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Walla Walla Council OKs aviary construction timeline

WALLA WALLA — The, City Council has approved a timeline for new Pioneer Park Aviary construction and an agreement to have the city pay to run the facility if Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary falls short of money when the nonprofit is expected to take over operations in 2016.

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ArtSquared rounds up funding

WALLA WALLA — It was a weekend frenzy for 6-by-6 inch paintings as some 200 people snapped up hundreds of the treasures at the second annual ArtSquared.

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Updated: Stretch of Myra Road closed after ammonia tanker tips over

Myra Road from Rose Street north to the roundabout at Pine Street is closed due to a tip-over of a tanker truck carrying 15,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia on Myra Road, north of Rose Street, according to a news release.

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Ice Bucket Challenge hits it out of the park

Though they were fewer in numbers than hoped, the efforts of volunteers still raised $2,445.68.

City seeks clarification on aviary issues

Operational matters and when the city would receive repair funds remain ‘ambiguous,’ a Council member says.

Design pulls plug on splash pads this year

WALLA WALLA — Summer officially ended Monday without a new splash pad in due to a delay caused by the state’s departments of Health and Ecology.

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Colorful dance raises funds for local schools

WALLA WALLA — Close to 300 people attended Fiestas Patrias on Saturday night, a fundraiser for Garrison and Pioneer middle schools’ Baile Folklorico dance programs.

Council taps brakes on Heritage Square revamp plan

A Sherwood Trust Leadership Class project for Heritage Square has Council members asking staff to hold off changes until they’ve had a look at the plan that would make major changes to the park.

YouTube choices mar local tourism effort (with videos)

WALLA WALLA — Tourism Walla Walla is dealing with a rather inelegant YouTube swine snafu after it used the Google-owned web hosting site to embed and showcase its new video featuring snippets of local entrepreneurs of upscale food, wine and lodging.

Annual Duck Conservation Day quacks youths up

They were born to be wild, and wild they were as little hands struggled to hold them before setting them free.

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‘M4’ to stand tall in Power House performance

WALLA WALLA — As far as marching bands go, don’t expect the MarchFourth Marching Band to play John Philip Sousa — or even do any marching, for that matter.

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Walla Walla aviary group says it’s hit funding goal

WALLA WALLA — In a surprise announcement, Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary told city officials the group doesn’t need an extension of a fundraising deadline because it has received an infusion of pledges and donations in the past two days.

City of Walla Walla to conduct formal poll on pool

WALLA WALLA — The city will take the next step toward a $5.7 rebuild of Memorial Pool by contracting for a poll to see if voters will go for it.

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Walla Walla City Council, aviary group at funding ‘crossroads’

WALLA WALLA — City Council members at a work session Monday frowned upon granting another extension to a group trying to raise funds to rebuild the Pioneer Park Aviary.

City survey supports $5.7M pool option

The City Council will discuss results of an online survey that shows 84 percent of respondents opting to rebuild Memorial Pool to the tune of $5.7 million.

Aviary group nears goal for rebuild funds

Pioneer Park Aviary supporters say they are close to raising their portion of a $375,000 aviary rebuild project.

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Wheelin' Walla Walla cruises downtown

Wheelin’ Walla Walla saw a good turnout of cars and crowds on Main Street on Saturday.

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Historic Preservation Commission works to secure local history

It isn’t often that members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission oppose demolitions. And it’s rarer for the commission to oppose two demolitions as the same time, which is the current situation.

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Demolition of city’s old valve house on hold

WALLA WALLA — A decision on whether to demolish the city’s water facility valve house at 541 Mill Creek Road has been delayed 60 days by the Joint Community Development Agency.

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Takin’ it to the streets: Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend grows

WALLA WALLA — On Saturday car lovers will be able to walk down Main Street between Palouse and Sixth to take in the flashy sights and roaring sounds at the 19th annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend.

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Fair judging: Cats hair, then gone already

WALLA WALLA — For six years fair officials have included cats with the numerous other animals that will be shown by handlers and judged by fair officials this week.

Tere King shooting: an anatomy of a 'clean shoot'

Three months after a Umatilla County grand jury cleared an Athena police officer who shot and killed a man in a brief standoff, Mayor John Shafer said his own departmental administrative review found no procedural actions warranting reprimand.

Athena shooting was officer’s third use of deadly force

Many, if not most, police officers go through their entire careers without shooting at a subject.

Mental instability dogged King to violent end

In this rural Oregon town with a little more than 1,000 people, Tere David King was well known as a long-time resident, part-time hayloader, avid outdoorsman and craftsman.

Jalapeños spice up Muddy Frogwater

MILTON-FREEWATER — The 34th annual Muddy Frogwater festival in Yantis Park saw some major changes this year, including the end of the Saturday afternoon watermelon eating contest, and the same fate for Sunday’s corn, watermelon and hot dog feed.

