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Vicki Hillhouse

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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.

Key Tech promotes Steve Johnson to senior director

Key Technology Inc. has appointed a new senior director for its Latin America and Asia Sales.

City parks Alder Street project

WALLA WALLA — Downtown’s highest profile summertime construction project has run into a financial roadblock.

L'Ecole bordeaux blend named best in the world

Cheers to L’Ecole No 41 on producing the best bordeaux blend over 15 British pounds in the world.

Country Club management controversy dies as firm cancels contract

A swirl over operational management at the Walla Walla Country Club has reportedly simmered to a close.

Banner finalizes Umpqua Bank acuisitions

Walla Walla-based Banner Corp. has completed its acquisition of six branches of Oregon-based Umpqua Bank, the successor to Washington’s Sterling Savings Bank.

Oregonian to talk all things Walla Walla

Oregonian Travel Editor Terry Richard will lead participants on a virtual journey through Walla Walla in the coming days.

Local marketing professional named Entrepreneur of the Year

Walla Walla marketing professional Michelle Liberty was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business Development Services of the Umatilla Confederated Tribes.

Sweet Onion theme continues with Restaurant Week

The Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival may be over. But the celebration continues through this Friday with Sweet Onion Restaurant Week.

Inland Cellular to run on Sprint’s LTE network

Telecommunications company Inland Cellular has dialed into a new partnership with Sprint.

Baker Boyer makes 10th consecutive 100-best list

Ten years later, Baker Boyer Bank is still a diamond of an employer, according to Seattle Business magazine.

Burwood brews up grand-opening celebration on Saturday

The wait is over for Walla Walla’s newest brewery.

Celebration of syrah begins tonight

Wine-lovers will find a good reason to celebrate this weekend.

Downtown arcade boots up new summer hours

Arcade-ia is making a change for the summer.

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Transit board to meet on Crawford Park problems

Valley Transit may find new routes when it comes to curbing “behavioral issues” at Crawford Park.

Pacific Power Foundation makes donation to Walla Walla theater program

A $4,000 donation from the Pacific Power Foundation adds a jolt to the Shakespeare Walla Walla Educational Outreach program.

Walla Walla paper maker lands spot in Brides magazine

A highlight in Brides magazine may just plant a seed that leads brides-to-be to a Walla Walla company’s handmade plantable paper favors.

New restaurant in works at former home of The Garden

A new restaurant is already establishing roots in the former spot of The Garden.

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Walla Walla resident adds a little Fl(h)air to Daytime Emmys

The time it took Melissa Archer, who plays the fiery Natalie Buchanan on “One Life to Live,” to get ready for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards last year, according to her Twitter feed: Six hours from shower to showtime.

Theater to offer older family movies during summer

Older family flicks will hit the big screen for Grand Cinemas’ Summer Movie Program.

New regional official will have role in governing Walla Walla General Hospital

The newly appointed president of the Northwest Region of Adventist Health and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland will also chair the governing board of Walla Walla General Hospital.

Inmate work crews to help clear downtown Walla Walla trash

Downtown Walla Walla is getting a once-a-week cleanup through a partnership with the Department of Corrections.

Book & Game Co. takes sale outside

Bookworms will find a welcome sidewalk to inch along this weekend.

Montana firm finds Key Tech equipment sort of awesome

Using their noodles on a new way to use digital inspection equipment, a Montana pasta manufacturer was led to Walla Walla’s Key Technology.

Airport industrial park soars with new leases

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park isn’t just filling up. It’s also filling out.

New Honda dealer to open in July

WALLA WALLA — A Montana auto dealer with family roots spanning seven decades in the industry is making tracks as the new operator of the College Place Honda dealership.

Vintage goods market takes place this weekend

“Junk” lovers are in for a treat this weekend with the return of Walla Walla’s weekend vintage market.

Milton-Freewater transport goes fee-free for summer

Milton-Freewater is the latest to jump on board with free bus fare for the summer.

Updated: U-B publisher to take position in Yakima

Union-Bulletin publisher Rob Blethen will leave Walla Walla’s daily newspaper for a new position at the Yakima Herald-Republic, the two news organizations announced jointly Monday.

Sapolil Cellars hosts Coug get-together this evening

Sapolil Cellars will be the setting for Walla Walla Cougar Country this evening.