Stories for June 2012

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Saturday, June 30

Local Red Cross seeks volunteers

WALLA WALLA — The agency that helps others is finding itself in need of a little assistance.The Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking for volunteers to join its disaster preparedness teams.With enough people on b

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

STREET CLOSURE

Railroad work by a private contractor at Rose Street and 13th Avenue will result in lane restrictions from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Minor delays are possible and detour routes will be in place.

IN THE MINUTES

Touchet School Board

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

COURT REPORT

Superior Court

"Terrific Tuesdays' challenges youths

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Public Library's "Terrific Tuesdays" summer program brought the Pacific Science Center's traveling exhibit to area children this week.The "Space Odyssey" exhibit gave children of all ages a chance to explore the stars and con

DAILY BULLETIN

Body of boy missing after boat sank recovered

College Place Lions stage "The Big Event'

COLLEGE PLACE - Hundreds of pancakes were served up for a cause on Saturday at what Lions Club members call "The Big Event."The $3 pancake breakfast and community yard-sale raised money for Boy Scout Troop 312's summer camp fees, while in the parking lot

Wildfire defense project to launch

WALLA WALLA — A project to help rural residents protect their homes from wildfires will get under way Tuesday.The Fire Defensible Space Hazard Mitigation Project will target the area in the southeastern portion of Walla Walla County. This

Dock permit application period opens

WALLA WALLA — The application period for new private individual dock permits on Lake Wallula open today.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District office will accept the applications through July. Lake Wallula is located behind

WEDDING Deal-Jackson

Alyssa Deal and Duane Jackson of Walla Walla wed June 16, 2012, at Lions Park, College Place. The Rev. Diane Crawford officiated.

SENIOR BRIEFING

Six driver safety courses, sponsored by AARP, offered

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

OUR READERS OPINIONS

Dams are more valuable than some want to believe

Friday, June 29

Gene Krause

December 26, 1946 — June 19, 2012

Mary Louise Abajian

July 21, 1923 — June 26, 2012

Church Bulletin

First Christian Church welcomes new pastor

Donald Dalgliesh

1934 - 2012

Dorothy Towslee

Sept. 12, 1923 - June 28, 2012

Joanne Ray

March 31, 1936 - June 23, 2012

Carole Richmond

Jan. 11, 1935 - June 25, 2012

Stanley Dicus

Aug. 5, 1937 - June 19, 2012

Take time to understand Initiative 1240

Public education is failing. Or so I was told today by a stranger collecting signatures for Initiative 1240.

Emergency Services - 06/29/12

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

Judge rules no insurance claim for stolen marijuana

DAYTON (AP) -- A Clarkston woman whose medical marijuana was stolen can't recover the loss under her renter's insurance policy because no legal value for the drug can be established.

Grant to improve conditions at Lillie Rice Center

WALLA WALLA -- A grant from the Don and Virginia Sherwood Trust is going to give disabled employees a better working environment.

Cuts in food programs to hit county households

WALLA WALLA -- Nearly 70 households in Walla Walla County will feel the impact of Washington state's decision to halve a food assistance program come Sunday.

Death Notice - Dorothy Towslee

Sept. 12, 1923 - June 28, 2012

William Bertram Dingle

Jan. 10, 1924 - June 22, 2012

Diamond Busters win Rampage tourney

LEWISTON — The Walla Walla Diamond Busters '96 16-and-under fastpitch team won the Hells Canyon Rampage tournament here last weekend.The Diamond Busters are made up of players from Walla Walla, Touchet, Moses lake and the Tri-Cities.The Diamond Busters op

Walla Walla Tennis and Wine camp back on

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camp is back after selling out its inaugural camp last year with three sessions this summer.Camps began last week, and continue July 12-15 and July 19-22 at Whitman College. Camp coaches include Whitman Colleg

Sweets down Elks 5-1 to win series

Tyler Roberts' effort on the mound is backed by consistent offense as Walla Walla hands Bend the defeat.

WALLA WALLA — Tyler Roberts was perfect through five innings and the Sweets scored runs in three straight innings to earn a series victory over Bend with a 5-1 victory Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.The Sweets (9-13) have now won their last two series

Bears open Firecracker tournament with victory

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Bears won their opening game in the Beetles Firecracker Tournament Thursday, defeating the Columbia Basin Desert Dogs, 4-3, with Josh Eggers' sacrfice fly in the top of the seventh inning plating the winning run.“We left 14 runner

Thursday, June 28

Stories of two early settlers on tap at Fort Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The lives of area pioneers Sarah Jane Williams and Fred Stine will be portrayed this weekend at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.Williams will be portrayed at 2 p.m. Saturday by Walla Walla native and retired nurse Teri Sannar.Sarah Ja

Country music star Sara Evans to perform July 28

PENDLETON — Multiplatinum RCA recording artist Sara Evans will perform July 28 in an outdoor concert at Wildhorse Resort and Casino.Named the 2006 Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year, Evans has also been recognized as one of People Maga

Athena's Caledonian Games are July 14-15

ATHENA — The Caledonian Games, an annual Scottish heritage festival, will be July 14-15 in City Park and the high school track adjoining the park.The ceilidh dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday kicks off the festivities with food and live music and a sheepdog demo

Walla Walla Lacy Lacers to demonstrate lace making at Whitman Mission

WALLA WALLA — During Lace Day, the Walla Walla Lacy Lacers will give demonstrations that focus on the art of making lace from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7 at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.Many examples of lace will be displayed

From Salsa to country cool, Walla Faces to have music tonight through Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Faces tasting room has lined up some varied musical entertainment for the weekend.Tonight, Eddie Manzanares and Café Blanco will play salsa tunes for dancing.Friday night, the Dakota Brown Band from Pendleton takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Lives of missionary, voyageur to be highlighted at Whitman Mission

WALLA WALLA — Missionary Narcissa Whitman and voyageur Francois Presse will be featured in portrayals this weekend at the Whitman Mission National Historic SiteStoryteller, musician and historian Karen Haas' presentation of Narcissa will take place at 2 p

Walla Walla Symphony offers Midsummer Night Music

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Symphony will present Midsummer Night Music, a concert weekend July 13-15, at the Power House Theatre, 11 N. Sixth Ave.Yaacov Bergman will conduct three performances with a chamber-sized Walla Walla Symphony joined by world-r

Battle of the Bands entries sough for Umatilla County Fair

HERMISTON — Umatilla County Fair organizers are seeking bands to participate in the Battle of the Bands competition which will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 on the main entertainment stage during the fair.Contestants will be evaluated on vocal and instrumental p

Reception tonight for photog's work on canvas

WALLA WALLA — A collection of vivid photos on canvas by Walla Walla Valley professional photographer Greg Lehman will be exhibited this summer at Stevens Gallery in Whitman College's Reid Campus Center.An opening reception, with refreshments, will be at t

Emergency Services - 06/28/12

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

On the agenda - COLUMBIA COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT

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

Columbia County Commissioners to hold special meeting

The Columbia County board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday at 1 p.m. in its chambers in the Columbia County Courthouse in Dayton.

Charlotte Hutchens

June 19, 1911 - June 25, 2012

Five Wa-Hi players named to Louisville Slugger teams

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Wa-Hi had five softball players named to 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-Region teams.Blue Devil outfielder TraeAnn Payne was named to the West Region first team, with pitcher Alyson Ambler, second baseman Jordi Storm and

Griz split with Tri-Cities Badgers

WALLA WALLA — With four important league games in the recent rear-view mirror and a busy tournament schedule fast approaching, Walla Walla Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke skimped on pitching Wednesday afternoon at Murr Field.It worked in the first game as the Gr

Wednesday, June 27

Walla Walla Native Plant Society hosting study this weekend

WALLA WALLA -- The Columbia Basin Chapter and its Walla Walla membership are sponsoring the 2012 Washington Native Plant Association Study Weekend this weekend.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Water park plan is too large

I am in favor of an aquatic center in Walla Walla, but am disappointed in the way our city planners have gone about it. They should have followed the successful business principle of "crawl, walk, and then run."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Aquatic center is a luxury

How many times do we have to vote "no" before the city gets it? My property taxes have tripled since I bought my home 20 years ago.

Emergency Services - 06/27/12

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

Walla Walla fireworks on Fourth moved to WWCC

WALLA WALLA -- The annual Fourth of July public fireworks display this year will move to Walla Walla Community College.

Death Notice - Mary Abajian

July 21, 1923 - June 26, 2012

Carl Zahl

May 22, 1949 - June 12, 2012

Kymberlee Ann Dill

Oct 9, 1969 - June 24, 2012

Walla Walla Valley BMX race day rescheduled for Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley BMX is celebrating that the sport is in the Olympics by offering free races to all ages at the track at Fort Walla Walla on Sunday.The race day was originally scheduled last Saturday, but was rained out.At 10 a.m. there wi

Griz wrap up league play with split

The Walla Walla Griz assure themselves no less than second place in league as they finish the league slate at 12-4.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz assured themselves of no less than a second-place finish in the final Central Washington Single A American Legion League standings Monday by splitting a league doubleheader with Pendleton at Murr Field.The Griz, who had

Bruins sweep Blues with extra-inning win in nightcap

Walla Walla picks up a pair of wins over Wenatchee, 3-2 and 8-6.

WENATCHEE — Nothing came easy for the Walla Walla Bruins here Tuesday in a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader against the Wenatchee Blues.The Bruins managed just four hits and had to overcome a couple of defensive miscu

Tuesday, June 26

Emergency Services - 06/26/12

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

Walla Walla School Board to discuss facilities needs

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Wednesday to discuss facilities needs. The session starts at 8:30 a.m. in the district's board room, 364 S. Park St.

Let's fix library trouble the 'Walla Walla way'

The need for a library to serve the whole Valley remains.

Walla Walla's got talent

I thought everyone was left speechless after seeing Wa-Hi's wonderful performance of "The Sound of Music," until I read letters of praise from Lidia Friederich and Shirley Waite.

Death Notice - Janet Angotti

Nov. 24, 1935 - June 22, 2012

Patrick Sampier

April 6, 1912 - June 22, 2012

Elmer “Eddie" Edvalson

March 26, 1925 - June 23, 2012

JoeAn Clark

April 12, 1931 - June 21, 2012

Dennis Hawkins

Feb. 24, 1949 - June 19, 2012

Power failure in College Place

UPDATE at 10:05 a.m. - According to Columbia REA, power has been restored in College Place.•••COLLEGE PLACE - A power failure has been reported along Myra Road here this morning.Some customers of Columbia Rural Electric Association have reported a power f

WWCC ropes rodeo championship

Walla Walla Community College won its second men's team championship in five years at the College National Finals Rodeo, held in Casper, Wyo.Led by Bryce Palmer's first-place finish in the men's all-around standings, the Walla Wallans totaled 750 points a

Walla Walla Wrath tie for third at Rattler Rumbler

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Wrath fastpitch team finished tied for third in the golf bracket at the Rattler Rumble here over the weekend.The Wrath opened with a 13-0 win over the Zillah Leopards in five innings on Saturday, and then a 15-0 win over the E

Walla Walla Sweets complete sweep of Kitsap

BREMERTON — The Sweets scored six runs over the course of the fifth and sixth innings, and escaped a ninth-inning jam as Kris Paulino turned a potential game-tying hit into a game-ending double play on Monday night at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.With th

Walla Walla Bears win High Desert Classic

The Bears down the Tri-County Outlaws for the third time in four days on Sunday to win the Legion tourney.

EPHRATA, Wash. — The Walla Walla Bears defeated the Tri-County Outlaws for the third time in four days here Sunday in the championship game of the High Desert Classic American Legion baseball tournament. Sunday's 7-5 victory in the championship game was p

Monday, June 25

Emergency Services - 06/25/12

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

Chip sealing begins today on county roads

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Public Works Department will begin its chip sealing program today. Work will continue on various county roads through early August.

Motorcyclist lost control in wind

LOWDEN - A 60-year-old Pasco man died Saturday after he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and collided with two oncoming pickup trucks.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Save your pity for the 1 percent

An answer to my letter "Get corporations, super-wealthy off our backs" wrote it off as "class warfare." Read on and decide who is the victim.

