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  Throughout the West, more smoke and fire is coming. How we receive our smoke and fire, however, is up to us. Do we want these in smaller, recurring, controlled burns, or in rarer but uncontrollable megafires (fires over 100,000 acres)? Megafires and the destruction caused by them is a…
The new Walla Walla Veterans Home is now accepting resident applications. The $34 million facility will serve 80 residents and create 100 permanent jobs in Walla Walla. It will be open in February 2017. To be eligible for admission, applicants must need nursing home care and: have served at any…

Vacationing paramedics save a man's life

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Two off-duty members of the Walla Walla Fire Department, Lt. Eric Wood and Engineer Bryan McIntire, visited the Conconully, Washington, area, which is 20 miles northwest of Omak in the north central part of the state. They were with Eric’s father, Dan Wood, who is the Assistant Fire Chief in…
  The Port of Walla Walla will provide the City of Walla Walla with a generous grant of $200,000 for Veterans Memorial Pool. “The Port of Walla Walla supports the efforts to rebuild Memorial Pool and is pleased to offer funding from the Nine-tenths Economic Development Sales Tax Fund, pending…
Engineering consultants hired by the City of Walla Walla inspected areas where Mill Creek flows under downtown. They identified three areas where the support structures beneath paved areas were in poor condition. Due to public safety concerns, the City notified owners of the private properties that are impacted and have…
  Walla Walla’s philanthropic community is rallying to provide additional funding for Veterans Memorial Pool. On March 15, 2016, Sherwood Trust agreed to commit $500,000 toward the pool project. The donation will go toward funding the waterslides, shade structures, play structure, and regenerative media filtration system for the two pools.…
The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival that took place in Walla Walla during August 2015 was an unforgettable event for the more than 20,000 people who attended. Additionally, the festival was a boon for local business owners, who saw an estimated increase of $7,800,000 in retail sales revenue…

Share your vision for Mill Creek in downtown Walla Walla

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What could the City of Walla Walla do to make the most of Mill Creek? You can go to Open City Hall to see conceptual ideas from Washington State University students and provide your own visions and ideas for Mill Creek. Go to Open City Hall and follow the instructions…

City Qualifies for 2016 WellCity Award

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The City of Walla Walla has met all the 2015 standards to qualify for the 2016 Association of Washington Cities WellCity Award. By earning a WellCity Award, the City gets a 2-percent discount on health care premiums.  The discount results in a total savings of about $96,000 on health insurance…
Senior Officer Ascension “A.C.” Castillo was presented the Beyond the Badge Award for assisting a family in need. On Dec. 17, 2015, Sr. Officer Castillo took a call at the front door of the Walla Walla Police Department and met Tara Turner, who was traveling through town with her young…

Lives Once Depended on a Little Red Box

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On the right side of the entrance to Fire Station 2 on Wilbur Avenue is a curiosity you may not have noticed. It’s a small, red, birdhouse-shaped box built into the wall.  Though it’s an antique now, this fire alarm box was once part of an elaborate system installed throughout…

City Council Goes Live On The Internet

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  The City Council meeting on January 13, 2016, marked the first time that streaming audio had been used to provide a live audio broadcast of proceedings.  Meetings had previously been broadcasted on AM radio station KUJ. Broadcasting on the Internet will allow improve accessibility, provide a greater opportunity for…
The Walla Walla Fire Department teamed up with the Washington State Penitentiary’s Sustainable Practice Lab (SPL) to give new life to old turnouts – the fire resistant coats and pants that firefighters wear. The turnouts, made of heavy, canvas-like Nomex, are required to be replaced after so many hours of…

Citizen Satisfaction Score Jumps Three Points

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The City of Walla Walla has received results from the 2015 citizen satisfaction survey conducted by Cobalt Community Research, a 501c3 organization that provides research and education for schools, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Survey responses help officials shape policies and priorities for the City. This is the second survey…

City Employee Satisfaction Score Ticks Upward

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The City of Walla Walla’s strategic plan calls for effective communication among staff members, and the employee survey helps the City to improve employee satisfaction and benchmark organizational performance from an employee perspective. As in 2013, the City employed the services of Cobalt Community Research to conduct the survey. Cobalt…
A representative from Cannara, Italy and Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins will sign a Sister City Pact of Friendship at 10:45 a.m. at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The ceremony will conclude at 11:15 a.m. Mr. Antonio Baldaccini will be representing and signing for the City of Cannara.…

Public Works Secures $4.2 Million in Grants for Isaacs

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The City of Walla Walla recently received three grants totaling $4,273,090 – including one for more than $3.5 million - for a project to reconstruct Isaacs Avenue from Park Street to Wilbur Avenue. On Nov. 20, 2015, the State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) announced that it awarded the…
  Governor Jay Inslee presented the City of Walla Walla with a “Lifetime of GMA” Achievement Award for excellence in city planning at a Nov. 13, 2015, event marking the 25th anniversary of Washington’s Growth Management Act that was held at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. The City earned…

Isaacs Avenue Improvements

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Interested in more information about the Isaacs Avenue Improvements Project? Check out the latest information at the Isaacs Avenue Improvements Page. 
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