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A better booster for Walla Walla's nascent wine industry couldn't be found than Tom Stockley. From early on, the journalist wrote enthusiastically about the business in Walla Walla — well, and the state — in "Wine," his weekly column in The Seattle Times.

COLUMN: All too often the right order is disturbed. Reading the obituaries of those who die too young, I start sniffing around the edges of the words, obituary hound that I am, searching for clues about the cause of death. I always wonder, given the focus of my writing and work with youth, if alcohol and/or other drugs were involved.

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Longtime Walla Walla musician Jo Shay died on April 4, 2021, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, leaving countless musicians, fans, friends and family members to mourn the loss of her distinctive vocals, talented playing, lengthy music catalog and upbeat, warm, friendly nature.

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Sunrise Rotary will hear from Scott McEwen, co-author of "American Sniper: The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 31, who will join the virtual meeting from San Diego. McEwen is a cousin of Sunrise member Jim McEwen, husband of past president Kerry McEwen.

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COLUMN: Friends, family and coworkers remember Union-Bulletin circulation director as unflappable, magnetic and indispensable. This moment has left an asteroid-sized crater here at the Union-Bulletin and other places on the Walla Walla map. It's all made worse by this pandemic that won't allow us to gather and grieve in one space.