News for Thursday, April 17, 2014



Estate planning seminar offered at Center at the Park

WALLA WALLA — An estate planning seminar will be held 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave.

Reception for artist Ian Boyden at Seven Hills Winery

WALLA WALLA — A reception for artist Ian Boyden will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Seven Hills Winery, 212 N. Third Ave., at the opening of “Echoes of Earth: Recent Paintings by Ian Boyden.” The exhibit will be there through Aug. 1.

‘A Swingin’ Groovy time: Jazz @ the PAC’ April 24

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Band concert, “A Swingin’ Groovy time: Jazz @ the PAC” will be 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Auditorium, 500 Tausick Way. The Walla Walla Valley Band Main Street and Mill Creek jazz bands, part of the larger band, will perform old standards as well as newer jazz tunes. Tickets — $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults — are available at the door.

Living History portrayal spotlights early area merchant

WALLA WALLA — Sigmund Schwabacher, a Jewish merchant, immigrant and area settler, will be the subject of the Living History portrayal at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. He will be played by Walla Wallan Steve Rubin.

Fairchild commissary to hold sale in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The Fairchild Air Force Base Commissary is traveling to the Walla Walla National Guard Armory on April

Letter - Hmmm, Wa-Hi conspiracy?

I’m convinced there is a conspiracy going on with this latest Walla Walla High School bond issue proposal. In fact this conspiracy permeates every corner of the Walla Walla Public Schools. It starts with the School Board and runs through the administration, to the teachers and the support staff. I saw it first when I was a kindergarten student at Green Park. I saw it at Pioneer and at Wa-Hi. I’ve been a willing pawn of this widespread conspiracy for the past 20 years, assisting the past three superintendents to help identify physical plant repair and replacement priorities.

Untapped Blues & Brews tickets on sale

KENNEWICK — Tickets for Untapped Blues & Brews 2014 are available now. The event will be May 9 and 10.

Boeing gets tax breaks; state loses 2,000 jobs

SEATTLE — When state politicians were scrambling last fall to give Boeing the largest state tax break in U.S. history, they did pause, briefly, to hold three public hearings over the course of two days.

Milton-Freewater author to sign copies of new mystery-romance book

MILTON-FREEWATER — Local author Patricia Pomeroy Tanner will sign copies of her latest book, “Dark Shadows on the Bayou” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ranch & Home, 85342 Highway 11.

‘WOLF’ highlights art of nature story-telling

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College Spring Studio Series will present Deke Weaver’s “WOLF,” 7:30-8:45 p.m. April 21 in the Whitman Dance Studio, 16 Boyer Ave. The performance is free.

Letter - Will students be brainwashed with scientism?

I’m confident this letter won’t be published given the U-B’s unbridled sycophancy for materialistic scientism; but all views should be heard.

Ingle Chapel plans Easter sunrise service, breakfast and egg hunt

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ingle Chapel, 85372 Highway 339, will host an Easter sunrise service, at 6:30 a.m., Sunday.

Supernatural thriller author to sign copies of new novel in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Oregon author Mark Tucker will sign copies of his novel, “The Just Beyond” at 5 p.m. May 1 at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St., 529-9963.

Master photographer to lead workshop in Dayton

DAYTON — Master photographer John Clement will teach a photography workshop May 17-18 at Wenaha Gallery, 219 E. Main St., Dayton.

Walla Walla students awarded scholarships at WSU

For demonstration as a student in good standing, Washington State University awarded Walla Wallan Carmen Pacheco a $2,000 Scott Family Scholarship Endowment in Communication and $1,500 through the Katie Knapp Whitworth Class of 1940 Scholarship.

Letter - All of Wa-Hi could be updated for $10 million

The current Walla Walla High School science building has two classrooms updated approximately four or five years ago. These updates allowed these two rooms to be used extensively as computer classrooms.

Walla Walla Choral Society selects artistic directors

After a season of auditions, the Walla Walla Choral Society selected Jeremy Mims and Rob Dennis as its new co-artistic directors for the 2014-2015 season.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

NEW YORK — Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Emergency Services - 4/17/14

Emergency Services - 4/17/14

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 4/17/14

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Letter - What are we growing?

I have sat back and listened and read all the comments about our schools and school district. We all have our problems and excuses.

Key Technology expands Innovation and Solutions Center in Sacramento

Key Technology is anchoring its California presence with an expansion at its Innovation and Solutions Center in Sacramento.

Hypocrisy of state lands commissioner a concern

Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is unquestionably a smart man. Before being elected lands commissioner, Goldmark, among many other things, earned a doctorate in molecular biology and was state Secretary of Agriculture.

Minutes - Waitsburg School Board - 4/16/14

Waitsburg School Board

Minutes - Columbia County Commission - 4/16/14

Columbia County Commission

CASA calls for child advocate volunteers

WALLA WALLA — The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is calling for more volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in dependency court proceedings in Walla Walla and Columbia counties.

Waitsburg water rates headed upward

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg City Council voted Wednesday to raise city water rates $6, bringing the monthly base rate to $33.90.

Waitsburg tops Valley schools in achievement

WALLA WALLA – The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Awards Tuesday, and Waitsburg High School won the most accolades among area schools on the list.

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Mushroom guide created for region's national forests

WALLA WALLA — The Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Malheur National Forests have created a 2014 Mushroom Guide for recreational and commercial harvesters. The guide is available on the forests’ websites and free at ranger district and forest offices. Some highlights:

Hot Poop to join in celebration of vinyl

It will be another Record Saturday for Hot Poop this weekend.

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VA chaplain brings end to ‘Heaven on Earth’ career

Ben Vegors, 91, steps down as the longest-serving VA chaplain in the nation.

WALLA WALLA — If only Ben Vegors' mother could see him now.

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Band to play at Walla Walla University stays together for music, service

WALLA WALLA — They’ve been together nearly 20 years and still like each other and what they do, said Switchfoot bassist and co-founder Tim Foreman.

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Pioneers steal show at WWVA Invite

Tristin Warne leads the Mac-Hi boys to first with three individual wins, while Amber Wells helps the girls team finish first on Wednesday.

Tour of Walla Walla could cause traffic interruptions

The 18th Tour of Walla Walla takes to the roads of the Valley this weekend.

Warriors score three runs late to sweep Spokane

After going into extra innings tied at four, the Walla Walla baseball team plates three runs to beat Spokane, 7-4.

Irish golfers take first

DeSales’ Scott Kimball and Emily Baumgart both shoot 80s to claim medalist honors.

Four-run fourth haunts Irish

Three walks and two hit batters help East Valley plate four runs in the 8-7 win.

DeSales grad Conley signs with Bengals on Wednesday

DeSales grad T.J. Conley was signed Wednesday to backup Cincinnati Bengals starting punter Kevin Huber.

Rangers rally in ninth to beat M’s

Brad Miller’s error, and Fernando Rodney’s wildness help Rangers score twice for a 3-2 victory.

Seahawks bring back receiver Rice

Seattle agrees to a one-year deal with Rice on Wednesday after releasing him six weeks ago.

Blazers defeat Clippers, 110-102

Will Barton scores a career-high 23 points in the final game of the regular season

Durants drops 42 points in regular season finale

Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference by rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

Owner Kohl reaches deal to sell Bucks for $550 million

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million.

NY Jets sign former Titans running back Johnson

The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson agreed to terms on a deal.

Houston’s Springer makes much-anticipated MLB debut

George Springer got his first game with the Houston Astros out of the way and now he’s hoping things will calm down and he can just play ball.

Rose Purcell

1921 - 2014

Rose Emma Purcell, 92, died April 16, 2014,