News for Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Letter - Tom Cooper’s stories are unraveling

As you fill out your election ballots, stories sheriff candidate Tom Cooper wants us all to believe are falling apart.

Pheasants Forever chapter plans planting

In its continuing efforts to provide cover for upland game birds, members of Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter will plant about 200 trees and shrubs at 9 a.m. Saturday at a site on the north side of Lewis Peak Road, east of Dixie.

Letter - Candidate responds to U-B editorial

In response to your editorial, “State Rep. Maureen Walsh continues to be an outstanding legislator,” I would like to put forth an alternate viewpoint.

Washington supreme court considers sex trafficking case

A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable.

Letter - Keep WW County growing forward

Sheriff Turner has delivered a sorely needed and welcome upgrade to his department so appreciated by his hard working staff. We are fortunate to have him.

School officials review emergency preparedness list

Walla Walla Public Schools looked at their emergency preparedness list and checked it at least twice, finding they have met the requirements outlined in RCW 28A.320.125. This state law requires school districts and schools to have emergency plans in place that include drills, safety training, interaction with first responders and expertise in the Incident Command System.

Disability claims should not be allowed to linger

Government inefficiency — too often supercharged with incompetence — has left the American people with low expectations. We’ve come to expect a slow response and long line when seeking government help or services.

Agenda - Port Of Walla Walla - 10/23/14

Port Of Walla Walla

Scholarships on offer for area students

Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association is offering two $1,200 scholarship grants to prospective teachers and/or candidates in other school-related fields who will student-teach or do internship experience in an educational setting.

Letter - Rea Culwell has record of proven results

It has been interesting watching how all of the candidates have handled their campaigns. It’s great insight. One very important race has shown two different types of campaigning. Incumbent Rea Culwell has been making a strong argument for her case to be re-elected Columbia County prosecutor. She uses facts, figures, public records and a stellar list of endorsements to bolster her bid.

Letter - Randy O. Lewis will be open, fair and honest

There have been several letters to the editor recently challenging the character and integrity of Randy O. Lewis. Randy is running for the office of prosecuting attorney in Columbia County.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to host Trick or Treat

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold its fourth annual Trick or Treat the Sheriff’s Office, during which parents can bring their “little ghouls” to the Courthouse between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Halloween to collect goodies and enjoy some fun.

New dental office caters to kids

Youngsters are the sole focus of a new dental practice on Alder Street.

Letter - New leadership is needed in Congress

This is what is happening in our 5th Congressional District: One in five citizens rely on food stamps; unemployment is 30 percent higher than the national average; one in six people live below the federal poverty level.

Communities across US bump Halloween for football

When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.

Letter - Tom Cooper will treat every deputy with respect

In 2008 I began my law enforcement career with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. At that time Mike Humphreys was the Sheriff and Deputy Sgt. Tom Cooper was supervising the field training program.

Agenda - College Place School Board - 10/23/14

College Place School Board

Chamber to hold events for businesspeople

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce has a handful of upcoming educational and networking events to entice local businesspeople.

Letter - Stepping back to old ways makes no sense

In 2010, the voters of Walla Walla County elected John Turner to be our new sheriff. We did so for several reasons: His education, training and experience were vastly superior, he promised to carry out much needed changes in the Sheriff’s Office and he represented a long-overdue, refreshing change from the former sheriff/county commissioner/Union-Bulletin political machine.

Federal contractors won't release records on Hanford whistleblower

Two federal contractors developing a treatment plant for radioactive waste have refused to hand over records related to the firing of a whistleblower who raised safety concerns, according to a government watchdog agency.

Letter - Tom Cooper campaign has been transparent

This letter is to address all of the negative letters that have come out in this race for the county sheriff position. First, the beauty of being an American is to have a voice and an opinion when it comes to pretty much anything and everything, including supporting whomever you like.

City switches to new building permit software

WALLA WALLA — Moving forward with a plan to end the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, city building permits will now be tracked using the Eden Permit & Inspections software while county permits continue to be processed with the TRAKiT system.

Letter - Voting is done — stop campaigning

As a registered voter, I just received the election ballot in the mail. I have voted and mailed my ballot. Now I have to listen to all of the candidates with their various opinions, as they bash their opponents, make snide remarks, etc.

Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Brown

Michael Brown's official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday.

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.

Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

n a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

Letter - John Turner is best of last five sheriffs

The choice Nov. 4 is simple. I’ve lived in this county my whole life, except six years in the Navy. I worked for 37 years as a deputy sheriff. I know both candidates for sheriff.

Agenda - Touchet School Board - 10/23/14

Touchet School Board

Walla Walla jobless rate drops to 4.7 percent

WALLA WALLA — The area’s jobless rate dipped to its lowest level in years in September, according to preliminary figures from the state.

Emergency Services - 10/22/14

Emergency Services - 10/22/14

US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work

A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama brought together top aides and his new Ebola "czar" to coordinate a national response to the deadly disease.

Shallow gas pipeline raises Port concern

WALLA WALLA — A thinned-out cover of earth over a natural gas pipeline near Wallula has sparked concerns by Port of Walla Walla officials.

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Sweets introduce new manager

Frank Mutz is welcomed as the second manager in franchise history Tuesday evening.

Wa-Hi downs Bombers on senior night

The Walla Walla High School volleyball team celebrated senior night with a four-set win over Richland on Tuesday.

