• Genomic sequencing identifies cancer-causing mutations, facilitating more precise treatment. more

  • A wedding planner explains why Walla Walla has become a top destination for nuptials

    By Carrie Brennan more

  • By Janice James / Photos by Steve Lenz

    A yellow lab-and-retriever mix fell off the back of a pickup truck. A pug was given up when its owner developed dog allergies. A terrier mutt was rescued from a home where 40 dogs were kept, and if they were offered a piece of bread for dinner, it was a good day. more

  • By Diane Reed

    The fishing line snakes gracefully over the Walla Walla River, and Brandon Spangler drops the fly in a pool where the fish are lurking. A fish snatches the fly, and Spangler reels in a nice-sized bass. more

  • By Jim Buchan / Photos by Nick Page

    If they were virtuoso pianists, they would be Ferrante and Teicher of “Moon River,” “Exodus” and “Lawrence of Arabia” fame. more

  • By Susy Mendoza / Photos by Steve Lenz

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with a couple of Walla Walla fashionistas: Jessica Valentine-Whiteside of Door Number Two, a curated vintage boutique on Colville Street, and Karie Brodhun, manager of the downtown Macy’s and former The Bon Marché buyer, to weigh in on some style questions. more

  • Carly Yaeger / Photos by Steve Lenz

    There are certain expectations of someone from Idaho: some knowledge of — or, at least, interest in — nature, animals, hiking, huckleberries, farms and horses. I think I was born in the wrong state. more

  • Choreographer KT Nelson Returns With More Bodies at Rest and in Motion

    By Robin Hamilton / Photos by Steve Lenz more

  • By Jennifer Colton-Jones / Photos by Steve Lenz

    The sun is shining, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy it, from the summits of the Blue Mountains to the depths of Lake Wallula. more

  • By Jennifer Colton-Jones / Photos by Chris Picard

    It’s not quite “Around the World in 80 Days,” but organizing the iconic Walla Walla Balloon Stampede in 90 is no less monumental. more

  • By Diane Reed / Photos by Nick Page

    The Walla Walla Valley’s reputation as locavore-friendly has received a welcome boost with the recent opening of Blue Mountain Station’s artisan food center on Route 12, just south of Dayton. more

  • For this year’s Wedding Issue, Walla Walla Lifestyles talked to dozens of local couples to find out what weddings in Walla Walla look like these days. We discovered three remarkable couples who have found happiness in each other’s arms.  more

  • How local school-sports programs are learning to recognize its signs and manage its risks more

  • By Robin Hamilton / Photos by Steve Lenz

    If you’ve spent much time in Walla Walla, you know that winter is often … gloomy. more

  • Father and daughter take up motorcycle touring

    By Robin Hamilton/Photos by Steve Lenz

    Bill and Abigail Schwerin are father-and-daughter business partners, winery owners and rock ’n’ roll impresarios. They are also good friends. more

  • Brogan Watson loves her horse, but she also loves to dress up. more

  • By Robin Hamilton

    Dance can be music made flesh. Visual art that moves. A narrative brought to vibrant life.

    Or it can run counter to those forms — dancing without music, without recognizable shapes, without a story.   more

  • By Robin Hamilton / Photos by Steve Lenz

    Jean Wilkinson bends, moves the crushed yellow stalks of the onion to the right, and pulls. Two quick clips with her scissors, and she has her prize: an ever-so-slightly pockmarked Walla Walla sweet onion. She pops it into her bucket and moves on. more

  • By Diane Reed / Photos by Steve Lenz

    Blue Mountain Wildlife Soars Into the Future

    Robert Washington was rolling down Interstate 84 in his United Van Lines truck when something hit his windshield with a loud thump. To his dismay, he realized it was a large bird, now firmly wedged under the truck’s outside sun visor.  more

