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Sweet Onion Festival heats up with new barbecue competition

The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association will bring its grills to Main Street for the first Sweet Onion BBQ Bash at this year’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival.

Fish Fry Friday returns to downtown grocer

It’s a Fish Fry Friday trifecta at Salumiere Cesario.

Stores listed for coming Towne Center mall

It will be another year before construction transforms the former Blue Mountain Mall into new retail destination Walla Walla Towne Center.

Strictly - The Marc features wineries of the week

Wine Wednesday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center offers guests some one-on-one time with local winemakers.

Strictly - Portland edges Walla Walla in food town title

In the running for Sunset Magazine’s Best Food Town in the West title, Walla Walla got edged by a more seasoned culinary community.

Walla Walla airport having a record month

On Tuesday, passengers cemented the month as the best May on the books as commercial carrier Alaska Airlines surpassed 3,000 passengers, said the company’s acting Walla Walla Manager Jasen Downey.

Strictly - Local wineries make the cut for US Open

At least 23 Walla Walla Valley wineries will pour at least 40 wines during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Chambers Bay, according to online coverage making the rounds from Great Northwest Wine.

Strictly - Waterbrook Winery fair teaches fishing on the fly

Waterbrook Winery is hooking anglers with its annual Fly Fishing Fair.

Ticket sales at reduced prices frustrate fans

Third-party ticket sales offering discounts for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Walla Walla strike a bad chord with some fans.

‘Mumfoo’ attendance projections lowered

It may not double the population of the community after all. But the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is still expected to pack Walla Walla with tens of thousands of fans in August.

Summer arrives for downtown Walla Walla clothier

It’s summer at Walla Walla Clothing Co.

Sipid Bites to throw open doors to second location

An eatery that’s been serving through a downtown window will open the door on a secondary location Monday.

MumFoo ticket winner pounces early

It took the first winner of Whitman College’s Gentlemen of the Road Facebook contest just 10 minutes to spot the embedded Mumford & Sons lyrics in a status update.

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D’Olivo gourmet shop set to open downtown

Don’t expect to leave new downtown Walla Walla retailer D’Olivo without a taste of olive oil and vinegar.

Wineries report busier Spring Release

If Spring Release Weekend seemed busy, your eyes were not deceiving you.

Chamber seeks Youth Entrepreneur nominations

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for the community’s K-12 CEOs.

Balboa Winery's Mith 2012 to be featured at US Open

Balboa Winery will tee off in the tent this year at the U.S. Open.

Whitman contest offers up prize of MumFoo tickets

Here’s a reason to follow Whitman College’s Facebook page that may be music to your ears: A chance to win tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road stopover in Walla Walla this summer.

Dayton’s Summer Artisan Market gets underway Saturday

Blue Mountain Station is on track for the grand opening of its Summer Artisan Market.

Pilots question Port’s rate hike plan

A proposal for higher lease rates and utility charges had frustrations on the rise Tuesday for tenants of the Walla Walla Regional Airport and its surrounding industrial park.

Distillery would get shot at Port if no winery steps up

The Port of Walla Walla isn’t quite ready to infuse a distillery into its incubator village.

Charity golf tournament set for June

Organizers of the fifth annual Hook ’n’ Slice charity golf tournament are already getting fired up for the June event.

Key Technology launches new corporate website

Walla Walla manufacturer Key Technology has launched a redesigned corporate website that’s expected to be available in three more languages by the end of the year.

Bookstore turns page on older romance novels

Walla Walla used-book store Just Right Books is offering a deal that could make romance novel readers swoon.

Walla Walla Regional Airport restaurant to shut down

Dominick’s on the Runway, the Italian restaurant that operates at the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal building, is preparing for departure.

Dayton hotel wins acclaim for customer service

The Best Western Plus Dayton has gotten kudos for its customer service.

