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Body of boy missing after boat sank recovered

BURBANK - The body of Timothy Bowden was recovered Saturday. The 14-year-old disappeared when the boat he was in sank last Sunday after launching from Hood Park on the Snake River.

Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner said around 2 p.m. a boater spotted something that looked like a body off Crescent Island near Boise Cascade on the Columbia River.

A sheriff's boat was already in the area searching for Bowden and was dispatched to recover the body.

There is still no report on the cause of the sinking.

There were four other people in the boat at the time who were able to swim ashore.

Cause of power failure remains mystery

WALLA WALLA - The cause of a power failure for 1,786 businesses and residences Friday afternoon will most likely remain a mystery.

Pacific Power spokesperson Jan Mitchell said a circuit at a nearby substation was tripped around 3 p.m., causing power failures from Pine Street to Alder Street and Eighth Avenue to Colville Street.

"In a lot of these cases we just don't find out the cause ... It could have been a contact from an animal momentarily or a branch, but we just don't know what it was that tripped it," Mitchell said.

The power failure was over around 3:40 p.m., after crews reset and tested the circuit at the substation.

Cummins sets mark for elected city official

WALLA WALLA - Council Member Jerry Cummins was recognized at Wednesday's Council meeting as the longest serving elected city official.

In June of last year, Cummins (along with then-Council members Dominick Elia and Fred Mitchell) passed the record previously held by John "Dan" Swank, who was first elected in 1971 and served as a City Council member from January 1972 to June 1991 - 19 years 6 months.

Cummins won his sixth term in office last year had served continually since 1992, including two terms as mayor.

"It's a wonderful ... place to live and work, and I think that we had a Walla Walla way of doing things. And it is a great way of doing things and lets us go forward and do great things for our community," Cummins said.

Though Cummins is the longest serving elected official, Swank is still the longest serving City Council member because he was also appointed to Council in 1970 to fill a 21-month month vacancy, which put his total years of service at 21 years and two months.

M-F School Board to hold special meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Milton-Freewater School Board will hold a special board meeting Monday at 6:30 a.m. in the district's conference room, 1020 S. Mill St.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect board officers and to consider hiring a new principal for Central Middle School.

Central Principal Bruce Neil left the district at the end of the 2011-12 school year. The board accepted his resignation during its June board meeting.

Session to discuss phobias in dogs

WALLA WALLA - Animal Clinic of Walla Walla will offer education about phobias in dogs from noon-12:30 p.m. July 10

Is your dog afraid of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises? Learn techniques, including massage, to help your fearful dog become more confident.

The clinic offers free pet education in 30-minute lunchtime learning sessions on the second Tuesday of each month at 2089 Taumarson Road.

Preregistration is encouraged at 525-6111. Participants should not bring their dogs, but may bring their lunch if they wish.

- Compiled by Union-Bulletin staff

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