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Maria P. Gonzalez

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For Garrison science students, weather balloon project is an uplifting experience

A more than month-long exploration of space and sciences culminated June when 20 Garrison Middle School students saw their hard work float up and away.

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Panel: Demolish Lincoln High and build new school on site

WALLA WALLA — A panel has recommended tearing down Lincoln High School and building a new facility at the current site.

Study: Build new Lincoln High on current WW site

The Walla Walla school, originally built in 1927, is in serious need of upgrades.

WALLA WALLA — A committee that has been studying the facility needs at Lincoln High School the past few months has concluded it is best to build a new school, but stay at the school’s current site.

DeSales to host 4-year Chinese students

The high school plans to eventually have about a dozen students from China attend the high school.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales Catholic High School is welcoming three Chinese students this fall as part of an outreach effort almost two years in the making.

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Latinas see chance to be stars in science

Twenty Latinas have climbed aboard Garrison’s Space Project.

No simple answer for lack of Latinas in STEM fields

WALLA WALLA — The under-representation of Hispanic girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers is a challenge being tackled locally.

Hispanic educator to lead Garrison

The School Board also hired Ted Cohan as executive director for business services.

Updated: Voters pass Milton-Freewater school funding measure

MILTON-FREEWATER — After more than a decade of failed school funding measures, voters Tuesday approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

Education funding measure passes in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Area resident have approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

Milton-Freewater grant helps police patrol schools

The school district-sought grant pays for mobile data systems in city patrol cars.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater police will now have mobile data systems and laptop computers in their patrol cars to assist with tackling crime in the city.

Walla Walla Community College names new wine program director

WALLA WALLA — A regional winemaker and industry consultant, who is also an expert on soil and geology, has been named the new director of Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.

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Plight of the alkali bee

A Wa-Hi presentation on risks the local pollinators face is generating buzz about widening Highway 12.

WALLA WALLA — The setting is a community meeting. Officials from the Department of Transportation and farmers share different views on a proposed highway expansion. A newscaster offers an introduction and commentary, and a moderator guides the discussion.

School Board OKs resignation of member

Max Carrera's last day will be Aug. 1.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera will be leaving the board Aug. 1.

AAUW bestows scholarships on 11

WALLA WALLA — The local branch of the American Association of University Women recognized 11 high school seniors as outstanding scholars in science, mathematics, engineering and technology education.

Breaking news: Walla Walla School Board member says he's leaving board

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera confirmed this afternoon he intends to resign.

Walla Walla School Board to consider planned resignation

The School District says it is treating the matter as a personnel issue and would not identify the member.

WALLA WALLA —The Walla Walla School Board will be asked to accept the resignation of a fellow board member during its regular meeting Tuesday.

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Going Eye to Eye with learning

Whitman College’s student mentorship of elementary schoolers celebrates its second year.

WALLA WALLA — A Whitman College program that mentors area children marked its second year of service this week with an art show.

College Place picks principal for new high school

Walla Walla education administrator Kirk Jameson will start his new job July 1.

COLLEGE PLACE — A long-time Walla Walla Public Schools administrator has been chosen to lead the new College Place High School. The College Place School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to hire Kirk Jameson as principal of the city’s new public high school, to open for the 2014-15 school year.

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Red carpet awaits Pioneer student filmmakers

Three films by Walla Walla middle schoolers will screen at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

New principals named for Green Park, Berney schools

Gina Yonts and Christy Krutulis were selected in a school board meeting this morning.

WALLA WALLA — New principals for Green Park Elementary and Berney Elementary schools were selected this morning by the Walla Walla School Board.

Ideas weighed for scaled-down Walla Walla High School upgrades

School officials are focusing on ways to trim project development and other costs.

WALLA WALLA — Ideas for scaling back plans to improve Walla Walla High School facilities that would focus on reducing project development costs were discussed in a meeting Tuesday.

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Program in Walla Walla sows seeds for college

The goal is to get students to continue their educations beyond high school.

WALLA WALLA — A culture of college is taking shape at Sharpstein Elementary.

CP principal finalists to meet public at forum

The two candidates, both from Walla Walla Public Schools, are Kirk Jameson and Dan Calzaretta.

Hawks soar above other mascot choices for new College Place high school

COLLEGE PLACE — The Hawks is an odds-on favorite to become the new College Place High School’s mascot.

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Lincoln students ‘step up’ in new science lab

The Walla Walla high school’s new $95,000 lab and curriculum is part of Project Lead the Way.

WALLA WALLA — A former computer lab at Lincoln High School has been transformed into a modern science laboratory.

Athena-Weston school track project now in the fast lane

ATHENA — The Athena-Weston School District is nearing the construction phase of a new running track.

Milton-Freewater schools to cut jobs due to enrollment fall

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater School Board has approved cutting seven teaching assistant positions for next school year, offsetting the loss of state revenue from declining enrollment.

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Emotion, grace evoked by flamenco group to perform in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — As a child, Savannah Fuentes caught a glimpse of flamenco — the Spanish art form of song, music and dance — while watching television one day.

