from the Cascade Blues Association, Northwest Area Musicians Association and the Washington Blues So

Artist's reception Jan. 12 for Anne Bullock at BMCC

PENDLETON -- A reception for Walla Walla artist Anne Bullock will be held 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave.For this exhibition, "Interwoven¬?: Art of Accretion," Bullock has

Walla Walla Roastery to show Kuschatka works Jan. 12

WALLA WALLA -- "Blue: Like the Glitter in a Child's Hair," new works by Anikó Samu Kuschatka, will be displayed Jan. 12, at the Walla Walla Roastery, 290 A St.The exhibition is a series of modern "icon like" images of mothers with their children, accordin

Tamástslikt's first youth art show on tap

PENDLETON -- Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard, will present its first youth art show and competition which will be on display Jan. 9-Feb. 18.ArtWORKz features art from youth throughout the region under the age of 19.Since its open


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

Etcetera - 01/05/12

They served us well while bringing cheer, added light and heavenly evergreen scents into our homes. But now it's time to kick those Christmas trees to the curb -- and for a good cause.

Letters To The Editor - A library without borders

Language by alphabet executed via cell phones. Really? The printed word reigns supreme. Gathered, preserved, cataloged and shared by libraries around the world.

Tipsy Taxi totes 264 tipplers

More party-goers than ever tapped Walla Walla's designated driving service over the holidays.

New chief named for Walla Walla Small Business Development Center

Joe Jacobs will take the reins of the recently reborn Small Business Development Center.

WALLA WALLA -- An entrepreneur, business executive and former small-business owner will be the new adviser for Walla Walla's Small Business Development Center.

Charging crime victim with manslaughter seems wrong

The benefit of the doubt should go to the victim of a crime.

When people are protecting themselves or their property with physical force, bad things can happen. People can be seriously hurt or even die.

Furry jailbreak reported in Dayton

DAYTON - A pit bull-type dog was busted out of the Dayton impound on Christmas Eve, according to Public Works Assistant Superintendant Sal Benavides. An attempt to pound-break a second dog was reported Wednesday.


Silhouetted against the upper rim of Bennington Lake on Wednesday afternoon, two men walk from open sky into the fire-hued clouds of a blazing, winter sunset. The day's temperature of 69 degrees easily topping the previous high of 60 degrees set on Jan. 4, 2008.

Wednesday blows away record high in Walla Walla

The day was nearly the warmest on record for the month and was 9 degrees above the previous Jan. 4 mark set in 2008.

WALLA WALLA -- Winter? What winter?Warm air pushing through the area caused temperatures to soar to a record 69 degrees Wednesday, easily topping the previous high of 60 degrees set on Jan. 4, 2008.The very mild winter day nearly tied the overall record h

Death Notice - Emma Russell

May 11, 1913 - Jan. 5, 2012

Death Notice - Linda Hermann

May 22, 1964 - jan. 4, 2012

Samuel J. Fazzari

November 16, 1919 – January 2, 2012

Shauna Eubanks

June 13, 1966 - Jan. 3, 2012

Gabriel Juarez

Dec. 31, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2011

Wednesday, January 4

George Ball lived his life as a good neighbor to everybody

WALLA WALLA-- George Ball, as we all know, was a good neighbor to every man and woman he ever met. But he was especially dear to those of us fortunate enough to live close to him and his wife, Nancy, in the Fulton-Stanton-University-Brookside-Clinton stre

Letters To The Editor - Comment offered on drugs, supplements

I am happy Don Casebolt decided to acknowledge drugs approved by the FDA are not always as safe as he stated. Now I feel obligated to respond to some of his concerns about me, the letter writer he mentioned in his column.

Americans need stronger foundation in basic civics

Sadly, a recent survey found that adults in this country know little about basic civics.

Voters should have a clear understanding -- as in a strong foundation -- in how American government works in order to cast their ballots wisely when electing public officials.

Charges pending for Milton-Freewater shooting suspect

George W. Craigen has not signed an extradition waiver that would send him to Oregon.

WALLA WALLA - Charges have yet to be filed against George W. Craigen, 49, in connection with the shooting death of a Milton-Freewater man.


