The city’s Fourth of July celebration drew a larger than usual crowd.
Between the live music, fried food and attendance much higher than in recent years, one thing was clear at the city’s Fourth of July in the Park celebration: Walla Walla knows how to throw a party.
Wesley Hoskins details memories from Depression-era Columbia County.
Wesley Hoskins remembers walking to a one-room schoolhouse, where slate blackboard covered the walls and the map of the U.S. had 48 states on it. The year he started first grade, he was so eager to learn that he eavesdropped on older students’ recitations and picked up enough to skip the second grade.
About 600 fish died when the Touchet River, which supplies the Dayton pond, dropped too low to continue pumping.
DAYTON — Alan Meissner likes to take his grandson fishing during the hot summers. But last week, he discovered a gruesome sight at the city’s juvenile fishing pond.
Advocates want to be sure the final legislation contains a path to citizenship that is feasible.
WALLA WALLA — The U.S. Senate’s passage Thursday of a comprehensive immigration reform bill prompted joy from local immigrant groups, even amidst broader concerns about the bill’s specific provisions.
School districts have been given a one-week extension to produce draft budgets.
In her 32 years working at the Prescott School District, business manager A.J. Johnson has gone decades without seeing the Legislature take so long to pass a budget.
The Walla Walla County Rural Library District aims to bring fun to summer reading.
In an effort to motivate kids to read, the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is bringing in crystals, dinosaurs, even snakes. The district’s summer reading program starts this week and branch libraries have schedules full of special events, including crafting, movie nights and visits from the Reptile Man.
Walla Walla youth have one less reason to say there’s nothing to do in town.
WALLA WALLA — Angel Magdaleno was walking downtown when he happened to pass by a nondescript white building on Colville Street. Written in the window was the name Be’n Towne, and a sign in the window identified the space as a venue for local artists and musicians.
Principal Katie Leid reflects on more than two decades in education.
DAYTON — In her last week of teaching before she retires, Dayton Elementary Principal Katie Leid made the most of it.
Officials say proposed water and sewer rate increases are long overdue and necessary.
Rising costs and miscommunication about budgeting the city’s USDA wastewater plant loan will come to a head Wednesday when Weston’s City Council votes whether to substantially increase water and sewer rates for the coming year.
With the blistering hot days of summer on their way, Walla Walla residents will likely be looking for a place to swim — and to learn how. While the city lacks a municipal pool, there are several options in the Valley offering free and low-cost swim lessons to area children.
The annual event is a celebration of the area’s farming past.
POMEROY — Head east on Highway 12 past Dayton and into Garfield County, and you eventually come to a junction at milepost 391, where Highway 127 splits off to the north. Although it looks mostly uninhabited now, this place, called Dodge Junction, was one of Garfield County’s thriving towns more than half a century ago.
PGE’s purchase of Phase II of a wind energy project will require hundreds of planning hours.
DAYTON — Columbia County officials are working to assess the planning needed in the wake of Portland General Electric’s announcement it will buy development rights to the Lower Snake River Wind Facility Phase II.
Portland General Electric announced Monday a plan to buy development rights to the Lower Snake River wind farm, located outside of Dayton. The farm was under development by Puget Sound Energy.
WESTON — A Weston City Council meeting which was adjourned May 15 due to lack of quorum has been rescheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
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.