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Vicki Hillhouse

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Connections Counseling adds new counselor, services

Connections Counseling has announced the addition of both a new counselor and new services.

Latin Corner tasting room brings Spanish-, Italian-style vino to downtown

A cornerside downtown tasting room has become an intersection for Italian and Spanish wines.

Breweries piling up for inaugural Brews by the Blues in July

With nine breweries and counting, it’ll be nothing but smiles for beer-lovers at Milton-Freewater’s first Brews by The Blues event coming next month.

South Fork Grill to undergo transformation

South Fork Grill’s closure is more like a transformation, after all.

Gesa expanding in Yakima Valley

Gesa Credit Union will forego the golden shovels in place of an “Earth moving” groundbreaking ceremony this morning at its second Yakima Valley branch.

Strictly - Bees the focus of BMLT learning program

Bee informed — that’s what participants in the Blue Mountain Land Trust’s latest learning program will be when they wrap up a tour of Clearview Farms on Saturday.

Strictly - Winery to host pool and popsicle party

Balboa Winery is beating the heat with water and wine this weekend.

Strictly - Southgate restaurant to close shop after Independence Day

It’ll be goodbye to South Fork Grill, but not, apparently, to owners Makaiwi and Marisa Wachter.

Port settles with airport contractor over missing fuel

The Port of Walla Walla has reached an agreement with Blue Ridge Aircraft Services Inc. and its owners, who late last year were accused of removing fuel from storage tanks they managed without accounting to the Port or paying for it.

Strictly - Twilight Market to include open mic session

Thursday’s Twilight Market at Heritage Square Park will include an open mic session for performers.

Mumford festival adds 40 full-time jobs

You may already have heard about the “fan staff” positions that pay $9.47 an hour and offer those who take a six-hour shift with the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover a $40 ticket to the two-day festival in Walla Walla on Aug. 14-15.

Strictly - Area restaurants celebrate sweet onion week

On the heels of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, local restaurants continue to dish on the state vegetable. Or, rather, they’re plating it.

Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

Wages had their highest jump in seven years, according to new information posted by the state Employment Security Department.

Strictly - Amavi gears up for another food truck event

The Food Truck Block Party is a follow-up to last summer’s food truck event at the Walla Walla winery, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road.

Strictly - Gift shop to hold closeout sale

It’s time for a retail harvest, so to speak, at My Grandmother’s Garden.

Strictly - Parolees to be eligible for micro-loans

From parole to payroll: A final rule from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Microloan Program offers a potential helping hand to those re-entering the workforce.

Strictly - Pacific Power donation helps fill dental care hole

A contribution to SonBridge Dental Clinic from Pacific Power should help bring smiles to those who need them.

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Walla Walla officials take in Waverly Stopover

Huge Midwest thunderstorm cells were making a move into the community on Day 2 of the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover. Not long after dawn, thousands of people camping on the lawns at Wartburg College were being evacuated in anticipation of lightning, 50-60 mph winds, potential hail and certainly rain on the day Mumford & Sons was to headline the music festival.

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Businesses hunker down during Walla Walla street work

It’s hard to say whether it’s construction or the changing food scene that’s affected lunch service at downtown cafe Coffee Perk.

Experts talk merlot at Walla Walla wine industry gathering

When it comes to Walla Walla merlot, California is in for some stiff competition, according to one of the country’s most accomplished Master Sommeliers.

Burwood Brewing set to celebrate first anniversary

How do the owners of Burwood Brewing Co. intend to celebrate their first year in operation?

Coffee Connection owners disconnect after 15 years; sell to new operator

Walla Walla’s original cyber cafe is officially offline.

Strictly - Local businesses celebrate Father's Day

Father’s Day weekend has prompted two businesses to hold events to celebrate dads.

Strictly - 'Pop-up' dinners begin Friday at Bacon & Eggs

The first in a series of “pop-up” dinners at Bacon & Eggs opens Friday. Chef Sarah Wong, not just a chef instructor at Seattle Culinary Academy but also skilled in butchery, will follow her three-course dinner Friday with a butchering class Saturday. The dinner will have two seatings.

