News for Saturday, April 17, 2010



Mac-Hi tracksters have busy couple of days

The girls place fourth at Union Thursday, and Mac-Hi athletes also have solid scores in the LaGrande Invite Friday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi had busy days in track and field Thursday and Friday.The boys won the Union Invite and the girls placed fourth Thursday, and many athletes had good days at the LaGrande Invite Friday.Emily Childers finished first in the 400 meter

Waitsburg-Prescott posts two wins over LC softball team

RICHLAND — Hailey Gonen of Waitsburg-Prescott softball had a big day with five hits, two triples, two walks, five runs and two RBIs to lead her team past Liberty-Christian in two games, 14-8 and 13-2.'Hailey did what she has been doing all year,” W-P coac

Walla Walla University drops two softball games to WVCC

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla University dropped two softball games to Wenatchee Valley Community College here Saturday.'Wenatchee can flat-out hit,” Walla Walla softball coach Mike Jimenez said. 'You could tell that from the very first at-bat, and they were re

DeSales track team has good Saturday at Underberg Invite

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Jacob Heikkenen and Nick Wales both turned in second-place performances and Brigete Lyons took second twice for DeSales at the fifth-annual Undeberg Invite here Saturday.Lyons took second in the 100 hurdles in 18.93 and 300 hurdles i

Pomeroy splits softball games with Tri-Cities Prep Friday

POMEROY — Pomeroy split two in softball play here Friday against Tri-Cities Prep.The non-league games put the Pirates at 3-5 overall and holds them at 1-1 in league play.'We're better than the way we played,” said Pomeroy head coach Rob Monahan.

Touchet wins two softball games over St. John-Endicott

TOUCHET — Nicole Brown pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight in game one of a doubleheader here Saturday for an 8-0 win over St. John-Endicott.The Indians used a powerful hitting onslaught, with 13 runs on 12 hits, to win game two 13-4.

Blue Devils softball still undefeated

The Blue Devils take two wins off the previously undefeated Bombers Friday.

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi won a battle of the softball unbeatens in Big Nine Cascade Division play against Richland here Friday.The Blue Devils swept the Bombers, 1-0 and 7-3, in two games at Columbia Field.'(The Bombers) were great,” Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys s

Whitman men take 20 tennis match wins with victories

YAKIMA — Reaching the 20-win plateau and qualifying for nationals for a fourth consecutive season, the Whitman College men's tennis team slugged its way to a 5-1 victory over Willamette University Saturday afternoon in the finals of the Northwest Conferen

Whitman women take Whitworth in tennis action

YAKIMA — In a battle of women's tennis Whits, it was Whitworth University over Whitman College, 5-3, in the Saturday afternoon finals of the Northwest Conference Championships at the Tennis Club.Whitworth, now 19-4 on the season and ranked No. 7 in the We

DeSales takes baseball doubleheader wins over

WALLA WALLA — DeSales made sound work of the Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia baseball team here SaturdayThe Irish won the first game 9-5, and the second 11-1 in a mercy-rule-shortened five-inning game.'It was a good win for us,” said head coach Kim Cox of the sec

Pomeroy's baseball team breaks 36-game losing streak Friday

POMEROY — Pomeroy baseball broke a 36-game losing streak, dating to the middle of 2008, here Friday.'I can't really explain how I felt,” Pomeroy Pirates baseball coach Dave Boyer said. 'How happy I was for me and the kids. I felt really good about the win

Warriors sweep softball pair at Yakima NWAACC Crossover

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Community College women swept a pair of non-region softball contests, 19-0 over Gray's Harbor and 4-2 over Bellevue, at the NWAACC crossover tournament here Saturday.In game one, the Warriors jumped on the undermanned Chokers earl

DeSales softball teams takes doubleheader victories

WALLA WALLA — DeSales won two softball games against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia here Saturday.'The girls played real well,” said Irish head coach Russ Vera.In the first game, DeSales pitchers took care of the batters.

Wa-Hi golfers second, Mac-Hi finishes last at Pendleton Invite

PENDLETON — The Wa-Hi boy's golf team finished second out of 12 teams at the Pendleton Invitational tournament here Friday.The best five individual scores for the Blue Devils counted and in golf, the lower the score — the better.

Tour of Walla Walla welcomes back masters

The third and final day of the Tour of Walla Walla takes place today in Waitsburg.

