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Alfred Diaz

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Italian Heritage Association Festa revives grape-stomp competition

Wa-Hi culinary program cooks up meal for hundreds of diners.

Authorities investigate death of man found in travel trailer

WALLA WALLA — A body was discovered Thursday afternoon in a fifth-wheel travel trailer located in the back parking lot of Comfort Inn and Suites Walla Walla, 1419 W. Pine Street.

Council holds line on 4-laned Rose Street

Residents urged the city again to stripe the rebuilt street with a center turn lane and bike lanes.

WALLA WALLA — Nearly 50 supporters of a three-laned Rose Street failed in a last-ditch effort Wednesday to convince Walla Walla City Council members to do away with a four-lane configuration before lane painting was to begin today.

Tie vote kills city plan to hire recruiter

WALLA WALLA — A $27,000 plan to hire a firm to recruit a new human resources director failed to pass Council by a vote of 3-3.

City sets sights on sorry sidewalks

Walla Walla is fixing and installing sidewalks and ramps, but new ADA rules and funding pose hurdles.

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Twins surprise owners to kick off Alpaca Farm Days

One in 1,000 alpaca births end up with twins.

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Walla Walla City Council adds garbage pickup options, sidewalk ordinance

WALLA WALLA — City Council added more services for curbside recycling and, at the same Wednesday night meeting, removed an ineffective city ordinance that dealt with lawsuits for unsafe sidewalks.

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Kids get high-flying memories at College Place flight event

Pilots in the Young Eagles program treated 66 local youths to flights at Martin Field.

COLLEGE PLACE — It wasn’t easy letting go, but Susan Brick recognized that it was too good an opportunity for her daughter.

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Washington State Penitentiary inmates compete for Unit Cup

Saturday’s race was the culmination of 10 days of events for five teams.

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Group resuscitates plan to fix up Walla Walla's Memorial Pool

The Rebuild Memorial group hopes to raise $1.5 million for a new pool.

WALLA WALLA — A plan to rebuild Memorial Pool has resurfaced, but this time without the slides, splash pad, lazy river and no $8.7 million price tag.

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International flavor colors Gem & Mineral Show

It includes collections of rocks from every continent except Antarctica.

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Walla Walla city crews continue storm cleanup

Officials say residents “should be responsible” for debris, though many piled it onto streets.

WALLA WALLA — Cleanup continues around town after last week’s big blow, with city crews taking on more than they expected due to residents pushing debris into the streets.

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Jeez! Rat rods steal attention at Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend

The loud, rusty vehicles use scavenged and re-purposed parts.

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Hot time in the ol’ town tonight

Historic fire engine gets crowd fired up. An upcoming fundraiser offers rides on the vehicle

Power restored to most after storm

WALLA WALLA — As of midday Saturday, Pacific Power officials reported restoring power to all but about 90 of some 2,000 customers who lost power after the Thursday evening storm.

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A group of Walla Walla pool boys rise early for some good, clean fun

The rules in this hall are few but still well kept by a dozen early risers who love the game. No alcohol, no tobacco, no beverages around the table, no gambling, no cursing and, most of all, don’t forget the doilies, which are placed under the cue ball for every break to help protect the tables at The Center at the Park’s pool hall.

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Walla Walla Council debates ladder truck use on medical calls (with video)

The Walla Walla City Council voted to keep a smaller pumper off surplus list.

WALLA WALLA — A City Council debate over the retiring of an old Seagraves pumper fire engine fanned the embers of an issue centered around the fire department’s new $850,000 ladder truck.

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Walla Walla Council to decide on spending for new aviary design

WALLA WALLA — The City Council tonight will vote on whether to spend $42,758 to design a new Pioneer Park Aviary.

Country club tees up suit against PacifiCorp

The Walla Walla golf club wants to halt a disconnection fee for switching to another power provider.

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Plaza concerts a big draw on weekends

WALLA WALLA — Free live music, outside and downtown at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street, is turning out to be a regular show on the weekends.

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Sycamores sacrificed for sight lines

Improving motorist visibility on Rose Street cost the city a handful of the trees.

WALLA WALLA — A short-lived battle over six long-lived trees is over. The sycamores of Rose Street lost.

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Awareness campaign accompanies city road work

The city is spending $16,000 to keep the public up to date on construction progress and traffic delays during work this summer and fall.

WALLA WALLA — City officials recently kicked off a $16,000 public awareness campaign featuring a new website, numerous billboards around town and other methods to let people know about the various city, county, state and federally funded construction projects taking place this summer and fall.

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Flying high at Peach Basket

Saturday’s action at the 3-on-3 tournament included a slam dunk competition.

Sock seller plies trade at tourney

Steve Eskridge makes a business of outfitting attendees with colorful athletic socks.

