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Jill-Marie Gavin

Stories by Jill-Marie

Whitman filmmaker focuses on WW

Robert Sickels’ latest documentary explores the history of a local tombstone.

Rangers' work, horses featured at mission

A talk for World Ranger Day and demonstrations of riding and horse regalia highlighted the weekend.

An event held over the weekend in honor of World Ranger Day at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site also highlighted old styles of riding and decorating horses.

A place to sow, reap and heal

The Healing Grounds garden at the local VA adds to choices for veterans in treatment.

WALLA WALLA -- A newly planted garden offers recovering veterans a chance to escape and heal.The Healing Ground garden was planted at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine program

Love of books carry volunteer through life's ups, downs

When Valerie Weaver was a young girl her parents, both teachers, made it a point to take weekly family trips to the library.“Every Monday night we went to the public library and read books. Daddy knew where he wanted to go, Mom knew where she wanted to go

One degree. Two degrees. Three degrees! More?

A graduating student of the 2012 class at Walla Walla University received three degrees by age 21 and is heading to study law at Harvard University in the fall. Nathan Reeves of Milton-Freewater graduated with a bachelor of applied science in mechanical engineering and mathematics, as well as a bachelor of arts in history. Reeves graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place at 15. Private schools were not unfamiliar to Reeves growing up. He skipped second, fourth, and sixth grade and attended public school only on half days to benefit from the advanced math classes available there.

Butterfly program gains wings at prison

Inmates are preparing to release monarch butterflies raised in a new program at the penitentiary.

WALLA WALLA -- An unusual program is taking flight at the Washington State Penitentiary.The prison has been chosen as a location for a monarch butterfly breeding project facilitated by Washington State University and run by inmates.The project focuses on