News for Thursday, April 24, 2014



Letter - Expand efforts to live green

How did you celebrate Earth Day? Did you make a greater effort to recycle, reuse, refurbish or refrain from unnecessary consumption?

Summer movies: Hollywood bets big again

NEW YORK (AP) — Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood’s summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. Will they hit any turbulence?

Minutes - Walla Walla City Council - 4/23/14

Walla Walla City Council

Court report - 4/24/14

Walla Walla County Superior Court

May brings a soundtrack for Walla Walla history

We celebrated Walla Walla’s sesquicentennial in 2012. The city was incorporated in 1862, but Fort Walla Walla came first, in 1818, and the Whitmans arrived in 1836.

Banner closer to acquisition of Sterling branches

Banner Corp., the parent company of Walla Walla-based Banner Bank, has cleared a hurdle in the acquisition of six Sterling Savings Bank branches.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 4/24/14

Featured books will be available for the public today.

State loses education waiver; schools lose dollars

Federal officials will not renew Washington's waiver from a law that sets accountability standards for schools, taking away control of federal funds distributed to state schools.

Emergency Services - 4/24/14

Emergency Services - 4/24/14

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‘Horsing around’ found to reduce stress hormones in youth

PULLMAN — New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress - and the evidence lies in kids’ saliva.

Trunk show for shoes set at Walla Walla store

Shoe lovers will want to step into Walla Walla Clothing Co. this weekend for the Frye and Donald J Pliner Trunk Show and seasonal footwear event.

‘Call Me Crazy’ to screen at Walla Walla VA

WALLA WALLA — “Call Me Crazy,” a film by the Lifetime Five Film project, will be shown from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m. Saturday in the theater at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, 77 Wainwright Drive.

Pendleton Center for the Arts calls for photo entries

PENDLETON — The Pendleton Center for the Arts has a call for photography entries for the 2014 Open Regional Exhibit, that will open with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. May 9.

Dayton High’s FBLA chapter scores big in state competition

DAYTON — Dayton High School students took home a slate of awards from this year’s Future Business Leaders of American state competition.

Wine Valley Golf Club named one of 12 best in nation for value

WALLA WALLA — When it comes to golf courses, Walla Walla boasts one that offers “the best bang for your greens-fee buck,” according to a new listing.

Oh, my: ‘Oh, Gastronomy!’ at Walla Walla University

COLLEGE PLACE — Tickets for “Oh, Gastronomy!” a production of the Walla Walla University drama students, will be available starting April 27. Seating is limited for these shows.

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‘The Relatives’ returns to Walla Walla a full-on dance theater

WALLA WALLA — What began last year as a 10-minute original duet by local dancers Peter de Grasse and Vicki Lloid at a Walla Walla wine tasting room has taken a huge leap — in cast and the performance stage.

Musical theater benefit set for May 4

WALLA WALLA — “I Remember It Well, An Afternoon of Musical Theater Delights,” a benefit for the Adult Day Center, will be 3 p.m. May 4 at Pioneer Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St.

Día de los Niños set for Sunday in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The eighth annual Día de los Niños/Children’s Day will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, at Washington Park, 700 W. Cherry St.

Concert to showcase Walla Walla University Harp Ensemble

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla University Harp Ensemble will play for the First Thursday Concert, 12:15 a.m.-1 p.m. May 1, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.

Oregon East Symphony to perform ‘Scheherazade’ Saturday

PENDLETON — The Oregon East Symphony will present “Scheherazade” and performances by four young soloists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion St.

Dixie looks at reorganizing school administrative jobs

DIXIE — Dixie School District — which consists solely of Dixie Elementary School — is taking a look at possibly hiring a new superintendent/principal to give current administrator and teacher Mark Wegner more time to teach.

Whits’ national golf goal still to be had

Skip Molitor sees an important similarity between his Whitman College women’s golf team and the school’s women’s basketball team that made such an amazing run to the NCAA Division III national championship game last month in Whitewater, Wis.

Rain washes out tennis matches at Mac-Hi

McLoughlin High School’s tennis team played a rain-shortened match against the Griswold Grizzlies here Wednesday afternoon.

Richman leads Irish to 4-1 victory over La Grande

DeSales pitcher Cam Richman allowed only one run, as he tossed a complete game in the Irish’s 4-1 win against La Grande on Wednesday.

Bulldogs pick up first win over Asotin since 1995

The Dayton baseball team picked up its first win against Asotin since 1995 in stunning fashion on Wednesday.

Hawks open 2014 against Packers

Seattle also plays on Thanksgiving Day in San Francisco as part of four nationally televised games.

Seager slugs M’s to victory

Kyle Seager’s two home runs and five RBI lift the Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Astros, ending Seattle’s eight-game losing streak.

Blazers win at Houston, lead 2-0

LaMarcus Aldridge scores 43 points to lead the Blazers past the Rockets, 112-105.

Seahawks quarterback Wilson files for divorce

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing.

Pineda ejected for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yankees, 5-1

Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 Wednesday night.

Phelps to resume swimming career today in Arizona

Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool.

Annual Adams Day set for Saturday

ADAMS, ORE. — The annual Adams Day event, which marks the opening of Triangle Little League season there, will be held Saturday. Event activities are on Main Street, at the park and at the ball field.

Suns guard Dragic NBA’s Most Improved Player

Goran Dragic was honored as the NBA’s Most Improved Player after his career year helped lead the Suns to 23 more wins this season.

Jackson reiterates he won’t take over as Knicks coach

The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate already has been eliminated.

Ferrer ousted from Barcelona Open by Russian opponent

Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year and defending champion Rafael Nadal labored to victory.

Trial again delayed for man accused of murdering Walla Walla woman

WALLA WALLA — The trial for a man accused of shooting to death a Walla Walla woman is being postponed again in Superior Court to allow for further investigation and analysis by both sides in the case.

Washington health exchange reports 164,062 signed up for private plans

More than 164,000 state residents signed up to buy private-sector health plans under the Affordable Care Act before enrollment for coverage in 2014 ended last month. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange released a report Wednesday that showed details from the open-enrollment period that began Oct. 1.

Avalanche warning issued for Mount Hood, Mount Rainier

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains.

Pendleton man fights off pit bull attack

A Pendleton man Tuesday afternoon used a knife to fend off two attacking pit bull dogs. Pendleton police Chief Stuart Roberts said the case remains under investigation.

Florence Dahl

1941 - 2014

Former Walla Walla resident Florence Eleanor Tomlinson Dahl, 72, died April 21, 2014

James Barber

1921 - 2014

Former Milton-Freewater resident James E. “Jim” Barber, 92,

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

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Yakamas file suit to stop Rattlesnake Mountain wildflower tours

The Yakama Nation is asking a federal judge to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from conducting wildflower tours on Rattlesnake Mountain starting this week.