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Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Walla Walla, Washington I. In i. Mil Naii fall Lull tuesday amp 90 52 wednesday 9760 a a a Walla Walla in on bulletin monday july 27, 2015 7 f to containment of Blaze 50% Blue Creek fire Cool weather has helped but High Temps Are forecast to return late this week. By Andy Porter of the Walla Walla Union bulletin helped by cooler weather Over the weekend firefighters continued to increase control of the Blue Creek fire today. But the expected return of hot weather later this week is raising concerns. The fire remained at 6,225 acres an area slightly smaller than the City of Walla Walla today and was 50 percent contained. About 1,000 firefighters based at Walla Walla Community College Are battling the Blaze which is located about 9 Miles East of Walla Walla. This morning Joe Anderson Public information officer said primary efforts remain on stopping Progress on the Southern and Eastern flanks to prevent flames from reaching the Mill Creek watershed. The fire perimeter remains about a mile from the watershed Boundary and a the Southern Edge is the one we re working to contain a he said. Fire officials want to have lines on the fire perimeter a Nice and solid because temperatures Are expected to go Back into the 100s by Friday Anderson said. A the weekend weather has been a real help. With the High humidity and Low temperatures we be been Able to get a lot of great work although some rain showers fell in Walla Walla on saturday none of the precipitation fell on the fire area Anderson said. According to the National weather service of inches was measured at Walla Walla regional Airport saturday. Fire officials said Crews Are patrolling the fire with hand held infrared devices to locate pockets of heat that Are not visible. They have been working within 500 feet of All structures and 200 feet around the fire perimeter to ensure fire lines Are secure and flare ups done to occur. Although the number of personnel remains about the same because the state mobilization status ended at noon sunday Anderson said some of the fire engines brought to Walla Walla have been allowed to return to their Home bases or be diverted to other fires. The mobilization ordered july 20, allowed resources from around the state and Region to be brought in to Imi photo by Greg Lehman above members of Lone Wolf wildfire from Walla Walla work a fire break along the Southern Edge of the Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla bordering the watershed sunday left As Scholl fire amp fuels management s Cory Crompton from Walla Walla supplies water members of a Prairie City. Ore., Crew extinguish a hot spot sunday along the Southern Edge of the Blue Creek fire Aid local firefighters. The number of aircraft working on the fire has also decreased from nine helicopters to seven Anderson said As of today copters and fixed Wing air tankers have dropped 309.000 Gallons of water on the fire along with 257,000 Gallons fire retardant. The aircraft have also dropped 25,000 Gallons of a Blue gel a a new Type of fire retardant which contains More moisture than the Bright Orange slurry normally used. The gel can also be reactivated by dropping water on it stretching its ability to suppress flames. Residences along Blue Creek Road and Klick Mountain Road remain under evacuation today and the roads were closed to prevent traffic from interfering with firefighters and equipment working in the area. In addition to Blue Creek and Klicker Mountain roads Blacksnake Ridge Road from five Points to Klicker Mountain Road also remains closed. Evacuation alerts for All other areas were lifted Friday and Road closures in the Umatilla National Forest have also been lifted fire officials said. The Blue Creek fire broke out shortly before 12 30 . On july 20 in the area of Blue Mountain Road and Klicker Mountain Road. The fire has been declared As human caused but the specific cause and location Are still under investigation officials said today. The fire has destroyed one residence on Klicker Mountain Road and seven outbuildings but fire Crews have been Able to prevent the fire from damaging any other structures. Andy Porter can be reached at and Porter i or 526-s3 in. Warmer water killing Salmon record heat has warmed the Columbia River and tributaries to lethal temperatures for fish. By Keith Ridler of the associated press Boise a More than a Quarter million Sockeye Salmon returning from the Ocean to spawn Are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fisheries inside tribes prepare for climate hits. Page a7 biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold water species and is wiping out at least half of this years return of 500,000 fish. A we had a really big migration of Sockeye a said Ritchie Graves of the National oceanic and atmospheric administration. A the thing that really hurts is we re going to lose a majority of those he said up to 80 percent of the population could ultimately perish. Elsewhere in the Region state fisheries biologists in Oregon say More than