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Vicki Hillhouse

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Unicorn-headed violinist shakes up Walla Walla

A man walks into a bar carrying a violin in one hand and a unicorn head in the other.

Official: Valley jobless numbers cause for optimism

Walla Walla County’s unemployment rate rose from October to November, but then so did the labor force in what could be a sign of increasing employment confidence, officials said.

Tourism Walla Walla meeting to put focus on international visitors

Details about Washington’s international visitor market — including the growing interest in Walla Walla’s wine industry — will be uncorked Jan. 15 during the keynote address at Tourism Walla Walla’s annual meeting.

Precision Ag Seminar set at college

The 2015 Precision Ag Seminar will be held on Jan. 12 at the Agriculture Center of Excellence at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way.

State legislator steps back from law practice

Longtime Dayton attorney and state Rep. Terry Nealey has announced plans to step away from his law practice.

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Pitmaster prays for national sizzle with sauce

What do you get when you cross the fire of a pitmaster with the finesse of a winemaker?

Albertsons to change hands again

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions markets from Washington to Arizona will be made over with the Haggen identity, known for its commitment to sustainable local food economies through support of Northwest farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses.

Walla Walla Port director gets pay bump

Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz will start the new year with a salary increase.

Port completes Snake River pipeline drilling

The Port of Walla Walla has capped a year of drilling with a new sewer pipeline to Pasco.

Green Gables Inn to host holiday brunch

A Walla Walla bed-and-breakfast invites the community to belly up for brunch this weekend.

Banner Corp. announces 18 cent dividend

Banner Corp., the parent company of Walla Walla’s Banner Bank, has announced a dividend.

Ace of Clubs fitness center to close at end of February

Workouts at the Ace of Clubs won’t be in the cards much longer.

Key lands sorter contract with Irish crisp producer

When the largest British-owned manufacturer of potato “crisps” needed new equipment for sorting potatoes, it turned this year to Walla Walla’s Key Technology.

Milton-Freewater student answers letters to Santa

The letter was one of the first to arrive at the Milton-Freewater address of “Santa Claus” this season.

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Kid-oriented business falling short

Has Walla Walla’s bouncy castle palace jumped the shark?

Proposal could give federal funding boost to airport

A transportation funding proposal that would increase federal assistance on local airport improvement projects is getting wings in the 2015 government funding bill released this week.

Couple weaves new life in Walla Walla with yarn shop

Like a good story? You’ll love Spinning Yarns.

College Place communications firm nets awards

CMBell Company came away from the MarCom Awards competition with plenty of decoration.

Columbia REA in grow mode

Columbia Rural Electric Association is on the grow.

Coldwell Banker clothing drive sees early success

A winter clothing drive coordinated by Coldwell Banker First Realtors is off to such a hot start the agency is increasing its goal in the final two weeks of its campaign.

Williams Team Homes adds new broker

A new broker has joined Williams Team Homes.

New owners take over Walla Walla Sew & Vac and Spas

New owners are carrying on the tradition of Walla Walla’s one-stop shop for sewing machines, vacuums and Jacuzzis, and this weekend is a chance to meet them.

Port undertakes survey of business owners on broadband

When it comes to Internet service, the Port of Walla Walla wants to make a connection. To local businesses, that is.

Tenants being signed for rebirth of Walla Walla mall

Walla Walla Town Center could begin its revival next summer.

State database puts focus on toxic chemicals in consumer products

The state Department of Ecology has created a one-stop database for those interested in learning more about toxic chemicals in consumer products.

City police to host seminar on crime-free rental housing

A program that’s helped landlords and tenants alike in the reduction of criminal and nuisance complaints at rental properties is coming to Walla Walla next month.

Oktoberfest to leave no stein undrained at Burwood Brewing

One of Walla Walla’s newest taprooms is brewing up plans for an Oktoberfest celebration.

Williams-Sonoma sweet on Crush

A Walla Walla wine is being offered as the only Washington selection through the exclusive Williams-Sonoma Wine Club.

Laila Design Studio sewing up move to larger space

A new space is getting decked out for the home of Laila Design Studio.

Jumpin' Jellybeanz gives green light to laser tag

Jumpin’ Jellybeanz is shooting for some laser tag action in the community.

Curves to round up new members with free services

Curves International Inc. will help women around the country exercise some much-needed “me” time with free workouts during a national open house week that starts next Monday.

Airport traffic numbers continues to climb

Air service continued its sky-high ascent in August, according to figures from the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Farmers' Market to host special day for youngsters

A day for the young — and the young at heart — is coming to the Walla Walla Valley Farmers’ Market this weekend.

It's last call for winery's outdoor film series

It’ll be a wrap for Three Rivers Winery’s outdoor movie series after this week.

Corn maze has fun coming out its ears

It’s the crystal anniversary for Walla Walla’s corn maze.

Chamber firms up nominees for annual Business Awards Showcase

Nominations are in for the Business Awards Showcase presented by Baker Boyer Bank.

New radio show in tune with region’s music

If you missed the weekend’s debut of a new local radio show dedicated to regional musicians, you can always tune into the podcast.

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Port eyes major purchase of downtown real estate

A three-corner hub for auto sales and service could be redeveloped in a major but rare economic investment by the Port of Walla Walla at the heart of downtown.

Sleight of Hand Cellars set for first wine club release weekend

Roll up to the Magical Mystery Pour.

Sweets offense helped ring up scholarships along with runs

Call it a Sweet scholarship partnership.

Key Tech partners with firm for sales in China

A new firm is leading Key Technology’s sales in the People’s Republic of China.

Local audiologist elected to national board

Audiologist Shannon Aiello has been elected to the board of The Tinnitius Practitioners Association.

Walla Walla gallery to host reception for Ian Boyden

Downtown art gallery and wine bar Studio Two Zero Two will host an opening reception tonight for local artist Ian Boyden.

Bikes to roll in for Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend

Even pedal power will be coming to Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend.