News for Friday, March 14, 2014



Diabetes gene mutations seen as drugmaker target

MINNEAPOLIS — Scientists have uncovered gene mutations that slash the risk of Type 2 diabetes regardless of age and weight, offering drugmakers a novel target to combat one of the major health threats confronting the modern world.

Minutes - Port of Columbia - 3/13/14

Port of Columbia

Mars rover rolls in wheel-saving reverse toward objective

One of the main objectives of the Curiosity mission to Mars is to study the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. The exposed geology here could add supporting evidence to the discoveries made at Yellowknife Bay last March.

Vocalists from Walla Walla participate in Tri-Cities contest

Walla Walla High School vocal students participated in the Columbia Basin Music Educators Association 2014 Solo-Ensemble contest at Pasco High School. Hosted by Wa-Hi graduate Rob Dennis, the festival had 57 entries in the festival. All the students did an outstanding job, said Norb Rossi, director of Walla Walla High School choirs.

Waffle supper fundraiser for senior center set for Tuesday

WALLA WALLA — A waffle supper with music and dancing to raise funds for the Walla Walla Senior Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave.

Minutes - Athena City Council - 3/13/14

Athena City Council

Court report - 3/14/14

Walla Walla County Superior Court

Mill Creek trail to close next week for tree maintenance

WALLA WALLA — A section of the trail on the north side of Mill Creek will be closed Monday through Wednesday as workers prune or remove hazardous trees.

Nutrition focus of mayoral proclamations

The Walla Walla mayor gave registered dietitian nutritionist Diane Benfield a proclamation at the Walla Walla City Council meeting Wednesday that declares March 2014 National Nutrition Month and March 12 as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.

Deepening snowpacks spell improved water outlook for much of Northwest

As spring approaches, snowpacks in the north half of the Western United States are in good shape, but the dry southern half is still hurting.

Port nears lease deal with major wheat shipper

A new lease at the Port of Walla Walla’s Burbank Business Park could do more than bring new life to a long vacant grain storage and transportation facility.

Four injured in head-on crash near Athena

ATHENA — A head-on crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 11 near Athena injured four people, two of whom were taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Prescott wins grant for public space project

PRESCOTT — Before becoming vacant, the lot next to Prescott’s Tuxedo Bar & Grill housed a post office, a gentleman’s store and a sweet shop. Now, it’s to become the center of a community-building project, bringing residents together to create a new public space.

Free Jazzercise classes planned as seasons change

There will be more classes at Walla Walla’s Jazzercise fitness studio. But some of them will take less time.

Emergency management director to run for Walla Walla County commission

WALLA WALLA — A second candidate has announced he plans to run for a Walla Walla County District 3 commission seat.

Seminar offers window into how to do business with Corps of Engineers

How to do business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the focus of a free seminar coming this month.

Software problems blamed for delay in Walla Walla County tax notice delivery

WALLA WALLA — Software problems are continuing to delay mailing of property tax statements to Walla Walla County residents.

No charges to be filed in pedestrian death

WALLA WALLA — The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in October won’t face charges, Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney James Nagle decided.

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Blue Devils add a ‘C’ to team motto

Wa-Hi’s baseball team adds ‘competition’ to its list as a heavy group of upperclassmen lead the Blue Devils into the season.

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Senior trio leads Wa-Hi softball team into season

Blue Devil head coach Kate Keyes says her senior leadership will pass on postseason expectations to younger players.

Johns leads Whits into tourney’s third round

Heather Johns and the Missionaries host Christopher Newport at 7 p.m. tonight in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

DeSales golfers impress at Golfland

The Irish boys win the four-team jamboree, while the girls take second behind Emily Baumgart’s win.

Wa-Hi girls basketball coaching staff resigns

Walla Walla High School girls basketball coach Jill Meliah, JV coach Mike Patterson and freshman coach Kasey Hooter stepped down from their respective positions.

Winston’s Vikings eliminate Weisner’s Grizzlies

Kyle Richardson scored 19 points and DaShaun Wiggins recorded 18 as fifth-seeded Portland State was near perfect from the free-throw line late in the game, defeating No. 4 seed Montana 70-63 in a Big Sky Conference tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night.

Tate’s loss Hawks’ most painful

“In this league, you see guys come and go so quickly. I’ve seen guys on this team I used to watch just absolutely kill it be released. And I don’t want to be that guy.”

CB Thurmond visits Jaguars, 49ers

Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond, who jumped into a starting role early in the season, tests the free agent market on Thursday.

Bruins blow out Ducks

UCLA ended the regular season with a thud, losing to a team that had won two of its previous its previous 17 games.

Cano leads M’s past D’backs

Robinson Cano has two RBI in Seattle’s 6-3 victory over Arizona on Thursday.

Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck all on move

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles find new homes, while other free agents are still searching.

Fowler takes over ABC’s marquee game broadcast

Chris Fowler is taking over play-by-play responsibilities for the marquee Saturday night college football game on ABC.

Cleveland’s Giambi out 3-to-4 weeks with broken rib

Cleveland’s Jason Giambi will be sidelined for about three-to-four weeks with a broken rib in his right side.

Federer steams past Anderson in Paribas quarters

Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, where the Swiss star has yet to drop a set in four matches.

Bode Miller says he’ll ski again next year

Bode Miller wants to continue racing next season at the age of 37, even if this campaign left him disappointed.

4-way tie for Valspar lead

Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions Thursday at Innisbrook. Danny Lee, finally, seems to be playing good golf in any weather.

Weldon Ferguson

1924 - 1989

In Loving Memory

Josephine "Jo" Porter

1922 - 2014

Josephine “Jo” Elizabeth Porter,

State on track to lose No Child waiver

Washington lawmakers adjourned Thursday without changing the state’s teacher evaluation system, which probably means Washington will lose its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act, education leaders said.

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Parents of Sunnyside man who died while longboarding lobby for helmet law

SUNNYSIDE — Ramiro Valencia and Leticia Gutierrez still, in some ways, blame themselves for the death of their son after he crashed and hit his head last year while careening down a Sunnyside street on his longboard.

Search for lost jet expands amid signs it flew on

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded east and west on Friday after American officials said it was emitting signals to satellites for hours after its last contact with air traffic control nearly a week ago over the South China Sea.

Washington Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Legislature adjourned its 60-day session late Thursday evening, passing a supplemental budget and several other bills in its final hours.

Staying healthy most certainly is a laughing matter

In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs tells us: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

Morris Owen Jr.

1943 - 2014

Morris Owen Jr., 70, passed away March 12, 2014, in Dayton.