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Vicki Hillhouse

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Strictly - Chilville to close for season

Chillville is packing it in for the season.

Strictly - Spokane's Northland CU to open as GESA branch

Spokane-based Northland Credit Union will open Monday as a new branch of Gesa Credit Union.

Strictly - Walla Walla Bread Company's catering service to end

Time is running out for catering services from Walla Walla Bread Company.

Strictly - Bigger, better food truck nights in the works for next year

Momentum is already building for a bigger, better Food Truck Night at the Airport District winery incubators in 2016.

Walla Walla airport begins new master plan work

The Walla Walla Regional Airport is embarking on a yearlong master plan development process expected to build a new guiding document for the operation.

Strictly - Dental group offers sweet deal to trick-or-treaters

A pound of candy in the bag is worth five bucks in the hand.

Strictly - Two neighborhoods to transform into 'fiberhoods'

Two neighborhoods will transform to “fiberhoods” in several weeks under PocketiNet’s fiber-to-the-home movement.

Strictly - Furniture store opens in former Arcade-ia spot

A new retail shop with a familiar face opened this week at 527 E. Main St.

Former Port commissioner Bennett dies

Former Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Fred Bennett, whose background in civil engineering was a hallmark of his advocacy for utility and infrastructure improvements during four terms in office, died Sunday after an extended illness. He was 85.

California marketing lifts tourist air traffic to Walla Walla

One reason Walla Walla’s flight numbers may be taking off: cooperative advertising.

Strictly - Local adviser gets CPA designation

Baker Boyer Bank trust adviser Joe Fondahn has received his certified public accountant designation, the Walla Walla bank announced.

Strictly - 'Flipping Boston' training to be held Nov. 7

A home-flipping formula that hit the spotlight on A&E’s “Flipping Boston” has now become an educational program that will make its way to Walla Walla next month.

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Strictly - Walla Walla wine gets airtime on TV sitcom

Fans of ABC television show “Modern Family” might have caught a glimpse of a Walla Walla winery on the small screen last week.

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New Key platform touted as game-changer

A new platform unveiled by Key Technology is being heralded as one of the most critical developments in the company’s history.

Strictly - Dia de los Muertos procession to kick off celebration

It’s not the walking dead you may be used to. But it will be a parade of sorts for a special Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Strictly - 'Let It Snow, Man!' theme planned for Chamber banquet

Who knows if there will be snow on the ground in time for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 133rd annual Awards Banquet?

WW County jobless rate lowest since November 2008

Unemployment in Walla Walla County dropped last month to its lowest level in seven years.

Strictly - Event planning workshop planned at Wildhorse

Planning an event ­— from conception to marketing — will be the focus of an upcoming workshop at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Strictly - WW bike shop adds women's wear

Downtown Walla Walla bike shop Allegro Cyclery is changing gears with the unveiling of a new line of women’s cycling wear.

Strictly - Milton-Freewater businesses plan community cleanup

The Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance is organizing what it intends to be the community’s largest Make a Difference Day this weekend.

Walla Walla no longer the place for Ace

A business known for hardware is closing up shop in Eastgate.

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New Stampede time, locale deemed a success

Floating down the calendar from spring to fall has already been deemed a success for the community’s signature hot air balloon festival. And there are still two mornings left.

Strictly - Touchet cattle company among tops in state

A Touchet cattle company is among those at the head of Washington’s angus rankings.

Strictly - Harvest Foods clerk aims to bag national title

Walla Walla grocery clerk will attempt to crush the competition in a bagging contest later this month.

How to view the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

All events and activities, weather-permitting, are at Howard Tietan Park, free and open to the public.

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Balloon Stampede returns to Howard-Tietan Park

When the 41st annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede comes to Howard-Tietan Park this weekend, it will turn what you’ve seen on its head.

Strictly - Feds launch small biz cyber security page

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new cybersecurity Web page designed to help businesses identify risks and defend against cyberthreats.

Strictly - GESA takes home 5 awards at NW banquet

Gesa Credit Union was recognized recently with five awards during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual Amplify Convention Awards Banquet.

Walla Walla home sales up; median home price down

Walla Walla home sales in September continued to ride an upward trend, closing the third consecutive quarter of increased closings.

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Kids get first crack at hot-air balloons

There will be a hot-air balloon like none that has ever come to Walla Walla for an experience that will put children’s heads in the clouds.

Strictly - SBA holds competition for businesses serving women, families

Organizations and people offering services or products that support women and families can join in the 2016 InnovateHER Challenge.

Strictly - Service shop launches fundraiser for veterans

Oil Can Henry’s salutes veterans this month with a campaign to benefit the National Military Family Association.

Strictly - Insurance, real estate firm launches coat drive

Lloyd’s Insurance & Real Estate is collecting Coats for Kids through the end of this month.

Strictly - Food bank fundraiser to roll out next week

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance announces the launch of the annual Barrel Full of Money fundraiser, a partnership of wineries, businesses and nonprofit organizations on behalf of the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

Strictly - Express employee earns HR certification

Express Employment Professionals administrative specialist Stephanie Robertson recently earned the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional Certification.

Strictly - Record-setting air traffic cruises into September

Another month, another record at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Strictly - Banner Bank-AmericanWest merge complete

The completed merger of AmericanWest Bank into Banner Bank gives Walla Walla the second-largest bank headquartered in Washington.

Strictly - Rosy holidays ahead for seasonal retail hiring

Economists with the state’s Employment Security Department are predicting a healthy holiday hiring picture with jobs for more than 15,000 seasonal workers throughout the fall holiday season.

Wine Alliance to hold fundraising auction

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance has announced a new fundraising auction that will bring one-of-a-kind lots to some of the most devoted wine lovers and raise money for the organization at the same time.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation lays plans for Halloween

It’s time to plan those scare tactics.

Food Truck Night to ride off into sunset for season Monday

It will be the final serving of Food Truck Night for the season.

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Local businesswomen gather to talk entrepreneurship

Don’t expect Annie Newton to be part of that statistic on women who make less money than their male counterparts in business.

Walla Walla named among most relaxing autumn getaways

What does Walla Walla wine country have in common with Washington’s Bavarian destination and Amish country in Lancaster, Pa.?

Stylist opens salon at site of her start in industry

The opening of an Isaacs Avenue salon has taken the owner back to her roots.

Dental group plans barbecue, fall festival

A Walla Walla dental group will host a Customer Appreciation Barbecue and Fall Festival on Saturday.

Dental practice offers prizes for food-bearing corn maze guests

Guests at the Walla Walla Corn Maze this Sunday will start with a can of food and may leave with a Nintendo 3DS XL.

Realtors, Balloon Stampede link up for food drive

What do you do when the community’s biggest annual food drive lands on the same weekend as the rescheduled hot-air balloon festival?

Haggen Food in major retreat from expansion

Haggen Food & Pharmacy plans to shed 100 more grocery stores it acquired earlier this year in a massive retreat that takes the Bellingham-based business from an area chain to major West Coast grocer and back to a mostly Northwest operation in the span of less than a year.