Strictly - Pho Sho for sure to depart for Saffron eatery expansion

The clock is ticking on Walla Walla’s Vietnamese noodle eatery, slated for closure at 123 W. Alder St. by the end of the month.

Strictly - D'Olivo cuts the ribbon today

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes downtown olive oil and vinegar bar D’Olivo to the neighborhood with a noon ribbon-cutting event today.

Strictly - Zagat piece lists 8 reasons to drive to WW

In a new piece for Zagat posted online Thursday, food and wine writer Leslie Kelly highlights local fare in “8 Reasons to Drive to Walla Walla Right Now.”

Port eyes building to lease to tech firm

An Alder Street building known as a former destination for beauty services may be the latest Port of Walla Walla property acquisition as the economic development agency makes a play for an expanding tech firm.

Strictly - WW sandwich shop expands into Tri-Cities, ends catering

Another Tri-Cities location in the works for GRAZE sandwiches will give owners John and Becca Lastoskie a full plate.

Whiskey makers take over Port site

A startup distillery will become the newest tenant at the Port of Walla Walla’s Piper Avenue incubator facility.

First Mumford stopover gets rave reviews from officials

“Promises made, promises kept.”

Survey: Walla Walla excellent place to start career as lawyer

A new survey makes a case for Walla Walla as a great place to launch a law career.

Nearby cities to help with housing MumFoo visitors

With every hotel room and vacation rental in Walla Walla booked for August’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, local officials are reportedly knocking on the neighbors’ doors to find more space for visitors.

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Kate & The Crocodiles at Power House a homecoming for singer

A standard was never really standard under the spell of Kate Morrison.

AAA insurance adds agent in Walla Walla

Dean A. Wood has joined the AAA Washington Insurance Agency in Walla Walla as an agent.

Umpqua branch manager named manager of the year

Rick Craig, manager of the College Place Umpqua Bank branch, has been named the company’s 2014 Store Manager of the Year.

Expanded Walla Walla auto dealer prepares reopening celebration

Plans are in gear for a celebration of the reopened and expanded Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walla Walla dealership Friday.

August music festival to hire local staff

Scratch the title “volunteer,” and make it “Fan Staff.”

Strictly - May breaks all-time record for airport

The busiest May on the books turned into the busiest month ever for Walla Walla air travel.

Strictly - Home inventory down, prices up in Walla Walla in May

May was not only Walla Walla’s biggest closing month for home sales of the year so far, it was also as busy as the busiest month in 2014, according to figures posted Monday.

Banner Bank recognized for giving

You may know it as a place to make a deposit. But Banner Bank is also recognized for how much money it gives.

Tourism website sweet on Maple Counter

The Maple Counter Cafe has mouths watering at “Only in Your State.”

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Walla Walla brand gets outside boosters

Bloggers and writers brought here by brands such as Buick offer a twist on building recognition.

Land trust tour to delve into history of peas in Valley

The Blue Mountain Land Trust invites the community to explore “Peas on Earth.”

Walla Walla tourist spending hits new high

Visitors spent more than $120 million in Walla Walla in 2014, the best year yet for local tourism, according to a new report.

Windermere agents, staff, brokers turn out for community service day

If downtown and other sections of Walla Walla seem a bit fresher, a bit cleaner, you may want to thank a Windermere Walla Walla agents.

Plumb Cellars to celebrate opening of new patio

It’s a party on the Plumb patio.

Walla Walla wins acclaim as romantic destination

A picnic in a vineyard. A stroll through a historic district. A kiss near a passing combine.

Downtown grocer extends hours as season changes

With the sun staying out a few hours later, so will Salumiere Cesario.

Woodward Canyon’s Nelm Road wines get new look

A new label completes a packaging changeover for Woodward Canyon Winery’s second label, Nelms Road.