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Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Walla Walla, Washington Touchet Pomeroy Dayton football teams gear up for prep a deaths increase Calls for and keyless ignition regulation Walla Walla tuesday m of 83 54 wednesday 75 47 in on bulletin monday August 31, 2015 75 i �5 9 4 23"00001"ll< Wie bring tule Valley to vol a photo on sunday in Wenatchee a Washington state patrol trooper holds a state Flag to be presented to the family As he stands near a portrait of Whitman College student Thomas Zbyszewski. The memorial service was for the three firefighters Richard Wheeler Andrew Zajac and Zbyszewski who were killed on aug. 19 in a wildfire near Twisp Wash. Fallen Washington firefighters honoured the ceremony was held for Whitman College student Tom Zbyszewski and fellow firefighters Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler. Wenatchee apr several thousand people gathered sunday to Honor three . Forest service firefighters killed battling a wildfire in North Central Washington. A they dedicated their lives to protecting our National forests and the people in the communities surrounding them a Forest service chief Tom Tidwell said in a Eulogy. A and for that we should be the memorial service for 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski 26-year-old Andrew Zajac and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler took place in Wenatchee. That a about 90 Miles South of where they died aug. 19 near Twisp in Okanogan county when flames consumed their crashed vehicle. More than 80 vehicles took part in a procession leading to the memorial service sunday where More than too firefighters stood at attention. Dozens of civilians also took part Many holding . Flags and others with signs that said a you Are heroes a Tom Zbyszewski followed in his fathers footsteps As a firefighter. A Whitman College physics major with a love for the stage he was the youngest of the three who died. He was due to return to school in Walla Walla in about a week. A without men like Tom and Richard and Andrew we would not be Able to protect and care for the lands they devoted their lives Tom Tidwell chief . Forest service a Tom was the Light of my life a his father Richard Zbyszewski said in his Eulogy. A my path in a afraid will always be a Little bit Darker because i miss him so Zajac was the son of a methodist minister from Downers Grove 111. He was in his second year As a professional wild land firefighter for the Forest service and earned a masters degree in biology last year from the University of South Dakota. Zajac and his wife Jenn were married last year after hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific coast Trail together in 2013. Jenn in a statement read by Zajec smother Mary said a Andrew was my Calm and my strength my Belay climbing partner my fishing buddy my hiking companion my love. Just under a year ago we made a Promise until death do us part. I just never imaged it would come so soon. Ill miss him Wheeler a a wheels As his friends called him during their eulogies was a fourth generation firefighter As Well As an avid Fisherman hiker and Hunter. This was Wheeler and his wife celestes second year living in Wenatchee after he graduated in 2013 from grand Valley state University in Michigan. He was a seasonal worker with Hopes of becoming a permanent wild land firefighter for the . Forest service. Washington gov. Jay Inslee was out of the country so wife Trudi Inslee presented each of the families with state flags. The families also received Forest service flags Small statues and a Pulaski a firefighting hand tool a part pick and part Hoe a still in use today but also heavy with symbolism. When a person becomes a wild land firefighter they Are said to a pick up the a without men like Tom and Richard and Andrew we would not be Able to protect and care for the lands they devoted their lives to a Tidwell said. Daniel Lyon who sustained Burns on More than 60 percent of his body in the fire that killed the three firefighters on sunday remained in serious condition at Arborview medical Center in Seattle where he a had two successful Burn surgeries. A spokeswoman said the 25-year-old is scheduled to undergo another operation this week. Grizzly Bear Complex fire firefighters getting handle on conflagration winds drive Bucannon fire to 2,700-plus acres rain on sunday and the arrival of National guard soldiers advanced Blaze containment. By Andy Porter of the Walla Walla Union bulletin Mother nature gave firefighters on the 2�?~/2-week-old grizzly Bear Complex Blaze a break Over the weekend. Fears that saturdays winds would fan the flames failed to materialize and Rains sunday helped Cool the fire. The main areas of the Blaze grew slightly Over the weekend to about 116 Square Miles up from 113 Square Miles on saturday afternoon. It is now 17 percent contained according to the National inter Agency coordination Center. Started by lighting on aug. 13, the fire is burning South and East of Dayton see fire Page a7 by Andy Porter of the Walla Walla Union bulletin the Bucannon fire has grown to about 2,700 acres today after erupting saturday morning about 20 Miles East of Dayton. The fire was burning in Steep terrain on state and private lands said Jeff Sevigney incident management team Public information officer. State resources were mobilized at 3 45 . Saturday at the request of Columbia county fire District 3 after the fire had grown to More than 400 acres. The fire was Zero percent contained today. Fire officials said the Blaze was human caused and it remains under investigation. Sevigney said today the fire remained quiet overnight and Crews aided by aircraft were working today to Complete and strengthen