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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Etc - Umatilla Search and Rescue team members honored

A bushel full of awards were presented during Umatilla County Search and Rescue Team’s annual potluck dinner and awards ceremony. Special recognition also went to the volunteers, their families and other supporters.

Etc - Walla Walla 2020 website treasure trove of historical sites

As temperatures hover near some semblance of warmth and the weather hints at improving, consider checking out the historic homes and buildings in this area by bike, on foot or on four wheels. You may live in one of these places — or next door to one.

Garrison Middle School unveils new website

Garrison Middle School is up and running online with a new website at It has been several years since most district schools sites have been updated. Garrison follows Walla Walla High School, which had its site updated in the summer.

Seahawks kicker, ailing Walla Walla girl share bond

For Seattle Seahawks place-kicker Steven Hauschka, spending time with a little Walla Walla girl fighting cancer has not been a one-time deal.

Column: New wine tome rooted in Walla Walla Valley history

“Wines of Walla Walla Valley, A Deep-Rooted History,” by Walla Walla native Catie McIntyre Walker is among the most interesting reads I’ve come across lately. In part because it conveys so much information about our past and present in the area.

Balloon launch in Olympia a high point for Wa-Hi group

A team of 12 Latina high school sophomores from Walla Walla launched a weather balloon while on the Capitol grounds in Olympia recently.

Walla Walla teacher gains national certification

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Bill Jordan presented National Board Certification pins to Green Park special education teacher and Edison kindergarten teacher Rebecca Keene.

Financial aid application night set at Wa-Hi

Walla Walla High School seniors and their families are invited to Wa-Hi from 5:30-7 tonight to get one-on-one support in filling out and filing free Federal Student Aid applications.

Chinese white dolphin survives collision with walla-walla

Did I ever mention how much I enjoy Google’s search capabilities and the fascinating places it transports me?

Rotary meeting recounts New Year's Eve sights in NYC

Oh, sure, to ring in the new year, New York City’s Times Square has its famous, flashy 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball, with computerized LED lighting system covered in triangular crystal panels. In Key West, Fla., they lower a drag queen in a giant stiletto; it’s an onion in St. George’s, Bermuda; a tangerine in Brooksville, Fla.; a peach in Atlanta, Ga.; an Indy car in Indianapolis; and a red crab in Easton, Md. From liberty bells to beavers, pretzels to pickles, many communities mark the beginning of the new year with unusual devices.

Retirees group seeks applicants for scholarships

Two Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association scholarships of $1,200 are now available.

Walla Walla schools complete wifi project

Walla Walla Public Schools are now in the Wi-Fi zone. The districtwide wireless network project provides a wireless infrastructure in every school to support current and future use of mobile technology needs in the classroom, the school district online newsletter reported.

Walla Walla School Board members launch new outreach

Walla Walla School Board members plan to visit district buildings more often through a new Adopt-a-School outreach program they created.

Etc - BMAC delivers 105,000 meals worth of food to hungry

Using 24-foot refrigerated delivery trucks, Blue Mountain Action Council’s Food Bank crew hauled 126,000 pounds — 63 tons — of food to pantries at The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, The Pantry Shelf and Helpline in Walla Walla County and three others in Garfield, Columbia and Asotin counties.

Transportation director named winner of safety award

The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety/DUI Task Force on Wednesday honored Transportation Director Steve Olson with the 2015 Traffic Safety Super Star Award in the Educational Outreach category.

Miss Washington to visit Garrison Middle

Feb. 4 will be royal for Garrison Middle School students when current Miss Washington Kailee Dunn arrives for the day.

Author participates in Law Enforcement Citizens Academy

I became more familiar with how law enforcement and the criminal justice system work in Walla Walla County by participating in the 11-week Law Enforcement Citizens Academy in 2014. That’s our group at right.

Wa-Hi student returns for 'Week of Code'

Former Walla Walla High School student Nick Ferraro returned to the classroom to help digital media technology instructor Dennis DeBroeck with his “Week of Code.”

Miniature pinscher sets fashion trends around town

When Kaiser the miniature pinscher, 2, steps out into the chilly Walla Walla Valley clime, paws down he’s kitted out in a variety of on-trend, fashion-forward, yet warm and practical togs.

Pi Day plans in works at Whitman College

March 14 — 3-14-15 — is Pi Day for American Association of University Women’s Great Explorations, a day of science adventures for girls grades 5-8 at Whitman College.

Walla Walla High cheer team wins competition

The Walla Walla High School Cheer team placed first in its first-ever cheer competition during winter break. The team competed against squads from around the region at Selah High School, according to the school district online newsletter.

Walla Walla sergeant wins instructor award

Peers of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Daschofsky chose the Walla Walla man to honor with the 2014 Michael Collings Award.

Etc - Cheers! Chef Michael Corvino to host James Beard dinner

Chef Michael Corvino, who grew up and began his culinary career in Walla Walla and is currently executive chef and general manager at The American in Kansas City, Mo., will prepare and host his first dinner at the famous James Beard House in New York City on Thursday.

