News for Monday, September 22, 2014



Study: Washington last in nation in tax fairness

How fair is the tax system in Washington?

Letter - Eliminate Daylight Saving Time

I applaud The Moms’ Network for addressing issues with sleep-deprived students, but I see no need to mess with the clocks at the schools.

PGG closes out Joseph, Island City locations

Pendleton Grain Growers has announced its stores in Joseph and Island City will start inventory reduction sales today ahead of the closure of the Joseph store and the transfer of the Island City store to a new company.

Letter - Article confuses appearance with actions

Wow. The description of “tattooed, pierced, and disheveled” people at Heritage Park hit close to home; I’m pierced and disheveled most mornings.

Corn maze pops open for season

A 6-plus-acre living spiderweb awaits its chance to snare visitors to the annual Walla Walla Corn Maze.

Column: Domestic violence not confined to pro football

SEATTLE — Years ago when I was a suburban news reporter, my job every Friday was to drive around South King County compiling police reports for a crime blotter.

Letter - Dr. Robert Schaeffer was an amazing man

It was with much sadness I read of the passing of Dr. Robert Schaeffer in The Seattle Times.

Waitsburg High senior a National Merit semifinalist

Waitsburg High School senior Emma C. Philbrook is a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Letter - We cannot ban away pot

I’m thankful for the overwhelming support I received after speaking to Dayton City Council against the moratoriums on recreational and medical marijuana-related industry. More amazing since local papers whitewashed the details, I appreciate the U-B’s reporting the issues I presented.

Italian Heritage Festa set for October

In November 1985 15 local residents gathered together to talk about how they could emphasize with their children the culture, music, folk dances, language, people and regional geography in Italy from which their parents had immigrated.

Fake 9-1-1 calls as pranks aren’t funny — they are dangerous and expensive

Throughout history young people (and even some older ones) get a kick pranking their pals. And those pranks change with the times.

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Colorful dance raises funds for local schools

WALLA WALLA — Close to 300 people attended Fiestas Patrias on Saturday night, a fundraiser for Garrison and Pioneer middle schools’ Baile Folklorico dance programs.

Emergency Services - 9/22/14

Emergency Services - 9/22/14

Calls for climate change action gain steam

A day after Sunday’s worldwide, including one in Walla Walla, calling for action on climate change, several new initiatives were to be announced today by big-city mayors, California’s governor.

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Seahawks outrun Broncos in overtime

SEATTLE — Once Peyton Manning had completed a frantic fourth-quarter rally to force overtime, Russell Wilson could admit to being a little selfish.

Missionary men fall to Linfield, 2-1, in overtime

WALLA WALLA — Daniel Kim’s tying goal in the 74th minute allowed Whitman College’s men’s soccer team to head into overtime — for the second day in a row — but visiting Linfield College netted the game-winner late in overtime to steal a 2-1 Northwest Conference win from the host Missionaries.

Whitman women play Lewis & Clark to 2-all soccer tie

WALLA WALLA – An early lead turned into a halftime deficit, but Linnea Soo’s tying goal in the 81st minute pulled Whitman College even with visiting Lewis & Clark College at the Whitman Athletic Complex on Sunday.

Bergevin, Buratto win Knights of Columbus state free throw titles

Walla Walla High freshman Josh Bergevin followed his victory in the local round of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Washington State Free Throw Contest with district and state victories in the boys 14-year-old division.

Iwakuma struggles as M’s lose to Astros

HOUSTON — Time is running out and opportunities are being wasted. The idea of having more time and more games to mend is over.

Ex-NFL kicker Bironas killed in car crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36.

East Carolina, Mississippi State move into AP Top 25

NEW YORK — East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

Joey Logano advances to second round of Chase

LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

MLB roundup: Pirates extend wild-card lead with 1-0 win over Brewers

PITTSBURGH — Vance Worley pitched eight sparkling innings, Russell Martin hit a late RBI single and the Pittsburgh Pirates trapped a runner in the ninth to edge Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday, extending their wild-card lead over the Brewers.

Golf roundup: Hur paces Lewis to win LPGA Classic

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Mi Jung Hur was finally able to relax for a couple of holes after matching top-ranked Stacy Lewis stroke for stroke Sunday in the final round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

NFL roundup: Cowboys, Eagles, Ravens pull off comeback wins

Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys were big-time comeback kids in Week 3 of the NFL season. So were Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Baltimore Ravens, too.

Seahawks prove themselves in narrow escape against Broncos

So the current, high-stakes version of the Seahawks-Broncos rivalry does have a competitive side. It just took seven quarters — and ample Seattle benevolence — to surface.

Pac-12 conference play starts with controversy, excitement

Welcome to conference football, folks. In a mere four Pac-12 league games in 2014, we’ve had (a) an athletic director jog down from the press box to the sideline to argue officiating; (b) a comeback from a 22-point halftime deficit to win on a Hail Mary; and (c) a sizzling matchup in which a favorite for the first college playoff gets extended by a team that hasn’t had a winning season in 11 years. Whew.

Jere Geerken

1940 - 2014

Jere W. Geerken, 74, died Sept. 21, 2014

Charles Ramsey

Charles Wendell Ramsey, 85, died Sept. 20, 2014,

Janice Parish

1944 - 2014

Dayton resident Janice F. Parish, 70, died Sept. 21

Violet Oman

1932 - 2014

Violet Oman, 82, died Sept. 21, 2014,

Updated: Snake River barge and fishing boat collide

A 64-year-old Kennewick man and two teens survived being run over by a barge on the Snake River at about 5 a.m. Sunday after a night of fishing.

Updated: Police investigate death of inmate at Walla Walla County Jail

WALLA WALLA — A 32-year-old female inmate died Sunday night at the Walla Walla County Jail, according to a news release from Sheriff John Turner.

Oregon starts preparing before state votes on legalizing pot

PORTLAND — In the months before a marijuana-legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregon’s largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it.

Benton County inmate's death 'doesn't appear criminal'

A 29-year-old Benton County inmate who died Saturday afternoon of a possible heart attack was serving a 50-day sentence on a misdemeanor conviction and being held on a weapons charge.

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Program seeks photos, details on regional soldiers on Vietnam War memorial

Volunteers are looking for information on 19 fallen soldiers from Southeast Washington who died during the Vietnam War and are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.