Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

US, Germany to Russia: Don't send Assad missiles

WASHINGTON — The United States and Germany today warned Russia not to endanger a planned peace conference for Syria or alter the balance of power in the Middle East by providing an advanced air defense system to President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.

Would-be Chicago backpack bomber gets 23 years

CHICAGO — A judge raised the specter of the Boston Marathon on Thursday as he sentenced a young Lebanese immigrant to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he believed contained a powerful bomb along a bustling city street near the Chicago Cubs’ baseball stadium.

Oregon Muslim sues FBI, State Department, claims he was tortured overseas

PORTLAND — An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture was done at their behest.

Campaign to recall Arizona sheriff fails to gather enough signatures

PHOENIX — A campaign to force a recall election against the sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix failed on Thursday after recall organizers said they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring the lawman to the ballot again.

Alarm grows as Iraqi forces fail to stem violence

BAGHDAD — Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least another 33 lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting.

Relay for Life cancer benefit begins tonight

WALLA WALLA —Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend in Walla Walla to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and pay tribute to those died from the disease.

Drone strike comes despite transparency pledge

WASHINGTON — The drone attack that killed a Pakistan Taliban deputy leader this week was a clear signal that despite President Barack Obama’s promise last week of new transparency in the drone program, the CIA will still launch secret attacks on militants in north Pakistan and the administration will not have to tell anyone about it.

Body found Thursday in Umatilla River near Mission

MISSION, Or. - A body was found Thursday, May 30 in the Umatilla River near Mission. It is suspected to be Angela Billy, who has been missing since May 22. However, family members could not positively identify if the body was that of Ms. Billy. Officials will now turn to dental records and DNA to try and confirm the person’s identity.

Households still haven't recovered lost wealth

WASHINGTON — The average U.S. household has a long way to go to recover the wealth it lost to the Great Recession, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded Thursday.

Man in Iran-backed plot to kill Saudi ambassador gets 25 years

NEW YORK — An Iranian American used-car salesman from Texas at the center of a bizarre plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Manhattan to 25 years in prison.

Walla Walla General Hospital opens new entrance

WALLA WALLA — Starting Monday the primary entrance to Walla Walla General Hospital will reopen in a new spot with a new look. As construction at the front of the hospital as been ongoing, the only public opening has been into the emergency medicine department, noted hospital spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson.

Walla Walla Water Watcher - 5/31/13

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 Union- Bulletin.

Impact on local wheat sales unknown

WALLA WALLA — What impact the discovery of gene-modified wheat growing in Eastern Oregon has yet to be determined.

Emergency Services - 5/31/13

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

Altered wheat on Oregon farm rattles markets

The European Union is urging its 27 member states to test certain wheat shipments from the United States after unauthorized genetically modified grains were found growing on an Eastern Oregon farm, officials said Friday.

Letter writer does seek the facts

On May 19 a former Walla Walla School Board member wrote a letter in which he suggested I am “a bully” who uses “unsupported and undocumented babblings” in my letters to the U-B concerning school board decisions and activities. He also said, “Never once did Vernon participate in an honest conversation about any fact or issue.” The writer neglected to give examples of inaccurate facts I have used.

Student loans must be predictable

Unfortunately, Congress waits to make decisions until after most students have decided which school they will attend.

The cost of college, by nearly anybody’s standard is incredibly expensive. It’s like buying a new car, a pretty good one, every year.

Etcetera - 5/31/13

The Walla Walla YMCA credits the “tireless and passionate work of volunteer campaigners and generous contributions of the Walla Walla Valley residents” for its successful Annual Youth Sustaining Campaign that raised close to $155,000.

Huskies advance at softball World Series on walkoff homer

OKLAHOMA CITY — A walkoff home run by Kimberlee Souza in the eighth inning powered the Washington softball team to a 4-3 victory over Nebraska in the Women’s College World Series opener Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Reeling Sounders look for answers

SEATTLE — If a four-goal loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy had staggered the Sounders FC fan base, then an upset defeat Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup knocked it to the canvas.

Rain delay frustrates Nadal at French Open

PARIS — Miffed about the scheduling of matches at the French Open, Rafael Nadal took the court at 11 a.m. Friday lacking his usual intensity, and it showed.

NBA stars fined for violating flopping policy

NEW YORK — Miami’s LeBron James and Indiana’s David West and Lance Stephenson were all fined $5,000 by the NBA on Thursday for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy.

Penn St. community joins Paterno family in suing NCAA

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — From former players to faculty members, a mini-cross section of the Penn State community has partnered with the late head coach Joe Paterno’s family in suing the NCAA to overturn the landmark sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Franklin, Mariners hammer Padres

Nick Franklin hits two home runs in his fourth game in the bigs to lead a 5-homer night for Seattle.

Saturn remains a stargazer’s delight for June nights

Saturn during April and May was the closest, biggest and brightest it will be during 2013. And it will still be a great view in June.

Litke: Ohio State president Gee a poster child for excess

Ohio State’s Gordon Gee is Exhibit A for why university presidents can’t be trusted to run college sports.

US woman facing drug-smuggling charge released from Mexican jail

NOGALES, Mexico — An Arizona woman held in a Mexico jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed and traveled back to the U.S. after a court reviewed her case, including key security footage, and dismissed the allegations.

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Mac-Hi must beat Banks to take title

The Pioneers face a rematch with defending state champion Banks in the Class 4A title game.

Jury takes minutes to convict lifer in attack on penitentiary officer

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court jury has convicted a Washington State Penitentiary lifer of participating in last year’s attack on a correctional sergeant who was spared serious injury because of items in and on his uniform.

John P. Kent, Sr.

1935 - 2013

Longtime Walla Walla resident, John P. Kent Sr.,

Clina Sargent

1907 - 2013

Clina Sargent, 105, died May 30, 2013,

Talk set on bereavement, loss, transition

COLLEGE PLACE — Walt Meske will speak on bereavement, loss and transition at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St.

Early or late? Pregnant at 26 in NYC

NEW YORK — When I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t really want to tell my friends. We’d talked about babies, over wine and second draft feature articles at a nonfiction writers’ group, and everyone agreed that if you’re smart, you wait until you’re 35. “There’s too much to do before then!” said one of the women. I was 26 when I got pregnant, which meant I’d jumped the gun by almost a decade.

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Free airport therapy has a cold nose, wagging tail

LOS ANGELES — There’s a new breed of airport dog. They aren’t looking for drugs or bombs — they are looking for people who need a buddy, a belly to rub or a paw to shake.

Disarming a killer — diabetes — is within one's means

Answer this riddle: One in three Americans will have this by 2050. Already, 215,000 Americans younger than 20 have it. Last year, 1.9 million Americans older than 20 were newly diagnosed with it and 10.9 million Americans 65 are afflicted with it.

Breastfeeding baby gives the best start in life

After the delivery, your next concern should be nursing your baby.

Thursday, May 30

Banks report record earnings of $40.3 billion in the first quarter

Profits at the nation’s banks topped $40.3 billion in the first three months of the year, the largest quarterly total on record and evidence of the industry’s robust recovery, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Wednesday.

'IV Tenors' returnsto Power House

WALLA WALLA — “The IV Tenors” returns with a 7:30 p.m. curtain today at Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.

Google joins US trend with Motorola plant in Texas

Motorola Mobility, once a pioneer in shifting manufacturing to China, is opening a smartphone factory in Texas, the company said Wednesday, joining a small but growing movement toward bringing technology jobs to the United States.

Eli Young Band to rock Wildhorse with country concert set for July

PENDLETON — Tickets for the Eli Young Band concert, to be held at 7 p.m., July 17 at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, go on sale June 4 at 10 a.m.

Smith Wines picks bluegrass for concert series

WALLA WALLA — Charles Smith Wines, 35 S. Spokane St. will be presenting Bluegrass & Burgers, a weekly series held on Thursdays that includes music and an eating theme.

No charge against Chinese mother of baby in sewer

BEIJING — A Chinese newborn who was trapped in a sewer pipe moments after his birth has been released from hospital into the care of his grandparents. Local officials and media reports said Thursday that authorities have concluded it was an accident, meaning his unwed mother is unlikely to be criminally charged.

Malaysia police arrest seven linked to US pastor death

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities have arrested seven men suspected of involvement in the death of a U.S. pastor, police said Thursday.

Syrian regime says it has Russian missiles

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said the regime has received the first shipment of sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missiles, and the main Western-backed opposition group announced Thursday that it will not participate in peace talks — a double blow to international efforts to end the country’s devastating civil war.

US economy grew 2.4 percent in first quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were deeper.

Man who tried to flee custody faces charge

WALLA WALLA — A man convicted by a jury a week ago of 11 criminal charges now is in more trouble for allegedly trying to run from the County Courthouse after the verdicts were announced.

Wallowa Valley arts festival begins Friday

JOSEPH — The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts will be held at the Joseph Community Center, 102 E. First St.

Patrons help keep deep-sea research afloat

A small but growing number of wealthy patrons, enamored of the possibilities of undersea exploration, are donating the use of ships, submersibles and other resources to support missions that might otherwise be unaffordable.

Wife of abortion doctor complains of public's scorn

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The wife of a rogue abortion doctor told a judge Wednesday that her husband deserves his life sentence for killing babies born alive, but complained that she and her children are left to deal with the public scorn.

Downtown Walla Walla concerts begin

WALLA WALLA — The Downtown Foundation Summer Concert Series will resume every Saturday and Sunday 4-7 p.m., June 1-Aug. 25 at the Land Title Plaza at First Avenue and Main Street.

Sheryl Crow converts to country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For a couple of months now, Sheryl Crow has been loading her two young boys aboard a bus and taking off on a tour of country music radio stations around the country.

Man accused of killing UK soldier appears in court

LONDON — A prime suspect in the slaying last week of a British soldier sat handcuffed in court Thursday, given permission not to stand up before a judge because of wounds suffered when he was gunned down by police.

Rockin' the Lowboy details announced

WALLA WALLA — The third annual Rockin’ the Lowboy Festival will take place on the grounds of Sapolil Cellars, 1106 Sapolil Road, from noon-midnight on June 29. Tickets are available now. Proceeds will go to fund Wee Willy’s Music Enterprise, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to music education for children.

Weston's Pioneer Days to take place this weekend

WESTON — The 121st annual Pioneer Days celebration, will take place Friday and Saturday. Most of the activities will be in Charles Elliott Memorial Park.

Emergency Services - 5/30/13

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

Veterans fought for freedom for all

There I would like to respond to Sheri Reiswig’s letter defending veterans from Annie Capestany and others who believe we are as bad as those we are fighting by expressing gratitude to veterans.

Transportation cooperative saves taxpayer dollars

It’s been my privilege to direct the Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative since we opened for business three years ago. The cooperative saves taxpayers’ money, improves school bus safety and extends school bus life.

Think the bridge collapse will nudge Legislature into fixing aging roads, bridges? Think again

Recently I wondered if the collapse of an I-5 bridge might jar us to fix up our deteriorating old infrastructure. Or if we would crouch back into our played-out “no new taxes” political torpor.

Congratulations to DeSales for championships

Winning a Washington state championship in any sport is rare for a high school, regardless of division. Washington state has 389 high schools divided into six divisions, an average of 64 teams per division.

It's wise to allow Oregon CCs to offer job training

Generally, government should not compete with private businesses, which is probably why Oregon had a prohibition on public community colleges creating programs that compete with for-profit career colleges.

'After Earth': How Will Smith saves on babysitting

Truth be told, “After Earth” wouldn’t exist had Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son, Jaden. But since buying your kid a movie credit is a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of Hollywood, you can’t hold that against it.

House committee OKs change to state estate tax after ruling

OLYMPIA — A House committee on Wednesday passed a measure making changes to the state’s estate tax for married couples in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that could cost the state $160 million over the next two years.

DuPont fire chief resigns for 'personal reasons' after AP report

OLYMPIA — DuPont’s fire chief will leave the job at the end of this week as the city awaits a final audit report related to its employment practices, officials said Wednesday.

Soldier to plead guilty in Afghan massacre

SEATTLE (AP) — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby.

Etcetera - 5/30/13

Five area residents were among recipients of 350 degrees conferred during Whitman College’s commencement ceremony May 19.

Mona Darlene Wheatley1935 - 2013


Mona (Darlene) Wheatley passed away peacefully on Saturday May 18, 2013.

Virginia Reynolds

1939 - 2013

Virginia “Ginnie” Reynolds, 74, of Milton-Freewater, passed away on May 27, 2013,

First Thursday concert to feature cellist Edward Dixon

WALLA WALLA — Cellist Edward Dixon will perform 12:15-12:50 p.m. June 6 at the First Thursday concert at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.

Walter S. Bland, Jr.

1947 - 2013

Walt was a loving father who loved the Lord

John Kent

1935 - 2013

John Paul Kent, 78, died May 29, 2013

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Coaches, athletes, scholars honored at 37th BMSAs

The 37th Blue Mountain Sports Awards recognize the achievements of area athletes and coaches at Baker Boyer Bank Wednesday.

Victor Reynolds

1921 - 2013

Victor Reynolds, 91, died May 29, 2013,

Huskies open softball World Series against Nebraska

OKLAHOMA CITY — One of college softball’s hottest teams tries to keep its dream alive at the Women’s College World Series.

Griz down Blazers in season opener, 6-1

The Griz pitching staff combines to throw a five-hitter in the win.

Rowdies knock Sounders out of US Open Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the first time in five years, Sounders FC will have to watch the U.S. Open Cup final from home — crashing out 1-0 to the North American Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies in the third round Wednesday.

Mariners’ road woes extend to San Diego with 3-2 loss

SAN DIEGO — The Mariners don’t have to go far back in their memory banks to remember the agony of a walkoff loss.

Chicago downs Red Wings in OT

CHICAGO — When the Chicago Blackhawks were on the brink of playoff elimination, they had the feeling that all they needed was one win to turn it around.

Ex-No. 1 Jelena Jankovic advances at rainy French Open

PARIS — Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic won 12 consecutive games Thursday to beat the rain and Garbine Muguruza at the French Open.

Local musicians team for two performances

WALLA WALLA — Local musicians Kate Morrison and Gary Hemenway will team up with a special guest Gavin Bondy for a performance at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave. They will also perform at 7:30 p.m. June 15 in the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion St., Pendleton.

Annual dance recital to take place Saturday

WALLA WALLA — Danza Classica 2013, the annual year-end Dance Center recital will be 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.

Barbara weakens to tropical storm, kills two people

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s southern Pacific coast with rain Wednesday after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not before killing at least two people, including a man identified by local officials as a U.S. surfer.

In the Minutes - Walla Walla County Commission

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

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Kitties in the clink

WALLA WALLA — A half-dozen abandoned kittens have a new lease on life thanks to a dozen-and-a-half unlikely mentors.

Housing Authority to hold 'as-is' appliance sale

The Walla Walla Housing Authority will hold a sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Walla Walla Farm Labor Camp’s large shop building at 165 Labor Camp Road.

Festival to turn Valley into a chamber of music

WALLA WALLA — If a chamber music event were ever to have the suffix “-palooza” attached to its name, the upcoming Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival would be it.

Benefit for cancer patient to be held Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE — A “Celebration of Life” benefit for Kimm Torres will take place 2 p.m. Saturday at 821 Sunset Terrace in College Place.

Community garden has plots available

WALLA WALLA — The Rees & Sumach Community Garden has several plots available for new gardeners.

Queen vocalist's roots a well-kept secret

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist of the British rock band Queen, spent his childhood on a small island thousands of miles from Britain.

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Singing the blues

It’s hard to know what to write about Curtis Salgado that hasn’t already been printed.

Bond movies to screen at Sapolil

WALLA WALLA — Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., announced the Cinema at the Cellars lineup for June, which will be four movies from the James Bond series.

Wednesday, May 29

Major effort to stave off hantavirus at Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings.

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Like brother, like brother

Members of Desales High School’s Class of 2013 stand for the Plege of Allegiance during an awards ceremony Tuesday in front of a flag the class bought as a gift for the school.

Walla Walla High's AVID seniors to be recognized

WALLA WALLA — The third annual Senior AVID Recognition will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Walla Walla High School Commons.

In the Minutes - Dixie School Board

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

Walla Walla pub co-owner pleads innocent in vandalism

WALLA WALLA — A local business owner accused of pouring grease on the property of YMCA director Randy Grant pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County Superior Court on Tuesday.

State Veteran’s Home on track in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — While hurdles remain, state and local Veterans Affairs officials assured a group assembled at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday that plans for a Washington state Veterans Home are on track.

Minority-owned farms grow in Oregon

PORTLAND — Florentin Salazar picks strawberries, a cowboy hat shielding his eyes from the late afternoon sun.

P Maurer’s future in doubt after M’s lose to Padres, 6-1

SEATTLE — Mariners manager Eric Wedge quickly walked down the hallway and stepped into his office, where general manager Jack Zduriencik and pitching coach Carl Willis were waiting for him.

Pacers beat Heat to knot Eastern final at 2 apiece

INDIANAPOLIS — The open looks Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh took advantage of to help the Heat win Game 3 disappeared in Game 4, and so has Miami’s lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals.

NBA Board approves sale of Kings to Sacramento group

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Sacramento Kings to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive.

Linfield wins DIII baseball title

APPLETON, Wis. — Chris Haddeland threw a complete game in the biggest start of his life and No. 1 Linfield scored four runs in the fourth inning en route to a 4-1 victory over Southern Maine in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Finals Tuesday evening at Fox Cities Stadium.

Ex-college QB found dead following search

DETROIT — A three-day search for one of the winningest college quarterbacks ever ended in a remote wooded area in Michigan, where authorities found his body and were left with a mystery of how he died.

Wrestling on IOC short list

The ancient sport of wrestling could still be eliminated from the 2020 Olympics as it vies against baseball/softball and squash for inclusion into the Games.

Kings eliminate Sharks with 2-1 win

Little seperates the division rivals, but Los Angeles keeps its defense of the Stanley Cup going.

Azarenka advances to 2nd round at French Open

PARIS — Victoria Azarenka waited until the fourth day of the French Open for her opening match, then showed she’s eager to advance.

Hawks have heart-to-heart about PEDs

RENTON — The solution starts, as always, with acknowledgment. You can’t fix a problem unless you realize there is a problem.

Four Wa-Hi golfers on MCC honor roll

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School landed four golfers on the Mid-Columbia Conference All-Conference Golf teams announced Monday.

US Open Cup reignites Sounders-Rowdies rivalry

The Sounders and Rowdies haven’t faced off since the ’80s, but will play each other Today in the U.S. Open Cup.

Emergency Services - 5/29/13

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

Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch attends OTA

Lynch skipped the first week of voluntary workouts to some fans’ consternation.

Pioneers gut Gladstone in semis, move on to title game

Mac-Hi’s softball team advances to the state title game with a dominating 6-0 win over the Gladiators.

Delay in approving state budget has consequences

Every odd numbered year — 2005, 2007, 2009 and so on — the Legislature must adopt a two-year state budget before the fiscal year begins on July 1. So state lawmakers knew what had to be done when they assembled in Olympia in January to begin the budget writing session.

SB 5972 is an excuse to discriminate

I’m going to question Lorne Blackmans’ letter to the editor regarding SB 5927.

Library ready for close-up of new multimedia lab

CrewSpace will provide equipment patrons can use to make music and movie videos, among other things.

WALLA WALLA — The city’s public library on Friday will premiere its new movie making media lab called CrewSpace.

Etcetera - 5/29/13

P.E.O. Chapter AP will host its second annual golf tournament on June 8 at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local women.

Esther Joan Van Hise

1913 - 2013

Esther Joan Van Hise died peacefully in her sleep among family in Angwin, CA on May 22, 2013.

Norman Dwain Graybeal

1931 - 2013

Norman D. Graybeal passed away at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla, WA,

Laurel & William Jewell

Laurel A. “Lori” Jewell, age 62, passed away April 22, 2013,

Josh Vetter

1983 - 2013

Josh Vetter, 29, of Walla Walla, lost his life Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Inslee's jobs plan has changed since campaign

The wide-ranging jobs plan Gov. Jay Inslee pitched while running for governor is still a work in progress, but some of his ideas are taking shape at a state agency he dubbed “dysfunctional” on the campaign trail.

Pendleton Round-Up faces tax trouble; will seek city help

PENDLETON (AP) — The Pendleton Round-Up is having trouble paying its property taxes.

Tuesday, May 28

Etcetera - 5/28/13

A new children’s book by Walla Walla native Sonja Biggs is truly a family affair. Illustrated with photos by husband Atom Biggs, “Brandon’s Dream” is about their son Brandon’s journey with blindness and achieving his goals.

States wary of new school standards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some states are pushing back against a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put in place this school year.

Births - 5/28/13

Walla Walla General Hospital births, 4/26-5/19

May's sanctity

May’s backpack holds what appears to be a veritable collection of the haphazard: pictures, memories, snacks, successes, first-aid kits, heartbreaks, concerts, humilities, ballgames, celebrations, graduations and profound, overwhelming, comings and goings.

Springtime in Italy's Piemonte region provides opportunity for fresh herb frittata

The gray, cloudy days change to bring warm, sunny ones and everything is in motion. The barren trees fill with lush foliage, and flowers burst seemingly overnight out of their winter hiding. The sweet melodies of the birds outside our window awaken us from nocturnal slumber and insects buzz about, working the newly arrived blossoms.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/28/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Emergency Services - 5/28/13

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

Give me a breakfast!

Hungry for breakfast? Walla Walla offers many options for my favorite meal, from fancy to homestyle.

Is government our protector and friend or a malignant tormentor?

WASHINGTON — A big brother you can trust to keep you safe, give you a hand and do right by you? Or a big brother who snoops, lies and bullies you in all corners of your life?

Maybe now we’ll pay attention to state’s ailing bridges

That bridge collapse might turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to us.

Challenges for candidates and voters

The filings for various local offices are now complete.

WSU makes bold, welcome move to limit tuition hike

The soaring increase in tuition in Washington state the past few years has added debt to college students (and their parents). And the hikes, as high as 28 percent over a two-year period, have curbed access to higher education for some.

Spurs make 1st return to NBA Finals since 2007

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It may seem as if the San Antonio Spurs are playing for an NBA title every year. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker know only too well how very long it’s been since their last chance.

Blackhawks edge Red Wings to force Game 7

Chicago edges Detroit 4-3 to force a seventh and decisive game against the Red Wings.

McGrath: Ackley to hunt for his bat in Tacoma

Precisely a month after a version of Dustin Ackley’s bat was given away to all kids 14 and younger at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners sent Ackley on a mission:

Rain splatters first day of French Open

PARIS — Sam Stosur waited 2½ hours to play because of rain, then quickly won her opening match at the French Open.

Bears make 4-run rally to sweep Twins in opener

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears 19-under baseball club team opened the 2013 season Sunday at Walla Walla Community College’s Warriors field with a pair of victories over the Lewis-Clark Twins.

Bruins rout Pasco, 16-1

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins mauled the Pasco Sun Devils 16-1 Monday afternoon in a rainy Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball game at Warriors Field on the Walla Walla Community College campus.

Veteran bats lead M’s past Padres, 9-0

Seattle pounds the Padres as starter Aaron Harang pitches a complete-game shutout.

Normal conditions should supplanton-and-off showers

Seems as if the ol’ crystal ball has been performing at a very high level recently for your weatherperson, who is riding a serious hot streak with his last couple of columns. As predicted, more than a half-inch of rain in the last week or so has sent the wheat and pea people into a state of semi-delirium, and orders for new pickup trucks have doubled at our local dealerships during that time.

Budget cuts leave Air Force pilots twisting in wind

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, N.C. — The “World Famous Rocketeers” were flying high two months ago. The Air Force fighter squadron had returned safely with its F-15E Strike Eagles and aircraft crews from a six-month Middle East deployment and in March passed a readiness evaluation with an unusually high rating.

Passengers to return to US after cruise ship fire

BALTIMORE (AP) — Royal Caribbean officials say more than 2,200 cruise passengers from a ship that caught fire at sea are expected back in Baltimore where the trip began.

Seattle Police admit violating open records act

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department is admitting it broke public records laws in Washington state when it withheld from The Seattle Times an internal memo about its response to riotous May Day demonstrations in 2012.

United Way puts focus on mental health

The local chapter granted $73,000 to Family Medical Center for improved care of the mentally ill.

WALLA WALLA — A new funding focus will put $73,000 toward caring for those living with mental illness in the Walla Walla area.

Lester Holway

1956 - 2013

Former Walla Walla resident Lester Gordon Holway, 56, of Paola, Kan.,

Harold Buckey

1924 - 2013

Harold M. Buckey, 89, died May 25, 2013,

Eldon Brown

1938 - 2013

Milton-Freewater resident Eldon D. Brown, 74,

Jose Mejia-Jimenez

1968 - 2013

Jose Luis Mejia-Jimenez, 45,

Virginia Reynolds

1939 - 2013

Milton-Freewater resident Virginia M. Reynolds, 74, died May 27, 2013,

Janis Nysoe

1924 - 2013

Janis Eileen Nysoe, 89, died May 25, 2013,

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Little Theatre vets team to co-direct comedy

WALLA WALLA — Live theater can take you beyond yourself and into another person’s life and reality. You can be moved to tears or laughter, or both. The laughs abound in the Larry Shue comedy “The Foreigner,” the upcoming performance at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

On the Agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Elementary School, room 109

Monday, May 27

Case of the patented gene

WASHINGTON — Angelina Jolie’s genes threatened to kill her. But, for the time being anyway, she doesn’t own them. Jolie revealed this month that she chose to undergo a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation. That genetic glitch meant Jolie’s risk of developing breast cancer was as high as 87 percent; her mother died of the disease at age 56. Jolie’s news highlights an arcane but increasingly important question of patent law. As the sequencing of the human genome has expanded the ability to test for such genetic susceptibilities, is the discovery of the gene itself a patentable invention?

Illuminating history of slavery in Oregon a teachable moment

History, like politics, is personal. It certainly is for the writer R. Gregory Nokes, who recalls taunting a neighbor because the boy had come to Oregon from somewhere in the South. Nokes had just gotten a grade-school lesson on slavery and the Civil War that consisted of a few simple ideas, among them North good, South bad, so he acted on that in his all-white Portland neighborhood. He was an Oregonian and therefore unstained. Well, there is more to it than that, and in his new book, Nokes adds to the ideas he and lots of other folks got in elementary school. “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” explores how the great American tragedy played out in the Northwest. This is not his first effort at expanding Northwest history. His previous book, “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon,” looked at another neglected piece of regional history, the killing of more than 30 Chinese miners.

Bigotry can't be allowed in senator's office

I have been watching the good people of Walla Walla to see if anyone would actually call out Sen. Hewitt’s actions for what they are — a bigoted attempt, to bring discrimination back. Oh, it never really left, as we see it lives on in the hearts of men (and women)! Sen. Hewitt told us that he had “counseled” his staffer. First of all, this type of bigotry can not be allowed in the office of our senator. I contend that it is a cancer, that if allowed to exist, will continue to grow.

Memorial Day has meaning for Americans

Following is an exerpt from a speech delivered on May 30, 1884, by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a Civil War Veteran and Supreme Court Justice.

Not long ago I heard a young man ask why people still kept up Memorial Day, and it set me thinking of the answer. Not the answer that you and I should give to each other — not the expression of those feelings that, so long as you live, will make this day sacred to memories of love and grief and heroic youth — but an answer which should command the assent of those who do not share our memories, and in which we of the North and our brethren of the South could join in perfect accord. ... But we equally believed that those who stood against us held just as sacred conviction that were the opposite of ours, and we respected them as every man with a heart must respect those who give all for their belief. .

Emergency Services - 5/27/13

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Volunteers needed for anti-drunk driving fundraiser

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Store offers chance to hunt for treasures

Discount Corner sells overstock, returns and dented-box items from

WALLA WALLA — If you’ve watched “Storage Wars” or “Auction Hunters,” you have a sense of the roll-of-the-die gamble a person might make in buying a locker or truckload full of items — sight unseen — to resell. Scott Holgate, operator of the new Discount Corner in the back of Ace Hardware in Eastgate, has cast that die. The store department is populated in large part by the fruits of a 26-pallet truckload of overstock, returns and dented-box items Holgate bought from “ does $10 million every 90 minutes in sales. They have entire warehouses all over the county in returned items. They don’t put them back on the shelf and don’t resell them. We hook up with them and strike a deal with them to buy it at a percentage of retail,” he said.

