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Vicki Hillhouse

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Downtown booth's ticket sales in the hundreds for August festival

More than 730 tickets for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour coming to Walla Walla were purchased at the Walla Walla Visitors Center.

Alaska to add flights around August music festival

Concert-goers descending on the Walla Walla Valley will have more flights to help get them to town.

Key Technology adds online service for global customers

Key Technology is boosting its global service and support with a package of new services designed to help food processors maximize their time.

Port of Walla Walla seeks relief for high sewer bill

A malfunctioning component in a new Port of Walla Walla building inadvertently shot high flows of clean water down the sewer drain. But Port officials hope that doesn’t mean their money is going with it.

Pineapple Pete's aims for opening at new location

Shaved ice business Pineapple Pete’s is counting down to a March 18 opening at its new location.

Personal chef service rings in milestone

Personal chef service What’s Cooking is turning up the heat on its brand as the business celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Walla Walla named among most beautiful towns in state

Walla Walla made another list of top places. This time for being among the 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Washington.

Banner acquires Siuslaw in Oregon expansion

Banner Corp., the Walla Walla holding company of Banner Bank, expands its Oregon footprint with the acquisition of Siuslaw Financial Group Inc., the company has announced.

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Pair of kid-oriented businesses to close

An arcade that has busied idle hands and a bounce-house business that’s done the same for frantic feet are both closing their doors.

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MumFoo: Organizers bring festival veteran to help city prepare

There couldn’t be a more perfect ambassador for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour than Karin Manovich.

Local family gets second chance at seeing Mumford & Sons

Half a year hadn’t taken the sting out of missing British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

MumFoo: Local ticket sales soar past other venues

Tickets for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tours went live Friday in five communities where Mumford & Sons has announced festivals. But nowhere else sold as many as Walla Walla, tour organizers told local officials.

MumFoo: Festival won't dramatically change city budget

If the sound of $12 million coming into the community via the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover has you thinking of major city projects like road improvements or traffic lights, you’d better hit the brakes.

MumFoo: Festival to need hundreds of volunteers

It will take a village to get a behemoth of a music festival off the ground this August.

Vets golf course makes plans to host thousands of festival goers

It’ll be a different kind of pitching for Veterans Memorial Golf Course for about a week this summer.

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Tales from the 'MumFoo' ticket line

The festival, with dozens of other bands, takes place Aug. 14-15 in Walla Walla, with the headliners performing on the Whitman College Athletic Fields.

Duo kicks off spring cleaning of the body Monday

Naturopathic physician and acupuncturist Melissa McClintock and health coach Amy Rootvik are teaming together to offer a 21-day Spring Rejuvenation Detox and Cleanse program that kicks off Monday.

L’Ecole to release old-school blend

One of the Walla Walla’s most recognized tasting rooms turns 100 this year. And owners are celebrating with — what else? — a new release in its honor.

Strictly - Antiquery to celebrated 20 years

Shady Lawn Antiques celebrates its 20th anniversary Friday, artWalk-style.

Strictly - Marc Restaurant takes catering service on the road

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is expanding catering services from its in-house kitchen to include off-site events.

Strictly - WW vies with Vegas, Portland, Berkeley for food town honors

If you needed evidence that Walla Walla is a big-time foodie town, check out its co-finalists in the Best Food Town category for Sunset magazine’s first-ever Sunset Travel Awards.

Strictly - Haggen grocery store opens today

The Bellingham-based grocery chain opens in the former site of Albertsons, 450 Wilbur Ave.

St. Patrick's Day luncheon, open house set at Quail Run

Don’t forget to wear your green if you plan to attend Quail Run Retirement’s St. Patty’s Day luncheon and open house.

Harvest Foods offers discount for veterans

Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods salutes veterans this month with a discount on groceries each Friday.

Alder Street businesses remain open amid work

Alder Street is open for business, even if some of its entry points are closed.

Next small business academy to focus on banks, cashflow

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is gearing up for is next Downtown Academy ­— this time with a focus on capitalization.

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Video: Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters to play in Walla Walla in August

A history making music festival will double the size of the community for one weekend this summer.

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Women’s store restores strength, femininity

It had been six months since the mastectomy when the woman came to Darcey Benzel’s M-Powered for help.

Home lender to celebrate new location

LoanStar Home Lending celebrates its new location with an open house and ribbon cutting next week.

YMCA lays groundwork for annual Corporate Cup

From the board room to the sport court. It’s Corporate Cup time.

Sweetest entry takes the cupcake (contest)

It’s the cinnamon roll with cream cheese cupcake for the win.

Journalist, grower to be honored at wine auction

A man who writes about the wine industry and another known for the grapes he’s grown are among those in line as honorees during the 28th annual Auction of Washington Wines coming this summer.

New supermarket wants to meet with local producers

Walla Walla’s newest grocery wants to get to know the neighbors.

Updated: Key Technology lays off 4 percent of workforce

Key Technology Inc. announced today it has laid off about 4 percent of its workforce in a strategic cost reduction initiative.

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New local Marriott to be feted as No. 1000

The Courtyard by Marriott on Rose Street is more than just a new hotel for Walla Walla.

Wine industry seeks leaders for program

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is looking for leaders.

Program opens door to budgeting, banking, personal finance

A program on budgeting, banking and personal finance will pay off for participants next month. Literally.

Wenatchee Italian gourmet shop expands to Walla Walla

A downtown retail space that had been known for outfitting homes is keeping a focus on the kitchen with a new tenant.

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Balloon Stampede reopens door to vendors

Commercial and artisan vendors are coming back for a landing at Walla Walla’s annual hot air balloon festival.

Sykes recommits to Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A celebration ceremony at the Sykes Enterprises Inc. customer call center had a familiar ring Tuesday.

Produce packer awarded certification from USDA

Columbia Fresh Packing, a division of Walla Walla’s Columbia Fresh Produce, has passed an audit and received USDA certification for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices, the company announced.

Jazzercise studio tunes up image

Does Jazzercise conjure images of funky headbands and ’80s getups?

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Green roof at medical center to take center stage

Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s green rooftop takes a world stage in April.

College Place seeks tenants for school-based mall

The College Place Public School District is going to market for tenants of its new school-based business mall.

No tenants yet, mall owners say after post creates stir

The owners of the former Blue Mountain Mall property are still shopping for tenants, despite a social media post this week that linked to what appeared to be a very specific vision for the property.

Strictly - Key dives into entry-level date sorting

The latest sorting equipment from Walla Walla manufacturer Key Technology specializes in grading dates.

Strictly - Country Club reduces initiation fees

The Walla Walla Country Club is teeing up for a major drive. For membership, that is.

Strictly - Pizza truckers to expand to ice cream

If you’re looking forward to a pie from Why Not Pizza, the countdown is on.

Strictly - Walla Walla makes best-city list for first-date venues

Nothing to do in Walla Walla? How about fall in love?

Strictly - Whitehouse-Crawford to offer Italian wine tastings

Whitehouse-Crawford will be tasting through the wines of Italy right here in Walla Walla.