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Blue Creek Fire - Update

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July 31, 2015 Update


The total number of acres burned is listed at 6,004.

Fire has not encroached to the watershed.

All evacuation notices have been removed but road closures remain in some instances. Refer to the websites listed below.

Fire is listed as 95% contained.


Click here for the incident command team public information site.

Walla Walla County Emergency Management - Emergency Operations Center is Active.  Click here for fire updates and general information for the public.


For County residential burn information, please call
For County agricultural burn information, please call

Fire Location Map



The City's Solid Waste Division is alerting customers in the Thursday route area that service on August 13 will begin earlier than usual so that collection in the area can be completed before streets are closed in preparation for the Gentlemen of the Road concert.
All residential customers in the Thursday route are asked to place their containers at the curb the night before or by 5:00 a.m. on August 13. All containers will be serviced early including garbage, green waste, and A Week recycling.
Collection normally begins at 7:00 a.m. and authorization has been given to perform collection earlier to allow uninterrupted service to the area that will be impacted by street closures during the concert.

  • Containers must be at the curb no later than 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 13. Put your containers out the night before if it is too early.
  • Leave three feet of clearance around all sides of each container as well as away from obstacles such as cars, utility poles, basketball hoop stands, fences, etc.
  • Do not place containers directly under low-hanging branches or other overhead obstructions.
  • Containers must be placed with lid opening toward the street.
  • Do not wedge items in the container or it may not empty properly.

Questions can be directed to 527-4479. More information on guidelines for solid waste service can be found on the City's website at







National Night Out - August 4 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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Walla Walla County Commissioners Proclaim August 4, 2015 as National Night Out in Walla Walla

Vicki Ruley, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Walla Walla Police Department accepted the National Night Out (NNO) Proclamation from the Walla Walla County Commissioners, July 20, 2015.
National Night Out is a free community crime prevention/drug prevention event which will be celebrated at Pioneer Park, August 4, Tuesday, from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
In addition to NNO on Tuesday, August 4.... Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Associations or just a group of neighbors who are planning on celebrating during the week of NNO - gathering on: Monday August 3, Wednesday, August 5, Thursday August 6 or Friday August 7, please contact Vicki Ruley 524.4409– Chief Scott Bieber will stop by for a visit.
5:00 p.m.: Kicking off NNO is an Emergency Services Vehicle Parade lining up at the Wilbur Street Fire Station 2 and winding into Pioneer Park from Alder. Vicki Ruley is asking for everyone along the PARADE ROUTE to please show your support for Emergency Services by standing out at the sidewalk and waving as the parade passes by as these are the men and women who help to make the Walla Walla Valley a safer place to live, work, and play.
Over 30 + organizations, agencies and businesses will be participating by offering a prevention message and a free activity for the kids.
If you are an Agency/organization that has a message to get out and a free activity for children, you may apply to participate in NNO by emailing Alex, or call Vicki at 524.4409.

  • A CI Shred Truck will be at Pioneer Park to accept your personal papers and documents to shred. Please no businesses.
  • Free hotdogs provided by BANNER BANK (while supplies last)
  • Free Pizza Slices provided by WHY NOT PIZZA (while supplies last)
  • RAFFLES to include:
    • Backpacks, filled with school supplies – donated by area businesses and organizations.
    • Reconditioned bikes by the Penitentiary

NNO at Pioneer Park is looking for a provider/sponsor/vendor to provide FREE Ice Cream.  Contact Vicki Ruley 524.4409.


2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan

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Click here to view the 2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan.



Mumford And Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

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Click here to view FAQ's regarding the Walla Walla Gentlemen of the Road Stopover.

Click here to view a Gentlemen of the Road Preview Show video.





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


• Jim Dumont: parks and recreation director
  City of Walla Walla; 509‐524‐4545

• Elio Agostini: executive director
  Downtown Walla Walla Foundation; 509‐529‐8755

Mumford and Sons Announce 'Gentlemen Of The Road' Stopovers in 2015
Mumford and Sons, an internationally popular and Grammy award winning British folk rock band, has
selected Walla Walla, Washington as one of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Stopovers in the
United States. The City of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in cooperation with
Whitman College and DeSales Catholic High School are pleased to host this exciting community
celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015.

Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show on the Main Stage, located at the Whitman College
Athletic Fields, along with an eclectic and energetic roster of artists selected by the band themselves. A
series of smaller music events and activities involving local businesses, artists and, most importantly,
local people will happen in and around downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of that

Each Stopover combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world‐class
music event. The Walla Walla Stopover features downtown performances by local and regional bands
beginning Thursday evening but also Friday and Saturday afternoons and after the Main Stage closes.
About this year's upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons says, "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in
busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of
which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."

The outdoor Stopovers will take place in four carefully‐selected and unique locations across America
including Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; Seaside Heights, New Jersey; and Walla Walla, Washington
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was thrilled when it received an e‐mail from the band's
promoter Madison House Presents in September of 2014 indicating that Walla Walla was being
considered for the 2015 'Gentlemen of The Road' Stopover. Immediately the City of Walla Walla Council
members and the leadership team welcomed the promoters and began seriously considering the
possibility of over 30,000 people visiting our valley. "A delegation from the city visited Troy, Ohio to
check out how the stopover worked in that city of 25,000," stated Jim Dumont, the Parks and Recreation
Director for the city, "We were impressed with what we heard and decided to make it happen here".
The City of Walla Walla, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Whitman College, the Walla Walla
Catholic Schools and several other community partners have worked together over the past five months
with Madison House Presents to make this once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience for the Walla Walla community
a reality.

Walla Walla was attractive to the band and concert producers due to its vibrant, picturesque and
historic downtown; the scenic Walla Walla Valley; the proximity to park space and camping; the warm
and comfortable summer weather; and performing venue options. Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins
welcomes the anticipated thousands of visitors from around the world to our Valley, "We are proud that
our community and our downtown has been recognized for its historic character and amenities and
singled out for this unique opportunity," he stated.

Attendance at the two‐day Stopover in Walla Walla is expected to more than double the city's
population and generate a significant positive economic impact for the region. According to Nabiel
Shawa, City Manager, the region can expect an economic impact in the millions of dollars.
The Walla Walla GOTR Stopover will begin with a performance on Friday evening, August 14th featuring
the Foo Fighters. A daylong of music will continue on Saturday, August 15 with the sounds of
international known bands including The Flaming Lips. Mumford & Sons will perform on Saturday

The 'Gentlemen Of The Road' series began in 2012 and continued into 2013. Previous Stopovers
occurred in Troy, Ohio; St. Augustine, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Dixon, Illinois;
Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Simcoe, Ontario in Canada.

Tickets to the two‐day Stopovers will be $199, with no additional fees or hidden charges. Tickets for all
Stopovers will be available at beginning on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 AM.

A limited number of Walla Walla Stopover tickets will be sold to the local community at the Tourism
Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. The Visitor Center will
accept credit card purchases only and will be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday
and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticket purchases will be limited to six per person.

January City Central Newsletter now available

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Click here to view the January 2015 City Central Newsletter.








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