Aaron G. Jones, 19, Altadena, Calif., was charged Dec. 29 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Jones is accused of unlawfully possessing psilocyn or psilocybin, unlawfully manufacturing marijuana and using drug parapher

Etcetera - 01/04/12

Here's an opportunity to plan ahead for Camp Fire USA's BeneVint Wine Auction, which will be Jan. 28 at Charles Smith Wines' downtown tasting room, 35 S. Spokane St.

Trial date set for Walla Walla man in chase

The chase started last month during a traffic stop of Daniel D. Brasel, whose license was suspended.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon to leading authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county last month.

Meeting will explore marketing WW area

If you show up tonight for Tourism Walla Walla's annual meeting, you'll be 24 hours early.


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

Inmate's assault trial to go forward

Marcus Van Cleary is accused of stabbing a correctional officer with a pen.

WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary inmate accused of stabbing a correctional officer with a ballpoint pen in March has been found competent to stand trial.

Walla Walla man sentenced in February riot

Birzavit Carmona-Hernandez was ordered to perform community service for his role in the February 2011 fight.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty to a riot charge in connection with a reported gang-related fight in early February last year was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 80 hours of community service.

Registration open for annual cereal grain seminar

WALLA WALLA -- Registration is now open for the annual Walla Walla County Cereal Grain Seminar.

Washington, Oregon state police report on New Years DWI arrests

The recent New Year's holiday resulted in a rash of driving-while-impaired arrests, state police in Washington and Oregon reported.

Four-day school week cuts learning opportunities

The Eatonville School District is considering cutting 30 days a year from the schedule to save money. The harm to education isn't worth the small savings.

As school districts across the state look for ways to cut costs in the midst of Washington's financial struggles, talk of four-day school weeks has surfaced. And at least one district -- Eatonville -- is giving the idea serious consideration.

Walla Walla health official wraps up career in safety

Barry Jenkins spent 36 years working in environmental health for Walla Walla County.

WALLA WALLA -- Barry Jenkins has some plans, and those include staying away from any kitchens other than his own. Even that might be iffy, he said with a smile.On Friday, Jenkins sat in his office preparing to pack up a 36-year career in environmental hea

Mac-Hi offense absent in loss to Riverside

The Pioneer boys hit just nine field goals in a 69-22 loss to the Pirates Tuesday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi boys basketball team committed 27 turnovers and connected on just nine field goals in a 69-22 loss to the Riverside Pirates here Tuesday evening.'Riverside is definitely the best team that we've played so far," Mac-Hi coach C

Pomeroy boys handle late Irish 3-pointers to take 49-33 victory

POMEROY — A flurry of 3-pointers wasn't close to enough for DeSales to overcome a 41-16 fourth quarter deficit as the Irish fell to Pomeroy Tuesday night, 49-33.Darryl Galloway led the Irish with seven points on two 3-pointers and a free throw.Tyson Feide

Irish trio hit double digits as DeSales downs Pomeroy

POMEROY — Three Irish broke double digits and Stephanie Ferrel scored 18 points to help lead DeSales over Pomeroy in Southeast 1B-2B interleague basketball Tuesday night, 63-24.Torri Koller led the Pirates with 14 points on the night on four 3-pointers.

Mac-Hi's Alberto Garcia named to all-state soccer team

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi senior Alberto Garcia has been selected to the Oregon Class 4A all-state soccer team as a defender.Earlier, the Pioneers' three-year starter was named to the all-Greater Oregon League first team.'He was a very solid defender for

Pirates outduel Pioneers

Mac-Hi's girls force 25 Riverside turnovers and outrebound the Pirates, but lose the game, 43-32.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi girls forced 25 turnovers and outrebounded the Riverside Pirates 32-11, but they couldn't break another one into the win column as the Pioneers lost, 43-32.The Pioneers committed 28 turnovers of their own — 14 in each half.Th

