Journal of Business - July 2023

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New veterans clinic coming to the Tri-Cities

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to open an expanded outpatient clinic in the Tri-Cities.

A specific site hasn’t been selected – in fact, the selection process is in the early stages. But Vista Field in Kennewick is one of the areas that’s drawn interest from potential developers as a possibility.

The new clinic will replace the existing one in the Richland Federal Building, and it’ll add an array of specialties for veterans on top of what’s currently offered locally, from dental to pharmacy.

The VA is looking to locate the new clinic in a roughly 34-plus-square-mile area of west Kennewick and south Richland bounded by interstates 82 and 182, Highway 395 and State Route 240.

The clinic could be a new build, or it could move into an existing facility that fits the VA’s criteria, according to an advertisement from the agency seeking expressions of interest from developers.

That’s where Vista Field comes in. Three developers approached the Port of Kennewick – which owns the former municipal airport that’s now envisioned as a regional town center with a mix of commercial and residential development – about listing Vista Field as the clinic location in their submissions.

Because the port is a public agency, discussion among port commissioners about whether to give the OK to that initial step happened during a public meeting, where details about other sites being eyed by developers wouldn’t necessarily make it into the public sphere in the same way.

A site for the new clinic will be selected by January 2025, said Linda Wondra, public affairs officer for the Walla Walla VA Medical Center, a network that includes the Richland clinic.

The new clinic is planned to open in 2028. The need is clear, Wondra said.

Brewpub owners buy building as they pour passion into future growth

Back when Mike and Dashia Hopp opened Bombing Range Brewing Company, they figured they needed to sell $300 worth of beer a day to cover rent and equipment payments.

Now seven years later, “we’ve surpassed that,” Dashia said with a chuckle.

That’s an understatement.

The Hopps have turned the Richland brewery into a Tri-Cities hotspot.

Their beers – from the golden Days Pay IPA to the Bavarian-style Awannaweizen Hefeweizen – have a large and loyal fan base, and so do the pizzas they serve up while the taps are flowing.

A few years back, the Hopps opened a

second venture: The Dive, serving burgers, drinks and more.

Now, they’re taking another major step: they’re buying the building at 2000 Logston Blvd. that’s home to both Bombing Range Brewing and The Dive. The building is owned by the Port of Benton, and port commissioners in June authorized the $1.7 million sale. It’s expected to close this month.

The purchase means the Hopps will be able to expand the brewing area at Bombing Range, allowing them to increase beer production significantly. They’re planning to add a 15-barrel system, which they’ll use in addition to the seven-barrel system that’s already in place.

They also have plans to add more seat-

Letter sheds light on what new Costco could look like

There’s still no official word on whether a new Costco is coming to the Queensgate area of Richland.

But a letter from the retailer to the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, expressing interest in a lease sheds some light on what the location could include.

DNR owns the 28 acres of land at the northwest corner of Kennedy Road and

Truman Avenue, near Target, where the store would sit.

The eight-page document says Costco initially wants to build “a membership warehouse club (including ancillary businesses, and a ‘last-mile’ delivery facility),” plus a gas station and parking.

Costco is looking to lease the land for an original term of 25 years, with the option to extend the lease for another 30 years at set increments. The rent would

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ATI Specialty Materials plant in Richland prepares for expansion

The Dallas, Texas-based company ATI Inc. may be expanding its Richland plant.

The company obtained a building permit to add a nearly 41,500-squarefoot industrial metal melting facility at its 3101 Kingsgate Way site in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park.

The project is valued at $28 million, according to the building permit.

The Richland plant, called ATI Specialty Materials, melts titanium for aerospace and defense productions. It employs about 100 people.

Natalie Gillespie, a spokeswoman for ATI, said the company obtained necessary permits in anticipation of a potential expansion in Richland, but officials don’t have anything to announce at this time.

The building permit lists Fisher Construction Group in Burlington, Washington, as the contractor.

ATI has locations in U.S., Europe and Asia.

It describes itself as a “$3 billion global specialty materials company that serves customers in aerospace, defense

and other demanding markets.” It can produce alloys, shapes and finished components “that withstand the ultimate extremes in temperature, corrosion and stress” – and the company’s history

dates back to the American Revolution, its website says.

In a May presentation for investors, company officials said that a titanium melt expansion was underway. The following month, the company announced that it had secured an estimated $1.2 billion in new sales commitments from aerospace and defense companies.

“The collective commitments cover nickel and titanium, materials critical to premium manufacturers as they ramp production to meet increasing demand,” a company news release said.

“Representing an average of $200 million per year in estimated revenue between 2024 and 2029, the commitments encompass materials for commercial engine and airframe applications as well as ground-vehicle armor. The majority of this revenue is incremental to ATI’s previously stated 2025 targets. The commitments will be served through already announced capital and capacity expansions,” it said.

Intermodal ramp may still open, despite parent company’s financial woes

The company is owned by the private equity firm Tiger Infrastructure Partners and describes itself as “the nation’s leading provider of temperature-controlled intermodal transportation.”

It’s not in bankruptcy or being liquidated, the source said.

“intermodal ramp” where agricultural and manufactured goods can be transferred between trucks and trains. It also will include refrigerated storage.

would create about 100 direct jobs, plus inspire many more.

No one is working at the facility now.

Tiger Cool Express, the Kansas-based transportation company behind Tiger TriCities Logistics Center in Burbank, hasn’t provided an official statement following news reports in mid-June that it had abruptly shut down. But the source – who declined to be quoted by name – told the Journal of Business that the company is “continuing to look for a path forward” for the intermodal ramp project.

But it has seen a sharp decline in business as shipping volumes dropped, according to reports, and at the moment “it’s more profitable to park the equipment and not handle loads than it is to handle loads where an immense amount of money is lost,” the source said.

A “significant number” of employees have been laid off, the source said. What’s

an intermodal ramp?

The Tiger Tri-Cities Logistics Center was once on track to open in September.

If it comes to fruition, it will include an

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The facility on Railex Road off Highway 12 will position the area to become a major transportation hub, opening up routes to Seattle and Tacoma docks and as far east as Chicago, company officials have said. Service could eventually expand to markets such as the I-5 corridor and Mexico, they’ve said.

Tiger Cool Express touted the intermodal ramp at a media day in the spring. Scores of reporters and others toured the in-progress facility, watching demonstrations of how containers would be moved between trucks and trains, and hearing more about the potential benefits.

The company said the logistics center

Along with the intermodal ramp, the facility is to include a 200,000-squarefoot former Union Pacific Railroad Cold Connect warehouse. Union Pacific pulled the plug on its Cold Connect refrigerated railcar service in 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Tiger Cool Express announced in fall 2021 that it was acquiring the warehouse and planned to develop the intermodal ramp at the site.

The source expressed optimism about the future of the Tiger Tri-Cities Logistics Center.

“You can’t keep a good idea down. It’s a good idea that’s been embraced by everybody. It’s a matter of overcoming this bump and moving on,” the source said.

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start at $400,000 a year, going up every five years to $585,640 a year; after 25 years, a new amount would be determined by an appraisal.

The letter also references major road improvements in the area.

The letter of interest was submitted to DNR in June and lease negotiations apparently are underway.

A DNR spokesman said in early July that there were no updates to share.

list of new Costco locations coming soon doesn’t include a site in Richland or anywhere else in the Tri-Cities.

The Queensgate area property is state trust land, among the millions of acres granted to Washington by Congress at statehood to provide revenue for K-12 school construction.

The land used to be managed as an orchard, “but as Richland and West Richland grew to surround it, the parcel became more valuable for development,”


He added that, “We spent years working with the prior lessee and the city to ensure a seamless transition as the lease expired, and the parcel was rezoned for a variety of developments, including commercial, residential and open space zoning.”

If the Richland Costco happens, it would be the second location in the TriCities.

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“The Tri-Cities area has more veterans seeking care than other locations within the Walla Walla catchment area, and it is important to bring needed specialty care services to the Tri-Cities area so these veterans can access and receive more VA services closer to home,” she said. Vista Field as a possible site

Port of Kennewick staff brought the developer requests to port commissioners at a special meeting in June. The staffers reported that a clinic at Vista Field wouldn’t be consistent with the master plan as approved by the port and the city of Kennewick and may not be consistent with city zoning.

They also noted that it’s unclear if Vista Field meets the VA’s criteria for a suitable site, based on the limited information included in the agency’s advertisement.

But, after lengthy discussion, commissioners agreed to allow the developers to list Vista Field in their submissions. The decision doesn’t bind the port to sell or lease Vista Field property or change its use, but merely leaves open the possibility of a clinic at the site instead of closing the door for good at this point.

“We’re not committing. There are

Kenny Ocker, a communications manager for DNR, told the Journal of Business in June, noting that DNR has a duty as a trust manager to “manage lands for the highest and best use for their designated

plenty of other exit ramps if it doesn’t work for us. But I say, let’s give the VA the opportunity and go from there,” Commissioner Thomas Moak said during the meeting.

Port staff will continue marketing Vista Field for uses consistent with the master plan.

The port shuttered the former airport in 2013 and began working on its transformation; the 103-acre site is next to the Toyota Center and the Three Rivers Convention Center.

The port has invested $4.9 million in infrastructure for the first 20 acres of development – a phase that’s set to include four parcels for single-family development, seven for live-work development and 10 for mixed-use. At full build-out, Vista Field is planned to include 750,000 square feet for retail, office, service and entertainment uses, 1,100 residential units, and more.

Clinic details

The existing Richland veterans clinic opened in May 2008.

It offers services including primary outpatient care, women veteran heath care, mental health/social work support and homeless veteran housing support.

The existing warehouse off Gage Boulevard in Kennewick employs about 530 people and draws 80,000 to 100,000 shoppers a week. It’s currently undergoing a remodel.

“We have outgrown (the clinic) and cannot provide the services our veterans need within the existing space. The veterans in the Tri-Cities area can be better served by expanding services in this area to reduce travel time and increase efficiency in providing the world class health care the veterans deserve,” Wondra said in a statement, noting that about 7,400 enrolled veterans in the Tri-Cities area, as well as 2,700 in the Boardman, Oregon, area, will benefit from the new clinic.

An interim expansion of the existing clinic is anticipated by mid-2024 and will add physical therapy and expand behavioral health support.

The new clinic will add several more specialties, including radiology, optometry, dental, audiology, prosthetics, homebased primary care, laboratory and pharmacy services.

The project is estimated to cost $21plus million.

It’s one of 31 projects nationwide selected for PACT Act funding. The PACT Act – formally the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 – is the largest expansion of veteran health care and benefits in generations, Wondra said.

West Richland woman sentenced for fraud

A 52-year-old West Richland woman has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $300,000 in Covid-19 relief funds, according to a statement from Vanessa R. Waldref, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Jimia Rae Cain fraudulently obtained $337,267 in CARES Act funding in July and August 2020 in the name of her purported business, Americore Construction, the statement said.

However, Americore wasn’t an active business during the relevant time period, didn’t have employees and wasn’t eligible for federal funding, the statement said, adding that Cain used false statements and fictitious tax and payroll documentation.

In addition to the prison time, Cain was sentenced to three years of federal supervision after her release and is required to repay the $337,267, the statement said.

The sentence was the result of work by the Covid-19 Relief Fraud Strike Force.

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Registration underway for diversity summit

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Tri-Cities Diversity Summit on July 27 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

This will be the first in-person Tri-Cities Diversity Summit since 2019.

The annual half-day event focuses on helping professionals create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

The event will conclude with the regional chamber’s July membership luncheon, featuring the presentation of the Tri-Cities Champion of Diversity Awards and a keynote presentation from Robyn Kelley, chief diversity officer at Gonzaga University.

Registration costs $70 for regional chamber members, $90 for nonmembers and includes the luncheon.

Registration for the luncheon-only is $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers.

Go to: diversity-summit.html.

Port celebrates contributions of the late Robert L. Ferguson

The Port of Benton held a community tribute July 6 to recognize Robert L. Ferguson’s vision, leadership, dedication and advocacy for the Tri-Cities.

The event included a street-renaming ceremony and the unveiling of a commemorative monument in honor of the late community leader, who died last year.

The Port of Benton Commission approved the proclamation at its June 14, 2023, meeting, honoring Ferguson.

It reads in part, “Bob’s’ generosity and compassionate spirit will live on in those who were lucky enough to work with him and will remain strong for generations to come, and the impact of Bob’s contributions to the community will forever stay a legacy throughout the community.”

Ferguson was a leader in advanced clean energy and education initiatives, including a major contribution to Washington State University Tri-Cities, which led to the creation of the Institute of Northwest Energy Futures.

He was one of the youngest reactor operators at Hanford’s B Reactor, project manager at the Fast Flux Test Facility, deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Energy and president of R.L. Ferguson & Associates.

He was the first chairman of the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), a former chief executive officer of Washington Public Power Supply System, now Energy Northwest, a tireless advocate of the Hanford site, and co-founder of “Clean Up Hanford Now,” a nonprofit advocating for the cleanup of the Hanford site.

Richland’s Kadlec now a Level 2 trauma center

Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland is now a Level 2 trauma center — one of only two in Eastern Washington. The designation comes from the Washington State Department of Health, which assigns levels to hospitals based on their capability to treat traumas.

The new designation, which Kadlec has been working toward for more than

a decade, means the Richland hospital is “one of the few medical centers in Washington that has the teams of specialists, equipment and resources necessary to treat trauma. For a critically injured person, this can make the difference between life and death,” Kadlec officials said in a statement announcing the designation.

“Research has shown that if severely injured people reach the right hospital with the right team of specialists to treat their specific injuries within an hour, their chance of survival dramatically increases. This is often referred to as the ‘golden hour,’” the statement said.

Data shows that when patients receive care during that golden hour, “the outcome is better, not just in survival, but in functional recovery,” said Dr. Eduardo Smith Singares, medical director of trauma and

emergency surgical services at Kadlec, in the statement.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane is the other Level 2 trauma center in Eastern Washington. The only Level 1 trauma center in the state is Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Kadlec also has been designated a Level 3 pediatric trauma center, the only one in the Tri-Cities.

Airport launches program to open terminal to non-ticketed visitors

A new program means people no longer need boarding passes to shop, dine, watch planes, view art exhibits and visit with loved ones beyond the TSA checkpoint at the Tri-Cities Airport.

The program is called PSC Pass. Apply at

A government-issue ID is required to obtain the pass, which is treated as a boarding pass and gives terminal access when the TSA checkpoint opens.

“This program is a great opportunity for the entire community to enjoy our airport,” said Buck Taft, airport director, in the statement. “With PSC Pass, hellos and goodbyes don’t need to be said curbside anymore. People can greet or say farewell to their loved ones right at the gate. Then, they can enjoy a meal at one of our dining options or admire our newest art exhibit before heading home.”

The program is limited to 10 passes a day; participants can apply for one pass per month.



• Lunch with the League: noon-1 p.m. Washington Policy Center virtual event. Learn about how the League of Our Own Washington is empowering women to run for office. Free. Go to:


• Procurement Technical Assistance Center workshop: “Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) Certification and Why It Is Important”: 3-5 p.m., Benton County Justice Center Campus, Administrative Building, 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick. Register at web.

• Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce July luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pasco Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave. Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Register at tchispanicchamber. com.


• Richland Chamber of Commerce luncheon: noon-1 p.m., La Bella Vita Kitchen, 1515 George Washington Way, Richland.


• Energy Storage at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory webinar series: noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Details at


• Ask the Experts: “Dynamic Digital Marketing”: 3 p.m., Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center, Bechtel Board Room, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register at web.


• Tri-Cities Diversity Summit: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register at web.


• Meet the Buyer: Understanding the Buyer Process by WA State: 4: p.m., Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center, Bechtel Board Room, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register at washingtonptac.

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• Prosser Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon: noon, The Barn Restaurant, 490 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Details at

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• West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon: noon-1:30 p.m., The Mayfield Gathering Place, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. Details at

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• Nonprofit Volunteer Job Fair: 3-6 p.m., C3 Tri-Cities, 150 Gage Blvd., Richland. Hosted by Chaplaincy Health Care, the job fair aims to offer connections with nonprofits, providing a space for individuals to explore volunteer opportunities that align with their interests and passions. Register required by July 21. Email josem@

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• Historic Downtown Kennewick network breakfast: 8-9 a.m., Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick. Details at network-breakfasts.


• Benton City Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon: noon, Palm Bar & Grill, 603 Ninth St., Benton City. Details at



Tri-Cities’ population continues upward trajectory

We’ve all heard grumblings about delays from road construction projects and the dread of adding more traffic in areas where new construction is underway or planned.

But let’s pause to consider what this means for our economy.

The Tri-Cities grew at a faster rate than the state average in the past year, 1.5% compared to the state’s 1.1%. Benton and Franklin counties boasted a population of more than 316,000 people.

The region first hit the 300,000 mark about three years ago – and it continues to climb.

Our counties are among the fastest growing in the state. Franklin County’s population climbed above 100,000 for the first time this year, to 101,100.

Benton County added 3,200 more people in the past year, and Franklin County welcomed 1,350.

Combined, that’s more than the total of Benton City’s population of 3,810.

Over the past three years, we’ve grown 4.2%, adding nearly 13,000 people.

Our growing population continues to attract attention from companies wanting to set up shop here or to expand their current base of operations. This edition features a few of them.

Inaugural state Civics Bee puts spotlight on civic life in America

This growth also continues to drive Tri-City residential, commercial and civic construction.

That’s a welcome sign when fears of a nationwide recession continue to loom.

Though no one has a crystal ball, everyone seems to have an opinion on whether this will happen and to what extent.

We already know the injection of federal dollars into our community provides a protective mantle, shielding us from some of the economic uncertainties that affect other places.

Take a look at this month’s column from D. Patrick Jones, executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis, on page A13.

His analysis explores the federal footprint’s effect on our local economy. It’s no surprise it’s sizable.

A robust economy isn’t propped up on one component alone, but the area’s growth is a key factor.

The Tri-City region continues to grow and to attract new business and encourage existing ones to expand, ensuring a steady stream of opportunities for our residents. So when you’re delayed at a busy Tri-City intersection this summer, consider thinking bigger – what it means for the economy, instead of the inconvenience.

Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government.

With the clock ticking and spotlights shining, the students punched their answers into an electronic tablet and hoped that weeks of studying paid off.

It was the first-ever Washington State Finals of the National Civics Bee, and it was dramatic, a little bit stressful – and a lot of fun.

“Before this, I barely knew anything about civics,” said Benjamin Wu, a Tacoma seventh-grader who was named the overall winner. “Now I know a lot more about Supreme Court cases, amendments and the Constitution. It’s really important to know about civics because it guides us to action and gives us a better future.”

That response is exactly why the Association of Washington Business Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted the event. In this time of division and polarization, it’s important to show young people they have a role in our democracy, to teach them how to engage their fellow citizens and even show them how to respectfully disagree with one another.

On this point, at least, there is widespread agreement. A poll last fall from iCivics and More Perfect shows strong support for civics education across party lines with nearly 70% of voters agreeing civics knowledge is more important than

it was five years ago.

The journey to Civics Bee finals began early in the year when the students took part in regional competitions organized by local chambers of commerce. Students submitted essays in which they described a problem facing society, along with their ideas about possible solutions.

Topics included homelessness, littering and the restoration of historic Fort Vancouver. Wu took on the subject of equity in computer science by calling for action addressing what he described as “the new digital divide.”

The top students from those regional competition went on to the finals, which took place June 1 at the William M. Allen Theater inside the Museum of Flight.

The event had the look and feel of a game show, complete with the secretary of state as emcee and a panel of distinguished judges consisting of Chris Reykdal, the state superintendent of public instruction; Jan Yoshiwara, the retired executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; and Brier Dudley, editor of

Mountains of government red tape shackling U.S. manufacturers

Until President Joe Biden signed the Chips and Science Act (CSA) last year, companies such as Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) looked elsewhere to build plants costing well over $20 billion each.

Biden’s pitch to taxpayers was ultramodern manufacturers of miniature computer chips used in our sophisticated weapons, advanced manufacturing, cars and trucks, and high-tech equipment needed to move back to the U.S. Congress responded and passed CSA supplying $280 billion to encourage those companies to reposition even though our costs tend to be higher and our regulations more shackling.

In the 1990s, the Vancouver-Portland area was “the place” for semiconductor investors. TSMC completed its one U.S. factory, the WaferTech facility, in Camas in 1998. However, while its 260-acre property was designed to hold several factories, TSMC didn’t expand here.

Intel invested heavily across the Columbia River in Hillsboro, but as did

TSMC, it looked outside Oregon to focus investments. During the interim, Intel and TSCM built plants in China and started expanding in states with lower operating costs, better tax incentives and good education and workforce development.

China’s latest aggressiveness – particularly towards Taiwan – heightened worries over security risks of advanced fabrication factories. America suddenly became a safety net.

Federal and some state elected officials seized the opportunity and are supplying tax breaks and other incentives. Now, Arizona is “the hot bed” for semiconductor manufacturing with TSMC and Intel investing billions in new plants.

High costs to comply with government regulations is a focus for all of our nation’s manufacturers.

The onslaught of new federal regulations is “chilling manufacturing investment, curtailing manufacturers’ ability to hire new workers and suppressing wage growth, especially for the small and medium-sized manufacturers that are the backbone of the supply chain,” National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

President Jay Timmons wrote a June letter to Biden.

NAM, which represents small, medium and large manufacturers in all 50 states, launched the Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations Coalition. More than 200 manufacturers signed a letter to Biden’s Chief of Staff Jeff Zients requesting the White House designate a senior-level advisor to work with agencies and manufacturers to streamline regulations.

“Regulations create tremendous uncertainty, which can stall or even prevent manufacturers from growing their work-

force, purchasing equipment, conducting research and development and investing in their communities,” the coalition letter said. “This puts manufacturers in the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with countries such as China, threatening America’s global leadership.”

In a recent analysis, NAM found manufacturers are feeling the time and financial consequences of these overwhelming regulations. “More than 63% of manufacturers reported spending over 2,000 hours per year complying with federal regulations, and more than 17% exceeded 10,000 hours.”

NAM finds the extent to which manufacturers bear a disproportionate share of the regulatory burden, and that burden is heaviest on small manufacturers because their compliance costs are often not affected by economies of scale.

Its analysis also determined the average U.S. company pays $9,991 per employee annually to follow federal

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ing for the taphouse, plus party and event space.

And they intend to add an outdoor stage and enhance the outdoor area.

Along with the nearly 18,000-squarefoot building, the Hopps are buying the 4.8 acres it sits on.

While the building has held a variety of businesses over the years, its only other current tenant is the visitor center for the Hanford unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The visitor center will remain at the building, with the Hopps as landlords.

The Hopps said they’re excited about the expansion plans, which will kick off with the brewhouse work. They hope to begin brewing using the new equipment in early 2024.

Port officials see significant benefits, too.

“The sale of this property supports the port’s economic development mission by facilitating further development and utilization of this property through the investment of private capital,” said Port Commission President Christy Rasmussen in a statement.