Bobby J Rhay

January 29, 1921 - June 17, 2012

Rosa Webb

March 28, 1938 - June 20, 2012

Robert France

May 8, 1945 - June 13, 2012

William Davis

Aug. 31, 1925 - June 20, 2012

Death Notice - Doyle Bertram

Oct. 12, 1953 - June 21, 2012

Death Notice - Stanley Johnson

June 23, 2012

Death Notice - Joanne Ray

June 23, 2012

Death Notice - Elmer Edvalson

June 23, 2012

Death Notice - W. Bertram Dingle

June 22, 2012

Death Notice - Marshall Todhunter

Nov. 22, 1933 - June 22, 2012

Walla Walla Sweets pull off sweep of Kitsap BlueJackets

BREMERTON — Walla Walla scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to win game one and then scored the 10 consecutive runs to pull away in game two to sweep Kitsap on Sunday evening at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.Facing the BlueJackets (6-16) in a d

Griz dominate Diamondjax, 12-5 and 10-0

PENDLETON — The Walla Walla Griz walked past the Pendleton Diamondjax 12-5 here Sunday in the first game of a Central Washington American Legion Single A League baseball doubleheader.In the nightcap, the Griz rode Gavin McEvoy's three-hit shutout and a 12

Dunovant, Smith team up to top gross at Couples Chapman

WALLA WALLA — Ronnie Smith and Dona Dunovant of Walla Walla teamed up for a 147 score to claim the top gross prize in the annual Walla Walla Country Club Couples Chapman golf tournament that concluded Sunday.The Smith-Dunovant duo finished three shots in

Sunday, June 24

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Anyone for president - but Obama and Romney

Here's what the most influential people with regard to the economy were saying early in 2008 about the U.S. economy:CNN Money, Jan. 10, 2008, "Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated that the Fed does not believe the economy will slip into a rece

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ranting about the rich is a scam

Democrat class warfare is becoming tiresome (Get corporations, super-wealthy off our backs, June 15). "They would happily gut Social Security and Medicare ... break unions and ensure wages stay depressed ... many of the wealthiest Americans don't do anyth

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - We can learn much from British

"Would a queen end U.S. political deadlock?" published June 10, was only the beginning of what could be an interesting discussion.Harry Truman had a sign in his office reading, "The buck stops here." Not quite.A president blames a do-nothing Congress, whi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Look up definition of environmentalist

Opinion writers continue to bad mouth environmentalists. I suggest they look in the dictionary to see what an environmentalist is. Perhaps you really are anti-environment.As for "best science" it reveals that man is a part of and is dependent upon the nat

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mid-Columbia Libraries could be answer

The news that the leadership of the Walla Walla Public Library and the board of directors of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District have failed to come up with a solution to our community's library funding problems is deeply disappointing.The "Libr

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Is rule of country still controlled by Constitution?

For this layman, recent events seem to contradict past learning. The Dream Act has been discussed but members of Congress have been unable to reach a consensus. It was taught in school that Congress has the constitutional power to create law.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Blackman will work hard to make a difference

I have been fortunate to work with Chris Blackman for the past four years at Walla Walla High School. I am also the parent of a student with autism who currently attends Wa-Hi and has been attending Walla Walla Public Schools since kindergarten.Over the y

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Biased opinions made in error

In regards to the New York Store incident.Many have extolled the victim, others have accused Mr. Saul of overreacting. Your biased opinions are made in error because you were not there.That being the case, you are not qualified to pass judgment on either

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Constitution still remains strong

I would like to address the letter submitted by Robert Day in the June 17 U-B.He stated he had educated himself on the Constitution, and I will give you some credit for taking the time to do that.But I feel his education did not go far enough as his lette

Bartlow, Wales, Estes, Sunderland compete at all-star game

Zach Bartlow leads a contingent of Walla Walla Valley athletes at the Earl-Barden Football Classic all-star game.

YAKIMA — Class 2B state championship quarterback Zach Bartlow of Waitsburg-Prescott threw for 158 yards and rushed for 86 more here Saturday in the 18th annual Earl Barden Football Classic at East Valley High School that showcased athletes from Class 2A,

Sweets-BlueJackets washed out

BREMERTON, Wash. — Due to standing water on the infield, the Sweets West Coast League game against Kitsap originally scheduled for Saturday evening was postponed.The game was moved to today at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and will become part of a doubleheader

Saturday, June 23

Motorcyclist killed in US Highway 12 crash

Investigators report a Pasco motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon when his bike was blow into the oncoming traffic on Highway 12 and he was struck by two vehicles.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

ON THE AGENDA

WALLA WALLA COUNTY

DAILY BULLETIN

Annual legume, cereal grain variety plot tour set for Tuesday

STREET CLOSURE

The water division will close Fern Avenue for water service repairs between Chestnut and Bryant streets on Monday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through.

ANNIVERSARY Donald and Orletta Dealy

Donald and Orletta Dealy of College Place observed their 65th wedding anniversary.

ENGAGEMENT Casey-Garza

Adrienne Laura Casey of Walla Walla and Adrian Joel Garza of College Place announce their engagement.

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Friday, June 22

John Leroy Lind

September 27, 1948 — June 21, 2012

Sharon Wall

Oct. 26, 1949 - May 11, 2012

Robert McPherson

September 10, 1932—May 15, 2012

Curt Cooper

June 16, 2012

Joy Corson

Jan. 17, 1920 - June 12, 2012

Investigation into Sheriff's Office continues to drag on

WALLA WALLA -- More than two and a half years after it began, an investigation involving the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is continuing.

In the minutes - COLLEGE PLACE SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Doug Case, chair; Marci Knauft, vice chair; Susan Moulton, Brian Maiden and Troy Fitzgerald. With all present Thursday, the board:

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 06/22/12

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

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-06-22-12

Walla Walla County

Kara K. Newman, 24, Coldwater, Mich., was charged June 5 with first-degree criminal impersonation. Newman is accused of pretending to be from a local high school or a local church youth group with the intent to defraud a person for an unlawful purpose bet

Dennis Hawkins

Feb. 2, 1949 - June 19, 2012

Death Notice - John Lind

Sept. 27, 1948 - June 21, 2012

Death Notice - Neal Seely

Feb. 15, 1922 - June 21, 2012

DeLaine Clark

Aug. 19, 1932 - June 19, 2012

Death Notice - Rosa Webb

March 28, 1938 - June 20, 2012

Mary Hollenbeck

June 19, 2012

Rolando Conde-Ordonez

Dec. 12, 1945 - June 20. 2012

Thursday, June 21

New at the walla walla public library

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Space Odyssey exhibit lands at Walla Walla Public Library on Terrific Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- Space Odyssey, a hands-on exhibit from the Pacific Science Center will land at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St. as part of the Terrific Tuesday program.

Children's Theatre presents 'Fairytale Palooza'

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College Children's Theatre will present an evening of fairytale giggles galore in "Fairytale Palooza," beginning at 7 p.m. June 27-30 in the China Pavilion, 500 Tausick Way.

BluMeadows brings punk, reggae, ska to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Punk, reggae and ska guitarist BluMeadows will perform from 9 p.m.-midnight June 29 at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Little Theatre to audition players for musical-comedy western

WALLA WALLA -- Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St., will hold auditions there for the musical-comedy Western play "Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek " at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Frazier Farmstead fest June 30

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A fully restored Milton-Freewater home built in 1892 will provide the historic setting for a gathering of those 21 and older from 6-10 p.m. June 30.

Pioneers brought to life at museum

WALLA WALLA -- Retired teacher Lois Hahn, as a member of the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Co., will present early Walla Walla madam Josephine "Dutch Jo" Wolfe at 2 p.m. Saturday in the pioneer village. She will discuss some of her experiences i

Time trial, poker ride part of Athena's Hodaka Days

ATHENA - "You don't have to have a Hodaka to join in but it helps," according to promoters.

Horse regalia workshop offered at Crow's Shadow

PENDLETON -- A horse mask regalia workshop instructed by Katie Blackwolf-Bevis will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21-22 and Aug. 4-5 at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, 48004 St. Andrews Road.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County commissioners are Dwight Robanske, Charles Reeves and Richard Jones. With all present Wednesday, the board:

In the minutes - WALLA WALLA SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 06/21/12

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.

Wa-Hi renovation is higher priority

In response to Jim McCarthy's letter supporting the Aug. 7 aquatic center levy, I have to say that we as voters need to set priorities.

Not willing to pay for aquatic center

I appreciate the Walla Walla Water Works Committee for finding another way to spend my money! It's not enough that my real estate taxes are covering a massively useless airport, a Taj Mahal-syle fire station on Wilbur Avenue, the new police station and th

On the agenda - CP SCHOOL BOARD

When: 7 p.m. today.Where: District board room, 1755 S. College Ave.

Rhay memorial to be held in July

WALLA WALLA -- A memorial service for former Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent Bobby Rhay will be held July 28, with the time and location to be announced later.

Late rally picks up split for Griz against Moses Lake

Despite getting just five hits over the doubleheader, Walla Walla struggles to cross homeplate.

MOSES LAKE — Getting runners on base wasn't Walla Walla's problem here Wednesday night.Getting them home was, at least until the seventh inning of the second game when the Griz erupted for six runs and salvaged a split in their Central Washington Junior A

Death Notice - William Davis

Aug. 31, 1925 - June 20, 2012

Death Notice - Rolando Conde-Ordoniz

Dec. 12, 1945 - June 20, 2012

Mary Ann Woodward-Sohns

Jan. 4, 1931 - June 8, 2012

Falcons turn tables on Sweets with early runs for 13-1 victory

KELOWNA, B.C. — Kelowna turned the tables on the Sweets on Wednesday night, scoring five runs in the second and eventually cruising to a 13-1 victory at Elks Stadium.A night after allowing 12 runs in the second, the Falcons (8-5) scored five runs on six h

Big inning lifts Flames to Legion win over Bears

Hanford scores all six runs in the second inning to garner the 6-4 victory over Walla Walla Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — A trio of Walla Walla Bears pitchers put eight zeroes on the scoreboard Tuesday night at Warriors Field on the Walla Walla Community College campus.But visiting Hanford rang up six runs in the second inning of the nine-inning affair, and the

1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari honored as Walla Walla's hero

Fazzari is the first Walla Walla soldier killed in the war in Afghanistan. His body was returned to home today.

It's been nearly two weeks since word spread through this community that one of its own, Mathew Fazzari, had been killed in action when the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopter he was flying went down in combat in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, June 20

Emergency Services - 06/20/12

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 - Dayton School Board

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

On the agenda - VALLEY TRANSIT

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

Sharon Osborn

Aug. 25, 1952 - April 4, 2012

Peters a pain for Bruins as Bees sweep

West Valley's Dylan Peters is a terror at the plate as well as on the mound in the Bees' 6-1 and 6-5 victories.

YAKIMA — Dylan Peters proved to be a pain in the petute for Walla Walla all night long as the West Valley Bees swept a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader from the Bruins here Tuesday, 6-1 and 6-5.Peters stroked three si

Sweets win slugfest with Falcons

Walla Walla smacks 16 hits — one less than Kelowna — to win the WCL game, 15-12, Tuesday night.

KELOWNA, B.C. — After scoring 32 runs in two games over the weekend, Walla Walla kept the offensive onslaught going on Tuesday, plating 12 runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-12 victory over Kelowna at Elks Stadium.In snapping a six-game losing s

Walla Walla Griz trade Legion games with visiting Moses Lake

The Griz edges closer to the end of the American Legion A league season with a 9-4 loss followed by a 10-6 victory Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz traded games with Moses Lake Tuesday in American Legion A baseball at Murr Field, losing the first game 9-4 and winning the second game 10-6.With the win the Griz (13-6 overall, 8-2 in league) edge closer to the end of t

MATHEW GREGORY FAZZARI

December 1, 1986 — June 6, 2012

Death Notice - Jose Romero

Oct. 15, 1968 - June 20, 2012

Death Notice - Gene Krause

Dec. 26, 1946 - June 19, 2012

Robert Lathrop

June 8, 1942 - June 13, 2012

Walla Walla stands up for fallen soldier

First Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari's body was returned home to Walla Walla in a public procession.

WALLA WALLA -- Farewell Mat. Those words were on the lips of thousands of people as they lined a flag-draped route from the Walla Walla Regional Airport and down Main Street to watch a hearse carry the remains of Army 1st Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari to Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Tuesday, June 19

Fans gear up for Hodaka Days

ATHENA -- Hodaka Days, a celebration of Hodaka motorcycles, starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Emergency Services - 06/19/12

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

Man with gun asked for money, 'weed'

WALLA WALLA -- Police are looking for a man who allegedly flashed a gun and asked two strangers for money and "weed" Monday morning.

'Tip a Cop' benefits Special Olympics

WALLA WALLA -- Law enforcement officers raised $1,646 in tips Thursday as they waited tables at Applebee's restaurant.

Athena Council to hold special meeting Wednesday on budget

ATHENA -- The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the budget.

Mill Creek death ruled accidental; no autopsy planned

WALLA WALLA -- The death of Cody Miller has been ruled accidental according to Public Information Officer Tim Bennett of the Walla Walla Police Department.

