WALLA WALLA — There may not be a cake, but the Walla Walla Blues Society’s 20th Birthday Bash promises to be a sweet treat for local blues lovers.
A draft the city proposed ran into public concern that it went too far.
DAYTON — The City Council has tabled a proposed policy on special events after many citizens expressed concerns it was too complicated and burdensome.
A page for a week, he also practiced the art of compromise on a mock gun bill.
TOUCHET — For Jacob LaRoque, getting up early was the best and worst part of his job.
Keelin Hovrud, Caitlyn Robins and Matthew Warren advanced from the state competition.
Holding regular lives Monday through Friday and ranging in age from 19 to 51, fooball lives on for this Elite group of Weekend Warriors.
For Jeff Knowles, playing football is about camaraderie The 27-year-old co-owner of the minor league Waitsburg Elite said he loves spending his Saturdays on the field. “I just look forward to the adrenaline every Saturday, and the camaraderie of getting a great group of guys,” he said. “I feel like it’s kind of like the camaraderie of military men, when you’re taking risks together and fighting together.”
County and Dayton officials may pursue the idea later.
DAYTON — Columbia County Commissioners decided Wednesday morning to shelve pursuit of a joint planning commission with Dayton, effectively ending current discussions about a joint city-county planning department.
The bond would be paid back out of existing Port revenue, so no additional taxes would need to be levied in order to cover the cost.
Doug LaMunyan also will oversee a new adminstrative structure change.
POMEROY — Pomeroy High School principal Doug LaMunyan will be the district’s next superintendent and K-12 administrator.
Brett Cox, currently Garrison Middle School principal, starts the job in July.
PRESCOTT — After a long search, the Prescott School Board approved hiring Brett Cox to serve as the district’s superintendent.
Poets seasoned and youthful read their works at Prescott’s library.
PRESCOTT — For sixth-grader Mary Groom, riding horses at her grandparents’ home is the perfect inspiration for poetry.
Many people don’t understand the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity.
Best Western’s new hotel nearly triples available lodging in the rural town.
DAYTON — Dayton could be described as an accidental destination for tourists.
PRESCOTT — Prescott School Board will hold a special public meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. to present its leading candidate for superintendent.
Rocky Miller will take over for Sheriff Walt Hessler, who is retiring June 30.
DAYTON — Columbia County commissioners unanimously selected Rocky Miller to serve as the county's sheriff beginning July 1. Miller will fill the position vacated by current sheriff Walt Hessler, who is retiring June 30, and will serve out the rest of Hessler's elected term.
Stories of personal struggles with immigration were shared at the gathering
As a group of senators nears closer to announcing a bipartisan immigration reform bill, Walla Walla residents rallied Wednesday to express their support for family-focused reform measures.
Farming as it used to be was demonstrated at the weekend event.
POMEROY — With 13 acres plowed, harrowed and seeded, Garfield County is ready to call its latest Spring Farming Days a success.
Columbia County Commissioners have elected to wait on selecting a candidate for county sheriff until a public forum is held.
The district is beginning the hiring process for a new administrator.
Rigoberta Menchú, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and survivor of civil war in Guatemala, spoke Wednesday at Whitman.
WALLA WALLA — She survived death squads during the Guatemalan Civil War and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism in support of indigenous rights. Now, Rigoberta Menchú can add speaking in Walla Walla to her list of life accomplishments.
The plan would call for a joint planning commission and city planner who would report to the county planner.
Columbia County and the city of Dayton are moving forward with a joint city-county planning agreement. Officials say the consolidation will save money and result in more efficient planning, ultimately allowing both bodies to get more done.
TOUCHET — Combining physics and fun, Touchet Elementary students competed to see who could build the best wind-powered car.
Roubideau Artisan Cheese will be part of Dayton’s Blue Mountain Station.
DAYTON — When Joseph Coniglio moved to Walla Walla from Colorado, he decided he’d had enough of herding goats. Now, he’s planning to set up shop in Dayton’s artisan food processing park, Blue Mountain Station, as the proprietor of Roubideau Artisan Cheese.
A fence was constructed at a natural and artisan foods park to keep deer and other animals out of the garden.
WALLA WALLA — This weekend, Christine Janis will conduct her last concert for the Walla Walla Choral Society.
The ski area has skiing and snowboarding races set for this weekend.