too Spring Chinook died earlier this month in the Middle Fork of the John Day River when water temperatures hit the mid-70s. Oregon and Washington state have both enacted sport fishing closures due to warm water and Sturgeon fishing in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville dam has been halted after some of the Large see fish Page a7 states counties struggle with crime Cost counties spend about $120 million annually on indigent defense costs for felonies. By Martha Bellisle of the associated press Seattle a Washington states 39 counties Are draining their budgets trying to keep their communities Safe and when they have to prosecute a big murder Case some fear end up bankrupt. Counties Large and Small Are either getting creative with the Way they support their criminal Justice system or petitioning the state for help to pay for police lawyers court personnel and other costs. The Okanogan county jail for example holds 182 inmates but Only has an annual budget of $3 million county administrator Nanette Kallunki told the state in a petition seeking reimbursement for the almost $284,000 it spent prosecuting in 2009 and 2010 a woman and the two people she hired to kill her husbands mistress and their unborn child. A to save Cost volunteers collect free food from various outlet sources so we can provide meals to inmates for a fraction of the Cost a Kallunki said. Counties spend about $120 million annually just to cover the Cost of indigent defense for a variety of felony crimes and they May get $5 million Back from the state said Erie Johnson executive director of the Washington state association of counties. And counties have spent More than $23.2 million in the past five years investigating and prosecuting people charged with aggravated murder according to an associated press review of petitions filed since 2010 under the extraordinary criminal Justice Law. The Law lets counties ask for reimbursement for funds they spent on the investigation prosecution indigent defense jury and other costs in Complex murder cases. A the aggravated murder cases definitely present a hardship for a Small county such As ours a said Stacie Prada treasurer for Jefferson county which asked the state for $217,914 in 2010 for a double murder Case and $246,000 in 2014 to retry see counties Page a7 Maine Beer maker uses lobsters to makes briny brew Portland Maine apr a Maine Brewer is offering a quicker Way to consume two of the states summertime Staples Beer and lobster. Oxbow brewing is serving up Beer brewed with live mud mania might manage More Money the aug. 8 event is a fundraiser for rising Sun clubhouse. By Sheila Hagar of the Walla Walla Union bulletin in the heat of summer the thought of wallowing in Cool mud might be appealing. And if you can help a Good cause at the same time that a just Gold. On aug. 8 rising Sun clubhouse will Host its first mud mania an event that a not afraid to get Down and dirty to tackle mental illness fundraisers Are vital to help pay for maintenance operations and special programs. In the past the organization has held Coffee cart dinner and breakfast events and Yard sales. While helpful such efforts did not yield big results. Organizers of mud mania Are hoping for a bigger payday and to establish a signature annual event instead of random fundraisers said clubhouse executive director Michelle Salazar. Research about mud runs indicates they Are an excellent bet for attracting participants and viewers alike. A a we re hoping to raise $25,000,�?� she said. The run will be presented in three participation Levels one is a 6k Competition with prizes a and includes 15 Muddy and non Muddy obstacles for participants to make their Way through such As a rope Maze Over and under hurdles mud pit and tube crawl. It takes place at Walla Walla regional Airport starting at 9 a m. Registration fees depend on participation level. Winners can receive prizes such As a round of Golf restaurant meals and hotel stays. The Day also features list music food truck vendors and a themed costume contest. Details can be found at . The real prize is keeping rising Sun doors open As Long As possible Salazar said. The Agency serves As a social and skills Hub for about 50 Walla Walla Valley residents living with mental illness and receives minimal government dollars. Mud mania is All a grass roots and organizers Are seeking volunteers to help with parking registration obstacle stations and set up Salazar added. For details or to offer to help Call 529-0120. A extra extra Maine lobsters and a dash of sea Salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a Kettle full of boiling wort during the brewing process. He says the lobsters add a Subtle Bri niness and sweetness that lobster fans will recognize. The Saison style Beer is brewed in collaboration with a brewery in Parma Italy. It is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and is available on a limited basis. The Beer became available this summer. Adams says the lobsters that were cooked in the brewing process were later eaten

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