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Andy Porter

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Property taxes due this month

WALLA WALLA — It’s property tax time, part two.

College Place Council candidate withdraws

Wesley Bernal was running for City Council Position 1 seat

WALLA WALLA — Wesley Bernal said today he is ending his bid because he is caring for his wife, who is pregnant and has been bedridden. His family concerns would also prevent him from effectively serving if elected, he said.

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Umatilla County gets funding boost to deter wolves

WALLA WALLA — Umatilla County is among five Oregon counties selected to receive additional funds to help prevent wolves from preying on livestock.

GOP united, McMorris Rodgers says in interview

WALLA WALLA — As a partial government shutdown entered its second week, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Republicans in the House and Senate remain absolutely committed to their demands that the President negotiate with them to avoid going over a fiscal cliff.

Inmate ice cream sale sweetens youth football pot

WALLA WALLA — Inmates, ice cream and youth football seem like a curious mix, but in the end everyone won.

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September weather had sharp divide from warm to cool

WALLA WALLA — September was wet, windy, surprisingly warm, then cool.

County begins budget meetings

The public may listen in at meetings leading up to the official public hearing on Dec. 2.

Walla Walla man faces robbery, assault, riot charges

WALLA WALLA — One of five suspects wanted in connection with an assault on two men in May has been arrested.

Updated: Firebomb convict noted for prolific records requests dies

WALLA WALLA — A prison inmate who gained fame through his use, and abuse, of the state public records access laws died Wednesday.

Updated: Noted inmate Allan Parmelee dies at Washington State Penitentiary

Parmelee was a prolific filer of public records requests and lawsuits.

WALLA WALLA -- A prison inmate who gained notoriety through his use, and abuse, of the state public records access laws died today.

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Walla Walla, College Place candidates air views at forum

WALLA WALLA — Candidates traded quips, barbs and even a few laughs Tuesday night at a voter forum hosted by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Walla Walla man nabs massive elk

Seventeen years of trying paid off in spades for Jim Eggart recently. After winning the only permit allowed for a five-day hunt in the Blue Creek Unit, Eggart bagged a bull elk that is likely to land in the record books.

Court overturns three convictions in cyberstalking case

WALLA WALLA — A former College Place woman sentenced nearly two years ago for cyberstalking, bomb threats and other crimes has had a portion of her convictions overturned.

Trial set in police pursuit, DUI case

WALLA WALLA — A trial date has been set for a local man accused of leading police on a chase through the city last month.

Trial set for November in attack at retirement community

WALLA WALLA — A suspect charged in connection with an attack at a local retirement residence pleaded innocent Monday to four felony counts.

Inmate-raised monarch butterflies fan out in West

WALLA WALLA — A monarch butterfly breeding program at Washington State Penitentiary celebrated its anniversary Monday another batch of the colorful insects was released by inmates who raised them.

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Washington State Penitentiary's ‘butterfly wranglers’ aid wine industry

WALLA WALLA — As they mark their first year in business, Washington State Penitentiary’s “butterfly wranglers” are moving into new fields, or in this case, vineyards.

Wine crush off to early start

A warm summer hurried the Valley’s grape harvest.

WALLA WALLA — The crush is on and it’s earlier than normal this year.

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Walla Walla County commissioners opt for one-year moratorium on pot rules

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Monday became the latest local government in Washington state to enact a marijuana moratorium.

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Weekend rung in with thunder and dust

The weekend’s weather included record heat, high winds, dust, rain, thunder and lightning.

WALLA WALLA — It was a weekend for weather.

County to renew talks on recreational pot moratorium

WALLA WALLA — A possible moratorium on zoning and permitting marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of Walla Walla County will be back up for discussion Monday.

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A resting place, finally, for unclaimed remains

WALLA WALLA — A new resting place for the unclaimed remains of more than 200 men, women and children was officially dedicated today.

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Coalition immersed in flood-control plans

The group aims to develop long-term plans for the aging Mill Creek channel.

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Storm sweeps through area, leaves mess

WALLA WALLA — Hundreds of people remained without power this morning after a brief, violent storm ripped through the area Thursday evening.

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Thunderstorm dumps on Dayton area

Rain, rain and more rain in the middle of the night closed a section of US Highway 12 east of town.

DAYTON — An overnight deluge closed a stretch of U.S. Highway 12 east of town, authorities said this morning.

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Guard unit with local roots returning to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A Washington National Guard unit with its roots in Walla Walla is returning to the city.

