Construction to temporarily close Wildhorse children's area


An entertainment area for children at Wildhorse Resort & Casino will be temporarily closed while the casino undergoes construction.

The Children's Entertainment Center will be closed starting Sunday for the mega expansion of the casino. The Children's Entertainment Center is expected to re-open late next summer next to the Cineplex that will be constructed on the southwest corner of the current structure.

The Mission, Ore., casino is working on a $45 million expansion that will add 184,000 square feet, including a new 202-room hotel with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool building and retail space.

The expansion will also add 600 slot machines and the four-theater Cineplex. Nevada firm Thalden, Boyd & Emery designed the project. Construction is by Portland-based J.E. Dunn Contractors, the same company that recently constructed the Nixyaawii Governance Center for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. About 75 permanent jobs will be created through the expansion, and more than 100 construction jobs will be generated through the work expected to be completed next September. For more details call 541-966-1580.


Do not adjust your calendar. An item in Tuesday's Strictly Business column may have put a rush on Veterans Day.

Southgate grocery store Walla Walla's Harvest Foods will be honoring veterans and servicemen and women with free coffee and a treat from one of the store's "Donut Dollies." But it won't be happening this week. The event will instead take place Thursday, Nov. 11, from 7-11 a.m.


Rusann Brooks has been promoted to vice president/real estate compliance and quality assurance manager at Banner Bank's Walla Walla corporate office, the company announced.

Brooks previously was assistant vice president/real estate loan production administration support.

She has more than 20 years of banking experience with Banner Bank and is a Graduate of Mortgage Lending from the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women.


Walla Walla resident Allen Pomraning has graduated from the Western College of Auctioneering.

According to an announcement on the graduation, Pomraning completed an intensified course at the nationally recognized auctioneer training center in Montana. The course included auctioneering, public speaking and auction business management. The completion qualifies him to conduct public auctions. During his time at the Western College of Auctioneering, Pomraning specialized in charity benefit, real estate, heavy equipment and automobile auctioneering.


Stone Creek Manor Bed Breakfast is bringing a taste of fine dining to its 1926 property at 756 Bryant Ave.

Chef Gene Soto will prepare a four-course meal paired with wines from Garrison Creek Cellars for the Nov. 20 event.

The menu includes sweet onion and ch?reg;vre cheese tart, roasted Yukon potatoes with white truffle-lemon dressing and sauce verte, roasted natural tri-tip, root vegetable risotto, warm Brussels sprouts and mushroom jus; and vanilla-scented poached pears, among other things.

The cost for the 7 p.m. event is $115. Reservations can be made at 593-4770.

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


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