If you’ve followed public health advice, you’re already vaccinated against influenza for the current season.
You know I rarely do book reviews. For good reason — my recreational reading time is limited to that very brief span between when I crawl into bed and when I can no longer keep my eyes open.
WALLA WALLA — After some uncertainty of the “who” and “where” of a community warming center, things are now in place for this season’s coldest days for those who need shelter.
The size of basketballs, colored like “Outrageous Orange” in the 64-box of Crayola crayons and beautifully bumpy, they fill four fridge-size totes Wednesday at Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.
In most American homes turkey will be the star on Thursday’s menu. Glistening moistly on a platter in the center of a Norman Rockwell-like table, the big bird carries a lot of weight in the nation’s Thanksgiving holiday traditions.
WALLA WALLA — While statewide changes to prescribing practices for prescription pain relief in the past few years has helped lower overdose deaths, the quest for electronic sharing of information to ensure drug safety continues to need tweaking.
Washington state’s policy for providing free braces for kids enrolled in Medicaid is beginning to straighten out, state health officials said last week.
WALLA WALLA — David Sedaris wants to be clear — “You don’t know anything about my family they don’t want you to know.”
November is “National Diabetes Month.”
WALLA WALLA — Medical schools in Washington and elsewhere are demanding more and more of incoming applicants.
New business offers paint, food and libations.
WALLA WALLA — Anyone can learn to paint, and have fun while doing so, Barb Newby believes. Might as well make a party of it, in fact, surrounded by friends, wine and snacks.
Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock says he’s more than ready to take control of developmental disabilities services back from the state — even though shortcomings in the program remain.
WALLA WALLA — A local warming center task force hopes to get invited in out of the cold. And quickly too, as the Valley’s first cold spell becomes dangerous to area residents who don’t have housing.
Today’s flickers and surges in electricity here signaled a meeting between Mother Nature and planned utility work, officials said.
DAYTON — The Columbia County Hospital District must wait at least until Nov. 25 to find out whether its $5.5 million capital improvement bond will pass.
WALLA WALLA — When Amber Dawn Nelson died at Walla Walla County Jail on Sept. 21, there’s every chance no one knew how sick she was, including Nelson herself, officials say.
WALLA WALLA — A nationwide reorganization of the American Red Cross has local consequence, officials say.
POMEROY — Two levies in the region passed handily Tuesday, while one more must still cross finish line.
I accidentally killed Bambi’s little sister a few weeks ago, joining a herd of Oregon drivers who have mowed down wildlife this season.
In Walla Walla County, getting ready to deal with potential Ebola victims look much like elsewhere in the nation, health officials here say.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Mary Jane Cobb is a mystery to Randy Reese.
By the time the sun drops from the sky today, the efforts of several nonprofit partners will have thoroughly swept away the ghosts of the past at Valle Lindo, the housing development in Walla Walla County formerly known as “Farm Labor Camp.”
WALLA WALLA — On the meter of good to bad in 2013-2014 childhood immunization rates, Washington state falls somewhere in between nationally.
It’s so good that I did not write this column earlier.
WALLA WALLA — Although the “loudmouths” always get their opinions heard, researchers here want to hear from everyone in Eastern Washington, said community activist Everett Maroon.
Like others in the Athena-Weston School District, Hunter Sater remembers his friend’s happy spirit above all else.
Citing career fatigue, the executive director of the Walla Walla YMCA is retiring.
Within an ongoing spate of stolen vehicles in the Walla Walla Valley, law enforcement officials are seeing a trend that follows right along national lines — Hondas, mostly older models, going missing.
A new nonprofit, Walla Walla Valley Disability Network, has begun serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.
More than $260,000 was awarded to nonprofit agencies in the annual Blue Mountain Community Foundation grant disbursement, executive director Kari Isaacson said Monday.
We have a food problem at our house. Not that one where the teens leave one spoonful of peanut butter in the jar or two slugs of milk in the jug.
Corrections facilities across the country are tasked by law to provide inmates minimal civil rights.
As a rule, mental health care at Walla Walla County Jail has improved, said Julie Brown, a lawyer contracted with the county to represent clients who can’t afford to hire a lawyer.
When people are processed into the Walla Walla County Jail, many arrive with mental health problems on top of their legal ones.
Debra Hill recalls the first signs her son could have a mental illness.
WALLA WALLA — The teacher became the student and the student has been coach in the father-daughter performance to be featured Tuesday when Walla Walla Symphony presents “Curtain Up!” for the new concert season.
WALLA WALLA — Washington state will gain 335 federal housing vouchers for homeless veterans, with 10 of those set to be administered by Walla Walla Housing Authority, according to Sen. Patty Murray’s office.
Can I just say something? Thank you. Thank you so very much.
DAYTON — Columbia County commissioners will contract for help in serving residents living with a developmental disability.
Before flu season comes, there is flu vaccine season — at least for people serious about avoiding the illness.
Our family caught a glimpse of the black hell of losing a child this past weekend and we are still breathing hard from running in the opposite direction.
WALLA WALLA — Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center heard concerns from area veterans about a range of problems during a “town hall” meeting Wednesday.
WALLA WALLA — Implementing a new model of dispersing donated funds, United Way of Walla Walla County volunteers spent a combined 350 hours to review applications for this year’s awards, said Christy Lieuallen, executive director.
Can we all just stop pimping our children? Stop selling them out for “Like” and “Share”? Quit scurrying to gather “views”?
WALLA WALLA — Dr. Jonathan Hibbs has no doubts speaking out against the Department of Veterans Affairs is risky, despite that he resigned last month after eight years of treating veterans in Walla Walla and Yakima.
WALLA WALLA — This summer Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim undersecretary for health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, sent a message to all hands systemwide.
WALLA WALLA — Apart from hardships veterans have in obtaining medical services, the Yakima Community Bases Outpatient Clinic also doesn’t get the staff it needs, according to Dr. Jonathan Hibbs.
Two doctors who quit Walla Walla VA’s operational area tell of a dysfunctional agency more interested in policy than people.
A wounded Vietnam vet who became a VA clerical worker talks about endless challenges for medical treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Hibbs, who spent eight years working in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, wrote an impassioned letter to colleagues about why he felt compelled to resign. On July 25, Hibbs left his job as medical director of the Yakima Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which operates under the authority of Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His letter follows: