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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.

Alder Street facelift begins Tuesday

As crews get ready to start a $2.39 million downtown Alder Street project, the City Council on Monday will review next year’s major construction proposal that will rebuild two-thirds of a mile of the deteriorating street as part of an Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Project.

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Mysterious muddy rains likely to remain a mystery

The mysterious rain that affected communities from as far south as Fossil, Ore., to as far north as Colville, Wash., will most likely remain a mystery.

Tree pruning to close Walla Walla arterial

Chestnut Street, between Second Avenue and Howard Street, will be closed part of next week as city crews trim dozens of trees growing along the sidewalk planting strips.

Historic Mill Creek waterworks building on thin ice

Despite opposition from the Walla Walla Historic Preservation Commission, plans to raze a 94-year-old waterworks building took another step forward Monday.

Half-dozen trees felled at Mountain View Cemetery

The city took down six trees Monday at Mountain View Cemetery, making way for new irrigation lines.

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Seahawks items cap Valentine’s bazaar

The first Cupid’s Trading Post Valentine’s bazaar kicked off on Saturday at the Best Western Plus Walla Walla, where approximately 20 vendors sold a variety of crafts, jewelry, health and beauty products, including several items that were all about the Seahawks’ blue and green.

Walla Walla City Council dives in for pool passage

The City Council endorsed a Feb. 10 ballot measure to build a new pool and also approved a 16.39 acre annexation at Wednesday’s meeting.

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Document: Report digs deep into Heritage Park issues

A new study on downtown homelessness and problems centered around Crawford Park and Heritage Square is bringing to light the fact that most park users have strong ties to Walla Walla.

College Place schools see enrollment surge

COLLEGE PLACE — The largest high school in the Valley, Walla Walla High School, is expected to have plenty of room for open enrollment requests for out-of-district students.

Questions abound after phone, 911 service failure

Emergency preparedness officials are now questioning how one backhoe could knock out 911 service for thousand of residents across five counties, disable service for approximately 19,000 cellphones and 4,300 Internet phones, and cripple thousands of businesses for most of Friday afternoon.

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Will fourth Walla Walla pool run charm voters?

Election officials mailed three local ballot measures last week to approximately 19,310 residents in Walla Walla and Columbia counties.

Dayton to vote on sales tax for roadworks

Residents will vote on sales tax increase to fund street improvements, a measure Dayton’s newly formed Transportation Benefit District put on the Feb. 10 ballot.

Burbank schools shoot for levies

Columbia School District is asking Burbank voters to pass two levies that, if approved, will provide a total $7,559,070 over the course of three years and fund everything from text books to smaller class sizes to new electronic white boards.

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Makeover of Heritage Park could begin soon

Plans are moving forward to remake Heritage Square Park into a public plaza that could one day draw in downtown Walla Walla employees, shoppers, tourists and people who just need a place to hang out.

Man arrested in Walla Walla luring case

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on luring and criminal impersonation charges, according to Walla Walla police officials.

Walla Walla musicians get into the free-form groove

A half-century-ago, composer Terry Riley created a composition for orchestra, symphony, marching band, jam session, drum circle or any combination of musicians.

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Update: FedEx truck takes a swim in hotel pool house

The Holiday Inn Express pool shut down early on Friday when a FedEx truck dipped its two front wheels in the indoor pool, after having crashed through the front wall of the pool house.

Walla Walla aviary control causes flap

There was more squawk about Pioneer Park Aviary control than over pay raises at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

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A freshened ‘Snow Queen’ drifts back to Walla Walla stage

“The Snow Queen” is returning to Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla charter school plan gathers suggestions

A proposal to establish a charter school in Walla Walla drew about 40 people who offered suggestions at a public meeting Tuesday at the Walla Walla Housing Authority.

City Council to vote on raises for more city employees

Salary increases ranging from 2 to 2.5 percent will be up for a vote when the Walla Walla City Council meets on Wednesday.

Aviary group hands over donations to city

The City Council on Wednesday will review plans to renovate Pioneer Park Aviary and possibly give approval to send out bids for the $375,000 new-enclosure project.

Walla Walla group explores charter school

A Walla Walla group’s plan to open the first charter school in the city, county and possibly all of Southeastern Washington will be discussed at a community meeting Tuesday.

City, local legislators huddle on agenda

With the Legislature a week away from reconvening, the Valley’s three local lawmakers and Walla Walla city leaders dealt with the realities of the upcoming state budget at a public meeting at City Hall on Monday.

Ninth-Plaza Way roundabout on 2015 legislative agenda for Council

City officials are pushing for 2015 legislation that supports a statewide gas-tax increase, a roundabout at Ninth Avenue and Plaza Way and receiving a portion of the state’s future marijuana excise tax.

Pool, schools and roads on ballots in region Feb. 10

WALLA WALLA — A community pool, a sales-tax increase and a school levies are the measures voters in Walla Walla and Columbia counties will decide Feb. 10.

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Scouts plan annual Christmas tree collection

WALLA WALLA — Local Boy Scouts will collect and repurpose discarded Christmas trees the weekend of Jan. 10 and 11.

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Bluewood opens amongst snowfall

Ski Bluewood was expecting a windfall of snow this opening weekend.