A Walla Walla hospital has landed on a list of those that will be penalized for having had too high a rate of preventable harm to patients, known as “hospital-acquired conditions,” or HACs.
The Walla Walla Clinic is gathering its sheep, so to speak.
Health officials here today said Walla Walla County is experiencing a greatly increased number of cases of influenza and pertussis, best known as whooping cough.
It’s taken me a few weeks to recognize why I’m so very mad. Aside from the obvious, I mean.
WALLA WALLA — Jock Edwards will retire in six months as executive director of the Don and Virginia Sherwood Trust, one of Walla Walla’s leading financial benefactors.
Jackson Stueckle appears to already be entrenched in his family’s patterns, starting off with his initials.
MILTON-FREEWATER — It’s already looking delicious for college football fans this season, what with the Jan. 12 NCAA championship game coming on the heels of Thursday’s first national semifinal games in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
Long before there was a “tiny house movement,” there were tiny houses — on wheels and covered in tin.
WALLA WALLA — The new year will bring new leadership to Friends of Children of Walla Walla.
Simon, a tuxedo cat missing since August, is reunited with his family.
As people entered the sliding doors of Walla Walla General Hospital lobby, they inevitably turned their heads left.
I’m becoming something of an expert on second marriages. On my second marriage, anyway.
WALLA WALLA — It’s the holiday season and the time to seek out some gifts for the homeless population here seemed right to members of The Interfaith Coalition on Poverty.
POMEROY — Garfield County Hospital District head Andrew Craigie counts retired pediatrician Ray Cardwell as among outsiders who want to see the district weather its current hard times.
POMEROY — In the aftermath of a still-fresh tax levy victory, supporters of Garfield County Hospital District have not stopped at the ballot box in efforts to keep the facility alive and see it thrive again.
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.