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Sheila Hagar

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Overabundance of squash more than one can bear

Make it stop. Oh, please, make it stop.

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MumFoo exceeds expectations, city says

There were promises — lots of them — that hosting a Gentlemen of the Road Stopover would be wonderful.

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Festivalgoers find plenty to like about WW, Stopover

Despite a haze of wildfire smoke over the Walla Walla Valley on Friday, the air below was clearly electric with the hum of excited Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festivalgoers.

Updated: Walla Walla doctor barred from prescribing narcotics after patient death

The state Medical Commission has immediately restricted a Walla Walla physician from prescribing narcotics and some other controlled substances due to allegations that he overprescribed narcotics to his patients. One of his patients died three days after being over medicated.

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Whiskey Creek brings smooth taste of country

In a dozen-song set, performed in a 45 minute window, Whiskey Creek band plans to blow Gentlemen of the Road crowds away.

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No bedtime lullaby for Coyote Kings

With a time slot some might consider challenging for a band to energize a crowd, Robin Barrett plans to make sure Gentlemen of the Road attendees have plenty to stay up for Friday night.

Festival food vendor inspectors have hands full

In the tradition of music festivals most everywhere, there will be food trucks at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover event, dispensing favorites like garlic waffle fries, slow-cooked pork tacos, Vietnamese noodle bowls, smoked turkey kebabs and watermelon lemonade.

Officials planning for healthy concertgoers

Before the posters went up, before schedules were hammered out and before tickets went on sale for this week’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, health and emergency officials in Walla Walla County were planning how to keep an estimated crowd of 20,000 safe and healthy.

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Home Place - Portland pair take ride-sharing for a spin

Best described as a company in competition for the dollars we’ve historically shelled out for taxi rides, Uber is driven by smartphone requests to everyday people hoping to make money by ferrying folks here and there.

Upcoming Mud Mania aims to raise funds for Rising Sun Clubhouse

In the heat of summer the thought of wallowing in cool mud might be appealing.

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Local Marine prepares for final deployment

John Kelley stood for a long and silent moment Thursday morning, gazing at the soldier in the bathroom mirror.

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Update: American Red Cross shelter to remain open

American Red Cross officials said Tuesday afternoon the shelter at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds will remain open tonight since the Blue Creek fire is not contained.

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Wind keeps Valley's air quality solid in spite of fire

The same wind that is beleaguering fire personnel assigned to the Blue Creek and other fires is providing breathing room in the Valley below.

Hagar - Small town holds big memories for family

I don’t know how to break it to the good folks of Dixie, but it has become clear I am firmly one of the family.

Community steps up to help animals displaced by fire

Those caring for people and animals in response to the Blue Creek fire said they were more than impressed with the Walla Walla Valley this morning.

Blue Creek fire uncontained, forces evacuations

Authorities today said the fire was human caused and is under investigation. A full update will be posted later this morning.

Grass fire breaks out in Touchet

While more than 750 acres are burning at Blue Creek, fire crews have been summoned from Touchet for a grass field fire at 2779 Frog Hollow Road, near Forest Road, about 6:10 p.m. on Monday.

Humane Society, vet practices open doors to nonhuman evacuees

A fire that has burned about 350 acres in the Klicker Mountain and Blue Creek areas is home to any number of animals. The Blue Mountain Humane Society is among those that moved quickly this afternoon to address the need for temporary shelter of displaced service animals, pets and livestock.

United Way of Walla Walla County aims for proven programs with donations

United Way of Walla Walla County announced Thursday it distributed $265,000 to 14 nonprofit agencies.

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Walla Walla Council delays action on day center for the homeless

Walla Walla City Council members will wait to make a decision on a building code change that would benefit planners of a proposed day center to serve those living in homelessness.

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Homeless center idea concerns neighborhood

A group of homeowners in the west end of Walla Walla is making itself clear — a day center proposed by the Alliance for the Homeless for the area is not welcome in their backyard.

Local SDA leaders support women in clergy

Walla Walla University president John McVay was at the 2015 General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the proposal to officially ordain female ministers failed in a vote by global delegates.

Homeless alliance to form as nonprofit

More than 100 people voted Monday night to officially form a new nonprofit organization intended to battle homelessness in the Walla Walla area.

Home Place - New models have folks hellbent for Leathermen

I am sorry. I was wrong. You were right. Consider this your belated anniversary gift.

Local Elks, Rotary find ways to rebuild their membership

Service clubs and fraternal organizations face a number of challenges in staying viable, national data shows.

