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Proving grounds: Marathon draws those looking for a challenge

In the past four years and over the past 104.8 miles (that’s 26.2 times four), the Walla Walla Marathon has laid a course to establish itself as a major community event that not only allows runners to compete but various groups to come together for their causes.

Bialozor: Patience, common sense rule the road

Despite the vast differences in size and speed, cars and bicycles are both operated by human beings deserving respect and the safety that the rules of the road offer.

Anglers tapping record run of chinook

Officials are forecasting a record run of chinook salmon on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

October a month of change in the Walla Walla Valley

October is the most important transition month for thousands of organisms in Walla Walla County as well as the northern hemisphere.

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Exploring Summit Lake at Summer's End

A late-summer excursion to the Elkhorn Mountains and Summit Lake proves arduous, but worth the trek.

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Walla Walla man nabs massive elk

Seventeen years of trying paid off in spades for Jim Eggart recently. After winning the only permit allowed for a five-day hunt in the Blue Creek Unit, Eggart bagged a bull elk that is likely to land in the record books.

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Bow hunters survive cougar double jeopardy

A pair of hunters get a surprise when they discover they killed two cougars with one arrow.

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Exploring Yellowstone during 'shoulder season' proves enchanting

Exploring the wonders of Yellowstone country during the ‘shoulder season’ can be enchanting. Just be sure to have a backup plan.

Bloch: Where to shoot in WW? How about the landfill?

I was in a local sporting goods store recently, waiting patiently at the checkout counter for my turn to pay up. It amazed me when the gent ahead asked the clerk a question that I get calls on every day — “Where around here can I go and shoot my new rifle?”

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Foreboding Selway Crags desolate, beautiful

The Selway Crags in central Idaho, selected by my husband when he spotted them from the air on a business trip, stand like hidden statues on a massive estate — forgotten, but all the more regal for their obscurity.

Bikes: an adventure waiting to happen

When I was 10 years old I got a Schwinn Stingray bike for my birthday. It had a banana seat, high handlebars, and a stick shift style shifter. I rode that bike everywhere. It gave me a sense of freedom.

Vincent Jimenez aces 11th hole at Wine Valley GC

Vincent Jimenez, known affectionately at Wine Valley Golf Club as “The Vin Dog,” aced the course’s 11th hole Sunday.

WWGC cancels shoot due to conflict with drag strip

The Walla Walla Gun Club has cancelled its scheduled 50-50-50 shoot set for Sunday due to a facilities conflict with the Walla Walla Drag Strip.

Returning fish face thermal blockage at Lower Granite dam

The Columbia River fall chinook run is booming as measured at Bonneville Dam, but the fish returning to the Snake River continue to face a thermal blockage at Lower Granite Dam.

Monster trout caught below Dworshak denied record

The 28-pound, 9-ounce fish is the largest rainbow trout legally caught in Idaho. However, Tui Moliga of Lapwai won’t land his name in the state record books for the fish.