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City Council backtracks on aviary; grants six-month delay for closure

WALLA WALLA — Plans to close Pioneer Park Aviary are on hold for the next six months.

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Walla Walla couple has used-book market covered

WALLA WALLA — Jack and Karinna Ball hate to see books wasted.

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Bearly enough room for eighth annual Tea

The event raises money for college students pursing careers in education.

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AAUW book sale turns to final chapter

The final day of the annual fundraiser runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today.

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Aviary friends offer new idea to save facility

The nonprofit group has asked the city to consider leasing the Pioneer Park attraction to them.

WALLA WALLA — Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary have a new idea to save the popular bird sanctuary.

Orphaned local cougar to be named in Kansas zoo contest

DAYTON — As Washington Fish & Wildlife officials continue to search for clues into the recent shooting of an adult mother cougar in the Blue Mountains, officials at a Kansas zoo announced a naming contest for the wildcat’s orphaned cub the zoo recently acquired.

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Winning wedding contest makes couple's dream come true

The couple had been forced to shelf marriage plans for years to deal with their children’s illnesses.

WALLA WALLA — Five-years-ago, David Mercado proposed to Michelle Roberts. And she accepted. Then the planning began. “We were going to do a big wedding. And I have a lot of family,” Mercado said on Friday, recalling they had a very tight budget. “I thought I was going to have a Costco cake,” Roberts added. But two years later, their wedding dreams were put on hold when their first boy, Aiden, was born. “We said forget the wedding. Our life is definitely going to change,” Roberts said.

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Milton-Freewater romance author makes it big in publishing

Mary Virgina Munoz, who writes under different names, has two books coming out this summer.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A local romance author is about to make it big in the world of book publishing.

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Walla Walla pulls plug on aviary fund

The City Council action would close the park attraction within a year.

WALLA WALLA — Four years of battling to save Pioneer Park Aviary ended Wednesday night when Council voted 5-2 to close the facility.

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Improv group Varsity Nordic headlines ‘Romance on Main Street'

Canoe Ridge Vineyards is co-sponsoring the improvisational evening, “Romance on Main Street,” on Friday at Main Street Studios in Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla Council to hear annexation proposal

The aim is to bring in Tablerock, Triple Creek and Costello Place developments.

WALLA WALLA — A south-side annexation is once again in the works.

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Orphaned cougar finds new family

The rescued cub, its mother killed in the Blue Mountains, is now in a Kansas zoo.

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Elks dance has Daddy dancing rock ’n’ roll

The 30th annual Father Daughter Ball at the Elks had families twisting and waltzing.

Hunter rescued after fall down bank

If the man had not landed on a narrow saddle he would have fallen to the bottom.

Milton-Freewater may allow employees to carry concealed weapons

MILTON-FREEWATER — City employees could soon be packing concealed weapons while on the job.

Audit dings city’s tourism accounting

Invoices and documention were lacking in seven of 21 expenditures examined,

WALLA WALLA — A recently released State Auditor’s report found city officials didn’t properly monitor the use of hotel-motel tax funds in 2012 when they failed to receive regular quarterly reports from Tourism Walla Walla.

Nonprofit looks to tackle local project

Rural Development Initiatives completed a survey to determine what people want to see accomplished.

MILTON-FREEWATER — A nonprofit that specializes in growing community involvement and leadership in rural areas is looking locally for its next major project to support.

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Team blocks out weather concerns

Despite temperatures below freezing, Waitburg Elite football players labor on.

Walla Walla market robbed by gunmen

WALLA WALLA — Two men armed with guns Thursday evening robbed the Los Tapatios store at 114 S. Ninth Avenue, according to police.

Moratorium on marijuana in Walla Walla fails

WALLA WALLA — “We could have wine, wheat and weed here in Walla Walla,” was just one of the prevailing sentiments voiced before a big City Council win for local pot shop supporters.

Walla Walla City Council eyes ban on pot businesses

WALLA WALLA — The business plans of 20 marijuana entrepreneurs could end up pipe dreams if the City Council approves a recently proposed pot ban.

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Superheros 101 teaches ageless skills to young

WALLA WALLA — A group of little superheroes banded together to celebrate an American hero and to be empowered to one day perform their own superhero acts of kindness.

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Sports bars score with Seahawks

Although the crowds were not as large as expected, the bars were still busy.

WALLA WALLA — The Seahawks weren’t the only big winners in green and blue on Sunday.

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Chamber Music Festival offers musical feast

WALLA WALLA — Approximately 60 people crowded Salumiere Cesario on Saturday morning for the fourth free classical music concert and rehearsal put on by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.

