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Vicki Hillhouse

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Seminar offers window into how to do business with Corps of Engineers

How to do business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the focus of a free seminar coming this month.

Operation swap in progress at downtown tasting room

Out with the chocolate wine. In with the cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

Dessert artist follows heart to win

WALLA WALLA — If you got a chance to taste Troy Tipton’s elaborate cocoa bean confections at last weekend’s Lillie Rice Center benefit Chocolate Festival, you know his work is scrumptious.

Baker Boyer announces promotions

Baker Boyer Bank has announced the promotions of six employees:

Walla Walla gains added acclaim as wine destination

Walla Walla’s inclusion as one of the 10 top wine destinations in the world is getting even more ink.

Speaker series to feature head of Seattle company

Eric Rasmussen will be at the microphone in the second presentation of the Entrepreneurial Keynote Speaker Series at Walla Walla Community College this week.

Summer auction raised nearly $300,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital

Auction lots from Walla Walla wineries and personal donations raised nearly $300,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during the 2013 Auction of Washington Wines last August.

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Balloon bouquet courier expands into artistry

Amber Clark creates all kinds of balloon-based sculptures, and took part in a large-scale project last month in New York.

Banner announces relationship with capital company

Walla Walla-based Banner Bank has announced a new business relationship with Coldstream Capital Management Inc., a Bellevue-based independent wealth management firm.

Hours expand for Cardio Strength Bootcamp

The operators of Cardio Strength Bootcamp are expanding their workout sessions with evening hours.

Outdoor movie season inches closer

The countdown is on to the premiere of outdoor movie season.

Macy's raising funds for Whitman Mission

The local Macy’s store will be spreading the love to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site as part of the company’s “Heart Your Park” campaign.

Home birth service offers informational session

A service that offers home births will deliver some information on what’s involved in having one.

Allen Shoup named to state wine Hall of Fame

A pioneer of the Washington wine industry who introduced one of the most diverse winemaking models to the Walla Walla Valley with Long Shadows Vintners has been selected as the 2014 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

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Winemaker taking vines to new heights with vineyard at 1,700 feet

The higher elevation actually has a longer growing season with little fear of frost.

Vendors sought for Downtown Farmers Market

Organizers of the Downtown Farmers Market are planting the seeds for those interested in being vendors this year.

Coldwell Banker owner wins acclaim with spirit award

Dennis Ledford, the owner of Walla Walla’s Coldwell Banker First Realtors, has been awarded the prestigious “Chandler Barton Spirit Award” in honor of the former Coldwell Banker Real Estate president and chief executive officer.

Woodward Canyon's new addition carries on legacy

A new addition at Woodward Canyon represents the welcoming of a new generation to the family business.

Tri-Cities tech solutions, IT support firm expands to Walla Walla

A Tri-Cities technology solutions and IT support firm has expanded with a new office in Walla Walla.

Financial advisor receives special designation

Kim McDaniels, a financial advisor for Walla Walla firm Krivoshein Financial has received the Professional Plan Consultant designation for her work and training in retirement plan consulting.

Upgrades in works at Boise Paper's Wallula Mill

An upgrade at Boise Paper’s Wallula Mill is expected to boost the company’s competitiveness in the growing pressure sensitive paper business, the company announced.

Mobile office hours offered by congresswoman's staff

The office of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane , will offer “mobile office hours” throughout rural Eastern Washington communities starting next month.

New orthodontist joins Walla Walla practice

A new orthodontist has joined the team at Walla Walla Orthodontics.

Spofford Station owner elected to growers' board

Spofford Station Vineyards owner Lynne Chamberlain has been elected to the 2014 board of directors for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

Visitor research to be focus of Tourism Walla Walla's annual meeting Thursday

Results of the 2013 visitor research project will be the main event Thursday during Tourism Walla Walla’s annual meeting.

Winners come up aces in Milton-Freewater ceremony

A full house celebrates local heroes at the annual chamber banquet.