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Missing 'bride' slows down wedding plans

WALLA WALLA — Where in the world is Poppy Marie?

Marine's WWII diary finally lands in hands of sweetheart

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before Cpl. Thomas “Cotton” Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote his “last life request” to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved.

French police arrest nearly 300 people in gay marriage protest

French police arrested nearly 300 people Sunday during a march in Paris to protest against the country’s new gay marriage and adoption legislation, according to French media reports. The demonstrations began peacefully, with participants waving flags and banners, but there was violence later on Sunday evening, when protesters threw bottles and smoke bombs at police, the reports said. Several hundred youths were involved, said the police, who used tear gas to break up the protest, according to French newspaper Le Monde.

Bipartisan group of eight senators to set rules on leaks probe

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday a group of eight senators will look at setting rules on how leaks about government secrets are investigated. “We'll be announcing that we have four Democrats and four Republicans ... another Gang of Eight,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS' “Face The Nation.” Schumer said in mid-May that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will reintroduce the so-called media shield bill pursued unsuccessfully four years ago.


The Board of the Walla Walla Public Library, Beth Hudson, library director, and Jeffrey Townsend, media lab director, are inviting all y’all to the grand opening of the library’s media lab, CrewSpace. The “bold new opportunity for media creators of all ages” and the event celebrating it are at the library, 238 E. Alder St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday.

Drought prompts plan to remove wild horses in Nevada

Drought prompts plan to remove wild horses in Nevada

Veteran charities are not all equal

Memorial Day evokes a jumble of emotions: pride in military service mingled with grief over the human toll exacted by war, and profound gratitude for whatever it is in the American character that inspires heroes in every generation to risk everything for the country they love more than life itself.

I-5 bridge to reopen in mid-June

SEATTLE — Emphasizing the importance of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River to the region’s traffic flow and economy, state officials Sunday announced a plan to have a temporary fix for the collapsed span open by as soon as mid-June.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi slams 2-child limit for Muslims

Myunmar wants to limit Muslim families to two children

Japanese politician apologizes for one sex remark, defends another

Japanese politician apologizes for one remark, defends another

Kenya: UK soldier killing suspect arrested in 2010

Suspect in British soldier’s slaying arrested in Kenya in 2010

Balboa Winery gets website facelift

Balboa Winery, which has recently added new faces, is also getting a new face online.

College Cellars wins 10 Seattle Wine Awards

College Cellars, the winemaking arm of Walla Walla Community College, took home a slew of prizes in this year’s Seattle Wine Awards.

Hertz'sparentcompanyto rent cars at airport

The Walla Walla Regional Airport won’t see a cut in car rental options — and revenue — after all.

Cuomo's tax-free business plan for N.Y. draws fire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Through much of the last century, New York built America’s locomotives, automobile parts, steel girders and more through three shifts a day. Today, the Empire State is next to last on CEOs’ list of states to set up shop.

New IRS chief Werfel faces daunting task

WASHINGTON — It’s a tall order straight from the president: Find anyone at the Internal Revenue Service who improperly targeted conservatives. Hold them responsible. Fix the system so it never happens again.

Will Smith: Parenting? OK, I get it now

Will Smith: Parenting? OK, I get it now

Passenger arrested after trying to open plane door in flight

PORTLAND — A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested Monday after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit during the plane’s descent and other passengers had to help restrain him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.

Searchers find body of teen swept away by flood in Texas

Searchers find body of teen swept away by flood in Texas

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Not 2B: Area softball teams end state tournament runs trophyless

DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott and Dayton finish their runs at the Class 2B state tourney Sunday.

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Touchet torches consolation bracket en route to 3rd-place trophy

Touchet goes on a rampage through the consolation bracket to pick up a third-place trophy at Class 1B state.

Brewer: Mariners get unstuck with 13-inning grinder

So the Mariners do remember how to win.

Bruins open Legion season with wins over Sun Devils

Zack Zehner and Ryan Kimball turn in complete games on the mound and the Bruins back them up with 21 hits in the wins.

Tony Kanaan wins Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — The hard-luck loser no more, Tony Kanaan finally won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday — with a bit of luck, at that.

Short-handed Storm routed in opener against Sparks

LOS ANGELES — The Seattle Storm’s season-opening outcome is fitting.

Support veterans, but all charities not equal

Memorial Day evokes a jumble of emotions: pride in military service mingled with grief over the human toll exacted by war, and profound gratitude for whatever it is in the American character that inspires heroes in every generation to risk everything for the country they love more than life itself.

Sunday, May 26

Ione Nibler

Sept. 13, 1923 — May 9, 2013

A memorial Mass for Ione Nibler is planned for Friday, May 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walla Walla

Opal Thonney

May 19, 2013

Opal M. Thonney, 97, longtime area resident of Dixie, passed away on May 19, 2013.

Dorothy Bland

Aug. 13, 1915 — May 7, 2013

Former resident Dorothy M. Guse Bland died May 7, 2013, in Bend, Ore.

Cynthia Hiatt

Feb. 28, 1957 — Jan. 12, 2013

Cindy was born in Walla Walla at General Hospital.

Hundreds running Boston Marathon’s final mile

BOSTON — Hundreds of runners are joining victims of the Boston Marathon bombings to finish the last mile of the race, reclaiming the triumph of crossing the finish line after explosives went off while many athletes were still running.

NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks to fight another day after 4-1 win over Wings

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series.

BMSAs slated for Wednesday

Honors will be given for male and female athletes, scholar athletes, coaches and teams of the year.

Pirate Lomen-Carr wins 1B pole vault

CHENEY — A state title and a new Class 1B state meet record in the pole vault.

Carlin wins 100; W-M girls 3rd at state

EUGENE — Madison Carlin won the 100-meter dash Friday to lead the Weston-McEwen girls to a third-place finish at the Class 2A state track and field championships, which concluded Saturday.

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Hendley’s double sends Mac-Hi to semis

MILTON-FREEWATER — A pinch hitter kept McLoughlin High School’s softball season alive Friday at Yantis Park.

Spurs take 3-0 lead, beat Grizzlies in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tim Duncan is doing his very best to get the San Antonio Spurs back to the NBA Finals one more time.

A year later, Serena Williams seeks more at French Open

PARIS — In the moments immediately following her stunningly early exit from the 2012 French Open, as her eyes welled with tears and she bemoaned how she’s “been through so much in my life,” Serena Williams could not possibly find anything positive to take from the experience.

Thompkins dominates sprints at 2B state track meet

CHENEY — James Thompkins won won three individual titles and ran a leg on Waitsburg-Prescott’s winning 4x100-meter relay to lead the W-P boys to a third-place finish at the Class 2B state track and field meet, which concluded Friday.

Felix struggles; Mariners lose 8th straight

SEATTLE — As if the Mariners didn’t have enough to worry about — or freak out over, depending on your viewpoint — now comes a troublesome bout of mortality for Felix Hernandez.

Maddie Sirmon leads Wa-Hi with win in javelin

TACOMA — Sitting in third place, Maddie Sirmon had one throw left to try and win the javelin toss at the Class 4A state track and field championships Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.

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DeSales, Dayton downed at state softball tourney

YAKIMA — Dayton, DeSales, and Waitsburg-Prescott stayed alive here Saturday at the Class 2B state softball championships. DeSales and Dayton advanced to the quarterfinals with opening wins: DeSales defeated Napavine, 8-3, and Dayton handled Orcas Island, 5-2.

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DeSales blanks Adna for baseball title No. 18

ELLENSBURG — Defending champion DeSales completed an extraordinary run through the postseason with a 5-0 victory over Adna in the championship game of the Class 2B state baseball tournament that wrapped up here Saturday afternoon

Saturday, May 25

Court Report Superior Court 5-26-13

Superior Court CRIMINAL CASES Walla Walla County

Deal reached on managing Oregon wolves

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Conservation groups and cattle ranchers have agreed to a landmark settlement in a lawsuit that, for the past year and a half, has kept the state of Oregon from killing wolves that prey on livestock.

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Finished in Dayton and now at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., a quarter-scale model of the Spirit of St. Louis is on display next to a full-size replica of the famed aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh from New York to Paris in May 1927.

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Latinas see chance to be stars in science

Twenty Latinas have climbed aboard Garrison’s Space Project.

No simple answer for lack of Latinas in STEM fields

WALLA WALLA — The under-representation of Hispanic girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers is a challenge being tackled locally.

Hispanic educator to lead Garrison

The School Board also hired Ted Cohan as executive director for business services.

I-5 bridge repair may cost $15M

The federal government has said it will chip in at least $1 million.

Court report Dissolutions 5-26-13


State budget talks locked into ‘glacial’ pace

Staffers research what would happen if a budget isn’t passed before the start of the fiscal year.

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Even successful mushroom hunts can yield slim pickings

You could say even the worst day mushroom hunting is better than the best day working. That being said, this mushroom hunting season is proving to be one of the worst in quite some time for wild morel mushroom hunters. “The trouble is we are just finding one here or there. If it were any scarcer than this, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble,” mushroom expert Paul Miller said, as he stopped to pick a single black morel from the ground.

U.S.-Canada border-crossing fee would hurt Washington state economy

The U.S. government has expressed interest in possibly instituting a new border-crossing fee at land borders.

Use of lie detectors must be reconsidered

A polygraph test is usually considered an accurate way to detect whether someone is lying, right?

Means testing for Social Security is coming

The Social Security Trust Fund has no hard assets, just IOUs from the government. Because of this fact, the Social Security system will fail before the estimates made by the government.

Inmates helped in getting Vets in shape

It was fun to read Jim Buchan’s column on the transformation of Veterans Memorial Golf Course in last Sunday’s paper. I have been telling my out-of-town golfing friends and relatives about the course in the same glowing terms!

Good job making Vets Golf Course playable

Shame on the city of Walla Walla for allowing Veterans Memorial Golf Course to deteriorate to such deplorable condition before making a management change.

Obama’s job-killing policies favor unions

Whether one is on the right or left of the political spectrum, one has to admire the Democrat’s propaganda machine.

Religious views should trump law, right?

As part of the silent majority, I’m praising Sen, Mike Hewitt’s and Sen. Sharon Brown’s fight against today’s anti-Christian spread of tolerance. Like any good American, I spend at least an hour in church most, or at least some, weeks.

Americans are on ‘right’ side of war

In response to Annie Capestany’s letter to the editor of May 12: War and the Second Amendment are not one in the same. War is fought to protect our country and our freedoms. Our military should have what it needs to do its job.

What if climate change really is bad?

I was intrigued by Gary Troyer’s letter to the editor published on May 12 (Government grants do harm to science). Like most climate deniers he seems to want to believe papers authored by industry-paid skeptics. He even goes so far as to dis peer-reviewed papers.

The science on climate has not been settled

Steve Zilliox (May 5 letter to the editor) wrongly claimed I “castigated Steve Lucksted as gullible.”

Obama refocuses terror threat

WASHINGTON — Some call it wishful thinking, but President Barack Obama has all but declared an end to the global war on terror.

Obama urges US to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to commemorate the Memorial Day weekend by honoring U.S. soldiers who have died in the nation’s wars.

Thousands of Oregonians protest Monsanto

PORTLAND (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to Oregon streets Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against seed giant Monsanto

Winemaker remembered for his generosity

WALLA WALLA — Mike Dunham didn’t plan to get into the wine business. But when it happened, he embraced the Walla Walla wine scene — and it loved him back.

Bill allows colleges to compete

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. John Kitzhaber a bill that would repeal a prohibition on public community colleges creating programs that compete with offerings of for-profit career colleges.

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Average price of gasoline in Washington $4

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4, heading into the Memorial Day weekend.

Himmelberger-Brown engagement 5-26-13

The parents of Katherine Himmelberger announce her engagement to James Brown, both of San Jose, Calif.

Hagar-Nokes engagement 5-26-13

Sheila Hagar and Dave Prock of Milton-Freewater announce the engagement of daughter Jocelyn Hagar to Shane Nokes, both of Renton, Wash. Shane is the son of Dan and Sharon Lane of Rainier, Wash.

Whitey and Barbara Dickerson anniversary 5-26-13

Terry “Whitey” and Barbara Dickerson of Milton-Freewater will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2013.

Gad about town with 'Gatsby' glitz for less

NEW YORK — Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaption of “The Great Gatsby” is shining a spotlight on Roaring Twenties glam fashions, from drop-waist dresses and head scarves to crisp bow ties and spectator shoes. But you don’t need a wallet the size of Jay Gatsby’s to get the look.

WW pioneer woman behind nation's Memorial Day

Walla Wallan Steve Roy saved a May 30, 1976, U-B article by former colleague Nadine Munns Gerkey about the origination of Memorial Day, quite timely considering the holiday Monday.

Ore. university students face another tuition hike

PORTLAND (AP) — Students attending Oregon’s seven public universities can expect to pay about 5 percent more next year.

WSU votes to limit tuition hike to 2 percent

PULLMAN (AP) — The Washington State University Board of Regents has voted to limit a fall tuition increase to 2 percent, no matter what the Legislature decides concerning the state budget.

Wolves kill four sheep near Weston

PENDLETON (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms that wolves from the Umatilla River pack have killed four sheep on private land near Weston in northeast Oregon.

M-F Council meeting Monday canceled

MILTON-FREEWATER — Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the City Council meeting scheduled Monday has been canceled. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on June 10 at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.

Fort WW Museum joins Blue Star program

WALLA WALLA — Fort Walla Walla Museum has announced it is a member of the Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 2,000 museums in the U.S. As such, it will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and their families.

Wanted: Owner of 50-year old wallet found at Hanford

Tom Watson has kept a crumbling leather wallet tucked away in his office for almost three years.

Hurricane outlook: Another busy Atlantic season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Get ready for another busy hurricane season, maybe an unusually wild one, federal forecasters say.

Actress Bynes accused of bong toss out NYC window

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Amanda Bynes appeared disheveled in a long blond wig and sweats Friday in a criminal court where she was charged with reckless endangerment after police said she heaved a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment building.

Native American veterans memorial gets legislative push

WASHINGTON — Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced legislation Thursday to reauthorize the construction of a Native American veterans memorial on the national Mall.

French soldier stabbed in throat outside Paris

PARIS — A French soldier was stabbed in the throat in a busy commercial district outside Paris on Saturday, and the government said it was trying to determine if there were any links with the bloody killing of a British soldier by suspected Islamic extremists.

Judge: Ariz. sheriff's office profiles Latinos

PHOENIX — A federal judge has ruled that the office of America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.

Blast in Kabul kills 12 at Afghan mosque

KABUL — A blast during Friday night prayers in a mosque in central Afghanistan killed 12 people, eight of them Taliban insurgents, officials said Saturday.

Hezbollah chief defends group's involvement in Syrian war

BEIRUT — The leader of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah said Saturday that Syria cannot be allowed to fall into the hands of enemies, as he defiantly justified sending his fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

UK police arrest 3 more men in soldier's slaying

LONDON — British police investigating the savage killing of an off-duty soldier in London have arrested three more suspects. Scotland Yard said counter-terrorism officers arrested two men, aged 24 and 28, at a residential address in southeast London.

Rare Superman comic found in house insulation

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s considered the Holy Grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman. And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old newspapers insulating a house he was renovating in a small town in Minnesota.

Friday, May 24

Britain braces for possible copycat attacks

LONDON — Britain is bracing for clashes with right-wing activists and possible copycat terror attacks by Islamic extremists after the savage slaying of a young soldier, whose grieving family spoke today of their loss.

Getting your kids excited about books

Want to get your children excited about books and keep them reading all summer? The Walla Walla Public Library is just the place to make that happen.

Turn over a new leaf: Garden with your kids

It’s spring. You’re seeing all those cute little plants for sale outside stores, and your saliva awakens at the thought of a still-warm, fresh-from-the-vine home-grown tomato. You are thinking about turning over the soil in the backyard and planting a seedling or two.

How do you want to be remembered?

Today is the Sunday before Memorial Day and we all have an opportunity to pause and remember the brave men and women who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice to procure and preserve our cherished national freedoms. Originally designed as a day to commemorate those who gave their lives during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, it was later expanded, especially after World War I, to include those who had given their lives in other conflicts as well. As the 20th century progressed, it became a time for all of us to remember those we love, particularly family members who have preceded us in death.

It’s no stretch to believe this: Workers warm up daily to keep safe

At Greenberry Fabrication, employees have a morning ‘stretch and flex’ ritual.

EWISBERG, Ore. — It’s 10minutes till 7 on a Tuesday morning, and the employees of Greenberry Fabrication are getting ready for work. But before they fire up their welding torches or start cutting sheet metal, they have to do their warm-up exercises. With no prompting required, four dozen beefy dudes in orange vests and safety glasses launch into a five-minute stretching routine that would not look out of place in a ballet studio. They hold each pose for about 30 seconds before moving on to the next, systematically working the kinks out of shoulders, legs and backs.

Time off or overtime pay option a good deal

Good news from Congress is hard to come by but I think we have some, in a House bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. The legislation, introduced in April by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., would allow hourly workers to opt for time off at the rate of one-and-a-half hours for each hour of overtime worked. This is something employees have wanted for a long-time. Unfortunately this piece of legislation, written concisely in fewer than 1,300 words, is not getting the attention it deserves or an accurate reporting of how it would work.

Principal recalls tornado hitting Oklahoma school

Packing winds of 210 mph, the EF5 tornado left seven children at the school dead.

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Teachers and students at Plaza Towers Elementary School hunkered down against the storm just as they had been taught in countless tornado drills, their principal said Friday, recounting how she walked the halls until the twister was on the doorstep, then announced on the intercom, “It’s here.” In a pause-filled recollection that left many weeping, Amy Simpson said at a news conference that her teachers emerged battered after doing what they could to save every child in the Oklahoma school. Still, seven second- and third-graders were among the 24 killed when the top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado with 210 mph winds struck Moore on Monday. “The teachers covered themselves in debris while they were covering their babies. And I believe that is why so many of us survived that day, because the teachers were able to act quickly, stay calm and take literally the weight of a wall onto their bodies to save those that were under them,” said Simpson, a native of the city of about 56,000. The tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes and left a 17-mile path of destruction. Its victims at the school were ages 8 and 9.

Can Tornado Alley become safer? Yes, within limits

After 161 people died in Joplin in an EF-5 tornado in May 2011, the city strengthened its building codes.

In the wind-swept prairie called Tornado Alley, the scene is eerily familiar: Homes smashed to splinters. Trees and telephone poles snapped like twigs. Piles of bricks, overturned cars and dazed survivors sifting through rubble in search of a precious photo or heirloom. A town in ruins. On Monday, it was Moore, Okla. Two years ago, it was Joplin, Mo. There’s a pattern to the aftermath of these deadly disasters: Clean up. A steely determination. Vows to rebuild. And urgent questions about what can be done to shield tornado-prone communities from the worst ravages of monster storms.

The Vatican and the devil: Is Pope Francis also an exorcist?

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ fascination with the devil took on remarkable new twists Tuesday, with a well-known exorcist insisting Francis helped “liberate” a Mexican man possessed by four different demons despite the Vatican’s insistence that no such exorcism took place.

Forever young: The skin essentials that help turn back the clock

MIAMI — In our youth-obsessed society, looking young is more important than ever. But going under the knife is not always desirable. No worries: Dermatologists and plastic surgeons now have a repertoire of treatments to keep lines, wrinkles and saggy skin at bay. There are neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport, dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero and Sculptra, as well as light and laser treatments like Photofacials and Fraxel to improve the tone and texture of your skin.

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CHURCH BULLETIN University Church to present WWU symphony in concert COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St., will present the Walla Walla University Symphony Orchestra in concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday. The orchestra will be directed by Brandon Beck. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call 527-2563.

The Moms' Network question of the month

What is your favorite local summer activity to do with your children?

Principal recalls tornado hitting Oklahoma school

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Teachers and students at Plaza Towers Elementary School hunkered down against the storm just as they had been taught in countless tornado drills, their principal said Friday, recounting how she walked the halls until the twister was on the doorstep, then announced on the intercom, “It’s here.”

As grocers, restaurants bicker, many menus still lack calorie counts

Three years after Congress voted to require it, you still won’t find calories listed on the menus of most restaurant chains.

Homelink: Educational asset for local families

It’s Tuesday morning and my kids and I are hiking at Rooks Park and Bennington Lake. It’s a school day for us.

Preschools partner to overcome wait problem

What happens when one preschool does not have enough students enrolled to make it viable, while another has a lengthy waiting list of children eager to attend?

Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout

Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout

The left pushes its agenda with fear, intimidation

The left-wing reaction to Senate Bill 5927, intended to protect the rights of business owners, predictably tries to make it about homophobia, bigotry and hatred.

Using drones to attack terrorists saves US lives

When the president of the United States, as commander-in-chief of the nation’s military, makes life-or-death decisions it’s gut wrenching — for Democrats and Republicans alike.

Less aid by Fed would point to recovery

WASHINGTON — Investors have grown nervous that the Federal Reserve will scale back its efforts to boost the U.S. economy sooner than many expected.

Russia says Syrian regime agrees to peace talks

BEIRUT — The Syrian government has agreed to attend a conference proposed by Russia and the United States on ending the country’s civil war, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday, the first sign that President Bashar Assad’s regime would be willing to take part in the talks with the opposition.

Uganda president ousts army boss amid dispute

KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired his top military commander today, the ouster apparently linked to turmoil over Museveni’s alleged plan to have his son succeed him as head of state.

Walla Walla VA to host two community events

WALLA WALLA — The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center will host two special events next week.

Jury foreman says Arias testimony didn't help her

PHOENIX — As jurors in Jodi Arias’ murder trial filed one by one from the courtroom after a dramatic five months of gut-wrenching testimony and gruesome photographs, three women on the panel cried and one looked to the victim’s family, mouthing the word, “Sorry.”

Walla Walla Water Watcher 5/24/13

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 Union-Bulletin.

Eluder pleads guilty; faces years in prison

WALLA WALLA — A driver who crashed into a moving vehicle while leading police on a high-speed chase in the city early last year pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges.

Amoré Floral to help honor veterans

A local florist is taking part in a nationwide effort to help people pay tribute to those who served in the armed forces.

Emergency Services - 5/24/13

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

Some damage reported from 5.7 quake in N. Calif.

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake in far northeastern California did not injure anyone but did cause moderate damage, including to a water tank that supplies hundreds of homes with drinking water, local authorities said Friday.

Woods: Garcia comment hurtful, time to move on

Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they were to have dinner at the U.S. Open, an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring.

M-F PEO chapter to hold second annual golf tournament

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater P.E.O., Chapter AP, is hosting its second annual golf tournament at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course on June 8. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local women.

Withers: Seferian-Jenkins waits as DUI case plays out

Not much is being said these days by Washington concerning Seferian-Jenkins, who was arrested minutes before midnight March 9 in the Ravenna area and subsequently charged with drunken driving.

Eight WWCC baseball players make All-NWAACC teams

WALLA WALLA — Eight Walla Walla Community College players made their way onto the NWAACC East Region honor rolls released this week.

Experiment over: Montero relegated down to Tacoma

SEATTLE — The days of Jesus Montero catching for the Mariners appear to be done for good.

Sharks on the ropes after loss in LA

Los Angeles shuts out San Jose to take a 3-2 lead as the series shifts back to the Shark Tank.

Tonhdavong’s throw leads Wa-Hi in 1st day at state track meet

Katarina Tonhdavong places second in the discus throw to lead Wa-Hi after one day at the Class 4A track championships.

Bees, money pose hurdles for Highway 12 widening

WALLA WALLA — Road intersections, river crossings and alkali bees.

In the Minutes -Touchet School Board

School Board members are Jody Kromm, Cathy Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble, all present Thursday.

Glenda Edvalson

Dec. 21, 1928 — May 23, 2013

TIGARD, Ore. — Glenda L. Edvalson of Milton-Freewater died on May 23, 2013, in Tigard at the age of 84 years.

Baker Boyer ranks in top 200

For the sixth year running, Baker Boyer Bank has nailed down a spot in American Banker magazine’s list of the top 200 community banks.

Bra clinic promises perfect fit

A twice-yearly bra clinic will is coming up Saturday at Walla Walla Clothing Co.

In the Minutes - Weston City Council

Weston City Council members are Bill Boyd, Lyn Delph, Julie Schuld and Jennifer Spurgeon. With all present Thursday, the board:

Etcetera - 5/24/13

Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored four students with Accepting the Challenge of Excellence awards. Winner, Vanessa Flores, of Prescott High School, received a $500 scholarship and plaque.

Dayton's Farmers Market opens Saturday

DAYTON — Dayton’s Farmers Market is set to open for the season on Saturday.

Food trucks make inroads to Walla Walla

A box on wheels was not what Andrae Bopp had in mind when the French Culinary Institute-trained chef moved to Walla Walla with designs on opening a restaurant five years ago.

It's no stretch to believe this: Workers warm up daily to keep safe

LEWISBERG, Ore. — It’s 10 minutes till 7 on a Tuesday morning, and the employees of Greenberry Fabrication are getting ready for work. But before they fire up their welding torches or start cutting sheet metal, they have to do their warm-up exercises.

Drug, theft trial ends with conviction on 11 counts

WALLA WALLA — A man has been convicted of possessing dozens of items of stolen property in December, as well as committing various drug offenses.

Man charged in local death threats case

WALLA WALLA — A man was formally charged Thursday with threatening to kill local officials this week.

Tucannon steelhead fishing restrictions to be weighed

DAYTON — Options for restrictions in the Tucannon River steelhead fishing season will be the subject of a meeting Wednesday.

Jeffrey Breese

Oct. 4, 1957 — May 20, 2013

WALLA WALLA — Jeffrey Wayne Breese, 55, died May 20, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center.

Esther Van Hise

June 15, 1913 — May 22, 2013

ANGWIN — Former College Place resident Esther Joan Van Hise, 99, died May 22, 2013, in Angwin, Calif.

Parents can play role in development of their children's language skills

Language is a critical aspect of a child’s development, and as parents we often have concerns and wonder what we can do to help our children develop the skills to share thoughts, ideas and feelings, and to understand others.

Noise, fumes put welders' hearing at risk

Many welders today are at increased risk for hearing loss, not only due to the noise they are routinely subjected to as part of their job, but quite possibly from the welding fumes they are exposed to on a regular basis.

Council leery of using bond funds to fix Walla Walla City Hall

Members are concerned the expense is not within the scope of a bond voters approved.

WALLA WALLA — The City Council, cautious about not breaking a promise to return excess voter approved funds to the public, tabled a proposed $66,000 electrical upgrade to City Hall because the funding source was from leftover police bond.

Walla Walla Adventist church collecting tornado relief items

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla City Church of Seventh-day Adventists is collecting items to benefit tornado victims in Moore, Okla., according to Pastor Mark Etchell in a release.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/23/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

No more letters to dead friends

The day before Mother’s Day, just a few weeks ago, I got a phone call from an old friend.

Thursday, May 23

New options for breast cancer surgery

CHICAGO — Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are changing the way these operations are done, giving women more options, faster treatment, smaller scars, fewer side effects and better cosmetic results.

Summer is time to recharge kids' batteries

Summer is synonymous with long days, new friendships and fun experiences that last a lifetime. Kids are excited to get a long break from school work, relax on the couch and just veg out.

Preemies rock to live music therapy

CHICAGO — As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes.

I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapses; cars in water

An Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River on Thursday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Pakistan arrested American who was killed by drone

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American citizen killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2011 was arrested by Pakistani authorities three years earlier but escaped after being released on bail, officials said Thursday.

Senate panel immigration reform OK puts pressure on House

WASHINGTON — Committee approval of a sweeping Senate immigration overhaul has put pressure on the House, where Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and top leaders have been pushing a bipartisan group of lawmakers to produce their own bill.

Walla Walla University Big Band Concert set for Wednesday

COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla University Big Band Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 204 S. College Ave. College Place.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/23

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Boy Scouts ease policy on participation by gay youths

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

Sapolil Cellars to present Lisa Mann and her Really Good Band

WALLA WALLA — Bassist and front woman Lisa Mann and her Really Good Band will perform from 9 p.m.-midnight Friday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Environmentalists ask US Army Corps to look at big picture on coal

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Environmental groups and a public health organization want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the big picture — from mining in Wyoming to air pollution in China — before allowing development of three Northwest ports to ship up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year to Asia.

Composer opens up on daughter's suicide in memoir

NEW YORK — Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional — not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages.

Obama to address drones, Guantanamo in security speech

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is set to at least partially bring out into the open some of the U.S.-directed drone program, a key component of counterterrorism strategy, as he outlines the contours of the continuing threat to American security.