“The Hopps’ efforts have enhanced north Richland as a growing destination, which further augments the port’s mission. It has been amazing to see this family-run business grow and succeed, and the port is grateful to have been a part of the facilitation and support of a local small business. The port looks forward to their continued growth and success,” she said.

The Hopps make a variety of craft beers, with about a dozen on tap at any given time.

Bombing Range Brewing beer is already sold at several other restaurants and bars in the region, and the Hopps intend to move to canning and increase distribution in the future, thanks to the expansion.

They didn’t initially set out to open a brewery.

The couple met years ago when they were both working at the Richland Red Robin, and they dreamed of opening their own restaurant and bar someday.

They both moved into other fields –Mike went into law enforcement, retiring as Grandview’s assistant police chief last year, and Dashia worked for years as a paralegal.

Along the way, Mike picked up brewing as a hobby; he started homebrewing with friends.

While the other guys eventually dropped

off, Mike’s passion grew, and eventually the Hopps’ dream shifted from a restaurant and bar to what became Bombing Range Brewing Company.

The success they’ve had with the brewery and The Dive – it’s been something special, they said.

“It’s the American dream,” Dashia said.

The Hopps have four children, and two of them – Ryan and Taylor – work with their parents. Ryan is the head brewer and Taylor helps with front-of-house duties.

The Hopps’ other two children, Michael and Madison, live on the East Coast.

Mike said the feeling of family runs throughout Bombing Range Brewing and The Dive.

“Everybody who works here feels like family, everyone who comes in on a regular basis feels like family. Even strangers who come in, we try to treat them like family. You’re a guest in our business, come share our passion,” he said. “Basically, we’re pouring our passion out on a plate here and sharing it with everybody, and to see them love it makes it all worthwhile.”

As their businesses grow and expand, the Hopps said they’re staying focused on what’s made them successful in the first place: their quality products and their care for customers.

“We hope that we can continue on a path of growth and make it even better and more fun for the community to come out,” Dashia said. “We’re going to strive to keep doing bigger and better, but yet stay focused on our customer service and what we’re here for and why.”

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Washington’s average wage increased in 2022

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 2% in 2022 to $84,167, according to the state Employment Security Department.

Average wage growth slowed in 2022 compared to 2021, when average wages grew by 7.5%.

These figures include only those wages that are covered by unemployment insurance (UI).

The average annual wage is used to calculate:

• Unemployment benefits for claims opened on or after July 2, 2023.

• Paid family and medical leave (paid leave) benefits filed on or after Jan. 1, 2024.

• Employers’ unemployment taxes beginning Jan. 1, 2024.

The state Department of Labor & Industries also uses the average annual wage to calculate workers’ compensation benefits.

The average weekly wage rose from $1,586 in 2021, to $1,618 in 2022. These figures also include only those wages that are covered by UI.

The increase was driven by a 5.5% increase in employment covered through UI and a 7.6% increase in total wages and salaries, which grew by nearly $20.3 billion in 2022.

The average number of workers in Washington covered by UI rose from 3,257,983 in 2021, to 3,435,848 in 2022, an increase of 177,865 workers.


Day care, preschool expanding into former urgent care clinic

My Little Planet Learning Center and Child Care Center of Kennewick recently acquired a new building for its growing preschool and day care operations.

The property at 3000 W. Kennewick Ave. has been vacant with “No Trespass ing” signs taped up in the windows for the past few years. It was a Trios urgent care clinic before closing in 2017.

Now, the 5,340-square-foot building built in 1991 is in the process of being reenvisioned and redesigned to become a preschool and child care center. TJ’s Gen eral Contractors LLC of Pasco is the gen eral contractor for the $479,000 project.

My Little Planet owners Ana and Si mon Samaniego are the new building owners. They bought the building on a bargain and sale deed for $700,000. The value for the property in 2022 was $903,500. reported the list price had originally been set at $1.15 million.

“Currently, we are working on the plan to make rooms, close rooms and open areas so the kids can have good space,” Ana said. The empty building has a network of offices, exam rooms and other spaces better suited to a medical care facility.

Transforming the space

The Samaniegos aren’t new to converting spaces for their needs.

My Little Planet began in 2012 as an in-home day care that Ana started when her kids were small.

They converted their garage to support more space for the day care. Then, as their family and budding business grew, they moved into a bigger house and later acquired another house – and later another.

The two additional properties became what are today the My Little Planet Learning Center (a preschool) at 316 S. Auburn St. and Child Care Center (a day care) at 711 E. Eighth Ave., both in Kennewick.

Samaniego said that in addition to the potential to grow, she saw the need to move the hub of operations somewhere more centralized. She feels that the new location will attract a broader customer base, in addition to offering full-service day care resources in a part of town that doesn’t have many options presently.

“It’s not an easy business, but the best

you can do is to help others, to help the kids,”

Ana grew up working in her parents’ grocery store in Mexico where she says she developed her customer service and interpersonal

Of expanding My Little Planet, she said, “I want to grow because I found my passion, I found my career and I love

Ana said some families have been with Little Planet for eight-plus years as their kids grow up and cycle through the programs.

The My Little Planet website touts that it was one of the first day care centers to be accredited by the Washington Early Achievers Quality Rating Program, joining in 2014.

From September to June, it uses Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum, which, according to the My Little Planet website, is “practically based on creating a community in the classroom, taking a positive guide in the behavior of the children, teaching intentionally and responsibly, always evaluating the learning of the children.”

My Little Planet offers preschool in both English and Spanish.

“I want to make smart kids,” Ana said. “The kids have fun and learn another language, it’s good for their brains … The best time to teach the kids is when they’re zero to 5 years old.”

She said the most heartwarming moments come when the kids help each other out and watching how they become like family to one another in the homelike environment that My Little Planet provides.

High-quality fresh food is another way the Samaniegos bring their pupils together.

She said her husband, Simon, a registered nurse, enjoys shopping for the fresh fruits and vegetables that make up much of their meals and that the kids love to eat.

“All the love you can give to the kids –they aren’t your kids, but you love them,

and it helps them to grow,” She said.

“Two things I have to do always is make the kids feel secure and make the parents feel secure … They trust in you that you’re there, so they are safe going to work and nothing’s going to happen,” she added.

The couple hope to open the new facility within three to four months.

Ana said they applied for a Washington state grant to help cover some of the overhead startup costs.

“If the state helps, then we can make

better facilities. We will make this one nice and start fixing up the other ones,” she said.

She said Gesa Credit Union helped finance the purchase.

My Little Planet plans to hire additional teachers for the new facility, and Ana noted that they will require degrees. She’s working on her own, taking classes at Columbia Basin College to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Courtesy Ana and Simon Samaniego Ana and Simon Samaniego, owners of My Little Planet Learning Center and Child Care Center of Kennewick, recently bought a 5,340-square-foot building at 3000 W. Kennewick Ave. to open a new preschool and child care center later this year. Ana and Simon Samaniego

Senske acquires Virginia-based company

Senske Services has acquired the Virginia-based National Turf Service.

Senske is a residential lawn care, pest control and home services company with locations around the country, including in Kennewick. It’s expanding nationwide by actively seeking partnerships with lawn care companies, Senske officials said in a statement. This is Senske’s fifth acquisition in 2023 and the seventh overall since it received investment from the private equity firm GTCR. National Turf is being rebranded as Blades of Green, a division of Senske.

United Way announces grant awards to help support kids

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties has awarded $330,000 in grants to 17 programs that support kids in the community. The grants run from July 2023 to June 2025 and total $10,000 to $30,000 each.

The 17 programs — run by about a dozen local agencies — address basic needs, student success or childhood health and wellness. Grant recipients were chosen from a pool of 40 proposals.

United Way announced the recipients, along with the winners of its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards, during a breakfast event on July 11.

The 2023-25 grant recipients are:

• Benton Franklin Head Start for its social and emotional learning and family well-being programs.

• Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties for its Safe Space Kids program.

• Partners for Early Learning for its Resilient Parents, Resilient Kids program.

• Second Harvest for its Healthy Food Access program.

• Support, Advocacy & Resource Center for its crisis program.

• The Arc of Tri-Cities for its advocacy, Buddy Club and children’s services programs.

• Upper Columbia Mission Society of Seventh-day Adventist for its diaper

bank program.

• Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington for its parent-child interaction therapy and its on-site schoolbased mental health services.

• Forge Youth Mentoring for its Kids Crave Connection program.

• Heartlinks for its pediatric palliative care program.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington for its Ending the Silence program.

• B5 (formerly called Family Learning Center) for its afterschool program. (See story about this nonprofit on page B5.)

• The Reading Foundation for its rural outreach for access to reading.

regulations. The average manufacturer in the United States pays nearly double that amount: $19,564 per employee.

Small manufacturers, or those with fewer than 50 employees, incur regulatory costs of $34,671 per worker, which is more than three times the cost borne by the average U.S. company.

The point is new laws, such as the Chips and Science Act of 2022, are helpful if they are allowed to work and not buried under mountains of regulations.

The president would be wise to heed the recommendations in the manufacturers’ letter. Washington and Oregon elected officials should take a close look at the investments now landing in Arizona and Ohio and ask why they are not coming here.

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer, and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at

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At the end of the first round of questions, the top five students advanced to a second round in which they gave speeches about a problem facing our society and their proposed solution to it. The judges asked questions about their ideas and assigned scores.

For winning first place, Wu received a $1,000 cash prize and two tickets from Alaska Airlines to fly to Washington, D.C., to continue his civics education. Devin Spector-Van Zee, a homeschooled sixth-grader, received $500 for second place, and Ye Joon Ameling, a sixth-grader at Vancouver iTech Preparatory in Vancouver, received $250 for third place.

It was fun watching the excited reaction of the students when the winners were announced. And it was gratifying to be part of an effort that seeks to energize America’s civic life.

Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s

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‘Mama’s recipes’ key to Italian restaurant’s success

What was San Angelo, Texas’ loss has quickly become the Tri-Cities’ gain.

A European couple opened an Italian restaurant in north Richland that is already getting rave reviews.

Tony Morina and his wife, Valle, opened Napoli’s Italian Restaurant in late June at 3280 George Washington Way. The building is across from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and was once home to the former Venezia Ristorante that closed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Morina said he’s finding that those who try his food have become big fans –judging by recent Facebook comments:

“Best Italian restaurant in Tri,” said one.

“My wife and I had excellent food and service… It’s way out on G Way but no traffic!” said another.

None of this surprises Morina.

“I’m not arrogant. I’m confident,” he said.

Secret sauce

The secret?

“Mama’s recipes,” he said. “I’m Sicilian. I was born in Sicily. My mother is from Sicily. My dad is from Yugoslavia.”

The recipes have been passed down from mother to mother in Morina’s family.

“Back then, everybody ate at home. Now, it’s restaurants that people go to,” he said.

When Morina finished middle school, he used to watch his mother in the family kitchen, keeping a close eye on what she was doing.

At the age of 21, he came to America for the first time. And while he has been back and forth between the U.S. and Sicily, Morina, now 52, loves working in res-


“I’ve been working in the restaurant business for 15 years, and I’ve owned my own restaurant since 2019,” he said.

“Over the years, I’ve also added in some recipes from other restaurants I’ve worked at.”

That first restaurant he owned was in San Angelo, Texas, where he and Valle gained a loyal following at the establishment in the middle of downtown.

“Then our lease was over,” Morina said, “and the landlord wanted to start his own restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, in the building.”

That left Morina out – and upset.

He said customers begged him to stay in San Angelo, but he wanted to go somewhere else – start over – and he began looking for opportunities around the


The Richland location intrigued him.

“I saw this building on the internet. It looked nice,” Morina said. “We had been looking for a new place. I googled this one and called the (real estate) agent.”

So the Morinas packed up their belongings and their three kids and made the long drive to Richland from Texas.

For awhile, they were crammed into a

hotel room before finding an apartment.

But the couple might as well be living at the restaurant. They’re there at 9 a.m. to do all the prep work before opening for lunch at 11 a.m.

A grinding business

The restaurant business can be a grind, and there are always some glitches along the way.

For the Morina family, it was a broken oven that meant no lasagna or baked ziti.

“They fixed the oven this morning,” Morina said happily.

The couple have been waiting to get their liquor license for three months now. And that lunch rush they had hoped to see with PNNL across the street? It hasn’t happened yet.

“Most of the employees only get a 30-minute lunch break,” he said. “It’s Italian food. It’s not pre-made. I have to make it fresh. It’s not just ready. And I don’t serve anything from yesterday.

“My best advice to customers is please be patient. It’s fresh, so you have to be patient.”

So their busy time has been dinner. And even though they’re north of central Richland, Morina said customers are starting to see that it’s worth the drive.

He tells the story of two customers who came in on a recent evening. One said that when he realized how far it was going north on George Washington Way, he seriously considered turning around

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Photo by Jeff Morrow Tony Morina and his wife, Valle, start prepping food their Napoli’s Italian Restaurant kitchen each morning at 9 a.m. The restaurant is at 3280 George Washington Way in Richland.


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Federal government default would create an economic crater in the Tri-Cities

“We shouldn’t be having these discussions,” Jerome Powell, president of the Federal Reserve Board, is on record saying.

But we have. Thankfully, the consequences of a default by the U.S. government on its debt are now in the rearview mirror. But as long as there is significant federal debt and a debt ceiling, they won’t disappear.

Specters that might again appear would include bond markets seizing up, as “risk-free” debt of the federal government becomes as risky as Argentina’s sovereign debt. They would include a compromised operational readiness of our military. They also likely would include a crash of confidence by the private sector, putting millions on the unemployed rolls. These are but a few outcomes.

What would the likely consequences of a default look like locally? It’s hard to forecast concrete scenarios with any precision. But we can at least size up the current federal presence here.

A look at the data shows that a default would create economic craters – especially in Benton County, but Franklin County wouldn’t be immune.

These impacts would be deeper than in most Washington metros.

To start, let’s consider a standard measure of total economic activity: personal income.

Three buckets characterize the accounting of a local economy: wages and salaries, investment income and federal transfer payments.

In most counties, wages and salaries make up the majority of total income. So, too, here.

programs amounted to 75% of all federal transfer payments statewide; in 2021, 58%.

The Tri-City metro area is no different.

Adding together two sources of federal spending in Franklin County yields a footprint of 29% of total income.

In 2021 in Washington state, the share taken up by wage earnings generally ran 50% to 65%, with rural counties at the low end and urban counties at the high end.

Statewide, the average in 2021 was 62%. In Benton and Franklin counties, wage earnings amounted to 60% and 61%, respectively, of total income.

The smallest portion is usually investment income. This share typically runs 10% to 25% among the counties in the state, depending on the size of the retiree population and the county’s wealth profile.

The state average in 2021 was 20%. Benton and Franklin counties’ shares that year: 15% and 11%, respectively.

Federal transfer payments make up the rest. Briefly, they are defined as contributions to individuals that aren’t work-related – that is, not from a federal paycheck.

The sources cover the alphabet soup of federal programs. But in every county three contribute the lion’s share: Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

In pre-pandemic 2019, these three

The relative size of all federal transfer payments in the greater Tri-Cities, however, departs from the state. In 2021, it was 25% and 28% of all income reported in Benton and Franklin counties, respectively. In Washington in 2021? Much lower, at 18%.

The federal presence in the local economy doesn’t stop with transfer payments. Consider federal payrolls. In 2021, they added nearly $80 million to Benton County’s total income, or 0.7%; in Franklin County, about $44 million, or 0.9%.

Then consider the “near federal” payrolls of Benton County.

Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) data on employment at PNNL shows 5,300 and at Bechtel, about 2,000.

Headcounts of the large Hanford contractors – Washington River Protection Solutions, Central Plateau Cleanup Company and Hanford Mission Integration Solutions – sum to 6,300.

Altogether then, nearly 14,000 highly paid workers live in the county.

Using wage data by sector from the Washington Department of Employment Security, I arrive at 12.3% for the “near federal” share of total income in the county.

Adding together all three sources of federal spending in Benton County yields a footprint of 38% of total income in 2021.

This arithmetic, by the way, doesn’t include any federal grants received by local governments, near governmental agencies or higher education.

In other words, the federal presence in 2021 was worth at least $38 for every $100 of income received in Benton County and $29 in Franklin County.

Now imagine that the standoff over the debt ceiling had precipitated an annual drop in 10% of total federal flows to the two counties. In an economy with $16 billion in income in 2021, the losses are in the hundreds of millions to the metro area.

In a more normal year, one without extraordinary pandemic support, federal transfer payments make up 19% to 20% of the local economy. Once direct and indirect federal payrolls are folded in, the federal share of the economy is nearly one-third in Benton County and a little more than one-fifth in Franklin County. This is still far greater exposure than in the average Washington county.

The recent deal calls for revisiting the debt ceiling in 2025. Let us hope that the parties involved in future negotiations will not push the world, our country and the thriving Tri-Cities economy to the precipice again.

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.


Longtime Kennewick advocate, entrepreneur dies at age 79

A longtime community advocate and businesswoman has died at age 79.

Josie Wannarachue of Kennewick died July 2 after a five-year struggle with breast cancer.

Wannarachue was an entrepreneur, a Tri-Cities cheerleader and world-class friend to more people than she could count, her obituary said. She once owned a travel agency simply because she loved to travel. She also owned a Thai restaurant and wrote a cookbook on Thai cooking.

She was honored for her civic contributions with the Kennewick Woman of the Year award in 2013, which she was

very proud of, especially as the first Asian recipient, her obituary said.

Over the years she was involved in several organizations, including the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary, Mid-Columbia Arts Council, March of Dimes, The ARC of Tri-Cities, Philippine American Association, Mid-Columbia Symphony Guild, Washington State Mint Association, Children’s Reading Foundation, Safe Harbor Support Center and Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties, and she co-chaired May Fest for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick.

She also co-chaired fundraising efforts to build or expand the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Trios Hospital. She and her

husband formed the Mid-Columbia Asian Association in the Tri-Cities, and they maintained their ties to their homelands, including Thailand, where her husband grew up.

A native of The Philippines, Wannarachue was an advocate for higher education and hosted and “mothered” several foreign exchange students from Europe and Asia that refer to her as “Mom” today. She also served on the Columbia Basin College Board of Trustees.

She was an advocate for recruiting physicians to the Tri-Cities and encouraging them to become active members of the community.

She attended University of the Phil-

ippines before transferring to St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Trinity University of Asia in Manila to complete her nursing degree. She then moved to Newark, New Jersey, for post-graduate training, where she met and later married Dr. Nikom Wannarachue – a Thai pediatric resident.

She is survived by her husband; daughter JoAnne Wannarachue Lord and her husband, Jeffrey, and their daughters Mali and Lili of Los Angeles; daughter Jennifer Wannarachue Chevchek and her husband, Brian, and their son, Everett, of Seattle; and son Nathan of Kennewick.

A funeral Mass was held July 13 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick.


Former Kennewick city councilman dies at age 87

A beloved former Kennewick city councilman has died.

Paul Parish, 87, was a “driving force behind making the community a better place,” said City Manager Marie Mosley in a message to the city council and city leaders.

“He truly cared about the city of Kennewick and the staff. He was the type of person who made things happen and stepped back from the limelight, always looking out for the greater good,” she said.

Parish first joined the city council in 1996, serving for 24 years until his retirement in 2019.

He was passionate about revitalizing and improving Columbia Park, and many projects there bear his fingerprints, from the Regional Veterans Memorial to the Playground of Dreams and more. During his last council meeting in December 2019, his fellow council members passed a resolution to rename a portion of Columbia Park Trail – which runs through the park – in his honor.

Parish also was a champion of the Kennewick Police Department and its K-9 program, as well as the Kennewick Fire Department. He advocated for road

improvement projects such as the Steptoe extension and Bob Olson Parkway, and he worked especially hard to help seniors, children, veterans and people with special needs in the community.

He was honored as the Kennewick Man of the Year in 2009. He also received the Association of Washington Cities’ first Advocacy All-Star Award in 2015.

Parish was born in Benge, Washington, in 1936 – at home, delivered by his grandmother.

He grew up riding his horse, Pickles, over the channeled scablands of the region, and “there was a small spring by the house where he used a pitcher-pump to fill a bucket with water so cold it hurt his teeth,” his obituary said. During World War II, he’d watch as B-17 bombers zipped overhead on their way to a bombing range near Ritzville, flying so low he could wave at the tail gunner.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

and going home.

But instead, that customer was impressed enough with the food that he said he’s coming back.

“There have been a lot of favorite dishes,” Morina said. “The veal marsala, the Spaghetti the Works, spaghetti with meat sauce, spaghetti with mushrooms, and manicotti, have all been popular.”

But Morina said there are a few dishes that customers shouldn’t ignore.

“What’s underrated? Chicken Florentina is good. So is the shrimp ravioli and chicken ala casa,” he said. “That has spinach in it, and spinach in the mix of anything is amazing.”

Right now, the couple has a few employees. But for the most part, “It’s just me, my wife, and God.”

Tony met Valle, who is from Serbia, through mutual connections in 2012.

They’ve been a team ever since.

“I love doing this, if it makes my kids happy, if I have some money and can finish the job,” he said. “And as long as I pay the bills, I’ll keep fighting to do this.”

It’s not hard, he said, if it’s something you love.

“If you’re interested in doing something, it’s easy,” he said. “Whether it’s going to the moon, working with computers, or anything else. For me, it’s running a restaurant.”

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Occasionally, flight crews would toss down candy bars.

As a teen, Parish played eight-man football at Washtucna High School, wearing the number 13 – which would become his lucky number – on his jersey. He went onto serve in the U.S. Army as part of the famed 82nd Airborne Division based out of North Carolina. “Paul always bragged the 82nd could respond to any crisis contingency, anywhere in the world, within 18 hours,” his obituary said.

After his time in the military, Parish pursued a varied and successful career, doing everything from working with the

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responding to an Alaska earthquake in 1964 to serving as a superintendent for the Lampson company.

Above all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

“Of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well-loved, and Paul was,” his obituary said.

A celebration of life was scheduled for 11 a.m. July 6 at C3 Church in Richland.

In lieu of flowers or cards, donate to the Kennewick Police Department Foundation in Parish’s name. Go to:

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Unique Franklin County facility will help sex trafficking victims

A “restoration home” for survivors of sex trafficking is set to open this year in Franklin County.

The home, called Esther’s Home, is for girls ages 12-17.

It will be the first facility of its kind in the state.

It’s a project of the Richland-based Mirror Ministries.

“Throughout the last year, we have welcomed many volunteers and community support to get the property prepped and ready to begin hosting young survivors who have undergone horrific circumstances after being trafficked in our own community,” said Tricia MacFarlan, executive director of Mirror Ministries, in a statement. “This home has turned into more than we could have imagined. We are incredibly grateful for the support and are excited to open our doors for clients later this year.”

‘So grateful’

The home sits on 20 acres and has five bedrooms, plus office space and therapy and activity areas. The property also has a gym and recreation center, a barn that will hold horses for equine therapy, and a trauma-informed garden to provide space for reflection and quiet, the statement said.

