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College Place begins hunt to fill open Council seat

COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council has tart the process to find a replacement for a longtime member Bernie Yanke, who has resigned due to health problems.

Figure in scandal has long ties to Washington state auditor

OLYMPIA — As a part-time employee hired two years ago, Jason Jerue is so little known around the Washington state auditor’s office that some colleagues said they were hard-pressed to recall seeing him, talking to him or even emailing with him.

‘Dismal’ snowpack may be new normal in Northwest

Wonder what the weather will be like in Western Washington 50 years from now?

Tax refund advances appeal to more cash-strapped Americans

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

State’s harder GED exam draws far fewer takers

In 2013, 18,474 high-school dropouts in Washington state took a wide-ranging exam known as the GED to earn a high-school certificate. About 86 percent — nearly 16,000 — passed.

Hundreds gather in remembrance of Oso landslide

After a moment of silence was observed at 10:37 a.m. Sunday, a bell rang out 43 times, one for each victim of a deadly landslide that struck the community of Oso exactly one year earlier on March 22, 2014.

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Gardeners reap more than just produce in community plots

It’s not just tomatoes, lettuce and squash that grow in community gardens in Walla Walla; it’s also the resources and connections necessary to build caring, harmonious neighborhoods.

Emergency planners roll up sleeves for ‘MumFoo’

Before a single note is played at this summer’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival in Walla Walla, an army of local, regional and far-flung providers will have worked for months on event safety.

College Place parents speak out over coaching decision

College Place High School Principal Kirk Jameson and the school board took heat Thursday night from residents angry that Kim Cox was rejected as the possible coach for next year’s Hawks junior varsity football team.

Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren't enough beds for patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground.

Milton-Freewater boy killed, others injured in rollover crash

A 14-year-old Milton-Freewater teen died in a crash Thursday night on Interstate 84 at Ladd Canyon, south of La Grande, the Oregon State Police said in a news release.

Brewery closing local pub to focus on production

Laht Neppur Brewing won’t have a Walla Walla bar to belly up to after this month.

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Dancing days are over for local lounge

Dancing is done for at the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, but the beat goes on as the Alder Street business prepares for a bit of an identity change.

Walla Walla man faces prison for child molestation, porn

A Walla Walla man faces up to about 9½ years in prison for having sexual contact with an underage girl last year and possessing Internet child pornography in January.

Mail, identity thief pleads to multiple charges

A woman has admitted having mail that was stolen from multiple Walla Walla Valley addresses in December, in addition to committing four other crimes.