Milton-Freewater Municipal to host Frank Armijo Memorial tournament

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course is hosting the Frank Armijo Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday. Two-person teams will compete in an 18-hole, mixed-format affair, with nine holes of scramble and nine of best-ball.The cost is $5

Bears runners-up in Missoula tourney

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Walla Walla Bears put up 62 hits in six games over the weekend at the Memorial Tournament in Missoula, Mont., and advanced to the tourney championship before falling to the Missoula Mavericks, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel Sunday.The Bear

Phantoms take two from Bruins

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins hosted the Kennewick Phantoms for a pair of Junior American Legion baseball games at Walla Walla Community College Sunday, with Kennewick taking home 9-8 and 8-5 victories.The Bruins plated three seventh-inning runs in

Second Jubilee Fruit Loop Run, Walk set Saturday

PRESCOTT — The second annual Jubilee Fruit Loop 10K Run, 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk will be in the apple orchards of Jubilee Youth Ranch, located in the Broetje Orchards, on Saturday.Events are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the grounds of Jubilee Youth Ran

Xplosion '00 second at Sweet Onion Invite

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion '00 girls 12-and-under fastpitch softball team came up with a second-place finish in the Sweet Onion Invitational held in Walla Walla over the weekend. The Xplosion fell to the Washington Force '99 out of Tri-Cities

Mental health care available for veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki often reminds us: As the tide of war recedes we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to anticipate the needs of returning veterans. As these newest veterans return home, we must ensure t

Family Movie Night returns

WALLA WALLA — Family Movie Night will return for a fourth year at Borleske Stadium, prime sponsor Inland Cellular said in an announcement.Three free movies, the first on Saturday evening, will be shown throughout the summer months in the outfield at Borle

St. Mary's offers ICU tours

WALLA WALLA — Providence St. Mary Medical Center will hold conduct tours of its new intensive care unit 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday on Level 4 of the hospital.Current and new patients will be moved to the new, $10-million unit Monday.The unit incorporates the

Jane Perry

May 20, 1922 - June 17, 2012

Marilyn Jacky

Nov. 13, 1932 - June 14, 2012

Noel Bray

July 26, 1928 - June 14, 2012

Randy Polumsky

Nov. 4, 1946 - June 13, 2012

Arrival of cherries a red-letter day

The kids are out of school, the sun is shining, summer officially begins with Wednesday's solstice — and local cherries are ready for eating!With the arrival of my long-awaited favorite local foods, I look back at the spring that passed so quickly. After

Death Notice - Rodney Deshazer

Jan. 21, 1958 - June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fun in the water should be available in Walla Walla

The time is right.There will be a levy election Aug. 7 to see if Walla Walla city residents will pass a $7.7 million levy to build and maintain a family aquatic center.

College Place Planning Commission to meet

COLLEGE PLACE -- The city Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.Items on the agenda include a public hearing on a proposed revision to the city code for manufactured housing.

Milton-Freewater School Board may approve budget on Tuesday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School Board will hold a public budget hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.The board will take public input, and then discuss the budget committee's recommendations on

Walla Walla School Board to work on budget at Tuesday meeting

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday to discuss the 2012-13 school year budget.The session is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the district's board room, 364 S. Park St., and is being held before the board's r

Men injured in fire caused by smoking

WALLA WALLA -- Two men were transported to Walla Walla General Hospital on Sunday night following a fire in a camp trailer at 609 S. 12th Ave.According to Deputy Fire Chief Brad Morris, the fire caused roughly $6,000 in damage to the trailer and nearby ho

Emergency services - 6/18/12

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

Death Notice - Jane Perry

May 20, 1922 - June 17, 2012

Death Notice - Bobby Rhay

Jan. 29, 1921 - June 17, 2012

Death Notice - Cody Miller

Sept. 12, 1984 - June 16, 2012

Walla Walla Community College men win national rodeo title

The WWCC men overtake Sam Houston State for the College National Finals Rodeo championship in Casper, Wyo.

CASPER, Wyo. — Walla Walla Community College won its second men's team championship in five years here Saturday night at the College National Finals Rodeo.

Sunday, June 17

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Remembering Mat Fazzari

Family offers a personal look at Walla Walla's first casualty in the war in Afghanistan.

WALLA WALLA - There are no words. In the stacks of greeting cards that arrive daily at the home of Greg and Susan Fazzari since their son was killed in Afghanistan on June 6 that has been one of the most commonly penned sentiments.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Port needs to get a clue on local air service

Is there anyone else out there who would like to help the Port of Walla Walla get a clue on flying?I fly quite often for work and will fly out of Pasco 99 percent of the time. I have tried to make flights work out of Walla Walla, but most of my flying is

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Denial has become prerequisite for election

There's probably no more disturbing news than the stuff coming out of North Carolina and Virginia in recent weeks.The North Carolina Legislature is seriously considering making it illegal to use accepted science to project sea-level rises, insisting, acco

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's ask leaders to lead

We blindly assume we are being governed by our president and Congress (Senate and House), but are we really?We are being led down the path by Congress' 200 committees plus subcommittees. Try to get that many people to agree to unify for the betterment of

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Prayers have been answered

Sally, was given another PET/CT (cancer) scan last Friday; today we were given the wonderful, wonderful news by her oncologist. The cancer is gone after five months of chemotherapy and is in full remission.We were given the opportunity to view both the fi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Constitution gives all right to defend home

After reading the letter sent in by Bruce McCutcheon I think I can help him limit the verbal abuse you have taken. He should try educating himself on our Constitution before citing it.No where does it give anyone the right to break into another's property

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The real reason for spirit hikes

I was astounded to read Roy Anderson's June 10 letter to the editor ("Learn from privatizing booze sales") in which he flatly states the privatization of liquor proves that certain government operations are handled more costly by the private sector. How c

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Work together for fish solution

I admire Reed Burkholder's zeal and civic responsibility. We could use a few like him in our neck of the woods.He is right they are not my dams, they belong to every citizen of the USA because, in some way, all of our tax dollars were used in the construc

LETTERS OT THE EDITOR - Wolves: Beautiful creatures or brutal killers?

First and foremost I am a woman who loves nature. Living in the mountains and loving where I live, enjoying daily the view from my window of the wildlife that bless me by their presence.Deer, elk, bear, bobcat, coyotes, eagles, wild turkey and many other

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Brambles should be cleared

Several years ago while walking down Clarence Road in Walla Walla County a blackberry bramble, dangling down from a tree branch, slapped me right across my left eye tearing my eye lid but fortunately not cutting my eye, though the eyeball was bruised. I h

Medina recipient of Eagon scholar-athlete award

WALLA WALLA — Recent Wa-Hi graduate Marcos Medina is the recepient of the John Eagon Scholar-Athlete award for 2012. The $500 scholarship is in memory of John Eagon,

Griz smoke Flames in doubleheader

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz swept the Hanford Flames in a Central Washington 1A American Legion twin bill Saturday at Murr Field by scores of 11-1 and 13-6.

Saturday, June 16

Weekend rolls in Dayton

Hot rods and classic cars cruise Main Street in front of the Liberty Theater in Dayton on Friday during the 18th All Wheels Weekend. The Presentation of Cars takes places Friday evening in the AmericanWest Bank parking lot.The three-day event continues to

Sheriff's Office to hold meeting in Touchet on Tuesday

TOUCHET — Sheriff John Turner and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Sheriff’s Roundtable meeting Tuesday in Touchet.It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Touchet High School library and media center. It will last

Meeting to discuss Veterans Home

WALLA WALLA — The new State Veterans Home which will be built in Walla Walla will be the subject of a community meeting Thursday.The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Building 78 at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medica

Wait until you see it from the air

About eight members of the Mid-Columbia Ninety-Nines international women's flying association and their friends and family volunteered Saturday to paint "Walla Walla Airport" near the runway at the regional airport. The entire stretch of 17 letters, each

Man dies after fall into Mill Creek channel

WALLA WALLA — The 27-year-old man who fell in the Mill Creek flood channel on Thursday died Saturday.Cody Miller was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.Miller was found in the channel around 3:40 p.m. T

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

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

Anniversary Robert and Dorothy Martin

Robert and Dorothy Martin of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception attended by family and friends at Golden West Estates.

Anniversary Les and Linda Cunnington

Les and Linda Cunnington of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 3, 2012, at the Elk's Lodge in Walla Walla.

ENGAGEMENT Larsen-Coe

Douglas Coe and Sheila Coe, both of Walla Walla, announce the engagement of son Frazier Coe to Heather Larsen, both of Bellingham, Wash.

Engagement Casey-Garza

Adrienne Laura Casey of Walla Walla and Adrian Joe Garza of College Place announce their engagement.

SENIOR CENTERS

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Friday, June 15

Bernice Lish

June 9, 1919 - May 21, 2012

Jared Floyd Carr

April 4, 1981 - May 27, 2012

Janice “Jan" Lee Young

November 23, 1937 — April 30, 2012

MATHEW GREGORY FAZZARI

December 1, 1986 — June 6, 2012

Helen Campbell

Nov. 26, 1914 - Jan. 31, 2012

Grant to provide internships for Whitman students

The Sherwood internships are designated for local nonprofits, governmental agencies or schools.

WALLA WALLA -- The Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust has awarded Whitman College a grant of $235,000 to create the Sherwood Trust Internship Endowment, which will support student internships in the Walla Walla region.

WSU launches stripe rust alert website

PULLMAN -- A new website has been launched to alert wheat growers about stripe rust and ways to manage the fungus.

In the minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

Port commissioners are Gene Warren, Dale McKinley and Earle Marvin. With Warren absent Wednesday, the board:

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

Waitsburg City Council members are Marty Dunn, Kevin House, K.C. Kuykendall, Karl Newell and Scott Nettles. Walt Goble, Mayor. With all present Wednesday, the Council:

Get corporations, super wealthy off our backs

The Paycheck Fairness Act died in the Senate very recently when the 52 senators, all Democrats, fell short of the 60 needed for cloture. Message to women: You are second-class citizens, get over it!

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Change can be healthy

Every day in our lives there are certain things that cause stress and tension, usually these "stressors" are surrounded by some type of change.

Emergency Services - 06/15/12

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

YMCA offers free access to celebrate Father's Day

This year, the Walla Walla YMCA will celebrate the 102 anniversary of Father's Day by offering dads and families an opportunity to visit the YMCA for free.

Walla Walla Valley BMX offers free races for all

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley BMX is celebrating that the sport is in the Olympics by offering free races to all ages at the track at Fort Walla Walla on June 23.At 10 a.m. there will be instruction by experienced riders, including the use of the start

Walla Walla Griz split Legion twin bill with Hanford

WEST RICHLAND — After taking batting practice in the first game, Walla Walla's bats were mostly silent in the second as the Griz split an American Legion Single A baseball doubleheader with Hanford.The Griz pounded out 17 hits in the first game — 12 of th

YMCA signups for Sweets Baseball Camps open

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is taking registrations for the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Camps this summer.Sweets players will be conducting two baseball camps for 6-9 and 10-13-year-olds. The first camp will be for ages 6-9. Camp is from 9 a.m.-noo

Sweets suffer 5-1 loss to Corvallis

The Knights break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and hand Walla Walla its fifth straight loss.

