Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

Oldies Night eyes Sir Elton John

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Oldies Night at The Library looks at the amazing career of Sir Elton John 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.The program will include big hits like "Honky Cat," "Crocodile Rock" and "Bennie and the Jets," some o

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival set June 7-22

Tickets are on sale now for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, which will run June 7-22.Concerts and open rehearsals will be presented throughout the area.Festival Series concerts are 7:30 p.m. June 12, 16, 19 and 22 at the Power House Theatre, 111 N

Two Living History shows slated at museum

WALLA WALLA -- Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents two Living History performances this weekend.At 2 p.m. Saturday, Tom Williams portrays Ed Burlingame, an early canal and road builder. In 1893, Burlingame, arrived in Walla Walla to inspect t

Weston Library centenniel to begin

WESTON -- The Weston Public Library celebrates its centennial birthday during the 120th annual Umatilla County Pioneer Picnic. An open house will be 8-10 a.m. Saturday . Refreshments will be served, and commemorative leather book marks, copies of the orig

Gospel, country bluegrass group Forgotten Freight to play Saturday at Pataha Flour Mill

POMEROY -- Gospel and country bluegrass group "Forgotten Freight" returns for a fourth concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Pataha Flour Mill, 50 Hutchens Hill Road.The five-member band represents a cross section of the Moscow and Potlatch communities. Members of t

Alt-country-rock band Massy Ferguson to play Friday

Roots Americana band Massy Ferguson will perform from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Three Rivers Winery, 5641 W. Highway 12. The quartet, currently on tour throughout the Northwest, combines steady, blue-collar alt-country with Southern rock which is reminiscent

BOOK NOTES - Summer travel inspires literary focus on traversing time

Summer is fast approaching. Do you plan to do any traveling this summer? Or are you are an "armchair" traveler like me? If you are spending this summer at home, perhaps you would appreciate doing some "time traveling" via science fiction.If you are a regu

Kristin Vining to headline First Thursday concert

WALLA WALLA -- The First Thursday Concert, with pianist and composer Kristin Vining, will be 12:15-12:50 p.m. June 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.Admission is free. Donations will be given to the Walla Walla Downtown Foundation. For in

Audubon field trip set at Bennington Lake

A brisk walk about Bennington Lake is planned as part of the Audubon Society field trip Wednesday. Participants will be on the lookout for birds that typically nest in early summer in the reservoir area. The trip is open to the community.

Kirkman exhibit covers bases

WALLA WALLA -- Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., will have an open house for its new exhibit, "Play Ball -- 120 Years of Walla Walla's Favorite Pastime" at noon Friday. The exhibit, which runs until Labor Day weekend, will showcase baseball in t

New at the walla walla public library

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

Chamber music festival to present concert for kids

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival will present its opening "Sounds Like Fun!" children's concert of the 2012 season with a performance titled "Construction Site: How To Build a Piece of Chamber Music" on June 7 at 4:30 p.m. at DeSales

Old Town Freewater Street Fair is June 8

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Old Town Freewater Street Fair will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 and 9 on North Main Street. There will be arts and crafts vendors; wine tastings; musical entertainment by Chinook Winds, Shaniko, The Double Dares, Terry Hagate, Rodne

Etcetera - 05/31/12

Milton-Freewater Senior Center, 311 N. Main St., will host a rummage sale there from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Touchet students win acclaim for civility project

The seventh-graders' annual project took home first place in a state competition.

TOUCHET -- Touchet School is running out of room for all of its trophies. Donnetta Elsasser's seventh-grade class secured another win for the school at the Project Citizen state showcase earlier this month.

Sheriff's Sgt. Bill White placed on paid leave

The reason Sgt. Bill White has been placed on administrative leave was not disclosed.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County sheriff's Sgt. Bill White has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Too early to judge impact of booze initiative

Despite predications of soaring prices, open market forces should drive down prices over time.

Did Washington voters make a mistake last year in approving Initiative 1183, which forced the state out of the liquor business today?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Overburdened taxpayer should get more

The unmitigated gall of Sen. Patrick Leahy telling the Supreme Court what its job is when the Senate has failed to even pass a budget for more than three years, let alone bring any bills from the House to even an up or down vote is incomprehensible. And t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B story on protest questioned

The story on the May 22 front page about the protestors was disgusting. You did it again, making some kind of a hero of a gang member and thief.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES-05-31-12

Walla Walla County

Jose Mendez, 12, 244 Tausick Way, was sentenced May 25 on two counts fourth-degree assault.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-05-31-12

Walla Walla County

Shelby R. McDonald, 32, 10 S.E. 19th Ave., College Place, was sentenced May 29 on one count second-degree possession of stolen property.

Booth space remains for Diversity Day vendors

WALLA WALLA -- Booth space is still available for vendors who wish to participate in Diversity Day, June 17. But vendors must pay an additional $5 late fee and get their applications postmarked no later than June 10.

Son, lawyer: Problems preceded shooting

Joseph Shuba, accused of killing his wife last month, could face trial in July.

DAYTON -- Joseph Shuba, 58, pleaded not guilty last week to the charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Suzanne Shuba, at their home last month.

Teen badly injured when bike hits SUV on Monday evening

WALLA WALLA -- Thirteen-year-old Noah Gast suffered a broken jaw and leg after he rode his bike into the side of an oncoming SUV on Monday evening, police said.

Emergency Services - 05/31/12

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 police investigate fatal shooting

A portion of Bonnie Brae Street was shut down Wednesday after what police say appears to be a suicide.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla police closed off a portion of Bonnie Brae Street Wednesday morning after a fatal shooting. According to Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department, it appears Julie Sphuler, 42, shot herself with a 9 mm

Washington State coaches to speak at Cougar Club Lunch at Whitman Hotel

WALLA WALLA — Washington State football coach Mike Leach, basketball coach Ken Bone and men's golf coach Garrett Clegg are attending the Cougar Club luncheon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Friday.The luncheon costs $30 to attend for Cougar Athletic Fund memb

Fraternal Order of Eagles holds 5k fun run and walk

WALLA WALLA — The Fraternal Order of Eagles is holding its 5k fun run and walk Saturday at the Mill Creek trail near Walla Walla Community College.Registration starts at 8 a.m. and costs $10 for members and $20 for non members. All money raised goes towar

Sweets are ready to make hay as season approaches

Walla Walla reloads as it prepares to face the Corvallis Knights Friday at 7:05 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — The nights are shorter, the days warmer, and the Laht Neppur is on tap.Yes, it's summer, and now that Borleske Stadium is once again filled with the crack of wooden bats and the pop of a fastball into a catcher's mitt — and an oversized swee

Buchan: State title signals return to glory days at DeSales

WALLA WALLA —After all the years and all the success, DeSales coach Kim Cox has a pretty good idea of what a state-championship calibre baseball team looks like.But even he wasn't certain of his 2012 team's potential when the Irish took to the practice fi

Karla Shaw

May 19, 1950 - May 28, 2012

Donna Brown

Oct. 31, 1942 - May 28, 2012

Grace Records

April 30, 1914 - May 25, 2012

Craig Davis

Oct. 19, 1952 - May 25, 2012

Death Notice - Henry Olson

Oct. 16, 1916 - May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30

Sheriff: Shooting probe nearing end

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office hopes to forward the investigation of the shooting death of Cesar Chavira, 22, to the Prosecuting Attorney's office soon, Sheriff John Turner said this morning.

College Cellars wines win regional acclaim

Eight wines from the local teaching winery took home honors from recent judgings.

WALLA WALLA -- Student-made wines brought home nearly a case full of hardware at the recent Seattle Wine Awards and Northwest Wine Summit.

Emergency Services - 05/30/12

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

Former penitentiary officer sentenced in harassment

WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary officer was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 224 hours of community service for harassing his estranged wife and a man she started dating.

Homeless numbers jump up in county

The reason is unknown, but after several years of falling, the number is back up to the 2008 level.

WALLA WALLA -- After several years of decline, Walla Walla County's homeless population jumped back up this year.

Trial date set for man in assault on baby daughter

Thomas N. Caldwell is accused of breaking her ribs last fall.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon to a criminal charge accusing him of breaking the ribs of his infant daughter.

Woodward Canyon delves deeper into local comestibles

First a market. Now a restaurant.Woodward Canyon Winery has added yet another dimension to its Lowden operation with the quiet opening last weekend of the Reserve House restaurant.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cuts at Correctional Industries questioned

Correctional Industries provides jobs and skills training for inmates at the correctional facilities administered by the Department of Corrections. These jobs provide employment and a modest income for the inmates, a skill that is transferable when seekin

Attorney general's political opinions not relevant in lawsuits

A judge ruled appropriately that McKenna should not have to include his personal political beliefs in legal arguments on behalf of the state.

Attorney General Rob McKenna continues to take political heat for his decision to join the state of Washington in a lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul.

Treatment alternative ordered for rapist

Jesus Torres-Almeida, who pleaded guilty to a pair of rape charges, will be imprisoned if he fails in treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been given an opportunity to undergo three to four years of outpatient sex-offender treatment rather than serving time in prison for having intercourse with two underage girls he befriended in the late spring or the summer of 2010

Etcetera - 05/30/12

Thirty-two Junior Club of Walla Walla members gave 3,565 hours in service to non-profit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley and celebrated with a year-end banquet May 3 at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Trial date set for man in chase, injury wreck

Antonio S. Contreras faces a variety of charges in connection with a pursuit this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of driving a stolen pickup involved in a vehicle chase with law enforcement this month and injuring his passenger in a resulting crash is scheduled to stand trial starting July 16 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Contra dance set for June 6 at Pioneer Park bandstand

The first contra dance for the summer season will be 7:30 p.m. June 6 at the Pioneer Park bandstand, Alder and Division streets.

Walla Walla may be on road to 'Best for Food' award

Rand McNally and USA Today are again teaming up for the Best of the Road contest that last year netted the city the tag as 'friendliest city.'

WALLA WALLA -- Last year they came for the company. This time around Rand McNally is sending a pair of road warriors to the community for a taste of the cuisine.

Crop-dusting helicopter crash- lands near Burbank

BURBANK -- A crop-dusting helicopter crash-landed near Burbank shortly after 9 a.m. this morning near Ice Harbor and Flat Top roads, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

Maxine Long

Dec. 27, 1926 - May 23, 2012

Death Notice - Arthur “AB" Lowe

Feb. 14, 1928 - May 27, 2012

Death Notice - Donna Brown

Oct. 31, 1942 - May 28, 2012

Death Notice - Jared Carr

April 4, 1981 - May 27, 2012

Death Notice - Phyllis Sawyer

Jan. 6, 1922 - May 28, 2012

Death Notice - Stanley Long

Sept. 7, 1946 - May 27, 2012

Death Notice - Grace Bertelson

April 7, 1930 - May 30, 2012

Death Notice - Karla Shaw

May 19, 1950 - May 28, 2012

Death Notice - Donnie Meyers

May 10, 1958 - May 25, 2012

Robert Brown

Nov. 16, 1952 - May 18, 2012

Grace Britton

Aug. 28, 1918 - May 25, 2012

Joseph Startin

April 7, 1926 - May 24, 2012

Ilene Kromm

Jan. 20, 1923 - May 24, 2012

Wheatland Wheelers to host ice cream social bike rides

WALLA WALLA — The Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club is have ice cream social bike rides Tuesday evenings over the summer.The ride begin at Wildwood Park, 7 S. Division St. They'll be from 6-8 p.m. June 5 and 19, July 3 and 17, and Aug. 7 and 21.There are fo

Walla Walla Drag Strip in action this weekend

WALLA WALLA — Drag racing will be at Walla Walla Drag Strip, 1212 Middle Waitsburg Road, this weekend.Gates open at noon Saturday, with time trials at 1 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m.On Sunday, gates open at 8:30 a.m., time trials are at 10 a.m. and racing is

Tuesday, May 29

Walla Walla medical group and hospital opens new pharamacy facility

WALLA WALLA -- Adventist Health/Medical Group and Walla Walla General Hospital has opened their Community Pharmacy at 1111 S. Second Ave.

Morrison Lane adds tasting room to winery operation

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla's Morrison Lane Winery has opened its longtime production facility to the public with a new tasting room at 1249 Lyday Lane off Braden Road.

New auto detailer service starts up as home business in WW

WALLA WALLA -- A new detail shop is making tracks in Walla Walla.

Precept reopens two tasting rooms in Walla Walla for its expanded portfolio

WALLA WALLA -- Precept Wine Brands has ridden a wave of success with The Chocolate Shop wine and unveiled a tasting room in the heart of downtown Walla Walla that features it.

Downtown WW gift, home decor store retreats to Seattle roots

WALLA WALLA -- Romanza Gifts and Home Decor will depart Walla Walla.

Company that owns Walla Walla Ford dealership expands to La Grande

WALLA WALLA -- Legacy Auto Group, the company that owns Walla Walla's Ford dealership, is expanding with the acquisition of Frontier Motors, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep in La Grande.

Northwest paint company opens new store in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Portland-based Rodda Paint Co. will hold a June 5 grand opening of its new Walla Walla store.

More tourists using smart phone app to check out Valley wineries

WALLA WALLA -- A smart phone application introduced last year on behalf of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is being used by more wine tourists every day, according to the latest update from the vintner-grower alliance.

IRS things to consider when selling your business

Many of the topics I've previously covered have dealt with starting or operating a business, but there are also times when an owner needs to sell their business.

The things you can learn during 'essential' sitting

In his recent presentation to the Walla Walla Valley, "Sitting Will Kill You," University of North Carolina expert on worksite wellness Michael Perko, Ph.D., provided startling information on the correlation between long periods of sitting and decreased

Local agency again wins eco-friendly commute competition

Employees of the Walla Walla County Joint Development Agency are reportedly among the greenest when it comes to their daily commutes.

Mall owners again file for bankruptcy protection days before sale

WALLA WALLA -- The owners of the defunct Blue Mountain Mall property have filed for bankruptcy in a move that postpones another auction proceeding that had been scheduled for the end of this week.

Key Technology's CEO leadership changes hands

WALLA WALLA -- John J. "Jack" Ehren has taken the reins of Walla Walla-based international manufacturer Key Technology Inc. after David M. Camp resigned in May as president and chief executive officer.

Valley jobless numbers down

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in April, according to most recent results released May 22 by the state Employment Security Department.

Free worksite wellness planning seminar to be held

WALLA WALLA -- Michael Perko, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on worksite wellness, will return to Walla Walla on June 12 for another seminar open to local employers.

Wheat growers have hopes for optimal growing year

WALLA WALLA -- The rain and snow that swept through the Valley well into spring may have left some complaining, but not Washington wheat growers.

Early wine entreprenuer back with custom facility

LOWDEN -- Janet Byerley became known as one of the earlier pioneers in Walla Walla's wine scene when she co-founded Waterbrook Winery in 1984.

Will Alaska leave Walla Walla flyers in the cold?

WALLA WALLA -- A temporary reduction in flights this summer has raised fears that Alaska Airlines may be poised for a final departure from the Valley.

Garage-to-wine-pub redo wins state design award

WALLA WALLA -- The renovation of a one-time garage into one of downtown Walla Walla's most distinct tasting rooms has earned Charles Smith Wines World Headquarters a coveted award from the Washington State Main Street Program.

LIVE growers, wineries get sustainable seal of approval

The Northwest-based LIVE program was awarded an official international endorsement of its independent, third-party sustainable vineyard and winery certification program from the International Organization for Biological Control of Noxious Plants and Anima

Walla Walla is ready for Sweets opening day

Borleske Stadium is now the summer gathering place for the community. The Sweets begin their third season Friday.

Anticipation is growing throughout the Valley for opening day. The Walla Walla Sweets open their season Friday at home against the Corvallis Knights, the team they faced in last season's championship series.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-05-29-12

Walla Walla County

Erica C. Seward, 32, 1804 Isaacs Ave., Space 21, was charged May 24 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act: unlawfully possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver, unlawfully possessing less than 40 grams of marijuan

IS IT JUST ME? - Take politics seriously? ...I'll put it on my list

Recently, while attempting to figure out how to do the dishes without actually having to do any real work, I heard a very serious discussion of politics on Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio show “On the Media."The subject was a video released by Presiden

Hydromania camp flows into Milton-Freewater

The camp for youths will focus on science, water and the local environment.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Students are invited to participate in a new summer science camp to be held June 12-14.

EATING LOCAL - Sharing the kitchen keeps family cooking

Growing up, my sister and I were always encouraged into the kitchen to help with meals and create our own unique style.We started out making simple cinnamon sugar dough balls out of leftover pie crust and moved on to create our own signature dishes, such

Corps to fete 50th year of Ice Harbor Dam

BURBANK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 16 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Ice Harbor Dam with a commemoration and open house.Events will begin at 10 a.m. at the western Walla Walla County dam near Burbank on the Snak

Milton-Freewater school Budget Committee to meet this evening

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School District Budget Committee will hold its second meeting today at 6 p.m.

Diaper drive continues for The Moms' Network

Since the end of March, The Moms' Network has donated 7,984 diapers to the local organizations that distribute diapers to families in need -- Helpline, Catholic Charities of Walla Walla, Sonbridge Community Center, Lincoln High School and Younglives.

Saturday fire on Cherry Street blamed on cigarette

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Fire Department crews responded to a house fire at 215 E. Cherry St. at 4:44 a.m. on Saturday that caused more than $25,000 damage, according to Fire Chief Bob Yancey.

Walla Walla woman injured in deadly crash near Baker City

BAKER CITY -- A Walla Walla woman was critically injured in a motorcycle crash that left another rider dead at midday Monday as two couples were riding north on Highway 7 southwest of Baker City.

Emergency Services - 05/29/12

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

Crime can have dreadful consequences

I want to make it clear that I find no joy in the death of Cesar Chavira. It's sad that a young man is dead.

Griz pick up play in Kirkland tourney

Walla Walla's bats awaken Sunday in two victories at the season-opening baseball tournament.

KIRKLAND — Walla Walla's bats came alive Sunday as the Griz defeated the Northwest Bandits twice, 11-1 and 9-1, during the second day of a season-opening American Legion Single A baseball tournament.The Griz faltered in the final innings during Saturday's

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day has meaning for Americans

Following is an excerpt from a speech delivered on May 30, 1884, by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a Civil War veteran and Supreme Court justice.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Advocating for dam removal is civic responsibility

Rex Miller Sr. (U-B, May 18) says with regards to Snake Rivers salmon that I should "butt out and worry about Idaho."Taking care of Idaho is what I am doing when I advocate for the removal of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams downstream of Idaho. The salm

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Things my Pa taught me

Writing as a 60-plus year reader of the U-B I felt like I should share an idea learned as a youngster from my loving pa.1. You do not touch or take things that do not belong to you.2. You want or need new cowboy boots/cowboy hat you get a job and earn the

Walla Walla bicyclist hit by car, dies

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) -- A bicyclist from Walla Walla is dead in Benton County after being struck by a car. The driver said he swerved to avoid a skunk. KNDU reports the accident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies say the cyclist, 30-year-old Jar

Whit women's tennis duo falls in national quarterfinals to second-seeded Emory twosome

CARY, N.C. — After picking off a big win in Thursday's Round of 16, the Whitman College doubles duo of Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless was unable to keep pace with Emory's Gabrielle Clark and Zahra Dawson in Friday's quarterfinals of the NCAA Division

Register now for the Eastern Washington Senior Games

WALLA WALLA — Registration is now open for the second annual Eastern Washington Senior Games June 22-24. These are the only senior games held on the east side of the state, and are being hosted by the Walla Walla YMCA.

HoopStars Girls Basketball Camp slated July 23-26

WALLA WALLA — The HoopStars Girls Basketball Camp will be July 23-26 at the Walla Walla Community College's Dietrich Dome.

Pomeroy reaps state 1B track titles

CHENEY — It's not often that you can say a high finish at a track meet is truly a team effort.But that was the case at Eastern Washington's Roos Field Saturday as the Pomeroy boys' 4x100-meter and 4x400 relay teams earned a pair of first-place finishes fo

Wa-Hi's Gerling wins state 300 hurdles

Wa-Hi's Blake Gerling brings home the school's first track championship since 1994 at the state meet in Tacoma over the weekend.

TACOMA — Wa-Hi's Blake Gerling won the 300-meter hurdles state championship at the Class 4A state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High over the weekend.Gerling outdistanced Auburn River's Andrey Zadneprovskiy for the Blue Devils' first track state ch

Saldana's javelin victory highlights Mac-Hi's state meet

Pancho Saldana easily outdistanced his competition as the Pioneer boys finish 12th in Eugene.

