ProNet works to find jobs


A group of unemployed professionals has formed a networking organization with the hope of finding a job for every member.

Members of the Walla Walla Professional Network (ProNet) meet Monday mornings to share resume tips, job postings and their experiences, job leads and contact information.

Founding member Jonathan Marley participated in a similar group in Indianapolis, which helped serve as a model for ProNet. "It was a great way for people to network and share information toward a common goal," Marley said in the announcement. "When someone got a new job they would come back to the group and share their success story. That's what we're trying to create here in Walla Walla."

According to the announcement, ProNet members have an array of skills in a variety of fields: operations management, human resources, accounting, coaching, sales, marketing and technology.

Employers are welcome to attend a meeting to offer advice on job search techniques or to advertise job openings to the group. For more information, contact Marley at or Rhonda Donnelly at .

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ATT opened its downtown Walla Walla store this week.

The provider had its soft opening Wednesday and is planning a grand-opening early next month. The Alder Street retail site, located in the Drumheller Building next to Sprint, is ATT's first in the community. The exclusive carrier for iPhone is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday under the guidance of manager Osric Flores.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be celebrated Feb. 5 at a time yet to be determined. On Feb. 6 the store will continue the celebration with door prizes and giveaways.

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A Stone's Throw Cafe is adding to its menu. The downtown eatery at 54 E. Main St. will offer taco salads, along with its array of soups, salads, wraps and more, starting Monday.

Owner Aaron Leen said the new dish will come with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, beans, cheese, tortilla strips, salsa and sour cream. The cost is $6.75 with tax, or $7.75 with a 20-ounce pop. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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A barbecue beef dinner at the Log Inn Tavern Saturday will raise funds for Tommy Blize, the grandson of local Realtor Dean Blize. Tommy, the son of Jeff Blize and Jocelyn Rockstrom, has been in a Portland hospital battling neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. Saturday's fundraiser runs 5-8 p.m. with food donated by Mr. Ed's and space donated by the Log Inn Tavern, 526 Wellington Ave. All food proceeds will go to the Tommy Blize Fund. Participants must be 21 and older.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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