Survivors will live at the home for up to two years; they won’t have to pay for the services.

The facility is named for Esther, a

heroine of the Bible.

Mirror Ministries bought the property in January 2022, and staff and volunteers have been working on renovations and construction ever since. Many local businesses and organizations also have pitched in.

“We are just so grateful to everyone who has made this home a reality,” MacFarlan said.

‘A hidden crime’

Mirror Ministries started in 2014, and

it’s served more than 450 sex trafficking survivors. On average, it helps 50 survivors a month with case management and therapeutic support.

“Not only is a facility like this crucially needed in our state, it is vitally needed right here in our own backyard of the Tri-Cities,” MacFarlan said in the statement, which noted that an estimated 200-plus underaged girls are trafficked on any given night in the Tri-Cities.

That statistic came from a 2013 sur-

vey conducted by NewEdge.

“Sex trafficking is what we call a hidden crime as it is done behind closed doors and seldomly discussed, which makes it hard to acknowledge that it is happening in our own community,” MacFarlan said. “But we can help survivors of this horrific crime by providing a serene environment to recover and heal. Esther’s Home provides that space for young girls that would otherwise have nowhere to turn for help.”

How to help

Mirror Ministries continues to raise money for Esther’s Home.

So far, the group has brought in more than $3 million for construction and renovation, and $700,000 more is needed for operating costs for the first few years.

“Join us with a gift as we raise the final dollars that will help make this home a reality for girls in our local community,” MacFarlan said in the statement. “We have been amazed at how our community has come together to raise the costs needed to completely renovate the home to turn it into a dream environment for survivors. A gift today ensures that we open the doors later this year.”

To donate, visit the Esther’s Home capital campaign website at givebutter. com/esthershome.

For larger gifts and to learn more, contact Debbie Toner, capital campaign manager for Esther’s Home, at 509-9471316,

Courtesy of Mirror Ministries Esther’s Home, the first “restoration home” for underage survivors of sex trafficking in the state, is set to open in Franklin County this year. The home is pictured before renovation

Nearly all of Richland couple’s unique treasures sell at auction

Nearly all of the roughly 550 individual items and “lots,” or groups of items, belonging to Dr. Louis and Jenepher Field of Richland sold during a recent auction.

Terry Maurer, who runs Maurer Antique Appraisals with his wife, Kathy, told the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business that the item fetching the highest price – a midcentury modern Heron chair and ottoman from a Japanese designer and manufacturer – went to a Tri-Cities couple.

It sold for $1,500, plus a buyer’s premium and fees. It’s believed the Fields originally bought it in the Tri-Cities in the 1960s.

An apothecary cabinet from Britain circa

1870, designed for compounding medicine in the field, went to a buyer in Virginia.

The cabinet was one of hundreds of unique pieces included in the auction, along with furniture, artwork, Persian rugs, porcelain and sterling, and other special and rare finds.

Macon Brothers Auctioneers in Walla Walla ran the auction, which closed on June 19.

Louis Field was a well-known orthopedic surgeon in the Tri-Cities. He met his wife, Jenepher, while in New Zealand for a research fellowship.

She was born in the South Pacific nation, to English parents. Her mother and father loved antiques, and many of the items in the

couple’s collection came from them.

Along with the apothecary cabinet, other standout items included a Welsh oak dresser from 1800; English porcelain, including Rockingham and Mintons pieces; artwork by well-known New Zealand and Japanese artists; and British sterling silver items dating to 1801.

Maurer said the quality, history and variety of the pieces made the Field collection special.

The Fields ended up in the Tri-Cities in the 1960s. Louis joined Dr. Richard Petty in forming Tri-Cities Orthopedics, and for a time they were the only orthopedic surgeons in town, helping to serve all three hospitals.

He made a particular impact at what’s now Kadlec Regional Medical Center; he was among the local physicians who raised money to move the hospital from Army barracks to its current home.

Jenepher, meanwhile, went back to school as the couple’s four children were entering their teen years, earning a degree in behavioral science and going on to work as a counselor at the Hanford site.

In retirement, the Fields opened Sagemoor Kennels in Pasco.

Louis Field died in September 2022, leaving behind Jenepher, children Henry, Catherine, Elizabeth and Michael and their spouses, plus grandchildren and other relatives.


Jehovah’s Witnesses return to Kennewick for annual convention

A convention estimated to inject $3 million into the Tri-City economy returned to Kennewick after a three-year pandemic hiatus.

The three-day Jehovah’s Witnesses annual convention was July 7-9 at the Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. The Spanish language convention runs July 1416.

Seventeen other conventions are scheduled across the state. Spokane hosted one over Memorial Day weekend. Puyallup, which has a large assembly hall, offers 14 conventions.

Worldwide, about 6,000 conventions will be held as part of the 2023 conven-

Gesa Credit Union offering Local Heroes grants

Gesa Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2023 Local Heroes Grant Program.

The program awards grants of up to $50,000 to organizations that support firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement personnel, educators, veterans and other local heroes in Washington. More than $400,000 in grants will be awarded in all.

The deadline to apply is July 31.

tion series, including more than 700 in the United States.

Between the two Tri-City convention sessions, Witnesses “will use thousands of hotel nights,” said Erik Larson, regional spokesman. “We are targeting attendance north of 8,000.”

“It’s not a stretch to say we inject, conservatively, north of $3 million into the economy,” he said.

In years past, the Witnesses have held four to five conventions in the Tri-Cities.

“I think there is interest on our part to potentially hold more conventions in the Tri-Cities in the near future,” Larson said.

“We, as an organization, have always appreciated and valued the partnership with the Tri-Cities. They’ve been very welcom-

“The selfless work our local heroes do every day to make our communities better and safer is greatly appreciated and recognized by all of us here at Gesa,” said Richard Waddle, executive vice president of Gesa Credit Union, in a statement.

Money for the grants comes from the Gesa’s Affinity Debit Card Program.

Gesa began offering the Local Heroes program in 2021 and has provided more than $630,000 in grants to 66 organizations across the state since then.

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ing. It’s a good relationship. They are accommodating of us,” he said.

This year’s annual conference focuses on the theme of patience.

The program is designed with the modern way of learning in mind, Larson said. It offers shorter talk segments and videos keyed toward a variety of topics, from creation to how families can improve relationships.

Anyone can attend the conventions. Attendance and parking are free. No collection plates are passed.

Larson said Witnesses enjoy welcoming everyone and there’s no pressure, calling it a friendly, healthy environment full of a diverse group of people from different back-

grounds and cultures.

“Our conventions are designed to show how the practical application of Bible principles in our daily lives can improve our quality of life, our joy, our happiness,” he said.

“They’re designed to educate, encourage, fortify. At the same time, organizationally it’s where we’re at our best,” he said.

From the moment people arrive, they’re greeted with a smile by parking attendants and then door attendants, Larson said. He said conventions are energetic and have a nice buzz.

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New basketball tech-focused skills gym has all the balls and whistles

A national franchise that combines state-of-the-art, data-driven shot analytics for the serious hooper with skills and game stations for ballers of all skill levels has opened in Richland.

Shoot 360 Tri-Cities debuted its new 10,000-square-foot space at 2541 Logan St. in Richland on June 30. It becomes the fourth franchise in the state alongside Spokane, Kirkland and Vancouver.

“It’s the most advanced basketball training system in the world. It’s the same technology the college and NBA teams are using,” said Ryan Burck, franchise co-owner with his wife, Robin.

If the Burcks had any doubts about whether the Tri-Cities would be responsive to the skills-focused gym, they were quickly driven away as nearly 200 people had signed up for a free workout prior to opening.

Robin, originally from Quincy, works full time at Central Washington University, while Ryan, originally from Ephrata, will be the general manager of dayto-day operations.

It all started when Ryan was looking into building a court at his house and reached out to a friend who is a project manager for Shoot 360.

“It snowballed into a meeting with Craig, the owner,” Ryan said. “The next thing you know, we’re here. This is our baby.”

The couple financed their business loan through Chase Bank. Shoot 360 offerings

Shoot 360 combines cutting-edge technology with a training staff. The technology is also app-based so players can track their progress and practice skills on the road. Although it’s a gym to develop skills, Ryan stressed the environment is also fun and welcoming.

“When they come in here, we want to create a culture of encouragement and fun with music playing. We’re here to have a good time and have athletes leave feeling two inches taller,” he said.

They offer shooting analytics with instant feedback on why a player missed or made a shot. The technology measures the ball’s arc, distance and alignment so shooters can perfect their shot with objective, real-time data.

“It’s an objective tool that helps you build muscle memory faster,” said Ryan of their Noah shooting system. “You get up to 300 reps in half an hour. It not only shows you how many you are making, but also why you are making them and why you are missing them.”

The high-tech passing skill court develops decision-making, precision, reaction time, speed and accuracy. It also has more than 10 games to appeal to the younger players that include education-based games and drills. Within the

shooting and skill courts, a camera helps track ball handling to fine-tune passing and shooting skills.

These skill stations also include competitions where members can compete with other Shoot 360 gyms. In addition, the skills range from beginner to advanced to accommodate those just learning the game to NBA-level players.

“We really have something for everybody,” Robin said.

How membership works

Before athletes can sign up to be a member, they must participate in a free hourlong training session with a skills coach to understand the process and technology. Any participant under 18 is required to have a parent or guardian accompany them through the membership process.

Once a member, athletes can book training sessions through the app that include a 30-minute shooting and a 30-minute skill session per day. On-site trainers can assist athletes 5-10 minutes per day, if the athlete chooses.

Each athlete will have a personalized PIN to sign into their training session once they are an active member.

“It’s about building that connection and confidence with a kid,” Ryan said. “Sometimes on a team, only the best player gets to shoot. Here, you are the team. It’s up to you how much you want to put into it is how much you get out of it.”

Membership is a monthly fee dependent on the length of contract.

It’s $125 per month annually, $135 for six months, $145 for three months or $155 for month-to-month.

Drop-ins are available based on available court openings. Pricing is $30 for 30 minutes and $50 for 60 minutes.

Personal training is available for an additional fee.

Shoot 360 Tri-Cities aims to build its membership through a founding member campaign. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a T-shirt, waived registration fee and exclusive access to events and training sessions. In addition, their name will be on a plaque on the wall in the gym.

“You will be a part of this business as

long as we are here,” Ryan said.

A few months down the road, Shoot 360 Tri-Cities wants to offer member camps, free clinics, group training, kids parties and corporate events using the 26-by-15 conference room.

Finding their Richland home

The road to finding the Shoot 360 gym wasn’t a straight path and echoed many business owners’ struggles when it comes to commercial real estate.

The Burcks first had their sights set on a building in Pasco, but the deal fell through a few months into the process.

“They fired their contractor and took

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Ryan and Robin Burck are the co-owners of the Shoot 360 Tri-Cities franchise at 2541 Logan St. in Richland. It opened June 30.

it off the market,” Ryan said. “We spent four to five months working on this, so we had to start over from ground zero. Commercial real estate is hard to find.”

The stars aligned when they found Calvin Matson of Matson Holdings. He’s the owner and developer of their current space.

Shoot 360 entered part way through construction of its speculative building. Matson was able to redesign a few things to accommodate the new business.

“We got in pretty early, so we had our project manager come in so we could tailor it to fit our needs,” Robin said.

Offices were converted to a conference room. Plumbing was moved to create an open floor plan for one tenant rather than the original plan of a multitenant space.

Matson remodeled the entryway and the interior, installed the electronics and painted.

“We were able to work with the Shoot 360 design team and come up with a plan,” Matson said.

The Burcks agreed on the lease in January 2023 and took over the space June 1. Rent is $9,000 per month for a five-year lease, with a 4% annual increase and the option to extend for another five-year lease.

“Everything has been on or ahead of schedule despite some permitting setbacks,” Ryan said. “I don’t know how he took care of everything, but he did.”

Matson to the rescue

Most new and small businesses aren’t

in a place to develop land, which puts them at the mercy of commercial real estate availability, Matson said.

“Real estate is a big piece,” he said. “Starting up, it’s almost impossible for a small business to go out and borrow $2 to $3 million dollars, source a piece of ground, hire an architect, and that whole process takes two to three years to do. Now they can walk into a building and be up and running in three to six months.”

The company’s willingness to work with tenants stems from a time when Double J Excavating of Richland outgrew its leased space. Matson is a principal at Double J.

“We could not find a spot to lease,” he said. “That’s when I bought a piece of property and did it myself to make it work. It’s fun to be able to go and do that and provide that opportunity for other small businesses. It’s pretty cool I can do my part to help them.”

That’s when Matson Holdings was born. It leases a 5,200-square-foot building on a 1-acre lot to Double J Excavating, which is visible from Shoot 360.

Matson Holdings now owns 2.5 acres on five different lots and currently is developing three lots with 12,000 square feet of industrial flex space. The current design is for five tenants, with spaces ranging from 1,700 square feet to 3,600 square feet.

“We’re going to build it with the expectation that someone is going to come and lease it, but we are workable and flexible,” he said.

Matson said he’s rooting for Shoot 360’s success.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur and a small business owner, so when Ryan and Robin came to us, it was exciting, the excitement they had, and the business plan they had put together. I don’t

know anything about basketball, but it’s really exciting to see it come together and see them realizing their dream.”

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Tri-City inventor builds solar-powered wheelchair

A Tri-City inventor has patented the first commercially sold, solar-powered wheelchair, enabling those who use them to get around in comfort while sheltered from the sun and elements.

Aptly named The Liberator, Kurt Schneider of Kennewick, owner of Solar Mobility LLC, and his team build the cutting-edge chairs in his Richland machine shop using materials primarily made in the United States.

Those with a prescription for a group 2 mobility device may qualify for 100% coverage of The Liberator through Medicare and Medicaid or their private insurance. This also goes for veterans receiving benefits from Veterans Affairs.

The chair retails for $10,500 without insurance.

There are four categories of motorized wheelchairs based on weight capacity, speed, range and terrain handling, with group 1 being the most basic.

As a Navy medical corps veteran who broke his back multiple times, Schneider saw a need for a device to better serve those who use motorized wheelchairs.

Problem sparks invention

Schneider said the idea for the chair struck him one day in 2009 while running a food truck he owned in Richland that served up fish and chips. A customer using an electric wheelchair made the trek to get a meal, and, upon seeing him, Schneider immediately became concerned.

The wheelchair’s batteries were nearly drained, and its operator “looked like a lobster,” bright red with a sunburn from the journey. Not long after, “a friend of mine at the time was an electrician and he had conduit, so we made the first primitive one,” Schneider recalled.

They first developed what’s called the Solar Companion, a bright yellow high-

visibility framework that supports a 65watt, 24-volt solar panel and doubles as a shelter from the elements.

The Solar Companion can be purchased independently and retrofitted to most group 2 chairs and scooters. It collapses by pulling two pins and continues to charge while collapsed and in ambient, indirect lighting conditions.

Schneider said he has provided solar panels to the U.S. military and the public sector for the past 24 years to meet a variety of charging needs from golf carts to handheld device charging banks.

He said the panels on The Liberator are nickel-thin, American made and high powered. They have been tested and proven to be resilient in the face of shotgun fire, hail and other impacts. They’ve even been tested underwater in the Pacific Ocean. In a word, they’re ruggedized.

This goes for the rest of the chair, too. Seating matters

After his time in the Navy, Schneider worked as a heavy equipment operator. As he dove into engineering The Liberator, he said he realized there were some other common issues with electric wheelchairs that he could improve on. One of those was the seat.

Many people who use wheelchairs de-

velop ulcers and a cascade of other medical issues from sitting in an unventilated, nonergonomic chair all day. Schneider sources The Liberator’s seat from Sears Seating, which also produces seats for long-haul trucks such as Freightliner, as well as heavy equipment manufacturers such as John Deere and Caterpillar.

But even to this he made some key improvements: the Liberator’s seat reclines, lifts and adjusts from front to back and the headrest is adjustable. It’s also air conditioned, and the fabric allows for enhanced ventilation.

The Liberator features a 300-pound weight capacity while offering a low center of gravity and zero-degree turn radius with its Shark joystick, all atop a smooth air-ride suspension. There’s even a 12volt USB port. Rearview mirrors, flashing LED lights on all four sides of the solar canopy and a footplate one can stand on without tipping the chair lend additional safety.

Two 55-watt-hour NF22 gel cell batteries power The Liberator, which the Federal Aviation Administration approved for travel on airlines. The chair also can be wall charged. It’s pacemaker-safe and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Schneider said he went through multiple iterations and four years of development, consulting those who use motorized wheelchairs, before finally landing on this design, which he patented and received

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Five-year workforce projections will rely on tech workers

Electricians, radiological technicians and project control analysts are projected to be among the most in-demand professions across the U.S. Office of Environmental Management (EM) complex in coming years, according to a recently completed analysis.

EM recently completed a set of projections looking at workforce needs at cleanup sites, which include the Hanford site, over the next five years.

With EM’s cleanup mission set to last for decades, one of its pressing challenges is ensuring the next generation of workers is ready, officials said.

“Developing, recruiting and retaining the next-generation workforce EM will need across the country will be critical to ensuring our continued progress,” EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White said in a news release.

Over the next five years, according to the analysis, EM sites will need approximately:

• 11,000 operators.

• 8,700 radiological technicians.

• 6,500 electricians.

• 5,500 project controls analysts.

• 3,500 project managers.

• 3,500 mechanics.

• 2,300 work planners.

Going forward, EM said it will use the analysis to help shape potential new workforce development efforts and refine exist-

ing programs.

Contractors have programs to help recruit and train workers in a variety of necessary fields.

“With greater knowledge of the jobs and skills EM will need over the next five years, we can ensure that workforce development programs across the DOE complex are having the most impact and generating the best returns,” said Kristen Ellis, acting EM associate principal deputy assistant secretary for regulatory and policy affairs, in a news release.

The analysis can also assist EM in working with local communities near cleanup sites to meet workforce needs, ranging from development programs at local educational institutions to ensuring communities have the necessary infrastructure to support increased employment.

Columbia Basin College in Pasco offers a Pathways to Hanford program designed to help put students into the Hanford job pipeline. The program offers everything from a list of in-demand careers with promising futures at Hanford, to resume guides, Microsoft Suite trainings and certifications, in-person/virtual events with contractors, workshops and internship opportunities.

Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland offers degrees helpful for landing jobs at the Hanford site, including engineering, computer science, and environmental and ecosystem sciences.


Number of employees you oversee:

We have between 85-90 employees with four offices located in Pasco, Spokane, Wenatchee and Redmond.

Brief background of your business:

We install, service and monitor commercial, industrial and residential fire, video, access control and security systems. We provide patrol and response services in the Tri-Cities.

We provide house arrest (GPS), domestic violence (GPS) and alcohol monitoring in the state of Washington, north Idaho and northeast Oregon. I tell people we run an alternative prison program that saves our cities and taxpayers hundreds and thousands of dollars every year when they use this service with their courts. We serve between 90 to 95 courts.

How did you land your current role?

How long have you been in it?

I grew up in the business since I was 11 years old. I went to Pasco High School, Class of 1975. Go Bulldogs! Then I went on to what is now Northwest Nazarene University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. More importantly, I met my wife, Debby, and we have been married for 45 years and have four awesome children and 11 grandkids.

I have worked at Moon Security in most of the categories of business that we provide for our clients. My mother, Ruth Ann, was majority owner of Moon Security up until 2012, when she handed over the reins to myself and my three sisters.

I have served as president since that time and just bought my three sisters out at the end of December 2020.

Technology plays a key role in your business. Can you discuss how it’s evolved since you’ve been at Moon Security?

Most people would agree that I am a dinosaur. I was there when communication by alarm system was very limited. Detection devices were OK but have definitely gotten better. Most systems in the early ’70s could only tell you one to four types

of signals. Now we are able to get close to a thousand signals from one system if needed.

Why is this important, you ask?

First, it allows us to provide information to responding law enforcement, fire and emergency responders as to what, where, when, why and who they are responding to. It allows us to serve our clients better by recognizing if we have a problem with a device (false alarming) so we can get that device serviced or replaced as needed.

AI has been in the news a lot in the past year. What are your thoughts about using this technology as it relates to your company?

AI has been in the news for a while and can create its own drama. It is a tool and if used inappropriately can be harmful.

Let me tell you about a few ways that computer software/alarm systems/video can be used to help business owners.

Example: How many people are coming into your business and during what hours? Then you can provide staffing as needed.

Example: If people are walking by a home or business step past a buffer zone that the client creates, then it will send a video to the client or designated person and let them make a decision as to what steps they may want to make next.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

I believe every leader should be a good communicator. The ability to listen and speak is a critical component for sharing the vision and mission of the organization.

One of my great heroes, George Gunning, would always say to me, “Remember all of your stakeholders, Mike.”

Everyone can contribute to your organization if you listen. Very impactful for me!

I am still working on it!

What is the biggest challenge facing business owners today?

I have several challenges in our business so I’m not sure I can just pinpoint one. Workforce development is one where

we expect our people to be more professional. Technicians must have better computer skills, incorporate electrical specialty licensing knowledge and skill sets, understand project management and job costing to bring jobs within budget parameters and still be able to communicate and provide customer service to the client.

I could hire three to five more technicians, as an example, and put them to work. We have other openings as well. We have a pay scale that I believe is fair with great benefits, 401(k) matching and health insurance.

I think one other thing should be mentioned and that is a lot of businesses fail due to cash flow or lack of it. As owners, we pay everyone else – the taxes, the employees, the vendors. We forget we own the company. We are supposed to make money for ourselves, so make a budget and do job costing, but don’t create extra work for yourself. Get paid as an owner, too. Work to have a line of credit. Be careful with credit cards and use wisely

as needed.

Talk to others in the chamber or your own industry association for benchmarking. Have a banker, CPA insurance agent and attorney to go to.

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your industry?

If I could, I would reduce some of the barriers to get into this business, specifically the licensing requirements.

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

I think someone going into a leadership

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From ‘little ideas’ to reality

Schneider said he has always had a curious mind and “creativity that comes from outside of me.”

The Liberator isn’t his only business venture. He also runs Real NZ Water, bottled in New Zealand; has developed carbon fiber grip-less golf club shafts; a golf tee composed of compressed grass

role should be encouraged to have one, or up to three people, ready to provide a mini-board role for that new leader.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The great ones are always asking questions. Are you being a contributor to the team?

Have fun always.

Who are your role models or mentors?

I mentioned George Gunning, who was president of National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA), our national association for my industry. I was president-elect and so I had him before, during and after my term of office as president of NBFAA/ESA (Electronic Security Association). Great leadership! What a great growth time for me.

I think the most important leader was my mother, Ruth Ann, who came back after a divorce and bought our company back from her ex in 1984. She said at that time that I would be the face of the company. I regret that I did not

seed that’s designed to be stepped on after it’s used to help regenerate grass on tee boxes; and worked on a next-generation GPS system, as well as a biodiesel derived from algae.