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Painter Shirley Dickerson immortalizes horses

The local artist was a highlight at this weekend's Pink Ribbon Classic horse show

WALLA WALLA — They come to ride and raise funds, and when the equestrian show is over they hope to go home with a portrait of their winning horse.

Walla Walla to switch to wells during maintenance

Residents are asked to curb outdoor watering and car washing Tuesday and Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — The city’s primary source of water will be shut off for two days. But not to worry, as city officials plan to rely completely on well water on Tuesday and Wednesday.

District 8 crews battle fires over weekend

WALLA WALLA – Two fires Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning kept Walla Walla County District 8 crews busy the last 24 hours.

Rural Library District hires firm to aid in search for new director

WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District has taken its search for a new leader to a nationwide firm that specializes in hiring library directors.

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USFS takes out bull trout barrier on North Touchet River

A culvert under the road to Ski Bluewood is being replaced with a bridge.

DAYTON — The last man-made barrier on North Touchet River, one of the most productive fish streams in the Blues, will soon be removed.

Shots fired at couple

In an attempt to escape, one of the victims backed their vehicle across the street and hit a building.

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Ear ye! Ear ye! Mule Mania is now in session

Owners say mules eat less, drink less, work more and generally are healthier than horses.

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Milton-Freewater sidewalk displays irk locals

MILTON-FREEWATER — A boom in secondhand merchandise stores has not been without its growing pains, especially for residents pained by how much merchandise store owners put on city sidewalks.

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Caledonian Games offers something old, something new

ATHENA — The annual Caledonian Games are going on this weekend, and along with them a couple of new attractions have been added, as well as the elimination of one major event.

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Renovation project includes mural

The Washington School gym gets a facelift outside and stronger wall panels inside to withstand the rigors of indoor soccer.

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The little engine that could ... attract bid of $200,000

An antique engine becomes a tribute to family and friends.

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Rockin’ the Lowboy gets down with the blues Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The 12-hour blues festival known for great music, a picturesque farm setting and signature lowboy trailer stage is about to rock the wheat fields northeast of town.

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Street fixes planned around city

Work runs the gamut from chip seals to major work at Myra and Dalles Military roads.

WALLA WALLA — City crews, along with subcontractors, will be busy completing a dozen road construction improvements this summer and early fall worth $8.28 million.

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Ted Small estate auction nets big interest, bucks

Farm equipment, cars and motorcycles were spread over 10 acres for the sale.

Bond tapped for City Hall fix

City Council voted 6-1 to use the money to upgrade old wiring.

WALLA WALLA — City Hall will get a $66,000 electrical upgrade paid for with police station bonds funds.

Walla Walla City Council to revisit police bond spending

Concern was raised whether spending bond money to fix City Hall wiring is a proper use.

WALLA WALLA — The City Council on Wednesday will again review a proposal to use police station bond money for a $66,000 electrical upgrade at City Hall.

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Buffalo Soldiers return to Fort Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Buffalo Soldiers came out to role play at this weekend’s Fort Walla Walla Days.

Underfunded gun checks tap Walla Walla police staff, budget

WALLA WALLA — Inadequate funding for a soaring number of gun background checks will result in reduced public office hours at the Walla Walla Police Department starting Monday.

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Relay for Life changes; dedication remains same

WALLA WALLA — The annual Relay for Life at Borleske Field’s track has seen changes over the years.

Library ready for close-up of new multimedia lab

CrewSpace will provide equipment patrons can use to make music and movie videos, among other things.

WALLA WALLA — The city’s public library on Friday will premiere its new movie making media lab called CrewSpace.

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Even successful mushroom hunts can yield slim pickings

You could say even the worst day mushroom hunting is better than the best day working. That being said, this mushroom hunting season is proving to be one of the worst in quite some time for wild morel mushroom hunters. “The trouble is we are just finding one here or there. If it were any scarcer than this, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble,” mushroom expert Paul Miller said, as he stopped to pick a single black morel from the ground.

Lack of city pool may sink swim classes in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College will no longer allow its pool to be used for city Parks and Recreation swim classes, which will most likely mean a shortage of swimming and water safety classes this summer.

City Council’s Laib says no to new term

WALLA WALLA — City Council Member Shane Laib will not run for re-election but will remain in politics, he announced this morning.

City boosts pay scale for non-union workers

The scale reflects a 2-percent increase approved earlier this year.

WALLA WALLA — An ordinance authorizing a 2 percent pay-scale increase in 2013 for all non-union city employees, including department heads, has been approved by the Walla Walla City Council.

Walla Walla Council votes to keep Rose Street at four lanes

WALLA WALLA — A controversial plan to reduce Rose Street to two traffic lanes and a middle turn lane has been ditched in favor of maintaining its current four-lane configuration.

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Walla Walla doubles up on farmers markets

WALLA WALLA — In spite of each being low on produce and high in winds, two farmers markets held their season openers on Saturday.