EUGENE — Mac-Hi's Pancho Saldana threw the javelin a meet-best 197 feet, 2 inches here Saturday to help lead Mac-Hi's boys to a 12th-place finish at the Oregon Class 4A state track and field championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.The Pi

Walla Walla Bruins open with split with Kennewick

Luke Reardon tames the Dusters in the opener, but the Bruins give up six 7th-inning runs in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Luke Reardon tamed the Kennewick Junior Dusters on just three hits Sunday afternoon as the Walla Walla Bruins launched the 2012 Junior American Legion baseball season with a 9-3 victory.The Bruins held a 7-5 lead after six innings in the sec

Sunday, May 27

Fundraiser to help administrator with medical bills

MILTON-FREEWATER - Organizers are calling it "Ron's Ice Cream Potluck Fundraiser."Ron Richwine, dean of students at Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater, was recently diagnosed with cancer. He and his family will be traveling to Portland for tre

Pleasant View graduation to be June 2

MILTON-FREEWATER - Pleasant View Alternative School will say good-bye to 20 seniors at its graduation ceremony on June 2.Graduates will receive their diplomas from Principal Suzy Mayes at 2 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth S

Registration opens for Kids College at WWCC

WALLA WALLA - Registration is now open for this year's Kids College, held at Walla Walla Community College over the summer.The camp is open to children 9 to 12 years of age and runs June 11-15.Information on the program, including how to sign up, is avail

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - PSA test should not be abandoned

I am a prostate cancer survivor who owes his cancer-free status to both the PSA test and competent medical advice and treatment. The recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (U-B, May 22, page A7) to drop the PSA test points in the wrong

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cesar Chavira started chain of events

I have read with interest the front-page article in the U-B May 22 regarding the "Protesters call for justice." This crowd marched up and down Isaacs Avenue calling out for justice to be served for Cesar H. Chavira.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Walla Walla drivers disappoint

Walla Walla disappointed me a little Sunday afternoon. In the six years that I lived in Walla Walla and in the 25 years since I moved away, during which I have returned at least twice a year to visit family and friends, I've always thought of Walla Walla

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Jim Johnson is an excellent choice by commissioners

I appreciate the Walla Walla County commissioners for selecting Jim Johnson to serve out Gregg Loney's term. I believe they got it right.Jim is an excellent fit. His dedication to the Walla Walla Valley has been demonstrated in myriad volunteer commitment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A cycling alternative

I must state that the proposal to designate Middle Waitsburg Road as a designated cyclist route is in poor judgment. Middle Waitsburg Road, like most county roads, is narrow.Pavement leads to a graveled soft shoulder that leads to ditches, dirt banks and

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Some suggestions for summer vacations

Some information for those who are going to embark on summer vacations or weekend outings.For weekends explore the camping and fishing along the Snake River from Ice Harbor to the upper areas around Central Ferry.Should you wish to go out of state, I reco

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Be respectful of others

I would have to start by saying I'm ashamed at how the people of this city have shown some of their true colors. Living here all my life I have never seen so many heartless, thoughtless, judgemental and truly racist people in my life. Every time I read a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Shooting occurred during a crime

May 22's U-B article titled "Protesters call for justice" was an eye- opener for me. I read and re-read the article many times trying to understand how this tragedy has unfolded and continues to unfold. Here are my thoughts as a victim of crime being an a

DeSales softball team nipped at state

The Irish are edged in consecutive games after advancing to the state semifinals.

YAKIMA — The Irish leader on the field and in the circle, sophomore Ashlyn Lyons, helped carry the load in two great — but still losing efforts — here Saturday at the Gateway Sports Complex.“All in all, the girls did well," DeSales coach Russ Vera said. “

DeSales advances past Mossyrock

ELLENSBURG — Darryl Galloway's three-run double was a key hit during an eight-run second inning that helped power DeSales to a 13-7 victory over Mossyrock in the semifinals of the Class 2B state baseball tournament Friday afternoon at Rotary Park.Travis H

Dayton outslugs Pateros, falls to Napavine

YAKIMA — Dayton outscored the Pateros Nannies, 16-14, and lost a slugfest, 15-7, versus the Napavine Tigers here Saturday at the Gateway Sports Complex at the state 2B softball tournament.The Lady Bulldogs finished the state tourney at 2-2.“It was a great

TigerScots' run continues

Weston-McEwen's baseball team routs Lost River, 12-3, Friday to pull within two wins of a state title.

ATHENA —­ Once again there was no denying the mighty Weston-McEwen TigerScots on their home field in round two of the Oregon Class 1A/2A state baseball state playoffs here Friday night. The potent Weston-McEwen offense scored 12 runs and good pitching lim

Irish defeat Asotin for 17th state championship

Freshman Cam Richman pitches a complete two-hitter as DeSales picks up its first title since 2008.

ELLENSBURG — For the DeSales baseball program, Rotary Field proved to be the scene for No. 17.The 2012 Irish claimed the program's 17th Class 2B state championship and its first since 2008 here Saturday afternoon with a 9-2 triumph over Southeast 2B Distr

Touchet loses rematch with Selkirk, finishes 4th at state

YAKIMA — Touchet finished the 2012 season on a strong note at the Gateway Sports Complex in 1B state tournament Saturday, taking home a fourth place trophy after falling to Selkirk in the consolation final.“We'll take the trophy home happily," Touchet coa

Saturday, May 26


emergency services

ETCETERA - National Journey of Hope cyclists to visit Lillie Rice Center June 3

A team of cyclists are expected to pedal into Walla Walla on June 3, all participants in the 25th Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital.It's part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycle across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabili

ANNIVERSARIES Bill and Thais Baer

Bill and Thais Baer of Walla Walla will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends from 2-4 p.m. June 3 at Pioneer Park Garden Center, off Alder and Division streets. At the couple's request, guests are asked not to bring gifts.

WEDDING Keep-Garza

Alfredo Garza and Tonya Keep wed April 7, 2012, at the Elks Lodge in Walla Walla. The Rev. Matthew Studer officiated.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Postal Service changes must be accepted

The cost of running the Postal Service must be reduced if it is to survive.

The U.S. Postal Service isn't as important to our daily lives than it was even a decade ago. Nevertheless, it is relevant - and necessary. Mail must be delivered in this country at a reasonable cost.





Friday, May 25

Touchet falls in quarterfinals of 1B playoffs

YAKIMA — Almira-Coulee-Hartline pitcher Madeline Isaak took over the final two innings of the Warriors' semifinal game with Touchet Friday afternoon in the WIAA Class 1B softball playoffs.The senior pitcher, who struck out six Indian batters in the game,

PASTOR COLUMN - Honor them by remembering Him

This weekend, as we pause to pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in our service, may we remember that the essence of what they did was to act in the place of and preserve the

Church Bulletin - 5/27/12

Unity Church of Peace to hear talk on on kindness todayWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St., will hear Martie Quistberg speak on kindness at 10 a.m. today.From 7-8 p.m. Tudsday, the Rev. Joy Kachel leads Meditation for Inner Harmony. Fridays at

Waitsburg-Prescott out of playoffs after second mercy-rule loss

YAKIMA — Waitsburg-Prescott got off to a better start in its second game at the WIAA Class 2B softball playoffs Friday, leaping out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the result was much the same as W-P's earlier loss as a nine-run third inning led t

Brown, Indians defeat Rangers to advance in 1B playoffs

YAKIMA — Touchet's Nicole Brown pitched a no-hitter and the Indians' bats battered Selkirk for 11 hits as the Indians beat the Rangers, 11-1, Friday to advance to the second round of the WIAA Class 2B softball playoffs at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex.T

Dayton's Harting pitches no-hitter in 1-0 win

YAKIMA — A single run scored on an infield fly in the first inning was all Dayton pitcher Sam Harting needed to pick up a win in the first round of the WIAA Class 2B softball playoffs Friday at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex.The junior pitcher wasn't per

Waitsburg-Prescott mercy-ruled by Adna

YAKIMA — Adna took advantage of a three-error Waitsburg-Prescott third inning to score four runs and went on to post a 10-0 victory over W-P Friday at the WIAA Class 2B playoffs at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex.Pirates pitcher Alexis Moerke struck out f

Dorothy Croker

June 2, 1912 - May 21, 2012

Death Notice -Harold Williams

Jan. 30, 1923 - May 25, 2012


Members of the Touchet School Board are Judy Kromm, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Thursday the board:

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES-05-25-12

Walla Walla County

Shawn M. Arellano, 18, 205 E. Third Ave., Prescott, was sentenced May 18 on one count third-degree malicious mischief.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS-05-25-12

Sara Jane and Jeremy Frank Beamer.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-05-25-12

Walla Walla County

Philip D. Minkel, 36, 1957 Delmont St., was charged May 14 with second-degree assault -- domestic violence. Minkel is accused of assaulting a person on May 11.

Gang member pleads guilty in shooting

Joseph D. Dejesus faces up to about 7 1/2 years in prison for a drive-by shooting in October.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who shot at rival gang members following a confrontation in the 300 block of North Sixth Avenue in October could be ordered to serve up to about 71/2 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to four felonies.

Walla Walla deputies use Tasers on suspect

Philip K. Niedermermeyer was arrested after being subdued Thursday, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- Deputies Tasered a man Thursday afternoon when he refused to be compliant during his arrest.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Volleyball opens door to fitness and fun

We've all heard that the recommended amount of aerobic exercise needed to maintain our current weight is about 30 minutes per day, five days a week.

Letters To The Editor - Not all wounds are visible

I am a veteran with service-connected mental-health issues. I have a psychiatric service dog that assists me in managing my symptoms and that accompanies me when I must leave my home.

Senate candidate to hold meet-and-greet at Fort WW Park

WALLA WALLA -- A meet-and-greet and ice cream social for U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Park, 1199 Myra Road.

Etcetera - 05/25/12

Through service, education, training and research, those who participate in summer camp at Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp develop life-changing communication skills and interventions, according to a release.

Sun Funnel paints a shareable picture of events in sky

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is at the more distant part of its earth orbit, passing between the sun and the earth so that its shadow crosses the surface of the earth.

Concert to help music programs

WALLA WALLA -- Tickets purchased for the Ziggy Marley concert to be held at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds this summer will benefit local school music programs.

Memorial Day events planned in region

Commemorations include placing of flags and crosses at cemeteries and streets.

Although for many the Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer, it also is a time to remember the men and women who "gave the last full measure of devotion" in service to their country.

Lavish trips on taxpayers' dime are very easy targets

Government officials should be more sensitive to public concerns when scheduling conferences.

Two Republican U.S. senators -- Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Chuck Grassley of Iowa -- are outraged because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a conference for judges at a posh resort on Maui (is there any other kind?).

Death Notice - Ilene Kromm

Jan. 20, 1923 - May 24, 2012

Death Notice - Craig Davis

Oct. 19, 1952 - May 25, 2012

Death Notice - Joseph Startin

May 24, 2012 - May 24, 2012 YAKIMA - Joseph K. Startin, of Dayton, 86, died May 24, 2012, in Yakima. Arrangements are pending at Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home.

DeSales advances past Pateros in softball playoffs

The Irish defeat Pateros, 10-0, in six innings of action.

YAKIMA — Powered by a three-hitter from pitcher Ashlyn Lyons, DeSales cruised past Pateros in the opening round of the Washington Class 2B playoffs Friday, 10-0, in six innings.Pateros (20-4) struggled with fielding in committing seven errors, a problem t

Wa-Hi has high hopes at state meet

The state track and field meet kicked off Thursday night, and the Blue Devils have several trophy hopes remaining.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's trip to Tacoma for the Washington state Class 4A track meet brought with it high expectations for hardware this year.And in opening action Thursday night at Mount Tahoma High, Blue Devil Katarina Tondavong finished fifth in the first

Local baseballers on Southeast 2B all-league list

WALLA WALLA — With today's game with Mossyrock in the semifinals of the WIAA Class 2B baseball playoffs looming, DeSales players can take a moment to pat themselves on their collective backs.The Irish landed four players on the Southeast 2B all-league fir

Touchet, Pomeroy have multiple SE1B baseball selections

WALLA WALLA — Touchet and Pomeroy had multiple selections to the Southeast 1B baseball all-league team released Wednesday.

WWCC baseball player Jordan headed to Lewis-Clark State College

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College baseball player Jared Jordan is headed to Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston after graduation.

Waitsburg's Lehr wins NWAACC track events

SPOKANE — Waitsburg High graduate James Lehr placed first in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 3.75 inches, and the discus at 166-01, at the NWAACC Track and Field Championships at Spokane Falls Community College last weekend.

Indians land four softballers on SE1B first team

WALLA WALLA — Touchet landed four players on the 2012 Southeast 1B softball all-league first team Wednesday.

Waitsburg-Prescott's Baker 16th at state 1B/2B golf tournament

TACOMA — Waitsburg-Prescott's Dakota Baker finished 16th at the Washington Class 1B/2B golf tournament at Oakbrook Golf and Country Wednesday.

DeSales, W-P, Dayton all place three on SE2B softball list

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley was well represented on the Southeast 2B all-league softball team released Wednesday.

Thursday, May 24

Suspect sought after pursuit

BURBANK -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a Montana man officials say eluded deputies on foot Wednesday night after a high-speed chase.

Etcetera - 05/24/12

I hit the office floor running Tuesday, after three weeks of vacation, two of them in Italy with my aunt.

WWCC wise to keep college costs down

Reducing fees as tuition increases is a move that will help make higher education more affordable.

Tuition at Washington state's colleges and universities -- including Walla Walla Community College -- cannot continue to rise by double digits year after year as it has been doing. This troubling trend will make higher education unaffordable for too many

Letters To The Editor - Trashy thoughts

Walla Wallans will soon be faced with a new eco-challenge when the city stops accepting glass in its recycle bins later this summer and when Walla Walla Recycling stops taking glass at its facility as of June 2.

Walla Walla Fire Department unveils new, longer ladder truck

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Fire Department welcomed a brand new ladder truck to the fleet Tuesday after a year-long wait.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-05-24-12

Walla Walla County

Jeannie L. Gregory, 48, 137 Sheridan Road, was charged May 21 with violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Gregory is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine on May 18.

Wa-Hi's Huntsman 25th at state tourney

Jessica Huntsman finishes in a three-way tie for 25th at her first state Class 4A golf tournament at MeadowWood in Spokane.

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi sophomore Jessica Huntsman finished tied for 25th at the Class 4A state golf tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course here Wednesday.Huntsman shot 85-81—166 to sit in a three-way tie.

Banner day for Baumgart, Irish boys

Ryan Baumgart defends his state golf championship as DeSales brings home the state team title.

TACOMA — Ryan Baumgart is happy after defending his Class 2B state golf championship, don't get him wrong.But he's already got his sights set on summer golf, critical to his goal of playing in college.

Pioneers lose 11-inning heartbreaker

BANKS, Ore. — Mac-Hi's softball season ended in a heartbreaking, 11-inning loss to Banks in the Oregon Class 4A playoffs Wednesday as the Pioneers fell to the Braves, 4-3.Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said the Braves were tough to prepare for because they

Meyers make Pirates proud

TACOMA — Pomeroy eight-grader Teresa Meyers had the highest girls placing ever for the Pirates as she brought home a trophy with a seventh-place finish at the state 1B/2B golf tournament at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club here Wednesday.Meyers shot 101-103

Emily Baumgart second at state

The DeSales eighth-grader give three-time state champ Kira Powell a run for her money in Tacoma.

TACOMA — Odessa-Harrington's Kira Powell entered her final Class 1B/2B state golf tournament trying to three-peat.DeSales freshman Emily Baumgart gave Powell a run for her money before Powell held Baumgart off for a one-stroke victory at the Oakbrook Golf

Death Notice - Maxine Long

Dec. 27, 1926 - May 23, 2012

Janet France

Janet Sue France passed away April 26, 2012, in Vancouver. She graduated from Meadowdale High School in 1965.

Wednesday, May 23

More pre-washed produce recalled

More California-grown produce joined a growing recall on Tuesday, according the U.S. Drug and Food Administration.

High court hits mark on benefit claim

Social Security was established in 1939 as a safety net. Nobody envisioned benefits for children conceived through science after the death of a parent.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week deftly bridged the gap between modern science and old laws in establishing children conceived through in vitro fertilization after their father's death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits.

Walla Walla County jobless rate down in April

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in April, according to results released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.

Letters To The Editor - Buck the system

On May 18 my hubby and I were driving on Poplar Street going to the Home Depot and as we are passing the mall (my personal joke is I call it "The Wall"), it is my custom to glance over to see what is being done to this property.

Molester gains release

Ronald Valentine, who molested a girl in 1995, has been locked up since 2010 on McNeil Island.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who molested a child in Walla Walla County in 1995 and who has been civilly detained for nearly two years as a suspected sexually violent predator will be released Friday from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Etcetera - 05/23/12

A sermon delivered 100 years ago in early May by First Congregational Church's pastor has renewed interest in how the church provided funds crucial to rescuing Whitman College from financial crisis, said church member Jonathan Webster.

Humorist Road interchange hits green light in Burbank

The stoplight at Humorist Road gives up the ghost today, joining one down the road on US Highway 12 as but memories for motorists.

BURBANK -- By the time you read this, it will be history. The last stoplight on the route from Walla Walla to Seattle will be taken out of operation today as the overpass at U.S. Highway 12 and Humorist Road is opened. The event marks the virtual completi

Huntsman leads Wa-Hi at state golf tourney

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman shot a first-round 85 to be the lone Blue Devil golfer to make the cut at the Class 4A state tournament here Tuesday.Huntsman was tied for 31st after opening at MeadowWood Golf Course.

Baumgarts lead way at Class 2B state golf tourney

DeSales' Ryan Baumgart leads the field, and sister Emily is second, after the first round of the state golf tournament Tuesday.

TACOMA — DeSales' Ryan Baumgart is well on his way to defend his Class 1B/2B state boys golf championship after an opening-round 73 on the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club course Tuesday.But the real question this year is, can the Irish take the boys' team

Medina leads Blue Devils on all-Big Nine soccer team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi boys soccer midfielder Marcos Medina earned Columbia Basin-Big Nine all-Conference first team honors following the season.

WWCC trio on NFCA NWAACC All-American team

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Third-ranked Walla Walla Community College's softball team had three selections to lead all schools as the NFCA announced its 2012 NFCA NWAACC All-American team.

Death Notice - Jim Waliser

May 22, 2012

Lee Mercado Jr.

Aug. 21, 1989 - May 20, 2012

Tuesday, May 22

Trial rescheduled in assault of WW woman

WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and assaulted her in January 2011.

Finding a sip is a snap with Mobile Wine Tour app

Move over guide books. Here comes the smart phone.

It's already time to focus on elections

The state primary takes place in just over two months and the ballot will be crowded.

The weeks leading up to the election of local, state and federal officials -- dubbed the "silly season" by many -- starts earlier than usual in Washington state. The filing period for candidates was last week, earlier than usual, because the primary elect

Mall owners file for bankruptcy

The action postpones a scheduled auction later this week.

WALLA WALLA -- The owners of the defunct Blue Mountain Mall property have filed for bankruptcy in a move that postpones another auction proceeding that had been scheduled for the end of this week.

No change in status of sheriff's investigation

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

Woman sentenced in crash that hurt her kids

The sentence includes time for burglarizing the residence of her estranged husband and his girlfriend.

WALLA WALLA -- A woman who was under the influence of a prescription drug when she caused a traffic crash that injured her two children in March was sentenced Monday afternoon to a year-and-a-half in prison.

Unlawful marijuana grow trial delayed again

WALLA WALLA -- The trial of a Burbank man accused of unlawfully growing marijuana on his property a year ago has again been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Prison inmate attempts suicide

WALLA WALLA -- A 42-year-old inmate at the Washington State Penitentiary was being treated today after an attempted suicide.

Letters To The Editor - Local gas prices should follow national average

I suppose that we here in Walla Walla are considered to be some kind of "hicks."

Letters To The Editor - Liberals escape wrath for saying vile things

In response to Mr. Raddatz letter on Rush Limbaugh: I am not defending what Limbaugh said but I have yet to have a liberal tell me why Limbaugh is so bad when Bill Maher and Jon Stewart say things just as bad and worse on a regular basis.

Walla Walla Diversity Day vendor applications due Wednesday for annual June festival

WALLA WALLA — Diversity Day organizers seek applications from vendors for the annual event to be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m June 17 in Pioneer Park.Vendors who want their business name included in event publicity for the multicultural arts festival must submit

LEGAL BRIEFING - Protected speech or stolen valor?

Dear John,A few buddies and I were hanging out and tipping back a few the other day. We were talking about the Osama bin Laden anniversary. One of my buddies said he was a member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 and took part in the mission that took him out. We

Weston, Milton-Freewater educators win Crystal Apples

Six Valley educators are among this year's recipients of the 2012 Crystal Apple Awards.They are among 36 being recognized Wednesday at the Red Lion in Pendleton for “Excellence in Education." Winners are from the InterMountain Education Service District,

ROCK DOC - No nuke plants ... and then what?

Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies and there's no more amazingly useful form of energy than electricity. That's why I was initially startled to read the recent news that the last of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants has been shut down, a turn of events that makes Japan the first major economy of this century to run without operating any such reactors. The news impressed me because before the mega-quake and tsunami of 2011, Japan powered 30 percent of its electrical grid from nuclear plants. Giving up about a third of the electrical power used by a major economy is a convulsive change. By way of comparison, about 20 percent of the electricity in the U.S. comes from nukes -more than most people realize, but still a full notch less than what Japan had been producing before the quake. But big changes in public policy should be no surprise given the size of the nuclear disaster that hit Japan last year. The earthquake and tsunami there sparked problems that became nuclear meltdowns in power plants near Fukushima. Japan has been making up the power gap it faces by importing more fossil fuels. That approach, of course, increases the world's production of greenhouse gases, an environmental black eye in the minds of many. I've read that the Japanese have been importing 18 percent more liquefied natural gas than they were before the earthquake, the lion's share of which has gone to generating electricity. Recently I talked all this over with Don Wall, Ph.D., director of the research reactor at Washington State University. He reminded me about how differently we can use natural gas and what those differences can mean in terms of efficiency. A good home furnace, for example, is close to 95 percent efficient. "But burned to generate electricity, natural gas is only 35 percent efficient. So I think power generation is a horribly wasteful way to use good fuel," Wall said. "We have lots of uranium, and it makes sense to me to use it to generate electricity in nuclear plants." Even with the increase in burning fossil fuels in Japan, power supplies have been tight. Last summer, when electricity demands were high, factories ran at night and during the weekends to help spread out electrical needs. In other words, people had to deal with major disruptions of their lives to hold things together over the warm months. Some analysts see this summer as a test case for the possibility of a no-nuke future in Japan. If the nation can make it through the summer with some sacrifices but no blackouts, many citizens will want to keep the shuttered nuclear plants off-line. But if that happens, it will be an expensive change. Because of the increases in fossil fuel purchases, Japan ran a trade deficit last year for the first time in more than 30 years. Partly in response to such impacts Yoshito Sengoku, president of the ruling party in Japan, called ending all nuclear power production the equivalent of "mass suicide." The effects of Japan's 2011 disaster are also being felt in Europe. Wall told me that Germany has been putting the brakes on using its nuclear power plants. "That's been a windfall for France because Germany is now purchasing large amounts of electricity from the French," he said. "According to Le Monde, France has sold over $400 million of electricity to Germany in nine months." It's nice to have a next-door neighbor that can sell you a lot of electricity. But the irony is that France has the strongest nuclear program in the world. So Germany may be shuttering its own nuclear power plants, but it is increasing its reliance on such plants next door, at least for now. "France is the largest net exporter of electricity in the world and it benefits from that fact in all sorts of ways," Wall told me. "It's interesting to think we in the U.S. could move in that direction ourselves if we made it a priority." E. Kirsten Peters, Ph.D., is a native of the rural Northwest and trained as a geologist. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

Fall youth soccer signups start; deadline is June 30

WALLA WALLA — The city's Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for Fall Youth Soccer.Registration will continue through June 30 until 5:00 p.m, after which late registration will be subject to a $10 late fee.Practices start the week of A

Walla Walla YMCA collects used children's clothing

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA, at 340 S. Park St., is collecting gently used children's clothing to donate to the local Department of Social and Health Services office.The clothing will be distributed to children who are removed from their homes and

Seatbelt use enforcement effort under way in Valley

WALLA WALLA —From through June 3 motorists in Walla Walla County can expect to see law enforcement patrolling city and county roadways in search of unbuckled drivers and passengers.The College Place and Walla Walla police departments, the Walla Walla Coun

IN MY EXPERIENCE - The man lived Christmas every day

OK, Charlie, this one is for you my dear friend. Wherever you are.It has been many years from those wonderful days in Sacramento when I, as a mid-life seeker, found a friend in such an unlikely teacher/mentor/friend as you. And you would have a good, loud

Spivey leads Warriors at NWAACCs

Daryl Spivey shoots a 2-over 74 in the rain to finish fifth at the NWAACC Championships.

BREMERTON — Walla Walla Community College's Daryl Spivey weathered the rain the best of the Warrior golfers at the NWAACC Championships final round at Gold Mountain's Olympic course here Monday.Spivey followed his opening round 75 on Sunday at McCormick W

Whitman baseball coach Holowaty resigns

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College head baseball coach Jared Holowaty has resigned to take a coaching position at his alma mater, Eastern Connecticut State University.

Revenge, heartbreak for Waitsburg-Prescott's baseball team

W-P gets some revenge on Concrete in the Class 2B regional tournament before Toutle Lake ends its season in 10 innings.

ADNA, Wash. — Waitsburg-Prescott's baseball team reached the Class 2B regional tournament Saturday in Adna, and found itself playing Concrete in the first game.In 2010, W-P was in the same spot, and Concrete won a 5-4 decision that left a bitter taste in

Report: PSA test for prostate cancer should be dropped

LOS ANGELES — The PSA test should be abandoned as a prostate cancer screening tool, a government advisory panel has concluded after determining that the side effects from needless biopsies and treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped by early detection of cancers.

Marchers say gangs aren't issue

WALLA WALLA — Family and friends of the late Ceasar Chavira, who was killed during a burglary at the New York Store May 4, gathered for a second protest march against the actions of store owner John Saul, who shot Chavira.

Tease photo

Protesters call for justice

Officials still won't confirm if Chavira was shot in the back.

WALLA WALLA — About 130 protesters marched up and down Isaacs Avenue on Monday evening, calling out for justice for Cesar H. Chavira, who was shot and killed May 4 during an attempted burglary at the New York Store.

Monday, May 21

Morrison Lane opens another place to taste

Visitors to Morrison Lane Winery got to drink in a new view over the weekend.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Walla Walla County

Camille M. Montenguise, 51, 603 Holly St., was charged May 10 with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, and two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Montenguise is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in Shopko, 1651

Milton-Freewater School District Budget Committee to hold first meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School District Budget Committee will hold its first meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Hip replacement for death row inmate absurd

Inmates should get basic health care, but not more than low-income citizens receive.

It's common to hear people talk about trying to attain a win-win situation. Officials in Kentucky are facing a no-win situation.

Athena-Weston School District Budget Committee to meet today

ATHENA -- The Athena-Weston School District Budget Committee will hold its second meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Athena Elementary School library, 375 S. Fifth St. Meetings are open to the public.

Government shouldn't legislate against every way of getting hurt

Government has often been labeled as "Big Brother." Too often it tries to be an overprotective mother.

According to The Associated Press, a growing number of communities are imposing fines for walking while texting. Ft. Lee, N.J., police are issuing $85 fines for careless walking. They point to situations where people texting, talking on cellphones or list

Three candidates in running for Columbia County commission

DAYTON -- Three candidates for a seat on the Columbia County commission will face off in a primary election this summer.

New Ore. wine chief seeks regional cooperation

Tom Danowski's mission is to tell the world about the high quality of the Northwest's grapes and wines.

WALLA WALLA -- A little last-minute homework momentarily sidetracked the new executive director of the Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrowers Association as he hustled into the lobby of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center late last week.

Listeria worry prompts salad recall

If you're thinking of having salad today, you'll want to take precautions when using bagged salad greens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Americans, Muslims need understanding

I had an interesting reminder recently that I am, in fact, an American living in the Middle East. With the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden occurring this month, my friends and I spoke to each other of what we should expect.

Death Notice - Vi Allison

WALLA WALLA - Vi Rae Allison, 99, passed away May 19, 2012 at Wheatland Village. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home

Death Notice - Jack McDonald

WALLA WALLA - Jack McDonald, 83, passed away May 21, 2012 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home

Death Notice - Farrell Brown

WALLA WALLA - Farrell Esthel Brown, 82, passed away May 18, 2012, at Washington Odd Fellows Home. Arrangements are pending at Professional Funeral Directors

Death Notice - Lee Mercado

Aug. 21, 1989 - May 20, 2012

Wa-Hi's Rowley falls at regional tennis tournament

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi's Blake Rowley's run through the tennis season came to an end at the Big Nine/Greater Spokane League Regional tournament at Central Valley High here Saturday.Rowley fell to Ferris' Trevor Fennessy, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round.

Wa-Hi's Konen-Schueller fourth at regional tournament

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi's Claire Konen and Rachel Schueller finished fourth at the regional tennis tournament here Saturday.Blue Devil teammates Chantel Desjarlais and Allison lost their first match and did not place.

Yaks win rubber match with Warriors

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College's baseball team had the tying run at the plate trailing Yakima 4-1 at the NWAACC East Region Tournament here Sunday.The Warriors weren't able to score the needed three runs, and had their season came to an end.

Mac-Hi's baseball team comes up two runs short in Molalla

MOLALLA, Ore. — Mac-Hi came up two runs short here Saturday night in its attempt to reach the Oregon Class 4A baseball playoff round of 16.Host Molalla built a 7-2 lead after four innings and withstood a late Pioneers' rally for a 7-5, play-in victory. Ma

Miles leads Walla Walla Community College golfers at rainy NWAACCs

Ash Miles is tied for first after the first round of the NWAACC Championships near Bremerton.

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College's Ash Miles is tied for first as he tries to defend his NWAACC title after the first round of the 2012 NWAACC Championships at McCormick Woods Sunday.Miles shot a 72, tied with Spokane's Grahm Schmaltz h

Death Notice - F. George Grellmann

April 20, 1922 - May 20, 2012

Death Notice - Robert Morgan

May 6, 2012

Sunday, May 20

Walla Walla Community College to have rubber match

The Warrior baseball team took two of three games Friday and Saturday, but need to beat Yakima today to advance.

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College is within one win of qualifying for next weekend's NWAACC baseball championships after winning two of three games during the opening two sessions of the four-team Eastern Region playoffs here Friday and Saturday at P

Pioneers send 14 to state

LA GRANDE — John Milleson's Mac-Hi track team was led to another respectable showing at the Greater Oregon League District meet here Friday and Saturday.The Mac-Hi tracksters qualified 14 out of about 40 athletes onto the next level, the state competitio

Waitsburg-Prescott boys once again win district

CLARKSTON — The six-time reigning District 9, Class 2B Waitsburg-Prescott champion boys track and field team was victorious here once again.The W-P girls team finished third, just 14 points behind second place St. John-Endicott.

Familiar finish for regional title-winner Blue Devils

Wa-Hi wins the regional tournament much like it won the district last weekend, with a 9-2 win over Big Nine foe Richland.

SPOKANE — Last Saturday, Wa-Hi and Richland squared off in the district championship game. Fast forward one week, and the Bombers and Blue Devils met at Central Valley High School for the Regional 4A softball title.

TigerScots win district baseball title

Weston-McEwen's first district title in 15 years comes with a 6-2 win over Stanfield on Saturday.

PENDLETON — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots baseball team finished off the regular season with the first district title for the program in 15 years. Not to mention a number one ranking in state for class 2A/1A baseball.The TigerScots will host a first-round

Warrior softball season ends at NWAACC tourney

PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College's softball season came to a disappointing end here Saturday during the second session of the NWAACC championships at Delta Park.

Indians falter in state seeding game

COLTON — A two-out, four-run Colton Wildcat rally in the second inning doomed the Touchet Indians here Saturday afternoon. The Indians lost, 6-4, in a Class 1B seeding game going into the state semifinals Friday and Saturday in Yakima.

Blue Devil tracksters to state meet

RICHLAND — The Wa-Hi Blue Devils track boys track team finished third in regionals behind performances from Blake Gerling and Kyle Jameson in the hurdles.“It was amazing to have Blake and Kyle finish first and second in both hurdling events," Wa-Hi coach

Indians end baseball season on sour note

Touchet's baseball team falls to Odessa-Harrington, 10-9, in regional play, but has high hopes for future seasons.

SPOKANE — Touchet's baseball team ended its season on a heart-breaking note, falling to Odessa-Harrington, 10-9, in regional play at Central Valley High Saturday.“If we'd played a little better defensively behind (Touchet pitcher Nate Ortiz), it was certa

Pirates send 10 tracksters to state

SPOKANE — Pomeroy's track and field team qualified 10 athletes for the state meet at the 1B District 7/9 meet at Whitworth College Saturday.“We had lots of kids set personal bests," Pirate coach Adam Vonvogt said. “It's a very competitive district, to get

Saturday, May 19

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Nonessential projects should wait until debts paid

In the recent headline article, "Scaled-down Myra Road work gets review," the following facts were cited:1. The project cost is $2.6 million2. Walla Walla and College Place taxpayers will be tagged for approximately $600,000.3. Approximately $2 million wi

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Society says robbing is OK, but protecting yourself isn't

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin posted a picture of a shrine in memory of the criminal who was killed robbing a local business.What is happening to our society? An American business owner shoots an intruder who has broken into his business and is in the pr

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Veterans, public should attend ROTC ceremonies

Veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and patriots, attention on deck.On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., the young men and women of Walla Walla High School's Junior ROTC program will muster on the parade ground for this year's annual militar

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It's time for Alaska Airlines to step to plate

Enough already! Some basic questions need to be answered by Alaska Airlines before the Port of Walla Walla Commission and other community organizations make any additional firm offers intended to ensure that future air services will remain available on Al

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obama ignores religion, tradition because of poll

It was appropriate that George Clooney and his Hollywood pals raised several million to help re-elect Barack Obama.He is surely a rock-star president and the nation is his mosh pit.He was willing to throw religious convictions and hundreds of years of tra

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Area doesn't need Boise residents telling us what to do with dams

Here we go again - some nerd from Boise telling us what we should do. I do wonder where they get all their information.All of the dams on the lower Snake River were constructed to provide power and water storage. The Snake River dams were never constructe

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Balloon Stampede volunteers did great job

I would like to pass along my immense admiration for the employees of the Chamber of Commerce and the many volunteers who made the Balloon Stampede the success it was.There were extensive planning sessions leading up to the event and once things started,

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bicyclists can make travel safer

The City Council has proclaimed the month of May as "Bike Safety Month." This makes sense, since May is such a beautiful month to ride.Bicycles are required by law to operate obeying the laws of the road and not the sidewalk. So how is the bike going to o

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Invest in something tangible to survive crash

For 30 years the Western economies (America, Europe and Japan) have been fiscally irresponsible.Even in the case of Japan, where the people are "savers," there are fiscal problems because the Japanese people saved their money via the country's government

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Customers can demand action to aid economy

The other morning I stopped into a local breakfast spot, and as I enjoyed a cup of coffee I overheard a group discussing politics.Apparently, Laura Ingraham had done a radio show on the evils of our trade deficit. I heard how we had lost 2.8 million manuf

Rally changed to anti-gang demonstration

'Take Back Walla Walla' originally intended to show support for John Saul, but Saul asked organizers not to hold the rally.

WALLA WALLA - Officers outnumber supporters 5-4 at Saturday's demonstration against gangs, which was originally supposed to be a show of support for New York Store owner John Saul.On May 4, Saul shot and killed Cesar Chavira, 22, during a burglary attempt

Click It or Ticket patrols to begin

From Monday through June 3, law enforcement will patrol city and county roadways in search of unbuckled drivers and passengers as part of the statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign.During 2001, before the primary seat belt law went into effect,

Few contested races in Columbia, Garfield counties

Filing week closed Friday with few contested local races developing in Columbia and Garfield counties.No candidates filed to oppose the incumbents for state Legislative District 9 offices, which consists of Garfield, Asotin, Adams and portions of Spokane,

Local candidates throw hats in ring for offices

Only one race hasmore than two candidates. There will be a primary election for county commissioner Disrict 2 seat between Frank Brown, Chris Blackman and Perry Dozier.

WALLA WALLA - One of the milestones for election year 2012 was passed Friday.Filing week wrapped up with candidates declaring their intentions to run for national, state and local offices. Primary elections for races with three or more candidates will tak

Emergency Services - 5/20/22

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

Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run

WALLA WALLA - A pedestrian struck Friday night by a hit-and-run driver is now in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.Miguel Jarquin, 22, 1556 Truman St., was struck at the 1600 block of Melrose Street around 10:20 p.m.According to a

Congress plays games while nation suffers

Politicians use a 'poison pill' to make sure opponents have to spit out legislation.

Everyone knows politics is dirty. We have become so used to the mudslinging and twisting of the truth by both sides that the only way we could be surprised is if it didn't occur.Yet through all of this posturing, preening and pointing of fingers, we alway

Classes to help prevent dog bites

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Dog Bite Prevention class at Carnegie Art Center, starting Monday.The two-day class will cover how to approach dogs, how to tell if a dog is scared and when dogs are most likely to

PASTOR COLUMN - Jesus offers us a living relationship

I'm not very religious," is a comment we may hear often. We might hear it spoken when we invite others to pray with us, when we express thanks to God for a blessing, or when we encourage someone to place his or her trust in the Lord.It is possible to conf

Church Bulletin - 5/20/12

Unity Church of Peace to examine life as a verbWALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will present Pat Richmond speaking on "Life is a Verb; What Would We Be Doing Today If We Knew How Limited Our Time Here Is?" at 10 a.m. today.Call 509-520-191

Summer brings changes for college employees

Some enjoy having time off; others find second jobs during the summer.

WALLA WALLA - Classes are either over or coming to a close at Walla Walla's colleges and university. For most students, the summer is an opportunity to take time off, work or relax.With students gone, college services are also cut or scaled back - dining

Friday, May 18

Death Notice - Audrey Sturdevant

Jan. 20, 1924 - May 12, 2012

Virginia Hendrickson

April 24, 1919 - May 11, 2012

Death Notice - Jim Perry

April 30, 1923 - May 17, 2012

General Hospital adds to tools to treat cardiac emergencies

Heart patients in Walla Walla now have faster access to life-saving treatments with new emergency cardiac procedures being performed at Walla Walla General Hospital.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: The right trainer is a personal choice, responsibility

You have been thinking about hiring a personal trainer to help you start or revamp your workout program or to help you train for an athletic event.

Dentures may not be your only option

My earliest introduction to the tribulations of denture wearers was hearing my grandfather muttering something unintelligible at his dentures over the bathroom sink -- and I knew it wasn't a Norwegian prayer of thanksgiving.

Homeless need training, support not Bill of Rights

We shouldn't have to single out every possible category of people and create a special Bill of Rights for their particular circumstance.

Rhode Island's heart is in the right place, but its first-of-its-kind "Homeless Bill of Rights" is a step that isn't needed.

Dr. Spock's legacy of good health lives on long after death

Older folks in the community will probably recall the late Dr. Benjamin Spock, who wrote the book "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care," which was first published in 1946.

From afterthought to helping hand

WALLA WALLA -- In a valley of plenty, Lindsey Williams found herself puzzled over why the wealth of local, fresh produce isn't available to all, she said.

David Camp leaving as Key's CEO

WALLA WALLA -- David M. Camp, the president and chief executive officer of Key Technology Inc., has resigned his post after six years -- five of which were among the highest-revenue years in the company's history, the manufacturing firm announced.

NY Store owner, chief, sheriff seek to quell rally

John Saul has been joined by police Chief Scott Bieber and Sheriff John Turner in asking people to not show up for a Saturday afternoon event.

WALLA WALLA -- John Saul, owner of the New York Store who shot and killed an intruder on May 4, is distancing himself and his staff from a "Take Back Walla Walla" rally at 3 p.m. Saturday outside the store, 2254 Isaacs Ave.

Final tire collection event set for Saturday in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County residents will have a final opportunity to dispose of old tires for free Saturday.

Car wash to help pave way for debater to go to nationals

WALLA WALLA -- Members of the Walla Walla High School Debate Team will hold a fundraising car wash Saturday to help send a team member to national competition.

Letters To The Editor - Where does church stands on same-sex marriage?

I want to encourage everyone to ask their local church to declare their position on same-sex marriage.

Letters To The Editor - Shakespeare WW, Powerhouse Theatre valuable

Recently, more than 160 Milton-Freewater students participated in a week-long residency with two visiting Shakespeare actors, both of whom interacted incredibly well with our students.

Letters To The Editor - Photo of roadside memorial performs public service

A letter in Sunday's paper said the photograph of the roadside memorial to the young man killed while robbing the New York Store is offensive. The letter concluded, "If you need pictures to fill space in the newspaper, look for the good in our community a

Letters To The Editor - Dams serve a purpose

In response to Mr. Burkholder from Boise.

Letters To The Editor - Resist effort to blur definitions

All my life I have believed that marriage is a sacrament, like an oath, an obligation and a promise between a man and a woman that should be honored until death or until it becomes truly impossible to maintain.

