Scooter 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Stampede scales back under new leadership

I think this makes a tremendous amount of sense. I've wondered, for a long time, why the Chamber of Commerce remained the lead on an event of this magnitude that really only benefited just a small sector of its membership (food on plates and heads in beds). It seems their time and resources could be better spent on delivering on the mission of strengthening local commerce. I think, too, that they should take on some of the responsibility of business recruitment (maybe in partnership with the Port?) to bring new jobs to the Valley.

It's interesting to note, too, that I remember the many complaints that were voiced when the Stampede moved from the beautiful setting of Howard Tietan Park (and then later WA-HI) to the Fairgrounds. The "commercialization" of the event had many Walla Wallans (perhaps its natives?) mourning the loss of what had become known as a small-town, intimate event. I, for one, was one of those and I'm pleased to see that there will be a refocus to bring those "good feelings" back to what will always be a terrific event for our community.

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Scooter 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Walla Walla Chamber finds new organizer for Balloon Stampede

I think this makes a tremendous amount of sense. I've wondered, for a long time, why the Chamber of Commerce remained the lead on an event of this magnitude that really only benefited just a small sector of its membership (food on plates and heads in beds). It seems their time and resources could be better spent on delivering on the mission of strengthening local commerce. I think, too, that they should take on some of the responsibility of business recruitment (maybe in partnership with the Port?) to bring new jobs to the Valley.

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Scooter 1 year ago on Octopus mural covered

This whole thing could have been avoided if the store's owner had elected to work with the City administrators rather than, in defiance and the "dark of night," moving forward with a design that had already been rejected by the City (before any paint went on the wall).It's quite possible, I think, that the owner could have painted exactly that same piece over his store (with the City's blessings) if he had simply been willing to negotiate with the City for some kind of exclusion from the sign ordinace as currently written. He knew, when it went up, that he was facing some substantial risk in ignoring the City's initial rejection of the "sign." I'm not sure, too, that he didn't get exactly what he was looking for . . . . a significant amount of "free" advertising that went national.Though I liked the painting, and wish it were still there, I think we can all agree that such a Code is in place for a reason. We certainly wouldn't want to see "Hot Poop" paint a big mural, based on its namesake, on the front of its downtown store.We all need to be reasonable and follow the rules. If we don't like those rules, then we should go through the legal processes available to us to try to change them.

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Scooter 1 year ago on Time for city manager, Council to go

This whole thing could have been avoided if the store's owner had elected to work with the City administrators rather than, in defiance and the "dark of night," moving forward with a design that had already been rejected by the City (before any paint went on the wall).It's quite possible, I think, that the owner could have painted exactly that same piece over his store (with the City's blessings) if he had simply been willing to negotiate with the City for some kind of exclusion from the sign ordinace as currently written. He knew, when it went up, that he was facing some substantial risk in ignoring the City's initial rejection of the "sign." I'm not sure, too, that he didn't get exactly what he was looking for . . . . a significant amount of "free" advertising that went national.Though I liked the painting, and wish it were still there, I think we can all agree that such a Code is in place for a reason. We certainly wouldn't want to see "Hot Poop" paint a big mural, based on its namesake, on the front of its downtown store.We all need to be reasonable and follow the rules. If we don't like those rules, then we should go through the legal processes available to us to try to change them.

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Scooter 1 year ago on Time to move on from the Octopus flap

This whole thing could have been avoided if the store's owner had elected to work with the City administrators rather than, in defiance and the "dark of night," moving forward with a design that had already been rejected by the City (before any paint went on the wall).

It's quite possible, I think, that the owner could have painted exactly that same piece over his store (with the City's blessings) if he had simply been willing to negotiate with the City for some kind of exclusion from the sign ordinace as currently written. He knew, when it went up, that he was facing some substantial risk in ignoring the City's initial rejection of the "sign." I'm not sure, too, that he didn't get exactly what he was looking for . . . . a significant amount of "free" advertising that went national.

Though I liked the painting, and wish it were still there, I think we can all agree that such a Code is in place for a reason. We certainly wouldn't want to see "Hot Poop" paint a big mural, based on its namesake, on the front of its downtown store.

We all need to be reasonable and follow the rules. If we don't like those rules, then we should go through the legal processes available to us to try to change them.

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Scooter 1 year, 5 months ago on Scooter

I'm extremely proud of these boys. The two best teams during the regular season (Chiefs - Undefeated/Razorbacks - one loss) came together in the Super Bowl and played their hearts out in the pouring rain. Sure the Chiefs were disappointed they lost this one, but they showed a tremendous amount of class (as did the Razorbacks with in their win). Strong running, hard hits, completed passes, terrific fakes . . . everything you could ask for in a hard fought ("heart fought") game. We have some amazing, talented kids!

We can all be proud that Walla Walla parents are raising such fine young men who understand hard work and good sportsmanship. Good job Chiefs and Razorbacks! Great job coaches and parents! Thanks for a terrific season!

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