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Alfred Diaz

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Oregon students face obstacles to tuition ‘promise’

High school seniors across Oregon are having visions of free-tuition fairies dance in their heads.

Walla Walla schools post survey on later starts

The debate over a later start at Walla Walla High School has moved to an online survey.

Grant paves way for Isaacs Avenue rebuild

Funding for the $15 million Isaacs Avenue overhaul between Park Street and Wilbur Avenue is halfway there.

Wa-Hi late-start draws more interest

More sleep for high school students — made possible by a later start and finish at Walla Walla High School — roused 40 parents to attend a second community meeting on the topic.

Walla Walla adopts property tax increases

The Walla Walla City Council approved a $295,177 increase to next year’s ad valorem property tax collection, which will raise taxes a few dollars for the average homeowner.

WWCC president announces plans to retire next summer

Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle announced this week he will retire from the position he has held for that past 31 years, a period of expansion that also brought national recognition to the school in 2013.

Walla Walla School District OKs putting levy on ballot

A Walla Walla School District maintenance and operations levy to replace the current one that expires after next year will go before voters in February.

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Memorial Pool rebuild sees rising costs

City officials, once again, are projecting major cost overruns for the Veterans Memorial Pool project — this time $700,000 over what’s been budgeted.

Parents, community group push for safer walk to school

A group of Sharpstein Elementary School neighbors is raising concerns over what they say is a lack of a safe walking corridor to the west, where nearly two-thirds of the school’s children live.

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Wa-Hi's fall show goes on in wake of drama teacher's death

The Walla Walla High School drama department this week will open a show that from its debut a decade ago at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was shadowed with controversy.

Later Wa-Hi start time debated at community meeting

Parents, students and experts at a community meeting Tuesday night voiced pros and cons over a proposal to start and finish Walla Walla High School class days an hour later.

Later start for Walla Walla High School considered

School district officials are considering a permanent late-start at Walla Walla High School to help students catch up on their sleep.

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Panorama - Playing with light

A group of local schoolkids last month shed some light on an after-school program that took place in the dark of Pioneer Park.

Walla Walla Council OKs resolution for gang-fighting taxes

The Walla Walla City Council has approved resolutions for a $210,320 boost to the city budget to bolster a new initiative to fight increasing gang violence.

Area school boards to see changes after elections

One incumbent will keep his post and another faces losing hers on the Touchet School Board as voters there and school districts elsewhere in the Valley cast ballots for school leadership.

Updated: Cummins, Moss win Walla Walla Council races

Four seats on Walla Walla City Council were up for election Tuesday but only two were contested.

City eyes bump in taxes for anti-gang initiative

Gang violence — and more funding needed to combat it — may cost Walla Walla city taxpayers more money next year.

Milton-Freewater gets $15 million matching school grant

To collect, the Milton-Freewater School District must raise $12.5 million.

Venturing beyond boundary proves sweet

Friday afternoon on Main Street saw thousands of trick-or-treaters waiting in backed up lines in front of downtown stores for a chance at free candy.

Work on new industrial park underway

Second-phase plans recently submitted to the city for a 28-acre industrial park on the outskirts of town include an auto dealership that will have cars lined up along Middle and Lower Waitsburg roads

Milton-Freewater takes step toward medical pot sales

The City Council is moving toward adopting an ordinance that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries in city limits, but is holding off on deciding the fate of retail pot shops.

City proposes shift in block grant fund use

City officials plan to cut a low-income home-improvement program by 85 percent but will fund $70,000 toward a new youth homeless shelter, which are all part of next year’s proposed Community Development Block Grant funding total of $381,892.

WW schools calls for emergency substitutes

Faced with a shortage of substitute teachers, the Walla Walla School District is asking for people with bachelor’s degrees to consider filling in for absent educators.

Retired principal takes on incumbent for Dayton School Board

The Dayton School District has one contested and two solo candidate races.

Retired educator, nurse seek Waitsburg school post

The Waitsburg School District has one contested race for the Position 5 seat on the school board.

Six candidates vie for Touchet School Board seats

Three of five Touchet School District board positions are on the Nov. 3 ballot.