His latest venture has been perfecting in his own kitchen a 250-plus-yearold family recipe for caramel passed on to him by a friend of his mother’s. In his spare time, he enjoys training his two 1-year-old puppies as scent hounds.

Schneider said when it comes to in-

make sure she received the recognition she deserved as she made jobs for her family and created a company that would grow to be a SDM Top 100 company in the nation.

She was the foundation and rock. Ruth Ann will tell you that she did it with a team, but she was the leader and force in the early years. Thank you, Mom!

How do you measure success in your workplace?

It’s been several years back, but when we hired Stacie Frank as human resources manager, we really focused on our employees for wage compensation reviews, evaluations, health insurance, and 401(k) matching, just to mention a few of the programs.

I believe strongly that this focus also has seen our company grow even more.

Other key members of my executive team who help us to be successful are Tom Pitcher, general manager, and Sandy Karlsson, accounting manager. We also have several key performance

venting, “a lot of people have great ideas, but the biggest thing is sticking with it and believing in yourself and seeing it through.”

He continued, “How long did it take someone to come up with sliced bread? It took thousands of years. I put things together and think, ‘Hmm, maybe it’s possible.’”

He cited a quote that has always inspired him from the quirky yet heartwarming 1995 film, “Babe,” about a little

indicators (KPIs) that we focus on for each department. You have to know your own business to establish those KPIs. That’s the business side of things.

But more importantly are we providing or meeting our vision and mission statement: “Rest easy. We want you to be comfortable knowing we have provided you system(s) that allows you to relax.”

We save lives and protect assets. We uphold the highest level of industry standards with integrity, honesty, ongoing employee training and unmatched customer service. We lead the way in providing peace of mind with innovative life safety and security solutions to our community.

When we fail to do the previous statement in any capacity it is not success.

How do you balance work and family life?

I am learning to have more balance to have down time to travel a little bit more than I did. I work more to be involved with the grandkids’ activities than when the four kids were growing up. My kids

pig who wants with all his heart to become a sheepdog and the farmer who sets his sights on the same goal, takes him to competition and succeeds:

“Little ideas that tickle and nag and refuse to go away should never be ignored, for in them lie the seeds of destiny.”

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are better parents then we were.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

It used to be basketball, racquetball, softball, but later in life it has been golf. My other happy place is in Hawaii.

What’s your best time management strategy?

I have learned to slow down a little bit. Paul Casey, now executive director for Leadership Tri-Cities, talked to me in a class on time management that when you add one, you have to take off one board or committee in the same way to relieve stress.

Best tip to relieve stress?

Being near water is helpful, but I also believe prayer is the best reliever!

Do you have a personal mantra, phrase or quote you like to use? Always remember your stakeholders.

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Buying a business? Be sure to sign a letter of intent first

Those seeking to start or grow a business often look to acquisition strategies to achieve those goals. Once a prospective buyer has identified a potential business to acquire and engaged in preliminary talks with the seller, an important next step is often overlooked.

Prior to the purchase and sale agreement and anticipated closing, it is in the best interest of both parties to formalize the potential acquisition with a letter of intent.

Imagine a young entrepreneur named Lola finds a sign company she is interested in buying from Juan. They start talking about the potential purchase and what it might look like.

Juan might share with Lola a price that he is looking to receive on the sale and share, in a general sense, the revenue or profit to support the proposed sale price.

Unforeseen risks

If a letter of intent is skipped, several potentially unforeseen risks can arise, even if the parties begin working on a formal purchase and sale agreement.

First, look at the deal from Juan’s perspective. Lola is going to expect Juan to share specific financial information with her before she can commit to the purchase. This means that Juan will be forced to open his books and share important information about his company.

The disclosures might include trade secrets or customer lists or other confidential information that Juan needs to share in order to substantiate his sales strategy and prove to Lola she should pay the asking price.

Lola might tour Juan’s sign company and meet his employees. This means that Lola is getting free exposure to Juan’s business and will be gathering important information and connections that might allow her to compete with Juan.

Assume then that Lola completes her investigation and decides not to buy (and accordingly not to sign any formal purchase and sale agreement). Instead, Lola sees an opportunity to compete with Juan. Armed with all of Juan’s trade secrets, she opens her own sign company and goes into the business on her own.

Juan has spent time and energy that is not only wasted, but he has facilitated a competitor into his marketplace.

From Lola’s perspective, she is also at risk.

As she walks down the road of inspections and due diligence over the course of weeks or months, her attorney might be contemporaneously charging big bucks in the negotiation and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement. As Lola and Juan get close to the final document, Lola finds out that Juan was simultaneously courting another buyer and using Lola to raise the bid on the company, but with no intention of actually selling to her. Lola is out her time and money on the deal.

Letter of intent

A letter of intent solves these challenges and more. So, imagine again Lola and Juan start talking about the sign company, and Juan again discusses what the sale might look like and what he is looking to receive from the sale. Lola is interested.

Now, they engage attorneys to draft a

letter of intent. The letter of intent expresses Lola’s intent to purchase the business at the price that Juan has suggested. Recognizing the fact that Lola hasn’t yet fully investigated the company, the letter of intent is typically not binding regarding any requirement to actually purchase the business. So, how does a nonbinding agreement help?

The letter of intent is binding on other matters. It generally requires that, in exchange for investigating the company and learning seller secrets and both parties spending time and money, they each agree to certain conditions that are binding.

They will generally agree, and be bound, to things like: (1) keeping all information confidential (non-disclosure); (2) not competing against the seller … ever (non-competition); (3) not soliciting customers or employees from the seller (nonsolicitation); (4) a period of exclusivity where they can only discuss the purchase and sale with each other.

With the letter of intent, Juan can feel secure in opening up his books and records

for inspection to help Lola determine if she wants to purchase. Lola can feel confident that she is able to spend the time and money to investigate without losing the opportunity to purchase to another buyer.

Though the potential for another legal document can seem overwhelming or unnecessary, the benefits to both parties are clear.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a business, keep the letter of intent at the front of your mind before getting too deep into negotiations and talk to your attorney for guidance.

Beau Ruff, a licensed attorney and certified financial planner, is the director of planning at Cornerstone Wealth Strategies.

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Silverwood Theme Park plans $15 million expansion

At the age of 75, Gary Norton, owner and founder of Silverwood Theme Park, continues to be its pilot, always attempting to steer it to new heights.

The north Idaho theme park, located about 180 miles northeast of the Tri-Cities, has overcome economic turbulence in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, in 2021, Silverwood added a single-rail, steel roller coaster named Stunt Pilot and tallied record attendance for the park.

Norton said big improvements are in the works for Silverwood next year, including a major expansion of the Boulder Beach Water Park.

Though details of the expansion likely will be announced in August, he hinted that it will include “one major attraction that will be bigger than anything we’ve ever done in the water park.”

Silverwood plans to invest $15 million in the expansion, which Norton said is more than the cost of developing the original water park that opened in 2003.

Another addition to the park will be a food-and-beverage complex with a large kitchen that’s expected to produce more food than all of the other food operations in the park combined.

In his current project, though, Norton is improving the park’s workforce-scheduling software.

“It’s something I wanted to try myself,” he said. “I’m trying to take it further and make it more automated.”

On a typical day, “Eight hundred people have to be put somewhere,” he said.

The employee schedule changes every day due to several variables, including weather, the day of the week, seasonal timing and staff availability, he said.

The software project, which includes tweaking the scheduling system’s computer code, harkens back to his roots as a tech entrepreneur, when he made his first fortune through International Systems Corp., a Spokane company he founded in 1977 that made computer systems, including software, for the banking industry.

Norton opened Silverwood in 1988, after selling ISC. At the time, Silverwood was a roadside attraction featuring a daily airplane stunt show and a working 1915 steam train that he famously outbid the Walt Disney Co. on.

Now, the 413-acre park boasts more than 70 rides and attractions. The park has 120 year-round employees and ramps up to 1,600 seasonal employees. Including turnover, the park typically handles over 2,000 employees per year.

Four of Norton’s five children and six grandchildren work or have worked at the theme park. His son, Paul Norton, is Silverwood’s operations manager, and granddaughter Stephanie Sampson is the public relations manager.

There’s no business model to follow to make Silverwood work, “especially in north Idaho, where it shouldn’t.” he said. “Over the years, we figured out how to put a formula together that works.”

That formula emphasizes quality and

customer satisfaction, he said.

“Profit will take care of itself if you have that,” he said. “People don’t mind paying a good price if they have a quality product.”

Norton declined to disclose annual revenue, although he says the park has been debt-free since 2019.

Because Idaho was less restrictive with pandemic-induced lockdowns than other states, Silverwood was able to open in 2020 and was one of few theme parks in the U.S. to turn a profit that year, he said.

The following year, the park attracted a record 803,000 visitors.

Attendance lagged a bit in 2022, largely due to a slow start caused by an unusually wet June, he noted.

The fiscal forecast is favorable for this year, with Canada fully open, schools back and group sales looking good, he said.

Norton has put off the notion of retiring after momentarily considering it when Atlanta-based Herschend Family Entertainment wanted to buy Silverwood. Herschend operates Dollywood Parks & Resorts among several other theme parks and entertainment venues.

“A couple of years ago I got an insane offer,” he said of the Herschend bid. “They

thought we had the best park they had seen, so they wanted it and were willing to pay premium price.”

Norton described the offer as an ego boost that certainly got his attention. Upon further contemplation, though, the offer wasn’t a good enough reason to leave Silverwood behind.

While some people spend retirement years fulfilling their bucket lists, Norton said he’s went through that phase in his younger days.

“I started filling my bucket list in my 30s, when I made money in the computer business,” he said. “But that wasn’t creating something.”

When he does take time off during Silverwood’s off season, the theme park remains on his mind wherever he goes.

“I’m always still working on software stuff and new ideas,” he said.

Courtesy Mike McLean The Stunt Pilot roller coaster is the newest large attraction at Silverwood Theme Park, but additional new features are expected to be announced later this year.

Columbia Industries celebrates graduates

Columbia Industries is celebrating its latest Opportunity Kitchen graduating class.

Five students were set to finish the program in June, making up the 11th class of graduates since the program launched in 2019. Opportunity Kitchen provides a “structured path out of underemployment to individuals with disabilities and other barriers,” a statement said.

The 12-week training program prepares students for jobs in food service, hospitality or catering. They learn safe food handling, cooking techniques,

kitchen measurements, following and creating recipes, catering and customer service and other skills, plus they receive program certification and a food handler permit. Students also are connected with support services such as housing, food benefits and medical care, if needed, and they receive help finding a job.

“Our graduates have invested in their personal growth, they have persevered, and they have overcome barriers to build a better life for themselves. They leave our program empowered, knowing they are valued, and that they have great value to offer our community,” said Michael Novakovich, president and chief executive officer of Columbia Industries, which has the mission of supporting and empowering people with

disabilities and other challenges. To learn more about the program, go to:

Corps seeks public input on McNary plan revision

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District has prepared a draft McNary Master Plan, with an accompanying draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment, to revise the outdated 1982 McNary Master Plan. The district will be accepting public comments through Aug. 10.

The master plan guides how the Corps manages project lands surrounding Lake Wallula behind McNary Dam, a statement said. It’s a high-level, strategic document describing management

of the recreational, natural and cultural resources of the area. It doesn’t address dam operations.

The plan and related documents are available at District-Locks-and-Dams/McNaryLock-and-Dam/McNary-Master-Plan. Public meetings to provide information and take public comments were planned on July 11 and 13.

Written comments are being accepted through Aug. 10 via the website or email at

Comments by mail should go to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, Attn: McNary Master Plan, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 993621876.


‘LEAD’ your way to a win-win in workplace conflicts

Have you disagreed with people at work? Maybe they only see a problem or situation one way and can’t persuade you to see the problem from their perspective.

This can stir up many different responses. People have a strong desire to “be right” and to ultimately prove the other person wrong. You might even go along with them to avoid an uncomfortable argument.

Sharing how you think and feel when it differs from another person can feel scary and frustrating. However, while you avoid the discomfort of a disagreement, you can lose yourself in the process.

Disagreements and conflict don’t have to result in a poor experience. In fact, they can often be a great way to learn something new about a person or topic, develop understanding and deepen relationships.

So, you decide to confront the individual. Now what?

Fight the urge to rush in and blast the person whose words rubbed you the wrong way. Adding fuel to the fire hurts the relationship and lowers your credibility.

When someone is confronting you, it’s easy to respond defensively. However, this escalates the conflict. Try the “LEAD formula” for deescalating the situation, bringing a bucket of water to the fire instead of a bucket of gasoline.


The “L” in the formula’s acronym stands for “listen.” Typically, other people get angry because their goal has been blocked, and they see you as the one blocking it.

If they’re an introvert, they have been storing up their venom for a while and are ready to unload.

If they’re an extrovert, there may be no filter at all.

Either way, the person needs to vent, without interruption and to their satisfaction. It’s your job to listen actively, even though every bone in your body wants to lash back at this perceived attack.

Listen without interruption. Use open body language to show you are interested in their concerns. If you want to be disarming, ask questions to clarify or confirm what they are saying. Don’t use statements. I have found a third of the negative emotions diffuse if you listen well. He or she feels you understand where they’re coming from.


“E” is for “empathize.” When it’s time to speak, the first words out of your mouth need to be from the perspective of the other person.

In other words, you put on their glasses and look at the issue from their vantage point. This response (not reaction!) demonstrates you are seeking to understand before being understood (a habit of highly effective people). Use phrases like:

“It must have been difficult for you to hear...”

“I would have been irritated, too, if I thought that…”

By trying to feel their pain, it diffuses more hostile emotion.


“A” is for “apologize.” This may not apply if you truly have done nothing wrong, but if you share even 1% of the blame, you should apologize. Sincerely. And ask for forgiveness. That last sentence tends to melt

people’s hearts. It takes the final bit of negative emotion and turns it into fodder for resolution.

Often, when I’ve done this, the other person also apologizes, or backs down, realizing they might have blown the issue out of proportion. It’s hard to keep arguing with someone who becomes vulnerable and selfless.


“D” is for “discuss.” It’s dialogue time. If you have done this correctly, the stage has been set for effective communication. It’s now a respectful atmosphere to focus on solutions and what you can do to prevent this from happening again. Give and take can occur. And both parties can leave the table with a win-win outcome, which should be confirmed by each person to assure comprehension.

In many cases, these simple approaches create a path to conflict resolution. However, you also must know when to fold ’em. Not every conflict or disagreement is resolvable. There are times when backing off

is the right move to continue the relationship or because the stakes are low. Agreeing to disagree, with grace, shows the character of letting things go and not allowing bitterness to creep in.

Conflict isn’t fun for most of us. But it can lead to a stronger relationship on the other side of it – if you choose the high road and stay mature and constructive, and not take it personally.

Paul D. Casey lives in the Tri-Cities and is the owner of Growing Forward Services, which aims to equip and coach leaders and teams to spark breakthrough success.

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New studio aims to make everyone feel like an artist

An artist with a passion for teaching and working with others recently opened a studio in west Pasco that lets anyone become an artist and go home with a creation they love.

Hollie Zepeda was often told she wouldn’t make a living in art, and decades later, she’s hoping to prove that notion wrong with the opening of her new studio, Art YOUR Way.

The business at 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite A, is a permanent location for the artist who first started hosting paint parties at wineries in 2019, using acrylics on canvas. Zepeda’s venture had just started to rev up when the world began shutting down for the pandemic.

“I had two events, including one that was sold out,” she said. “They were big events; people had a great time, and I had such a fun time teaching, and I could not wait to teach again. And then that was it.”

Zepeda said she felt depressed when she couldn’t teach and grow the business like she’d planned.

She took advantage of the time at home with her children to teach them art, but it wasn’t the same.

“I had no motivation. I kind of put myself in an incubation period where I was just sitting and thinking. I started running. Actually, I was just running my heart out. We were all running from Covid, you know? But all that time, in the back of my

mind was, ‘As soon as things open up, I’m just going to push as hard as I can and save up as much as I can to offer a space that is safe for adults and kids, too,’” she said.

Art has frequently been an outlet for Zepeda, especially during hard times. When she struggled with post-partum depression, she began painting rocks, and students at her daughters’ school could turn them in as part of a reward system when they found them around town.

“I needed an outlet, and when I would post them on the Tri-Cities Rocks Facebook (page), people would just get so excited, and some wanted to start paying me to

do it, but I didn’t have a business license,” she said.

Her grandmother had experience making money from her art. “My grandpa would cut wood pieces, and she would paint them. She also painted cookie jar lids and magnets and people would buy them,” she said.

Zepeda’s grandmother painted with her in a little studio in her house when she was babysitting Zepeda and her siblings.

“She didn’t really sit and teach me, but we’d paint together. I don’t want to say it’s always been a natural talent because it’s something I worked on and something I enjoyed.”

Growing up in Idaho, Zepeda won some awards for her art and even volunteered at an art museum.

But the nagging thought that she couldn’t make money on it drove her to pursue a degree in animal science and a career in the veterinary field.

When her kids were young, she started painting again.

“I started doing commissions and I submitted some pieces to the Reach and other local museums. I also sold a couple of pieces at different wineries,” she said.

As soon as it became possible to gather again and events started to be scheduled, Zepeda led a paint party at a local winery that quickly sold out.

“We had over 40 painters, and I had to turn people away. It was exhausting, but it

was a big success. And it was cool to offer that to the community because people got the chance to relax and create and do something with their hands,” she said.

Letting the artist have a role in the art was part of the inspiration for the naming of the business.

“My brother-in-law went to the Art Institute of Seattle, and he wouldn’t do commissions for people. He’s an amazing artist, but he’s like, ‘Well, I don’t want to do it their way. I want to do it my way.’ You have to give people what they want with a commission, so I decided to twist that and make it Art YOUR Way and let them know I will do it your way,” she said.

The finished creations are generally a mix of both as Zepeda sketches out an image ahead of time and then the customer paints it.

“It’s kind of more like a coloring book page,” she said.

She found this eliminated the competition that often developed between friends who would come paint – one would be more skilled than the other.

“One of them would have a great painting while the other one was struggling the whole time, so I started drawing the canvases beforehand. It still gave them the freedom to be creative with the colors. They had that structure and I’d just guide them with the strokes and colors. It made a huge difference to go home with something that looks nice,” she said.

The images are a mix of designs Zepeda created and ones she has purchased through paint party subscription services. She contributes to those services as well.

Her threshold for a design she offers is something she can paint in under an hour.

“I can usually teach it in about two hours and be confident the class will go well,” she said.

Her longest classes are typically for “paint your pet” parties where people send her a picture of their pet ahead of time and Zepeda goes to work sketching it on canvas in the same way she does other images. At three hours, these are her longest classes and come with a $60 price tag, compared to most other images that are about $30-$35.

Customers can choose from a range of sizes for the canvas.

She has seating for 32 people using tables once used at The Wet Palette: Un-


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Photo by Robin Wojtanik Hollie Zepeda recently opened a “paint and sip” studio in west Pasco offering paint parties, workshops and art kits at 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite A.

Trash Bandits stand ready to jettison your junk

Israel Moore was always interested in owning his own construction company, and that dream came true in 2014.

But something interesting happened a year later: he found a second business in hauling people’s junk away.

Moore launched Trash Bandits, a professional junk removal service, eight years ago.

“My construction company (MyPROcontractor) had bins for tossing away junk,” he said. “Other companies started asking for the bins. I had a dumpster that I rented out to a company.”

Suddenly, Moore found that junk removal was big business.

“And then Jennifer got involved, and she has taken it to another level,” said Moore.

Jennifer is Jennifer Freund, Moore’s friend and business partner. She also has a personal organization business, and she’s helped streamline Trash Bandits. Services provided

So just what does Trash Bandits do?

For a fee – depending on what needs to be removed – the company will take away the following items: furniture, yard waste, electronics, appliances, some hazardous waste (such as paint), wood debris, metal, old lawn mowers, cardboard, newspaper, concrete and brick, dirt and gravel, mattresses and hot water tanks.

The company serves the following areas: Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Prosser, Finley, Burbank, Walla Walla, Moses Lake and Pendleton.

They’ll do their best to recycle products to places such as Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill.

“We treat people’s stuff like we’d want our stuff to be treated,” Freund said.

That also means following the latest ecological guidelines with dumping.

“And concerning your sensitive identification, with us it’s secure when we drop it off. No one is going to go through your stuff,” Freund said.

Trash Bandits helps a lot of elderly peo-

ple, many of whom can’t move their own stuff.

“We go through a lot of these people’s personal items,” Freund said. “We take care to go through their personal stuff for them. We’re making community connections. When you let people into your own home, that’s trust.”

Freund talks about the time while moving an older person’s belongings, they came across an old recipe box that was marked in the toss out pile.

They got the box back to the owner.

A growing business

Moore said that Trash Bandits’ services

have been on the rise over the last year.

“We’ve been advertising on Facebook and Google,” he said. “And a lot of word of mouth.”

The company has four trailers, two rolloff dumpsters and eight junk bins to carry off that unwanted excess on your property.

“We’ve doubled in trailers in a year’s time,” said Moore, who is quick to credit Freund for much of the company’s growth. “This has been Jennifer’s baby. Over the next year, she expects to hire more people.”

Trash Bandits currently has two fulltimers (Freund and Moore) and two parttimers.

“My five-year plan is to have at least five full-time junkers, and at least one office person,” Freund said. “I want to do marketing.”

With success comes imitation.

Freund says there are a number of people in the Tri-Cities who have a truck and trailer. Those people advertise that they’ll remove your junk for a lot less money.

Freund says that’s OK.

“But the majority of them are not licensed, bonded or insured,” she said. “If they break something of yours in the house while removing the junk, you have no recourse.”

In a community of more than 300,000, there should be plenty of work for all junk haulers.

Trash Bandits has developed a reputation in the community.


Photo by Jeff Morrow Jennifer Freund, left, and Israel Moore have turned removing junk from people’s houses and property into a successful venture called Trash Bandits.

cork + Create in Richland after its owner Becky Brice died.

“I feel like her spirit is here with me,” Zepeda said. “I hope I’m living up to her.”

Zepeda said Brice had reached out to her to take over her watercolor paint-and-sip studio in Richland prior to her death.

“We just couldn’t make the numbers work,” she said.

Still, Zepeda felt honored by the gesture. She also wasn’t sure about taking on a space with a kitchen, which is required by the state to host parties that serve wine.

“I can only serve beer, hard seltzer and cider,” she said of the Pasco location that’s available for birthday parties, private events, scheduled paintings or drop-ins.

Art YOUR Way sells ceramic figures

that can be painted on site and glazed to give the appearance of firing, and wine glasses are also available to paint and take home.

Zepeda hopes to invite other artists to her studio that can act as a blank canvas to teach classes showcasing mediums besides acrylics, including oils and watercolors.

“I just spoke with someone who wants to do wire wrapping, so it’s kind of giving an opportunity for artists who don’t have their own space, they can come in. It’s safe, it’s comfortable and it’s fun, right? Plus, I can still make a little bit of revenue selling snacks and drinks.”