District 9 sends tracksters to state meet

CLARKSTON — Asotin, Waitsburg-Prescott and DeSales boys track teams have broken away from the pack at the District 9 2B Championships after day one Thursday.Asotin took a one-point lead over Waitsburg-Prescott with less than half of the final events compl

Pioneer softballers reap all-GOL, All-Star awards

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's softball team reaped all-Greater Oregon League honors following the regular season.First-team selections went to seniors Kaitlin Erm at pitcher and Kalyn Odman at infield; juniors Cheyenne Kessler at catcher, Megan Reed and Kar

Thursday, May 17

POLICE - New York Store owner requests no rally on Saturday

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE:Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber and Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner have been in contact with Mike Hubbard, Mr. John Saul's attorney. Mr. Hubbard has indicated that Mr. Saul is a not a member of the “Take Back Walla

Letters To The Editor - Two choirs make beautiful music together

The Park Plaza choir has been performing for more than a year. From the beginning the choir has wanted to include some young adults to perform with us.

Letters To The Editor - Motorists need to be cautious around cyclists

This letter is focused at cycling safety, but also directly pointed to the motorist who nearly caused a head-on collision with our vehicle as he/she recklessly passed two cyclists while going southbound on Powerline Road last Sunday.

Letters To The Editor - Democrats inherited their own deficits

My answer to Richard Hoffman's letter:I really wish people like Richard Hoffman would do their homework before they write untruthful letters! Let me explain. He states that the Republican answer is to replace our president and Congress with people who got

Letters To The Editor - Focus on Balloon Stampede volunteers, not parking

I am writing to respond to the May 13 front-page article titled: "Perfect day for balloons to soar; spectators hunt for parking spot."

Group plans rally Saturday at New York Store

WALLA WALLA -- A new local organization, Take Back Walla Walla, is planning a rally Saturday afternoon in support of New York Store owner John Saul and to advocate for passage of "castle doctrine" legislation in Washington.

Just like Napa? Yes and no, speaker says

While the dollar figures and visibility are lower here, there are plenty of similarities, too.

Think Walla Walla's only similarity to Napa Valley is its wine? Not true, according to a presentation Wednesday from the chief executive officer of the Napa Valley Destination Council.

Man arrested after alleged kidnap try

Francisco Z. Diaz is accused of trying to detain his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to force his former girlfriend to remain in his truck during a dispute.

Yellowstone ecosystem to be discussed

WALLA WALLA — The “Birds and Mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," an Audubon Society public meeting as been moved to Olin Hall, Room 130, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave, at 7:30 p.m. today. Visit

ArtWalla seeks input into choosing historic artwork

WALLA WALLA — ArtWalla invites the Valley community to be a part of the public art selection process and share their input at two Unveiling and Meet the Artists events for the three sesquicentennial semifinalists.The first unveiling is Friday at Seven Hil

Classical Indian dance ballet retells old folk tale

It's an old, old folk story in India — demon gains power from Hindu god, demon causes havoc in world, Hindu god creates a warrior to slay the demon.“Karthikeya: Son of Shiva" will be presented in the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S.

Application for Diversity Day vendors due by Wed.

WALLA WALLA — Diversity Day organizers seek applications from vendors for the annual event that will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m June 17 in Pioneer Park.Vendors who want their business name included in event publicity for the multicultural arts festival must subm

Settler E.B. Whitman to be portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum

WALLA WALLA — The Living History Performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road on 2 p.m. Sunday is a portrayal of E.B. Whitman, Walla Walla's first elected mayor. Whitman is portrayed by Dan Clark.Walla Walla was a boom town in the 1860s, with ple

Contra dance planned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WALLA WALLA — A traditional old-time contra dance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St. Contras, squares and other dances will be called. Beginner instruction will be at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Wednes

Dancers to perform 'Motion In Concert'

WALLA WALLA — Substance Dance Center and Walla Walla Community College will present “Motion In Concert" Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Theater on the WWCC Campus, 500 Tausick Way.The dance concert features more than 40 local dancers performing

Student films to be presented

WALLA WALLA — SPIFFY, the Student Produced Independent Films for Youth film festival, will be presented SaturdayThe event runs 4-8 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School auditorium, 800 Abbott Road.Films will include Documentaries, animations, music videos,

WWCC to open juried student art show

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Community College 37th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens May 24 and will run through June 4.There will be an opening reception 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 24 in the Gallery, which is adjacent to classroom 117 on the WWCC camp

Gem experts to speak in Kennewick

KENNEWICK — The annual Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies meeting and gem show runs Friday through Sunday at the Benton-Franklin Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St.Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Thirteen

Tuition heads up at WWCC

The state has OK'd a hike to $4,000 a year for full-time students. Fees, however, are headed downward.

WALLA WALLA -- Tuition is set to increase this fall at Walla Walla Community College and all other state community and technical colleges.An average 12 percent hike in tuition was approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

College Place man charged with assault on infant daughter

Thomas N. Caldwell is accused of injuring his then 7-7 1/2-month-old daughter in the autumn.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was formally charged Wednesday afternoon in Superior Court with breaking the ribs of his infant daughter.Thomas N. Caldwell, 34, of 708 S. College Ave., No. 204, College Place, is accused of first-degree assault of a child.Officials b

WWCC carpentry program shelved

Low enrollment and market forces will put the program on hold for a year, officials say.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College will suspend its carpentry program next year due to low enrollment and instability in the construction market. Each year, WWCC carpentry students learn the fundamentals of new home construction by building a ho

Lona Katsel

June 17, 1944 - May 14, 2012

Elsie DeVoir

Aug. 5, 1927 - May 13, 2012

Death Notice - Robert McPherson

Sept. 10,1932 - May 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 16

Whooping cough epidemic: Prevention, not panic, needed

Most adults are unaware they need a booster shot for the whooping cough vaccine.

A whooping cough epidemic was declared in Washington state last week. This, however, is no reason to panic. It is simply a warning to take reasonable precautions.

Letters To The Editor - Clarification offered on settler

Mormon is a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the article about the presentation at the Fort Walla Walla Museum by Ron Klicker of his portrayal of his great-great-grandfather, Bror Sorenson, the headline des

Letters To The Editor - Should liberals cheer Obama's stand?

Imagine that we had a white president in office and that we were talking about civil rights for blacks and not civil rights for gays and lesbians.

Wolves number in dozens in Wash., Ore.

Washington and Oregon are home to an unknown number, around five dozen, of gray wolves.

How many wolves are out there? More than a few, but probably not as many as you may think.

Visitors can trust grocery service to deliver the goods

A local woman known for her personal chef business has expanded her operation with a grocery service.

Man arrested after investigation of infant daughter's injuries

Thomas N. Caldwell is accused of breaking his then-9-month-old daughter's ribs in January.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla detectives arrested Thomas N. Caldwell of College Place Tuesday after a nearly five-month investigation of a suspected assault on his infant daughter.

College Place Lions free fishing derby set for Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place Lions Club will host a free fishing derby Saturday at Lions Park.

Volunteers sought to collect rocks at Smith Hollow School

DAYTON -- A project aimed at planting wild grasses around Smith Hollow School needs a hand.

Umatilla National Forest office moves to new location

PENDLETON -- Starting Monday, the Umatilla National Forest headquarters will be in a new location.

MedStar drill results in temporary nighttime LZ in Weston

WESTON -- East Umatilla Rural Fire District crews prepped a landing zone outside Weston on Monday night during a training exercise for medical helicopter landings. At roughly 8:20 p.m. a Medstar helicopter arrived from the west, flying low against the sun

Death Notice - June Halverson

June 10, 1921 - May 15, 2012

E. Lucille Kelly

Oct. 7, 1920 - May 14, 2012

Death Notice - Esther Overturf

July 3, 1922 - May 16, 2012

Wa-Hi softball team well represented on all-league team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi, the reigning state softball champion, 2012 Columbia Basin Big Nine regular season co-champion and district champion, earned no fewer than 14 honors on the 2012 CBBN all-conference team released Monday.Alyson Ambler earned league MVP a

Wa-Hi baseball players receive Big Nine, team honors

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi baseball players earned all-Big Nine honors which were presented at the team's dessert banquet Monday night.First-teamers include Moe Handcox, Taylor Lemke and Josh Eggers.Second-team member are Luke Reardon and Cody Furstenberg, and h

Indians punch state softball ticket

Touchet advances to the district title game, and secures a state berth, with a 4-0 win over Gar-Pal.

TOUCHET — Touchet advanced to the District 9 softball championship game and earned a ticket to state after shutting out visiting Garfield-Palouse Tuesday in the district tournament, 4-0.The Indians (14-4) jumped on the Vikings early with a pair of runs in

Patterson girls golf co-coach of year; Huntsman on first team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi girls' golf coach Mike Patterson was named co-coach of the year for the Columbia Basin Big Nine Monday after coaching the Blue Devils to a third-place finish in both the regular season and at the district tournament.Wa-Hi also landed t

Timely hit ends TigerScots' softball season

ECHO — Weston-McEwen played Stanfield/Echo three times prior to Tuesday's game in the Special District 5 softball playoffs, and all three times the games were decided in the final inning.Tuesday was no different, as a timely hit from Stanfield/Echo forced

Blue Devil boys soccer places four on all-Big Nine teams

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys' soccer team earned four Columbia Basin Big Nine conference honors Monday.Mid-fielder Marcos Medina took first-team honors, while forward Ricardo Saldana landed on the second team.Forwards Jose Maya and Gio Ruiz earned honorable

Irish baseball team warms up for regionals

DeSales shuts out La Grande, 8-0, as it prepares to play Lake Roosevelt in the regional baseball tournament Saturday at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales brushed up for its regional baseball game against Lake Roosevelt on Saturday with a 8-0 shutout of visiting La Grande at Ray Lane Field to end the regular season Tuesday.“I don't mind playing right before regional, they're good peopl

Bulldogs have no trouble with Patriots in SE2B baseball playoffs

Sam Harting's gem is backed at the plate as Dayton downs Liberty Christian, 9-2, in a district elimination game Tuesday.

DAYTON — Dayton unleashed a 13-hit attack and got a complete-game four hitter from Sam Harting in the circle to survive an elimination game here Tuesday in Southeast 2B district softball action.The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning and never

Tuesday, May 15

Partnership between DSHS, universities is good move

Training for social workers will now be done by the University of Washington and Eastern Washington University.

Letters To The Editor - People don't work harder to pay more taxes

I have never been rich, nor do I ever expect to become rich. I chose to work for other people, bring home the paycheck, live my life, and along with my wife, raise our children and try to be good citizens.

Charter to make things even clearer for its customers

Charter is dialing up its service with 48 new high-definition channels slated from Walla Walla to Waitsburg.

Scaled-down Myra Road work gets review

Work to lower the grade at the south end of the road is expected to start next spring.

WALLA WALLA -- A scaled-down Myra Road grade-lowering project was favorably reviewed by the city councils of College Place and Walla Walla.

Octopus case to Supreme Court

As expected, the state Court of Appeals denied a request for reconsideration of its ruling against a local toy store owner.

WALLA WALLA -- The Court of Appeals has decided not to change its mind regarding its ruling last month against the purple octopus.

Death Notice - Margaret Quirk

Oct. 27, 1912 - May 13, 2012

Donation paves way to cemetery improvements

Funds from the Lamar estate are being eyed for a variety of work at Mountain View Cemetery.

WALLA WALLA -- A nearly $1 million donation to Mountain View Cemetery has city officials embracing a number of cemetery improvement plans.

In the minutes - College Place Council

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

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

City of Walla Walla puts focus on bicycle safety for month of May

WALLA WALLA -- At the recommendation of the City's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the City Council has issued a proclamation that the May is "Bicycle Safety Month".

Woman sentenced for drug offense

Myranda R. York, involved in a high-speed chase and crash in February, was ordered into a treatment program.

WALLA WALLA -- A passenger in a car involved in a high-speed chase through the city in February that ended in an injury crash was sentenced Monday afternoon to a residential drug-offender treatment program.

Pioneers win seeding softball game over Baker

Mac-Hi hosts Philomath for a spot in the 16-team state tournament either Friday or Saturday.

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi won a seeding game for the state softball tournament, 1-0, over the Baker Bulldogs at Eastern Oregon University here Monday.“Baker and Mac-Hi were co-champs for our conference (the Greater Oregon League), and this was not only a seeding

Milton-Freewater Muni to host Lee Parr Memorial tournament

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course is holding the Lee Parr Memorial Golf Tournament for the benefit of the Mac-Hi athletic department Saturday and Sunday.The tournament is a two-person, triple-six contest. All profits go to the

Warriors third at Bandon Dunes

BANDON, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College's men's golf team placed third at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Invitational Monday, beating out fourth-place finisher Green River by one point.Spokane won the team title with a 617, beating out the

Wa-Hi's Huntsman off to state golf tourney

RICHLAND — Jessica Huntsman is making her first trip to the state tournament.The sophomore golfer for Wa-Hi overcame a 9 on the third hole of par-72 Columbia Point at the district tournament Monday to post a 79 (good for fourth place) and earn a trip to M

Two Wa-Hi girls' tennis teams advance

WENATCHEE — In what Wa-Hi girls tennis coach Keven Peck believes is the first time in the school's history, the Blue Devils are sending two doubles teams to the regional tournament after district play concluded here Monday.Wa-Hi's No. 1 team of Claire Kon

Wa-Hi's Rowley takes No. 2 seed to tennis regional

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's Blake Rowley qualified for the regional tennis tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the Big Nine after district play at the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club here Monday.Rowley defeated Wenatchee's Jamil Qazi in the district semifinal

Death Notice - Kate Hendrickson

April 24, 1919 - May 14, 2012

Death Notice - Lona Katsel

June 17, 1944 - May 14, 2012

Warm welcome for 'Cool' film

Becket Schroeder's documentary about the Walla Walla Roastery and its owners was chosen for a national film festival.

WALLA WALLA -- Becket Shroeder's dream of becoming a roller coaster engineer lasted only until his love of films took over.During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Schroeder, 14, realized his calling in life is to make movies."In 2009 I knew this

Man charged in pursuit, injury crash

WALLA WALLA -- A man was formally charged Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with driving a stolen pickup involved in a vehicle chase with law enforcement last weekend and injuring his passenger in a resulting crash. Antonio S. Contrera

New leader merges into driver program

WALLA WALLA — Jim Hall has become district coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program, taking over from Elsie Thompson after she retired from her volunteer workThompson's dedication as coordinator has brought her the recent honor of being chosen as on

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Phantom vision a phenomena when loss of eyesight occurs

I was sitting in my favorite recliner chair watching what I could still see on the television screen. Other than the TV, the room was quiet and I wasalone. For some reason I turned my face and nearly jumped.

Game takes players to realm of the gods

I've had an interest in Greek mythology almost as long as I can remember. I recall many hours spent reading classical tales of gods and monsters. So it should come as no surprise that I love the premise of “Cyclades," a board game about vying for the favo

ROCK DOC - Floodplains brook disaster for unwary

You have certainly done business on them, and you may well have lived within their boundaries. Whether you are reading this in the desert West or the soggier regions of the country, floodplains are a part of the landscape around you ­— and they can be hig

HOME PLACE - Nuptials planning, huntin' and fishin'

I thought I would be writing about the final hour of wedding planning with this column edition.There is more than enough to talk about, what with a zillion details to cover between now and then.Stuff I've never considered in my life — should I try a spray

Clock repair turns back time

Fixing a master clock that has been silent for 15 years becomes a sojourn into local history.

From time to time, Blain King and his Providence St. Mary Medical Center colleagues had looked up at the antique Master clock in the cafeteria and wished it were still running.Blain figured it'd been probably 15 years since he last watched it keep time.

Seminar on VA benefits for veterans, spouses set

WALLA WALLA — Senior veterans and surviving spouses can lean more about benefit options at Park Plaza retirement community on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.The Aid and Attendance benefits program was designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assist s

Monday, May 14

Protesters parade past site of shooting

The Sheriff's Office says it could take another week before evidence is presented to the prosecutor.

WALLA WALLA -- Family and friends of 22-year-old Caesar Chavira paraded past the New York Store on Sunday in protest of the shooting death of Chavira by store owner John Saul. According to Undersheriff Edward Freyer of the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Off

Get up close to capture a new photograph

Over the course of a school year I work with many digital photography students at Walla Walla Community College who have the opportunity to display their digital images in the classroom.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS: 05/14/12

Walla Walla County

Sara H. and Marc A. Bru.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES-05-14-12

Walla Walla County

Ashley Page Schirmer, 17, 314 Fourth St., Apt. B, College Place, was sentenced May 4 on one count violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

One arrested after vehicle chase Sunday afternoon

COLLEGE PLACE -- A high-speed car chase put two suspects in the hospital Sunday afternoon after Milton-Freewater police reported a stolen pickup truck headed north.

Work session to discuss CP school bond

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place School Board will hold a public work session Tuesday to discuss the recently approved bond to rebuild Davis Elementary and establish a public high school.

Retiring school employees to be honored at meeting

WALLA WALLA -- During a work session Tuesday, the Walla Walla School Board will recognize employees who are retiring this school year.

CP Planning Commission meeting set for Tuesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- The city Planning Commission will hold a workshop Tuesday on local land use regulation of manufactured housing.

Benefit dinner, auction set for man in need of surgery

STARBUCK -- A spaghetti benefit dinner and silent auction will be held May 20 to benefit Calvin Thompson, who is in need of eye surgery.

Vandalism spree hits vehicles in CP, WW over weekend

WALLA WALLA - Vandals damaged more than 25 vehicles in Walla Walla and College Place over the weekend, according to police. Sgt. Steve Potter of the Walla Walla Police Department said the malicious mischief was an apparently random act.

Applicants sought for advisory board

WALLA WALLA -- Applications are being taken for four openings on the Walla Walla County combined Human Services Advisory Board.

New governor must be realistic about funding education

The state can't count on a $1 billion infusion of revenue from economic growth, as outgoing-Gov. Chris Gregoire correctly points out.

When politicians opt to not seek re-election or a higher office, it seems to be a freeing experience -- as in they are free to say things that are true but not politically popular.

Rowley leads Wa-Hi into final day of district tourney

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's Blake Rowley is playing in the Big Nine district tennis tournament semifinals after opening-day play here Saturday.Rowley took a first-round bye to Wenatchee, and then defeated Chiawana's Manuel Mendoza, 6-2, 6-1. Wenatchee's Will Summ

WWCC golfers in mix at windy Bandon Dunes

The WWCC men are tied with Spokane at the Southwest Oregon Invitational.

BANDON, Ore. — The Pacific Ocean showed its teeth here Sunday during the opening round of the Southwest Oregon Invitational golf tournament at the Bandon Dunes Resort.Unseasonably mild weather greeted 67 men and 34 women as play commenced in the morning a

Blue Devils take two girls doubles teams into battle for regional berth

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team takes two doubles teams back to Wenatchee for the second day of district tournament play today after opening-day play Saturday.The Blue Devils' No. 1 team of Claire Konen and Rachel Schueller entered Saturday's play s

Irish split with Irrigon, ready for district title tilt with W-P

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' softball team split a non-league twin bill with visiting Irrigon Friday in preparation for Friday's District 9 championship game against Waitsburg-Prescott.The Irish fell, 17-8, in the opener before shutting out the Knights, 10-0, i

Death Notice - Pauline Millar

Dec. 11, 1922 - May 13, 2012

Death Notice - Sharon Wall

Oct. 26, 1949 - May 11, 2012

Death Notice - Irma Hernandez

Dec. 24, 1940 - May 14, 2012

Death Notice - Elsie DeVoir

Aug. 5, 1927 - May 14, 2012

Death Notice - James Robison

Dec. 22, 1927 - May 14, 2012

Death Notice - Christopher Klasen

May 29, 1955 - May 11, 2012

Death Notice - Donald Hamper

June 7, 1931 - May 13, 2012

Death Notice - Lucille Kelly

Oct. 7, 1920 - May 14, 2012

Charles Wetzel

Jan. 6, 1941 - May 9, 2012

Sunday, May 13

Columbia Basin Big Nine names Eggers, Handcox, Lemke to first team

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi second baseman Josh Eggers, outfielder Moe Handox and catcher Taylor Lemke have been named to the Big Nine first team

Blue Devil boys win District 5/6 track meet

The Wa-Hi boys take the district title while the girls place fifth. More than 30 athletes advance to regionals.

PASCO — Wa-Hi's boys won the District 5/6 Championship Friday and more than 30 of the 72 Wa-Hi tracksters who competed qualified to advance to the regional meet next week.“It was a really special win for the boys," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said, “because yo

Blue Devil softballers bulldoze through Districts

Wa-Hi advances to regional play after cruising past Wenatchee and rival Richland.

