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Alfred Diaz

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Mental instability dogged King to violent end

In this rural Oregon town with a little more than 1,000 people, Tere David King was well known as a long-time resident, part-time hayloader, avid outdoorsman and craftsman.

Jalapeños spice up Muddy Frogwater

MILTON-FREEWATER — The 34th annual Muddy Frogwater festival in Yantis Park saw some major changes this year, including the end of the Saturday afternoon watermelon eating contest, and the same fate for Sunday’s corn, watermelon and hot dog feed.

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Jazz fundraiser sets scene with improv, scat, acoustics, variety

WALLA WALLA — Keeping it to the classic essentials is what Jazz & Wine Among Friends is all about.

Walla Walla police awarded higher pay in arbitration

WALLA WALLA — For the second time in more than 25 years, a union contract dispute between Walla Walla Police Guild members and city managers had to be settled through binding arbitration.

City set to begin hiring for planning department

City officials are moving ahead with hiring personnel and a director to run a reconstituted development services department that will start up when the current operation with Walla Walla County is dissolved.

City cans new paint

A trial run on new lane striping paint for Myra Road and Tietan Street that promised to last five-times longer proved too “inconsistent and challenging in application.”

PBC refs strive to stay anonymous

This year’s Peach Basket Classic saw 279 teams competing Saturday on 33 makeshift courts that were officiated by about 33 referees, most of whom would rather not be remembered.

Recess Monkey gives kids, parents a musical break

For the third consecutive year, kids of all ages got a free recess on Friday.

Train derailment dumps boxcars in Columbia

Crews pulled five Union Pacific railroad boxcars out of the Columbia River on Friday after an early morning derailment off Highway 730 just south of the Oregon-Washington border.

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Updated: Train derailment cleanup continues near Oregon line

WALLA WALLA — Crews pulled five Union Pacific railroad boxcars out of the Columbia River Friday after an early morning derailment that same day off Highway 730 just south of the Oregon-Washington border.

Suspect in park pepper spray incident arrested

WALLA WALLA — A man who witnesses say threatened to spray a baby with pepper spray in downtown’s Heritage Square park, but was thwarted when another man jumped between them, was arrested Thursday.

Business fined for sulfuric acid spill

The Department of Ecology fined Cott Beverages $4,000 for a sulfuric acid spill at its juice processing facility at 1164 Dell Ave.

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Council tables decision on golf course use

At issue is whether to ban joggers and dog walkers from the municipal course.

WALLA WALLA — A second City Council attempt to vote on banning runners and dogs at Veterans Memorial Golf Course came up with a whiff as members voted to table the matter for an entire year.

City to weigh modified golf course ban on dogs, joggers

WALLA WALLA — The City Council will take another swing at a ban on dogs and jogs at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Federal grant changes bring mixed bag

WALLA WALLA — A new method to disburse federal block grants has city officials making plans to spend $384,079 this year as a proposed budget heads to City Council on Wednesday.

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Artist pulls on funny bone at Dayton's Mule Mania

Mule Mania returned to the Touchet Valley this weekend, and along with the long ears came plenty of laughs from the art created by renowned cowboy cartoonist Daryl Reed.

City asks Walla Wallans for input on pool plans

Two concepts to rebuild Memorial Pool have resurfaced and city officials are now floating both ideas to local residents to find out which, if any, they will pay to have built.

Five arrested after police pursuit crosses state borders

WALLA WALLA — A 43-minute police pursuit that crossed the Washington-Oregon border and saw speeds of up to 65 miles per hour on busy Ninth Avenue in Walla Walla ended with five arrests.

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Dirt bike memories fresh in Athena

ATHENA — Hundreds of older men on small bikes took to local streets and trails to kick start a passion that began here in 1964.

City gives streets summer makeover

Walla Walla has scheduled 11 projects for 2014 to replace water and sewer lines and repave streets.

WALLA WALLA — Despite the $2.2 million Alder Street project the Walla Walla City Council put on hold until next year when it will seek new bids, crews are moving ahead with $5.43 million in other street and utility projects this year.

Bouncy business for kids gets OK to sell beer at after-hours parties

WALLA WALLA — Beer at Jumpin’ Jellybeanz?

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Hard work for a Sweet deal at onion fest

WALLA WALLA — It was all things onion at the weekend’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, including organic onions.

EPA rule, courts mandate new water treatment project

It didn’t matter that Walla Walla had never had a cryptosporidium outbreak.

WALLA WALLA — About 15 miles up Mill Creek is a remote, guarded 36-square-mile basin surrounded by steep hillsides that serves as the city’s primary source of water.

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Event celebrates Valley syrah

Close to 1,000 tickets were sold for lectures, dinners and presentations.

WALLA WALLA — The Wine Alliance’s signature event for its own American Viticultural Area reached out to the other side of the globe this weekend to bring in experts to discuss and celebrate the Valley’s syrahs.

Golfers tee off on other city course users

WALLA WALLA — It was a golfer stance against dogs and jogs at a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Monday.

County fire districts pass on funding city’s rescue training

A request to have local fire districts kick in to help train emergency rescue teams has come up dry.

Walla Walla Council to test waters on city pool options

A review of options to rebuild Memorial Pool had City Council members reluctant to dive in, especially after three belly-flop attempts to get voters to approve pools over the last decade.

Kirkman House Museum: Wedding days past

WALLA WALLA — Twelve decades of tying the knot is the latest exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum.

Annexation, pot-growing rules sail through Walla Walla Council vote

WALLA WALLA — City officials expanded Walla Walla’s southern borders while tightening recreational marijuana production within city limits in two separate measures approved Wednesday.

Council to consider south Walla Walla annexation

WALLA WALLA — A 184-acre Southside annexation that is expected to have the support of the majority of its 228 residences is to come to a City Council vote Wednesday .

City proposes to ban all outdoor pot growing

WALLA WALLA — Following Walla Walla County’s lead, city officials want to prohibit all outdoor growing of marijuana in city limits.

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Honda Gold Wing lovers wrap up journey in Milton-Freewater

Tthe more than 30 members of the local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association today are finishing the third day of their annual Blue Mountains camping and road trip out at the Junior Show Grounds.

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.