I first heard about Katy Butler at a health-journalism conference in April. I’m embarrassed it took me that long.
The annual bashing of stripped down motorized metal as drivers ram into each other in an attempt to be the last clunker standing has packed the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds with fans for decades.
When Dr. John Fackenthall closes up his office on Monday, the door will be shutting on the last solo family practice in town.
Vince Gill was not talking about Southeast Washington when he recorded “Look at Us” in 1991. No, the longstanding country music star was crooning about a married couple having made it through the many hurdles of marriage.
With more gavel work in 90 minutes than he said he’s done in two years, Mayor Jerry Cummins brought Wednesday night’s City Council meeting to a close after members dealt a setback to a plan to build a day shelter for the homeless on Pine Street.
No question Walla Walla has homelessness, housing and health officials agree.
Just as people and governments wish everyone had a job, they also wish everyone could also have a place they can call home.
At Wednesday’s 7 p.m. Walla Walla City Council meeting, city staff will present four options for council members to consider for possible exemptions to the building code for indigent housing in existing buildings.
Walla Walla City Council member Barbara Clark, a founding member of the nonprofit Alliance for the Homeless along with husband Dan Clark, said she does not feel a need to recuse herself from voting on revising exemptions to the city’s ordinance on indigent housing.
Make it stop. Oh, please, make it stop.
There were promises — lots of them — that hosting a Gentlemen of the Road Stopover would be wonderful.
Despite a haze of wildfire smoke over the Walla Walla Valley on Friday, the air below was clearly electric with the hum of excited Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festivalgoers.
The state Medical Commission has immediately restricted a Walla Walla physician from prescribing narcotics and some other controlled substances due to allegations that he overprescribed narcotics to his patients. One of his patients died three days after being over medicated.
In a dozen-song set, performed in a 45 minute window, Whiskey Creek band plans to blow Gentlemen of the Road crowds away.
With a time slot some might consider challenging for a band to energize a crowd, Robin Barrett plans to make sure Gentlemen of the Road attendees have plenty to stay up for Friday night.
In the tradition of music festivals most everywhere, there will be food trucks at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover event, dispensing favorites like garlic waffle fries, slow-cooked pork tacos, Vietnamese noodle bowls, smoked turkey kebabs and watermelon lemonade.
Before the posters went up, before schedules were hammered out and before tickets went on sale for this week’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, health and emergency officials in Walla Walla County were planning how to keep an estimated crowd of 20,000 safe and healthy.
Best described as a company in competition for the dollars we’ve historically shelled out for taxi rides, Uber is driven by smartphone requests to everyday people hoping to make money by ferrying folks here and there.
In the heat of summer the thought of wallowing in cool mud might be appealing.
John Kelley stood for a long and silent moment Thursday morning, gazing at the soldier in the bathroom mirror.
American Red Cross officials said Tuesday afternoon the shelter at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds will remain open tonight since the Blue Creek fire is not contained.
The same wind that is beleaguering fire personnel assigned to the Blue Creek and other fires is providing breathing room in the Valley below.
I don’t know how to break it to the good folks of Dixie, but it has become clear I am firmly one of the family.
Those caring for people and animals in response to the Blue Creek fire said they were more than impressed with the Walla Walla Valley this morning.
Authorities today said the fire was human caused and is under investigation. A full update will be posted later this morning.
While more than 750 acres are burning at Blue Creek, fire crews have been summoned from Touchet for a grass field fire at 2779 Frog Hollow Road, near Forest Road, about 6:10 p.m. on Monday.
A fire that has burned about 350 acres in the Klicker Mountain and Blue Creek areas is home to any number of animals. The Blue Mountain Humane Society is among those that moved quickly this afternoon to address the need for temporary shelter of displaced service animals, pets and livestock.
United Way of Walla Walla County announced Thursday it distributed $265,000 to 14 nonprofit agencies.
Walla Walla City Council members will wait to make a decision on a building code change that would benefit planners of a proposed day center to serve those living in homelessness.
A group of homeowners in the west end of Walla Walla is making itself clear — a day center proposed by the Alliance for the Homeless for the area is not welcome in their backyard.
Walla Walla University president John McVay was at the 2015 General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the proposal to officially ordain female ministers failed in a vote by global delegates.
More than 100 people voted Monday night to officially form a new nonprofit organization intended to battle homelessness in the Walla Walla area.
I am sorry. I was wrong. You were right. Consider this your belated anniversary gift.
Service clubs and fraternal organizations face a number of challenges in staying viable, national data shows.
Two factions in Walla Walla believe they have answers for the local homeless situation.
Kiwanians here and elsewhere gather in diminishing numbers these days, as is the case with other fraternal service organizations nationwide.
This, noted Don Schack, is what “impossible” looks like.
Tuesday evening was plenty warm when Don and Nonda Gibbard began driving to Waterbrook Winery west of Walla Walla.
With outdoor temperatures predicted to climb into triple digits this weekend, Oregon health officials have issued a public health warning.
As Walla Walla County grapples with creative ways to reduce homelessness, a local couple say they think they’re on to a partial solution.
An exploration of progress in reducing Walla Walla County homelessness and search for answers will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
Medicaid patients as well as those with no insurance can get treated at the dental clinic at Family Medical Center on Rose Street, too.
While Yvette Dieu is being seen by dentist Dr. Norman Passmore, her husband James Duncan tries to relax in the waiting room of SonBridge Community Center’s dental clinic.
In the Walla Walla Valley, 192 people are waiting to see a dentist, the majority of them for the first time or after a care gap of many years.
It’s almost Father’s Day and I’m giving a shout out to someone you don’t hear about nearly enough.
Helpline has announced it is ending its administration of two government housing assistance contracts. Instead Blue Mountain Action Council will assume responsibility for facilitating the programs.
DAYTON — A $5.5 million renovation voters approved in November for the Columbia County Hospital District is to revving up.
The question posed by Dr. James Appel to those attending Walla Walla University’s Sunday morning graduation commencement was, “Is it worth it?”
Naloxone might not quite be a knight in shining armor, but it is a most effective soldier on the front line fighting drug overdose deaths, experts say.
If you ask Wikipedia, Umapine, Ore., is a unincorporated community in Umatilla County, first established as a railroad stop for the Walla Walla Valley Railway in the early 1900s.