CORVALLIS — Corvallis broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth inning and put the game away with a three-run seventh, defeating the Sweets 5-1 on Thursday night at Goss Stadium.The Knights (8-4) had their lead cut to one in the top of the seventh,

Karen Flemmer

July 28, 1958 - June 10, 2012

Death Notice - Robert Lathrop

June 13, 2012

Death Notice - Randy Polumsky

June 13, 2012

Thursday, June 14

Walla Walla native to play with Baltic Cousins Saturday

Baltic Cousins, a band from Bellingham, Wash., will play here at 8 p.m. Saturday at Vintage Cellars, 10 N. Second Ave.Describing themselves as "experienced (Belling)'hamsters," the band includes Bradley Lockhart, guitar and vocals; Walla Walla native Shaw

Weatherill memorial cycle Saturday in Walla Walla

Members of Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club will host the seventh annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic here Saturday.The memorial event honors the late Garrison Middle School teacher Ann Weatherill, who died after she was struck by an oncoming motorist du

Local author to sign books at Blue Mountain Humane Society

WALLA WALLA -- Local author Carolyn Parker will sign copies of her book, "Squeaky's Farm: Our Lives in Rural Spain" at Blue Mountain Humane Society, 7 George St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, during the Summer Daze Adopt-a-thon.All proceeds from book

Frenchtown's roots celebrated in modern St. Jean Baptiste Day fete

The first St. Jean Baptiste Day celebration in the Walla Walla Valley in modern times, according to a release, will be June 24.It echoes the French-Canadian event celebrated around Canada and in some northern parts of the U.S. since 1834.According to fren

19th century priest, stage line operator portrayed at museum

Area resident Jeannot Poirot, a member of the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company, will portray French-Canadian priest John Baptiste Abraham Brouillet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.Brouillet came to the Walla Wall

Auditions for 'Cinderella' Monday at Little Theatre

WALLA WALLA -- The Little Theatre of Walla Walla and Missoula Children's Theater will hold auditions for "Cinderella" at 10 a.m. Monday. The auditions and performances will be in the theatre, 1130 Sumach St.The production, by Jim Caron with music by David

Oregon senior center public picnic to be at noon June 22

PENDLETON -- The Senior Center community-wide picnic will be noon June 22 in the community park on 37th Street. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream and punch and prizes.Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish and a lawn chair for seati

Walla Walla Public Library to present magician Louie Foxx

WALLA WALLA -- As part of the Terrific Tuesday summer reading program series, the Walla Walla Public Library will present "Dream It -- Do It!" with Seattle-area magician Louie Foxx from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday in the library, 238 E. Alder St.As a kid, Foxx built

End-of-show event this weekend at FIREHOUSE30

Candice Assassi at FIREHOUSE30 will host an end-of-show event for artist Sean Anderson from 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the gallery, 30 N. Roosevelt St.Born in 1985 in Santa Barbara, Calif., new works by Anderson are being featur

'Sotto Voce' world premiere at chamber music fest

The world premiere of "Sotto Voce" for piano trio, by composer, Marilyn Shrude will open the Walla Chamber Music Festival Series III program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.Sotto Voce means "under the voice" in Italian. The w

Family movie night to screen 'Tin Tin'

Family movie night will show "The Adventures of Tin Tin" at dusk June 23 at Borleske Stadium, 409 E. Rees Ave. The show is free.Participants can bring lawn-chairs or blankets to enjoy the outdoor movie.The Walla Walla Public Library will host a Tin Tin-re

New at the walla walla public library

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

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Clean up after ponies

My grandson and I were sitting on our front porch this past weekend and saw these darling minature ponies pulling carriages down our street. As they passed our house my grandson said, "Grandpa, do you think they will clean up the poo they just left on the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Health care a civil right?

There have been several letters to the editor regarding health care for inmates or jail detainees and who should pay for it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Liquor privatization works elsewhere

I read the letter from Roy Anderson in the June 10 Union-Bulletin with interest. Mr. Anderson indicated that the new additional cost of liquor was proof that government operation is a less costly alternative than privatization.

Emergency Services - 06/14/12

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

Etcetera - 06/14/12

The process of catching up after a three-week vacation continues. From my news folder comes this item reported in the Walla Walla Public School Week in Review in mid-May.

Vandals push car over side of canyon

PENDLETON -- A local couple's camping trip turned into something from a cut-rate thriller as they were awakened Sunday by the sounds of someone destroying their car.

Walla Walla Parks and Rec to host Sweet Onion Invitational softball tourney this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is hosting the Sweet Onion Invitational Softball Tournament this weekend on eight fields around Walla Walla.

Walla Walla Community College cowboys second at College National Finals Rodeo

CASPER, Wyo. — Bo Segerman finally lasted eight seconds on his third and final saddle bronc ride here Wednesday at the College National Finals Rodeo.The Walla Walla Community College cowboy from Touchet posted a score of 73 in the third go-around and was

Knights hand Walla Walla Sweets another loss

Corvallis pitchers limit Walla Walla to four hits in the 2-0 victory, the Sweets' fourth loss in a row.

CORVALLIS — Three Corvallis pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts and limited the Sweets to just four hits to post a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night at Goss Stadium.

David Swanson

Feb. 14, 1934 - June 8, 2012

Claudia Huntley

Feb. 27, 1949 - June 10, 2012

Harry Gardner Jr.

April 21, 1933 - June 11, 2012

Death Notice - Jean Mayer

March 4, 1928 - June 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 13

Emergency Services - 06/13/12

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

Flags again lowered to honor fallen pilot

The county asked the state for the OK after a local veteran pointed out flag protocol ran counter to their previous action.

WALLA WALLA -- Flags at the Walla Walla County courthouse and all county offices are being flown at half-staff today in honor of 1st Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Three to graduate Thursday from Corps apprentice program

UMATILLA, Ore. -- Three students, including one from Milton-Freewater, will graduate Thursday from the Walla Walla District's apprentice program.

United Way campaign nears $450,000 in local fundraising

The campaign, which runs through the end of the month, is within reach of the goal of $460,000.

WALLA WALLA -- It was a generous year for the Walla Walla Valley once again, according to United Way of Walla Walla County Director Liz McDevitt.

Gang murder nets man life sentence

Benito Gomez faces more than 91 years in prison

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man of murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation last year in an alley in the west end of town.

Merchants sweep doubleheader with Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Blue Mountain Merchants got some pitching performances from players that didn't see time on the mound in Spokane last weekend, and picked off 9-4 and 17-6 victories against the Milton-Freewater Blazers here Tuesday.Adam Eskil picked

Bruins broom Yakima Peppers

YAKIMA — Walla Walla made the most of its six hits in the first game, then came alive offensively in the nightcap as the Bruins swept the Yakima Peppers in a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader here Tuesday night.The Bru

Bend escapes another Sweets rally

The Sweets score three runs and put the tying run aboard in the ninth, but are unable to finish the deed as they lose, 6-4, to the Elks.

BEND — Walla Walla put the tying runs on base in the top of the ninth but Bend was able to escape with a 6-4 victory and a series sweep of the Sweets on Tuesday night at Vince Genna Stadium.For the third night in a row the Sweets (3-6) made a late game ra

Weston-McEwen volleyball program hosting another camp

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's volleyball program is hosting another youth volleyball camp June 19-22 at the TigerScots' gym.The purpose of this camp is to teach and encourage young people the game of volleyball — and make new friends. At this year's camp, the

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A century may not be enough

At 99 and still writing for the paper she co-founded, there's no quit in Dorothy Heard.

A century of life may not contain enough years for Dorothy Heard. The longtime local journalist was born in 1912, the same year a would-be assassin in Milwaukee fired his revolver at President Theodore Roosevelt. The bullet was still in his chest as Roosevelt spoke to the public the same evening, reading from the thick script that had slowed the projectile while folded in his overcoat pocket. "It takes more than one bullet to stop a bull moose," Roosevelt remarked. As staunchly conservative today as was Roosevelt 100 years ago, Heard must have been infused with some of Tedd

Virginia Allred

March 9, 1924 - June 8, 2012

Margarete S. Petersen

June 29, 1915 — May 7, 2012

Margaret McAllister Quirk

Oct. 27, 1912 - May 13, 2012

Anna McGill

April 16, 1948 - June 9, 2012

Sharon Robert

Oct. 17, 1948 - June 9, 2012

Death Notice - Floyd Coffman

Nov. 5, 1926 - June 6, 2012

Death Notice - Claudia Huntley

Feb. 27, 1949 - June 10, 2012

Tuesday, June 12

ETCETERA - 'Addicted' to singing, Walla Walla woman raises funds to make first album

Candace Brown is often at her keyboard, composing the music she vocalizes. "I write songs using my keyboard and the world around me. Singing is my addiction, and I am so grateful that I have people in my life who don't get too sick of me and my noise. I a

ROCK DOC - For service dogs, it's in the blood

We humans go to some trouble so that we can choose which among our domestic animals gets to breed the next generation, thereby over time shaping various lines of animals ranging from types of sheep to varieties of chickens.Perhaps nowhere is the effect of

Children's free summer lunch program begins

School is out for the summer, but children used to eating lunch at school don't have to go without an afternoon meal during the break.The USDA's Summer Food Service Program returns to Walla Walla and College Place this summer at 17 sites throughout the ar

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.Where: Elementary Room 109, 121 S. 10th St., Pomeroy

On the agenda - PORT OF COLUMBIA

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Lyons Ferry Marina, 102 Lyons Ferry Rd., Starbuck

On the agenda - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairground Facility, Waitsburg

On the agenda - WW Council

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

Stand up for the Constitution

For the past couple of days I have taken quite a bit of verbal abuse on my recent letter to the editor. I would like to explain.

Imposing miles-driven tax in Oregon a mistake

A better idea is to follow Washington state's lead and impose a $100 a year tax on hybrid and electric cars.

Hybrid cars don't use much gasoline. Electric cars use none.

Murder trial jury still out

Deliberations continued this morning in the trial of Benito Gomez, accused of killing Julio Cesar Martinez last year.

WALLA WALLA -- The jury in the Benito Gomez murder and assault trial returned to the County Courthouse this morning about 8:40 a.m. to resume deliberations.

Luttrell's named AAA Top Shop

Luttrell's Auto Center has cruised to the head of the pack on AAA Washington's list of top performing auto repair facilities.

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Benito Gomez convicted of murder, assault

A jury convicted the 19-year-old of second-degree murder and six counts of first-degree assault.

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man of murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation last year in an alley in the west end of town. As a result, Benito Gomez will be ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison when he’s sentenced later by Judge Donald W. Schacht. Gomez stood stoically as the guilty verdicts were read at noon Tuesday in a courtroom at the County Courthouse. Several of his family members in attendance sobbed.

Benito Gomez convicted of murder, assault

A jury convicted the 19-year-old of second-degree murder and six counts of first-degree assault.

Benito Gomez was convicted today of second-degree murder in the shooting death last May of Julio Cesar Martinez.

Jury still out in murder trial

The jury in the Benito Gomez murder and assault trial returned to the County Courthouse this morning about 9 a.m. to resume deliberations.

Elks start fast, hold off Sweets

Bend jumps out to a 7-1 lead after five innings and posts the 9-6 West Coast League victory over Walla Walla.

BEND — Bend jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five innings and was able to hold off a furious Sweets rally to post a 9-6 win on Monday afternoon at Vince Genna Stadium.The Elks (6-2) scored five runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings but had to

7th Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic Saturday

The LA Kings give their fans the first title in almost 45 years of the team's existence.

WALLA WALLA — The Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club is sponsoring the 7th annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic on Saturday.This is a recreational bike ride offering routes of 30, 62, and 100 miles. All three routes start at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla and

Palmer, Minor pace WWCC at College National Finals

CASPER, Wyo. — Bryce Palmer and Jake Minor teamed up for a 5.6-second clocking to grab a share of the team roping lead in the first go-around here Monday at the College National Finals Rodeo.The Walla Walla Community College duo are tied with Jonathan and

Summer softball clinic begins today at Murr Field

WALLA WALLA — Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association and Wa-Hi Blue Devils softball team are teaming up to offer a summer softball clinic for girls in entering grades 6-12 this fall.The program begins today at the Murr Softball Field, and runs two eveni

BDAD program slated June 27-Aug. 2 at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA — Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) Summer Program will run June 27-Aug. 2 at Wa-Hi.Participants going into grades 5-8 will be from 9-10 a.m., and grades 9-12 will be from 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m. Cost is $30 before June 25, $35 at the door

Weston-McEwen athletes compete in All-Star events

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's Dallas Reich and Devin Bailey played in the Class 3A, 2A, 1A All-Star East/West Baseball Series last weekend at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.TigerScots baseball coach T.J. Haguewood was head coach for the East Team that we

Walla Walla YMCA kicks off youth soccer camps

WALLA WALLA — The YMCA is still taking registration for its Rookie 4-5 and 6-9-year-olds soccer camps at Sharpstein Elementary School.Rookie Soccer is designed for the 4-5-year-olds to learn fundamentals. Camp is this week from 9—9:45 a.m.Soccer Camp for

Commerce secretary to take leave of absence after seizure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend. Bryson informed President Barack Obama on Monday that he was taking a medical leave “so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend,” according to a statement released by the department. Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will serve as acting commerce secretary in Bryson’s absence.

City manager: Award standards help city focus on improvement

The drive for the city’s new mission, values and vision statement is due, in part, to an attempt by staff to raise the city’s performance level up to par with winners of the national Baldrige Award.

Man sentenced in gang shooting

A man who shot at rival gang members following a confrontation in the 300 block of North Sixth Avenue in October was sentenced Monday afternoon to six years in prison.

New Internet suffix bids include '.lol,' 'bank.'

NEW YORK (AP) — If Google has its way, you won’t need “Google.com” to do your searches. You can simply go to “.Google.”

City Council to revisit mission, values, vision statement

WALLA WALLA — On Wednesday, City Council will take a second stab and adopting a new mission, values and vision statement.