Following her grand opening earlier this month, Zepeda is offering a smattering of children’s workshops on watercolors and drawing, and she hopes to provide a free story and craft time aimed at toddlers once

a week.

“That way people can come in and do something with kiddos, but also get a chance to see, ‘Oh, I could come back and do something for myself.’”

She also intends to host classes on advanced acrylics and painting using oils.

With her studio opened, Zepeda doesn’t expect to be on the move providing mobile classes or paint parties as much.

“I will be sending other artists instead. It gives them a new job and a new way to get their style out. It will be a nice touch to be something different from me,” she said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday.

Search Art YOUR Way: 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite A, Pasco;; 509-4059879.

“We work with 80 Realtors and property management companies,” Freund said. “We have done removal in places involving hoarding cases.”

They also get a lot of jobs from people who live outside the area, whose parents in the Tri-Cities have recently passed away and need their parents’ places cleaned out.

“They don’t know what to do,” Freund said.

Trash Bandits also moves personal belongings from place to place, and the company has helped some older folks by helping move furniture inside their homes.

The company also works with the nonprofit iMPACT! Compassion Center, setting up clients with case workers to help meet their needs, whether it is diapers, microwaves, freezers or baby clothes.

“If we hear from specific organizations that they have needs, we keep an eye out for those needs,” Moore said.

Then there are the unpleasant jobs that need to be done, like cleaning out a tenant’s apartment after being evicted. Or cleaning up an apartment that was used to make drugs such as fentanyl.

That’s when the Trash Bandits put on their hazmat suits and dive in.

Still, the No. 1 job for business seems to be junk pickups.

“That’s what most people want,” said Moore. “But No. 2 is full clean-outs.”

Those are usually storage unit cleanouts, when customers don’t want to pay another month’s rent for that storage unit.

And they always happen at the end of a month, and in bunches.

Junk hauling in the Tri-Cities has become big business.

“We put in 10 to 15 hours a day, six days a week,” Freund said.

But they both love it.

“I love a customer’s response when they say it’s money well spent,” Moore said. “What could take someone a number of trips to the dump in their pickup truck, it’s gone in minutes with us. And I like the fast pace of it.”

Freund agreed.

“Every day is different,” she said. “I love how what we do lifts the weight off of a customer’s shoulders. That pile of junk sitting in their garage for three years is suddenly gone. I just love seeing the relief on their faces.”

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• Bechtel is donating $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs to support the organization’s College Tours program. Each summer, dozens of high school students tour universities, community colleges, and technical schools across the Northwest to learn about different degrees and educational opportunities available to them. This summer, thanks to Bechtel’s support, more than 25 teens will tour eight colleges across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Stops include Boise State University, Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College.


• The Junior Achievement Bowling Classic fundraiser raised more than $184,500.

Costume contest winners were: Getaway fun winner: Don Persinger, Northwest CPA; Costume contest winner, Hanford Mission Integration Solutions, National Program Unicorns; Top fundraising company: Hanford Mission Integration Solutions, $20,000; Top fundraising team: Bechtel/team captain, Kent Ozkardesh, $3,695; Top fundraising individual, Kent Ozkardesh, $3,108.


• Pasco City Television, or PSC-TV, earned the Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Award for its extensive coverage of the Pasco City Council meetings. The ACM’s annual awards program celebrates and encourages

community media and local cable shows aired on public, educational and governmental access cable television channels.

PSC-TV has been serving the Pasco community since 2006. This award adds to a string of national programming awards won by PSC-TV in 2014, 2016,

tory. He was in Leadership Tri-Cities Class 17. He served as board chair of the leadership organization for more than half a decade.

2018, 2019 and 2020.

• Several drivers took home awards during Ben Franklin Transit’s annual “bus roadeo,” an obstacle course competition. In the category of Dial-ARide paratransit, Del Long placed first and Dale Engles placed second. In fixed route bus service, Gabe Beliz placed first, Nathan Miller placed second and Raya Phelps placed third. Beliz and Miller will go on to the state competition held as part of the Washington State Transit Association’s 2023 annual conference in August in Vancouver.

• Garrick (Rick) Redden was named the Alumnus of the Year for 2022-23 by Leadership Tri-Cities. Redden works as a manager in instructional System Design at Pacific Northwest National Labora-

• The recent graduates of Leadership Tri-Cities Class 26 are Jon Blodgett, Banner Bank; Becky Burghart, National Park Service; Elizabeth Burtner, Columbia Basin College; April Culwell, city of Pasco; Adrienne Fletcher, Academy of Children’s Theatre; Trish Herron, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Emilia Keener, Lifepoint: Trios and Lourdes Health; Jenna Kochenauer, Washington River Protection Solutions; Kristy Leitze, Lifepoint: Trios Health; Mariana Marquez, Sital Community Leader; Brooke Myrland, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce; Jamie Ohl Turner, Providence Health System; Kendra Palomarez, Catholic Charities; Brady Quinton, Franklin County; Jet Richardson, TriCounty Partners Habitat for Humanity; Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies; Shannon Sackett, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Alice Schlegel, Columbia Basin College; Meegan Tripp, U.S. Department of Energy; and Tracy Wilson, Pasco School District.

• The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen Washington State University Tri-Cities as one of six grand-prize winners in the final phase of its Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. WSU Tri-Cities will use the $250,000 award to continue its Empowering the Future Energy Workforce plan, which includes developing an energy and environment certificate for students.

• Kennewick School District presented John Perkins, a community volunteer and advocate for public education, as this year’s Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award winner. He has been a sounding board for the district’s superintendents, administrators and school boards throughout the years. His leadership, perspective and decision-making has guided the district through the development of 22 capital projects which include four completely new elementary schools, one new middle school and 17 other schools that were either remodeled or replaced, including the new Kennewick High School.

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• Trios Health has appointed three of its residents to serve as chief residents for the hospital system’s family and internal medicine residency programs. Dr. Candice Pollard has been selected as chief resident for the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Dr. Lexi Capers and Dr. Raymond Lam have

been chosen as co-chiefs for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. The physicians were selected by their fellow residents and will serve as chiefs for one year, through June 30, 2024. Chief residents provide leadership within a medical residency program by teaching, facilitating conferences, supervising, scheduling, implementing policy, mediating and serving as role models for other residents. The residents are supervised by attending faculty and their program directors.

• Richa Sigdel is Pasco’s new deputy city manager, effective June 19. She previously served as the city’s finance director, revitalizing the finance department, spearheading numerous projects and helping to earn the department multiple recognitions from the Government

Finance Officers Association, said a statement from the city. She also spent 10 years in the national laboratory system. Sigdel has a bachelor’s in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University.

• Laurel J. Holland has been sworn in as the first federal prosecutor appointed to serve full time in the newly staffed U.S. Attorney’s Office in Richland. Holland will serve as assistant United States attorney in the Criminal Division, which handles federal criminal cases. She previously served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Benton County from 2009-15 and again from 2019-23. In between, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Yakima, from 2015-18. From April 2022 until now, Holland served as a special assistant United States attorney, handling cases in both state and federal court. Throughout her career, Holland has been recognized for her work prosecuting cases involving the exploitation of young children.


• Heritage University, which has a campus in the Tri-Cities, received a $7,500 grant from Pacific Power Foundation. This is the fifth year in a row Heritage has received the grant, which will be used to fund scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the health sciences field.


• Trios Health welcomes the Trios Health Residency Class of 2026. The new residency class joined Trios Health earlier this month for their respective three-year residency programs and in-

cludes four new family medicine resident physicians and five new internal medicine resident physicians.

The Trios Health Residency Class of 2026 includes:

Dr. Eseoghene Adun, family medicine, Meharry Medical College. Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Rachel Donaldson, internal medicine, American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Hometown: Dawson Springs, Kentucky.

Dr. Matthew Lee, internal medicine, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Moreno Valley, California.

Dr. William Mortell, internal medicine, University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Lake Tapas, Washington.

Dr. Costina Papatheodorou, family medicine, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Bay Area, California.

Dr. Nicholas Sanseri, family medicine, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Redmond, Oregon.

Dr. Cody Sellers, internal medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. David Van-Thai, family medicine, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Hometown: Houston, Texas.

Dr. Ryan Wertz, internal medicine, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hometown: Altoona, Pennsylvania.

The Trios Health Family and Internal Medicine Residency Programs are 36 months in duration and include both inpatient and outpatient experiences. One-on-one training is provided by faculty who work at Trios Health and in the community. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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• Mark Rhoads has joined the Hanford Vit Plant as the new maintenance and technical staff training manager, reporting to Owen Peters. He brings a wealth of the knowledge, including 26 years of submarine nuclear Navy experience and more than 30 years of instruction experience. Most recently, he served as a training specialist at HAMMER Federal Training Center, where he held a variety of training responsibilities, including managing the conduct of the operations training program and creating the remote switching operator course. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

• Daniel Mendoza has been hired as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s employee concerns program and ethics and compliance (E&C) manager. He reports to Heather McMurdo. Mendoza brings over 20 years of experience in leadership and management to his new role. Most recently, he served as a project special-

ist in E&C and a senior human resources specialist with Washington River Protection Solutions, where he developed new initiatives to continually improve the effectiveness of the E&C programs and conducted numerous E&C and employee relations investigations.

• Brian Cable is the Hanford Vit Plant’s new senior legal counsel. He takes over as WTP senior legal counsel for Leslie Droubay, who will be taking on other responsibilities with Bechtel. The transition will be completed over the next few months, with Droubay retaining primary responsibilities for a few special projects through the remainder of the year. Cable joins the team with more than 22 years of experience in law. Most recently, he served as associate general counsel at Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

• Heartlinks hired finance director Michael Dunlop to its leadership team. Dunlop brings financial experience to Heartlinks from previous work with both for- and not-forprofit health care organizations specializing in medical device manufacturing, privacy laws compliance, grant writing, as well as strategic business planning. Before joining Heartlinks, he had retired

as the chief financial officer and director of special projects at Columbia Industries in Kennewick. He holds a Master of Business Administration from California State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Walla Walla University and is a former Washington State Certified Public Accountant.

• Angie Brotherton joins the Hanford Vit Plant team as the deputy communications manager, reporting to Staci West. She replaces George Rangel, who left the project earlier this year to lead communications at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Brotherton most recently served as the assistant vice president of community relations and impact for Gesa Credit Union, the state’s second largest credit union. In this role she managed publicity for the construction and opening of new branches across the state, employee communications, statewide charitable giving and partnerships and executive communications. She worked in Gesa’s marketing and communications department for nearly 18 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in digital technology and culture, with a minor in business administration. She serves on the board of the American Red Cross serving Central and Southeastern Washington.

• Alane Wilkerson is the new marketing and communications supervisor

at Chaplaincy Health Care. A Tri-Cities native, she studied at Eastern Washington University. Her previous experience includes working as the public relations manager at Visit Tri-Cities.

• Dr. Jacobo

Rivero has been hired to provide occupational medicine services full time at Prosser Memorial Health’s Prosser Clinic. He has been with the Prosser health system for more than a decade, serving as the chief medical officer from 2017-20. He served as the site occupational medical director for Medcor at Bechtel since 2020. Rivero earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and completed his residency at Family Medicine Spokane, a program affiliated with the University of Washington. He is board-certified in family practice and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He’s also a certified medical examiner by the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration and a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Family-friendly English-style pub coming soon to downtown Kennewick

A building at 201 W. Kennewick Ave. has shed its corner shoe store identity of nearly seven decades and is transforming into its newest incarnation: Blackthorne Neighbourhood Pub.

Once complete, the old David’s Shoes store will transport those who walk through its doors to the atmospheric ambience of an old English pub, complete with a European- and U.K.-centric beer and wine lineup customers won’t find anywhere else in TriCities, as well as a curated menu of craft cocktails accompanied by light fare.

Shane Dozhier and her partner, Neil Darwen, are the minds behind the new establishment, which they hope will provide people of all ages a place to gather, slow down, enjoy music and good company with great drinks and a European football match in the background.

Dozhier is currently the taproom manager at White Bluffs Brewing in Richland.

“It’s super cliché, but every bartender wants to have their own bar. It’s always been in the back of my mind – not a goalgoal, but if it happens, it happens,” she said.

She and Darwen had casually tossed the idea around that they should open a taproom, but the right property hadn’t presented itself.

Dozhier had the opportunity to tour the Kennewick Avenue building’s 3,500 square feet with the White Bluffs team.

When she told Darwen that White Bluffs had passed on it, he surprised her by saying, “Let’s do it.”

They are planning to invest $400,000 in improvements to convert the space.

JNM Construction is the general contractor, but Darwen is building some elements in their backyard, including the bar.

English roots

The decision to channel the English pub scene comes from Darwen’s roots.

He was born in northwestern England in a small village outside of Preston called Whittle-le-Woods. He came to Tri-Cities in 1999 on a work contract, which ran longer than originally intended. He ended up stay-


He and Dozhier met in 2016 through a mutual friend.

Many Tri-Citians might not realize that a sizeable British community exists within the community. Dozhier explained that many of them were sent over to work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and for other Hanford site contractors.

Many arrived in the late 1990s and early 2000s, living in the same apartment complexes. One popular spot was the apartments along Gage Boulevard in Richland, not far from Uncle Sam’s Saloon, which

became a popular place to gather and catch European football matches.

To this day, she said many continue to coordinate meetups around football.

She and Darwen have traveled back to England together. Since signing the lease on the downtown Kennewick property, they have toured dozens of pubs for inspiration.

“They’re so old. We didn’t go to a single one that was new. All of them were at the very least 50 years old,” Dozhier said.

The downtown building’s 100-plus-yearold brick facade lends a great starting canvas to its new life.

Built in 1920, the building was once home to Neuman’s cash and carry grocery and department store, a business he took over from early Kennewick pioneers W.G. King and his son, Clarence King.

Neuman’s was in business until 1953, when David Rietman took over the building and opened David’s Shoes in the space. Brenda and Kent Hoover, David’s Shoes employees, bought the building and business in 1993 when Rietman sought retirement.

Brenda Hoover in turn sold the building in 2021 to Jamie and Loren Wikstrand, who operated it for a short time as David’s Shoes and also sold merchandise from their formerly online-only clothing shop, White Bluffs Boutique.

Barely a year later, the building was in new hands.

Rustic vibe

Though Dozhier and Darwen are still figuring out all the details, she said visitors


More student housing is coming to WSU Tri-Cities

The second phase of a popular apartment complex on the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland is expected to open in about 14 months.

The Brelsford Vineyards already has 82 units, and the second phase is adding another 72 units — a mix of one-, twoand three-bedroom configurations.

The roughly 35,000-square-foot building will be in an “L” shape, similar to the existing building that totals about 34,000 square feet and opened in 2018.

The two buildings will be next to each other. While Washington State University owns the land the apartment complex sits on, it doesn’t own or manage the apartments.

The total cost of phase two is about $15 million, said developer Duane Brelsford, president and managing member of the Pullman-based Corporate Pointe Developers. He told the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business in late June that construction was expected to start in a couple of weeks.

Chervenell Construction is the contractor and Design West Architects handled design.

The apartments were designed for WSU Tri-Cities students, staff and young professionals in the nearby Tri-Cities Research District. Amenities include broadband internet and cable TV at no charge to residents, plus air conditioning and washers and dryers. The complex also has a heated pool, sport court, fitness center, study lounge and more.

It’s near the Riverfront Trail along the Columbia River.

The apartments “are very comfortable,” Brelsford said, noting that rental applications for the new building should open in about six months. Like with the existing building, tenants will be able to rent full units or by the room. The existing building has a waiting list.

The Tri-Cities area has seen more apartment units added to the market in the last year, which has likely contributed to the 1.1% increase in the local apartment vacancy rate.

As of the first quarter of 2023, the total number of apartment units in Benton and Franklin counties was 12,724, according to a report from the Washington Center for Real Estate at the University of Washington. That is an increase from

to 11,051 units in the Tri-Cities in spring 2022.

The apartment vacancy rate for the first quarter of 2023 was 4.7%.

Statewide, the average for that same time was about 5.5%, although that’s skewed by the Puget Sound, which has a vacancy rate of 5.9% while the rest of the state averages to 4.3%.

The average apartment rent in Benton and Franklin counties was $1,320 a month.

Brelsford said he’s excited to be adding to the apartment complex at WSU Tri-Cities.

“We’re very happy at the success and growth of not only WSU but also the research district. We’re proud to be a part of that – to be able to supply housing,” he said.

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Photo by Laura Kostad Shane Dozhier and her partner, Neil Darwen, not pictured, a British expat, are introducing something new to the Tri-Cities bar and tasting room scene, an authentically-inspired English pub in the former David’s Shoes store at 201 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown Kennewick.

Tina’s Tasty Treats moves its popular gluten-free offerings to permanent shop

Tina Pack’s health took a serious dive several years back.

At the direction of her doctor, she changed her diet, including cutting out gluten.

“I looked around and asked, ‘If you need to eat gluten-free in this area, where do you go?’” Pack recalled. She learned there weren’t too many options.

So, Pack, who has loved to bake since she was a child, decided to create one herself.

She started Tina’s Tasty Treats with her husband, Shawn.

They make a variety of breads and sweets, from cookies to brownies and more.

And after nearly a decade using shared kitchen space and selling their food at farmers markets, bazaars and pop-up events, they’re opening their own storefront in Richland.

Tina’s Tasty Treats is set to take up residence in the former Lotus Asian Market space at the Uptown Shopping Center. The Packs hope to open by Aug. 1 at the latest.

“We’re really excited about this — about what we’re going to be able to do and the people we’re going to be able to help,” Tina told the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

She and her husband are investing about $50,000 in remodeling the space; they’re using a business loan from Baker Boyer Bank to help with the cost.

Tina was working at the store on a recent morning when a longtime customer popped by. Gene Gower of Richland has a family member with a gluten intolerance, and so he keeps a stock of items from Tina’s Tasty Treats at home.

“It’s great. (The food) doesn’t taste like cardboard, like some of the stuff you get out of the big stores. Those stores don’t have the quality. They aren’t invested in it,” he said. “But here, it’s made with love. I know they wouldn’t serve it if they didn’t like it themselves.”

Gower’s favorites are the Packs’ root beer float cookie and sourdough bread.

“Their sourdough is just awesome,” he said. “You can’t tell its gluten free.”

That’s the idea. Tina said her goal is to make delicious food that doesn’t have gluten yet doesn’t taste as if anything is missing or substituted.

She’s spent years perfecting her recipes to ensure that’s the case.

Before she started running Tina’s Tasty Treats full time, Tina was a pharmacy technician. Her favorite part was compounding

— and that’s carried over to her current career.

Her experimenting has led to some popular creations, including Gower’s beloved root beer float cookies, plus everything from French toast bread to various bars.

Tina’s Tasty Treats started in 2014, with the Packs renting kitchen space from an event center operating out of the old Spaghetti Establishment building in Kennewick. They eventually moved to the Pasco Specialty Kitchen and then to the Red Mountain Kitchen in Kennewick.

They’re regulars at the Richland Farmers Market in The Parkway on Fridays, and they’ll continue to sell their food there after they open in the Uptown.

Tina said it’s been a dream for years to have their own place, with an entirely gluten-free kitchen. Along with the usual breads and treats, they plan to offer items such as soup, deli sandwiches, take-andbake dishes, signature drinks and more.

They also have their eyes on eventually mass producing some of their offerings.

Tina said being able to make tasty gluten-free food is personally meaningful.

When she needed to go gluten free, it took her time and experimentation to find foods she enjoyed and could safely eat. She wants to make it easier for others walking the same path.

“People get lost and they get frustrated, and when you can help them navigate that, (it feels good),” she said. “It feels like, this is what I’m meant to do.”

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Photo by Ryan Jackman Tina and Shawn Pack are set to open Tina’s Tasty Treats, a gluten-free bakery and deli, in the Uptown Shopping Center by Aug. 1. They’ve been offering bread, cookies and other gluten-free foods at farmers markets, pop-up events and by special order for nearly a decade.
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New organic, natural food store to open Aug. 2

A growing organic and natural foods chain is gearing up to open a new grocery store Aug. 2 in Kennewick.

Natural Grocers is remodeling the 15,597-square-foot building at 751 N. Columbia Center Blvd. It used to be home to Joann Fabric and Craft, which recently opened a store at Columbia Center mall.

The new grocery store, which will employ 16 people, will sell organic produce, body care, books, bulk foods, dairy products, dietary supplements, frozen products, grab-and-go items, household and organic pet products, meat and seafood.

The family-operated company has 166 stores in 21 states, including four others in Washington.

“Natural Grocers is thrilled to be opening a new location in Kennewick. We’ve been serving communities in Washington since 2014, when we came to Vancouver. We currently have four stores in Washington: two in Spokane and two in Vancouver. Kennewick is the perfect place to bridge the gap in south-central Washington — something many locals have been asking us to do for years,” said Katie Macarelli, spokeswoman for Natural Grocers, in an email to the TriCities Area Journal of Business.

Its parent company, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., which trades under

can expect a “rustic country pub vibe.”

“Rustic, but a good pour,” she added. “We want it to be upscale – not fancy –but slightly nicer than your average bar … We’ll do dark wainscoting on the walls and we bought this wallpaper that’s textured with design, and then you paint it whatever color you want.”

The floor plan concept shows a bar, 10 tables and a sitting area facing Kennewick Avenue. Dozhier said there will be a classic chesterfield sofa.

They put a lot of thought into the name and one day it revealed itself to them.

“In England, British pub names don’t make any sense,” Dozhier said. “Like the Lamb and Packet, for example, or The Broadfield Arms. But they make perfect sense to Brits. I told Neil that I want it to sound like a British pub, but I want it to be crystal clear what it is.”

One day, they were driving down a street in Seattle and Dozhier’s eye was caught by the word “blackthorn” in a business name.

“What about Blackthorn?” she asked Darwen.

As it turns out, the berries from the blackthorn bush are an ingredient in sloe gin.

“When we realized that, it made perfect sense,” she said.

And so Blackthorne Neighbourhood Pub was born, after the addition of some British English spelling conventions.

“Our focus will be on imports rather than local, but there will be local options,” Dozhier said. “Tri-Cities is very local-centric, but … there are so many other wine regions and beer regions that are awesome and we want to showcase some of that.”

She forewarned that they won’t stock a

the symbol “NGVC,” reported in May that it had signed leases for an additional five new stores it plans to open in fiscal year 2023 and beyond. It opened 26 new stores over the five-year period ending Sept. 30, 2022.

The company’s net sales were $283.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, an increase of $11.4 million, or 4.2%, compared to net sales of $271.8 million for the same period a year ago, according to documents filed with the Securities

full bar selection.

“There won’t be Jack Daniel’s – the goal is not to do the same stuff as you can get (elsewhere),” she said.

Family-friendly additions

To add to the family-friendly atmosphere reminiscent of English pubs, they will also have a full menu of “zero-proof” nonalcoholic cocktails, beers and more.

