Legislature OKs bill to guarantee rest breaks for nurses
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a measure that guarantees that nurses and other hospital staff will get regular rest and meal breaks.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state couple has pleaded not guilty to killing a man by selling him the heroin that caused his overdose death.
Walla Walla man sentenced for assaulting officer
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Walla Walla man pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, including assaulting a police officer, and was sentenced in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
County to evict Pasco needle exchange program
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Tri-Cities experimental syringe exchange is losing its Pasco home.
The Tri-City Herald reports the Franklin County commission decided Tuesday to stop providing office space to Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, which in January alone collected 18,000 dirty needles.
New director named for Roseburg Veterans Affairs center
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An interim director for the Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington has been named as the new permanent director for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oregon.
The News-Review reports Keith Allen will take over from interim director Kevin Forrest on March 17.
Banner: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) _ Banner Corp. (BANR) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $37.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.
On a per-share basis, the Walla Walla, Washington-based company said it had profit of $1.09.
The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.
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Man pleads not guilty to injuring 8-month-old girl
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man accused of injuring an 8-month-old girl has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports 49-year-old Brad Baxter entered the not guilty plea Monday to a charge of first-degree child assault.
Man pleads not guilty in deadly workplace shooting in Oregon
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A Washington state man accused in the deadly shooting of a co-worker in northeast Oregon has pleaded not guilty.
The East Oregonian reports 52-year-old Antonio Vasquez-Vargas was arraigned Monday in Umatilla County on charges of murder and felon in possession of a firearm.
Walla Walla podiatrist agrees to exclude certain treatments
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Walla Walla podiatrist charged with unprofessional conduct in treating two patients who developed infections that later required amputations has agreed to curtail his medical practice.
Seattle man sentenced for threats made in prison
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Seattle man accused of planning to kill four women, a judge and others while incarcerated for cyberstalking has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
Banner: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) _ Banner Corp. (BANR) on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $37.8 million.
The Walla Walla, Washington-based company said it had profit of $1.17 per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were $1.19 per share.
The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 95 cents per share.
Authorities find body of missing Walla Walla hunter
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a missing Walla Walla hunter was found in heavy brush over the weekend.
Walla Walla County sheriff's deputies began searched for 60-year-old Patrick Beuttner Saturday morning after he was reported overdue.
KEPR-TV that deputies learned that Beuttner had recently complained of heart problems. Deputies later found his truck and activated search and rescue teams.
Man killed in eastern Oregon while checking tire pressure
BAKER CITY, Oregon (AP) — A man was killed on Oregon Route 86 near Baker City while checking the air pressure on his trailer's tires.
KBOI reports Dennis Tim Cheney of Walla Walla, Washington had pulled his truck and trailer over on the shoulder of the westbound lane to check tire pressure.
Oregon State Police say another vehicle traveling westbound crossed into the shoulder and hit Cheney.
8 men occupy death row at the Washington State Penitentiary
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has executed 78 people since 1904, the last in 2010. The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the death penalty violates Washington's Constitution because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.
The justices ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee had already placed a moratorium on executions in 2014.
Woman charged with murder of Walla Walla man in 2017
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on a murder charge in connection with the August 2017 shooting death of her partner.
Seattle arsonist who set deadly fire scheduled for release
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say a man who set fire to a Seattle warehouse killing four firefighters in 1995 is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday.
1 person dead after officer-involved shooting in Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Police have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday in Walla Walla as 40-year-old Christopher Adam Borland.
Walla Walla officers Eric Eastman, Nathanael Small and Kevin Toon were placed on administrative leave after the shooting
The officers were responding to a report of a suicidal person armed with a firearm when they found Borland, the Walla Walla Police Department said.
Washington inmate sentenced for attack on prison officer
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — An inmate accused of attacking a Washington State Penitentiary officer with a sharpened piece of metal was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports 24-year-old Carlos Avalos was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
2 injured, suspect at large in Walla Walla shooting
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Walla Walla Police say they're searching for a suspect who shot and injured two people early Monday.
Police said in a news release that two people were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center following the 1 a.m. shooting. Their conditions were not immediately known.
The Union Bulletin reports that police were looking for leads and did not have a suspect in custody as of 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Banner: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) _ Banner Corp. (BANR) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $32.4 million.
On a per-share basis, the Walla Walla, Washington-based company said it had net income of $1.
The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 86 cents per share.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The question of where Mid-Columbia monarch butterflies migrate in the West isn't a question anymore, thanks to a Prosser researcher.
With new information from a five-year study, WSU professor David James has advice for how area residents can help save the declining population.
James' study of about 15,000 monarch butterflies had no research money, so he relied on volunteer "citizen scientists" and inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla for help.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Walla Walla podiatrist has been charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly failing to meet the standard of care in treating two patients who developed infections which later required amputations.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state inmate has been sentenced to five additional months in prison for assaulting a correctional officer.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports 21-year-old Oscar Rodriguez was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of custodial assault.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in the shooting death of a man over an alleged drug debt.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A disability advocate organization is suing Washington State Penitentiary, claiming it keeps low-risk inmates with mental illness in cells for 16 hours a day and limits their recreational activities so they can receive treatment.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Wild bighorn sheep and their domestic cousins have an unfortunate relationship.
Both can be infected by a bacteria that can trigger pneumonia. But while the pathogen leads to mild sickness in the domestic animals, it can be lethal to bighorn sheep.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief for breaking a window at College Place High School and striking the principal with a spear.