Comp plan changes move ahead

Four proposed amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan were moved ahead Monday.

Net worths plummet in 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Great Recession shrank Americans’ wealth so much that in 2010 median family net worth was no more than it had been in 1992 after adjusting for inflation, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

Death Notice - Karen Flemmer

July 28, 1958 - June 10, 2012

Death Notice - Mary Ann Woodward

Jan. 4, 1931 - June 10, 2012

Murder trial deliberations to continue Tuesday

The jury in the Benito Gomez murder and assault trial deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours Monday without reaching verdicts in the case. At about 5:25 p.m., Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht allowed the panel members to separate for the night. They will return Tuesday morning to continue their deliberations.

Flags lowered in honor of pilot killed in action

Flags across the city have been lowered to half-staff in honor of 1st Lt. Mathew “Mat” Fazzari, Walla Walla’s first known soldier to be killed in action during the current wars.

Aussie coroner agrees dingo took baby in 1980 case

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians have overwhelmingly welcomed the final chapter of a mystery that has captivated the nation for 32 years: Did a dingo really take a baby that vanished from an Outback campsite in 1980?

Monday, June 11

Murder trial deliberations to continue Tuesday

The jury in the Benito Gomez murder and assault trial deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours Monday without reaching verdicts in the case.At about 5:25 p.m., Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht allowed the panel members to separate for the night. They will

Feeling better about the future

Rarely a day goes by when we don't read of young people -- teens on down -- involved in negative behavior and crime. It breaks our hearts and we wonder what the world is coming to. Then suddenly a bright light shines and we begin to rejoice. Within this last month, I was privileged to see two bright lights that indicated hope for the future. One was Walla Walla High School's production of "Sound of Music," under the capable direction of Brian Senter and Ronda Gabbard.

When broke reduce spending

"Sweetheart deals" for a select few at the expense of every taxpayer proved to be unsustainable in Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose. As a result, more Americans are recognizing their vote must not be accountable on the basis of a single issue. This gives power to lobbyists who go to the greedy, self-serving politician whose only goal is to remain in office. Politicians want the securities and perks for a lifetime.

Small savings could pay off big for schools

The state Auditor's Office completed a performance audit that makes suggestions on efficiency. The suggestions are worth considering.

Education should be the state's top priority. Unfortunately, the state's current financial problems have caused the Legislature to limit increases in education spending, which has forced schools to trim programs in the wake of rising costs. As a result, citizens and lawmakers are frustrated. How does Washington state improve education without generating more revenue or raising taxes?

Walla Walla Sweets rally falls just short to Elks

BEND - Steven Holcomb's eighth-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie and led Bend to a 4-3 victory, spoiling a strong comeback from the Sweets on Sunday night at Vince Genna Stadium. The Sweets (3-4) had battled back from 3-0 down to tie the game with a pair of runs in the seventh but Holcomb led off the eighth with his first home run of the season to put the Elks (5-2) ahead for good.

Independent bookstores embrace digital publishing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clare Dickens only wanted to share her story to help others. But in the process, she became a successful independent author — with the help of a local bookstore and its instant publishing machine.

Poll: Americans know how to save energy, but balk

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to saving energy, people in the United States know that driving a fuel-efficient car accomplishes more than turning off the lights at home.

Man hitchiking across US shot in rural Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir called “The Kindness of America” was injured in a drive-by shooting along a rural highway near northeastern Montana’s booming Bakken oil patch, authorities said today.

Oregon pilot program shifts gears on road tax

PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation will test a road tax based on miles driven — and measured with help from smartphones — as an alternative to the gasoline tax. The pilot program is part of a bigger plan by a state task force looking for alternatives to the gasoline tax and could add evidence t

Pendleton may extend tourism promotion tax

PENDLETON (AP) — Hotel owners in Pendleton are split on whether an assessment on rooms and recreation vehicle spaces to promote tourism should be extended. The Tourism Promotion Assessment Charge collects $1.50 for every guest in a hotel bed and 50 cents per motor home.

Ethnic strife continues in western Myanmar city

SITTWE, Myanmar — With residents cowering indoors, security forces patrolling a tense town in western Myanmar collected bodies today from homes burned to ashes in some of the country’s deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years.

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Quest class broadens horizons

I just finished teaching a five-week Quest photography class at Walla Walla Community College for those who have attained the age of 50 years and up.

AAA: Average price of gas in Washington $4.16

AAA: Average price of gas in Washington is $4.16

Largest insurer promises to keep parts of health law

The nation’s largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 affordable health-care law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review.

From scalpels to sack races

WALLA WALLA — Gunnysacks, scalpels, guns and swords all came together this weekend at Fort Walla Walla Museum as coordinators worked to capture the hearts and minds of old and young.

Ribs for Life: BBQ joint to donate sales to cancer charity

A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering will serve up its signature fare in a fundraising mission for Relay for Life this evening. The downtown Walla Walla barbecue business will set up its mobile kitchen at Martin Field, adjacent to Borleske Stadium.

Emergency Services - 06/11/12

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

Feeling better about the future

Rarely a day goes by when we don't read of young people -- teens on down -- involved in negative behavior and crime. It breaks our hearts and we wonder what the world is coming to. Then suddenly a bright light shines and we begin to rejoice.

Small savings could pay off big for schools

The state Auditor's Office completed a performance audit that makes suggestions on efficiency. The suggestions are worth considering.

Education should be the state's top priority. Unfortunately, the state's current financial problems have caused the Legislature to limit increases in education spending, which has forced schools to trim programs in the wake of rising costs.

Chesters win Milton-Freewater Scramble Invite

MILTON-FREEWATER — Bo and Travis Chester of Milton-Freewater shot a two-day total of 104 to win top gross honors here over the weekend in the Milton-Freewater Scramble Invitational golf tournament at the M-F Municipal Golf Course.

Walla Walla Bruins split with Othello Dirt Dogs

OTHELLO — The Walla Walla Bruins managed to split a doubleheader with the Othello Dirt Dogs here Saturday, winning the opener 8-2 and falling in the second of the twin bill, 5-0.

Blue Mountain Merchants 2-1 against Spokane foes

SPOKANE — Rain turned a tournament into round robin play at Whitworth University here Sunday, with the Blue Mountain Merchants winning two of three games.The Merchants held a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Gonzaga Prep in the opene

Walla Walla Griz split, finish 3rd at own tourney

The Griz are shut out by Titan DC before handling Kirkland, 12-1, on Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — After being no-hit against the Titan Diamond Club of Vancouver, 7-0, the Walla Walla Griz bounced back to take a game against the Kirkland Merchants, 12-1, to take home a third-place finish at their own tournament Sunday.

Walla Walla Sweets rally falls just short to Elks

BEND — Steven Holcomb's eighth-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie and led Bend to a 4-3 victory, spoiling a strong comeback from the Sweets on Sunday night at Vince Genna Stadium.The Sweets (3-4) had battled back from 3-0 down to tie the game with a pair of

Walla Walla Bears sweep Legion bill with Sun Devils

PASCO — Drew Christina and Jake Campeau pitched complete-game victories here Friday as the Walla Walla Bears swept an American Legion baseball doubleheader from the Pasco Sun Devils, 6-4 and 10-1.

Death Notice - Sharon Robert

Oct. 17, 1948 - June 90, 2012

Death Notice - Elaine McGill

April 16, 1948 - June 9, 2012

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Competition brings joy at meet

About 200 Special Olympians competed in a track and field meet Saturday.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Close to 200 competitors basked in the glory of thousands of high fives and "good jobs" at the 2012 Special Olympics Oregon Summer Regional Games held Saturday at McLoughlin High School's Shockman Field. Even the athletes who didn't win got plenty of accolades.

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Ceremonies pay respect to the fallen

First Lt. Mathew ‘Mat’ Fazzari was remembered in ceremonies in the US and Afghanistan.

Family, friends and soldiers convened Friday on two continents to honor 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari. At the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, wife Tovah, parents Greg and Susan, and brother Luke Fazzari witnessed the "Dignified Transfer" process as his remains were ceremoniously moved from an incoming aircraft to a waiting vehicle that was driven to the Port Mortuary. On the other side of the world Friday, 200 soldiers in Task Force Pegasus assembled in an open-air hangar at Bagram Air Field to celebrate the lives of Fazzari and Capt. Scott Pace, Fazzari's commander and co-pilot. The two soldiers were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash after their OH-58 Kiowa Warrior was struck by enemy fire in the Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

Sunday, June 10

Getting fresh: Micro-local foods add to Valley's winery, culinary, tourism triad

From nearby farms or the closest shore, Walla Walla's restaurant and grocer fare is going 'locavore.'

The 100-foot rows sprouting with chard, collard greens and kale tucked in a pastoral corner of the acreage surrounding Three Rivers Winery is a reminder of one of the many lessons of the locavore movement: To everything there is a season.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Commitment to equality is statement of faith

The issue of same sex marriage is often framed as an issue between secular society and the Church, with a capital "C" - as if the Christian community is unified in its beliefs. But, of course, this isn't true.I'm sure most of us know non-religious folks w

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Learn from privatizing booze sales

The price of booze has increased - 100 percent proof that privatizing a government operation is more costly.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Federal cuts could increase local homelessness

Recent cuts to the HUD program TBRA (Tenant Based Rental Assistance) will have an impact on homelessness in Walla Walla County. Previously funded at $250,000 per year, TBRA will be reduced to $145,000 per year for our community.According to the Walla Wall

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Clean up after yard sales

As a new resident of Walla Walla I have been pleasantly surprised by my yard sale shopping finds in the last two summers. This is the fourth state I have lived in and I can confidently declare that this is yard sale capital of the world!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Jail inmates should get medical care

I read in the June 3 newspaper a letter to the editor titled "Inmates have basic human right." This letter was about inmates paying their own medical fees in the country jail, or not getting treatment.This, in many ways, violates our civil rights. So acco

Irrigation Foundation honors WWCC teacher Greg Farrens

WALLA WALLA - A Walla Walla Community College educator has been singled out for his work in the school's irrigation program.Greg Farrens was awarded The Irrigation Foundation's "Excellence in Education Award." He is the first recipient of the award by the

Saturday, June 9

Buchan: Softball architect ready to step down at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA — Jerry Humphreys' softball coaching legacy at Wa-Hi stands on its own merit.Six Big Nine Conference championships, three district titles, four regional crowns and a Class 4A state championship in 2011. All in a 12-year span in which the Blue

Walla Walla's Heron wins 54th Senior Invite

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Bill Heron put together a 6-over-par performance over three soggy days at the 54th annual Senior Invitational golf tournament, which wrapped up Saturday, at the Walla Walla Country Club to pick the low gross title with a score

Bruins pepper Peppers in nightcap

Walla Walla avenges a 3-1 loss in its opener with Yakima Valley with a 10-hit, 8-2 victory in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Yakima Valley's Kyle Dexter tossed a four hitter here at Ray Lane Field in the opener of a Central Washington Junior American Legion double header against the Walla Walla Bruins Friday night, and the Peppers claimed a 3-1 win

Walla Walla Griz thump Milton-Freewater Blazers

Walla Walla thwacks Milton-Freewater in round robin play at the 2012 Griz Tournament, 13-0.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz opened the 2012 edition of their eponymously-named tournament with a resounding bang Saturday, picking up nine hits, seven walks and 13 runs in a five-inning thumping of the Milton-Freewater Blazers in American Legion ba

Murder trial wraps up

Jury instructions and deliberations are on tap for Monday morning in Benito Gomez's murder trial.

WALLA WALLA - Witness testimony and presentation of evidence in the murder trial of Benito Gomez concluded Friday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle rested his case shortly before 2 p.m.

Eagle Springs coordinates flag exchange

COLLEGE PLACE — All this work week, worn-out Old Glories will be exchanged for new Old Glories as part of a National Flag Week celebration .Monday through Friday, Eagle Springs Memory Care Community will replace worn-out American flags at

Ceremonies pay respect to the fallen

First Lt. Mathew "Mat' Fazzari was remembered in ceremonies in the US and Afghanistan.

Family, friends and soldiers convened Friday on two continents to honor 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari.At the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, wife Tovah, parents Greg and Susan, and brother Luke Fazzari witnessed the "Dignified Transfer" process as his remains

Hundreds join on track in Relay for Life

WALLA WALLA - Hundreds walked the 2012 Relay for Life at Martin Field on Friday and Saturday.More than 500 people participated in the 24-hour event, raising more than $60,000 for cancer research.As in years past, on Friday at dusk hundreds of luminaries t

Music's building blocks come to life

Musicians in the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival played to a young audience at DeSales.

