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Advisory board signs off on partial smoking ban at parks, playgrounds

The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended banning smoking in and around city playgrounds but passed on kicking the habit entirely out of all public parks and community events.

City, state reach pact on Sudbury cleanup

A $3.2 million agreement for contamination remediation at Sudbury Landfill has been reached between Walla Walla and the state’s Department of Ecology, with the understanding that the state will fund 75 percent.

Walla Walla City Council OKs new park rules

The Walla Walla City Council unanimously approved numerous ordinance revisions aimed at curbing unwanted behavior at Heritage and Crawford parks.

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WWCC, Central team up to offer 4-year IT degree

Walla Walla Community College and Central Washington University have worked out an agreement for students wanting to stay here but earn a four-year bachelor’s of applied science in information technology and administrative management.

Application filed for first Walla Walla charter school

Supporters of a Walla Walla charter school this month submitted an application to the state to open a new public middle school in 2016.

Walla Walla, College Place schools make personnel changes

Walla Walla and College Place school officials this week announced several key personnel changes that included a new middle-school principal, a change in elementary principals and hiring a firm to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Pros, cons heard at permit review for first Walla Walla pot shop

A conditional use permit for Walla Walla’s first retail marijuana store was reviewed Thursday by a hearings examiner, who has 10 working days to issue his decision.

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City crews tackle sidewalk tripping hazards w/video

Work crews today will remove tripping hazards on Main Street between Isaacs and Fourth avenues, as the city continues to inch forward on the goal to fix deteriorating, buckling and often missing city sidewalks.

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City hopes for mid-June opening of splash pad

Fountains for Youth, the soon-to-open splash pad at Washington Park, won’t be gushing with water this Memorial Day weekend due to construction delays.

Updated: Umatilla County election results

Voters said yes to a $23 million college bond but no to a Milton-Freewater School District appointed incumbent who was seeking election this year.

Filing period closes; 18 races contested

The last day to file for office saw increases in contested races for Walla Walla and College Place city councils and candidates for College Place School District, among other positions throughout three counties.

Election 2015 - Filing week so far yields one contest

Candidate filings in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties over the first two days of filings this week have been relatively slow, with mostly incumbents submitting declarations of candidacy for city council, school board and other special district elections.

Request made for lodging-tax funds for music festival

The Downtwon Walla Walla Foundation is seeking $20,000 to boost its MumFoo efforts.

Ten weeks after announcing the Gentlemen of the Road Tour Stopover was coming to Walla Walla, city officials have no contract, have been hit with increasing planning costs — including a recent $20,000 lodging-tax funds request — and are facing the question of what guarantee is there that the show will go on.

Local teachers opt for red sweatshirts over walkout

Walla Walla and College Place teachers voted against leaving their classrooms for a day to protest state funding shortfalls for education. But they said yes to wearing red shirts to show their support for teachers in other districts who walk out.

Walla Walla School District rolls out online forum

The Walla Walla School District this week will try a new online forum that is a bit like Facebook and other social media sites, where viewers can read other people’s comments.

Valley teachers consider one-day walkout over lack of funding

Walla Walla and College Place teachers expect to know late today if they will join other teacher unions across the state for a one-day walkout to protest a lack of funding to lower class room sizes and to provide cost-of-living increases.

Wa-Hi track hits the fast lane

Walla Walla High School will get a new all-weather synthetic track next fall.

Police: Young woman found hanging in Pioneer Park

A Whitman College student was found hanging at Pioneer Park early Monday, officials said.

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Panorama - Tech ed center a home for art, too

About 450 works of art from Walla Walla middle and high school students went on display Friday for the second annual Walla Walla Public Schools Spring Art Show at SEA-TECH.

Community college targeted ongoing hacking attack

Walla Walla Community College is under cyberattack this week by what are believed to be foreign computers that have jammed the college’s Internet systems.

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Broadway hit ‘Guys and Dolls’ hits Walla Walla

A 65-year-old musical classic that has had several Broadway revivals since its debut — not to mention a movie version with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando — will have a local revival next week.

