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Walla Walla City Council expected to OK salary increases

WALLA WALLA — The City Council is expected to approve salary increases of 8.5 percent for City Attorney Tim Donaldson and 3 percent for City Manager Nabiel Shawa when it meets Wednesday night.

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Fire kills College Place man

The official cause of death and cause of the fire are still being investigated.

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Death of Walla Walla woman ruled homicide

The young Hispanic woman’s body was found down a 30-foot embankment. She died of a gunshot wound.

Update: Officials identify man who died in College Place fire

COLLEGE PLACE — Authorities released the name of the victim in today's fatal fire.

Woman found on county road believed to be homicide victim

WALLA WALLA — A Hispanic woman whose body was discovered this morning along Frog Hollow Road appears to be the victim of a homicide, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department.

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Early arrival is Walla Walla’s first born in 2014

Nathan Timothy Vawter couldn’t wait till his Jan. 18 due date.

WALLA WALLA — Nathan Timothy Vawter is the first baby born in Walla Walla for 2014.

Christian Aid’s safe stolen Christmas night

WALLA WALLA — The Christian Aid Center office was struck by burglars who flew away with a safe full of cash on Christmas night.

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Life Church bike giveaway helps struggling kids get wheels

COLLEGE PLACE — Just in time for Christmas, bikes.

Family displaced by fire to shelter with relatives

The Blue Mountain Action Council assisted the Solis family in establishing a trust fund at Baker Boyer Bank.

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Humane Society campaign running purrr-fectly

The agency expects to record 1,200 adoption of pets this year.

Fight at Blue Ridge causes lockdown

Blue Ridge Elementary went into lockdown today after two adults attending a holiday concert got into an altercation.

Woman in critical condition after being hit by car in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A 90-year-old woman believed to be a transient remains in critical condition after being struck Thursday by a vehicle near the intersection of Wilbur Avenue and Alder Street.

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Walla Walla family loses home in fire

WALLA WALLA — A fire Thursday destroyed the house and belongings of a family of six who had no homeowners insurance.

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City officials go for 60-stall parking plan on Alder Street

The angled parking for Alder Street downtown includes turn lanes to prevent traffic backups.

WALLA WALLA — The City Council agreed Wednesday to go with the lesser of two Alder Street angled parking plans, the one that will add 60 instead of 80 additional spaces but also keep traffic moving.

Council denies permit to pot applicants

WALLA WALLA — The City Council denied its first request to open a commercial marijuana business in city limits.

Officials recommend rejection of pot business

WALLA WALLA — City officials are recommending a rejection of a permit that, if approved, would the first commercial marijuana processing center to open.

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City, advocates at odds over rebuilding aviary enclosure

Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary want a larger area to house the current population of birds.

WALLA WALLA — The Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary and city officials are at odds over which of two aviary enclosures to rebuild.

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Ukuleles star in short-run variety show

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College students created a hit this week, as their audience laughed, wowed and even sang along a few times for the original production of “Ukulele! A Variety Show.”

Icy weather felt in schools, on roads

WALLA WALLA – A quickly passing rain system that froze on impact caused two-hour delays for schools and hazardous conditions for motorists this morning.

Merchants on board with Alder Street angled parking

WALLA WALLA — At a Council work session this week, downtown merchants made it clear they want an Alder Street angled parking plan to go for the max.

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Walla Walla launches Open City Hall Web page

WALLA WALLA — City officials have launched a new citizens’ review and comment website called Open City Hall.

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Participants embrace German Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long

COLLEGE PLACE — A Sabbath school tradition brought in a multicultural assembly of three-dozen people from as far away as Richland, who took part in the annual German Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long at Walla Walla University.

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Law enforcement officers serve dinner to help kids at Christmas

The funds raised will be used Dec. 14 to buy gifts for roughly two dozen families.

City approves 2014 budget with pay hikes, aviary funding

WALLA WALLA — The City Council passed a 2014 budget that includes a 1.8 percent increase in general fund expenses over 2013, or roughly $455,050 more in spending.

Updated: Walla Walla angles for downtown parking fix

WALLA WALLA — City officials want to add angled parking on six blocks of Alder Street to gain an additional 60 spaces.

Grants pave the way for rest of Rose Street redo

WALLA WALLA — The rest of Rose Street will be repaved next year, with about a third of the $2.2 million project paid for by state funds.

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Room at the table for vintages aplenty

Best bets for wines to go with your Thanksgiving dinner come down to what you like best, local experts say.

