Recent news stories looked back on a fateful Memorial Day 67 years ago when the Columbia River, swollen 15 feet above normal and rammed its way through a railroad embankment. The resulting flood of a temporary community near Portland left 18,000 people homeless.
The Moms’ Network and Child Care Aware plan to host an educational community dinner for friends, family and neighbor caregivers.
P.E.O. Chapter AP of Milton-Freewater scholarship applicant Chandra Phillips of Athena received a P.E.O. Oregon Scholarship.
Forty Garrison Middle School seventh-graders were inducted into Garrison Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society chapter.
Whether Cat realizes it or not, he’s gaining some valuable experiences in different occupations so when he grows up, he will have a better idea about what he’s best suited to do and would enjoy the most.
In memory of daughter Emilynn Kay “Emma” Marlatt, Sharame Marlatt wants to install a playground to replace existing equipment next to the Milton-Freewater Community Building.
Expert, licensed local guides will give insight in Paris, Florence, Rome by night, the ancient ruins in Rome, Capri and Pompeii when Walla Wallan Kerri Tucker and 25 local French students go on a culturally-charged non-school district-sponsored educational tour in France and Italy.
Color songwriter Bryant Oden surprised as his little ditty “Paula the Koala” has garnered millions of views on YouTube.
Walla Wallan Colin McClure spent a year among fellow volunteer mentors who run the Big Sky Youth Empowerment Program in Bozeman, Mont. It’s an experience from which he feels he’s achieved tremendous growth while helping its participants.
Two SEA-TECH digital media technology students earned runner-up placement in the Congressional Art Competition, according to the school district online newsletter.
McLoughlin High School senior tuba player Patrick Dunphy won fourth place in the tuba division at the Oregon School Activities Association State Solo Contest May 2 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, said Michael Agidius, band director with the Milton-Freewater School District, in a release.
Jim Marquardt, Distinguished Toastmaster from Athena, is the newly elected Toastmasters International District 9 director for Eastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon and North Idaho.
Kayla Leinweber received a $2,000 William and Mary Lynn Graber Department Endowment Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. The award is given to mathematics students for outstanding academic achievement.
Western Governors University Washington awarded nearly 1,700 bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students from across the state at its fourth annual commencement ceremony on May 2 at Everett’s Xfinity Arena.
Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored Jerry and Pam Gardner with a Proudly We Hail Award at the May 4 club meeting in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.
Philippe Michel, a resident of Walla Walla since 2010, retired from the business of making barrels for wine after years of experience.
Six Whitman students and one alumnus will continue their educational journey abroad courtesy of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. They will travel to Mexico, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Germany, Colombia, Taiwan and Malaysia to teach or conduct research, according to a release.
Braydon Stemple has been on a mission for four years. The son of Robert and Jenn Stemple of Walla Walla, the Berney Elementary School third-grader began an ambitious project to help others all the way back when he was a 4-year-old.
Narcissa Rebekah Lodge No. 2 was founded in Walla Walla on Oct. 31, 1885, four years before Washington became a state.
Dan Calzaretta, local teacher and director of the Student Produced Independent Film Festival for Youth, reports the winners are in from the event on Saturday at Gesa Power House Theatre.
Members of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association held their last luncheon before the summer recess on Monday at the SEA-TECH Center on the Walla Walla Community College campus. State WSSRA President Edie Moersch joined members for the luncheon.
Zane Henderson from Walla Walla is among the 1,666 students named to the dean’s list for fall 2014 at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.
Volunteers built a garden with raised beds and prepared the soil for it on the grounds at Berney Elementary School. Parent Joy Bader coordinated the installation project and kindergarten teacher Lori Thomas is Berney Garden coordinator.
Bringing a Buddy Bench to Green Park Elementary students is dear to parent Cyndy Knight’s heart.
Beading artists’ designs often inspire other beadworkers to riff off intricate patterns that are then featured in Beadwork magazine.
The Rev. Dave and Gretchen Brauer-Rieke will return to Milton-Freewater to explain in a presentation why they embarked on a more than monthlong trek along the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon and how they achieved their goal.
The Walla Walla Fire Department will represent Walla Walla Valley Disability Network during the upcoming Battle of the Badge. It’s the network’s big fundraiser of the year.
The annual Indian Arts Festival and Powwow at Eastern Oregon University marks its 45th anniversary in May.
Once a stage coach stopping point between Farmington and Cheney in the Tekoa, Wash., area, Lone Pine Cemetery came into being in 1883. Its last resident was buried there in 1953.
Nurse Tim Brandenburg recently received the Skilled Nursing Facility’s Nurse of the Year Quality Award for 2015 from the Washington Health Care Association.
Even though Lions Club of Prescott will take its usual summer break and step away from cooking, area residents will still be able to dine out once per month.
The Tri-State Steelheaders’ annual Crab-Feed Fundraiser will be May 14 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center, 363 Orchard St.
Tickets are on sale now for a fundraiser that benefits participants in the Successful Transition and Re-Entry STAR program, said board member Annie Capestany in a release.
Tom Osborn, a mechanical engineer with Bonneville Power Administration, will speak on energy efficiency and renewable resources projects now and for the future, with a focus on wind energy, during a presentation to members of Walla Walla Chapter 0237 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Former Walla Walla Valley resident Ed Eaton won a first-place eLit Gold Award in the biographies/memoirs category for his Amazon.com best-seller “Mekong Mud Dogs.”
Close to 100 Green Park Elementary parents, students and staff joined Whitman College volunteers to celebrate bilingual education and the learning that has occurred this past year. About 30 Whitman students who are proficient in the Spanish language walk or bike to Green Park to tutor kindergarten through third-grade students in math and language arts for one or two hours of tutoring each week.
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devil cadets from Walla Walla High School participated recently in their annual spring camp in Ellensburg at West Valley High School.
Sophia Rich, a soprano from College Place, is a winner in the Inland Northwest Musicians 15th annual Young Artist Competition.
In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Darrell and Von Gomsrud, Donna Chapin, Linda Clark, Jean Gibbs and Linda Arms are the 2014-2015 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year, said Bill Jordan, superintendent of Walla Walla Public Schools.
A trio of Walla Walla students served as pages in the state House of Representatives in April. Lauren Bergman, Jessica Swanson and Keldan Swant were sponsored by 16th district Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla.
Two of the 18 Future Business Leaders of America students from Dayton High School who attended the annual state FBLA leadership conference in Spokane April 15-17 earned berths to the national FBLA conference in Chicago June 27-July 2.
College Place residents may have spotted the 30 students and six College Place High School staffers when they volunteered on April 18 for a community service day.
Walla Walla High School science teacher Mary Burt and two other teachers from Washington state will attend a Molecular Design Research Network workshop this summer at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
The entire slate of class officers at Walla Walla High School for 2015-2016 is out:
Close to 100 kindergartners through fifth-graders swarmed onto the Whitman College campus during the annual Mentee to Campus Day Carnival in mid-April.
Two relative newcomers are behind an archaeological dig to illuminate the history of a Milton-Freewater church that dates back 145 years in the Walla Walla Valley.
A whole lot of mentoring has been going on between skilled Whitman College student writers and students at Garrison and Pioneer middle schools and Green Park and Berney elementary schools.
Members of Walla Walla High School Latino Club will scrub cars clean from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 715 W. Poplar St.
Walla Walla Swim Club’s 14th annual fun run is nearly here, said organizer Melissa Gardner.
Jamie Wall presented her work for her bachelor of fine arts degree at a reception on Monday and gave a fiery demonstration at Gallery 231 on the Central Washington University campus.