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Andy Porter

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January keeps dry spell going

WALLA WALLA — Don’t you hate it when Punxsutawney Phil is right?

State wrapping up review of pot business applications

WALLA WALLA — At least 33 Walla Walla County entrepreneurs are among the thousands hoping to get in on the ground floor of the state’s nascent marijuana industry, according to the latest list released by the state Liquor Control Board.

Planners to draft pot business rules for Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners Monday agreed to have the county Planning Commission take on the task of drawing up draft land use regulations for recreational marijuana operations.

Icy mornings to persist in cold trap

WALLA WALLA — Patches of light, freezing fog and drizzle turned roads and sidewalks into obstacle courses today.

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Levy to renew aid to EMS workers

The current levy will expire at the end of this year if not renewed by voters.

Alleged pedophile priest once served in WW

WALLA WALLA — The Archdiocese of Spokane is seeking information about a priest who briefly lived in Walla Walla in 1986 and has since been the subject of a substantiated claim of child sexual abuse in Minnesota.

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Major makeover

In a building stripped bare and completely redone, the Misbehaven Spa & Salon has a whole new look

Death row inmate loses another appeal

WALLA WALLA — The state’s longest-serving death row inmate has lost his latest court appeal.

Local governments can ban pot businesses, AG says

The Washington attorney general announced his opinion this morning on the controversy.

WALLA WALLA — State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said cities and counties can ban or severely restrict marijuana-related businesses in their jurisdictions.

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One up, one to fund for penitentiary's new medium-security units

WALLA WALLA — The latest chapter in the ongoing story of Washington State Penitentiary has opened.

County accepting applications for Comprehensive Plan changes

WALLA WALLA — The window is now open to submit applications for amendments to Walla Walla County’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.

Fire marshal: Victim intentionally set fatal College Place fire

COLLEGE PLACE — A Saturday morning fire that killed a College Place man was apparently started by the victim, an official said today.

Victim in College Place house fire died of smoke inhalation, coroner says

COLLEGE PLACE — The victim of a fatal house fire died of smoke inhalation, Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said today after an autopsy conducted Saturday .

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January weather might bring return of normal moisture

A dry December culminated the Valley’s second-most-arid year on record.

WALLA WALLA — When it came to rain and snow, last year was a bust for the Walla Walla Valley.

Applications for marijuana licenses up to 18 in Walla Walla County

There were 3,746 applications from throughout the state on the latest list with 18 from Walla Walla County.

WALLA WALLA — At least 18 applications from Walla Walla County are among the thousands on the latest list of those seeking licenses for marijuana-related businesses.

Walla Walla County adopts $81.4 million budget for 2014

Commissioners expressed concerns about the county's rising personnel costs.

WALLA WALLA — After weeks of wrangling, Walla Walla County commissioners approved the county’s 2014 budget Monday.

Milton-Freewater man killed crossing Highway 11

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 69-year old Milton-Freewater man died Monday evening when he was struck by a pickup as he attempted to cross Highway 11 south of Appleton Road.

No white Christmas in Walla Walla forecast

The Christmas forecast calls for sunny skies and cold weather.

Commissioners close in on 2014 budget

County departments would get a 2 percent increase in their budgets, but questions remain about property tax rates and law and justice funding.

Inmate convicted of prison officer assault

WALLA WALLA — A jury convicted a Washington State Penitentiary inmate of attacking and stabbing a correctional sergeant last year.

Man sentenced in drive-by shooting; another gets trial date

WALLA WALLA — A man accused in the shootings of two people this summer was sentenced Wednesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Agencies in region gain salmon funding

WALLA WALLA — Organizations in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties have been granted more than $1.25 million for regional salmon recovery projects.

CP Council OKs court merger

COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council Monday moved to close the city’s Municipal Court and contract its cases to Walla Walla County District Court.

Commissioners again continue county budget hearing

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners continued a public hearing on the county’s 2014 budget a second time Monday.

Valley entrepreneurs apply for marijuana licenses

Potential retailers would sell brands like ‘Lucious Leaf’ and ‘Dynamite Relief’.

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Inmates, Whitman debaters argue privatization

Two groups argued whether prisons should be made private enterprises.

WALLA WALLA — The debate over privatizing U.S. prisons probably never had participants as involved as these.