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Hearing stirs the pot on Walla Walla County marijuana rules

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners got an earful Tuesday when they held a hearing on rules for recreational marijuana.

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Welcome, wagons!

WALLA WALLA — If you are the shy type, don’t sit on top of a stagecoach. “People always look,” said Daryl Hopson, as heads turned to watch him guiding the bright red and yellow carriage around the county fairgrounds last week. The stagecoach Hopson was driving that morning was no reproduction. Brought to Walla Walla in 1862, it was one of two that carried passengers on regular runs from Walla Walla to Lewiston and Orofino, Idaho, and back.

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County to hold hearing on marijuana regulation

WALLA WALLA — As the state prepares to release draft regulations on legalized recreational marijuana, local governments are looking at moratoriums on producing, processing and selling the drug to give them time review possible impacts — including conflicts with federal law.

College Place Council OKs expansion of subdivision on city's west side

An appeal by opponents was rejected at Monday’s meeting.

COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council has approved plans to expand a subdivision on the city’s west side and denied an appeal to reject the application.

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Orchard Street facelift nears completion

Final paving, striping and streetlight installation along Orchard Street will come after the fair.

WALLA WALLA — Although some work still needs to be done, a major rebuild of Orchard Street has put a new face on the county fairgrounds in time for this year’s Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

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Blaster spells disaster for Walla Walla graffiti

WALLA WALLA — The city’s new Graffiti Blaster team went to work this morning.

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Ag business vice president pays visit to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — If he had taken that offer from the San Diego Padres, Jim Walker might have gotten to Walla Walla much sooner.

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Windmill becomes educator’s memorial

A friend finishes restoration of the late Klova Beck’s pet project.

WALLA WALLA — It was a tall order, but Klova Beck’s windmill is finally up and running.

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Walla Walla County squelches emergency radio woes

WALLA WALLA — Once at or near the breaking point 18 months ago, Walla Walla County’s emergency radio system has been brought back to health after a major overhaul.

Adam Keatts to fill vacant spot on College Place City Council

COLLEGE PLACE — The sole candidate for a City Council seat coming up for election in November got an early start Monday to the position he’s seeking.

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Ernie Baumgardner’s war

A Walla Walla man recounts his sea-level view of seven World War II invasions.

Wild, wet weather in area forecast

A flash-flood alert also was issued.

WALLA WALLA — At the risk of sounding like an old song, you could see fire and you could see rain this weekend.

Updated: Wells draws most votes in School Board primary

WALLA WALLA — The sole primary race in Walla Walla County drew a low turnout Tuesday, but did officially settle one issue.

Primary ballots due Tuesday in Walla Walla

One of the three candidates on the ballot for a School Board position has dropped out.

WALLA WALLA — Ballots for the Walla Walla School District primary election are due tomorrow.

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Walla Walla Valley weather a dry fry in July

The month delivered only one day with real rain, and not much at that.

WALLA WALLA — July. Spell it as “hot and dry.”

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Improving the world, one livelihood at a time

A retired WSU Extension member shares expertise with farmers in the former USSR.

College Place School Board OKs budget

COLLEGE PLACE — The College Place Public Schools board approved the district’s 2013-14 budget Tuesday.

Update: Log truck driver killed in Tollgate rollover

TOLLGATE, Ore. — A single-vehicle crash near Tollgate this morning killed a Montana man, Oregon State Police reported.

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Area fire forecast nearing extreme

Regional officials say ‘high danger’ exists for wildfires in August and September.

WALLA WALLA — Lack of rain mixed with hot weather are pushing the potential for wildfires into the red zone, forest officials said Thursday.

Officials: College Place schools’ state funds not in the bag

There’s no guarantee the district will get $4 million more than it expected, they say.

COLLEGE PLACE — News that College Place Public Schools has been awarded $4 million more than expected in state matching funds for school construction is not quite what it seems, school officials said Wednesday.

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Dayton draws up chalk art rules

The City Council passed a simpler version than the four pages intially proposed.

DAYTON — Chalk one up for aspiring sidewalk artists.

College Place Council picks interim member

Julie Scott must win in November’s election to continue to hold the Postion 1 seat.

COLLEGE PLACE — One of two candidates running for a seat on the City Council got a head start Monday.

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Goats get down to business clearing vegetation along Mill Creek

WALLA WALLA — When it comes to goats versus vegetation, bet on the goats.

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Low-flying Navy jets stir high anxiety

The two Growlers roared over Walla Walla at nightfall Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — It was a buzz that left the town abuzz.