Under new management this season, Ski Bluewood is looking to revitalize its image with a “March Madness” lineup of special events and competitions.
WALLA WALLA — Spending the last month of pregnancy directing a musical might be a bit much for most people to handle, but Suzanne Williams isn’t most people.
The School Board’s addition of two non-voting student members is seen as a win for the board and students.
PRESCOTT — A basic idea in a democracy is that governing bodies should be accountable to the people most affected by their decisions. Perhaps with this idea in mind, the Prescott School Board has decided to allow two student representatives to serve as non-voting board members.
Federal stimulus funds are helping Columbia and Garfield counties modernize communication systems.
Last month, a patron accessing an e-book at the Dayton Memorial Library could expect to wait five hours for the download to be completed.
The Washington State Patrol is looking to hire its largest group of troopers in nearly 25 years, and has adopted a statewide recruiting strategy.
DAYTON — Dayton High School isn’t as large as many other schools in Washington, but thanks to advisor Rob Moore, the school’s FBLA team continues to dominate regional and state competitions.
The Washington State Patrol is looking to hire its largest group of troopers in nearly 25 years, and has adopted a statewide recruiting strategy to meet its goals.
POMEROY — When the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum first got off the ground, a few locals were skeptical about its purpose.
Voters approved levies for Touchet and Pomeroy School Districts this evening, with 213 voters (69.16%) in Touchet and 444 (56.2%) in Pomeroy voting to approve.
Don Hodgson’s co-workers and friends shared stories of their time together.
DAYTON — Hundreds of friends, family and community members gathered Saturday at Dayton High School to remember Don Hodgson, a retired teacher and coach who died Feb. 2.
There are many issues — border security, visa backlogs — to be resolved.
A Senate proposal would raise the income cap for a property tax exemption for people 61 and up. Small counties anticipate the break would hit other taxpayers hard.
A Senate proposal to raise the income level at which seniors qualify for property tax exemptions has raised concerns among assessors in Eastern Washington’s rural counties.
DAYTON — Joseph Shuba was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for murdering his wife last spring.
If Touchet voters approve a $6.5 million bond it would be the first renovation of the 40-year-old building.
DAYTON — Looking tired and resigned, Joseph Shuba, 59, appeared in Columbia County Superior Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to murdering his wife in April.
DAYTON — Columbia County sheriff Walt Hessler announced his retirement at a county commission meeting this morning.
Prolonged wrangling over a new US farm bill has sown indecision among Valley growers
As congressional leaders scramble to agree on bipartisan spending cuts, Eastern Washington farmers have been left with uncertainty about the insurance, marketing and crop research programs many of them depend on.
Navy veteran Pierre Remillard’s sense of patriotism guides his paintings.
Pierre Remillard’s workshop feels a bit like an old-school diner, the kind of place that covers every square inch of wall with artifacts that are almost half a century old.
A group gathered Thursday at Whitman College to discuss the political hot button.
Speakers from OneAmerica, Causa Oregon and the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement gathered at Whitman College on Thursday night to participate in a panel discussion on the issue of compassion in U.S. immigration policy.
A journalist in town Tuesday said the election's outcome likely won't spell big changes.
WALLA WALLA -- Much has been made of the influence of Latino voters in the upcoming election. With Latinos making up about 20 percent of Walla Walla's population, issues such as immigration policy will be on the minds of voters in the Valley, as well as across the nation.
Scott Nettles says incumbent Sen. Mike Hewitt is not responsive and has too narrow a focus.
As he prepares to run for his fourth term in the state Senate, Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, is confident the 16th District will send him back to Olympia.
Rep. Maureen Walsh is pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage, positions Mary Ruth Edwards opposes.
In the past year, state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, has become known around the world for her speech on the floor of the state Legislature in support of same-sex marriage.
A march Wednesday downtown sought to raise awareness.
WALLA WALLA -- It's not every day that corrections officers walk down Main Street wearing dresses.
The federal program is seen as helpful, but undocumented immigrants say it isn't perfect.
As of Aug. 15, young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are able to apply for a program that grants them a two-year deferral of deportation.
WALLA WALLA — The Catholic Charities of Spokane held an information session at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Tuesday night to provide details about the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The retiring secretary of state is using visits statewide to reinforce his message of bipartisanship and moderation.
WALLA WALLA — Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed visited the city Thursday as part of a statewide tour to mark his final year in office.