The largest amount was given to basic human care organizations
WALLA WALLA — This month Blue Mountain Community Foundation handed out nearly $241,000 in grants to area social services, arts, emergency assistance and community-needs organizations.
Walla Walla Community College Foundation goes with tradition in choosing the large-cast Broadway smash.
WALLA WALLA — Playgoers here love and reward tradition, so Walla Walla Community College Foundation is going to serve it up big this summer with its presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” for the 2014 outdoor summer musical.
Helpline has already been forced to suspend its program to defray the cost of medications.
The minute — the second — you feel you’ve nailed down the definitive musical meat of “Kneebody,” something changes. With a snap of audio fingers, a song jumps from richly-flavored big band to the unsettling, alternating fuzzy-sharp tang of electronic synthesizer.
WALLA WALLA — A restaurant co-owner who admitted he dumped grease and chemicals on a lawn in a Walla Walla neighborhood is subject to two years of community and judicial accountability, according to Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney James Nagle.
I am writing this in October, the official month of all things pink. You know, the color of breast cancer awareness. And store shelves were completely pinked out well before October, as if buying pink merchandise is the only answer to the problem.
Cynthia Morris is happy to call an aging — and some would say insufficient — camper her 'home.'
MILTON-FREEWATER — The small windows are covered in scraps of fabric. The kitchen floor threatens to sink farther with every step. The ceiling is a collage of peeling paint, blooming water marks and holes. And the potential for fire makes Cynthia Morris nervous whenever she thinks about the unsheathed and insufficient wires laying behind a cupboard door that’s seen better days. “This worries me to death,” she said, displaying what looks like strands of common extension cords passing for house wiring.
Health officials urge condom use and other preventives.
WALLA WALLA — A benefit dinner will be held Oct. 30 for a local businessman and photographer who has been hospitalized for acute severe pancreatitis, according to his family and friends.
WAITSBURG — Brad Green thinks big. And hears bigger. The Waitsburg public schools music educator understands the challenge of working in a rural district. Bands and choirs are always small in number, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving students a taste of big band, so to speak.
Polly called. She rarely does, so when it happens, I listen. She hated to ask a favor, she said, but there’s a dog in trouble, and could I help? “I’ve tried everything I can think of. Maybe you can get the word out.”
WALLA WALLA — A woman accused in connection with a grease dumping at the home of YMCA Executive Director Randy Grant has pleaded guilty to a gross-misdemeanor charge and was handed a suspended sentence in Walla Walla County District Court.
WALLA WALLA — A $45 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against AT&T Inc. has dialed up a nearly $1 million award for a Walla Walla agency.
Before illnesses ravage and take their toll, a Valley photographer is there to capture the bittersweet at family gatherings.
Washington’s Women, Infants and Children’s nutrition program has funding to operate through October, despite a federal government shutdown, state health officials said today.
But people looking for in-person services have local services available.
WALLA WALLA — Today is the first official day for Washington state residents to sign up for health insurance options, but those trying to do it online only found error messages on their computers.
It started in my bedroom, under the creaky, scarred wooden desk.
A restaurant worker tries to cope with medical debt after her employer cuts staff work hours.
WALLA WALLA — As surely as Christmas approaches, so does the annual flu season.
My Union-Bulletin colleague, Rachel Alexander, and I decided to make a video survey of how Walla Wallans see the Affordable Care Act. With health insurance exchanges set to go live on Oct. 1, we thought it a good idea to help understand questions and concerns.
Attempts to address the provider gap have taken on increased urgency.
But variables induced by the new health-care law could change the landscape.
PENDLETON — We don’t think about emergency medical transportation until the very moment we need it, other than pulling over to the side of the street at sirens blaring behind us. Or looking up as a helicopter whirs overhead.
WALLA WALLA — Tamara Russell has found the old saying to be true — big things do come in small packages.
The afternoon was a scorcher when Joe Young looked out his window onto Gray Lynn Drive at the south end of Walla Walla earlier this summer.