Assault investigated in drug overdose case

Richard Perez was found unconscious in a bedroom with Mariah Hofer, who died.

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Seahawks pride!!!

Hawks fans show their team pride before the NFC Championship.

WALLA WALLA — Local nail techs have had a busy week laying down the colors of College Navy, Action Green and Wolf Grey, which are also the Seattle Seahawks’ official colors.

Meth suspected in overdose death

WALLA WALLA — The recent overdose death of a 20-year-old Waitsburg woman was probably related to illegal methamphetamine use, authorities said.

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Birth control-laced feed gets the drop on downtown Walla Walla pigeons

WALLA WALLA — Shooting them didn’t do it. Nor did trapping.

Council gives city manager, attorney pay raises

WALLA WALLA — Council approved a 3 percent raise for City Manager Nabiel Shawa by a vote of 5-2.

Cummins picked as mayor; Plucker voted mayor pro-tem

WALLA WALLA — The City Council on Wednesday selected Jerry Cummins as mayor, a two-year position the longtime councilman has held three times previously since 1995.

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Walla Walla’s Blues Therapy gets radio play overseas — from Antarctica to the UK

WALLA WALLA — A live blues radio show that has been entertaining locals for more than a decade has crossed the pond and landed in Europe via the Internet.

Walla Walla City Council expected to OK salary increases

WALLA WALLA — The City Council is expected to approve salary increases of 8.5 percent for City Attorney Tim Donaldson and 3 percent for City Manager Nabiel Shawa when it meets Wednesday night.

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Fire kills College Place man

The official cause of death and cause of the fire are still being investigated.

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Death of Walla Walla woman ruled homicide

The young Hispanic woman’s body was found down a 30-foot embankment. She died of a gunshot wound.

Update: Officials identify man who died in College Place fire

COLLEGE PLACE — Authorities released the name of the victim in today's fatal fire.

Woman found on county road believed to be homicide victim

WALLA WALLA — A Hispanic woman whose body was discovered this morning along Frog Hollow Road appears to be the victim of a homicide, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department.

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Early arrival is Walla Walla’s first born in 2014

Nathan Timothy Vawter couldn’t wait till his Jan. 18 due date.

WALLA WALLA — Nathan Timothy Vawter is the first baby born in Walla Walla for 2014.

Christian Aid’s safe stolen Christmas night

WALLA WALLA — The Christian Aid Center office was struck by burglars who flew away with a safe full of cash on Christmas night.

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Life Church bike giveaway helps struggling kids get wheels

COLLEGE PLACE — Just in time for Christmas, bikes.

Family displaced by fire to shelter with relatives

The Blue Mountain Action Council assisted the Solis family in establishing a trust fund at Baker Boyer Bank.

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Humane Society campaign running purrr-fectly

The agency expects to record 1,200 adoption of pets this year.

Fight at Blue Ridge causes lockdown

Blue Ridge Elementary went into lockdown today after two adults attending a holiday concert got into an altercation.

Woman in critical condition after being hit by car in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A 90-year-old woman believed to be a transient remains in critical condition after being struck Thursday by a vehicle near the intersection of Wilbur Avenue and Alder Street.

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Walla Walla family loses home in fire

WALLA WALLA — A fire Thursday destroyed the house and belongings of a family of six who had no homeowners insurance.

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City officials go for 60-stall parking plan on Alder Street

The angled parking for Alder Street downtown includes turn lanes to prevent traffic backups.

WALLA WALLA — The City Council agreed Wednesday to go with the lesser of two Alder Street angled parking plans, the one that will add 60 instead of 80 additional spaces but also keep traffic moving.

Council denies permit to pot applicants

WALLA WALLA — The City Council denied its first request to open a commercial marijuana business in city limits.

Officials recommend rejection of pot business

WALLA WALLA — City officials are recommending a rejection of a permit that, if approved, would the first commercial marijuana processing center to open.

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City, advocates at odds over rebuilding aviary enclosure

Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary want a larger area to house the current population of birds.

WALLA WALLA — The Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary and city officials are at odds over which of two aviary enclosures to rebuild.

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Ukuleles star in short-run variety show

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College students created a hit this week, as their audience laughed, wowed and even sang along a few times for the original production of “Ukulele! A Variety Show.”

Icy weather felt in schools, on roads

WALLA WALLA – A quickly passing rain system that froze on impact caused two-hour delays for schools and hazardous conditions for motorists this morning.