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Jazz fundraiser sets scene with improv, scat, acoustics, variety

WALLA WALLA — Keeping it to the classic essentials is what Jazz & Wine Among Friends is all about.

Walla Walla police awarded higher pay in arbitration

WALLA WALLA — For the second time in more than 25 years, a union contract dispute between Walla Walla Police Guild members and city managers had to be settled through binding arbitration.

City set to begin hiring for planning department

City officials are moving ahead with hiring personnel and a director to run a reconstituted development services department that will start up when the current operation with Walla Walla County is dissolved.

City cans new paint

A trial run on new lane striping paint for Myra Road and Tietan Street that promised to last five-times longer proved too “inconsistent and challenging in application.”

PBC refs strive to stay anonymous

This year’s Peach Basket Classic saw 279 teams competing Saturday on 33 makeshift courts that were officiated by about 33 referees, most of whom would rather not be remembered.

Recess Monkey gives kids, parents a musical break

For the third consecutive year, kids of all ages got a free recess on Friday.

Train derailment dumps boxcars in Columbia

Crews pulled five Union Pacific railroad boxcars out of the Columbia River on Friday after an early morning derailment off Highway 730 just south of the Oregon-Washington border.

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Updated: Train derailment cleanup continues near Oregon line

WALLA WALLA — Crews pulled five Union Pacific railroad boxcars out of the Columbia River Friday after an early morning derailment that same day off Highway 730 just south of the Oregon-Washington border.

Suspect in park pepper spray incident arrested

WALLA WALLA — A man who witnesses say threatened to spray a baby with pepper spray in downtown’s Heritage Square park, but was thwarted when another man jumped between them, was arrested Thursday.

Business fined for sulfuric acid spill

The Department of Ecology fined Cott Beverages $4,000 for a sulfuric acid spill at its juice processing facility at 1164 Dell Ave.

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Council tables decision on golf course use

At issue is whether to ban joggers and dog walkers from the municipal course.

WALLA WALLA — A second City Council attempt to vote on banning runners and dogs at Veterans Memorial Golf Course came up with a whiff as members voted to table the matter for an entire year.

City to weigh modified golf course ban on dogs, joggers

WALLA WALLA — The City Council will take another swing at a ban on dogs and jogs at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Federal grant changes bring mixed bag

WALLA WALLA — A new method to disburse federal block grants has city officials making plans to spend $384,079 this year as a proposed budget heads to City Council on Wednesday.

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Artist pulls on funny bone at Dayton's Mule Mania

Mule Mania returned to the Touchet Valley this weekend, and along with the long ears came plenty of laughs from the art created by renowned cowboy cartoonist Daryl Reed.

City asks Walla Wallans for input on pool plans

Two concepts to rebuild Memorial Pool have resurfaced and city officials are now floating both ideas to local residents to find out which, if any, they will pay to have built.

Five arrested after police pursuit crosses state borders

WALLA WALLA — A 43-minute police pursuit that crossed the Washington-Oregon border and saw speeds of up to 65 miles per hour on busy Ninth Avenue in Walla Walla ended with five arrests.

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Dirt bike memories fresh in Athena

ATHENA — Hundreds of older men on small bikes took to local streets and trails to kick start a passion that began here in 1964.

City gives streets summer makeover

Walla Walla has scheduled 11 projects for 2014 to replace water and sewer lines and repave streets.

WALLA WALLA — Despite the $2.2 million Alder Street project the Walla Walla City Council put on hold until next year when it will seek new bids, crews are moving ahead with $5.43 million in other street and utility projects this year.

Bouncy business for kids gets OK to sell beer at after-hours parties

WALLA WALLA — Beer at Jumpin’ Jellybeanz?

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Hard work for a Sweet deal at onion fest

WALLA WALLA — It was all things onion at the weekend’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, including organic onions.

EPA rule, courts mandate new water treatment project

It didn’t matter that Walla Walla had never had a cryptosporidium outbreak.

WALLA WALLA — About 15 miles up Mill Creek is a remote, guarded 36-square-mile basin surrounded by steep hillsides that serves as the city’s primary source of water.

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Event celebrates Valley syrah

Close to 1,000 tickets were sold for lectures, dinners and presentations.

WALLA WALLA — The Wine Alliance’s signature event for its own American Viticultural Area reached out to the other side of the globe this weekend to bring in experts to discuss and celebrate the Valley’s syrahs.

Golfers tee off on other city course users

WALLA WALLA — It was a golfer stance against dogs and jogs at a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Monday.

County fire districts pass on funding city’s rescue training

A request to have local fire districts kick in to help train emergency rescue teams has come up dry.

Walla Walla Council to test waters on city pool options

A review of options to rebuild Memorial Pool had City Council members reluctant to dive in, especially after three belly-flop attempts to get voters to approve pools over the last decade.