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Vicki Hillhouse

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The Kids’ Place begins search for new director

The search is on for a new director of The Kids’ Place.

PGG to close Hermiston store

HERMISTON — The Hermiston location of Pendleton Grain Growers will close after all.

Financial support for Small Business Center lags

WALLA WALLA — The reopening of the Walla Walla Area Small Business Center a little less than three years ago was considered a revival attributed to the need in the community for business advisory services.

Port of Walla Walla commissioners to examine their pay

WALLA WALLA — The next term for Port of Walla Walla commissioners could start with a pay increase.

Fence could save Walla Walla Gun Club

If good fences, indeed, make good neighbors, the Walla Walla Gun Club and Walla Walla Drag Strip could find themselves in a much chummier relationship with the Port of Walla Walla.

New executive chef takes reins at Marcus Whitman

A new executive chef is right in his element at the The Marc and the Vineyard Lounge.

Mace Mead Works wins acclaim from society/culture website

A society/culture website dedicated to sniffing out the “best, newest and most under-appreciated places and ways to eat, drink and travel” has taken heed of Dayton’s mead.

Downtown Farmers Market to salute growers this weekend

Organizers of the Downtown Farmers Market are saluting growers this weekend in celebration of Farmers Market Month.

Plumb Cellars to replace downtown fixture

WALLA WALLA — A downtown tasting room is reframing its operation with a major move into the space of a longtime local business.

Albertsons, Baker Boyer warn of data breach

WALLA WALLA — Albertsons customers should keep an eye on their debit and credit statements after a data breach was discovered at stores in nine states, including Washington, officials say.

Dunham Cellars to host annual weekend celebration

The fifth annual Dunham Days will take off this weekend with tethered hot air balloon rides, along with live music, food, art and wine.

John Reese to move to McAdams, Ponti, Wernette and Van Dorn

Walla Walla attorney John M. Reese, is leaving his practice at Reese, Baffney, Frol & Grossman, and will offer his services at McAdams, Ponti, Wernette and Van Dorn, starting Sept. 1.

Today’s sales at Blue Valley Meats to benefit ALS research

Blue Valley Meats is heating up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with an enticement for customers.

Ag supply retailer cedes three stores in region

WALLA WALLA — With buyers set up for half of its locations, Pendleton Grain Growers will check out of its remaining ag retail stores, including those in Milton-Freewater, Athena and Pendleton, the farmers cooperative announced Thursday.

Dental office to fill cavities, backpacks

Walla Walla Pediatric Dentistry is working to put smiles on kids’ faces through the gift of new school supplies.

Crime prevention experts to present workplace safety seminar

Workplace safety will be the focus of two training sessions offered next month by Washington State Crime Prevention Association, Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and the Walla Walla Police Department.

Sleight of Hand puts new spin on wine club swag

Ready for the sophomore release from Sleight of Hand Cellars? And we’re not talking about wine.

Grant puts city on path to improved sidewalks

WALLA WALLA — A nearly $150,000 federal transportation grant will pave the way for three new projects to improve pedestrian mobility throughout the city.

Downtown Farmers Market seeks permission for wine, beer tasting

WALLA WALLA — Among the berries, greens and signature Walla Walla Sweet Onions at the Downtown Farmers Market may soon come grapes and hops — in liquid form.

Foodstock 2014 on Saturday to feature local food, drink

The vendors of the Artisan Food Center at Blue Mountain Station are bringing their own flavor in a tribute event to Woodstock this weekend.

Eastgate McDonalds returns the flavor

The new made-from-scratch McDonald’s has opened in Eastgate.

Local eatery scene turning a bit more Japanese, Mexican

All signs point to a couple of new restaurants coming to Walla Walla.

Shoe drive for students highlights business’s community service efforts

A business known for fitness is focusing its latest movement on a back-to-school shoe drive.

Video crew to capture ‘aha moments’

A video recording studio on wheels will roll into downtown early this week to capture local residents’ “aha moments” and give them a shot at 30 seconds of fame, all at the same time.

Banner merger would create fourth-largest commercial bank in Northwest

Banner Corp., the Walla Walla parent company of Banner Bank, announced Thursday its plans to purchase Florence, Ore.,-based Siuslaw Financial Group Inc., in a move that will create the fourth-largest commercial bank in terms of assets headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.

Delays hamper sewage pipeline under Snake River

BURBANK — What do you do when boring underground is proving unsuccessful on a multi-million dollar, multi-jurisdictional, underwater sewer pipeline?

Chamber seeks to honor youths with business acumen

Know of an entrepreneurial youngster already showing some CEO potential?

Sewer work to flush traffic from Colville Street

Construction will choke off traffic along a portion of downtown Walla Walla’s Colville Street for almost two weeks starting Monday.

Fair royalty to make appearance at Farmers Market at fairgrounds

Royalty will make its way to the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market this weekend.

Alaska Air sees summer bump in traffic

Air travel wasn’t just high-flying in Walla Walla last month.

'Glampsite' near airport a draw for travelers

Since Walla Walla’s new glampsite staked itself at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park last month, the travel destination continues to grow.

Miniature golf biz in Walla Walla headed for shutdown

WALLA WALLA — Three years after its opening, Walla Walla’s miniature golf course is not making par.

Whitman College employee awarded by plant administrators’ association

Dan Park, Whitman College’s physical plant director, has been honored with the 2014 Association of Physical Plant Administrators Pacesetter Award.

Henry Earl Estates to celebrate grand opening Tuesday

A storefront long known for wedding attire will mark its turn to wine Tuesday.

Beer event at Salumiere Cesario to support ALS research

It will be beer for a benefit Aug. 21 at Salumiere Cesario.

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Venture makes colleagues of virtual strangers

WALLA WALLA — The work force settled in with laptops on a couch and cozy gem-colored chairs at Main Street Studios on a recent morning. There was a business consultant, a writer, a radio program producer, a sound technician, a hospitality manager and a self-proclaimed “hobo entrepreneur.”

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.