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Andy Porter

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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.

Walla Walla County turnout so far running 29 percent

WALLA WALLA — Turnout for Tuesday’s primary election is turning out to be “pretty typical for a high profile race,” Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin said today.

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Second-hottest July on record in the books

WALLA WALLA — Talk about an accurate, but sweaty, forecast.

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'Foodsystems' program bring college students to fields

Students embarking on a pilot project to study Pacific Northwest agriculture got a ground-level view of large-scale farming last week.

Walla Walla cuts tie with city-county planning agency

WALLA WALLA — Despite pleas to delay, the Walla Walla City Council Thursday voted to begin the end of a joint city-county planning agency.

Updated: City wants to dissolve joint planning agency

WALLA WALLA — Initially hailed as a money-saving move, a city-county planning agency may soon be facing dissolution over the same issue of saving money.

New hotel in the works for Walla Walla

Along with a Marriott being built, the new La Quinta will greatly increase Walla Walla’s room inventory.

WALLA WALLA — A new inn is in the works for Walla Walla.

Ecology fines Wallula feedlot for air quality violation

WALLA WALLA — The state Department of Ecology has fined a beef cattle feeding operation in Wallula for violating air quality rules.

Ballot machines ready to start processing

WALLA WALLA — Heated rhetoric and accusations aside, logic and accuracy do play a part in elections.

Latecomer files as write-in candidate for legislative race

WALLA WALLA — A Democrat who said he hadn’t been paying attention to who’s running for the Legislative District 16 Position 2 seat has filed as a write-in candidate to challenge incumbent Dayton Republican Terry Nealey.

Licensed pot grow sites pass halfway mark

The state’s nascent recreational marijuana industry appears to have passed a milestone last week.

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Three compete for open seat on Walla Walla County commission

WALLA WALLA — Three candidates are in the primary race for the Walla Walla County Commission District 3 seat. Ballots for the race, which will be decided Aug. 5, will begin going out today.

College Place wrestles with pot options

COLLEGE PLACE — City Council members and city staff are examining options on how to allow, or not allow, recreational marijuana businesses in College Place.

Sgt. Tom Cooper parries Sheriff Turner’s campaign claims

WALLA WALLA — Tom Cooper readily acknowledges that a knee injury suffered in late 2012 has kept him off full, active duty as a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office sergeant.

Cooper aims to restore trust in Sheriff’s Office

WALLA WALLA — Trust in the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is broken and Tom Cooper says he wants to fix it.

Hayden feels prepared to be coroner

For Derek Hayden, the desire to become Walla Walla County coroner is a fusion of many of his life’s studies.

Greenwood to build on first term

Elected in 2010 after defeating Virginia Romine, Richard Greenwood is running for a second term. He faces College Place chiropractor Derek Hayden and former Coroner Frank Brown. All three are running as Republicans.

Brown seeks comeback as coroner

Frank Brown, who left the coroner’s office in 2010 after a failed re-election bid, said: “Walla Walla County needs to have someone who is medically educated in the (coroner’s) office.”

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June warm; July to be a firecracker

WALLA WALLA — July is the first full month of summer and if predictions hold true, expect hot days to rule.

Walla Walla County weighs sale of parking lots, buildings

WALLA WALLA — A chunk of downtown property could go on the auction block soon.

Ordinances vary for July Fourth ordnance

WALLA WALLA — Following are local ordinances regarding purchase and use of permitted fireworks:

Area grain at stage where fireworks pose critical risk

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County appears headed for an early grain harvest and officials say the crop is at a critical stage now to go up in flames.

Insurance costs a barrier for fair booze vendor

WALLA WALLA — Liquor sales at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days are going to be rebid after the company that was going to take on the job found the insurance requirements too hard to swallow.

Booze sales at Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days changes hands

WALLA WALLA — Beer, wine and hard liquor sales are being rejiggered this year at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Prescott applicant granted county’s first pot grow license

WALLA WALLA — An applicant from Prescott has been issued the first marijuana grower license in Walla Walla County.

College Place City Council to take applications for vacancy

COLLEGE PLACE — The process to fill a vacancy on the City Council will get underway later this month, Council members decided Monday.

Pot growers would have few site options in county

WALLA WALLA — Recreational marijuana operations outside of city limits will have few siting options under recommendations approved Wednesday by the Walla Walla County Planning Commission.

Walla Walla pot growing applicant withdraws

WALLA WALLA — A couple hoping to site a marijuana growing and processing operation in Walla Walla have withdrawn their application.

Application for marijuana grow in Walla Walla faces opposition

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners Monday said they want to join in on comments, many negative, concerning a proposed recreational marijuana growing and processing operation in the city of Walla Walla.

Walla Walla County planners to hear from public on pot zoning

WALLA WALLA — Regulations for recreational marijuana operations in Walla Walla County will be up for discussion Wednesday.

Julie Scott named College Place mayor

COLLEGE PLACE — After interviewing three candidates Monday night, the City Council named Councilwoman Julie Scott as the College Place’s new mayor.

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Small rail cars track through Valley

WALLA WALLA — Locomotives and railcars are normally large, massive objects. So the parade of little rail cars putt-putting on tracks through town last weekend drew more than its share of double-takes.

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May gets a running start on summer

WALLA WALLA — Although summer officially begins June 21, last month’s weather appears to have given it a kick-start.

Governors seek speedy action on banking rules for pot industry

The governors of Washington and Colorado are urging federal officials to speed up rules to give the recreational pot industry access to banking services.

Mill Creek dam upgrades result in improved safety rating

WALLA WALLA — One of the major structures in the Mill Creek Flood Control Project has been given an improved safety rating.