  • By Gillian Frew / Photos by Steve Lenz

    Ah, the farmers market: The smell of summer, the colorful sight of fresh produce neatly arrayed in the sun, the hum of live music mingling with good conversation, the taste of something fresh-squeezed — it’s a feast for the senses.  more

  • Tips from a Wedding Planner

    Courtesy of Carrie Brennan, owner/ planner, Without a Hitch {Weddings and Events}, Walla Walla

    Know your budget (and stay within it). Most big wedding arguments happen because of budget issues. Know how much you have to spend, and stay within your means. more

  • Walla Walla is known as a bicyclist’s paradise: relatively sparsely traveled rural roads with beautiful scenery. But these same roads are used by farmers, residents and other motorists. After several deaths the question remains: Is there room for everyone? more

  • By Diane Reed / Photos by Steve Lenz

    Many people come to Blue Mountain Humane Society to rescue animals — dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, even snakes and their kin — that need a “forever” home. more

  • By Diane Reed / Photos by Colby Kuschatka

    The Legacy of Conert Eagon

    Conert Eagon was a professional engineer. But, at heart, he was an artist who crafted exquisite stringed instruments as a true labor of love. more

  • By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Greg Lehman

    Mary Lambert used to jog past the house at 1461 Durant St., not realizing that one day she would live there. more

  • By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Greg Lehman

    The home of Val and Mary Ellen Jensen at 2235 Crosshaven Drive uses rock and tile in distinctive ways. more

Food

Health

Places

Backyard vegetable gardening on the grow

By Michael Mettler

If you are as tired of the winter doom and gloom as most of us are this time of the year, you are anxiously awaiting the official return of the spring season and all the glory it brings: flowering bulbs bursting forth in yards, trees budding out, lawns returning to their vibrant green hue, baby critters popping up left and right, longer days filled with sun, and, of course, vegetable gardening. [more]

Let Them Eat Cake

A civilized take on a time-honored wedding tradition

Story by Tamara Enz / Contributed photo [more]

Welcome to 2015. Now Kindly Ax Your Seated Dinners

By Michael Mettler / Photo by Ali Walker

In my past wedding experiences I have always been a guest, never a bride (at least, as far as I remember), so I can say this objectively: Airline food may be the only thing that has a worse reputation than the food served at weddings. [more]

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

By Michael Mettler / Photos by Nick Page

All of us have a friend or co-worker who makes entertaining seem effortless. While you’d love to hate them, you might not get invited to their parties any longer if you do. [more]

Tech
YMCA’s diabetes-prevention program comes to Walla Walla

By Jessica Goldsmith

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three Americans is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Twenty-six million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, with nearly 7 million who are undiagnosed. There are 79 million Americans with prediabetes, and only 7.3 percent of those have been told about it by their doctor. [more]

Putting cancer on the map

Genomic sequencing identifies cancer-causing mutations, facilitating more precise treatment. [more]

Yoga for Brides

Eight postures to help you become calm and centered for your big day

By Courtney Morgan / Photos by Steve Lenz [more]

YMCA on Land and Water

All land and water classes are included in your YMCA membership. For more information, please contact Leslie Snyder at 509-525-8863. [more]

Tech
A hidden garden

By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Nick Page

At first glance, the salmon stone in the front of Duane Kusler’s home at 509 E. Troutdale Ave., College Place, might suggest Kusler lacks an interest in greenery. Actually, just the opposite is true: There is a lovely “plant garden” hidden in the back. [more]

A comfortable classic

By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Nick Page

The 1917 Berney Mansion at 709 Berney Drive had passed down through generations in the Berney family until Bob Collins purchased the home in January 1978 and became the home’s first owner outside the family. [more]

Designed for Living

By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Nick Page

Betty and Manford Simcock’s home at 1055 Sentry Drive in College Place was built from a design they chose about 23 years ago. [more]

An Elegant yet Rustic Cottage

By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Nick Page

The cozy house at 115 S. Fifth St. in Dayton has seen many seasons. [more]

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