Hulce's 16 points lead W-P girls to 38-32 victory over Weston-McEwen

WAITSBURG — Ronnie Hulce scored 16 points to lead the Waitsburg-Prescott girls to a 38-32 victory over Weston-McEwen in cross-state basketball Tuesday night.The TigerScots struggled in the first half, only putting up seven points and taking a 17-7 deficit

Reich leads TigerScot boys past W-P

WAITSBURG — Dallas Reich obviously enjoys playing on the Waitsburg High School basketball court.Reich, Weston-McEwen's senior sharpshooter, hit a trio of 3-point baskets and scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter here Tuesday night and rallied t

Liberty Christian boys fall to Touchet's furious rally

TOUCHET — Slow and steady did not win the basketball game for the Liberty Christian boys Tuesday night. The Patriots took advantage of Touchet turnovers and miscues to take a 39-32 lead into the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points in each of the first three

Indian girls' fourth-quarter rally falls short to Patriots, 49-46

TOUCHET — Touchet went on a 19-9 fourth-quarter run but fell short of making a comeback as the Indian girls fell to Liberty Christian in Southeast 1B-2B interleague play Tuesday night, 49-46.Kristen Warner, a 5-foot-8 forward/guard, accounted for the majo

South Fork Walla Walla River Trail leads painful fall


Judging from the wet spot on my jacket's left sleeve and the damp chill on my left buttock, I had hit the frozen ground on my side.It happened on an uphill two-track 20 yards past the crumbling Demaris Cabin on the South Fork Walla Walla River Trail.I hit

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Tuesday, January 3

Walla Walla County opts into stewardship program

The program is intended to help stem challenges and lawsuits related to agricultural activities.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners voted Tuesday to opt into the state Voluntary Stewardship Program.The program, approved by the state Legislature last year, is aimed at balancing the needs of farmers and ranchers with protection of critical

Walla Walla County to be split between Congressional districts

The western part of the county will now be in U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings' district, the east in that of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County will have a split personality when it comes to the next Congressional elections.According to the final plan approved late Sunday by the Washington State Redistricting Commission, the western half of the county will be in

ROCK DOC - Malignancies don't get past smell test with medical dogs

Dogs are loyal, playful, loving and sometimes cute as a button. It's no wonder we love them.Dogs were likely one of the very first animals we humans domesticated. They've been sitting around our campfires for a very long time. We train them to sit, shake

EATING LOCAL - Consider year-round resolutions for mind, body, soul and spirit

The coming of a new year gives us a fresh start, a chance to make positive changes in our lives and to begin new habits for the future.I'm not usually one for making New Year's resolutions. I've tried it in years past but didn't keep up with them and gave

ETCETERA - Milton-Freewater drive yields boxes brimming with food, Christmas spirit

Milton-Freewater Ministerial Association's annual food basket drive brought out the best in people who made it a record year of giving and community participation.

$n$ YOUR GARDEN - Season of white calls for evergreen thinking in garden

Winter may keep you out of the garden, but winter shouldn't keep the garden out of the landscapeThe season is another great time to assess your landscape. Many gardeners forget to add winter interest into their yard plan, planting only spring and summer p

LEGAL BRIEFING - Rowdy diners rude, but not a court matter

Dear John,The other day my wife and I were at a restaurant. We were enjoying a nice meal when a group of teenagers came in and were seated at a booth about 20 feet from us. Well, they were not just loud and laughing, they were also vulgar.

SKINNY THOUGHTS - Great advice from reader helped keep holiday pounds off

WHEW! The holiday season is over. It was a tough three months, but I survived! I sure hope you all did, too.The holidays are so bittersweet even for people in good health, I'm sure. It is such a cheerful time of the year, filled with cheerful people, tryi

From movies to the Why-MCA

Jentzen Mooney started the YMCA's Creative Club to help kids build mental connections

For a newcomer to Walla Walla and the YMCA staff, Jentzen Mooney hasn't wasted any time making his mark.Drawing from his experience in Los Angeles as a computer graphics wizard in the movie industry, as YMCA technology instructor he now has local youths p


Steven V. Pato, 46, 55832 W. Crockett Road, Milton-Freewater, was charged Dec. 27 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one count of third-degree driving while license suspended.

