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City Council to vote on Walla Walla firefighters contract

WALLA WALLA — The City Council will vote this week on a three-year union contract for firefighters that will include 2 percent salary increases each year and a return of the 3 percent deferred compensation match that firefighters gave up in 2011 and 2012.

No taker so far for free VA water tower

Free: water tank, 22 feet in diameter, 28 feet tall, cone shaped roof, constructed of steel plates of varying thickness, capacity of 100,000 gallons, includes steel stand of approximately 85 feet.

Milton-Freewater looks at ways to spruce up Main Street

Keep the frogs, replace the concrete, spruce of the landscaping, add matching streetlights, establish pedestrian hubs and, most of all, find ways to make it so the current businesses along Main Street succeed.

Contaminated wells could force Milton-Freewater annexations

MILTON-FREEWATER — State officials are moving forward with proceedings that could one day force city officials to annex a mile-long section north of town to provide safe water to residents with wells contaminated with harmful bacteria.

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One-man band bops back to town to stay in tune with beginnings as a busker

WALLA WALLA — Engineer and busker Nick Moyer had a homecoming of sorts over the weekend, both for his music and alma mater.

Milton-Freewater switches transit operator from local firm to out-of-state company

MILTON-FREEWATER — A switch to an out-of-state transit manager will cost the city as much as an extra $19,395 per year.

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Feast Walla Walla has it covered

A new tent provided added protection and space for the event.

Spring Fling in Walla Walla aims to fill vendor void on balloon weekend

WALLA WALLA — A two-day community fair at Pioneer Park will fill a void created when new organizers took over this year’s Walla Walla Balloon Stampede running May 8-11.

Medical condition blamed in string of 14 crashes

WALLA WALLA — What looked like a case of road rage that sent a bicyclist to the hospital and left 14 vehicles damaged Friday is now being attributed to a motorist who suffered a medical condition.

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Cyclist injured, a dozen cars damaged in wreck at college

WALLA WALLA — A multivehicle collision that ended near Park Street and Boyer Avenue left one bicyclist injured and a dozen vehicles damaged by a driver who police say was suffering a medical condition.

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City awaits Memorial Pool rebuilding study

WALLA WALLA — A new plan to rebuild Memorial Pool is treading water as city officials await word from an aquatic design and engineering hired to study reusing and rebuilding the facility.

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Flint tops Blue for orphaned cougar’s name

WALLA WALLA — An orphaned cougar cub from the Tucannon River area of the Blue Mountains that was captured and relocated in a Kansas zoo now has a name.

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Saving Lincoln

WALLA WALLA — Built in 1927, Paine Elementary School, also known as Lincoln High School, was a good representation of schools of the era. The brick work and fenestration (design and placement of windows and doors) contain appealing elements of neoclassical architecture, according to a 2013 Lincoln Alternative High School Report that studied the feasibility of keeping the structure.

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Sweet! ‘Scheherazade’ ballet dramatic eye candy

WALLA WALLA — What is considered by many to be the most well-known work by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be performed by musicians and dancers Saturday at Cordiner Hall, when the Eugene Ballet Company joins the Walla Walla Symphony for “Scheherazade.”

Walla Walla Council moves forward on annexation plan

WALLA WALLA — City Council unanimously approved moving forward Wednesday night with a southside annexation that will sweep in the neighborhoods of Tablerock, Triple Creek and Costello Place.

Walla Walla Council to consider annexation of 169 acres at southern edge of city

WALLA WALLA — City Council on Wednesday will vote on a 169-acre southside annexation designed to pull in the residents of Tablerock, Triple Creek and Costello Place neighborhoods.

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Walla Walla Council member posts his vision of a new Mill Creek through the city

WALLA WALLA — City Council member Allen Pomraning is making good on a campaign promise to think outside the box by offering a way he thinks could resolve issues with the deteriorating Mill Creek flood channel — reroute the creek from underground to outside on a “repurposed” street.

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Neo-soul artist with show in Walla Walla keeps it ‘heartfelt’ (with video)

WALLA WALLA — One of the most talented contemporary neo-soul performers will appear at Main Street Studios Wednesday when Cody ChesnuTT performs songs from his new album “Landing On A Hundred.”

Forum to explore tax breaks

There are more than 500 state tax exemptions that every year result in billions of dollars in tax breaks.

WALLA WALLA — A group of grandmothers is hoping to raise awareness about the great tax shift. “We just want to discuss these tax breaks and turn people on to discussing these thing,” said Grandmother’s Roundtable member Pat Yenney. “And tax shifting is one of the things that is going to be discussed.”

Whitman grad, author to discuss life in Pakistan

WALLA WALLA — In some ways, small town Pakistan is not very different from small-town America.

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Local cowboy ropes in art as sideline

Rowdy Barry, a bullfighter at this weekend’s WWCC rodeo, is also a painter.

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Wolf packs in Northeastern Oregon grow, officials say

Eight packs are dispersed through Wallowa, Umatilla, Baker and Union counties.

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City Council backtracks on aviary; grants six-month delay for closure

WALLA WALLA — Plans to close Pioneer Park Aviary are on hold for the next six months.

