Etcetera - 6/3/13


On an overnight trip to Olympia to meet with elected officials, Pioneer Middle School teacher Chris Plucker and students in his Leadership Class visited with 16th District Reps. Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh and Sen. Mike Hewitt.

They also spent more than 20 minutes with Gov. Jay Inslee. The students presented the governor with a hot air balloon painting signed by the entire class.

The group’s Capitol Building tour guide, a retired teacher, called Principal Mira Gobel to personally tell her the Pioneer students were amazing. He said they were the best group he’s had since taking the job. Chris said he wants to make the trip an annual tradition. The students raised funds to cover the trip’s expenses.

Three Walla Walla area residents recently graduated from the University of Portland: Molly Cochran, with a bachelor’s in organizational communication; Valerie Schiller, bachelor’s, political science; and Joseph Haggberg, bachelor’s, electrical engineering.

University president, the Rev. E. William Beauchamp, conferred 744 bachelor’s and 160 master’s degrees during commencement exercises May 4-5.

Chris Price, co-owner of Price Computers, LLC, spoke at a recent meeting of Sunrise Rotary Club members.

His online security business has more than 350 clients in seven states.

Through a PowerPoint presentation, he talked about best practices for computer and mobile device security. Suggestions included how to create an 8-12-character password and which malware/virus protection should be used, noted Rotarian John McKern in a report.

“Chris explained the danger of using third party software updates, how to ensure network security at home and away from home, and how to determine if the Wi-Fi available is secure.”

Chris said that Windows programs make up about 90 percent, Macintosh about 7 percent and Linux about 2 percent of computer operating systems. Because of the large portion of the market occupied by Windows, their programs receive the vast majority of cyber-attacks.

Chris recommended running malware cleaning programs one or two times per month to clear worms, Trojans, and other malware.

“Chris pointed out that in this cyber age, our computer and mobile device security should be one of our highest priorities,” John said.

Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at the St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. For more information contact President Hank Worden at 509-525-877, or online see

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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