Etc - Blue Mountain Heart to Heart celebrates 30 years

Concerned that more needed to be done to support those in the Valley who were HIV-positive or living with AIDS, in 1985 more than a dozen Walla Walla residents formed Blue Mountain Heart to Heart.

Fundraiser to benefit regional autism group

Eastern Washington Autism Spectrum Disorder Association its hosting its fourth annual Wine & Beer Tasting/Silent Auction on Feb. 7, according to a release.

Local grants fund dental services to district students

Grants from the Bald and Garner Esary Trusts will fund free dental care for Lincoln High School students at their school from the mobile dental team, and other district elementary students will receive dental services and education through Blue Mountain Dental Clinic.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Walla Walla launches new website

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Walla Walla has a new website at

Scouts pile up the numbers with Christmas tree haul

Boy Scout Troop 305 members methodically worked nearly every street and lane in the surrounding area to collect more than 1,000 Christmas trees over two days in early January, said coordinator Al Sutlick in a release.

Center at the Park gets restroom overhaul

The Center at the Park is getting gussied up. Renovation of the restrooms by Opp & Seibold are complete, according to Howard Ostby, director of the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center, Inc., in a release.

SAGE Center plans Frozen event, showing

Queen Elsa of Arendelle is a character in Disney’s Academy Award-winning 2013 animated feature film, “Frozen.”

Traffic Safety Super Star awards luncheon in works

Individuals and top area DUI law enforcement officers, volunteers from the Tipsy Taxi and Every 15 Minutes programs and DUI Victim Impact Panel will be honored at the 15th annual Traffic Safety Super Star awards luncheon on Jan. 21, said Nancy Walters in a release.

Murder mystery party set at museum

Dialing this activity to your fright tolerance level, you and five friends can play Murder at the Kirkman House — if you dare. So reads an invitation from Kirkman House Museum. The party was tested recently by members of the Kirkman Airship Alliance who prowled the museum seeking clues to a killer’s identity, the weapon used and where the murder was committed.

Contending with cancer, ex-Walla Walla child cheered by firefighters

Fighting cancer, Walla Wallan Madeline Herman moved with her family from Walla Walla to Kirkland, Wash., to access chemo treatment at Seattle Children’s hospital.

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To sea in Darwin’s Galápagos Islands

After we pollywogs — those yet to cross the equator — became zero-degree latitude-passing-over shellbacks, we limboed on our ship’s deck just forward of the bridge to mark the occasion at the nose of seahorse-shaped Isabela Island in the Galápagos.

Readers identify employees in historical U-B photos

Boy did the responses come shooting in after several photos of U-B employees from 1958 appeared in last Sunday’s Etcetera column.

AAUW scholarship benefit roots are decades deep in area

When it comes down to it, members of the Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch are not completely sure when their book sale fundraiser originated.

Exchange club honors Youths of the Month

Exchange Club of Walla Walla presented Youths of the Month awards to seniors at two area high schools during a recent luncheon.

County Sheriff’s deputies, officers garner honors for service

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office presented honors to area deputies and officers recently, reported Sheriff John Turner in a release.

Wa-Hi class of '65 plans reunion

From the momentous to the trivial (when the U.S. began regularly bombing and strafing in North Vietnam on Feb. 7 and ordered the first combat troops into Vietnam on March 31 to when George Harrison’s tonsils were removed), 1965 was when the times they were a changin’.

Valley resident digs into Washington's turbulent coal past

Walla Walla Valley resident David Bullock dug deep into events during a turbulent time in the central part of our state of which many contemporary Washingtonians remain unaware.

Milton-Freewater Rotary gathers for special program

Once per year Milton-Freewater Rotary Club 294 convenes with members of the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce for a special Christmas program initiated by Jack Williams presented in December 1954.

Arizona State University dean's list includes Walla Walla students

Arizona State University undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester with at least a 3.50 gpa are eligible for the dean’s list. ASU just announced on Wednesday those who made the spring 2014 semester list.

Sweet Adelines chorus hosts open house

Celebrating the new year, local members of Sweet Adelines Blue Mountain Chorus will join with choruses around the world for the 2015 Sweet Adelines January open house.

Pool bond advocates plan rally

There’s a movement afloat to Rebuild Memorial Pool. Those involved in the effort are planning a rally at 10 a.m. Saturday at 19 N. Second Ave., according to a release from Becky Kennedy. Ample parking is available off Rose Street

AVID tutor wins grant from college

Advancement Via Individual Determination tutor Molly Emmett received the 2015 Spring Internship Grant from Whitman College. She will work for Walla Walla School District with a specific focus on the AVID program, according to the school district online newsletter.

Family's chocolate tradition continues in a big way

Based on a long-standing annual tradition, a local extended family found itself again up to its elbows in chocolate when nine women from four generations made around 1,500 hand-dipped, creamy, filled confections.