Wildhorse Resort & Casino opens Wildfire Sports Bar

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Wildhorse Resort & Casino has converted its Players Lounge into the Wildfire Sports Bar.

The grand opening of the new operation is 4-7 p.m. Saturday and is open to the public for those 21 and older.

The new sports bar features 18 big-screen televisions able to show six different sports programs simultaneously, according to the announcement. The bar subscribes to every sports program channel available and is open to requests from customers. "It was very important to us to cater to all sports fans: rodeo, NASCAR, football, fighting, horse racing, college or professional ... you name it, we wanted to be able to offer it to our guests," said Bruce Mecham, director of food and beverage for Wildhorse, in a prepared statement.

Wildfire also offers BuzzTime, an interactive sports trivia game that allows customers to compete against one another in a 10-question showdown from their seats.

In addition to the entertainment, the operation's booths have been redesigned, lighting and sound have been improved and a private room is being added for team celebrations, fantasy league gatherings, parties and more. The menu includes signature drinks, a specially priced "Time Out" food menu served 4-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and an expanded menu featuring made-to-order "Mild to Wild" hot wings, 14 flavors of cross-cut fries and custom-made pizza by the slice.

Free live comedy will continue every Thursday, and free live music will be offered every Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m. For more information on the grand opening or to request a sporting event, call 541-966-1612.

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Two more months with no accidents at Canoe Ridge Vineyard. Two more donations to local charities.

The Salvation Army and Helpline recently benefited from the safe work environment the Cherry Street winery. For every month the operation is accident-free, a donation is given by the winery's holding company, Diageo, to a charity chosen by winery employees.

Becky Stanley, executive assistant at Canoe Ridge, said $500 was given in November to the Salvation Army. Another $500 donation was made in December to Helpline.

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Civil engineering firm Anderson-Perry Associates, which operates an office in Walla Walla, earned a statewide recognition in Oregon for a water system improvement project in tandem with Prairie City.

The city and engineering firm received a "Grand Award" at the annual American Council of Engineering Companies awards banquet two weeks ago in Portland. Six awards are given in the annual competition recognizing engineering that demonstrates the highest degree of merit and ingenuity, according to an announcement. Anderson-Perry's project was chosen from 25 projects.

It is the fifth Grand Award the company has received.

A few details about the award-winning venture: Prairie City, a community of about 1,100 residents, had to treat its water with high levels of chlorine because the water, originating in underground infiltration galleries, had harmful microorganisms. Facing stricter treatment regulations from the state, the city had to make a change or lose its 50-year-old water source.

So officials hired Anderson-Perry, which designed a slow sand filter treatment plant on property already owned by the city and in a location that allowed the plant to operate with few electrical requirements. The new efficiencies are expected to also now conserve millions of gallons of water each year.

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Stanley R. Bell has been elected to the board of directors for Boise Inc., the paper and packaging product manufacturer that operates a plant in Wallula.

Bell, whose appointment was effective Jan. 22, is a designated appointee of Boise Cascade Holdings LLC, the company's largest shareholder.

He is president of building materials distribution for the Boise-based Boise Cascade LLC and has been part of that company and its predecessors for 39 years.

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

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