The Union-Bulletin reports that the boy entered his plea on Tuesday. Similar charges against the boy's 19-year-old brother, Jaymond Oakhurst, who was with the 17-year-old during the attack, were dropped due to reasons of mental incompetency.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Jean Fredno Occenc seems destined to be in Walla Walla, at least for this season of his life.
How a Haiti-born cook got here — and enrolled in Walla Walla Community College — is a tale of far more than destiny, however. It's a story of one Tri-Cities family and their unexpected urge to change at least one life.
Prep Stars in College: Gunter plays part in Warriors’ championship season
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McKenzie Gunter (Marsh Valley) – Walla Walla Community College
Marsh Valley graduate McKenzie Gunter is a Northwest Athletic Conference champion after Walla Walla (32-1) defeated Umpqua 90-74 in last Sunday's title game in Everett, Washington.
College Women’s Basketball: Walla Walla stymies Umpqua in NWAC title game
Walla Walla knocked No. 1 Umpqua off its stride in the first quarter and the Warriors pulled away in the second half to claim their third North West Athletic Conference championship on Sunday, defeating UCC 90-74 at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.
Cierra Jo McKeown buried 9 of 12 3-pointers and scored a game-high 32 points for Walla Walla (32-1). The Warriors finished second in the NWAC in 2017 and concluded the 2018 season on a 29-game win streak.
College Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Umpqua pulls away from Bellevue, advances to NWAC title game
No. 1 versus No. 2.
Two women's basketball teams with identical records — the top-ranked Umpqua Riverhawks and the No. 2 Walla Walla Warriors — will play tonight for the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship at Everett Community College.
Both teams posted lopsided victories Saturday night in the Final Four semifinals.
Umpqua (31-1) outscored No. 7 Bellevue 60-28 in the second half and finished with a 103-70 win, getting a tournament-record 47-point performance from Dajanay Powell.
The Riverhawks, especially the sophomores, have been waiting for this opportunity since the end of the 2016-17 season.
Then-No. 1-ranked Umpqua fell short of its goal, losing 63-58 to Spokane in the semifinals of the Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.
Eastern Washington steelhead anglers see their catch window widened
Steelhead anglers in eastern Washington now have more opportunities to catch and keep the sea-run trout.
Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently increased the daily bag limit on several tributaries to the Snake River and lengthened the season on the Tucannon River.
District 8 4A boys: Lewis and Clark hangs on to reach regionals
Naje Smith scored 18 points, Jonny Love added 14 and Lewis and Clark (16-8) eliminated Walla Walla (15-9) 57-51 in the District 8 4A third-place game at the Spokane Arena on Friday to earn a trip to the regional round of state.
Lewis and Clark led 33-24 at intermission, but Walla Walla’s Tyler Greene hit consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth and the Devils tied it at 49 with just over 2 minutes to go.
Sen. Maureen Walsh returning to work after heart attack
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Sen. Maureen Walsh suffered a minor heart attack two weeks ago but is expected back in the Senate this week.
Walsh, a Republican from Walla Walla, was seeking treatment for chest pain at Capital Medical Center in Olympia on Jan. 30 when the incident occurred. A news release issued Tuesday said she was then taken to University of Washington Medical Center, where she had two stents placed into partially blocked arteries.
Walla Walla student leader goes from broken to brave
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — By 12:20 p.m. on a recent Wednesday Azuccha Ledesma, best known as "Zuci," is heading for lunch at College Place High School.
As crowded as the cafeteria becomes upon the chime of a three-tone bell, Zuci is easy to keep track of in her signature pink shoes, backpack and almost-pink hair.
Zuci is also this year's Associated Student Body president, and the title brings its own recognition among her peers.
Bicyclist dies after crash with semitrailer in Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a bicyclist has died after a crash involving a semitrailer in Walla Walla.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports the wreck happened around noon Monday at Ninth Avenue and Alder Street.
Walla Walla police confirmed Monday afternoon that the bicyclist had died as the result of the collision.
Walla Walla taking new approach in child abuse cases
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Seated on a child-sized chair, Brooke Martin looks right at home.
That's intentional, she said.
Martin is a social worker with the Walla Walla office of Child Protective Services. While her office is under the umbrella of Washington state's Division of Children and Family Services, she works in the Walla Walla Police Department's headquarters right next to a child-friendly forensic interview room.
Man pleads guilty to charge for stealing from labor union
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The secretary-treasurer for a Wallula labor union has pleaded guilty to stealing $40,000 from the organization over nine months.
The Tri-City Herald reported Monday that Jason A. Richard of Walla Walla pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Richland.
He worked as an employee and union officer for the United Steelworkers Local Union 12-990.
Historic cannon to add to experience at Walla Walla airport
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A relic of the Walla Walla Regional Airport's history as a World War II Army Air Base will make a bang of a welcome for visitors passing through.
A World War I-era French cannon used by American troops and then later as a salute gun at the air base during the second World War will return to the property as a symbol of history, officials said.
Ranch’s clients learn resilience through therapy with horses
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Animals give us unconditional love and that's good therapy. Longmire Ranch in Touchet, operated by Tracy and Shane Longmire, offers equine-assisted resilience-building.
Florida child’s diabetes awareness walk nears goal
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Noah Barnes is one determined 11-year-old. Thus far, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident had racked up at least 3,200 miles when he reached Pendleton, en route to the finish line in Blaine, Washington. His journey started on Jan. 1 in Key West Florida, and he expects to cover approximately 4,000 miles by Dec. 9.