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Understanding Walla Walla's new crosswalk babble

Alder Street is lookin’ good with its smooth, black, pothole free asphalt and new diagonal parking. It’s so chic from Spokane Street to Fourth Avenue that even the traffic signals are showing off. You can’t shut them up — literally.

Left or right? Confusion over GOTR wristband ticket resolved

When the puffy package from the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover arrived I was excited. But it wasn’t until I opened it and began to read the instructions to register and attach the wristband ticket to the event did my heart begin to race.

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Who are those railroad graffiti artists?

WALLULA — The train tracks along the Columbia River look like an art gallery for spray-paint Picassos.

Eskil - News flash: School zone lights blink for safety, not revenue

Driving through a 20-mph school zone from September until June is generally done with caution. Even going a few miles over the speed limit can earn a driver an expensive — and deserved — speeding ticket.

What's up with that? Turbines generate bucks for troopers

Throughout the summer and into the fall, a parade of humongous parts for wind turbines — blades, towers and generators — have been headed east on U.S. Highway 12.

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Giant wheat piles: How do those work?

The drive from Walla Walla to Pasco has become pretty routine for a great many folks in this Valley. I’ve made it more times than I can remember.

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Why have water towers?

What's Up With That columnist Risk Eskil looks into the region's water system to see why some places still have old-school water towers.

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Walla Walla history takes an odd turn

When the sandstone facade of the 1902 Odd Fellows Temple was moved to Heritage Park, a subtle change was made.

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - High-speed pursuits: Necessary or too dangerous to public?

Local police say they follow strict guidelines.Jeff Callow's yellow 1971 Chevrolet pickup is -- or was -- a familiar sight in Walla Walla, particularly along Howard Street, which is close to where Callow lives.But nobody would have ever expected to see Ca

Today's gravel, tomorrow's roads

The sound of gravel crunching under tires and bouncing off the undersides of cars has become common this summer, particularly in the areas just outside the city limits.