Walla Walla Valley feels first big chill of season

WALLA WALLA — Baby, it’s cold outside. And it’s going to get colder.

County veterans fund increase sought

Needs are outstripping resources, according to the Veterans Advisory Board.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners held off approval of the county’s 2014 budget Monday, resolving to return to the matter next week.

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November long on cold, short on rain

WALLA WALLA — November, the last full month of autumn, delivered its share of bone-chilling days and nights, but at the end came up way short for rainfall.

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Old lingo from prison captured in dictionary

A psychologist compiled a slang dictionary ‘on-the-Erie’ while working at the penitentiary.

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Local artist keeps paper greeting cards in style

The digital revolution hasn’t harmed a traditional Walla Walla card illustrator.

Possible College Place court merger a case of cost vs. local control

COLLEGE PLACE — A proposal to merge the city’s Municipal Court with Walla Walla County District Court produced divided opinions Monday.

Road projects key to College Place budget spike

COLLEGE PLACE — Bulked up by major road rebuilding projects, the city’s 2014 budget was approved Monday by the City Council.

Walla Walla-area weather promising up to Thanksgiving

But the weekend could be stuffed with wind, rain, snow and cold.

WALLA WALLA — Mostly sunny skies are forecast for Thanksgiving Day, but after that keep the umbrellas handy.

Walla Walla County commissioners OK land use requests

WALLA WALLA — Four of five applications for amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan were approved by county commissioners Monday.

As with state at large, area food banks under pressure

One in five of the state’s residents visited a food pantry at least once during the past year.

County wrangles a 2014 budget

WALLA WALLA — A combination of cuts and draws on reserve funds appears to have brought Walla Walla County to the verge of a balanced budget.

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When fall falls

When it comes to leaves, what goes down must come up. As many homeowners and anyone who parks underneath a tree these days can attest, the leaves are falling. This leads to leaf blowers roaring, rakes being unlimbered and the annual appearance of “the claw.”

New legal questions raised about pot rules

WALLA WALLA — The state Liquor Control Board has asked the state Attorney General for formal opinions on whether local governments can ban marijuana-related businesses or make them impractical through local regulations.

College Place mayor swamps challenger

City Council positions also were decided Tuesday.

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place voters returned incumbent Mayor Rick Newby to office by a decisive margin, according to Tuesday’s General Election ballot count.

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October no help in Valley’s dry year

For the year, the Valley precipitation was 63 percent of normal on Oct. 31.

WALLA WALLA — Autumn’s first full month brought falling leaves and frost on the pumpkins, but little rain.

Ballot mailing deadline approaches

The county also will have drop boxes that will accept ballots until 8 p.m. Tuesday

WALLA WALLA — If you want your ballot to count in Tuesday’s general election, don’t wait or it could be too late.

Fireball lights up Walla Walla Valley

The meteor is believed to have been a comet remnant.

WALLA WALLA — A fireball that lit up the sky early Wednesday was likely a remnant of Halley’s comet.

Walla Walla County faces $1.6M budget gap

WALLA WALLA — Between now and December, Walla Walla County officials will be working to close a $1.6 million gap in their 2014 budget.

Noted Walla Walla author, historian dies

Grover C. 'Bill' Gulick's life work included three novels made into popular movie westerns.

WALLA WALLA — Grover C. “Bill” Gulick, a Walla Walla resident who became a nationally known western author, playwright and historian, died Friday. Gulick died at age 97 in the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. During his writing career, Gulick had 20 novels published with three made into movies. His other works included seven nonfiction books, three historical dramas, five movie scripts, an autobiography and hundreds of articles and stories.

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Historic cabin moved to Frenchtown site

The 176 year-old cabin is believed to have been built by a Hudson's Bay trader.

State mails ballots to Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — The ballots are in the mail.

Pressed during a forum to cite city inefficiencies, Lonnie Croft takes a pass

COLLEGE PLACE — Accusations of waste produced heat, but little light, during a forum for College Place City Council candidates Wednesday.

College Place puts off pot rulemaking

College Place has become the third entity in Walla Walla County to adopt a moratorium on marijuana operations.

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place has become the third entity in Walla Walla County to adopt a moratorium on marijuana operations.

College Place to revisit marijuana moratorium

COLLEGE PLACE — A proposed moratorium on marijuana operations in the city will be up for a hearing Monday.