PASCO — Wa-Hi took another step in its defense of its state title here Saturday at the Pasco Trac facility in district softball play.The Blue Devils got a combined no-hitter from Alyson Ambler and Jordan Heiser to defeat Wenatchee 9-0 and earn a shot to d

Mac-Hi Pioneers swept by GOL rival Ontario

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ontario used the big inning to sweep a Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader here Saturday.The Tigers hung a six-spot on Mac-Hi in the first game to blow open a 6-3 game and Ontario went on to post a 15-4 win.

WWCC demolishes Columbia Basin

Walla Walla Community College's softball team ends the regular season with a bang.

PASCO ­— Walla Walla Community College's softball team ended its 2012 regular season here Saturday with a doubleheader demolition of NWAACC Eastern Region rival Columbia Basin.

Mac-Hi's Robert reaches perfection

MILTON-FREEWATER — Perfection.That was the story in the nightcap of Mac-Hi's doubleheader with Ontario, as Colette Robert pitched a perfect game en route to a 10-0 rout of the Tigers in Greater Oregon League softball.Her performance backed up a one-run ef

Yaks stifle Warriors

Yakima Valley limits the Warriors to just six hits in a pair of losses.

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley pitchers limited Walla Walla Community College to six hits here Saturday in the regular season finale of NWAACC East Region baseball action.

Weston-McEwen sweeps previous champs, Stanfield

STANFIELD, Ore. — Weston-McEwen swept the 2011 Class 2A/1A state champions Stanfield, 2-0 and 13-10, Friday in Special District 6 baseball.With the win, the TigerScots are now ranked No. 1 in their classification.

Weston-McEwen splits with No. 1 Heppner

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen split with No. 1 Hepper Saturday, winning 8-1 in seven innings in the opener and falling 3-1 in a ten-inning nightcap.

Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales baseball teams advance to regionals

Waitsburg-Prescott defeats Dayton, 6-0, and DeSales crushes Asotin 18-3 to advance to regional competitions.

WALLA WALLA ­— DeSales used a 15-run fourth inning to power its way to the Southeast 2B District 9 baseball crown Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.The Irish rallied from a 3-0, first-inning deficit to best Asotin, 18-4, in a game called after four-a

Bulldogs shred Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — The Dayton Bulldogs took a bite out of Liberty Christian Patriots here Saturday, winning 13-1 and 13-4, in Southeast 2B softball action.

BDAD training program opens enrollment for camp

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for the 2012 Blue Devil Athletic Development camp.The program costs $30 if registered before June 25 and $35 afterward, and is open to Walla Walla students in grades 5-12.

Whit women golfers finish 12th at NCAAs

ANGOLA, Ind. — Sophomore Katie Zajicek fired a 2-over par 74 on Friday as the Whitman College women's golf team finished its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on a strong note.Playing at the Zollner Golf Course in A

Mac-Hi athletes prep for district meet at Eastern Oregon University

BAKER, Ore. — Mac-Hi's Kristi Childers, Susana Romero-diaz, Mica Epifanio and Veronica Garcia stole the spotlight Friday afternoon at the Baker track invitational, beating out its closest competitor in the 4x100 relay by just one one-hundredth of a second

Touchet alumni defeat varsity

TOUCHET — The Touchet Alumni team won the rubber match of a three-game season series against the Touchet varsity team Saturday, defeating the Indians 5-2.

CMS defeats Whitman 5-0 in 2nd round

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Despite waging a good fight in singles, the Whitman College women's tennis team dropped a 5-0 decision to the Athenas of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) in Saturday's second round of the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Weston-McEwen girls place second at Blue Mountain Conference championships

UNION, Ore — The Weston-McEwen girls track team placed second at the Blue Mountain Conference championships Friday out of eight teams.

Saturday, May 12

On The Agenda


In the Minutes - Athena Council

Athena City Council members are Eric Pickard, Carol Speed, LaVerne Mitchell, Deborah Hayward and John Shafer. With Shafer absent Thursday, the Council:

Emergency Services - 5/13/12

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

Security concerns slow Walla Walla Gun Club event

The swap meet opens today at 8 a.m. at 1212 Middle Waitsburg Road.

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Gun Club is holding a rare event in these parts.A swap meet - or flea market depending on who you ask - is the club's latest fundraiser."We realized we got all this space in Walla Walla, so we thought we would put it to good

Whitman students prove their college's emphasis on academic excellence

Whitman College is blessed with gifted, curious students. Every year, these emerging scholars earn generous awards for graduate study, self-directed research, teaching and public service in the United States and abroad.Last year, 39 Whitman students and a

Church Bulletin - 5/13/12

Two Walla Walla churches offer soup lunch two days each weekWALLA WALLA - Two area churches offer a free soup lunch two days each week as follows: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., at Birch and Colville st

PASTOR COLUMN - The love of mothers offers us a picture of God, too

A simple prayer for anyone might be, "Dear God, I want to be more like you."For the past 40 to 50 years, a significant amount of writing has been done on the way we view God, particularly as it relates to what gender we perceive God to be.Many of us have

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Closing airport tower would be mistake

The question was raised at the last Port of Walla Walla meeting if the Port could continue to fund the Control Tower.Last November the statement from the Port stated, "The Port will not increase its regular property tax levy for 2012. The agency expects t

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Remembering feeling of terror

It is hard that a man is challenged legally when he reacts in terror as his home is invaded violently by parasitic barbarians. And he would be terrified, insanely excited.I have recited no opinion, but I have been terrified, and remember.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - May is 'Partners in Learning Month'

Walla Walla Public Schools has proclaimed May as "Partners in Learning Month" as a way to acknowledge the numerous business leaders, agencies and individuals who help ensure all Walla Walla children have opportunities for success in school. Our vision is

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Nearly 300,000 kids have arthritis

You might remember me from my lemonade-stand sale I held last summer to increase awareness and raise money for juvenile arthritis or JIA.May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Publishing picture of 'shrine' is offensive

We all make choices every day that affect the lives of not only ourselves, but those around us. Someone choosing to break into a business and home at 2:30 in the morning, and with a criminal record to boot, should have understood the potential consequence

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Cannon will crack down on meth

Undercover boss? Bob Cannon is like someone in the TV show "Undercover Boss." He has done all of the jobs pertaining to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.He brings an experienced and connected face with a new frugal, common-sense set of eyes. Please su

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Limbaugh's view needs further explanation

All this rush to defend Rush Limbaugh and the best anyone can do is compare him to pottymouth Bill Maher. Some defense.One correspondent wondered if we were aware of the context of Limbaugh's tirade. What I'm aware of strikes me as irrational.Rush wants a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why not protest Dan Savage?

Recently several letters have condemned Rush Limbaugh for his pathetic comments. I agree with those letters.However, a letter by Ms. Elliot calling for him to be protested and taken off the radio I do not agree with. If people are insistent on removing of

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bob Cannon is humble and frugal

During an election, you are going to see all three of these individuals running for office.Those who don't know what to do, those who know what to do but don't do it and those who know what to do and follow through.Bob Cannon knows what to do and will car

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pentagon would fail as a business

If creating laws is like making sausage, what is writing budgets like? Making blood sausage?Last year Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which stipulates a $1 trillion cut in military spending over the next 10 years. Already, the defense lobbyists ar

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Both parties must rethink health care

The Affordable Health Care Act has proven to be wildly unpopular. Conservatives don't like it because they believe that health care is not a government responsibility. Liberals don't like it because it doesn't go far enough. Nobody likes it because of the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Don Davis' trip worth taking

After reading Don Davis' recent article in the U-B which included an excursion to Ladd Marsh in the Grande Ronde Valley near La Grande, Jerry and I decided to trek the 80 miles to have a look for ourselves. Ladd Marsh was abuzz with our feathered friends

Why conduct school choice experiment without collecting data?

It makes no sense, yet Oregon has embarked on an experiment without requiring results to be tracked.

Some believe competition is a key to improving public schoolsThe theory is that allowing students (and their parents) to cross school district boundary lines would force schools to improve or risk losing students (and the state money that follows them).La

Friday, May 11

Fear of death aside, balloon ride a marvel

I don't have a "bucket list" because it would be too long. I'm a guy who tries to not pass up an opportunity to experience something new.

Effort to stem early deliveries pays off

Health officials and leaders say they've seen a steep, recent drop in the number of babies delivered before 39 weeks.

Moms-to-be and their physicians have long worked to deliver the healthiest babies possible. Now studies show there's one more step to giving an infant the best shot at short-term and lifetime good health.Babies who are delivered before 39 gestational week

Commissioners wise to delay lifting salary freeze for county elected officials

The economic recovery is simply too fragile to commit to pay raises now. If the economy improves the commissioners should consider boosting pay.

Walla Walla County commissioners made a solid decision last week in continuing the freeze on elected official salaries.

Letters To The Editor - Featherstone flier is misleading

I am writing this letter because I am so disappointed about what came to me in the mail. Maryl Graybeal Featherstone has sent out a flier that contains so much misleading information and half truths about Bill Hansell that it is, in fact, not even true at

Letters To The Editor - Quantum physics remain an enigma

After my response to Steve Luckstead's column (claiming people were being unkind to science) I have had numerous inquiries from people asking whether I doubted the mathematical precision that has been brought to bear upon quantum physics.

Etcetera - 05/11/12

The headline "Housewives Lead in City's Registered Voter Analysis" from a September 1936 issue of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin caught the eye of Walla Walla resident Joe Drazan, a retired Whitman College librarian.

Run and walk set for May 19 to benefit Home Team program

The 2012 Baker Boyer Ducky Derby will host the Relay for Hope/Child Abuse Prevention 5K on May 19 at the annual duck race.

Cancer protection seen as circumcision benefit

Within the past six months the news media has reported that someone in San Francisco was trying to get an ordinance passed in that city making circumcision illegal.

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: It's what you eat, not just when

We have all struggled at some time in our lives with the topic of late-night snacking.

Eleven and up? Pertussis vaccine should be a must

Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced an emergency action to slow the spread of whooping cough, aka pertussis, in the state.

Fight report leads to arrests and gun confiscation

WALLA WALLA -- Officers arrested two gang members Wednesday and confiscated a firearm from the suspects' vehicle.

Trio arrested after break-in kitty-corner from dispatch office

WALLA WALLA -- Emergency dispatchers had a front-row seat early Wednesday when they witnessed a burglary taking place across the street at Singer's Chevron, 7 E. Rose St.

Port takes bite out of Alaska fees

But not as much as the executive director had requested. Further cuts are under review by the agency's staff.

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners agreed Thursday to eliminate a little more than $42,000 in fees for Alaska Airlines in a move to show the Seattle carrier the community is serious about retaining air service here.

Native species can spice up your landscape

If you want to try something a little different in your residential landscaping, consider the use of native plant materials.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Walla Walla County

The court dismissed without prejudice a charge against Jason D. Vories, Dayton, for the reason that the alleged victim is not maintaining contact with the state and the whereabouts of another witness are unknown.

In love with your car? New salon will make it a clean machine

A new detail shop is making tracks in Walla Walla.Owner Manuel Maldonado recently opened Auto Salon as a home-based business. The detail garage specializes in thorough interior and exterior work on automobiles, from water spot removal, buffing and polishi

Whit women golfers bounce back at NCAAs

Catelyn Webber shoots a career-low 76 as the Missionaries take 12 strokes off their second-round score at the DIII tournament.

ANGOLA, Ind. — With Catelyn Webber shooting a career-low 76, Whitman College women's golf team bounced back in fine fashion during Thursday's third round of the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.The M

5K Fun Run and Walk re-scheduled for June 2

WALLA WALLA — A Fraternal Order of Eagles 26 5K Fun Run and Walk originally scheduled for May 5 will be held along Mill Creek from 8 a.m. to noon on June 2.Cost is $10 for Eagle members, $20 for non-members. It begins at 500 Tausick Way.

Pirate trio qualifies for district meet

CHATTAROY, Wash. — Three Pomeroy track and field athletes qualified for the Northeast 1B District meet in four events here Tuesday during Northeast District's 1B-2B team championships at Riverside High School.The top eight finishers in laned events and th

Whit tennis trio tabbed for trip to Cary, N.C.

WALLA WALLA — Three Whitman College tennis players have earned invitations to the singles and doubles competition at the NCAA Division III National Championships later this month in Cary, N.C.Alyssa Roberg and teammate Courtney Lawless will compete in the

Missionary tennis teams head to title tourneys

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College tennis teams are headed to the Southern California and Atlanta, Ga., areas this weekend for opening round matches in their respective NCAA Division III national championship tournaments.The Whitman men's team, No. 11 in t

Wa-Hi hands out tennis awards

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi senior Blake Rowley was named all-Big Nine first team selection following the regular season.Rowley was joined by Blue Devil teammates earning honorable mention. James Tupper-Bridges, Josh Kuznetsov and Drew Swenson had that honor.

James White

July 4, 1916 - May 8, 2012

Death Notice - Ralph Keyes

Dec. 1, 1911 - May 11, 2012

Thursday, May 10

POLICE - Gang confrontation leads to arrest and recovery of pistol

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE:Gang Detectives from the Walla Walla Police Department and a Sheriff's deputy arrested two gang members and recovered a handgun Wednesday following an altercation on the west end of town earlier in the day. Officers received the

Second annual VA Walking Safari, aka VA2K, is slated May 16

WALLA WALLA -- The second annual VA Walking Safari, also known as the VA2K walk, will be May 16. Sign up is 9 a.m. in front of Building 86 at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, 77 Waintwright Drive. The walk is open to all in the commu

Council OKs golf cart zone around college

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved allowing golf carts on the streets surrounding Whitman College.

Three aim for Umatilla County sheriff position

With Sheriff John Trumbo stepping down, three candidates have emerged to seek the job.

UMATILLA COUNTY -- Umatilla County voters will choose between three candidates for Umatilla County sheriff this May, as John Trumbo ends his long tenure at the post.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES - 05-10-12

Walla Walla County

Richard V. Clodius, 34, 40 S. Gose Road, was charged May 4 with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, unlawful imprisonment -- domestic violence, fourth-degree assault -- domestic violence, thir

Youth orchestra to perform concert at Whitman

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Symphony presents the Youth Orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Monday, at Chism Hall, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave. Jeremy Mims is conductor. The youth will play Vivaldi's "Concerto for Strings in D Major," Moderato from Dvorak's Seren

Foundry Vineyard to host benefit auction

The Spring for Health dinner auction, a benefit for the SOS Clinic, will be 5:30 p.m. May 18, at Foundry Vineyard, 13th Avenue North. All proceeds will go to the clinic.Tickets are $25 or two for $40, and are on sale now at Blue Mountain Action Council, B

Exhibit portrays lives of human trafficking victims

RICHLAND-- "SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience," opens Friday at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road.The multi-sensory exhibit combines technology with true stories to educate visitors about human trafficking locally and globally through the lives of vic

Vendors, auto entries sought for Waitsburg festival, parade

WAITSBURG -- Organizers of the annual Waitsburg parade and festival seek entries for the car show and vendors for the day in the park, May 19. For more information, call Walt or Gwen Gobel at 509-337-9177 or Ken Lenhart, 509-337-

Audobon Society sponsors free nature hike, bird presentation

WALLA WALLA -- The Audubon Society is taking a bird, butterfly and wildflower viewing field trip to Jasper Mountain on Saturday. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the Harper Joy Theatre parking lot on the Whitman College Campus, 345 Boyer Ave. and carpo

Emergency Services - 05/10/12

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

Rural library district to discuss services, seeks public input

WALLA WALLA -- A public forum for Walla Walla County Rural Library District residents will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Blue Mountain Community Meeting Room at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. The District's consultant, Ruth Metz, will review the st

Wenaha Gallery to feature three diverse-media artists

DAYTON -- Wenaha Gallery, 218 E. Main St., will hold an artist reception and exhibit opening for Dayton pastel artist Judy Robertus of College Place, potter Caprice Scott, and Prescott cartoonist Don Hollenbaugh, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 26.

WWVA AcroKnights set to perform annual gymnastics spectacular

COLLEGE PLACE -- "A Three-Hour Tour, Gilligan's Island" is the theme for this year's acrobatic performance by the Walla Walla Valley Academy AcroKnights.Shows will take place, beginning at 9 p.m., on May 19 and at 2 p.m. as well as at 7 p.m. on May 20, in

Early Mormon settler in Valley to be portrayed by great-great-grandson

WALLA WALLA -- Bror Sorenson, a mid-19th century Mormon settler in the Walla Walla Valley, will be portrayed by his great-great-grandson Ron Klicker in a living history performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. Klicker will desc

Shorter hours in works for small post offices

But they'll remain open under a plan announced Wednesday by the US Postal Service.

Operating hours at rural post offices across the Walla Walla Valley will be cut but the doors will remain open in a piece of good news delivered to small-town residents Wednesday.

Etcetera - 05/10/12

Beginning this spring, all school groups will be able to visit the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute for free, said Bobbie Conner, director, in a Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review item.

Launch of hot air balloons signals spring in the Valley

The Balloon Stampede, now in its 38th year, is a community celebration.

The 38th Annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is about to begin. A few balloons took off this morning as a warm up for Friday's official start.

On the agenda - ATHENA COUNCIL

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

Letters To The Editor - Citizens United has to go

It's time to get serious and move to reverse the Citzens United decision in which the Supreme Court allowed corporations and unions to reach into their treasuries to make unlimited "independent" spending on political ads. Super pacs followed and the wealt

Second attorney throws hat in ring for judge race

Scott Wolfram joins Richard Wernette in vying for the position held by Donald W. Schacht, who is retiring.

WALLA WALLA — A second local attorney says he will seek the Superior Court judge position that will be vacated by Donald W. Schacht in January.Scott Wolfram told the Union-Bulletin on Wednesday he will file next week for election to the post later this ye

New trial ordered for death row inmate Darold Stenson

Stenson was convicted of murdering his wife and business partner in the 1990s.

The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed the conviction and death sentence of a longtime death row inmate and called for a new trial in his double-murder case. On an 8-1 ruling today, the high court ruled that Darold Stenson's rights were violated

Woman pleads guilty in crash, break-in

Michelle G. Maurer entered pleas in separate felony cases and faces 15-20 months in prison.

WALLA WALLA — A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to being under the influence of a prescription drug when she caused a traffic crash that injured her two children in March.She also entered guilty pleas to burglarizing the residence of her estranged husband

David Cook

1930 - April 13, 2012

Betty Webber

Oct. 6, 1929 - May 8, 2012

Pauline Pope

Sept. 1, 1917 - May 7, 2012

Death Notice - Terry Bunch

Dec. 27, 1950 - May 8, 2012

Death Notice - Kenneth Rudd

May 4, 1938 - May 9, 2012

Death Notice - Milton Konen

Aug. 21, 1928 - May 9, 2012

Whit women have tougher second round

The Missionaries slip from sixth to 12th at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

ANGOLA, Ind. — For the Whitman College women's golf team, Wednesday's second round of the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament proved to be a bit more challenging than Tuesday's opening round.With their team score rising by 17 strokes, the M

Wa-Hi to host annual boys basketball camps

WALLA WALLA — The annual Wa-Hi Boys Basketball Camps have been scheduled for June. The Elementary camp, open to any boy who will be entering grades three-five, will be June 11t-14 from 9-11 a.m.

Treasure Valley takes it to Warrior baseball team

An opening rout is followed by a playoff-like battle, but the Chukars take home the sweep over WWCC's baseball team.

WALLA WALLA — The front end of Walla Walla Community College's doubleheader with Treasure Valley Wednesday was about as forgettable as it comes, with WWCC burning through six pitchers before the 23-8 walloping came to an end.The Warriors hit the reset but

Touchet pitching overcomes defensive problems

The Indians suffer 14 errors, but still sweep Gar-Pal in SE1B softball play.

TOUCHET — The Touchet defense was porous Wednesday, but clutch hitting and strong pitching made up for 14 errors in two games as the Indians swept Garfield-Palouse, 5-1 and 9-8, in a Southeast 1B softball doubleheader.“We didn't play a very sound defensiv

Wednesday, May 9

Spring concert set for Monday at Waitsbug High School

WAITSBURG -- Music is what's for dessert in town Monday.

Grant to help with wildfire protection

The county has received money to help assess threats and clear flammable debris.

WALLA WALLA -- Wildfire protection in the southeastern portions of Walla Walla County is in for a boost.

Tax breaks easy, but not always effective, political targets

The candidates for governor are talking about ending tax breaks, but they aren't specific.

Earlier this year, when state government was faced with a budget problem in excess of $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, suggested a significant amount of money could be garnered if useless tax breaks were eliminated.

Mill Creek footbridge replacement in works

WALLA WALLA -- The parking lot for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mill Creek Office may be closed intermittently today and Thursday for installation of a new pedestrian bridge.