Medical center honored for patient-centered care

Providence Medical Group Family Medicine has been honored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing patient-centered care, according to an announcement from Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Williams Team Homes adds new broker

Heather Orchard has joined downtown real estate firm Williams Team Homes as a broker.

Walla Walla Regional Airport numbers continue to climb

The Walla Walla Regional Airport had its best April last month.

Port of Walla Walla considers adding liquor distillery to mix

An incubator complex that started for wine and added a brewing could be diversifying even more with a distillery as its latest potential tenant.

Port of Walla Walla tenants to get a say on rate increase plan

Tenants at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park will get a chance to weigh in Tuesday before a proposed series of rate hikes take off.

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It wasn't a stampede, but balloons did launch this weekend

If this had been a typical Mother’s Day weekend, it might not have been a surprise to see just four hot air balloons hit the skies Saturday morning.

Walla Walla business to start progressive boot camp

A Walla Walla business known for health and fitness is kicking off a progressive boot camp.

Pacific Power fires up smartphone app for customers

Energy company Pacific Power has sparked up a new mobile app for customers on-the-go.

Open Case Sessions planned for Friday at Charles Smith Wines

Live music, wines and no cover charge will make a soulful combination at Charles Smith Wines as the winery’s live music project, the Open Case Sessions, hits downtown Friday.

Quail Run Retirement plans Mother’s Day Tea

If you remember the days of spring 1965 when Mom would pack a picnic into the “way back” of the station wagon and drive off to the park for an afternoon of memories, you may want to sign up for Quail Run Retirement’s Mother’s Day Tea.

Walla Walla businesses team up for Mother's Day

A cluster of downtown Walla Walla businesses have partnered together on a Mother’s Day giveaway that will have participants and, ultimately a winner, traveling from shop to shop.

HAPO to open second Walla Walla branch at former bank site

From a bank to a credit union, an Isaacs Avenue building will see new life this year.

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Duo tees up eatery at city’s golf course

As the city’s golf course undergoes a revival, it gets a new eatery for hungry linksters.

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Wine tourism business picks up in Valley

With more than 100 tasting rooms, Walla Walla is like the proverbial boat, and wineries are the water. Choose a jumping off point and you can’t help but hit one.

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Vintner realizes fruits of grandpa’s lessons

Grandpa Bontzu was a supporter of sustainable agriculture before it really even had a name.

Strictly - Walla Walla makes list of underrated cities

We know there’s love for Walla Walla. But does it get enough?

Strictly - Haggen makes donation to parks for Earth Day

Bellingham-based grocery chain Haggen is donating more than $40,000 to four national parks in Washington and Oregon in recognition of Earth Day.

Strictly - Amavi to showcase international artist's painting, sculptures

When it comes to winemaking, art may be in the bottles.

Strictly - Actor/Pursued by Bear vintner in town for Spring Release

Whether you know him as Special Agent Dale Cooper from “Twin Peaks,” Orson Hodge from “Desperate Housewives,” Trey MacDougal from “Sex in the City” or even Paul Atreides from “Dune,” there’s no doubt how you’ll recognize Kyle MacLachlan after Spring Release Weekend.

Strictly - Inland Cellular adds new wireless tower

Inland Cellular has added a new wireless tower in Walla Walla, on the Jones Building at 1 E. Main St.

Strictly - Downtown tasting room to host Pendleton singer

If wine and music go hand-in-hand, you’ll want to know more about who’s coming to Henry Earl Estate Wines tasting room and wine bar this weekend.

Strictly - Kontos Cellars grand-opening party continues into weekend

If you missed the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting at Kontos Cellars’ new spot on Tuesday, fear not. The celebration continues this weekend.

Farmers’ markets to open this weekend

Two farmers’ markets will take root this weekend as operators prepare to open for the season Saturday at downtown and Walla Walla County Fairgrounds locations.

Strictly - Life Church bond issue closes

Chicago-based specialty investment bank Ziegler has announced the successful closing of the $2 million bond issue for Life Church and its new home.