Walla Walla Kids Read creator responds to questions

Local author Patrick Carman started Walla Walla Kids Read six years ago.

WALLA WALLA — The 2013 Walla Walla Kids Read takes place today and Tuesday at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. Over the two days, children in first through fifth grades will hear two bestselling children’s authors present on their craft and the power of literature.

Dinner and Dialogue puts focus on Walla Walla Valley kids

The event brings people invested in early learning together to share ideas and success strategies to fully prepare children for school.

WALLA WALLA — A discussion on how to prepare children for kindergarten — and how to improve the transition to school from preschool and child care — was the focus of the second annual Dinner and Dialogue event Thursday at Walla Walla Community College.

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WWCC wins Aspen Prize

The college tied with another in California as the nation’s top community college, taking home a $400,000 prize.

Walla Walla Community College will share the top prize of the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence with Santa Barbara City College in California.

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WWCC students give voice, motion to ‘Fairytale’

WWCC students will stage an original operetta this week in the college Music Room.

WALLA WALLA — The voices of more than a dozen music students lift in song in the music room at Walla Walla Community College. Their songs about creatures that go bump in the night, and a princess who simply loves to sing, are part of this year’s “Fairytale: An Original Operetta.”

Students bring home science fair hardware

The science fair was open to middle and high school students in the region.

Milton-Freewater voters to decide school levy

A local option levy, which would raise about $1.5 million over five years and garner a $1.7 million state match, would address multiple needs, officials say.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater School Board has agreed to seek a local option levy that would help pay for district maintenance and upkeep over the next five years.

Board to wait to seek new Wa-Hi bond

The School Board voted unanimously to hold off on a new request to voters for money to fix up the high school.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has agreed to wait before attempting another bond to renovate Walla Walla High School.

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Trucker prepares drivers for road

The American Trucking Association expects the industry will need nearly 240,000 new drivers by 2022.

Residents chip in on failed Wa-Hi bond

Meeting attendees said the project's size and how it was pitched contributed to its failure.

WALLA WALLA — Dozens of community members turned out for a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the recently failed bond to renovate Walla Walla High School. More than 60 residents showed up for the meeting, hosted by members of the Walla Walla School Board and Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller.

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Facebook ‘crush’ pages for students raise worries

Several online “crushes” pages have cropped up locally in the last week, displaying a new aspect of online social interaction among teens that has raised red flags with adults.

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Wishes come true at Walla Walla High School

WALLA WALLA — Early into the planning for this year’s Winter Wish Week program, Walla Walla High School’s ASB students had to come up with a theme.

School leaders lend support to plan to broaden diplomas

WALLA WALLA — Local education leaders spoke out recently in support of a bill that would establish a second high school diploma in Washington state.

Superintendent chosen in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A new superintendent has been chosen to lead the Milton-Freewater School District.

Falling Milton-Freewater school enrollment might mean funding cuts

Milton-Freewater School District might need to cut anywhere from $532,000 to as much as $900,000.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Enrollment at almost all Milton-Freewater schools has been declining for the last several years, and the drop is expected to have a major impact on funding next year.

Wa-Hi bond falls short of supermajority

The $69.6 million project had 53.3 percent approval as of Tuesday’s vote count.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla residents have rejected a proposal to overhaul the city’s main high school, based on preliminary election results made available Tuesday night.

Illustrator highlights Kids Read in March

Matthew Holm, half of the ‘Babymouse’ series, will be the featured author at this year’s event.

WALLA WALLA — The 2013 Walla Walla Kids Read event will feature Matthew Holm, illustrator of the popular children’s graphic novel series “Babymouse,” and bestselling youth and young adult novelist Patrick Carman.

Wa-Hi students bring home hardware from FBLA conference

Fifteen students representing the school competed in Kennewick this week.

WALLA WALLA — Students in Walla Walla High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter competed at a regional conference earlier this week.

Walla Walla skills center takes step ahead

Students will be able to take courses in construction, welding, renewable resources and health occupations at the new center.

WALLA WALLA — Construction of a regional skills center for high school students moved forward Tuesday night after a vote by the Walla Walla School Board.

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Whitman students teach civil rights movement in Walla Walla schools

WALLA WALLA — From an Alabama jail cell in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter to his critics defending his call to action through peaceful protest and civil disobedience in a town not his own. Whitman students dispersed to schools the past two weeks to teach about the civil rights movement.

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Mentoring program on lookout for matches

‘Caring, consistent’ adults are sought to build positive relationships with area youngsters.

COLLEGE PLACE — Julie Nordgren welcomed several new volunteers to Davis Elementary on Tuesday and in time for a busy lunch. Students who had been waiting to be matched with a mentor enjoyed their first lunch with a new friend.

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Pioneer Middle School students turn hands to healing

Students have been folding origami cranes to send to Newtown, Conn.

WALLA WALLA — One thousand paper cranes are traveling from Walla Walla to Newtown, Conn. this week.

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Chihuly glass act element of Carnegie Picture Lab partnership

WALLA WALLA — Throughout his artistic career, Dale Chihuly has set the standard and broken the boundaries of glass as art.