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Walla Walla couple has used-book market covered

WALLA WALLA — Jack and Karinna Ball hate to see books wasted.

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Bearly enough room for eighth annual Tea

The event raises money for college students pursing careers in education.

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AAUW book sale turns to final chapter

The final day of the annual fundraiser runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today.

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Aviary friends offer new idea to save facility

The nonprofit group has asked the city to consider leasing the Pioneer Park attraction to them.

WALLA WALLA — Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary have a new idea to save the popular bird sanctuary.

Orphaned local cougar to be named in Kansas zoo contest

DAYTON — As Washington Fish & Wildlife officials continue to search for clues into the recent shooting of an adult mother cougar in the Blue Mountains, officials at a Kansas zoo announced a naming contest for the wildcat’s orphaned cub the zoo recently acquired.

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Winning wedding contest makes couple's dream come true

The couple had been forced to shelf marriage plans for years to deal with their children’s illnesses.

WALLA WALLA — Five-years-ago, David Mercado proposed to Michelle Roberts. And she accepted. Then the planning began. “We were going to do a big wedding. And I have a lot of family,” Mercado said on Friday, recalling they had a very tight budget. “I thought I was going to have a Costco cake,” Roberts added. But two years later, their wedding dreams were put on hold when their first boy, Aiden, was born. “We said forget the wedding. Our life is definitely going to change,” Roberts said.

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Milton-Freewater romance author makes it big in publishing

Mary Virgina Munoz, who writes under different names, has two books coming out this summer.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A local romance author is about to make it big in the world of book publishing.

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Walla Walla pulls plug on aviary fund

The City Council action would close the park attraction within a year.

WALLA WALLA — Four years of battling to save Pioneer Park Aviary ended Wednesday night when Council voted 5-2 to close the facility.

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Improv group Varsity Nordic headlines ‘Romance on Main Street'

Canoe Ridge Vineyards is co-sponsoring the improvisational evening, “Romance on Main Street,” on Friday at Main Street Studios in Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla Council to hear annexation proposal

The aim is to bring in Tablerock, Triple Creek and Costello Place developments.

WALLA WALLA — A south-side annexation is once again in the works.

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Orphaned cougar finds new family

The rescued cub, its mother killed in the Blue Mountains, is now in a Kansas zoo.

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Elks dance has Daddy dancing rock ’n’ roll

The 30th annual Father Daughter Ball at the Elks had families twisting and waltzing.

Hunter rescued after fall down bank

If the man had not landed on a narrow saddle he would have fallen to the bottom.

Milton-Freewater may allow employees to carry concealed weapons

MILTON-FREEWATER — City employees could soon be packing concealed weapons while on the job.

Audit dings city’s tourism accounting

Invoices and documention were lacking in seven of 21 expenditures examined,

WALLA WALLA — A recently released State Auditor’s report found city officials didn’t properly monitor the use of hotel-motel tax funds in 2012 when they failed to receive regular quarterly reports from Tourism Walla Walla.

Nonprofit looks to tackle local project

Rural Development Initiatives completed a survey to determine what people want to see accomplished.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A nonprofit that specializes in growing community involvement and leadership in rural areas is looking locally for its next major project to support.

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Team blocks out weather concerns

Despite temperatures below freezing, Waitburg Elite football players labor on.

Walla Walla market robbed by gunmen

WALLA WALLA — Two men armed with guns Thursday evening robbed the Los Tapatios store at 114 S. Ninth Avenue, according to police.

Moratorium on marijuana in Walla Walla fails

WALLA WALLA — “We could have wine, wheat and weed here in Walla Walla,” was just one of the prevailing sentiments voiced before a big City Council win for local pot shop supporters.

Walla Walla City Council eyes ban on pot businesses

WALLA WALLA — The business plans of 20 marijuana entrepreneurs could end up pipe dreams if the City Council approves a recently proposed pot ban.

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Superheros 101 teaches ageless skills to young

WALLA WALLA — A group of little superheroes banded together to celebrate an American hero and to be empowered to one day perform their own superhero acts of kindness.

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Sports bars score with Seahawks

Although the crowds were not as large as expected, the bars were still busy.

WALLA WALLA — The Seahawks weren’t the only big winners in green and blue on Sunday.

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Chamber Music Festival offers musical feast

WALLA WALLA — Approximately 60 people crowded Salumiere Cesario on Saturday morning for the fourth free classical music concert and rehearsal put on by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.

Assault investigated in drug overdose case

Richard Perez was found unconscious in a bedroom with Mariah Hofer, who died.

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Seahawks pride!!!

Hawks fans show their team pride before the NFC Championship.

WALLA WALLA — Local nail techs have had a busy week laying down the colors of College Navy, Action Green and Wolf Grey, which are also the Seattle Seahawks’ official colors.

Meth suspected in overdose death

WALLA WALLA — The recent overdose death of a 20-year-old Waitsburg woman was probably related to illegal methamphetamine use, authorities said.

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Birth control-laced feed gets the drop on downtown Walla Walla pigeons

WALLA WALLA — Shooting them didn’t do it. Nor did trapping.