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Santa Claus makes local appearance

WALLA WALLA — John Perkins’ Christmas spirit is alive and well, and it arrived Friday morning in an Walla Walla County Fire District 4 engine at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

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Shooters gobble up chance at prizes at Gun Club fundraiser

This is the first time the turkey shoot has included a youth team.

City Council approves tax hike by 5-1 vote

WALLA WALLA — The City Council approved a 1.73 percent revenue increase in property tax revenue for 2014 and, along with it, agreed to draft a resolution that could one day require 1 percent of all general funds go to streets.

City Council eyes tax hike for Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A proposed $87,328 tax increase had City Council debating more than an hour over whether to accept it, where the money should go or if any increase should be made in the 2014 property tax levy.

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Celebration brings an early Thanksgiving to Valle Lindo

WALLA WALLA — They gobbled up a chance to make paper gobblers, read about what was gobbled at the first Thanksgiving and gobbled some favorite foods from different cultures.

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Road, infrastructure projects near completion

The Myra Road project has the most work left to be done before winter.

WALLA WALLA — Work crews are on schedule to complete the last of several major projects that totaled more than $8 million in road and infrastructure construction this year.

New road returns to old name

It will be called ‘The Dalles Military Road’ to be historically correct.

WALLA WALLA — A definite article will be returned to the name of a 165-year-old road that was named after the city that was named after the fort that was named after a French word for stone.

Updated: New Walla Walla survey to gauge city satisfaction

The confidential community survey will cost about $13,500 include broader demographics.

WALLA WALLA — For the third year straight, city officials will conduct a satisfaction survey starting next week in hopes of gaining insight for planning and budgeting of services.

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Steampunk heats up theater

Fashion show blends styles not normally seen together.

Council split on property tax hike

WALLA WALLA — After four failed votes, City Council couldn’t agree Wednesday night whether to take or bank an $87,329 increase on next year’s property tax levy.

Incumbent ousted as votes counted in three Walla Walla Council races

WALLA WALLA — Two City Council candidates took commanding leads Tuesday in the General Election vote count, while incumbent Jim Barrow held a 5 percentage point lead over his opponent.

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New winery owner not sitting around

A Broken Chair Cellars is participating in its first Fall Release this weekend.

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Rolling out LARGE prints!

On Oct. 26, 13 Whitman College art students had a chance to work with one of the largest printing presses ever devised, though this press was originally invented for a completely different purpose. “It is unusual for students to work on something that big,” assistant professor of art Nicole Pietrantoni said

Family loses pets and possessions in fire

UMAPINE — Officials continue to investigating a Wednesday evening fire that was put out once and then started up again around midnight and destroyed the home.

City Council repeals fee charged to septic users

WALLA WALLA — Septic users in city limits who pay a failure-to-connect charge will soon get that fee taken off their monthly utility bill. The City Council on Wednesday repealed the $35.20 per month fee the city charges property owners who have septic systems but are also located within 300 feet of a municipal sewer line.

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Community digs Dia de los Muertos celebration

WALLA WALLA — The Day of the Dead was alive and well on Saturday, as hundreds took part in the local Dia del los Muertos celebration.

Walla Walla sets pot rules

The ordinance sets out where marijuana growing, processing and sales can occur within Walla Walla.

City begins pot rule talks

Interim ordinances will be discussed at Wednesday’s Walla Walla City Council meeting.

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Swap meet helps skiers hit slopes

The second day of the Ski Swap Meet takes place today from 10-4 p.m. Used items can be consigned from 10-noon.

WALLA WALLA — Ski season is just around the corner, and the proof is at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds this weekend. The annual Ski Swap Meet takes place this weekend, as hundreds of skiers make a run to one of the largest collections of used ski supplies in the Valley.

Two held after gunfire in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Several shots were fired Thursday around 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Northwest Eighth Avenue and Russell Street.

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Proving grounds: Marathon draws those looking for a challenge

In the past four years and over the past 104.8 miles (that’s 26.2 times four), the Walla Walla Marathon has laid a course to establish itself as a major community event that not only allows runners to compete but various groups to come together for their causes.

Rose Street decision draws contrasts at candidate forum

Walla Walla City Council candidates met during a Monday forum at WWCC

WALLA WALLA — The Rose Street lane configuration proved to be the defining issue after an hourlong City Council candidates forum Wednesday night at Walla Walla Community College.

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Running on to Boston

Runners competed in the Walla Walla Marathon on Sunday, with some trying to qualify for the Boston race.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Marathon raced off to almost perfect fall running weather Sunday, with 347 marathon, half-marathon and 10K runners competing in the cool overcast morning skies.