Readers to pick year's top stories


Time keeps moving on and once again it is time for readers to rank the Top 10 stories of the year.

This is the 21st year we have had readers decide on the most important stories. We have kept the descriptions short so we could include as many stories as possible. If there is a story you feel strongly about that isn’t on this list, please add it to the bottom where it says “Others” and give it your ranking.

This ballot will appear several times between now and the noon deadline on Dec. 16. For your ballot to count, it must be clipped from the paper (not a photocopy) and the stories must be numbered, not marked with an “X.”

On Dec. 29 we will report on the Top 10 selections and provide a list that includes the point totals for every story on the ballot.

Rick Doyle can be reached at or 526.8306.

Your top story should be marked as “1.” The second most important story would be “2,” and so on through “10.” All ballots must arrive at the U-B by noon on Dec. 16. We will tally the votes and your Top 10 will be featured in the U-B on Dec. 29. Please vote and drop your ballots off at the U-B office at First and Poplar or mail them to: Top 10, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, P.O. Box 1358, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

---------------- Walla Walla Community College brings back the summer musical. The first show is “The Music Man.”

---------------- The Farmers Market splits into two groups — one remains downtown and the other moves to the fairgrounds.

---------------- College Place sues auto dealer Mark Gilbert. More lawsuits from others follow. Gilbert files for bankruptcy.

---------------- The state Auditor’s Office rules that the Rural Library District violated Open Public Meeting laws. The district buys land in College Place to build a library.

---------------- Jim Sanders, former YMCA director and co-owner of Public House 124, is charged with dumping cooking grease on the lawn of the current YMCA director’s home.

---------------- A bond issue vote for Walla Walla High School falls short. To find out what voters will support, the school district conducts a poll and gathers other input. The Union-Bulletin launches a survey to poll readers’ opinions about how the school district should proceed.

---------------- The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the case of the giant purple octopus. The city paints over the sign at Inland Octopus.

---------------- We-Man Vet’s Golf Inc. files for bankruptcy. The city takes over operations of Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

---------------- Walla Walla Community College wins the Aspen Prize as it ties with another college as the nation’s top community college.

---------------- An argument between two acquaintances leads to Joshua S. White breaking into Jonathan L. Phillips’ home. Phillips shoots and kills White. It is decided the shooting was in self-defense.

---------------- A plan to reconfigure Rose Street from four lanes to three generates opposition. The Council decides to keep the road four lanes. Several sycamore trees are removed to improve sight lines.

---------------- Railex adds a warehouse to facilitate wine shipments.

---------------- Three films by Walla Walla middle school students are screened at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle.

---------------- A Huffington Post item on a gay slur by a staff member for state Sen. Mike Hewitt draws national attention. Hewitt counsels the staffer.

---------------- After more than a decade of failed school funding measures in Milton-Freewater, voters approve a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance over the next five years.

---------------- The United Way of Walla Walla County selects mental health issues as a funding focus and puts $73,000 toward the problem.

---------------- Genetically modified wheat found on an Eastern Oregon farm puts Northwest wheat sales in jeopardy for a time.

---------------- The Union-Bulletin helps locate the family of Maj. Larry J. Hanley, a Vietnam War casualty whose remains were identified after more than 43 years. A huge crowd attends a local funeral service.

---------------- The local group Bizarre Love Triangle is featured in AMC’s “Showville” reality program.

---------------- The city of Walla Walla digs into several street projects around town. It uses billboards, a website and other means of communication to keep the public up to date on progress.

---------------- David Polk, the operator of “Walla Walla Sweet Onion Burger” page on Facebook, is convicted in a child pornography case.

---------------- A couple is wounded in a shooting at Sixth Avenue and Moore Street.

---------------- Gail Martin, the founder of Martin Archery, dies. The business is put up for sale in an attempt to keep it open.

---------------- A program that pumps liquefied carbon dioxide underground at the Boise Inc. location is the world’s first known field test of carbon storage in deep basalt formations.

---------------- The Walla Walla County commissioners begin work on a policy to have better accounting of work hours by exempt employees after a complaint led to an investigation by the state Auditor’s Office. The Union-Bulletin reports on documents related to the complaint and the results of its investigation.

---------------- The Walla Walla Country Club files suit against PacifiCorp related to charges the company imposed when the club decided to change electricity providers.

---------------- The Farm Labor Homes is turned over to the Walla Walla Housing Authority.

---------------- Milton-Freewater School District puts together a plan to deal with bullying.

---------------- Other: __


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