Emry Dinman

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Reporter covering agriculture, Walla Walla city and county government, and other topics.

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Consideration of the Walla Walla Urban Forestry Management Plan has been delayed by three weeks as city staff work to clarify a few details and incorporate a commitment to public education in a bid to encourage community participation in the city’s trees.

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Event sponsors and organizers came to the conclusion that the yearly hot air balloon convergence, which fills the skies over Walla Walla each year with color and lighter-than-air levity, could not take place while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.

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All Washington Department of Natural Resources lands and most Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lands east of the Cascades are set to reopen to the public Thursday, Sept. 16, nearly two months after they were closed.

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Refresco Beverages Group, a Netherlands-based beverage bottling company with around 120 employees at its Walla Walla facility, continues to rack up fines for discharging dirty and potentially dangerous wastewater. The company has accrued dozens of violations over the last decade, ranging from 2013 to August 2021.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 8, the Walla Walla City Council awarded a 25-month lease for the Veterans Memorial Golf Course to W3 Entertainment LLC, the current leaseholder for the course's driving range. W3 proposes to also hold major music shows at the site.

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