Letters To The Editor - Hansell has strong family core values

Bill Hansell is the right person to represent state Senate District 29.

Letters To The Editor - Sgt. Cannon will work for Umatilla County

Bob Cannon demonstrates tomorrow's success can be found in what you do today.

Etcetera - 05/09/12

Observing the International Order of Odd Fellows creed of "friendship, love and truth," members of The Daughters of Rebekah are involved in social and charitable activities worldwide. That includes in Milton-Freewater, where members are active in Integrit

In the minutes - Ww county

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

Second attorney to seek spot on Superior Court bench

WALLA WALLA -- A second local attorney says he will seek the Superior Court judge position that will be vacated by Donald W. Schacht in January.

Port may slash fees for Alaska

The Port of Walla Walla's chief suggests cutting the fees charged to $1 for the rest of the year.

WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners will consider reducing rent and fees for Alaska Airlines as a maneuver to save air service in the community.

Burn ban in effect this weekend for Balloon Stampede

WALLA WALLA -- A temporary burn ban will be in effect Saturday and Sunday to aid Balloon Stampede participants.All outdoor burning, agricultural and residential, as well as special burns, such as roadside and ditch burns, are prohibited. The ban will incl

Bulldog baseball team silences Patriots bats

Lowden Smith pitches Dayton past Liberty Christian in the first round of the Southeast 2B District tournament, 8-0.

RICHLAND — Dayton's Lowden Smith silenced Liberty Christian's bats for the second time in four days here Tuesday afternoon as the Bulldogs defeated the Patriots 8-0 in a first-round Southeast 2B District baseball tournament game.Lowden, a sophomore right-

Bullock leads Pioneer improvement at district tourney

UNION, Ore. — Mac-Hi's boys golfers finished off their season at the district tournament at Buffalo Peak Golf Course here Tuesday.Ryan Bullock shot a career-best 78 on the first round to lead the Pioneers with a 78-89—167.

Touchet gets SE1B baseball wins over Pomeroy

TOUCHET — Nicole Brown pitched a one-hit shutout in the opening game of Tuesday's softball doubleheader with Pomeroy, and picked up another win after taking over with a 9-9 deadlock in the fifth inning of the nightcap as Touchet picked up a pair of Southe

Irish, Pirate golfers qualify for district

PULLMAN — Ryan Baumgart and Jerod Konen tied with 1-over-par 73s to take the top spots at the District 9 boys qualifying match at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman Tuesday.Five out of six DeSales golfers qualified for the district championships, sc

Whitman's Sweeney 2nd at golf nationals

ANGOLA, Ind. — With first-year Missionary Kelly Sweeney tied for second place in the individual scoring, a young and surprising Whitman College women's golf team jumped into a tie for sixth place after Tuesday's opening round of the NCAA Division III Nati

Irish earn split with Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — DeSales earned a split with Liberty Christian Tuesday in Southeast 2B softball play.Ashlyn Lyons pitched a two-hitter in the opener and the Irish bats lit up the Patriots for 13 hits as DeSales won an 11-0 decision. In the nightcap, the Irish w

TigerScots handle Pilot Rock

ATHENA — Playing a single Special District 5 game against last-place Pilot Rock Tuesday, Weston-McEwen faced a critical situation in the fourth inning.Down just 4-3, the Rockets had the bases loaded with no outs. But a groundout and a double-play later, W

Quartet wins TigerScot Masters on tiebreaker

MILTON-FREEWATER — The team of Casey Perkins, Randy Perkins, Jeff Grahm and Kyle Garrett won a tiebreaker to win the TigerScot Masters Benefit at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course Sunday.The quartet edged Sterling Allen, John Adams, Kendall Zerba and

Waitsburg-Prescott downsTekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia to advance at district tournament

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott won the opening round of the District 9 playoffs Tuesday, defeating sixth-seeded Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, 10-0, in five innings.Pitchers Zach Bartlow and Chris Manzano combined for a two-hit shutout, with Bartlow getting the

Fall Outdoor Youth Soccer registration now open

WALLA WALLA — Parks and Recreation is now taking registrations for Fall Youth Soccer. Registration will continue through June 30 until 5 p.m. After this date, late registration will be taken on an as available basis and subject to a $10 late fee. Practice

Indians manhandle Pirates in rematch of twin bill split

TOUCHET — In a rematch of a split doubleheader a week ago, Touchet and Pomeroy faced each other for another twin bill Tuesday with the Southeast 1B's second ticket to the playoffs on the line.Another split would have led to a single-game playoff between t

Irish prep for district title game with 3-2 loss in La Grande

LA GRANDE — DeSales kept the rust off headed to the district championship game against Asotin on Saturday by heading to La Grande Tuesday afternoon.The Irish took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but the Tigers tied it up in the sixth and plated the winni

Pair from Wa-Hi recognized as Washington Scholars

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School seniors Gregory Heller and Kyle Jameson have been named Washington Scholars. The program recognizes the accomplishments of four high school students in each of the state's 49 legislative districts.Students who rank in

Mill Creek footbridge replacement in progress

WALLA WALLA -- The parking lot for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mill Creek Office may be closed intermittently today and Thursday for installation of a new pedestrian bridge.The closures will occur between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. to allow a large crane to i

Kimberly Turner

Aug. 3, 1967 - Dec. 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 8

EATING LOCAL - Spring is ripe for Valley's rhubarb

Rhubarb has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom made stewed strawberry rhubarb when spring arrived every year. We would eat it over yogurt or ice cream, warm with cream, on toast, in a bowl like applesauce or straight out of the j

ETCETERA - Rotarians spruce up Berney playfield with new tree planting

What a releaf: Early spring has brought on plenty of tree planting in the Walla Walla Valley.The community is more beautiful because of efforts by members of Rotary Club of Walla Walla, who on two occasions planted a variety of trees.On April 14, 21 Rotar

LEGAL BRIEFING - Snooping parents and a child's right to privacy — it's complex

Dear John,I am 16 and live with my parents. Recently, I started a relationship with a young man who is 18 and is in one of my clubs at school. He is goofy and adorable.

MIDDLE-AGED PLAGUE - Independent thinking: Try it sometime, soon

I know it's frustrating when people say this to you, but it's actually a good sign:“No one else has ever had a problem with this."This tiresome phrase, calculated to squash you down and shut you up from whatever observation you just made, is a subtly mani

Lean funding puts region's senior meals program in crosshairs

Government cutbacks and increased expenses have forced the Senior Round Table program to dial back services.

DAYTON — When income doesn't meet expenses, something has to give.For the Senior Round Table, what's giving way in the four counties of southeast Wash

Teen music jam sessions to launch at Jacobi's Cafe

The first teen Jam Spot, organized by members of the Walla Walla Blues Society and others in the community, will be held at Jacobi's Cafe on May 19 from 8-11 p.m.“This is a great opportunity for the musically inclined youth of Walla Walla and the surround

Dayton Farmers' Market expands fare this year

DAYTON — Organizers of the Dayton Farmers' Market, preparing to open the 2012 season in, are seeking more vendors.The market has expanded with more sellers offering produce, flowers, baked goods and crafts.

Ice-Burg hopes new menu brings them to the yard

The Ice-Burg Drive-In is shaking up its dessert menu.Walla Walla's venerable burger stand at 616 W. Birch St. has added eight new milkshake flavors: bacon, bubblegum, cheesecake, cotton candy, maple, passion fruit, piña colada and salted caramel.

Government can't limit online marketing of booze

If a company is targeting minors, then advocates can shine a spotlight on the practice in an effort to stop it.

Simply attempting to market beer, wine and liquor to those under 21 is clearly reprehensible.

Sesquicentennial art project finalists chosen

Three local artists will compete to create a piece that celebrates the city's incorporation.

WALLA WALLA -- Three artists will vie for the chance to create a piece to commemorate Walla Walla's 150th anniversary.

Photo club show, lecture set for Wednesday at CP Lions Club

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Blue Mountain Photo Club will present a special showing of its photographic art at the College Place Lions Club on Wednesday.

Applicants sought for Fair and Frontier Days board vacancy

WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are being sought to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days board of directors.

Letters To The Editor - No Sweet Onion sausage? Say it ain't so

The Walla Walla Sweet Onion sausages will not be at the Walla Walla Sweets baseball games this year. Huh?

Letters To The Editor - Bill Hansell is 'fiscally conservative'

Integrity and strong values, life-long conservative, family man, consensus builder, experienced servant leader, community builder and job creator, these are the actual words/ideals that come naturally to mind when asked to describe Bill Hansell.

Letters To The Editor - Blue Devil track teams great! Track? Not so much

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School boys and girls track teams for an amazing season! Undoubtedly the top 1st- and 2nd-place finishes in the Big 9 Conference is due to an amazing combination of committed athletes and dedicated coaches!

DeSales' Baumgart 2nd at sub-districts

Golfing at Palouse Ridge, eighth-grader Emily Baumgart places second at the district qualifiers after several penalties.

PULLMAN — Emily Baumgart's first drive of the day sailed some 225 yards and out of sight here Monday at Palouse Ridge during the Southeast B District's sub-district golf tournament.And when Baumgart couldn't find her ball in the deep rough on a course tha

Wa-Hi takes 2nd at Veterans, finishes 3rd in Big Nine

The Blue Devil girl golfers score a 390 to take second place at the Big Nine pod match at Veterans.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi rode a second-place finish on its home course Tuesday to a third-place overall finish after the sixth and final girls Big Nine Conference pod golf match.Led by Jessica Huntsman's 11-over-par 83 on the Veterans Memorial Golf Course trac

Death Notice - Sharon Smith

WALLA WALLA - Sharon Smith, 84, died May 7, 2012, at her home.

Death Notice - Margarete Petersen

WALLA WALLA - Margarete F. Petersen, 96, died May 7, 2012, at her home.

Cesar Chavira

Cesar loved spending time with his family fishing, barbecuing, and watching football. He was a great Artist and loved to sing

Dave Boone

David William Boone, 57, long-time Homer, Alaska, resident, died Friday, May 4, 2012, from injuries sustained in an excavating accident.

Officials' salary freeze continues

County commissioners voted to hold the line on their own pay through 2016 and said they will revisit pay for other officials next year.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners Monday agreed to freeze their own pay through 2016, but said they will look at other elected official's salaries next year with an eye towards raising them if the economy improves.Commissioners resolved to r

Grants to pay for household waste work

Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties have receive state funding for a variety of projects.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties have been awarded more than $800,000 to boost recycling, dispose of hazardous household waste and make other efforts to reduce solid wastes.The grants by the state Department of Ecology were part

Monday, May 7

Etcetera - 05/07/12

Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla presented a $1,000 scholarship to Samantha Delgado, in recognition of resiliency and determination to succeed.

Letters To The Editor - Who will protect America?

Why are we allowing the front groups such as CAIR, ISNA, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Black Panthers to rule our nation? As we stand right now our nation is morally, financially and spiritually bankrupt.

Current focus on head trauma is positive step

And as more athletes, coaches and parents accept it is foolish to ignore pain and symptoms of a concussion, the more the problem will be reduced.

Concern over head injuries in sports is relatively new.

April third-wettest on record for Walla Walla

May is expected to be drier, officials say, after a thorough dousing last month.

WALLA WALLA -- If the old rhyme about April showers holds true, this should be one flowery month.

Charter to thank customers with event Wednesday

Charter is showing its gratitude to Walla Walla customers this week with an Appreciation Day.

Investigation of Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office still active

WALLA WALLA -- Two and a half years after it began, an investigation involving the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved.

Milton-Freewater School Board to hold private session on work agreements

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School Board will hold an executive session Tuesday to discuss contract negotiations. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Free dental program results in errant bills

Officials say a small number of bills went out to parents of children who received free services at school.

WALLA WALLA -- A billing error that sent a handful of parents notices they owed hundreds of dollars for a free dental sealant program was most likely a billing error isolated to Green Park Elementary School, an official said.

No silver bullet for diverse enemy: cancer

Controlling health care costs is one of the most difficult problems facing society. Because we are often talking about life-and-death decisions for ourselves or our loved ones, we unquestioningly accept that more is better. It is not always the case that

Lawyer: Shooting was in self-defense

John Saul's attorney says the New York Store owner was threatened during a break-in Friday.

John Saul is represented by Waitsburg attorney Michael Hubbard, who told the Union-Bulletin this morning the slaying of Cesar Chavira is a clear case of self-defense because Saul's life was threatened during Friday's break-in.Hubbard gave the following ac

New York Store shooting probe continues

WALLA WALLA - Video footage was little help sorting out the facts of the burglary and shooting death of Cesar Chavira, 22, according to Edward Freyer, undersheriff for the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office."I looked at it this morning," Freyer said toda

Whitman's Cam Young, Aaron Cohen recognized

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College sophomores Cam Young and Aaron Cohen have earned All-Northwest Conference baseball honors for a second consecutive season.Both players received honorable mention recognition; Young as a shortstop and Cohen as a utility player

Whitman women's golf team readies for NCAA DIII tourney

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women's golf team is in Angola, Ind., this week for its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.Whitman is one of 19 teams and six individuals set to battle through four rounds of g

Whitman women's tennis No. 29 in latest ITA rankings

WALLA WALLA — On the eve of its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III national championships, the Whitman College women's tennis team has jumped into the national rankings.The latest rankings, released late last week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assoc

Blue Devil girls bested by West Valley after besting Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — After sweeping past Class 3A Sunnyside 7-0 without losing a single set, Wa-Hi's girls tennis team was bested by Class 3A West Valley 6-1 here Saturday in a pair of matches that wrapped up the regular season.The Blue Devils finished with

Wa-Hi tennis team beats Sunnyside, West Valley

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Wa-Hi closed out the boys regular tennis season here Saturday with convincing victories over Sunnyside and West Valley.The Class 4A Blue Devils blanked Class 3A Sunnsyide 7-0 and took care of West Valley, another 3A school, 6-1.

Sunday, May 6

WWCC's Katie Martell signs LOI to play for Eastern Ore.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College sophomore third baseman/right-handed pitcher Katie Martell

Storylines abound as Blue Mountain Sports Awards approach

A scintillating season in Valley sports has created several interesting storylines heading into this year's Blue Mountain Sports Awards.

There are many interesting story lines to this year's Blue Mountain Sports Awards, which will be presented May 17 at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.Here's a sample: Will the third time be the charm for Wa-Hi's softball team? The Blue Devils have been finalist

Centerline Martial Arts sends students to tourney

LA CENTER, Wash. — Centerline Martial Arts sent several students to the 2012 United States Taekwon-Do Federation Region One Championships here last Saturday.

Blue Devils end season on sour note

Wa-Hi ends the season at 14-9 after a loss to Davis in the CBBN playoffs.

EAST WENATCHEE — Three hits from Moe Handcox and two safeties, including a two-run, fourth-inning home run, from Michael Lesmeister were not enough here Saturday as Wa-Hi's baseball team saw its season come to an end with an 18-3 loss

Waitsburg-Prescott sweeps St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Washtucna

ENDICOTT — Chance Leroue hammered a 2-run bomb in the top of the sixth inning to lead Waitsburg-Prescott in a 3-run rally to defeat St. John's-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna by a single run, 3-2, Saturday in the front end of a Southeast 2B baseball doublehea

DeSales sweeps previously undefeated Asotin to lock up Southeast 2B title

ASOTIN — DeSales' baseball team wrapped up the Southeast 2B District 9 league championship here Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of previously undefeated Asotin.The Irish, who finished league play 11-1 and are now 17-1 overall, built an 8-0 lead after t

Mac-Hi splits with host Baker in GOL doubleheader, losing 6-5, winning 10-4

BAKER — Mac-Hi's baseball team split a Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader with the host Bulldogs here Friday.The Pioneers — 4-2 in their last six games — won the opener, 6-5, and Baker took the nightcap, 10-4.

Mac-Hi's Davis takes consolation title at Helix Tournament

HELIX — Sherman County's Scot Stroud defeated Stanfield's Michael Gehrke 6-0, 6-0 to claim the boys individual championship here in action at the Helix tennis tournament.On the girls side, Umatilla's Susan Routson defeated Helix' Dedra Nitz 8-5 in quarter

Mac-Hi, Baker still tied after split

BAKER — In a battle for first place in the Greater Oregon League, Haley Freske came off the Mac-Hi bench in the top of the eighth inning Friday in the Pioneers doubleheader with Baker.Freske connected to break a 5-5 tie and Collette Robert retired Baker i

Weston-McEwen wins Jo-Hi Invite

JOSEPH, Ore. — Weston-McEwen took the girls team title here Friday at the Jo-High Invite track and field meet.Madison Carlin led the way for the TigerScots with two individual first-place finishes. Madison Carlin won the 100-meter dash in 13.71 seconds an

Strong pitching propels Weston-McEwen to sweep over Dufur, 7-3 and 7-1

ATHENA — Strong pitching propelled the Weston-McEwen TigerScots to 7-3 and 7-1 victories over Dufur here Saturday in Special District 6 baseball.The TigerScots got a three-run homer from pitcher Dallas Reich in the opener. Also the starting pitcher

Dayton splits doubleheader with Liberty Christian after 6-1 victory in opener

RICHLAND — The Dayton Bulldogs baseball team got a nice pitching performance from Lowden Smith and rallied to score six runs, to win 6-1 in the opener of a double header. Liberty Christian got revenge in game two, winning 15-5, on five Dayton errors.

Weston-McEwen shut out in nightcap with Irrigon

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen beat Irrigon, 8-2, in the opener of a Special District 5 doubleheader but was shutout, 13-0, in the nightcap.W-M's Morgan Entze just missed the cycle in the opener, collecting three hits — a double, triple and single.

Wa-Hi defeats Camas in Seattle

SEATTLE — After clinching the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A co-championship with a sweep of Wenatchee 20-3 and 11-0 on Friday, Wa-Hi traveled to the University of Washington stadium Saturday to play Camas in the Washington Fastpitch Festival.The Blue Devils

Waitsburg-Prescott splits with Stanfield/Echo

ECHO, Ore. — Waitsburg-Prescott split a non-league affair with Stanfield/Echo Saturday, losing the first game, 8-3, and winning the nightcap, 14-3.W-P played everybody, including the younger kids, in the opener to allow them some varsity experience.

Saturday, May 5

Investigation continues in shooting death

Authorities are trying to piece together what happened before the shots were fired.

WALLA WALLA - The investigation continued Saturday into a shooting that left one man dead and deputies searching for answers to what happened just before several shotgun rounds were fired early Friday morning during a burglary attempt at the New York Stor

Salaries for county officials to be discussed

Commissioners froze salaries for all electd officials for 2012 through 2014.

WALLA WALLA - Salaries for Walla Walla County elected officials will be up for discussion Monday.County commissioners are scheduled to consider setting elected officers' salaries for 2015-2016. The matter will come before commissioners at 11:15 a.m., said

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

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.

Two men arrested after fleeing officers

WALLA WALLA - A police pursuit through residential neighborhoods ended with two arrests after the driver and a passenger ran from their vehicle.The chase started around 3:20 p.m. Friday at the 00 block of Baumeister Drive when deputies identified a vehicl

Applicants sought for county board

WALLA WALLA - Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy on the Walla Walla County Board of Equalization.The board consists of three members who meet to hear petitions relative to property values, and property taxes assessed, after appraisals by the co

Registration open for weather spotter training

WALLA WALLA - Registration is now open for a free weather spotter training course set for May 14.Sponsored by the National Weather Service, the course will teach volunteers how to provide severe weather reports that are vital to helping forecasters track


Tim and Sharon Kaufman-Osborn of Walla Walla announce the engagement of their son Tobin Kaufman-Osborn to Elizabeth Newman, daughter of Paul and Patti Newman of Alamosa, Colo. Both are of San Diego.


Gene and Mickie Winnett of Athena announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Z. Davidson, to Phillip Chad Bratlie.


Jason Griffin and Terri Langis of Kennewick announce their engagement.


Peggy Johnston of Milton-Freewater announces the engagement of her daughter Alma J. Vasquez to Denis Rodin. Both are of Walla Walla.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Who are the people?