Robert Fulghum play set for Walla Walla Community College theater

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Symphony with a new partner, the Blue Mountain Humane Society, have put a new spin on a beloved event — “Mares ’n Music” is now “Mares, Mutts ’n Music.”

Emergency Services - 5/23/13

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

Baker Boyer's Bruggeman completes trusts program with honors

Brian Bruggeman, a trust officer and financial advisor in business development at Baker Boyer Bank, has completed a three-year program in trusts with an honors distinction.

Umatilla Ranger District snags third green award

The third time was the charm for the Umatilla Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.

Invasive quagga mussels found on boat entering Eastern Oregon

ONTARIO, Ore. — An Eastern Oregon checkpoint aimed at keeping invasive species from hitchhiking into Oregon on boats has opened for the spring, and it found an infested boat the next day.

Boy Scouts to vote on whether to allow gay youths to participate

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America’s national leadership will vote today on whether to allow openly gay Scouts in its ranks, a critical and emotionally charged moment for one of the nation’s oldest youth organizations and its millions of members.

Sources: Slain Chechen implicated self in triple slaying

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Chechen immigrant shot to death in Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent implicated himself in a triple slaying that officials believe may have been connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, authorities said.

Musician Cal Scott to perform May 31

PENDLETON — Singer/songwriter Cal Scott will take the stage at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. May 31.

Pioneer justice, judge, topic of presentation Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Territorial Justice William Langford will be the subject of the Living History portrayal at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Batik watercolor artist's reception slated Saturday

DAYTON — An artist reception for La Grande artist Denise Elizabeth Stone, will be 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wenaha Gallery, 219 E. Main St.

Rock 'n' Roll Camp set for fifth season

WALLA WALLA — Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp is slated to be onstage for a fifth season, Walla Walla Symphony officials said.

Comedy takes Little Theatre of Walla Walla stage

WALLA WALLA — “The Foreigner,” a two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue will open with an 8 p.m. curtain May 31 at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St. The play is co-directed by Carol Anselmo and Al Chang.

Huntsman finishes 31st at state in ‘miserable’ conditions

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Dreadful weather conditions elevated most scores here Wednesday at Club Green Meadows during the second round of the girls Washington Class 4A state golf tournament.

Dallas exhibit reunites art JFK saw before death

DALLAS — Artist Jack Zajac said learning his bronze sculpture was among the last works of art ever seen by President John F. Kennedy left him feeling “reverential.”

Tanking M’s drop 6th in a row

ANAHEIM, Calif. — An empty main clubhouse area greeted those looking to ask the Mariners about their sixth straight loss to end this once-promising road trip.

Penguins rout Senators 7-3, take 3-1 series lead

OTTAWA — Sidney Crosby was careful not to get too far ahead of himself after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rout the Ottawa Senators for a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

James, Heat hold off Pacers

MIAMI — LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim. There was no one in his way. There was no stopping him, either.

Offices still without candidates after special filing period

WALLA WALLA — A special filing period for Walla Walla County offices open for election this year closed Wednesday with some spots still without candidates.

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Pioneers peg Eagles in state tourney

Mac-Hi gets a 4-0 win over Stayton in the state playoffs as Colette Robert shuts the Eagles down with a two-hit shutout.

Wentz: How does the Irish baseball team avoid the Ho-Hums?

DeSales High School’s baseball team faces off Friday with Liberty Bell in the Class 2B state championship semifinals and is just two wins from another state title.

DeSales’ Baumgart takes golf title No. 3; Irish win 2nd team title

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Ryan Baumgart captured his third consecutive Washington Class B state golf championship here Wednesday at the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club and led DeSales to a second straight team championship.

Celebrate National EMS Week by letting EMS workers know they're appreciated

This week marks the 40th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. The purpose of this event is to recognize the contributions of EMTs, paramedics, and others involved in the delivery of pre-hospital medicine. I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to say thank you for all that they do.

FBI arrests suspect in Washington state ricin case

SPOKANE (AP) — The FBI has arrested a suspect in a case involving the discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin and says investigators are working “around the clock” to address any remaining risks.

Coaches best-paid state employees in Washington

OLYMPIA (AP) — College coaches are the top-paid state employees in Washington, according to a list recently released by the state Office of Financial Management.

Education reform is only part of answer to student achievement

A few weeks ago I received this email from a frustrated teacher:

Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

DENVER (AP) — In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

Two insurers proposed to not cover Wash. abortions

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two insurance companies who filed to compete in Washington state’s health care exchange initially proposed not to provide abortion coverage, officials said Wednesday.

Was the IRS scandal really hidden from the president?

White House scandals are nothing new. And neither is political posturing when a scandal breaks.

'Mares, Mutts 'n Music' June 2

WALLA WALLA — “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” a funny, insightful play by Robert Fulghum, will open with a 7 p.m. curtain on May 30 at the China Pavilion, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way.

'Before Midnight,' good; 'The Hangover' a rehash

The final scene of 2004’s “Before Sunset” was so romantic it drove moviegoers crazy — happily crazy — especially because it was so tantalizingly ambiguous.

Revisions to Milton-Freewater flood zone drawn

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Umatilla County Land Use Planning Commission will hold a hearing today on revisions to the federal flood zone map for the Milton-Freewater area.

Etcetera - 5/23/13

Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary are gearing up for another big benefit yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Friday-Saturday on the lawn at the aviary building, 925 Whitman St.

Norman Graybeal

Jan. 20, 1931 — May 22, 2013

WALLA WALLA — College Place resident Norman D. Graybeal, 82, died May 22, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way.

Election filings overview

Offices open for election — Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.

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Out with a new CD, ‘Tropical Reflections,’ Non Stop’s music transports the soul

The album is titled “Tropical Reflections,” but the melodic jazz slinking out of your speakers can take you anywhere you imagine you’d like to be or have been before.

Watercolor painter's works on display

WALLA WALLA — Art by local painter Deborah Bruce is on exhibit through July at Coffee Connection Cafe, 57 E. Main St.

Bettye Oldridge

Jan. 27, 1925 — May 22, 2013

WALLA WALLA — Bettye Elizabeth Oldridge, 88, of College Place died May 22, 2013 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Wednesday, May 22

Ahmadinejad denounces elections decision to disqualify his top aide

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that a decision by election overseers to disqualify his top aide from June’s presidential election is an act of “oppression” and that he will take the case to the country’s supreme leader.

IRS official Lerner to Congress: I did nothing wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups told Congress today that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her constitutional right to refuse to answer lawmakers’ questions.

Restaurant learns online reviews can make or break

PHOENIX — It was the customer service disaster heard around the Internet.

Syrian opposition urges rebels to join key battle

BEIRUT — Syria’s main opposition alliance on Wednesday urged fighters from around the country to reinforce a rebel-held town under attack by President Bashar Assad’s troops and their allies from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.

Parents face tough choice when tornadoes bear down

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — With an ominous storm approaching, the Moore Public School District flashed a text alert to parents: “We are currently holding all students until the current storm danger is over. Students are being released to parents only at this time.”

On top of big salaries, companies pile on perks

NEW YORK — Wynn Resorts kept a suite open all year at its tony Las Vegas hotel and casino for founder and CEO Steve Wynn, at a cost of nearly $452,000.

Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

Man shot to death in Boston bombing probe

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities while being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case early today after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.

Senate panel approves immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Far-reaching legislation that grants a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over the rights of gay spouses.

North Korean leader sends special envoy to China

PYONGYANG — After months of ignoring Chinese warnings to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a high-level confidant to Beijing on Wednesday, in a possible effort to mend strained ties with his country’s most important ally.

Etcetera - 5/22/13

Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee will conduct its quarterly business meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 in the Pioneer Park Garden Center, using the Alder Street entrance.

UK official: London attack could be terror-related

LONDON — Two men attacked another man near a London military barracks Wednesday, in what British authorities were investigating as a possible terror act. One man is dead and two others were injured.

Man arrested for death threats against local officials

WALLA WALLA — A 53-year-old man appeared in court this morning on charges he threatened to kill several local officials.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/22/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Seahawks release backup QB Portis after DUI arrest

RENTON — The Seahawks announced Tuesday they had waived backup quarterback Josh Portis, a day after it was revealed he had been arrested on suspicion of DUI on May 5.

Jodi Arias: I deserve a second chance at freedom

PHOENIX — In a surprise jailhouse interview just hours after a jury began deliberating her fate, Jodi Arias spoke out Tuesday about her murder trial, her many fights with her legal team and her belief that she “deserves a second chance at freedom someday.”

Bears linebacker Urlacher announces his retirement

CHICAGO — Star linebacker Brian Urlacher is calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Sharks even with Kings after 2-1 win

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks barely held off the Los Angeles Kings at the end for a second straight home win.

Angels hammer M’s as Mike Trout hits for the cycle

ANAHEIM, Calif. — There was some understandable anger inside the visiting clubhouse once this debacle for the Mariners was finally over.

Cavs win draft lottery

NEW YORK — What’s not to like? Being in the lottery every year.

Walla Walla native wins horse cutting title

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla native Kenny Pugh Jr. recently won a national title at the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Reno, Nev.

Litke: Play ball with Roger Goodell — or else

The NFL is free to twist arms, just like anybody else. So maybe it’s just coincidence that all five of the new stadiums that will come on line during Roger Goodell’s brief tenure as NFL commissioner have now been awarded Super Bowls.

Russell Wilson takes the reins in Seattle

RENTON — The popular image of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is that of a football savant who lives, eats and breathes the game 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman makes cut at 4A state tourney

Blue Devil Dean Atkinson’s 83 is not enough to keep playing.

Irish golfers in position for another state title after one round

Ryan Baumgart leads the way as DeSales homes in on its second consecutive state championship.

Teachers finish work on time, why can’t lawmakers?

For teachers there is no such thing as overtime pay or comp-time, only an “annual salary” for a job done.

Threat to alkali bees is serious

Kudos to the FFA Agricultural Issues Team for alerting Walla Wallans and other residents of Southeastern Washington of the threat to alkali bees by the proposed expansion of U.S. Highway 12 between 9 Mile Hill and Woodward Canyon Road.

The fall ballot is sparse, but does provide some choices

The good news is local voters will have some choices to make.

Is Catholic Church taking over health care in Washington?

Lord knows our schools have problems. But suppose we tried to solve them by doing something radical — say, turning the schools over to the Catholic Church.

Inslee signs Facebook job password bill

SEATTLE — Washington became the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews.

Umatilla County vote has Murdock in lead for commissioner

PENDLETON — Unofficial results today showed Pendleton resident George Murdock winning the race for the Umatilla County Commissioner Position 1 seat.

Updated: Voters pass Milton-Freewater school funding measure

MILTON-FREEWATER — After more than a decade of failed school funding measures, voters Tuesday approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

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

Emergency Services - 5/22/13

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

Anthony Weiner launches bid to become mayor of New York City

NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner’s run for redemption is officially on.

On the Agenda - Columbia County Hospital District

When: Thursday, 6 p.m. Where: CCHS Administration Building Board Room

On the Agenda - Touchet School Board

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Where: Touchet School library

Historic mill near Pomery to host Memorial Day gathering

POMEROY — Pataha Flour Mills will hold a Memorial Day Weekend praise gathering, 7 p.m. on Saturday. There is no admission charge.

Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everything had to come together just perfectly to create the killer tornado in Moore, Okla.: wind speed, moisture in the air, temperature and timing. And when they did, the awesome energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

Weston Council to resume discussion of USDA wastewater loan

WESTON — A Weston City Council meeting which was adjourned May 15 due to lack of quorum has been rescheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Martha Crawford Gray

1917 - 2013

Martha Crawford Gray, lifelong resident of Walla Walla, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2013,

Carol Anderson

1939 - 2013

Longtime Walla Walla resident Carol Dean Anderson died of cancer on May 18, 2013. She was 73 years old.

Tuesday, May 21

Education funding measure passes in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Area resident have approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, dead at 74

LOS ANGELES — When the Doors were still a fledgling quartet, and the band members were honing their chops playing five sets a night at the London Fog club in Hollywood, it wasn’t rock stardom on keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s mind as he and his three band mates laid down an extended jam for their debut album that ran more than seven minutes.

Cost of living: Where to get the best deals

Looking for a good deal on a six-pack of beer? Try Charlotte. A haircut that won’t burn a hole in your wallet? Harlingen, Texas, is your best bet. A trip to the movies? Hilo, Hawaii, is supposed to be nice this time of year.

Does France have right plan to revive its economy?

PARIS (AP) — The man charged with reviving France’s shrinking economy and attracting businesses to invest here is gaining a reputation for doing the opposite.

Paul Gregutt to hold wine tasting Wednesday

You may know Paul Gregutt as the wine maven who’s followed everything from taste to trends as a writer covering the wine industry.

Service to be held Friday for winery co-owner Mike Dunham

The Walla Walla wine community lost one of the bastions of the industry last weekend with the death of Mike Dunham.

Banner Bank named top lender

Banner Bank has been named “Community Lender of the Year” from the Seattle District Office of the Small Business Administration.

Two file Monday at start of special filing period

WALLA WALLA — Two candidates filed Monday at the start of a special filing period in Walla Walla County.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/21/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Ex-IRS chief can't explain targeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress today he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner.

In tornado's wake, worried parents seek out kids

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The parents and guardians stood in the muddy grass outside a suburban Oklahoma City church, listening as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off — survivors of a deadly tornado that barreled through their community.

Anthrax drug brings advisor $334 million

WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig, a prominent lawyer, presidential advisor and biowarfare consultant to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the government to counter what he called a major threat to national security: a form of anthrax resistant to common antibiotics.

WWCC instructor leaves his mark on wine industry

Myles Anderson, the visionary behind the WWCC’s Center for Enolgoy & Viticulture, has retired (maybe for the last time).

A handful of winemakers put Walla Walla on the wine tour map. Among them is Myles Anderson, who has retired as the director of Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology & Viticulture.

‘Old fashioned’ no excuse for bigotry

Zonia Dedloff of Starbuck asks for a pass on her bigotry because she’s “old fashioned.” Reminds me of the same people who called themselves “old fashioned” when they stood up for racism and inequality and protested interracial marriage and integration only a few decades ago.

Connect the people to Walla Walla City Council digitally

Without benefit of the engineers’ logical explanation of changing Rose Street to two primary lanes with a turn lane in the middle, my preconceived, uninformed response was to leave it four lanes.

Emergency Services - 5/21/13

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

U-B staff wins editorial, photography awards in journalism contest

SEATTLE — The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin has won awards for editorials and photography in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.

Informational meet on tourism grants Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — Grants to support tourism events or projects with long-term economic benefits will be the subject of a meeting Wednesday.

On the Agenda - Walla Walla City Council

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

Milton-Freewater schools contract talks to be open to public

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Unified School District and the Milton-Freewater Education Association will hold a collective bargaining session today at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Middle School music room.

Sanity evaluation ordered for accused stabber

WALLA WALLA — A new mental evaluation has been ordered to determine if a man knew right from wrong when he allegedly stabbed a woman outside a local tavern last year, then set fire to the home of an acquaintance and robbed him.

Generations meld over ice cream

My Grandpa, Millerd Van Donge — “Gramps” to all his grandchildren, moved here as a senior in high school from Cove, Ore., during the depression in 1929.

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Women-only shooting club aims for state chapter

WALLA WALLA — She’s looking for “gals” but sure is getting a lot of calls from men.

New report on child mental health to be discussed

COLLEGE PLACE — Local counselor Sue Huett will discuss mental health in kids at the local National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting Wednesday at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St. in College Place.

Hike to explore insect activity planned

WALLA WALLA — Blue Mountain Land Trust will hold a “What’s the Buzz?” morning hike Saturday along the Walla Walla River in Oregon to explore late spring insect activity.

Dayton selects Spokane teacher as new elementary principal

DAYTON — Dayton School District has selected Pamela Lindsley to become its new elementary school principal.

Government spying to plug leak keeps citizens in dark

As a newspaper, it is hardly a shock we are outraged at the Obama administration’s slimy practice of combing through phone records of a news organization.

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Warrior men fade, women third at NWAACCs

The WWCC men finish fourth after a strong first round, while the women rally for third place.

Golf adopts rule to ban anchored putting stroke

NEW YORK —Golf’s governing bodies approved a rule Tuesday that outlaws the putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, a move opposed by two major golf organizations that contend long putters are not hurting the game.

Dodgers win with Mattingly under fire

MILWAUKEE — With speculation that Don Mattingly could be fired sometime this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers manager needed Clayton Kershaw to pitch well in the worst way.

Hansen vows to bring NBA back to Seattle

Chris Hansen congratulates Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on keeping the Kings in town, but says he’ll bring a team to Seattle.

Late mishaps leave Mariners winless in Cleveland

Seattle suffers another walkoff loss in Cleveland, dropping a 10-8 series finale to the Indians in 10 innings.

Michael Dale Dunham

1944Lifelong Walla Walla resident Michael Dunham passed away at his home May 18, 2013 - 2013

Lifelong Walla Walla resident Michael Dunham passed away at his home May 18, 2013

Wings top ’Hawks for 2-1 series lead

Detroit scores quickly in the second quarter to hand Chicago the 3-1 loss Monday night and gain advantage in the series.

Villwock leaves Spirit of Qatar team

SEATTLE — One of the most successful partnerships in unlimited hydroplane racing — that of driver Dave Villwock and the U-96 Spirit of Qatar team — is apparently breaking up.

Dahlberg: Oxbow's win more proof that time waits for no one

A 77-year-old trained a horse that a 50-year-old rode to victory in the Preakness, which should give anyone worried about the graying of America something to cheer about.

WW BMX sponsoring Race for Life

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley BMX is sponsoring a Race for Life Friday to benefit the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society.

Dorothy Harvey

1924 - 2013

Dorothy J. Harvey, 89, of Portland, died peacefully in her sleep on May 17, 2013.

Charles Clizer, Jr.

1927 - 2013

Charles Benton Clizer Jr., age 85, passed away May 17, 2013,

James McCowan

1932 - 2013

James Ivan McCowan was born Oct. 10, 1932,

Roger Davis

1921 - 2013

Roger L. Davis, 91, died May 20, 2013,

What's in a name?

I honestly never saw this coming. While I often publicly have fun at my own expense, it’s typically of my own choosing. And this was not my choice, by any means.

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'Deli Debi' dishes out great food, service

The manager of Harvest Foods’ deli preaches respect and a strong work ethic.

Salads, picnic food or hot soup in the cold winter — certain foods just make you happy. The deli at Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods can supply you with mood-lightening fare for all occasions.

Etcetera - 5/21/13

Although initially mentioned in an off-hand manner, 10-year-old Olivier Nicault took his jesting grandparents’ invitation to finish his fifth-grade school year with them quite seriously.

Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports as foreigners leave US

WASHINGTON — Foreigners leaving the country through any of the nation’s 30 busiest airports would undergo mandatory fingerprinting under an amendment senators added today to a sweeping immigration bill.

Pakistan's presumptive prime minister calls for talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s presumptive prime minister called for peace talks with Taliban militants at war with the government today, potentially charting a course that could put him at odds with the country’s powerful army.

Injured MBTA officer works on recovery

BOSTON (AP) — With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Sunday he’s determined to return to duty.

'Anodyne' is a modern link to old-school 'Zelda' games

Wow, “Anodyne” sure took me by surprise. In fact, surprise is the word that I keep coming back to when I think about “Anodyne.”

Persistent low pressure to fill Northwest with gloom

Think spring sunshine has finally taken hold in the Northwest? Think again. A deep, cold and unseasonably potent low-pressure system is forecast to drop south and east from northern British Columbia and position itself off the coast of northwestern Washington this week.

Monday, May 20

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Oregon timber country ponders future with fewer logs

O’BRIEN, Ore. — Jennifer Phillippi’s grandparents started producing lumber in this corner of Oregon timber country in 1922, when a man could set up a mill, log the trees within range of a team of horses and move the mill to a new stand when those trees ran out.

Cracked cellphone screens become status symbol

Brittany Lofton spots them all the time: teens and college students clutching their beat-up cellphones, with screens so cracked that spider-web-like patterns creep across the glass.

It's time to limit presidency to one term

I was a reporter in D.C. when Bill Clinton was president, and six months or so into his second term The Washington Post ran a huge drawing of the Abraham Lincoln statue looking lazily around the capital and yawning.

Time for Union-Bulletin to grow up

What in the world does the Union Bulletin have against Sheriff John Turner?

Second Amendment essential for freedom

Many years ago I recall a Pomeroy Alumni banquet speaker from Sweden saying, “The United States will never be defeated because every guy who is a guy has a gun.”

An nontraditional approach to fighting terror

Alas, the scumbag terrorists assault us continually, and we refuse to consider honestly any means of combating their atrocities.

Small steps could make highway safer

The stretch of two-lane road between Lowden and Wallula Junction is dangerous enough that lawmakers targeted it for major improvements.

Emergency Services - 5/20/13

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

Walla Walla teens injured in Kennewick stabbings

KENNEWICK — Three men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident early Saturday in Kennewick that sent two Walla Walla teens to the hospital.

Etcetera - 5/20/13

From now through June 7, Tabitha’s Closet is holding a formal clothing donation drive at Walla Walla High School.

Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1B

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet icon that had fallen behind the times.

United to return 787s to the air

United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air.

Pot growing is not a green industry

SEATTLE — Marijuana growing is not a green industry.

In the Minutes - Waitsburg City Council

City Council members are Marty Dunn, Kevin House, K.C. Kuykendall, Karl Newell and Debra Callahan. With Newell absent Wednesday, the council:

In the Minutes - Dayton School District

District board members are Marchand Hovrud, Steve Martin, Tamara Fritze, David Bailey and Joe Huether. With all present Wednesday, the board:

On the Agenda - Walla Walla School Board

When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

In the Minutes - Weston City Council

City Council members are Bill Boyd, Lyn Delph, Julie Schuld and Jennifer Spurgeon. With Spurgeon absent Wednesday, the board:

Survey: Most child passengers improperly restrained

WALLA WALLA — A recent survey at drop-off points at local elementary schools found that while 92 percent of drivers were using seatbelts, only 42 percent of child passengers were properly restrained.

President, CEO of The Associated Press blasts phone records seizure as unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department.

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Warriors surge to top of NWAACC

WALLA WALLA — Coach Mike Rostollan predicted that if tournament favorite Spokane stumbled — even a little bit — there were several rivals eager to take advantage.

A little prep for state golf tourney

WALLA WALLA — Dean Atkinson has an interesting way to prepare for the Class 4A state golf championships.

M's do little right in loss to Indians

CLEVELAND — One inning into this disaster, it was apparent the Mariners didn’t have much of a chance.

Spurs coast past Memphis

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference finals resembling the past champions who have been there so many times before.

Bae wins Byron Nelson for 1st PGA title

IRVING, Texas — Sang-Moon Bae led by four strokes in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship when his tee shot at the ninth hole went way left.

Cabrera's three home runs not enough for Tigers in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Miguel Cabrera never had a night like this last season when he won baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years.

Forwards lead Sounders' newest high-scoring attack

SEATTLE — Could this be the best offense in Sounders FC history?

Boychuk breaks tie as Bruins beat Rangers for 2-0 lead

BOSTON — Claude Julien wanted his Bruins to play more aggressively in the third period. The Boston coach got his wish with the help of some shaky defense by the New York Rangers.

Wa-Hi’s Blue Devil Basketball Camp slated in June

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School’s boys basketball team is once again be offering its summer Blue Devil Basketball Camps at Wa-Hi.

Atkinson, Atwood, Huntsman earn MCC second team honors

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School boys golfers Dean Atkinson and Nick Atwood, and girls golfer Jessica Huntsman, all were named to the all-Mid-Columbia Conference second team following the regular season.

Mac-Hi pitcher Robert, coach Christian top GOL softball awards list

MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High School softball players garnered all-Greater Oregon League honors following the regular season.

Carpenter earns Indianapolis 500 pole

INDIANAPOLIS — Ed Carpenter turned Pole Day into a family celebration on Saturday.

Johnson wins fourth NASCAR All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Cross another milestone off of Jimmie Johnson’s list. He stands alone in All-Star history.

Chargers agree to two-year deal with Freeney

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers agreed Saturday to a two-year deal with aging star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.

Krzyzewski changes mind, may return as US Olympic coach

Mike Krzyzewski is no longer ruling out a return as coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.

Beckham in tears at final Paris Saint-Germain home match

PARIS — Never a stranger to the big stage, David Beckham was finally overwhelmed and reduced to tears as he went out in a burst of fireworks and cheers Saturday in his final home game for Paris Saint-Germain before retirement.

Washington baseball sweeps Washington State with 5-2 win

PASCO — Five runs over the first three innings and a strong outing from starter Zach Wright led the Washington baseball team to a 5-2 win over Washington State on Sunday at GESA Stadium, completing Washington’s first three-game sweep over WSU since 2007.

Portland to vote on whether to fluoridate water

PORTLAND (AP) — While soaking up the rays in an unusually sunny season, Portlanders have broken away from their polite chatter about food, wine and outdoor adventure to fight about whether to fluoridate the water supply.

Ray Malcolm

1925 - 2013

Ray H. Malcolm, age 87, passed peacefully from this life in the late evening of Saturday, April 27,

Michael Dunham

1944 - 2013

Michael D. Dunham, 69, died May 18, 2013,

Carol Anderson

1939 - 2013

Carol Anderson, 73, died may 18, 2013,

Patricia Lockland

1928 - 2013

Patricia Lockland, 85, died May 18, 2013,

Opal Thonney

1915 - 2013

Opal May Thonney, 97, died May 19, 2013,

Charles Clizer

1927 - 2013

Charles Benton Clizer, 85, died May 17, 2013,

Martha Gray

1917 - 2013

Martha C. Gray, 95, died May 18, 2013,

Darlene Wheatley

1935 - 2013

Darlene Wheatley, 77, died May 18, 2013,

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Whitties treated to Idle banter

A few sacred cows were slaughtered in British comedian Eric Idle’s commencement speech.

WALLA WALLA — What some considered the third-best commencement speaker in the nation turned out to be the best choice for the Whitman College graduating class of 2013.

Assisted living industry rolls out welcome mat as boomers age

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The economy is slowly recovering, home values are rising again, and baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day.

Sunday, May 19

Clyde W. Smith

1915 - 2013

Clyde W. Smith, 98, of College Place, WA, passed away peacefully at the home of his niece, on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Vincent Torrier

Vincent Albin Torrier, 77, of Walla Walla (formerly of Fall City) passed away May 10, 2013,

Brett Bailey

1956 - 2013

Brett W. Bailey, 57, of Pendleton and formerly of Milton-Freewater died May 8, 2013,

Ione Nibler

1923 - 2013

Ione Nibler, previously residing on Fern Court, died peacefully at Wheatland Village in Walla Walla on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Frank Gallo

1940 - 2013

Frank Gallo, lifelong resident of Walla Walla, passed away at his home on May 12, 2013,

Vonleah Scheer

1916 - 2013

Vonleah Gertrude Scheer, 96, passed away May 14, 2013

Dale Thompson

Dale Thompson, 77, died May 7, 2013,

The backlash over making language in Washington state laws gender neutral

OLYMPIA — When I agreed to sponsor legislation to update state statutes with gender-neutral language, I could not have imagined the backlash that would result.

Five myths about missing children

The news, at the same time shocking and hopeful, about the discovery of three young women who went missing in Cleveland about a decade ago has riveted the country.

No Triple Crown: Oxbow upsets Orb at Preakness

BALTIMORE — Right from the start, a horse trained by one not so over-the-hill Hall of Famer and ridden by another took control of the Preakness. The result: a huge upset and the end of any hopes for a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont Stakes.

Walla Walla High School Blue Devil Athletic Development camps slated

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School is holding the Blue Devil Athletic Development camp again this summer

Late rally not enough for TigerScots in loss to Irrigon, 8-7

THE DALLES — A year after playing all the way into the state championship, Weston-McEwen will find itself on the outside looking in as the state tournament begins Wednesday.

Lonai, Childers lead Mac-Hi at GOL championships

ONTARIO, Ore. — Josie Lonai won two events and Kristi Childers placed second in the 100-meter dash to lead McLoughlin High School at the Greater Oregon League track and field championships in Ontario, Ore. Friday and Saturday.

TigerScot girls post dominating win at BMC championships

UNION — Weston-McEwen’s girls finished first and the TigerScot boys placed fifth here Friday and Saturday during the Blue Mountain Conference track and field championships at the Union High School track.

