Rachel Alexander

Assistant Web Editor

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Rachel joined the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as a reporter in January 2013, and covers the outlying areas of the Walla Walla Valley, including Garfield and Columbia Counties. She was previously a freelance reporter for the paper, covering immigration issues and policy, as well as local news and events.

Originally from Seattle, Rachel moved to Walla Walla to attend Whitman College, and graduated in May 2013 with a degree in politics and environmental studies. She began her journalism career at Whitman in 2009, working as a news reporter for the college's weekly paper, The Pioneer, and eventually became editor-in-chief her senior year.

In her free time, she enjoys reading just about anything she can get her hands on, and learning more about coding and digital journalism skills.

Recent Stories

Golf decline slices into Columbia County budget

DAYTON — Decreased revenue from the Touchet Valley Golf Course and fairgrounds stall rentals have led to a projected budget shortfall of almost $19,000 for Columbia County’s parks and recreation fund.

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Flood-displaced couple finds temporary home on Monteillet farm

Fire and rain force a couple from a Twisp farm, buy they find friends in Dayton’s Joan and Pierre-Louis Monteillet.

Sal Asaro and Patty Cho escaped fire and floods in Twisp, Wash. before winding up living at Monteillet Fromagerie in Dayton.

Columbia County Port commissioner dies

Port of Columbia Commissioner Dale McKinley died early Thursday at his home. He was 65.

Waitsburg schools must repay $38,000 to federal government

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg Schools will repay $38,000 in federal funding for failing to show maintenance of effort in the district’s special education programs.

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Waitsburg clamors for public art

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg residents are demanding something unusual from their government — more public art.

Dayton rolls in medical pot with recreational operations ban

DAYTON — The City Council banned marijuana operations in a 5-1 vote Monday, citing public opinion and concerns over conflicts between state and federal law.

Dayton man, a former Army medic, now children’s author

DAYTON — A military career isn’t always easy to explain to kids.

Area pot zoning efforts face resistance

DAYTON — With moratoriums on recreational marijuana businesses set to expire mid-September, Dayton and Columbia County are moving forward with zoning ordinances amid opposition from residents.

Port of Walla Walla might purchase Boise property

WALLULA — A missing piece of land could finally complete the puzzle for the Port of Walla Walla’s Wallula Gap Business Park, officials say.

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Columbia County Fair to host WWCC exhibits

DAYTON — Music, food and a rodeo are standard parts of the Columbia County Fair, but this year, they’ll be joined by a drone, a race car and a stream table.

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