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Common courtesy knows no gender

Before we progress further in this discussion, allow me to clarify an important point: I do know how to open doors.OK, now that's past us, let's talk about men opening doors for women, or not opening doors for women.And whether they should, because it's a

On The Agenda - Dayton School Board

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

On The Agenda - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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

On The Agenda - Columbia County

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


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

Surprise arrival first of new year in Walla Walla

Maria Lara and Jose Luis Lara Diaz welcomed their son to the world early New Year's Day.

WALLA WALLA -- Maria Lara was ready to ring in the new year at her family's house, starting with dinner.But an unexpected guest shifted the night's plans for everyone."I was getting my jacket on, and my water broke," said the 20-year-old Walla Walla resid

Starling eradication to cease at landfill, official says

A mass poisoning at the city landfill won't be repeated due to neighborhood concerns.

WALLA WALLA -- Nevermore is the vow from a city official about a recent starling eradication program that left a couple of Sudbury Landfill neighbors' yards littered with hundreds of dead birds.


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

Unity Church of Peace holds prayer meditation

WALLA WALLA - Come and join Unity Church of Peace in learning about and practicing "centering prayer meditation."

Grace Christian Center to host citywide worshop Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Grace Christian Center, 49 Wallula Ave., will host a winter citywide worship Friday.

Columbia County eyes voluntary stewardship program

DAYTON -- Columbia County Commissioners will consider a resolution Wednesday to participate in the Ruckelshaus Voluntary Stewardship Program.

Branding, marketing plan for WW to be unveiled

WALLA WALLA -- A new branding and marketing plan for the city will be unveiled at Wednesday's annual meeting of Tourism Walla Walla.

Letters To The Editor - The cost of war is staggering

With as little fanfare as possible, the American military has exited Iraq after nine years of unrelenting war. There was no banner heralding "Mission Accomplished."

Extradition pending for Milton-Freewater man in shooting

Extradition is pending for George W. Craigen, suspected of killing Cecil 'Rob' Carter last week.

WALLA WALLA -- Extradition is pending for the suspect in last week's homicide west of Milton-Freewater.At a hearing this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court, George W. Craigen asked to speak to an attorney before agreeing to return to Umatilla Co

Boy Scouts plan Christmas tree pickup for weekend

WALLA WALLA -- The Boy Scouts will again collect Christmas trees this coming Saturday and Sunday.To ensure that you get on their confirmed pickup list, send an e-mail at While the Scouts will systematically work every street in th

Whitman women roll up La Sierra

The Missionaries defeat La Sierra with ease as 14 players see time.

WALLA WALLA — Jennifer Keyes and Sarah Anderegg came off the bench to score 12 points apiece as Whitman College rolled over La Sierra 74-45 in non-conference basketball action Monday night in Sherwood Center.Whitman (4-7) sent 14 players into the game and

UW hires Wa-Hi grad Sirmon

Washington hires 1995 Wa-Hi grad Peter Sirmon to help rebuild struggling Husky defense.

SEATTLE — Washington's efforts to rebuild its lagging defense turned Monday to two men with deep ties to one of UW's most heated rivals — the University of Oregon.By the time Monday ended, though, Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon were Huskies, entrusted wit

Monday, January 2

ETCETERA - 1/2/12

But of course there would be a "Washington Beer Blog -- Everything beer in the Evergreen State."I found out through my great Google Alert system that once per day sends me a heads-up anytime it spots Walla Walla mentioned in something online.

Law on underage drinking punishes wrong people

Law on underage drinking punishes wrong people

xThe hearts of the Mercer Island City Council members are in the right place, but they've misplaced their brains.In an effort to combat youth drinking, the Council decided to fine parents $250 if underage drinking occurs in their home. OK, that's not such

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Time to change election funding

I am writing in support of Mary Lou Yokum's letter of Dec. 4 in which she voiced opposition to the Supreme Court decision which granted "personhood" to corporations.That vote, predictably, was a 5 to 4 decision. I need not go into which justices voted in

