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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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Ryan Cooper is the Billy Graham of newspapers

When it comes to selling subscriptions, you might say Ryan Cooper is a man on a mission.

College Place parents speak out over coaching decision

College Place High School Principal Kirk Jameson and the school board took heat Thursday night from residents angry that Kim Cox was rejected as the possible coach for next year’s Hawks junior varsity football team.

CP school's decision not to hire vaunted coach raises community ire

An acclaimed local coach is at the center of a controversy between school administrators and more than 300 parents, students and other supporters who want him to be the new College Place High School Hawks junior varsity football coach.

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Kid’s rodeo spurs interest in sport

Mommas do let your babies grow up to be cowboys ... and cowgirls too.

Council considers more bite in barking dog ordinance

The city’s animal-nuisance ordinances were reported as ineffectual and, for the most part, unable to silence the most common complaint — barking dogs.

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Time running out for Wa-Hi track fundraising

Just one day before timers start clocking runners for Walla Walla High School’s first invitational track meet of the season, coach Eric Hisaw is watching the clock as a fundrasing deadline nears that will determine whether his runners get a new track on campus instead of across town at Martin Field.

City hears logistics report on ‘MumFoo’

Preparing for this summer’s Gentlemen of the Road three-day festival in Walla Walla will be anything but a gentle process.

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Students, faculty want Whitman to dump fossil fuel investments

Whitman College students and faculty are demanding that the college’s financial investors move nearly $8 million out of “dirty” fossil fuels investment to green investments.

Longtime Mac-Hi principal moving on

MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High School Principal Ralph Brown will resign at the end of the school year.

Walla Walla City Council to hear ‘MumFoo’ needs report

The City Council will hear its first official public report on the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival to take place in Walla Walla in mid-August.

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WWCC helps kids cook healthful stuff they’d eat

You can lead kids to food, but don’t expect them to eat everything.

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Panorama - Parks & Rec brings fencing to area youth

“To touch without being touched,” fencing instructor Kaitlin Seiberlich said, stating the goal and motto of the Whitman College Fencing Club.

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City begins planning for $15M Isaacs project

A conceptual design is now being developed for a $15 million repaving and infrastructure project beginning in 2017 that will fix the last bumpy section of one of Walla Walla’s busier east-west traffic arterials.

Track funding still not across the wire

A proposed $829,000 Walla Walla High School track is still short $67,000 in funding, the school district’s finance director and the project’s fundraiser agreed Thursday.

WW, CP schools announce personnel changes

Two local school districts this week announced two key administrative changes and a new search for a retiring principal.

Cante, baile y toque: Flamenco comes to Sapolil

“First and foremost is the singing (cante).”

School district ponies up for track project

The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved funding $250,000 of an $830,000 new track project at Wa-Hi.

Dayton school officials to take 2nd vote on levy

The Dayton School Board is expected on Wednesday to approve putting an $800,000 capital levy on an April ballot, the second time board members will vote on the measure.

Wa-Hi band fundraiser had heart but not permission

School officials this week squashed fundraising efforts of a Walla Walla High School senior but not the hopes of Wa-Hi band president Seth Chapman, who was trying to raise money so the 40-member pep band could go to Tacoma for a potential girls basketball championship game.

Walla Walla schools seek way out of Borleske Stadium pact

When Whitman College, the city of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Public Schools were establishing a new Borleske Stadium Association contract in 1992, it seemed like a win-win-win deal.

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New Wa-Hi track group seeks final push from district

Walla Walla High School students could be running on an all-weather synthetic 400 meter track starting this fall, if the Walla Walla School District can kick in the last $250,000.

City asks for Clinton stoplight opinions

City officials are asking the public to comment on the possible removal of a stoplight at Clinton and Alder streets as part of next year’s IRRP project.

Walla Walla School Board member says she won't run again

After 27 years on the Walla Walla School District Board of Directors, Anne Golden announced she will not seek another term.

Alder Street asphalt grinding bumped back to Monday

Grinding work on Alder Street in downtown Walla Walla that was scheduled to start Wednesday has been delayed until Monday because of a problem with underground communication lines.

Test for ‘gifted’ student programs to start

Walla Walla Public Schools are now accepting applications for students to be tested as highly capable learners.

Walla Walla schools official Linda Boggs announces retirement, takes medical leave

The second-in-charge at Walla Walla Public Schools will officially retire effective June 30 and will take medical leave through the remainder of the current school year, according to school officials.

Closures begin for Alder Street work

Once utilities have been lowered, the grinding down of the old asphalt will start.

Milton-Freewater schools seek to hold fewer kids back

The Milton-Freewater School District last week adopted policies that would make it harder for teachers to hold students back a grade.

Friday ballot count increases pool margin

The pool bond gained close to a full percentage point after Friday’s count of remaining ballots.

Walla Walla City Council OKs Alder Street reconstruction

The Walla Walla City Council on Wednesday approved a $246,311 design contract for next year’s 2016 Alder Street reconstruction project, with the understanding that the public will have a chance to comment on removing the stoplight at Clinton Street.

Burbank OK’s $7.5 million in schools funding

Voters in the Columbia School District approved two levies worth $7,559,070 in funding over the next three years.

Updated: Walla Walla pool bond passes

The fourth time was the charm for a community-funded municipal pool.

Dayton residents tax themselves for road fixes

Dayton voters came out in strong support of a sales tax increase for local roads.

Pool bond passes with 63 percent of the vote

Walla Walla voters approved a $5.8 million two-pool project on Tuesday night by a vote of 63.63 percent for and 36.36 percent against.