WALLA WALLA - If music is like the blueprints for a building, then a composer is the architect. And just like an architect, a composer builds starting with a foundation, and then adds important layers, with final touches and details to make the work uniqu

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

Competition brings joy at meet

About 200 Special Olympians competed in a track and field meet Saturday.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Close to 200 competitors basked in the glory of thousands of high fives and "good jobs" at the 2012 Special Olympics Oregon Summer Regional Games held Saturday at McLoughlin High School's Shockman Field.Even the athletes who didn't win

ON THE AGENDA

Irrigation Foundation honors WWCC teacher Greg Farrens

Exchange Club honors Walla Walla Youths of the Year

Spring graduates Christopher "Chris" Neal and Emily Schueller received Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Christopher graduated from the Alternative Education Program at Walla Walla Community College and

ANNIVERSARIES Leroy and Madeline Hansen

Leroy and Madeline Hansen of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by attending the wedding of eldest grandchild, Jeremy Hansen to Lorrayne Pinza.

ANNIVERSARIES Lewis and Patty Key

Lewis and Patty Key will celebrate 50 years of marriage today.

ANNIVERSARIES Guy and Karen Humbert

Guy and Karen Humbert of Milton-Freewater celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday. They renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony at Seaside, on the Oregon Coast.

Wedding Pinza-Hansen

Former Walla Wallans Lorrayne Elizabeth Pinza and Jeremy Patrick Hansen of Pullman wed May 19, 2012, at the Amboy, Wash., home of the bride's maternal grandparents, Keith and Meg Jackson.The Rev. David Buerge of Salem officiated.

Engagement Moran-Knowles

The parents of Kyler Reser Knowles of Walla Walla and Hanna Elizabeth Moran of Samammish, Wash., announce their engagement.

Engagement Brown-Buchaklian

Leonard and Leslie Brown of Milton Freewater announce the engagement of daughter Celeste Miranda Brown to Chad Michael Buchaklian, both of Wisconsin.

SENIOR CENTERS

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

Transition to private liquor sales painful

The price of booze will stabilize. Merchants could ease this difficult transition by letting consumers know the final after-tax price of a bottle of liquor.

It's been more than a week since liquor sales went private in Washington state and a great many folks are very upset the cost of booze went up, not down.The frustration is understandable. Clearly those pushing Initiative 1183 wanted voters to have the imp

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Music’s building blocks come to life

Musicians in the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival played to a young audience at DeSales.

If music is like the blueprints for a building, then a composer is the architect. And just like an architect, a composer builds starting with a foundation, and then adds important layers, with final touches and details to make the work unique. That was the theme of the "Sounds Like Fun!" children's concert coordinated by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival on Thursday. Held in the DeSales Catholic High School gym, the event drew dozens of area children, and helped kick off the 2012 Chamber Music Festival. The concert, with a theme of "Construction Site: How to Build a Piece of Chamber Music," introduced children to clas

Sweets make roster moves after first home series

With Walla Walla's first homestand in the rearview mirror, the Sweets are still putting the finishing touches on their 2012 summer roster as three players were signed to full contracts, Sweets General Manager Zachary Fraser announced on Thursday. Thanks to their strong play over the first six games of the season, two players have turned 10-day contracts into a full summer employment with the Sweets, while the third was signed late last week. Walla Walla Community College sophomore left-hander Joe Arlt and WWCC freshman catcher Jarrod Turner both had their contracts extended to a full season, and Columbia Basin College right-hander Arturo Reyes has been signed to a full contract.

A family's long row to success

El sombrero has grown from a dream to a Northwest chain of five restaurants.

WALLA WALLA - Two decades ago things looked bleak for Carlos Arceo and his extended family's new business venture in Walla Walla.

Friday, June 8

Church Bulletin

Unity Church of Peace to hold pet blessing ceremony today

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

Mark 11:12-14 tells us Jesus cursed a fig tree that had no figs. Verses 15-18 tell that Jesus next "cast out" money changers and animals from the Temple precincts. Following that episode, verses 19-23 tell the result of Jesus cursing the fig tree: it was

PANORAMA - Shedding some light on the Rose Rooms

A dark, musty walkway with plank floors, mostly covered with torn and stained linoleum, divides dozens of oddly built rooms lining either side of the second-story hallway at 208 W. Main St. in Walla Walla.They are small rooms, even by today's standards, m

Benito Gomez murder trial wraps up

Jury instructions and deliberations are on tap for Monday morning.

WALLA WALLA -- Witness testimony and presentation of evidence in the murder trial of Benito Gomez concluded Friday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle rested his case shortly before 2 p.m.Immediately afterward, de

Herbert Freise

May 1, 1917 - May 4, 2012

Mary Ellen Schwab

July 13, 1929 - May 14, 2012

Technical problems delay home delivery

Up to a two-hour delay is expected in delivery of Friday's Union-Bulletin

Due to technical issues, home delivery of the Friday edition of the Union-Bulletin will be up to 2 hours late. We regret the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions please contact our circulation department at 525-3301.

Walla Walla General Hospital becomes accredited chest pain center

The hospital becomes one of eight designated centers statewide.

WALLA WALLA -- The Society of Chest Pain Centers has granted the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center to Walla Walla General Hospital, making it the eighth such center in the state.

Etcetera - 06/08/12

Carolyn Parker, author of "Squeaky's Farm, Our Lives in Rural Spain," spent time on the Oregon Coast at Newport signing copies of her book for area shelters there.

WWCC celebrates slate of outgoing retirees

WALLA WALLA -- Eleven Walla Walla Community College retiring employees who have dedicated years to the school were celebrated Wednesday during a reception at the college. The afternoon was also a chance to recognize the year's Outsanding Employees for the

Work aims to make Mill Creek a fishier neighborhood

Often when we think of fish habitat, we think of plunging streams in rural or remote locations. Seldom do we think of concrete.

Emergency Services - 06/08/12

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

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS-06-08-12

Leanna G. and Joseph G. Taylor.Edwin Ascencio and Vanessa Avalos.Tammy and George Rose.Daniel Delgado and Virginia Garamfel.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-06-08-12

Walla Walla County

The court, on May 30 dismissed a charge of violation of a protective order against Delbert Dee McCarty Jr. of Walla Walla for the reason the state may not be able to prove each and every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

First Lt. Matthew 'Mat' Fazzari was killed in action along with another pilot this week in Afghanistan.

Family members of 1st Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari are expected to witness the return of their fallen hero this evening in Dover, Del.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: On road to fitness, it's OK to ask for help

Whether your summer plans take you to the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between, you wouldn't take off without a map, GPS system or other way of ensuring that you reach your vacation destination safely.

UW regents wise to call for funding reform

The Board of Regents made the declaration as it boosted tuition another 16 percent on Thursday.

The University of Washington is raising tuition another 16 percent this fall, bringing the total tuition increase over the past four years to 60 percent.

Prisoners should get no special rights

It is hard to believe that the decay of moral concepts have deteriorated to such depths.

Special caregiver support training set at VA

WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold training sessions Wednesday and again Sept. 12 to help support the unpaid caregiver/family member of eligible enrolled veterans in the VA.

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9th-inning rally not enough for Sweets

The Sweets fall to the Northwest Honkers, 4-3, after being stymied through eight innings.

A three-run, ninth-inning rally was not enough for the West Coast League's Walla Walla Sweets to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on Thursday night at rainy Borleske Stadium. The visiting Northwest Honkers, members of the Pacific International League, tallied single runs in the first, third, fourth, and eighth innings to eke out a 4-3 triumph that brought Walla Walla's season-opening homestand to a disappointing end.

Walla Walla Sweets defeat Treasure Valley Roller Girls

BOISE, Idaho — The Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls evened their season record at 1-1 here on Saturday with a 206-101 victory over the Treasure Valley Roller Girls.The Walla Wallans built a 91-56 halftime lead and continued to pull away in the second half.

Golfers struggle to make par at Senior Invite

Golfers struggle to make par at the Walla Walla Country Club in a steady rain.

WALLA WALLA — Two players in a field of 130 matched par at the Walla Walla Country Club Thursday during the opening round of the 54th annual Senior Invitational golf tournament.Michael Landry of Kent, Wash., and Skip Pierce of Boise shared a four-shot lea

9th-inning rally not enough for Sweets

The Sweets fall to the Northwest Honkers, 4-3, after being stymied through eight innings.

WALLA WALLA — A three-run, ninth-inning rally was not enough for the West Coast League's Walla Walla Sweets to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on Thursday night at rainy Borleske Stadium.The visiting Northwest Honkers, members of the Pacific Intern

Walla Walla Bears rally for 6-5 victory over Pasco

WALLA WALLA — On a damp, rainy afternoon in Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Bears' play mirrored the weather for the better part of five innings before Walla Walla scored six runs in three innings against the Pasco Sun Devils to snag a 6-5 win at Walla Walla

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DeSales grad killed in Afghanistan

Mathew 'Mat' Fazzari had just started his first tour in the country

A Walla Walla soldier based out of North Carolina was killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, his family has said. First Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari was killed by enemy fire while flying in his first tour in Bagram. Few details were available this morning. The Department of Defense had yet to post information about the attack. A spokesman at the Pentagon said the Army was most likely awaiting confirmation that family members of another person involved had also been contacte

Thursday, June 7

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY AND SHERIFF - Chavira shooting death investigation open and ongoing

FROM A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WALLA WALLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS OFFICE:

DeSales grad killed in Afghanistan

Mathew 'Mat' Fazzari had just started his first tour in the country

A Walla Walla soldier based out of North Carolina was killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, his family has said.First Lt. Mathew "Mat" Fazzari was killed by enemy fire while flying in his first tour in Bagram.Few details were available this mornin

Highway changes at Burbank will save lives

The local Highway 12 Coalition has helped move traffic safety forward in this county.

Completion of the interchange and overpass along U.S. Highway 12 through Burbank is great news for folks in the Walla Walla Valley. It makes to the drive to Tri-Cities and beyond far safer.

Downtown Milton-Freewater to teem with family fair activities

Old Town Freewater folks will be taking it to the streets this weekend.

Sheriff's Office probe remains open

WALLA WALLA -- A long-running investigation involving the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved.

Murder suspect pointed gun, witness says

WALLA WALLA -- A member of Benito Gomez's own gang testified he saw Gomez pointing a gun when shots were fired that killed rival Julio Martinez.

In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County Commissioners are Dwight Robanske, Charles Reeves and Richard Jones. With Jones absent, the board:

In the minutes - WALLA WALLA SCHOOL BOARD

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

Emergency Services - 06/07/12

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

Man arrested after hit-and-run injury crash

WALLA WALLA -- City police arrested a Colorado man allegedly injured another driver and ran a Walla Walla sheriff's sergeant off the road Wednesday night.

Sweets defeat Kitsap in rubber match

Walla Walla defeats Kitsap, 4-3, to pick up a series victory over the BlueJackets.

WALLA WALLA — D.J. Smith struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings and Ben Ruff's two-run triple in the bottom of the third put Walla Walla ahead for good as it held on to defeat Kitsap, 4-3, Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.The BlueJackets (4-2) scored firs

Griz maul Milton-Freewater Blazers, 12-9

Walla Walla's Tyler Anderson contributes two singles and a double in the coss-border victory over Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Walla Walla Griz sprayed 13 hits and took advantage of seven Milton-Freewater errors here Wednesday at McRae/Ireland Field and defeated the Blazers 12-9 in a Junior American Legion baseball game.Tyler Anderson pitched the first thre

Trio of Bruin pitchers shut out Milton-Freewater Blazers

MILTON-FREEWATER — A trio of Walla Walla pitchers teamed up to pitch a one-hit shutout here Wednesday night as the Bruins defeated the Milton-Freewater Blazers 6-0 in a Junior American Legion baseball game.Jarrod Needham drew the start on the mound and wo

Julie Sphuler

Sept. 29, 1969 - May 30, 2012

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why the fuss about cardboard coffins?

Lots of fuss being made in Florida about burial of some vets in cardboard. Those doing the complaining want us to believe that cardboard dishonors the soldier.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Chris Blackman is best bang for your buck

I read with real interest the guest column written by Sheriff John Turner Although the article left me with more questions than I had previously, I was intrigued to learn the miscommunication between Sheriff Turner and the county commissioners.It is witho

Wednesday, June 6

Milton-Freewater Farmers Market opens tonight

The time is ripe for the Milton-Freewater Farmers Market.

Taxpayers don't need to help parties pick nominees

The state GOP was able to field its delegates to the party's national convention without a primary. It was canceled to save the state $10 million.

Picking political parties presidential nominees -- whether its the Republicans or Democrats -- might seem like a public process, but it is not.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Financial warfare in play

President Obama has committed to leaving "all options on the table" in dealing with Iran. That phrase deserves dissecting.

