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COLUMN: Wenatchee native Ashley Wright returned to northeastern Washington to take up the post of officer in charge of the Spokane Medical Recruiting Station on June 1.  The U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer will visit Walla Walla to recruit those interested in a career as an Army or Army Reserve healthcare professional. She plans to be at Whitman College and Walla Walla University in late October.

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COLUMN: This spring, Walla Walla Public Library Technician Yvette Selfa looked for ways to draw students and young people into the library and get them connected with books and other resources. The youth services-focused staff member spied the perfect idea on a library-themed Facebook group and the city library's first student-artist bookmark coloring contest was born.

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COLUMN: The Walla Walla City Parks & Rec-sponsored Symbol Quest received 129 registrations for its inaugural self-guided event. “It was great seeing people walking around (Mountain View) Cemetery with their Quest cards searching out symbols,” said cemetery caretaker Joanna Lanning.

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COLUMN: The Walla Walla-Tamba-Sasayama Sister City Committee is preparing for its 50th anniversary in 2022 with several projects, including a Memory Book, said group member Dustin Palmer. Member Robert Keatts is leading the effort to assemble memories and photos from participants over the decades.