News for Saturday, July 20, 2013



Sweets hang on for 4-3 win over Bells

Sean-Luke Brija could only hold his head toward the sky in relief as the entirety of his Walla Walla Sweets teammates rushed the mound in the ninth inning Friday night.

Bears smash Twins in twin bill

The Walla Walla Bears swept a doubleheader from the Lewis-Clark Twins here Saturday, winning 12-0 in five innings and 8-3 in seven frames.

LA Sparks edge Seattle Storm, 65-64

The look was there. “But I was forced to catch it (the ball) with one because Candace (Parker) was holding my other one,” said Storm forward Tina Thompson of the final shot in a 65-64 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday.

Thompson, Summerhays lead at PGA Sanderson Farms

Daniel Summerhays had to think about his upcoming birdie putt on the 18th hole for 1 hour, 17 minutes before finally stepping on the green. It was worth the wait.

Westwood on pace for 1st major at Open

Lee Westwood has contended enough in the majors that he can identify important moments, even if he could barely see his ball.

Seahawks begin camp Thursday

The question marks for the Seahawks as they enter training camp don’t come accompanied with exclamation points.

Senne, Ashbeck lead Pacific 11s to win at state

Pacific’s Anthony Senne couldn’t get it done on the mound Saturday at the 2013 Washington Little League 10-11 state tournament, but he certainly got it done in the batter’s box.

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Bells even series with Sweets, 2-1

Matt Mendenhall’s one-run blast was all the Sweets could manage Saturday night as they lost a pitchers’ duel, 2-1, to the Bellingham Bells at Borleske Stadium.

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Bruins wallop Walleyes

The Walla Walla Bruins commenced play in the Central Washington AA League championship baseball tournament this weekend with two victories at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field.

Sparks slip past Storm 65-64

Alana Beard hit a 15-foot jumper with 10.2 seconds left to give the Los Angeles Sparks a 65-64 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday.

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Mariners win wacky one in Houston

Drained but delighted, bordering on delirious, the Mariners were in full agreement on one thing after they had – somehow – pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday night.

Sounders can only salvage 1-1 tie vs. Rapids

July was supposed to be Sounders FC’s bounce-back month.

Candidate Q&A: Joshua Gonzales

Six questions were posed to Walla Walla School Board candidates Joshua Gonzales and Sam Wells, who are running to fill the Director 1 seat on the board. These are responses from Gonzales.

Candidate Q&A: Sam Wells

Six questions were posed to Walla Walla School Board candidates Joshua Gonzales and Sam Wells, who are running to fill the Director 1 seat on the board. These are responses from Wells.

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Froome effectively wins Tour de France

Chris Froome has two hands firmly on the Tour de France trophy. All that remains is for the British rider to raise it above his head before cheering crowds in Paris on Sunday.

Seahawks surprise retired Kennewick soldier

As retired Army Sgt. Andrew McMann sat on his couch surrounded by family, he had no idea the surprise of a lifetime was about to come through the door.

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For Garrison science students, weather balloon project is an uplifting experience

A more than month-long exploration of space and sciences culminated June when 20 Garrison Middle School students saw their hard work float up and away.

Shots fired at couple

In an attempt to escape, one of the victims backed their vehicle across the street and hit a building.

Local students leave for two-week exchange program in Japan

Yamate students visited Dayton and Walla Walla in April as part of the exchange.

Volunteers needed for positions

WALLA WALLA — City officials are short eight volunteers to serve on five different committees, boards or commissions.

Emergency Services -7-21-13

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of area law enforcement and emergency service agencies.

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You’ve got to stop and smell the onions

It was a stop-and-smell-the-onions time for retired military man Dell George, who took a big whiff of a Colossal Walla Walla Sweet Onion at the Castoldi’s Farm Fresh Produce booth during the Sweet Onion Festival.

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Ear ye! Ear ye! Mule Mania is now in session

Owners say mules eat less, drink less, work more and generally are healthier than horses.

More than gut thinking needed in carnitine debate

The next time someone says, “Our mind and our body are connected,” you should agree. Nod your head in a professorial manner, touch your chin and ask, “Which one do you think is in charge?”


Facts and tips on water usage and conservation are presented weekly by the City of Walla Walla in partnership with Walla Walla Community College and the U-B.

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The wild salmon runs are coming back

The U-B recently ran two articles about Columbia River salmon.

Thunderstorm threat a wildcard for California wildfire

Thunderstorm threat a wildcard for California wildfire IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — The threat of weekend thunderstorms could bring much-needed moisture to a huge wildfire in the Southern California mountains near Palm Springs. Unfortunately it could also bring wind, lightning and other volatile conditions that could make a tough firefight even worse.

Pioneering reporter Helen Thomas aged into legend

WASHINGTON — Covering 10 presidents over five decades, Helen Thomas aged into a legend. She was the only reporter with her name inscribed on a chair in the White House briefing room — her own front row seat to history.

Aberdeen schools: A tablet for every Bobcat

The days of strained necks and heavy backpacks may soon be in the past for Aberdeen students. The district approved the purchase of electronic tablets for AHS students at its meeting Tuesday night.