Wa-Hi girls 3rd, boys 5th at regionals

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi’s girls finished third and its boys fifth during Class 4A regional track and field action that ended here Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College.

NBA hopes still high for Seattle

In the gloom of a stormy Dallas afternoon last week, in which the NBA announced it won’t be coming back to Seattle next season, came one ray of light — an apparent softening of the league’s stance on expansion.

Wa-Hi’s Mehn, Schueller earn state tennis tournament bid

RICHLAND — The Walla Walla High School double tandem of Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller battled their way to a spot in the state 4A doubles tennis tournament in action here Saturday.

Warriors out of NWAACC East Region playoffs after losses

ONTARIO — Walla Walla Community College suffered two one-run defeats here Friday in the first day of the NWAACC East Region baseball playoffs. The two losses eliminated the Warriors.

Pacers knock out Knicks in Game 6

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana spent the entire season perfecting its defense. On Saturday, it produced the biggest payoff for the Pacers in nearly a decade.

Saturday, May 18

Sounders sully Dallas’ 9-game unbeaten streak, 4-2

SEATTLE — Two of MLS’s hottest teams traded blows in a wildly entertaining bout Saturday.

Mariners’ rally not enough in rollercoaster loss to Indians

CLEVELAND — The roller-coaster nature of the emotions surging through the Mariners in a wild ninth inning was still evident on drained-looking faces in the clubhouse after this latest defeat.

W-M exits districts

ECHO — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots softball team took early leads of 2-0 and 3-2 but fell in seven innings to the Irrigon Knights, 12-4, Special District 5 playoffs action.

Touchet takes 3rd seed to state

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Touchet High School’s softball team scored 22 runs and smacked 27 hits as the Indians went 2-1 in the 1B district 7/9 regional playoffs and earned a trip to state.

Spokane favored to win NWAACC golf tourney

WALLA WALLA — Spokane is favored to win its second consecutive men’s title here beginning this morning when the NWAACC Championships golf tournament tees off at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Vets golf course in shape for CC tourney

WALLA WALLA — A couple of weeks ago, Mike Rostollan was worried that he might have to move today’s opening round of the NWAACC Championships golf tournament to a different venue. Veterans Memorial Golf Course, where the 36-hole tournament commences this morning, was in deplorable condition. Fairways and greens were shaggy, and roughs were overgrown and almost impossible to escape with any kind of decent ball advance.

DeSales avenges loss to W-P, wins regionals

SPOKANE — The District 7/9 softball tournament came down to a rematch of the District 9 title game between DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott. The Irish avenged a 3-2 loss and defeated W-P 11-1.

Asotin dethrones W-P boys at 2B districts

CLARKSTON — It was close, but Waitsburg-Prescott’s boys track team won’t be lighting cigars for the seventh consecutive year.

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Irish shut out Kittitas, Colfax

WALLA WALLA — Defending Class 2B baseball champion DeSales moved two steps closer to the program’s 18th state title Saturday afternoon with a pair of regional victories at Murr Sports Park.

Bombers boot Blue Devils

RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School saw its softball season come to an end one win away

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Rubber Ducky, you're the one!

Winners of the 16th annual Exchange Club of Walla Walla Baker Boyer Ducky Derby are named.

Corrections officer's killer moved to Walla Walla

EVERETT, Wash. — Byron Scherf was sentenced to death for killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory, but there are no plans to hold him differently than any of the eight other death row inmates at the Washington state Penitentiary at Walla Walla.

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On Broadway

Another opening, another show. Any chance we get.

Dark clouds hang over air shows after budget cuts

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Patty Wagstaff is a Hollywood stunt pilot, three-time U.S. aerobatic champion, inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and favorite on the air show circuit.

Griffitts-Nelson engagement 5-19-13

ohn B. and Heather Nelson announce the engagement of Bobby Nelson to former College Place resident Andrea Griffitts, both of Ronald, Wash.

US military must not tolerate sexual assaults

Those serving in the U.S. military must be disciplined and follow strict orders. It’s the way the military can function when soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are deployed in defense of the nation in dangerous, high-stress situations.

Bye, bye bicycle path

I didn’t even have the time to rejoice for the news of a bicycle path connecting College Place to Walla Walla, when I heard a petition from a few against it has already changed the mind of the Walla Walla City Council.

Gun violence is down, not up

Major news networks carry news of gun violence/shootings nearly every day, often combined with the news of record gun sales!

Wind towers big issue in Umatilla County

To the voters in Umatilla County pertaining to the county commissioner position.

Hope climate change deniers are right

Recently scientists for the first time recorded a CO2 level of 400 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. The last time the level was this high was millions of years before modern humans existed.

School Board member served with integrity

In late 2012, I relinquished my position as an elected official serving as a director for the Walla Walla School District Board of Education.

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Eric Idle entertains at Whitman

The Monty Python star poked fun at the college and other targets.

City Council lack courage of convictions?

Regarding the U-B editorial on May 10 (“Rescinding Rose Street vote ...).

Vets golf course shipshape for CC tourney

WALLA WALLA — A couple of weeks ago, Mike Rostollan was worried that he might have to move today’s opening round of the NWAACC Championships golf tournament to a different venue.

Retirees may face downward mobility

The retirement prospects of Americans are slipping for the first time in generations, according to a report released Thursday, adding a new voice to those warning that future retirees face the risk of downward mobility when they leave the work force.

Emergency Services - 5/19/13

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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When there's no other voice for kids

WALLA WALLA — In Marla and Dave Capra’s living room in the center of Walla Walla, two of three children under their care run, bounce and shower a visitor with well-teethed toys. The third, at 7 months, snoozes in a playpen. She’s oblivious to feet pattering on hardwood and excited shouts.

Hikers walk 100 miles to raise funds for group helping veterans

WALLA WALLA — A team will leave here during the Memorial Day weekend for a three-day, 100-mile hike to Lewiston to raise money for the Red Circle Foundation.

On the Agenda


Police emphasis to patrol for cellphone, seatbelt violations

Motorists in Walla Walla and Garfield counties between today and June 2 can expect to see law enforcement patroling city and county roads in search of unbuckled drivers and passengers and drivers using their cellphones.

County responders to conduct mass casualty drill

WALLA WALLA — Multiple agencies and hospitals will conduct a full-scale mass casualty exercise on Monday starting at 6 p.m.

Jolie's pre-emptive mastectomies a courageous call

“You have cancer” may be the most feared thing a doctor can tell a patient.

Most candidates to run unopposed

WALLA WALLA — A final flurry of filings Friday produced contested races for several city councils and school boards as well as the state Court of Appeals. However, a majority of those who filed for positions last week will be running unopposed.

Special filing period set for empty seats

WALLA WALLA — A special three-day filing period will open Monday for Walla Walla County offices open for election this year for which no one filed during the regular filing week.

Final filing list

The following candidacies have been posted in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties as of Friday.

Family welcomes girls with medical needs

CHICAGO — An outraged Janet Agranoff watched in 1996 as “60 Minutes” aired a report about “dying rooms” in Chinese orphanages, where infants and toddlers — most of them girls — were left to starve.

Dale and LaRita White anniversary 5-19-13

Dale and LaRita White of Dayton observed their 60th wedding anniversary on May 15, 2013. A celebration in their honor was Saturday in Dayton.

Science, technology, math scholars honored by AAUW

For work in science, technology and mathematics , 11 area female high school scholars received recognition from the American Association of University Women Walla Walla Branch during a late April ceremony in the Walla Walla Public School District Boardroom.

Canada abuzz over purported crack video of mayor

TORONTO — A video purportedly of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has caused an uproar in Canada. Ford on Friday called the allegations “ridiculous.”

Mount St. Helens 33rd blast anniversary Saturday

OLYMPIA — Saturday is the 33rd anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens that killed 57 people, knocked down a forest and filled the sky and rivers with volcanic ash.

'American Idol' finale draws record low ratings

NEW YORK — Ratings for the “American Idol” finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

Pa. coffee run leads to hatchet hitchhiker arrest

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Two cups of coffee ended life on the run for an Internet sensation known as Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker.

Obama to host concert honoring Carole King

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King.

Official: 'Amazing' no one died in train crash

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Officials described a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut, saying Saturday it’s fortunate that no one was killed and that there weren’t even more injuries.

Hagel orders review of sex-abuse prevention

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday ordered the military to recertify all 25,000 people involved in programs designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault, an acknowledgement that assaults have escalated beyond the Pentagon’s control.

FBI executes search warrant in ricin letter case

SPOKANE — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are executing a search warrant Saturday in the case of two letters containing the deadly poison ricin that were intercepted this week at a post office in Washington state.

Syria's Assad says he won't step down

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won’t step down and will instead “face the storm,” raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country’s civil war.

Friday, May 17

Brother of Arias' victim describes life since murder

PHOENIX — Steven Alexander stood before the jury, looked up at a family picture and grimaced and cried as he ticked off the list of problems that have befallen him in the five years since his brother was murdered: ulcers, depression, a separation from his wife, nightmares.

Walla Walla Water Watcher

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 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Demand for more high-tech foreign worker visas draws fire

Unions and some Democrats blast Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s push.

WASHINGTON — To the U.S. technology industry, there’s a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it’s more sinister: The push by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.

What's really behind the wage gap headlines?

It has become a rite of spring – the annual announcement that women earn 70 to 77 percent of what men earn on average or over a lifetime. The two pay gap studies most cited right now are from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). These organizations have a legislative agenda and a need to keep donations flowing in. I agree with many of their overall goals – improved access to daycare, parental leave, family friendly work hours and equal pay for equal work. But specious statistics and distorted data don’t serve their cause well. The NWLC study lead

Assisted living industry rolls out welcome mat as boomers age

Baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The economy is slowly recovering, home values are rising again, and baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day. Leaders in the senior living industry hope these factors add up to more older Americans selling their homes and moving into assisted living communities over the next decade.

Tea party tax returns show activism on a shoestring

WASHINGTON — Dozens of tea party groups and other conservative organizations of the kind subjected to improper scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service operated with small budgets and rarely displayed overt partisan activities, according to an Associated Press review of public tax filings by 93 such activist groups. A few groups built million-dollar operations and political ties that could have been legitimate grounds for IRS investigation, tax law experts said.

Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Geza Vermes dies

Geza Vermes was a graduate student in Belgium in the late 1940s when he was captivated by news about a remarkable discovery in the desert east of Jerusalem. He quickly switched gears, penning his doctoral thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient manuscript fragments that would become his life’s work.

Church bulletin - 5/19/13

Church bulletin for May 19.

There's a saboteur — and it's one of us

In “World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements,” by John Hunter, the author and game deviser tells of adding a saboteur to the game. Only he and the saboteur know who that is. The other players believe he or she only plays the designated role. Having a saboteur in the game causes the players to come up with strategies to counter the saboteur’s actions. They have to reach more deeply into their intellectual and emotional selves.

Walla Walla 2020 to hold annual meeting Monday

WALLA WALLA — The citizens group Walla Walla 2020 will hold its annual meeting and celebrate its 25th anniversary on Monday.

How loyalty programs influence the way you shop

To hold onto customers, companies are using shoppers’ purchasing histories for more personalized deals.

NEW YORK — Loyalty programs at supermarkets used to be as simple as getting access to the cheaper advertised prices on store shelves.

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Terroir movement arrives at maple syrup's door

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The next time you take a bite of syrup-soaked pancake, ask yourself: What does that maple syrup really taste like? Do you detect a hint of spiced meat? Perhaps a whisper of mango? Or is that je ne sais quoi the flavor of oats?

Boise man from Uzbekistan charged with supporting terror

BOISE — An Uzbekistan national living in Boise said little during his first court appearance today on federal charges from Idaho that he gave support, cash and other resources to help a recognized terrorist group in his home country plan a terrorist attack there.

Ousted IRS chief: 'Foolish mistakes were made'

WASHINGTON — The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress today for his agency’s tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said they resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications, not political bias.

Washington small business health plan finder delayed

SEATTLE (AP) — A new health insurance marketplace being set up in Washington state to help small businesses find insurance for their employees will not be fully operational this fall, as planned.

Economists say Oregon tax revenue forecast up

SALEM (AP) — A slow, steady economic recovery means the state treasury will take in more money than previously expected, economists said Thursday, but the news did little to thaw an impasse over pension cuts and tax increases.

Etcetera - 5/16/13

Walla Walla High School junior Ian Davidson, 17, won the May 10 culinary competition on the Wa-Hi campus as part of “The Cutting Edge Tour — Seeking America’s Top Teen Chef” competition. The event was judged and filmed by Food Network Chopped Judge Chef Maneet Chauhan.

Etcetera - 5/17/13

Most of the John Sager Middle School buildings are being demolished in late summer to make way for the new College Place Public Schools High School, said Linda Byerley, Sager principal and director of curriculum and instruction for College Place Public Schools.

Letters containing ricin found at Spokane postal facility

SPOKANE — Two letters that contained the deadly poison ricin were intercepted at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Spokane this week, the FBI said Thursday.

Soldier gets life without parole in Iraq killings

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — An Army sergeant was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for the 2009 killings of five fellow service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.

Former lawyer: O.J. knew two companions had guns with them

LAS VEGAS — The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges testified today his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.

Some lost everything to North Texas tornado

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Raul Rodriguez counts himself a lucky man.

Country star sues to block release of DWI patrol car video

BAUSTIN, Texas — Country music star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of patrol car video of his 2012 drunken-driving arrest in North Texas.

Emergency Services - 5/17/13

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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Downtown Sears ranked among top in US

The store, operating for only six months, won big in customer satisfaction.

WALLA WALLA — The Sears Hometown Store on Walla Walla’s Main Street may be a smaller version of a traditional Sears. But when it comes to service and sales, it’s packing a punch.

Washington florist sues state in gay wedding case

RICHLAND (AP) — A florist targeted by two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding has filed her own lawsuit against Washington state, claiming the state is violating her religious beliefs.

Oregon bill guards workers' social media passwords

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill barring bosses from demanding employees or job applicants turn over their Facebook passwords and other social media login information.

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Wa-Hi finds offense against Pioneers

Ellie Rassbach’s job in the circle is backed by seven Blue Devil runs in the seventh inning for the 7-0 win over Mac-Hi.

Class 2B tracksters punch state tickets

The District 9 meet in Clarkston concludes today after area athletes qualify for state on Thursday.

Blue Devils march into District regional meet

Wa-Hi sends a huge contingent to Spokane today and Saturday to compete for spots in the state meet.

Indians knock off Colton, move on to face Cusick

TOUCHET — Somebody forgot to tell Touchet and Colton that the District 9 softball playoff battle here Thursday was a meaningless seeding game.

MLB hoping for large replay expansion in 2014

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball appears set for a vast expansion of video review by umpires in 2014 and is examining whether all calls other than balls and strikes should be subject to instant replay.

Beckham to call it quits after final two soccer matches

David Beckham, whose curling free kicks, rugged good looks and celebrity marriage made him one of the most famous athletes in the world, is retiring from soccer.

Bradley shoots course-record 60 to open Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley found his clubs spread out on the floor and an open umbrella near his empty golf bag in the champions' locker room before teeing off at the Byron Nelson Championship.

NHL Playoffs: Marchand leads Bruins past Rangers, 3-2

BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.

NAIFA Golf Tournament slated June 14 at Veterans Memorial

WALLA WALLA — The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Golf Tournament, to benefit Walla Walla Community Hospice, is slated at 8 a.m. June 14 at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Mariners down battered New York, edge closer to .500

Michael Morse hit his 10th home run of the season and Hector Noesi fills in well as the Mariners’ starting pitcher in the 3-2 win.

Kings reportedly sold to Sacremento group

SEATTLE — The last unresolved question over the fate of the Sacramento Kings was answered Thursday night when it was reported that the Maloof family had reached a deal to sell the team to a Sacramento group led by Vivek Ranadive.

Ex-con gets time-served sentence for burglary, assault

He’d served 34 months in jail and as a mental patient at Medical Lake.

WALLA WALLA — An ex-convict who attacked a deliveryman in Touchet in 2010 was handed a time-served sentence Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

NBA Playoffs: Spurs oust Warriors, 94-82

OAKLAND, Calif. — Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.

t.h.e. Interior holds grand opening tonight

A downtown Walla Walla space has been transformed into a studio showroom and gallery for the work of local architects, designers and craftsman.

Hot Poop carries on amid changing times

The beat goes on at Walla Walla’s venerable music store Hot Poop.

Jed Sept

1958 - 2013

Jed L. Sept, 54, died May 16, 2013,

In the minutes - College Place School Board

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

Norma Schumacher

Norma Sara (Moore) Schumacher passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2013,

Shirley Carlson

Shirley R. Carlson, 78, died May 16, 2013,Shirley Carlson

Man sentenced to more than nine years in Walla Walla stabbing

WALLA WALLA — A man who stabbed a person about 15 times in a fight last March on West Sumach Street was sentenced Thursday to nine-and-a-half years in prison.

Serial killer Robert Yates appealing death sentence

SEATTLE (AP) — Serial killer Robert Yates, whose death sentence has been upheld by the state Supreme Court, is seeking an appeal through the federal court system.

Martian atmosphere likely swept away by solar winds

During most of April planetary orbits put the sun between Mars and Earth and cut off reliable communications with Curiosity, the NASA rolling laboratory on the Red Planet.

Free Pilates class offered to cancer patients, survivors

WALLA WALLA — A free Pilates class for cancer patients and survivors will be held 4:30-5:30 p.m. starting June 12 at the lobby of the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, 401 W. Poplar St.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/17/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Road closures - 5/17/13

The city of Walla Walla has closed Howard Street between Sheridan and Clay streets until Monday at 5 p.m. so crews can replace a sewer line. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through.

Milton-Freewater grant helps police patrol schools

The school district-sought grant pays for mobile data systems in city patrol cars.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater police will now have mobile data systems and laptop computers in their patrol cars to assist with tackling crime in the city.

Election filings - 5/17/13

The following candidates were posted Thursday in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.

Support group for PAP machine users to meet

WALLA WALLA — Providence St. Mary Medical Center will host a free positive airway pressure users support group 6-7 p.m. May 22 at the Center, Level 1, Mother Joseph Room, 401 W. Poplar St.

Intestinal bacteria linked to higher risk of cardiovascular problems

One of the fascinating things about science is that new things are always turning up.

Misdiagnosis more common than drug errors, wrong-site surgery

Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn’t think much about the problem of misdiagnosis.

Wearable robots lighter, more portable

CHICAGO — When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

Too much salt is bad; too little?

WASHINGTON — While high salt intake increases the risk of heart disease in the general public, a new study says the health effects are less clear when salt consumption is reduced to below daily amounts recommended.

Thursday, May 16

Validity found in 'you are what you eat' statement

In my younger years I worked as an officer in juvenile detention facility. With overcrowded conditions, the job of keeping an eye on the 6- to 16-year-olds had its challenges.

Age is never an excuse to not exercise

Too old to exercise? Never!

Election filings - 5/16/13

The following candidacies have been posted in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Registration open for Oregon East Symphony Summer Music Camp

PENDLETON — The Oregon East Symphony is accepting registrations for its upcoming Summer Music Camp.

Rose Street decision should be about ‘community’

The City Council reversed its decision to redesign the striping of Rose Street based on a “huge public outcry,” according to the Union-Bulletin. Are City Council decisions made according to who cries out the loudest and gets signatures on a petition? Is it an “us vs. them” thing, or are we a community?

Public servants must be sure they have time to serve public

That is something to consider this week as it is the filing period for a host of local offices, including several school boards and city councils.

It’s difficult to run for public office, and it’s usually tougher to serve.

Thread-painting techniques taughtin one-day workshops

WALLA WALLA — Contemporary thread artist and quilter, Barbara Shapel, will present a one-day workshop in Walla Walla twice in June.

Watchdog group: Israel trying to legalize settlements

JERUSALEM — An Israeli watchdog group today accused the government of taking steps to legalize four unauthorized settlement outposts in the West Bank, days before the U.S. secretary of state is set to arrive on a new peace mission.

Walla Walla University Spring Choral Concert on tap

COLLEGE PLACE — “All Nations Sing” the free Walla Walla University Spring Choral Concert, will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the WWU Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St.

Bluegrass festival, Dutch oven rendezvous June 7-9

PASCO — The 10th annual Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous will be June 7-9 at Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco.

Classic Duffy Bishop Band to play Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Classic Duffy Bishop Band will perform 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Author kicks off writers' series

PENDLETON — Oregon author Molly Glass will be the first featured author at the First Draft Writers’ Series kick off at 7 p.m. at Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, 230 S.E. Court Ave..

'From Monty Python to Spamalot' Eric Idle to speak on Saturday

WALLA WALLA — English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and composer Eric Idle will speak about his career in “From Monty Python to Spamalot: A Discussion with Eric Idle” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.

Ouster of IRS official won't end probes into targeting of conservatives

WASHINGTON — Don’t look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency’s acting commissioner.

Whitman College Chorale to perform 'Lux Aeterna' Saturday

WALLA WALLA — Lux Aeterna, a choral work by American composer Morten Lauridsen, will be performed by the Whitman College Chorale, conducted by Jeremy Mims with organist Melissa Loehng, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.

Symphony benefit lunch Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Symphony will hold its annual Celebration of Music fundraiser luncheon 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Walla Walla Country Club.

House panel OKs farm bill with food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.

‘Star Trek’ goes not so boldly into rehash zone

Star Trek Into Darkness” is like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget. It’s reverential, it’s faithful, it’s steeped in “Trek” mythology.

Democrats rally behind Obama on Benghazi

WASHINGTON — Democrats rallied behind President Barack Obama in the dispute over the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack, arguing that the White House’s latest email disclosure undermines Republican claims of a cover-up.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/16

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Suicide car bomb in Afghanistan kills 15, including six Americans, two children

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital today, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said. U.S. soldiers rushed to help, including some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under body armor.

Honour Project flights set for takeoff Saturday

WALLA WALLA — A local family’s project will allow a group of veterans to take flight Saturday, weather permitting.

Frosty spring nights damage fruit crops

Cherries were hard hit; effects on other tree fruits have yet to be determined.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Frosty nights in March and April have put the hurt on the area’s cherry crops.

Emergency Services - 5/16/13

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

Unemployment rate drops in April

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in April, and the state added an estimated 3,800 jobs last month, according to numbers released Wednesday.

Loans offer hope to underwater homeowners

Underwater on your mortgage? You may not be stuck. There are special loan programs for virtually every type of loan, whether it is backed or insured by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

O.J. Simpson takes stand, testifies for five hours

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, a former star athlete who once lived for the spotlight, was back on stage telling the grim story of the Las Vegas afternoon in 2007 that sent him to prison.

Tamástslikt opens Living Culture Village

PENDLETON — The Living Culture Village at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., will open May 25.

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Huge diamond from Botswana auctioned for $26.7 million

GENEVA — A huge diamond unearthed in Botswana commanded an unearthly price of $26.7 million from Christie’s auction house Wednesday amid the spring ritual of well-heeled bidders flocking or phoning in to Geneva’s luxury sales.

Elks Lodge Club Room grand re-opening set for Saturday

The big reveal of a makeover at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge Club Room on Rose Street is coming this weekend, operators say.

Classic cars and tunes at Canoe Ridge Vineyard on Friday

Classic cars and classic tunes will be featured in a special event at Canoe Ridge Vineyard on Friday.

Arias lawyers wanted to withdraw, but were denied

PHOENIX — Attorneys for Jodi Arias asked to step down from the case after their client was convicted of first-degree murder, but a judge denied the request, according to court minutes obtained Thursday.

Fifth annual Fly Fishing Day at Waterbrook Winery

Waterbrook Winery is plunging into its fifth annual Fly Fishing Day this weekend.

Cicely Tyson: Most actresses get better with age

It is hardly a controversy for the ages. It is, however, part of a satisfying reality in the theater.

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W-P's track title streak on the line in Clarkston

WALLA WALLA — For the majority of a decade, Waitsburg-Prescott has dominated District 9 in boys track and field.

Baseball loses a true friend in Tom Lewis

WALLA WALLA — Baseball lost a true friend and a great ambassador last week when Tom Lewis died at his home in Bellingham. He was 78.

Seattle gets no team, no promises

DALLAS — Seattle might have had the money. But Sacramento had the power — specifically, said NBA Commissioner David Stern, the power of incumbency.

Ibanez's two blasts help Mariners rout Yankees, 12-2

NEW YORK — There come times in every game where one swing can decide the outcome, and this particular moment was staring Raul Ibanez in the face.

Brewer: Sucker punch shows Seattle something

SEATTLE — At the end of the fight, the old, vindictive NBA commissioner couldn’t announce the winner without first needling the city he was about to make a loser again.

NBA Playoffs: Griz, Heat each end series in five games

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84 Wednesday night.

Doris Brown

1942 - 2013

Doris A. “Dee” Brown, 70, died May 15, 2013,Doris Brown

Vonleah G. Scheer

1916 - 2013

Vonieah Gertrude Scheer, 96, died May 14, 2013,Vonleah G. Scheer

Steven Schaub

1950 - 2013

Steven Allen Schaub, 63, passed away on March 25, 2013, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Dennis King

1921 - 2013

Dennis John King died May 8, 2013, at Park Manor in Walla Walla,

Albert Sholtis

1934 - 2013

Albert A. Sholtis of Walla Walla passed away at home on April 19, 2013.

Sex predator case reset for February trial

WALLA WALLA — The trial for a man the state Attorney General’s Office wants to lock up indefinitely as a sexually violent predator has been postponed to next year.

Milton-Freewater School District musicians to perform

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater School District student bands will give free performances.

Lack of city pool may sink swim classes in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College will no longer allow its pool to be used for city Parks and Recreation swim classes, which will most likely mean a shortage of swimming and water safety classes this summer.

A rejuvenated Prince looks forward again

DENVER — Prince pounded his rhinestone-encrusted cane into the floor to make a point. “I don’t have time for old people,” he insisted. “I want to work with young people.”

Two weeks of cooling off doesn't cool the rhetoric in the Legislature

OLYMPIA — Everyone knows that if Gov. Jay Inslee really wanted the state Legislature to finish its work quickly – especially passing a two-year budget that boosts funding for public education – he should have brought them back into special session immediately.

At least six confirmed dead in Texas tornadoes

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.

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Walla Walla Blues Society — 20 years and the beat goes on

WALLA WALLA — There may not be a cake, but the Walla Walla Blues Society’s 20th Birthday Bash promises to be a sweet treat for local blues lovers.

Early settler's life portrayed at museum

WALLA WALLA — Early settler Fred Stine will be portrayed at the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History enactment, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Pendleton Underground Tours plans live-action event

PENDLETON — Pendleton Underground Tours’ annual live-action tour will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday starting from Pendleton Underground Tours, 37 S.W. Emigrant Ave.

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Athena artist’s work at Marcy’s Bar & Lounge

WALLA WALLA — Jenny Hegdal’s current show hanging at Marcy’s Bar & Lounge was born of desperation.

Phoenix’ ‘Bankrupt!’ born out of negative influences

NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix frontman and singer Thomas Mars says their new album “Bankrupt!” was born out of the negative influences going on in the band after the unprecedented success of their Grammy-winning 2009 album, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

Boeing resumes 787 deliveries after four-month halt

Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded.

Wednesday, May 15

Video: UW Education’s Tom Stritikus says guiding teachers is key

University of Washington College of Education Dean Tom Stritikus says being raised by Greek immigrant parents inspired him to approach learning as a powerful tool to improve lives.

Video: Cindi Williams’ national perspective on Washington education reform

Washington Charter School Commission member Cindi Williams wields a macro and micro lens when it comes to viewing public education.

Video: For WSU President Elson Floyd, higher education remains gateway

Washington State University President Elson Floyd is the fourth guest in our occasional “Education Conversations” video series.

Video: Democrats for Education Reform’s Lisa Macfarlane argues for higher academic standards

The third guest in our occasional “Education Conversations” video series is Lisa Macfarlane, Washington state director of Democrats for Education Reform.

Video: WEA President Mary Lindquist challenges Washington to invest more in K-12 education

The Seattle Times editorial board’s second “Education Conversations” video features an interview with Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association.

Video: Superintendent shares ideas on education

Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield shares her ideas on three topics, and explains what accounts for some of the recent gains in her multicultural district’s academic achievements.

