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Protesters call for justice

Officials still won't confirm if Chavira was shot in the back.

WALLA WALLA — About 130 protesters marched up and down Isaacs Avenue on Monday evening, calling out for justice for Cesar H. Chavira, who was shot and killed May 4 during an attempted burglary at the New York Store.

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Wa-Hi swimmers have eyes on State

Wa-Hi boys swim team already has the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A title, as well as District awards, and now has five members vying for state hardware this weekend

Wa-Hi looks to add to its boys swimming season accolades when the Blue Devils travel to Federal Way and the King County Aquatic Center to open competition Friday at the 2012 Washington state Class 4A swimming championships.

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WWCC rodeo partnership reaches 30-year milestone

An alliance that helps fight local child abuse will celebrate its 30th anniversary in March next month

WALLA WALLA -- A partnership that has roped in thousands to fight local child abuse will have something to whoop about next month. When the annual "Ride Against Child Abuse Rodeo" kicks off March 9, it will mark the 30th anniversary of an alliance that traces back to 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president and the Space Shuttle program was still new.

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Old times, new times

Peter Frampton's concert Saturday night played to the memories and made new ones, too.

It was just like old times and not so much like old times at Saturday's Peter Frampton concert at Cordiner Hall. Five minutes before showtime, a 20-foot line of women stood outside the bathroom waiting their turn while the men's room had no line. Some things never change.

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Walla Walla man pleads guilty to two rapes

Joshua A. Rutherford faces 26-34 months in prison for crimes in 2009 and 2010.

A local man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to two rape charges for crimes that occurred in 2009 and 2010. Joshua A. Rutherford, 19, entered a guilty plea Monday to a third-degree rape charge for having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl without her consent in the summer of 2009. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree rape of a child for having sex in the summer of 2010 with a girl who was 14 years old.

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Music’s building blocks come to life

Musicians in the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival played to a young audience at DeSales.

If music is like the blueprints for a building, then a composer is the architect. And just like an architect, a composer builds starting with a foundation, and then adds important layers, with final touches and details to make the work unique. That was the theme of the "Sounds Like Fun!" children's concert coordinated by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival on Thursday. Held in the DeSales Catholic High School gym, the event drew dozens of area children, and helped kick off the 2012 Chamber Music Festival. The concert, with a theme of "Construction Site: How to Build a Piece of Chamber Music," introduced children to clas

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'Dissimilar' sums up a pair of mid-summer day trips

Dissimilar comes to mind. The two have little or nothing in common as mid-summer day trips: Lewis Hollow, stifling and sun drenched among rolling hills west of Dayton; Wallowa Lake State Park, cool and shaded below looming Eagle Cap Mountains south of Joseph. Nevertheless, in the span of one July fortnight, Darlene, Nora the Schnauzer and I toured both areas.

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Input sought on proposed county merger

Discussion of a proposed merger of Walla Walla County's human services and health departments continued Tuesday, with people being urged to send in comments, ideas and opinions to county commissioners. At an informational meeting, outgoing Human Services Department Director Daryl Daugs and Harvey Crowder, Health Department administrator, recounted the issues surrounding the proposal and why it is being put forward now.

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New road for WWCC culinary arts program

WWCC's culinary arts program carves its niche as the Wine Country Culinary Institute.

Dan Thiessen took over leadership of the culinary arts program at Walla Walla Community College with change in mind. Thiessen came to the college a year ago to lead the culinary program, which had grown from offering a few cooking classes to becoming an accredited degree program. With a newly renovated kitchen and a distinct food and wine culture in the area, Thiessen took on the job of rebranding the program.

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Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year’s trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men’s team.

In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time. The high-water mark, of course, was in 2008 when the Walla Wallans won the national championship. That team was led by bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has since qualified twice for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals and is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA bareback standings with 2012 earnings just south of $10,000.

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"Rockabilly Queen" Wanda Jackson hits Walla Walla

The Queen of Rockabilly was in danger of losing her crown.