Rachel was a reporter at the Union-Bulletin from January 2013-September 2014, and covered 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.
POMEROY — Pinball machines and arcade games line the hallway, and a dozen televisions — mostly from the 1950s — stack to form a makeshift wall in the bedroom. Aside from an overhead light in the kitchen, every room is lit only by neon: a collection of glowing hamburgers, ice cream cones, shoes and an outline of the state of Nevada.
In Garfield County, access to health care is on shaky ground. The public hospital district is projecting a budget deficit of more than $500,000 in 2014, and will close its doors if voters don’t approve a special $730,000 levy in November.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police reported 12 motor vehicle thefts in September, a “dramatic increase” over typically single-digit theft rates, according to spokesman Tim Bennett.
WALLA WALLA — A fire Tuesday night that heavily damaged an unoccupied house on Division Street is being investigated as arson, Walla Walla Fire Department officials said this morning.
WALLA WALLA — A man whom police say threatened to commit suicide by blowing up his home made a first appearance this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
DAYTON — Columbia County is facing a state Developmental Disabilities Administration review after the county failed to produce enough evidence to demonstrate compliance with their contract during a routine monitoring in May.
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.
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.
Port of Columbia Commissioner Dale McKinley died early Thursday at his home. He was 65.
WAITSBURG — Waitsburg Schools will repay $38,000 in federal funding for failing to show maintenance of effort in the district’s special education programs.