Across US, people rally for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

ATLANTA — One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.

Nonviolent Muslims need to help stop barbarity

I’m writing to applaud the well-stated letters of both Edith Liebrand (Student exchange promotes cultural understanding, July 12) and Robert Keatts (Cultural understanding, goodwill and peace, July 15). I believe most Americans do embrace our “melting pot” history and respect both human and civil rights of everyone regardless of culture, religion, ethnicity and other differences.

Man sets off bomb at Beijing airport

BEIJING — A man in a wheelchair with apparent grievances against authorities set off a homemade bomb at Beijing International Airport Saturday night, according to Chinese state media, injuring only himself but shocking travelers and sending authorities scrambling.

Palestinians: US says 1967 lines basis for talks

JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to resume peace talks with Israel only after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave him a letter guaranteeing that the basis of the negotiations will be Israel’s pre-1967 borders, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.

Court Report 7-21-13

Superior Court CRIMINAL CASES Walla Walla County

Help preserve Walla Walla’s past

I applaud the Union-Bulletin and the Fort Walla Walla Museum for their plans to publish a sequel to the Walla Walla Valley Memories book done in 2006. Volume 1 had over 300 photos; I hope Volume 2 for the 1940s-1960s has twice that number. I am urging readers to scour their old albums and shoe box collections for pictorial gems to contribute to this new book collection. See the newspaper’s large ads for guidelines on this important project.

Eyman speaks for the rights of the left

Washington state’s master of tax limitation by ballot measure is no lefty, and voters of a progressive stripe typically scorn anything with his name on it.

Many students now texting & tweeting will learn to write

A survey of teachers across the country found that digital devices have created a solid foundation for good writing.

Has the tsunami of texting, tweeting and emails left behind a generation that can’t write well?

Ads seeking end to autism spurs debate on disorder’s gifts

SEATTLE — Matt Young was trying to make me understand.

Rotary hears from WWII political prisoner

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members heard from retired university professor Willem Houwink, who taught international business economics.

Church bulletin 7-21-13

Hubbard Family to sing at WW Valley Cowboy Church

Is what’s cooking a jumble or did God make it?

The following statement has been floating around the Internet for several years. I am not sure to whom it should be attributed:

Play fair on ObamaCare

SPOKANE — Warnings of a train wreck for the ObamaCare Express take me back to the early days of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit that was tacked onto the health care plan for seniors (with the cost tacked onto the deficit).

Turner-DeBrycker engagement

Jeff and Shannon Turner of Dayton announce the engagement of daughter Stephanie Kristine Turner to Raymond Nels DeBruycker, both of Missoula, Mont.

‘Bridezillas’ ending a decade of wedding terror

NEW YORK — They’re often drunken and controlling, weepy and abusive, but you won’t have all those bridezillas to kick around come November.

Lewis and Clark Trail in path of power project

WISHRAM, Klickitat County — All he was looking for was a little retirement property. But Robert Zornes, a Forks RV-park owner, wound up with quite a lot more.

Cremation keeps loved ones close

MILWAUKEE — Steve Clementi sits on his deck in suburban Virginia, looks at the bird bath in his wooded yard, smiles and thinks of his parents. It makes sense. They’re right there.

Senior menus

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

US asylum-seekers generally unhappy in Russia

MOSCOW — If Edward Snowden has time on his hands, stuck as he is in Sheremetyevo Aiport’s transit zone, he might want to seize the opportunity to read up on the history of American asylum-seekers in Russia.

Sensible people need to minimize damage to planet

Different letters writers have recently accused advocates for addressing climate change as either “playing God,” or being duped by a massive, ongoing scam.

GOP’s principled suicide

WASHINGTON — Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you’re still dead in the end.

Many students now texting and tweeting will learn to write

A survey of teachers across the country found that digital devices have created a solid foundation for good writing.

Play fair on Obama Care

SPOKANE — Warnings of a train wreck for the ObamaCare Express take me back to the early days of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit that was tacked onto the health care plan for seniors (with the cost tacked onto the deficit).

Tree pitch on car irks downtown visitor

On April 28 my wife and several of her friends attended the Kirkman open house tour event in Walla Walla. Prior to the tour my wife parked her professionally detailed car on Main Street in front of Macy’s so she and her friends could get coffee at the nearby Starbucks. Upon returning (less than 30 minutes) to the car she was surprised to find it covered in pitch from the trees that line Walla Walla’s Main Street.

With gay marriage decision settled, couples try to sort out finances

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples who celebrated last month when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act are waking up to a disorienting legal hangover as they try to assess the ruling’s effect on their personal finances.

Decent wages would end farm labor problems

This is in regard to the article “Leaving the fields.”

Don’t be another casualty of war; get counseling

An acquaintance recently told of her husband taking his life decades after “surviving” Vietnam, where he served as a medic. She carefully noted her memories of him waking up as he frantically tried to rub something off his face.

Hmmm, what does ‘not guilty’ mean today?

It looks like some judicial sleight of hand is in the works.

Government subsidies at root of labor problem

This is in answer to the article about Bill Middleton and his farm labor shortage.