Signups open for Focus on Cancer ski program at Bluewood


WALLA WALLA — Local nonprofit Focus on Cancer is accepting signups for participation in a program that enables cancer patients and survivors to take part in the fun of skiing and snowboarding at Ski Bluewood. Signups are for the ski season starting later this year.

People diagnosed with cancer receive free lift tickets, skiing and snowboarding lessons, gear rental, transportation and food at Ski Bluewood.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these services and hope to continue our expansion into different activities for those who have endured the diagnosis and treatment of cancer”, said Jennifer Maxon, founder of Focus on Cancer.

Focus on Cancer, founded in 2012, partners with Ski Bluewood in the program.

“Cancer patients and survivors have been through more than enough difficult times inherent with a diagnosis of cancer,” Maxon said. “Our goal is to remove any financial burden or logistic hurdle that poses a hindrance to these individuals participating in activities they enjoy.”

For details and to sign up, e-mail Jennifer at or call 509-520-6346.

Registration open for Bennington Lake charity run

WALLA WALLA — Online-only registration is under way for the first “Mary Hanna Memorial HIV/AIDS 5K Race & Walk,” to be held May 4 at 9 a.m. at Bennington Lake.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart and Walla Walla’s HIV and AIDS nonprofit support services agency is hosting the event. Proceeds will help fund education and outreach programs.

The event is named after a Whitman College professor known for her wit, energy and enthusiasm. She arrived at Whitman College in 1982 as an associate professor of political science and become the first chairwoman of the Whitman faculty, retiring in 2000. She died in 2010 from cancer.

Registration is $30 and may be completed at .

There will no registration site at Bennington Lake. For details visit, call 529-4744 or email

Legislature blocks employers from social media password

OLYMPIA (AP) — The Washington Legislature wants to prevent employers from snooping in the social media accounts of workers.

State senators voted unanimously on Saturday to establish laws around the handling of social media in the workplace. The bill was a product of deliberations between lawmakers, business groups and civil liberties advocates.

Under the measure, employers would be barred from requesting social media passwords, from forcing workers to log in while in the employer’s presence or from using coercive friending. The bill does allow employers to investigate leaks of proprietary information or to comply with other laws.

The measure followed an Associated Press report from last year that documented how some employers around the country

were asking applicants for their social media information.

The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.


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