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Man charged with flagger death has court date

Man charged with flagger death has court date

PENDLETON, Oregon – Leman Louis Bledsoe, 77, of Milton-Freewater has a status check on the case against him in court today. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a flagger on Highway 11 in August 2018. “I believe that the parties are in the process of trying to get through the discovery,…

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While last week’s meeting between the Walla Walla Air Travel Coalition and Alaska Airlines’ officials was short, Port of Walla Walla Director Pat Reay said the coalition was able to point out what they want to accomplish while taking away an understanding of the airline’s position is in the local market.…

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners approved Monday a proposition allowing the annexation of the city of College Place by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District. Commissioner Gregory Tompkins made the motion, which was unanimously approved by fellow commissioners Jim Johnson and Todd Kimball. The commissioners set Aug. 6…

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: The Pendleton Police Department reports that the 2-year-old boy rescued from Tutuilla Creek Sunday is in critical condition at a Spokane area hospital. A news release from PPD details the chain of events: 12:13 p.m., April 21, 2019, Pendleton Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Grecian Heights Park located near the intersection…

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

PENDLETON, Oregon – A status check in the state’s case against Antonio Vasquez Vargas, 53, is scheduled today before Judge Christopher Brauer. The man charged with shooting and killing a co-worker at the Umapine Creamery north of Milton-Freewater in November 2018. The defendant now has a second lawyer. “The court has provided a second counsel…

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is still awaiting results of a psychiatric evaluation from Eastern State Hospital for Brandon Crispi, 23, of Walla Walla. Crispi is charged with first-degree murder and motor vehicle theft in relation to the death of Lorelie Carver, 56, of Walla Walla on March 1.…

WWPS ponders elementary, early education

WWPS ponders elementary, early education

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla Public Schools is taking a serious look at the idea of consolidating elementary schools and expanding pre-kindergarten education options. The WWPS Board of Directors has encouraged a community-wide discussion and launched a survey to assist in its study. According to a news release from the district, elementary capacity as it…

FLOOD UPDATE: County, city await the state

FLOOD UPDATE: County, city await the state

PENDLETON, Oregon – Umatilla County is trying again to get the state of Oregon to declare a state of emergency due to flooding. The state declined to grant the county’s first request, which was filed on April 15. “Since that time, the county, the city (of Pendleton), the city of Ukiah, the Tribes, and the…

HAPPENING TODAY: WSU students present Mill Creek’s future

HAPPENING TODAY: WSU students present Mill Creek’s future

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Students from Washington State University’s landscape architecture program will share design ideas on how they envision the restoration of Mill Creek to unfold. “In March we conducted a design brainstorming workshop where the community was able to provide direct feedback onto site drawings of Mill Creek as to what they wanted…

Demand fuels dual language expansion at Green Park Elementary

Demand fuels dual language expansion at Green Park Elementary

News Release from Walla Walla School District WALLA WALLA, Washington — Demand for Walla Walla Public Schools’ successful Dual Language program continues to grow fueling an expansion of two new kindergarten classes at Green Park Elementary next fall. The additional interest in the program was uncovered during a series of parent informational nights explaining the two-way…