fire lines around the fire perimeter. Rain and cooler weather Over the area sunday a a absolutely helped firefighting efforts he said. Firefighters will also work closely around structures throughout the fire area today checking for any remaining hot spots. After the fire was reported at 9 30 . Saturday Sevigney said the Columbia county firefighters did an excellent Job fighting the fast moving fire in difficult terrain. About 40 structures a mix of residences and other buildings were initially threatened and residents within a 2-mile radius around the fire were ordered to evacuate. Aircraft assisted firefighters with the initial attack and no structures were lost. Columbia county has reduced All evacuation orders today to a level one which advises residents to remain aware of the potential for evacuation. Garfield county residents near the fire remain at a level two which advises residents to be prepared to leave on Short notice. There Are Road closures in effect around the fire in Garfield and Columbia counties for the safety of the Public and firefighters and motorists Are advised to avoid the area. As of today there Are 150 personnel fighting the fire along with aircraft fire engines and water tenders. Command of the fire has been take Over by a Northeast Washington inter Agency incident management team.$20 found in san Francisco leads to $1 million lottery win san Francisco apr a san Francisco Bay area Man won $1 million in the California lottery after buying a winning ticket with Money he found at the Airport. The California lottery said sunday that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in to x i Rex i a when he found a $20 Bill on the Street outside san Francisco International Airport last week he used it to buy two scratch off tickets at a Market in Millbrae. One of them led to the $1 million top prize. A i scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my Friend who i was with that i did no to know if it was real late mail stacks up the postal service s watchdog says further closures of sorting plants should be put on hold. By Lisa rein of the Washington Post Washington a amid a significant downsizing of the Money strapped . Postal service the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the Start of the year. And that Sas measured against the Agency a own newly relaxed standards. The delays have become so serious the postal services watchdog issued an urgent Alert earlier this month recommending postal officials put All further closures of mail sorting plants on hold until service stabilizes. A the impacts on customer service and employees have been considerable a inspector general Dave Williams wrote. Mail that a supposed to take two Days to arrive took longer a anywhere from 6 to 15 percent of the time during the first six months of 2015, investigators found a decline in service of almost 7 percent from the same period last year. Letters that should take three to five Days took longer anywhere from 18 to 44 percent of the time a 38 percent decline in performance Over the same time last year. First class mail has gradually been travelling More slowly since the postal service started closing dozens see delays Page a7 a file photo mount Mckinley in Denali National Park Alaska. President Barack Obama on sunday said he will rename North America s tallest Peak Denali. Obama to rename americans tallest Peak by the associated press Washington a ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic president Barack Obama said he will erase a former Republican presidents name from North americans tallest Peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided More than 3,000 Miles away in Ohio. More contentious matters concerning climate change and Arctic drilling awaited. Obama departed this morning to Anchorage for the Start of a three Day visit bringing him up close to shrinking glaciers and a mix of Messy Energy politics. His tour of the nations largest state is choreographed to Call attention to the ways Obama says climate change is already damaging alaskans Majestic scenery. Showing Solidarity with Alaska natives Obama announced sunday that his administration would rename mount Mckinley As Denali its traditional athabaskan name. Alaskans governor and congressional delegation praised the Long sought change. But the move to strip the Mountain of its name honouring former president William Mckinley a son of Ohio Drew loud condemnations from Ohio lawmakers. A this political stunt is insulting to All ohioans and i will be working with the House committee on natural resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action a added rep. Bob Gibbs a Ohio. Added House speaker John Boehner a Ohio a a in a deeply disappointed in this in renaming 20,320-foot Mountain Obama was recognizing the Moniker alaskans have informally used for centuries. The name Means a the High one in athabaskan. The Peak which is growing at about a millimetre a year was named mount Mckinley in 1896 by a prospector exploring mountains in Central Alaska the White House said. Upon hearing the news that Mckinley was the Republican presidential nominee the prospector named it after him. The name was then formally recognized. Obama a excursion North of the Arctic Circle will make him the first sitting president to step foot in the Alaska Arctic Home to Alaska natives. They be received less attention than others amid Obama a recent efforts to improve conditions for native americans. But a i think i just won a million dollars a a Tang said in a statement. Tang who works As a bartender plans to save the Money for now. Lottery officials said the store will receive a $5,000 Bonus for Selling the winning ticket last wednesday.

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