Before you read this column, chant this line: “This is not about me. This is not about me.”
MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater’s Jr. Show grounds are mostly hidden to uninformed eye, sited on property behind a busy feed store. A glance at 50 mph on the highway leading into town reveals outbuildings that look at home in any rural setting, and no more.
WALLA WALLA — So you say you want to volunteer?
For seven years, Helpline in Walla Walla has gone through the stomach to reach the community’s heart.
WALLA WALLA — Temporary tattoos have long been marketed as a way to have your cake and eat it, too.
You know how going to your spouse’s class reunion can be a labor of love? You’re there, hanging out with people you may only see at reunions, smiling at insider jokes you don’t understand and watching your other half dance with others a little maniacally as they project their inner high schooler.
WALLA WALLA — “Today,” Marika Tompkins announces, “we’re starting with ‘focus.’ Focus begins with balance, in part, using the high and low parts of our body.”
County Commissioner Greg Tompkins' business could be affected by a proposed shift in oversight of the development.
WALLA WALLA COUNTY— A Walla Walla County commissioner is seeking more than $54,000 on behalf of his business from the Walla Walla County Housing Authority.
WALLA WALLA — Police were led on a high speed chase Saturday night that resulted a local man being put behind bars.
Fewer students are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, according to a recent survey of kids in Washington state.
Andy Dickison, whose public playing is familiar to many in the Valley, died last week.
WALLA WALLA — One of the city’s most public of musical voices fell silent last week, sending a soul transparent about enduring a life of mental illness home to heaven, according to those who knew Andy Dickison.
The U.S. Drug and Food Administration today warned the public that antibiotic azithromycin — commercially known as Zithromax or Zmax — can cause abnormal electrical changes in the heart that could lead to fatal, irregular heart rhythm in some patients.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Housing Authority board members are hoping to put themselves out of a job.
Camo Man and I are exhausted. As I write this, we are fresh from school conferences at McLoughlin High School.
A volunteer is needed for an agency that helps former inmates make their way on the outside.
WALLA WALLA — STAR Project is looking for just the right person to coordinate between tenants and landlords.
Bumble Bee Foods on Wednesday recalled certain lots of five-ounce cans of tuna products because the cans may have loose seals. Today, Tri-Union Seafoods did the same for a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea chunk white albacore tuna in water.
WALLA WALLA — It’s a game changer, a “quantum leap forward,” nearly magical.
WALLA WALLA — Take one nonprofit agency serving disabled adults.
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, today recalled certain lots of five-ounce cans of tuna products because the cans may have loose seals.
WALLA WALLA — STAR Project is looking for just the right person. The agency — Successful Transition and Recovery — serves clients who have been recently released from incarceration. Finding housing is one of the biggest tasks.
WALLA WALLA — The founder of local band Coyote Kings and Mush promised everyone last year — “If I break even, I’ll do it again next year.”
Nancy Johnson Allen has already tested the skills she got from parenting Walla Walla Community College roommate and amnesia victim Kayla Hutcheson.
They come in dreams, unanticipated but welcome.
MILTON-FREEWATER — In the same way she lived her whole life, Dorothy Heard approached death — having her say up until nearly the last minute.
It doesn’t take much to light the flame under my secret addiction. Not Facebook, since that’s no secret.
COLLEGE PLACE — It’s hard to picture a happier face than Dale Visger’s.
WALLA WALLA — You’re likely to get over it but in the meantime, stay close to the bathroom.
WALLA WALLA — After five years of “extremely rewarding” times at the helm of Helpline, Dan Willms is returning home to his family and the family business. Today was his last day at the desk of executive director.
What household hasn’t had this conversation?
The board of United Way of Walla Walla County has announced the resignation of Executive Director Liz McDevitt, one she tendered with “marked ambivelance,” she said in a letter to board members.
WALLA WALLA — Strength. Hope. Cure. Awareness. And one crazy, fantastical night.
WALLA WALLA — A local addiction and social worker professional has been placed on probation by the Washington state Department of Health.
Badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Will Teeters is on the road to a full recovery, but not a return to the saddle, he says.
On the day dedicated to matters of the heart, Will Teeters struggles to adequately express the overflowing love in his, even after sleepless nights of pain.
Dear Camo Man, Happy first married Valentine’s Day, Honey. Not that we need excuses for romance ... our days are filled with it.
Jim Sanders, former YMCA director and co-owner of Public House 124 restaurant, told police he dumped cooking grease on the lawn of current YMCA leader Randy Grant.
WALLA WALLA — More than $3.7 million dollars has been awarded to community agencies by Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services through a competitive bid process.
The annual dance is set for Saturday in Milton-Freewater.
MILTON-FREEWATER — The Jr. Show organization here is not typically associated with life’s fancier moments.
I spend a quite a bit of time parenting my daughter in a repressed rage.
Tony Pugliese’s work begins when that of other people comes to an end.
MILTON-FREEWATER — The wind whipping through the Ferndale Elementary School parking lot carries a sting. Robin Reynolds, a paraprofessional, is buttoned into her fluffy winter coat.
WALLA WALLA — The Washington state Department of Health has handed down a judgment against a local social worker, calling the evidence presented “clear and convincing” examples of unprofessional conduct.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Jessie Schmaltz needs help and her Aunt Amy is determined to get it.
Hedgehogs in Washington state and elsewhere are making health officials prickly.
Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75.
Best friends Norma Leisle and Kathleen Walker are fighting cancer the way that’s most natural to them: together.
The long chain of coincidences wrapping friends Norma Leisle and Kathleen Walker together reads like a novel— one filled with terror and trauma and love.
Ron Richwine is battling esophageal cancer and surgery has failed to stop its spread.
MILTON-FREEWATER — In the place residents here have long roared for victory at sporting events, they did it again Sunday ... in hope of another team win.
WALLA WALLA — The nation’s spreading influenza outbreak has not hit rural Washington yet, but there’s no reason to think Walla Walla will escape, according to health officials.
There’s being lucky and then there’s being Lucky.
Matthew 25:35-40 — For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me ... The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Everyone who knows Hamilton Loomis knows he climbed the musical staircase under the guidance of Bo Diddley.