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Downtown Walla Walla Foundation finds new home

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation has found a new home on Main Street.

Baker Boyer promotes Engebretson to personal banking officer

Baker Boyer Bank has announced the promotion of Cherié Engebretson from personal loan assistant to personal banking officer.

Gesa offers to match donations for fire survivors

Gesa Credit Union is going dollar for dollar with members and residents who donate to survivors of the Carlton Complex Fires.

Walla Walla Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

The deadline is approaching for nominations for the Business Awards Showcase presented by Baker Boyer Bank.

Blog: Networking increases success for Walla Walla wines

The Walla Walla wine industry isn’t just renowned for its vintages.

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Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ staged with all-female cast

WALLA WALLA — No, this isn’t “Julia Caesar.”

New regional auto advertising product launches

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is revving up a new regional automotive advertising product called “509Autos.”

Three Rivers Winery makes Martha Stewart weddings list

If you’re looking for a vineyard wedding, you might want to make your march to Three Rivers Winery, according to the maven of all things “good.”

Gun club seeks sit-down with feds over range plan

The Walla Walla club wants an indoor range on airport grounds regulated by FAA and TSA.

A Walla Walla Gun Club proposal for a new indoor pistol, rimfire and archery range will need to be scoped out by a range of partners before the Port of Walla Walla can move forward, officials said.

Hassler becomes sole owner of accounting firm TKCPA

A nearly 30-year-old Walla Walla accounting firm will soon transition from a partnership to sole ownership.

Zagat guide offers culinary trek through Walla Walla

The latest guide to eating and drinking around Walla Walla offers something old, something new — something for everybody.

Walla Walla wine stain remover makes Container Store debut

A Walla Walla product know for its stain release power is getting a spot on the shelves of a Dallas retailer famous for organization.

Live music and line dancing on tap at Balboa Winery

The Walla Walla winery, 4169 Peppers Bridge Road, will host a Barn Dance this Saturday with live music, line dancing and country fun.

Three Rivers Winery opens movies in the vineyard series

It’ll be a “Big Night” for Three Rivers Winery on Friday.

Salumiere rolling back rices tonight

Tonight is the night to get your sushi on at Salumiere Cesario.

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Martin Archery takes flight after relaunch

A reorganized Martin Archery has surpassed its hiring goals after nearly going out of business last year.

WALLA WALLA — Martin Archery, Walla Walla’s relatively small but world-renowned bow manufacturer, will have its sights on major expansion in the next two years.

Restaurant at gas station pumps up its open hours

The chef who gave new meaning to gastro-fare in Walla Walla is now making it available for breakfast, lunch and a late dinner.

W5 wine shop owner to sell business

The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman is uncorking new ventures.

Walla Walla Gun Club plan targets indoor range

WALLA WALLA ­­— The Walla Walla Gun Club is aiming for a new indoor pistol, rimfire and archery range it wants to build at its Middle Waitsburg Road location.

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Balloon Stampede lands on fall dates

WALLA WALLA — Consider the next Walla Walla Balloon Stampede weekend a parting gift to Mom.

Quail Run the hot spot for cool summer party

Quail Run Retirement is making plans to help beat the heat next month with a “Polar Party.”

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Wingman Birdz & Brewz takes flight downtown

It came together as quickly as it appears, said Brendon Mendoza, the proprietor behind Wingman Birdz & Brewz. Unless, of course, you count the last 12 years leading up to the opening of his new wing-centric eatery and bar.

Fundraiser to channel 'Caddyshack' at Country Club

Providence St. Mary Medical Center is bringing a touch of “Caddyshack” to the Walla Walla Country Club next week.

Main Street Studios creates co-working space

A venue known for music is creating harmony for those who looking for co-working space.

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Snow sports outfitter Dusty Maland dies at 74

Dustin “Dusty” Maland, Walla Walla’s unofficial King of the Mountain whose passion for skiing spanned decades from the slopes to his Isaacs Avenue retail store, died Tuesday at 74 after what family members believe was likely a heart attack.

Plaza Safeway food drive, donation benefit BMAC

The Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank got a $1,500 boost this month from the Safeway Foundation and Kraft Foods.

Walla Walla to bristle with food, wine during Beard weekend

It’s an event to be savored for foodies.

Charles Smith acquires Wines of Substance

Wine-lovers may know the “Cs” on the Wines of Substance labels as a twist on the Periodic Table of Elements that stands for “cabernet sauvignon.”

Winemaker with Walla Walla roots named general manager at Bookwalter

Renowned winemaker Caleb Foster, whose roots in the Walla Walla wine industry were planted more than two decades ago, has been named head winemaker and general manager for Richland-based J. Bookwalter.

Insurance company to record 'Aha' moments in Walla Walla tour stop

The Mutual of Omaha will bring a mobile video recording studio to town Aug. 11 and 12

Ever had a light-bulb moment? The Mutual of Omaha may want to hear from you.

Celebrate Wine event draws near-sellout crowd

Nearly 500 people celebrated syrah during last month’s annual Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine - The World of Syrah event.

Walla Walla airport boardings up again

WALLA WALLA — Air travel was on the rise last month, surging into the record books for the fifth time in six months this year.

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Glamping sets up camp in Walla Walla

Chillville is a new glamour camping venture at the airport industrial park.

Those who make their way to the new spot on Lockheed Avenue arrive not only to respite but also to the latest twist on vacationing for those who want to be one with both nature and amenities.

CTUIR revamps transportation services

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is shifting gears on its public transit image.

Wildhorse deals out $1 million for new lounge

Wildhorse Resort & Casino is apparently going all in on a nonsmoking bar.

Five area wineries make 101-best list

The Daily Meal, the website dedicated to all things food and drink, has taken on wine and found some of the best of the best in Walla Walla.

Wine groups put squeeze on new varieties of Web domain names

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance has joined a cluster of wine organizations to help put a cork in the release of new online domain names.

Extra travelers anticipated for Fourth of July weekend

Expect more road warriors this weekend.

Banner comes up short in proposed Idaho bank purchase

Banner Corp. won’t be acquiring Idaho Banking Company after all.

Walla Walla Chamber golf tourney takes place July 9

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is preparing to tee up for its annual golf tournament.

City of Walla Walla to return excess police bond money to taxpayers

WALLA WALLA — Call it a bonus for taxpayers on the police station bond.

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Pulling in the business

Local entrepreneurs who refuse to toe the traditional retail line are using retrofitted camping trailers as mobile storefronts.

It’s just as well there was a heat wave that first weekend Amanda Ewoniuk pulled her mobile retail shop into a parking lot a year ago.

Suspect nabbed in robbery of Banner Bank

WALLA WALLA — A suspect is in custody after a robbery Friday afternoon at the Ninth Avenue Banner Bank branch.

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Police nab drunken bank robber

A suspect is in custody after a robbery this afternoon at the Ninth Avenue Banner Bank branch.

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days music lineup broadens

WALLA WALLA — Music lovers will want to tune in to the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days this year.

Pop-up supper club takes Gesa stage July 11

You’ve heard of pop-up shops. A pop-up art gallery has even made its way to Walla Walla. Now comes a pop-up restaurant.

Muscle Shack moves to new locale

The Muscle Shack, the Walla Walla gym that’s specialized in personal training, has a new bulked up location.

Washington annual wages up 2 percent in 2013

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 2 percent in 2013, to $52,635, according to new figures from the state Employment Security Department.

Key Tech announces layoff plans

WALLA WALLA — Key Technology will cut its global workforce by 8 percent in a cost reduction initiative the Walla Walla-based company announced today.