Election filings - 5/15/13

The following people have filed for election in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/15/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Angelina Jolie: From girl with tattoo to woman with a cause

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her bad girl days, Angelina Jolie’s body was a billboard for tattoos that said such things as “Billy Bob.”

Billie Sol Estes, Texas Fraudster, Dies at 88

Billie Sol Estes, a colorful and unapologetic Texas wheeler-dealer who boasted of his political connections even as he went to prison two times for fraud, died May 14 at his home in DeCordova, Tex. He was 88.

Hagel told Obama about the latest Army sex abuse case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed President Barack Obama of the latest sexual assault allegations against a soldier who was assigned to prevent such crimes — the second soldier involved in similar accusations — and the president made clear he wants that behavior stopped, officials said Wednesday.

Boehner blasts IRS for targeting conservatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative political groups widens, House Speaker John Boehner says he has a question: “Who’s going to jail over this scandal?”

Dems, GOP 'troubled' over Justice look at AP phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a House panel told Attorney General Eric Holder today they had serious concerns about the Justice Department’s gathering of phone records at The Associated Press.

Gaming hotspot Arcade-ia remains open while addressing issues

A little update on downtown Walla Walla’s new gaming hotspot: Arcade-ia continues to operate as owners address code concerns raised last week by the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency.

Musician, cast of 'Noche de Pasion' making the rounds

David Maldonado and the cast of “Noche de Pasion” will be making the rounds in a series of public meet-and-greet events this week leading up to their performances.

Reserve House Restaurant now open for the season

The Reserve House Restaurant, Woodward Canyon Winery’s own onsite restaurant, has opened its dining room for the season.

In the Minutes - Athena-Weston School Board

Board members are Preston Winn, Duane Smalley, Trenda Nichols, Scott Rogers, Rod Bonifer, Joshua Henningsen and Eric Quaempts. With Henningsen absent Monday, the board:

Fairness prompts column publication

On today’s Viewpoints page, you’ll find a column by Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner regarding an investigation into potential payroll fraud at the Sheriff’s Office.

Drivers can save $124 by putting down cellphones

Later this month law enforcement agencies will be targeting those who use electronic devices while driving. The fine is $124.

Washington state routinely leads the nation in seat-belt use.

Weather is great, celebrate National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month!

State inquiry into Sheriff’s Office determines no wrongdoing

Some folks have inquired about the state Auditor’s Office looking into the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. I’m happy to share what happened.

OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial

OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial

Lower deficit could slow any budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is the budget deficit for the current year is projected to come in well below what was estimated just a few months ago. The bad news for deficit hawks is that the development could further curb the already slowing momentum for a budget pact this year.

Hertz to pack up Walla Walla Regional Airport rental service

The car rental service also is closing offices in other cities.

WALLA WALLA — The community’s busiest auto rental service is putting the brakes on its local operation.

Two co-op startups in Oregon health insurance market

PORTLAND (AP) — Two startup cooperatives have joined a crowded health insurance market in Oregon, offering a consumer-run experience and hoping to draw customers who prefer smaller not-for-profits, or who support underdogs and alternative, DIY culture.

Etcetera - 5/15/13

It’s almost commencement time at Walla Walla High School and students need graduation gowns in all sizes, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. Gowns may be deliverd to Wa-Hi Assistant Principal Mark Pickel. “If anyone has a graduation gown that has been sitting in your closet looking for a new place to hang out, we have just the place,” he said. Drop them off at his office or the ASB office, 800 Abbott Road. Contact Mark at 509-526-8602 or .

Some may see lower rates under Obama health law

OLYMPIA — Some Washington residents may see lower insurance premiums under President Barack Obama’s health care law, with proposed plans released Tuesday countering concerns expressed by the insurance industry just a year ago.

Senate committee OKs tougher impaired driving law

OLYMPIA — A Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a bill to make changes to the state’s impaired driving laws, including making driving under the influence a felony on the fourth conviction, rather than the current law that has it at five within 10 years.

Tree removal along Rose Street to be discussed

WALLA WALLA — The proposed cutting down of six of about 50 old sycamore trees that line Rose Street will be the main topic at a special meeting of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Urban Forest Advisory Board.

Man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by car

A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.

Walla Walla Valley or Valley of Elah? Goliath winery springs forth

WALLA WALLA — The turnoff from U.S. Highway 12 to the newest and biggest winery in the Valley is the entrance to a sort of brave new world.

On the Agenda - College Place School Board

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

In the Minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board

Board members are Duane Geyer, chairman; Mike Lesko, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, Kelly Kessler, Tim McElrath, Don Miller and Tara Lewis. With McElrath absent Tuesday, the board:

Milton-Freewater schools budget committee to hold first meeting Thursday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater School District Budget Committee will hold its first meeting Thursday.

Emergency Services - 5/15/13

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

Weston-McEwen gets hits this time around

The TigerScots pick up two seventh-inning runs to avenge last year’s softball play-in loss to Echo/Stanfield.

Indians take care of district business

Touchet scores early and Makayla Bishop shuts Liberty Christian down from the circle for a 5-0 District 9 1B softball victory Tuesday.

Local endurance riders off to fast start

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla endurance riders have had a good start to the season.

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Atkinson eagles, leads Wa-Hi to 2nd at districts

Dean Atkinson ties for second at the district golf tournament to lead the Blue Devils to the team mark.

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Ogling, aiming and ambling fill four-day trip

Despite two days of wind-driven sand across Harney County, Darlene, Nora the Schnauzer and I declared our recent four-day trip to Burns/Hines and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge a total success.

New A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League to meet

WALLA WALLA — The new A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League is having its first meeting from 6-8 p.m. May 22 at Jacobi’s Cafe, 416 N. 2nd, in Walla Walla.

Waitsburg gears up for Cowgirl ranch racing at Celebration Days

WAITSBURG — Cowgirl ranch racing is the signature event this year for Waitsburg’s Celebration Days Friday through Sunday in Waitsburg.

Cyclists, avoid ‘bonking,’ and here’s how to do it

Everyone who cycles has “bonked” at one time or another.

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Bogey golf good enough for Wa-Hi's Huntsman at districts

PASCO — Jessica Huntsman played bogey golf Tuesday at the final round of the girls District 5 golf tournament and, although she wasn’t entirely happy with her 12-over 84, it was good enough to get her to state.

NHL Playoffs: Kings open with 2-0 victory over Sharks

LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their second-round series with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

NBA Playoffs: Spurs whip Warriors

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs got the added energy Gregg Popovich wanted against the Golden State Warriors and a stellar performance from Tony Parker that they desperately needed.

Irish tune up with a little revenge

DeSales avenges one of its two losses this season with an 8-3 win over La Grande, and now readies for the regional tourney Saturday.

M’s, Hernandez not perfect enough in 4-3 loss to Yankees

NEW YORK — Charlie Furbush summed up the postgame mood for many of his fellow Mariners when he shrugged and said he felt he pitched well despite the results.

NBA’s decision day is here

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote on the sale and relocation of the Kings today.

Charles Webb

1924 - 2013

Charles D. “Chuck” Webb of Milton-Freewater passed away May 8, 2013,

Timothy Fuller

1966 - 2013

Timothy R. Fuller went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on May 4, 2013,

Nadine Dieringer

1927 - 2013

Nadine Johnson Dieringer, age 86 years, of Dayton died May 12, 2013,

Russell Swingler

1934 - 2013

Russell Eugene Swingler died May 11, 2013, at the age of 78.

Ron Richwine

1968 - 2013

Ron Richwine, 45, of Milton-Freewater passed away May 12, 2013,

Russia detains US diplomat accused of spying

MOSCOW — A U.S. diplomat disguised in a blond wig was caught trying to recruit a Russian counterintelligence officer in Moscow, Russia’s security services announced today, claiming the American was a CIA officer.

Justices back Monsanto in genetically modified seed case

WASHINGTON — Farmers must pay Monsanto each time they plant the company’s genetically modified soybeans, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting an Indiana farmer’s argument that his unorthodox techniques did not violate the company’s patent.

Cleveland kidnapping, rape suspect faced prior complaints

CLEVELAND — A man charged with holding three women captive for about a decade had been accused of threatening his neighbors, attacking his common-law wife and committing violations during his career as a school bus driver, according to records released Monday.

Tuesday, May 14

Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. — It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America’s green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm’s spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground.

Election filings - 5/14/13

The following people have filed for election in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties as of Tuesday.

Jury convicts abortion doctor of murder in 3 deaths

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dr. Kermit Gosnell considered himself a pioneering inner-city doctor who helped desperate women get late-term abortions, but a Philadelphia jury called him a murderer who killed three babies after they were born alive.

Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85

Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.

Shaved ice business plans May 23 opening in College Place

Plans are heating up for the opening of a College Place business known for refreshing treats.

Woman stabs intruder to death as he fights with husband

NORTH BEND, Wash. — As her husband fought with an intruder in their home early Monday, a woman grabbed a knife and stabbed the stranger to death, investigators said.

CP police investigate report man tried to lure boys

COLLEGE PLACE — Police are investigating a report that an unidentified man attempted to lure two young boys into his truck Monday afternoon near Davis Elementary School.

Mexico creates restricted zone around active volcano

MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s giant Popocatepetl volcano may generate lava flows, explosions of “growing intensity” and rain ash that could reach miles away, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said Monday.

Out to pasture on a four-wheeler

"Ernie, how about taking a ride on the four-wheeler?” my nephew, Loren, asked me that warm summer day.

Emergency Services - 5/14/13

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

Stabbing suspect extradited to Umatilla County

WALLA WALLA – Extradition papers were signed this morning to transfer a Walla Walla man to Umatilla County to face assault charges in connection with the May 5 stabbing of Benjamin Beliz.

Dayton wrestles with special events policy

A draft the city proposed ran into public concern that it went too far.

DAYTON — The City Council has tabled a proposed policy on special events after many citizens expressed concerns it was too complicated and burdensome.

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Touchet teen samples life as legislative page

A page for a week, he also practiced the art of compromise on a mock gun bill.

TOUCHET — For Jacob LaRoque, getting up early was the best and worst part of his job.

Candidate filings - 5/14/13

The following people who filed for election in Walla Walla and Columbia counties on Monday, the first day of candidate filing week in Washington. No filings were reported in Garfield County.

Two resign from College Place City Council

The city has 90 days to fill vacancies left by Steve Dickerson and David Beamer.

COLLEGE PLACE — A couple of moving experiences have left the City Council with two vacancies to fill.

Riley gets his witness for hole-in-one

MILTON-FREEWATER — Bill Riley knew better than to make the same mistake twice.

Focus in Olympia must be on budget

State lawmakers were back in Olympia on Monday for a 30-day overtime session after failing to approve a state budget.

Thoughts on recent events

I’ll begin with Robert Day’s letter on May 3. He’s correct. The NRA gets its power from the American people.

Warriors stumble through Bandon Dunes

BANDON, Ore. — Skagit Valley improved by eight shots here Monday at Bandon Dunes and pulled out a one-shot victory over Spokane at the annual Southwest Oregon Invitational men’s golf tournament.

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Irish boys roll to District 9 tourney title

Ryan Baumgart leads DeSales’ boys to the championship as 2B golfers advance to the state tournament.

Atkinson carries Blue Devils’ flag

RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School senior golfers Nick Atwood and Dean Atkinson were neck-and-neck this season in the aggregate scoring, with Atkinson finishing the season in fourth place in individual scoring and Atwood fifth.

Cubs, Anthony Rizzo agree to terms on $41 mil contract

The Chicago Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him. Now he’s locked in.

Astros president, CEO Postolos resigns mid-season

DETROIT — George Postolos is leaving the Houston Astros, despite what he insists are better days ahead for the struggling team.

Nats’ Harper avoids concussion after collision

LOS ANGELES — Bryce Harper put a scare into himself and his Washington Nationals teammates after his latest violent collision with an outfield wall.

Family of deceased NHL player files lawsuit

CHICAGO — The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL.

Storm make two roster cuts

Former Gonzaga star Katelan Redmon was cut by the New York Liberty twice during the 2012 season, experienced the same fate on Monday when the Seattle Storm waived her.

Decision day nears: NBA owners to vote Wednesday

No recommendation is made by the relocation/finance committee regarding the Kings’ future.

Wa-Hi’s Huntsman in the hunt for state after first round of districts

Wa-Hi’s Jessica Huntsman cards an 84 to finish in fourth place after the first round of districts.

NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies upset OKC in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lionel Hollins demands a certain standard from his Grizzlies that he didn’t get in the first half against Oklahoma City.

Bringing a new apple to stores everywhere

When I was young, my family ate a lot of Red Delicious apples. The apples were big and eye-catching, but in my opinion their eating qualities left something to be desired. Still, they gave us a reasonably economical and convenient fruit choice, and we were glad to have them.

In the Minutes - College Place City Council

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

Pursuit case draws jail time for eluder

WALLA WALLA — A man who led police on a high-speed vehicle chase for several miles north of Walla Walla in April was sentenced Monday afternoon to 5 1/2 months in the County Jail.

Peace Officers observance to be held in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — In honor of National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, regional law enforcement agencies will hold a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street.

Milton-Freewater educator loses fight with cancer

MILTON-FREEWATER — The town is mourning the loss of one of its educators, who died after a battle with cancer.

On the Agenda - Weston City Council

When: Tuesday and Wednesday 6 p.m. Where: Weston-Athena Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main St.

In the Minutes - Dayton City Council

City Council members are Delphine Bailey, Kathy Berg, Christine Broughton, Dain Nysoe, Arthur Hall and Bill Graham. With all present Monday, the council:

In the Minutes - Garfield County Commission

Commissioners are Robert Johnson, Dean Burton and Wynne McCabe. With all present Monday, the board:

On the Agenda - Waitsburg City Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Preston Hall Board Room, 605 Main St., Waitsburg

On the Agenda - Columbia County Commissioners

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m. Where: Columbia County Courthouse, 341 E. Main St., Dayton

Safety corridor on Highway 11 set for decommissioning

MILTON-FREEWATER — Due to a reduction in crashes and fatalities along OR Highway 11 the designated Traffic Safety Corridor through Milton-Freewater will be decommissioned on June 5.

Etcetera - 5/14/13

With planet exploration in mind, the Barcenas clan uprooted from its Walla Walla home in 2012 to embark on a grand two-year tour.

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Valley residents get their warm-weather kicks at the pool

‘What was your favorite childhood activity?” I asked my mom, Linda Mobley. Of course I already knew what the answer would be: the Nat.

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For pets, Penrod Kennels is a day at the park

MILTON-FREEWATER — Penrod Kennels is a place where pets can go to be themselves.

Ronald Richwine

1968 - 2013

Ronald J. “Ron” Richwine, 45,

Paul Dever

1942 - 2013

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 on Wednesday, May 15, 2013,

Walla Walla's Toyota dealership wins prestigious President's Award

Toyota Motor Sales has recognized Walla Walla’s dealership with the company’s prestigious President’s Award.

Will work for brains?

Dear John, I enjoyed this past season of “The Walking Dead,” and could not help but wonder what I would do in a zombie apocalypse. What piqued my curiosity the most was the times when zombies were used as tools by the humans. Would it be legal to own a zombie after they rise up from the dead?

Heat benefits plants, Stampede crowds, sales of Natty Boh

Now that your weatherperson has single-handedly derailed the ill-advised Rose Street reconfiguration plan with his hard-hitting commentary in last week’s column, he has been urged by many to tackle other thorny and long-unresolved issues that continue to pester the world: Concerns such as the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa, long-standing animosities in the Middle East and the stunning inability of home plate umpires to call balls and strikes in any consistent manner — the last of which is possibly the most annoying of all.

Police vow to solve Mother's Day shooting in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — A medical student who witnessed the shooting that wounded 19 people during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans said today the gunman appeared to be firing in a controlled manner, but it wasn’t clear if he was trying to hit specific people.

Military judge finds Army sergeant guilty of premeditated murder

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A military judge found Army Sgt. John Russell guilty of premeditated murder today in the 2009 killings of five fellow service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.

Future of house where women held debated

CLEVELAND — An imposing, 10-foot privacy fence has been erected to guard the home of Cleveland rape and kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, with windows and doors boarded shut to keep people out of the place that police say was once meant only to keep people in. Patrols cars were still parked across the entrances to the block today to keep away onlookers.

Monday, May 13

Walla Walla Community College names new wine program director

WALLA WALLA — A regional winemaker and industry consultant, who is also an expert on soil and geology, has been named the new director of Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.

Learning about guns in America

What I recently learned:

City Council’s Laib says no to new term

WALLA WALLA — City Council Member Shane Laib will not run for re-election but will remain in politics, he announced this morning.

Emergency Services - 5/13/13

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

Walters announces her retirement on 'The View'

NEW YORK — Barbara Walters said today that retirement from her epochal television career is near, but it’s not happening right away.

Bangladesh building collapse death toll hits 1,127 as search ends

SAVAR, Bangladesh — Major Western brands embraced a safety plan that would require them to help pay for factory improvements in Bangladesh as the nearly three-week search for victims of the world’s worst garment-industry disaster ended Monday with the death toll at 1,127.

Walla Walla County starts chip-sealing road projects

WALLA WALLA — Starting Tuesday, Walla Walla County drivers should expect delays due to chip sealing projects on county roads.

Stabbing victim arrested on fugitive warrants

WALLA WALLA – The 27-year-old man who was stabbed last week during an altercation near Stateline Road in Milton-Freewater was arrested Saturday after his release from Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Man arrested for urinating on Walla Walla Public Library books

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested Justin J. Stokes on investigation of felony malicious mischief after the 38-year-old man reportedly urinated on books at the Walla Walla Public Library on Thursday,

US government files morning-after pill appeal

NEW YORK — The Obama administration on Monday filed a last-second appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.

Natural gas export plans stir debate

WASHINGTON — A domestic natural gas boom has already lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.

Automatic voter registration goes too far

Voting should be encouraged. Government should not create obstacles to registering to vote. In fact, government should make it a simple, easy process to cast a ballot.

Council member announces he won't seek re-election

WALLA WALLA — Council member Shane Laib issued a statement today indicating he won't seek re-election to his Walla Walla City Council position (No. 2) this year. His email included the following statement: "I have mostly enjoyed the time that I have served on the council and am proud of the accomplishments that have been made. I have enjoyed serving the citizens of the Walla Walla community."

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

In the minutes - Athena City Council

Athena City Council members are Deborah Hayward, LaVerne Mitchell, Chet Sater, Rebecca Schroeder and Carol Speed. With all present Thursday, the board:

Blue Devil girls net district championship

PASCO — Wa-Hi’s girls brought home the Mid-Columbia Conference District tennis championship after a hot tournament concluded here Saturday, behind a couple of district-title performances.

Wa-Hi boys alternates to regional

PASCO — Wa-Hi’s boys tennis players filled regional alternate spots in both singles and doubles after the Mid-Columbia Conference District tournament the concluded here Saturday.

WWCC's Geelan in hunt at SW Oregon Invitational

BANDON, Ore. — Grant Geelan is in the hunt, but his team has a little more ground to make up heading into today’s second and final round of the Southwest Oregon Invitational men’s golf tournament on the breezy Oregon Coast.

Warriors even series with Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. — His spirits down, his left ankle limp and his team’s season hanging in the balance, Stephen Curry wondered whether he could recover for the biggest game of his career until a text message popped up on his phone around 2 a.m. Saturday.

NBA relocation committee meets today, before key vote

SEATTLE — A vote by the NBA’s Board of Governors that could finally settle the Seattle/Sacramento battle for the Kings is expected to come Wednesday in Dallas.

M's near second with 6-1 win over A's

SEATTLE — When the Mariners visit New York this week, they’ll hit the quarter pole in the 2013 season. To date, it’s been six weeks in which sweeping conclusions are elusive, other than that the top two spots in their rotation are nails, and the M’s are at least viable and relevant after an ominous 8-15 start.

Woods wins Players with strong finish

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — One bad tee shot made Tiger Woods appear vulnerable. One clutch par putt and a critical birdie made him look invincible.

Whitman women fall to Redlands, 5-0

CLAREMONT, Calif. — After falling behind 3-0 in doubles, the Whitman College women’s tennis team could never climb back into the match and saw its season end in a 5-0 loss to No. 11-ranked Redlands in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Timbers let loose on Chivas

PORTLAND — Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter let his players loose on Sunday against Chivas USA.

Red Wings finish off Ducks with 3-2 win in Game 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Henrik Zetterberg took a few well-deserved deep breaths before he packed his bags in the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room.

Ferguson hoists Premier League trophy for final time

MANCHESTER, England — As red-and-white ticker tape flew into the rainy sky above Old Trafford, a beaming Alex Ferguson hoisted up the Premier League trophy for a 13th and final time.

Oregon men, women win Pac-12 track and field titles

LOS ANGELES — The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams each won Pac-12 titles on Saturday.

Ducks tennis player Rovello dies in diving accident

EUGENE— The University of Oregon says that tennis player Alex Rovello died in a diving accident Saturday at Tamolitch Falls in the Willamette National Forest.

Steelers Hall of Famer Butler dies at age 85

PITTSBURGH — Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.

Etcetera - 5/13/13

Bagpipes and haggis and kilts, oh my. Shortbread munching, dancers flinging, pipers skirling, tartan wearing and caber tossing all come to mind for this lassie/columnist, a member of the Lindsay Clan.

US, Canada, Switzerland, Russia advance at Helsinki

HELSINKI — The United States, Canada, Russia and Switzerland clinched quarterfinal berths at the hockey world championships Sunday.

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Plight of the alkali bee

A Wa-Hi presentation on risks the local pollinators face is generating buzz about widening Highway 12.

WALLA WALLA — The setting is a community meeting. Officials from the Department of Transportation and farmers share different views on a proposed highway expansion. A newscaster offers an introduction and commentary, and a moderator guides the discussion.

Dinner with the Smileys

Even after 14 years as a navy wife, I still forget which part of Dustin’s leaving will be hardest.

Sunday, May 12

Helen Lewis

1931 - 2013

Helen Ruth Lewis, Ruthie to her friends and family, was born Aug. 22, 1931,

Harold Benzel

1918 - 2013

Harold Benzel of Walla Walla passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Allen Herndon

1925 - 2013

Allen “Al” Herndon of Milton-Freewater passed away May 7, 2013,

Thomas R. Lewis, Sr.

1934 - 2013

Thomas R. Lewis, Sr. Tom Lewis, age 78

Steven Rowse

1952 - 2013

Steven Christopher Rowse, 61, left his earthly body on March 28, 2013.

John Alkins

1954 - 2013

“Brother John” was born July 17, 1954, in La Marque, Texas,

Cornelius Muse

1931 - 2013

Cornelius Muse, 81, died May 10, 2013,

Goldie Beierle

1921 - 2013

Goldie Lorene Weber Beierle was born to Mary and Aaron Weber on Oct. 9, 1921,

Erik Steven Walery

1976 - 2009

Gone from this earth but not forgotten.

Velma McDowell

Please join us to celebrate the life of

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Double visions for Mom's Day

WALLA WALLA — It’s quite the Mother’s Day for a number of local families — 11, at the least.

It's Mother's Day -- don't forget your Mom

I’m not a big fan of secular made-up holidays, but Mother’s Day is different. I love Mother’s Day and today I will call my mother, Rosalie, in Milwaukee and tell her that I love her. She’ll tell me that she loves me and thank me for the fruit. I know Mom would love me without the fruit, but I also know that she loves me just a little more with the fruit.

Garcia goes 1 up on Tiger at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Players Championship already provides plenty of theater because of its thrill-a-minute golf course. Making it even more compelling is the star attraction of Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, playing in the final group on the weekend for the first time in nearly seven years.

Kenseth passes Busch for 1st Darlington victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is quickly showing how well he fits in at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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W-P shocks DeSales in district title game

WALLA WALLA — The last time DeSales High School’s softball team played Waitsburg-Prescott

Capitals defeat Rangers, 2-1, in overtime

WASHINGTON — Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Capitals regained the momentum — and the lead — in their first-round playoff series. Ribeiro put in the puck after Troy Brouwer deflected a shot from the blue line.

Reimer has 43 saves in Leafs’ win over Bruins

BOSTON — Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots to help Toronto stay alive in the first-round playoff series

Kings advance past Blues with second-period goal

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.

Wa-Hi girls golf team looking for volunteers

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla High School girls golf team is looking for volunteers to help host the first day of the District 5 tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Course, starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

Columbia Basin sweeps Warrior softball team, 12-1 and 3-1

WALLA WALLA — Columbia Basin swept Walla Walla Community College at home Saturday, 12-1 and 3-1.

WWCC ends regular season tied for 2nd after split

SPOKANE ­— Walla Walla Community College’s baseball team ended its 2013 regular season with an NWAACC Eastern Region split against the host Sasquatch here Saturday afternoon.

W-M girls win Arlington Invite

ARLINGTON — The Weston-McEwen and Helix girls finished first and third, respectively, in a 14-team field during the Arlington Invitational track and field meet here Saturday.

Childers leads Mac-Hi at Baker Invite

BAKER — McLoughlin High School’s Kristi Childers took first in the 100-meter dash (12.99 seconds) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.95) to lead the Mac-Hi girls track team in a field of 19 teams at the Baker Invite Friday.

Wa-Hi boys, girls 2nd at district track meet

RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School’s Stuart Gillin raced to a first-place finish in both the 100 (11.27 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.47) to lead the team into the regional championships.

Heat take 2-1 lead over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Oakland beats M's, 4-3

SEATTLE (AP) — After losing five games in a row, the Oakland Athletics were ready for something to go right. So when Josh Donaldson gave the A’s an early lead with a solo home run in the second inning, his teammates got a confidence boost.

Elite D is elite in 26-0 stomping over Vikes

WAITSBURG — Defense wins football games and the Waitsburg Elite “D” shut out the Snohomish Vikings Saturday in a 26-0 stomping.

Maloofs won't sell if NBA doesn't allow move

SACRAMENTO — The current owners of the Sacramento Kings have told their fellow NBA owners that they will not sell the team if a deal with a Seattle group to sell and relocate the team is not approved.

Sounders pick up needed blowout over San Jose

SEATTLE — In one sensational win, Sounders FC went a long way to remind the league about its quality.

Ontario pummels Pioneers

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ontario, Oregon’s reigning Class 4A state baseball champion, pummeled the host Mac-Hi Pioneers Friday, 15-0 and 12-0, both in five innings.

TigerScots rally for split with Dufur

DUFUR — The Weston-McEwen High School baseball team split a doubleheader with Dufur here Saturday, losing the opener 11-5 and winning the second game 11-1 in five innings.

Irrigon hands W-M split

IRRIGON — Jessica Lambert and Isabelle Dillow knocked in runs in a three-run Weston-McEwen third here in the opener of a Special District 5 doubleheader against Irrigon Saturday and pitcher Molly von Borstel made those three runs stand up for a 3-1 win.

Irish shut out Asotin in District 9 championship

WALLA WALLA — Cam Richman tossed a four-hit complete game while teammates Joe Duehn and Riley Roach collected three hits apiece Saturday afternoon to lead defending state champion DeSales to a 6-0 victory over Asotin in the title game of the District 9 Class 2B baseball tournament at Borleske Stadium.

Ferris eliminates Wa-Hi from soccer regionals, 4-1

SPOKANE — Ferris eliminated Wa-Hi from regionals Saturday with a 4-1 victory in Class 4A boys soccer at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium.

Pioneer boys, girls net 2nd at districts

KENNEWICK — McLoughlin High School placed second in both boys and girls Special District 4 tennis action here at the Tri-Cities Court Club.

Mead ousts Wa-Hi at regionals

RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School’s baseball team fell in a loser-out regional playoff game, 11-4, against Mead at Richland High School Saturday.

Saturday, May 11

Blue Devils hold off Bombers for title

WALLA WALLA — When you are No. 2, you try harder. Walla Walla High School, which finished runner up to Richland in the final Mid-Columbia Conference 4A standings, walked away with the District 5 softball title here Saturday.

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Get in the Spirit of Walla Walla

Approximately 25 balloons launched Saturday from the Garrison Middle School site for the “Hound and Hare” race to the airport.

Court report Criminal Cases 5-12-13


Code concerns pull plug temporarily on new WW arcade

Arcade-ia was tagged for electrical, restroom and door exit shortcomings

Sen. Hewitt praised for standing his ground

Whatever happened to, “We reserve the right to refuse service?”

China’s shale gas should not be exploited

A critical reading of Justin Gillis shows that Elizabeth Muller (“China Must Exploit Its Shale Gas,” April 12, The New York Times) is arrantly misguided.

