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

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.

Weston to discuss contract for law enforcement

WESTON — Weston City Council members will consider a law enforcement contract with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office at a special meeting 6 p.m. today at Weston-Athena Memorial Hall.

Appeal filed in Milton-Freewater gun club decision

A Umatilla County decision to allow the East End Rod & Gun Club to continue operating is headed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Columbia County prosecutor to face challenger in November

DAYTON — Columbia County Prosecutor Rea Culwell will have a challenger in November after Randy O. Lewis amassed enough write-in votes in the Aug. 5 primary to get his name on the general election ballot.

Pulp company seeks federal grant for construction

DAYTON — Columbia County will likely seek a $1.8 million grant to connect Columbia Pulp’s planned straw pulp mill with an existing natural gas pipeline.

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Rural town’s schools at crossroads

It’s clear Dayton has lost a significant number of students to other districts. The reasons are as numerous as the students who left.

DAYTON — Some students here leave town for schools with a dance team or theater department. Some have a bad experience with a teacher, or are bullied by another student. And some just happen to live closer to another school outside the district.

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Enrollment solutions rife with Catch-22

DAYTON — City schools Superintendent Doug Johnson acknowledges declining enrollment numbers in his district are out of sync compared to neighboring rural districts.

Weston opts to contract with sheriff for police coverage

WESTON — The City Council voted Wednesday to enter into contract negotiations for police coverage with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

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