Burbank overpass ends hazard

BURBANK -- A new overpass and interchange in western Walla Walla County bring an end to the last stretch of stop-and-go traffic on the journey to Seattle.

Folsom, Largent, Clubb receive Wa-Hi honors

WALLA WALLA -- Three Walla Walla High School graduates who have distinguished themselves in their lives and careers were celebrated Tuesday during the annual Graduates of Distinction reception.

Gang killing trial starts

The first-degree murder trial of Benito Gomez is expected to last several days

WALLA WALLA -- A nine-man three-woman jury was selected Tuesday afternoon to decide the fate of a man accused of killing a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation a year ago in the west end of town.

Walla Walla couple ID'd among dead in fiery May crash

MISSION, Ore. -- A Walla Walla couple have been identified as the remaining victims of a fiery five-fatality collision May 29 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Etcetera - 06/06/12

While scoping out the action during Diversity Day in Pioneer Park June 17, be sure to visit The Adult Day Center's information booth to learn about its services.

Emergency Services - 06/06/12

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

A 600-foot climb leads to stupendous views

WHEELER, Ore. — I won't pretend that Darlene and I actually planned a strategy for our visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument during the two hours that we spent driving from Burns to John Day.We accepted some limitations, however.We could vis

Weather may play role in 52nd annual Senior Invite golf tourney

Although the weather forcast is uncertain, course administrators are expecting the course to be in tip-top condition.

WALLA WALLA — The 52nd annual Walla Walla Senior Invitational golf tournament is slated this week at the Walla Walla Country Club under uncertain skies.Persistent rain early in the week is supposed to give way to a mix of sun, wind and rain as the week un

Bears beat Spokane, Lewis-Clark

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears came out hot in Lewiston on Sunday, putting up four runs in the first inning against the Spokane Blue Devils and didn't look back the rest of the afternoon. Drew Christina shut down the Lewis-Clark Twins in Sunday's sec

Sweets split doubleheader with Kitsap

Walla Walla manages two runs in each end of a doubleheader with Kitsap, but comes up with different results.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets bounced back after a Monday evening rain-out and split a doubleheader with the Kitsap BlueJackets here Tuesday; winning 2-1 in the opener and losing 3-2 in nine innings in the nightcap.Arturo Reyes pitched a complete g

Together We Can camps open registration for summer

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men's basketball program is hosting two weeks of Together We Can (TWC) Youth Leadership and Basketball camps free of registration charge this summer. The camp sessions, which run June 11-14 and August 6-9, and are open to

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Visuals makes for out-of-this-world game

Amanita Design is a group of game developers who were brought to my attention almost accidently years ago. They made a little web-based game called "Samorost" that was gorgeous and nice in a way video games usually aren't. A couple of years later, Amanita released "Machinarium," which, once again, is gorgeous and nice in all the ways video games usually aren't -- except even more so than "Samorost."

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Aviary inspires artist's paintings

Paintings by Walla Walla watercolorist Marilee Schiff that include several of Pioneer Park Aviary exotic pheasants and other birds are on exhibit at Main Street Furniture Co., 128 E. Main St. The paintings are on display through June.

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Preschool celebrates 50 years in Walla Walla

Betty's Preschool starts its sixth decade of preparing children for a life of learning.

Betty Lodmell's preschool is one for the ages -- three generations worth, in fact. Celebrating the Walla Walla school's golden anniversary this year, she's enrolled second generation students and this fall is looking forward to teaching a grandchild of a former student she once had in her classroom.

Kenneth Slack

May 7, 1939 - May 30, 2012

Rock music camp taking student applications

The Walla Walla Symphony-supported free annual Rock Camp for students age 12 to 18 will run July 30-Aug. 3.The program is now open for registration and limited to the first 60 students.Daily sessions run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garrison Middle School, 906 C

Valley seen as national model to cut joblessness

An influential print and online publication that focuses on national politics and policy suggests in a recent edition that Walla Walla's economic model ought to be considered as a means to get Americans back to work.

George R. Elstrom

May 27, 1921 — June 4, 2012

ETCETERA - Fabric of centenarian's life interwoven in legacy of quilts

A service of love and driving desire to be involved in her community found Bessie Obert Freeman McGuire photocopying and stuffing inserts into the 150 worship service bulletins she runs every week at her volunteer post at the Milton Adventist Church on Ma

Preschool celebrates 50 years in Walla Walla

Betty's Preschool starts its sixth decade of preparing children for a life of learning.

Betty Lodmell's preschool is one for the ages -- three generations worth, in fact.Celebrating the Walla Walla school's golden anniversary this year, she's enrolled second generation students and this fall is looking forward to teaching a grandchild of a f

Tuesday, June 5

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Singers at Park Plaza, Lincoln High team up for concert

WALLA WALLA -- A love of singing has brought together two unlikely groups. Members of the Lincoln High School choir have been singing with the Park Plaza Senior Choir since earlier this year. On Wednesday, the two groups will sing as one during a concert at Walla Walla Community College's China Pavilion.

Singers at Park Plaza, Lincoln High team up for concert

WALLA WALLA -- A love of singing has brought together two unlikely groups.Members of the Lincoln High School choir have been singing with the Park Plaza Senior Choir since earlier this year. On Wednesday, the two groups will sing as one during a concert a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - An aquatic center needs a swimming pool

I have thought for a long time it is very sad that a community of our size doesn't really have a public swimming pool. I know that there is a committee working on an "aquatic park" that, for the time being, excludes a swimming pool.

Those who obtain state driver's license should have documentation

Yet, Washington is one of just two states that allows illegal immigrants to obtain valid driver's licenses.

Although state officials and the Legislature have been dithering over whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to obtain a Washington state driver's license, no action has been taken to fix this clear problem. Washington is one of just two states -- t

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-06-01-12

Walla Walla County

Abby L. McDowell, 21, Connell, Wash., was charged May 31 with forgery and second-degree theft. McDowell is accused of falsely making, completing, altering, possessing, uttering, offering, disposing of or putting off as true a forged check; and wrongfully

On the agenda - Walla Walla county

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

Fabric of centenarian's life interwoven in legacy of quilts

A service of love and driving desire to be involved in her community found Bessie Obert Freeman McGuire photocopying and stuffing inserts into the 150 worship service bulletins she runs every week at her volunteer post at the Milton Adventist Church on Ma

Rapist ordered to serve nearly three years

Joshua A. Rutherford pleaded guilty to crimes involving teenage girls in 2009 and 2010.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man who pleaded guilty to two rape charges for crimes that occurred in 2009 and 2010 was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to nearly three years behind bars.

Emergency Services - 06/04/12

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

Emergency Services - 06/05/12

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

SHAILAH FRAIRE

Jan 11, 2010 - May 31, 2012

Prosecutor calls for continued investigation of shooting

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle asked the Sheriff's Office to continue an investigation into the death of Cesar Chavira, 22, who was shot May 4 after he allegedly broke into the New York Store.According to Nagle, the Sheri

Candidate for state auditor to hold session at Starbucks

WALLA WALLA -- A small business owner and state legislator, Troy Kelley, recently announced his candidacy for state auditor and will hold a community conversation in Walla Walla on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 28 E. Main St.

Prescott Pool to open for season Saturday afternoon

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Pool will open for the 2012 season on Saturday. Pool hours are Monday through Thursday, 2-7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Port commissioners to attend dedication of interchange

BURBANK -- The three Port of Walla Walla commissioners will attend a special dedication ceremony of the new State Route 124 Burbank interchange Wednesday.

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

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

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Wednesday. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. and recesses at noon. Afternoon session begins at 1:15 p.m.Where: Columbia County Courthouse, 341 E. Main St., Dayton

Local firms to share their wares at business fair

Locally made items and the people who produce them will be on display Thursday during the second annual business fair at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods.

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Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year’s trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men’s team.

In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time. The high-water mark, of course, was in 2008 when the Walla Wallans won the national championship. That team was led by bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has since qualified twice for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals and is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA bareback standings with 2012 earnings just south of $10,000.

Annual M-F Scramble Invite this weekend at M-F Muni

MILTON-FREEWATER — The annual Milton-Freewater Scramble Invitational golf tournament will be played here this weekend at the M-F Municipal Golf Course.Tournament play is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday. The

Whitman names Sean Kinney interim baseball coach

Sean Kinney, who has served as an assistant at Whitman since his graduation, takes the baseball team's reins.

WALLA WALLA — Sean Kinney has been named interim head coach of the Whitman College baseball program. Kinney, who had served as an assistant coach at Whitman since his graduation from the school in 2005, replaces Jared Holowaty, who resigned earlier this m

Xplosion "98 place fourth in gold division at Three Rivers

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Xplosion "98 fast pitch softball team placed fourth in the 14U gold division at the Three Rivers Rally Invite Sunday at Hanford High School.On Saturday the Xplosion 98 went 2-1 to qualify for the No. 3 seed in the Gold Division.

Junior Golf Clinic moves up week due to time conflict

MILTON-FREEWATER — Because of a scheduling conflict, the A.J. Beard-Jay McClure Junior Golf Clinic is being moved up one week at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, according to M-F golf pro George Gillette.The clinic, originally scheduled for Jun

Wrath win Silver Championship at Three Rivers

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla Wrath won the silver championship at the Three Rivers Rally 14U softball tournament at Hanford High School Sunday.The Wrath fell into the silver bracket after losing two games and fighting to a draw in another Saturday, but won

Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year's trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men's team.

WALLA WALLA — In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time.The high-water mark, of

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‘Desperados’ shoot it out for prizes

The final day of the ‘Smoke in the Gorge, Near the Blues’ shootout starts at 8:30 a.m. today.

MILTON-FREEWATER - You might say it's the best of the old West shootouts, Hollywood style, as a local shooting club held a competition at the East End Rod & Gun Club this weekend. On Saturday, 28 competitors dressed in cowboy boots and hats (no baseball caps allowed), most in chaps, all with belts lined with bullets and matching left and right holsters to hold two six-shooters, competed in a series of timed shooting trials and the East End Rod & Gun Club. The event is being held by the Dry Gulch Desperados, the local chapter of the Single Action Shooting Society black-po

Monday, June 4

Death Notice - George Elstrom

May 27, 1921 - June 4, 2012

Death Notice - Julie Sphuler

Sept. 29, 1969 - May 30, 2012

Harold L. Williams

January 30, 1923 — May 25, 2012

Wesley McGill

Nov. 25, 1965 - May 12, 2012

Grace Bertelson

May 30, 2012

Elaine Schwalbe

1930 - March 22, 2012

Stan Long

Sept. 7, 1946 - May 27, 2012

Phyllis Maxine Sawyer

Jan. 6, 1922 - May 28, 2012

Robert McPherson

Sept. 10, 1932 - May 15, 2012

Dorothy F. Scott

January 2, 1910 — May 31, 2012

National Weather Service issues flood watch for Walla Walla area

WALLA WALLA — The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for tonight and tomorrow for portions of Oregon and Southeast Washington, including Walla Walla.According to the weather service, rain is forecast to increase across the region tonight wi

Last month of spring on cool, dry side

More than half the month's below-average rainfall landed on a single day early in the month.

WALLA WALLA -- The last full month of spring closed out on a cool, dry note.

Etcetera - 06/04/2

Blue Mountain Action Council Americorps and Whitman Mission National Historic Site will co-host Discover Camp for area young people.

State road projects must move forward despite politics

Gov. Chris Greogire fears partisanship in Congress will slow progress.

Too often state and local government officials talk about receiving federal tax money as if its a gift -- cash from heaven. Federal tax money comes from taxpayers, the same taxpayers who pay state and local taxes.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Higher liquor prices exaggerated

"Liquor price hike on tap," your frontpage headline blared on May 29.

Sweets get first victory of season

Walla Walla earned its first win of the season, 9-1, over Corvallis on Sunday night at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — Jump-started by Alex Bonczyk's leadoff triple and led by Spencer O'Neil's three hits and four RBI, Walla Walla earned its first win of the season, 9-1, over Corvallis on Sunday night at Borleske Stadium.O'Neil's double off the center field f

Genes hold keys to diseases, cures

The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, demonstrated humans have approximately 20,000 genes. How these genes interact with one another and respond to environmental factors goes a long way toward explaining a person's health history.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - So many questions on gas prices

Sunday's UB "Our Opinion" on high gasoline prices concludes with "we suspect that opportunity and greed is the cause of escalated pricing." This is referring to gas prices in the the Walla Walla Valley and the Northwest.

Bird knocks out power to College Place, Walla Walla today

COLLEGE PLACE -- A bird that damaged a transformer and insulator knocked out power to about 3,600 Pacific Power customers this morning.

Graduates of Distinction to be honored by School Board

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will recognize the 2012 Graduates of Distinction during a public reception Tuesday.

Storyteller to perform Wednesday evening at Athena library

ATHENA -- Storyteller Christopher Leebrick will perform at the Athena Public Library on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Arrests made in soliciting scam

WALLA WALLA -- Six people have been arrested in connection with what Walla Walla Police said was a fraud ring operating in the Walla Walla Valley.

Griz sweep Heat in four games

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz defeated the Hermiston Heat four times in two days Saturday and Sunday in their first four league games of the season.The Griz won 7-5 and 17-5 Saturday, but had a more dramatic affair with a 11-10 victory over the Heat

Bruins use hits early, split with Pasco

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins used up their hits in the first game of a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader against visiting Pasco at Warriors Field on the Walla Walla Community College campus.The Bruins pounded o

Sunday, June 3

Public to testify on zoning

State law limits public testimony to the planning commission level.

WALLA WALLA -- Members of the public will get their chance this week to testify in support of or against a number of zoning-change requests now being reviewed by the Walla Walla County Planning Commission.The commission will review several zoning change r

Eastgate Lions Club offers free health screenings

Free hearing, eye, glucose and blood pressure tests will be available from the Eastgate Lions Club Health Trailer from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday.The trailer will be at the Plaza Safeway/Baker Boyer parking lot, 500 Plaza Way.

Hair today, gone Wednesday to complete bargain

WALLA WALLA - The youth group at St. Paul's Episcopal Church raised more than $1,500 in May to benefit the Regional Cancer Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. In keeping with the bargain he made with the group, their priest, the Rev. Birch Rambo

Streakers at Sweets baseball game land in jail

WALLA WALLA - Opening night at the Sweets baseball game saw a couple of streakers, which was followed by a couple of arrests.Police were dispatched to Borleske Stadium at 9:30 p.m. Friday for two streakers, a male and a female, who were being held by staf

Dog walking focus of Lunchtime Learning session

WALLA WALLA - "Perfecting the Walk" is the topic at the monthly Lunchtime Learning session, noon-12:30 p.m. on June 12 at Animal Clinic of Walla Walla, 2089 Taumarson Road.Participants will learn how to teach a dog to walk on a leash; why dogs pull on the

POLICE - Arrests made in door-to-door soliciting scams

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE:Walla County Sheriff's Deputies and City Police were inundated with numerous calls regarding the scammers who have been targeting the Walla Walla Valley the past several days. Six of the door-to-door solicitors were brought in to

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Wait for decision from justice system

As I read the letter by Kathleen Dauchy it brought up a few things I feel need to be addressed.First, I'd like to say that my heart does go out to the mother of the man who was shot while committing a crime. No parent should outlive their child.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Inmates have basic human rights

I could not believe what I was reading in the Sunday Union-Bulletin's Perspective section.Under Walla Walla County Sheriff John A. Turner's special column to the U-B, "Sheriff's Office is saving local taxpayer's money," two of the headlines were in regard

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Third-party investigation needed

First of all, let me start by saying that I do not know either party in the recent shooting on Isaacs Avenue. I do not wish to condemn or convict anyone. All I have are questions:1. Is it really "Stand Your Ground" if you leave a safe place (your residenc

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - President Obama wants to control us

If President Obama can't take the heat he should get out of the race. If the voters can't express their opinion then it appears he wants to be another Hitler. My way only.Our current president does not give diddley about us as citizens, only what he wants

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Memorial Day is sacred

Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and mattress sales.For 27 years, I served our country alongside my fellow federal workers. My civil service occurred following 22 years of active duty in the U. S. Army.In addition to serving every America

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Wallans helped Aviary reach goal

I appreciate Walla Wallans for their tremendous support of the Pioneer Park Aviary rummage sale! Because of them, the goal for funding it through the end of this year has been reached.Please remember to continue to ask the powers that be to reinstate the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's clean house at election time

I find it curious as well as insulting that, after being in office for three-plus years and ignoring the Memorial Day holiday other than him going on golf vacations, President Obama decides that our veterans and our graduating military men and women deser

Grand slam lifts Corvallis past Sweets in season opener

Walla Walla falls to Corvallis, 6-4, after a grand slam in the eighth inning.

WALLA WALLA — Corvallis' Austin Barr needed just one swing to make a forgettable offensive night memorable during his team's season-opening West Coast League baseball game with the Walla Walla Sweets on Friday night at Borleske Stadium.In his first three

Trojans trip up Weston-McEwen in championship

The TigerScots build a 3-0 lead but struggle down the stretch as they fall, 10-4, in the Oregon Class 1A/2A baseball title game.

SALEM — After three innings of play in the Oregon Class 1A/2A state championship Friday, Weston-McEwen held a 3-0 lead over the Kennedy Trojans and was in control.But the TigerScots allowed nine runs over the next two innings — seven of them unearned — en

Knights trample Sweets in 12-3 rout

Corvallis capitalizes on three Walla Walla errors as the Knights pick up five runs before the Sweets get on the board.

WALLA WALLA — Corvallis built a 5-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings Saturday night and cruised to a 12-3 victory over the Walla Walla Sweets in the middle game of a three-game West Coast League baseball series at Borleske Stadium.The defending WCL champ

Saturday, June 2

Police may have broken door-to-door fraud ring

WALLA WALLA - One day after issuing a warning about door-to-door solicitors scamming residents out of cash and checks, police detained several women Saturday in what could be a major fraud ring."They are packing IDs from all over the county," Walla Walla

STREET CLOSURE - Alder Street

The Water Division will have Alder Street closed from Division Street to Madison Street on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to install a new water service. The eastbound lane will be open for emergency vehicles only.

Four glass-recycling stations to stay open

WALLA WALLA - Local glass recycling will continue at four collections sites around town, but Walla Walla Recycling will no longer collect the material.In recent months, members of the city's Sustainability Committee have debated ending the glass recycling

ON THE AGENDA - WALLA WALLA COUNTY

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

EMERGENCY SERVICES - 6/3/12

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

Finding meteorites topic of library program

Scientists believe there is, on average, at least one meteorite on every square half-mile in Oregon.

MILTON-FREEWATER - A free program about meteorites and what to look for when trying to find them will be presented 7 p.m. Thursday at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.Dick Pugh, a Portland-based scientist who researches meteorites wo

Getting kids on their feet, excited and moving to the beat of ... Zumba Day!

Elena Enriquez huddles with a group of students to select the morning's play list from her iPad.Enriquez explains after the morning workout that she typically picks the songs Blue Ridge Elementary students dance to on these special mornings. But with the

PASTOR COLUMN - Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good

Why are there so many churches?" It's a great question and one I get asked often. It's not very theological, but my question in response is, "Why are there so many restaurants?" The answer to both is simple - flavor. Before you think I'm suggesting we all

Church Bulletin - 6/3/12

Unity Church of Peace to discuss perception, realityWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will present the Rev. Joy Kachel speaking on "Perception and Illusion - What is Real and What is Just Illusion?" at 10 a.m. today.

Wa-Hi graduates march into future

WALLA WALLA - The 120th Walla Walla High School Commencement ceremony took place Friday night on the school's main lawn. About 445 seniors representing the class of 2012 earned diplomas. The title of class valedictorian was shared by students Emily Schuel

Engagement Bennett Maxted

Stacy Nicole Bennett of Reno, Nev., and Lance Edward Maxted of Walla Walla announce their engagement.

SENIOR CENTERS - 6/3/12

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

Let's hope state investigation forces gas prices down

Higher than normal gasoline prices are nothing new to Walla Walla.

While Washington state fumes over gasoline prices that are far higher than its neighboring states, Walla Walla wonders why the fuss. After all, this community is used to seeing gas prices routinely 25 cents higher per gallon or more when compared to Tri-C

Friday, June 1

What's Going Up?: June 2012

What: A new branch of HAPO Community Credit Union at 2376 Taumarson Road, near Highway 125.

Business Monthly Bio: Kathleen Buford

Business: AAA Washington service center manager in Walla Walla

POLICE - Area residents scammed by door-to-door solicitors

Area law enforcement agencies have received several reports of door-to-door soliciting scams. The suspects are using different stories when contacting residents, asking for donations for a variety of causes. They have asked for money to support the “Wound

California firm buys WW-based QualitySmith

The effect on the local work force isn't clear, but the company president says the number will stay 'the same.'

WALLA WALLA -- QualitySmith, the Walla Walla web-based company that connects consumers with contracting services, has been purchased by a California firm known for finding target consumer markets for businesses and auctioning off customer leads.

ROAD CLOSURE - Melrose Street

Emergency road closure on Melrose due to a water main break. From 2926 Melrose Street to 200 feet west of 2926 Melrose. No emergency vehicles will be able to get through.

Let's use science to crack the tough questions

Steve Luckstead approached me with the suggestion that I write a series of science columns for the U-B. Those begin soon.

Fly-In set for Saturday in College Place

The annual event includes vintage aircraft, flying lessons and other family-friendly fun.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Martin Field will host its annual Fly-In and open house Saturday.

Local stores jump into mix as liquor sales go private

Hard liquor is moving on to store shelves on the first day of privatized sales.

WALLA WALLA -- Local retailers were losing no time today to join the statewide jump into private liquor sales.

Etcetera - 06/01/12

Can't make the Walla Walla High School campus in person for graduation? You can catch the action in real time at 7 tonight by going to the Wa-Hi or school district websites, and following the link to a live video stream of the commencement service.

Emergency Services - 06/01/12

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

Mill Creek-area trails gain national recognition

WALLA WALLA (AP) -- More than 20 miles of trails in the Walla Walla area have been designated a new National Recreation Trail System.

Key Technology cuts dozens of jobs

The manufacturer announced a reduction of about 40-50 jobs, mostly in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- Key Technology Inc. cut roughly 11 percent of its work force Thursday and announced a stock repurchase program in a multifaceted strategy to financially strengthen the manufacturing firm.

Appeal of supermajority ruling prudent

The voters clearly want a higher threshold to approve taxes, but a Superior Court judge struck down as unconstitutional a two-thirds majority for tax hikes.

Washington state's voters approved in 2010 -- by a wide margin -- a mandate that any tax increase must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the state House and Senate. That was the fourth time voters have approved a two-thirds mandate.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's begin by listening to each other

I am curious. I try to keep up with the news, listen to the radio to find out what the far left and far right are talking about, and I wonder why both camps sound so similar.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Alaska should have stopover in Pasco

If Alaska Airlines is losing money for flights in and out of Walla Walla, it must be that the flights are not selling out. If that's the case, why not take the one flight it is doing away with for the summer and, instead, create a stopover in Pasco.

$n$ Police investigate fatal shooting in WW

WALLA WALLA -- Two days after a fatal shooting on Bonnie Brae Street, police continue to investigate if the incident was a suicide or homicide.

Here's a 'great opportunity' most likely best to miss

On May 23, a letter was delivered to my home letting me know of a "great opportunity."

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES-06-01-12

Jo Lynn and David Shoemaker.

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Sweets opening day is here

The Walla Walla Sweets open the season against Corvallis tonight at Borleske Stadium.

The Walla Walla Sweets kick off the 2012 season this evening against the Corvallis Knights, the defending West Coast League champions, at 7. The Sweets have only been practicing since May 26, and several players are still playing college ball or in classes, but Sweets manager J.C. Biagi is excited for the start of the season. "These guys have all been playing baseball for the better part of the year," Biagi said. "So we obviously want to get them reps, we want to see them swing, but it's as much for us as it is for them - allowing us the opportunity to see what we have and what we're working with and where they might fit in the lineup or the rotation."

It's a Fowl time

among the lakes, ponds and swamps along roads south of Burns, Ore.

Fowls by the dozens dipped up tasty tidbits in the grassy lakes, ponds and swamps along roadsides south of Burns, Ore.We saw ibises, avocets, black-necked stilts, curlews, grebes, egrets, herons and pelicans.And diving Caspian terns and swallows nipped bu

Registration for Wa-Hi hoops camp still open

WALLA WALLA — Sign-ups for the annual Wa-Hi Boys Basketball Camps are still being accepted. The Elementary camp, open to any boy entering grades 3-5, will be from 9-11 a.m. June 11-14. The Middle School camp, open to any boy entering grades 6-9, will be

Sweets opening day is here

The Walla Walla Sweets open the season against Corvallis tonight at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets kick off the 2012 season this evening against the Corvallis Knights, the defending West Coast League champions, at 7.The Sweets have only been practicing since May 26, and several players are still playing college ball