Guides are being lined up and trained to help people enroll in health plans starting Oct. 1.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne Jr. will give a community lecture at Cordiner Hall on Sunday.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne Jr. is coming to tell Walla Walla how to be heart attack proof and be happy about it.
The program aims to stablize homes where children are at risk.
WALLA WALLA — Mending broken families wasn’t directly on the menu when County Commissioners agreed to raise the county sales tax to help get more mental health services into the community. The 0.1 percent raise also added chemical-dependency treatment options in the county.
The authority cites accounting and management problems at the former Farm Labor Homes.
WALLA WALLA — Reports released this week from the Washington State Auditor’s Office show problems continue to plague Walla Walla County Housing Authority, including a case of “reported loss of public funds.”
A funny thing happened to Camo Man and me on our way to our first anniversary. We didn’t make it.
The video could win money to help those with breast cancer.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Police Department wants you — at least 300 of you and in a big, pink way. The agency has joined with Walla Walla’s J.U.G.S. — Just Us Girls Sharing — to try to create the prize-winning video for the “Pink Glove Dance” competition, sponsored by Medline, a medical-supply company. The video will be shot at the track at Borleske Stadium on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Pink Glove Dance debuted in 2009 when 200 employees of a Portland hospital danced to “Down,” by Jay Sean, for a choreographed video. Every dancer wore pink gloves to signal support of breast cancer charities. The video went viral and spawned a national movement, according to Medline’s website. Now it’s Walla Walla’s turn, said Chalese Rabidue with the Walla Walla Department’s Domestic Violence Services. “We need 300 people to show up in pink shirts,” she said. “Any shade of pink is fine. And we’ll supply the pink gloves. We want to make a human pink ribbon.”
A theology student undergoes removal of anti-social tattoos from her rocky youth.
Anti-social tattoos can label someone for life, but Walla Walla has a program to remove markings on people ready to move on.
A former gang member and tattoo artist closes a regretful ‘chapter’ in his life.
A recent high school graduate recalls hard years in Milton-Freewater schools.
The school district will start a new communitywide program this year to fight the problem.
WALLA WALLA — After many months of courtship, a wedding of sorts took place on Aug. 12 when Community Center for Youth merged its efforts with the YMCA to serve teens in the Valley.
WALLA WALLA — It’s the dog days of summer at Blue Mountain Humane Society. The dogs just don’t know it yet.
WALLA WALLA — A woman who has denied involvement in grease-dumping incidents at the YMCA executive director’s home pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County District Court on Monday to three criminal charges.
The air stinks.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band played Sunday afternoon and evening to a crowd of hundreds.
MISSION — Lyle Lovett and His Large Band is, indeed, large.
And local purveyors beyond the more traditional galleries are lending their walls to give local artists exposure.
Photographer Nathan Ziegler is baffled by what he captured in a time-lapse photo session at dusk.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Nathan Ziegler wore an inquisitive but puzzled smile as he studied the picture on his laptop computer.
Parent to Parent had been under the county umbrella.
WALLA WALLA — A marriage of missions is predicted to better serve those who support a family member living with developmental disability.
It goes by a few names — classic shaving, wet shaving, extreme shaving. Traditional. Manly.
WALLA WALLA — The county is looking at going back to putting mental health services for Medicaid clients in the hands of a private contractor — a move that would reverse a decision nearly a decade old.
Melissa Cunnington’s singing is among thousands of voices in a global virtual choir video.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Nearly 6,000 voices representing 101 countries were chosen from more than 8,400 auditions for the five minutes of the song.
WALLA WALLA — Area residents are living longer, but are fatter and have higher blood pressure — all while some report being more physically active, according to an updated statistical map that dishes out health information on every county in the United States.
Bill Gray is one lucky man. There’s no other way to explain the recent unearthing of his wedding ring that had gone missing for more than 50 years.
WALLA WALLA — For weeks, local reflexologist Diana Bieker has had to close the doors of her business to comply with a new state law. And that’s a good thing, she said.