Hertz'sparentcompanyto rent cars at airport

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The Walla Walla Regional Airport won’t see a cut in car rental options — and revenue — after all.

One of the current agencies, Hertz Car Rental, plans to shut down at month’s end, officials have said.

But Airport Manager Jennifer Skoglund said by email that Hertz’s corporate parent intends to take over June 1, ensuring visitors and other folks needing to rent a car at the airport will have continue to have two options. Budget also operates at the airport, and an Enterprise office operates on Ninth Avenue.

The continuation of service is good news for the airport, which receives 10 percent of gross receipts for car rentals in the city as well as $5 per rental.

Last year, Hertz brought in local revenue of more than $280,000 and had more than 1,500 rentals. The revenue was up slightly from 2011 but down from years prior. In 2009, for example, the business brought in more than $370,000.

College Cellars, the winemaking arm of Walla Walla Community College, took home a slew of prizes in this year’s Seattle Wine Awards.

Wines made by students won 10 awards, including six double-golds, that ran the gamut from ice dessert and fortified dessert wines to the familiar merlot and syrah.

The Walla Walla Valley was well represented at the awards, netting dozens of prizes.

The Seattle Wine Awards, founded in 2006, put scores of wines to the test by a panel of wine professionals that includes wine directors, writers, buyers and sommeliers.

For a full list of winners and more informaion about the competition, go to www.seattlewineawards.com.

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