Community gathers to remember Cecil "Rob" Carter

About 250 local residents attended a candlelight vigil for Cecil "Rob" Carter Sunday evening at the Milton-Freewater Sports Complex on County Road just west of Milton-Freewater. For almost an hour friends and family shared many stories, thoughts and fond

Emergency services - 1/2/12

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 - Port of Columbia

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

Landfill to discontinue starling eradication program

WALLA WALLA — Nevermore is the vow from a city official about a recent starling eradication program that left a couple of Sudbury Landfill neighbors' yards littered with hundreds of dead birds.'I am not going to use it on my property (Sudbury Landfill) ag

December fell short on promise of precipitation

WALLA WALLA — Winter got off to a dry start last month.Despite the promise of wetter conditions due to a moderate La Nina weather pattern, December fell short, especially in terms of snow.The month ended with only 1.22 inches of precipitation, all of it c

SCIENCE MATTERS - Science built on observation and experiments

Science is built on experiment and critical observation. Any hypothesis worthy of consideration must allow for, or propose, tests for its validation.However, before investing huge amounts of time and resources on actual, physical experiments, in many inst

Whitman's George Ball dies

WALLA WALLA — A widely revered and influential Whitman College professor has died. George H. Ball, who has an endowed chair in the humanities named after him, died Sunday at the age of 96, the college reported.Ball's career spanned five decades, com

Sunday, January 1

George West Craigen arrested in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — George West Craigen, the suspect in a fatal shooting west of Milton-Freewater, was apprehended Sunday afternoon by Walla Walla County deputies.Craigen, 49, was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting Friday of Cecil “Rob” Carter.The crime



Police: Milton-Freewater shooting suspect arrested in Walla Walla

George W. Craigen was taken into custody this afternoon after several reports that he had been sighted in the area. Law Enforcement in Umatilla County and local agencies began scouring the area after the reports came in that Craigen was seen heading towar



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ideas to help save money in federal budget

In your editorial of Dec. 27, you requested additional ideas to reduce the federal budget and save taxpayer money. Here are mine.1. Change tort law to require the loser to pay winner's expenses as does Canada. Cuts down frivolous lawsuits.2. The Energy De

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dams must go to help wild salmon

In a letter to the editor recently published by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Aaron Bennett questioned the motives of those of us in Idaho who want the four lower Snake River dams removed.Our motive is to recover the once abundant salmon runs of the Sna

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Charen supports Israel whether it is right or wrong

In an earlier letter, I took columnist Mona Charen to task for some of her extreme views. I asked "what would Israel have to do to deserve her criticism?"Now, in response to her article in the Union-Bulletin on Dec. 26, titled "Obama Not Fooling Anyone Ab

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Attack on Christian churches condemned

I condemn the bombing of Christian churches in Nigeria on Christmas Day. The action of Boko Haram, which claims to be an Islamic organization, is totally against the Sacred Law of the Divine.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pierce gives her all to community

I have known Liz Pierce since I was a young child. My mother worked for her at Costume Creations when her shop was located downtown on Main Street. In the many years of knowing Liz, she gives her all to bring magic and love to our community.We've most rec

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Administration, Congress aren't doing job

More than 900 days have elapsed since the administration produced a federal balanced budget. It waits until the last two months to deal with a serious issue, then wants to pass it without paying for a two-month "Band Aid." This does not help businesses de

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline would be beneficial

An oil pipeline from Canada to Texas would be a big boon to the U.S. It would create much needed jobs and decrease our need for oil from unfriendly regions of the world.So why is Obama procrastinating? He just wants to be re-elected. If he says yes to the

Veterinary office to offer free pet-care education

WALLA WALLA - Animal Clinic of Walla Walla presents free pet-care education in a series of lunchtime learning sessions beginning Jan. 10.

Watershed partnership looks to expand advisory group

WALLA WALLA - A local watershed management board is seeking applicants to expand its advisory group.The Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership is looking for an interested stakeholder who could serve as an appointed member of its Policy Advisory Gro

Walla Walla School Board to hold workshop Tuesday

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday, followed by an executive session.The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. and is being held at the home of board member Anne Golden, 1107 Pleasant St.During its work session, the