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Vicki Hillhouse

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Walla Walla brew pub wins acclaim for IPA

A Walla Walla brew named for those behind bars earned a medal during the Washington Beer Awards.

State offers local liquor service training

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is offering a couple of shots at liquor service training.

City making extra effort to tidy up downtown as construction winds down

City workers are putting a shine on downtown Walla Walla in preparation for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover.

Job fair set for Wednesday at Walla Walla VA

A four-hour job fair at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center on Wednesday offers job seekers a shot at more than 100 different positions around the region.

Ceremonial Wool holds ceremonial opening for shop

Although it’s not actually new to Walla Walla, there was one ceremony that yarn and haberdashery shop Ceremonial Wool had missed until late last week. The tradition of a ribbon-cutting.

NEA grant to fund Milton-Freewater performance

MILTON-FREEWATER — A $75,000 grant through the National Endowment for the Arts will bring a performance custom-made for the community to the Valley and help build a bridge between the Anglo and Latino cultures at the same time.

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Martin Archery fire blamed on magnesium dust

The same metal that made fighting the fire at Martin Archery earlier this month such a precarious endeavor is also believed to be what caused it in the first place.

City peddles bike corral idea for GOTR

The music festival symbolized by wings is anticipating some pedal power.

PocketiNet's fiber push travels familiar route for firm

Fun fact about the people who plan to bring fiber-to-the-home in Walla Walla: They’ve done this before.

Company sets course in Walla Walla for huge leap in Internet speeds

Internet speeds at 100 times faster than broadband are coming to Walla Walla about 100 times faster than other rural American communities under a new initiative announced today by PocketiNet Communications.

Walla Walla housing market ranks near top in nation for growth, stability

Those who live in Walla Walla already know it’s a nice place to be. But those who don’t could find a smart place to make a move.

New pastry chef joins The Marc

The Marc Restaurant has a new supervisor over sweets.

Pepper Bridge unveils new tours, tastings

Pepper Bridge Winery is offering a new way to taste wine and food.

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Banners a sign of the times as festival nears

The transformation is beginning to take shape.

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Owners start from scratch with new Italian restaurant

If you’re wondering what kind of “Italian” the new Italian restaurant on Second Avenue is going to be, the name gives a hint.

Port's broadband plans back to square one

It’s hard to make a road map for broadband connectivity development if you don’t start with all the coordinates.

The Marc once again listed among top wine restaurants in US

The Marc Restaurant continues its streak on Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America.

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Martin Archery to carry on after blaze

The president of the world-famous Walla Walla bow-making firm said the company still has a healthy future after a fire Wednesday night ravaged the 17,000-square-foot machine shop where the bows are manufactured, painted and treated.

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Blaze comes as Martin was returning to its feet

From global leader to near broke six decades later to a revival just two years ago, the Walla Walla bow manufacturer suffered another hit after a fire roared through the machine shop after nightfall Wednesday.

Strictly - Valley Honda plans first anniversary party

Walla Walla Valley Honda is rolling forward with showstopper of an anniversary celebration this month.

Strictly - Burger promotion to beef up firefighters’ foundation’s funds

Next week Red Monkey launches its first ever Burger Week as a fundraiser for the Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Strictly - Walla Walla wine event a success

In its third year, the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine event is turning into a must-see for wine-lovers.

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Walla Walla Valley sees growth spurt

Washington’s population surpassed 7 million people, and Walla Walla’s grew at an annual rate of more than one half of 1 percent for the first time in years, according to the latest figures from the state Office of Financial Management.

Strictly - Airport racks up record passenger traffic in June

Air travelers gave the Walla Walla Regional Airport its best June passenger counts in history and its second best ever.

Strictly - Baker Boyer again among best places to work in state

The Walla Walla bank made the cut in Seattle Business magazine’s annual listing of best places to work. This is the 11th consecutive year Baker Boyer has been honored.

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Why Not Ice Cream? asks pizza proprietor

The story of Walla Walla’s newest mobile ice cream vendor starts with a vintage truck, a canopy of vines, a pizza guy and a firearm.

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Walla Walla's booming food truck scene accelerates

Hitched not only to the national food-truck trend, Walla Walla’s convoy of mobile vendors is growing one trailer at a time.

Walla Walla agent joins Guide Insurance Services

A Walla Walla insurance agent has joined Guide Insurance Services, bringing the independent agency into the community.

Plans cooking for new restaurant, wine bar at old Pastime Cafe

There’s a revival taking shape at the old Pastime Cafe site.

Money adds up for construction projects in Walla Walla

The value of construction projects in Walla Walla County for the first six months of the year passed $15 million.

Walla Walla Regional Airport to host concert RV campers

RV travelers who need a place to park for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival can come in for a landing at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Walla Walla bounce house hopes to make leap to Touchet

Jumpin’ Jellybeanz may land on its feet in Touchet.

Series in Pasco to dive into operating food truck

A Pasco education series on mobile vending is designed to give entrepreneurs the keys to operating their own food truck businesses.

Wheel of Fortune winner in city as part of prize

A Northwest trip might have been the prize on an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” last fall. But Walla Walla is coming out a winner in it.

L’Ecole No 41 gets a close up on NBC’s ‘Today Show’

It doesn’t hurt to have a celebrity endorsement.

Connections Counseling adds new counselor, services

Connections Counseling has announced the addition of both a new counselor and new services.

Latin Corner tasting room brings Spanish-, Italian-style vino to downtown

A cornerside downtown tasting room has become an intersection for Italian and Spanish wines.

Breweries piling up for inaugural Brews by the Blues in July

With nine breweries and counting, it’ll be nothing but smiles for beer-lovers at Milton-Freewater’s first Brews by The Blues event coming next month.

South Fork Grill to undergo transformation

South Fork Grill’s closure is more like a transformation, after all.

Gesa expanding in Yakima Valley

Gesa Credit Union will forego the golden shovels in place of an “Earth moving” groundbreaking ceremony this morning at its second Yakima Valley branch.

Strictly - Bees the focus of BMLT learning program

Bee informed — that’s what participants in the Blue Mountain Land Trust’s latest learning program will be when they wrap up a tour of Clearview Farms on Saturday.

Strictly - Winery to host pool and popsicle party

Balboa Winery is beating the heat with water and wine this weekend.

Strictly - Southgate restaurant to close shop after Independence Day

It’ll be goodbye to South Fork Grill, but not, apparently, to owners Makaiwi and Marisa Wachter.

Port settles with airport contractor over missing fuel

The Port of Walla Walla has reached an agreement with Blue Ridge Aircraft Services Inc. and its owners, who late last year were accused of removing fuel from storage tanks they managed without accounting to the Port or paying for it.

Strictly - Twilight Market to include open mic session

Thursday’s Twilight Market at Heritage Square Park will include an open mic session for performers.

Mumford festival adds 40 full-time jobs

You may already have heard about the “fan staff” positions that pay $9.47 an hour and offer those who take a six-hour shift with the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover a $40 ticket to the two-day festival in Walla Walla on Aug. 14-15.

Strictly - Area restaurants celebrate sweet onion week

On the heels of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, local restaurants continue to dish on the state vegetable. Or, rather, they’re plating it.

Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

Wages had their highest jump in seven years, according to new information posted by the state Employment Security Department.

Strictly - Amavi gears up for another food truck event

The Food Truck Block Party is a follow-up to last summer’s food truck event at the Walla Walla winery, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road.