I am sick of hearing candidates declare they represent "the people" - as if the people who hold their views are the only people in America. Actually, any politician represents only some of the people.Curiously, people who disagree with them don't seem to

LETERS TO THE EDITOR - Support Hansell for Oregon state Senate

After several weeks of reading about and thinking about the candidates in the primary election for Oregon Senate District 29, I have come to the conclusion that Bill Hansell will get my vote.As a long-time volunteer in my church, community and, occasional

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pension money isn't taxpayer money

I would like to give you some facts about the LEOFF 1 retirement system and its benefits.LEOFF stands for Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters. LEOFF 1 was phased out in 1977 and anyone hired after 1977 is in the LEOFF 2 system. The benefits are ver

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Production of 'The Tempest' nothing short of magical

Huzzah (that's Olde English for hooray) to the wonderful company of actors, designers, production staff, volunteers, donors and patrons who make up the local miracle called Shakespeare Walla Walla.This spring's production of "The Tempest" was nothing shor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Praise for our hard-working youths

Some hard-working youths in our community deserve high praise for their good works.Two local 4-H groups, "Ranch and Home" and "Dry Creek 4-H Club," came to Pioneer Park Aviary recently on two different occasions. They rolled up their sleeves and pitched i

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Judge Redden got it right

You said several things that make no sense in your recent editorial about Judge Redden coming out of the closet as a dam breacher."What about the flooding that would occur?" you ask. What do you have in mind for these run-of-river dams? These dams serve n

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - It is Terry Rowan who is qualified

I would like to comment on a few statements made on the KUMA radio station by Al Humphreys who is running for Umatilla County sheriff.First, it is my understanding, the statement he made that he is the only candidate with all of the Department of Public S

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Let's call water park a water park

I have not decided whether I will vote to approve the water park or not yet. But what really irks me is that the U-B and the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Department continue to call it an "aquatic center."I would encourage these groups to be

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Concert pours in adorable torrent

A symphony concert is a flow of information aimed for the ears, but when dispatched in a torrent, some must be collected elsewhere.My lap became occupied by the program chosen by Walla Walla Symphony on April 24 at Cordiner Hall, as my tiny ear canals wer

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Middle Waitsburg Road is dangerous

Why on Earth Middle Waitsburg Road would be designated as an "official cycling road" is beyond me. In terms of safety, Middle Waitsburg Road is one of the most dangerous roads for bicycles, due to its many blind corners and hills.When driving that road, a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Little Theatre's 'The Hobbit' well worth seeing

On April 27 I attended the opening night gala of Little Theatre's "The Hobbit."What a special evening! It started with the finger food attractively displayed at the social. I enjoyed the most amazing flavors. My favorite was the puff pastry with herb chee

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bob Cannon has experience to be sheriff

Much has been said about Bob Cannon's qualifications for Umatilla County sheriff. Bob's experience provides a wealth of expertise that makes him an exceptional candidate.Bob is an intelligent, articulate and conscientious leader. He has the strongest occu

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More on City Council and Chief Fulton?

My! My! You have written two articles on the City Council and Chief Fulton.And then today comes another one. That's three. When is the fourth one coming?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Octopus mural good for downtown

Every day we learn life is like the weather. They both deliver us change whether we want it or not.I hope Bob Catsiff gets a new idea to promote his Inland Octopus toy store before we get tired of hearing this defuggle-dee and it ends up costing him as mu

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Is Alaska Airlines makeing a profit in Walla Walla?

I wish I knew more about the Alaska Airlines situation. Earlier reports in the U-B cited airline officials as saying that the Walla Walla market was not as profitable as others. More recent reports cite Port Authority conversations about the need to turn

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Why didn't Rep. Walsh mention gay marriage?

I received my "Legislative Reports" from Sen. Mike Hewitt and Rep. Maureen Walsh yesterday. I read through both with interest.I noticed something odd about Mrs. Walsh's report. On page three of the report, she boasts about the bills she sponsored and/or b

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - US Unable to control its borders

Elian Gonzalez was a young 8-year- old Cuban boy who fled Cuba during the Clinton years to arrive in Florida. His relatives and friends he escaped with drowned.Elian was staying with relatives when U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a SWAT team to r

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Council votes without knowing consequences

The article in the April 29 U-B discussing the decision to increase the former police chief's salary demonstrates an unfortunate common practice of the City Council, namely to cast votes on proposals whose consequences are unknown.This is reminiscent of t

Wind-power generators are dependent on nature for success

But when heavy rains boost hydropower generation, there isn't room on the transmission lines for wind energy. That's the risk of a nature-driven business.

The generation of wind power is ultimately good for the Pacific Northwest. The wind turbines are a terrific supplement to help meet energy needs.But hydropower is, well, king. It's the dominate source of electricity in this region. The clean power it prov

ETCETERA - Aviary bids welcome aloha to gaggle of Hawaiian goslings

The nene or Hawaiian goose is an endangered species indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands, said Joanna Lanning, caretaker of the Pioneer Park Aviary.All kidding aside, imagine how pleased bird enthusiasts are then, to have five healthy nene goslings hatch th

PASTOR COLUMN - Come on! You're good enough for God

Adam Guettel, grandson of Richard Rodgers of musical fame and the writer of musicals in his own right, says "I don't write about winners. I write about people."We could say the same for the Bible. Jacob's name actually means "tricky."

Church Bulletin

Grace United Methodist to present ‘The Philippians' WALLA WALLA - Grace United Methodist Church, 1520 Pleasant St., will host "The Philippians," a dramatic presentation of Apostle Paul's joyful letter to the Christians in Philippi, at 10:30 a.m. today. For more information, call 509-525-6702.

Veterans welcome opening of center

More than 100 people attended the official opening of the Walla Walla Veterans Center on Friday.

Friday, May 4

Hauling tons of nuclear waste from Mexico is bad idea

Even low-level radioactive waste has a risk. Trucking 1 million gallons from Mexico to Hanford is a concern.

When an application goes to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to store nuclear waste there is always an uproar. It's the old not-in-my-backyard syndrome. We understand that.

Lucille B. Williamson

December 25, 1916 — May 2, 2012

Monica Jane Carlton

December 9, 1945-April 23, 2012

Katherine Taylor

June 23, 1917 - April 30, 2012

Kenneth Emerson

Dec. 23, 1940 - Feb. 19, 2012

Kurt Maylender

June 19, 1950 - April 29, 2012

Norma Saranto

May 9, 1927 - May 2, 2012

Einar Haugen

Dec. 3, 1918 - May 2, 2012

Death Notice - Mary Dill

Dec. 6, 1920 - May 3, 2012

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: A step at a time to triathlon

Summer is fast approaching and it is the perfect time to tackle a new challenge. Have you ever thought of participating in a triathlon?

Medicaid-ER policy gets new look

Washington had been sued over a policy that limited patients' visits to the emergency room.

After vehement backlash and a lawsuit by the medical community, the Washington state Legislature is once again looking at Medicaid-paid visits to hospital emergency rooms.

Change in diet may help with depression

Dietary changes can make a real difference in depression.

Red Cross plans pair of blood drives in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- The American Red Cross has your Mother's Day gift already picked out. "When you donate blood, you give the ultimate gift--the gift of life," agency officials said.

End of the romance for home decor store

Rising costs and decreasing sales have forced the closure of Romanza's local outlet.

WALLA WALLA -- Romanza Gifts and Home Decor, the retail shop whose name means "romance" in Italian, will be parting ways with Walla Walla in the coming weeks.

Walla Walla County judge to retire

Judge Donald W. Schacht will wrap up the second-longest tenure in Walla Walla County Superior Court history in January.

Wash. asks CDC for help fighting whooping cough

Gregoire said the state would put $90,000 into pertussis public awareness.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The state Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help battle the whooping cough epidemic in Washington.

Wolf confirmed as culprit in sheep deaths near Weston

The kills are the first confirmed in Umatilla County since wolves returned.

PENDLETON -- State wildlife officials said four sheep have been killed by a wolf on private land east of Weston. It was the first confirmed wolf kill of livestock in Umatilla County since wolves returned.

Emergency Services - 05/04/12

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

Letters To The Editor - Free speech should be enjoyed by all

I like to read the Our Readers' Opinions section of the U-B. It's a great place for citizens to exercise their First Amendment right of free speech.

Letters To The Editor - Looking at local pool debate from Down Under

On my return trip from Australia I caught the front-page story ("Walla Walla voters to see aquatics levy," April 26) about the seemingly endless effort to build an aquatic center on the site of the old Memorial Pool. Sounds expensive, Disney-ish.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

The court dismissed a charge against Patti K. Morton on April 26 per a plea agreement.

Etcetera - 05/04/12

Fresh, shelled Northwest crab and shrimp are on the menu for the Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon Enhancement Group's 35th annual fundraiser.

Sweets' single-game tickets on sale

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets welcome fans to Borleske Stadium for a third season of West Coast League baseball on June 1, and the front office is busy preparing for Opening Day presented by Northwestern Mutual. The Walla Walla Sweets launched sing

Irish golfers continue to roll through District 9

RICHLAND — DeSales' golf team hasn't lost to a District 9 opponent yet this season, but its scores were slowly climbing, from the low 300s into the 330s for the four-man boys' team last week.On Thursday, the Irish boys were moving back in the right direct

Man dead after shooting in Walla Walla

The county coroner says Cesar H. Chavira died this morning after being shot at the New York Store.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting death early this morning at the New York Store, 2254 Isaacs Ave.

Elaine Bolton

September 11, 1915 - May 1, 2012

Carolyn Marshall

March 2, 1930 - March 24, 2012

Death Notice - Margaret Woolsey

March 3, 1941 - April 29, 2012

Great-grandson to portray settler William Phillips

WALLA WALLA -- Early settler William Phillips will be portrayed in a living history performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Musuem, 755 Myra RoadBorn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in England, Phillips arrived in the Walla Walla Valley in 1860.

Young artists to headline strings concert

WALLA WALLA -- The Inland Northwest Orchestra concert, showcasing the winners of the 2012 Young Artist Competition, will be 4-5 p.m. Sunday, at the Walla Walla Community College Auditorium, 500 Tausick Way."Symphony No. 3" by Hubert Parry will also be pla

Shanks Pony set to rock Sapolil on Friday

WALLA WALLA -- Members of Shanks Pony want what their fans want."We find people want 'familiar' and 'danceable.'"

Library delves into pop's past

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Hit tunes of 1967 will spin 7:30 p.m. Friday at "Oldies Night at The Library," at the public library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.On the list for this three-hour musical trip back in time are LuLu's "To Sir With Love," The Monkees' "Daydream Bel

Ducky Derby tix available

WALLA WALLA -- Tickets are on sale now for 15th annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby, to be held May 19 on the grounds of Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way. Ticket price for one ducky is $5, or five for $20. They can be purchased at Baker Boyer Ban

Meade featured at Crossroads

WALLA WALLA -- Robert Meade, indie rock musician from Eugene, Ore., plays 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at CrossRoads Steakhouse Lounge, 207 W Main St.He's known for raw, vulnerable lyricism and deft and soulful solo guitar playing.

Peggy Johnston

Peggy Johnston of Milton-Freewater announces the engagement of her daughter Alma J. Vasquez to Denis Rodin. Both are of Walla Walla.


Judge rejects release of sex predator

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court judge has determined a sexually violent predator with a criminal history from Walla Walla County cannot be released from lockup at the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

Man dead in NY Store shooting

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting death early this morning at the New York Store, 2254 Isaacs Ave.



Tim and Sharon Kaufman-Osborn of Walla Walla announce the engagement of their son Tobin Kaufman-Osborn to Elizabeth Newman, daughter of Paul and Patti Newman of Alamosa, Colo. Both are of San Diego.


Thursday, May 3

Sex predator denied release

A judge ruled Calvin Mines is not eligible to leave the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court judge has determined that a sexually violent predator with a criminal history from Walla Walla County cannot be released from lockup at the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

Romanza retail shop to shut down

The home decor store has been in operation on Main Street for six years.

WALLA WALLA — Romanza Gifts and Home Decor, the retail shop whose name means “romance" in Italian, will be parting ways in the coming weeks.

Walla Walla must maintain air service

Reducing Port of Walla Walla fees charged to Alaska Airlines is a reasonable approach to keeping the airline flying here.

Let's not kid ourselves. Walla Walla needs Alaska Airlines more than the carrier needs this community and its business.

Winery exhibits WWCC faculty, student artworks

WALLA WALLA -- Works of art that have been created by emerging art students at Wala Walla Community College as well as works by the college's art faculty is now on exhibit at Three Rivers Winery, 5641 W. Highway 12.

Real estate office displays art Mustard Seed students created

WALLA WALLA -- Art work created by the students from the Mustard Seed Pre-School will be displayed from 5-7 p.m. Friday at The Williams Team Homes Real Estate office, 126 E. Alder Street.

Wa-Hi Latino Club, others to throw party for Cinco de Mayo

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla High School Latino Club, AVID and WSU Gear Up will sponsor a Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday.

Documentary about issues young people face to be shown Wednesday

COLLEGE PLACE -- "Race to Nowhere," a documentary about issues faced by young people, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Walla Walla Valley Academy, 300 S.W. Academy Way.

Bands wage war on driving drunk

WALLA WALLA -- The Band Battle Against Drunk Driving will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19, in the Dietrich Dome, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way.

Ex-pharmacist faces state action

Nathaniel A. Baker is charged in federal court with diverting drugs at the prison and a Safeway store.

WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary pharmacist awaiting a federal criminal trial for allegedly diverting thousands of medication tablets from the prison and a Safeway store now also faces administrative charges by the state Department of

Letters To The Editor - Inland Octopus mural fits in

The Inland Octopus mural fits in as well as all the modern art on the street corners downtown. In fact, it's less noticeable.

Letters To The Editor - Write in Antone Minthorn for Oregon's state Senate

Nearly 10,000 registered Umatilla County Democrats will receive their ballots in the mail. There will be no names listed on their ballots for state senator, District 29.

Milton-Freewater firearm shop targets Sunday for grand opening

A firearms retailer and tactical training business in Milton-Freewater is shooting for a grand opening Sunday.

Sweet new venture for downtown tasting room

Precept Wine Brands unveils a tasting room for The Chocolate Shop Wine at First and Main.

WALLA WALLA -- It's no surprise that Walla Walla's new tasting room is the picture of indulgence with gilded touches of gold and rich browns, illuminated under the glow of a magnificent chandelier.

Umatilla National Forest headquarters changing locations

PENDLETON -- The Umatilla National Forest Headquarters will move May 21 to a new office building located in the Coyote Business Park, located directly across from Arrowhead Truck Plaza north of Interstate 84, Exit 216.

Tuesday class to focus on conditioning and dog behavior

WALLA WALLA -- The free lunchtime learning series at Animal Clinic of Walla Walla, 2089 Taumarson Road, continues with "Canine Behavior and Counter Conditioning," noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Benefit account set up to help with teen's medical expenses

WALLA WALLA -- A benefit account for Bethany Voss to cover family medical expenses has been established at Baker Boyer Bank.

Naked man causes disturbance on North Division

WALLA WALLA - A large naked man causing a disturbance on North Division Street Wednesday morning turned "combative" when police arrived, according to Officer Tim Bennett, police spokesman.

Man arrested in drug, unlawful imprisonment, weapons case

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputies arrested Richard Clodius, 34, Wedesday night after his mother, Vincetta "Jodi" Angotti called police from the College Place City Hall outside phone.

Emergency Services - 05/03/12

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

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jeremy and Emily Petty.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Edwin R. Montee, 17, LaGrande, was sentenced April 27 on one count fourth-degree assault. The sentence included 28 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for 28 days served, nine months community supervision, 20 hours community service, $100 to crime

Report: Dozens used suicide law in 2011

Seventy people are known to have died in 2011 after taking prescribed lethal doses of medication, the state Health Department said.

Seventy people in Washington legally took their own lives in 2011, a report released today found.

Sidney D. McNeill

January 13, 1923 — April 20, 2012

Waitsburg-Prescott boys power to track victory

Waitsburg-Prescott overwhelms its foes with 10 firsts and four seconds in Clarkston.

CLARKSTON — Ten first-place finishes and four second-place finishes powered Waitsburg-Prescott's boys track and field team to 185 team points and an overwhelming, 116-point victory at a District 9 1B/2B meet here Wednesday.Asotin won a similarly overwhelm

Wa-Hi boys' tennis team downs Bulldogs

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team downed Hermiston, 6-3, here Tuesday.“Wa Hi entertained the Bulldogs of Hermiston with an extended lineup to accommodate players in the junior varsity program, and walked away with a 6-3 win on Tuesday in Walla Walla,

Warriors go simple in split with Knights

The WWCC baseball team digs a big hole it can't get out of in an opening loss to Wenatchee, but rides pitching to a shutout in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — The Wenatchee Valley Knights stormed onto Warrior Field and took the first game of a doubleheader, 9-7, despite two home runs by Walla Walla Community College catcher Jarrod Turner.Walla Walla recovered in game two, allowing just four Knight

Knebel leads Pirate boys, Bott the girls

Tory Knebel wins the shot, and Kindsey Bott the javelin, Tuesday in Colfax.

COLFAX — Tory Knebel won the shot put and placed in three other events to lead the Pomeroy boys while Kindsey Bott took the javelin and placed two other times for the Pirate girls in a six-way track and field meet here Tuesday.Knebel heaved the shot put 4

Death Notice - Katherine Taylor

June 23, 1917 - April 30, 2012

Death Notice - Einar Haugen

Dec. 3, 1918 - May 2, 2012

Death Notice - Lucille Williamson

Dec. 25, 1916 - May 2, 2012

Death Notice - Martha Reese

May 25, 1920 - May 2, 2012

Death Notice - Norma Chea

Dec. 7, 1934 - May 1, 2012

Death Notice - Rodney Cowee

Nov. 3, 1943 - May 1, 2012

Linda Richardson

Nov. 23, 1948 - April 30, 2012

Laura Belle Chapman

May 7, 1922 - April 21, 2012

Wednesday, May 2

Death Notice - Charlene Lewis

Feb. 18, 1942 - April 18, 2012

Death Notice - Thearn Matthews

Sept. 5, 1920 - May 1, 2012

Death Notice - Jack Smiley, Jr.

Oct. 12, 1942 - May 1, 2012

Death Notice - Norma Saranto

May 9, 1927 - May 2, 2012

Dolores Sheard

May 14, 1926 - April 30, 2012

Free tire collection set for Saturday in Burbank

BURBANK -- County residents can dispose of old tires at a free collection event Saturday at the Fire District 5 station on Humorist Road in Burbank.

Building of nuclear waste repository must move forward

Politics has stopped construction of the repository, but Washington state and South Carolina have wisely teamed together to force construction to continue.

While Washington state and South Carolina might have an adversarial relationship when it comes to Boeing assembly plants, the states are in sync when it comes to fighting the federal government on its plan to stop construction of a national nuclear waste

Valley wine pioneer returns to her roots

Janet Byerley, a Waterbrook Winery co-founder, is a partner in a custom-crush operation at Waterbrook's first home.

LOWDEN -- Janet Byerley became known as one of the earlier pioneers in Walla Walla's wine scene when she co-founded Waterbrook Winery in 1984.

Police: Ex-boyfriend arrested after run-in with couple

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla police arrested Michael Buchanan, 48, after a reported quarrel involving Buchanan and his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

Dayton man charged with first-degree murder in wife's death

DAYTON -- A Dayton man accused of shooting his wife was formally charged with first degree murder this morning, Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell said.

Prison honors staffers

Angela Branscum has been named employee of the year and Rick Heilbrun has been named correctional officer of the year.

WALLA WALLA -- Twelve Washington State Penitentiary staff members are being honored next week for their contributions at work and to the community.

Etcetera - 05/02/12

The adventures of several Walla Walla boys merited a writeup in a September 1936 issue of the Union-Bulletin.

Mail carriers aim to fill local food bank

Local letter carriers will be collecting food during their routes May 12 in their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

In the minutes - WW County

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

Walla Walla choirs earn honors at regional competition

WALLA WALLA -- Singers from Walla Walla High School's choirs showcased their talents recently during the Columbia Basin Community College Choir Festival.Held on April 20, the festival drew choirs from across the northwes

Drug take-back deemed success by city police

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department destroyed two public enemies on Saturday -- un-recycled paper products and leftover prescription drugs.In the fifth-annual "Prescription Take Back" event, residents brought in 53 pounds of outdated or unuse

Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA -- The community is invited to a Cinco de Mayo celebration to be held Saturday at Walla Walla High School.The event will run 4:30 to 10 p.m. in the school's Commons, and features dinner from El Sombrero for the first 500 people, music by Maria

Wa-Hi junior among 30 students selected for state math academy

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School junior Kelsey Gabel is among 30 high school students selected to attend the University of Washington Mathematics Academy this summer.

Students named Youths of Year by Exchange Club

WALLA WALLA -- Seniors Christopher Neal and Emily Schueller have been named this year's Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year award winners.The students each earned a $1,000 college scholarship as part of the award, and enter into a districtwide

Contreras records first ace

MILTON-FREEWATER — Lupe Contreras made his first hole-in-one here late last month at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.

Swenson shoots his age

WALLA WALLA — Bob Swenson shot his age at Walla Walla Country Club on April 22.

Milton-Freewater Junior Show set next week

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Junior Show involving more than 350 area youth begins with a Style Review at 7 p.m. May 9 at Mac-Hi's gymnasium.

