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Andy Porter

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College Place City Council OKs major road project

COLLEGE PLACE — A major rebuild of the city’s two main roads got a green light to proceed Monday.

County jail chief ‘dismissed’ by Sheriff Turner

Sheriff John Turner said Thursday that Keilen L. Harmon was “dismissed from being the chief deputy as an at-will employee.”

Request for cable TV in judge’s chambers raises questions

Technology upgrades in Walla Walla County courtrooms will allow cable television to be piped in, but officials are questioning costs and appropriateness.

County courtrooms get tech upgrades

Video conferencing and other technology upgrades are in the works for Walla Walla County’s courtrooms.

$12 minimum wage bill goes to state Senate

The Washington state House voted along party lines Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage — already the nation’s highest — to $12 an hour over the next four years.

Columbia County readies for pot hearing

Regulation of recreational marijuana in Columbia County, including a possible ban, will be the topic of a public hearing this month by Columbia County commissioners.

Part of $15B package, Highway 12 passes Senate hurdle

Money to complete the next phase of U.S. Highway 12 widening is among funds included in the state Senate transportation package approved Monday.

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February warmth in Valley near record

February turned up the heat, so to speak.

Annual summer musical changing business model

The Walla Walla Community College Foundation’s summer musical this year will be a departure from years past.

Man who tried to flee custody after verdicts loses appeal

A Walla Walla man who tried to run away from his troubles in 2013 has lost an appeal of his jury conviction and prison sentence.

Three Burbank men enter pleas in assault-robbery case

Three men have pleaded innocent to charges stemming from a robbery and beating earlier this month in Burbank.

Woman pleads guilty to mail theft

A woman sentenced earlier this month in connection with a high-speed chase in a stolen car pleaded to an additional Walla Walla County charge Monday.

Gang brawler sentenced to a day in jail

A Walla Walla man involved in a fight last year between rival gangs at a local convenience store was sentenced Monday.

Trial set for suspect in school parking lot scuffle

A trial date was set Monday for a Walla Walla man charged in connection with a struggle outside an elementary school earlier this month.

Fair crowns queen, names other notables

College Place teen Rochelle Kralman has been named queen of this year’s Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days royalty court.

Vince Gill to headline Fair & Frontier Days entertainment

Country star Vince Gill will headline this year’s Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert on Sept. 2 at the fairgrounds.

Fair crowns queen, names other notables

A College Place teen Rochelle Kralman has been named queen of this year’s Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days royalty court.

New trial date set for suspect in eluding

A new trial date has been set for a Walla Walla man accused of a break-in and high-speed chase last year.

Pursuit ends when motorcyclist falls off

A short pursuit of a speeding motorcycle in Walla Walla ended with an arrest when the rider fell off at an intersection.

US Highway 12 funding included in bill

A state Senate transportation plan now on the table in Olympia includes nearly $173 million to complete the next phase of widening to four lanes U.S. Highway 12 and to start work on the final stretch.

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Mystery solved? Rain dust from ancient Oregon lake bed

A Washington State University meteorologist said Tuesday an ancient saline lake in south-central Oregon is the likely source of a mysterious milky rain that coated Walla Walla and other eastern Oregon and Washington areas last week.

SWAT team arrests three men in Burbank assault

Three men are being held in connection with an assault Saturday night in Burbank that resulted in the SWAT team being called out.

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Highway 12 widening stalls for want of money

The four-laning of U.S. Highway 12 from Walla Walla to the Snake River is a project the state’s chief transportation policy body wants finished. But paying for it may require taxpayers digging deeper into their pockets.

Legislators: Fix WSDOT before tinkering with additional taxes

Before they vote for any revenue proposals on transportation projects, Walla Walla Valley lawmakers say changes are first needed at the state’s Department of Transportation.

Tugboat adventures on the Snake River

There are many ways to look at the Snake River, but the view from a tugboat’s wheelhouse is one of the better ones.

CenturyLink works to prevent another 911 outage

Work is underway to prevent a repeat of a 911 blackout last month that affected Walla Walla and surrounding counties.

County names interim Fairgrounds manager

Walla Walla County commissioners today named Daryl Hopson as Walla Walla County Fairgrounds interim manager.

Walla Walla County appoints interim Fairgrounds manager

Walla Walla County commissioners today named Daryl Hopson as Walla Walla County Fairgrounds interim manager.

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2015 off to a dry start

The year got off to a dry start.

Updated: Representative urges death penalty repeal

WALLA WALLA — Local state Rep. Maureen Walsh is among sponsors of a bill introduced Monday to replace the death penalty in Washington state with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Interim fairgrounds manager sought

Applicants are being sought to serve as interim manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds during the search for a replacement for outgoing manager Cory Hewitt.

Grant to benefit Palouse River drainage project

A project to restore land and improve water quality along the Palouse River is among five conservation efforts in Washington state to be funded by a new federal program.

Walla Walla police find girl reported in luring case

Walla Walla police today said they have found the young girl who they believe was the victim of a reported luring incident last weekend.

Walla Walla native to head Nebraska prison system

A Walla Walla native has been named the new head of Nebraska’s prison system.

Grant to benefit Palouse River drainage

A project to restore land and improve water quality along the Palouse River is among five conservation efforts in Washington state to be funded by a new federal program.

Auditor calls for more local government transparency

In a special report, the state Auditor’s Office has said more than $2 million in public funds is unaccounted for because local governments have failed to follow a century-old state law.

Contested dredging project at Ice Harbor Dam finished

Channel dredging at Ice Harbor Dam, part of a Lower Snake River dredging project that was the subject of a court challenge, has been completed.

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Early freeze nips Walla Walla Valley crops

Last November’s polar plunge has put a gloomy outlook on this year’s orchard fruit harvest in the Milton-Freewater area, but its full effect on Walla Walla Valley wine vineyards is still unknown.

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December gives Valley a weather sampler

WALLA WALLA — Rain, wind, warm and frigid — December had it all.

Heat, cold, wind, fire top 2014 local weather events

A December wind storm ranks first on the list among National Weather Service staff in Pendleton.

State auditor issues report in airport fuel case

WALLA WALLA — The State Auditor’s Office has released its report into the alleged misappropriation of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel at Walla Walla Regional Airport.

County, city to open separate planning departments

Due to the dissolution of the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, Walla Walla County and the city of Walla Walla will reopen their own planning departments next month.

Forecast: White Christmas likely only on videos in Valley

A wet, not white, Christmas Eve is in the forecast, but clearing skies are expected on Christmas Day.

Carbon tax proposal raises local concerns

Although hailed by some, critics are trashing a plan by Gov. Jay Inslee to tax state industries for their greenhouse gas emissions.

County names new department heads

Two Walla Walla County agencies with “emergency” in their titles have new bosses.

Fairgrounds manager Cory Hewitt to retire

he longtime general manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, Cory Hewitt, has announced her retirement.

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Money snag alters rural library plans

A major expansion project by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is proceeding, just not as initially planned.

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Thursday windstorm wallops Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Winds whipping through the Walla Walla area Thursday toppled trees, blocked roads and cut power to thousands of customers.

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Shirtsleeve temps blow into Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Talk about your ups and downs.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to child porn possession

WALLA WALLA — A man could face up to 8½ years in prison for possessing child pornography.