“We want to create a different attitude around it and lend to the culture of not drinking and let people still participate with fun glassware and garnishes,” she said.

Light, “healthy” food items will be available, such as salads and sandwiches, with more to be developed. Dozhier hopes to cultivate an environment people will come and take their time experiencing, as is the custom at establishments throughout the U.K. and Europe.

A brew of their own

Dozhier is grateful to have had the support of the White Bluffs Brewing team behind her who have helped them throughout the process.

The head brewer even made the suggestion, “Why don’t we make a beer for your pub?”

Blackthorne Bitter has made a successful first run in White Bluffs’ taproom and will exclusively be available at Blackthorne Neighbourhood Pub and White Bluffs.

White Bluffs’ famous Nectar of the Gods also will be on draft at Blackthorne.

Dozhier said some might question the addition of another bar to downtown Kennewick, but she said they have a greater intention for the business.

“It’s a unicorn location – the corner spot in the middle of downtown,” she said. “We really want to cultivate some culture or ac-

and Exchange Commission.

The company leases most of its stores, a bulk food repackaging facility and distribution center and its administrative offices. Lease terms generally range from 10 to 25 years, according to financial documents. Each store costs the company an average of $2.4 million to open, with a five-year expected return on investment.

BCCM Construction Group of Kansas City, Missouri, is the general contractor for the tenant remodel, valued at $812,400, ac-

tivity in downtown on Sundays that doesn’t already exist.”

She said Tri-Cities needs a space friendly to all ages for open mics and jam sessions.

“We really want to make the space musical. To both of us, that’s really important. (Darwen)’s a musician as a hobby, and I grew up in a very musical household, so there’s always music in our house. We want to bring that same vibe to the pub and leave

cording to the building permit filed with the city of Kennewick.

The Kennewick store plans to partner with the nonprofit Second Harvest. Whenever customers bring in their own reusable bag, Natural Grocers donates 5 cents to its local food bank partner. Stores also hold additional fundraisers and food drives throughout the year.

Natural Grocers got its start in 1955 in Colorado. It operates a bulk food repackaging facility and distribution center in Golden, Colorado.

“We are here to fuel your outdoor adventures, support your community through outreach and education, and provide your dayto-day grocery needs. We look forward to empowering the health and wellness of the Kennewick customers and your surrounding communities by offering the highestquality products at always affordable prices, environmentally-friendly practices and by providing our employees with great jobs that pay well,” Macarelli said.

Freebies, sweepstakes and discounts are planned during the store’s grand opening, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Store hours will be from 8:30 a.m.-8:36 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-7:35 p.m. Sunday. The unusual store hours are correct.

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a guitar there for people who want to pick up and play.”

They hope to be open Blackthorne’s doors and loosen the taps by the end of summer. A weekend-long grand opening will be announced on social media featuring live music and kids’ activities.

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Planning underway for new retail buildings, subdivisions, rezones

Documents filed under Washington’s environmental review process reveal a list of projects in the works for the Mid-Columbia.

The State Environmental Review Act, or SEPA, often provides the first look at the mixed-use projects, mini storage facilities, apartments, industrial expansions, subdivisions and more that are working their way through the various planning departments of Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.

Here’s a look at projects that appeared in the SEPA register in the past month.

Red Mountain tower

Benton County

Benton County submitted plans for a 200-foot public safety communication facility tower on the north side of Red Mountain.

TruFrame shop

Benton City

TruFrame submitted plans to build a new 6,400-square-foot Tru-Frame shop within the light industrial zoning district in Benton City. The shop will be used for form and tool storage. It will also include a break room and a bathroom.

Fire station zone change


Robert Blain submitted plans to rezone a 3-acre parcel at 7400 Quinault Ave. from public facility to justice facility.

Haffner short plat

Benton County

Sally Haffner submitted plans to divide a 22-acre parcel into two lots at 110107 E. 196 PR SE in unincorporated Benton County.

ADU regulations


The city of Kennewick proposed to amend the city’s development regulations governing accessory dwelling units, including where they can be built, the number permitted on each lot, parking, dimensional requirements, etc.

Blair Loop subdivision


Jerrod Sessler submitted a preliminary plat of Blair Loop, a subdivision of about 65 acres in Prosser.

Code amendment


Tyson Fellman submitted a request to amend Kennewick Municipal Code to permit day care centers via a conditional use permit in the residential, suburban (R), residential, low density (RL) and residential, manufactured home (RMH) zoning districts.

DH Recycling Yard


John Scheline on behalf of DH Recycling LLC submitted plans for a concrete and asphalt crushing operation at 109 N. Oak St.

About 5,250 cubic yards of material will be stored on-site and grading for the access road and site prep are planned.

Calvary Chapel grading


Paul Knutzen submitted plans for grading and importing material from the Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities lot to the north in order to create a sports field at 10924 W. 10th Ave.

Event Center text amendment

West Richland

Randall Wall applied for a text amendment to the West Richland zoning code to create a definition for event centers and to allow commercial entertainment and event uses as a conditional use in the RL40 zone on properties more than 10 acres.

Phase 2 Sunridge Estates


North 44 Homes LLC submitted plans for the second phase of Sunridge Estates to include 166 leasable areas for stickbuilt homes on 16.72 acres at 6482 W. 37th Place.

A community pool, gazebo and bathrooms are also planned.

Badger Mountain Plateau


John Becker submitted plans to subdivide a 2.5-acre parcel on the Badger Mountain Plateau at 93406 E. Holly Road into two lots.

Kellogg Street plan


Paul Knutzen submitted a comprehensive plan amendment to change the land use designation at 208 N. Kellogg St. from low- density residential to commercial.

Raeder Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Benton County

Courtney Raeder submitted a comprehensive plan amendment to change the land use designation of 12.33 acres on South Oak Street and South Quince Place in unincorporated Benton County from industrial to low- density residential.

Cedar Street Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Benton County

JF Engineering PLLC submitted a comprehensive plan amendment to change the land use designation of 1.18 acres at 1215 S. Cedar St. in unincorporated Benton County from low-density residential to medium- density residential.

Clubhouse Lane road


The city of Richland submitted plans to build about 0.2 miles of a new urban roadway near 2572 Clubhouse Lane. The work involves about an acre of roadway excavation.

Duportail Street retail building


David Hipp submitted plans to build a 7,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building with a drive-thru lane at 3151 Duportail St. Landscaping, storm water mitigation and parking will be included.

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Nonprofit that welcomes refugees is getting a new home

A nonprofit group dedicated to helping refugees and immigrants in the Tri-Cities is getting a new home. The groundbreaking for B5’s new 4,000-square-foot facility was July 11.

The building — called the Community Learning Center — will help the nonprofit with its mission of welcoming and supporting refugees and immigrants as they forge new lives.

“Welcoming them into our community and being a place where they can build community and we can build community together” is vitally important, said Theresa Roosendaal, B5 executive director. “Helping them know that they belong here — that’s the opportunity we have with this place.”

B5 used to be called Family Learning Center, but the nonprofit changed its name after a re-visioning process. B5 is the unit number of one of the apartments near Park Middle School in Kennewick where the group has operated for years, and it’s long been the group’s nickname.

Since it formed in 2009, B5 has helped more than 2,000 refugees and immigrants.

It provides a range of services for kids and adults alike, from Ready for Kindergarten workshops for parents, to afterschool programs, tutoring, digital literacy and employment skills assistance for teens, high school and college mentoring, and English language classes for adults.

B5 partners with the Kennewick School

District, Educational Service District 123 and the state Department of Social and Health Services, and it has more than a dozen staff, largely working part time.

The new community learning center — at 715 S. Jean Place in Kennewick — will have more room for the kids and adults who come in seeking support and a place to belong.

It will include classrooms, gathering space for events and sharing, office space, a computer lab, space for childcare during adult classes, a kitchen for cooking classes and food-sharing events, and more.

Archibald & Company Architects handled design; Elite Construction & Development is the contractor.

J. Trinidad Garibay, chief executive officer of the Pasco-based Elite Construction, said the B5 Community Learning Center is the kind of project his company likes to get behind, as it fits with Elite’s guiding principles of creating opportunity, inspiring and

lifting up the underserved.

“Our motto is ‘work hard, stay humble.’ That resonates loud and clear for me. Work hard, stay humble and let the work do the talking,” Garibay said. “We plan to continue to embrace that and let it continue to take us to cool places and meet great people and do great things in the community.”

He said Elite supports B5’s mission and has made a five-year monetary pledge to the group.

CJ Black, the project executive for Elite, said he anticipates construction of the new building to take about eight months, meaning it should be ready to open in early spring of next year.

“We’re excited to get some shovels in the ground and get moving,” Black said, adding, “(the building) is going to expand the people they can help and the resources they can offer.”

B5 has been raising money for the last two years, and it’s reached 90% of its $2.1

million community fundraising goal and obtained $750,000 in state capital funding. The building price tag is about $1.9 million; money brought in over that amount will provide an operating reserve for the building.

B5 is calling the capital campaign, “Bridges to New Beginnings,” and it’s looking for donors to get it over the finish line. To help, go to

B5 grew out of a ministry to Karen families who’d been displaced from Myanmar. It now serves refugees and immigrants from all over the world, including those who escaped war in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

The current headquarters are in an apartment complex where many refugee families are placed after moving to the TriCities. On most afternoons, the units are abuzz with people.

“They come from very desperate situations, and they’re coming into a hugely challenging life (that involves starting over in a new place). That’s what started the work,” Roosendaal said. “As I got to know people, and they’d share their hopes and dreams, they’d say, ‘If was just us, we’d never have done this. It’s for our kids.’ To be able to stand with them – that’s what this place has been about.”

The new Community Learning Center will be next to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties’ Eerkes Family Branch and near B5’s current apartment home.

Go to:

Courtesy B5 A rendering of the new B5 Community Learning Center planned in Kennewick. The 4,000-square-foot facility will the new home of the nonprofit B5, which helps refugee and immigrant families.

Calvary Chapel’s growth prompts $6 million expansion project

One of the largest churches in the TriCities is expanding — and the reason why is key to its mission.

Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities on West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick is in the middle of a construction project that’s adding 43,890 square feet of space. The extra space is needed because the Christian church has outgrown its current facilities, and it needs more room to minister effectively to its flock and to bring more people to the Lord, said Matt Lewis, associate pastor.

“We want more people to come to know the Lord,” Lewis said. “(The project) is adding space to be able to help us utilize our ministry as effectively as we possibly can for the Kingdom.”

Construction kicked off at the beginning of the year.

Hummel Construction & Development is the contractor and DKEI Architectural Services handled design.

The church doesn’t have membership rolls, but it’s grown enough in recent years that its existing sanctuary — which can seat about 800 people comfortably — can’t accommodate everyone who shows up to services on Sundays. The church is now holding three Sunday morning services, in addition to other programming

Richland wastewater treatment upgrades


The city of Richland submitted plans to install a new in-kind boiler within the existing Richland wastewater treatment anaerobic digester building and install a new waste gas burner flare. The address is 555 Lacy Road.

Hildebrand townhomes


Christine Batayola submitted plans to build a development with 40 duplex and triplex-style townhomes with a total of 107 units at 6443 W. Hildebrand Blvd.

The project includes grading, roads, utilities, buildings and miscellaneous site improvements.

throughout the week.

“I’ve always said that when we got to three services, we’d get serious about building. So that’s what we’re going to do,” Pastor Steve Whinery said in a video explaining the project.

The project at 10611 W. Clearwater Ave. includes “building a large steel building that’s going to be connected to our existing (education building). That’s

Bellas Adventures Benton City

Bellas Adventures LLC submitted plans to short plat Lot 11 of Buena Vista Estates, a 3.47-acre parcel that’s proposed to be divided into two lots. The address is 41902 N. Thunder Road.

Wireless Site Technologies


Wireless Site Technologies LLC submitted plans to build a 150-foot monopole communications tower facility and radio equipment cabinet within a 40-by-40-foot fenced enclosure on a roughly 723-acre property at 133785 State Route 221.

Tree Top Prosser

Tree Top submitted plans to add two boilers as part of a facility expansion at 2780 Lee Road.

going to consist of a fellowship hall and some classrooms and a café, and then a new sanctuary,” Whinery said in the video.

The cost is $6 million, according to the project’s building permit.

Calvary didn’t conduct a capital campaign and instead is self-funding the construction.

The church also is adding a sports field

Pacific Clinic expansion


Knutzen Engineering submitted plans to build a 26,000-square-foot addition to Pacific Clinic at 1219 N. Edison St. The project includes add 10 pickleball courts and balcony seating.

Barker Heights rezone


Paul Lavrentiev, on behalf of P&R Construction LLC, submitted plans to rezone about 35 acres west of Broadmoor Boulevard near the intersection of Iris Road from suburban to medium-density residential.

Coles Estates Sandifur rezone


Nicole Stickney, on behalf of Elite Investment Group LLC, submitted plans to rezone two parcels along the north side of Sandifur Parkway between roads 90 and 92 from retail business to mixed-use.

off West 10th Avenue for its school, Calvary Christian School.

Like the church, the school has been growing, with enrollment at about 550 students in 2022-23. That includes grades K-10; the school plans to add 11th grade in 2023-24 and 12th grade the year after.

The church’s history dates to 1988, when a group of friends from Calvary Chapel Big Bear in California began meeting weekly for fellowship. They felt God was leading them to move to a new area and start a new church; a group of them — including Whinery and his wife, Bobi — ended up in the Tri-Cities in April 1990. The new church’s first service was on Easter Sunday that year, in a Pasco motel.

Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities broke ground on its current home on West Clearwater Avenue in 2008.

Lewis said that construction on the addition is scheduled to wrap up late this year, and the church should be able to move into the new space around the first of next year.

The expansion will help Calvary continue to do good in the Tri-Cities and beyond, Lewis said.

At Calvary, “we’re not trying to make people religious. We’re trying to introduce them to the truth so they can go out and share about Jesus,” Lewis said.

TSK Kidwell rezone


Stacy Kidwell, on behalf of TSK 2019 LLC, submitted plans to rezone about 4 acres along the northwest corner of Burns Road and Broadmoor Boulevard from medium-density residential to retail business. Glacier Park Mixed-Use rezone


Peter Harpster of Aqtera Engineering, on behalf of Big Sky Devlopers LLC, submitted plans to rezone about 10 acres north of and adjacent to Burns Road and Ochoco Lane from retail business to medium-density residential.

West Argent land use


Clover Planning & Zoning LLC applied for an amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the 2018-2038 Pasco Comprehensive Plan to change the designation of a parcel at West Argent Road and Road 100 from low-density residential to mixed residential commercial. The site is about 3 acres.

BreakThrough Inc. project


Christopher Patterson, on behalf of BreakThrough Inc., submitted plans for a Community Service Facility Level II at 6304 Bulldog Lane.

The project will be a staff residential home for two developmentally-delayed children ages 7-18.

Victory Outreach project


James Negron, on behalf of Victory Outreach, submitted plans for a community service facility level II at 224 N. Seventh Ave for transitional housing.

Courtesy Calvary Chapel Construction is underway at Calvary Chapel, 10611 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick, to add more than 43,000 square feet of space. The project is expected to wrap up later this year.
SEPA, From page B4

Bush Developments has completed Edison Food Park at 5222 W. Okanogan Place in Kennewick.

The two current food trailers are The Local Bite (Tropic Hunger) and Los 3 Amigos.

The food park can accommodate six food trailers.

Bush Developments gives the trailers exclusive rights to the food they offer so each trailer will be the only one selling their type of food. “So you’d be able to come in multiple days a week and always get something new and fresh,” the developers noted.

Each food truck is sited on a concrete RV-style pad next to all of its hookups.

The $700,000 food park, which included the land, is on the corner of Edison Street and Okanogan Place. It was completed June 1.

Once Bush Developments finishes the building next to the food park, there will be more than 17 businesses in the Bonnie Jean Plaza.

Hummel Construction is the general contractor.

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The Resort at Hansen Park 7992

W. 10th Ave., Kennewick

The Resort at Hansen Park in Kennewick is a mixeduse project offering a unique, resort style of living complete with amenities not found anywhere else in the Tri-Cities.

The property, bordered by Columbia Center Boulevard and West 10th Avenue, features a total of 10 properties, 605 apartment units, 97,000 square feet of commercial space, an apart-hotel and a 23,000-squarefoot clubhouse with pools and recreational facilities.

Rents for the apartments vary by community, ranging from $1,500 to $3,000. Sales prices for the office building and commercial lot have not been established yet.

The total project cost is undetermined due to the fluctuation of interest rates and supplies. The value of the project is estimated at $200 million.

The project is scheduled to be fully completed in 2025.

Phase 1 encompasses the west and south side of the development and is currently under construction. It is comprised of:

• Trilogy Homes (completed and leased): 27 flats and townhomes with two or three bedrooms in a triplex configuration bordering Hansen Park.

• Park Avenue Apartments (currently leasing): A 132-unit, three-story, garden-style apartment community with studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom stacked flats situated to the north of Trilogy Homes.

• 10 West Apartments (available to lease July 2023):

A 72-unit luxury mid-rise, elevator served, with three floors of apartment homes offering studios, one-, and two-bedroom plans over a secured-access podium garage.

• Hansen Park Center: A two-story, 23,232-squarefoot commercial building designed for multiple office or retail users and can accommodate a drive-thru.

Phase 2 will encompass the east and north side of the development and is currently under construction. It will feature:

• Club 10: A three-story, 19,884-square-foot clubhouse with a resort-style pool, kids’ wading pool, sport court and outside entertainment areas. It will house the management and leasing offices, package facility, fitness center, game and craft rooms, lounge and interior entertainment areas.

• Park Avenue II: An 80-unit apartment community with one-, two- and three-bedroom stacked flats.

• 55+ community: 118 units in a four-story, mid-rise, elevator-served building offering studios, one- and two-bedroom plans over secured-access parking, with

courtyard amenities.

• Mid-rise apartments: A 91-unit, four-story building featuring studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments over a secured-access garage.

• Apart-Hotel: An 85-unit hotel offering apartment services and amenities. This will be a four-story building over a secured-access garage.

• Commercial building: A 6,000-square-foot, one-level building bordering Columbia Center Boulevard designed for retail tenants. This will be sold to a national retailer.

Dennis Pavlina, developer and general contractor, and Carmen Villarma, chief executive officer of The TMG Family of Companies, are the project developers. They collaborate on the feasibility and initial vision of the projects; Pavlina works directly with the architects to value engineer the properties and personally oversees all construction aspects from land purchase through occupancy permits.

Villarma ensures floor plans and design aspects meet current market demands. Her company, TMG Property Management Services NW, leases and manages the properties at The Resort as well as fee manages for other clients.

The vision for the Resort at Hansen Park is to design a place that fosters a sense of belonging, encourages social interaction, creates a cohesive and inclusive community and promotes a high quality of life. The apartment homes are designed to offer modern, comfortable and diverse living spaces; catering to various lifestyles,

price preferences and household sizes.

The integration of retail and commercial elements aims to enhance the overall convenience, and vitality of the Resort, while also promoting walkability and a sense of community.

In honor of the grand opening of 10 West, a private open house is planned in August.

Learn more about The Resort at Hansen Park at

For leasing information, contact Karen Hoover at 509-378 8793 or

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Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings:

Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up nonexempt property and debt is discharged.

Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them.

Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure.

Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts.

Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.


Alma Lydia Camero, 3607 Estrella Drive, Pasco.

Rodney M. Russell & Brenda M. Russell, 2646 Dornoch Place, Richland.

Jennifer Lynn Gregerson, 5201 Honolulu Drive, Pasco.

Ruperta Gomez Sanchez, 103 N. Zinser St., Kennewick.

Jose Rosario Diego Jr., 928 W. Brown St., Pasco.

Alicia Erminia Lopez, 1950 Bellerive Drive, #151, Richland.

Ruben Cardoza & Jacqeline Sifuentez, 5519

Robert Wayne Drive, Pasco.

Yongdong Wen & Xiao Chen, 504 Fort St., Richland.

Edward Patrick Garvey, 2020 Newcomer Ave., Richland.

Gabriel Casados, 3820 Milagro Drive, Pasco.

Amanda May Lopez, 111 S. Filmore St., Kennewick.

Amy Marie Semmern, 4410 Kitimat Lane, Pasco.

Felipe Eduardo Madrigal, 1219 S. Railroad

Christopher John James Wilson & Sarah

Fay Wilson, 4711 N. Dallas Road, #G301, West Richland.

Matthew Allen Free & Iva Lee Harris, 1253 Dent Road, Pasco.


Juan Valle & Maria Valle Espinoza, 317 W. Shoshone St., Pasco.

Bradley Allen Stanley & Courtney Denay

Stanley, 2508 S. Buntin Loop, Kennewick.

Jesus Arellano Carrillo, 7367 N. Glade Road, Pasco.

Mark Eldon McKnight, 303 S. Cedar Ave.,


Hector David Prado, 3714 W. 16th Place, Kennewick. Jeffrey James Lucas & Rebecca Ann Lucas, 3102 W. Metaline Place, Kennewick.

Aleece Cerene White, 303 Gage Blvd., #317, Richland. Melinda Amaro, 1037 Park Ave., Prosser.


Top property values listed start at $700,000 and have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure. Property values are public record and can be found by visiting the county assessor’s office


3302 Mt. St. Helens, West Richland

2,216-square-foot home and pole building on 1.5 acres. Price: $737,000. Buyer: Victor Joseph Konsavage III & Aero Nicole Konsavage. Seller: Todd Carey. 10415 S. 952 PR SE, Kennewick,

2,505-square-foot home on 1.5 acres. Price: $720,000. Buyer: Michael Lai. Seller: Chad G. Raynbo Hilarie Allen.

W. 119 PR NW, Prosser, 2.5-acre home site. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Seth & Jordan Simkins. Seller: Tri-City Remodel LLC. 1625 & 1616 Columbia Park Trail, 1329 Carolina Ave., 1319 Delaware Ave., Richland, 5,641, 1,664-, 1,560-, 4,569-, 2,126- and 1,950-square-foot commercial buildings, 768-, 2,208- and 954-square-foot residential buildings on 1 acre. Price: $3 million. Buyer: BWR Holdings LLLP. Seller: C. Wayne May & Nathan May. 87626 Calico Road, Kennewick, 3,005-squarefoot home on 1 acre. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Wayne King & Debra Kay Mapstead. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction Inc.

2336 Eagle Ridge Court, Richland, 2,569-square-foot home. Price: $817,200.

Buyer: Gregory Thomas & Jodell Reed. Seller: James R. & Barbara A. Main. 5077, 4825, 5001 Ava Way, Richland, 35 acres of commercial property. Price: $2.8 million. Buyer: Badger Communities LLC. Seller: Nor Am Investment LLC. 883 & 867 S. Zeelar St., 1002, 10010, 10018, 10026, 10034, 10042, 10050, 10058, 10066, 10074, 10082, 10090, 10098, 1099 W. Ninth Place, Kennewick, home sites of less than a half-acre. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Lexington Homes-DRH LLC. Seller: Crimson Hills Development Inc.