Washington State Penitentiary honors staffers

Angela Branscum has been named employee of the year and Rick Heilbrun has been named correctional officer of the year.

WALLA WALLA -- Twelve Washington State Penitentiary staff members are being honored next week for their contributions at work and to the community.The staff members will be recognized during the annual award presentations Tuesday at the prison. In additio

Wa-Hi downs Chiawana, falls to Panthers

The Blue Devil baseball team advances to play Davis in round two of district play Saturday.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's baseball team advanced to the double-elimination portion of the district tournament with an 8-2 victory over Chiawana here Tuesday in a loser-out game.That pitted the Blue Devils against Big Nine No. 1 seed Wenatchee for a berth in the

Bulldog bats on fire in sweep of St. John-Endicott/Lacrosse-Washtucna

DAYTON — The bats are finally firing up for the Dayton Bulldogs.Following an 11-hit, 7-0 shutout effort against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia Saturday, Dayton backed that effort up with a sweep of St. John-Endicott/Lacrosse-Washtucna in Southeast 2B baseball Tu

Pioneers edge above .500 with win over Pirates

BOARDMAN — Mac-Hi's baseball team edged above the .500 mark here Tuesday with a 7-3 victory over host Riverside.Sophomore Chase Copenhaver, making his first varsity start, and Troy Kessler combined on an eight-hitter as the Pioneers improved to 10-9 on th

W-P, Irish split Southeast 2B baseball twin bill

Waitsburg-Prescott hands DeSales its first loss of the season, 2-1, before the Irish take the nightcap, 9-2.

WALLA WALLA — The DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott baseball teams split here at Ray Lane Field Tuesday afternoon. W-P won the first game, a pitcher's duel, 2-1, and the Irish outscored W-P, 9-2, in the nightcap in Southeast 2B action.

Xplosion '00 rallies to Mill Creek Sportsplex title

WALLA WALLA — After being down 8-6 going into the seventh inning, the Walla Walla Xplosion '00 fastpitch team scored six runs in the final inning to claim the championship of the Mill Creek Sportsplex Invite, 12-8, on Sunday.The Xplosion '00 finished the

Indians power past Pomeroy

POMEROY — Touchet thundered its way to a pair of Southeast 1B softball victories over host Pomeroy Tuesday, ending both games in five innings in 17-0 and 15-0, mercy-rule victories.Touchet's Nicole Brown struck out 15 batters and gave up four bases on bal

Wa-Hi golfs to third in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi finished third behind Richland and Moses Lake in a boys Big Nine Conference pod golf match at Three Lakes.The Bombers took top honors with a 294 team total for its top four scores. Moses lake shot 310, followed by Wa-Hi 321, Wenatchee 33

Bledsoe among Washington Hall of Fame class

TACOMA — The State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame has announced its class for 2012 led by former NFL quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Warren Moon.The announcement of the class was made on Tuesday. Along with Bledsoe and Moon, the 2012 class includes horse

Baumgarts lead DeSales at Sun Willows tournament

PASCO — Ryan and Emily Baumgart returned to the medalist podium again Tuesday as DeSales notched another win at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Tuesday.The brother and sister duo placed first and second overall, with Ryan taking home a medal on the

Irish take two SE2B softball games from Waitsburg-Prescott

DeSales takes a pair of 6-5 victories from visiting Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Five runs in the third inning of the opener and an RBI base knock by eighth-grader Cara Hall in the nightcap helped lift DeSales to a pair of 6-5 victories over Southeast 2B-leading Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday afternoon.DeSales, which has gam

Tuesday, May 1

Clothier completes store move to new downtown Walla Walla site

WALLA WALLA -- Downtown clothing retailer Forward has completed its relocation to 51 E. Main St.

Family lawn, garden and engine repair shop sprouts in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Garden Shed -- part gift and floral shop and part lawn, garden and engine repair operation -- has opened shop at 1219 S. College Ave.

Inland Cellular boosts presence and reception in the Touchet Valley

DAYTON -- Inland Cellular has raised the bars on its Touchet Valley service.

Pacific Power to throw switch in June on electricity rate increase

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Valley's Pacific Power customers will see an increase in the electricity bills starting June 1.

Community Bank opens new full-service branch in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE -- Community Bank has officially opened its new College Place branch.

Valley projects score big in state's new capital budget

WALLA WALLA -- A nursing home for veterans, education and technical training centers and improved rail shipping in Walla Walla County all came out winners in the state budget Gov. Chris Gregoire signed off on in April.

Wha't Going Up?: May 2012

What: A new dry fertilizer plant is replacing the old elevator-type plant at Walla Walla Farmer's Co-op, 111 N. Ninth Ave.

Business Monthly Bio: Chantelle Martuscelli-Guzman

Business: She and her husband Brandon Guzman are new owners of Cugini Italian Import Foods, 960 Wallula Ave., Walla Walla.

Mini-golf outfit is Sweet on civil servants

A weekend on the greens will serve to salute those who keep us safe, healthy and educated.

130 new local jobs expected in prison changes

WALLA WALLA -- A major change at Washington State Penitentiary that started this year will soon take another step forward when the now-closed Unit 5 reopens in July.

REA begins work on empty Port site

WALLA WALLA -- The conversion of a long-empty Port of Walla Walla warehouse into a remodeled facility for the expanding operations of Columbia Rural Electric Association is to start this summer, officials say.

EEOC wins suit against former WW business

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

Umatilla County part of record year in Oregon farming

Umatilla County farmers and ranchers shared in the bounty of a record-setting year for agricultural sales in 2011, new statistics show.

WW County joblesss rate declines from a year ago, but so does number of employed

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County unemployment dropped in March to 8.1 percent despite weakness in most sectors, Washington's Employment Security Department reported in its latest county-by-county figures, released April 24.

Owner renews appeal on WW toy store sign ruling

WALLA WALLA -- Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff is continuing his legal battle to try to keep the giant purple octopus mural above his toy store at 7 E. Main St., despite an adverse Court of Appeals ruling against him.

State allots $5 million for WSU wine center

WALLA WALLA -- A robust industry in Washington got a little more juice when Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a state budget April 23 that includes $5 million toward building the Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Dayton business park gets $750,000 boost

DAYTON -- The six-figure funding for the first building at the Blue Mountain Station complex seems like a drop in the state's capital budget bucket compared to the several multimillion-dollar Walla Walla County projects the Legislature funded in the recen

Baseball or business, it's all in how you play the game

WALLA WALLA -- There's more in common between baseball and business than one might think, operators of the Walla Walla Sweets and Seattle Mariners told a full house at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

WW Small Business Center on the move

Walla Walla's recently revived Small Business Development Center will be on the move in the coming months.

Five things to think visually about for success

Good design is a competitive advantage.So if your visual brand -- the things people can see about your company like your website, advertising, logo and communications -- isn't measuring up, it's almost certain your reputation and revenues will suffer.

Banner reports net income of $9.2M after $7.8M loss a year ago

WALLA WALLA -- Banner Corporation, parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, reported its net income increased to $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2012 ending in March.

Walker's Furniture acquires Wilcox store in M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Wilcox Furniture will close this summer after operating in the region for more than six decades and reopen as a Walker's Furniture outlet.

Council should have known consequences of chief's pay

Before the City Council granted a retroactive raise to the retiring police chief, it had a responsibility to consider the effect on his pension.

Chuck Fulton served Walla Walla for nearly three decades as the city's police chief. He spent more than four decades as an officer for the Walla Walla Police Department.

Letters To The Editor - Let's look at Sheriff's Office budget

To help explain one aspect of county government accounting, I liken the current fund to your checking account and the reserve accounts your savings accounts. County resolutions move money back and forth from the checking account to the savings account be

Walla Walla man sentenced in counterfeit $20s case

Justin C. Kirk was ordered to perform community service after his guilty plea

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon to 240 hours of community service for passing counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November.

Freewater students jump rope to raise funds

MILTON-FREEWATER - Freewater students raised more than $1,500 for the American Heart Association, while getting their own hearts pumping.

Trio arrested in Macy's break-in

The store was hit early this morning, officials said.

WALLA WALLA -- City police recovered more than $1,000 of stolen property and arrested three suspects this morning after responding to a commercial burglary alarm on Main Street.

Bail set in Dayton shooting death

Officials say Joseph Shuba shot his wife to death Sunday night in Dayton.

DAYTON -- The Sunday shooting death of Suzanne Shuba may have been premeditated, according to Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell.

State poet laureate to read Thursday at WWU

COLLEGE PLACE -- Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken will be at Walla Walla University on Thursday to present poetry readings.

Loney successor chosen

Jim Johnson has taken over for retired Commissioner Gregg Loney.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla businessman has been chosen to fill a vacancy on the Walla Walla County commission.

D-PADS AND DICE - Game's subtle strategy builds space empire

I was thinking the other day about how you can make almost any sort of game based on the theme of building a giant space empire.To some degree, of course, you can make almost any kind of rule match almost any kind of theme, but I don't think there's any s

ROCK DOC - Ancient flowering plant blooms in lab

The Ice Age is my favorite bit of Earth history, a time when mammoths, giant beavers and saber-toothed tigers roamed the world.I was so impressed by the Ice Age when I was a child, reading about it in the school library, that I recognized the book I had s

HOME PLACE - Hanging onto life by father's threads

It was a year ago this coming Father's Day when I handed my six children the fabric of their father, so to speak.This tale began months earlier, after David died in January of 2009. I had reached the second Christmas and there were his clothes, still hang

Phone alert test slated

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County’s new emergency notification system will come calling Thursday. The test of the Citizen Alert system will be the first trial of the phone notification capabilities of the system, said Jim Duncan, Emergency Management Department director. Although the phone notification will only be used in an emergency, it needs to be tested at least once a year. The system was used last week to send out a snow forecast warning, but only as an email and text message to people who have signed up online to receive notifications. Thursday’s phone test will occur once during the afternoon and again in the early evening. A 2 p.m. test will go to all businesses with listed telephone numbers. The second test at 5:30 p.m. will be a phone notification to all residents with listed phone numbers and to people who have registered online to receive emergency notifications. Thursday’s test will ask for people to acknowledge receipt by pressing a number at the end of the message. Duncan said people also need to note that the Citizen Alert system only has access to listed telephone numbers. People who want to receive emergency and public service notifications on their cellphones, pagers, PDAs and other devices need to register with the Emergency Management Department. While registration has been going well, Duncan said he would like to see many more people sign up for the free service. “We currently have about 200 citizens registered online to receive emergency and public service notifications. This is a good start for the first week but with a county population of about 58,000 people, we have a long way to go,” he said. Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.

End of the Line

Abandoned rail tracks, especially the ones in Walla Walla that are more known for jolting suspensions than jolting memories, nowadays are considered official items of antiquity.

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. Theft and vandalism reports were filed Saturday, Sunday and today unless otherwise noted. COLLISIONs WW Police Alder and Wilbur streets, 1:36 p.m., Sunday. Rear-end collision: no injuries reported. Thefts, Burglaries WW Police Pioneer Middle School, 450 Bridge St. Pre-paid cell phone. WW County Sheriff 500 block of Coppei Avenue, Waitsburg. Frank Gald reported his 70cc Honda dirt bike stolen. 2300 block of Lamar Road, Prescott. Unknown suspects broke into a shop and attempted to hot-wire a backhoe, ruining the machine’s starter. M-F Police 300 block of Northwest Sixth Street. Jewelry and video camera. Umatilla County Sheriff West Crockett Road, Milton-Freewater. Pruning shears and knives. Columbia County Sheriff U.S. Highway 12 near milepost 382. Chainsaw from pickup. Arrests WW Police Joshua T. Pennington, 23, 209 S.E. Birch Ave., Saturday. Charge: investigation of driving under the influence. Jaimee Lynn Brodhead, 33, 1187 S.E. Constitution Drive, College Place, Sunday. Charge: investigation of driving under the influence. Columbia County Sheriff Kellogg Hollow Road, Starbuck, 5:16 p.m., Sunday. One vehicle rollover: no driver or passengers at the scene. VAndalism WW Police Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Street. Window broken. 400 block of West Cherry Street. Vehicle belonging to Elizabeth Ledford egged and smeared with peanut butter and white shoe polish. 400 block of Holly Street. Workshop window broken.

Why are US gasoline prices so high?

Gasoline prices are keeping up their record-setting ways. Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose 7.2 cents to $3.793, a record for this week, according to Energy Department statistics. A year earlier, the average U.S. price was 27.3 cents lower. Retail gasoline prices have jumped so quickly that some experts are rethinking their predictions on how high fuel prices could go in 2012. Prices are already above levels analysts weren’t expecting to see until May. “The rise in price is so unbelievable that we may have to revise upward our previous gasoline forecast,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for, a fuel price tracking website. The U.S. average already has surpassed the lower end of GasBuddy’s forecast for mid-May of $3.75 to $4.15 a gallon. It could be worse. The poor soul who forgot to fuel up Monday before reaching the Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort in California’s Death Valley would see a price of $5.87 for a gallon of regular, according to Mapquest’s fuel price service. In New York futures trading, the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil rose 2 cents to $106.72 a barrel. In London trading, the European benchmark Brent North Sea crude advanced 15 cents to $123.80 a barrel. Q: Why are gasoline prices so high? A: Crude oil accounts for 80 percent of the pump price, so first, it’s about the price of oil. With U.S. oil trading steadily above $100 a barrel, gasoline prices are being pulled along for the ride. In 2008, average gas prices hit a record high nationally at $4.114 a gallon as oil soared to its highest price ever, more than $145 a barrel. And last year, West Texas oil set a record annual average at $94.86 a barrel, according to the Energy Department. That resulted in the highest annual national average ever of $3.53 for a gallon of regular gasoline. Q: How high will gasoline prices go? A: Some analysts have said average prices could approach $4.50 nationally; others don’t expect to see prices above the 2008 records. Last year, prices surged in the spring and then declined by summer. In 2012, oil prices are expected to average more than $100 a barrel for the first time, which could result in a new national record average for regular gasoline of $3.55 a gallon, the Energy Department said. Q: Will it ever stop? A: Expect fuel prices to rise and fall and rise again. The Energy Department is expecting oil to average $103.75 a barrel in 2013, with gasoline averaging $3.59 a gallon. Q: Why is the price of oil high? A: Global demand is increasing. The International Energy Agency expects worldwide consumption of oil to grow 3.3 percent or 800,000 barrels a day this year. And an improving U.S. economy could ratchet up domestic fuel use even though motorists’ gasoline consumption continues to decline because people are driving less and buying smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Geopolitics also play a role in oil’s cost. Last year’s Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa roiled oil markets, especially when production was briefly halted in Libya. More recently, Iranian threats to close to Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most strategic choke point for the transport of Middle East oil, has kicked up the fear factor. Q: Are speculators making energy prices rise? A: Investors looking for better returns on their money have a hand in driving up oil and gasoline prices. On commodity futures exchanges, hedge funds and other investors — possibly including your retirement fund — have been pouring record amounts of money into long-term bets that oil and gasoline prices will continue to increase. “There is a large speculative element to this early rally,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. “The Commodities Futures Trading Commission has seen the greatest buying skew ever among the hedge funds, commodity pools and index funds that often park money in gasoline futures and options” as well as oil futures. Q: Don’t we just need to drill for more oil here in the United States? A: We already are. In 2011, the nation set a record for the number of oil rigs in operation. The U.S. has whittled its dependence on foreign oil down to less than 50 percent of its needs, from 60 percent in 2005. And a long-term production decline in the U.S. has been reversed thanks to new sources of U.S. crude, such as the giant Bakken oil field in North Dakota. Q: But if motorists are driving less and more oil is being produced in the U.S., shouldn’t gasoline prices fall? A: Look to the nation’s oil refineries for the answer. At the moment, many refineries are producing less gasoline because of routine yearly maintenance. On top of that, refineries in regions with pollution problems are undergoing their annual switch to summer gasoline from winter gasoline, mandated by air quality regulations. The annual transition is usually good for a price bump because the summer formula, designed to reduce evaporation of pollutants during warm weather, is more difficult and more expensive to produce than the winter formula. Then there’s the matter of what type of oil the regional refineries are using. In recent months, West Texas Intermediate oil has been significantly cheaper than Brent crude. But because of pipeline transportation bottlenecks, little of that cheaper oil travels to the West Coast and East Coast. Refineries there are more likely to use imported oil. “If you live on either the East or West coasts, the oil used to refine your gasoline costs $120 a barrel or more,” said Phil Weiss, senior energy analyst for Argus Research. Q: So there still should be excess supply in the U.S. to drive down gasoline prices, right? A: Wrong. U.S. refiners have been closing refineries in response to declining demand. In addition, refineries have been shipping record amounts of refined fuels overseas, where demand is higher. That has helped keep supplies in the U.S. relatively tight. Q: Why are gasoline prices in California so much higher than those in most in other states? A: California’s special type of gasoline is the least polluting in the nation but is also more expensive to produce than other gasolines. California also has a limited number of refineries, leaving it subject to price surges when problems arise. Few refineries outside the state are capable of making gasoline to California’s clean-air specifications, and those that can aren’t connected by pipeline, so the fuel must make a slow and expensive journey by ship or truck. California oil production, which peaked at 424 million barrels a year in 1985, has dropped to about 225 million barrels and is “expected to continue to decline,” according to the California Energy Commission. Production is also declining in California’s other source of U.S. crude: Alaska. To compensate, there has been a 71 percent increase in California’s imports of foreign oil, a trend that almost certainly will continue. The cost of that foreign oil is based on the Brent price, which now is very expensive. Also, taxes levied on gasoline in California are on the high side.


When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Prescott School Board Room REPORTS: Will hear reports from administrators and business manager. Board members will report on the WP Combine and legislature. FUNDING: Superintendent Bill Jordan will update the board on state education funding. BUS: Will discuss school bus purchase and transportation vehicle fund. PERSONNEL: Consider approving coaches, and extending season stipends for high school basketball. POLICY: Consider policy related to cell phones.


Walla Walla County John M. Davis, 26, address not confirmed, was charged March 14 with failure to register as a sex offender. Davis is accused of failing to comply with any of the registration requirements on March 13. Joseph A. Schaefer, 35, 1730 Livingston Court, was charged March 19 with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. Schaefer is accused of unlawfully entering or remaining in a building with the intent to commit a crime and assaulting a person March 17. Rickia S.D. Wilson, 25, 616 S.W. Third St., College Place, was sentenced March 19 on one count each harassment, resisting arrest and third-degree theft. The sentence included $200 in court costs, $62 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in attorney fees, 364 days in the county jail with 349 days suspended, credit for 15 days served, 12 months bench probation. On March 12 Wilson pleaded guilty to the charges by plea offer, for if the matter went to court the charges could be more serious.

Freewater students jump rope to raise funds for charity

MILTON-FREEWATER - Freewater students raised more than $1,500 for the American Heart Association, while getting their own hearts pumping. Over three weeks in January, Freewater students jumped rope in their physical education classes. Fifty of those stude

County Planning Commission seat open

WALLA WALLA — Applicants are being sought to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Walla Walla County Planning Commission. There will be an opening on the commission because Mark Wagoner, who was first appointed in November 2001, has advised county commissioners he does not with to be appointed to another term. His current term will end in April. Applications will be accepted from residents living in any area of the county. Information for applicants, an application form and a questionnaire to be completed as part of the application process are available on the county website. Interested people can also contact the county commissioners’ office at 524-2505 or by coming to the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St., in Walla Walla. Greg Tompkins, county commission chairman, said Wagoner’s presence on the Planning Commission will be missed. “The county is very sorry to lose Mark’s wealth of experience and knowledge on the Planning Commission. Through his tenure he participated in the process to update the county’s Comprehensive Plan, went through the change to a Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, and was part of many important and at times contentious land use decisions and amendments to our county code,” Tompkins said in a release. > “We want to thank him for his dedication and staying power in this vital part of county business. Mark gave so much time and effort to help Walla Walla County and its citizens, and we really appreciate it.”

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WWCC wraps up NWAACC title

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Beginning Wednesday the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course will be closed Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. on for the next eight weeks for Men's Twilight Play league.The course will also be closed Sunday for the sixth annual TigerScot

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Xplosion '98 second at Mill Creek Sportsplex Invite

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion '98 fastpitch softball team placed second in the 14U Gold Division at the Mill Creek Sportsplex Invite over the weekend.Xplosion '98 had a 5-1 overall record on the weekend and took the championship game on Sunday t

ETCETERA - Sorority's quilting efforts benefit school for blind, WW seniors

Washington Odd Fellows Nursing Home residents are snuggling aplenty, courtesy of brightly colored, lap quilts handmade by Whitman College students.Delta Gamma member Sarah Anderegg, who's in charge of the sorority's volunteer projects at Whitman, said her

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