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Vicki Hillhouse

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Retail federation forecasts a lot of holiday spending

Whether you take in the Thanksgiving sales, get a jump on Black Friday or wait until Cyber Monday, shopping is more than likely on your list of things to do.

Campground wins national KOA award

The Starbuck/Lyons Ferry Marina KOA campground was recognized with the 2016 President’s Award from Kampgrounds of America last week.

Tour company plans holiday light tours

Tour company Dream Ride Charters is warming up for holiday light tours.

Downtown toy store expands hours

Walla Walla’s independent toy store is going into holiday mode.

County unemployment rate hits ‘terrific’ seven year low

For the second month in a row Walla Walla County posted its lowest unemployment rate in seven years. This time it was also among the lowest in the state.

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Lincoln High students channel the Force to hone sewing skills

The Force awakens with every stitch.

Wine-oriented fundraising auction sets a record

Waitsburg, wine-lovers and seasonal vineyard workers were all the winners earlier this month in a record-breaking ¡Salud! auction event in Hillsboro, Ore.

Ninth annual cheese cutting set for Saturday

Every time Thanksgiving rolls around you can be sure a wheel of cheese isn’t far behind.

New tour company on the road in Walla Walla Valley

A new tour company is highlighting day trips throughout the region.

City wins accolades for downtown

Walla Walla has found its way to another flattering list.

Plans in works for 2016 balloon festival

Plans are already taking off for next year’s Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

Valley homes inventory for sale down, median price up 7 percent

Real estate inventory continued to drop in October, leading to an overall increase in prices for homes that are available.

Chamber kicks off holiday photo contest ahead of banquet

Have a childhood photo of Frosty?

Kennewick-based law firm opens Walla Walla office

Kennewick-based Ashby Law has hired Jill Peiterson as managing attorney for the firm’s new Walla Walla office at 30 W. Main St., Suite 202.

Restaurant plans anniversary wing-ding

It’s been one year since Wingman Birdz & Brewz made a landing at Palouse and Main streets.

Alaska Airlines books more Walla Walla options

Alaska Airlines is set to embark on a three-flight schedule four days a week in Walla Walla.

Strictly - T. Maccarone's celebrates 10th anniversary

T. Maccarone’s celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend with a reception for its customers.

Strictly - Pediatric Dentistry collecting donations of warm clothing

Walla Walla Pediatric Dentistry is working to bring some holiday cheer to the Christian Aid Center through donations of cold-weather items.

Strictly - McCurley dealership big donor to BMAC food bank

More than 6,000 pounds of food were collected in McCurley Integrity Toyota’s recent food drive for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

Port opts to hire firm in director hunt

The Port of Walla Walla will hire an employment search firm to help find its next executive director.

Strictly - Downtown Walla Walla merchants put 'Sparkle' on holiday transition

A retail event downtown this weekend puts a spin on an old adage. In this case, all that glitters may save you some proverbial gold.

Strictly - Dunham vintner and wife to team as Abeja winemakers

Dunham Cellars winemaker Dan Wampfler will become head winemaker at Abeja at the start of the new year and be joined on the winemaking team by his wife, Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, as associate winemaker.

Strictly - Homecare job recruiting event to be held in Milton-Freewater

A demand for homecare and personal support workers to care for an aging population and people with disabilities is behind an employment recruitment event next week in Milton-Freewater.

Strictly - Walla Walla Clothing Co. collecting coats, clothes for needy

Walla Walla Clothing Co. and its Tri-Cities sister store TWIST are collecting coats and sweaters for those in need as a tandem piece of their first Warm up for Winter sales event.

Strictly - Airport lands more big numbers for boardings

More passengers have flown in and out of the Walla Walla Regional Airport between January and October of this year than for any total year between 2003 and 2013, new numbers show.

Strictly - Hidden Valley Bakery previews Thanksgiving menu

Hidden Valley Bakery hosts its Annual Pie Open House this weekend.

Strictly - Tucannon wind farm nets sustainability award

The Tucannon River Wind Farm’s 267-megawatt wind project in Columbia County, has become the first energy project in North America to receive an Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Gold Award.

Retirement community to hold pumpkin pie dessert event

It’s a Great Pumpkin Thank You from Quail Run Retirement.

Telander Gallery plans anniversary celebration

Telander Gallery will hold its two-year anniversary reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at 34 S. Colville St.

Great Clips to offer free haircuts for veterans Wednesday

Call it a scissor salute. Great Clips will honor veterans Wednesday with complimentary cuts.

Chamber’s annual Legislative Luncheon on the table Thursday

Elected officials from local city councils to representatives from the governor’s office will be in attendance Thursday at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Luncheon.

Indoor pot grows stress electricity supply

The influx of indoor grow operations is sparking another conversation about the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Oregon. This time about electricity and capacity.

Real estate company now affiliated with Sotheby's

Downtown Walla Walla real estate operation DiDario Colón has been announced as the newest affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and will now operate as Walla Walla Sotheby’s International Realty.

Longtime Dayton dentist plans to retire

Dayton dentist Norm Passmore is retiring after 33 years in practice, he announced in a news release.

Wine Away builds retail profile with Nordstrom affiliation

Wine Away has made its mark with Nordstrom.

Winery to pair with downtown grocer for Fall Release

Where does a winery without a tasting room go to share its new wines during Fall Release?

Mobile pizzeria to call it a wrap for the season

Mobile pizzeria Why Not Pizza is having last call at Burwood Brewery this weekend.

Walla Walla walk-up window eateries to sit out chilly season

The window is closing on two downtown walk-up eateries.

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Squire Broel: Portrait of an artist

It’s not the Squire Broel you’re used to seeing.

Video highlights draw of wine weekend

Amavi Cellars isn’t just inviting guests to the Southside winery for Fall Release this weekend. It’s also gone out of its way to show them what a good time they can have.

Junque Jingle marketplace planned for Saturday

Junque Jingle takes place Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Valley Chapel Community Center, the old school house on Valley Chapel Road.

Book shop plans change in hours

Just Right Books will have a change in hours for the next two weeks.

Employment Security launches new services website

The state’s unemployment agency has rolled out a new website that should make access easier for those needing services.

Strictly - Art reception, wine release coincide at TWOZEROTWO

A new exhibition will be toasted with some new wine releases Thursday at Studio TWOZEROTWO.

Strictly - Oregon tourism VP to address Milton-Freewater chamber

The vice president of operations for Oregon tourism organization Travel Oregon will be the guest of honor Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce.

Strictly - Bontzu Cellars plans winemaker dinner for Fall Release

Airport District winery Bontzu Cellars had its first Spring Release in 2015.

Info clarifies scope of vineyards in Walla Walla AVA

What varietals of grapes are grown, and where, is now online, including a 3-D map.

Strictly Biz - Washington State Wines names head of research program

Communications veteran Melissa Hansen will be based out of Washington State University’s Wine Science Center in Richland.

Strictly Biz - FAA to cover nearly 92 percent of airport master plan

The plan, a requirement of the FAA for airports every 10 years, ultimately serves as a guide to set priorities and land FAA support.

Strictly Biz - Walla Walla winery to close after a decade

Owners of the Walla Walla winery, built on a working wheat ranch to bring two of the Valley’s signature crops together, have announced plans to close after a decade in wine.