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Andy Porter

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Man sentenced in DUI, eluding case

WALLA WALLA — A man who was drunk as he led police on a vehicle chase in Waitsburg earlier this year was sentenced Monday.

WW native shifts into off-road stardom

When he was 14-years old, Carl Jantz used his earnings from delivering the Union-Bulletin newspaper to buy his first four-wheel-drive ride, a 1964 Scout.

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Valley weathers freezing rain without incident

Despite freezing rain that fell overnight, today’s morning commute appeared to be free of any rashes of crashes.

Freezing rain ices Valley; more to come

Freezing rain that made for slippery conditions this morning remains in the forecast today and tomorrow, with the potential for reducing traction to zero on roads and sidewalks.

County OKs property and EMS levy tax hikes

County commissioners approved a 2 percent property tax increase Monday for the county’s current expense fund.

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Prison program helps inmates practice sustainability

A prison program all about sustainable practices is sustaining itself pretty well.

Walla Walla County weighs 2 percent property tax hike

WALLA WALLA — County commissioners have agreed to notify the county assessor of plans to seek a property tax increase for the county’s general fund.

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Freezing rain leaves a mess in region

WALLA WALLA — Highways were closed, school canceled and numerous collisions reported after freezing rain coated roadways with ice today.

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Umbrellas and ice skates in forecast

WALLA WALLA — Talk about a “good news, bad news” scenario.

Port files lawsuit over missing aviation fuel

WALLA WALLA — A lawsuit and a criminal investigation are underway following the discovery that thousands of gallons of aviation fuel are missing from Walla Walla Regional Airport.

County looks to tax hike and savings to hit budget

WALLA WALLA — As the annual budget deadline approaches, Walla Walla County officials met Thursday to find ways to close a $1 million gap in the county’s 2015 budget.

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Frigid plunge unlikely to harm area vineyards

WALLA WALLA — The sudden onset of freezing temperatures can put and end to some late-blooming gardens, but this week’s plunge isn’t likely to harm the Valley’s vineyards.

Most Walla Walla County incumbents cruise to easy wins

WALLA WALLA — Incumbent candidates for Walla Walla County offices appear headed back to office after Tuesday's election.

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Cooper, Turner not ready to call election

WALLA WALLA — The two candidates in the hotly contested race for Walla Walla County Sheriff were neither declaring victory nor conceding defeat this morning.

Updated: Commissioners vote county a no-pot zone

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County is poised to become the fourth county in Washington state to ban recreational marijuana operations following a vote Monday by county commissioners.

Walla Walla County commissioners ban pot operations

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County was poised to become the fourth county in Washington state to ban recreational marijuana operations after a vote today by county commissioners.

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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.