Dayton trio to compete at FBLA nationals

Keelin Hovrud, Caitlyn Robins and Matthew Warren advanced from the state competition.

Offices open for election

WW County Walla Walla County offices open for election in 2013 All positions are nonpartisan.

Emergency Services - 5/12/13

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

Bowing to political correctness

Back in the days of free enterprise and before political correctness, any businessman could show any customer the door without having to justify it. Remember the days of “no shirt, no shoes, no service?”

Government grants do harm to science

Regarding the April 15 article on page 7 of the U-B.

Obama’s gun reforms target law-abiding citizens

During his recent trip to Mexico, President Obama failed to mention Operation Fast and Furious (the United States’ government-sponsored program that allowed thousands of guns purchased in border states to “walk” across the border into Mexico) when telling a crowd in Mexico that, “Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.”

Hewitt shouldn’t have supported SB-5927

This is in regard to Sen. Mike Hewitt’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5927, which would allow business owners to refuse service based on differing religious or philosophical views.

A fallen soldier's journey

SEATTLE — I recently flew into Sea-Tac Airport from Washington, D.C., and I’ve been thinking about military sacrifice and the legacy of 13 years at war ever since.

Legislation allowing discrimination is wrong

I was saddened and embarrassed by the comment made by one of Sen. Mike Hewitt’s staffers in regard to gay members of the community “growing their own food” if a grocery store refused service.

Peace, stability and prosperity

The sarin poison confusion in Syria highlights an important point: There is often no “right” side or “good guy” in war. Too often both sides are wrong and capable of causing horrible deaths and intolerable injustice.

Thoughts on Rose Street grumbling

I enjoyed Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil’s column in the May 5 edition of the U-B entitled, “Rose Street flap ...,” though characterizing the current Rose Street matter as a brouhaha seemed a trifle far-fetched as I’ve only noted a handful of letters to the editor grumping over the city engineers’ decision. And when he claims that “folks like Rose Street the way it is (sans potholes)…” Has he taken a poll to support that conclusion or has he just made a “leap of faith?”

Elections for local offices shape future of community

What happens in the White House or Congress or the state Legislature is important.

Self-defense doesn’t require semi-automatic guns

Regarding Dan Drumheller’s recent letter on beating the Second Amendment into the ground. Let me beat it further.

Immigration protester lucky to be in America

Recently a picture on the front page of the Union-Bulletin was of a young woman who identified herself as a student at Whitman College. It stated she was from Kenya. Her sign stated she was “undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic.” Then below this sign is added that “No human being is illegal.”

In the Minutes


Athena Budget Committee to hold meeting

ATHENA — The Athena Budget Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the budget for the fiscal year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Walla Walla County election information

Offices open for election

On the Agenda

Garfield County

Crash kills WW man

WESTON — A Walla Walla man died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning on Highway 11 near Weston.

Candidate filing opens Monday

WALLA WALLA — Candidate filing week begins Monday for city councils, school boards, port districts and other posts up for election this year.

M-F, UMATILLA COUNTY election information

Umatilla County and Milton-Freewater area posts up for election May 21

Columbia County elections details

Columbia County

GARFIELD COUNTY elections information


Emergency Services Umatilla County

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

Event connected Whitman to 'Walla Walla and Beyond'

Last summer, I was wandering through the hallways of a Midwestern university campus when a tattered TEDx poster caught my eye. “Why aren’t we doing that at Whitman?” I thought.

Little Goose dam crossing to close through July

STARBUCK — Construction work will close the traffic crossing on Little Goose Lock and Dam starting Wednesday.

Daniel-Fazzari engagement 5-12-13

Howard and Debbie Daniel of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Monica Daniel to former College Place resident Kyle Fazzari.

Henderson-Garcia engagement 5-12-13

Felice Henderson announces her engagement to Travis Garcia, both of Walla Walla.

Wash. lawmakers return to Capitol to finish budget

OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to finish their work on a two-year state budget, but with no deal reached during their two-week interim, the special legislative session could take its full allotted 30 days, if not longer.

European migration shows in DNA

LOS ANGELES — The history of Europe is written in its people’s DNA.

More than just a mom, now she's a 'friend'

Josh Knoller, a young professional in New York City, spent years refusing his mother’s “Friend Request” on Facebook before, eventually, “caving in.”

Retiree 'reins' supreme with Appaloosas

Charles Potts reached back into childhood to pursue his retirement hobby. He was raised on a ranch and plopped on a horse as a 21/2-year-old. After he sold his Idaho horses in 1960, he didn’t own another one until 48 years later.

Rosanne Cash's new project takes her out of NYC

NEW YORK — Rosanne Cash has been a New Yorker for two decades, but her latest project is taking her out of the city.

Hall and Jagger play model mom and daughter

NEW YORK — Like mother, like daughter. And Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger do seem to like each other quite a bit.

42 dead in Turkey car bombings near Syria

REYHANLI, Turkey — In one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years, two car bombs exploded near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing 42 and wounding 140 others. A senior Turkish official blamed Syria, calling the neighboring country’s intelligence service and military “the usual suspects.”

Prince Harry in Colo. for wounded vet Warrior Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Britain’s Prince Harry chatted and joked with wounded service members from the United Kingdom on Saturday at the Warrior Games, the U.S. military’s Paralympic-style competition in Colorado.

Mothers in uniform get room on base to nurse young

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Army civilian personnel specialist Tracey Leven recalls the time she tried to use a breast pump to express milk in a military office years ago.

Ex-dictator convicted of genocide in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s conviction of genocide is a historic moment in a country still healing from a brutal, three-decade civil war and his trial offered Guatemala’s oppressed indigenous communities their first chance to be heard, human rights activists said.

Bears, glaciers: Show pits man against Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dallas Seavey knows what it’s like to mush across the wilds of Alaska. Now it remains to be seen how he survives being dropped off in the middle of that wilderness and navigates his way out without the help of a dog team.

Pakistanis go to polls as 24 killed in attacks

ISLAMABAD — Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday, despite a string of attacks that killed 24 people, for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

Who controls health care? The fox

The fox is in the chicken house. Yes, our health care in this country is controlled by insurance companies, hospitals, nonprofits, pharmaceuticals and the government.

Friday, May 10

Church bulletin - 5/12/13

First Presbyterian to hold meeting of church secretaries WALLA WALLA — First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla, 325 S. First Ave., will hold a get acquainted meeting for local area church secretaries at noon Wednesday.

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Weekend Warriors

Holding regular lives Monday through Friday and ranging in age from 19 to 51, fooball lives on for this Elite group of Weekend Warriors.

For Jeff Knowles, playing football is about camaraderie The 27-year-old co-owner of the minor league Waitsburg Elite said he loves spending his Saturdays on the field. “I just look forward to the adrenaline every Saturday, and the camaraderie of getting a great group of guys,” he said. “I feel like it’s kind of like the camaraderie of military men, when you’re taking risks together and fighting together.”

Parents can help, hinder career choices

Alvin announced that he planned to make cheese the focus of his life. He owned cheese-making equipment and held tasting parties in his dorm room. The career research assignment for his intro to business class was a breeze. Alvin had been researching cheese-related career and business opportunities for a few years. He was learning to speak French and planned to work in a fromagerie in France for the summer. Alvin was a hoot and a half and needed no career advice help. In each class I taught there were a couple of students like Alvin. They had interests that could lead to careers and they made good use of the Internet to research career possibilities.

Let God reframe your perspective

Perspective is an interesting thing. I read somewhere that the window you choose to look out determines your reality.

NYC eyes allowing noncitizens to vote

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could get the right to vote in New York City elections under a proposal that would mark the biggest expansion yet of efforts to enfranchise them.

Most of us don't expect to need long-term care

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

Coptic Pope Tawadoros II visits Catholic Pope Francis at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — The Roman Catholic and Egyptian Coptic Orthodox churches are in a position to settle their historical rifts, Pope Francis said Friday as he welcomed his Coptic counterpart, Tawadros II.

Car wreck, fire take out town's only gas station, grocery store

CHUGWATER, Wyo. — It all began when a man with black shoe polish smeared all over his face exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter.

Walla Walla man killed in Highway 11 crash

The following is an Oregon State Patrol news release:

New Walla Walla arcade shut down temporarily for code concerns

Arcade-ia was tagged for electrical, restroom and door exit shortcomings.

WALLA WALLA — A little less than two weeks after a new video game arcade opened on Main Street, owners received their own version of an “out of order” issue from the community’s permitting code compliance agency.

Dennis King

1921 - 2013

Former resident of Long Creek, Ore., and Milton-Freewater Dennis John King,

Brett Bailey

Pendleton resident Brett Bailey, 57, died May 8, 2013,

Hilario Gonzalez

1942 - 2013

God chose the beautiful day of May 4, 2013,

Dana Dilts

1968 - 2013

Dana was born in Walla Walla, at St. Mary’s Medical Center on Feb. 5, 1968,

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Warrior hardball quintet moves on after 6 years together

WALLA WALLA — This quintet of baseball players is Walla Walla through and through.

Emergency Services - 5/10/13

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

At least one dead in two-vehicle wreck near Weston

WESTON — At least one person died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 near Weston this morning, the Oregon State Police reported. The highway was temporarily closed during the initial emergency and investigation. Police said they will notify next of kin before releasing names of people killed or injured in the crash.

In the Minutes - Port of Columbia

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

Portland airport stripper fights $1,000 federal fine

PORTLAND — John Brennan, who stripped naked last year to protest a security check at Portland’s airport, said he expects to lose the first round of his legal fight against a $1,000 fine.

Schneidmiller calls it a wrap after two Port of Walla Walla terms

WALLA WALLA — Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller stepped into office when a new airport terminal building was being built, and will apparently leave on the heels of expanded rail service.

IRS admits targeting conservative groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said today.

Oregon bill would make voter registration automatic

SALEM (AP) — Oregon’s chief elections official wants almost everyone with a driver’s license to be automatically registered to vote.

Washington officials say state courts office was hacked

OLYMPIA (AP) — The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts was hacked sometime between last fall and February, and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver’s license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website, officials said Thursday.

Opponents seek vote on immigrant driver's card law

SALEM (AP) — Two Republican state representatives want voters to decide whether to overturn a new law that allows immigrants living in Oregon without legal permission to obtain driver’s licenses.

In the Minutes - Port of Walla Walla

Port of Walla Walla commissioners are Paul Schneidmiller, Mike Fredrickson and Ron Dunning. With all present Thursday, the commission:

City boosts pay scale for non-union workers

The scale reflects a 2-percent increase approved earlier this year.

WALLA WALLA — An ordinance authorizing a 2 percent pay-scale increase in 2013 for all non-union city employees, including department heads, has been approved by the Walla Walla City Council.

Would loving our enemies diminish terrorism?

In the April 28 edition, Rabbi Gellman wrote an advice piece on the religion page stating there is no need to forgive the Boston bomber since he had not repented.

Rescinding Rose Street vote is will of the people

Rose Street will be repaved and remain a four-lane road. Representative democracy works.

Roll on with an updated Columbia River pact

SEATTLE — Bill Drummond, head of the Bonneville Power Administration, has it right. He describes the Columbia River Treaty as the most important document affecting the Pacific Northwest economy you never heard of.

Diversity Day vendor application deadline nears

The first deadline for Diversity Day vendor applications is May 23.

Imagine that, free tickets to The Hat at Stampede

WALLA WALLA — Free tickets to The Hat, the 15th annual AcroKnights home show, will be handed out to children during the AcroKnights sneak-peak performance at 5 p.m. today at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede on the lawn at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St.

Infant assault trial reset for Sept. 17

WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set for a local man accused of throwing his infant daughter to the floor in January, causing a fractured skull.

Earnest Cooper

1945 - 2013

Earnest B. Cooper, longtime Walla Walla resident, passed away May 6, 2013,

Patricia Harnden

1952 - 2013

Athena resident Patricia A. Harnden, 60,

NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks eliminate Wild

CHICAGO — Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks were well aware they’d been playoff underachievers since they captured the Stanley Cup in 2010.

More small liquor stores might be OK'd in Washington

TACOMA (AP) — More small stores in Washington would be allowed to sell liquor under a proposal Wednesday from the state Liquor Control Board.

Washington's dry spell to end by Mother's Day

SEATTLE (AP) — The second-driest start to May on record in Seattle will end in time for rain on Mother’s Day, the National Weather Service said.

Celebrity chef takes off in balloon over Walla Walla

Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan chose the perfect weekend for her special appearance in Walla Walla.

Moyes leaving Everton to manage Man U

MANCHESTER, England — David Moyes inherited one of the toughest and most coveted jobs in soccer on Thursday — succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager of mighty Manchester United.

Walla Walla Clothing dedicates weekend to denim

Walla Walla Clothing is dedicating the weekend to denim.

New motorcycle repair shop opens in Dixie

A new motorcycle repair and maintenance business in Dixie is introducing itself this weekend with an open house/bikini bike wash.

Wineries: Spring Release results show event a success

The reviews on last weekend’s Spring Release are in, and wineries are reportedly calling the event a success.

MLB says umpires made ‘improper call’ against A’s

An obvious game-tying home run isn’t reversed on video review, which was wrong, MLB says.

Blue Mountain Sports Awards release nominees

WALLA WALLA — The 37th annual Blue Mountain Sports Awards will be handed out on May 29 during the Blue Mountain Youth Recognition Evening at Baker Boyer Bank’s main branch in downtown Walla Walla.

Wa-Hi athletes dapple all-MCC honor roll

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi athletes earned all-Mid-Columbia Conference honors following the regular season.

Castro makes it look easy in TPC Sawgrass debut

In an opening round when everything went right, Roberto Castro had a 9-under 63 to tie the course record held by Fred Couples and Greg Norman. It gave him a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Zach Johnson, matching the record for the largest 18-hole margin set by Billy Ray Brown in 1992.

Brewer: Will West Coast prep all-star game catch on?

Mike Bethea surveyed the high-school basketball landscape and noticed a great void. Why, he often wondered, does the West Coast not have its own premier all-star game?

Etcetera - 5/10/13

Hi, all. This time of year an abundance of awards are being presented, people are traveling or graduating or being elected to offices in service groups.

Senators defeat border security provision in immigration bill

WASHINGTON — A sweeping immigration bill survived an early test today as two Republican authors of the legislation, Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, voting with Democrats. sided with Democrats to vote down an amendment that would have strengthened border security provisions. Supporters of the legislation said the real effect of the measure would have been to indefinitely delay citizenship for people living here illegally.

Collapse death toll hits 950

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire at a sweater manufacturer killed eight people — including a senior police officer, a Bangladeshi politician and a top clothing industry official — barely two weeks after the collapse of a building housing other garment factories where the death toll approached 1,000 on today.

Thursday, May 9

Benefits of personal trainer can last long time

Many things are beneficial in our lives, few as life extending as physical activity.

Good bacteria can kick out cavity-causers

The search for the Holy Grail in dentistry has been to find a vaccine for cavities.

Film to address domestic violence prevention

The Walla Walla County Health Department will sponsor three showings of “Sin by Silence” this month.

Activities fill YMCA Spring Round Up

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is encouraging parents to round up their posse and bring the herd to the YMCA’s Spring Round Up on May 19 . This free event will take place at the YMCA from 1-4 p.m.

FDA wants tanning bed warnings

WASHINGTON — Indoor tanning beds would come with new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to more stringent federal oversight under a proposal unveiled this week by the Food and Drug Administration.

Second part of course for Alzheimer's caregivers scheduled

WALLA WALLA — Living With Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 21 at Wheatland Village, 1500 Catherine St. This is the second of a three-part series of classes for caregivers.

Memories of first A.A. meeting remain strong

I was so scared my teeth were chattering on a warm spring day in Bellingham, Wash.

'Walk Away Child Abuse' event scheduled

WALLA WALLA — The fourth annual Relay for Hope “Walk Away Child Abuse” event is slated for May 18.

Free skin cancer screenings available

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Clinic dermatologists and Providence St. Mary Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings, 5-7 p.m. May 14 at the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, 401 W. Poplar St.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/9

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Usher to work on Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show

NEW YORK — Usher will be the spark for Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show.

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Shooting in an instructional kitchen not the same as on TV

Have you ever noticed in the weekly television guide the promotion of culinary cooking shows featuring food and stern-looking chefs staring at each other? Why even PBS has its own instructional food program.

Elusive ‘Gatsby’ evades Hollywood’s grasp

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is short, almost novella size. It features larger-than-life characters, glamorous extravagance and dramatic demises. On its surface, it’s the most Hollywood-friendly of the great American novels.

Neil Patrick Harris to return as Tony Awards host

NEW YORK — Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards.

Fears drive satirical ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’

Mitchell Zukor is a disaster waiting to happen — and waiting for disasters to happen to himself and the rest of us.

Concert honors moms at Pataha Flour Mills

POMEROY — Mothers will be honored with a special concert of memories and tributes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pataha Flour Mills, 50 Hutchens Hill Road.

Sweet Adelines choral show slated Monday

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines will perform a free community send-off performance, at 7 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla, 325 S. First Ave.

Lone suspect in rape, kidnappings held on $8 million bail

CLEVELAND — The man accused of raping and kidnapping three women missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held today on $8 million bail.

One-way ticket to Mars? Just apply online

LOS ANGELES — Do you dream of living on Mars? Then turn on your webcam. You’ve got an application video to make.

US home building surges; job growth lags behind

The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help. And he would — if he could hire enough qualified people.

Upper Klamath Basin braces for irrigation shutoffs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With drought looming, the state of Oregon is preparing for the likelihood it will have to shut off irrigation access for many of the 200 cattle ranchers and hay farmers in the upper Klamath Basin as the Klamath Tribes take control of senior water rights in the region for the first time in a century.

Cultural insanity in America

Watching news about doings in Boston puts me in a mood to ponder whether our society has completely lost its bearings.

It’s Balloon Stampede time again!

Our daughter, who we raised in Walla Walla but now lives in Shoreline, once said: “If I go back to Walla Walla, I might as well go back and enjoy the Stampede.” We think our daughter’s thoughts sum up a lot of people’s sentiment — getting together to celebrate Mother’s Day, reunions to enjoy families and friends, and ultimately to have fun and celebrate the beginning of summer.

Clouds are gone and balloons ready to soar

The past few springs, rain and wind made it feel as if winter were never going to end.

Orphaned Yakima baseball fans pleased to be adopted by Walla Walla Sweets

YAKIMA — The season hasn’t started yet, and already local baseball fans are saying, “Wait ’til next year.” At least there will be a next year at Yakima County Stadium.

The time has come for US interest rates to go higher

The average 30-year-fixed mortgage rate recently fell to 3.35 percent, nearly the lowest in 60 years. For us savers, it was a sad day.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in knife assault

WALLA WALLA — A man accused in a March stabbing on West Sumach Street pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon.

Walla Walla University student piano recital Sunday

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University Music student Devon Hunt will present his senior piano recital 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St.

Emergency Services - 5/9/13

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

Drug prevention talk tonight in Dayton

DAYTON — Award-winning photographer Monte Stiles will speak about drug prevention at Dayton’s Liberty Theater today at 7 p.m.

In the Minutes - Waitsburg School Board

Waitsburg School District board members are Ross Hamann, Christy House, Marilyn Johnson, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With Johnson absent Wednesday, the board:

In the Minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School District board members are Ed Sullivan, Lorri Flynn, Teri Mayfield, Bart Gingerich and Paul Ruark. With all present, the board:

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3-2-1 — liftoff! Young pilot takes new balloon on maiden flight

WALLA WALLA — Many pilots at this year’s Walla Walla Balloon Stampede have been around hot-air balloons a long time. But probably none have spent as much of their life dedicated to the sport as Kim Wooge has.

Applicants sought for Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days board

WALLA WALLA — Applicants are being sought for two upcoming vacancies on the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days board.

Walla Walla Council votes to keep Rose Street at four lanes

WALLA WALLA — A controversial plan to reduce Rose Street to two traffic lanes and a middle turn lane has been ditched in favor of maintaining its current four-lane configuration.

Mares, Mutts ‘n Music concert tickets on sale

WALLA WALLA — Tickets are now on sale for the Mares, Mutts ‘n Music concert, which will be 3-4:30 p.m. at the Expo Arena, Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St.

Walla Walla Unplugged open-mike night May 17

WALLA WALLA — The fourth Walla Walla Unplugged, a drug- and alcohol-free open mike night, will be from 7-9 p.m. May 17 at 19 E. Birch St.

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Class 2B tracksters qualify for district

WALLA WALLA — The goal at Martin Field on a hot Tuesday afternoon was to finish in the top eight in District 9 sub-district track and field action and earn a spot at the district meet in Clarkston next Thursday.

Busy prep sports weekend slated

WALLA WALLA — Get ready for a busy prep sports weekend.

Pioneers await state after softball sweep

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi give up a lone hit and no runs in a Greater Oregon League softball sweep of Ontario here Wednesday, 10-0 and 7-0.

Warriors pull out split with Chukars

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College bounced back from a tough 7-0 NWAACC East Region lose to Treasure Valley in the twin bill opener to edge the Chukars, 6-5, in the nightcap at Warrior Field here Wednesday afternoon.

Traore's late goal lifts Sounders to 1-0 win over Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Seattle coach Sigi Schmid had seen this drama play out three times before, so he made a bold prediction when he subbed in Mauro Rosales with a few minutes left in a scoreless game.

Heat answer Game 1 loss with 115-78 win over Bulls

MIAMI — Carlos Boozer said the Chicago Bulls were feeling cheated. Mario Chalmers said the Miami Heat thought they were getting too many cheap shots.

Krejci's hat trick lifts Bruins past Toronto

TORONTO — David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime Wednesday, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

Cooper’s PK in 77th gives Dallas draw with Timbers

FRISCO, Texas — Kenny Cooper scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to lift FC Dallas into a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.

Whitman’s Courtney Lawless, Robert selected by NCAA

WALLA WALLA — Two Whitman women’s tennis players, Courtney Lawless and Alyssa Roberg, are NCAA selections for the Women’s Tennis Individual Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., May 23-25.

Walla Walla Xplosion ’98 third in Gold Division in Pasco

PASCO — The Walla Walla Xplosion ’98 14U softball team took third-place hardware in the Gold Division at the Spring Breeze Invite at the TRAC last weekend.

Etcetera - 5/9/13

Walla Wallan Cody Clifton is among more than 40 outstanding graduate students at the University of Kansas in Lawrence who were recognized at the annual graduate student awards ceremony in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Maya Angelou honors mom, grandmother in new book

NEW YORK — Writer, actor, dancer. Activist, teacher, composer. In the melange of Maya Angelou’s 85 years is also daughter, of two women who deserved one with a good memory.

Allan Bledsoe

1955 - 2013

Dayton resident Allan D. Bledsoe, 58,

Earnest Cooper

1945 - 2013

Earnest B. Cooper, longtime Walla Walla resident, passed away May 6, 2013,

Charles Webb

1924 - 2013

Charles D. Webb, 88, died May 8, 2013,

Harold Benzel

1918 - 2013

Harold Benzel, 94, died May 9, 2013,

N. Ione Nibler

1923 - 2013

N. Ione Nibler, 89, died May 9, 2013 at her home.

Dan Brown streamed live at library

WALLA WALLA — A live-stream talk by best-selling author Dan Brown at Lincoln Center in New York City will be from 4:30-6 p.m. May 15 at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.

Meals program depends on local largesse to fill funding gap

Home-delivered meals programs in the United States are dishing up a million meals a day, facilitated by 2.5 million volunteers and subsidized with less than 30 percent federal funding.

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Funding for Meals on Wheels nutrition program loses speed

WALLA WALLA — Cuts in federal and state spending on nutrition and other programs mean looming changes in how some senior citizens in Walla Walla and Columbia counties eat, socialize and get some medical needs met, officials say.

Art professors to give Big Idea Talk at city library

WALLA WALLA — The third offering this spring of the Big Idea Talks is coming up at the Walla Walla Public Library, 231 E. Alder St.

The Love Dogs to headline Walla Walla Blues Society's 20th anniversary

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Blues Society, a small organization that has been a key driver in the Valley’s music scene, will celebrate its 20 anniversary with a Birthday Bash starting 6 p.m. on May 17 at the Elks Club, 351 E. Rose St.

Wednesday, May 8

Etcetera - 5/8/13

Seventeen Walla Walla Valley residents are among the 604 students who Eastern Oregon University named to its dean’s list for the 2013 winter term.

'Miss America' song cut from pageant over dispute

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

Cast of Broadway's 'Matilda' chat with astronaut

NEW YORK — The cast members of the Tony Award-nominated “Matilda” are arguably all stars. This week, they chatted with a man closer to the actual cosmic ones.

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Mark Sanford redeems career, heads to Congress

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his career was derailed by scandal four years ago.

‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ should be seen

My wife and I attended the on going Broadway play “Bye, Bye Birdie” presented by Walla Walla High School. It was a most exhilarating and exciting play from beginning to end.

Democrats seem to have embraced hate

The Democratic Party has crossed the line from political party to a hate organization. The institutional and systematic hatred directed toward white men and Christians, in general, is obvious.

Boosting salary for county elected officials reasonable, yet also risky

Commissioners might have gone too far in granting 6 percent raises, but did so knowing the possible political peril.

In agreeing to thaw the salaries for Walla Walla County’s elected officials frozen since 2012, the three commissioners might be stepping on some thin ice — politically speaking.

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Walla Walla municipal course emerges from rough spell

Ed Barragar is one golfer who’s not the least bit sorry to bid farewell to the “Veterans Memorial Flower.”

On the Agenda - Athena Planning Commission

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

On the Agenda - Athena City Council

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Where: Athena City Hall, 215 S. Third St.

On the Agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Elementary School, room 109

In the Minutes - Pomeroy City Council

Council members are Dennis Gillis, Donna Hunt, James Fuchs, Alesia Ruchert and Kaye Carlson. With all present Tuesday, the council:

Emergency Services - 5/8/13

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

In the Minutes - Garfield County Commission

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

Job postings fell in March: hiring slowed; layoffs increased

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth.

Oregon House approves rights for domestic workers

SALEM — The Oregon House narrowly passed a bill on Tuesday requiring overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections for housekeepers, nannies and in-home cooks.

GOP pushes for more border security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Landmark immigration legislation is doomed to fail in Congress unless border-security provisions are greatly strengthened, Republican senators bluntly warned on Tuesday.

Women's shelter boss, mayor vouch for Mike Tyson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Who can Mike Tyson turn to for a character reference? The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, for one, and the leader of Nevada’s largest shelter for battered women, for another.

Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear officers

WASHINGTON — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said it is suffering “rot” within its ranks.

Pickleball takes over YMCA for weekend tournament

WALLA WALLA — Pickleball — according to some sources the fastest growing sport in America — has arrived in Walla Walla.

May a month of fauna and flora renewal

With April evaporating into the past, May brings with it spectacular events that happen right under our noses.

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Cycling Yellowstone great in spring

The sounds were few but defining: the steady crunching of fine black pumice crushed beneath bike tires, the patter of rain pelting helmet and jacket, labored breaths exhaled in plumes, and the drumming of a rapid pulse as blood rushed through my carotid artery.

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse reaches 761

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from a collapsed building housing five garment factories rose to 761 on Wednesday as authorities started disbursing salary and other benefits to the survivors in the country’s deadliest industrial disaster.

Delaware governor signs gay marriage into law

DOVER, Del. — Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Wa-Hi’s Sirmon, Hisaw honored by MCC in track and field

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School’s Peter Sirmon was named the Mid-Columbia Conference Field Athlete of the Year Tuesday night.

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Blue Devils slay Tigers, 2-1

Wa-Hi’s boys soccer team keeps its win streak rolling with the regional first-round win over Lewis and Clark, and now play at Ferris Saturday.

Little fight in M’s 4-1 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Mariners, handcuffed at the plate again, had precious few opportunities Tuesday in their first interleague game of the season.

Seniors power Bulldogs past Jags, 13-3

DAYTON — Dayton High School’s seniors proved to be super Tuesday as they powered the Bulldogs to a 13-3 victory over Tri-Cities Prep in the District 9 Class 2B playoffs.

Could contact in practice become minimal?

SEATTLE — Pac-12 football coaches got together for an offseason conference call Monday, partly to review:

Clark aces Walla Walla Country Club’s eighth hole

WALLA WALLA — Mike Clark recorded his first career hole-in-one on the Walla Walla Country Club’s eighth hole Friday.

Denver’s Karl earns Coach of the Year

DENVER — George Karl led the Denver Nuggets to their best season in team history, earning him coach of the year honors on Wednesday.

