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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 9
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

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Unprecedented Grant Funding for 2024-2029 Transportation Plan

Oliver Kaufman, News Reporter March 7, 2024

Walla Walla’s 2024-2029 comprehensive transportation plan has “unprecedented” amounts of grant funding associated with it, according to Assistant City Engineer Monte Puymon, P.E. “Within the...

Photo by Pedro Lizardi

Q&A with New Public Library Director Heather VanTassell

Oliver Kaufman, News Reporter December 7, 2023

Heather VanTassell has recently joined the Walla Walla Public Library staff as library director, following years of work as a managing librarian in the Yakima Valley Libraries system. The following...

Long Road Ahead Following Downtown Gas Leak

Long Road Ahead Following Downtown Gas Leak

Natalie Comerford and Coden Stark October 19, 2023

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center evacuated on Sept. 14 due to a mysterious chemical odor in their basement, and remained closed for almost a month. Since then, the City of Walla Walla,...

Illustration by Payton Davies

Creating the Next Generation of Walla Walla Recyclers

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Writer September 14, 2023

Every year, hundreds of new students from across the world arrive in Walla Walla for the first time, and every year, many of these students have to learn new recycling habits. Walla Walla does not...

Funding for police body cameras excluded in proposed city budget

Funding for police body cameras excluded in proposed city budget

Sebastian Squire, News Reporter November 10, 2022

The City of Walla Walla excluded body cameras in the proposed biennium (two-year) budget for the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD), which was released Oct. 31, 2022. Along with the cameras, WWPD requested...

State-wide plastic bag ban now in effect

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 7, 2021

Forgetting your reusable bags at home could now be a costly slip of the mind. A statewide plastic bag ban came into effect on Oct. 1, meaning a shift from single-use plastic bags to reusable plastic bags...

Photo contributed by Gillian Lalla.

Walla Walla distributes $250,000 in relief grants to local small businesses

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter November 12, 2020

The City of Walla Walla began distributing the $250,000 from their Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) fund to 220 local small businesses on Oct. 30. The city chose to allocate small...

The Walla Walla Valley was heavily impacted by flooding. While downtown Walla Walla was unharmed, there was damage in Waitsburg, Upper Mill Creek, Pendleton and the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Photos contributed by Andrew Kinney

Walla Walla Valley sustains damage from flooding

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter February 20, 2020

Walla Walla County experienced immense flooding beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, following days of constant rainfall.  Ki Bealey, the public works director for the City of Walla Walla, described the events...

Garrett Atkinson. Photo by Matt Banderas, Contributed by Katie Biagi

A Whittie on the Walla Walla Sweets

Quinn Salkind, Sports Writer September 15, 2016

As he finished up his Junior year, Garrett Atkinson (’17) went into the summer preparing for a business internship with the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Club. What he did not expect was to be playing...

Walla Walla Community Moves to Restore Public Pool

Walla Walla Community Moves to Restore Public Pool

Lorah Steichen October 23, 2013
Walla Walla currently lacks a public pool facility; a committee titled Rebuild Memorial Pool is attempting to change that with a cost effective plan to restore an old pubic pool that was shut down in 2006.
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