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School district ponies up for track project

The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved funding $250,000 of an $830,000 new track project at Wa-Hi.

$12 minimum wage bill goes to state Senate

The Washington state House voted along party lines Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage — already the nation’s highest — to $12 an hour over the next four years.

Umapine residents plan community cleanup, after party

Residents plan to clean up the town Sunday and have a party afterward.

Etc - Garrison principals speaks about importance of educators

As keynote speaker for the Children’s Home Society of Washington Sweethearts Luncheon fundraiser, Garrison Middle School Principal Robert Elizondo talked about the impact of educators who supported and inspired him after his father died.

Etc - CPHS students compete in business contest

Seven College Place High School freshmen got their first taste of competition during this, CPHS’s inaugural year with membership in the Future Business Leaders of America program.

Columbia County readies for pot hearing

Regulation of recreational marijuana in Columbia County, including a possible ban, will be the topic of a public hearing this month by Columbia County commissioners.

Part of $15B package, Highway 12 passes Senate hurdle

Money to complete the next phase of U.S. Highway 12 widening is among funds included in the state Senate transportation package approved Monday.

WW County property tax notices go out Friday

Property tax notices to Walla Walla County landowners will begin going out Friday and County Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner is asking recipients to remember that the first part of their property taxes are due April 30.

Dayton school officials to take 2nd vote on levy

The Dayton School Board is expected on Wednesday to approve putting an $800,000 capital levy on an April ballot, the second time board members will vote on the measure.

Power failure darkens wide swath Monday night

A wide area of Walla Walla and Umatilla counties went dark Monday night after circuitry at a Bonneville Power Administration substation tripped offline.