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School District eyes delay in tougher graduation requirements

The Walla Walla School District is expected to join numerous other districts across the state that have asked the state for a delay of increased high-school graduation requirements.

Estimates given for police, fire for music festival

WALLA WALLA — At their Wednesday night meeting, City Council members were given the projected cost to police for this summer’s four-day Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, Aug. 13-16.

Walla Walla City Council to consider lodging room fee hike

The City Council tonight will review and vote on an increase to room fees charged patrons of the city’s nearly 670 city hotel and motel rooms.

Walla Walla County leads state in whooping cough rate

Walla Walla County is leading the state in per-capita cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

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Ryan Cooper is the Billy Graham of newspapers

When it comes to selling subscriptions, you might say Ryan Cooper is a man on a mission.

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.

CP school's decision not to hire vaunted coach raises community ire

An acclaimed local coach is at the center of a controversy between school administrators and more than 300 parents, students and other supporters who want him to be the new College Place High School Hawks junior varsity football coach.

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Kid’s rodeo spurs interest in sport

Mommas do let your babies grow up to be cowboys ... and cowgirls too.

Council considers more bite in barking dog ordinance

The city’s animal-nuisance ordinances were reported as ineffectual and, for the most part, unable to silence the most common complaint — barking dogs.

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Time running out for Wa-Hi track fundraising

Just one day before timers start clocking runners for Walla Walla High School’s first invitational track meet of the season, coach Eric Hisaw is watching the clock as a fundrasing deadline nears that will determine whether his runners get a new track on campus instead of across town at Martin Field.

City hears logistics report on ‘MumFoo’

Preparing for this summer’s Gentlemen of the Road three-day festival in Walla Walla will be anything but a gentle process.

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Students, faculty want Whitman to dump fossil fuel investments

Whitman College students and faculty are demanding that the college’s financial investors move nearly $8 million out of “dirty” fossil fuels investment to green investments.

Longtime Mac-Hi principal moving on

MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High School Principal Ralph Brown will resign at the end of the school year.

Walla Walla City Council to hear ‘MumFoo’ needs report

The City Council will hear its first official public report on the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival to take place in Walla Walla in mid-August.

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WWCC helps kids cook healthful stuff they’d eat

You can lead kids to food, but don’t expect them to eat everything.

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Panorama - Parks & Rec brings fencing to area youth

“To touch without being touched,” fencing instructor Kaitlin Seiberlich said, stating the goal and motto of the Whitman College Fencing Club.

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City begins planning for $15M Isaacs project

A conceptual design is now being developed for a $15 million repaving and infrastructure project beginning in 2017 that will fix the last bumpy section of one of Walla Walla’s busier east-west traffic arterials.

Track funding still not across the wire

A proposed $829,000 Walla Walla High School track is still short $67,000 in funding, the school district’s finance director and the project’s fundraiser agreed Thursday.

WW, CP schools announce personnel changes

Two local school districts this week announced two key administrative changes and a new search for a retiring principal.

Cante, baile y toque: Flamenco comes to Sapolil

“First and foremost is the singing (cante).”

School district ponies up for track project

The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved funding $250,000 of an $830,000 new track project at Wa-Hi.

Dayton school officials to take 2nd vote on levy

The Dayton School Board is expected on Wednesday to approve putting an $800,000 capital levy on an April ballot, the second time board members will vote on the measure.

Wa-Hi band fundraiser had heart but not permission

School officials this week squashed fundraising efforts of a Walla Walla High School senior but not the hopes of Wa-Hi band president Seth Chapman, who was trying to raise money so the 40-member pep band could go to Tacoma for a potential girls basketball championship game.

Walla Walla schools seek way out of Borleske Stadium pact

When Whitman College, the city of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Public Schools were establishing a new Borleske Stadium Association contract in 1992, it seemed like a win-win-win deal.

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New Wa-Hi track group seeks final push from district

Walla Walla High School students could be running on an all-weather synthetic 400 meter track starting this fall, if the Walla Walla School District can kick in the last $250,000.

City asks for Clinton stoplight opinions

City officials are asking the public to comment on the possible removal of a stoplight at Clinton and Alder streets as part of next year’s IRRP project.