Knights sweep past DeSales

The Walla Walla Valley Academy volleyball team improved to 8-0 in the Blue Mountain Conference with a straight-set win over DeSales on Tuesday.

TigerScots end regular season with win

The Weston-McEwen High School volleyball team ended the regular season with a three-set win, 25-14, 25-8, 25-14, over Stanfield on Tuesday.

Bulldogs strong in victoy over Panthers

The Dayton High School volleyball team missed only two serves as the Bulldogs took a straight-set match, 25-15, 25-15, 25-15, over Asotin on Tuesday.

Pirates take straight-set win over L-W

The Pomeroy High School volleyball team celebrated senior night with a straight-set win over Lacrosse-Washtucna on Tuesday.

Indians rally to five-set win over Gar-Pal

After dropping the first two sets, the Touchet High School volleyball team rallied for a five-set volleyball win over Garfield-Palouse on Tuesday.

W-M’s Schroeder AVCA’s Oregon Player of Week

Weston-McEwen’s Ali Schroeder earned American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Player of the Week honors in Oregon.

Richland takes win over Wa- Hi

The Richland girl’s soccer team scored three first-half goals to distance themselves from Walla Walla High on Tuesday.

In Pac-12 play, South Division has risen to top

In a league of almost zany competitiveness, of Hail Marys and killer quarterbacks and near-weekly slapstick at USC, we now have something else.

Giants thump Royals in WS opener

By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

Blazers build on solid foundation

Portland returns all five of its starters from last year’s squad that won 54 games.

Aldridge, Lillard lead Blazers past Nuggets, 93-75

LaMarcus Aldridge scores 20 and Damian Lillard 18 in Portland’s preseason victory on Tuesday.

Cowboys release DE Sam from practice squad

Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.

Seattle youth football teams banned after parents’ fight

Two Seattle-area youth football teams for players 9 and 10 years old have been banned from the playoffs — not for anything they’ve done wrong, but because of their parents.

Mexico advances at Women’s World Cup qualifying match

Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago — when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history.

Sharapova downed by Wozniacki at WTA Finals

Maria Sharapova’s chances of claiming the season-ending No. 1 ranking were hurt Tuesday after a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 loss to Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals.

NASCAR won’t penalize Newman for failed inspection

NASCAR officials decided not to penalize driver Ryan Newman, whose car failed inspection after Sunday’s Geico 500 in Talladega, Ala.

County property tax payment deadline nears

WALLA WALLA — It’s property tax Part 2 time again.

Police: shots fired at 3 places in Ottawa

Ottawa police said Wednesday there have been shots fired at three places in the Canadian capital: at the National War Memorial, where a soldier was wounded, on Parliament Hill and near the Rideau Centre Mall.

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Walla Walla man recounts being on hand for only perfect game in World Series history

Monday, Oct. 8, 1956, and Dean Lodmell and three of his college pals were hanging around the Columbia University campus with not much going on.

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately, but its message has generated some confusion about which cars are actually affected.

Craig Hardin

1936 - 2014

Craig Preston Hardin passed away Sept. 30, 2014

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

Richard Mobley

1935 - 2014

Richard Allen Mobley passed from this life to the next on Oct. 6, 2014

Owner of dog killed by police seeks $350,000

A man whose dog was shot and killed by a northern Idaho police officer has filed a $350,000 claim against the city of Coeur d'Alene.

Washington sheriff on Oregon pot measure: 'It's working here'

A prominent law enforcement official in Washington state says in ads set to air Tuesday in Oregon that his state's regulations involving legalized recreational marijuana are working.

Yakima convenience store owner nets $73,000 lottery windfall

YAKIMA — A local convenience store owner will get a $73,000 bonus today for selling a winning Washington Lottery Lotto ticket.

Public college enrollment up in Washington state

Minority enrollment is growing at Washington's public colleges and universities while total enrollment continues its upward trend, school officials reported this week.

Darrell Overfield

1941 - 2014

Darrell Eugene Overfield, 73, passed away Oct. 14, 2014

Pullman arsonist sentenced to 4 years in prison

The plumber’s apprentice who admitted to setting a fire that razed portions of a massive student apartment complex at Washington State University in Pullman will spend more than four years and four months in federal prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Edna Warner

1928 - 2014

Edna Eulene Warner, longtime Athena resident, passed away at age 86

2 preschool proposals compete on Seattle ballot

Two Seattle ballot proposals that could both benefit thousands of preschool children are competing against each other for voter attention, and some supporters worry neither will pass.

Parents' brawl gets teams banned from playoffs

Two Seattle-area youth football teams for players 9 and 10 years old have been banned from the playoffs — not for anything they've done wrong, but because of their parents.

Coho salmon season opens; angler lands record fish

A day after Idaho opened its first fishing season for sea-run coho salmon, an angler hooked one that broke a state record.

Kitzhaber, Richardson trade jabs at final debate

Gov. John Kitzhaber and GOP challenger Dennis Richardson broke little new ground in their final debate before next month's election.

Bush, Reagan, Nixon books burned at Tacoma library

Biographies of George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon accounted for most of the dozen books burned in a fire at the Tacoma Main Library.

High winds hit Northwest coast

High winds and heavy rain hit the Northwest coast early Wednesday as the first strong weather front of the fall moved ashore.

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Passenger jets push Boeing's profit up 18 percent

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year.