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Andy Porter

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Walla Walla County voter turnout so far near 33 percent

WALLA WALLA — Nearly a third of Walla Walla County’s voters had returned their ballots by the end of last week, according to the county Auditor’s Office today.

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October sets record for warmth in Walla Walla Valley

WALLA WALLA — Summer is over, but apparently October didn’t get the message.

Walla Walla County pot ban up for final vote

Final action on an ordinance to ban all recreational marijuana operations in Walla Walla County will be up before county commissioners Monday.

Man charged with assault in police pursuit

WALLA WALLA — Charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of almost striking a police officer with a car during a pursuit.

Man sentenced to jail time for indecent exposure on bus

A man convicted of exposing himself on a Valley Transit bus earlier this year will serve a jail term instead of going to prison.

Eastgate attacker sentenced to time served

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla man involved in an attack on two men outside an Eastgate restaurant last year was sentenced Monday to time he’s already served in jail.

Vehicular assault suspect pleads innocent

WALLA WALLA — A woman pleaded innocent Monday to causing a traffic collision this summer that injured another driver.

Trial set for suspect in Walla Walla arson

WALLA WALLA — Trial has been set for a man charged with holding his former girlfriend against her will, then setting a fire outside her apartment.

Two plead innocent in home robbery

WALLA WALLA — Two men have pleaded innocent to multiple felony charges stemming from a home robbery earlier this month.

Shallow gas pipeline raises Port concern

WALLA WALLA — A thinned-out cover of earth over a natural gas pipeline near Wallula has sparked concerns by Port of Walla Walla officials.

County property tax payment deadline nears

WALLA WALLA — It’s property tax Part 2 time again.

State legislature candidate Q&A - Terry Nealey vs. Frank Blair

Republican Terry Nealey of Dayton faces Democrat Frank Blair of Kennewick in the race for representative of Legislative District 16, Position 2, the office Nealey now holds.

State legislature candidate Q&A - Maureen Walsh vs. Mary Ruth Edwards

Republican Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla faces Prosser Republican Mary Ruth Edwards in the race for representative for Legislative District 16 Position 1, the office Walsh now holds.

Washington, Oregon ballots for Nov. 4 election in the mail

The next major step in this year’s election will arrive in mailboxes soon.

Burbank school district to connect to Port sewers

The Columbia School District in Burbank should be connected to a municipal sewer system before the beginning of the next school year.

College Place awaits funds for $13.2M road project

A road project that will reconstruct the main routes through College Place took a step closer to starting Monday.

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5th District candidates spar at Walla Walla forum (with video)

WALLA WALLA — The two candidates in the 5th Congressional District race, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joseph “Joe” Pakootas, both promised change Wednesday, but in very different ways.

Statistics indicate homelessness on rise in Walla Walla County

The number of homeless people, individuals and households, increased slightly from last year, and more of them than ever are staying with family or friends.

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Valley’s moderate drought goes on

WALLA WALLA — September helped set a weather record, but not exactly one to celebrate.

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Walla Walla Corn Maze celebrates 15 years of befuddling visitors

Six and two-thirds acres of Halloween fun and fright are in action once again.

Regulations make demands on volunteer firefighters

WALLA WALLA — While fire chiefs in some parts of the state say strict federal regulations are making difficult to recruit volunteer fire fighters, local fire officials say there’s been no shortage of people wanting to serve.

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Project shows value in Mill Creek wildfire

Creating defensible spaces helped keep flames from reaching several homes in the blaze.

Port sets hearing prior to vote on downtown purchase

WALLA WALLA — A vote by Port of Walla Walla commissioners on whether to make a major purchase of downtown property has been moved to October.

Weather lowers state’s wheat crop yield

WALLA WALLA — Average yields and prices are down this year for Eastern Washington wheat.

Fuel trains and education issues in forum

WALLA WALLA — Fossil fuel trains and education funding were among the topics tackled by state and federal candidates at a Walla Walla forum Wednesday.

