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Andy Porter

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Milton-Freewater nonprofit makes waves for 60 years

Citizens TV, a nonprofit organization formed in 1955, is celebrating its sixth decade of rebroadcasting television signals into the Walla Walla Valley.

Local election results certified

The November general election is almost history.

Walla Walla County commission OKs planning amendments

County commissioners have approved several amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan.

College Place Council OKs tax levy

COLLEGE PLACE — With little fanfare, the City Council approved the city’s 2016 property tax levy Monday.

Thanksgiving may bring snow to city

Although winter isn’t supposed to start until next month, Mother Nature appears to have other plans.

Charges dismissed in child sex crimes case

Charges of felony exploitation and child pornography against a Walla Walla man have been dismissed.

New trial set in vehicular assault case

A new trial date has been set for a Walla Walla woman accused of crashing a vehicle into a mobile home earlier this year.

County hires new jail boss

A veteran Southern California law enforcement officer has been named as the new head of the Walla Walla County Jail.

Man held for child rape, drug investigation

A 32-year-old Waitsburg man is being held today for investigation of third-degree child rape and drug delivery charges.

Updated: Deadly storm blasts Northwest

The Walla Walla Valley dodged the brunt of a windstorm Tuesday that swept across the Washington and Oregon, killing three people, knocking down trees and causing widespread flooding and blackouts

Hash oil explosion suspect pleads innocent

A local man is set for trial early next year on criminal charges resulting from a powerful explosion in 2014 that reportedly was caused by cooking marijuana to extract its oil.

Trial set for teen gang-shooting suspect

A 16-year-old Walla Walla girl pleaded innocent today in Superior Court to being a lookout in a gang-related shooting in June. A 16-year-old Walla Walla girl pleaded innocent today in Superior Court to being a lookout in a gang-related shooting in June.

Earliest Valley wine harvest high quality

The earliest wine grape harvest in anyone’s memory didn’t hurt its quality, a local industry group reported today.

‘Dreary day’ in Iraq ends with valor

As Staff Sgt. Zachary Dispennette recalls, June 28, 2009, was “a dreary Iraq day” swathed in sandstorm from start to finish.

Garfield County hospital board write-in leads race

A write-in candidate for a seat on the Garfield County Hospital District was winning the only contested race in that district.

Touchet School Board race still close

A race for a seat on the Touchet School Board remains tight, according to the latest vote counts posted Friday by the Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office.

Totals change but results same in council races

The latest ballot counts conducted Friday in Walla Walla and Garfield counties bumped up the numbers voting in the recent election, but made no changes in preliminary results.

DNR hot for more funds to fight wildfires

After back-to-back summers of major wildfires across the state, the head of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is on a campaign to get an additional $24.3 million from the Legislature to help control future wildfires.

Hanson holds big lead in Fire District No. 6 race

One candidate appeared to hold a wide lead today in a contested race for the Position 3 seat on the Walla Walla County Fire District No. 6 board of directors.

Tompkins holds off College Place Council challenger

College Place City Councilman Greg Tompkins was leading today in his bid to retain the Position 5 council seat he was appointed to earlier this year.

Few voters cast ballots in Walla Walla County elections

Only one in three voters in Walla Walla County exercised their right to cast a ballot in this year’s election, according to Tuesday’s preliminary returns.

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Despite wet Halloween, October warmer, drier

The average temperature for the month was more than 5 degrees above normal.

Majority of area residents have yet to cast ballots

In Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties, the return rates so far are around 20 to 30 percent.

Walla Walla man dies after being hit by SUV

A 77-year old man died Thursday evening after he was struck by an SUV while crossing Isaacs Avenue, and the driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide, Walla Walla police said.

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County building auction a bust

Walla Walla County commissioners may be looking at a negotiated sale of the county’s Community Service Center after an attempt to auction it produced no results.

New limits set on prison phone charges

The Federal Communications Commission has set a new cap on how much phone companies can charge for phone calls to prison and jail inmates.

