What's Up With That?

What's Up With That is a column by editorial page editor Rick Eskil.


What's Up With That-, Local-, Top Stories-Eskil - News flash: School zone lights blink for safety, not revenue

Driving through a 20-mph school zone from September until June is generally done with caution. Even going a few miles over the speed limit can earn a driver an expensive — and deserved — speeding ticket.

What's Up With That-, Local-, Top Stories-What's up with that? Turbines generate bucks for troopers

Throughout the summer and into the fall, a parade of humongous parts for wind turbines — blades, towers and generators — have been headed east on U.S. Highway 12.

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What's Up With That-Giant wheat piles: How do those work?

The drive from Walla Walla to Pasco has become pretty routine for a great many folks in this Valley. I’ve made it more times than I can remember.

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What's Up With That-Why have water towers?

What's Up With That columnist Risk Eskil looks into the region's water system to see why some places still have old-school water towers.

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What's Up With That-Walla Walla history takes an odd turn

When the sandstone facade of the 1902 Odd Fellows Temple was moved to Heritage Park, a subtle change was made.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - High-speed pursuits: Necessary or too dangerous to public?

Local police say they follow strict guidelines.Jeff Callow's yellow 1971 Chevrolet pickup is -- or was -- a familiar sight in Walla Walla, particularly along Howard Street, which is close to where Callow lives.But nobody would have ever expected to see Ca

What's Up With That-Today's gravel, tomorrow's roads

The sound of gravel crunching under tires and bouncing off the undersides of cars has become common this summer, particularly in the areas just outside the city limits.

What's Up With That-State road work pulls over for holidays

It's ironic most highway construction takes place in the summer when folks are on the road.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? - Let's play three: Fair concert stacks up acts

The Band Perry, LoCash Cowboys and Joey+Rory: What's up with that?

Summer - at least on the calendar - is upon us and that means the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days isn't far away. This year's opening night concert seems to be getting a big push on the radio. I heard a spot the other day urging me to buy my tickets to s

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT ?: Fall cold snap still stings for grape growers

A two-day cold snap in November might have destroyed between 20 percent to 40 percent of the Walla Walla Valley's wine grape crop.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT: Sidewalks at the prison? Seriously? Seriously!

WALLA WALLA -- "Can someone please tell me why we needed a sidewalk next to the penitentiary. I am open to hearing any reasonable explanation."

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - Pump problem, not Bigfoot, behind center-line blur

On a warm summer evening just before dark I was heading east on Taumarson Road and noticed the center line looked blurry. Bright but blurry. Then I crossed Plaza Way to Prospect Road and again the yellow center line was out of focus.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? - Two-toned road begs questions

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After months (and months) of construction, Abbott Road just to the south of Murr Sports Park is finally open.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? - Here we go 'round the roundabout

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Wallans enjoy trying new things. When a new restaurant opens it's busy -- really busy -- for weeks, even months.

What's Up With That-WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - Walla Wallans keep NASCAR rollin'

About two years ago I was channel surfing when I caught my favorite wave — ESPN — and saw a NASCAR crew chief being interviewed. Now, I generally would move on as car racing isn't, well, baseball or football.But on this day I noticed the crew chief's name