WALLA WALLA — The 14th annual Tour of Walla Walla rolled into full speed this weekend, and along with it was the comeback of an old favorite among seasoned riders.'I rode cat-four last year. I am old enough though that the masters is more my kind of compe

Owners of Leonetti Cellar launch a ‘whole table' approach

WALLA WALLA - Viticulturist and winemaker Chris Figgins stands at the edge of a panoramic overlook taking in the neatly planted rows of his newest vineyard like a painter scrutinizing his masterpiece."I see a piece of ground as an artist sees a blank canv

The muzzle-bleed section

Unable to get into the good seats, a resourceful pup watched the softball action between Walla Walla Community College and Columbia Basin College last week, a doggone long way from the action at the Warrior Softball Complex parking lot. But it was ready f

China trip proves revealing

The mass of strangers and suitcases pressed against me so tightly I did not have to worry about the sharp turns and rapid acceleration of the train as it hurtled through the Beijing underground because the dozens of people breathing down my neck in the ce

National Weather Services looking for volunteer weather spotters

WALLA WALLA — Everyone talks about the weather. Here's a chance to do something about it.The National Weather Service needs volunteers to train as weather spotters. A free two-hour training session will be held Thursday by a meteorologist with the NWS off

Looking for work

Aryeh Kim-Leavitt keeps a handle on his toy truck while he checks out available jobs in the Union-Bulletin classified advertising section.

Walla Walla Public Schools grapple with extending dual-language program

Many of the children began in the district's first dual-language program seven years ago.

WALLA WALLA - Seven years ago, a group of Sharpstein Elementary kindergarten students embarked on a new phase of bilingual education in Walla Walla Public Schools.The children represented the district's first dual-language program. About 50 children, half

Milton-Freewater gets $160,000 for energy projects

City Hall, two fire stations and the City Shop buildings will get upgrades.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The city will receive close to $160,000 in federal funds from the Oregon Department of Energy to make energy saving improvements to windows, lights and heating systems.City Hall, Saager Fire Station, South Fire Station and the City Shop

Athena-Weston School Board to hold work session

ATHENA — The Athena-Weston School Board will hold a special work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the 2010-11 budget.The meeting will be at Athena Elementary's library, 375 S. Fifth St., and is open to the public.

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday meeting has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Tuesday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Thursday the board:

Survivor of Iwo Jima returns for commemoration

The 65th anniversary was jointly organized by the U.S. and Japanese governments.

WALLA WALLA — Sixty-five years after coming ashore on the black sands of Iwo Jima, a local Marine returned to the island last month for a commemoration of the iconic battle.Claro Bergevin, a college sophomore when he enlisted and headed off to the war, se

City plans Earth Day celebration Saturday

WALLA WALLA — City officials say this year's Earth Day will be the biggest in 20 years, with a Farmers' Market-centered event scheduled to take place Saturday.The theme of this year's Earth Day festivities, which takes place at the Farmers Market at Main

Kids can compete in All-Comers Youth Track and Field Meet today

WALLA WALLA — Kids 12 and under can participate in track and field events today at Borleske Stadium. The biannual All-Comers Youth Track and Field Meet starts at 3 p.m.The event is sponsored by the Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department to introduce yo

ETCETERA - First-time area actor treads the boards in Spokane

The big deal about actor Jeff Daniels' play, "Escanaba in da Moonlight," is that a former Athena resident is cast in the lead role.Spokesman-Review writer Jim Kershner cautions readers that audiences should be prepared for a Pat McManus-style huntin' come

PANORAMA - Family bids loved one farewell in handcrafted casket

For 15 months, the Rev. Matthew Studer cared for his ailing father, Vern Studer, at Vern's home. The pair talked about many matters during that time, including the particulars of Vern's funeral service and burial. A local insurance agent, Vern had suffere

PASTOR COLUMN - Green Days of Worship mark Earth Day

We are each a part of many systems, though our 'system consciousness” varies considerably.We are principally conscious of our individual bodies and thought processes — our primary system — and usually think of ourselves as discrete, independent beings who


Stateline Adventist holds fundraising breakfast today



Darlene DeCoria of Prescott announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Jessica Jackson, formerly of Starbuck and Walla Walla, to Cody Marcum of Umatilla.The bride-elect is the daughter of Richard and Debby Jackson of Patterson, Wash. She graduated in


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Mind those medications, local experts advise

Medications can have interactions, and even herbs and supplements need to be considered.

Pills in the morning, pills with lunch, more pills and then a cream to put on in the evening.Then there are herbs and vitamins to keep track of, too.

City Council wisely OK'd oversight for infrastructure improvement

Establishing a citizen oversight committee does not diminish the Council's ultimate responsibility.

To say Walla Walla's roads are a mess is like saying water is wet or the sky is blue on a sunny day. It's a fact.And it's also a fact — a sad fact — city government's efforts to fix the crumbling, pothole-marred streets haven't succeeded.

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