Mac-Hi golf season ends at GOL district tournament

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — McLoughlin High School’s golf season came to end at the Greater Oregon League District championship at Meadow Lakes here Tuesday.

TigerScots rout Echo-Stanfield

ECHO — Weston-McEwen High School pounded out 17 hits Tuesday as it routed Echo-Stanfield 13-3 in a Special District 5 softball game.

Irish down Pioneers, 5-0

WALLA WALLA — DeSales prepared for District 9 baseball play Saturday at Borleske Stadium with a 5-0 non-league victory over Mac-Hi at Ray Lane Field on Tuesday.

Colton 'pounds' Pirates, 16-1

COLTON — Colton “literally used their bats to pound us,” Pomeroy baseball coach Dave Boyer said Wednesday after his team fell to the Wildcats 16-1 in the District 9 Class 1B playofs Tuesday.

T-O-R outhits Waitsburg-Prescott, wins 7-4

PRESCOTT — Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia outhit Waitsburg-Prescott 10-7 and walked away with a victory by the same margin, 7-4, Tuesday in a loser-out District 9 2B baseball playoffs contest.

Patriots end Indians’ baseball season, 6-1

RICHLAND — Liberty Christian’s Brandon Peterson struck out 14 batters and scattered four hits over seven innings Tuesday to lead the Patriots to a 6-1 victory over Touchet High School in a loser-out District 9 baseball playoff game.

NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies’ late run downs Thunder, evens semifinal series

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tony Allen thought it might have been out of desperation that he ended up guarding Kevin Durant in crunch time.

Red Monkey to overhaul decor, menus, marketing

An evolution of sorts is taking place at the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, 25 W. Alder St.

Just Right Books announces two-week sale event

A sales event at Just Right Books could provide a happy ending for lovers of the classics.

Country Store seeks vendors for annual swap meet

The Country Store is gearing up for its third annual Swap Meet next month.

NHL Playoffs: Sharks sweep Canucks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Just when it seemed like the San Jose Sharks would have to make an unwanted trip back to Vancouver, their power-play clicked, and gave the franchise something it never experienced.

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Balloon launch weather looks like a go for Stampede

Ideal conditions with calm, clear skies are forecast until Sunday when a cold front is expected to move in.

WALLA WALLA — Bright, yes. Breezy, no. Both which bode well for hot-air balloonists gathering in the Valley over the next few days.

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Country club's efforts aim to turn broader tide

Membership has fallen nationwide, but a promotion in Walla Walla is getting results.

Perry and Darleen Dozier always figured they’d have more time for golf when their kids were out of high school. But with more than a year left before that happens, the Waitsburg couple recently upgraded their Walla Walla Country Club membership, giving them all access to an 18-hole golf course they yet have time to play.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/8/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Jeannie C. Larson

1947 - 2013

Longtime Walla Walla resident, Jeannie Carol Larson, 65, passed away May 5, 2013

Iris Mae Stearns

1928 - 2013

Dayton, Washington resident, Iris Mae Stearns, 84, passed away April 18, 2013,

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling

1925 - 2013

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling of Lowden, Washington, passed away April 28, 2013,

Earnest Cooper

Walla Walla resident Earnest Bernard Cooper, 68,

Allen Herndon

1925 - 2013

Milton-Freewater resident Allen Herndon, 87,

Patty McPherson

1942 - 2013

Patty Darlene McPherson, 71, of College Place passed away May 3, 2013,

Mrs. Lucile Knapp

Mrs. Lucile Knapp passed peacefully from this life the morning of April 30,

Walla Walla to host stormwater open house Thursday

WALLA WALLA — The city of Walla Walla will hold an open house Thursday on a stormy subject.

Trial in stabbing case postponed

WALLA WALLA — This week’s trial of a local woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the arm while at their Walla Walla apartment in February has been postponed.

On the Agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday at 6 p.m. Where: Port of Walla Walla administrative office, 310 A St.

School Board OKs resignation of member

Max Carrera's last day will be Aug. 1.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera will be leaving the board Aug. 1.

Tuesday, May 7

Utility: Line failure knocks out power in area

Columbia Rural Electric Association is reporting a Bonneville Power Administration transmission line serving the area has failed. The utility expects power to be out at least another hour.

Michigan city apologizes for arresting Christian missionaries

DEARBORN, Mich. — The city of Dearborn will publicly apologize and pay an undisclosed amount of money to a group of Christian missionaries arrested three years ago while proselytizing at the annual Arab International Festival, according to a settlement reached in a lawsuit against the city.

Support M-F schools for community, families

Citizens of Milton-Freewater have an opportunity.

Oregon stabbing suspect charged in Walla Walla for meth possession

WALLA WALLA — The suspect in a stabbing in Oregon who was arrested in College Place was charged Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine that officers reported they found in his pants.

Emergency Services - 5/7/13

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

Steep decline seen n gun violence over 20 years

WASHINGTON — Gun violence has dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades, but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said in a report released Tuesday.

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse passes 700

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Hundreds of survivors of last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700.

Meteorologists: Too soon to tell where hurricanes might hit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Whether the Bermuda High will punish or protect Florida during hurricane season remains unknown. Washed out by a winter system over the U.S. Southeast, it’s for now a mushy blob of warm air, so diluted that it’s hard to tell where it’s centered.

Realtor certified by seniors' council

Walla Walla real estate broker Scott Williams has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Providence St. Mary details 2012 charity totals

Providence St. Mary Medical Center provided free services, charity care and other contributions for those in need to the tune of $10.2 million in 2012.

Rose Street isn't only issue communication would help

I enjoyed U-B Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil’s Perspective page column Sunday discussing (and maybe having a little fun with) some of our tendencies in Walla Walla.

Resignation of School Board member not personnel matter

The chief executive of a government entity, such as a school district’s superintendent, answers to elected directors who sit on a school board. And the school board members answer to the public — the voters.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/7/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

NHL playoffs: Rangers finally find offense, get back into series with 4-3 victory

NEW YORK — Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.

Cubs down Rangers, 9-2

CHICAGO — Ron Washington tried to warn rookie pitcher Nick Tepesch about Scott Feldman’s bat.

Stone: Kuma, King lead top-heavy M’s rotation

PITTSBURGH — Twice every five days, the Mariners have the comforting knowledge that they are one step ahead of the game — no matter whom they're playing. They will be sending out a starting pitcher with a high probability of turning in a strong performance, holding the opposition in check, and giving Seattle an excellent shot to win.

Sounders find hope in unbeaten streak

SEATTLE — Frustrating as Sounders FC’s season has been, coach Sigi Schmid has felt a slight turn over the last month or so.

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:

Things looking up under Moos

WSU AD Bill Moos tells a group of journalists that facility upgrades are in the works.

Prosecutor to decide charges against teen in ref’s death

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah prosecutor said he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

Missionary hardballers honored on all-NWC teams

WALLA WALLA — After its best season in decades, the Whitman College baseball team placed two players on the All-Northwest Conference second team, and had three others named honorable mention, as voted by the conference coaches.

Walla Walla County officials to see pay hike

Commissioners, whose own salaries are frozen through 2016, OK'd raises for other elected officials.

WALLA WALLA — Citing the need to keep pay adequate to encourage capable people to run for office, Walla Walla County commissioners approved a pay raise next year for all county elected officials except themselves.

Wa-Hi hands out baseball awards after regular season

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School conducted its baseball awards Monday night, with senior Zane Henderson taking home the lion’s share of the hardware.

Ginobili’s late 3-pointer lifts Spurs past Warriors in double OT

SAN ANTONIO — In the grand scheme of this second-round Western Conference series, the Golden State Warriors are down 0-1 after Monday’s loss to the host San Antonio Spurs.

Prosecutor: Soldier's killings were planned

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Shortly before beginning a shooting rampage through a mental health clinic in Iraq, an Army sergeant sat in a vehicle outside the building and smoked a cigarette, prosecutors said.

Missionary men open with Texas-Tyler on Friday

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men’s tennis team is bound for Emory College in Atlanta as it begins its quest for an NCAA championship. The 15th-ranked Missionaries (18-6) face Texas-Tyler (19-6) in its opening round match on Friday.

Whit women face Redlands

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women’s tennis team is headed to Claremont, Calif., for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Redlands at 2 p.m. Friday.

Blue Devils’ Huntsman dampens Hanford girls’ party at Columbia Point

RICHLAND — Hanford dominated the final Mid-Columbia Conference girls golf POD match Monday at par-72 Columbia Point in Richland, but it took Walla Walla High School’s Jessica Huntsman to break up the Falcons’ party at the top of the standings.

Wa-Hi boys sixth at Inland Empire tourney

SPOKANE — Walla Walla High School’s boys golfers finished sixth out of 20 schools at the Inland Empire Tournament held at Spokane Country Club Monday in the Blue Devils’ final golf tournament of the regular season.

A-Rod back on field for first time since surgery

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez was back on the field for the first time since having surgery on his left hip almost four months ago.

Brewer: Hansen right to fight the NBA

SEATTLE — We’ve heard this before. Give up, if you know what’s good for you. Don’t fight the NBA. It’s suicidal.

NBA vote on Kings purchase officially set for May 15

SEATTLE — The Seattle/Sacramento battle for the Kings will end in Dallas.

Bulls handle the Heat in Game 1

Chicago plays spoiler to LeBron James’ MVP celebration with the 93-86 Game 1 victory Monday.

Valley golfers shine at Palouse Ridge

The 1B/2B sub-district sees DeSales send six boys and two girls, Pomeroy four boys and a girl, Waitsburg-Prescott a boy, and WWVA a pair of boys to the district round Monday at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Bulldogs win, advance to district play

Dayton’s baseball team heads to Pasco today after defeating St. John-Endicott/Lacrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus, 8-5, Monday.

Robbery suspect pleads to assault

WALLA WALLA — A man accused of robbing his ex-girlfriend in March pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to a reduced charge.

On the Agenda - Walla Walla City Council

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

Marysville fires police officer in daughter's death

EVERETT, Wash. — The Marysville Police Department has fired Officer Derek Carlile whose gun was used by his 3-year-old son to fatally shoot his 7-year-old sister.

Oregon fines Washington motorcyclist $1,103 for going 130 mph

LAPINE, Ore. — A Washington state man has a hefty speeding ticket to pay after getting clocked at 130 mph on his new motorcycle in central Oregon.

Dana Howell

1968 - 2013

Dana Ann Dilts Howell, 45,

Jeannie Larson

1947 - 2013

Walla Walla resident, Jeannie C. Larson, 65, died May 5,

Timothy Fuller

Timothy R. Fuller, 47, died May 4,

Man charged in gang-related attack on pedestrians

WALLA WALLA — A man who associates with gang members is accused of participating in an attack on two pedestrians in the area of Chase Avenue and Maple Street early this year.

Rose Society to host master gardeners talk

Master gardeners Carolyn Priest and Eve Kellogg will speak on becoming a master gardener and on general gardening topics at the meeting of the Walla Walla Walla Chapter of the American Rose Society, 7-8 p.m. Monday.

Joy Smith

1974 - 2013

Joy Nicole Smith, age 38, was taken away from us too soon on May 2, 2013.

On the Agenda - Waitsburg School Board

When: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Where: Preston Hall Board Room, 605 Main St., Waitsburg.

June Jensen

1924 - 2013

June Mary Jensen, 88, of the Odd Fellows Home, passed away on May 3, 2013.

Restaurant co-owner charged in grease-dumping case

WALLA WALLA — A local businessman has been charged with trespassing and destroying private property belonging to the executive director of the YMCA.

On the Agenda - Port of Columbia

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Port of Columbia Board Room, 1 Port Way, Dayton

On the Agenda - Pomeroy City Council

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

Summer lock schedule at Corps' dams starts Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — Navigation locks at Columbia and Snake River dams will return to summer schedules Wednesday.

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The hole picture: When the earth gives that sinking feeling

Sometimes “solid rock” turns out to be anything but sturdy stuff.

The ups and downs of local ballooning over the years

One of the many benefits of springtime in Walla Walla is spotting hot air balloons in the sky first thing in the morning.

Rainy spell might supplant heat

It was a perfect weekend in the Walla Walla Valley for just about any activity — and there were certainly many of them from which to choose: Spring Release, the season opener of two farmers markets, golf or tennis. Or a quiet stroll down Rose Street in the dappled shade provided by the stately sycamores that line that thoroughfare, several of which are scheduled to be reduced to sawdust if the current nonsensical ‘realignment’ plan for the street comes to fruition.

Laser beams make light work of hair reduction

I didn’t realize I would so quickly be lying on a table with my armpits skyward. Yet there I was last week, preparing to be zapped for no real reason except to bring the laser hair reduction experience to your living room. Or wherever you’re reading at this moment.

AAUW bestows scholarships on 11

WALLA WALLA — The local branch of the American Association of University Women recognized 11 high school seniors as outstanding scholars in science, mathematics, engineering and technology education.

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Bus driver pulls career to the curb

Betty Harris hasn’t lost her drive, but she might be a little tired. After 27 years of driving a bus for Valley Transit, she waved goodbye on April 17.

Etcetera - 5/7/13

The third annual Mom Prom reigned supreme on April 20, holding court at the Foundry Vineyards, said organizer Beth Swanson, president of The Moms’ Network.

Monday, May 6

Washington man cited for driving motorcycle 130 mph in Oregon

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police:

Secrecy shrouds pretrial hearing in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. — Government secrecy reaches a new level this week in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst who sent 700,000 classified U.S. documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Jeepers, creepers, isn't that Mr. Peepers?

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Until two years ago, the only thing Chris Kattan did involving stand-up comedy was make fun of it.

Sarah Brightman plans on upcoming space journey

NEW YORK — If you called Sarah Brightman a space cadet, it would probably make her smile.

US official saw Benghazi as terrorism from 'get-go'

WASHINGTON — The second-ranking U.S. official in Libya for last year’s deadly attack on the mission in Benghazi immediately considered it a terrorist attack rather than a spontaneous event, according to a transcript of his interview with congressional investigators. “I thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go,” Gregory Hicks, a foreign service officer and former deputy chief of Libyan operations, told investigators, according to excerpts displayed Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program. “I never reported a demonstration, I reported an attack on the consulate.”

Walla Walla VA to host benefit walk

WALLA WALLA — It’s time to “Walk + Roll” again at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.

Walla Walla man jailed in stabbing near Stateline

MILTON-FREEWATER ­— A 51-year-old who allegedly stabbed another man multiple times near the former Oasis restaurant was being held in the Walla Walla County Jail this morning.

North Korea: Detained American disquised identity

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday revealed a few more details about a Korean-American recently sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor, saying he entered the country with a disguised identity. Pyongyang also rejected speculation that it intends to use Kenneth Bae as a bargaining chip.

Law must be respected

Some supporters of immigration law change get it right.

Environmentalist should not have been missed

What? One of the greatest spokepersons for the most serious condition humans have ever faced was here in Walla Walla, and the U-B did not write about this?

When finding $1 billion is easy part for state lawmakers

OLYMPIA — Here’s something to contemplate during the Legislature’s version of spring break: the difficult job of finding $1 billion-plus in additional state money for public schools might be the easy part of meeting the state Supreme Court’s mandate in the McCleary decision.

Initiative on gun- owner checks should be vetted

Unintended consequences could have huge ramifications when dealing with buying and selling firearms.

The debate on the complicated issue of expanding background checks for gun sales in Washington state has been lively. That’s as it should be.

Bombing suspect's friend to be freed on bail

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed that one of the friends of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be released from federal custody under strict bail conditions, including home confinement, while awaiting trial, according to a court motion filed today.

Etcetera - 5/6/13

Seven new singers are among the 24 members of Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International expected to compete on May 18 at regionals in the INB Theater, formerly the Opera House, in Spokane.

Breaking news: Walla Walla School Board member says he's leaving board

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera confirmed this afternoon he intends to resign.

Physicists on path of invariance in the universe

Physics is the mother of all the sciences. It strives to describe characteristics of the physical universe with parameters that are unambiguous and measurable. Those measurements can’t depend on who makes them, where or when they are made, the orientation of the measuring apparatus or the thing being measured.

Bonnie M. Clark

1925 - 2013

 e graveside service for Bonnie M. Clark will be 11:00 a.m.,

Priscilla McPherson

1942 - 2013

College Place resident Priscilla D. McPherson,

Bettie Rechlin

1929 - 2013

Bettie Rechlin, 83, died May 5, 2013,

Hilario Gonzalez

1942 - 2013

Hilario B. Gonzalez, 70, died May 5, 2013,

US Senate to vote on Internet sales tax bill

WASHINGTON — Attention online shoppers: The days of tax-free shopping on the Internet may soon end for many of you.

New jobs, energy gains in private sector lift US economy

WASHINGTON — A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk.

Expansion not an option, according to NBA

It seems like such an easy solution to a complex and increasingly contentious problem: Why not let Sacramento keep the Kings and give Seattle an expansion franchise?

Northwest Xplosion win 14U silver bracket in Pasco

PASCO — The Northwest Xplosion ‘00 12-and-under girls fastpitch team won the 14-and-under silver bracket in the Spring Breeze Fastpitch tournament held in Pasco over the weekend.

Saunders roughed up on road

TORONTO — It’s been a rough ride on the road for Joe Saunders this season.

Rookie's unusual week ends in win at Wells Fargo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Derek Ernst didn’t come out of nowhere to win the Wells Fargo Championship. He actually was driving a rental car toward Athens, Ga., the fourth alternate who figured he might as well spend the week playing in the minor leagues.

Waitsburg Elite take early lead, fall to Rams

EAST WENATCHEE — The Waitsburg Elite scored 13 first-quarter points to hold a 13-6 advantage over the Wenatchee Valley Rams here Saturday night, but the Rams exploded with 21 in the second stanza and cruised to the 41-13 minor league football victory.

Penguins win Game 3 in overtime over Islanders, 5-4

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the game 8:34 into overtime, off a pass from Sidney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh Penguins shook off an early deficit and a late blown lead to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Sunday in Game 3 of the first-round series.

Thunder hold off Grizzlies in Game 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — Derek Fisher turned a tough situation for the Oklahoma City Thunder into the worst-case scenario for the Grizzlies.

Hinchcliffe overtakes Sato to win Sao Paulo 300

SAO PAULO — James Hinchcliffe overtook Takuma Sato of Japan on the last turn to win IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 for his second career victory Sunday.

Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Guerrro

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought as if he had never left the ring, coming back from a year’s absence Saturday night to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight.

Phillies’ Halladay appears headed to disabled list

PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay appears headed to the disabled list, and the Philadelphia Phillies can only hope the discomfort he feels in his right shoulder is nothing serious.

Vigil held for Utah soccer referee hit, killed by player

SALT LAKE CITY — Family members of a Utah soccer referee who died a week after a player punched him in the head called on athletes around the world Sunday to hold their tempers in check so another family doesn’t have to suffer.

Doomsday Hill gives Deba Bloomsday separation, win

SPOKANE — Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race.

Malaysian police probe American pastor's death

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police are investigating the death of an U.S. pastor found at his home with his hands and legs bound and a cellphone charger cable around his neck.

Court-martial to begin in 2009 killings in Iraq

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Prosecutors are preparing to argue that an Army sergeant committed premeditated murder when he shot five fellow servicemen in Iraq.

Military plane crash in Kyrgyzstan kills three from Fairchild Air Force Base

SPOKANE — The three airmen killed in the crash of a military tanker refueling plane in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan were from Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state, the Department of Defense said Sunday.

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Despite a couple of frosty nights, April promised true start to spring

WALLA WALLA — Apparently Mr. Winter didn’t get the memo to get off the stage.

Texting can become teen addiction

As I near the end of a journey in high school I ask myself how I can make a difference.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/6/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Walla Walla School Board to consider planned resignation

The School District says it is treating the matter as a personnel issue and would not identify the member.

WALLA WALLA —The Walla Walla School Board will be asked to accept the resignation of a fellow board member during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Ordinary people risk lives after collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh — The heat in the rubble was sweltering. It closed in on his body like the darkness around him, making it hard to breathe.

Sunday, May 5

Merle Reiswig

1918 - 2012

Merle Reiswig February 1, 1918 –November 11, 2012

Yvonne Marie Smith

1962 - 2013

Yvonne Marie Smith August 23, 1962 – April 29, 2013

Luann Harvey

1952 - 2013

Luann (Bobbie) Harvey was born on May 7, 1952, to Robert and Mary Wolfe in Dayton.

Iris Dyer

1915 - 2013

Former Milton-Freewater resident Iris York Dyer, 98, died April 19, 2013

Local Corps spokesman wins national awards

WALLA WALLA — A local spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been named for two national awards.

Scientists sort obesity facts from sales pitches

Twenty international scientists undertook an interesting task. They reviewed the available literature on things that are generally believed about obesity. They attempted to determine what is true and what is not.

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Walla Walla doubles up on farmers markets

WALLA WALLA — In spite of each being low on produce and high in winds, two farmers markets held their season openers on Saturday.

Saturday, May 4

Wa-Hi routs Hanford on senior day

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School closed out the regular season with a Mid-Columbia Conference softball sweep of Hanford here Friday.

Wa-Hi soccer onto regionals

RICHLAND — The Richland Bombers shellacked Walla Walla High School Saturday in the District 5/6 soccer tournament title match, 6-1, taking the district’s first seed into the regional tournament with the Greater Spokane League.

Asotin hammers W-P

ASOTIN — Asotin swept Waitsburg-Prescott, 4-3 and 27-8, here Saturday in a Southeast 2B doubleheader.

Thacker pitches W-M to split

HEPPNER — Lance Thacker got on base six times and pitched a four-hit complete game to lead Weston-McEwen to a split with Heppner Saturday in Special District 6 baseball.

Irish dominate last-place SJE/L-W/K, 14-0, 19-0

WALLA WALLA — DeSales High School dominated every aspect of the game in a Southeast 2B twin bill against last-place St.John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus Saturday, sweeping the athletic combine 14-0 and 19-0 in a pair of mercy-rule routs.

Warriors smash battered Blue Mountain

WALLA WALLA ­— Following an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field on a sunny, but blustery, Saturday afternoon, a pair of team trends remained intact.

Wa-Hi beats Pasco, falls to Richland in title game

RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School lived to play another day here Saturday in Mid Columbia Conference district baseball action.

Orb overcomes muck to win Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Way back in the pack heading into the final turn, Orb was calm even if his jockey wasn’t.

Tacoma’s hot-hitting Franklin looks ready for the bigs

For Nick Franklin, the 2013 season got off to an ominous start. After battling the flu in spring training, he

Pioneers win Greater Oregon League with sweep

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi claimed an undisputed Greater Oregon League softball championship here Saturday afternoon with a sweep of Baker, 7-0 and 9-7, at Yantis Park.

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Having a blue day

Students at Walla Walla schools on Friday donned something blue ­— from blue pinwheels at Pioneer Middle School and Superman outfits at Berney Elementary School — to raise awareness of juvenile arthritis.

Rose Street design creates head-on hazard

If you haven’t had a chance to view the city’s plan to redesign Rose Street, now is the time.

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Spring Release weekend

You can add muscle cars to the list of attractions that winery owners used to bring in buyers during Spring Release Weekend.

City golf course is an embarrassment

I grew up in Walla Walla and have several family members who still reside in this lovely town. I now live on the west side of the state but am able to enjoy frequent return visits to my hometown.

College Place embarks on high school transition

We are excited about the progress happening in College Place Public Schools with the building of the new elementary school, the new high school and the remodel of the middle school.

Experts: Feds pressure widow, pals in bomb case

BOSTON — Every time the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev leaves her parents’ house, federal agents watching the residence follow her in unmarked vehicles.

Luckstead’s research meticulously researched

This letter is in response to Steve Singleton’s letter to the editor in the April 22 U-B. His letter castigates Steve Lucksted as “gullible” for his science article that discusses anthropogenic global warming.

CNN: Media critic Kurtz to address his own issues

NEW YORK — CNN says Howard Kurtz will address his mistaken story on gay basketball player Jason Collins on “Reliable Sources,” the weekly media criticism show he hosts on the news network.

7 American service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans and other foreign troops in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks as part of their spring offensive.

Early area settlers’ descendants plan reunion in September

Jerry Taylor and Jan Hansen came together over vintage photos in Jan’s possession that ran in Etcetera early this year.

Ordinary people risk lives after collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh — The heat in the rubble was sweltering. It closed in on his body like the darkness around him, making it hard to breathe.

Cole-Rogers Engagement 5-5-13

Richard and Valerie Cole of Walla Walla announce the engagement of daughter Hailee Cole to Gregory Rogers, both also of Walla Walla.

‘Special session’ is no longer accurate term

Here we go again. Even with 105 days to reach a budget deal state legislators managed to spend enough time on a variety of other bills on a myriad of topics so a “special session” must be called to work on a compromise budget.


frozen pizza Product name: Four varieties of California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno frozen pizzas.

Highland Road is a real problem

I am new to Walla Walla and have been reading with interest the articles and letters on the Rose Street project. While I understand many of the issues surrounding this project, I have my own issues at another location in this town.

What issue will draw passion of octopus flap?

What a surprise it was when I unrolled the paper and saw a happy headline for once! “City cuts octopus fines to 10K.”

Keep Walla Walla’s beauty

I remember when we tried the one-way streets and then were able to go back to the way it was. I hope the City Council will carefully consider the importance of preserving the beauty of our town as construction continues on Rose Street.

Rose Street flap is no surprise in Walla Walla

The current brouhaha over eliminating a lane of traffic when Rose Street is repaved gives me a strong feeling of deja vu.

Double standards on illegal immigration

In recent news, Oregon lawmakers are authorizing the State Department of Licensing to provide drivers licenses to “illegal undocumented immigrants.” Oregon follows four other states — Washington, New Mexico, Utah and Illinois in this venture.

Three-lane Rose Street will be safer

I have been reading and hearing concerns surrounding the proposed Rose Street project. I would like to weigh in both as a citizen and as co-chair of the Safe Travels Alliance.

NRA’s power shows most Americans favor gun rights

In reading Richard McFarland’s letter saying it’s wrong to believe an armed citizen could have stopped the shooter at Newtown, I have to ask how else could he have been stopped?

No sycamores should be destroyed

The idea to destroy beautiful sycamores along Rose Street demands alternative thinking.

Activist has two roles — and two minds

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan — also a citizen activist who works with Tim Eyman on statewide initative campaigns — was sporting a “Let Voters Decide” T-shirt in a photo that ran in The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

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Rush to repair World War I cemeteries as centenary nears

ZONNEBEKE, Belgium — The Tyne Cot cemetery sweeps gently down the slope, the nearly 12,000 headstones aligned in solemn rows of gleaming white. Beyond the walls stretch Flanders Fields, dotted by red farmhouse roofs. For the stage of some of World War I’s worst carnage, the scene is tranquility itself — but over the whisper of wind floats a whine like a dentist’s drill.

Earlier revenue forecast should improve state budgeting

The state Legislature is now on a short recess before senators and representatives go back to Olympia for an extra session to agree on a state budget. Sadly, this sentence could have been written just about any year since this century began (and several years earlier).

Portland grain terminal locks out union workers

PORTLAND (AP) — The operator of a Columbia River grain terminal locked out union dock workers Saturday amid an escalating labor dispute.

Emergency Services -5-5-13

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

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In Germany, a US beer invasion

BERLIN — Almost 65 years after Allied planes flew Western supplies into blockaded Berlin, a new American import is arriving by air: craft beer.

Gun shows go beyond firearms

WASHINGTON — Vera Torres went to the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va. last month looking for a handgun. She left with Amazing Wonder Tops.

Dayton to interview elementary principal candidates

DAYTON — The Dayton School District will hold public interviews of candidates for elementary school principal on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the elementary school multipurpose room.

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Dayton School Board

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Sustainable Practices Lab puts inmates back to work

WALLA WALLA — “Everything old is new again” isn’t just a song lyric here.

Calm, moist air aids fight against Calif. wildfire

CAMARILLO, Calif. — A big cool-down in weather calmed a huge wildfire burning in Southern California coastal mountains Saturday, and firefighters worked to cut miles of containment lines while conditions were favorable.

Lindsay Lohan enters rehab at Betty Ford Center

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan has checked into a rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday.

Norby-Gall Engagement 5-5-13

Gary and Terri Gall of College Place announce the engagement of son Cory Gall to Natalie Norby, daughter of Dale and Marybeth Norby of Walla Walla. Cory and Natalie live in Tacoma, Wash.

