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Advisory board to eye runner, walker use of Walla Walla golf course

WALLA WALLA — The city’s Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board will take on the issue of whether runners and walkers should be allowed to use Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Relay For Life kicks off

The 17th Annual Relay For Life of Walla Walla started off on Friday evening with 136 cancer survivors walking the first lap at Martin Field, kicking off 18 hours on fundraising for cancer research.

Great violins — and their differences — part of 8Violins performance at festival

WALLA WALLA — When renowned cellist Meta Weiss gave her featured artist performances at last year’s Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Timothy Christie couldn’t help but notice that the audience showed almost as much interest in the young musician’s cello as in the performer herself.

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Chamber music to fill Walla Walla Valley come June

WALLA WALLA — This year’s Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival will feature 33 performances at 24 different venues spread out from Dayton to Milton-Freewater.

Lowden toddler dies after crash near Boise

WALLA WALLA — A 2-year-old Lowden boy died Monday, three days after he was rescued from a crash off a remote road at Arrowrock Reservoir near Boise.

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Onion Man triathlon peels through Bennington Lake area

WALLA WALLA — About 280 swimmers, bikers and runners participated in the 21st annual Onion Man triathlon on Sunday under blues skies and light winds, unlike recent years when the weather proved either cold or windy or both.

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JROTC cadets remember veterans with honor

What started as a Girl Scout project to place approximately 300 American flags on military headstones at Mountain View Cemetery has grown more than tenfold in the last 10 years and become a quest of honor for Alexis Nordman.

Milton-Freewater voters keep status quo in Oregon primary

MILTON-FREEWATER — Local voters overwhelmingly approved keeping their commissioner and a five-year transportation tax in Tuesday’s Oregon primary elections.

Walla Walla ready for 911 texts but waits for state to catch up

WALLA WALLA — Local emergency dispatchers said by July they will have completed the necessary phone system upgrades that will allow them to receive 911 texts.

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Accordionist still a wonder at 89

WALLA WALLA — The man who once dazzled audiences for eight decades with his reeds, bellows and fingers took the stage again this month.

Many local elections go uncontested

Six of 10 local races will go uncontested, and three of the remaining four are headed to a primary election.

Races set as filing period wraps up in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — Six of 10 local races will go uncontested, and three of the remaining four are headed to a primary election.

Walla Walla man accused of abusing stepdaughters

WALLA WALLA — A man was arrested for what investigators believe are repeated assaults on his two preteen-aged stepdaughters.

Walla Walla Council tables new golf course rules

WALLA WALLA — The City Council on Wednesday tabled a proposed ordinance to prohibit runners, walkers and dogs from Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

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Balloon Stampede cofounder remembered for integrity, love of sport

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Balloon Stampede co-founder William “Bill” Lloyd died Sunday.

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Thousands on hand for Nite Glow

WALLA WALLA — Saturday’s Nite Glow drew thousands of spectators to Walla Walla Community College, where they watched 10 tethered hot-air balloons light up the sky to music for a 30-minute show.

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Council may clear golf course of joggers, dogs

WALLA WALLA — No jogging allowed.

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Spring Fling gets off the ground

WALLA WALLA — The first Walla Walla Spring Fling saw 16 different performance groups, 65 different vendors and thousand of participants who attended the two-days of festivities at Pioneer Park.

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Balloon Stampede 2014: Weather deflates balloons, not spirits

Not a single hot air balloon launched from Garrison Middle School on Saturday for the 40th annual Balloon Stampede.

Questioned lodging tax use checks out, city says

A state audit raised eyebrows about the reporting of some Tourism Walla Walla expenses.

WALLA WALLA — A number of questioned expenditures dealing with local tax funds, brought to light by a state auditor’s report, have been checked and cleared as legitimate uses of Walla Walla lodging taxes, Deputy City Manager Tim McCarty said.

Walla Walla calls for favorite city photos

WALLA WALLA — City officials want residents to upload city-selfies.

Man accused of indecent exposure

Walla Walla police said the arrest was the man’s third indecent exposure case.

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a man for reportedly exposing himself while riding a Valley Transit bus Wednesday morning.

Grand jury to probe shooting by Athena officer

ATHENA — A grand jury will review Monday’s fatal shooting of an Athena man by a city police officer.

Update: Investigation continues into Athena man's fatal shooting by officer

ATHENA — The Oregon State Police is investigating a fatal shooting by an Athena police officer who killed a suspect Monday involved in an earlier eluding incident.

Man arrested after woman chased with knife

WALLA WALLA — A man chasing a woman with a knife was arrested for first degree assault Saturday.

Man remains hospitalized after Saturday crash

WALLA WALLA — One man remains in serious condition after a two-vehicle rollover collision Saturday involving seven people.

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Modern, medieval mix at Renaissance Faire

A siege of common folk traipsed along Boyer Avenue all day Saturday for the 44th Annual Whitman College Renaissance Faire.

Consultants test waters for WW decisions

Moving forward with a goal to improve services and increase citizen and employee satisfaction, city officials recently approved $27,000 in survey and strategic planning consultant fees this year.

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.