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Walla Walla County sheriff candidates spar at forum

WALLA WALLA — Questions ranging from budget cuts to gun control confronted candidates at a forum Wednesday held at Walla Walla Community College.

Snake reservoir to be lowered to clean up party trash

POMEROY — A reservoir on the Lower Snake River will be lowered this weekend to help with the cleanup of a popular riverside spot trashed by partygoers last week.

Updated: College Place bans marijuana operations

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place on Monday joined a growing list of cities and counties that have banned marijuana operations.

College Place City Council bans pot operations

COLLEGE PLACE -- College Place tonight joined a growing list of cities and counties that have banned marijuana operations.

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Illia Dunes shut down after crowds leave mess

POMEROY — A big crowd that created a big mess has closed a popular spot on the Lower Snake River until further notice.

College Place pot decision could come to head Monday

Whether College Place will have recreational marijuana businesses or not could be decided Monday after a public hearing on the topic before the City Council.

Updated: Columbia County puts off pot decision

DAYTON — Columbia County commissioners Wednesday extended a moratorium on zoning for recreational marijuana operations in the county for another three months.

Public split on pot ban at commission hearing

WALLA WALLA — Speakers at a hearing Tuesday delivered sharply differing opinions on allowing recreational marijuana operations in Walla Walla County.

County commissioners vote to ban pot businesses

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County commission today voted to ban all recreational marijuana operations in the county’s unincorporated areas.

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Hot August ends on cool note

WALLA WALLA — The last full month of summer didn’t go out in a blaze of heat.

Walla Walla County to hear from public on marijuana businesses

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County could have regulations for recreational marijuana operations — or a continued ban — following a public hearing Tuesday morning before county commissioners.

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Buddy helps to etch Vietnam War casualty into local memory

WALLA WALLA — A local casualty from the Vietnam War has been symbolically brought home.

Write-in candidate wins spot on ballot for state Legislature

A Kennewick man who ran as a last-minute write-in candidate for the state Legislature will be on the ballot for the November election.

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Devil-beater Daniels to fire up fiddle at Walla Walla fair

WALLA WALLA — Don’t expect to see Charlie Daniels hanging up his fiddle anytime soon.

College Place planners recommend ban on pot operations

COLLEGE PLACE — A recommendation to ban marijuana operations in College Place is headed to the City Council.

County to award lodging tax grants

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will award about $35,000 in grants for 2015 projects.

Export-Import bank seen as lifeline for Washington business

Created 80 years ago, the Export-Import Bank is a federal agency that supports loans and insurance to exporting small businesses. It also protects the credit commitments of buyers overseas.

L'Ecole winemaker, senator urge continuing Export-Import Bank

LOWDEN — A “key export tool” for Washington agriculture and businesses is under threat from those who would use it for political purposes, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said Monday during a Walla Walla County visit.

College Place to look at pot zoning

COLLEGE PLACE — A public hearing Tuesday will look at proposed zoning regulations for recreational marijuana businesses in College Place.

College Place seats new council member

COLLEGE PLACE — City Council members filled a vacant seat in their ranks Monday night, but not without some debate first.

Feds expand suit against local berry farm

WALLA WALLA — Federal officials have expanded a lawsuit against a Walla Walla County blueberry farm to include two other companies.

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Washington State Penitentiary opens second of two new units

WALLA WALLA — The opening of the second half of a new medium security complex at Washington State Penitentiary is now underway.

Incumbents lead rivals in Tuesday's primary in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County voters narrowed down several local contested races Tuesday and didn’t disappoint any incumbents.

County officially accepts agency's demise

WALLA WALLA — Dissolution of the joint city-county planning agency took another step forward Monday, but not without some terse parting shots by Walla Walla County commissioners who felt blindsided by the city’s sudden action.

Sheriff outraises, outspends rivals in primary

WALLA WALLA — Among Walla Walla County candidates, incumbent Sheriff John Turner is leading the pack in raising money as well as spending it.