Walla Walla School Board member says she won't run again

After 27 years on the Walla Walla School District Board of Directors, Anne Golden announced she will not seek another term.

Alder Street asphalt grinding bumped back to Monday

Grinding work on Alder Street in downtown Walla Walla that was scheduled to start Wednesday has been delayed until Monday because of a problem with underground communication lines.

Test for ‘gifted’ student programs to start

Walla Walla Public Schools are now accepting applications for students to be tested as highly capable learners.

Walla Walla schools official Linda Boggs announces retirement, takes medical leave

The second-in-charge at Walla Walla Public Schools will officially retire effective June 30 and will take medical leave through the remainder of the current school year, according to school officials.

Closures begin for Alder Street work

Once utilities have been lowered, the grinding down of the old asphalt will start.

Milton-Freewater schools seek to hold fewer kids back

The Milton-Freewater School District last week adopted policies that would make it harder for teachers to hold students back a grade.

Friday ballot count increases pool margin

The pool bond gained close to a full percentage point after Friday’s count of remaining ballots.

Walla Walla City Council OKs Alder Street reconstruction

The Walla Walla City Council on Wednesday approved a $246,311 design contract for next year’s 2016 Alder Street reconstruction project, with the understanding that the public will have a chance to comment on removing the stoplight at Clinton Street.

Burbank OK’s $7.5 million in schools funding

Voters in the Columbia School District approved two levies worth $7,559,070 in funding over the next three years.

Updated: Walla Walla pool bond passes

The fourth time was the charm for a community-funded municipal pool.

Dayton residents tax themselves for road fixes

Dayton voters came out in strong support of a sales tax increase for local roads.

Pool bond passes with 63 percent of the vote

Walla Walla voters approved a $5.8 million two-pool project on Tuesday night by a vote of 63.63 percent for and 36.36 percent against.

Alder Street facelift begins Tuesday

As crews get ready to start a $2.39 million downtown Alder Street project, the City Council on Monday will review next year’s major construction proposal that will rebuild two-thirds of a mile of the deteriorating street as part of an Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Project.

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Mysterious muddy rains likely to remain a mystery

The mysterious rain that affected communities from as far south as Fossil, Ore., to as far north as Colville, Wash., will most likely remain a mystery.

Tree pruning to close Walla Walla arterial

Chestnut Street, between Second Avenue and Howard Street, will be closed part of next week as city crews trim dozens of trees growing along the sidewalk planting strips.

Historic Mill Creek waterworks building on thin ice

Despite opposition from the Walla Walla Historic Preservation Commission, plans to raze a 94-year-old waterworks building took another step forward Monday.

Half-dozen trees felled at Mountain View Cemetery

The city took down six trees Monday at Mountain View Cemetery, making way for new irrigation lines.

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Seahawks items cap Valentine’s bazaar

The first Cupid’s Trading Post Valentine’s bazaar kicked off on Saturday at the Best Western Plus Walla Walla, where approximately 20 vendors sold a variety of crafts, jewelry, health and beauty products, including several items that were all about the Seahawks’ blue and green.

Walla Walla City Council dives in for pool passage

The City Council endorsed a Feb. 10 ballot measure to build a new pool and also approved a 16.39 acre annexation at Wednesday’s meeting.

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Document: Report digs deep into Heritage Park issues

A new study on downtown homelessness and problems centered around Crawford Park and Heritage Square is bringing to light the fact that most park users have strong ties to Walla Walla.

College Place schools see enrollment surge

COLLEGE PLACE — The largest high school in the Valley, Walla Walla High School, is expected to have plenty of room for open enrollment requests for out-of-district students.

Questions abound after phone, 911 service failure

Emergency preparedness officials are now questioning how one backhoe could knock out 911 service for thousand of residents across five counties, disable service for approximately 19,000 cellphones and 4,300 Internet phones, and cripple thousands of businesses for most of Friday afternoon.

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Will fourth Walla Walla pool run charm voters?

Election officials mailed three local ballot measures last week to approximately 19,310 residents in Walla Walla and Columbia counties.