Israel enforces 'red line' with Syria airstrike

BEIRUT — With a second airstrike against Syria in four months, Israel enforced its own red line of not allowing game-changing weapons to reach Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a heavily armed foe of the Jewish state and an ally of President Bashar Assad’s regime, Israeli officials said Saturday.

Mexico violence pushes 2 companies to relocate

MORELIA, Mexico — The economic development secretary of the western Mexican state of Michoacan says two major firms have decided to relocate their distribution centers to escape violence.

Witherspoon pleads no contest, fined after arrest

ATLANTA — Reese Witherspoon pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a $100 fine after berating a state trooper in Atlanta while her husband was given a sobriety test, an embarrassing exchange caught on a dashboard camera after the usually squeaky-clean Hollywood star had what she called “one too many” glasses of wine.

New Wash. law lets underage drinkers call for help

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a new law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution.

Do cosmic rays grease lightning?

Nobody knows exactly what triggers lightning bolts.

On the Agenda


Five officers receive top state honor

OLYMPIA — The state’s highest law enforcement honor was awarded Friday to five officers, including a Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was fatally shot on New Year’s Day 2012.

Friday, May 3

Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever' closing in June

LONDON — “Viva Forever?” Not as it turns out.

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Going West with a nifty 50 mm

We are very curious creatures. We take the world apart to see how it works. We build, destroy, rebuild, make it better, make it worse. We jump –with parachutes – out of perfectly good airplanes.


CHURCH BULLETIN Unity Church to study Jesus’ metaphysical messages WALLA WALLA — Beginning Wednesday, Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St., will study the metaphysical messages in Jesus’ stories 12:30-2:30 p.m. each week through June 12. Bring a New Testament. $35. Call 509-520-1915.

Singles look for love in dwindling farm country

TULSA, Okla. — Until Rubert Kerl’s wife left him two months before the couple’s 35th wedding anniversary, the soybean and corn farmer thought his dating days were over. Then, sullen and down 20 pounds fretting over the breakup, Kerl, of Mazomanie, Wis., happened to see a notice in his local paper about a group for single farmers seeking a social life. “You got to do something,” he remembers telling himself. The ad was his ticket to meeting an unattached farm girl. “It was love at first sight,” Kerl, 75, says of Charlotte, 71, and before long they were married.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI back at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Roman Catholic Church of having a retired pontiff living alongside a reigning one.

Everyone can know Jesus is the Savior

About a month ago we celebrated Easter. It is natural during the Easter season to turn our thoughts toward the Savior, Jesus Christ — His life and teachings, His resurrection, and His glorious Atonement. However, as the holiday passes, it is all too easy to fall back into complacency regarding our relationship with the Savior.

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists

WASHINGTON — Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army’s hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

NRA gets its power from ordinary people

Annie Capestany’s letter to the editor (April 21) was amusing. Let me see if I have this straight, there are approximately 350 million firearms in the United States and the vast majority of these firearms are owned by elderly, white, Republican men.

Etcetera 5-3-13

Milton-Freewater Ambulance Area Health District aims to provide quality, responsive emergency services to the community to keep residents safe, said Cathy Mebes, public relations manager for Milton-Freewater Emergency Medical Services, in a release.

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Older runners can get faster

It’s inevitable: As you get older, you slow down. A 40-year-old runs more slowly than a 20-year-old. A 70-year-old can’t be expected to keep up with a 50-year-old on a bike or a hike. It’s only natural.

Eat, drink and be active — and accountable

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, weekend warrior or the average Joe just starting out on the road to wellness, all can benefit from going back to basics.

Care, kindness at hospital appreciated

News in the past few days has often focused upon the terrible ways in which human beings treat each other.

“Bye Bye Birdie” is entertaining!

I feel so happy, right out of the theater, after watching “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Article on Hewitt is notable

Sheila Hagar’s article regarding Sen. Mike Hewitt and his staff in the Thursday edition of the U-B is notable for various reasons.

Rose Street can smell sweet

I offer considerations for Rose Street reconstruction. Design starts by viewing projects holistically. Replacing cold storage facilities with a hotel complex will generate new interest, enterprise and construction along Rose Street making it a major thoroughfare.

Sadly, NBA not coming back to Seattle

But the city could still get an NBA team in the near future, and do it without taking another city’s team.

The chances of the Sacramento Kings moving to Seattle are worse — much worse — than Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard hitting a free throw. Very slim.

Employers add 165,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and March than anyone thought.

Mineral nutrients in plants depend on what’s in soil

In a previous column we discussed vitamins. Today we will discuss another important factor in human nutrition — minerals.

Man pleads guilty in pursuit north of Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A local man pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to leading a police officer on a high-speed vehicle chase for several miles north of Walla Walla last month.

Dayton to interview elementary principal candidates

DATYON — The Dayton School District will hold public interviews of candidates for elementary school principal on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the elementary school multipurpose room.

Basel Cellars plans party for Spring Release

Basel Cellars Estate Winery is not only launching a new series during Spring Release Weekend. It’s throwing a party for it Saturday.

Grantwood Winery festivities include barbecue, music, wine

Boutique winery Grantwood will celebrate Spring Release Weekend with wines, barbecue, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Roast pig to be featured at Mark Ryan Winery

Don’t be surprised if the scent of pork fills the downtown air on Saturday.

Third annual VA2K Walk + Roll slated May 10

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Veterans Administration’s third annual VA2K Walk + Roll is set from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.

Mac-Hi boys, girls down Riverside

MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High School’s boys swept visiting Riverside, and the girls took a 6-3 victory, in tennis play here Thursday.

Kennewick edges Wa-Hi girls tennis team

KENNEWICK — Kennewick’s girls tennis team edged Walla Walla High School, 4-3, in Mid-Columbia Conference play here Thursday.

Blue Devil boys pick up 5-2 MCC tennis victory over Kennewick

KENNEWICK — Kennewick High School defeated Walla Walla in the top two singles spots Thursday in a Mid-Columbia Conference boys tennis match, but from there it was all Walla Walla as the Blue Devils picked up a 5-2 victory over the host Lions.

Hansen still trying to buy Kings

SEATTLE — Rumblings persisted Thursday that Chris Hansen continues to work behind the scenes to keep hope alive of buying the Sacramento Kings.

Beresan mixes car show with Spring Release

Nothing like a little chrome with your cabernet.

Warriors eliminate Nuggets

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 22 points and eight assists, Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season and the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 on Thursday.

Timbers unbeaten streak alive after draw with New England

Portland is disappointed after drawing with the Revolution despite launching 22 shots.

Blue Devils boot Bulldogs, 2-1

PASCO — Walla Walla High School’s boys soccer team continued its roll with a 2-1 4A Mid-Columbia Conference district tournament win over Pasco here Thursday.

Black Onyx’s late scratch leaves 19 to vie for roses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Long shot Black Onyx is a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses.

Lioness Club accepts eye glass, hearing aid donations

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club is collecting donations of used eye glasses and hearing aids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Safeway store, 1600 Plaza Way. For more information, call Veva Hepler, 522-0687.

Record day for DeSales boys in Richland

DeSales’ boys golf team carded a record-breaking 297 Thursday at the par-72 Columbia Point Golf Course, defeating its nearest challenger by 36 strokes and showing just how wide the divide is between the Irish and the rest of the field as the postseason approaches.

In the Minutes - Dayton School Board

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

Emergency Services - 5/3/2013

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

Deadheads oppose renaming Jerry Garcia venue

SAN FRANCISCO — Deadheads are uniting in opposition to a proposal to rename a San Francisco venue named in honor of the Grateful Dead founder.

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Blue Devil boys win another league title

The switch to the Mid-Columbia Conference from the Big Nine can’t keep Wa-Hi’s boys from their 10th league title in 14 years.

Washington State Penitentiary inmates charged in officer assaults

WALLA WALLA — Three Washington State Penitentiary inmates were charged Thursday in Superior Court with assaulting three correctional officers in December.

Trial date set for woman accused of cellphone robbery

WALLA WALLA — A woman was arraigned Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court on a charge that she robbed an acquaintance of her cellphone last month near Lions Park in College Place.

Driver in Walla Walla gang shooting heads to prison

WALLA WALLA — A second defendant who pleaded guilty last month to participating in what police say was a gang-related drive-by shooting at Howard and Tietan streets has been sentenced in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Trial set for east Walla Walla shooting suspects

WALLA WALLA — Two men suspected in last month’s shooting in an alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Avenue are set for trial starting June 25 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Julia Borgers

1931 - 2013

In Loving Memory Julia Borgers

Ivol Wallen

1919 - 2013

Milton-Freewater – Ivol Elizabeth Wallen, 94, passed away May 1, 2013,

Arthur Munoz

1956 - 2013

Arthur L. Munoz, 57, of Milton-Freewater, died peacefully at home on April 29, 2013.

Lucile Knapp

1925 - 2013

Former Walla Walla resident Lucile Harper Knapp, 87,

Joy Smith

1974 - 2013

Joy N. Smith, 38, died May 2,

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Going Eye to Eye with learning

Whitman College’s student mentorship of elementary schoolers celebrates its second year.

WALLA WALLA — A Whitman College program that mentors area children marked its second year of service this week with an art show.

Stuttering often misunderstood condition

Stuttering is one of the most frustrating speech disorders. It is variable, complex and often misunderstood.

Put manners on menu at dinner table

If you watch “Downton Abbey” you might have wondered what it would be like to eat upstairs with Lord Grantham and his family or downstairs with the servants.

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Four shot down during Vietnam War are buried at Arlington

Larry Duthie remembers studying his dog tags as he waited to be captured in the forest 20 miles south of Hanoi. He knew he was to give the enemy only his name, rank and serial number, and he wanted to do it correctly.

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Drilling technology leaps as green energy lags

NEW YORK — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected.

Etcetera - 5/3/13

Milton-Freewater Ambulance Area Health District aims to provide quality, responsive emergency services to the community to keep residents safe, said Cathy Mebes, public relations manager for Milton-Freewater Emergency Medical Services, in a release.

Thursday, May 2

Medicaid fails to improve health for uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re uninsured, getting on Medicaid clearly improves your mental health, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference in physical conditions such as high blood pressure.

Court Report - Superior Court 5/2/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Syria's Assad: Regime favored by tide

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the momentum in the civil war is shifting in their favor, due in part to the rapid rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists among the rebels and the world’s reluctance to take forceful action to intervene in the fighting.

Aging parents can take us back to beginning

There you are! I love seeing your face when I wake up. I know I kept you up last night, and I’m sorry. I don’t know if I was cold or scared. I forget. Thank you so much for changing my diaper. It was getting uncomfortable and you know I can’t do much about it. I appreciate your warm touch as I drift back to sleep. I’ll try not to be so messy when I eat today. It’s hard picking up those carrots. I wish I could use the spoon like you, but my hands can’t grip it. Could we go for a walk today? When you push me down the street, the air feels good in my face. I love when we get to go in the car, too. There is so much to see. The view from my room gets kind of boring sometimes.

Whatever you do for work, be true to you

A person with no children shouldn’t give advice to parents, but she’s entitled to make a few observations. Your children see the world of work through your eyes. They see you come home from work happy and excited or so miserable you don’t want to talk about it. They may see the long hours, dedication and worry of a business owner. They hear about the trouble caused by that dolt of a client. They hear about co-workers who help and those who hinder. They see the effort it takes to stick with a job and the pride you take from a difficult achievement.

Drilling technology leaps as green energy lags

In the race for energy technology, oil and natural gas are ahead of sun and wind.

NEW YORK — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or powered by hydrogen or cheap batteries that burned nothing at all. Electricity would be generated with solar panels and wind turbines. When the sun didn’t shine or the wind didn’t blow, power would flow out of batteries the size of tractor-trailers. Fossil fuels? They were going to be expensive and scarce, relics of an earlier, dirtier age. But in the race to conquer energy technology, Old Energy is winning.

Despite hue, cry after Newtown shooting, TV violence persists

NEW YORK — Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting.

Etcetera 5-2-13

Every single one of the 44 Walla Walla and Lincoln High School students who submitted Collections of Evidence to the state for math proficiency met the state math standards.

Young artists contest winners will perform Saturday, Sunday

PENDLETON — The Inland Northwest Orchestra and Young Artists Competition winners will perform in concert under the direction of R. Lee Friese.

Walla Walla University drama 'Mother Courage' to run May 18-19

COLLEGE PLACE — Tickets are now on sale for the wwudrama production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tony Kushner.

Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform Monday

WALLA WALLA — A free concert by the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra with Music Director and Conductor Dr. Jeremy Mims will be at 8 p.m. on Monday at Catharine Chism Hall on the Whitman College campus.

Sheriff to introduce new patrol dogs at open house

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to meet its two newest deputies, down a few hot dogs and quaff sodas on Saturday.

BBC sportscaster Hall admits 14 indecent assaults

LONDON — BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults on young girls, prosecutors said today.

New fuel regulations to affect Alaska cruises

JUNEAU, Alaska — More than 1 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Alaska this year, but industry officials fear new fuel standards intended to limit pollution from large ships could drive vessels away and lower that number later.

Initial jobless claims lowest in over five years

WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims dropped last week to their lowest level in more than five years, countering recent signals that the economic recovery is slowing.

Emmys acknowledge Elmo's puppeteer with final nod

Puppeteer Kevin Clash has received his final nomination for his work as Elmo on “Sesame Street.”

Mistrust of WW School Board lingers

Two reasons most mentioned for February’s Walla Walla High School bond defeat are mistrust of the School Board and its refusal to answer important questions.

State has too few dollars to meet needs of US Highway 12

A four-lane highway from Walla Walla to the Tri-Cities needs to happen. That was decided long ago.

Seattle nice is not the NBA way

The problem with Chris Hansen’s bid to get an NBA team back in Seattle is he’s been going about it all wrong.

Walla Walla Symphony, guest soloists at soiree May 11

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Symphony Guest Artist Soirée starring “Verdi Requiem” guest soloists will be at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in the Walla Walla Community College Fine Arts Auditorium, 500 Tausick Way. Appearing will be Janeanne Houston, soprano, Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano, Robert McPherson and Carl Moe, tenors, and Richard Zeller, baritone.

Entries sought for fine art show

MILTON-FREEWATER — Artist entries for the 2013 Harvest Time Fine Art Show are being sought.

Spring release events on tap

WALLA WALLA — Charles Smith Wines’ downtown tasting room and performance venue aims to be party central Friday when hundreds of wine tourists visit the Valley for Spring Release weekend.

Guitar maestro to play original, classical pieces

WALLA WALLA — Castillo de Feliciana will present David Maldonado’s “Noche de Pasion” at the Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave., at 8 p.m. May 17-18 and a 2 p.m. matinee on May 19.

Washington seeks to prevent underage liquor purchases

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approved a change to state law Wednesday that requires retailers to place stringent controls over alcohol sales at self-checkout machines.

Irish win District 9 track meet

DeSales is right where coach Michael Scheel wants it as the postseason nears.

Walla Walla University's third annual 'Peacemaking Weekend' starts Friday

WW University’s third annual ‘Peacemaking Weekend’ starts Friday

Krigger rides for glory at the Kentucky Derby

Kevin Krigger wants to be remembered for winning the Kentucky Derby, not for the color of his skin.

Monterrey wins CONCACAF title

MONTERREY, Mexico — Monterrey pulled off a stunning turnaround to win its third straight CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday, coming from two goals down to beat Mexican rivals Santos Laguna 4-2.

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Warriors rebound against Vikings

WWCC gets back on the winning path with a pair of victories against Big Bend.

Timbers take on Green Machine in scrimmage

PORTLAND — After missing his team’s final soccer game last season because of cancer treatment, 8-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre made sure his teammates were in on his wish to scrimmage against the Portland Timbers.

Offense lifts Bruins over Maple Leafs, 4-1

BOSTON — Claude Julien could feel his Boston Bruins improving even though the results didn’t show it.

Blazers’ Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year

PORTLAND — Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was a unanimous choice as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

Lee Parr Mac-Hi Benefit golf tournament postponed

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Lee Parr Mac-Hi Benefit golf tournament slated this weekend at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course has been postponed to June 1 due to too many other participant commitments.

Boyle, Marleau lift Sharks to 3-1 win over Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Roberto Luongo played well in his return to the Vancouver Canucks’ net, just not well enough to hold off the San Jose Sharks.

Celtics stay alive, beat Knicks to force Game 6

NEW YORK — The 11-0 deficit in Game 5 was wiped away. The 3-0 deficit in the series might be next.

M’s rout Orioles, win 2nd straight series

The Mariners close out Baltimore with an 8-3 victory for just their second series win of the season.

Cubs’ Ricketts says no signs kills Wrigley renovation deal

CHICAGO — Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts caused a stir Wednesday when he said publicly for the first time he would consider moving the team if money-making outfield signs central to his Wrigley Field renovation plan failed to win the city’s blessing.

Emergency Services - 5/2/13

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of area law enforcement and emergency service agencies. 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 Wednesday and today, unless otherwise noted.

Plans for new frozen yogurt shop bear fruit

Owners of Walla Walla’s new frozen yogurt shop have grape expectations for the weekend’s grand opening.

Relocated farmers market to open Saturday at fairgrounds

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market will take root this weekend at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

Workshops to focus on marketing via social media

Growing business on the web will be the focus of a trio of workshops early next week.

‘Iron Man 3:’ High anxiety for Tony Stark

A little too much and a little not enough, director and co-writer Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” nonetheless has everything Disney and Marvel need to keep the “Avengers” superhero constellation shining and regenerating well into the 23rd century. It’s what you call a pre-hit: As of Tuesday morning, the movie already had zoomed past the $200 million mark in worldwide box office.

Planning services merger taken off table in Columbia County

County and Dayton officials may pursue the idea later.

DAYTON — Columbia County Commissioners decided Wednesday morning to shelve pursuit of a joint planning commission with Dayton, effectively ending current discussions about a joint city-county planning department.

Trial begins for inmate in officer's slaying

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A convicted rapist accused of strangling a corrections officer with an amplifier cord in the prison chapel is standing trial on charges that could carry the death penalty if he’s convicted.

Milton-Freewater Public Library staff to recall 1968 on Friday's Oldies Night

MILTON-FREEWATER — Oldies Night, with hits from 1968, will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.

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Is Valley ready for its closeup? Walla Walla Film Office scouts for reel deals

It hopes the June airing of an AMC program is expected spur more local business from the film industry.

If the Walla Walla Film Office had its own telephone line, it would have been ringing off the hook over the last three months.

Cecil Conquest


College Place resident Cecil Conquest, 83,

Mrs. Ivol Wallen

1919 - 2013

Ivol E. Wallen, 94, died May 1, 2013,

Expert to speak on how Latinos have affected pop music in US

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District Plaza Branch Library and Humanities Washington will host a community conversation with Antonio Davidson-Gomez, a musician, educator and member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event will take place 6 p.m. May 9 at the Plaza Branch Library, 1640 Plaza Way.

Carnegie Elementary Art Collective show set Friday

WALLA WALLA — Carnegie Picture Lab will hold an opening gala for the Elementary Art Collective from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Die Brucke building. 38 E. Main St.

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Milton-Freewater’s Cinco de Mayo festivities set for weekend

MILTON-FREEWATER — After a two-year hiatus, Cinco de Mayo will return to Milton-Freewater this weekend — this time as a street fair.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/2

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Etcetera - 5/1/13

‘The Hobo,” a story by local writer Martin McCaw set in the middle of the Great Depression on a Prescott farm, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and won the $154.87 (100-pounds sterling) first-place prize in the United Kingdom’s Global Short Story Competition.

Wednesday, May 1

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Mandala construction in full swing at college

WALLA WALLA — Time grows short for a seemingly timeless work of art this week at Whitman College.

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Shoppers face hurdles in finding ethical clothing

NEW YORK — You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn’t so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back.

WWU’s third annual Peacemaking Weekend begins Friday

COLLEGE PLACE — Multiple issues related to guns will be at the center of Walla Walla University’s third annual Peacemaking Weekend, which begins Friday.

Newspaper, Cooper took ‘cheap shot’ at sheriff

It is obvious (and appalling) to me that the Union-Bulletin editor, reporter and Walla Walla County sheriff’s deputy Tom Cooper threw a “cheap shot” at our sheriff on April 14.

Delay in responding to gay swipe hurt Hewitt & WW

Sen. Mike Hewitt was unhappy his staff member made the regrettable remark. Hewitt must now make his views clear to all.

The public images of Sen. Mike Hewitt — and Walla Walla — have taken a hit this week.

South Dakota tribe faces ultimatum on massacre site

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites — many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier.

Hewitt counsels staffer for gay remark

WALLA WALLA — State Sen. Mike Hewitt said this morning that he has counseled a “staffer (who) lost his temper and made an inappropriate comment” about gays that launched a firestorm of criticism.

Emergency Services - 5/1/13

Walla Walla

Court Report - Superior Court 5/1/13

Walla Walla County Superior Court cases

Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

Hezbollah warns of possible Syria intervention

BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group said Tuesday that Syrian rebels will not be able to defeat President Bashar Assad’s regime militarily, warning that Syria’s “real friends,” including his Iranian-backed militant group, were ready to intervene on the government’s side.

Ireland legislates for limited abortion after woman's death

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Ireland’s government published outline legislation allowing for abortion in limited circumstances, including when doctors agree a pregnant woman is at risk of suicide, in what Prime Minister Enda Kenny said is an attempt to bring “clarity” to the state’s position on the practice.

Obama might directly arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian rebels and has taken steps to assert U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad, according to administration officials.

Police arrest man in Taser, knife assault

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of using a Taser and pocket knife to assault a 51-year-old man during an altercation Tuesday night in Walla Walla.

Woman injured, 10 cows killed in Tollgate crash

UMATILLA COUNTY — A 70-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision Tuesday morning that killed roughly 10 cattle near Tollgate on Highway 204.

Jurassic Park

Roy and Joyce Anderson submitted this photo of their “pet” in the city park in Granger, Wash.

Serious business

This stern owl was photographed near Bennington Lake recently with a Nikon 3100 and a 200-milimeter lens.

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Irish fire on all cylinders at W-P

PRESCOTT — DeSales’ baseball team was clicking on all cylinders here Tuesday afternoon, handing Waitsburg-Prescott 13-0 and 17-2 Southeast 2B League defeats in shortened outings.

DeSales takes care of W-P in SE2B softball twin bill, 8-1, 8-0

PRESCOTT — DeSales High School played what it hopes will be a preview of the District 9 softball championship game Tuesday and soundly defeated host Waitsburg-Prescott in both ends of a Southeast 2B doubleheader, 8-1 and 8-0.

Wa-Hi hands Bombers first MCC softball defeat

WALLA WALLA — Previously undefeated Richland left the softball field at Murr Sports Complex unsullied no more Tuesday after taking on Walla Walla High School, but the Blue Devils didn’t do enough to guarantee themselves a chance at the league title and the No. 1 seed into districts.

Thompkins leads W-P tracksters to victory at Colfax meet

COLFAX — James Thompkins won the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and Seth Deal won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, to lead Waitsburg-Prescott’s boys track and field team to a victory at the 11-team District 7-9 meet here Tuesday.

Vote for Kings' relocation expected on May 15

SEATTLE — Just about the time many Sonics fans began to come to grips Monday night with the reality that the team won’t be returning any time soon, Chris Hansen sent out word that the fight is far from over.

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Rain, rain, all the way home

We had four days of sunshine on the Oregon Coast as April, the cruelest month according to T.S. Eliot, trickled away.

Wolf sightings in Washington credible

SPOKANE — Among the many wolf sightings reported in the region, some are more credible than others, including the black wolf wearing a radio collar and running with another wolf west of St. John in recent months.

New boutique caters to wants and needs of customers

When longtime Walla Walla business woman Karie Wilson set out to open a retail boutique, she wanted to fill it with must-haves for men and women. Hence the name of the new business: Gotta Have It.

Downtown Farmers Market springs to life this weekend

A robust crop of vendors is expected to open the inaugural weekend of the Downtown Farmers Market.

'Matilda,' 'Kinky Boots' garner most Tony nominations

NEW YORK — A Broadway season filled with Hollywood stars spread the love only so far, with Tony Award nominations going to Tom Hanks, David Hyde Pierce, Cicely Tyson and Keith Carradine.

Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on “M.A.S.H.” was an end-to-end anastomosis.

Pirates drop baseball twin bill to Gar-Pal

POMEROY — The Pomeroy High School baseball team played two non-leagues versus Garfield-Palouse here Tuesday, losing 9-4 and 11-8.

Rockets take out TigerScot baseball squad

ATHENA ­— The Weston-McEwen TigerScots baseball team fell to the Pilot Rock Rockets, 9-5, here Tuesday in 2A baseball action.

Dayton falls to T-O-R twice

ROSALIA — The Dayton High School baseball team lost, 5-2 and 13-1, against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia in SE 2B action here Tuesday.

Touchet pummels Pats in baseball playoff preview

TOUCHET — The Touchet High School baseball team pummeled Liberty Christian, 10-0, here Tuesday in a preview of the district playoff game next Tuesday.

Bulldogs sweep aside Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia softballers

TEKOA — The Dayton High School softball team swept Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia here Tuesday, 11-8 and 6-4, in Southeast 2B competition.

Indians pick up 14-11 softball win over Patriots

TOUCHET — Touchet High School freshman Cierra Jo McKeown struggled to find the strike zone in her pitching debut against Liberty Christian Tuesday, giving up 11 runs on two hits in four innings, but the Indians backed her up with 14 runs on 16 hits and Touchet picked up a non-counter against their Southeast 1B foe, 14-11.

Wa-Hi girls take 6-1 Mid-Columbia win from Riverhawks

WALLA WALLA — It took a three-set victory in No. 4 singles for Chiawana High School to avoid a shutout at the hands of Walla Walla’s girls tennis team at the Walla Walla Country Club Tuesday.

Blue Devil boys thump Chiawana netters, 6-1

WALLA WALLA ­— The Walla Walla High School boys tennis team thumped Chiawana, 6-1, here Tuesday in Mid-Columbia Conference action.

No policy changes expected as Fed ends two-day meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is widely expected today to stick with its aggressive efforts to strengthen a still-subpar economy.

More jobs, pay lift US confidence

WASHINGTON — Americans are more optimistic the job market is healing and will deliver higher pay later this year. That brighter outlook, along with rising home prices, cheaper gasoline and a surging stock market, could offset some of the drag from the recent tax increases and government spending cuts.

College Place picks principal for new high school

Walla Walla education administrator Kirk Jameson will start his new job July 1.

COLLEGE PLACE — A long-time Walla Walla Public Schools administrator has been chosen to lead the new College Place High School. The College Place School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to hire Kirk Jameson as principal of the city’s new public high school, to open for the 2014-15 school year.

Road closure - 5/1/13

WALLA WALLA — Buroker Road will be closed between Spring Creek Road and Mill Creek Road from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Emergency services and utilities will have access during that time.

Bill on assaults in county courthouses raises penalties

WALLA WALLA — The state Legislature has approved a bipartisan bill making it a felony to assault any person in or near a courtroom at a county courthouse.

Acclaimed sports ethicist to lecture at Walla Walla University

COLLEGE PLACE — Sharon Kay Stoll will present the Walla Walla University Distinguished Scholar Lecture “Gaining an Advantage: Moral or Immoral Activity in the Competitive Arena” at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 204 S. College Ave. College Place.

Projects to aid Walla Walla River flows completed

TOUCHET — With the rushing waters of the Walla Walla River forming an appropriate backdrop, two projects to aid both fish and farmers were given a formal dedication Tuesday.

On the Agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Where: District Board Room, 609 S. 2nd St., Dayton

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling

1925 - 2013

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling of Lowden, Washington, passed away April 28, 2013,

James Wood

1945 - 2013

Prescott resident James D. Wood, 68

Martha Payne

1916 - 2013

Martha A. Payne of Milton-Freewater passed away on April 29, 2013,

Thelma Chase

1923 - 2013

Thelma a mother of six, died on Friday, April 26, 2013,

Barbara Fry

1949 - 2013

Barbara Jo Fry, age 63 years, died April 25, 2013,

Clinton Carson

1960 - 2013

Clinton C. Carson of Milton-Freewater passed away April 22, 2013,

Benjamin Dobbins

1974 - 2013

Former Walla Walla resident Benjamin R. Dobbins, 39,

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Bye Bye Birdie to take stage at Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla High School's Drama Department presents Bye Bye Birdie as its spring musical starting Thursday.