Dayton schools levy just shy of majority

An $800,000 Dayton School District capital levy was failing by a thin margin after votes were counted Tuesday night.

City Council supports changes at downtown parks

The core downtown area, especially Heritage Square and Crawford parks, will see increased police enforcement and social outreach programs this summer.

Fire destroys Burbank home

BURBANK — A Burbank woman’s home was destroyed by fire Saturday morning, killing her dog.

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Walla Walla house fire seen as possible arson

Firefighters responded to three more possible arson fires since Friday, one of them leaving a century-old house on Merriam Street heavily damaged.

Council to study ways to help park users

City officials this week will introduce a plan that will reach out and help out the downtown park users who have been the bane of some business owners and citizens.

Council OKs Walla Walla utility rate study

A $94,560 contract for a six-year utility rate study drew dissent of a lone Walla Walla City Council member, though the body voted unanimously on several resolutions aimed at taking advantage of lower interest rates.

Plan to remove traffic light comes to halt

The traffic signal at Clinton and Alder streets ­— the focus of weeks of controversy about its proposed removal — will stay put.

City parks smoking ban aired again

A proposal to ban smoking in Walla Walla city parks was met with suggestions of moderation by residents at a second public meeting on the idea Tuesday.

Council to weigh in on traffic light controversy

The fate of a stoplight at Clinton and Alder streets could be settled this week.

Oregon bill could halt Milton-Freewater annexation

The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill that could help stop a forced annexation in Milton-Freewater.

Four area high schools reap statewide awards

Out of a statewide pool of about 2,000 secondary schools, three area high schools received High Progress awards from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools.

City to consider ban on smoking in parks

City officials will discuss the possibility of joining a bandwagon with other municipalities that have recently banned smoking in public parks at a community meeting on Tuesday.

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Alder road work delay strains businesses

Downtown merchants affected by the Alder Street construction project have been growing impatient, especially after a lack of observable construction combined with a drop in sales.

City awards contracts for aviary work, pool design

The Walla Walla City Council on Monday approved contracts for construction of the new Pioneer Park Aviary and an architect for the new Memorial Pool.

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City hopes to avoid bumps in Isaacs Ave. project

Driving, cycling and walking along Isaacs Avenue will be three of the key topics discussed at a community meeting this week.

Cox resigns as College Place football coach, JV coach named

College Place High School freshman football coach Kim Cox has officially resigned, officials with the College Place School District will announce Tuesday.

Council to review survey on Clinton-Alder stoplight

An online survey over the stoplight at Clinton and Alder streets will be reviewed by the City Council at a 4 p.m. work session Monday.

Arson suspected in pair of late-night tree fires

Arson is suspected in two late-night tree fires on Home Avenue that occurred Tuesday and today, Walla Walla fire officials said.

Sparsely populated Council gets update on music festival

The absence of four of seven Walla Walla City Council members postponed votes on contracts for the Pioneer Park Aviary and Memorial Pool, but those who were there heard updates on the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover concert expected to dominate the town in mid-August.

Walla Walla Council considers aviary, pool contracts

The Walla Walla City Council on Wednesday will review and vote on contracts for construction of the new Pioneer Park Aviary and an architect for the rebuild of Memorial Pool.

Blue Mountain Community College to put $23 million bond to voters

A $23 million Blue Mountain Community College bond measure will be the topic of a Milton-Freewater community meeting Tuesday.

Differences linger after CP parents, school officials meet

College Place School District officials stood their ground last week over hiring practices and curriculum polices that have been recently criticized by an undetermined number of parents.

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Inmates refurbish 2-wheel treasures for kids

Blue Mountain Action Council gave away 37 refurbished bicycles to smiling young faces Thursday, but also turned away about another 30 families after the supply ran out in half an hour.

Children’s Museum trashed in burglary

The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla was burglarized early Tuesday morning, leaving the facility with and estimated $2,000 in damages, officials said.

School officials OK waiver on grad requirements

The Walla Walla School Board on Monday approved taking a two-year waiver on a state-mandated increase to high school graduation requirements.

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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