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Vicki Hillhouse

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Local tourism projects get funding boost

The Walla Walla County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners have selected a slate of local tourism projects to receive $35,000 in grant funding for 2014.

Walla Walla chef to compete for American Culinary Federation award

Walla Walla chef Antonio Campolio will have a chance to compete for the prestigious Chef of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Culinary Federation.

McMorris Rodgers opens new Walla Walla office

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has opened a new office in Walla Walla.

Walla Walla shop to be featured in Quilt Sampler magazine

Walla Walla’s quilt shop is apparently on point with an upcoming feature in “Quilt Sampler” magazine.

Free tax assistance on offer from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers

Volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide Program are preparing for their annual free tax assistance program.

Athena Chamber back in business with first meeting of year

A little over a month after the Athena Chamber of Commerce contemplated discontinuing the operation with a lack of new officers, the business membership organization will host its first meeting of the year this week with a slate of officers up for election.

Tom Waliser appointed to another term on wine board

Tom Waliser of Beresan Winery was appointed to another term on the Washington Wine Industry Foundation Board.

Customers help push Graze donations to Ronald McDonald House past $1,700

Customers who noshed at Graze last week helped raise more than $1,700 for the Ronald McDonald House.

Former owner to rebuild Northwest Collision

Paul Rasmussen will buy the building from foreclosure and restart the business.

WALLA WALLA — The founder of Northwest Collision will be back in the driver’s seat of the auto body repair shop this week.

Wine Enthusiast names Walla Walla a top wine travel destination

Walla Walla is listed alongside places like Mendoza,Greece's Aegean Islands.

Norco buys Walla Walla Home Medical

Norco Inc., the Boise-based medical, welding and safety supply company that operates a branch in Walla Walla, is expanding with the purchase of Walla Walla Home Medical.

Desperate trade gets duo to big game

A Walla Walla chef and his winemaker friend swapped a $1,200 dinner for tickets to the Seahawks-49ers playoff.

WALLA WALLA — For foodies and football fans, it’s the ultimate score.

December the best in years for local real estate

The best closing December in eight years capped Walla Walla’s best year for home sales since 2007.

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods offers online shopping, delivery service

Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods is taking the grief out of grocery shopping.

Awesome Race organizers gearing up for next edition

Ready for another round of Awesome Race?

Accounting firm starts new year with new name, brand

Walla Walla accounting firm Thompson & Kreitzberg has started the year with a new name and brand.

Optician comes out of retirement to join practice

A local optician is coming out of retirement to join the practice of Dr. Jamie Coleman.

SuLei Cellars headed for downtown location

SuLei Cellars owners have picked up the keys — and a few paint rollers — for their new tasting room space downtown.

Fire crimps Port project

Drilling under the Snake River for installation of a sewer line is stalled after a blaze destroyed equipment.

Port threatens lawsuit to recoup flooding losses

Cascade Fire Protection has not reimbursed what the Port says is owed for a fire sprinkler system failure

WALLA WALLA — Months after a malfunctioning fire suppression system flooded CAVU Cellars’ new tasting room at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park, the Port of Walla Walla has yet to receive a drop of reimbursement for its coverage of the repairs.

Abajian oil change program to cease with changeover

The ownership change at Abajian Motor Sales will put the brakes on a long coveted oil change maintenance program.

Abajian sells auto dealership

The family-owned business with roots in auto sales for more than 60 years was sold to McCurley Integrity Dealerships.

WALLA WALLA — A new owner will be behind the wheel of Walla Walla’s Toyota dealership starting next month.

Whoopemup plans annual pajama party

One more reason to celebrate the Whoopemup Hollow Café’s annual Pajama Party: Southern comfort food and an elastic waistband are a match made in Heaven.

Local Curves clubs adds workouts with Jillian Michaels

A hot name in fitness has made its way to local Curves clubs.

Graze turns week toward helping Ronald McDonald House

Dining at Graze will support a good cause next week.

The Garden is going gluten-free

You won’t find gluten in The Garden.

AT&T throws switch to 4G LTE

AT&T started the new year by flipping the proverbial switch on 4G LTE service.

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Airport boardings land on high note in 2013

Walla Walla’s airport officials say the numbers indicate continued high passenger traffic.

WALLA WALLA — Local air service in 2013 continued its high flying ways, according to new numbers from carrier Alaska Airlines and the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

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Independents hold on in book wars

An apparent resurgence of independent bookstores indicates readers have yet to fully write off local brick-and-mortar retailers.

Amazon has won.

Columbia REA manager earns certification

Dave Reller, manager of Engineering & Operations for Columbia Rural Electric Association, has earned the Management Essentials Certificate from the National Rural Electric Association, the co-op announced.

Milton-Freewater Chamber planning awards banquet

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping for a full house at its casino-themed annual banquet next month.

Wedding giveaway aims to make one lucky couple's dreams come true

It will be the wedding of a lifetime for one lucky couple.

Barbecue restaurant will cut sabbatical short if Seahawks make Superbowl

Yet another reason to root for the Seahawks: Walla Walla barbecue hot spot A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering has vowed to cut its annual sabbatical short to make its food available if the home teams makes the Superbowl.

A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue eyes early re-open if Seahawks make Super Bowl

Yet another reason to root for the Seahawks: Walla Walla barbecue hot spot A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering has vowed to cut its annual sabbatical short to make its food available if the home teams makes the Superbowl.

Providence expands Urgent Care hours

The Providence St. Mary Medical Group Urgent Care Center has expanded hours at its Chase Avenue clinic.

Sterling Bank manager certified as small-business professional

Rick Craig, manager of Sterling Bank in College Place, has been certified by the financial institution as a small-business professional, the company announced.

Hours expanded at Urgent Care Center

The Providence St. Mary Medical Group Urgent Care Center has expanded hours at its Chase Avenue clinic.

Wedding vendors team up for giveaway

It will be the wedding of a lifetime for one lucky couple.

Sterling Bank manager in College Place achieves certification

Rick Craig, manager of Sterling Bank in College Place, has been certified by the financial institution as a small-business professional, the company announced.

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Alaska Airlines alters course on flight schedule

WALLA WALLA — A new schedule for the final flight of the day into the Walla Walla Regional Airport has been changed before an initial plan ever even got off the ground.

Whitehouse-Crawford to ring in New Year's Eve with celebration, dinner

The Whitehouse-Crawford will ring in 2014 with a New Year’s Eve Fête tonight.

Boot camp signup set for upcoming sessions

Just in time for New Year’s fitness resolutions: The instructors of Cardio Strength Bootcamp are taking registrations for January sessions.

Port of Walla Walla gives executive director a raise

WALLA WALLA — Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz will get a 2 percent raise in 2014.

Rural appraiser recognized for service

Walla Walla appraiser John P. “Jack” Fredrickson, accredited rural appraiser and owner of Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla, was recently honored by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for 35 years of membership.

Walla Walla home sales head for 600 mark

Home sales in Walla Walla could be near the 600 mark by the end of the year.

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After seven-year hiatus, Granny's Tamales are back in town

WAITSBURG — You can search far and wide for tamales like the ones Anita Hernandez makes. But you’d have to make a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, to find their equivalent.

Local home sales continue to rise

Home sales in Walla Walla could be near the 600 mark by the end of the year.

Scott Krivoshein named member of Financial Services Executive Council

Walla Walla financial advisor Scott B. Krivoshein has been named a member of the 2014 Raymond James Financial Services Executive Council.

Walla Walla Sweets seeking interns for 2014

Potential interns can step up to the plate for the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team.