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Stampede scales back under new leadership

WALLA WALLA — A new era for the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede launches this year.

Saffron chef once again a James Beard semifinalist

Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen owner and chef Chris Ainsworth has racked his sixth nomination as a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Banner announces acquisition of Sterling branches in Oregon

Banner Corp. is on the grow with the announcement of an agreement to acquire six Oregon branches of Sterling Savings Bank.

Charter goes all-digital in Walla Walla Valley

The change means customers will have to have a conversion box for each TV.

WALLA WALLA – Charter Communications is making a switch to an all-digital network, and that means customers will have to make some changes, too.

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Seahawks fan from Walla Walla makes game-winning drive

Walla Walla resident Renee Huggins chauffeured the team’s quarterbacks through their victory parade.

College Place advertising agency honored for creative projects

CMBell Company, a corporate communications company in College Place, won awards in the 11th annual Service Industry Advertising Awards competition.

Quail Run Retirement pays tribute to great lovers of history

Famous couples showcased will include Anthony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Lucy and Ricky, Fred and Ethel, and Annette and Frankie.

Luxury Vacation Rental offers Valentine's tour of wineries

You don’t need to be a guest to enjoy a sweetheart of a Valentine’s deal at 51 East Main Luxury Vacation Rental.

Registration open for Walla Walla's Amazing Race

It’ll be a slower start than originally planned for this year’s Awesome Race.

Balboa Winery, Spring Valley Vineyards plan special Valentine's events

The wineries will be hosting special tastings this weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day.

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New business turns glass into collectibles

Glass recycling in Walla Walla takes an elegant turn at BottleChange.

WALLA WALLA — You could say the newest business to join the retail village at Garden City Plaza captures the spirit of recycling.

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February for Foodies back with cooking classes, special menus

The tourism tradition that started several years ago continues with a monthlong celebration of food, wine and chocolate in a series of cooking classes, special menus and more.

Brewery plans limited opening Thursday night

Just call Thursdays the “Night of 100 Pints.”

Eatery's 12th Man tribute to benefit charities

The owners of a barbecue business who cut their vacation short to serve the masses when the Seahawks made the Super Bowl is continuing to support the team with a 12th Man tribute this week.

Applications available for Scottish Rite scholarships

A local travel agency has applications available for Scottish Rite scholarships.

Valentine, bridal event planned at Carpet One

A Valentine and Bridal Event at Walla Walla Carpet One this week will bring together specialists for event planning.

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Viticultural area celebrates 30th year

The designation, spearheaded by four wineries, put Walla Walla on the map for its distinct grape-growing characteristics.

After 30 years, the talk of tumbleweeds blowing through town can finally be laid to rest. In the earlier days of Walla Walla’s wine industry — when reporters visiting from big cities dropped in to write about the up-and-coming wine destination — their reflections of a Southeastern Washington town often marveled at how fancy wine came to what was characterized as the Wild West.

Syrah, winemakers to take center stage at June celebration

Syrah and the winemakers who create it will take center stage this June at Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine - The World of Syrah.

Community Bank plans major remodel on downtown Walla Walla branch

Community Bank’s downtown Walla Walla branch is in for a major remodel starting mid-February.

Job losses ‘dismal’ news for Port officials

WALLA WALLA — A new wine distribution hub opened, a homegrown bow manufacturer got new life, and air service remained on solid ground in 2013. But despite major efforts to retain businesses last year, Walla Walla hit a six-year low in the number of jobs offered in the community.

Barbecue biz cuts holiday short for Super Bowl

The owners of a local barbecue business have cut their January vacation short and will fire up the gill Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s Super Bowl.

New administrator selected for BPA

The Energy Department has selected a new administrator to head up the Bonneville Power Administration.

Pasco couple wins dream wedding offered by Walla Walla group

A Pasco couple will have a dream wedding in Walla Walla in February as part of the Walla Walla Dream Wedding Giveaway.