Groups offer competing solutions to area homelessness

Two factions in Walla Walla believe they have answers for the local homeless situation.

Community helping hands need help

Kiwanians here and elsewhere gather in diminishing numbers these days, as is the case with other fraternal service organizations nationwide.

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'Impossible' accomplished: Ground broken on Walla Walla Veterans Home

This, noted Don Schack, is what “impossible” looks like.

Panorama - A Model A meeting

Tuesday evening was plenty warm when Don and Nonda Gibbard began driving to Waterbrook Winery west of Walla Walla.

Milton-Freewater church opens impromptu cooling center

With outdoor temperatures predicted to climb into triple digits this weekend, Oregon health officials have issued a public health warning.

Walla Walla couple proposes homeless day center idea

As Walla Walla County grapples with creative ways to reduce homelessness, a local couple say they think they’re on to a partial solution.

Walla Walla County to eye homelessness plan

An exploration of progress in reducing Walla Walla County homelessness and search for answers will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

Clinic helps Medicaid, uninsured patients

Medicaid patients as well as those with no insurance can get treated at the dental clinic at Family Medical Center on Rose Street, too.

SonBridge a dental oasis for people on financial fringe

While Yvette Dieu is being seen by dentist Dr. Norman Passmore, her husband James Duncan tries to relax in the waiting room of SonBridge Community Center’s dental clinic.

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Oral health care scarce for impoverished in area

In the Walla Walla Valley, 192 people are waiting to see a dentist, the majority of them for the first time or after a care gap of many years.

Column: Daughter's better half a good catch, perfect match

It’s almost Father’s Day and I’m giving a shout out to someone you don’t hear about nearly enough.

Helpline cuts rental assistance programs; BMAC to take over

Helpline has announced it is ending its administration of two government housing assistance contracts. Instead Blue Mountain Action Council will assume responsibility for facilitating the programs.

Board looks for a Dayton hospital rebuild architect

DAYTON — A $5.5 million renovation voters approved in November for the Columbia County Hospital District is to revving up.

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For doctor and family, helping others a shared commitment

The question posed by Dr. James Appel to those attending Walla Walla University’s Sunday morning graduation commencement was, “Is it worth it?”

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Overdose antidote drug nearly perfect tool

Naloxone might not quite be a knight in shining armor, but it is a most effective soldier on the front line fighting drug overdose deaths, experts say.

Umapine? Doing fine

If you ask Wikipedia, Umapine, Ore., is a unincorporated community in Umatilla County, first established as a railroad stop for the Walla Walla Valley Railway in the early 1900s.

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Baby alpaca fights to make weight in rocky start

Born May 24 at about half the weight of a typical newborn alpaca, Little Guy is fighting for all he’s worth to overcome a rough start at Old Homestead Alpacas, a fiber farm on Stateline Road featured earlier this month in a story about veterans becoming farmers.

Updated: Soil testing for Valley Fever culprit improves

Washington state public health departments finally have some ammunition to go after a relatively recent — and totally unwelcome — newcomer to the region.

Column: Remembering the gift of ‘good’ on Memorial Day

Just a glimpse of Ronnie’s face could change my entire day.

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History in stone

A former Walla Walla couple traverses the state to log what they find in old cemeteries.

Begun as Decoration Day in 1868 and made a national holiday in 1971 to honor those who died in U.S. wars, Memorial Day is a time people journey to cemeteries to pay tribute to veterans and others.

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Former Dayton man heads to Nepal to lend a hand

After a 2013 collision with a deer when he was riding his motorcycle in hills surrounding Dayton, Teeters found himself grateful to be alive and prepared to live with whatever physical health limitations his shattered leg, ruptured spleen and broken ribs dictated.

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Nepal offers lesson on disaster preparedness

In Nepal, Booth Teeters sees firsthand every day what lack of disaster preparation looks like.

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Ubiquitous beetles under columnist's skin

Today we are going to talk about a common enemy in the West: the boxelder bug, also known as elder bugs.

Catchy names aimed to catch up on M-F development

At a community meeting last week, urban planners Matthew Arnold and Martin Glastra van Loon of Portland-based SERA Architects Inc. used catchy titles to unveil ways to capitalize on Milton-Freewater’s historic and natural assets.

Milton-Freewater on brink of decision about future

The time is now for Milton-Freewater residents to decide how their farm town on the edge of the Walla Walla Valley will capitalize on a growing wine industry poised to bring more wineries and tasting rooms — and a bumper crop of tourists.