Monday, September 18, 2017

Walla Walla Adam West Celebration This Week

Walla Walla's celebration of hometown hero Adam West will be tomorrow (Tuesday, September 19th).  A whole days events are planned and can be seen by clicking here.  West, who died from Leukemia earlier this year, grew up in Walla Walla, and is revered in the town where he was known by his real name, Bill Anderson.  West became a pop culture icon by playing Batman in the mid 60s TV series.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dino Rossi May Run For Congress

Speculations seem to indicate that GOP Washington State Senator Dino Rossi may be gearing up for a run for congress.   Rossi would run in Washington's 8th district, the only Congressional District in the state that has been in Republican hands since it's inception. If elected, he would succeed retiring 5th district congressman Dave Reichert.
  Rossi is a veteran politician who served 2 terms in Washington's 5th legislative district until his nearly successful race for governor.  In 2004, Rossi was defeated by Attorney General Christine Gregoire in the closest Governor's race in US history.  Rossi would later make another unsuccessful attempt for governor against Gregoire.
Rossi would later run for US Senate against incumbent Patty Murray. 
Rossi was appointed to return to the state senate, succeeding Cheryl Pflug who resigned to take an appointment from Christine Gregoire.  Rossi left the position after Democrat Mark Mullet was elected to the Senate.
After the death of Senator Andy Hill in the 45th district, Rossi was appointed to again serve in the state senate on an interim basis.  Rossi is in Real Estate and has had other business interests in the Seattle area.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Old Walla Walla Radio Rememembered 19--KTEL Newsman Terry McConn

Terry McConn was the newsman, morning show personality when I was at KTEL.  At the time, it was exclusively Country music with news and sports. The station owner had grown old and for the most part, ran the station over the phone.  The motivation had to come from within. 
McConn was a hard worker.  He was amazingly focused and always delivered. 
I worked at KTEL twice and both times, McConn was there.  I remember his work on the story of  a local elderly woman's murder by a local teen.
It was a pleasure working with Terry. We were always on friendly terms. 
After working at KTEL, McConn would begin a 30 year career with the local Walla Walla paper, the UB.   After I moved to the Seattle area, I saw him on the news, being interview after he witnessed an execution at the State Penn.  It was at the local paper that Terry probably got the recognition he deserved. 
Terry was recently featured in an article by UB columnist Annie Charnley Eveland.  After 30 years on the city beat, he is retiring.  We wish him well!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ed Murray Resigns

Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor has resigned after a 5th person acuser came forward.  City Councilman Bruce Harrell will be acting mayor for the remainder of what would have been Murray's term.

Posing On The Red Carpet

Much like Planet Hollywood, which opened for a brief time in Downtown Seattle, The Sugar Factory in Bellevue's Bravern, promotes the idea of meeting celebrities.  The man above is not a celebrity, but the red carpet and backdrop were still up from Mariah Carey's visit a couple nights before we dined.  Deb took this fun picture.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Angie Mentink Gets Cancer Diagnosis

Angie Mentink,  a reporter and anchor for Root Sports, announced on twitter last week that she has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Mentink, who has been with the network previously known as Prime Sports Network and Fox Sports Northwest, was overwhelmed by the response from friends and viewers, offering prayers, warm wishes, and personal stories. 
Mentink is currently the anchor for Seattle Mariner broadcasts.  She played professional baseball with the Colorado Silver Bullets.

Cougs Win In Incredible Fashion

Back up quarterback Tyler Hilinski threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow to lead the Washington State Cougars to a 47-44 triple overtime win over the Boise State Broncos.  The Cougars overcame a 31-10 4th quarter deficit to force the game into overtime. Starting Cougar QB Luke Falk had left the game with an injury  Pictured above: Morrow's game winning touchdown.