One dead, one injured, four arrested in gang-related shooting

One man was killed and another wounded in what police said was a gang-related shooting Saturday night outside a Walla Walla tavern.

Coalition challenges Corps officer on Snake River dams

A coalition of environmental groups has challenged statements made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District commander on salmon recovery efforts and the value of the four Lower Snake River dams managed by the Corps.

Man gets prison time for sex crimes

A local man who pleaded guilty in July to sex-related crimes was sentenced Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to 14 months in prison.

Second Walla Walla teenager charged in June drive-by shooting

A second teenager has been charged in connection with a drive-by shooting last June.

Shearer, Connely vie in Town Council race

Among the three seats up for election on the Starbuck Town Council, only one features a contested race.

Man sentenced for vehicular assault

An area man convicted of causing a two-car, injury crash last year on U.S. Highway 12 near Touchet has been sentenced to nine months in the Walla Walla County Jail.

Gang member faces rape trial

A Walla Walla teenager who was acquitted last week of shooting at two teenagers last spring pleaded innocent Monday to an unrelated charge of raping a girl at his residence in April.

Walla Walla man held in rape, kidnap investigation

Bail was set at $50,000 today for a Walla Walla man arrested for investigation of rape and kidnapping.

Robbery, assault suspect pleads innocent

A Walla Walla man accused of accosting a substitute Union-Bulletin newspaper carrier at gunpoint earlier this month has pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

Suspect pleads guilty in assault on officer

A local man pleaded guilty today to charges he injured a Walla Walla police officer during a struggle on Oct. 2 and then led law enforcement on a vehicle chase.

6 College Place City Council seats open for election — 4 uncontested

The Position 1 race will have two choices on the Nov. 3 ballot — Jerry Lee Bobbit and Melissa Thiessen — but Thiessen, the incumbent, dropped out of the race because she and her husband moved outside the city limits.

Commissioners preview 2016 county budget

As a December deadline approaches, Walla Walla County commissioners have begun pondering how to balance the county’s 2016 budget.

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September rainfall —over five days — finally above normal

Fall arrived last month with a gift. The first surplus rainfall of the year.

Walla Walla County health services face cuts

Rising costs and shrinking income will mean service and staff cutbacks to the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health next year.

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World War II veteran gets long-delayed final salute

A Walla Walla Valley veteran of World War II veteran was given a long-delayed final salute Saturday.

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Destructive moths on the rise in Oregon

An annual hunt in Oregon for a destructive insect pest showed a jump in the number found this year.

State predicts another dry winter

A forecast for a warm, dry winter in Washington bodes ill for any hopes of drought relief next year, state weather, water and farm officials say.

Five rows and counting: Veteran works to clean grave markers

A project to honor veterans at Fort Walla Walla Cemetery and Mountain View Cemetery has “wound up being a multipronged thing,” said Sherilyn Jacobson.

Walla Walla veteran tracks down fellow service members’ unclaimed grave markers

A case involving a tall stack of tombstones and a lot of detective work is coming to a happy — and honorable — end.

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Panorama - Walla Walla’s own wildland firefighters

Firefighters with Lone Wolf and Scholl Fire & Fuels Management, Inc., both based in Walla Walla, were among the more than 1,000 personnel who put themselves on the line for the Blue Creek Fire, which broke out July 20.

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Honoring the fallen: Remembering Walla Walla's slain corrections officers

In a somber ceremony under a bright, blue sky, three Washington State Penitentiary correctional officers who died in the line of duty were honored Friday.

Fire restrictions ease in area national forests

Rain and cooler weather have allowed public use restrictions to be eased on national forest lands and around the Grizzly Bear Complex Fire in the Blue Mountains.

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Information sought in pair of Wallowa County wolf deaths

Authorities are asking the public’s help in the death of two wolves in Wallowa County.

Grizzly Bear Complex Fire command to shift

As crews continue to rope in the Grizzly Bear Complex Fire, control is being turned back to state agencies and the U.S. Forest Service, a fire official said today.