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Howard-Tietan intersection work scheduled for April 6-10

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Maintenance and repair work on the traffic signal at Howard Street and Tietan Street will require that the signal be shut down starting April 6 until April 10. Portable stop signs will be in place during this time. Please drive with care.

For additional information, please contact the Street Division at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sustainable Living Center announced on March 18, 2015, the first opportunity for the general public to become involved with the Georgetown University Energy Prize effort in Walla Walla!

Please click here to learn more, and obtain an entry form.

For additional information, contact Erendira Cruz at or .
 

 

 

Isaacs Avenue Public Open House - April 14

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Save the Date!

Isaacs Avenue Corridor Study - Public Open House #1:  Explore the Alternatives

When:    Tuesday, April 14
Time:     4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where:   Green Park Elementary School - Library, 1105 E. Isaacs Avenue

Do you drive, walk, bike, take the bus, live or shop on Isaacs Avenue?  If so, please consider
attending the first major public event on the project. The meeting will discuss project goals and
explore alternatives for future improvements to the design and condition of Isaacs Avenue between
Rose Street and Wilbur Avenue. If you have questions or are interested in joining the email list,
please contact Monte Puymon with the City's Engineering Division at
or at. 
Click here to view the announcement or visit our Gowallawalla.us website for additional project information.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015
CONTACTS:

• 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
week.


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
evening.


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 gentlemenoftheroad.com 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.

Inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary refurbished 37 bicycles to be given away to area families through Walla Walla Area Crime Watch. Many of the bicycles came from local law enforcement agencies as unlicensed, abandoned, and probably stolen. Without a bicycle license, it is nearly impossible to return the bikes to their rightful owners.
The bikes will find new homes with help from Crime Watch, who will be working with other local non-profits to identify area families in need of a bike, but without the means to purchase one. Blue Mountain Action Council has partnered with Crime Watch to help facilitate their disbursement. Crime Watch will be offering, at no charge, lifetime licenses for the bikes.
The bicycle giveaway was made possible through the Washington State Penitentiary Sustainable Practices Lab. The lab coordinator is Correctional Specialist Robert Branscum, who organized and started the lab in July, 2012. The lab provides employment and skill-building opportunities for about 115 inmates.
Reconditioning bicycles is just a small part of what takes place in the Sustainability Lab. Inmates also make Teddy Bears, aprons, quilts, backpacks, and many other items from donated fabric and upholstery. They also have the tools and donated materials to produce signs, banners, and office furniture. Since the inception of the Sustainability Lab, over 100 charities have benefitted from the items produced and reconditioned by these inmates.
The Lab also grows organic vegetables and herbs, has a very productive worm farm to produce fertilizer, and has saved the penitentiary thousands of dollars in food costs and landfill expenses.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

January City Central Newsletter now available

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Click here to view the January 2015 City Central Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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