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Vicki Hillhouse

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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.

Strictly - Gourmet grocery gets in on Spring Release

Downtown Walla Walla’s gourmet grocery is getting in on the Spring Release action this weekend.

Strictly - Spring Release to pair vintage wine, vintage wheels

Beresan Winery is bringing out the classics for Spring Release Weekend. And they’re not just talking about the wines.

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Valley Transit offers free service to boost summer ridership

It’ll be a freewheeling summer when it comes to fares for Valley Transit riders.

Strictly - Forgeron Cellars to host actual forging

Forgeron Cellars will have a blacksmith demonstration as part of its Spring Release celebration.

Strictly - Winemaker Charles Smith wants to have you over for lunch (or breakfast, or brunch)

Charles Smith, the winemaker and owner of K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines, is offering himself as a companion through Spring Release weekend to the first 10 people who sign up for lunch or brunch each day.

Strictly - Amavi releases new label

Spring Release weekend won’t just be a time to taste new wines at Amavi Cellars. For some it will be a chance to also peek at a new label designed to reflect the brand’s future direction.

Walla Walla picked to host travel writers conference

Tourism Walla Walla officials couldn't have written a better ending to the 2015 Travel and Words Conference on Monday at Sunriver Resort.

Tenants choose ‘The Airport District’ branding

When it comes to choosing a brand identity for marketing the Airport Industrial Park, Port of Walla Walla commissioners are behind the tenants.

Port of Walla Walla eyes ways to stabilize finances

Air travel may be soaring at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, but when it comes to revenue and margins the operation could use a little more stability, officials say.

Food bank in market for AmeriCorps volunteers

Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank is looking for help with a 10-week position that will bring fresh produce into food banks.

Bank to sponsor geology tour through gorge

Community Bank will toast its 60th anniversary by sponsoring a geological wine tour through the Columbia Gorge.

Dayton artist’s poster to be face of Downtown Farmers Market

Dayton artist Steve Henderson had the winning design in the Downtown Farmers Market poster contest.

Trunk show set for weekend at Walla Wala Clothing Co.

A spring trunk show at Main Street retailer Walla Walla Clothing Co. will put shoppers face-to-face with footwear representatives from The Frye Company and Donald J Pliner this weekend.

Marketing workshop aims to boost small, medium-size businesses

A free marketing workshop sponsored by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin will focus on ins and outs of multimedia marketing for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Port commissioner plans to run for re-election

Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Ron Dunning said Wednesday he will seek a second six-year term for the economic development agency.

Walla Walla Visitor Center expands hours

The Walla Walla Visitor Center has expanded to daily hours.

Walla Walla County jobless rate rosier than in spring 2014

Walla Walla County’s labor force grew last month while its jobless rate shrank, according to new figures from the Washington state Employment Security Department.

Downtown consignment shop headed toward closure

There are just two months left to uncover deals at Hidden Treasures.

Port of Walla Walla looks at rent increases

New rates and charges for tenants at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park will be one of numerous options for helping create financial stability at the air travel hub.

Walla Walla Regional Airport hopes to land business branding name

Business at the Walla Walla Regional Airport: Is it part of “The Landing District,” or “The Airport District?”

Tourism Walla Walla touts spike in Web traffic

The number of people seeking information about the community and local events is off the charts, according to new information from Tourism Walla Walla.

Winery prepares for kitchen's fourth season

A familiar face is behind the menu as Woodward Canyon Winery prepares to open its Reserve House Kitchen for its fourth season.

St. Mary freshens up meals, cafeteria

When it came to a cafeteria remodel at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, “green” was a key ingredient.

Strictly - Williams Team Homes gets new broker

Christy Barber has joined Williams Team Homes as a licensed Real Estate broker.

Strictly - Pioneer House names executive director

Pioneer House Assisted Living has named JoAnne Mohrland as its new executive director.

Strictly - Wheat farming organization appoints policy director

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has appointed Keva Herron Guszkowski to serve as the organization’s first policy director. Guszkowski started her job with the Ritzville-based industry group on Thursday.

Strictly - Providence St. Mary dials in to telemedicine

Providence St. Mary Medical Center is now equipped to offer telemedicine through the Providence Health eXpress program that allows patients to get medical visits through a smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Balloon Stampede to return to Howard Tietan Park

The Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is preparing for a landing at Howard Tietan Park this October.

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Trailer used on 'Twin Peaks' set makes Walla Walla home

Of all the Airstreams at wine country glampsite Chillville Walla Walla, “Diane” is probably the most famous.

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Kid-friendly business closures leave vacuum

Independent of each other, the losses may just be part of the never-ending product of time, place and the demands of the market. Collectively, though, they share a common trait: They’re all businesses that cater to kids and families.

Strictly - Men to compete in Mr. Walla Walla fundraising pageant

Talent, interview skills and a sharp look in formal wear will help determine the winner of an upcoming man pageant that will double as a fundraiser for the 2015 Walla Walla Dance Festival coming July and August.

Strictly - Eatery offers perks to draw customers during street repairs

With Alder Street torn up and construction in full force, the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge is enticing guests to its front door through a series of special offers, owner Juston Watson said.

Walla Walla business summit set for liftoff

You don’t have to go halfway around the world to find the best representative of your business brand.

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Corporate fanfare heralds new WW hotel

Here, it pulled out all the celebratory stops Tuesday in a party that had live music, illuminated performers, local wine, far-flung executives and a slew of travel writers documenting it from start to finish.

Strictly - Gesa nets 14 diamonds in awards ceremony

When it comes to marketing and business development, it’s diamonds for Gesa Credit Union. Fourteen of them, to be exact.

Strictly - City receives permit application for Rose St. property

Walla Walla’s Courtyard by Marriott and Pizza Hut may soon get a new neighbor.

Strictly - Dayton’s artisan food center adds last tenant

A full slate of tenants have come aboard Blue Mountain Station’s Artisan Food Center in Dayton.

Port gets break on high water bill

The Port of Walla Walla won’t take a bath on all four months of the clean water that got sent into the city’s sewer system.

Tickets sales for 'MumFoo' slow down after opening burst

As of last Wednesday, just over 13,000 tickets had been sold, according to numbers shared by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation via Madison House Presents.

Marcus Whitman to host annual Easter brunch

Plans are cooking up for Easter brunch at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.