66201 W. Yakitat Road, Prosser, 4,279-squarefoot commercial building, 960-square-foot home, 1,712-square-foot Quonset on 15.5 acres of commercial property. Price: $700,000. Buyer: ASH DS LLC. Seller: CAI Construction LLC.

75842 & 75810 W. Old Inland Empire, Prosser, 2,400-square-foot home, 33 acres of irrigated pasture, 21 acres of dry pasture, 66 acres of range land. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Conrad B. & Desiree D. Russell. Seller: George S. Schneider.

5331 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, 3,778-square-foot shopping center. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: Washington Federal Bank. Seller: Canal Village LLC.

15618 S. Mountain Ridge Court, Kennewick, 1,891-square-foot home on 1.06 acres. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Benjamin & Kiki Comin. Seller: Brandon & Dan Bowlin.

10211 S. Cottonwood St., Kennewick, 10,905-square-foot warehouse, office on 2.2 acres. Price: $2.8 million. Buyer: Pentecost Holdings LLC. Seller: Marjon Holdings LLC.

1839 Peachtree Lane, Richland, 4,352-squarefoot apartments. Price: $720,000. Buyer: Todd & Abby Coleman. Seller: Seth B. & Ingrid O. Powers.

2374 W. 50th Ave., Kennewick, 2,995-squarefoot home. Price: $880,000. Buyer: Matthew & Kim Vanatta. Seller: Steven J. Cross. 1640 Meadow Hills Drive, Richland, 2,047-square-foot home. Price: $800,000. Buyer: Linda Cox & David Junker. Seller: Frank H. & Carolyn Wang.

2492 Maggio Loop, Richland, 2,766-squarefoot home. Price: $740,000. Buyer: Manuel & Clarissa Jimenez. Seller: Lotts Better Built Homes Inc.

6618 W. 20th Ave., Kennewick, 3,368-squarefoot home. Price: $970,100. Buyer: Cory & Amber Hatcher. Seller: Scott & Britney Shurtliff.

104842 E. Tatum Blvd., Kennewick, 2,767-square-foot home. Price: $840,000. Buyer: Joseph & Amanda Rohrer. Seller: MW Developments LLC.

4209 W. 34th Ave., Kennewick, 3,447-squarefoot home. Price: $750,000. Buyer: David Alan & Mary Stanford. Seller: Reuben A. & Milah T. Singer.

6028 W. 30th Court, Kennewick, 0.3-acre home site. Price: $740,000. Buyer: Steven T. & Kristi Lowry. Seller: Alderbrook Investments Inc. 2438 Maggio Loop, Richland, 2,455-squarefoot home. Price: $715,000. Buyer: Paul D. & Misty S. Scontrino. Seller: Riverwood Homes Washington LLC.

4960 McEwan Drive, Richland, 3,265-squarefoot home. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Bryce & Kayla Holmes. Seller: Tyler H. & Erin N. Stevens. 111 W. First Ave., Kennewick, 12,550-squarefoot commercial building. Price: $1.2 million.

Buyer: Croskrey Development LLC. Seller: John Stuart Logg.

33223 S. Clodfelter Road, Kennewick, 3,932-square-foot home on 2.5 acres. Price: $1.9 million. Buyer: Annika R. & Dustin R. Wynn

Trustees. Seller: Aaron Anthony & Karen Lois St. Martin Trustees.

309 N. Belfair Court, Kennewick, 6,000-square-foot warehouse. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Clyde V. Brummell LLC. Seller: PW Tri-Cities LLC.

3902 W. 48th Ave., Kennewick, 1,874-squarefoot home. Price: $800,000. Buyer: Loren J. & Christina G. Ottenbreit. Seller: Ian W. & Erin


38504 E. Ridge Crest Drive, Benton City,

2,238-square-foot home on 2.5 acres. Price:

$705,000. Buyer: Kate & Porter Kinney. Seller: Ivan C.J. & Breanna P. Snyder. 94704 E. Tyler Court, Kennewick,

2,818-square-foot home. Price: $975,000.

Buyer: Michael Lee Ettner. Seller: Terry & Nanette Kise.

102314 E. Tatum Blvd., Kennewick,

2,508-square-foot home on 1.3 acres. Price:

$850,000. Buyer: Oscar & Maria Garcia. Seller: MW Developments LLC.

4503 Mallet St., West Richland, 3,074-squarefoot home. Price: $760,000. Buyer: Robert & Kayla Safford. Seller: Peter & Joyce Owen


67308, 67012, 66107 & 66204 N. River Road, Benton City, 1,620-square-foot home, ag barn, shed, pole building on 6.3 acres. Price:

$850,000. Buyer: Katrina Fertig. Seller: Ren Nanstad.

976 Cayuse Drive, Richland, 2,167-square-foot home. Price: $760,000. Buyer: Gregg & Lenore

Palmer. Seller: Christian Alex & Melinda L. Linde.

11608 N. Griffin Road, Grandview,

2,464-square-foot home on 5 acres. Price:

$750,000. Buyer: Courtney & Jose Enrique Jr.

Seller: Sebastian A. & Sarah M. Moritzky.

10973 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick, 1.5 acres of commercial land. Price: $819,000. Buyer: Fidino Enterprises LLC. Seller: Crimson Hills Development Inc.

4253 Corvina St., Richland, 3,142-square-foot home. Price: $735,000. Buyer: Kyle & Melissa

Roth. Seller: Juanita Cottages LLC.

18203 S. Quail Run PR SW, Prosser, 2,116-square-foot home on 3.2 acres. Price: $710,000. Buyer: Paul Dean & Candace Lee Gifford. Seller: Williams & Kathleen H. Notaro. 5930 Willowbend St., West Richland, 1,868-square-foot home. Price: $760,000.

Buyer: Chelsea & Philip Biggs. Seller: Ryan L. & Mary R. Karlson.

Property off the Bob Olsen Parkway, Kennewick, 13.5 acres of home sites. Price: $5.1 million. Buyer: LFT Kennewick LLC. Seller: Bauder Young Properties LLC.

1502 W. 52nd Ave., Kennewick, 3,267-squarefoot home. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Jillian & Adam Thayer. Seller: Scott A. & Deborah J. Vance.

18716 S. Clodfelter Road, Kennewick, 3,516-square-foot home and pole building on 5 acres. Price: $895,000. Buyer: Scott & Melissa Sautell. Seller: Michelle Dury.

4003 W. 43rd Ave., Kennewick, 5,109-squarefoot home. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: Adrian

Marshall Head & Hyon-He Kim Garza. Seller: Kevin P. Wesley & Nicole Chiaramonte-Wesley.

1141 N. Edison St., 2,223-square-foot office.

Price: $1.8 million. Buyer: Hess Investments LLC. Seller: Seahurst LLC.

1013 N. Neel St., Kennewick, 24,063-squarefoot apartment complex. Price: $3.5 million.

Buyer: River Vista Apts LLC. Seller: Brager Real Estate LLC.

1455 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick, 9,537-square-foot commercial building. Price: $1.9 million. Buyer: 1455 CPT LLC. Seller: Jogami LLC.


836 S. Third Ave., 25,000-square-foot warehouse. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: 836 S. 3rd Holdings LLC. Seller: Donald K. Ireland (et al.).

12205 Rock Creek Drive, Pasco, 2,132-square-foot home. Price: $850,000.

Buyer: Dallas S. & Allison A. McManamon.

Seller: Sergio Resendez (et al.).

101 Erin Road, Pasco, 1,485-square-foot home. Price: $832,500. Buyer: Dale E. & Julie A.

Williamson. Seller: Sharon & Douglas McDaniel uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B11

509-783-6131 314 N. Underwood Kennewick


3221 W. Court St., Pasco, 3,020-square-foot commercial building. Price: $915,000. Buyer:

Genevieve Greeley. Seller: Medprop LLC.

371 & 441 Langford Road, Eltopia, 1,735-square-foot home and a singlewide home, 196.5 acres of ag land. Price: $3 million.

Buyer: CMD LLC. Seller: Lillian Chriesman (et al.).

315 W. Bonneville St., Pasco, 4,680-squarefoot multifamily housing. Price: $780,000. Buyer: David Gonzalez Jr. Seller: Jin Guixin.

101 Angus Road, Pasco, 3,100-square-foot home. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Kenneth & Constance Langdon. Seller: John Manuel & Kimberly Diane Loera.

1525 N. 16th Ave., Pasco, 14,784-square-foot multifamily homes. Price: $4.1 million. Buyer:

Victory Manor LLC. Seller: Meridian Group LLC.

12403 Clark Fork Road, Pasco, 2,320-squarefoot home. Price: $775,000. Buyer: Garrett

Michael & Sarah Michelle Pool. Seller: Matthew & Hilari I. Berry.

12814 Julies Court, Pasco, 3,352-square-foot home. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: Joshua & Michelle Mason. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction Inc.

2431 Columbia River Road, Pasco, 1,843-square-foot home. Price: $1 million.

Buyer: Aaron & Mary Bruckelmyer. Seller: Curtis & Nadine Mohr (trustees).

Property south of Alder Road, 1,104- and 7,200-square-foot commercial buildings on 7.37 acres of ag land. Price: $905,000. Buyer: Ag Management Group LLC. Seller: Monkey Ridge LLC.

501 & 861 Dayton Road, Pasco, 3,000- and 2,400-square-foot commercial buildings and 2,091- and 1,718-square-foot homes, four singlewide homes on 562 acres of ag and undeveloped land. Price: $28 million. Buyer: MCP Perm LLC. Seller: Monkey Ridge LLC.



Shaw Horn Rapids LLC, 105624 N. Horn Rapids Drive, $15,000 for grading. Contractor: Dennis Myers Construction.

Three Angels Broadband, 168501 S. 812 PR

SE, $55,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: RS Technology.


Ruby Ridge Dairy, 770 Bengen Lane, $3.4 million for commercial construction. Contractor: Roth Ag Construction and Equipment.


City of Kennewick, 1519 Paul Parish Drive, $230,000 for commercial remodel, $80,000 for mechanical and $50,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Booth & Sons Construction.

Bruce Mechanical Inc., 215 E. Columbia Drive, $350,000 for new commercial. Contractor:

Bruce Mechanical Inc.

Viviana Sanchez, 4311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 140, $43,000 for commercial remodel, $5,000 for plumbing and $20,000 for mechanical. Contractor: Optimum General Construction for the remodel. GTC Construction LLC for the plumbing and to be determined for mechanical. Faram LLC, 201 W. Kennewick Ave., $100,000 for a commercial remodel, $150,000 for heat pump/HVAC and $150,000 for plumbing. Contractor: JNM Construction for the remodel and plumbing and Integrity 3 Heating & Air Conditioning for the heat pump/HVAC.

Robert Jacobs, 2811 W. Second Ave., $35,000 for commercial remodel and $130,913 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Flaminco LLC for the remodel and Jacobs & Rhodes for the heat pump.

Bennett and Karianne Clark, 112 W. Kennewick Ave., $75,000 for commercial remodel, $10,000 for heat pump/HVAC and $5,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Rogue Builders for the remodel, Americool Heating & Air Conditioning for the heat pump/HVAC and BKB Enterprises LLC for the plumbing.

Kennewick Center LLC, 131 Vista Way, Suite

A, $40,619 for mechanical. Contractor: Western Equipment Sales.

Corps of Catholic Bishops, 520 S. Garfield St., $40,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication.

PMI Holdings LLC, 2810 W. Clearwater Ave.,

$250,000 for a commercial remodel and $85,000 for plumbing. Contractor: PMI Inc. for the remodel and Riggle Plumbing Inc. for plumbing.

Randy Blumer, 102 W. Kennewick Ave., $10,500 for a commercial re-roof. Contractor:

Palmer Roofing Co. Ron Asmus, 3900 S. Zintel Way, $250,000 for a commercial remodel and $16,158 for plumbing. Contractor: REA Commercial LLC for the commercial remodel and Apollo Mechanical Contractors for plumbing.

Blue Pearl Coffee, 4311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 130, $23,000 for a commercial remodel and $10,000 for mechanical. Contractor: Optimum Generation Construction.

Corps of Catholic Bishops, 901 W. Fourth Ave.

E, $40,000 for a commercial remodel, $5,000 for plumbing and $20,000 for mechanical. Contractor: Optimum General Construction for the remodel and mechanical and GTC Construction LLC for plumbing.

Naewy LLC, 7207 W. Deschutes Ave., $15,000 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: Booth & Sons Construction.

Nico Flores, 525 W. First Ave., $6,000 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: TQC Homes.

Gary and Paula Tillot, 3324 W. Payette Ave., $17,989 for a commercial re-roof. Contractor:

Alliant Roofing Co.

Community First Bank, 8131 W. Grandridge

Blvd., Suite 101, $7,100 for mechanical. Contractor: to be determined.

Martha Padilla, 5600 W. Clearwater Ave., $16,800 for a commercial re-roof. Contractor:

VW Quality Roofing LLC.

Columbia Mall Partners, 1312 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $308,000 for a commercial re-roof.

Contractor: Peach State Roofing Inc.

CV The Kenn LLC, 7901 W. Quinault Ave., $300,000 for a commercial addition. Contractor: Flaminco LLC.

Cathy Alton, 909 N. Kellogg St., $146,004 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: CMS Builders.

Mason Pickett, 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite A, $10,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade

Sign & Fabrication.

King Enterprises, 1408 N. Louisiana St., Suite 105, $7,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. City of Kennewick, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd., $110,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: Spyder Corp LLC.


Yesmar Properties, 8425 Chapel Hill Blvd.,

$50,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: W McKay Construction.

CFT NV Development, 1525 W. Court St., $750,000 for grading. Contractor: to be determined.

Road 68 Properties, 4605 Road 68, $125,291 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Fenix LLC. BDP Properties LLC, 6413 Burden Blvd., $100,000 for a commercial re-roof. Contractor: owner. Port of Pasco, 3306 N. Swallow Ave., $9,154 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LCR Construction LLC. Sohal Truck Wash LLC, 3802 N. Commercial Ave., $14,000 for a sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. Sohal Truck Wash LLC, 3508 N. Capitol Ave., $10,000 for a sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. Walla Walla Self Storage, 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite A105, $15,000 for a commercial addition. Contractor: Rivera Heating & Refrigeration. Wal-Mart Real Estate, 4820 Road 68, $80,000 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined.




Grigg Enterprises, 800 W. Lewis St., Suite B, $6,162 for tenant improvements. Contractor:


Silver Creek Apartments, 9315 Chapel Hill Blvd., $50,000 for a commercial remodel. Con-

tractor: Kustom US Inc.

Creator Faith Baptist Church, 512 S. Sycamore Ave., $9,500 for a commercial re-roof.

Contractor: Silver Bow Roofing.

Grace Kitchen, 112 N. Second Ave., $9,920 for mechanical. Contractor: Dayco Heating & Air.


Dr. Rathrdum LLC, 1309 Meade Ave., $148,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner.


Nor Am Investments, 2776 Sunshine Ridge Road, $48,100 for grading. Contractor: Goodman & Mehlenbacher.

Washington State University, 201 University Drive, $8.9 million for multifamily homes. Contractor: Chervenell Construction.

JCLTG LLC, 1325 George Washington Way, $35,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor:

Tina’s Tasty Treats.

Port of Benton, 3250 Port of Benton Blvd., $10,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: to be determined.

WA Securities & Investments Corp., 2290

Keene Road, $800,000 for new commercial

construction. Contractor: Hummel Construction & Development.

City of Richland, 592 Columbia Point Drive, $2.75 million for new commercial. Contractor: Chervenell Construction.

ATI Specialty Materials, 3101 Kingsgate Way, Building 1, $28 million. Contractor: Fisher Construction Group.



Silver Creek Contracting LLC, 565 N. Minor St., Heppner, Oregon.

Stork Care LLC, 3125 Sixth St., Lewiston, Idaho.

Nomad Transit LLC, 95 Morton St., New York, New York.

Dirty Deeds Transportation LLC, 81360 W. 4 Road, Irrigon, Oregon.

Commercial Contractors Inc., 8225 Badger

Lane, Caldwell, Idaho.

Kasco LLC, 1569 Tower Grove Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri.

Spokane Environmental Solutions LLC, 3810

E. Boone Ave., Spokane.

Roldan Construction Services Inc., 642 E. Oregon Ave., Hermiston, Oregon.

RFP MFG., 4640 W. Klamath Ave.

William Forsythe Do PLLC, 1910 S. Zinser St.

T & C Ramps & Decks Plus LLC, 13818 W. White Road, Spokane.

Lydig Construction Inc., 11001 E. Montgomery

Drive, Spokane Valley.

S A Transport, 210506 E. Cochran Road.

R.Homes LLC, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin

Counties, 3315 W. Clearwater Ave.

SeaTac Distribution Inc., 10202 Pacific Ave.

South, Tacoma.

MPL, 432 E Brown Ave., Moses Lake.

Contractors Equipment Maintenance Com-

pany, 7121 W. Argent Road, Pasco.

Firestop Company, 3203 NE 65th St., Suite 2,


Hermanson Company LLP, 1221 Second Ave.

North, Kent.

All Star Fence Company, 903 E. Pacific Ave.,


Crystal-Clear LLC, 5307 Tarragona Court,


Hudson Bay Insulation Co., 210 S. Hudson St., Suite 375, Seattle.

Trojan Wall Products Inc., 3530 C St. NE,


Finer Side Construction LLC, 1924 W. 39th


Gams Parkridge Apartments, 3523 W. Hood.

Spotless Cleaning, 4503 Saguaro Drive, Pasco.

Andrew Miller, 17221 Ironwood St., Arlington.

JTN Construction LLC, 241 Summit Loop,


Makeup by Mika, 609 S. Huntington Place.

Rose Cleaning Services, 1712 N. 24th Ave.,


Empire Lawn Care, 119 Vista Way.

Creation Home Services LLC, 5102 Sinai

Drive, Pasco.

Langa Construction & Services, 5215 Remington Drive, Pasco.

JVL Remodeling & General Construction LLC, 228 E. 19th Ave.

Quality Roofing, 331 E. 27th Ave.

ICA Asphalt Maintenance LLC, 113002 W. Old Inland Empire Highway, Prosser.

Velasco Construction, 60 Compton Lane, Richland.

VL Construction, 2325 Copperhill St., Richland.

Innov8 Coatings LLC, 4021 S. Quincy Place.

Evolution General Construction, 146402 W.

Buena Vista Road, Prosser.

Angulo & Son’s Janitorial LLC, 26742 Ice

Harbor Drive, Burbank.

CM Excavating Services, 25705 S. 1545 PR

SW, Prosser.

Alanna at B4salon, 1207 Aaron Drive, Richland.

The Quaint Home, 2115 W. Hood Ave.

Tiny Cottage Builders, NW 26650 Ice Harbor Drive, Burbank.

Handy Monkey LLC, 815 S. Beech St.

Pro Impact Lawn Care LLC, 915 S. Arthur


G&A Construction & Remodeling LLC, 302 N.

Alder St., Toppenish.

JZW Bathroom Renovations LLC, 4005 W.

42nd Ave.

Gamache Maintenance LLC, 1212 Columbia

Park Trail, Richland.

R&R Handyman Construction, 1913 Benson

Ave. Prosser.

Spun Fun, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

Greenstar Landscaping, 3500 W. Court St., Pasco.

AD Tacos Y Mas, 2400 W. Kennewick Ave.

A&D Hotel Renovation LLC, 1130 Rose Place, Othello.

Veneto Homes LLC, 194109 E 447 PR SE.

C&M General Contractor LLC, 2568 Anvil Court, Richland.

Adam & Sons Construction LLC, 3503 Fargo St., West Richland.

Future Networking, 1836 Terminal Drive, Richland.

New Style Swimming Pools LLC, 4320 Ivy

Road, Pasco.

L&R Masonry LLC, 5609

3305 S. Van Buren St. Movement Mortgage LLC, 8479 W. Clearwater Ave. Between The Covers Coaching, 4321 W. Ninth Place.

G&D Residential Services LLC, 200802 E. Game Farm Road.

All Star City Roofing LLC, 9126 W. Yellowstone Ave.

Ballet Folklorico Alegrias De Mexico, 1631 W. Marie St., Pasco.

Tri-Cities Glass and Auto Services, 4804 W.

Seventh Ave.

Fat Cat North Condominium Association, 5204 W. Okanogan Ave.

Hair By Fabz, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

Flores Integrity Construction LLC, 1109 E. 23rd Ave.

Bucketz Bar and Grill, 206 N. Benton St. Chisa Blair Design & Events, 1117 W. 53rd


Steven Jay Skellenger, 214315 E. Cochran

Road. Simply Gorgeous Boutique, 1408 S. Olympia Place.

Keeton B. Hutchins, 4931 W. 24th Place. Jana .925, 1548 N. Edison St.

Jorge S. Torres, 319 N. Fillmore St. David Duncan, 2105 N. Steptoe St. uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B13

Hartford Drive, Pasco. Premier Tree Service, 1537 W. 32nd Ave. Rise Up Construction LLC, 921 W. 24th Ave. Quality Remodeling General Contractor LLC 2421 S. Conway St. Innovated Hardscaping & General Contracting LLC, 224230 E. Access PR SE. JS Johnson Enterprises LLC, 2504 W. Klamath Ave. M40A, 115 Hills West Way, Richland. Inland Auto Recon, 20405 E Ruppert Road, Benton City. MC Masonry LLC, 1548 N. Edison St. Planable LLC, 4104 S. Neel Court. Three Rivers Nursing Services LLC, 7136 W. Second Place. Detailed Dental Solutions, 3414 S. Newport St. Desert Wind Gardens AFH, 8606 W. Bruneau Ave. Desert Wind Gardens LLC, 8606 W. Bruneau Ave. Your Go-to Finance Guy LLC, 2121 W. 19th Ave. Mackie and Associates, 3602 S. Johnson St. Legacy Concrete 22 LLC, 209 S. Fir St. Desert Wind Cottage LLC, 8602 W. Bruneau Place. Ethington Homes & Remodel,

Rae Studio LLC, 1321 N. Columbia Center


Invest Northwest Financial LLC, 552 N.

Colorado St.

Mariposa, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave.

Christie E. Oar, 5321 W. 26th Ave.

Loving Paws Creations, 6201 W. Clearwater


RX Wealth Management, 4307 S. Irby Loop.

Bountiful Living, 1030 N. Center Parkway.

4 Whistles Winery, 10 E. Bruneau Ave.

Jami’s Crafts N’ Creations, 4711 W. Metaline


B Street Pasco Property LLC, 8842 W. Sev-

enth Place.

Tri-City Capital LLC, 2304 W. 42nd Court.

2exotic LLC, 5650 W. Metaline Ave.

Picnic Vibes Events LLC, 506 S. Juniper St.

Nielsen Realty LLC, 8200 W. Grandridge Blvd.