3 of 5 College Place School Board seats open for grabs Nov. 3

All three College Place School Board positions up for election Nov. 3 are being contested. Two will be for seats to replace current members who are not seeking re-election.

Veterans take on first-time candidates for Council

Walla Walla voters will cast ballots in four City Council positions on the Nov. 3 ballot.

WW Council candidates cross on few issues

Cordiality was the hallmark of a debate Thursday featuring the four candidates vying for two spots on the Walla Walla City Council.

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Pano - CPHS: Education with open space and glass

Lunch time on Monday in a busy College Place High School commons saw plenty of students ready to throw compliments over all the glass in their brand-new school.

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Kids dig archeology camp at Fort Walla Walla

Digging into the past turned out to be a lot more about digging into research at an all-day archaeology camp Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

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County votes to stay silent on levee clearing

Walla Walla County commissioners voted unanimously to not intervene in a local coalition’s request to halt a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that will clear a 5,000-foot-long stretch of trees and brush along Mill Creek levee.

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Pot, tree clearings debated at AAUW forum

The defining moments were few, with marijuana being one topic that saw a modicum of debate Monday at a local candidates forum at Walla Walla Community College.

Human remains to be turned over to tribes

Humans remains discovered last winter on the McNary Wildlife Refuge will most likely be turned over to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, officials said.

Walla Walla City Council majority supports Corps levee clearing

A majority of City Council members are convinced that trees along the Mill Creek levee need to come down for the safety of the public, after they toured the site Wednesday with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.

Examiner OK’s application of second pot store

Walla Walla’s second retail pot shop was granted application approval this week by a hearing examiner, despite an objection by school officials who feel the store would be too close to school bus stops.

Community colleges left off College Scoreboard

The recently released College Scorecard — the Obama administration’s new online college assessment tool — failed to include 17 percent of all community colleges, including Walla Walla Community College.

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Feds roll out college comparison tool

The recently implemented College Scorecard — the U.S. Department of Education’s new online college comparison tool — is providing a clearer look at average net tuition costs after financial aid and what graduates can expect to make 10 years after entering college.

Bond sale for new WW pool raises $5.83 million

High interest by investors followed by a low interest rate saved the city thousands at a multimillion-dollar bond sale this week to raise funds for a new Veterans Memorial Pool.

City asks Corps to hold off on levee work

The City Council will formally ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to delay cutting down any trees on the Mill Creek levee until furthers studies can be completed.

City aquifer recharge program gets OK

Washington ecology officials have given approval to Walla Walla officials to store drinking water in an underground aquifer, even though the city has been doing it for 16 years.

School district: Pot shop too close to bus stops

A public hearing Thursday over the proposed Walla Walla Weedery — which would be the second marijuana retail store to open in the city — drew several concerns from opponents.

Walla Walla schools shuffle no-school days, issue new calendar

The Walla Walla School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract with the teachers union and along with it an unanticipated no-school day for Oct. 2.

Milton-Freewater voters to decide on city marijuana policy

MILTON-FREEWATER — How the city will handle medical and retail marijuana stores — if permitted at all — will most likely be settled by voters next year.

Walla Walla School Board to vote on teachers' contract

Unlike their counterparts in Pasco and Seattle, Walla Walla teachers are expecting to negotiate their union contract without having to strike.

Milton-Freewater to weigh pot options

Options for retail marijuana ordinances that include a partial, all-out or no ban on pot businesses will be taken up by the City Council on Monday.

City hearing examiner OKs pot-grower permits

Two recreational marijuana businesses proposed for the Eastgate area of Walla Walla have received a hearing examiner’s approval for city business permits.

Walla Walla charter school on hold after court ruling

Less than four weeks after receiving state approval for a charter school to open in 2016, progress on the local Willow School was halted after a State Supreme Court decision Friday that ruled such schools cannot receive state funds.

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Parade marches through the rain

Fans of the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Parade won’t cow to a few morning drops, though they may look for assurance in numbers.

Kids not sheepish about mutton busting

A children’s rodeo classic was brimming with mutton busters at this year’s fair.