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WWCC Feels Double-Edged Sword of Expanding Wine Industry

WWCC Feels Double-Edged Sword of Expanding Wine Industry

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

February 13, 2018

The Walla Walla County Planning Commission held a public hearing last Wednesday, Feb. 7 discussing, among other items, a proposal regarding a 27 acre plot of land adjacent to the Walla Walla Community College. They approved the proposal and  recommended, by a vote of 5-0, to bring the parcel into the...

LLC Manager Devon Wootten Running for City Council

LLC Manager Devon Wootten Running for City Council

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Writer

September 5, 2017

Language Learning Center Manager and Encounters professor Devon Wootten is running for Walla Walla City Council. Wootten has lived in Walla Walla for six years and has noticed a change in the town even in this short time. “I think we face new issues that are tied to the growth of tourism,” Wootten said. “We have this amazing economic engine of t...

Homelessness in the 509

Homelessness in the 509

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2017

The Walla Walla homeless encampment sits atop a small plot of land cordoned off with chain link fence, wrapped in green tarp to provide privacy. Roughly 40-50 people currently live at the Getting Off the Road Homeless Campground, sleeping in tents. The refuge was established in August of last year on c...

Locals, Students Against Mill Creek Levee Tree Removal

Locals, Students Against Mill Creek Levee Tree Removal

Mikaela Slade, News Writer

October 7, 2015

The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled this month to begin removing trees along the Mill Creek Levee and replace them with grass in order to comply with a government policy that requires all trees within 15 feet of a levee to be removed. The removal has met a strong rebuttal from parts of the Walla...

Wa-Hi Bond Fails, “No Plan B” in Sight

Sarah Cornett

February 21, 2013

After months of tenuous debate, the bond to renovate Walla Walla High School failed last Tuesday, Feb. 12. Requiring 60 percent of the votes to pass, the measure garnered only 53 percent in a close count of 5,056 to 4,430. The bond would have provided funds to modernize Wa-Hi, an institution built...

Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future

Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future

Emily Lin-Jones

December 6, 2012

Thanks to the concentrated efforts of a group of citizen volunteers, the Pioneer Park Aviary will be preserved for the time being––and, if fundraising goes according to plan, for years into the future. At the final public budget hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Walla Walla's city council tentatively approved a revenue-neutral budget item presented by the Fri...

Walla Walla Police Department sees new changes

Emily Lin-Jones

April 12, 2012

The Walla Walla police department has seen some big changes over the last few months, foremost among them a newly constructed station and a newly hired chief of police. In 2009 local voters approved a bond allotting $11.5 million to the construction of a new police station at 54 E. Moore St. At 29,000 square feet, the station is over triple the size of the old police offices in City Hall. The department began ...

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