Art & Design by Ana Quiroz, 3324 W. 19th Ave.

Chere Bundy, 9385 W. Eighth Place.

Quality Driving School, 7 S. Dayton St.

Barks & Bubbles, 9200 W. Clearwater Ave.

Northwest Esthetics Academy LLC, 109 N.

Ely St.

Premier Career Resources LLC, 8709 W. Fifth


Sandbox Software, 4201 W. Okanogan Ave.

PDRF LLC, 723 W. 32nd Ave.

Global Health Ultd. LLC, 89605 E. Sagebrush


A&B Corner Properties LLC, 8842 W. Seventh


E.A.S. Waterworks LLC, 4208 Meadowsweet St., Pasco.

Northwest Winegrowers, 26806 S. 1005 PR


Golden Skull Tattoo, 13 S. Cascade St.

Maria Delida Ramirez, 227 E. Third Ave.

Robin Abraham Country Financial, 8479 W.

Clearwater Ave.

Nelly & Lush Works Beauty Bar, 4415 W.

Clearwater Ave.

Romero’s, 8903 W. Gage Blvd.

Masisi LLC, 2120 W. A St., Pasco.

Crazy Rays Sunshine Days, 100 N. Morain St.

Crepe Zone, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

Kellen’s Consoles, 1964 W. 15th Place.

Michael J. Rees DMD PLLC, 8208 Dune Lake

Road SE, Moses Lake.

PMU by Carmen, 609 N. Tweedt St.

Effortless Exteriors LLC, 9424 W. Fifth Place.

Poop Scoopin’ Boogie, 9 S. McKinley St.

Bre Studios, 323 S. Zillah St.

BLV Ride Service, 4403 S. Kent St.

Modern Living Services, 526 N. Edison St.

Royal Impressions, 913 S. Hartford St.

Daniel’s Consulting Service, 261 Maple St.,


Dark Angel Performance, 1701 W. 33rd Ave.

Law Office of Bronson J. Brown, 530 W. Ken-

newick Ave.

Kelli Kimberly Stevens, 4006 S. Morain Loop.

Urban Street Design, 72905 E. Grand Bluff


Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave.

H3 Leadership and OD Consulting LLC, 5201

W. 12th Ave.

My Lawn Service LLC, 716 S. Beech Ave.,


Torres Quality Lawn Care, 200 S. Union St.

Sixty Mountain PLLC, 1009 N. Center Parkway.

Time Magic Studios, 4928 S. Benton Place.

Tammie Rae McCalmant, 710 S. Garfield St.

Vivid Machines, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd.

Heritage Healing Massage, 124B Vista Way.

Jagged Edges Crystal Collective, 3030 W.

Fourth Ave.

MBR, 714 S. Nelson St.

Yanet Morfin, 200 E. Sixth Ave.


The Underground Taphouse, 4525 Road 68.

DNCL Construction LLC, 3913 Montgomery


Dog Haus, 7425 Sandifur Parkway, #102.

Tiny Hands Big Future Childcare LLC, 1408 Road 56.

Integrity Motors, 1531 W. Lewis St.

O&L, 2321 E. Dock St., #2330.

Mod Pizza, 5326 Road 68.

Gala Hall, 415 W. Lewis St.

V Boutique, 3501 Road 68, #103.

Felsted Law Firm LLC, 4920 W. Margaret St.

Jag Express LLC, 7907 Quadra Drive.

Lux Projects, 6709 Silvercrest Court.

Mary’s Meow Rescue, 255844 E. SR 397,


Skookum Home Solutions LLC, 5210 Tigue


Blanca-Valle-BeautyLounge, 6410 Mission

Ridge Drive.

Cecelia Mauseth Insurance and Financial,

5230 Outlet Drive, #5230.

Tamera Lynn Backus, 4307 W. Court St.

King Auto Glass LLC, 3201 Travel Plaza Way.

BEK & Babes, 4712 Santa Cruz Lane.

Alcaraz Landscaping and Cleaning Services

LLC, 2508 W. Sylvester St., Suite A.

S&S Accounting LLC, 2508 W. Sylvester St., Suite A.

Stacks Taqueria, 3407 W. Court St.

Yesy_Blesses, 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite 5A.

Alpine Lawn Care, 6304 Cashmere Lane.

Black Corn Street LLC, 3616 W. Court St.

Nacho Tr3ats, 932 N. 15th Ave.

Hilario Gomez Trucking, 4310 Desert Plateau


Prized Apparel LLC, 1032 W. Margaret St.

Barber Nicolas Chavez, 5025 Road 68, Suite F.

Marquez Landscaping LLC, 20911 S. 2060

PR, Kennewick.

Stick-it!, 1308 N. 15th Ave.

Kevin G Photography PNW, 5709 W. Argent


JJP Drywall LLC, 5 W. A St. 1724 W. Yakima


Anthonys Truck and Trailer Repair LLC, 1724

W. Yakima St.

Flash Clean LLC, 5804 W. Wernett Road.

Oreshko Construction LLC, 3706 Lakelse


Temo Lawn Services LLC, 2126 W. Yakima St.

Big Or Small Signs, 2005 W. Lewis St., Suite B.

Masby Painting Services, 5619 McKinley


Mystic Grove Media LLC, 5501 Socas Court.

Tri-City DJ, 5019 Blue Sage Lane.

Locker 303 LLC, 1212 N. 20th Ave., Suite A.

Nutri-cise LLC, 4211 Marie Court.

Vick Construction LLC, 4504 Campolina Lane.

Not Impossible, 9107 Angus Drive.

Erickson, Hannah, 5016 Reagan Way.

Barajas Law PLLC, 2013 W. Yakima St.

Bagley Transport LLC, 1418 E. St. Helens St.

All Pitch Roofing, 4504 N. 44th Place.

Berta Elizabeth Artiga, 719 W. Margaret St.

Fronteras Del Norte Pasco, 205 S. Fourth Ave.

True Sugar, 3417 Julie Lane.

Sculpted Nails by Jacky, 310 W. Columbia St.

Karina Ruby Esthetics, 2420 W. Court St.

By Sole Emoni, 6415 Burden Blvd.

AA Tires LLC, 3820 Montgomery Lane.

Tri-Cities Pest Solutions LLC, 4411 Desert

Plateau Drive.

Bear Vazquez Landscaping, 7315 Cornflower


Vita Energy Healing, 3330 W. Court St., Suite

H. Tidra Barbershop LLC, 524 W. Clark St.


Onpoint Power LLC, 6543 Little Cub Creek Road, Evergreen, Colorado.

Industrial Maintenance Company LLC DBA

IMCTN LLC, 436 Calvert Drive, Gallatin, Tennessee.

Stangel Livestock LLC, 401 NE Fourth St., Enterprise, Oregon.

CTC Global Corporation, 2026 McGaw Ave., Irvine, California.

Steel Built Construction LLC, 4512 Palo Verde Court, Pasco.

Walli Cases LLC, 1505 N. 805 E. Shelley, Idaho.

O’Hara’s Son Roofing Company, 6437 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Terran Corp., 2486 Tammany Creek Road, Lewiston, Idaho.

A Touch of Autumn, 226 E. D St., Moscow, Idaho.

Leading Edge Scaffold Inc., 4069 Dean Martin

Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gabb Wireless Inc., 4101 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah.

Johansen Interiors LLC, 395 E. Warner Road, Chandler, Arizona.

Wheel Line Cider, 12463 Shore St., Leavenworth.

Salon Mode LLC, 1615 Lamb Ave.

L & G Quality Cleaning Services, 1845 Leslie Road.

Rock Hard Granite II LLC, 2143 Henderson Loop.

Micro Computer Systems, 3310 York Road, Lynnwood.

Apogee Group LLC, 1440 Battelle Blvd. Grocery Girl, 1307 Cottonwood Drive.

Top Choice Painting LLC, 104 Douglas Way, Wallula.

Mark Vincent Construction LLC, 1181 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco.

Wilke Systems International Inc., 1940 Thayer Drive.

Studio DB, 102 Mesa Drive.

LeafFilter North of Washington Inc., 4702 20th St. East, Fife.

McCann Trucking LLC, 661 Airport Road, Cle Elum.

Compass Painting, 4214 Anza Borrego Court, Pasco.

Chivas Construction LLC, 750 Swift Blvd. Liberation Bike Service, 6726 W. Ninth Place, Kennewick.

R&T Project Services LLC, 2995 Wild Canyon Way.

UBG LLC, 7304 Spokane St., Yakima.

Cogent Consulting LLC, 409 Benham St.

3 Sisters Cleaning LLC, 115 Adair Road, Burbank.

Milieu Itinerant Café, 10 Newton St.

Apex Plany Plants, 727 S. Date St., Kennewick.

TM Creative LLC, 1325 Aaron Drive.

Aub’s Bananza Bread LLC, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco.

Tri-city Dump Trailer Rentals, 2380 Lindberg Loop.

Incas Plastering LLC, 2105 N. Steptoe St., Kennewick.

Game Changer Physical Therapy LLC, 5020 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick.

JMF General Contractor LLC, 1323 N. 16th Ave., Pasco.

D&R Plumbing LLC, 285 Rock Creek Road, Naches.

Powerstroke Siding, 1224 N. Union St., Kennewick.

Hammock Holdings LLC, 723 The Parkway.

Rise Crystal Jewelry Design, 1208 N. Pittsburg St., Kennewick.

Horse Sense Vet, 943 Stevens Drive.

Yet Lovely, 1333 Tapteal Drive.

Luxury Modern Home Construction LLC, 4108 Kechika Lane, Pasco. Vtelectric LLC, 2745 Road 97, Pasco.

Hello Beauty, 1325 Aaron Drive. Matthew Sept Insurance Agency LLC, 1955 Jadwin Ave.

Astudillo’s Lawn Care, 4810 Kalahari Drive, Pasco.

Brothers Cheese Steaks, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick.

CPH Painting LLC, 925 N. Elm Ave., Pasco. Rivera Heating & Refrigeration LLC, 124 W. Kennewick. Ave., Kennewick.

The Suite Spot Beauty Lounge, 609 Amon Park Drive.

Usov Construction LLC, 200 Abbot St. Rays Golden Lion, 1353 George Washington Way.

San Juanita Lopez LLC, 711 Catskill St. Firm Parenting LLC, 1845 Leslie Road.

Ashley Bernado, 1933 Jadwin Ave.

Dora Luz Bravo, 140 Gage Blvd.

Noah’s Waffles, 402 Abbot St. Contreras Tree Landscaping LLC, 1903 W. Jay St., Pasco.

Ambrosi’s Sweets, 3121 W. 30th Ave., Kennewick.

Paragon Trucking LLC, 1102 Chinook Drive.

Beauty Is Key Boutique, 1012 Adams St.

Dingwall Services LLC, 1016 Sunhaven Place.

The M’s Exotic Boots, 905 Abbot St. Settle Services, 4772 Roark Drive.

To The T Construction, 7915 Redonda Drive, Pasco.

Top Notch Mobile Fleet Maintenance and Repair, 54 Galaxy Lane.

Adelitas Catering, 2917 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick.

BYOC Refills, 410 Snow Ave.

Come Nzibarega, 2894 Salk Ave.

Rollin, 2457 N. Rhode Island Court, Kennewick. Peak Power Washing, 8817 Grandview Drive, Pasco.

El Realito LLC, 1704 N. 15th Ave., Pasco.

Brandon J. Woodruff, 401 George Washington Way.

Jackalope Soap, 513 Catskill St.

Cynthia Diane Taylor, 2558 Orchid Court.

Quality Concrete & Foundations LLC, 1500 W. Court St., Pasco.

Tri-City DT Yellow Enterprises LLC, 424

Jadwin Ave.

Matriart Home, 1310 Haupt Ave.

VIP Transportation LLC, 1219 Del Mar Court.

Healing Hearts NW LLC, 137 Spring St.

Steadfast Love Farm, 2700 Glen Road.

Grace Contracting LLC, 3705 W. Park St., Pasco.

Studio Paloma, 601 Amon Park Drive.

PNW Barber, 1177 Lee Blvd.

Rad Rock Property, 1050 Gillmore Ave.

Three Rivers, 29 Proton Lane.

Typal Academy LLC, 503 Knight St.

Kustom Pools & Landscaping LLC, 6906

Three Rivers Drive, Pasco.

Morris Painting, 1500 W. 27th Place, Kennewick.

Sunspot Resin, 2100 Bellerive Drive.

Cleaned Up Studio, 1341 George Washington Way.

Heidegger Inc., 4909 Athens Drive, Pasco.

Dan Ostler Enterprises, 7303 W. Seventh Court, Kennewick.

Gravitas Rolfing, 2965 Crosswater Loop.

Alcaraz Rivera, Jose Carlos, 521 N. Conway Place, Kennewick.

Navarro-ATL JV, 1955 Jadwin Ave.

The Tides at Willow Pointe, 230 Battelle Blvd.

Rebekah Norman LLC, 1901 George Washington Way.

Donnagquilting, 1045 Shockley Road.

Fibrenew of Tri-Cities WA, 1757 Maui Drive.

Suarez, Avery John, 2550 Duportail St.

Beauty Is Key Boutique LLC, 1012 Adams St.

PNW Fire Suppression, 2417 Robertson Drive.

Brian W. Oldfield Consulting, 316 Shaw St.

Finerpaperco, 3003 Queensgate Drive.

Gold Leaf Lawns, 628 S. Owen Ave., Pasco.

Engravings By K, 2001 Williams Blvd.

Sagebrush Dyes, 2188 Newhaven Loop

Jeskitas Munchkys, 118 Vista Way, Kennewick. Pacific Northwest Seafood LLC, 307 N. Elm Ave., Pasco.

Door-to-door Dog Grooming LLC, 5114 Point uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B14


Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor.

Madrid Transportation, 1327 N. 24th Ave.,


Opera On The Vine, 4414 W. Rio Grande Ave., Kennewick.

Twinstar Crafts, 837 S. Hawthorne St., Kennewick.

Bear Hands Handyman Services LLC, 8314

Silver Mound Drive, Pasco.

Yibran L. Martinez, 520 Smoketree Place.

S.R. Bray LLC, 710 A St. NW, Auburn.

Sip On This LLC, 410 Baker Drive, Zillah.

Emanuel Lawn Care LLC, 506 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco.

Rosa Lopez, 708 N. 15th Ave., Pasco.

Castillo Lawn Care, 724 W. Agate St., Pasco.

Junkaway Plus LLC, 1501 Steele Court, Pasco.

The Garcia Bros. Septic Services, 3717 W.

Opal Place, Pasco.

Know Real Estate LLC, 674 Nuvola Vista Court.

Dancing Tree Rehabilitative Dog Training

LLC, 1930 Dogwood Place.

School Risk Solutions, 105 N. 89th Ave., Yakima.

VNV Express, 2488 Tiger Lane.

RR Wink, 1950 Bellerive Drive.

Erinspirational LLC, 2100 Bellerive Drive. Infotech East, 1130 Stallion Place.

Huey, Jose, 1504 W. Clark St., Pasco.

T-Roy’s Creative Construction LLC, 2328 N. Quebec Court, Kennewick.

U-Select Vending LLC, 250 Gage Blvd.

Lambert Ventures LLC, 317 Wellsian Way.

Creative Compliance LLC, 2759 Rue Court.

Uber-patch, 99811 E. Brandon Drive, Kennewick.

The Resilient Child Speech Therapy PLLC 3719 Lakelse Lane, Pasco.

Bestmed Urgent Care, 1215 George Washington Way.

Trash Bandits, 5820 Westminster Lane, Pasco.

B&T Futures LLC, 6711 Sully Lane PR, West


Grass N’ Smash Volleyball Series LLC, 5807

Pimlico Drive, Pasco.

Craft & Putter, 2102 Hoxie Ave.

Kaci K Construction LLC, 730 Dogwood Road, Pasco.

Jessica Mahan Photo LLC, 2900 Tuscanna Drive.

Bulldog Constructors LLC, 222 Homestead Drive, Pasco.

Treasure Hunts LLC, 1933 Harris Ave.

Pine Skyline Cleaning, 591 S. Phillips Road, Mabton.


High Violet Coffee Bar, 8121 W. Hood Ave.,


Sonshine Services LLC, 719 Jadwin Ave., Richland.

Inland Sign & Lighting Inc., 131 N. Altamont St., Spokane.

Aces Heating & Cooling, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick.

CRS Crossroad Services LLC, 4321 Ivy Road, Pasco.

Pyro Spectaculars North Inc., 4405 N. Evergreen Road, Spokane Valley.

Alpha Roofing LLC, 194 Garden Drive, Walla Walla.

Columbia Covenant Electric, 1717 W. Eighth

Place, Kennewick.

Oasis Landscaping LLC, 527 E. Cherry St., Walla Walla.

Astro Painting LLC, 199008 E. Third Ave., Kennewick.

H. Razzo Flooring & More LLC, 324 N. 11th Ave., Pasco.

Door-to-door Dog Grooming LLC, 5114 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor.

Elmington Property Management, 118 16th Ave S., Nashville.

Fruteria Alejandra’s, 101 Portage Ave., Mattawa.

K. West Concrete & Construction, 8640 W. Klamath Ave., Kennewick.

Sippin Fresh LLC, 730 George Washington Way, Richland.

Heavyweight Haulers, 1732 N. 18th Drive, Pasco.

Network Connex, 1414 E. Columbia St., Pasco.

El Taquito Bandido, 4711 N. Dallas Road.

J L General LLC, 4326 S. Anderson Place, Kennewick.

Sweetsnackattack, 641 E. Edison Ave., Sunnyside.

Respectfully Clean, 1207 E Rockwell Ave., Spokane.

uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B15 Member SIPC Paid Advertising

YFC Framing, 211010 E. Terril Road, Kennewick.

8K Electric, 31402 S. Clodfelter Road, Kennewick.

Prairie Electric Inc., 27050 NE 10th Ave., Ridgefield.

Lexington Homes, 1050 N. Argonne Road, Spokane Valley.

Stratum Concrete LLC, 412 N. Ninth Ave., Pasco.

C.L. Enterprises-GC Inc., 430 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick.

Magic Touch Painting LLC, 4728 Forsythia St.

Timeless Homes LLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.

Ben’s Backyard Builds, 9090 Sagehill Road, Othello.

DDD Mobile Detailing LLC, 331 S. 41st Ave.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 1589 Bombing Range Road.


The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business owns. Judgments are filed in Benton-Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Vagabundos Masonry LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June


Eastern WA Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 8.

Alpha Homes & Development, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June


Riverview Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June


Jose Dimas Amaya Argueta, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed June 14.

Tacos Locos LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 14.

3 Water Constructions LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 15.

Cordencheder LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 15.

Leonardo Lopez, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 16.

Ferbell Construction LLC, unpaid Department

of Revenue taxes, filed June 16.

Renovation 360 LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 20.

Danielle Grace Phillips, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 20.

Practice Alchemy Holdings, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 22.

Formagrid Inc., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 22.

J Cuevas Painting LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 22.

J & A Quality Roofing LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 22.

Khounma Phengsavanh, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 30.

Corix Infrastructure Services, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 30. International Cosmetics, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 30.




Las Palomas II LLC, 364 Chardonnay Ave., Suite 3, Prosser. License type: spirits/beer/ wine restaurant service bar. Application type: new.

Bill’s Speakeasy, 1205 Meade Ave., Prosser. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only; cocktails/wine to-go; spirits/beer/wine restaurant ship/lounge. Application type: new. Big Smoke and Convenience LLC, 207 W. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine specialty shop; spirits retailer. Application type: new.

Maharaja Taste of India, 8110 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only; spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: assumption. Elk Haven Winery LLC, 1200 Corral Creek Road, Suite B, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new.

Eld Inlet Beverage Co., 844 Tulip Lane, Richland. License type: domestic winery <250,000

liters. Application type: new. Ray’s Golden Lion, 1353 George Washington Way, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge-. Application type: new. Los Volcanes Panaderia Y Lonches, 502 N. Ninth St., Benton City. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine; off premises. Application type: new.

Wild Spirits Distilling, 590 Merlot Drive, Suite 1, Prosser. License type: craft distillery. Application type: new.


ROMA House, 617 The Parkway, Suite 617, Richland. License type: cocktails/wine to-go. Application type: new.

The Village Bistro, 5215 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 114, Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Application type: in lieu.

Multiservicios Y Mas La Mexicana, 4215 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Henry’s Catering, 591 Stevens Drive, Richland. License type: catering beer and wine only. Application type: new.



El Asadero Restaurant, 2318 W. Court St., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant service bar. Application type: new. Birreria Colima Y Michoacan, 404 W. Lewis St., Pasco. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer. Application type: new.


Rite Aid #5315, 215 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: discontinued.



Wines of Sagemoor LLC, 1489 W. Rose St., Walla Walla (formerly of 8930 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco). License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters; farmers market wine sales. Application type: change of location.




Tebebe, 41305 N. Griffin Road, Suite 3, Grandview. License type: Cannabis producer tier 2. Application type: assumption.



Ice Harbor Brewery has moved to 10 E. Bruneau Ave., Kennewick. Contact: 509-582-5340 Joann Fabric and Craft has moved to Columbia Center mall, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 456, in Kennewick. Contact: 509-3960035;

Revive Wellness has moved to 8656 W. Gage Blvd., Suite B203, Kennewick. Contact:


Napoli’s Italian Restaurant has opened at 3280 George Washington Way, Richland. Contact: 509-396-5472.

Art YOUR Way has opened at 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite A, Pasco. Contact:; 509-405-9879.


Graze – A Drive-Thru restaurant has opened a Kennewick drive-thru only restaurant at 131 N. Ely St., along Highway 395, in Kennewick. Contact:


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Calvary Chapel’s growth prompts $6 million expansion project

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Nonprofit that welcomes refugees is getting a new home

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Planning underway for new retail buildings, subdivisions, rezones

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New organic, natural food store to open Aug. 2

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Tina’s Tasty Treats moves its popular gluten-free offerings to permanent shop

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More student housing is coming to WSU Tri-Cities

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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION Family-friendly English-style pub coming soon to downtown Kennewick

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Trash Bandits stand ready to jettison your junk

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New studio aims to make everyone feel like an artist

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‘LEAD’ your way to a win-win in workplace conflicts

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Silverwood Theme Park plans $15 million expansion

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Buying a business? Be sure to sign a letter of intent first

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Five-year workforce projections will rely on tech workers

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Tri-City inventor builds solar-powered wheelchair

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New basketball tech-focused skills gym has all the balls and whistles

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Jehovah’s Witnesses return to Kennewick for annual convention

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Nearly all of Richland couple’s unique treasures sell at auction

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Unique Franklin County facility will help sex trafficking victims

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Former Kennewick city councilman dies at age 87

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Longtime Kennewick advocate, entrepreneur dies at age 79

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Federal government default would create an economic crater in the Tri-Cities

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Day care, preschool expanding into former urgent care clinic

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Tri-Cities’ population continues upward trajectory

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